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Gloria Gaynor Closes The 22nd Habanos Festival With Glamorous Gala Evening Dedicated To The Romeo And Julieta Brand

  • The event welcomed 1,200 guests and hosted the Habanos Awards as well as the traditional Humidors Auction
  • The famous singer Gloria Gaynor performed in the final evening concert, marking a glittering end to the XXII Habanos Festival
  • The Humidors Auction raised historic amount of 4.270.000 € with all proceeds going entirely to the Cuban Public Health System

February 29th, Havana, Cuba  The XXII Habanos Festival culminated this edition with the Gala Evening, marking a glittering end to a week packed with activities for lovers of the world’s best tobacco, arriving from 60 different countries around the globe. 

In this year’s edition of the traditional Humidors Auction five humidors from some of the most prestigious Habanos brands were auctioned, together with a special humidor donated by Simon Chase family to Habanos. The auction has raised the historic amount of 4.270.000 € with all proceeds going entirely to the Cuban Public Health System. For the first time in this traditional auction a humidor from the Cohiba brand reached 2.400.000 €.

The Gala Evening paid tribute to the 145th Anniversary of the Romeo y Julieta brand, presenting its three new vitolas in a new line, Línea de Oro. 

Attendees had the chance to taste, exclusively, the three new vitolas that make up the brand’s most Premium line: Hidalgos (57 ring gauge x 125 mm length), Nobles (56 ring gauge x 135 mm length) and Dianas (52 ring gauge x 145 mm length).

Throughout the evening, held in Pabexpo in the city of Havana, over 1,200 guests enjoyed an outstanding musical line-up headed by the famous international artist and pop icon, Gloria Gaynor, as well as other performances including Camerata Guido López and the Maestro Patterson Orchestra, Director of the Cuban Radio and Television Orchestra. In addition, there were artistic performances including the Company led by Santiago Alfonso, winner of the 2006 Cuban National Dance Award, and the great Vengsay Valdés, Director and first dancer of the Cuban National Ballet. 

The closing ceremony also hosted the Habanos Awards with Alexander Avellar receiving the prize in the Communication category, Jean Claude Reichling winning the award in the Business category and Servilio Jesús Córdova Torres  in the Production category, respectively.

Also, the winning couple of aficionados of the III Habanos World Challenge International Contest were Tarek Gamaye and Fabi Hammad, from the United Arab Emirates.

The Gala Evening, full of surprises and music acts, will conclude with the traditional humidors auction, with all proceeds going to the Cuban Public Health System. 

400K Crowd At Beast Festival Marvel At Record Breaking Soundstorm

A 400,000 strong crowd showed up to marvel at the record-breaking Soundstorm that was MDL Beast Festival – rocking Riyadh over three unforgettable days.  

MDL Beast, the largest music, arts and culture festival the Kingdom has ever hosted was awarded a Guinness World Record certificate for the world’s tallest temporary stage.

Riyadh 22nd December 2019 – MDL Beast Festival has launched Saudi Arabia onto the international festival scene in spectacular style, with over 400,000 flocking to the site to be entertained across five unique stages and five districts including Art Beast (performances) MDL Town (food & beverages) and Retail Therapy (style).  

H.E. Turki Abdulmohsen Al-AlSheikh, Chairman of the General Entertainment Authority said “What thousands of people have witnessed here over the past three days is the first of what we hope will be many cultural, artistic, and entertainment experiences brought in great scale and color to this wonderful country that is rich with legacy, culture, and capabilities, as we open ourselves up further to the world and invite others to come in and experience what Saudi Arabia has to offer. We are so proud to have attracted the best local and international talent to Riyadh, the heart of the Kingdom, and we can’t wait to tell you about what’s next for the country, and MDL Beast… watch this space.”

