Expressions of interest are now open for
White Night Melbourne 2017
To register interest please visit: www.whitenightmelbourne.com.au
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 www.whitenightmelbourne.com.au
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 events, next year will mark the first regional White Night in Ballarat.
Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said, “Next year’s White Night events will be an opportunity to showcase the diversity and talent of our creative state to hundreds of thousands of people of all ages. These events will be platforms for independent artists, arts and cultural organisations and creative businesses from right across the state so if you’ve got an idea that will showcase Melbourne or Ballarat in a whole new light, I encourage you to get involved.”
Newly appointed White Night 2017 Artistic Director and Executive Producer, David Atkins, said “Over the last 4 years White Night has provided a unique platform for the presentation and performance of hundreds artists during its unique 12 hours of programming. Over half a million people attend White Night and this exposure and environment is an unprecedented opportunity for artists and performers locally, regionally, nationally and internationally to present their work. We have launched the Expression of Interest submissions for artists and performers for White Night Melbourne 2017 and we are looking forward to an overwhelming response.”
Expressions of Interest are open now through to midnight on the 23rd August 2016 via the White Night Melbourne website www.whitenightmelbourne.com.au
For further details visit:
White Night Melbourne:
7pm Saturday 18 February – 7am Sunday 19 February 2017
White Night Ballarat:
7pm Saturday 4 March 2017 – 7am Sunday 5 March 2017
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 (reinfusion), anabolic steroids, EPO, HGH, beta blockers and even the newest form of doping – genetic doping.
This beautiful three stories’ Lab is situated on a 10,000 square meter land, right across from Aspetar within the Aspire Zone.
The Ground Floor of ADLQ hosts all administration staff and the Management team. The 1st floor is dedicated to Anti-Doping testing only, the core business of ADLQ, while the 2nd floor is available for Anti-Doping research and open to researchers who are working in similar fields; it will also house the Toxicology lab, and a multi-purpose lab to complement the clinical laboratories in the State of Qatar. The multi-purpose lab also covers the requirements and needs for a highly sophisticated analytical lab in Qatar.
ADLQ will also strive to make drug education part of health education, lay down norms regulating the use of technology in sport and provide accurate and current information to athletes to help them think critically and make the wise choice of avoiding doping in any form.
ADLQ is seeking compliance with ISO/IEC17025 accreditation. The target is to achieve World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) accreditation by the end of 2014, joining an elite group of only 33 labs that have won WADA’s endorsement so far.
Completing the formula to sports in Qatar, as well as contributing towards Qatar”s 2030 vision to be a leader in sports, science, education and research, ADLQ endeavours to eliminate drug use in all sports and uphold the Olympic ideals of fair play and sportsmanship. In the process ADLQ will strive to make sport in all its forms fairer, safer and healthier for all stakeholders, foremost among them, athletes.
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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 being re-written.”
Journey to Light is an allegorical tale of the Arab world that represents the coming together of countries from around the region to deliver a message of peace. The story celebrates the desert as a land of prophecy and light, where disparate tribes learnt to live together in peace and harmony through the shining light of knowledge.
“The Ceremony was a celebration of the rich cultural heritage of our Arab lands, and the ties of history, lineage and language that bind us together,” said Abdulla Al Mulla, Director of Ceremonies and Media for the Organising Committee of the 12th Arab Games, Doha 2011. “It sent a message of peace and unity, and is something we know Arabs will be proud of for years to come.”
The Ceremony featured some of the brightest stars of the Arab World, including Ehab Taufiq, Fahad Al Kubaisi, Asala Nasri, Nadim Sawalha and Abir Issa. Together with a cast of over 3,250 dancers, musicians, athletes, horsemen and falconers, the show was a pageant of performance, costumes, scenic elements and gargantuan props, set against an unprecedented display surface that turned both the stadium floor and entire audience bowl into the world’s largest ‘screen’.
Technical innovation in the online casinos Opening Ceremony played a major role and marked two ‘world firsts.’ With 86 projectors video mapping 126,000 cubic meters on the field of play, the show set a world record with the largest stadium projection surface attempted in history. Also for the first time in stadium entertainment, the 40,000-strong audience was integrated into the display surface to form a giant LED ‘screen’ made up of 85,000 individual pixels. This extended the display surface by 41,500 square meters to encompass the entire stadium bowl, adding the audience to the vast canvas of visual content.
