Quirkiest food festivals

  

Fremantle Seafood Festival

From the coast to the wild interior, Australia has an amazing array of produce that you shouldn't miss trying. From fresh crab in the estuarine city of Mandurah, to luxurious truffles in the quaint town of Manjimup, celebrate the best locally grown ingredients and explore the often-painstaking process that goes into their production by visiting one of these special food festivals.

Every February, the port city of Fremantle fills with seafood lovers from all over the country. Head over to the Fishing Boat Harbour, where you'll join 15, 000 fellow foodies wandering around the converted old harbour buildings - now a beguiling arrangement of cafes, breweries and art galleries. As well as ample seafood stalls, you can taste local wines, purchases the day's catch from the Fresh Seafood Market, and enjoy celebrity chef demos at the Taste of Fremantle stage.
Mandurah Crabfest
The small city of Mandurah in Western Australia plays host to the largest free community event in Australia every March. During Crabfest, over 100,000 locals and international visitors come to the city. The beautiful event is held next to the city's stunning natural backdrop; the Eastern estuary where its renowned local crab comes from. Known as the blue Marna crab, this iconic local resident is celebrated in local cuisine - make sure you head over to the “Fish Pot,” where you can taste freshly cooked crabs. And don't miss A Taste of Aboriginal Culture, a ticketed event which celebrates the traditional cuisine of the region.
Truffle Kerfuffle
Truffles are renowned globally as one of the world's most luxurious ingredients. There's no better place to try them than the bucolic rural town of Manjimup in Western Australia. Fresh black truffles abound here - in fact, more are found here than anywhere else in the Southern Hemisphere - and you can enjoy a myriad of truffle-focused experiences at this festival. Wander around the fresh truffle marketplace where you can enjoy offerings from local companies Oak Valley Truffles and Pottinger Truffles, enjoy folky live music and watch adorable truffle dog demonstrations (the method used to gather them in this part of the world.) You'll leave with a renewed appreciation of this gourmet ingredient.
Feast of the Senses
Taste of Tasmania
Tasmania has long been lauded as the foodie capital of Australia, with its abundant ocean life, untouched shores and wild interiors. Every late December and early January for more than 30 years, the best of Tasmanian food is celebrated in Hobart, around the waterfront precinct. 500, 000 people flood into the town to try everything from local gins to the ever-popular local Valhalla ice cream. You can also try products from Tasmania's best loved cheesery, the Bruny Island Cheese Co, and wine from the Bream Creek Vineyard in South East Tasmania, from one of the oldest vines on the island.
Fireside Festival
Warm up in winter by taking a trip to this charming festival in Canberra. Though the weather is as chilly as ever, the Fireside Festival will keep you cosy with its beguiling mixture of delicious food, great local wine and of course, a crackling fire. The winter festival takes place every late August and early September, and events are held in more than 20 locations across the city. Attend a wine tasting next to a bonfire, sit down for a degustation dinner made from locally grown and seasonal food and listen to live music in a cosy bar with a roaring fire in the room. It's a magical way to explore the city and experience the local foodie scene.

 

Best independent cinemas in Australia

  

