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We caught up with Australian writer Sarah Armstrong to talk about her new novel Promise. This powerful work of fiction comes at the right time, as the Australian community works to tackle domestic violence head on.
Has the attention that has been drawn to family violence following Rosie Batty’s incredible work in this area resulted in a noticeable change in the way the media reports on family violence?
I think so. Somehow Rosie Batty has galvanised the community, including the media, and helped propel a shift in thinking that I think was already underway. The public and the media seem ready to take family violence more seriously, to see it as real violence, a real crime.
How did weekly (or daily) news stories about family violence help inspire the story of Promise?
There was one particular story that inspired Promise - one story in a long line of stories about children killed in their homes by a parent or step parent. A two-year-old boy died, and his mother was charged with his murder. In one of the television stories, neighbours said they’d been concerned about him and had reported him to community services. I put myself in the shoes of those neighbours; they’d done their best to get him to the attention of authorities, they’d called several times, and yet, the boy died. I wondered – if I were them – if I might have wished that I’d just picked him up one day and put him in my car and driven away. That thought was what sparked the novel.
I think the reason the story captured my attention was because since my daughter was born in 2010, I have been so much more aware of the vulnerability of children. Creating a character who takes decisive action was perhaps a way for me to have a conversation with myself (and then, once published, with others) about how far our individual responsibility for other children extends, and about whether there are ever occasions when it is right to break the law.
How did having a much-longed for child late in life via IVF change the way you write and work?
Our daughter Amelia was born just before my 42nd birthday (thanks to IVF) but I had faced the real possibility that I might not become a mother. I feel so grateful every day to have been given that opportunity and I think that profound – even visceral – gratitude means that I don’t resent the time that mothering takes from my writing. And because my time to write is so limited (kindy hours, basically), I am much more efficient and never procrastinate about getting to the desk. Being a mother has also given me greater insight into the fundamental and (to me) fascinating relationship between mother and child. When I look back at my other two novels, (Salt Rain and His Other House) both of which were written before having Amelia, the parent-child relationship has long been a central theme for me.
How do you juggle the tension between writing, other paid work and parenting a small child?
I have a partner who works from home too, and Alan is a very engaged father. Well he’s a domestic god, really, and unsurprisingly, that helps enormously! When I am writing long hours, Al takes a greater load. And when he has a big job on, I do. Parenting inevitably takes from my time to write, but I love being a mother so much (even as I find it hard and challenging at times!), that it’s a price well worth paying.
What would you do if you knew for a fact that the child who lived next door to you was being abused, and your calls to community services didn’t seem to be helping?
I would call community services again and again (and you can call anonymously). Community services are so understaffed that just one report of a child being at risk is unlikely to prompt a caseworker to visit a family, anyway. It usually takes several, if not many, notifications.
If it was appropriate and safe, I’d offer support to the parent. Support for the parent is support for the child.
If the situation was immediately dangerous, I would call the police. I remember watching a panel discussion of family violence on the ABC and a senior NSW police officer said that if we see or hear any family violence then we should call the police. Just call the police. Violence is violence.
I am not advocating people abduct children who are at risk but I am very sympathetic to what my character Anna did, and if I was in her situation, I have to admit that I would certainly consider it, even though it’s breaking the law.
Should government funding to support victims of family violence be increased, and is there anything else we can explore to help halt the extremely high rates of family violence in Australia?
I’m by no means an expert on government policy and funding in the area of family violence and child protection, but I wish that we, as a community, pestered the politicians for more funding to support families, for child protection and for education around this issue. Just this week, the NSW government has reduced the numbers of staff working with children at risk of serious harm and supporting children in foster care.
The question that came to me as I wrote Promise is: how much individual responsibility do we have for the children around us? And I wonder whether that sense of responsibility reaches less far than it used to in, say, my parents’ generation. Perhaps there is room for us to step in more often, (in less acute cases, cases where community services wouldn’t ever remove children but where children might be suffering) to support parents and children, to offer practical support, respite, and a listening ear.
I am hopeful that a cultural shift is underway around the issue of family violence. But cultural shifts - almost by definition – take time. My hope is that more people will talk about the issue of gender inequality and be conscious of what we are teaching our children about gender, and make it clear that violence of any kind is never acceptable.