Music  On the Big Beast stage, crowds of 45,000 plus enjoyed the most incredible sets from an unprecedented line-up of international superstars from around the world including Martin Garrix, David Guetta, J Balvin, Afrojack, Monsta X, R3hab, Salvatore Ganacci, Steve Aoki and Sebastian Ingrosso, performing alongside the best of Saudi Arabia’s EDM DJs including Cosmicat, DJ Baloo, Vinyl Mode and Dish Dash.

R3hab commented: “What I like about this festival is that it’s very different – it’s a complete fusion, some Arab Artists and a lot international DJ’s and it all works really well. I think that’s very special and I’ve never seen that before.”

Korean band, Monsta X, said: “We are so excited to be at MDL Beast, as a Korean pop band performing on the Big Beast main stage in Saudi Arabia! This is so much more than a music festival, we feel that it’s another big opportunity to connect the world together as one. We are overwhelmed by the amazing support that we’re getting from our monbebe and we will keep working hard to bring our music all over the world.”

Steve Aoki stopped by his purpose built PizzAoki parlour to meet fans and enjoy a slice. In true Aoki style, he also threw ten cakes into the crowds during his high energy DJ set before teaming up with J Balvin and Monsta X on stage for special performances. 

MDL Beast XP  Local and international festival goers continued to come together in the MDL Beast XP area, which hosted its own music production studio on site, and looked to the future by encouraging a new generation of Saudi locals to experiment with sound and get closer to the music. 

Arts  Over the course of the festival, 22 performance troupes from across the globe put on totally mind-blowing spectacles, while 40ft unicorn camels were seen parading through the crowds, representing the incredible blend of tradition and modern culture that the arts programming at MDL Beast has represented. 

One elated festival guest commented, “It’s such a first to be able to see so much talent and entertainment in Saudi Arabia, especially of the amazingly high quality we have witnessed over the past 72 hours.  With all of the international performers flying in to perform, it really has been a very special experience. We are truly witnessing a big change in this country – we know it won’t happen overnight, but MDL Beast has played a huge part in the next chapter of this country.”

John Rash, Creative Director, MDL Beast Festival said: “What the team here in Saudi have created has surpassed even my wildest dreams, turning an international vision for a world class festival and elevating it to a whole new level with every conceivable detail. I am honoured to have been part of such an incredible landmark moment, not just in Saudi history but for international festivals going forward. Watch this space, the Beast will be back!”

MDL Beast is a three day festival, 19-21 December 2019, bringing together the best in electronic music, performing arts and culinary craft – just outside of Riyadh in a purpose built venue, the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.mdlbeast.com

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MDL Beast Fest – The Saudi Soundstorm Has Arrived, Wowing Over 130,000 Fans On Its First Day

Riyadh 20th December 2019 – MDL Beast, the largest music, arts and culture festival Saudi Arabia has ever seen today opened its gates and on day one welcomed more than 130,000 eager fans from across the region and further afield. Crowds gathered at Saudi Arabia’s first ever multi stage music festival to watch global music superstars including Tiësto, Martin Garrix, Black Coffee, Swizz Beatz and Rick Ross plus local talent Cosmicat, DJ Baloo, Dish Dash and Simi Haze.

MDL Beast is a landmark moment and truly unique experience for Saudis and international visitors to the Kingdom alike, as it is the first time they have been able to enjoy so many different areas of Saudi Arabia’s culture, arts and music industries showcased in one purpose built venue.

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The Main Stage, ‘Big Beast’ was opened by Simi Haze, the Saudi born identical twin DJs who have been taking the fashion and music worlds by storm and have now returned to their home country to perform at MDL Beast. The 45,000 person capacity ‘Big Beast’ stage is the biggest built in the world this year, and the dynamic duo kicked the festivities off in awesome Saudi style!

In the Underground Beast district, visitors saw nineteen acts over 3 stages made from containers all decorated by local graffiti artists. Combined with some of the best audio visual equipment and design, the underground zones provided a uniquely different perspective to the Main stage and attracted huge crowds of locals and international festival goers.

Artists including Cosmicat and Vinyl Mode took to the stage in the Underground Beast district and played their hearts out to unseen before crowds.

