ᗅᗺᗷᗅ WORLD

12 04 2012

ᗅᗺᗷᗅWORLD – The count down has begun…….

Due to a some difficulties with the planned exhibition site in Stockholm, there is still no date for the opening. Plans are now for the end of 2012, or early 2013.





ABBAWORLD Sydney.

18 03 2011

Press release from ABBAWORLD

ABBAWORLD, the exhibition about the 70s global pop sensation ABBA whose music almost four decades on continues to attract a new generation of fans, has now been extended at the Powerhouse Museum until 26 June 2011.

Powerhouse Museum Associate Director, Mark Goggin, said: “Tens of thousands of Sydney fans have really enjoyed this exhibition for the pure fun it offers visitors as they relive the era of ABBA that captured audiences worldwide through their engaging music, glitzy costumes and invigorating performances. We have been fortunate to have the opportunity to extend ABBAWORLD’s season in Sydney before the exhibition returns to Sweden.”

ABBAWORLD captures the music, memories and magic that made the Swedish group a worldwide phenomenon.  It explores where the four members of the group came from, the formation and success of ABBA and the post ABBA years. It features ABBA’s first major international live performance and Sweden’s first win at the Eurovision Song contest in 1974, their highly acclaimed concert tours including the Australian tour in 1977, and the impact of their music that has inspired several hit movies and a stage show –  Muriel’s Wedding, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Mamma Mia.

On display are more than 20 original costumes, the epitome of 70’s glam, live concert footage, promotional and behind-the-scenes photographs, album artworks and other ABBA memorabilia, as well as exclusive interviews with members Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Fältskog.

The ABBA concert dressing room, the writing studio on Viggsö – an island in the Stockholm archipelago where many of ABBA’s songs were written, and ABBA’s recording studio Polar Studio in Stockholm where the group recorded its last two albums, are also recreated in the exhibition.

Visitors can relive ABBA’s music and sing and dance their way through the exhibition using a series of interactives including perform on a stage with ABBA, dance in an ABBA video, record a sing-a-long with ABBA, or be photographed on an ABBA album cover.

For more than 35 years, ABBA has maintained international success with their songs that remain a fixture on radio playlists today.  ABBA is one of the top three selling artists in the world, having sold 375 million records worldwide. They still sell over 3 million records a year.

Band member Björn Ulvaeus said: “It always seemed to me that people in the music press and also in the music industry sort of took it for granted that ABBA would be a one hit wonder. Why would we be different from any other Eurovision winner? We really had an up-hill struggle after Waterloo and our follow-up singles didn’t do well. Then the Australians came to our rescue. They released SOS and Mamma Mia and both songs made the charts in a big way down under. Suddenly everyone else around the world realized there was life in the band that was supposed to be dead. I’m forever grateful to the Australians for that!”

Magnus Danielsson, President of Touring Exhibitions says: “We´re happy for the big crowds ABBAWORLD has attracted so far at Powerhouse Museum and are looking forward to an even stronger finishing run of our Australian visit.”

On View: ABBAWORLD
Date: Until 26 June 2011
Address: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney
Telephone: (02) 9217 0111 or infoline (02) 9217 0444
Website: www.powerhousemuseum.com
Hours: 10.00am to 5.00pm
Admission: Adult 12, family 16.
Book tickets at www.powerhousemuseum.com/abbaworld





Green light for ABBA museum site in Stockholm

28 08 2010

Stockholm – A museum dedicated to  ABBA may become reality next year after a Stockholm city arts council approved the envisaged museum site, reports said Friday.

“We expect to get a building permit this autumn and aim to open next year,” Magnus Danielsson, head of the company that is organising a touring exhibition of ABBA memorabilia, told the Dagens Nyheter daily.

The building will be shaped like a long tent and given a five-year permit that can be extended a further five years, the report said.

The museum will be on the Stockholm waterfront and can be accessed also by ferry.

The touring exhibition – currently in Melbourne, Australia – features music, original costumes, instruments, photos and other memorabilia.

Former ABBA members Anni-Frid Reuss (formerly Lyngstad), Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Faltskog have provided many items.

Source: Earthnews.





Getaway with ABBAWORLD!

11 08 2010

ABBAWORLD in Melbourne features on the channel 9 show ‘Getaway’ on Thursday August 12 at 7.30 pm.

Host Dermet Brereton tours through the exhbition with Chris Patrick, author of “ABBA Let The Music Speak”.


Getaway:





What is ABBAWORLD Melbourne

20 06 2010

Check out the Melbourne experience of ABBA WORLD through the eyes of some Melbourne fans!





ABBA WORLD MELBOURNE -NOW OPEN!