Sarah Armstrong's first novel, Salt Rain, was shortlisted for the 2005 Miles Franklin Award, the Queensland Premier's Literary Prize and the Dobbie Literary Award. Her second novel, His Other House was published in 2015 to wide critical acclaim. Sarah grew up in a family with no television, which meant she was a voracious (if fairly indiscriminate) reader. She went on to study journalism, and joined ABC Radio Current Affairs where, in 1993, she won a Walkley Award. Later she became a researcher and field producer on ABC TV's 'Foreign Correspondent' program. She is married to the writer Alan Close and lives in northern NSW.
PROMISE by Sarah Armstrong
Available in book stores now.
Imprint: Macmillan Australia | RRP $32.99 | Paperback
We had the opportunity to speak to comedian/singer/radio presenter/mum Em Rusciano about her role as 'house cleaner'. Em is the brand ambassador for Bref, a line of toilet care products being launched in Australia. As part of this, Em is getting the opportunity to bring awareness to how women (especially mothers) are portrayed by advertisers and the media and also to spread her message that it's ok not to be a domesticated goddess.
AMN: Do you have a go to line when people make the comment: ‘but you are at home all day what do you do?’
Em: My go to line is not really suitable to print. Sometimes I just say “ohh nothing I just sit on the couch and watch TV.” I work from home when I’m not on tour so people think that I’m available to do jobs for them. My husband will often ask me to run errands for him, no babe I can't drop your bike off to the repair shop I’m on a writing deadline. “But you’re at home” - he’ll protest. Sometimes I think it would be easier to pretend to hire an office space and say I’m there all day.
AMN: What does a 2016 supermum look like?
Em: There isn’t just one image of what the modern day mum looks like and that’s the problem with the stereotype. Advertising depicts us as having a basket of perfectly ironed clothes and a perfectly clean kitchen. Only we’re not perfect. Sometimes we’re targeted as mothers first and people second when it should be the other way around. All of us were exciting ladies pre-children, we danced and travelled and showered each day! I think Mother’s need to be reminded of that as do advertisers. If you remember to look after the person you are separate to the children then I believe you’ll be a far better and happier Mother.
AMN: Do you feel pressured to tidy up before you have guests?
Em: Yes. The kids always know when someone is coming over because I walk around the house yelling at them to tidy up. I think it comes from my grandmother; the fact that I need to have a clean house for company. There is no in-between with my house it either looks like a display home after spending 5 hours cleaning ready for guests or it looks like a hovel. People comment on how clean my house is but they don’t know the hard work that has gone on behind the scenes.
AMN: Is there a level of mess that is more acceptable? Are having the kids toys lying around better than having dirty dishes in the kitchen?
Em: Yes. Kids aren’t going to remember whether the house was clean or not when they were growing up. What they will remember is you getting down on the floor and playing with them. Sometimes I do feel bad that my husband is coming home to a messy house but then I remember that it’s not 1950 and if he so desires he can pop a dish away.
AMN: Do you ever feel judged for not having as tidy house?
Em: Only by myself, which is ridiculous. Sometimes I’ll walk around among the chaos and feel like an utter failure, I’m trying to be less tough on myself though and the children are at an age where they can take over a lot of the housework- in exchange for cold hard cash of course! I grew up with very busy parents, my mum worked full time and studied at uni and Dad had 2 jobs so our house was not always perfectly tidy.
AMN: What is your best cleaning hack for when you need to tidy up in a hurry?
Em: I pick one room and focus on tidying it it. When my guests arrive, I usher them into that one room and don’t let them leave. I hold them hostage in a friendly fashion. I grab everything else and put it in another room and shut the door. I always make sure the toilet is clean, especially when I know the kids have been in there. Although I do try and get them to make sure the toilet is clean after they use it. I tell them if you are old enough to flush, you're old enough to brush. Before I have people over I will drop in a Bref ball for some extra freshness (See how casually I just dropped that Bref reference in?!)
AMN: What can we do to challenge the stereotype that cleaning the house is a woman’s job?
Em: We can demand more from people selling us cleaning products. Social media is a great tool to get yourself heard. But allowing women to be portrayed in a more realistic light will go some way to achieving this. That’s what I enjoyed so much about this Bref campaign. I had pretty much free reign on how to go about it. I got to poke fun at how advertising portrays women and their role around the house.
