Swarovski Debuts At Dubai Design Week With Kaleidoscopic Installation By Acclaimed Emirati Designer Alongside Atelier Swarovski Home Preview

Dubai-based Al Hashemi is a conceptual artist and designer specializing in site-specific installations, spatial art and modern public sculpture. Inspired by the traditions of her Emirati culture and local artisans, she creates intriguing, interactive works that experiment with new materials and techniques. Much like Swarovski, Al Hashemi’s work unites craftsmanship with innovation, making her a natural choice for a collaboration.

Nestled amongst the towering steel and glass buildings of d3, Al Hashemi has set 33 hexagonal mirrored-steel structures with 1,145 Swarovski crystals and mirrored prisms. Mounted horizontally, and standing 1.5m high and 3m wide, the structures reveal an infinite series of kaleidoscopic views as the crystals reflect and refract the multicolored light. Faced with a shimmering, geometric mirage, visitors are challenged to interact with the reflections, exploring the connections between each other and the world around them.

Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, commented: ‘We are extremely pleased to collaborate with the innovative Emirati designer Zeinab Al Hashemi on her stunning hexalite installation. This playful kaleidoscopic piece is the perfect way to celebrate our debut at Dubai Design Week.

In addition to Al Hashemi’s installation, Swarovski will be showcasing its inaugural collection for Atelier Swarovski Home at Dubai’s Downtown Design trade fair (October 25 – 28), held durring Dubai Design Week.

Atelier Swarovski Home is an annual collection of functional objects for the home, made in collaboration with luminaries from the worlds of design and architecture. This debut season’s nine designers include Zaha Hadid, Fredrikson Stallard, Tord Boontje and Aldo Bakker.

Mixing crystal with other materials, the pieces push crystal to its aesthetic and technical limits. The result is a range of tabletop objects and accessories that exude a unique charm and an expressive modernity. Atelier Swarovski Home will be available to buy from Etoile La Boutique, Mall of the Emirates Dubai as well as online from store.wallpaper.com and yoox.com.

Nadja Swarovski continued: We are also very proud to showcase our new Atelier Swarovski Home collection as part of Downtown Design. It will be the first time the iconic design by Zaha Hadid has been seen in the Middle East.

Atelier Swarovski Home follows the success of the Atelier Swarovski jewelry line, set up by Nadja in 2007. The ultimate expression of the Swarovski brand, Atelier Swarovski continues to collaborate with the worlds most exciting designers on twice-yearly collections, creating pieces of unmatched quality and innovation with the premier ingredient of crystal.

Schedule of events

Dubai Design Week: October 24 – 29, 22016 [hexalite will be located between buildings 6 and 7 in d3]

Press conference – October 24, 2016

Designer talk with Zainab Al Hashemi – TBC

Panel discussion with Nadja Swarovski – TBC

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Downtown Design: October 25 – 28, 20116 [Atelier Swarovski Home will be in booth B06]

Official opening and press tour – 11am October 25, 2016 at d3

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Filipino Music Icon Bamboo Set For Dubai

Fresh from recording another series of the hugely popular TV show ‘The Voice Kids’, Filipino music icon Bamboo will return to the Dubai World Trade Centre on October 27 as part of a series of live shows at several iconic international concert venues.

Bamboo’s Dubai show will be welcomed by the thousands of Filipinos who have grown up with the man and his music and who now live and work in and around the UAE.

“It’s always a great pleasure to return to the UAE as the fans there never fail to give me a warm welcome,” said the 38-year-old star. “By the time we reach Dubai, we will already have played live shows in Canada, Scotland, England and Ireland as part of the 2016 World Tour so I hope to see a lot of my Dubai friends when we get to the UAE.”

Having the opportunity to provide an authentic link to their homeland in the Philippines is a fact not lost on a singer who has reached a massive global TV audience thanks to his role as coach and mentor on both ‘The Voice of the Philippines’ and ‘The Voice Kids’.

“The support I get when I play abroad is something else so for one night, I’m going to bring those guys back home – that’s a promise,” said arguably the biggest rock star in the Philippines as he continues the promotion of his second solo album ‘Bless This Mess’.

“It’s going to be fun and it’s going to be loud. I’m expecting a lot of energy from the crowd, as well as myself and the band.

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“I also want all of fans to be able to relate to it as my audience covers everyone from the older generation to the young kids who come up and ask for photos or talk to me because of “The Voice Kids”. I want it to be a family affair and would love to see the audience come to the shows with their kids.

“We’ll feature a lot of my new solo songs as well as many of the classics that prove popular every time we go on an international tour.”

A music icon in his homeland for more than 20 years, the singer – who first found fame in the mid-1990s as lead singer of ‘Rivermaya’ before going on to front his own eponymous band ‘Bamboo’ – will also play Edinburgh, Manchester, London, Dublin and Doha.

Bamboo’s UK, Ireland and Middle East Tour is produced and promoted by the Dubai-based Spicy Lemon with full venue details and ticket information available from www.spicylemon.rocks and from Platinumlist Dubai outlets and online (https://dubai.platinumlist.net/).

