May | 2016 | Red Robot


World’s Largest Festival Of Light, Music And Ideas Kicks Off In Sydney

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Sydney, Australia is awash with colour this evening as more than 90 light installations light up the city for the annual Vivid Sydney festival, projecting colourful art on the world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and throughout the city. Vivid Sydney officially opens tonight, 27 May, and runs for 23 nights until 18 June 2016.

Vivid Sydney is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. More than 150 artists from 23 countries have created the light installations and projections that appear in more than eight Vivid Sydney precincts spread across Sydney. Vivid Sydney also features 195 Vivid Music events and more than 500 speakers appearing at Vivid Idea talks and forums.

The New South Wales Government’s Premier Mike Baird said “Tonight thousands of people have visited Sydney to witness the amazing Vivid ‘lights-on’ moment. For the next 23 nights, Sydney’s most iconic landmarks will be lit up in a symphony of colour and movement, attracting visitors from across the world. Vivid is a creative festival for a global audience and its popularity is evident in the 1.7 million visitors who attended last year’s festival.”

This year Vivid Sydney will celebrate Australian Indigenous culture with the Songlines projection appearing on the Sails of the iconic Sydney Opera House. The spectacular animation showcases the work of six renowned Indigenous artists: Karla Dickens, Djon Mundine OAM, Reko Rennie, Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi, Donny Woolagoodja and the late Gulumbu Yunipingu. Co-curated by Destination NSW and the Sydney Opera House, Songlines speaks directly to the spirituality and culture of Australia’s First Peoples, depicting the interconnected sharing systems and the trade routes that weave through time and distance, earth and sky.

With other major 3D projections appearing on the façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and Customs House, Vivid Sydney showcases Sydney as a hub for the creative industries, with world-first technologies and design used to create the stunning spectacle of light.

Darling Harbour’s Laser-Dragon Water-Theatre features a world-first water-screen mounted on a 13m robotic arm floating high above fifty-six fountains. Laser-Dragon Water-Theatre show includes four video projected water-screens on which dancers will be projected moving to a music score created by The Presets. Visitors will be astonished by forty 20m-high vertical fountains, sixteen 25m-high moving fountains, twenty 15m-high flame jets and ten powerful lasers. In another world first at Darling Harbour, visitors will be able to scan and project their own face onto the water screen, through the use of Intel RealSense™ technology.

World-famous Sydney Harbour will be showcased to the world with the Sydney Harbour Bridge illuminated by 1,640 lighting fixtures tubes, containing 72,000 individual LEDs, and 6,700 individuals LEDS in 140 Cans as part of the Dress Circle installation which allows visitors to literally control the colour of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sydney Harbour Ferries will also be illuminated with up to 1,480m of LED tape to light up their journey across the Harbour.

Vivid Sydney stretches across the city with the Vivid Light Walk, starting at the Sydney Opera House, taking in the harbourside of the Royal Botanic Gardens celebrating its 200th anniversary, and following the waterfront to Walsh Bay. Illuminations and projections appear in Sydney’s Martin Place, Darling Harbour and the Australian National Maritime Museum, and Vivid Sydney’s first indoor precinct at The Galeries in the city’s CBD. The precincts of Central Park and Chatswood have also become a vibrant nighttime playground, as well as Taronga Zoo where illuminated lanterns will represent critical species to celebrate the Zoo’s 100th anniversary.

Destination NSW CEO and Executive Producer of Vivid Sydney Sandra Chipchase said “Vivid Sydney has again delivered remarkable technical and artistic world-firsts as part of Vivid Light. Our biggest ever Vivid Sydney program will deliver an impressive line-up of music acts from punk rockers to global superstars, up-and-coming homegrown talent, cabaret legends and more. This matched by a diverse program of social trend disrupters, including Jenji Kohan, Spike Jonze, Beau Willimon and Margaret Zhang, who appear as part of Vivid Ideas talks and forum series. Vivid Sydney 2016 is truly a celebration of innovation and creativity.”

