The V&A Waterfront and Jochen Zeitz have announced a unique partnership to create a major new cultural institution that will focus on collecting, preserving, researching, and exhibiting cutting edge contemporary art from Africa and its honour of the renowned Zeitz Collection, which will form the museum’s founding collection Diaspora. The museum will be named Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) in in honour of the renowned Zeitz Collection, which will form the museum’s founding collection.
Zeitz MOCAA, a new not-for-profit institution, will be housed in the historic Grain Silo at the V&A Waterfront, with the V&A committing over R500-million to the development required for the establishment of the Museum. Built in 1921, and at 57m tall, the Grain Silo remains an icon of the Cape Town skyline. This investment will further the development of art in Africa and acknowledges the important cultural and financial contribution the visual arts sector makes.
Considered by many to be the leading collection of contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora, Jochen Zeitz will commit his collection in perpetuity, underwrite the running costs of the Museum and provide a substantial acquisition budget to allow the Museum to acquire new important artworks over time to remain on the edge of contemporary cultural production.
As the most visited site in Africa, with over 24 million visitors annually, the V&A Waterfront is the perfect venue to share the cultural artifacts and ideas of Africa with the world.
V&A Waterfront CEO David Green said: “Given the history and socio-economic role the V&A Waterfront plays in South Africa and the sheer number of visits we achieve annually, we felt this gift to the nation, where commerce meets culture, was entirely appropriate and will correctly continue to position the Waterfront as a social nexus for all Capetonians, South Africans and international visitors who take joy in celebrating culture.”
Zeitz MOCAA will comprise over 9,500 square meters (102,000 square feet) placing it among leading contemporary art museums worldwide. Zeitz MOCAA will be spread over nine floors, of which 6,000 square meters (65,000 square feet) will be dedicated to exhibition space. Through an entire floor dedicated to education, the museum will develop a new art-loving, museum-going audience.
Zeitz MOCAA is set to welcome its first visitors at the end of 2016. Until the extensive renovations to the Silo complex are complete, selections from the Zeitz Collection will be presented at Zeitz MOCAA Pavilion, a museum-quality temporary exhibition space also at the V&A Waterfront. The inaugural exhibition which opens at Zeitz MOCAA Pavilion on 23 November, will present the work of Swazi artist Nandipha Mntambo.
The recently released independent Economic Impact study done on the V&A Waterfront clearly shows the impact the V&A Waterfront has had on the City, the Province and the country. Zeitz MOCAA will now bring another dimension—a cultural facility of global significance that provides both an intellectual and cultural focus point.
David Green continued: “This is a unique public/private partnership in South Africa that will additionally breathe life into the Silo district and act as a drawcard to a venture that is non-commercial in nature and is designed specifically for the enjoyment of all the continent’s citizens.”
Jochen Zeitz said: “Over the last two decades, Africa has played an important role in both my professional and private life. My collection has been strategically built over many years specifically with the goal to create an internationally relevant public contemporary art museum in Africa. After considering many cities across Africa, I am excited to partner with the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. It is an iconic location in an iconic city, and will be situated in a historic landmark building. This will make my collection accessible to a local, national, continental and international audience.”
The new Executive Director and Chief Curator of Zeitz MOCAA will be Mark Coetzee, who has earned an international reputation and track record for directing cultural institutions that define best practice. Examples of these are the “Miami Model” with the Rubell Collection and a new ground-breaking corporate responsibility model through PUMAVision.
Coetzee has relocated to South Africa after a 25 year international career to lead Zeitz MOCAA. Mark Coetzee said: “Zeitz MOCAA will constitute a re-imagining of a museum within an African context: celebrate Africa preserving its own cultural legacy, writing its own history and defining itself on its own terms. The vision of the V&A Waterfront and Jochen Zeitz will have major impact for the visual art world and for Cape Town.”
