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Sony Corporation and Blue Note Media Group Announce Landmark Sponsorship

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Sony Corporation ("Sony") and Blue Note Media Group ("Blue Note" / "BNMG") - the sponsorship affiliate of Blue Note Entertainment Group, the organization that owns, operates, licenses, and/or programs 10 music venues worldwide including the iconic Blue Note Jazz Club - today announced a landmark strategic sponsorship agreement. As part of the sponsorship, Sony will collaborate with Blue Note to open "Sony Hall," a new music venue in Manhattan, sponsor the annual Blue Note Jazz Festival each June in New York City, as well as other plans to be an... Read More »

Artists and entrepreneurs ignite creativity at Campus Madrid

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Artists and entrepreneurs share a similar challenge—to create something new with limited resources, no instruction manual, and the power of their creative thinking. For seven days, we celebrated unique approaches to this challenge, with a a mind-bending series of artist exhibitions, creative thinking workshops, and community-inspired artwork. We’re grateful to each one of the participating artists and entrepreneurs for sharing their time, expertise and talents with our Campus Madrid community. Since we launched Campus Madrid in 2015, we’ve w... Read More »

A nation of knitters: how crafts became Britain’s fastest-growing creative industry

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In an age of Snapchat, virtual reality headsets and Instagram influencers, you could be forgiven for wondering if knitting, embroidery and pottery were set to die out with their older participants. In fact, the industry is in rude health. According to government statistics, crafts were the fastest growing component of Britain’s heralded creative industries in 2016, up 44pc on 2010 and contributing £420m of gross value added to the economy. That might be peanuts compared to the music or film industries, but the numbers are going in the rig... Read More »

London to host self-curated Azzedine Alaïa exhibition next spring

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Aretrospective on Azzedine Alaïa will open at the Design Museum in London next spring. Azzedine Alaïa: the Couturier will run for five months from 10 May and include more than 60 couture pieces from the Tunisian fashion designer’s 35-year body of work. Alaïa, who died last month of heart failure, had been working with the museum’s guest curator, Mark Wilson, on the exhibition, selecting rare pieces from his archive and providing documentation of his creative process. The Paris-based designer was widely celebrated for his ability to cut, f... Read More »

Selfieccino debutes in London cafe

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This flight attendant discovered the cafe on the internet in Singapore before even travelling to London. Flight attendant, Safirah Safari said, "I actually heard it through Facebook back at home in Singapore when I was browsing through the Facebook and I saw one of the faces that actually shot the video of this and I actually texted my friend because we were going to London the next week so I told her let's come to this and just check it out. This is really interesting I've never seen any cafe that has a selfieccino, so it is really amazing"... Read More »

Leonardo Da Vinci painting of Jesus Christ acquired by Louvre Abu Dhabi in record $450m deal

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A Leonardo da Vinci painting of Christ that sold in New York for a record $450 million (£336m) is heading to a museum in the United Arab Emirates. The newly opened Louvre Abu Dhabi made the announcement on Wednesday. The 500-year-old painting is called “Salvator Mundi,” Latin for “saviour of the world.” It is one of fewer than 20 paintings by the Renaissance master known to exist and the only one in private hands. Christie's auction house sold it to an anonymous buyer last month. The New York Times reports the mystery buyer was a little-k... Read More »

Harry Potter author JK Rowling to be made Companion of Honour at Buckingham Palace

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Rowling, who is also marking two decades since the publication of the first book in her best-selling series, has been honoured for services to literature and philanthropy. The 52-year-old will be decorated with the rare title, befitting of one of her fantastical characters, in addition to her OBE, which she was awarded in 2001. Membership of the Order of the Companions of Honour, established in 1917 by George V, is a special award held by only 65 people at any one time, and recognises services of national importance. Rowling, whose fir... Read More »

Karl Lagerfeld’s homecoming

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The show, which was a kind of homecoming from the label's Hamburg-born designer, Karl Lagerfeld, took place at the Elbphilharmonie, the city’s showstopping new concert hall, designed by contemporary starchitecture firm Herzog & de Meuron. The models were sharing the stage with a live orchestra. Among the models was Cindy Crawford's daughter Kaia Gerber, Victoria's Secret star Grace Elizabeth and Lagerfeld's 9-year-old godson Hudson Kroenig. The 84-year-old designer showcased a collection with a nautical theme. Models wore luxurious, t... Read More »

The annual, 4-day Fête des Lumières begins in Lyon, France

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Over four nights around 50 installations by a variety of different artists will light up buildings, streets, squares and parks all over the city. The Festival begins on December 7 at 7:30 p.m by the chiming of the bells of the City Hall on Place des Terreaux. The City of Lyon’s official bell ringer and ringing master, Charles Dairay, will perform a 15-minute concert featuring extracts of film music inspired by the soundtrack of “Enoha fait son cinema”. On December 8 at 12:30 p.m. the bells will chime to welcome in the winter months and launc... Read More »

Jewelry As Wearable Art In “Symbiosis”

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Alexandra Hart’s Solo Show Combines Metalsmithing With Biology. San Diego, CA - Sparks Gallery is pleased to present the opening of San Diego artist Alexandra Hart's solo show ("Alexandra Hart: symbiosis / A Solo Show") on September 30 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibition is a manifestation of the artist's interpretation of jewelry as wearable art, and will feature collaborative talks and demonstrations throughout the duration of the show. Alexandra Hart presents an original collection of works heavily informed by biology, the rich histor... Read More »

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