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And so it begins: Melbourne will host the first of Vogue Fashion’s Night Out Friday, with American Express on board as the naming sponsor. Hello VAEFNO!


THEY’RE back. The fashion trends you may have thought had gone away or made their way to style heaven. Never to be seen again. Well, giddy up, they’re on.

Tartan and checks. Crochet and lots of dots and spots.

They are all back and ready to be spotted at the Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out, (VAEFNO) which is returning for the second year to Melbourne on Friday night.

The night, which will take place throughout the Melbourne CBD will help to officially launch Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (MSFW) as part of its opening night celebrations.

This year’s official Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out T-shirt designed by Bassike. Pic: Supplied

This year’s official Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out T-shirt designed by Bassike. Pic: SuppliedSource:Supplied

“After such a great success last year for our very first Fashion’s Night Out Melbourne, we are thrilled to be back with an even bigger celebration on Friday,” says Vogue Australia editor-in-chief Edwina McCann.

“I can’t wait to show Melbourne shoppers what’s in store this year.

“We’ve been obsessed by the Olympics at Vogue and so sports have inspired our theme for this year. The significance of global events like the Olympics is undeniable and has such an incredible impact on all facets of life and fashion is certainly not exempt.

Melbourne Vogue Fashion's Night Out last year was a retail and shopping hit in the country’s ‘fashion capital’ Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images for VFNO

Melbourne Vogue Fashion’s Night Out last year was a retail and shopping hit in the country’s ‘fashion capital’ Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images for VFNOSource:Getty Images

“From luxury houses to high street fashion brands, apparel, accessories and home wares — everyone is still getting into the Olympic spirit.

“At Vogue, we certainly couldn’t be prouder of our Australian Olympic team and look forward to celebrating their achievements in Rio with our very special once-a-year VIP shopping event in Melbourne Friday then in Sydney on September 1.”

The Sydney event will mark the 7th annual Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out and it’s an event that is bigger each year.

“I can’t wait to show Sydney shoppers what’s in store this year. Our presenting partner American Express is offering $20 back on any $50 purchase made with your American Express card — you can use this offer up to three times so you can buy more,” adds McCann.

Spotted: the ‘froe’ (front row) during Vogue Fashion's Night Out in Melbourne last year. Photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images for VFNO

Spotted: the ‘froe’ (front row) during Vogue Fashion’s Night Out in Melbourne last year. Photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images for VFNOSource:Getty Images

Australia kicks off the global Fashion’s Night Out celebrations which will this year be celebrated in 20 cities including Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Berlin, Milan, Tokyo, Madrid, Amsterdam, Moscow and Mexico City.

At this year’s one-night-only event, shoppers can expect live entertainment, special offers, celebrities, fashion industry VIPs and exclusive runway shows. The champagne will be flowing as the Melbourne CBD comes to life in celebration of our Australian Olympic team.

According to Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doble, MSFW continues to grow as the city grows and showcases the best Melbourne has to offer in fashion, shopping, entertainment and hospitality.

“It is a great boost for our local industry with 85 per cent of the content sourced from Melbourne and Victoria. In 2015 more than 60,000 people attended MSFW, contributing more than $8 million to Melbourne’s economy, more than double the economic impact of the festival in 2014,’ ‘he said.

Crochet: go on, get grandma on it ... Alessandra Ambrosio walked the runway during the Balmain Menswear Spring/Summer 2017. Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Crochet: go on, get grandma on it … Alessandra Ambrosio walked the runway during the Balmain Menswear Spring/Summer 2017. Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty ImagesSource:Supplied

THE trends to watch:

Crochet: Luxury labels showing this trend: Oscar, Mcqueen, Balmain, Valentino, Chanel, Max Azria, Moschino, Missoni, Peter Pilotto

It’s knitting time: a model walking the runway at the Moschino Spring/Summer 17 during MADE LA at L.A. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for MOSCHINO

It’s knitting time: a model walking the runway at the Moschino Spring/Summer 17 during MADE LA at L.A. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for MOSCHINOSource:Supplied

Checks and tartans: Luxury labels showing this trend: Louis Vuitton, Altuzarra, Fendi, Dsquared2, Fausto Pugisli, Phillip Plein, Monse, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu.

Checked: Kendall Jenner at private luncheon at Chateau Marmont Los Angeles, California. Picture: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Checked: Kendall Jenner at private luncheon at Chateau Marmont Los Angeles, California. Picture: Frederick M. Brown/Getty ImagesSource:Supplied

Spot on: Polkadots are being seen on luxury labels like Calvin Klein, Gucci, Carolina Herrera, Monse, Michael Kors, Oscar de la renta, Rosetta Getty, and Zac Posen.

