Ocean Terminal Sends in the Clowns

Ocean Terminal is an important part of Edinburgh Fringe as one of its big venues, and that’s given it the opportunity to host one very cool part of the festival: the Big Top. For the first year, Fringe includes the Edinburgh International Circus Festival, and Ocean Terminal is at the center of the event.

International acclaimed artists are visiting the circus throughout artists, wowing families with aerial acrobatics, illusions and a lot more. A Bulgarian Wheel of Death has featured, alongside clown acts from around the world and an Argentinean Bolas Dance.

Each act has a good reason to put on the best possible show: the success of the 36 performances are all being measured with a clapometer. The most popular act will win the first Edinburgh International Circus Festival’s People’s Choice Award.

Ocean Terminal’s centre manager, Dennis Jones, joined an international panel of circus experts to cast his vote for the nine other awards that were given out last week.

When asked about the circus, Jones said, “the addition of a large scale Festival Show during August is fantastic, not just for the Shopping Centre but the surrounding area also. Having an element of the Festival buzz is great to experience and I look forward to being amazed by the circus spectacular located on our doorstep.”

Written by Nissa on August 22, 2012 – 5:34 pm -
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It’s All About Italy at Queensbay Mall

Queensbay Mall has gone a little Italian. The Malaysian shopping center is sending a pair of shoppers on an amazing Italian holiday, and that’s just part of its Mediterranean charm.

“It’s All About Italy” is Queensbay Mall’s contribution to the 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival, roughly analogous to Dubai’s many annual shopping festivals. One component is the giveaways—a purchase of RM100 or more means an entry to win a 10 day tour around Italy, including flights and accommodation. Folks shopping on Mastercard get an extra perk: an elegant, Italian-style evening handbag with any purchase of RM350 across up to two same-day receipts.

Beyond the giveaways, though, there have been some fantastic trips of imagination. Last month it was the Little Venetian Princess competition, which let girls and women dress up in their masquerade finest. Then there was the fashion show: Roman goddesses, gladiators, warriors and masked Venetian dancers took to the runway interspersed with the fashion models.

And a few things for the kiddies round things out, including pasta decorating event and a Mona Lisa coloring contest.

Written by Nissa on August 8, 2012 – 6:14 pm -
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Paseo Colorado Hosts Pasadena Chalk Festival

Father’s Day weekend was extra special at Paseo Colorado this year as it hosted the 20th Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival. Over 600 chalk painters arrived to create murals across the pavement of the village-style shopping center, bringing in an audience of nearly 100,000 visitors.

The festival has plenty of public appeal. It’s known as the World’s Largest Street Painting Festival since Guinness World Record declared it so in 2010, and an event that big inevitably brings more along with it. For instance, Kids Chalkland was an opportunity for kids to make their own chalk drawings and Father’s Day cards. There was also a Chalk of Fame, with murals of famous movie posters, and an Artist Gallery with affordable, painted canvases from the festival’s artists available for auction.

All proceeds from the event went to Light Bringer Project, a Pasadena non-profit that’s dedicated to building community through the power of the arts.

Visitors and artists voted on the best of the murals, with top placements, best of show awards, technique and more. Pictured is the mural that took first place, Best of Festival and the Paseo Colorado People’s Choice Award Winner. It was created by artist Moe Notsu.

Photo credit: Brian Biery

Written by Nissa on July 4, 2012 – 2:09 pm -
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Two Rivers Helps City Rebrand With Summer Festival

Up until a few days ago, Two Rivers Shopping Centre was found in Staines. Now, however, the city has rebranded itself Staines-upon-Thames, partially as a bid to distance itself from the ridicule heaped upon it by Sacha Baron Cohen when he dubbed it the downtrodden home of his character Ali G. But that wasn’t the city’s only goal: it also seeks to position itself as the pleasant riverside destination that it really is.

So now Two Rivers Shopping Centre is working with the city council on the first Staines-upon-Thames Summer Festival, and the stakes are pretty high. It sounds like the center has it under control, though, in its attempt to reaffirm the fantastic offering at Staines Upon Thames and to attract lots of visitors to the town.

The day-long festival will take place in August, and it will be filled with summer fun. The hosts are bringing in live music from local bands and DJs, dance performances, face painters and more. And there’s lots of fun to be had, like interactive zones with guitar lessons, digital graffiti, DJ decks, dance mats, and all manner of kid’s rides and activities.

What’s more, many of the shops in the town including those at Two Rivers will have fantastic offers on throughout the day and a Saturday street market will cap things off.

“The Summer Festival is set to be a fantastic event for everyone whether they are residents of the town or new visitors coming to see what we have to offer,” said Joanna Hall, centre manager at Two Rivers Shopping Centre. “It will be the first time that all of the town’s retailers and the council have worked together to put on such an event so we are hoping the day is a huge success so we can look forward to further joint events in the future.”

Written by Nissa on May 23, 2012 – 4:36 pm -
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The Dubai Mall Goes Big in the DSF Wrap-Up

Is it any surprise that the highlight of the 17th Dubai Shopping Festival is huge? Like, record-breakingly large? From everything we’ve seen, the unofficial motto of these festivals must be “go big or go home.”

And big it was: to wrap up the festival, The Dubai Mall held two mega-events as part of Dubai Fashion 2012, the “Longest Catwalk” and the “Biggest Makeover.”

The Catwalk featured 120 models, including many top international names, parading along a ridiculously long 120-meter catwalk down the outdoor promenade. Yowch, imagine trying to keep your footing in runway style for that distance.

The Makeover was a different sort of marathon. 100 professional stylists and 100 models got together for 100 makeovers in just 10 minutes. In front of an audience, no less.

The only thing that has us worried is this: if they go this big this time, how on earth will they top it when the next festival comes around?

Written by Nissa on February 8, 2012 – 5:52 pm -
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