As part of the Vivid Music program, organisers have now announced an exclusive DJ performance from international pop-icon Boy George, taking place at 12 June 2016 at Café Del Mar in Vivid Sydney’s Darling Harbour precinct. This will be Boy George’s only DJ performance in Australia.

Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the State Government’s tourism and major events agency. In 2015 it attracted 1.7 million visitors and delivered more than $63 million in visitor expenditure to the local economy.


US Father-And-Daughter Team Target Good Deeds On The Great Barrier Reef

CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA – It’s no secret the Great Barrier Reef – described by Sir David Attenborough as ‘the most magical thing you ever saw in your life’ – sits high on the bucket list of travellers across the planet.

For an American father and daughter from New Jersey, however, the reason for venturing to the World Heritage-listed icon is to ‘pay it forward’ and give something back.
Corinne Toczylowski, 26, a zoo keeper at New Jersey’s Bergen County Zoo, has become a ‘reef warrior’, volunteering at the Great Barrier Reef’s Fitzroy Island turtle rehabilitation centre, off Cairns, in a placement with Australian not-for-profit Oceans2Earth.
Her father, Jim, meanwhile is gearing up to compete in next month’s Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship as part of the week-long Cairns Airport Adventure Festival (5-13 June), raising funds for the homeless.
It will be the seventh IRONMAN (3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2km run) for the New York banking high flyer who, at 54, is Managing Director and Head of Operational Risk for the Americas with Dutch bank, ING. 
Describing IRONMAN events as ‘a great stress relief’, he is also a board member for US charity, Back on My Feet, which combats homelessness through the power of running and community support.
“It will be my first full IRONMAN outside the US, my first trip to Australia and the longest distance I’ve ever travelled,” says Jim, who started looking for an endurance event near Cairns to visit his daughter. 
“Cairns looks like an amazing place… and I’ll get to swim in the Great Barrier Reef!”
Hailed by organisers as home to one of the ‘most picturesque’ courses in the global IRONMAN suite, one in five of more than 3,500 competitors are making the journey to Cairns from overseas, led by Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, the United States, China and Hong Kong. A total of 42 countries will be represented at the event, also including the IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns.
Jim Toczylowski is also looking forward to experiencing one of the world’s greatest natural wonders through his daughter’s eyes and, in turn, understanding the importance of conservation and tourism working hand in hand.
Since 1 May, Corinne has been based in Cairns, commuting to Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre’s Fitzroy Island facility each day as an Oceans2Earth volunteer helping the turtle rehabilitation centre care for sick or injured marine turtles with the ultimate aim of releasing them back into the wild. The Great Barrier Reef is home to six of the world’s seven species of marine turtles.
Now wanting to make a career transition into marine conservation, Corinne says there’s no question time spent in the Great Barrier Reef has changed her life for the better. She views its protection as the responsibility of all peoples of the world in order to combat threats like climate change and, in the case of turtles, issues like marine debris.
According to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Outlook Report 2014, plastic bags, discarded fishing gear, plastic and glass bottles, rubber thongs, aerosols and drink cans are commonly found in the reef region. Marine turtles often eat plastic bags, mistaken for jellyfish.
Further, a World Economic Forum report, released January 2016, estimates the ocean currently holds more than 150 million tonnes of plastics and warns that in a business-as-usual scenario it will contain more plastics than fish by 2050. The theme for World Oceans Day 2016 (8 June) is preventing plastics pollution.
“It’s really important to understand that even though you are just one person in a great big world, there is far more out there than you just living your day to day,” says Corrine. “I want to show people that this is an amazing, beautiful place and you don’t want to do anything to take that away.”
Editor’s notes:
Jim and Corinne Toczylowski will be available for a photo opportunity in Cairns on Tuesday, 7 June. Details to follow.
Don’t miss the action: the Cairns Airport Adventure Festival (5-13 June) is just one of more than 116 events on Tourism and Events Queensland’s It’s Live! In Queensland calendar, showcasing Australia’s best live events staged in the best destinations. Visit to discover all the action.
For enquiries, contact:
Shelley Thomas, Publicist – It’s Live! In Queensland
P: 07 3535 5665 / 0422 041 285 E:

27 Pacific Island Nations Come Together For The 12th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM – Seafarers representing 27 Pacific Island nations, including the U.S. territory of Guam, sailed into the Hagatna Boat Basin at dawn to kick off this years FestPac event.

