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The importance of the Venice Biennale

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 Maggio 2017

venice biennaleEVERY odd-numbered year, more than half a million culture-vultures descend on Venice to visit the Art Biennale, the art show on which all other biennales are based. Artists, curators, billionaire collectors and directors of faraway museums gather see new work by their chosen artists. Artists are honoured to be asked to show off their work, and visitors rich and poor don’t mind the queues, the crowds or the shortage of toilets. What makes the Venice Biennale the world’s pre-eminent stage for new contemporary art? The Venice Biennale was founded in 1895 to mark the silver anniversary of the accession of the bewhiskered King Umberto I of Italy and his consort, Margherita of Savoy. National pavilions made their debut appearance in 1907, the first being Belgium, giving rise to a veritable United Nations of art shows in purpose-built exhibition spaces. This year the Biennale is host to 83 national pavilions; 28 are in the Giardini and the rest are fielded in the Arsenale, the city’s former shipyard, and in rented spaces around the port. There is always also a main exhibition around a unifying theme, assembled by a specially selected curator. This year it is Christine Macel, of the Pompidou Centre in Paris, with an intimate exhibition of the everyday called “Viva Arte Viva”.
Though rarely mentioned, a fierce competitiveness pervades the Biennale. Architects vie to design the most interesting new national pavilions. Denton Corker Marshall built Australia’s black box of a space for the 2015 Biennale; this year the Canadian pavilion, closed for a much-needed refurbishment, has been drenched in water (to symbolise life, death and tragedy) by Geoffrey Farmer, an artist from Vancouver. Countries field their best artists. Crowds of art-world supporters—often a cynical lot—glow with pride when their country wins one of the grand prizes offered by the international five-person jury on the first day of the Biennale’s public opening, which this year is on May 13th. The prizes are democratic. Neither special pleading nor a vast budget can ensure a place on the podium, which is why artists like the awards. In 2015 the best pavilion was judged to be Armenia; in 2013 it was Angola.The key to the success and longevity of the Venice Biennale is its organic nature: there is no single source of state or private funding, which means no one entity has total control of the Biennale. Venice offers the setting, with its resplendent and ever-shifting sky, but no money—except for the main exhibition, which this year had a budget of only €13m ($14.1m) to cover expenses. Making, shipping and mounting the shows in the national pavilions is in principle funded by arts organisations such as the British Council. But the costs are high, and most need more help. So artists’ galleries and private donors all have to chip in. From its inception, the Venice Biennale has always been intimately linked with the art market. Even though, officially, selling art works has been banned by the Venice Biennale since 1968, no art buff can turn down the chance of buying the work of an artist who is about to be discovered, in the hope that he or she will turn out to be the next Damien Hirst. La Serenissima is a great showcase for art, but, true to its nature as a trading entrepot through the centuries, it also provides the meeting point for the the masses and the money that have always made up the DNA of the art world. (font. The Economist)

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Orlando Welcomed 66 Million Visitors in 2015

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 3 Maggio 2016

orlandoORLANDO, Fla. /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Visit Orlando announced a new all-time record for the destination. In 2015, 66.1 million people visited Orlando, growing 5.5 percent from 2014 and solidifying Orlando’s position as the most visited destination in the nation. Visitation to Orlando more than doubled over the past 20 years, growing from 32.4 million in 1995.”Reaching more than 66 million visitors to Orlando is an amazing accomplishment for our tourism community,” said Visit Orlando President and CEO George Aguel. “This new milestone and rapid growth over the past two decades is a result of having a tourism industry and community partners that are focused on growth and investment, dedication to the needs of our visitors and the global marketing and sales efforts of our Visit Orlando team and member companies.”A record 33 million room nights were sold in Orlando in 2015, resulting in record tourist development tax collections topping $230 million in Orange County, Fla., home to the Central Florida tourism district.
“We’re so proud to break another national record and again be named the top visitor destination for the U.S.,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “With our superb convention center and culture of hospitality, world-class theme parks, family-friendly entertainment and luxury dining and lodging amenities, it’s no surprise that Central Florida remains the top destination for business, family and leisure guests.”Visit Orlando announced the record-breaking achievement at its annual Travel & Tourism Luncheon, a celebration of Orlando’s tourism community, attended by more than 800 tourism and community leaders. The event was held during the 33rd annual National Travel and Tourism Week, which unites communities each year to celebrate what travel means to American jobs, economic growth and personal well-being.”Orlando has reached yet another historic milestone with more than 66 million visitors in 2015—a significant achievement for Orlando and the U.S. travel industry,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “The region’s remarkable commitment to travel and tourism—with especial kudos to Visit Orlando, its tourism community members, and the leadership of local public officials—enabled it to hit yet another visitation record.”Since 1995, Orlando’s hotel inventory grew by more than 37 percent, topping 117,000 rooms in 2015. Passengers at Orlando International Airport increased by more than 72 percent, reaching 38,809,337 in 2015. In the past two decades, significant openings and expansions have continued to reinforce Orlando as the theme park capital of the world and a leading convention destination. Orlando also established a robust lineup of luxury offerings to meet the needs of travelers seeking five-star service and amenities and downtown Orlando experienced a renaissance with new arts and sports venues. The destination emerged as a thriving culinary destination, garnering consistent James Beard Award nominations for local chefs while also attracting internationally-praised celebrity chefs with new culinary concepts.
Visit Orlando is the official tourism association for the most visited destination in the United States, with representation in more than a dozen countries around the world. Visit Orlando, together with its 1,200 member organizations, represents the area’s leading industry. (photo: orlando)