The Opening Ceremony of the 12th Arab Games, Doha 2011 took place in Khalifa Stadium on Friday, December 9, 2011 at 19:20 AST.
Earlier this year, DAE set a Guinness World Record in Moscow when it delivered the largest 3D video-mapping show ever attempted for the 2011 Moscow City Day Celebrations. DAE has staged some of the largest and most complex live productions on earth, including the Opening Ceremonies of the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and Shanghai 2010 World Expo, the Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Doha 2006 Asian Games and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and the Handover Ceremony of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.
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David Atkins Enterprises (DAE) is a leading global live event and theatre production company with offices in Sydney, London, Vancouver and Hong Kong. DAE has been creating and producing ceremonies, arena events, musicals and live productions in Australia, Asia, America, Europe and the Middle East for over 20 years.
About the Arab Games (www.arabgames2011.qa)
Organized by the Union of Arab National Olympic Committees, The Arab Games are one of the most anticipated multi-sport events held between Arab nations. The first Arab Games was held in 1953, in Alexandria, Egypt. Since then the Games have been staged across the Pan-Arab region in countries as diverse as Lebanon, Syria, Morocco, and Algeria.
Driven by the goal of fostering Arab cultural unity and understanding through sport, the Arab Games are designed to create an environment in which regional sporting bodies, officials, coaches, fans, and top athletes from all over the Arab world can come together and interact on common ground. Since the inaugural tournament in 1953, a total of 10 tournaments have taken place under the umbrella of the Arab Games. The 12th Arab Games tournament, officially recognized as Arab Games Doha 2011, will take place in Doha, Qatar in December 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 New Zealand has ever had to highlight the best of New Zealand’s culture, celebrate its heritage and tell its story to the world,” said David Atkins, CEO, DAE. A powerful tribute to New Zealand’s creative skills, DAE partnered with New Zealand’s internationally renowned film, digital design and technology capabilities in the Opening Ceremony.
Members of the Rotorua-based Te Matarae I Orehu performed a haka, a form of welcome and challenge to new arrivals that New Zealand is so famous for; New Zealand sporting legend Jonah Lomu played a pivotal role, and the Ceremony included a special recognition of Christchurch. In addition, the performance showcased the cosmopolitan character of the young nation with singers of Maori, Pakeha, Samoan, Fijian, Cook Island, Niuean, Tongan, Tokelauan, Australian, Chinese, Korean, English, Irish, Danish, American, Canadian, Dutch, South African and Indian Blackjack ar ett av de bordspel dar spelare, med forstaelse for spelet och olika taktiker, kan minska husets overtag avsevart och oka sina egna chanser. descent. Moreover, the official Tournament song World in Union featured a unique interpretation that combined the talents of over 400 singers, in a performance with a special Pacific flavour.
Pukaea players were chosen to represent different iwi from across New Zealand, and were brought together for the first time to perform in the Opening Ceremony and participate in a cultural exchange. The show ended with a bang, as the 56 pukaea players lit flares to spark the fireworks display, and performed a brand new haka to the rhythms of the explosions overheard.
The field of play was covered by a 96m x 69m fabric projection surface, and 32 projectors created a 73m x 45m image area that formed the major backdrop for the entire production as well as a stage for the cast. Approximately 1,000 volunteers from Auckland, across New Zealand and around the world made up the cast. Throughout the show, inspiration was taken from Maori culture and protocols, New Zealand and global multi-culturalism and the Rugby values themselves
“The ceremony was a celebration of New Zealand and its rich cultural and Rugby heritage, the history of the Game and the values that binds it together,” said Martin Sneddon, CEO, RNZ 2011. “It was more spectacular than we could have possibly hoped for, and something we know New Zealanders will be proud of for years to come.”
The Opening Ceremony of the 2011 Rugby World Cup took place at the home of Auckland Rugby in Eden Park Stadium, with an audience of 60,000. The Rugby World Cup is one of the largest sporting competitions in the world, whose cumulative television audience is expected to surpass 4.2 billion viewers.
Earlier this week, DAE set a Guinness World Record in Moscow when it delivered the largest 3D video-mapping show ever attempted in celebration of Alfa Bank’s 20th anniversary and Moscow’s 864th birthday. DAE has staged some of the largest and most complex live productions on earth, including the Opening Ceremony of Shanghai 2010 World Expo, the Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Doha 2006 Asian Games and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and the Handover Ceremony of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.