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Celebrate Diwali with BurJuman

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Enjoy Indian festivities through a colourful and exciting week-long celebration

This October, immerse yourself in a spectacular fiesta as BurJuman celebrates the Indian festival of Diwali. The Mall will come alive with an explosion of colours, offering  all ages and nationalities, an exciting opportunity to explore the richness and diversity of Indian culture and traditions.

Your favourite City1016 RJs – Malvika, Sid and Parikishit – will kick off the celebrations with a high-energy roadshow from 7 pm to 9 pm on the 18th of October, Friday. Mall visitors can look forward to an evening filled with games and amazing giveaways.

Indian-themed décor, floral ceiling displays and photo opportunities will be placed around the mall, providing a perfect backdrop for colourful family selfies. A vibrant Indian setup featuring engaging activities for little ones and adults alike, such as candle, tiara and diya decoration, henna painting and much more, will bring to life the main atrium of the mall, starting from the 20th of October.

Adding even more excitement and colour to the spectacle, Indian dancers will perform and enthral  twice daily at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm between the 24th to 27th  October 2019.

The Mall will also inspire your festive wardrobe with a display of the latest collections by Fabindia and renowned fashion designer, Ritu Kumar, on Level 1.

As you take in the authentic Indian celebrations, participate in the DSMG Spend and Win campaign between 18 October to 2 November. Shop for AED 200 and get a chance to enter the raffle, where 28 lucky shoppers will strike gold! You can also enjoy exclusive discounts from many of BurJuman’s retailers throughout the festival.

To know more, visit www.burjuman.com or follow us @itsBurJuman on Instagram and Twitter and @BurJuman on Facebook.com.

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Splash unveils new-season collection in style

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New season collection launched at grand fashion spectacular

Splash, the Middle East’s largest high-street fashion retailer, launched its new-season collection at a grand fashion extravaganza in Dubai. The brand introduced, for the first time, See Now Buy Now which allows all fashion lovers to shop their favourite pieces from the fashions’ runway on the spot. The new clothing line is also available in-store as well as on the Splash online store, making it instantly available to all fashionistas.

Two fashion shows were presented back-to-back offering the audience an up-close and personal look of the season’s most coveted styles and trends. The event hosted the who’s who of the fashion industry, renowned socialites and fashion influencers. Splash’s recently appointed brand ambassador, Bollywood superstar, Jacqueline Fernandez accompanied by Raza Beig, Director – Landmark Group and CEO of Splash and Renuka Jagtiani, Chairwoman and CEO of Landmark Group closed the fashion show with pomp and glamour.

Raza Beig, Director – Landmark Group and CEO of Splash, said: “We want our consumers to be more connected and the cultures to be more diverse; hence are our newest season collection communicates a story of the past and future. Inspired by culture, heritage, as well as innovation, creation and fusion, the collection has been designed keeping in mind Asian and Arab consumer preferences. We want to encourage, inspire and motivate our consumers to shift from buying more to buying better. We hope the enduring vintage styles as well as modern influences will delight our customers.”

The new season collection celebrates fashion from the past and future featuring a mix of four key themes: heritage lux, refined grunge, future retro and modern combat. With a combination of haute check and floral patterns, stylish silhouettes as well as playful and upbeat colour schemes, the latest collection is surely set to turn heads.  The new collection also has a full womenswear round in 90s denim style, in addition to a great pick in monotones as well as coordinated sets for men to deliver that perfect classic statement.

Customers can choose from a selection of stylish ensembles – flowy dresses, classy coats & jackets, formal blouses, all reflecting traditional elegance and modern attitude, in true splash style. For more information visit www.splashfashions.com 

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Zen Productions launches Youth Vlog awards in Dubai

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Zen Films and Youthvlogawards CEO Ms. Zenofer Fathima hosted a press meet for the media to announce the upcoming mega event Youth Vlog Awards to be held in Dubai on November 21st

The conference was held at Shangri-La hotel on 2nd October with members of the press with Q & A sessions about the main awards.

Youthvlogawards jury members were present for the press meet and chaired by Ms. Zenofer Fathima, an actress and founder of Youth Vlog Awards and Zen Films Production along with actor and celebrity TikTok sensation Mr. Parvez Kazi who was flown down all the way from Mumbai. Mr. Parvez Kazi is the official body double of Bollywood superstar actor Mr. Salman Khan. Also present in the jury was Mr. Moe Money- Director of PR and Social Media for Sheikh sultan bin Abdullah & a lifestyle Influencer.