Cosmicat said; “This is the biggest music festival in the region, here in Saudi Arabia, we have never had a music festival before, and now we are doing it big!  It’s not just the first, it’s the largest and we are expecting probably over 200,000 people so it really is pretty big! It’s great for the locals and for local artists, it gives them such a huge platform to show the world what Saudi is capable of!”

Culture

The retail therapy district, MDL Town and Saudi Alley local food court welcomed men and women to sample the very best of local and international brands in food, fashion & design. Chefs from all over the world created bespoke menus and mocktails especially for the event, and designers were on site showcasing their amazing Saudi designs to the world.

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On day 1, 22 shows were put on by performers, all totally unique to MDL Beast.

The Arts Beast district featured a series of incredible immersive performances and visual spectaculars, while street theatre performers roamed the grounds interacting with guests.

As night fell, The Arts Beast district visitors were treated to scenes of stunning light parades and illuminated drumming troupes weaving their way through the festival.

One festivalgoer commented:

“I never expected to see shows like this here in Saudi, with so many performers travelling in from all over the world to put on special shows just for us. It’s an honour to welcome them, and I was absolutely in awe of all of them!”

John Rash, Creative Director, MDL Beast Festival said:

“We are so proud of what we have been able to do here today and that we can showcase Saudi Arabia’s potential for more large scale events like this in the future. MDL Beast will create a new, unique genre of international festivals going forwards. Watch this space – the Beast will be back!”

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MDL Beast is a three day festival, 19-21 December 2019, bringing together the best in electronic music, performing arts and culinary craft – just outside of Riyadh in a purpose built venue, the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.mdlbeast.com

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MDL Beast Fest – Ground Breaking Changes to the Music Scene in Riyadh

Riyadh 16th December 2019 – Since the opening up of Riyadh’s entertainment industry, there hasn’t been anything quite like the MDL BEAST Festival. There is no doubt that this festival is set to continue a wave of revolutionary cultural shifts in Saudi Arabia as we know it. 

The Electronic Dance Music (EDM) scene in Saudi Arabia may not always be first of mind when listing some of the most popular dance capitals of the world, but bubbling under the surface is Riyadh’s best kept secret – a world filled with great music, talented DJ’s,  creative and innovative producers and a thriving musical community that is about to take centre stage.

It’s not just the music scene that is seeing significant changes in Saudi Arabia, there have been notable international sporting events successfully hosted in the Kingdom, and for the first time, the country is opening itself up to tourism and diverse cultural influences from all over the world.

Along with Saudi’s first female DJ – Cosmicat, there will be a host of local DJs and artists playing at the festival, including producer Dalal, DJ DesertFish, DJs & producers K.Led & Majid, DJ & producer Vinyl Mode, DJ Baloo and many more!

“Things are changing really fast, for the better. Now that it’s really happening…It’s going to be quite the event to be part of” comments DJ Cosmicat.

These DJs discuss the significant changes they have witness first hand; not just in Saudi as a whole, but within the music community. This is an exciting time for Saudi’s music industry, they have all seen an increase in popular club nights, packed shows, sold out gigs and concerts. All of this has no doubt been leading up to MDL BEAST on December 19-21 2019 in Riyadh.

“MDL BEAST will create the standard for the Middle East. If you’re working, you’re a part of history. If you’re performing you’re a part of history. If you’re just in the crowd enjoying the music. You’re also a part of history.”  explains DJs and producers DISH DASH.

These local DJs will have the opportunity to perform alongside some of the global EDM scene’s best-known artists for the first time. The likes of David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Tiësto, Camelphat, Black Coffee, R3hab and many more, are all about to descend on one of the biggest global entertainment events to wrap up 2019.

“I cannot explain or put into words how overwhelming and exciting this experience is going to be.” says DJs and producers K.Led & Majid.

Though music is a vital part of the festival, it is not the only thing that will set MDL BEAST apart from other festivals of its kind. As well as music, the MDL BEAST from the east, will feature various iterations of the arts – from performance to visual, and there will be a focus on culinary craft and many more cultural treasures that make up Saudi’s rich heritage.

