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Art Basel Miami  2018 

Art Basel Miami  2018 

Art Basel Miami  2018    Art Basel arrives yet again on the white shoes of sunny Miami Beach to present arts complex role in today’s society. Miami becomes art Mecca in the month of December as world renowned artists, galleries and international crowd flock to […]



C’EST FOU ! AN ECLECTIC COLLECTION AT CHRISTIE’S  12, 13 AND 14 DECEMBER 2018  For its last sale of the year, Christie’s is pleased to present C’est fou!, an important private collection characterised by its eclecticism and its exuberance amongst around 1000 lots. They will be […]

MO SOUND-Bites Presents CRUSSEN at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental

MO SOUND-Bites Presents CRUSSEN at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong ups the musical ante for its last 2018 event of the “MO SOUND-BITES” series with a sensational performance by the acclaimed Swedish DJ Crussen at MO Bar on 8 December 2018. The evening will open with acclaimed master of music DJ Tony Montana.


“We are incredibly proud to introduce international artist of this extraordinary calibre and the hottest music in the city,” says The Landmark Mandarin Oriental’s General Manager Archie Keswick. “We’re known for eclectic programming that takes risks, from established acts to the local scene, that sets pulses racing and our last event will push creative boundaries to the maximum.”


Robbin Crussen brings a distinctive blend of high energy, playful folk and electronic to his musical events and MO SOUND-BITES’ final edition of the year. Born in the southern Swedish town of Ystad, Crussen was fascinated with music from a young age, playing the French horn in an orchestra and drumming in a hard-core punk band. Keen to channel his creativity through drawing, dance or music he says much of his inspiration as a drummer came from the skateboarding scene and Swedish punk bands.  At high school he discovered making music on a computer was an even faster way to create, and never looked back.


In 2005 Crussen moved to Oslo, Norway, to study sound design, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Popular Music and Record Production from Southampton University, United Kingdom, followed by a Master’s degree in the same field at London’s Kingston University.


Today, Crussen’s boundary-pushing avant-electronic exploration features on labels such as Clubstar, The Magic Movement, Underyourskin Records, Musicpark Records, Coyote Cuts and many more. His inspiration, he says, comes from chancing upon a peculiar rhythm, sound or sample, and the process he follows differs according to his mood. Don’t be fooled by the folksy look though – he’s a formidable force behind the decks.


Following his exclusive Hong Kong appearance at MO SOUND-BITES, Crussen will appear at Wonderfruit, one of the world’s most acclaimed annual arts and music festivals.  The event in Thailand, from 13-16 December, debuted in 2014, and is the biggest, most exciting – and carbon-neutral, sustainable – music festival in Asia.


The opening act by DJ Tony Montana also promises to be a showstopper. The British master of music plays at the hottest clubs, private events and leading festivals around the world from Burning Man and Berlin Love Parade to delighting the dance floors of the most chic of Ibiza and Bali’s nightclubs. With a particular penchant for House Music, his reputation for consistency and quality is unparalleled. 


MO Bar recently upgraded its sound system, customizing an extraordinary audiophile experience with four UDX15 front-of-house speakers and five PMX5 compact monitors from French specialist audio brand Amadeus which supplies some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, opera houses and music venues. Bass reinforcement comes from two ML15 main bass speakers and four ML12 slim compact brass speakers while an additional ML28 large subwoofer speaker increases sound level for a unique immersive experience.


MO SOUND-BITES will collaborate with iconic fashion brands I.T and McQ for this event.


MO SOUND-BITES presents Crussen on 8 December 2018.  Doors open at 9pm. Early bird tickets on sale now at Ticketflap at HKD250 per person for the first 20 tickets, and at HKD300 and HKD350 for the following 50 and 180 tickets sold, respectively. Tickets at the door at HKD400 per person. Tables for a maximum of 8 are available on a limited basis (max 4 tables) at HKD4,000 per table, including a magnum of Champagne.