The height of the Grain Silo and its strong silhouette gives it a character that has set it apart as an unusual structure within the V&A Waterfront. The reuse of the structure to house Zeitz MOCAA combines ingenuity, resourcefulness and beauty in a way that will be unique for Africa and give greater respect to the work displayed.
Zeitz MOCAA forms part of a master plan for the Silo district that includes mixed-use developments of residential, commercial, leisure and hotel property with the transformed Grain Silo as the central focus of a public plaza. The architect for the new museum will be announced in February 2014.
On 9th August, the Aspen Art Museum will open its new Shigeru Ban-designed building to the public with a free 24-hour celebration. Founded in 1979, the Aspen Art Museum (AAM) features the latest works in contemporary art with engaging exhibitions that celebrate innovative, intriguing and important works. The museum has seen a 110% increase in annual visitation in recent years and free admission makes it an affordable visitor attraction for holidaymakers. The opening of the new building, which will also feature the only public rooftop view of Aspen Mountain, will be a major highlight in the international Contemporary Art calendar.
What do you give the man who has everything? Perhaps the chance to step into the shoes of a super spy, mastering the skills needed to live the adrenalin charged life of an action hero?
Exsus (www.exsus.com) is offering a new and exclusive series of 007, To Be Bond experiences affording unprecedented access to Special Forces and Secret Services training. Thepackages offer a range of exhilarating and empowering experiences combining physical challenges with Bond’s famously lavish lifestyle featuring iconic 007 locations.
Set alongside these exotic and luxurious destinations, the focus is on developing fundamental skill sets: weapons and demolitions, evasion resistance and extraction, espionage and survival.
Comprising several ex-Special Forces members, some of whom helped prepare Daniel Craig for his role as Bond, the supremely experienced team behind To Be Bond can personalise the ‘mission’ with the help of the travel experts at Exsus.
Choose your mission…sample Bond experiences include:
The mission is to rescue a hostage or valuable item, clearing a building room by room using covert intelligence techniques. In a glamorous location outside Prague, participants will learn to spot and overcome booby traps, engage enemies efficiently and rescue the target.
Fighting your way out of a surprise attack is central to the James Bond experience. Working closely with expert instructors, participants will learn how to handle and fire Bond’s iconic weapons of choice before delving into the thick of the action, fighting enemies at an eastern European checkpoint.
Every secret agent in Bond’s explosive universe needs to know how to force their way into buildings, clear obstructions and use demolitions to bend the environment to their will. Participants will learn how to assemble and use explosives efficiently, as well as spot and destroy them, putting their skills to use in a thrilling environment built for the UK’s elite forces.
Prices start from £6,624 per person for a one-day Operation Explosive Entry in the UK, and go up to £165,000 per person for the ultimate four-day Operation Connery (minimum of eight people).
About Exsus – “Travel is our tonic”
The name Exsus comes from the Latin exsuscitare, meaning ‘to breath life into’ or ‘to awaken’.
Exsus is a privately owned tour operator with over 13 years experience in arranging luxury, bespoke holidays to Australasia and the South Pacific, South America, the USA, Central America, Africa, South East Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and the Indian Ocean.
From luxury honeymoons in South America to family adventure holidays in South East Asia, Exsus pride themselves on offering first-hand knowledge second to none. What’s more, Exsus only work with the very best hotels in the very best locations, using the very best local representatives on the ground.
The company is based out of headquarters in Fenchurch Street in the City of London, with a second office in Edinburgh and a third in New York. www.exsus.com
The Museum of British Surfing in Braunton,
North Devon is celebrating a decade of displaying its acclaimed surf
heritage exhibitions in communities around the UK. In April 2004 the
surfing museum unveiled its first display on Brighton beach, and now
in 2014 has launched its new British surfing pioneers exhibition
‘The First Wave – surfers & their stories’ this weekend.