The 12th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture officially began on May 22, 2016 with a special canoe welcome ceremony during the early morning hours in the boat basin of Guam’s capital city of Hagåtña. Seafarers representing various countries, including the U.S. territory of Guam, sailed into the Hagatna Boat Basin in 15 different canoes.

The voyagers were greeted by delegates, visitors and the local community who traveled near and far for this world-class event.

An official opening ceremony was held later Sunday afternoon at the Paseo Stadium grounds in Hagåtña where 25 island nations performed in front of a packed house during the parade of countries. Governor Eddie Baza Calvo also declared the official opening of the festival grounds and a fiery performance from the Guam delegation capped off the night with a finale filled with music, dance and fireworks.

Also known as the “Olympics of Pacific Arts,” FestPac is a traveling festival that is hosted every four years by a different country in the Pacific and features delegations from 27 participating island nations. FestPac was conceived by the Pacific Community (SPC) to stop the erosion of traditional practices by sharing and exchanging culture. About 3,000 delegates are participating in this festival from May 22 through June 4.


Canoe ceremony

Canoe arriving into Hagatña boat basin (extreme wide) – 13 seconds

Canoe arriving into Hagatña boat basin (extreme wide) – 17 seconds

Canoes observed outside Hagatña boat basin (extreme wide) – 22 seconds

Crowd of people observing canoes off the horizon (extreme wide) – 15 seconds

Canoes entering channel (wide) – 15 seconds

Canoes off the horizon (wide) – 15 seconds

Single canoe entering channel (wide) – 10 seconds

Seafarer blowing conch shell as they enter the Hagatña boat basin – 17 seconds

Observers watch canoes at sunrise (extreme wide) – 12 seconds

Slow zoom of canoes – 9 seconds

Chamorro seafarers chanting on canoe (pan in)– 12 seconds

Chamorro seafarers being welcomed (pan out)- 14 seconds

Close up of canoe passing by – 15 seconds

Canoe enters Hagatña boat basin as seafarers chant – 19 seconds

Crowd watches seafarers enter the Hagatña – 9 seconds

Man on paddle board approaches canoes – 7 seconds

A floatilla of canoes in the distance (extreme wide) – 11 seconds

Canoe floats in slowly as conch shell is blown in the background – 14 seconds

Medium tilt shot into wide of canoe as seafarer blows into conch shell – 27 seconds

Canoe into Hagatña boat basin exiting screen left – 22 seconds

Federated State of Micronesia canoe enters Hagatña boat basin – 11 seconds

Seafarers wave at camera – 10 seconds

Man on traditional aboriginal raft paddles into Hagatña boat basin – 9 seconds

Flags from Guam, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands and the CNMI are are highlighted as canoe enters Hagatña boat basin – 16 seconds

Crowd walking in the Paseo de Susana area closest to Hagatña boat basin – 5 seconds

Another shot of the crowd gathering to observe the canoe ceremony – 14 seconds

Shot of Fiji delegation gathering together – 4 seconds

Taiwan delegation walks by camera – 12 seconds

Opening Ceremony festivities

Guam flag flown down from skydiver – 10 seconds

Easter Island performance – 10 seconds

Fiji performance – 12 seconds

French Polynesia performance – 8 seconds

Hawaii performance – 10 seconds

Marshall Islands performance – 13 seconds

New Caledonia performance- 18 seconds

New Zealand performance – 15 seconds

Samoa performance – 20 seconds

First Lady of Guam Christine Calvo speech – 19:03 seconds

Governor of Guam Eddie Baza Calvo speech – 11:07 seconds

Guam creation story performance – 24:25 seconds

Fireworks – 17 seconds

Dancing and fireworks (wide)– 13:11

May, 23, 2016



Queensland’s World Domination: Sun, Surf… And Lawn Bowls

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – In the countdown to the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Queensland’s sporting golden child and tourism mecca – the Gold Coast – has claimed the global mantle of the Holy Grail of lawn bowls.