Youth Vlog Awards provides a platform that aims to acknowledge digital enthusiasts aged 8 years to 35 years in the UAE and a competition to honor their talents with a range of prizes. The main awards will have the 3 jury members joined by Bollywood actor Mr. Sonu Sood and several other celebrities that will be announced shortly

As quoted by Zenofer: “The very reason we, Zen Film Productions, came up with the Youth Vlog Awards, is because we believe that if given an opportunity to thrive, anything be it person or an idea- can make a difference. That is just what we’ve done in the past and in recent times we have created 9 short films under the Enigma series, all examining innovative social themes that not many think about, but somehow. It resonates with them.

With the Youth Vlog Awards, we have now scaled to new heights- while still coinciding with our belief that anyone can thrive when given the right opportunity”

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Legendary Bollywood singers to perform live in Dubai

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The magnificent trio Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik and Kumar Sanu to bring alive the melodious era of 90s

Bringing back the nostalgia, the trinity of 90s playback singing , Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik and Kumar Sanu will be performing live in Dubai on Friday, October 18, 2019 at Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre.

This would be the Asia premier of the “Legends Forever” show which brings together the popular singers on the same stage for the first time ever in Asia. The tickets for the event are available exclusively on meraticket.com and start at AED 125.

A must attend concert for the ardent lovers of Bollywood music, the event will have the legends belt out biggest hits from their innumerable collection of songs.

Yagnik has sung more than 20,000 songs in over 1,000 films while most of her duets are with Kumar Sanu and Udit Narayan. So, get ready to groove to the super hits as the trio will perform their solo and duets songs from their countless list: Ek Do Teen, Papa Kehte hai, Pehla Nasha, Jaadu Teri Nazar, Ghar se Nikalte hi, Choli ke peeche kya hai,Ek Dilrooba hai, Ankhiyan Milaon Kabhi, Dil bhi Kitna Pagal hai, Bazigaar O bazigaar, Meri Mehbooba, Do dil Mil rahe hain being just a few.

“UAE has the highest number of Indians living outside India and there couldn’t have been a better place to launch this superb combination. The most loved singers of the 90s will be transporting the audience back to that era with their super hit songs and a splendid performance”, commented Shirish Srivastava, Managing Director of meraticket.com, the promoters and organizers of the event.

For more information and to buy tickets, log on to www.meraticket.com

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Kapoors of Comedy to Rock Dubai

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Be a part of Rajneesh Kapoor and Gaurav Kapoor’s laughathon ride on Saturday 28th September at Headlines Cafe, Ibis Hotel, Dubai World Trade Centre

Mark the date for an evening full of laughter, witty one-liners and rib-tickling, candid humour as stand-up comedians Rajneesh Kapoor and Gaurav Kapoor gear up to visit Dubai. No stranger to entertainment industry, Rajneesh is well-known as the creator of his comic strip, ‘This is Our Life’ which makes tongue-in-cheek, snide and relatable observations on everyday matters. Gaurav on the other hand is known to keep his audience in stiches, thanks to his razor sharp wit and for the show he opened for Russel Brand in his India Tour. Together the duo will have all the equipment for a runaway laughathon that will certainly keep the Dubai audience amused.

The event titled, ‘Comedy Box office’ will be held on Saturday 28th September at Headlines Cafe, Ibis Hotel in Dubai World Trade Centre. The show will begin at 7pm while the gates will open at 6:30pm. The event is organised by Spotlight Entertainment who are known to bring a variety of entertainment shows to the UAE.

Commenting on the performance, Ashwin Sancheti, Managing Partner, Spotlight Entertainment said: “It’s amazing how there are so many different ways to make people laugh. Stand-up comedy is a genre that has become immensely popular in the South Asian diaspora and we take great pride in bringing the popular and the best of the best comedians to the UAE audience. Here comes another enjoyable and stress-free evening out with family and friends to lose yourself in laughter”.
Tickets for the show are available at https://dubai.platinumlist.net/ priced at AED99.