Watch ‘Tips for a Happy Home with Em Rusciano’ which parodies the outdated stereotypes of a 1950’s domestic world.
The Art Gallery of New South Wales is currently exhibiting personal letters, photographs, artworks and short films documenting Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera's lives. It is the first time that their work has been exhibited in Sydney and is from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection.
Dr Michael Brand, director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, said the exhibition presents an important opportunity for Australian audiences across the nation.
“It has been more than a decade since either Kahlo or Rivera’s work has been seen in Australia and it is the first time ever their work has been exhibited in Sydney.
“The exhibition reveals the artists’ fiercely independent artistic visions while also pointing to political, cultural and personal concerns that affected them both,” Brand said.
Robert Littman, President of the Vergel Foundation which owns and manages the Gelman Collection, said he is delighted that Kahlo and Rivera’s masterpieces will be seen in Sydney for the first time.
“Natasha and Jacques Gelman enthusiastically acquired and commissioned works by Frida Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera, when there were only a handful of collectors in Mexico.
“Their passion for Mexican art continues through the Vergel Foundation which actively collects
contemporary Mexican art and supports Mexican artists,” said Littman.
“Kahlo and Rivera were a constant inspiration to one another. They remained companions through
marriage, separation, a multitude of affairs, financial troubles, considerable bouts of illness and a troubled political landscape,” Chambers said.
“Their dedication and respect for one another’s practice was unrelenting and this exhibition highlights that enduring connection,” Chambers added.
“Fridamania” is alive and well in Sydney with the Gallery experiencing one of the highest-ever advance tickets sales of an exhibition prior to opening. Timed ticketing will assist to accommodate the enormous interest in the exhibition. For the duration of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: from the Jacques and Natasha
Gelman Collection gallery-goers are encouraged to book in advance to secure entry to the exhibition.
When 25 June - 9 October 2016
Where Art Gallery of NSW
More Information artgallery.nsw.gov.au/frida
On Monday Old Parliament House, Canberra will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Gough Whitlam's birth and the launch of Not Just For This Life: Gough Whitlam Remembered, edited by Wendy Guest and Gary Gray.
Award-winning journalist Laura Tingle will discuss Gough's legacy with former Liberal Minister and Father of the House Philip Ruddock, the last MP to have served in the Whitlam years, and Gary Gray, former National Secretary of the Australian Labor Party, Minister and Member for Brand.
The book commemorates Gough's life through the words of MPs, Senators and the men & women of Australia, plus the eulogies from his State Memorial Service. Seven themes capture the essence of Gough's life of service: transformation; belonging; courage; equality; enlarging, comrades and grace, with chapter introductions by Laurie Oakes, Anita Heiss, Geraldine Doogue, Tim Soutphommasane, Don Watson, Patricia Hewitt and Nicholas Whitlam.
- When: Monday, 11 July 2016 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
- Where: Member's Dining Room 3 - Old Parliament House, Canberra Queen Victoria Terrace entrance
For more information and to book your spot head to moadoph.gov.au/events/gough-s-100th-birthday-party/
This year’s attractions at Snow Time in the Garden are bigger and better than ever before, with special weekend activities and weekly major giveaways.
Throughout the July School Holidays, Snow Time is a great winter getaway for everyone! Whether planning ahead and booking tickets online or purchasing tickets at the door, all wintry activities are free once admission is paid. Snow Time in the Garden is an incredible opportunity to experience all things winter, without having to travel to the snow. With some fun new activities, as well as some annual favourites, it’s a great way to celebrate these winter chills.
SNOW TIME PLAY ZONE – DAILY 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
Double the space, double the fun! This fantastic man-made snow play area gives kids the freedom to build a snowman, make a snow angel or create a ‘Frozen’ palace. With two equally large play areas, there’s more space for everyone to ‘chill out’ this year.
INFLATABLES - DAILY 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
Bounce around with unlimited play on three massive inflatables. Including jumping castles and two super-fun obstacle courses, there’s enough excitement to keep the little ones entertained day or night.
REAL ICE TOBOGGAN – DAILY 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
This year’s Ice Toboggan is now an exhilarating 40 metres long. Go speeding down on your snow tube as many times as you like. It’ll be sure to get your blood pumping!