Spotted: Amal Clooney in legal team work mode: Picture by: Rex Features/Splash News

Spotted: Amal Clooney in legal team work mode: Picture by: Rex Features/Splash NewsSource:Supplied

Trackstar: athleisure is being sported by Givenchy, Bally, Rag Bone, Fendi, Tory Burch, Off White, Ports 1961, and Maison Margiela.

Sporty indeed; Bella Hadid arrives in a red Adidas jumpsuit in Los Angeles. Picture by: iPix211/London Ent/Splash News

Sporty indeed; Bella Hadid arrives in a red Adidas jumpsuit in Los Angeles. Picture by: iPix211/London Ent/Splash NewsSource:Supplied

Folkloric Flair: The folkie gypsy vibe has been embraced by Coach, Gucci, Ellery, McQueen, Valentino, Sonia Rykiel, Giambattista Valli, Louis Vuitton, and Fendi.

Rita Ora getting into Folklore mood: wearing Australian designer Ellery in New York. Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images

Rita Ora getting into Folklore mood: wearing Australian designer Ellery in New York. Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty ImagesSource:Supplied

“We’re excited to bring together our large network of Melbourne fashion retailers and our American Express Card Members to offer them an exclusive shopping experience at Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out,” said American Express Australia Managing Director, Rachel Stocks.

Champagne will be flowing as the Melbourne CBD comes to life in celebration of our Australian Olympic team as shoppers will be able to get into the Olympic spirit with a Vogue gymnast ring and skipping activation, a Vogue basketball court and an Olympic style podium. Even Vogue-branded merchandise including towels, tote bags, basketballs and water bottles will also be available for purchase from Vogue pods throughout the city.

The Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne Susan Riley will join Edwina McCann, the Vogue team and special guest performer Jess Kent as the official proceedings kick off in Bourke Street Mall at 5pm.

Presenting partner American Express will host American Express Card Members in their lounge pop up in Bourke Street Mall with card members be able to be can recharge, relax and refresh by dropping by the lounge for a glass of champagne and glam up at the beauty bar.

Official retail partner for the fourth year, David Jones will once again host the city’s most anticipated party for Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out. David Jones will host a night of style and entertainment with activities including fashion shows, pop-up bars, workshops, guest DJ’s, special offers, beauty treatments and an exclusive Neil Perry dining experience.

Star chef Neil Perry: will be holding court in David Jones at VAEFNO in Melbourne. Picture: Christian Gilles

Star chef Neil Perry: will be holding court in David Jones at VAEFNO in Melbourne. Picture: Christian GillesSource:News Corp Australia

Shoppers can unwind at the ‘Vogue Wellbeing’ zone and get up close and personal with their favourite designers and fashion VIPs while Samsung Electronics Australia are inviting shoppers to experience high fashion through the Samsung Studio and have their VAEFNO look professionally captured by a fashion photographer using the precision optics, outstanding lowlight performance and blazing fast autofocus of the Samsung Galaxy S7, ready to share on social media.

The team behind the label, Bassike, Mary Lou Ryan and Deborah Sams have once again collaborated with the Vogue Australia team on the design of the official 2016 VAEFNO T-shirt on their signature organic cotton jersey. The exclusive VAEFNO T-shirt (RRP$130) will be available to purchase from select bassike and David Jones stores and from davidjones.com.au.

For more information and to plan your night, shoppers are encouraged to visit vogue.com.au/FNO and @vogueaustralia #VAEFNO #VFNO

Join in the conversation with Melissa on Instagram and Twitter @melissahoyer

Article source: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/the-worlds-biggest-fashion-event-returns-with-a-few-unexpected-trends-making-a-comeback/news-story/46ff5671a6571ae8af781c38a80cd5fe


It hasn’t been an easy couple of years for the London clubbing scene.

The evidence of its decline seems overwhelming: from 2005-2015 over half of clubs shut nationwide, a reduction from 3,144 to 1,732. In London, that has meant the high profile closure of much loved institutions Plastic People, the Shoreditch club DJs such as Four Tet and Theo Parrish held residencies at and, more recently, Dalston’s Dance Tunnel.  Fabric, one of the capital’s super clubs, has the threat of permanent closure hanging over it following two recent drug related deaths.

The incessant march of the property developers onto London’s urban areas continues to take clubs like Passing Clouds. Licensing laws have been tightened in boroughs across the city as gentrification takes hold, forcing owners to admit defeat and putting off would-be proprietors.

But despite what Mixmag digital editor Seb Wheeler calls “a period of hit after hit”, there is agreement that the picture of doom may not be all it seems. “On one hand a lot of clubs have closed in the last two years, but on the other hand it’s as strong as it’s ever been,” says Matthew Francey, managing editor at Ministry of Sound. “On any given weekend half the world is performing here. Not another city except Berlin has as strong line ups throughout he world. Internationally, people do come here specifically for clubbing.”

