December 9th, 2002
For Immediate Release:

The aliens are coming

THE aliens are coming.

The world’s largest travelling UFO and alien exhibition, Phenomena – Alien Encounter, is being brought to the Gold Coast this Christmas.

Phenomena offers an eerie and fascinating glimpse into the bizarre realm of UFOs, extra terrestrials and close encounters as it attempts to answer one of mankind’s greatest mysteries: Is there life on other planets?

The visually spectacular show, featuring 10 separate exhibits, displays models, photographs, videos, interactive and historical material supplied by UFO magazine in the UK.

From the history of UFO sightings through to the infamous Roswell incident and reported alien abductions, Phenomena takes audiences on a mysterious and at time unsettling journey into the unknown.

"It is the largest exhibition of its kind in the world," said Greg Volich, director of Gold Coast-based international travelling Exhibition Company the Atech Group, which has brought Phenomena to the Coast.

"It is has just finished a stint at the Bahrain Summer Festival where it was viewed by tens of thousands of people and we are bringing it to the Gold Coast for Christmas before embarking on a world tour.

"For anyone with a fascination with UFOs and extra terrestrials, Phenomena will pose as many questions as it seeks to answer. And even if you’re a non-believer, it’s still great fun."

Phenomena – The Alien Encounter’s exhibits include:

(2) History – Since the dawn of time, the earth has been visited by strange and unexplained phenomena. The prophet Ezekial wrote of it and many primitiveculturs, including Australia’s Aboriginals, depicted it in their art. Alien Encounter takes visitors on a journey through the history of contact.

Search for Life – Even before the enormity of space was conquered, humans wondered whether the stars could be abodes for alien life forms. Alien Encounter joins SETI, Voyager and the NASA missions to educate visitors on the current search for life.

The Evidence – The best photographic evidence, video footage, witness accounts and radar tracks. Many claims have been documented; many have been quickly disproved as unreliable, outrageous or simply mistaken. Some, however, defy explanation.

The Explanations – Errors in perception are commonplace in UFO reports, potentially transforming an ordinary phenomenon into a mysterious or unidentified object. Aircraft lights, aurora, comets, flares, lenticular clouds, satellites, sun pillars and even reflections from curved glass have led to extravagant claims. Alien Encounter helps the visitor play scientist.

Crop Circles – Crop circles, first dubbed "The Mowing Devil’, have taken place in farmers’ fields since at least 1678. Visitors to Phenomena are presented with possible explanations including wind, electromagnetic fields and perhaps even alien intervention.

Encounters – Phenomena looks at various alien encounters, including the death of Capt Thomas Mantell during the Kentucky incident of 1948 and the startling image of Lt. William Patterson surrounded by a ring of enormous blue-white lights during the buzzing of the White House in 1952.

Abductions and Implants – The sheer number of people now claiming abduction experiences covers a wide spectrum of society. Alien Encounter looks at the most famous, including New Yorker

(3) Linda Cortile’s claim that she was "floated’ out of her 12th floor apartment in 1989 to a waiting spacecraft.

Conspiracy – Are the governments of the world conspiring to protect the public from material they consider too much for us to accept or confront? The stories of a secret government organisation and their agents – The Men in Black – are perhaps more fact than fiction.

Alien Harvest – The mysterious deaths and mutilations of animals throughout the US and Europe have mystified scientists and the medical profession. Bloodless carcasses with no clues to the cause of death are just the beginning of the mystery. More disturbingly, Phenomena has evidence that suggests this activity may not be focused on animals alone.

Roswell – Did something crash in New Mexico in 1947? Were alien bodies recovered and does reverse engineering of alien technology takes place at Area 51 as Bob Lazar claims. Phenomena – The Alien Encounter looks at one of the 20th century’s greatest mysteries.

&Mac183; Phenomena – The Alien Encounter will operate 10am to 10pm daily from December 15 to January 27.

&Mac183; The attraction will be located in the Showcase Shopping Centre LEVEL 1, Griffith Street, at Coolangatta.

For further information or comment contact

ATECH Group International
Operations Director - Barry Cummings

Ph: (0419) 774 739 Or (07) 5525 7977

Statement issued by ‘MACKENZIE’ phone (0417) 160 423