Bringing life back to Melbourne streets with the Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G - Brolga & Mulga
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Bringing life back to Melbourne streets with the Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G

By Luke Hopewell August 28, 2020

We know that Melbourne’s streets and landmarks are deserted right now due to lockdown restrictions in the state. That means nobody’s out and about enjoying the incredible street art on offer all over town. To brighten your day, we’re bringing the vibrant art of Melbourne’s streets to you with our virtual art gallery, all thanks to the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G.

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G features the incredible new S-Pen, and also packs in our incredible 5G. Put the two in the hands of some incredible artists and you have the recipe for an incredible real-time collaboration.

Melbourne-based illustrator Brolga and Sydney-based artist Mulga are showing the power of the new device and our new 5G to build out bare Melbourne streetscapes with bright, illustrated scenes on this, the week of Melbourne’s 185th birthday.

Using the Note20 Ultra over our 5G network means that they can collaborate better than ever, despite being separated by vast distances. Their creations bring colour, creativity and life back to Melbourne’s once-buzzing cityscape, which has been left bare and devoid of energy.

With technology, we’re showcasing the talents of two Australian artists, while demonstrating that we can keep Australians connected, even if they’re apart. The possibilities 5G offers is extensive. Its potential to deliver high speeds and low latency can enable not only fast download speeds for our customers, but also unlocks capacity for thousands of new devices working together on our network.

The two artists used the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G to create these stunning works, and will collaborate live via Telstra 5G to create another incredible work.

Check out our hands-on with the Note20 Ultra 5G on Telstra Exchange.

2019 Telstra Ballet Dancer Awards
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Recognising Australia’s rising stars in the 2019 Telstra Ballet Dancer Awards

By Genelle Sharples September 3, 2019

We believe the purpose of technology is to inspire and connect. We want to help current and future generations reach their full potential, and for almost two decades we’ve been helping incredible young dancers to do just that. This year’s six rising ballet stars are nothing short of extraordinary and we think you’ll agree.

Our partnership with The Australian Ballet continues to nurture Australia’s brilliant ballet talent, and the Telstra Ballet Dancer Awards represent the pinnacle of our partnership every year. The Awards allow us to support some of Australia’s brightest young stars with new opportunities and career experiences, to challenge and encourage them on their chosen path.

The six dancers nominated for the award this year include: Corps de Ballet Dancer Isobelle Dashwood; Soloist Jill Ogai; Senior Artist Cristiano Martino; Senior Artist Marcus Morelli; Soloist Sharni Spencer; and Corps de Ballet Dancer Yichuan Wang.

2019 Telstra Ballet Dancer Awards

The Telstra Ballet Dancer Awards comprises two categories: the Telstra Rising Star winner is awarded a cash prize of $20,000 and the Telstra People’s Choice Award winner receives a $5,000 cash prize.

The Telstra Rising Star Award winner is decided by a panel of judges from Telstra and The Australian Ballet and announced on the Opening Night performance of The Nutcracker at the Sydney Opera House on 30 November 2019. The People’s Choice Award winner is decided by you!

We invite you to cast your vote to decide the next rising star of The Australian Ballet and to reward one of these exciting young dancers for their dedication, skill and grace. You can visit our website to view videos of our finalists, before casting your all-important vote. Votes can be cast via the website, or via 0484 BALLET. Voting closes on 17 November 2019.

Ballet is an incredibly demanding art form and this award is an opportunity to recognise the passion and artistry these dancers bring to the stage. We love that we are able to share their stories and their joy of ballet, providing inspiration for all Australians to get involved.

We wish all of our finalists the very best of luck and congratulate them on their already immense achievements in the field of ballet.

For more information on the awards, visit the Telstra Ballet Dancer Awards website.

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Rewarding a rising star in Australian ballet

By Genelle Sharples December 3, 2018

Jade Wood, senior artist with The Australian Ballet, has been selected as the winner of our annual Telstra Ballet Dancer Award for 2018, and will receive a $20,000 prize. Now in its 16th year, the Telstra Ballet Dancer Award recognises emerging talent in the field of ballet, encouraging the dancers to thrive in their pursuit of excellence in the art form.

Jade started dancing at the age of three in Cairns, Queensland and has dedicated her professional life to ballet since. After attending the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne from 2004, she toured with The Dancers Company in 2009 and 2010 and then joined The Australian Ballet a year later. Since then, she’s travelled to the US, China and UK for performances and was recently promoted to senior artist with the company in 2018.

The 2018 Telstra Ballet Dancer Award winner, Jade Wood.

Over the 16 years that we have funded the Telstra Ballet Dancer Award, it has become a key metric for success in the art and a career highlight for some of Ballet’s finest talent. It is one of the longest running arts partnerships in Australia, alongside our ongoing sponsorship of the Telstra NATSIAA.

We’re incredibly proud of our partnership with The Australian Ballet, connecting audiences to the grace and joy of the art and enabling Australia’s best ballet dancers to excel in their already outstanding careers.

Our judges included Telstra’s Carmel Mulhern (Group Executive, Legal and Corporate Affairs) and myself, Libby Christie – Executive Director of The Australian Ballet and David McAllister – Artistic Director, as well as journalist Cecily Ryan from the Sunday Telegraph.

The winner of the Telstra Ballet Dancer Award was announced on stage at the end of the opening night performance of Cinderella at the Sydney Opera House. As part of the Award, public voting also saw Jade announced as the winner of the Telstra People’s Choice Award, with an additional $5,000 prize.

The six dancers nominated for the award this year were coryphée Nathan Brook, coryphée Corey Herbert, soloist Brodie James (also a 2016 nominee), soloist Rina Nemoto (2014 nominee), senior artist Jade Wood (2016 and 2014 nominee) and corps de ballet Lucien Xu.