Evan Geiselman powers through to win Red Bull Call Em Out
Surfersvillage Global Surf News
10 April, 2014 – CONTESTS: After a marathon run into the one-on-one
final, it was “Golden Boy” Evan Geiselman who reigned supreme as
the 2014 Red Bull Call Em Out champion. Despite having dominating runs
going into the finals, former 2013 Rip Curl Pro champion Cody Thompson
could not keep the New Smyrna Beach native at bay. Geiselman fought
through four consecutive elimination heats, winning the title along
with bragging rights.
Tom Carroll endorses anti-shark technology
Surfersvillage Global Surf News
10 April, 2014 – TEAM: Australian surfing legend Tom Carroll has
joined Shark Shield as its surfing ambassador. The Australian-based
Shark Shield makes the world’s only scientifically proven and
independently tested electronic shark deterrent and is delighted the
two-time world champion has agreed to endorse its products. Tom
especially appreciates the fact that Shark Shield believes sharks
deserve a place in the world’s oceans and that its electronic
deterrents reduce interactions with humans without causing sharks
Celebrity Cruises has announced its support of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum by sponsoring the Guggenheim’s 2014 Members’ Private View series, a program that invites Guggenheim members to experience the exhibitions without the crowds. A benefit to members at all levels, “Members’ Private Views” occur in the morning and evening, ensuring that members have an option that fits their schedule.
2014-2015 season event dates:
Friday, May 9, 2014 – Evening Private View
Sunday, August 24, 2014 – Morning Private View
Sunday, November 9, 2014 – Morning Private View
Monday, January 9, 2015 – Evening Private View
“Celebrity Cruises is always seeking inventive and creative ways to reach new guests and have the opportunity to showcase the ‘modern luxury’ experience we are known for. We want to support the museum and art communities with exclusive upscale experiences,” said David Meihoefer, Celebrity’s New York team manager.
As part of the Members’ Private Views series, members can invite a guest and are encouraged to stay and mingle with fellow members in the Morning or Evening Private Viewing hours before and after the museum opens and closes to the public. “This is a special treat to see the various exhibits at The Guggenheim in such an intimate way,” Meihoefer noted.
“Private Views are among our most beloved member benefits,” said Ben Whine, Guggenheim Director of Individual Development, Membership and Annual Fund. “We are pleased to expand the series this year, thanks to Celebrity Cruises, and to share this year’s stellar exhibition program with our growing family of members.”
To learn more about Guggenheim membership, visit www.guggenheim.org/join
Come Play and Learn at the Museum this Summer
Sign Up by April 15, 2014 for an Early Bird Registration Discount
April 4, 2014 – LAS VEGAS –Registration is open for Summer Camps at the all-new DISCOVERY Children’s Museum. Sign up by April 15, 2014 to receive an Early Bird registration discount of 25 percent* off camps.
The museum’s interactive educational mission continues with its dynamic Summer Camp programs. Campers will investigate, invent, experiment, interpret, strategize, discover and share what they’ve learned, but most importantly, they’ll have fun using their minds and engaging with others. Camp programming focuses on Arts and STEM (appropriate activities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
Weekly camps sessions begin July 7 and run through August 1. Morning and afternoon sessions are available, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for children ages 6-9 and 10-12. A wide variety of camp themes are available, including Grossology, Living and Working in Space, Science Detectives, Chemistry Concoctions and many more.
Camp prices are $180 per weekly camp session (1/2 day). Lunch care also is available. For complete Summer Camp schedules, descriptions and registration information visit Discoverykidslv.org/programs/camps/. Parents can register for DISCOVERY Children’s Museum Summer Camps by calling (702) 382-KIDS (5437).
*Museum Members – 25% discount; general public 15% discount.