Statistics certainly back up that view – according to Ticketmaster research, one in six people in the UK have attended a dance event since 2012. So why the apparent paradox between a thriving scene and the domino-effect of clubs closing?

As Wheeler points out, there are “still great clubs and a buzzing scene”, and significantly even in these trying times there are entrepreneurs adapting to the challenging circumstances and forging new ways forward. One example is the one-year-old arts and events space The Pickle Factory in Bethnal Green.

“It was important to open a great small venue in London, as there’s not many left,” says owner Jordan Gross, who also runs nearby Oval Space. “It’s important for bands to have small 150/200 capacity venues to start out in. We ensured the venue was well specced and well soundproofed, which is problematic for existing clubs. We’ve worked hard to be forward thinking which gives us peace of mind we have a future.”

But if The Pickle Factory is a rare case, there are a number of promoters getting creative, bypassing traditional club models to navigate the choppy waters. Paul Jack, Alice Favre and Will Harold run LWE, promoters making use of unusual locations – most notably Grade I listed warehouse Tobacco Dock in Wapping – to throw diverse parties both day and night.

“We spend a lot of our time venue hunting and have found lots of amazing spaces in London but time and time again we came up against the same issue – securing a licence for a venue where there are residents nearby,” the trio told me. “We realised the only way to get round this was to think outside the box. It’s harder work, but it gives us creative freedom. Sometimes we’re no longer able to use a space and we have to move on. This is a great shame but also means that we’re not faced with losing our whole business; just so long as we can find the next space.”

The search for new, unique spaces – something which Rhythm Section at Peckham’s Pool Club “pioneered” according to Wheeler – is essential for the club scene’s ongoing health. DJ Jane Fitz runs Night Moves, a quarterly warehouse party in an “unfashionable part of north west London”. She urges promoters to look beyond their immediate surroundings. “I know lots of promoters who want to leave the east end but they don’t know how,” she says. “At Night Moves we’ve had the venue for three years and we get 300 people a time. People will travel if they know it’s worth travelling for.”

The much delayed opening of the night tube is set to make getting about afterhours a whole lot easier (and without the sting of an Uber surge charge). It could also have an invigorating effect on the club scene if entrepreneurs realise the potential.

“Other parts of capital can be used,” Fitz says, “where there’s no hassle and you can make loads of noise. They’re there if you look for them.” Wheeler agrees. “In terms of throwing parties, the night tube will make people think outside of the box, maybe outside the law too, force people to throw raves in disused locations or green spaces and do stuff in unconventional terms.”

With London Mayor Sadiq Khan also making good on his promise to appoint a night czar, a position which helped revive Amsterdam’s nightlife, there is also hope that the relentless selling off of property could slow down and a better relationship between clubland and government could emerge. With the UK’s night time economy worth an estimated £66bn a year, official recognition of clubbing’s importance to the cultural landscape could follow.

“Cultural institutions need support from the cities they inhabit,” Gross says. “Barbican and Southbank benefit from soft support from the city and benefit from cash. Clubbing should be the same. Look at (super club) Berghain in Berlin – it’s a cultural institution. There’s no difference between watching a string quartet at Barbican or an artist at The Pickle Factory take you on a journey for eight hours from psych-rock to hard techno.”

Obstacles certainly remain, then, but scope for London’s night scene to reinvent itself and emerge anew seems tangible – especially for those willing to innovate.

“If you’d told me that we would be selling out the vast Tobacco Dock for a Halloween event in the day time I would have laughed at you a few years ago,” Paul from LWE says. “But yet now it’s an established part of the London calendar. So be adventurous. Challenge preconception. It’s a risk – but it can be very rewarding.” 

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Article source: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/londons-clubbing-scene-is-suffering-closures-but-what-can-promoters-do-to-be-creative-in-the-face-of-a7209491.html


And so it begins: Melbourne will host the first of Vogue Fashion’s Night Out Friday, with American Express on board as the naming sponsor. Hello VAEFNO!


THEY’RE back. The fashion trends you may have thought had gone away or made their way to style heaven. Never to be seen again. Well, giddy up, they’re on.

Tartan and checks. Crochet and lots of dots and spots.

They are all back and ready to be spotted at the Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out, (VAEFNO) which is returning for the second year to Melbourne on Friday night.

The night, which will take place throughout the Melbourne CBD will help to officially launch Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (MSFW) as part of its opening night celebrations.

This year’s official Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out T-shirt designed by Bassike. Pic: Supplied

This year’s official Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out T-shirt designed by Bassike. Pic: SuppliedSource:Supplied

“After such a great success last year for our very first Fashion’s Night Out Melbourne, we are thrilled to be back with an even bigger celebration on Friday,” says Vogue Australia editor-in-chief Edwina McCann.

“I can’t wait to show Melbourne shoppers what’s in store this year.

