New York Film Academy

Explore the state-of-the-art Gold Coast New York Film Academy campus

Find out why Variety named New York Film Academy as one of the ‘top stellar Film schools in 2017’ at their upcoming Mega Open Day.

New York Film Academy Australia (NYFA-AU) invites prospective students to learn more about our Visual and Performing Arts programs with an all-access VIP pass to their Mega Open Day on Saturday, 21 April from 10am – 12pm.

Do not miss your chance to explore our brand new, state of the art facilities; get up close with cutting edge film equipment; network with award-winning, industry professionals; learn more about our exclusive studio located at Village Roadshow Studios where our students study in the heart of major Hollywood productions. You’ll have the opportunity to book an exclusive student VIP tour to see first-hand the NYFAAU studio experience.

Discover pathways to the US through our accredited programs. Hear Alumni share their own success in the local and international market. Learn about our current programs in Filmmaking, Acting for Film, Screenwriting, 3D Animation & VFX, Producing and Documentary Filmmaking.

New York Film Academy Australia’s innovative ‘learning by doing’ approach is aligned with the philosophy of our renowned headquarters in the US (New York, Los Angeles and Miami) as well as satellite locations all over the world. Our project based curriculum is designed to reflect the real-world environment while encouraging
students to explore their own creativity and passion.

The aim of the Academy is to help students better appreciate the art and craft of visual storytelling so that they may develop as artists and better express their personal artistic visions.

Applications for May 2018 enrolments are now open!

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HOTA’s Concert for the Planet, a moment in musical time not to be missed

In celebration of Earth Hour on Saturday March 24, HOTA, Home of the Arts will present an evening of discovery and symphonic experience.

A free musical event, Concert for the Planet will transform the parkland into a live music soundscape, with musicians from all over the world taking part via a worldwide livestream.

The Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra, extended to include over 100 local musicians, will perform Holst’s The Planets under the baton of conductor Lachlan Snow. Fittingly, the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra is the first full orchestra to perform on the recently launched state-of-the-art $37.5 million outdoor stage.

This spectacular concert will be live-streamed globally and with the help of innovative technology, such as the Conductor-Cam, musicians and communities will be able to join in and play along during the performance.

Following the free Tim Minchin concert this Saturday March 17 which officially launches the HOTA Outdoor Program, the performance on March 24 is the second-ever Concert for the Planet following the first in 2015 in Sydney.

“This is going to be a brilliant moment in musical time, with an extraordinary repertoire in Holst’s The Planets,” said HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke.

“We’re inviting music lovers of all ages to bring a picnic to enjoy a truly memorable evening under the stars!”

Activity begins from 5pm with sustainable and environmentally focused community and art stalls, visual art installations by Gold Coast favourites Clayton Blake and Guy Cooper, and performance and interactive art activities including dancing, drumming, children’s activities and more.

HOTA has partnered with the Global Orchestra Foundation in a commitment to make positive change for the future.

In response to Earth Hour attendees are asked to bring reusable water bottles and make use of the free water stations around the venue, carpool or use public transport to get to the event and to use the recycling services available on-site or take rubbish home for appropriate disposal.

The main concert will start at 7.30pm (AEST) and the performance will conclude at the start of Earth Hour 2018 in Queensland.

The lights will be turned down, and guests are asked to bring a torch to assist in exiting the venue safely.

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Holiday cheer and Happy New Year

2017 has been a huge year for us and we thank you for your continued support.

There’s plenty to do at The Arts Centre over the Christmas and holiday break with Summer family fun and Christmas cheer.

Make sure you paws a while on your next visit to see the playful, festive Christmas Commission from local artist Dion Parker. How many times can you spot Lil Dusty around the venue?

And if you’re stuck for ideas for Christmas gifts, why not share the festive love and give the gift of art and memories with our gift vouchers!

Whether it be a dash of dance, a drop of drama, a healthy dose of laughs or a sprinkle of risqué, our gift vouchers can be used anywhere at The Arts Centre. It can even be used at our Café or cinema.

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The Summer of Fun For Everyone

Spring into The Arts Centre Gold Coast this Summer with a wave of cool things to see and do for the whole family. Create awesome art or act and dance with celebrity performers.
Look a scary dinosaur right in the eye or catch a free kids’ movie. Get active exploring the riverside parklands, go jump in the lake, then relax under the shady trees with a packed picnic basket. There’s so much on offer here, you can easily make a day (or two) of it!