DISCOVER Children’s Museum at the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center was founded as a private, nonprofit educational institution more than 24 years ago. Nevada’s largest children’s museum recently celebrated its first birthday in March. DISCOVERY Children’s Museum is a community cornerstone that complements and enhances the educational experience of children and families through interactive, hands-on exhibits and programs. For more information, visit www.DiscoveryKidsLV.org
The Israel Antiquities Authority has announced that it will unveil the all-new, state-of-the-art Schottenstein National Campus for the Archeology of Israel in Jerusalem, the largest archeological library in the Middle East, in April 2016.
Located on Jerusalem’s Museum Hill adjacent to the Israel Museum and overlooking the Hebrew University – Givat Ram Campus, the new 115,000-square-foot archeology campus was designed by renowned Israeli architect Moshe Safdie, and will house nearly 2 million archeological artifacts (including 15,000 Dead Sea scrolls), conservation and restoration laboratories, an auditorium, study galleries, rooftop exhibition gardens and a café.
The campus will also house the Mandel National Library for the Archeology of Israel, which will feature nearly 150,000 volumes, including rare books and periodicals, as well as the Israel Antiquities Authority Archive, the British Mandatory Archive and historical maps, permits, plans and publications of excavations from the period of the British Mandate over Palestine through today.
“We are proud to announce the construction of this stunning, state-of-the-art center for archeology in my hometown in Jerusalem,” said Haim Gutin, Israel Commissioner for Tourism, North and South America, “which will further promote Israel as one of the world’s most unique travel destinations for archeology enthusiasts.”
NY Museums are a highlight of urban vacations, or a relaxing escape for business travelers. Millennium and Copthorne hotels have developed relationships with museums in their cities to offer special packages for their guests.
For example, the Millennium Broadway in New Yorks cultural package features VIP tickets to New Yorks Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and properties in London, England, have just announced a package featuring tickets to the International Arts and Crafts exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. For more information or reservations visit www.millenniumhotels.com. Packages include:
Millennium Broadway Hotel, New Yorks Museum of Modern Art Packages Luxury plus the most sophisticated art museum sounds like the perfect NYC combination! This elegant Midtown hotel is located near the Broadway theatre district; Fifth Avenue shopping; Bryant Park; Rockefeller Centre; and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The hotel is offering a Spring Classic MoMA Package, which includes Classic room accommodations; continental breakfast in the hotels Restaurant Charlotte; and two VIP tickets to MoMA. Rates for the Spring Classic MoMA Package begin at $219 and are available through August 31, 2005.
The hotel is also offering a Spring Premier MoMA Package, which includes accommodations in the Premier Towers, the boutique wing of the hotel; continental breakfast in the Premier Lounge; and two VIP tickets to MoMA. The Premier Lounge also offers hors doeuvres and cocktails in the evening. Rates for the Premier MoMA Package begin at $249 and are valid through August 31, 2005.
Arts & Crafts Package at the Millennium Baileys Hotel London Kensington; Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington; and Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington Millennium and Copthorne Hotels in the U.K. have partnered with the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) to offer packages that feature tickets to the International Arts and Crafts Exhibition through July 24, 2005. The exhibition is the most comprehensive ever seen in the U.K. so far, with over 300 of the best arts and crafts representations such as architecture, books, ceramics, furniture, jewelry, metalwork, paintings, photography, sculptures and stained glass. The Arts and Crafts Movement, which began in the late 19th century, was a celebration of individual craftsmanship and design, which developed during the transformation of Great Britain during the industrial revolution. The Arts & Crafts Package includes overnight accommodations; complimentary breakfast; and tickets with fastrack entry for two to the exhibition. Package rates begin at ₤65 per person.