19 06 2010





Hello Melbourne!- World Exclusive!

17 06 2010

Agnetha and Benny open ABBAWOLRD OZ!

World Exclusive!

Video footage by abbaworld. all rights reserved. Used for promotional purposes only.

Please Do not copy  thank you.





What a Swede sensation it was.

14 06 2010

For a few dizzy days in March 1977, four charismatic Scandinavians were the toast of Australia. Thousands of us wanted to see them or be seen with them.

And as Benny, Bjorn, Frida and Agnetha criss-crossed the country, singing their humungous hits, there was only one word on everyone’s lips: ABBA.

“We have probably never received such a rapturous reception anywhere,” Agnetha said later. “It seemed the ovation would never end.”

This week, with the opening of Abbaworld at Federation Square, that mad, far away time is vividly recalled through costumes, videos and memorabilia.

The monster-sized exhibition – direct from London to Melbourne – is crammed with super-trouper treasures. And some of them relate directly to ABBA’s legendary Australian tour.

“It was very profitable for everyone,” promoter Paul Dainty remembers.

But the man who brought ABBA Down Under – and is now hosting Abbaworld – got more out of the experience than just money, money, money.

“What I learnt from that trip was how to deal with a tour that was an event, not just a tour,” he said.

Australia’s love affair with ABBA started in 1975 when three of their songs – I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, SOS and Mamma Mia! rocketed up the charts.

Exposure on Countdown turned the Swedes into stars and by 1976, when they visited Australia to record a ratings-breaking TV special, Dainty sensed a wave of interest was turning into a tsunami.

“I met (ABBA band managers) Stig Anderson and Thomas Yohansen and we hit it off straight away and worked out a deal pretty much in that meeting,” he said.

The deal was perfectly timed. In early 1977, Australians of all ages were humming Fernando and Dancing Queen and the scene was set for pandemonium on a scale not seen since the Beatles hit town in 1964.

“It was almost Beatlemania all over again,” Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum remembers.

Dainty says “it was mayhem. Good mayhem”.

The madness began as soon as Abba landed at Tullamarine Airport and climbed into a black Rolls-Royce. The road into the city was lined with fans and thousands swirled around Melbourne Town Hall where they attended a civic reception.

ABBA fan Michael McAlpine, 16 at the time, was up the front and remembers: “All four of them turned and waved to us. The screaming was just out of this world.”

Abba played three concerts at the Myer Music Bowl and Dainty says “it turned out to be the right choice. The shows were magical.”Abbaworld at Federation Square officially opens on Saturday

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ABBA SHOW TO RING A FEW BELLS!

23 05 2010

MY, my … can it really be 36 years since Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo?

Yes, it’s true and two of the stage outfits worn by the Swedish supergroup on that famous occasion in April 1974, are going on display in a new multimedia exhibition at Federation Square.

Abbaworld, opening on June 19, features Agnetha Faltskog’s midnight blue tunic and knitted cap alongside Frida Lyngstad’s folkloric shirt and skirt.  “To me, the Abba costumes are works of art,” Abbaworld project manager Judith Penrose said yesterday.

Mamma mia: ABBA fans can get their fill at the Federation Square show. Source: news.com.au

Abba’s Eurovision success is a legendary pop story. In 1973, Agnetha and Frida joined band mates Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson in presenting Ring, Ring as a Swedish entry for the competition.

A year later, the foursome were known as Abba – an acronym of their first names – and blitzed the competition at Brighton with Waterloo. This infectious song shot to No. 1 around the world and an album of the same name paved the way for Abba fever.

“For some, Waterloo was a defeat, but for Abba, it was the beginning of an empire,” the group’s costume designer Owe Sandstrom said.

Exclusive to Melbourne, Abbaworld takes visitors on an interactive journey through Abba history.






ABBAWORLD OZ DELAY -New opening date for ABBAWORLD in Melbourne is June 19th.

10 05 2010

ABBAWORLD, the Official Interactive Exhibition approved and supported by ABBA, opens at Melbourne’s Federation Square next month with a new opening date of Saturday 19 June.

The re-scheduled date, one week later than planned, is due to freight delays caused by the recent volcanic ash clouds experienced in Europe.

Information for the public holding tickets for original opening week:

• Tickets purchased dated for sessions between June 12th & 18th will be honoured for all future sessions.  Patrons should simply bring their tickets to the box office and will be issued new ones for the next available session.

• Ticket holders will also be issued an additional free entry for each ticket they hold to the same session as they attend – allowing each ticket holder to share the experience with a friend. Again the additional ticket will be issued when the ticket holder presents at the box office at the venue.

Bookings:

www.ticketek.com.au
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