Best independent cinemas in Australia

From Sydney to Adelaide, the cities and towns of Australia are home to some creative and charming independent cinemas. From the seaside location of the Avoca Beach Picture Theatre, to the Rooftop Cinema's urban space on the top of one of Melbourne's high-rise buildings, a trip to the movies can be transformed into an experience you won't forget if you visit one of these special indie venues.
The Avoca Beach Picture Theatre, NSW
This charming single screen movie theatre (in photo) has a unique location - right next to a beautiful beach in Avoca, New South Wales. It's frequently been voted Australia's Best Independent Regional Cinema; the theatre has a unique community focused feel and has been curated and run by four generations of the Hunter family since it was founded in 1948. The cinema shows a mixture of films - from the latest blockbuster to arthouse secrets - but you can be sure it's all lovingly curated for the enjoyment of audiences by the friendly owners.
Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, Sydney
In the heart of Sydney, along the busy Military Road, the art deco brilliance of the Orpheum Picture Palace shouldn't be missed during a trip to Sydney. You'll feel like you've time travelled back to the 1930s when you experience their piano bar and watch classic silent film screenings accompanied by their original Wurlitzer organ. It's a glamorous cinema with innovative programming, and shouldn't be missed.
Capri Theatre, Adelaide
Art Deco cinema the Capri Theatre is located in Goodwood, a suburb of southern city Adelaide. Built in the 1930s, it's a beguiling example of Art Deco architecture with a show stopping Wurlitzer organ as the cinema's centrepiece. Best loved for its multi-annual “Nostalgia Movie Nights,” you'll be swathed in vintage glamour when you attend one of these events, which combine classic movies with supporting retro shorts, newsreels and advertising. If you're after a dose of the nostalgic, no theatre does it better than the Capri Theatre.
Palace Nova, Adelaide
This pretty Adelaide-based cinema has a unique twist. In the same way as it focuses on great programming - there's a fab line up of the latest arthouse films as well as blockbusters and repertory screenings - it focuses on what is arguably the best accompaniment to a film there can be; a chilled glass of wine. You won't find any lukewarm beverages in plastic cups here - wine is served in elegant glasses and all in all it's a classy affair. The cinema plays host to internationally acclaimed events like Adelaide Film Festival, and houses nine different screens, including an IMAX screen. For an elegant experience, as well as programming to suit everyone's taste, this is great place to come.
Rooftop Cinema, Melbourne
For a hip experience in arty city Melbourne, visit the Rooftop Cinema. During the summer months, this al fresco cinema at a central location - Rooftop Bar in the downtown area - becomes a relaxing destination with a festival-like vibe. It's perfect for seeing a well-curated array of contemporary art house and blockbusters, as well as classics - think Clueless, Casablanca and Napoleon Dynamite. If you get peckish, there's an on-site burger stand which also serves up gourmet popcorn. Cinema host Rooftop Bar will also keep you well stocked with craft beers and crisp glasses of wine.
Mount Vic Flicks, Sydney
Outside of Sydney, the quaint village of Mount Victoria in the Blue Mountains is a great place to have a day out. It's also definitely worth travelling here in the evening to spend the night at Mount Vic Flicks. The historic theatre was originally known as Mount Victoria Pictures and operated under this name till the mid-1950s. For the next thirty years, the cinema remained closed, until Ron and Diane Bayley reopened it as Mount Vic Flicks in the 1980s. Today, the cinema owns a digital projector, and plays the latest arthouse films and classic repertory screenings. The cosy and special interior is beautifully preserved.

 

Australian running events

  