“We’ve been obsessed by the Olympics at Vogue and so sports have inspired our theme for this year. The significance of global events like the Olympics is undeniable and has such an incredible impact on all facets of life and fashion is certainly not exempt.

Melbourne Vogue Fashion's Night Out last year was a retail and shopping hit in the country’s ‘fashion capital’ Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images for VFNO

Melbourne Vogue Fashion’s Night Out last year was a retail and shopping hit in the country’s ‘fashion capital’ Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images for VFNOSource:Getty Images

“From luxury houses to high street fashion brands, apparel, accessories and home wares — everyone is still getting into the Olympic spirit.

“At Vogue, we certainly couldn’t be prouder of our Australian Olympic team and look forward to celebrating their achievements in Rio with our very special once-a-year VIP shopping event in Melbourne Friday then in Sydney on September 1.”

The Sydney event will mark the 7th annual Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out and it’s an event that is bigger each year.

“I can’t wait to show Sydney shoppers what’s in store this year. Our presenting partner American Express is offering $20 back on any $50 purchase made with your American Express card — you can use this offer up to three times so you can buy more,” adds McCann.

Spotted: the ‘froe’ (front row) during Vogue Fashion's Night Out in Melbourne last year. Photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images for VFNO

Spotted: the ‘froe’ (front row) during Vogue Fashion’s Night Out in Melbourne last year. Photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images for VFNOSource:Getty Images

Australia kicks off the global Fashion’s Night Out celebrations which will this year be celebrated in 20 cities including Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Berlin, Milan, Tokyo, Madrid, Amsterdam, Moscow and Mexico City.

At this year’s one-night-only event, shoppers can expect live entertainment, special offers, celebrities, fashion industry VIPs and exclusive runway shows. The champagne will be flowing as the Melbourne CBD comes to life in celebration of our Australian Olympic team.

According to Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doble, MSFW continues to grow as the city grows and showcases the best Melbourne has to offer in fashion, shopping, entertainment and hospitality.

“It is a great boost for our local industry with 85 per cent of the content sourced from Melbourne and Victoria. In 2015 more than 60,000 people attended MSFW, contributing more than $8 million to Melbourne’s economy, more than double the economic impact of the festival in 2014,’ ‘he said.

Crochet: go on, get grandma on it ... Alessandra Ambrosio walked the runway during the Balmain Menswear Spring/Summer 2017. Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Crochet: go on, get grandma on it … Alessandra Ambrosio walked the runway during the Balmain Menswear Spring/Summer 2017. Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty ImagesSource:Supplied

THE trends to watch:

Crochet: Luxury labels showing this trend: Oscar, Mcqueen, Balmain, Valentino, Chanel, Max Azria, Moschino, Missoni, Peter Pilotto

It’s knitting time: a model walking the runway at the Moschino Spring/Summer 17 during MADE LA at L.A. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for MOSCHINO

It’s knitting time: a model walking the runway at the Moschino Spring/Summer 17 during MADE LA at L.A. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for MOSCHINOSource:Supplied

Checks and tartans: Luxury labels showing this trend: Louis Vuitton, Altuzarra, Fendi, Dsquared2, Fausto Pugisli, Phillip Plein, Monse, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu.

Checked: Kendall Jenner at private luncheon at Chateau Marmont Los Angeles, California. Picture: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Checked: Kendall Jenner at private luncheon at Chateau Marmont Los Angeles, California. Picture: Frederick M. Brown/Getty ImagesSource:Supplied

Spot on: Polkadots are being seen on luxury labels like Calvin Klein, Gucci, Carolina Herrera, Monse, Michael Kors, Oscar de la renta, Rosetta Getty, and Zac Posen.

Spotted: Amal Clooney in legal team work mode: Picture by: Rex Features/Splash News

Spotted: Amal Clooney in legal team work mode: Picture by: Rex Features/Splash NewsSource:Supplied

Trackstar: athleisure is being sported by Givenchy, Bally, Rag Bone, Fendi, Tory Burch, Off White, Ports 1961, and Maison Margiela.

Sporty indeed; Bella Hadid arrives in a red Adidas jumpsuit in Los Angeles. Picture by: iPix211/London Ent/Splash News

Sporty indeed; Bella Hadid arrives in a red Adidas jumpsuit in Los Angeles. Picture by: iPix211/London Ent/Splash NewsSource:Supplied

Folkloric Flair: The folkie gypsy vibe has been embraced by Coach, Gucci, Ellery, McQueen, Valentino, Sonia Rykiel, Giambattista Valli, Louis Vuitton, and Fendi.