Listen at www.mosoundbites.com. For enquiries please contact MO Bar at +852 2132 0077 or lmhkg-mobar@mohg.com
Chef Nobu Matsuhisa Introduces the “World of Nobu” Cookbook at the Asia Launch with Chefs from the Asia Pacific Nobu Restaurants

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa Introduces the “World of Nobu” Cookbook at the Asia Launch with Chefs from the Asia Pacific Nobu Restaurants

CHEF NOBU MATSUHISA INTRODUCES HIS “WORLD OF NOBU” COOKBOOK  AT THE ASIA LAUNCH WITH CHEFS FROM THE ASIA PACIFIC NOBU RESTAURANTS   On November 21, 2018 at NOBU InterContinental Hong Kong, along with chefs from seven Nobu restaurants in Asia-Pacific, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa officiated at the Asia launch […]

Hirshhorn hosts exhibition of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Acclaimed “Pulse” Series

Hirshhorn hosts exhibition of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Acclaimed “Pulse” Series

The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has announced “Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse,” an exhibition featuring the interactive artwork of Mexican Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer through spring 2019. Three major installations from Lozano-Hemmer’s “Pulse” series and six public-art documentaries come together for the first time in “Rafael […]

Experience New York City this New Year’s Eve

Experience New York City this New Year’s Eve




–       Ball Drop in Times Square Plus Additional Five-Borough Acitivity to Make NYC and Indispensable Draw – 

NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, today announced a festive lineup of New Year’s celebrations in Times Square and throughout the five boroughs. New Year’s Eve is a distinctly powerful time in New York City as throngs of visitors choose to celebrate in Midtown Manhattan and beyond. As the holiday season quickly approaches, New York City is pleased to invite the world to join the exceptional celebrations that will ring in 2019.

“The ball drop on New Year’s Eve in Times Square is one of the world’s most iconic annual celebrations and we invite visitors and residents alike to enjoy this incredible spectacle,” said NYC & Company President and CEO Fred Dixon. “New York City is poised to welcome travelers with signature style at several key events that will ensure a memorable start to 2019.”

Below is an overview of celebrations taking place in Times Square and beyond on New Year’s Eve.

Times Square

Seventy-foot tall numbers “1” and “9” will be delivered on December 13 and available for proactive Instagrammers to grab their celebratory NYE shot at the various Times Square plazas through December 22.

On December 28 from noon till 1pm locals and travelers are invited to enjoy Good Riddance Day at the Broadway Plaza in Times Square where bad memories are eliminated with the help of Shred-it, a document shredding company.

From December 1 – 29 visit the Wishing Wall in Times Square Plaza to share your hopes and dreams for 2019. At midnight all wishes will be dropped as confetti and sent into the universe for consideration as the New Year begins. Electronic wishes can be submitted here or on Twitter & Instagram using #ConfettiWish.

The nearly 6-ton ball, covered with 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles, is capable of lighting up the night with more than 16 million different colors from One Times Square. As the final seconds of 2018 expire, a host of nearby venues will offer new years’ cheer with a view of the ball drop.

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rocking Eve with Ryan Seacrestwill broadcast the Times Square festivities globally with the help of performances by superstar performers (to be announced) and hosts Ryan Seacrest & Jenny McCarthy

Viewers around the world can also visit timesSquareNYC.orgNewYearsEve.nyc and TimesSquareBall.net to watch the annual event.

Midtown Manhattan

From the East River to the Hudson, midtown hotels will once again welcome the new year with the unique style and flare that has made New Year’s Eve a signature celebration in the neighborhood:

The New York Marriott Marquis will host a five-course dinner, unlimited premium open bar, and entertainment at The View Restaurant & Lounge, in the center of the Times Square party with 360-degree views revolving completely.


The Peninsula New York’s Salon Den Ning will host a Rooftop Party with culinary creations and a Champagne toast at midnight while the hotel’s signature restaurant, Clement, will host a black-tie event complete with a gala dinner, dancing and a DJ to last past midnight.