Australian running events

Five Australian running events you can't miss

The breath-taking landscape of Australia lends itself to some of the world's most epic running events. From city runs in Melbourne and Sydney, to wild routes along the dramatic coastline, Australia is one of the best countries in the world to lace up your trainers and take to the road. You'll be sure to be inspired by the landscape around you, and you might even see some local flora and fauna, like kangaroos and wallabies, along the way.
Cradle Mountain Run
One of the wildest runs in Australia, the Cradle Mountain Run takes participants on an incredible 82 km jaunt around scenic Tasmania. This ultra-running event takes place every February, and you'll be traversing across the wild Overland Track through miles of wilderness. You'll finish by the coast, at the Cynthia Bay Boat Jetty, and before that travel through the Waterfall Valley, along the shores of Lake Windemere and over the Frog Flats. It's a challenge that will pay off as you experience some of Australia's most special scenery up close.
Great Ocean Road Marathon (photo)
Famous all over the world, the Great Ocean Road Marathon is arguable the most scenic running event in Australia. Running along the epic west coast of the country, from Lorne to Apollo Bay, you'll have incredible views of the wild and windswept Southern Ocean as you run alongside it. There are also half marathon and 14 km options for this route, but why not enjoy the stunning route for what it is, and complete the full 45 km marathon route? This special event takes place every May.
Gold Coast Marathon
If you're struggling through a chilly July, take the opportunity to travel to the sunny Gold Coast, in north west Australia. There are half and full marathon options available at this event, with both routes running along the stunning Queensland coast. The race attracts more than 28, 000 participants from around the world, who aim to reach their new personal best on the flat and scenic course, aided by the mild weather which boasts little wind and humidity – some of the perfect conditions for running. After you finish, enjoy the surf, sunshine and cafes lining the streets of this beautiful area.
Melbourne Marathon
Every October, the streets of Melbourne are filled with runners seeking a little sunshine. Choose between 5.7 km, 10 km and half marathon routes, or go for the full 42 km race at this event in the cosmopolitan city. The flat and breezy course creates perfect conditions for achieving your new personal best, and the urban location means you can be cheered over the finish line by family and friends. The largest marathon in Australia, you'll circle around the city sights, like Albert Station and past the St Kilda Beach foreshore during a race you'll never forget.
Sydney City 2 Surf
What better way to spend your time in August than at the biggest fun run in the world? This iconic run through Sydney's streets starts at Hyde Park, moves through the pretty Eastern Suburbs, and finishes up at surfer favourite Bondi Beach, where participants can finish off their run with a cooling swim. The race has been held every year since 1971, and attracts more than 80, 000 participants. The lively 14 km event is a great way to see the city and has a friendly, community feel.
The Australian Outback Marathon at Uluru
The beautiful scenery of interior Australia will inspire you as run this marathon. Attracting entrants from over 29 different countries, you'll be traversing along bush trails through beautiful red sand dunes, with the stunning Uluru in the background. This journey across the outback can also be taken in smaller distances – the organisers offer 11km and 6km fun runs.
The Winery Running Festival
Held in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, the Winery Running Festival makes use of the bucolic rolling hills and vineyards of Australia's wine country for their scenic races. There's no better way to celebrate crossing the finish line than with a glass of some of Australia's finest local wine. Held every July, a unique part of the running festival is the Moon Marathon they host – a 42km event held on golf cart tracks during the night.

 

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

  