Here are all the great shows you can SEE over Summer…

Go back in time and come face to face with real life dinosaurs trained by their fearless zoo keepers in Erth’s widely acclaimed show, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo™. They’re unmistakably ‘alive’ and mostly friendly in a fun, educational and unique performance. Sing, dance, laugh and clap along with Peter Combe, aka Mr Clicketty Cane, in his hilariously interactive Wash Your Face in Orange Juice. Marvel at Peter Pan in his wild adventures with Tinkerbell, Captain Hook and his pirate crew as The National Theatre broadcasts their live performance direct to the Arts Theatre. Paddington Bear is back on the big screen in Paddington 2, where he tries to recover Aunt Lucy’s stolen gift he saved all his hard-earned pennies for. There’s also an incredible FREE line up of Disney and Pixar short animation movies screening in the Basement that all ages are sure to love

And here are all the cool things you can DO over Summer…

Watch and learn from some of the entertainment world’s most talented performers in Green Room Junior, culminating in a live student showcase on stage. The Green Room Workshops further teach kids how to sing, dance, act and perform, with backstage access to celebrity mentors showing them all the tricks of the entertainment trade. Get whimsical as princes, princesses, fairies and fun characters all create a fanciful land where only the true kiss of love will awaken the 100-year slumber of The Sleeping Beauty; presented by The Australia Ballet’s – Story Time Ballet. Kids who like to pirouette can also enjoy an unforgettable dance and learning experience led by one of The Australian Ballet’s premiere Education Team Members in Dancing Story.

If being constructive (or destructive!) is more your thing, then our makers’ workshops are definitely right up your creative alley. Me Myselfie and I – Direct from QAGOMA offers an exhibition exploring the representation of self, alongside interactive making and multimedia art projects like creating fun self-portraits. Tap your inner flair and flaunt that fashion style by sculpting a stunning outfit to wear down the runway in Cardboard Couture. Or if you’ve got bigger ambitions, why not take over the world with your awesome, hand-made Robot Helmet that gives you bionic super powers no one can match!

Whatever kids may be into, there’s something for everyone to enjoy over Summer at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. Some activities are free and others affordably ticketed with bookings essential; a selection of workshops also require that children be accompanied by an adult at all times. Check online for full Summer details, and remember, there’s heaps of 4-hour parking on site plus yummy food and drinks available at the Arts Café.

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Will weight loss surgery give you a better quality of life?

While most of us are aware there are medical benefits with weight loss surgery, there are also an array of non-medical benefits patients can expect.

Gold Coast Weight Loss surgeon Dr Jason Free reveals 6 areas of improvement patients can experience post weight loss surgery:

1. Depression & Anxiety
A Swedish study involving thousands of obese patients found that those who underwent surgery had a significant decrease in depression and anxiety, compared to those who were treated with diet, exercise and counselling.

2. Self-Concept and Personality
Self-concept refers to a patient’s perception of “self” including several important characteristics such as: self-esteem, body image, self-confidence, and sense of attractiveness and assertiveness. A recent published review of the literature suggests that weight loss surgery improves self-esteem, self-confidence, and expressiveness. These changes appear to be correlated with major improvements in body image and weight-loss satisfaction after surgery. Various studies have looked at improvement in self-esteem with results ranging from 89-96% of patients demonstrating an improved self-esteem. Even patients who had not lost as much weight as anticipated had a dramatic improvement in self-esteem.

3. Mobility
Many obese people find it difficult to participate in activities they might otherwise enjoy & have limitations in movement and decreased mobility. Evidence shows weight loss surgery decreases the proportion of people with a “physical handicap” due to their obesity from 50% down to 6%.

4. Vitality
The lack of motivation and tiredness many obese patients feel is dramatically improved following surgery. When looking at a person’s quality of life scoring, many noted their score almost doubled, from 35 to 67.

5. Sexuality
In a study of patients following sleeve gastrectomy, 85% noticed having an improvement in their sexual life.

6. Social Functioning
Surgical weight loss has been shown to decrease discrimination of others towards obese patients. “Public Distress” and “Social Functioning” scores on quality of life questionnaires showed significant improvements.

According to Dr Free, “most obese patients consider the impaired quality of life to be the most crippling aspect of their disease, despite having medical comorbidities which can be improved.  After surgery, many consider the lifestyle improvement the greatest benefit.”

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This is a sponsored editorial brought to you by Dr Jason Free