Ai Fiori at The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue will offer a special four-course pre fixe meal and specially-curated New Year’s Eve Tasting Menu for anyone who wishes to ring in the new year with some of the finest French and Italian-inspired cuisine in New York City.

The Sanctuary Hotel’s Haven Rooftop Lounge will offer a variety of premium packages for its New Year’s Eve celebration.  Guests are invited to enjoy 4 hours of premium open bar drinks, unlimited gourmet appetizers and a party hosted by two professional DJs.

Additional NYC Celebrations

The festivities are far from limited to Midtown Manhattan, however, other events include:

The Z Hotel NYC will celebrate NYE with a multicultural feast including Asian duck breast, Rosemary and Thyme Rack of Lamb, and Grilled Marinated New York Strip. An open bar, buffet and complimentary midnight toast are included in the festivities at this Long Island City hotel.(Queens)

The Hilton Garden Inn, situated in the heart of 415 acres of protected woodlands, is hosting a New Year’s Eve Gala in its lavish Nicotra’s Ballroom. The all-inclusive event will feature a live band and DJ until 1 am. Upgraded tickets including an overnight stay in a King Suite are available.(Staten Island)

The only casino in New York City’s five boroughs, Resorts World Casino, invites those 21 and older to celebrate at Bar360 with a night of concerts that includes a performance by TKA K7, a NYC-based rap group that rose to prominence in the 90’s. Guests are also encouraged to explore the casinos 4,200 slot machines and 1,300 electronic table games. (Queens)

Party on Park Avenue at the Loews Regency Hotel: Enjoy a night of glitz and glamor in a stylish suite on Manhattan’s Upper East Side complete with an open bar, champagne toast at midnight and seated dinner courtesy of The Regency Bar & Grill. All packages must be booked by December 28. (Manhattan)

Yankee Stadium will convert the baseball diamond into a football field at the 9th Annual New Era Pinstripe Bowl on New Year’s Eve once again this year. Visitors can watch top college teams compete in the annual football game played at the historic baseball stadium, fans are encouraged to explore the various renowned dining options in the neighborhood and stay at the historic Opera House Hotel.(Bronx)

New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show, the annual exhibition of classical model trains moving through a hand-crafted display of New York City’s built environment will be open until 6 pm on New Year’s Eve. More than 175 miniature iconic city structures, including new additions such as the Oculus, One World Trade Center and the Battery Maritime Building, are made entirely out of plant parts. (Bronx)

Coney Island USA will host their annual NYE celebration in Steeplechase Plaza for the fifth time, complete with a fireworks display from the storied Parachute Jump. Boardwalk restaurants and attractions such as B&B Carousell, Deno’s Wonder Wheel, and Thunderbolt roller coaster will be open and ready for the New Year’s festivities. A digital burst ball drop will ring in 2019, followed by a Circus Sideshow Fire Spectacular at 1am. Visitconeyisland.com for more info. (Brooklyn).

Visitors are invited to ring in the New Year with Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams for the 39th edition or The New Year’s Eve Fireworks Celebration at the historic Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Park. The family-friendly event is a free, authentic way to celebrate with tens of thousands of locals and travelers with live entertainment. (Brooklyn)

For a beautiful, unobstructed, view of the NYC Skyline coupled with an extravagant fireworks display over the Hudson River, take a ride on Circle Lines New Year’s Eve Cruise in New York Harbor from 9 pm to 1 am. A DJ and midnight toast complete an event that is 21+ to drink, 18+ to enter. (Manhattan)

The Empire State Building will celebrate the end of 2018 with festive LED confetti lighting until five minutes before midnight on Dec 31, 2018, when it will switch to its signature sparkling white lights through sunrise on January 1, 2019. Full lighting schedule is available here.(Manhattan)