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Six events you can't miss at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Every year since 1992, the streets of Melbourne have filled with thousands of foodies for ten glorious days every March. The annual Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is beloved by chefs and food critics and showcases the best produce from the surrounding state of Victoria, as well as chefs from all over the region. Now in its 26th year, the iconic event has grown exponentially, and attracts food-lovers, speakers and chefs from all over the world to the city. Here are the best food-filled events that you simply can't miss at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
The House of Food and Wine
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival's iconic House of Food and Wine is filled with demonstrations, workshops and talks from both Australian and global foodie talent. Michelin-awarded chefs from all over the world demonstrate their signature dishes and panel discussions on everything from coffee roasting to sustainability are held. If you're feeling hungry after watching the demonstrations, stop off at Sundae School Ice Creamery, where unusual flavours inspired by the presenters are whipped up. Then, get your hands dirty with a workshop - subjects range from fermentation to growing fungi and you'll be sure to leave with some new tricks up your sleeve.
The World's Longest Lunch
One of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival's greatest traditions, the quirky World's Longest Lunch event is held annually in the charming Victoria Gardens, in Prahran. Three talented local chefs are selected to prepare the three course feast each year, which is devoured by over 1,600 diners, seated at a table which stretches more than 500 metres across the park. This is a joyful experience that you truly can't miss and showcases some of Melbourne's most exciting new culinary talent.
The Village Fest
Head out of the city and into the stunning Victoria countryside for a foodie event with a rural feel. The Village Fest is held annually in the tiny town of Jindivick, located an hour outside of Melbourne. During the festival, Jindivick's small main street transforms into a culinary wonderland, complete with a charming fairground, old school meat raffle and plenty of live music. The town is carefully set up with recreations of nostalgic shops from the past, like a green grocer, dispensary and milk bar, and as you wander through and see what's on offer you'll notice the twist - they're all helmed by the finest Australian culinary talents, who create traditional foods that you can buy - but amping them up with their cooking skills and creative flair.
Crawl n Bite
Aiming to showcase Melbourne's surrounding foodie scene area by area, Crawl n Bite organises three excellent food crawls around the state of Victoria. If you pick their Ballarat Crawl event, you'll be led around the quaint gold mining town of Ballarat to try local wines and cheese at foodie stalwart Mitchell Harris Bar and Cellar Door, and sit down for an unforgettable meal at Underbar, a tiny fine dining restaurant where every flavour is inspired by the landscape around.
Restaurant Express
The week the festival is on in the best time to try some of Melbourne's best loved restaurants. With over 70 restaurants across Victoria participating, you can get two courses and a matched wine for only $40 per person. It's the ideal opportunity to try that restaurant you've always wanted to - from New York inspired steakhouse Steer Dining Room to Spice Temple, home of exquisite Chinese cookery by star chef Neil Perry.
Global Dining Series
If you're interested in trying international fusion food, book tickets to some events in the Global Dining Series. From Korean to Mexican cuisine, some of the city's best restaurants are taken over by the world's best chefs, who showcase new innovative dishes, often invented for the festival and blending multiple culinary traditions together. If you're a fan of Korean cuisine, make sure you attend New York chef Junghyun Park's residency at Peter Jo's Melbourne restaurant Shik, and for Mexican fans, head to breakthrough restaurant Mamasita to experience Rosio Sanchez's incredibly inventive Mexican cooking.

 

Miranda Kerr confesses love story

  

Miranda Kerr confesses love story

Miranda Kerr started her modelling career when she was her early teens and since then she has become one of the most prominent models in the world. In fact, she was the first Australian to become a Victoria's Secret Angel (in 2007). In 2008, she was listed among the world's 10 highest-earning models and has modelled for the likes of Prada, Balenciaga and Vogue.

At a pre-Grammys gala in Beverly Hills, the 32-year-old stepped out publicly for the first time with her new boyfriend Evan Spiefel, the billionaire founder of Snapchat.
This is her first public romance since her divorce from Orlando Bloom, with whom had a son who is now five years old.
The model revealed she met her current boyfriend at a dinner in LA for Louis Vuitton and became friends. “We were really good friends for a long time before we started dating,” she said.
They couple confirmed their relationship on November 2015. "We met actually at a Louis Vuitton dinner in New York a year ago," she said. "We just started out as friends and eventually it developed into more." Kerr said Spiegel was a "really kind person and very genuine and very authentic", adding, "also he's very intelligent".
The Australian model stepped her relationship with 25-year-old Snapchat founder Evan Spiefel up to the next level by introducing him to her young son, Flynn. They had been dating for 6 months, a period she agreed with her ex-husband Orland Bloom when they separated. “We had to know the person for six month and feel good about them,” she said.
“Even met Flynn, so yeah, things are going well. Orlando thinks he's great. We're just a modern family now!”
Despite the fact that she is 7 years older than him, Kerr said it does not always feel she is dating a younger man who has an estimated net worth of $1.2 billion. “He's 25, but he acts like he's 50,” she said.
"He's not out partying. He goes to work in Venice [Beach], he comes home. We don't go out. We'd rather be at home and have dinner, go to bed early."
But she also admitted there were some advantages to dating a younger man, confessing she has “the best of both worlds.”
She also shared her beauty tips. “Beautiful skin is healthy skin. That's why it's important to feed your skin from the inside as well as outside. Choosing fresh, organic – when possible – produce, drinking enough water and using a skincare that is nutrient-rich and full of essential fatty acids. That's why I developed KORA Organics, it's formulated to feed, protect and nourish your skin”
Miranda Kerr also shared what she does every day to stay in shape. “I work out most days but I do things that I enjoy so it's less of a chore… I practice yoga daily even if only for 20 minutes, and then rotate between Pilates, ballet, swimming, cycling, hiking and keeping up with Flynn.”

