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White Night Melbourne 2017 EOI

July 26th, 2016

 Expressions of interest are now open for White Night Melbourne 2017 To register interest please visit:  White Night Melbourne will return to the streets, laneways and gardens of the CBD from dusk till dawn on Saturday 18 February, 2017 and the inaugural White Night Ballarat will follow on Saturday 4 March, 2017. Expressions of interest from artists and performers wanting to participate in White Night Melbourne are now open and full details can be found at The White Night Ballarat website will be launched and open for Expressions of Interest on 9 August 2016. White Night Melbourne is one of Australia’s most celebrated cultural events that continues to draw record crowds into Melbourne’s CBD. Due to the success of the past 4...

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H.H. Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani inaugurates Anti Doping Laboratory Qatar

January 31st, 2013

H.H. Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani inaugurates Anti Doping Laboratory Qatar Doha – December 10, 2012 – Anti Doping Laboratory Qatar (ADLQ), the first specialised laboratory of its kind in the Middle East, was inaugurated in an official ceremony under the auspices of H.H. Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, The Heir Apparent to The State Of Qatar, on 10th December. ADLQ is a state-of-the-art facility that  provides anti-doping testing for athletes across the Gulf region as well as West Asia. Doping control tests will be administered during competition, training and even in the off-season to catch cheats and protect athletes. Equipped with cutting-edge technology and a specialist team, ADLQ will provide testing for all known forms of doping including testosterone, amphetamines, blood doping...

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12th Arab Games Opening Ceremony Sets the Stage for Sensational Games

December 9th, 2011

Attention News/Entertainment/Sports Editors: Doha, Qatar, December 9, 2011—Tonight, David Atkins Enterprises (DAE) delivered the Opening Ceremony of the 12th Arab Games, Doha 2011, the first major peacetime event of the region this year. The Opening Ceremony welcomed the 6,000 athletes and officials from 21 participating Arab nations and carried a message of peace and freedom conveyed through the unity of sport and the celebration of Arabic culture. “In close collaboration with the Arab Games Organising Committee, DAE created a story inspired and informed by the stories and images of pre-Islamic and Islamic history,” said David Atkins, CEO, David Atkins Enterprises. “The Ceremony was created to acknowledge the importance of these times, a time when the very pages of Arabic history are...

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Opening Ceremony of 2011 Rugby World Cup Kicks Off in Spectacular Style

September 9th, 2011

Global creative powerhouse DAE brings its signature flair to Auckland, New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand, September 9, 2011—Tonight, David Atkins Enterprises (DAE) delivered the Opening Ceremony of The Rugby World Cup in Auckland, New Zealand, one of the largest international sporting competitions in the world. The 30-minute show told the story of New Zealand and its unique place in the Pacific, and represented the coming together of countries from around the world in New Zealand in pursuit of Rugby’s greatest prize. According to Rugby World Cup Limited Chairman Bernard Lapasset, the Opening Ceremony was the most exciting and spectacular in the history of Rugby World Cup. “We had a great responsibility on our shoulders; the Ceremony of the 2011 Rugby World Cup was biggest opportunity...

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DAE Sets Guinness World Record in Moscow

September 4th, 2011

Moscow, Russian Federation, September 4, 2011—David Atkins Enterprises (DAE) delivered the largest 3D video-mapping show ever attempted in celebration of Alfa Bank’s 20th anniversary and Moscow’s 864th birthday. Setting a Guinness World Record, the show integrated unique 4D elements such as live performance, scenic and special effects into the 3D video mapping, and set a new benchmark in live event performance. For Moscow: A Journey of Rediscovery and Reinvention, DAE transformed the entire 25,500 square meter surface of Moscow State University into a 3D canvas, using the latest video-mapping technology to create an audiovisual journey through Russia’s past, present and future. “We were incredibly honoured when Alfa Bank asked us to bring our signature style to Moscow for...

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David Atkins Enterprises Re-establishes Powerhouse Presence in Australia

December 6th, 2010

As World Aids Day kicked off globally on December 1 lighting up 80 iconic landmarks across 13 countries, David Atkins Enterprises (DAE) was engaged by the federal and state governments to take Australia ahead of the world on November 30th, by turning the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge red for two days. “Having just returned to Australia after six years producing some of the largest live events of the decade, we were honoured to have been asked to execute the Light Up on behalf of the Premier of New South Wales and the Prime Minister of Australia,” said David Atkins, CEO, DAE. The event was initiated by Pacific Friends of the Global Fund and RED, and was attended by The Hon. Kristina Keneally, Premier of New South Wales; The Hon. Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia;...

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Entertainment legend David Atkins to be recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award tomorrow night

October 6th, 2010

Famed Australian dancer, actor and event producer David Atkins will take to a different stage in Sydney tomorrow night at the 2010 Australian Event Awards, where he will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement award for his incredible creativity, innovation and dedication to Australia�s iconic events culture. This prestigious award comes the week of Atkins latest hit musical Hairspray opening in Melbourne and just weeks after the 10th Anniversary of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, an event which saw Atkins working as the artistic director and producer of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Sandy Hollway, co-chair of judges for the Australian Event Awards said �David Atkins has made a magnificent contribution to events in Australia and in so doing has done much for the way Australia is...

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DAE Rounds Out 2010 with Two Major Awards

August 31st, 2010

The staff of David Atkins Enterprises (DAE) is pleased to announce that CEO David Atkins was honoured with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Presented by the Australian Event Awards last night�the pinnacle awards program for the Australian events industry�the award recognized David�s remarkable contributions to the Australian events industry and the role he has played in revolutionizing how events are created artistically and delivered operationally. Sandy Hollway, co-chair of judges, said �From the Olympics and World Expos�David Atkins has raised the bar in global live event production and put Australian event professionals on the world stage…� In addition, DAE�s international events were recognized with �Best Export Productions,� also bestowed by the Australian...

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2010 Emmy Awards Announcement

August 31st, 2010

David Atkins Enterprises (DAE) is pleased to announce that the television coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony won three Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Music Direction, Outstanding Lighting Direction and Outstanding Direction. The Emmys, awarded by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the United States, are considered to be the television equivalent of the Academy Awards (Oscars). Our creative team members did a spectacular job. Lighting designers Bob Dickinson, Ted Wells and Travis Hagenbuch, Director of Music Dave Pierce and NBC�s Broadcast Director Bucky Gunts deserve our heartfelt thanks for the roles they played in the Opening Ceremony, and we congratulate them on their Emmy award success. As a team, we did our very best,...

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David Atkins Enterprises Expands Global Footprint with Launch of Canadian Office

May 3rd, 2010

On the heels of its recent success creating and producing the ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the Outdoor Ceremony of Expo 2010 Shanghai, China, David Atkins Enterprises (DAE) one of the world”s leading live event and production companies today announced the expansion of its business by opening a regional office in Canada. “The extraordinarily talented 2010 Ceremonies Creative Team told Canada”s story to a global audience of 3 billion people, engaging the world creatively and emotionally,” said David Atkins, CEO, DAE. “We”re keeping this world-class team together to create spectacular new stories for our projects here in Canada and throughout North, South and Central America.” Merryn Hughes, who recently produced the Closing Ceremonies...

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