The rock band Phish will return to Madison Square Garden for their 60th performance at the world’s most famous arena from December 28 to 31. New Year’s Eve attendees are invited to sing-along to fan favorites as the popular 90s group rocks in the New Year. (Manhattan)

Four-time Grammy winner Renee Fleming will join new Musical Director Jaap van Zweden and the Philharmonic at The New York Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve Concert for a night of song and dance. (Manhattan)

2019 TCS NYC Marathon hopefuls and running lovers are invited to participate in the most festive qualifying race of the year at the NYRR Midnight Run. Registered runners and their plus ones will gather at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park for a four-mile race that starts at 10pm and concludes by 12 am with a beautiful fireworks display at the finish line. (Manhattan)

New Year’s Day and Beyond

The Coney Island Polar Bear Club New Year’s Day Plungeis free with prior-registration and kicks off at 1 pm at the Stillwell Avenue boardwalk entrance. Participants are invited to enter the New York Aquarium complimentarily after the plunge and to go to the Coney Island Brewing Company to warm up after the swim. (Brooklyn)


Ladies European Tour draws to a close

Ladies European Tour draws to a close

ANNE VAN DAM SEALS SPANISH DOUBLE Anne Van Dam from the Netherlands successfully wrapped up 2018 on the Ladies European Tour by claiming her second victory on Spanish soil this season at the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España Femenino. The powerful hitter, who […]

Exceptional Pieces from Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton lead December Handbags & Accessories Auction – London, 12 December 2018

Exceptional Pieces from Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton lead December Handbags & Accessories Auction – London, 12 December 2018

Christie’s Handbags & Accessories Auction Exceptional Pieces From Chanel And Hermès Extremely Rare Aluminium Explorer Trunk By Louis Vuitton 12 December 2018, London  On 12 December 2018 Christie’s London will present at auction 225 rare, limited edition, and one-of-a-kind Handbags & Accessories. With a focus […]

Fabulous Fam-tastic holidays at Alila Hotels & Resorts in 2019

Fabulous Fam-tastic holidays at Alila Hotels & Resorts in 2019


With unique locations and destination experiences for all ages, ALILA offers great options for families to get away and spend quality time together. Here is a selection of curated experiences offered at various Alila resorts for a memorable family holiday in 2019, prioritizing time to relax, explore new cultures and reconnecting with nature.


Located in Bali’s cultural and artistic heart, Alila Ubud invites guests to experience the island’s rich traditions. Children can get their creative juices flowing with a variety of activities that have been part of Balinese culture for centuries. From learning how to make a traditional bamboo-framed, hand-painted kite, to decorating Balinese masks made from recycled wood, and egg painting, they’ll have great fun creating their own unique souvenirs to bring home and show friends.

Alila Ubud is a tranquil and secluded hillside retreat that sits high up on the edge of the rich green Ayung River valley in Bali’s central foothills. Its 252 sqm Two-bedroom Terrace Tree Pool Villa is the ideal accommodation for families looking for a truly extraordinary stay, where you can enjoy views of the Ubud jungle from a spacious outdoor terrace, and skimming the treetops in a 40 sqm private pool. For more information or to book, visit https://www.alilamoments.com/ubud/our-rooms-and-villas/two-bedroom-terrace-tree-villa/


Forget selfies and wefies. With AlilaSeminyak’s #AlilaMoments experience, guests can document their precious family holiday moments in stunning Instagram-worthy photographs with a personalized photo shoot conducted by a professional photographer. Guests can plan their shoot in close consultation with the resort’s Leisure Concierge team, who are familiar with all the best local spots. The #AlilaMoments experience includes a one-hour photography session for a group of up to 8 guests, starting from USD 250 with a final selection of 40 professionally edited, high-resolution images for keeps.