The first of its kind in Saudi Arabia; MDL BEAST is a three-day festival taking place (in a purpose built venue), on the 19-21 December 2019.

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MDL Beast Festival Unveils Saudi’s Emerging EDM Music Scene To The World

Riyadh 11th December 2019 – MDL Beast Festival today introduces the growing Electronic Dance Music (EDM) scene in Saudi Arabia to a global audience. A selection of local DJs and artists playing at the festival, taking place 19-21 December 2019, including Saudi’s first female DJ Cosmicat, DJ Baloo, DJs DISH DASH, DJ & Producer Vinyl Mode, DJs & producers K.Led & Majid and producer Dalal discuss the power of music and what it means to them and the Saudi youth. 

As the biggest and most groundbreaking music, art and culture focused event since the opening up of the country’s entertainment industry, MDL Beast Festival gives local talent the opportunity to burst onto the international stage. It’s the first time many local DJs will have the opportunity to perform alongside some of the global EDM scene’s best known artists including David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Tiësto, Camelphat, R3hab and many more. 

“We have a lot of artists here in Saudi Arabia. Giving them this platform to show the world what Saudis are capable of, is everything. The whole country is going through a huge change actually,” comments Saudi DJ Cosmicat

“It’s a milestone for the country, it’s a new era for the Saudi youth. This is such a tremendous moment. MDL Beast is a monumental statement in the middle of the peninsula – it can only show goodness of what’s about to come,” said DJs & Producers K.Led & Majid 

“The music scene in Saudi Arabia in general has been skyrocketing – you’ve got the DJs, producers, musicians… The MDL Beast story is definitely a unique one” said DESERTFISH, DJ & Producer.

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Epic Nationwide Celebrations And Dazzling Burj Khalifa Show Mark One Year To Go Until Expo 2020 Welcomes The World

– Mariah Carey and Emirati singer Hussain Al Jassmi perform live in Dubai extravaganza

The UAE marks the milestone moment at fun, free events across all seven emirates

Everyone is invited to play their part in exciting journey to the World’s Greatest Show

DUBAI, 20 October 2019 – The UAE came together this evening to celebrate One Year to Go until Expo 2020 Dubai opens its doors, with spectacular events in all seven emirates marking the milestone moment in style and offering a tantalising taste of what’s to come at the World’s Greatest Show.

Global superstar Mariah Carey and acclaimed Emirati singer and Expo 2020 Ambassador Hussain Al Jassmi headlined celebrations in Burj Park, Downtown Dubai – treating the audience to hour-long sets packed with their greatest hits.

All eyes turned to Burj Khalifa at 2020 (8.20pm) for a mesmerising LED and fireworks show that launched the 12-month countdown to 20 October 2020, when the largest event ever staged in the Arab world will open its doors for an unmissable 173 days of inspiration, innovation and fun for all the family.

Top-class events were held simultaneously from 1700 to 2200 in the six other emirates, at Louvre Abu Dhabi, Al Majaz Waterfront in Sharjah, Ajman Museum, Umm Al Quwain Corniche, Al Qawasim Corniche in Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah Fort.

All seven free, family-friendly celebrations underlined the nation’s ever-growing excitement and pride as it prepares to host the first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. Each drew a bustling crowd and featured musicians, painters, poets and other figures from the UAE’s flourishing cultural scene, as well as great food, craft areas for children, live streams of Dubai’s headline acts and plenty more.

Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, Executive Director Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau, said: “This was a wonderful ‘Be There’ moment for the nation after we launched our newest campaign – ‘Be There for the World’s Greatest Show’ – only last week. Tonight gave the entire UAE and the wider world a tantalising glimpse of what Expo 2020 Dubai will offer in just 12 months from now – and proved exactly why everybody will want to be there for an unmissable landmark in our history.”