Rita Ora getting into Folklore mood: wearing Australian designer Ellery in New York. Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images

Rita Ora getting into Folklore mood: wearing Australian designer Ellery in New York. Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty ImagesSource:Supplied

“We’re excited to bring together our large network of Melbourne fashion retailers and our American Express Card Members to offer them an exclusive shopping experience at Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out,” said American Express Australia Managing Director, Rachel Stocks.

Champagne will be flowing as the Melbourne CBD comes to life in celebration of our Australian Olympic team as shoppers will be able to get into the Olympic spirit with a Vogue gymnast ring and skipping activation, a Vogue basketball court and an Olympic style podium. Even Vogue-branded merchandise including towels, tote bags, basketballs and water bottles will also be available for purchase from Vogue pods throughout the city.

The Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne Susan Riley will join Edwina McCann, the Vogue team and special guest performer Jess Kent as the official proceedings kick off in Bourke Street Mall at 5pm.

Presenting partner American Express will host American Express Card Members in their lounge pop up in Bourke Street Mall with card members be able to be can recharge, relax and refresh by dropping by the lounge for a glass of champagne and glam up at the beauty bar.

Official retail partner for the fourth year, David Jones will once again host the city’s most anticipated party for Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out. David Jones will host a night of style and entertainment with activities including fashion shows, pop-up bars, workshops, guest DJ’s, special offers, beauty treatments and an exclusive Neil Perry dining experience.

Star chef Neil Perry: will be holding court in David Jones at VAEFNO in Melbourne. Picture: Christian Gilles

Star chef Neil Perry: will be holding court in David Jones at VAEFNO in Melbourne. Picture: Christian GillesSource:News Corp Australia

Shoppers can unwind at the ‘Vogue Wellbeing’ zone and get up close and personal with their favourite designers and fashion VIPs while Samsung Electronics Australia are inviting shoppers to experience high fashion through the Samsung Studio and have their VAEFNO look professionally captured by a fashion photographer using the precision optics, outstanding lowlight performance and blazing fast autofocus of the Samsung Galaxy S7, ready to share on social media.

The team behind the label, Bassike, Mary Lou Ryan and Deborah Sams have once again collaborated with the Vogue Australia team on the design of the official 2016 VAEFNO T-shirt on their signature organic cotton jersey. The exclusive VAEFNO T-shirt (RRP$130) will be available to purchase from select bassike and David Jones stores and from davidjones.com.au.

For more information and to plan your night, shoppers are encouraged to visit vogue.com.au/FNO and @vogueaustralia #VAEFNO #VFNO

Join in the conversation with Melissa on Instagram and Twitter @melissahoyer

Article source: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/the-worlds-biggest-fashion-event-returns-with-a-few-unexpected-trends-making-a-comeback/news-story/46ff5671a6571ae8af781c38a80cd5fe


A new event from The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), dubbed ‘Beer Now’ and an evolution of the European beer bloggers and writers conference, will immediately follow BeerX in Sheffield next year.

SIBA has worked with Zephyr Conferences to put on the event, which will take place next March 17-19, focusing on “marketing, tourism and communications” in the modern beer industry.

The conference will take place at ICE Sheffield, the same venue as and immediately following BeerX
.

Due to the fact BeerX primarily focuses on issues related to brewing, Beer Now’s co-location in Sheffield will broaden the scope of the events to cover the marketing side of today’s industry.

SIBA director of operations, Nick Stafford, said: “We are extremely pleased to be hosting the Beer Now Conference at BeerX in 2017.”.

“BeerX is already the UK’s biggest beer and brewing event, so the addition of the Beer Now conference widens the scope even further and brings its own audience of beer bloggers and writers who are so influential to our industry.”

The beer bloggers and beer writers come from the European Beer Bloggers Writers Conference (EBBC), which operated the last six years in various European cities including London, Dublin, Brussels, and Amsterdam.

Zephyr Conferences, the organizer of the EBBC, elected to broaden the scope of the conference to include industry representatives and change the name to Beer Now.

President of Zephyr Conferences, Allan Wright, said: “Beer Now, with its focus on marketing, tourism, and communications, will still be extremely applicable to beer bloggers and writers.”

“We are not losing our focus on this audience. At the same time, the expanded content and the opportunity to interact with these beer writers should be of great interest to marketing and communications professionals in the beer industry.”

Article source: http://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/Drinks/Beer/New-SIBA-conference-to-follow-BeerX-in-2017


As we made our pilgrimage to Brooklyn, it was a rough start when the skies randomly decided to unleash a downpour on us.

However, that would not be enough to stop con goers from experiencing the amazement that FlameCon 2 had to offer, featuring a wide assortment of content centered around an LGBTQ theme in this world of Geekdom. Many artists, writers and creators of all backgrounds came out in support of their community and to spread their love for the things that bring us together whether it be comics, artwork or movies and more.

