Lisbon, Portugal

Destiny in vertigo is Operafest Lisboa 2022’s moto to enjoy the fatality in opera and make mask go back to the world of fantasy! News, 25th July 2022

After the success of its two first editions, with great public adhesion, excellent international critics, bringing an inedited dynamism to the Portuguese operatic scene and affirming itself as an “out of the box” opera festival aiming at bringing opera closer to the world and the audience of today, OPERAFEST LISBOA, directed by soprano Catarina Molder and produced by Ópera do Castelo, in partnership with National Museum of Ancient Art, is back with a varied program to meet all audiences, from August 19th to September 10th, in the unique setting of the National Museum of Ancient Art Garden , right in city heart. More info 

Dubai, UAE

First impressions from visitors first in at Expo 2020. News, 1st October 2021

Excitement levels were already high before the gates were opened at 10am at the Sustainability Entry Portal, with visitors lining up after travelling from all over the UAE and around the world to be among the first to see Expo 2020.

“I woke up at 6am,” said 17-year-old Mubarak Salah Al Hemeiri, who came with his family from Al Ain, Abu Dhabi emirate, and planned to spend the whole day at the Expo site. “I don’t use social media. I came here to get my own first impression. I’m so excited. I couldn’t imagine seeing this city in the middle of the desert.”

Dubai-based Fabio Berti, from Italy, was also among the early birds, alongside his wife and children. “I am very happy to finally be able to see the Expo. I have been waiting a long time for this.”

It was a sentiment shared by Viju Kumar, a UAE resident for the past 15 years who visited Expo with his wife, Nirmala, after driving from Abu Dhabi. “We have been waiting for this since last year. We are excited to see what’s inside. We’ll stay here for the whole day,” Kumar said. Nirmala travelled to the UAE from India to spend a holiday with her husband and see Expo 2020.

Metra Jayakumar, a network engineer who works in Dublin, Ireland, also travelled to Dubai on holiday and to visit Expo 2020 with her husband, Sid, a business analyst. “I came to Expo to explore!”

Desmond Hayes, also from Ireland, was awed at seeing the world in one place. “I am here on vacation and have visited several different countries at Expo… The place in itself is amazing,” he said. “The construction is unbelievable.”

“Making something from nothing” is how Cara Fernando, a digital marketing entrepreneur from the Philippines, referred to how Dubai has developed the Expo site from scratch. “It’s amazing … so vibrant,” she said. “We are going to stay here till tonight to also watch the fireworks.”

Shaun Warner, who attended with his wife and two children, said that making something from nothing is “the story of Dubai” and exclaimed that the Expo site is “fantastic!”

“I came here to see the world in one place,” said Farrahana Hashim, an Abu Dhabi resident from Malaysia who was with her husband and four children.

Education was on the agenda for Monica Adamin, who brought a group of students for an awe-inspiring learning experience. “We are bringing students all the way from Italy to take part in some educational laboratories inside the Italy Pavilion. So, we’ll have a general look of the Expo and for the next three or four days, we will be working in the pavilion,” she said.

Business was the priority for Atik Roman, originally from Bangladesh, who travelled from Florida, USA, and said that he “came here to see what kind of opportunities for investment are available”.

With up to 60 live events each day and more than 200 pavilions, the Expo site is coming alive during its 182-day feast for the senses. Its dynamic, diverse and ever-changing entertainment programme features an array of internationally celebrated names and the sounds, rhythms and sights of a global cast of performers.

Expo 2020 Dubai is open every day until 31 March 2022, from 10am to midnight from Saturday to Wednesday and 10am to 2am on Thursday and Friday.

Lisbon, Portugal

Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, will premiere The Cherry Orchard, by Anton Tchékhov. News, 1st December 2021

Tiago Rodrigues, artistic director of the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, will premiere O Cerejal , by Anton Tchékhov, at the 75th edition of the Festival d'Avignon, from July 5th to 17th , in a production by the Festival itself. The show, starring the French actress Isabelle Huppert and with Portuguese artists Isabel Abreu, Hélder Gonçalves and Manuela Azevedo in the cast, will be presented at the Cour d'Honneur at the Palais des Papes, one of the most important spaces of the Festival.

Cerejal will also be presented at Sala Garrett at Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, in December this year , as part of the Teatro 2021-2022 Season.

Cerejal is a production of the Festival d'Avignon, in co-production with the National Theater D. Maria II, Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe, Théâtre National Populaire de Villeurbanne, Comédie de Genève, La Coursive, scène nationale de la Rochelle, Wiener Festwochen, Comédie de Clermont Ferrand, Théâtre de Liège, National Taichung Theater, Teatro di Napoli – Teatro Nazionale and Fondazione Campania Dei Festival – Compania Teatro Festival.


The Grand National News, 10th March 2021

April 10th is more eagerly anticipated than ever before! There won't crowds at Aintree to see it unfold in person but, a worldwide audience will be captivated by this great British sporting institution.

Picking the winner of the Grand National is a challenge for seasoned punters and once-a-year bettors alike. Here we look at some of the key stats that can help narrow down the criteria for picking an Aintree Grand National winner.

Tokyo, Japan

TOKYO 2020 13th July 2020 Post by Francisco Lacerda, 27th October 2020

Tokyo is ready to make history and preparations are under way for the staging of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

It is set to be the largest and most-watched ceremony of the year with billions of people expected to tune in to celebrate the Games.

As part of the preparations, The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games have established a “Basic Policy” to deliver a ceremony production that fans and audiences will love, while at the same time highlighting the appeal of Japan and Tokyo to the world.

The “Basic Policy” defines our approach to the creative production of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Dubai, UAE

192 countries to take part in Expo 2020 News, 10th February 2021

(c) Expo 2020. All rights reserved, 2020

Expo 2020 Dubai today confirmed that 192 countries have announced their participation in Expo 2020 Dubai, making it the most inclusive and international Expo ever to be organised.

An official spokesperson said, “We have invited all countries in the world without exception, in line with our commitment to making Expo 2020 Dubai a truly international event and platform for all of humanity.

“For more than 170 years, World Expos have been apolitical events focused on furthering humanity for the common good through innovation, cultural exchange, creativity and collaboration. We are proud to continue that tradition.”

Expo 2020 is a World Expo to be hosted by Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, originally scheduled for 20 October 2020 – 10 April 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the new dates are 1 October 2021 – 31 March 2022. Despite being postponed, organizers will keep the name Expo 2020 for marketing and branding purposes.



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