ICE SKATING RINK – DAILY 10.00 am – 9.00 pm (last session 8.30 pm)
Kick off your Snow Time fun with a spin around the Ice Skating Rink, now over 20% bigger than last year so there is more space to move around to disco lights and music. Skating sessions will run for 20 minutes and can fit up to 240 skaters at any time. With sessions starting at 10.00 am every day, collect your session ticket, grab your skates, helmet and Bobby Seal and make sure you don’t miss out. This year you can now spend Friday and Saturday nights (5pm-9pm) dancing away on the ice at Snow Time’s Silent Disco on Ice – pick up your headsets and boogie.
HVG SUPER SLIDE – DAILY 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
Snow Time in the Garden is excited to introduce the HVG Super Slide. A thrilling new ride that will light up Hunter Valley Gardens during Snow Time and throughout the year. Standing at a huge 12 metres high and 35 metres long, it’s time to grab a giant slide mat and slip, slide down the rainbow. Please note you must be 120cm to ride.
The family fun doesn’t stop with a range of activities including Snow Time Face Painting, a Giant Snow Globe, Arcade Alley and the Snow Ball Challenge. Other weekend activities include incredible live Ice Sculpting by Kenji Ogawa and the opportunity to meet different breeds of Dogs. When its time to grab a bite to eat, there is a range of hearty food and warm beverage stalls offering delicious delights for sale as well as The Garden Terrace Café open 9am – 5pm daily.
All listed activities are FREE once admission is paid.
For more details on Snow Time in the Garden, tickets and the full program visit: www.hvg.com.au
Day & Night Entry 9.00am to 9.00pm
Adult (16yrs +) - $30.00
Child (4 -15yrs) - $24.00
Children under 3 – FREE
Family Pass (2x adult and 2x children) - $99.00
Family Pass (2 x adult and 1x child) - $79.00
Extra Child (to be used with family pass) - $20.00
Event accommodation packages are also available, for more details visit www.harrigans.com.au
Snow Time in the Garden is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, as part of its 2016 Regional Flagship Events Program.
Busy Izzy and Friends was created and written by renowned celebrity vocal coach Roxanne Kiely and illustrated by Jeesoo Kim, and is the first storybook in a 10 part series about the adventures of Busy Izzy, a 12 year old girl and her diverse group of friends. The intelligent and creative world of Busy Izzy not only contains imaginative stories, featuring playful rhythms and rhymes, but also incorporates healthy recipes, catchy sing-a-long songs and music videos for children to dance along to. This unique book and audio CD contains five energetic songs, co-written by Roxanne and Stephen Kiely, for children aged two to eight years old. The music videos include an energetic exercise song called “Busy Izzy Says” and a jazzy upbeat educational alphabet video “My 26 BFF’s”. The multi-media entertainment series is endorsed by the World Literacy Foundation and is praised by Bec Hewitt and her family.
“After reading the manuscript of Busy Izzy and Friends and the précis for the 10 book series last year, I felt excited and motivated to endorse it,” says Andrew Kay, CEO of the World Literacy Foundation. “The old-fashioned qualities of looking out for your neighbour and being active in your community really appealed. I recommend this book to anyone who wants their child to improve their understanding of words, especially given the delightful incorporation of rhythm and rhyme into the storylines,” says Andrew.
With stories which engage the hearts and minds of young readers, the Busy Izzy series focuses on confidence, responsibility, inclusion, honesty and empathy. For learning, it incorporates rhyming, alliteration, counting and singing.
While the first book is mainly about Busy Izzy, the following books in the series feature each of the other characters, and use the various storylines as a vehicle to address a variety of conditions and circumstances which many children can relate to. Without directly identifying any particular syndrome, conditions such as ADHD, bullying, anxiety, co-operation, self-discipline, gender politics and even the fear of odd numbers (disparnumerophobia) are addressed in a positive and supportive manner. The series is upbeat, happy and considerate while building and reinforcing the expectation that positive attitudes will achieve great results.
“We are so excited to launch the Busy Izzy series,” says Roxanne Kiely, author and co-songwriter of Busy Izzy and Friends. “Izzy is the modern equivalent of Mary Poppins. Her generosity and old fashioned values, combined with her ability to overcome obstacles and her passion to inspire are her endearing qualities. As a mother and music teacher for children of all ages, I have seen how important these values are and have demonstrated them through Izzy. She helps her friends overcome the challenges that children face in their everyday lives and I’m sure we’ve already seen her change the way children learn and interact with others.”