For sponsorships, table bookings and enquiries, please contact +971 55 3626267.

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Interview with Award-Winning, Internationally Recognized and Acclaimed Actress: Alli McLaren

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Q. What’s your favorite character you’ve ever played and why?

A. That’s a tough one, I have a few. I absolutely loved playing the leading role of Callie in the feature film My Year of Silence. It was really beautiful to be able to portray a character who had such a painful background, but was able to turn their future into something so powerful and pure. I think My Year of Silence was also a really ground-breaking film that put a light on mental illness in a way it hasn’t really been shown through film before and it was so special to take a part in that. I also loved playing the role Sophia in A Writers Block, it was my first sci-fi related film and also, the first time I’d ever held a (fake) gun, so to play the leading part in it was pretty awesome. I also loved playing the role of Addison in the pilot episode for The First Month Is Free and I can’t wait to film the series, it’s been my dream since I was little to play the leading role in a mockumentary show and this is it! Dreams really do come true!

Q. How long have you been acting for?

A. I grew up acting, it was always just a part of me. My grandmother was the first female drama teacher in my home state and my mother was also a drama teacher, so I was pretty much getting acting lessons before I could talk! I performed in my first big stage show, playing the lead role of Mole in The Wind in the Willows when I was about 8 years old and it only got bigger for me from there.

Q. What did it feel like when you won your first big award?

A. Honestly, amazing! Acting is something I’ve been working on and been in love with my entire life, so to be recognized at such a prestigious festival (Hollywood Woman’s in Film Festival) was incredible. Winning Best Actress in a Comedy Pilot for a TV show that I absolutely loved being a part of was a really good feeling. Playing the leading role of Addison Carter in The First Month is Free means so much to me as an actress so to be recognized by such well-established judges, against such a high field of competitors, felt really, really special.

Q. What qualities do you think the judges saw in you that meant they gave this award to you, when it was such a high field?

A. I think the judges saw a very honest performance from me. I spent a long time working on the character Addison Carter and very carefully developed her in a way that was organic. The field of other actresses I was up against for the award was amazing and I feel very honored and flattered that the judges chose me. However, hard work always pays off and I gave The First Month is Free everything I had and the judges could see that. It was the perfect fit for me.

Q. How do you prepare for a part?

A. I will read the full script over and over again until I fully understand the context of it, and can really put myself into the characters head. I personally love to discover certain character traits for my role, that helps me delve deeper into character development and explore what I can do with the script more. It’s so important for me to learn my lines as quickly as I can, so I can really play around with where my character sits in them.

Q. Which actors have you most enjoyed working with?

A. Working with Bella Thorne and Zendeya on Shake it Up was pretty cool. Also working with Emma Watson on Regression was super dope. I was a Harry Potter nerd growing up so I felt like all of my childhood dreams were complete. However, I have also really enjoyed working with all of my fellow cast mates for The Food Porn Hotline. They were all so sweet and we got along so well which made the entire process of filming the pilot so fun.

Q. What’s next for Alli McLaren?

A. I have a couple of huge projects in the works. Both The First Month is Free and The Food Porn Hotline have been green-lit for series so I’m going to be very busy working on them. I also have signed on to do a few big feature films over the next 3 years. Another really cool thing I am filming next year is my own scripted reality show (ReALLIty) which I can’t give too much away on – but you’re going to want to watch it!!

Q.  As in internationally established and recognized actress, what advice can you give younger actors?

A. Never give up. It takes time to establish yourself. Make sure you are ready for it when you reach that level. I am often recognized on the street and am constantly watched on social media. Always be true to yourself, work hard, take opportunities and don’t be scared to let yourself shine.

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Out of the zoo and onto the Marriott Theatre stage!

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It’s time to escape the zoo and head to the stage! The musical twist on the blockbuster DreamWorks motion picture, MADAGASCAR – A MUSICAL ADVENTURE, comes to life for children of all ages at Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences, 10 Marriott Drive in Lincolnshire, from October 4 to December 29, 2019,with a press opening on Saturday, October 12 at 10 a.m. Audiences will join the familiar zoo escapees and embark on a truly unique and “crack-a-lackin’” adventure as each animal enjoys freedom for the very first time after spending their entire life in captivity.MADAGASCAR – A MUSICAL ADVENTURE, a theatrical interpretation of the 2005 hit film, is directed by Johanna McKenzie Miller, choreographed by Ericka Mac, with musical direction by Sam Groisser. 