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The art photo fair directed by Fabio Castelli and Lorenza Castelli returns for its sixth edition

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 25 aprile 2016


Milan The Mall – Porta Nuova, Piazza Lina Bo Bardi, 80 galleries from 12 different countries worldwide, with 230 artists, 15 specialized publishers and 20 independent artists: these are the figures of the sixth edition of MIA Photo Fair, the fair dedicated to art photography, conceived and directed by Fabio Castelli and due to be held at The Mall, at the new business district of Porta Nuova, Milan, from Thursday April 28th, inauguration day by invitation only, to Monday, May 2nd, 2016. Under the patronage of Regione Lombardia, the Metropolitan City of Milan and Comune di Milano, MIA Photo Fair is supported by its main sponsors BNL BNP Paribas Group and Lavazza and by the sponsor Eberhard & Co.
After the success of the 2015 edition (with over 22,000 visitors), MIA Photo Fair has decided to extend the period of the fair, which now welcomes visitors from Thursday until Monday. In addition to its established arrangement, characterised by the participation of galleries with their collective exhibitions and monographic projects, the fair also features Proposta MIA, in which a selection of photographers present their work individually.
MIA Photo Fair is enriched with a full programme of talks and debates on the most topical of the many subjects involving the world of photography. These include a meeting, held in collaboration with the


Community of Sant’Egidio, on the theme of the power of the image as a language for describing the phenomenon of the migration process that is changing Europe. This process is interpreted through the work of such artists and reporters as Liu Bolin, Massimo Sestini, Fabio Bucciarelli and Corrado Levi.
The sixth edition of MIA Photo Fair, with its customary focus on collecting, presents three special events moderated by Sabrina Donadel who during the weekend of the fair will meet with three collector couples who share a passion for photography: Pier Luigi and Natalina Remotti, Giovanni and Anna Rosa Cotroneo and Annamaria and Antonio Maccaferri. The talks area, where the cultural programme takes place, has been specially designed and arranged by a group of young creative talents coordinated by the Institute for Production of Wonder together with Cassina, under the guidance of creative director Patricia Urquiola.
MIA Photo Fair confirms its future-oriented vision by continuing the experience of CODICE MIA, conceived by Enrica Viganò as an original form of portfolio reviews. A selection of artists chosen by the fair itself will have the opportunity to discuss their work with a panel of Italian and foreign collectors, curators and art advisors:
Pedro Barbosa, collector – Saõ Paulo, Brazil
Peter Coeln, collector – Vienna, Austria
Elaine Goldman, collector – New York, USA
Jim Grover, collector – London, UK
Charles Jing, collector – Atlanta, USA
Annamaria and Antonio Maccaferri, collectors – Bologna, Italy
Massimo Perazzo, collector – Milan, Italy
Nissan Perez, art advisor and curator – Tel Aviv, Israel
Jeff Rosenheim, curator in charge of the photography collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York, USA
Maria Sukkar, collector – London, UK
Out of all the artists participating in the debate and discussion sessions, one artist will be selected and awarded the possibility of exhibiting his/her work in the section Proposta MIA of the 2017 edition.

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Experience a Day in the Life of a Horse at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 ottobre 2014