The second book in the series – Busy Izzy and Newly Truly – The Big Surprise! launched in May 2016. This heart-warming book explores the adventures of Busy Izzy and her newly-adopted puppy, “Newly Truly”. It reinforces, teaches the values and importance of empathy. The book also incorporates energetic and interactive songs for children to sing along to as well as recipes and even healthy puppy snacks. The recipes are a continuation of the ones in Busy Izzy and Friends.
Busy Izzy and Friends is available from Book Depository, Booktopia, Dymocks (in store), Angus & Robertson (online), The Children’s Bookshop – Beecroft (in store), Abbey’s Bookshop (Sydney in store) and Berkelouw Books (online). RRP $14.99.
For more information on Busy Izzy, visit www.busyizzy.com
The music videos can be viewed here - https://www.youtube.com/c/Busyizzyandfriends
With the launch of its latest program of classes, Sydney Seafood School has announced the expansion of its culinary offerings to include “more than seafood”.
“We’ve been teaching Sydney-siders how to prepare all types of seafood in all sorts of ways for over 25 years,” says Seafood School Manager Roberta Muir (the School opened in 1989). “During that time, home cooks have become a lot more adventurous and the face of Sydney Fish Market has changed. People don’t just come here to buy the freshest seafood, we now also have one of Australia’s finest butcher shops, Vic’s Quality Meat, as well as excellent fruit & vegetable and delicatessen offerings.”
“So I thought it was time to look beyond seafood. Of course we’ll still have all of our popular seafood classes, including paella, Singaporean chilli crab, seafood BBQ and Hideo Dekura’s sushi and sashimi workshops … but it’s time we tapped further into the produce, and talent, that’s all around us”.
The School attracts many of Australia’s leading chefs to host classes, and it’s this talent that Muir refers to: “Christine Manfield has been a regular presenter for many years – and one of the things she’s best known for are her desserts, yet we’ve never run a dessert class with her. That’s about to change, with her first ‘Dessert Diva’ workshop scheduled for 3 September.”
Other non-seafood classes are Vegetarian with Brent Savage (17 October), who earlier this year converted his Potts Point bistro, Yellow, into arguably Sydney’s finest vegetarian restaurant; and a Meat Basics workshop in conjunction with Vic’s Quality Meats (7 August).
The School prides itself on its hands-on cooking facilities and Muir confirms that class formats won’t change regardless of the ingredients used. “All our classes start with a cooking demonstration in our tiered theatrette,” Muir explains, “before guests break into small groups to recreate the dishes in our hands-on kitchen. Then everyone sits down to enjoy their creations with a glass of wine. People enjoy the chance to put their new-found skills into practice and to get additional tips from the chef and our experienced assistants while they’re actually cooking. They also enjoy the social aspect of relaxing with their cooking companions over a meal and a drink at the end of the class – we have no intention of changing any of that.”
Of course there’s still a great line up of leading chefs teaching their ways with fish and shellfish, including Mark Best (Marque), Paul Carmichael (momofuku seiōbo), Paul Donnelly (Ms.G’s), Andy Evans (Spice Temple), Lucio Galletto (Lucio’s Italian Restaurant), Dan Hong (Mr Wong), Mark Jensen (Red Lantern), Justin North (Hotel Centennial), Alessandro Pavoni (Ormeggio), Giovanni Pilu (Pilu at Freshwater), Michael Rantissi (Kepos St Kitchen), Nelly Robinson (nel.), Nic Wong (Cho Cho San) and Phil Wood (Rockpool). Though it seems they too are looking forward to a chance to expand their class themes in the future. “After years teaching with us, some of our regular chefs are finding it a little tough coming up with new seafood dishes,” Muir explains, “so they’re all really excited about the opportunity to pass on some of their other expertise in future programs. You can rest assured however that - except where we’ve clearly specified otherwise – all our classes are still seafood focused.”
International and domestic arts and inspiration acts enhance the music experience with Polyglot Tangle (picture below), Makeover Mom and Dad (Canada), The Listies, Total Nonstop Tricks, The Laughter House and Coney Small People, Big Questions (UK) amongst the hefty programming.
“The Lost Lands will give parents the chance to reconnect with the festival experience, while instilling in kids, a love and appreciation of music, arts and adventure,” said Daly.
