Daily Archives: March 22, 2015

Design Days Dubai Completes It Fourth And Most Successful Edition To-Date

Design Days Dubai, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and held in partnership with Dubai Culture, wraps up its fourth edition as its most successful to-date.

Design Days Dubai, which presents purchasable and highly desirable works of modern and contemporary design, yesterday closed its doors, having staged a record breaking fair for 2015; attracting increased visitor numbers of 13,500 people and having featured 150 designers and more than 780 items from 44 exhibitors across 20 countries.

Returning to the prestigious location of The Venue, next to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, in Downtown Dubai, Design Days Dubai has the continued generous support of returning sponsors, including French high-jewellery maison Van Cleef & Arpels, Emaar, Audi, and the strategic partnership with Dubai Culture, working in collaboration to provide visitors with an opportunity to engage with pieces from new-comers and well-established designers.

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Fair Director, Cyril Zammit, said: “We are proud that in 2015, Design Days Dubai continues to increase its visitor numbers and was again the world’s most diverse international design fair, with a wide range of exhibitors and designers. With a broad selection of large-scale installations, sculptural works, and limited edition design ­ nearly 50 percent of which was presented by homegrown talent ­ Dubai has reinforced its position as a global centre for innovative design.”

Exhibiting galleries and designers reported strong interest and sales over the course of the fair, citing the development of broad international and regional networks as a large drawcard of Design Days Dubai. Many have already reconfirmed their returning participation for the 2016 edition.

Of the fair, exhibiting Emirati designer, Alijoud Lootah, said: “I found this year’s Design Days Dubai one of the strongest editions to date. It’s such a great platform for someone like me. It’s the first time that I have exhibited as an independent designer and I feel that I have really benefited. I’ve made contacts, sold some pieces, have met many new galleries and I’m now also looking at some possible future collaborations.”
Joy Mardini’s Art Factum Gallery (Lebanon) also stated that it had a successful showing at the fourth edition of the international design fair: “It was an amazing fair this year…obviously. It’s our third year here and its getting better and better. We’ve had compliments left and right for our stand and it’s been a successful year ­ visually and in terms of sales.”

Elsie Sikias of Ardeco Gallery (Lebanon) agreed: “We visited two years ago and we came back because we think its one of the best places to exhibit in the region.”

After its first ever participation and presence in the Middle East, David Gill of David Gill Galleries (UK), indicated that “Design Days Dubai 2015 is well organised with good attendance from the region and international buyers”.
Global Reach

Demonstrating the importance of Design Days Dubai as a platform for reaching a global audience, the fair welcomed Beijing Design Week (China) for the first time, which presented a design exhibition that offered an expansive overview of China’s transforming design landscape. World Design Capital ­ Taipei 2016 (Taiwan) presented works from varied designers; a teaser to just some of the exciting works that will be on show across the city’s upcoming year in the global spotlight.
The Crafts Council (UK) returned to Design Days Dubai for its fourth outing with selected works from eight rising stars and established designers. Tracey Clarke, Talent Development Manager at the Crafts Council, said: “It’s been a fantastic fair. I think we’ve had a very good response, not only to the work but also to the makers and the makers’ presence at the fair. We’ve had consistent interest throughout the week.”
Barbara Gunter-Jones, Exhibition Project Manager of the British Crafts Council, added: “It’s such a diverse audience at the fair that is hard to define. It’s so international and there are good private clients and good trade audiences.”
Focusing on Community

In 2015, the Middle East and South Asia’s only collectable design fair presented an expanded Public Programme of 13 free hands-on workshops and nine talks with leading design experts to capacity crowds. Sponsored by Dubai Culture and Dubai Design District (d3), the Dubai Design Days Public Programme saw participants experience and discuss design processes, theory and trends with designers from the UAE, Italy, Morocco, Taiwan and more… Over the course of the fair, more than 560 participants took part in the Public Programme, it’s highest turn-out yet.

World Classical Music Series Jozsef Lendvay And Friends

After the sold out concert on October 17, 2014 and due to the high demand we are proud to announce another great performance of legendary Jozsef Lendvay and Friends.

Jozsef Lendvay is one of the most outstanding contemporary violinists. Thanks to his virtuoso skills and charisma, he has gained enormous popularity all over the world. Jozsef Lendvay is a laureate in numerous international violin competitions, among them being the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition Sion Valais, Switzerland. In addition, he claimed a high number of prestigious awards and scholarships. His talent and accomplishments were appreciated in 1997 when he received the Gold Cross from the President of the Republic of Hungary.

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The ensemble Lendvay and Friends is a unique orchestra comprising its virtuosi musicians who perform folk music as well as classical works from various eras and styles. The ensemble’s repertoire includes gypsy music, folkloric music from various nations and the classical repertoire. Jozsef Lendvay has only ever invited like-minded musicians to join the ensemble who share his passion for music and performance principles. Their combination of virtuoso technique, music humor and unrepressed emotionality, thanks to which the ensemble conveys the mood of any work in an ideal manner, makes each and every appearance by  the ensemble Lendvay and Friends an unforgettable event.

Listing: The Dubai Mall Welcomes Visitors In March With Spring Surprises And Celebrity Visits

Geared up to greet visitors from all over the world on their spring break, The Dubai Mall, the world most-visited retail and entertainment destination is providing exclusive events and offers for regional visitors as they travel to the city on their extended holidays. Longer shopping hours, ambient Arabic music and The Dubai Fountain performing to songs from the region are assured to delight visitors.

Coinciding with the spring break, the mall is hosting several celebrities in March that commenced with the visit of Drake, Michael Bublé and Gerard Butler earlier this month. In anticipation of her latest album release, Arab Idol judge and popular Khaliji singer Ahlam will take part in a meet & greet along with a signing session on March 24.

A diverse range of activities have been lined up for Mother’s Day including exclusive offers and events by retailers such as a Mother-Daughter Fashion Show at Galleries Lafayette, Mother’s Day pampering and crafts at Candylicious as well as Hershey’s, Mother’s Day Photobooth and Caricaturist at L’Occitane as well as a sweet day at Bloomsbury’s where customers can design their own cupcakes with the help of the pastry chef.

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Not to miss out are the exclusive Gucci Diamond Podium at Star Atrium, Dior activation at the Fashion Catwalk, the Race Excellence stand at The Grand Atrium alongside Adidas and Longines stands at the Waterfall and The Souk Atrium, respectively.

Highlighting its commitment to the community, The Dubai Mall will mark Down Syndrome Day on March 21 with a walkathon organised with Down Syndrome Association for the fifth consecutive year at the mall to strengthen awareness about the condition.

The Dubai Mall has over 1,200 retail outlets, two anchor department stores, and 200 food and beverage outlets. The Fashion Avenue, dedicated to high fashion, positions the mall as the fashion capital for the region. Attractions also include SEGA Republic, the largest indoor theme park of its kind; KidZania®, the dedicated children’s city; Dubai Ice Rink, an Olympic sized ice rink; and the 22-screen Reel Cinemas that can seat over 2,800 people. The mall also serves as the gateway to At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY, the world’s tallest observatory deck.