All three hotels offer easy access to nearby attractions in the fashionable Kensington area such as Hyde Park, Kensington Palace and Gardens and the Royal Albert Hall. Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles Museum Package The Millennium Biltmores architectural beauty was created by the same architects who designed the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The hotel is a work of art in itself; public spaces are decorated with frescoes and murals by the Italian master, Giovanni Smeraldi whose work also appears in the Vatican and the White House. Guests can not only admire the art in the Biltmore but also spend a relaxing art-filled weekend with the hotels Museum Package, which includes classic guest room accommodations; two tickets to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and valet parking. Classic guest rooms offer amenities such as a choice of king-sized bed or two double beds; window-side sitting area with a chair and side table; two telephones (business desk and nightstand) equipped with two lines and voicemail; high speed Internet access; and bathrooms featuring floor-to-ceiling marble, custom amenities and a hand carved mirror. Package rates begin at $139 and are available through December 31, 2005.
About Millennium Hotels and Resorts Millennium Hotels and Resorts (MHR), established in the United States in 2000, is the North American arm of London-based Millennium and Copthorne Hotels plc (MLC). The MHR portfolio includes 19 holdings in The Americas, and the company operates properties including: Millennium Broadway Hotel, New York City; Millennium UN Plaza Hotel, New York City; Millennium Airport Hotel, Buffalo, New York; Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles; Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, Chicago; Millennium Bostonian Hotel, Boston; Millennium Hotel, Minneapolis; Millennium Hotel, St. Louis; Millennium Hotel, Cincinnati; Millennium Harvest House, Boulder; Millennium Hotel, Durham; Millennium Alaskan Hotel, Anchorage; Millennium Resort, Scottsdale, McCormick Ranch; the Millennium Maxwell House, Nashville; and the Royal Palm Resort, Galapagos Islands. MLC holdings outside of the Millennium brand include the Millenium Hilton (New York) and Sheraton Four Points Sunnyvale (California). For further information on Millennium Hotels and Resorts, call 866-866-8086 or visit www.millenniumhotels.com.
Millennium and Copthorne Hotels comprises 90 four and five star hotels with 24,681 rooms worldwide in 16 countries. Our World of Hospitality marketing alliance partner Maritim Hotels has 47 hotels with 13,069 rooms in 9 countries. For more information please visit www.millenniumhotels.com or www.maritim.com
CityPASS Ticket Booklets: Put Some Spring in Your Break with Savings of up to Half-Off on Vacation ThrillsApril 4, 2014 on 10:52 am | In Adventure Travel, California, Chicago, East Coast, Florida, Los Angeles, Miami, Museums, New England, New York City, Orlando, Pacific Northwest, San Diego, San Francisco, Texas, Theme Parks Zoos Aquariums | Comments Off
New York — This spring break, parents can transform their couch-crashing kids into inquisitive, wide-eyed explorers by whipping out a packet of CityPASS® ticket booklets. Boasting savings of up to 50 percent on combined attraction admissions and allowing users to skip most main-entrance ticket lines — a big bonus when you’re traveling with antsy, “are-we-there-yet?” kids — CityPASS booklets are the must-have accessory for an affordable family adventure.
It doesn’t matter if your kids are avid online gamers, skateboarding daredevils or science geeks. The CityPASS program offers an eye-popping range of attractions in North America’s top destinations: New York City, Southern California, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Seattle and Toronto. A CityPASS ticket booklet includes prepaid admission to each destination’s most famous sights at significant savings. Plus, there’s plenty of time to do everything else you want to do — CityPASS booklets are valid for nine consecutive days, beginning with the first day of use (14 days for the Southern California CityPASS admission card).
Ready for an inspiring spring break? Great! Now you just need to peg what type of travel category your family falls into:
Thrill Seekers — These folks like their experiences fast and fun. They’re bubbling with stories of conquering the latest, scariest thrill ride and describing feats of daring do. The Southern California CityPASS admission card has them covered. The card includes admission to SeaWorld San Diego, whose new Manta roller coaster simulates a manta ray’s underwater flight; and Universal Studios Hollywood, where the recently opened Transformers™: The Ride—3D gives guests a front row seat to the thrilling battle between the heroic Autobots and evil Decepticons. Or, for a real jolt, step out onto Skydeck Chicago’s 103rd-floor, all-glass viewing box, and stare straight down. Do you dare to jump up and down on the ledge?