“Absolutely! It’s the whole box and dice – you just can’t get better,” says Bowls Australia national coach, Steve Glasson OAM. A Brisbane boy, best known as one of Australia’s greatest bowls players.

“There are so many clubs, the climate is perfect and the facilities and greens are world-class – plus it’s a great, fun place to go. It’s got theme parks, restaurants, beaches… the list is endless.”

Holding the title as the first Australian to become world No. 1, he jokes it’s possibly about time the World Bowls Headquarters moved from the wet, cobbled laneways of Edinburgh, Scotland, to idyllic year-round playing conditions on the holiday strip.

A destination gearing up to host the 2020 World Bowls Championships, the 2018 Commonwealth Games and next month’s Australian Open (11-24 June), itself renowned as the biggest and richest bowls event on the planet. In short, the crème de la crème of international competitions in a sport that even British style bible, Vogue magazine, last year placed on its ‘It List’.

Bowls Australia president Nigel Smith agrees there’s no question the Gold Coast commands a unique position in the world. Hands down, he says it’s the only destination able to cater to thousands of competitors and spectators in the one location – a dream that became a reality after the Australian Open last year moved from Melbourne to the Gold Coast in a deal that runs until 2019.

In the past, the annual event involved a series of qualifying rounds in each state and territory. However, now, thanks to the Gold Coast’s unique capacity to host all 4,000 plus matches on 15 of its 23 bowls clubs – alongside the region’s stellar accommodation and visitor facilities – Nigel says the Australian Open has literally transformed into the greatest bowls spectacle on Earth.

“I have no hesitation in saying the Gold Coast really is the Holy Grail of lawn bowls, not just in Australia, but the world,” Nigel says. “It’s the only place that has more than 70 greens within a 45 minute-drive from Coolangatta to Paradise Point.

“It’s just a unique spot – why would you want to have a blue ribbon event anywhere else? And that’s the reason we have secured pretty much every major international event from now until 2020.”

The winning combination of top-notch facilities, climate and lifestyle has also lured a string of the world’s top players – from Scotland, Canada and New Zealand – to live and train on the Gold Coast, although still representing their home countries on the international circuit.

Canada’s Ryan Bester is one of them. Employed at Broadbeach Bowls Club as the bowls coordinator, the dual Commonwealth Games medallist (silver at Glasgow’s 2014 Games and bronze at Melbourne’s 2006 Games) is simply blown away by what the region has to offer, not least being its friendly, welcoming vibe.

“Obviously Australia is the best place in the world for bowls, not just because it’s a great sporting country but because the weather allows for the best surfaces in the world,” says Ryan, who ‘fell in love with Australia and stayed’ after competing in the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Today, he competes for Broadbeach in everything but international tournaments.

“The Gold Coast is the heart of bowls for the whole world – a lot of top bowlers from the UK and overseas move here because it’s so good. It’s an easy going lifestyle; everyone’s on vacation and laid back, which is what I enjoy.”

What’s more, Steve Glasson says there’s absolutely no doubt in his mind that the Gold Coast is also the best place for visitors and lawn bowls first-timers to learn.

First up, he says the region is home to a high concentration of the world’s top players (past and present), meaning ‘you never know who you’ll rub shoulders with on the green’. By way of example, Helensvale Bowls Club has more of the Australian Jackaroos squad among its members than any other club in Australia, including squad captain Lynsey Clarke, Mark Casey, Brett Wilkie and Nathan Rice.

Secondly, the Gold Coast’s bowling greens are second to none. Steve is something of an expert on this topic having undertaken a greenkeeping apprenticeship when he was a teenager.

“All of the clubs on the Gold Coast use the same fine-leaf, tropical Tifdwarf grass, which is by far the best surface to play on,” he says. “If you look at the world’s best golf tournaments and wonderful, slick greens, that’s basically what you’re getting offered.

