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travel 31 ADX Sydney 2016 French Film Festival Dates: 18–20 March Venues: Palace Cinemas Times: Films will be screened daily between 13:45 and 21:00 With film classics such as Breathless, a Nouvelle Vague masterpiece,andworld-acclaimed hits Amélie and The Intouchables, French cinema is in a league of its own. Returning to Palace Cinemas for its 27th season, the 2016 line-up of the Alliance Française French Film Festival—which is not only Australia’s biggest film festival, but also the largest festival of French films outside of France— includes 42 superb contemporary features,onetimelessclassicanda fabulous new programme strand that will showcase five of France’s premier television series. Whatever your preferred genre, donotmisstheuniqueopportunity to experience the very essence of French culture by indulging in the latest comedies, dramas and thrillers from la belle France. You mightconsiderJulienRappeneau’s enchantingdirectorialdebutRosalie Blum,awittycomedythatfollowsa thirty-something hairdresser trans- fixed by a chance encounter with a mysterious woman that inad- vertently rejuvenates his outlook on life. Tickets can be purchased online,overthephone,oratthebox office at each venue. Amusez-vous au cinéma! March into Merivale Food and Wine Festival Date: 18–20 March Venues and events are available at Spanningrestaurantsandevent locations across the city, Sydney’s annual food and wine festival is a month-long extravaganza of food- and drink-related events. Includ- ing food markets, wine tastings, chefcompetitions,cookingclasses andanythingelsefoodenthusiasts fantasize about, each event has a quirky theme to keep guests en- tertained. In addition, foodies are given the opportunity to interact with some of the best chefs and sommeliers in Sydney. Are you up for a culinary sur- prise? On Sunday, you can add an element of mystery to your dinnerplansbyattendingMystery Feasts. All you have to do is pick thetimeandMerivalewillpickthe place. The A$75 dinner package will then give you a three-course dining experience in one of the city’s premier restaurants. Sydney Symphony in Parramatta Park Date: 19 March Venue: The Crescent at Parramatta Park Starting time: 20:00 Be enthralled with a magical night under the stars when the Sydney Symphony performs their annual free concert at Parramatta Park for the tenth time. With con- ductor Benjamin Northey, the con- cert promises jazz from Dixieland to Duke Ellington, with roof-rais- ing hits like “Basin Street Blues” and Judy Bailey’s “Four Reasons”. Making the event even more spe- cial is Australian jazz superstar James Morrison, who will be join- ing the orchestra on stage. Foodanddrinkswillbeavailable to purchase on-site or you can bring your own delicious picnic full of tasty treats to take you through the night. If all of the above is not enough to convince you to attend this fabulous concert, consider the venueitselfamust-seeforvisitorsto Sydney. First declared a People’s Park in 1858, UNESCO World Her- itage-listedParramattaParkismore thanagreenretreatandhasmuchto offer,includingtheOldGovernment House, Australia’s oldest surviving public building, erected in 1799. Madonna Dates: 19 and 20 March Venue: Allphones Arena Starting time: 20:00 Including the new singles “LivingforLove”and“Ghosttown”, RebelHeartisMadonna’s11th No.1 albumontheAustraliancharts.As the last stop on her homonymous world tour, the 57-year-old pop iconwillperformliveDownUnder for the first time since 1993 (!). Anyone who has ever attended a Madonna show knows that this will not be just a concert but an eventwithmajorcostumechanges, spectacular dance pieces and of course many (thought-) provoking lines, for which the Queen of Pop is world famous. UK newspaper The Telegraph wrote: “Inarguably another fantastic display of show- biz shock and awe from a mistress of the form.” 7 AD What’s on in Sydney from 18 to 20 March

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