On entering the event space, I was greeted by many excited con goers, many of whom were clad in vibrant costumes of the characters they love from comic books, movies and cartoons. The opening ceremony started off with a very humorous reading of a piece a fan fiction featuring none other than Harry Potter characters Ron Weasely, Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy and a Mercedes-Benz. The ceremony was then closed by a fun performance featuring Wild Women of Planet Wongo, who in fact will be doing a weekly show at Parkside Lounge in the Lower East Side starting in September. I would highly recommend checking it out, especially for those looking for a zany night out. For tickets and more information visit planetwongo.com.

Walking around the exhibitor’s hall, I visited various tables where vendors and artists were selling their products and creations. I had to control myself to not buy everything I saw—as a fellow artist I do have a weakness for art. One of the tables that immediately caught my eye was that of modHERO with stylistic illustrations created by Queens-based artist Josh Siegel, aka Rogan Josh. Running the table was his supportive boyfriend as he himself was actually one of the people organizing the con, which goes to show how much support he gave back to the community he was a part of. You can view and even purchase prints of his amazing pieces at modhero.com.

There were many kinds of panels going on during the two-day event, some involving LGBTQ visibility in the media and others focusing on whether those in the community were being correctly portrayed. It was a show of our progress in how acceptance has grown over the years.

One of the panels that stuck out the most dealt with humor in comics. Led by a group of notable people in the field from Buzzfeed, Marvel and other self-publishing artists, the panel was faced with the question as to the need for humor in LGBTQ comics, and their answers covered a wide spectrum. Some said it was simply their writing style, whereas others drew a deeper connection. For many people, life can be hard, especially for those growing up in the LGBTQ community, and humor is something many of us as people use as a coping mechanism to deal with hardships. For many people, humor makes it easier to open up a dialogue about things that are hard to talk about. It is also a useful device whenever dealing with serious topics in a story to prevent it from becoming dry and to keep readers engaged, whether it is subtle or over the top. In some cases, humor can also bridge the gap and reach consumers outside of the targeted demographic.

During another walk around the exhibitor’s hall, I came across a table run by Dream Spinner Press, whose LGBTQ stories focus on positive endings. This development was amazing to hear about, because growing up, many, if not all, LGBT stories I heard were those of tragedies. The people running the table were amazing and excited and had recently opened up a sub-publication, Harmony Ink, the main mission of which is to get these stories into the hands of today’s youth to inspire them and fill them with hope. The categories span coming-of-age, romance, mystery, adult literature, fantasy and horror, and encompass a large audience so that readers of many tastes can partake in such feel-good stories. They also made sure I did not leave empty-handed. I took home nine books that I cannot wait to start reading. For more information, visit dsppublications.com and harmonyinkpress.com.

I would have to say that FlameCon 2 was a definite success. Amid a wide variety of fun events, die-hard fans were able to bring together an ever growing community, forming bonds and new friendships. I for one look forward to next year.

Article source: http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2016/aug/25/one-amazing-time-flamecon-2/


Jenny Sichel has always been the adventurous type and doesn’t shy away from trying new things.

In high school, she led one of the largest marching bands in the state as a majorette and played softball throughout her four years.

But it was when she decided to take to the water 10 years ago that her passion for adventure really took off and sent her rowing across the globe.

A 2006 graduate of Clifton High School, Sichel will head to Rio de Janerio, Brazil early next month as a coxswain in the LTA4+ rowing event at the 2016 Paralympic Games.

“Rowing had always looked and sounded quite neat so I decided to row,” said Sichel. “I wanted to play softball in college, however Bryn Mawr College did not have a softball team and thus I decided to try something new by joining the crew team.”

The Paralympic Games take place from Sept. 7 to 18th and feature athletes from around the world with a range of disabilities, including impaired muscle power, impaired passive range of movement, limb deficiency, leg length difference, short stature, hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis, vision impairment and intellectual impairment.

LTA4+ rowing consists of athletes with use of at least one leg, trunk and arms and for those with visual and intellectual impairments.

It is a 1,000 meter race where in mixed events, half the crew must be male and other half female. The coxswain may be of either gender and may be able bodied.

“I am in a bit of a different situation as the coxswain for the boat,” remarked Sichel. “My position can either have a disability or be considered ‘able bodied.’ So although I do not have a disability, I am still able to qualify for the boat.”

A coxswain’s job according to Sichel consists of three main aspects: to steer the boat with two strings attached to the rudder; in the boat coach [being able to feel what is going on behind the boat and help run faster with calls]; and motivate the crew with information during the races and practices.

“This information can range from where the other boats are in the race to how fast we are moving to executing a race plan,” said Sichel.

While Sichel began her career as a rower, after her first year and a half she injured herself in the boat and switched to coxing.

“My coxing love grew and I was able to row recreationally on the side,” she said. “At the end of 2012 I was in a car accident however and since have not been able to row.”