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????[CAEN, France] – With the opening days of the Games off to an exceptional start, spectators are relishing the opportunity to visit one of the most anticipated equine educational spaces at the Games Village, Equispher sponsored by Alltech. Visitors to Equispher, an educational exhibition co-funded by the Normandy Organizing Committee 2014, can avail of the opportunity to experience the world through the eyes of the horse. With a variety of sensory and interactive displays and unique videos, they can learn about the horse’s behaviour, senses and sporting ability.Over the next few weeks, it is expected that Equispher will welcome an estimated 30,000 local school children who will benefit from the dedicated children’s area in the heart of the exhibition.“We are delighted to be a part of this very special equine education space at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy,” said Clare Fahey, global equine marketing manager at Alltech. “We have been very lucky to work alongside Martine Villain and Claire Neveux, two local Normandy businesswomen who first conceived this project. Equispher is a world-class experience where visitors can gain insight and experience first-hand the world of the horse.”Equispher sponsored by Alltech was first conceived as a concept for the Games Village by sporting communications specialist Martine Villain from Com’elle and her business partner Claire Neveux, an equine ethologist from Ethonova. Villain and Neveux designed this world-class experiential exhibition, allowing visitors to walk in a circular pavilion of five sections:
Performance –witness the athletic performance ability of the horse, including the highest puissance wall jumped. Sporting – this area will showcase some of the equestrian sporting disciplines via on-screen visuals and sound showers while providing the visitor an opportunity to mount a saddle to have a unique equine experience. Welfare – the domestic living conditions of the horse can be witnessed in this section of the exhibition providing the visitor with a range of housing and bedding options for the horse.Kids – in this final section of Equispher, children are invited into this dedicated centre area teaching them all about the digestive health with model digestive systems and colouring sheets.“We were delighted to work and collaborate with Alltech to carry out this amazing equine educational project that, we are convinced, will excite the Games Village visitors,” said Villain.”From the start, Alltech shared our vision for this original and interactive exhibition. Our collaborative efforts have resulted in an outstanding experience and insight into the world of the horse” said Neveux.Equispher is open daily in the Games Village during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy and is free of charge to visitors holding a Games sport ticket or a Games Village ticket (€5.00).The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy are organised every four years and represent the most important equestrian event in the world. Alltech’s title sponsor status provides the company with a unique opportunity to feature the importance of agriculture to a global audience and to communicate Alltech’s passion for improving efficiency, profitability and sustainability on the farm through natural nutrition and scientific innovation. (photo: Life of a Horse)

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Summer Exhibition 2010

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 11 luglio 2010

London until Sunday 22 August 2010 10am – 4pm daily Opening hours for the Summer Exhibition in the Fine Rooms may vary (Burlington House Piccadilly). The Summer Exhibition attracts a high volume of entrants annually with over 11,000 entries this year. The majority of the 1267 selected works are on sale, offering visitors an unrivalled opportunity to purchase original artwork by high profile and up-and-coming artists. The Summer Exhibition 2010 includes a memorial display of work by Academicians who have died in the past year. Work by Craigie Aitchison RA, Jim Cadbury-Brown RA, John Craxton RA, Barry Flanagan RA, Freddy Gore RA, Donald Hamilton Fraser RA, Flavia Irwin RA and Michael Kidner RA, who sadly died in 2009, are displayed in the Fine Rooms as an extension to the Main Galleries.
Established in 1978, the Royal Academy of Arts Charles Wollaston Award is, at £25,000, one of the largest and most prestigious art prizes in Britain. Previous winners include Richard Wilson (2009), Jeff Koons (2008), Gavin Turk (2007), Jake and Dinos Chapman (2003), Alan Charlton (2002), Marc Quinn (2001), Gerard Hemsworth (2000), David Hockney (1999), John Hoyland (1998) and R. B. Kitaj (1997). Open to the public: Monday 14 June – Sunday 22 August 2010 10am – 6pm daily (last admission 5.30pm) Late night opening: Fridays until 10pm (last admission 9.30pm) Admission prices include the List of Works giving details on every exhibit in the show. £8.00 full price; £7.00 60 years+ and registered disabled; £6.00 NUS; £4.00 12-18 years and Income Support; £3.00 8-11 years; Free for 7 years and under.

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Korean government contracts usocial for advertising campaign

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 14 marzo 2009

Brisbane, Australia  Korea’s Department of Tourism ( has commissioned controversial web traffic company uSocial ( for a large-scale advertising campaign to boost awareness and interest in foreigners looking for interesting and unique tourist destinations. Launching sometime in April, it will span all social bookmarking sites that uSocial target which include Digg, StumbleUpon and AOL’s Propeller. “We were approached by the operators of the VisitKorea website with a proposal to generate a high volume of traffic over a period of several months and they had a number of visitors in mind which was high, but definitely achievable,” said uSocial owner Leon Hill. “Over the period of the campaign, which should be complete in under three months, we estimate to send several million high-quality visitors their way.” Since uSocial have been operating, this will be their largest client to date, both in status as well as the substantial five-figure price-tag attached to the campaign. “We’re definitely looking forward to seeing what we can do for them and it’s exciting to have such a high-profile client on board.” Said Hill. “It’s a major buzz for us that in only three months we’ve managed to attract clients such as this. We’re not just marketing for business anymore, but in this case, marketing for an entire nation.” The web traffic company have been causing controversy around the internet since their December 2008 launch due to their sale of votes on some of the world’s most popular social bookmarking sites.

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