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto the stage in this musical adventure. MADAGASCAR – A MUSICAL ADVENTUREfollows all of your favorite zoo friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. This special one-hour presentation for kids (and parents) of all ages is filled with larger-than-life characters, non-stop adventure, and an upbeat score that will make audiences want to “Move It, Move It!” All performances are followed by a question & answer session with the cast.

Starring in MADAGASCAR – A MUSICAL ADVENTUREare Liam Quealy as “Alex,” Ron King as “Marty,” Rashada Dawan as “Gloria,” Steven Strafford as “Melman,” Emily Agy as “Rico,” Landree Fleming as “Maurice,” Alejandro Fonseca as “Kowalski,” Yando Lopez as “King Julien,” Garrett Lutz as “Mason,” Laura Savage as “Private,” and Allison Sill as “Skipper.” 

The production will feature set design by Rachel Rauscher, lighting design by Jesse Klug, costume design by Jesus Perez, sound design by Robert E. Gilmartin, and puppetry design/construction by Sarah E. Ross; with stage management by David A. Loranca and musical supervision by Patti Garwood.

MADAGASCAR – A MUSICAL ADVENTURE runs on most Wednesdays through Sundays at 10 a.m. with certain performances at 12:30 p.m. Visit Marriott Theatre.com or call (847) 634-0200 for exact schedule, as show times and dates may vary. Single ticket prices are $18.23 per person. Groups of 20 or more receive a discount by calling (847) 634-5909. Free parking is available at all shows. To reserve tickets, call the Marriott Theatre Box Office at (847) 634-0200 or visit www.MarriottTheatre.com.

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Dandiya Masti in Dubai with Falguni Pathak

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Popular singer to perform in the city on 10th and 11th October at Zabeel Park

No celebration of the Indian festival of Navratri is ever complete without the dazzling performance of the undisputed Dandiya Queen, Falguni Pathak. The special performance by the popular singer adds an unusual sparkle to the Garba fests across the world. Adding to Navratri Festivities and giving the Indians in UAE a chance to dance to the tunes of the loved celebrity artist, Spotlight Entertainment is bringing Falguni Pathak to Dubai for two-nights of “Dandiya Masti” on 10th and 11th October at Zabeel Park Amphitheater.

The incredibly lively concert by the singer will see revellers twirl around with wooden sticks during the Gujarati folk dance festival and dance to Pathak’s biggest hits including “Chudi jo khanki haath ma”, “Maine payal hai chhankai”, “Meri chunar udd udd jaye”, “Ayi pardesh se pariyon ki rani”, “Sawaan Mein amongst many others.

“This would be the first time that the popular singer will be performing over two days in Dubai. Spreading the magic of her voice, Falguni is all set to enthrall audience with her fabulous numbers”, said Ashwin Sancheti, Managing Partner, Spotlight Entertainment, the organizers of Dandiya Masti.

Predominantly singing Gujarati folk and traditional songs, Falguni is the most sought-after singer for the Indian dance festival of ‘Navratri’. She is known for her high energy performances and mixes of Bollywood, indi-pop and traditional music into the Gujarati folk melodies. Pathak’s vocal prowess has earned her a worldwide fan following while her concerts are known to sell to packed houses during the dandiya season.

Tickets for “Dandiya Masti” start at Dh39 for children and Dh89 for adults and are inclusive of the park entry fee. Available at Platinumlist Dubai, tickets for two cost Dh159 while group tickets for four are priced at Dh 249. Children under 5 enter free while 5 to 15 years pay half price. Moreover, a variety of food and Garba sticks can also be purchased at the venue.

The event kicks off at 7:00 pm on both days and continues until midnight. It’s a Viu event, managed and marketed by Spotlight Entertainment.

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Win to rap at Divine and Raftaar concert in Dubai

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“Kadak Bol” contest invites Dubai rappers to showcase their talent, winner gets to do the warm up act for the popular hip-hop stars

Rappers in UAE can now gear up for fame, recognition and success as one of them will get a unique opportunity to open the upcoming concert of rappers DIVINE and RAFTAAR in Dubai. Happening on Friday, September 20th at DWTC, “It’s All About Rap” concert is bringing the stars of desi-rap together in Dubai for the very first time.

