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Design Awards Nominees

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August 18, 2017 Posted in : Events

The Design Museum in London has announced its world awards shortlist of outstanding design. Lucy Kale looks at the nominees.

The 10th anniversary of the awards sees a fluid and provocative mix of design that spans the worlds of political unrest and fashion brands alike. Opening 18 October, this year’s nominees include a hijab designed by Nike and a clothing line by Kanye West for his Life of Pablo tour, both included in the Fashion category.

Supported by specialist insurer Beazley, the exhibition and awards event comprises 62 nominations across six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport. Selected by a panel of distinguished international designers, curators and creatives, the awards showcase the most original and exciting products, concepts and designers in the world today. Previous winners have included the 2012 Olympic Torch, the Heydar Aliyev Centre by Zaha Hadid and Human Organs-on-Chips, a micro-device lined with living human cells to mimic the complex tissue structures of the human body.

 

 

Zaha Hadid Architects nominated for Antwerp Port House

This time, the Digital category features Pokémon Go, the augmented reality mobile game, which was a global sensation in July 2016. The recently knighted Sir David Adjaye has been nominated in the Architecture category for his National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. DixonBaxi’s TV graphics design for the English Premier League, with an estimated viewer reach of 4.7 billion people worldwide, has also claimed a Digital nomination.
  
Strong trends for activism and protest see a nomination for Pussyhat, made and worn in protest of President Donald Trump’s sexist remarks. Wolfgang Tillmans’ Remain Campaign for the Brexit referendum also features as does  IC4Design’s Finding Her ad which highlights low levels of gender equality in Egyptian professions.

Elsewhere, nominations include the world’s first 3D printed self-driving bus, the Olympic refugee flag and Me & EU by Nathan and Sam Smith, a collection of postcards written and designed by UK-based creatives to be sent across to, and stay connected with, Europe. Better Shelter, a flat-packed refugee shelter created with IKEA, was named the Beazley Design of the Year in 2016 and this year has seen further designs that attempt to raise awareness and improve the lives of those impacted by global displacement. The Refugee Nation Flag for the Olympics designed for the first ever Olympic refugee team follows the theme.

The Architecture category features some of the most established practices in the world today including Zaha Hadid Architects for their Antwerp Port House, Serpentine Pavilion designer Francis Kéré for his Lycée Schorge Secondary School and OMA’s Il Fondaco Tedeschi development in Venice, Italy.
 
Graphic nominees include the new branding for Wales Nation Brand and the Protest Banner Lending Library, a space where people can gain skills to make their own banners.
 
The Product category includes the world’s first translating earpieceRemolten – a furniture line made from molten lava – and ink made from air pollution.
  
A winner will be selected in each category and one overall winner will be announced on 25 January 2018.

 
Beazley Designs of the Year will be on display from 18 October 2017 to 28 January 2018.
 

Festival Drugs Amnesty

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August 4, 2017 Posted in : Events

Safety rather than legal condemnation is the focus of a scheme which allows festival revellers to have their drugs tested to ensure that they don’t contain dangerous additives. Lucy Reid

The call to increase such testing comes from the unlikely quarter of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) which says that the service “will help minimise the risk of serious health harm as a result of recreational drug use.”

The move follows fatalities at several UK festivals with RSPH reporting that ecstasy deaths in England and Wales are up almost six-fold from 10 in 2010 to 57 in 2015. The drug safety testing was piloted in the UK at the Secret Garden Party and Kendal Calling festivals last summer, with the support of event organisers, local police and public health authorities. RSPH said that around one in five users decided to ditch their drugs when the true constituents were revealed by on-site testing. Event organisers have also backed reports of drugs being laced with insecticides and other foreign bodies.

The result is that drug users have been offered an amnesty from legal retribution if they present their drugs to The Loop, the on-site service provider that administers lab testing of drugs under the banner, MAST: Multi Agency Safety Testing. Headed by ‘drug scientist’ Professor Fiona Measham MAST claims the full support of the police.

She said:“The Loop has been conducting forensic testing at events for a number of years, but before now, we’ve only tested drugs seized by police, dropped in amnesty bins or provided by paramedics as a result of a medical incident. In the past we have been able to use that testing information to inform on site services and for generalised safety alerts. Here at the Secret Garden Party we took a big step forward because for the first time we’ve been able to offer the testing service to individual users as part of a tailored advice and information package provided by a team of experienced drugs workers.”

The eminent sense of the initiative was applauded by Secret Garden Party’s ‘Head Gardener’ Freddie Fellowes who added: "I am thrilled that we are able to pioneer this service; harm reduction and welfare is a vital part of hosting any event and it's an area that for too long has seen little development or advancement."