 

Beauty Tips from Aussie Celebs

  

Beauty Tips from Aussie Celebs

Aussie celebs are among the most beautiful in the world, but you are not only born with beauty. You also have to look after yourself. Here are some tips from the most beautiful Aussie celebs:

Ruby Rose: “A beauty product has to be gentle so it feels good on the skin. It also needs to inspire you a little. I do Bikram yoga and I don't drink alcohol or soft drink. I do, however, drink coffee, water, coconut water, green tea and peppermint tea.”
Kylie Minogue: “I'm pretty obsessive about sunblock and, at night, I use a really good moisturiser. I can't remember the last time I went to bed without doing my routine but I keep things pretty simple.”
Margot Robbie: Queenslander Margot Robbie is a huge fan of Australian-made organic skin care products. She uses products for her face that include sea buckthorn oil and jojoba oil.
Asher Keddie: Asher Keddie's beauty secret is to eat whatever she wants in moderation. Her diet includes good red wine at dinner. However, she eats clean, unprocessed goods, drink plenty of water and gets her hands dirty on her farm in Victoria.
Nicole Kidman: “I wear sunscreen, I don't smoke and I take care of myself, and I am proud to say that.” Kidman also swims 30 minutes every day but she makes sure her fair skin is covered up.
Shanina Shaik: "If you want to apply foundation or cover-up, mix it with your moisturiser first — don't just use the foundation alone. I find it goes into your skin and gives it a more natural look, so you don't get what I call 'the mask.' Nobody wants that over-makeup look."
Natalie Roser: "My biggest beauty secret would be skin preparation. A good primer and moisturiser are so important and help me ensure that my makeup stays flawless all day.”
Elyse Knowles: "Prepping the skin is very important . . . make all the red blood cells come to the surface by massaging the face whilst moisturising."
Kelly Gale: "Every time I wash my hair, I put it into two plaits and go to sleep like that. It makes my hair nice and wavy. I have a natural wave, but this makes it more controlled and less frizzy."
Jesinta Campbell: "The chop was the best thing I ever did. My hair is so easy to do! I can literally get out of the shower, let it dry naturally and then just flip it over to one side."
Lilla Conradsen: "My biggest beauty secret would have to be the salt water from the ocean. I tend to swim as much as possible, even throughout Winter."
Elouise Morris: "I love texturised hair as mine is super straight, I usually spritz sea salt spray or dry shampoo to give it body and that sexy beach hair look!"
Ashley Hart: "I have been travelling a lot . . . so being healthy and looking after myself is key. I meditate twice a day and always try to fit in a yoga class so I keep my beauty routine fairly simple. Cleansing and hydrating is super important."
Elyse Taylor: "Beauty means being natural and letting your personality come through."
Lucy Markovic: "Mixing nutmeg, honey and lemon juice together creates a fantastic DIY face mask. It smells amazing as well!"
Miranda Kerr: "In the Summer, I always carry my Kora Organics Citrus Energising Mist ($39.95) with me, that's really good for Summer. I'll put that in the refrigerator; I'll have one at home because it's so invigorating. It's not like a regular face mist, it's a really rejuvenating face mist which really helps balance the skin and rejuvenate the skin, it's got lots of antioxidants in there, it holds the moisture in the skin as well."

 

Wanderlust 108

  

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Wanderlust 108, the world's only mindful triathlon, is a field day for your mind, body and soul. Instead of a trophy, the prizes are a vibrant community, self-awareness and inner peace. Instead of a competition, it's all about the community.

