Stratford City Celebrates the King of Pop


Westfield Stratford City has secured an almost-painfully good exclusive: it will be the only UK host of The Collection of Tompkins and Bush: Michael Jackson Wardrobe.

The name’s a bit dry, but the exhibit is anything but—it’s a collection of personal and concert pieces from the King of Pop’s wardrobe, straight from his long-time costume designers, Michael Bush and Dennis Tompkins.

For those still in mourning, this exhibition will be an incredible reminiscence of Jackson’s life, with signature pieces that, prior to this tour, haven’t been seen since last they were on stage or screen. Check out this list of highlights:

“One of the King of Pop’s infamous right-handed crystal covered gloves, the complete “Scream” video outfit, a suit from the 1987 Smooth Criminal video and the 30th Anniversary of Madison Square Gardens Show’s illuminated helmet sported by Jackson.”

As if that weren’t already outstanding, true fans are also sure to recognize costumes from famed appearances at award ceremonies, music videos and live performances.

Myf Ryan, General Manager of Marketing, said, “It is an honour to be the exclusive UK hosts for such a unique exhibition. In our first year, Westfield Stratford City attracted 47 million shoppers and we are increasingly becoming the destination of choice for exclusive events. We look forward to welcoming visitors and fans to get up close and personal with music and fashion history.”


Written by Nissa on September 26, 2012 – 6:02 pm -
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Aberdeen Centre Celebrates the Pearl of the Orient


Aberdeen Centre has done an outstanding job with it’s summer exhibitions over the last few years. In 2009, it held The Return of the First Emperor, an exhibition about China’s first emperor, Qin Shihuang. It featured a magnificent sand sculpture of the Great Wall of China. Then, in 2011, the center had, among other things, huge M & M sculptures of the Giza Pyramids and the Great Sphynx.

This summer, Aberdeen Centre is back at it with another look at the history of one of the many cultures of its shoppers. In My Life, Pearl of the Orient – Hong Kong looks back at the great city over the last 60 years. There are many facets to this exhibition, but there’s one that’s sure to grab a ton of attention: a massive, detailed LEGO skyline that looks from Hong Kong’s modern era back to its roots as a small fishing village.

The work will be created by one of the world’s 13 LEGO Certified Professionals, and the only one from Canada, Robin Sather. He’s on site from July 2 – 15 to complete the display with his team. During that time, shoppers have the opportunity help build the mosaic that will form the backdrop for the city skyline.

From skyscrapers like HSBC Bank Headquarters and The Peak Tower to a reconstruction of a Cathay Pacific Airways airplane, the whole thing will be made entirely of LEGO.

Of course, this is just one small part of the big event. Keep an eye out for the next issue of Marketing Trendz, which will take a more in-depth look at In My Life, Pearl of the Orient.


Written by Nissa on July 4, 2012 – 5:04 pm -
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Oakland Mall Sees Through The Eyes of a Child


During the month of July, Oakland Mall will host Through the Eyes of a Child, a traveling photographic exhibition. It benefits Coalition On Temporary Shelter (COTS), a non-profit that provides important resources for Detroit’s homeless population. To put the exhibition together, Monte Nagler, renowned fine art photographer, conducted a photography class for youth in COTS programs and encouraged them to capture their world as they see it. The children also wrote about their inspirations. Thirty pieces of art resulting from the program have been gathered into the exhibition, which will be presented in the center’s in the Giggle Gang Clubhouse.

Rather than just present the exhibition, the center is giving its Giggle Gang children’s club a chance to participate. The Giggle Gang will be donating proceeds from one of its events to the project. It will also hold a photography contest for its members. Oakland Mall is asking Giggle Gang members to take their own photographs of their world and submit them for a chance to win an overnight stay at the Sterling Inn water park. The contest will cost $1 to enter and the proceeds will all go to benefit the children at COTS. Once the Through the Eyes of a Child exhibit has moved on, the Giggle Gang’s photos will be displayed in the clubhouse.

“Oakland Mall takes community involvement seriously. We are extremely proud of our philanthropies and our popular kids club. So when we have the opportunity to bring them together everyone benefits,” said David Neuman, General Manager of Oakland Mall.


Written by Nissa on June 29, 2011 – 4:55 pm -
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Wintergarden Opens Piece x Piece


Wintergarden is in the midst of a massive regeneration. Stage One has opened, and the center is growing, as it says, piecexpiece.

It’s taken that piecexpiece theme and run with it. To celebrate the launch of Stage One, it opened the the inspiring piecexpiece art exhibition. The exhibition allows 20 Brisbane creatives’ to explore the idea of evolution and progression of something growing and being revealed piece by piece. The exhibition features artwork that uses a number of different mediums including photography, oil painting, sculpture and digital design.

As part of the campaign, Wintergarden is also holding a fun Facebook contest. A sliding block puzzle hides a positive message about the regeneration efforts, and those that can solve it (and “like” the page) are entered to win $250 in gift cards.

Pictured: artwork from the show by Jaylene Malone.


Written by Nissa on June 22, 2011 – 5:30 pm -
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Eldon Square Zings Art to Life


Eldon Square is in the midst of hosting an amazing art show: Zing (life).

It’s a project organized by Thomas Bewick School, which provides all-age specialist provision in Newcastle upon Tyne for children and young people with autism. For two years, students at the school have been exploring their communities, taking walks in coastal, woodland and urban environments, collecting natural, lost or discarded objects, and gathering sounds and pictures. They then joined forces with children from other local schools to create original works of sculpture, photography, music and more.

The Zing exhibition is the culmination of those two years of hard work. Not only is Eldon Square filled with beautiful works, but the students also kept a photo journal of the process of bringing the exhibition to life. Shoppers can take in creations that include Spirit of the Sea, Woodland Man, Wonky Music Machine, Clive the Urban Man and Dancing Men.

Claire Gladstone, a member of the Creative Arts team at Thomas Beckwick, expressed the school’s joy at bringing the art to the public. “We’re very proud of the artwork produced by our students, and we’re extremely grateful to Eldon Square for giving us this opportunity to stage this exhibition in such a public space, enabling us to showcase this work to a much wider public, who I’m sure will appreciate the hard work and joy involved in producing this exhibition.”

Patsie Beaton, head of operations at Eldon Square, was also impressed. “From the moment I saw the initial pictures of this exhibition I absolutely adored it, and was blown away by the creativity and uniqueness of the project. I’m sure that everyone will admire and enjoy it, and that it will put a ‘zing’ in everyone’s step!”

Image: John Vitorino & Brandon Cowie Thompson (l to r) with artwork from the exhibition.


Written by Nissa on May 4, 2011 – 5:38 pm -
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