“Other places you go might have undulations in the green or the texture of the grass is rough and that causes the bowl to deviate, which can really scramble you. So, the Gold Coast’s greens are possibly the world’s kindest to play on because they are nice and flat and nice and consistent.”

Finally, Steve says, it’s hard to beat the bowls club atmosphere and comradery, not to mention a schooner of beer at 1970s prices.

The Australian Open (11-24 June) is one of more than 116 events on Tourism and Events Queensland’s It’s Live! In Queensland calendar, showcasing Australia’s best live events staged in the best destinations (visit to discover all the action).

Billed as the world’s biggest and richest lawn bowls event – drawing 2,000 participants and offering $225,000 prize money – the Australian Open this year includes 158 international competitors (85 from New Zealand; 32 from China; 21 from Malaysia; 9 from the United Kingdom; 3 from South Africa; and 2 from India). The youngest competitor is Kane Nelson, 13, from the Brisbane suburb of Belmont, while the oldest is Joan Wallis, 84, from Gold Coast’s Musgrave Hill.

For more, visit


Can’t make it to the Australian Open? No fear. You can play social bowls year-round on the Gold Coast, with many clubs promising an opportunity to rub shoulders with the best of the best. In terms of participants, the coast ranks 13th out of Australia’s 65 bowls regions, boasting 5,171 playing members, 24,145 total bowls club members and 10,608 annual social players (including those drawn to the increasingly popular barefoot bowls).

At a glance, here’s 10 of the Gold Coast’s 23 clubs to get you started…

Broadbeach Bowls and Community Club: the global epicentre of lawn bowls, staking its claim as the venue for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and, together with sister clubs, Helensvale and Musgrave Hill, the 2020 World Bowls Championships. This superstar club has recently undergone a $3.3 million facelift and is the Gold Coast’s only four green club. Also known for: a thriving social bowls program and fantastic location.

Club Helensvale: long-time heavyweight, boasting more Australian Jackaroos as members than any club in Australia, and named one of three venues to host the 2020 World Bowls Championships. Also known for: outstanding restaurant, bar and function facilities and an outdoor BBQ area.

Musgrave Hill Bowls Club: one of the three clubs selected to host the 2020 World Bowls Championships, located just north of Southport and Labrador. Also known for: two of its three greens include a shade cover and the club runs daily buffet catering.

Coolangatta Bowls & Recreation Club: one of the Gold Coast’s larger clubs, it has been home to some of Australia’s iconic players and former national stars including Kelvin Kerkow, Rob Parrella, Ian Schuback and Helen Bosisto. Also known for: on-site Chinese restaurant and a thriving social bowls program.

Burleigh Heads Bowls Club: a stone’s throw from Burleigh Heads beach, it’s considered one of the most idyllic locations to play lawn bowls anywhere in Australia.Also known for: great entertainment and a thriving social bowls program.

Club Benowa: small in size, but big on personality, it claims to be ‘the friendliest’ club on the Gold Coast. Also known for: a busy social calendar and legendary deck area.

Southport Bowls Club: the grand old dame of the Gold Coast, established in 1914. Also known for: a busy social calendar one of the most successful Jack Attack programs in Australia.

Paradise Point Bowls Club: boasts a showpiece undercover green. Also known for: great entertainment and a popular social bowls calendar.

Tugun Bowls and Community Club: celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, this club is located under the northern approach to the Gold Coast Airport, with jets passing overhead if the wind is right! Also known for: pristine greens; the club’s greenkeeper is president of the state and national greenkeeper associations.

Mermaid Beach Bowls Club: don’t be put off by the fact it was founded on a swamp in 1963; ideally positioned close to the jaw-dropping retail mecca, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. Also known for: a popular social bowls calendar and two floodlit greens.


For enquiries, contact:

Shelley Thomas

Publicist – It’s Live! In Queensland

P: 07 3535 5010 / 0416 377 444



Blake Lively Makes It To Shore For “The Shallows” Photocall In Cannes

CANNES, FRANCE – Actress Blake Lively attended a special Photo Call on Friday, May 13th during the 69th Cannes Film Festival to promote “The Shallows”.

‘In the taut thriller “The Shallows”, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy’s ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude.’