An appearance from Bollywood actress and singer Shraddha Kapoor added further star quality to proceedings at Burj Park, while five UAE-based musicians of diverse genres performed a song they had written especially for the One Year to Go celebrations. Their collaboration will feature in a documentary titled ‘Musical Encounters’ to be released shortly.

Across all seven emirates, performances by 100 artists from 26 different nationalities highlighted the nation’s rich talent pool and multicultural modern society, as well as the global appeal of Expo 2020.

More than 100,000 plastic bottles were saved during the national celebrations as part of the ‘Be Water Wise’ initiative – a collaboration between Expo 2020 and the UAE Water Aid Foundation, Suqia UAE, to raise awareness about water scarcity and single-use plastic. In line with Expo’s subtheme of Sustainability, free drinking water and 98 per cent biodegradable and compostable paper water bottles were provided to all visitors, performers and staff.

Expo 2020 Dubai will bring together 192 participating nations and an anticipated 25 million visits, showcasing the best in technology, architecture, gastronomy, culture and more while also exploring how humanity can shape a more sustainable tomorrow through the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.

Everyone is encouraged to join the journey to Expo 2020 through a variety of options from Expo Live’s pioneering social projects helping communities around the globe, to the volunteers programme, which will see a diverse mix of 30,000 UAE residents and expats become the ‘face’ of the next World Expo.

More details are being announced about The World’s Greatest Show of human brilliance and achievement on a continuous basis. Stay in the know by visiting expo2020dubai.com or follow any of Expo’s social media channels.

About Expo 2020 Dubai 

Expo 2020 Dubai will bring together millions of people for the World’s Greatest Show, celebrating human brilliance and achievement under the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.

– The six months from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021 will be a moment in time to be part of an unparalleled event. We are extending a warm Emirati welcome to the world:

– 25 million visits are expected, with many visitors expected to come more than once

– 70 per cent of visitors anticipated to come from outside the UAE, the largest proportion of international visitors in the 168-year history of World Expos

– An entertaining global celebration with something for everyone, Expo 2020 will wow visitors with 60 daily events across 173 days, showcasing the best of music, technology, creativity and culture, while 200 F&B outlets will feature famous chefs and cuisine from every corner of the world

– Expo 2020 will be an endless journey of discovery. Visitors will have access to the latest innovations and breakthroughs, with more than 200 participants – including 192 nations, multilateral organisations, businesses and educational institutions – coming together to highlight real-life solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges

– Expo 2020’s sub-themes of OpportunityMobility and Sustainability will inspire visitors to make a conscious effort to think and live differently, and give them renewed optimism that, through collaboration, it is possible to make a lasting change to the world

– The first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) will be located on a 4.38 sqkm site adjacent to Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South

The Expo 2020 Dubai Media Information System, Tawassul, is now available by registering at https://media.expo2020dubai.com. Tawassul is your essential tool to access important information and updates on topics such as media accreditation, licences and permits, press releases and visual assets.

The Expo 2020 Global Media Briefing, taking place in Dubai from 20-22 October 2019, will provide hundreds of members of the media the latest updates and insights on the event. To register, email: media.services@expo2020.ae.

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About World Expos

In 1851 the Crystal Palace was the centrepiece of London’s Great Exhibition – the first World Expo. It celebrated the man-made industrial wonders of a rapidly changing world. Architecture, contents and a theme, ‘Industry of All Nations’, were combined to create a big idea of nations meeting nations in shared technological and commercial progress. In more recent years, participants in World Expos, including governments, international organisations and companies, have gathered to find solutions to universal challenges and to promote their achievements, products, ideas, innovations, their national brand, and their nations as destinations for tourism, trade and investment.

World Expos are held under the auspices of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the intergovernmental organisation responsible for overseeing and regulating international exhibitions (‘Expos’) and for fostering their core values of Education, Innovation and Cooperation. Today, four types of Expos are organised under the BIE’s auspices: World Expos, Specialised Expos, Horticultural Expos and the Triennale di Milano.

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