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Aspiring filmmaker celebrates mothers in ‘The Extra Mile’


“We chose ‘The Extra Mile’ because it’s a beautiful tribute to what Mothers’ Day is all about – a day to honor mothers and show appreciation for all of the special things they do every day,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president, Chevrolet Marketing. Viramontez was inspired by a perfect morning described by his sister, mother to his 18-month old niece, and cast his friends and their child in the spot. “The father is a close friend of mine, and when I was going through the casting process, I was trying to find actors that looked like him,... Read More »

Volkswagen looks back on three years of successful partnership with the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and MOMA ps1


With Volkswagen’s support MoMA and MoMA PS1 currently host two exhibitions that are dedicated to influential German artists: Sigmar Polke and Christoph Schlingensief who mainly worked as film director. Over the course of the special weekend, visitors will have the opportunity to make visits to both expositions as well as to the special celebration of art and music, “Night At The Museum”. Donna Huanca, a performance artist in New York and Berlin, will be a highlight of the multifaceted program which also includes guest DJs Matthew Higgs and Spen... Read More »

EU rewards 27 groups for services to cultural heritage


From among 160 entries, panels of experts picked 6 projects as Grand Prix winners: a project to restore the vernacular architecture of the late-16th to mid-19th century Walser Houses in Alagna Valsesia, Italy the conservation of 8 wine-making cooperatives in Catalonia, Spain, built in the early 20th century in the Modernist style and still in use today research into Roman building methods in the Peloponnese, Greece Kempen Landscape heritage association, which has devised a unique way of conserving and managing 800 hectares of a histor... Read More »

Jen Ray reinterprets MEISSEN®


In her Berlin and New York City studios, Jen Ray produces large-format drawings, sculpture, video and performance installations, creating a world where Amazonian militants march across dystopian landscapes, fantasy spaces are occupied by rebels, and provocateurs pose in resplendent decadence. Her work speaks the language of social decay and upheaval, populated by female soldiers, deviants, and trouble makers loosely obeying orders with an attitude beyond reproach. Connecting these themes with a fragile material like porcelain was a challenge... Read More »

Bertelsmann brings cultural treasures from Milan’s Archivio Ricordi to Brussels


“The Enterprise of Opera” exhibition affords rare insights into the genesis of two Verdi operas A hundred noted guests expected to the festive opening at the Palais des Beaux Arts Bertelsmann expects the opening ceremony on Wednesday evening, held at the legendary Henri Le Boeuf concert hall, will be attended by about a hundred distinguished guests from culture and politics, including Vice-President of the European Commission Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Culture Androulla Vassiliou, and the Ambassadors of Italy, Germany, India... Read More »

Its all about the sound: German piano-makers at the C. Bechstein production site


The selected professionals seized with enthusiasm this occasion to receive training at the production site of the famous C. Bechstein concert grand pianos. The topics on the agenda included action regulating, installation of a mute, and voicing — a delicate task that requires very special skills. Informal talks and a guided tour of the Seifhennersdorf site gave the participants plentiful opportunities to put their questions to the Bechstein production and after-sales specialists. The invited piano-makers and concert technicians were particul... Read More »

Gucci dresses blake lively and Ryan eynolds for the metropolitan museum of Art Costume Institute Gala


Blake Lively, the face of Gucci Première women’s fragrance, wore a custom designed Gucci Première silk chiffon blush gown embroidered with rose gold paillettes. The dress features a plunging neckline, fitted bodice and soft mermaid silhouette. Two delicate chiffon scarves cascade from the shoulders and sweep down the length of the dress into a voluminous train. She completed her look with a pair of blush satin open toe high heel shoes. Ryan Reynolds wore a Gucci Made to Order midnight blue velvet one button Signoria tuxedo with grosgrain sha... Read More »

Douze points for Molly as British Airways backs the UK entry


The UK airline wished her the best of British as she flew out to Copenhagen to perform her self-penned song, ‘Children of the Universe’. This year’s eagerly anticipated final takes place on Saturday May 10 as a diverse range of contenders take to the stage to do vocal battle for their country. The 27-year-old rising star, who has supported the likes of Jake Bugg and Tinie Tempah, said: “As a singer and songwriter events don’t get much bigger than this and I feel so incredibly proud to be representing the UK in such a huge competition. It’... Read More »

Tata Capital wins award of excellence at The Communicator Awards 2014


Tata Capital’s Half Stories initiative, part of the ‘Do Right’ initiative, has won the Award of Excellence (Gold) in the Integrated Campaign category at The Communicator Awards 2014. The Communicator Awards is a leading international awards program recognising big ideas in marketing and communications. Founded two decades ago, The Communicator Awards receives over 6,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world. The ‘Do Right’ initiative emanates from the brand philosophy o... Read More »

Starbucks: Creating Music with Coffee Beans, Empty Cups and other Common Items Found in a Starbucks Store


An empty milk jug becomes a drum as another musician taps on it with a wooden spoon. Starbucks challenged eight musicians to perform a well-known song using instruments they had to create from common objects found in a store. Cups, lids, metal milk pitchers, and anything else that wasn’t plugged into an outlet were there to be transformed into instruments for a performance less than two hours later. “What they came up with is 10 times beyond what I could have expected,” said Sarah Loritz, Community Programs Manager for Seattle Theatre Gro... Read More »

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