00:00:00:00 – 00:02:12:18 – The Shallows Trailer C Texted

00:02:13:05 – 00:04:05:11 – Blake Lively Photocall B-roll

00:04:05:11 – 00:04:33:07 – Shark Fin GV’s

00:04:33:18 – 00:06:47:11 – Blake Lively Soundbites

“The Shallows” will be released in cinemas by Columbia Pictures globally from the June 29th 2016.

The film is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, written by Anthony Jaswinski and produced by Lynn Harris and Matti Leshem.

Angry Birds Celebrates The Opening Of The Cannes Film Festival!

CANNES, FRANCE – On the eve of the 69th Cannes Film Festival, members of the international cast from “The Angry Birds Movie” were in Cannes celebrating the opening of the film festival with an exciting and colourful Photo Call as the film launches in cinemas worldwide.

On hand was English-language voice actor Josh Gad (Chuck, in his first animated film since Frozen) as well as Omar Sy (The Intouchables, Inferno, and the voice of Red in France), international TV personality Raya Abirached (who voices Matilda in the Middle East), popular comedian and actor Maccio Capatonda (who voices Red in Italy), comedian Timur Rodriguez (who voices Chuck in Russia) and producer John Cohen.



Time-lapse of Angry Birds installation on beach

Time-lapse and pan down of Angry Birds installation on beach

Tracking shot of of Angry Birds on beach

Close shot of Angry Birds on beach showing individual ornaments

Close shot of Angry Birds on beach showing individual ornaments

Focus pull of Angry Birds on beach revealing Carlton

Group of people picking up and looking at Angry Birds ornaments

Group of people picking up and looking at Angry Birds ornaments

Young lady picking up and looking at Angry Birds ornament

Young boy picking up and looking at Angry Birds ornament

Young boy with mother waving holding Angry Birds ornament

Woman walking, smiling and holding Angry Birds ornament

Wide shot of Angry Birds photocall

Egg beginning to crack at photocall

JOHN breaking the egg, OMAR helps to break the egg

Egg nearly broken

Egg breaks and reveals RED – JOSHUA and OMAR cheering

OMAR pats RED on back, RED walks in line for photocall. In line are TIMUR, OMAR, RED, JOSH & MACCIO

TIMUR, OMAR, RED, JOSH & MACCIO in line for photo call

RED dancing with PIGS, CHUCK and BOMB dancing behind

Cameras flashing, taking photos, pan right to reveal RED dancing with PIGS, CHUCK and BOMB

Zoom in of RED dancing with PIGS and two birds dancing behind

Cameras flashing, taking pictures


OMAR & JOSH laughing

JOSH poses with CHUCK with PIGS dancing in background

JOSH poses with CHUCK with PIGS dancing in background

JOSH poses with CHUCK with PIGS dancing in background

JOSH poses with RED with PIGS dancing in background

OMAR poses with CHUCK & RED with PIGS dancing in background

OMAR poses with CHUCK & RED with PIGS dancing in background

OMAR poses with CHUCK & RED with PIGS dancing in background, OMAR flaps hands pretending to be a bird

OMAR flaps hands pretending to be a bird with CHUCK and RED

MACCIO poses with RED and CHUCK, holding Angry Birds signage

MACCIO poses with RED and CHUCK, taking of Angry Birds sunglasses

Cameras flashing, taking photos

MACCIO poses with RED and CHUCK, holding Angry Birds signage and wearing Angry Birds sunglasses

TIMUR posing with chuck holding Angry Birds signage

TIMUR poses with RED and CHUCK, holding Angry Birds signage

RAYA posing with RED and BOMB holding #angrybirdsthemovie SIGN

Zoom in of RAYA posing with RED and BOMB holding #angrybirdsthemovie SIGN

JOHN posing with RED, BOMB & CHUCK, holding Angry Birds signage

JOHN posing with RED, BOMB & CHUCK, holding Angry Birds signage

Pan down revealing (from left to right) BOMB, TIMUR, OMAR, RED, JOHN, JOSH, CHUCK, MACCIO & RAYA








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