With a family of five, Simon saw the need for a stronger family-orientated cultural scene in Australia.
“In Europe a number of Festivals include children; beyond ‘entry’. They program shared experiences to be enjoyed by parents, kids, singles - anyone really. The result is a more sophisticated generation who know, love and participate in the festival experience,” said Daly.
“I think there’s an appetite for more experiences crafted with parents and kids in mind and it’s exciting for the industry.”
With a vision to inspire big hearts and bright minds, the festival’s literacy area will host readings and discussion topics for both adults and children. The comprehensive workshop offering will encourage newfound skills and passions in song writing, cooking, yoga, circus play and more. Camping, bushwalks, bike riding and visits to the nearby Werribee Zoo will get festival-goers into the great outdoors.
When: October 28-31 2016
Where: Werribee Mansion (Melbourne)
Tickets: Onsale 2 June. Three, two and single day passes available.
Tickets: Adult Single Day $120, Child Single Day from $15
Experience the full program with a 3 day family pass (2 adults | 2 children) $770
3 Day single adult pass $360
OMI, HAVANA BROWN, G.R.L., IN STEREO PLUS MASHD N KUTCHER AND KIAN & JC TO PERFORM AT NICKELODEON’S SLIMEFEST 2016!
TICKETS ON-SALE NOW VIA SLIMEFEST.COM.AU
SUNDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER AT MELBOURNE’S MARGARET COURT ARENA (MCA) (11AM AND 6PM)
FRIDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER AT SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK SPORTS CENTRE (11AM AND 6PM)
TX PREMIERE: FRIDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER AT 6PM ON NICKELODEON
2016 is the year of SLIME, MUSIC and total MAYHEM! Nickelodeon’s annual SLIMEFEST event is back and bigger than ever with THREE international acts announced today. Headliner, OMI, will be joined by Australia’s hottest export HAVANA BROWN, international act G.R.L., as well as boy band
IN STEREO, DJs MASHD N KUTCHER and U.S. YouTubers KIAN & JC for the most popping SLIMEFEST yet. Tickets are on-sale now via SLIMEFEST.COM.AU from $55.
Now in its fifth year, Nickelodeon’s SLIMEFEST is the only family-friendly music festival of its kind in Australia, featuring live performances, crazy stunts and tonnes of Nickelodeon’s trademark green slime. SLIMEFEST will be heading toMelbourne on Sunday, 25th September for two shows – 11am and 6pm and Sydney on Friday, 30th September for two shows – 11am and 6pm. The event will also include an outdoor carnival experience before and after the show, featuring rides, games and merchandise available to purchase.
With over 500 million combined video views, six consecutive weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and over 400 million plays on Spotify, SLIMEFEST’s 2016 headliner, OMI is looking forward to performing his mega hits “Cheerleader” and “Hula Hoop” at the massive slime party.
“SLIMEFEST is going to be crazy fun – I can’t wait to perform to an audience that is covered head to toe in green slime and ready to party! Australia – you better get ready to dance!” said OMI.
Joining OMI is home-grown superstar, HAVANA BROWN and international girl group, G.R.L., who will be hitting the SLIMEFEST stage in their first confirmed performance after a year’s hiatus. Australia’s IN STEREO, and MASHD N KUTCHER will perform their latest and greatest hits and YouTube duo, KIAN & JC will keep the thousands of families entertained with a series of slime-worthy skits and stunts.
“It’s so nice to come back to Australia and be a part of an epic family event like SLIMEFEST. I can’t wait to get out there, get slimed and dance like crazy with all the Aussie kids and families. There’s no other event like it so it’s going to be a brand new experience for me – bring it on!” said HAVANA BROWN.
Tickets are on-sale now for both Sydney and Melbourne’s 11am and 6pm shows via SLIMEFEST.COM.AU. Ticket options include: Premium Mosh (mega-slime-action), Standing Floor (moderate-slime-action), Seated (no-slime-action), with upgrades including merchandise packs and VIP celebrity meet and greets available. Hosts and celebrity guests will be announced in the coming weeks.
To produce SLIMEFEST, Nickelodeon partners with Nice Events, who specialise in family and youth entertainment.
The SLIMEFEST 90 minute special will air exclusively on Nickelodeon on Friday, 30th September at 6pm.