Getting involved in the Paralympics was somewhat accidental.

In 2009, Sichel coxed a boat which included an Adaptive Rowing National Team coach who asked for her name and number.

After the invitation to selection camp the following year, she made the team.

“That was my first introduction into Paralympics and I haven’t looked back,” Sichel said. “Since then I have made the team the past four years.”

Since then Sichel’s list of accomplishments have been spectacular.

Along with traveling the world to places like New Zealand, Australia, France and South Korea, Sichel and her teams have won numerous titles including two World Championship silver medals.

“The first silver that we won, was quite exciting,” she remarked. “We were in Amsterdam and had come in fourth place the previous year so coming in second in the world was a thrill. The second silver that we won was a bit more bittersweet as we came in second by .26 seconds and got the taste of first at points during the race. It was really tough because we were so close to being the best in the world and then felt like we maybe could have done one thing better to change the result.”

She also won a few Club National Titles, Canadian Henley Regatta, and Head of the Charles Regatta twice.

Sichel has also been heavily involved with Community Rowing Inc. in Boston as she was hired in 2013 as its Para Rowing Coordinator.

In that role she has worked with CRI’s, Boston Public School’s Adaptive Physical Education Programs and other private school groups that want to learn to row.

“CRI has completely helped me both with my coxing and my growth as a young professional,” Sichel said. “I have always had their support while I navigate the realm of adaptive rowing as the Para Rowing Coordinator.”

From the moment Sichel wakes early in the morning to moment she heads to bed, rowing is on her mind.

Training sessions in the summer can take anywhere from 8-15 hours a day, everyday, whether it be on the water or in the weight room.

Outside summer, Sichel and her team train about twice a day and work at the boathouse.

She has been with her current team members for various years; including Jackie Smith since 2013 and Dani Hansen and Zach Burns in 2014 and 2015.

Dorian Weber is new to the lineup this year.

“If you think about hills and valleys, that is what our training intensity is like,” she said. “When it is closer to a competition we tend to taper our intensity and further away from competition we will increase our intensity.”

Morning 5 a.m. practice is Sichel’s favorite part of rowing, a time where it’s just her, her team and the sound of rowing blades slicing through the water.

“That time of day when the sun is just coming up and steam is rising off the top of the water of the quiet river is beyond comparison,” she said. “I also quite enjoy the energy of six boats across at the start of a race. You hear the “go” command and suddenly the silent tension gets cut and the boats storm away from the starting platforms at about 45 strokes per minute.”

In July, Sichel learned of the news that she was headed to Rio after a month long selection camp.

Her and her teammates leave for Houston on Sept. 2, have Team USA processing and arrive in Brazil two days later.

“I am most looking forward to competing,” said Sichel. “Racing is my favorite thing to do and to have the USA on top of the LTA 4+ medal stand is my goal. It will also be pretty neat to live in the athlete village with all the other sports and countries. The Olympics and Paralympics bring the world together through sport once every two years. Being a Paralympian means that I can represent the USA at the highest level of athletics and make a small difference in the world. To be the coxswain for the USA this cycle is a dream come true.”

Rowing events are scheduled to take place Sept. 9 through 11.

Since graduating CHS, Sichel has lived in six different states and raced in seven countries on four different continents but keeps coming back to her time marching across the Clifton Stadium field as a member of the band as one of her top inspirations.

“It was definitely an honor and completely changed my mindset when it comes to dedication, drive, desire, and discipline with anything I do,” she said. “I am so grateful for everyone that has helped me along this journey from Mr. Robert Morgan and his staff in CHS Marching Band to all of my teammates who have shaped me as I have grown to my parents, grandparents, and family, I would like to say thank you.”

Email: woolis@northjersey.com

Article source: http://www.northjersey.com/sports/amateur-and-adult-sports/rowing-her-way-to-rio-de-janerio-1.1649663


Richie Hawtin, Daniel Miller, Mark Verbos and Matador join the bill for ADE’s MusicTalks artist/fan forum

ADE Sound Lab is a free series of talks across the course of Amsterdam Dance Event in October. These will consist of masterclasses and QAs with pillars of the electronic music community covering all aspects of sound and its manipulation. More names have been added to the existing list that includes Dave Smith, Jameszoo, Octave One and Francesco Tristano.

Richie Hawtin will be discussing the thought behind his new PLAYdifferently mixer designed with Andy Rigby-Jones (who worked on the Xone series of Allen Heath mixers for more than a decade). As well as Hawtin’s masterclass using the MODEL 1 PD, the mixer’s capabilities as a studio/live mixer will be explored by Matador.