History Buffs — Puff up with pride at these timeless tributes to what made our nation great. Memorable sites such as the interactive National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and The Old State House along the Freedom Trail in Boston offer riveting presentations of our nation’s history. For something with a little more motion, step aboard the Space Shuttle Trainer at The Museum of Flight in Seattle.
While there, check out Air Force One and the supersonic Concorde, and learn how America’s aviation pioneers overcame barriers to flight. Just down the Pacific Coast, landlubbers will get a nostalgic thrill riding San Francisco’s historic cable cars.
Undersea Explorers — Dive into the Georgia Aquarium’s Aquatic Bodies exhibit to see the world’s largest plastinated sea creatures — or deep-sea monsters, as mariners called them generations ago. Those who prefer friendlier sea life closer to the surface will get the giggles watching dolphins soar and belugas dance at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. The Seattle Aquarium provides a window on Puget Sound’s underwater life, including dive shows and octopus feedings. Finally, San Francisco’s Aquarium of the Bay lets visitors wander through 300 feet (90 meters) of crystal-clear tunnels for a scuba diver’s view of more than 20,000 marine animals from both the San Francisco Bay and nearby waters.
Masters of Art — For art lovers, no roller coaster can match the thrill of seeing timeless masterpieces displayed in CityPASS museums. New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art will enthrall visitors with its vast collection of American, African, Asian and Near Eastern works, dating back to the dawn of time. The amazing Art Institute of Chicago dazzles with a modern collection encompassing Dalí, Matisse, Miró, Picasso, Pollock and Warhol. It also has one of the best collections of Impressionist masterpieces by Renoir, Gauguin and van Gogh. Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts fills its galleries year-round with art embracing every era of history. And, after perusing the art, who wouldn’t want to stop by and greet “Gordo” the Barosaurus, Canada’s largest dinosaur, at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.
Star Chasers — Whether one dreams of traveling to the stars or mingling with them on the red carpet, CityPASS has you covered. Not only is Jimmy Fallon the new host of the Tonight Show, he’s also the new video host of the ever-popular back lot tour at Universal Studios Hollywood in Southern California. At Space Center Houston, kids can see what it’s really like to be an astronaut; while the NASA Tram Tour takes visitors behind the scenes to the working areas of the Johnson Space Center. America’s first planetarium, the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, covers the mysteries of the solar system in its exhibition galleries and theaters. And those who crave their own “star turn” can take a spin in a news anchor’s chair during the Inside CNN Studio Tour in Atlanta.
For more than 15 years, CityPASS ticket booklets and admission cards have been premier products for travelers who want to visit a destination’s top attractions while enjoying significant savings. CityPASS booklets/cards are available for New York City, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California and Toronto. For more information, visit www.CityPASS.com
Prices and programs subject to change. CityPASS® is a registered trademark of City Pass, Inc., and the exclusive property of City Pass, Inc.
Jerusalem’s Tower of David Museum has announced Ah, Jerusalem!, a new English-language musical taking place every Friday afternoon from April 18 through September 5, 2014.
The performance is based upon the story of an American family that travels to Jerusalem on a spiritual journey of a lifetime, visiting historic sites in Israel from the reign of King Solomon to the Crusader and Ottoman periods along the way. The production will take place in the open-air courtyard of the Tower of David Museum, a historic site boasting a First Temple-period quarry, historic walls and ruins dating back to the Hasmonean and Ottoman rule of Jerusalem. The Tower of David Museum is located inside the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.
“We are thrilled this exciting new theater production is highlighting a selection of Jerusalem’s historic sites,” said Haim Gutin, Israel Commissioner for Tourism, North and South America, “which will provide some additional excitement for travelers traveling to my hometown this year.”
For ticket reservations, visit www.towerofdavid.org.il. For more information about travel to Israel, visit www.goisrael.com
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