Providing talented rappers a chance to share space with their favorite artists, Spotlight Entertainment, the organizers of the event have announced a unique contest by the name “Kadak Bol” – inviting underground rappers in the country to come forward and upload their videos showcasing their exceptional talent and skills.

As the name suggests “Kadak Bol” is all about speaking up and making yourself heard in a language that is simple but words that are hard-hitting.  So here is your chance to voice out your frustrations and anger, celebrate your success and failures, and speak up about your botherations, issues, the unspoken, everything and anything that needs to be spoken about. And you never know this may be your big break to the world of stardom. So speak up in a language that says the truth and hammers it hard, the hip-hop style.

Once uploaded, the videos will be judged by a panel of experts who will select the winner, who in turn will get to open the Divine and Raftaar event. The contest starts on 8th September and will be open till 13th September; winner will be announced at the Grand Finale on 14th September at Headline Cafe, Ibis, World Trade Centre

“Our idea is to provide young and talented rappers a platform to showcase their talent and obviously an opportunity to open the concert of their favorite hip-hop stars from India”, said, Ashwin Sancheti, Managing Partner, Spotlight Entertainment.

Participants will need to share their videos with Viu Desi Page on Facebook and Instagram. Links to the pages provided below:

https://www.facebook.com/ViuDesi/

https://www.instagram.com/viudesi/?hl=ur

It’s a VIU Desi event, managed and organized by Spotlight Entertainment Dubai. Scheduled to take place on Friday, 20th September at Za’abeel Hall 6, Dubai World Trade Centre, the event will begin at 9 pm, limited early bird tickets are available on https://dubai.platinumlist.net/event-tickets/76383/its-all-about-rap  at AED 92.50 for General Admission and AED 183.20 for Fan Pit. For sponsorships, table bookings and enquiries, call 055 3626267.

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Popular Desi-rappers headed to Dubai for a concert

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“It’s All About Rap” brings Gullygang rappers DIVINE and RAFTAAR together for an ultimate show

 Hip-hop is the voice of new India and the most popular genre of music amongst the young Indians today. Celebrating the spirit of this hard-hitting form of music, “It’s All About Rap” brings to Dubai two of India’s leading and award –winning rappers DIVINE and RAFTARR for an ultimate show on Friday, 20th September 2019 at Za’abeel Hall 6, Dubai World Trade Centre.

Event is scheduled to begin at 9 pm, limited early bird tickets are available on https://dubai.platinumlist.net/event-tickets/76383/its-all-about-rap  at AED 92.50 for General Admission and AED 183.20 for Fan Pit.

Divine become a phenomenon and a window into the reality that is contemporary India through his music while rapper Raftaar is known for his Punjabi songs and Bollywood numbers alike.

The real-life Gully Boy, DIVINE was the inspiration for Ranveer Singh’s role in Zoya Akhtar’s blockbuster movie with the same name. He is India’s premier hip-hop star from the streets of Mumbai whose raw and brutally honest Hindi rap draws inspiration from his own life while his song “Mere Gully Mein” saw the emergence of real hip-hop in India. As the vanguard of Indiaʼs Underground Music scene, his ability to seamlessly fuse street Hindi rap and slang with International Hip-Hop Beats makes his live shows power packed.

Born as Dilin Nair in Trivandrum Kerala, RAFTAAR, the Rapper, singer, lyricist and producer has been creating waves in the Indian music scene since 2013. His specialty is real desi hip-hop. The man behind Bollywood super hit chartbusters Tamanchey pe disco from Bullett Raja and Whistle Baja from Heropanti, shot to popularity with ‘Swag Mera Desi’.

“In the recent times, this genre of music has truly gained popularity amongst masses; also the success of Gully Boy has contributed a lot to it, making this the music we all can connect to. “It’s All About Rap” will be our first installment of the series of events we plan to bring over next few months, bringing popular artists for the lovers of hip-hop”, said Ashwin Sancheti, Managing Partner, Spotlight Entertainment, the organizers of the event.

It’s a VIU Desi event, managed and organized by Spotlight Entertainment Dubai. For sponsorships, table bookings and enquiries, call 055 3626267.

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