Musician, instrument designer, engineer and producer Mark Verbos will draw on his immense experience of performing and running his Verbos Electronics brand of synthesisers to give a keynote presentation. Plus Daniel Miller of Mute Records will bring some of his amazing collection of instruments (he famously owns the vocoder Kraftwerk used on their early tracks) and give a ‘Modular Basics’ session. This will entail a demonstration using a modular set-up, discussion of analogue synthesis with regard to his own career and questions from the audience.

ADE Sound Lab takes place 20 – 22 October. More speakers and events to be announced. For free access grab an ADE Card here

Article source: http://crackmagazine.net/events/events/new-names-added-ade-sound-lab-programme/



IOC launches new digital platform

Virtual reality at the Olympic Games
The Olympics may have wrapped but the action continues as the IOC has launched a new digital platform to deliver Olympic content on-demand. The Olympic Channel, available across all devices, will offer a range of sporting content including original shows, news and highlights.

It launches with the premiere of Viva 2016, an exclusive behind-the-scenes-look at the production of an Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. IOC president Thomas Bach said, The launch of Olympic Channel is a key milestone for the Olympic Movement and a result of Olympic Agenda 2020…It is the start of an exciting, new journey for athletes, fans and new generations to connect with sport and the Olympic values every day of the year.

For the first time, during the summer sports action in Rio, the Olympics were available in virtual reality. The BBC was streaming 100 hours of 360-degree video through a new app. By strapping on VR headsets that can hold a phone (Google Cardboard or the Samsung Gear VR) users were able to watch the games in a completely new way. it was the first time the BBC has broadcast live sport in VR.
In the US, NBC was showing 100 hours of virtual reality and 360-degree video programming using its new Sports app. Using the Samsung Gear and a Samsung phone users in the US were able to watch VR programming the day after the event took place.

OCTOPUS Newsroom reported intensive use of the Octopus Mobile App by journalists covering the games.
“Reporting from live sports events used to be one of the toughest assignments in the entire broadcast business,” comments OCTOPUS Newsroom sales director Gabriel Janko. “In a Rio context, Octopus Mobile App allows reporters to operate with mobile phones or tablet computers. Using a public communication network is also much easier and more flexible than having to establish a specific broadcast line for each reporter. During the Rio games, some Octopus customers were connecting remotely to the newsroom systems located at their primary headquarters.
The Octopus Mobile App will be demonstrated at IBC 2016 in Amsterdam, held between 9 and 13 September.


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Article source: http://www.screenafrica.com/page/news/new_med/1659854-IOC-launches-new-digital-platform


A new event from The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), dubbed ‘Beer Now’ and an evolution of the European beer bloggers and writers conference, will immediately follow BeerX in Sheffield next year.

SIBA has worked with Zephyr Conferences to put on the event, which will take place next March 17-19, focusing on “marketing, tourism and communications” in the modern beer industry.

The conference will take place at ICE Sheffield, the same venue as and immediately following BeerX
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Due to the fact BeerX primarily focuses on issues related to brewing, Beer Now’s co-location in Sheffield will broaden the scope of the events to cover the marketing side of today’s industry.

SIBA director of operations, Nick Stafford, said: “We are extremely pleased to be hosting the Beer Now Conference at BeerX in 2017.”.

“BeerX is already the UK’s biggest beer and brewing event, so the addition of the Beer Now conference widens the scope even further and brings its own audience of beer bloggers and writers who are so influential to our industry.”

The beer bloggers and beer writers come from the European Beer Bloggers Writers Conference (EBBC), which operated the last six years in various European cities including London, Dublin, Brussels, and Amsterdam.

Zephyr Conferences, the organizer of the EBBC, elected to broaden the scope of the conference to include industry representatives and change the name to Beer Now.

President of Zephyr Conferences, Allan Wright, said: “Beer Now, with its focus on marketing, tourism, and communications, will still be extremely applicable to beer bloggers and writers.”

“We are not losing our focus on this audience. At the same time, the expanded content and the opportunity to interact with these beer writers should be of great interest to marketing and communications professionals in the beer industry.”

Article source: http://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/Drinks/Beer/New-SIBA-conference-to-follow-BeerX-in2017


Photo: Anne DoktorPhoto: Anne Doktor

Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw orchestra has bought its own offices and rehearsal rooms in a project costing €14.5m, the Parool said on Wednesday.

The building, overlooking the Museumplein, will house rehearsal rooms, offices and space for events attended by up to 100 people. School classes will also be able to take music lessons on the premises.

The building itself cost €4.5m and has been funded by a loan. The orchestra has also launched a fundraising campaign to generate €10m to carry out the renovation work. It hopes to move into the building in 2018.

‘Members of the orchestra are often not wealthy enough to find appropriate housing close to Amsterdam where they can also study or rehearse. This building meets an enormous need,’ the orchestra said in a statement.

Article source: http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2016/08/concertgebouw-orchestra-buys-its-own-rehearsal-rooms-offices/