The run is 5 kilometres long. You don't have to sweat it, just do it at your own pace. Either run, walk, prance or skip, stroll or strut, you can choose how you get there, as long as you make it to the finish line.
There couldn't be a wanderlust event without Yoga. If you like stretching, this is the place for you with 75 minutes of yoga flow underscored by a DJ. Whether it's your first or 500th time on your math, you can find your own beat. From Aerial to AcroYoga, you can reach new heights.
The festival also features a 30-minute guided meditation to clear your mind, relax your body and complete the mindful triathlon.
Also, during the event, you can relax in the Kula Market, which is jam packed with funky local crafts and delicious organic foods. You can also sign up for one bonus activity, such as AiReal yoga, acroyoga, hooping, slacklining, or tribal marking. Always make sure you sign up in advance since the bonus activities tend to fill up really quickly.
Tasty treats and local threads at the Kula Market which features locally made crafts, jewelry, yoga gear, snacks and a “boochgarten” - the kombucha biergarten. The Melbourne leg of this widespread, international event is held at the Catani Gardens, which is boarded by Jacka Boulevard, Beaconsfield Parade & Pier Road, St Kilda.
Starting at 8.30am the Wanderlust 108 festival runs all day until 4pm, and you can register as an individual for $40, or gather together a few of your friends, come up with a team name and register as a group.
You must try this triathlon as it is unlike any other. No competition and stress-free. It is not only good for your mind but it is also good for your body. You get to do a pre-run stretch. It is great to feel part of a community as it is a peaceful and friendly race.
The event is not only good for your mind and body but it is also environmentally responsible as it encourages people to recycle. You can find zero waste compost and recycling stations throughout Wanderlust 108.
Some Wanderlust 108 events feature live performances. Depending on the area, you might find some bands entertaining the crowd with tunes that will make you want to dance. And there is music all day long, there might even be a DJ around.
There are also fascinating yard activities - Acroyoga, slacklining, retro yard games and other activities.
There is a mindful market featuring clean and organic bites.
You can enjoy yoga all day. From pre-race to sunset, you get to take various yoga styles from world renowned instructors. more info on wanderlust.com

Rose Byrne welcomes newborn

  

Rose Byrne welcomes newborn(1)

The Sydney-born actress, who welcomed baby Rocco with partner Bobby Cannavale recently, stepped out at a screening of her latest film the Meddler.

“I feel just sleep-deprived, and still in the tunnel,” Byrne, 36, revealed of her foray into motherhood. “It's has been a challenge, the first three months. It's intense. My brain's really fried.”
Her husband Cannavale broke the news of the birth of his son on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert confirming Byrne had popped on February 1. Cannavale didn't give out many details except for that the baby was “beautiful” and was named Rocco.
“I had a baby on Monday, yes,” the Vinyl star said. “You know, I didn't do anything. We (men) don't do anything and I'm so tired. I think I've gained 28 pounds (12kg) since Monday.
“I mean, I'm not kidding you. Like, this jacket fit so well, like, last Thursday. But I've been eating so much.”
Rocco is Rose's first-born but Bobby has a 20-year-old son named Jake from ex-wife Jenny Lumet.
The doting duo have been dating since 2012, and have since worked together in the 2014's Annie and Adult Beginners as well as 2015's Spy.
The Meddler is a comedy-drama that tells the story of an ageing mother who moves to Los Angeles to be closer to her daughter. There she sparks a relationship with a police officer. Susan Sarandon, J.K. Simmons and Jerrod Carmichael also feature on the film.