Located just steps from the Indian Ocean, AlilaSeminyak is a stunning beachfront resort that radiates chic sophistication, offering an indulgence of luscious lifestyle facilities and spaces for chilling out in style. Families will feel right at home in the Beach Suite that combines spacious living with a 180-degree panorama of sand and sea, viewed from a private wraparound balcony. For more information or to book, visit https://www.alilamoments.com/seminyak/whyseminyak/alilamoments/


Luxury is a State of Being at Alila’s first property in Cambodia, the place to be on the Cambodian Riviera. Alila Villas Koh Russey resides on its own private island in the Koh Rong archipelago where families can enjoy the pleasure of having their own beach along a 1.2 km stretch of copper-powdered sands bordering the stunning coastline. The crystal clear waters off the beach provide a private spot for great snorkelling and water sports. The resort also offers a variety of excursions on the mainland to explore temples, coastal towns and the Bokor National Park.

Of the resort’s 63 pavilions and villas, designed with a strong Khmer influence, the two-bedroom Beach Villas and four-bedroom Beach Estates are a great option for families looking to enjoy the privacy of their own space, terrace, pool and garden as well as optional chef and butler services.

In celebration of its opening, guests can now book the ‘Night Three Stay Free’ package where bookings of a two nights’ stay will enjoy a complimentary third night extension. The package includes daily breakfast, return Sihanoukville airport transfers, 30 min foot reflexology at Spa Alila, and scheduled shuttle boat service to the island. Valid for bookings and stays from 1st November 2018 to 21st April 2019.For more information or to book, visit www.alilahotels.com/kohrussey


Overlooking the beautiful Tianfu Lake, bamboo forests and verdant white tea plantations, Alila Anji is a paradise for kids and families, where fun, creative activities and outdoor adventures foster fabulous bonding and moments to cherish. The Lake View Villa is perfect for families with its large outdoor terrace and  tea pavilion to soak in the serenity and soothing views with a cup of Anji white tea.

Specially designed with families in mind, Alila Anji’s FAM-TASTIC! package includes a two-night stay with breakfast, one family 3D ‘Le Petit Chef’ dinner and, especially for the kids, a panda buggy tour around the resort and a mini hotelier experience. A free upgrade to a kids-themed Hill View Villa equipped with kids’ amenities, kids’ tent and toys is also available, as are complimentary extra beds and breakfast for up to two children under 12. The offer is valid until 31 March 2019, excluding blackout dates. Price starts from CNY 2,065++ per room per night. For more information or to book, visit http://alilaanji.cn/fam-tastic/


Perched 2,000 meters above sea level in the Al Hajar Mountains, AlilaJabal Akhdar is a dream for nature and adventure lovers. The ‘Butterfly Trail’ offers an irresistible adventure for families to enjoy a 3km expedition around the resort. With a scavenger map in hand, the little explorers will set off on a journey of active discovery, learning new facts about the mountains and its inhabitants along the way, which include 11 butterfly species and over 40 bird species. The ‘Butterfly Trail’ is offered as a free activity on scheduled days. Other activities available include nature walks, hiking trails, mountain biking, off-road drives and stargazing.


Alila Jabal Akhdar’s beautifully appointed rooms and suites are built in the traditional architecture of century-old Omani stone dwellings amid a stunning mountain landscape – truly one-of-a-kind. For an indulgent family retreat, the 361sqm Jabal Villa is private and spacious, with two ensuite bedrooms, living room, dining room, kitchenette, private terrace and pool, as well as a steam room and an oversized bathtub with an attached Jacuzzi. Everything is catered to pamper guests after a day exploring the mountains.For more information or to book,visit https://alilamoments.com/jabalakhdar/en/bespoke-retreats/

The Diaries of Tryggve Gran, A Supremely Important Piece of Polar History

The Diaries of Tryggve Gran, A Supremely Important Piece of Polar History

THE DIARIES OF TRYGGVE GRAN A SUPREMELY IMPORTANT PIECE OF POLAR HISTORY INCLUDING A FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT OF THE TRAGIC DISCOVERY OF SCOTT’S TENT December – On 12 December, as part of Classic Week, Christie’s auction of Books and Manuscripts will offer two extraordinary sledging journals […]