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Tickets for the Dubai show are priced at AED125 for general admission and AED175 for grandstand seating.

Top Opera Star Jonas Kaufmann Joins Stellar Line-up Of White Nights In Dubai

White Nights in Dubai, the first ever musical festival of its kind in the Middle East that will bring together a carefully curated collection of the brightest and biggest stars from the world of music, confirms Jonas Kaufmann, dubbed as the ‘New King of Tenors’, to perform on Thursday, April 6th 2017 at Dubai Opera. Kaufmann adds to the impressive line-up that currently boasts superstar Mezzo Soprano Katherine Jenkins OBE together with Britain’s leading Tenor Alfie Boe opening the event on Thursday, March 30th.

Since his sensational début at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in a performance of “La Traviata” in 2006, Kaufmann has numbered among the top stars in the operatic world. Insiders praise him as the most important German tenor since Fritz Wunderlich, and the UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph recently cited him as the “Number 1 Greatest Opera Star in the World.” In 2014, The New York Times referred to Kaufmann as “a box-office draw, and… the most important, versatile tenor of his generation.” Kaufmann also has numerous accolades under his belt including four Gramophone Awards, one Opera Award for Best Male Opera Singer and being named a Kammersänger, which literally means ‘chamber singer’, an honoured German title for distinguished singers of opera and classical music.

The Munich-born Tenor has worked with the foremost opera conductors of the age including James Levine, Antonio Pappano, Claudio Abbado, Sir Charles Mackerras and Daniel Barenboim. He has appeared in concerts with such acclaimed orchestras and ensembles as Berlin Philharmonic under both Sir Simon Rattle and Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst and Vienna Philharmonic under Helmut Rilling. With his recital partner, pianist Helmut Deutsch, he has appeared in recitals in all the major musical capitals, at the Munich and Salzburg Festivals and at the Met, which was the first solo recital given on its stage since Luciano Pavarotti’s back in 1994.

Besides his vocal and musical qualities, it is Kaufmann’s total identification with roles that he plays that has been received with such enthusiasm by press and public. This was the case at his role début as Siegmund in “Die Walküre” at the Met in the spring of 2011. The eagerly awaited new production, masterfully conducted by James Levine, and transmitted worldwide on radio and in HD to cinemas allowed audiences to hear the special quality of Kaufmann’s Wagner interpretations in detail – the blend of German expressive power and Italian vocal finesse. This was followed by more opportunities for Kaufmann including the title role of Gounod’s “Faust”, Bacchus in “Ariadne auf Naxos” by Richard Strauss at the Salzburg Festival, Don José in the new production of “Carmen” conducted by Simon Rattle, title role of Wagner’s “Parsifal”, Verdi roles such as Manrico in “Il Trovatore” and Alvaro in “La Forza del Destino”, and Des Grieux in Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut”, amongst a few.

Kaufmann’s versatility is documented on a number of CDs and DVDs in performances. As a prolific recording artist, his Universal Classics discography has been received with critical acclaim. His solo albums “Verismo”, “Wagner” and “Verdi” were bestsellers only a few weeks after being released.

White Nights in Dubai, organised by United Stage Middle East, will be held on the weekends between March 30th to April 8th 2017.

Tickets on Sale from October 5th

Tickets will be sold from October 5th via www.ticketmaster.ae and www.dubaiopera.com at the following prices:

AED 550 for Bronze

AED 750 for Silver

AED 950 for Gold

AED 1,250 for Platinum

AED 2,500 for VIP

Box and VIP Box Seats are also on offer from Ticketmaster and Dubai Opera.

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For more information, visit www.whitenightsdubai.com.

Dumye’s Dubai Mall Doll House (Now Open)

Dumyé’s Dolls With Purpose® opened their first boutique, in the infamous Dubai Mall
(second floor next to the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo) on September 2nd, 2016.
You can expect to find Dumyé’s full range of dolls available, including the much loved DIY Doll
Kits, sweet Petite Dumyés and stylish Limited Edition dolls, with some surprises along the way.“We are so excited to have found a home in Dubai Mall. This is an incredible opportunity for us
to offer our customers, from around the region, the true Dumyé experience. We’re also
working on some really special things for the new boutique including a line of our coveted
charm dolls and a collaboration with two very stylish Emirati sisters for National day.”
- Sahar Wahbeh, Founder and Creative Director of Dumyé

The quaint space is fashioned after a small doll house, made of wood and glass, featuring a
chandelier woven through a wild nest of raw cotton. Sat beneath it, is a grand white chest filled
to the brim with Dumyé’s hand-made treasures.

For the first time, customers can enjoy the hands-on experience of personalizing a Limited
Edition Dumyé doll of their own. Children are able to handpick a doll as unique as them, dress it
in their favorite limited edition clothing, write a secret message for the doll’s Purpose Pocket™
and watch as a heart, monogrammed with their first initial, is stitched to their doll’s chest.
“We believe that a Dumyé doll is a beautiful, personal and meaningful gift. Just imagine how fun
it will be to bring your daughter in to personalize a doll together for her birthday or other
special occasion.” Wahbeh added