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On the last day of New York Fashion Week for the 2017 spring season, a new group show made its debut.
These were the Journey Fashion Festival shows at Mercedes Club on Thursday September 18th. Journey was envisioned as a new platform for international design to gain further recognition in the US market. Five unique brands comprised of the Uwi Twins, Cristalle, Hightower, Makány Márta and Este & Chlo showed their latest designs at the impressive outdoor/indoor venue located at 550 west 54th st. on this auspicious date.
A trio of Latin dancers started off the shows performing to the theme of James Bond. The runway was choreographed unlike any other show this past season with the models crossing and walking in counter concentric circles on the extensive above-ground patio. It was a lyrical dance of gowns with over 60 models walking the runway of 3 levels.
This season’s show included gorgeous gowns from well-respected brand Este & Chlo by creator of the brand Henry Picado, former head designer for Bob Mackie. Edgy design from talented but lesser-known brand Hightower was featured as well. An eclectic Hungarian flair was displayed on barefoot models during the Makány Márta show for the grand finale.
In between the different runway shows guests were treated to performances by dancers from the off-Broadway hit Stomp.
Journey is the vision of model and entrepreneur Malena Belafonte. The aim is to give high profile international designers the spotlight in the competitive NYC market during fashion week.
Creator of Journey, Malena Belafonte, modeling a political gown by Este & Chlo.
This past festival served as an incubator for a larger show coming this February. Look for more to come.
For further info on the upcoming season go to: http://www.malenabelafonte.com/the-journey
A convergence of 12 major performing arts forums and public festivals titled January In NYC, runs the 5th through Jan. 19th.
This annual two-week long celebration of a dozen major performing arts industry forums and public festivals takes place this January 5-19 as performing arts presenters begin gathering in Manhattan for the 59th annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters global conference and marketplace (APAP|NYC 2016), January 15-19. This event draws 45,000 performing arts leaders, artists, professionals and avid fans of dance, theater, music and opera to New York City.
These events include:
programs for the public
More than 1,500 showcases and fully produced performance works featuring world-class performing artists offer a sampling of what’s new and on trend for industry professionals to select from and book in their communities in the coming year and beyond. They share their experience with audiences attending in New York City.
In date order, forums and festivals of January In NYC include the following. Locations not included below will be listed on each individual website.
Some events take place in multiple locations:
COIL 2016, Jan. 5-17, ps122.org/coil
PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now, Jan. 6-17, prototypefestival.org
The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival (UTR), Jan. 6-17, undertheradarfestival.com
Chamber Music America (CMA), Jan. 7-10, chamber-music.org
American Realness,Jan. 7-17, americanrealness.com
New York 2016 ISPA Congress, Jan. 12-14, ispa.org
American Dance Platform, Jan. 12-17,Joyce.org
NYC Winter Jazzfest, Jan. 13-17, winterjazzfest.com
Wavelengths: APAP Global Music Pre-conference, Jan. 14-15, APAPNYC.org
Jazz Connect Conference, Jan. 14-15, jazz-connect.com
APAP|NYC 2016, Jan. 15-19, APAPNYC.org
globalFEST, Jan. 17, globalfest.org
Performance venues, conference hotels and meeting rooms in more than 350 locations throughout Manhattan and extending into Brooklyn will host presentations, workshops, performances and showcases.
January In NYC grew organically as live arts festivals and professional events were scheduled around the annual APAP conference, building on the concentration of artists and presenters already traveling to New York. In January 2014, nine such organizations formed a deliberate collaboration to more effectively and efficiently serve the performing arts community. A dozen groups now comprise the consortium.
Details are available at the January In NYC webpage and individual event websites.
The New Yorker announced this week that there is still time to get tickets to the 15th annual New Yorker Festival that will be held Friday, October 10 - Sunday, October 12. Authors, actors, activists, playwrights, muscicians and commentators will all appear for interviews, panels and signings. The box office will sell the remaining tickets to all events throughout the festival weekend.The slate of speakers represents The New Yorker's iconic cultural digest of literature, entertainment, politics and commentary focused through a monocle that doesn't perch too high on the brow to examine the mainstream, popular, or even zeitgeist-y. Notable speakers cover the spectrum from GIRLS creator Lena Dunham (Friday, 10 PM, Acura at SIR Stage37 at 508 West 37th Street) and Outliers author Malcom Gladwell (Saturday, 10 AM, MasterCard® Stage at SVA Theatre 1 on 333 West 23rd Street) to Beijing-based artist and political activist Ai Weiwei (Saturday, 10 AM, MasterCard Stage at SVA® Theatre 2).
Sting gives a premiere performance of his Broadway show The Last Ship on Saturday afternoon followed by a panel talk (2 PM, Neil Simon Theatre, West 52nd Street). Director and screenwriter David O. Russel appears at The Directors Guild Theatre (110 West 57th Street) at 7 PM on Saturday to discuss his films, the last three of which — American Hustle (2013), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), and The Fighter (2010) — have twenty-five Academy Award nominations between them.
Book signings will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 12 - 4 PM at Mcnally Jackson Books on 52 Prince Street.
Tickets can be purchased in two ways: at the MasterCard® Stage at SVA Theatre box office, or at the door to the events one hour before start time (exceptions here). Either way, ticket purchases are cash-only and on a first-come, first-served basis. The free New Yorker Festival app, available from iTunes and Google Play, will send mobile alerts if tickets to sold-out events become available.
For more information, go to: http://festival.newyorker.com/The New Yorker FestivalOctober 10 - 12, 2014
Acura at SIR Stage37508 West 37th StreetNew York, NY 10018
Directors Guild Theatre110 West 57th StreetNew York, NY 10019
Gramercy Theatre127 East 23rd StreetNew York, NY 10010
MasterCard Stage at SVA Theatre 1333 West 23rd Street New York, NY 10011MasterCard Stage at SVA Theatre 2New York, NY 10011
Sheen Center18 Bleecker StreetNew York, NY 10012
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