 

Kylie Minogue hairstyle

  

Kylie Minogue hairstyle

Kylie Minogue travelled 30 years back in time and looked like she had stepped straight out of the 80s when hit the town of London wearing her spiral perm. The 47-year-old superstar appeared with her spiral perm during an outing with her fiance Joshua Sasse, 28. Her hairstyle gave fans a flashback of the perm she sported during her time playing Charlene on Neighbours back in the 80s. Photo is from Queens bday in 2018.
Kylie stepped out with Sasse for dinner at the Wolseley restaurant after performing at a wedding in London.
The pop star wore her bleach blonde hair in tight curls and looked as if she has barely aged a day since she was wearing the same hairstyle 30 years ago.
Along with her wild hair, she wore a chic black top and trousers, as well as a pair of high-heels.
Back in the 80s, Kylie's curly hair became her trademark after she launched her career in Neighbours and then set out to take the world of pop music by storm.
For fans worldwide, it looks like she might have revived her initial look, but the makeover might go unnoticed on her young lover, Sasse, who was born the same month Kylie released her first single, I Should Be So Lucky, in December 1987.
During the romantic dinner, people could spot the sparkling engagement ring which she accepted from Joshua earlier this year.
Kylie met the young actor while filming TV show Galavant in September, and she confirmed the romance two months later.
They announced their engagement in February when they confirmed the nuptials in a newspaper announcement.
The statement read: “The engagement is announced between Joshua, son of the late Dominic Sasse and of Mary Heale (nee Macauley), of Herefordshire, and Kylie, eldest daughter of Ronald and Carol Minogue, of Melbourne, Australia.”
The singer has previously shrugged off the nearly two decades gap between the couple, telling a radio station in her native Australia: “I think the general consensus is, we kind of look right together. So even though on paper it might not look right, it just is right. He is an absolutely brilliant, brilliant guy. And even if I try and act cool and natural, it's written all over my face that I am very happy.”
She has also been particularly effusive about the happiness she has found with Sasse, confessing that she had “a love in my life, which is just a beautiful thing”, and even letting drop that she might want to start a family. “If that were to happen that would be incredible.”

 

Gay Comedians Get Married

  

Gay Comedians Get Married

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Australia since 9 December 2017 but this article looks back when it was not possible.

Since they could not marry their actual loves, comedians Zoe Coombs Marr and Rhys Nicholson, who are both gay, got hitched in a Melbourne ceremony as a protest against Australia's prohibition on same-sex marriage.
The wedding took place as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, where Coombs Marr took out the prestigious Barry Award for best show.
The protest was in fact a colourful party with music, dances, mock protesters and an impressive cast of Australian comedians.
But not everything was a party. There were some serious moments as well. For instance, comedian Hannah Gadsby gave a powerful speech, saying the “think of the children” argument commonly used against same-sex marriage is actually one in favour of gay marriage.
“When you say to a person, ‘No. You cannot join in. You do not belong in this community', the end of that sentence is not the end of the story. The ramifications are traumatic to the individual,” she said.
“Rhys and Zoe are doing this for all of the children. Because at the moment, what we are doing in this country is saying to all of the children that it is OK to exclude a minority. It is OK to be a bully,” Gadsby continued.
“Through their union, filled with love and disrespect, from both within and without, what Rhys and Zoe would like to say to all children is that being inclusive is just as important as being included.”
The ceremony's grand finale features the bride and the groom declining to kiss each other and opting instead for giving a passionate kiss to their same-sex partners.
“The idea came to me in a dressing room,” she said. “I was in drag, dressed as a man, and Rhys was in semi-drag as an androgynous dandy. Rhys said, ‘We look like a really fucked up wedding couple'.”
“We thought it was pretty funny, and the idea stuck in my head. I thought it was something we could do to assert ourselves in a way that was fun but also quite provocative.”
According to Coombs Marr, the event was a “massive farce”.
“It is a farce that we can't get married, that we're still talking about this in 2016,” she said. “We want to say, come on guys, this is really silly. We can't marry our partners but we can marry each other.”
Apart from its goal to protest and to entertain, the ceremony also served as a fundraiser for LGBTI youth charity Minus18. The Melbourne-based group run events - including same-sex and gender diverse formals - and provide resources and support to LGBTI youth.
“It's really important that young people are getting the message that their relationships are their own and as valid as anybody else's,” said Coombs Marr.

 

  
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