Fire Water at the Rocks

The Fire Water spectacle was a fitting end to the 2009 Vivid Sydney festival, with a stunning harbourside show and the Lighting of the Sails of the Opera House as a colourful backdrop. On a mild winter evening, locals and tourists huddled around Campbell Cove in the historic Rocks area …

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Arabesque

The first notes of Natacha Atlas’ rendition of Mon Amie La Rose can be misleading. The slow introduction sets a tranquil mood for the melancholic song before it is transformed into an oriental tune, with belly dance drums, oriental rhythms and arabesque vocals. Such is Natacha’s style, the Belgian born …

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Métro Stories #1

The sleek métro whooshed past the eager passengers and came to a halt at the end of the platform. It was on time, as predicted on the illuminated board that counted down the minutes and seconds to the next train. Hoards of people packed the carriages like sardines yet they …

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Luminous Sydney

Vivid Sydney 2009

If you don’t consider yourself lucky to live in the harbour city, the lighting of the Sydney Opera House sails will surely to change your mind. Part of Vivid Sydney festival, the white sails will take on various colour combination to create a living canvas. Curated by Brian Eno, the …

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Love en Franglais

Not quite the image one would expect stepping out of the Paris métro and onto the platform. This ingenious advertisement by Eurostar featured in many métro stations in 2006, luring people into romantic weekends away in London. Here at Gourmantic, we love the creative minds behind the attention-grabbing campaign. After …

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Passions

I blame Balzac. I also blame Baudelaire, Victor Hugo and Molière, and the likes of these luminaries who have sparked a love affair with France and all things French in the fertile imagination of a young girl. Through their lyrical poetry and prose in her companion textbook, they have instilled …

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