Veuve Gets Hyperreal At Wilderness

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Veuve Clicquot announces a twist to this year’s Wilderness festival and invites you to its “hyperrealism experience” in the rural idyll of Cornbury Park in August. Abigail Park

The debut sees Veuve Clicquot bring its creative, bubbly outlook to several festival locations. From 3rd to 6th August its famous yellow label will flutter in Cornbury Park amid Wilderness’s  own special mix of rousing live shows and experiences. Veuve Clicquot’s fun brand of hyperrealism will see champagne fans mingle with nature through the creative prism of tech, music and performance. In the picturesque setting overlooking the lake, guests can relax inside or out, as an extension of the surrounding landscape the space will be full of hanging foliage and vibrant pop-art inspired fruit adorning the bar.

The Veuve Clicquot Champagne bar will host numerous performances from visual dance piece Kimatica, who use body movement and interactive technology to amp up the surreality. Adding to Kimatica’s colour will be Veuve Clicquot’s signature Yellow Label and Veuve Clicquot RICH, a refreshing champagne dedicated to casual over-ice consumption. Food can be enjoyed at the Long Table Banquet with renowned chef Nuno Mendes, executive chef at Chiltern Firehouse and Taberna do Mercado, who will be creating a unique menu complemented by Veuve Clicquot’s Yellow Label on arrival.

 “It’s a perfect mix of foodie, arts and music, with a beautifully scenic backdrop, and all within a family setting,” said Nuno Mendes in his tribute to Wilderness. “I’m excited to be back and look forward to hosting a banquet this year.”

Elsewhere, Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label will be available from five separate bar locations, including the Spa Bar and in Boutique camping. Wilderness festival headliners include the sparkling Two Door Cinema Club on Friday, Bonobo brings the heat on Saturday and the ever-now icon, Grace Jones on Sunday, her first ever Wilderness appearance.

 Tickets from £168.50 +booking fee www.ticketmaster.co.uk/wilderness

London To Host MTV EMAs

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Look out London - MTV is coming to town. The entertainment giant has just announced that the city will host the 24thannual MTV European Music Awards 2017The EMAs will take place live from The SSE Arena, Wembley on Sunday 12th November.  Sat Bal

The event, which is famed for bringing together the globe’s most famous musicians, was first held in London in 1996. This will be the sixth time that the UK has hosted the awards show with previous host cities including Edinburgh (2003), Liverpool (2008), Belfast (2011) and Glasgow (2014).

 “London is arguably the world’s musical epicentre and it’s both a huge privilege and opportunity to bring the MTV EMAs 2017 to the UK’s capital city,” commented David LynnCEO of MTV’s international parent company, Viacom International Media Networks. “The EMA creates an incredible buzz wherever it lands it; that will be amplified tenfold in London.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, commented: "After two decades away, the MTV EMAs are returning to electrify the greatest city in the world once again. It promises to be an absolutely incredible evening, featuring some of the globe's top artists and watched by millions.  London is the natural city to host one of the greatest musical shows on earth – with our exceptional musical history, wealth of creative talent and outstanding venues – we're the entertainment capital of the world.  Whether you're a musical superstar, Londoner or visitor to the city – London is Open to entertain you!”

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14:  Laura Whitmore, Ray BLK, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Dave Lynn, CEO of Viacom International Media Networks and Tinie Tempah at a photocall to announce London as the host city for the 2017 MTV EMA's at MTV London on February 14, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images for MTV) *** Local Caption *** Sadiq Khan; Dave Lynn; Tinie Tempah; Ray BLK; Laura Whitmore

At today's press call, Laura Whitmore, Ray BLK, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Dave Lynn and Tinie Tempah

Bruce Gillmer, who executive produces the MTV EMAs and is EVP, Music, Talent Programming and Events, MTV International, added: “The MTV EMAs are one of the biggest and most unforgettable nights in music globally.  We anticipate this year’s event in London will be even bigger and louder than ever before.  The city’s incredible musical heritage along with the local fan's robust energy will undoubtedly make this one killer show." 

 

John Drury, VP & General Manager of The SSE Arena, Wembley said“Everyone at the venue and the wider AEG team are delighted that London's first MTV EMAs in 21 years will be at The SSE Arena, Wembley.  It's fitting that the world's leading music brand will be working with one of the world's most iconic venues. Wembley's intimate atmosphere will no doubt help to create more special EMAs moments and we can’t wait to welcome them here.” 

Fans can stay up-to-date with all things EMAs by following the show on InstagramSnapchatTwitter and Facebook and follow the social conversation using #MTVEMA.

See our MTV EMA Milan review here:

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