MANDARIN ORIENTAL, MUNICH UNVEILS CHIC NEW COCKTAIL BAR, ORY   Mandarin Oriental, Munich has opened Ory, a chic new cocktail bar serving avant-garde drinks in a contemporary setting.   Conceptualised by gastronome Maximilian Gradl, Ory is operated by his company Barschaft B17 GmbH, which includes Munich’s award-winning Herzog Restaurant & Bar in […]






Whether guests are looking for an intimate, vibrant or eclectic dining experience this New Year’s Eve, Atlantis, The Palm will have something for everyone.Guests of all ages are invited to enjoy the midnight firework display at Nasimi Beach, which includes a complimentary open bar from 10pm to 12am and a glass of champagne at midnight. From 12am to 3am a cash bar will be available.


The Atlantis Gala Dinner 

Partygoers can celebrate New Year’s Eve at Atlantis, The Palm’s Gala Dinner, held on the Atlantis Beach.Guests can enjoy fantastic views of The Palm, the Dubai skyline and the spectacular resort itself.

The evening begins at 7:30pm with canapes, champagne and welcome drinks before the venue opens up at 8pm, where a 30-piece live band kicks off the night’s entertainment and plays through until 3:00am. The bar will be open all night serving unlimited premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including free flowing champagne.

On the menu is a luxury buffet serving everything from lobster and caviar, to shawarmas and fajitas, also on offer will be live cooking stations anda child friendly buffet. For the first time, the Gala dinner will also feature four, two metre high caviar fountains.

New Year’s Eve at Atlantis’ restaurants 

Spend New Year’s Eve at one of Dubai’s finest restaurants, with Gold and Silver packages available. Guests are guaranteedto enjoy an evening of unforgettable sights, incredible sounds, and exquisite tastes.

Ossiano- GOLD 

Celebrate the start of 2019 with Atlantis, The Palm’s unique underwater dining experience. Enjoy a stunning ‘Spherification’ five course set menu created by award winning, Chef de Cuisine, Gregoire Berger.

Hakkasan- GOLD

End 2018 at the recently opened, award winning Hakkasan. Located at the entrance to The Avenues, Hakkasan Dubai features an intimate restaurant and vibrant bar, which echoes the rich and glamorous interiors of the London flagship restaurant.



End 2018 at the world renowned Nobu Dubai, where guests can dine on the extraordinary New Year’s eight course set menu. The restaurant infuses Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s cutting-edge Japanese style with Arabian influences to create a distinctly urban experience.


Bread Street Kitchen & Bar Dubai SILVER

Bring in 2019 with friends and family at Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen. Enjoy an array of classic British dishes and Gordon’s signature menu items, whilst celebrating in the casual cool warehouse feel of the venue.

Ronda Locatelli-SILVER

The Italian restaurant heralded by Michelin star chef, Giorgio Locatelli, is the perfect location for families to celebrate the New Year with the restaurants warm and rustic atmosphere and delicious traditional Italian cuisine.


Seafire Steakhouse & Bar- SILVER

Bring 2018 to a close at Dubai’s premium steakhouse located in Atlantis, The Palm’s The Avenues. Seafire Steakhouse & Bar’s Chef de Cuisine, Raymond Wong, has cultivated the perfect set menu for family and friends to enjoy.


Ayamna- BRONZE

End 2018 with an elegant Gala Dinner held at Ayamna with a delectable set menu crafted by Executive Oriental Chef, Ali Elbourrji, as well as a bespoke vegetarian offering.


Kaleidoscope- BRONZE

Bring in the New Year with a kaleidoscope of flavours at Atlantis, The Palms premier buffet venue. With the array of live cooking stations on offer it is the ideal venue for families and friends looking for international cuisine.


For reservations, please call +971 4 426 2626 or email restaurantreservations@atlantisthepalm.com.


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