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CBN CHRISTMAS VILLAGE Brings The Spirit Of European Christmas Markets To Hampton Roads

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Patterned after Europe’s beloved Yuletide markets in Vienna and Dresden, CBN CHRISTMAS VILLAGE is an all-new holiday event, offering food, music, artisans, crafts, games, rides, movies, Santa Claus, and a spectacular 40-foot lighted tree

Families throughout Hampton Roads will experience the excitement of an authentic European Christmas festival December 6-8 and 13-15 as guests of CBN’s new CHRISTMAS VILLAGE.

“Because the people of Hampton Roads have been so supportive of our work, we wanted to give something back to the community,” CBN Vice President Michael Stonecypher explained. “Most people probably don’t realize that 90 percent of CBN’s charitable efforts are focused overseas. But we couldn’t do what we do in other parts of the world without the support of people here. Because we truly feel a part of the local community, we’re creating a special place that local families can visit for free and partake of the Christmas spirit.”

The CBN/Regent Campus, Centerville Turnpike at Indian River Road, is the setting for the event which features the Christmas Marketplace with more than 40 decorated vendor booths with holiday crafts and delicious foods. The entire Regent mall area will be ablaze with lights, including the campus buildings.

Everyone is invited to enjoy holiday sights and sounds with a spectacular 40-foot Christmas tree, thousands of twinkling lights, entertainment, live performers, and children’s rides. Shop for international and local gifts and decorations. Warm up with a glass of warm cider or hot chocolate while enjoying the great variety of European-style food and beverages.

The Nativity scene will resemble a mini Christmas play, according to Stonecypher, “There will be a cast of actors and actresses who will reenact the story of the first Christmas several times each hour, complete with lights, live animals, music and narration. They won’t be merely posing but bringing the entire Nativity drama to life.”

Costumed characters and live Toy Soldiers stroll through the Village. Professional carolers lift the joyous songs of Christmas. On Saturday, December 15, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra Brass Band presents a free Christmas show, “Holiday Brass.”

Inside the CBN Chapel and the Regent Theatre, children’s choirs, ensembles, local dramatic artists and musical groups perform. In the theatre will be free showings of favorite classic Christmas movies.

Have a picture taken with Santa in his quaint, cozy cottage. Kids will also enjoy free showings of animated features and rides on the Ferris Wheel, Tea Cups, Airplanes and the Gold Rush Train. A collection of antique cars, including an antique fire truck, will be on display. There will also be free horse-drawn carriage rides.

“We will have something for everyone,” Stonecypher noted, “and in the tradition of giving back to the community, we will have Military Appreciation Day on December 15, beginning with a 5K run sponsored by CBN’s Helping the Home Front, and a toy drive.”

According to Stonecypher, the inspiration for CBN CHRISTMAS VILLAGE came from Gordon Robertson, CEO of CBN and son of its founder, Pat Robertson. Gordon is also the executive producer of many documentary films. His latest film is Christmas: The Story Behind the Traditions. “Gordon called me one night following the filming in Dresden,” recalled Stonecypher, “and he was so excited by the atmosphere and the joyful feeling that he found there, he said, ‘I would love for CBN to do something to bring this experience to the people of Hampton Roads!'”

History of the Christmas Market: The first official Christmas market was the Striezel Market in Dresden, Germany, which began in 1334. And while that first Christmas market lasted just one day, the Dresden Christmas Market now lasts throughout the entire Advent season.

“The Christmas season is a time for people to come together with family and friends, to show their love for one another,” Stonecypher expressed. “We’re offering them a place to do that; a place where the true meaning of the season is celebrated joyously; a place where they can create precious Christmas memories that will last a lifetime.”

CBN CHRISTMAS VILLAGE Dates and Times:

Thursday, December 6           6-9 p.m.

Thursday, December 13         6-9 p.m.

Friday, December 7                6-9 p.m.

Friday, December 14              6-9 p.m. 

Saturday, December 8            Noon-9 p.m. 

Saturday, December 15         Noon-9 p.m. 

Free Admission and Activities 
Marketplace and Food Items Available for Purchase 
Website: CBNChristmasVillage.com

SOURCE Christian Broadcasting Network

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The Biggest Contest in the World of Photography: An AGORA images Contest

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The world’s greatest photo of the year will win $25,000 in the AGORA Awards 2019

On January 4th the biggest international photography contest will open for submissions. The winner of this year-long contest stands to take away $25,000 for a single image. What’s more, anyone from anywhere in the world can participate with their best shots, for free.

Photographers of all levels can participate simply by downloading the free app on the Apple Store or Google Play and can upload as many of their best photos as they like to the contest once it is launched. In the fall of 2019 50 finalists will be announced, after which the AGORA community will vote for their favorite shot to determine who wins. The AGORA Awards 2019 winner will be announced in November during an offline ceremony and streamed live to the rest of the world.

With the Awards, AGORA images is disrupting the world of photography; proposing, unlike others, a photo contest with no categories. For this reason the contest will reveal the year’s top visual trend, and thus forth every year in the contests to come. Aiming for global photographic democracy, the app values everyone’s unique point of view, allowing the international community of millions to participate and later vote for their favorite image. As Octavi Royo, CEO and co-founder, puts it: “What we are doing in AGORA and in the Awards is starting a creative revolution. We believe everyone has the chance to win with their best photo.”

The world’s greatest images in AGORA photo contests

AGORA images has already awarded a total of over $50,000 through its photo contests. The app launches contests weekly, giving the 52 weeks of the year a theme such as #Love, #Eyes, #Travel and #Landscape. With over 2 million users in 193 countries and over 6 million photos uploaded, the photography app is rapidly becoming the place to participate in the curation of the world’s best visual content.

For more information download the app, visit the website and check out the Facebook and Instagram accounts.

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GIIS Chinchwad Amongst 0.1% Schools in India to Receive Cambridge Affiliation

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GIIS now becomes a part of select 400 Cambridge schools with this affiliation nationwide and a part of 10,000 Cambridge schools in 160 countries across the globe

Global Indian International School (GIIS), Chinchwad recently recognised as ‘Future 50 Schools Shaping Success in the country’ is a leading chain of schools known for its quality education and academic excellence. GIIS Chinchwad’s announces their affiliation to the Cambridge Assessment International Education Board. The School proudly joins the Cambridge community of 0.1% out of 3,39,000 private schools in India. GIIS Chinchwad offers a distinctive range of world-class educational facilities for the holistic development of students in curricular and co-curricular studies. Under the leadership of Dr. Amrita Vohra, Principal, GIIS Chinchwad, the school is set to discover new skylines and cater to the students from Grade 1 to Grade 12.

The Cambridge curriculum at GIIS is based on the fundamental ethos of creating learners who accept challenges with the confidence of a critical thinker. The Cambridge International opens itself to a global mind-set which transcends boundaries drawn by political lines where students take up collaborative projects across borders as part of their core syllabus.

It also prepares students whose first language is not English to competently and confidently function as an English language user which is the principal language of international exchange and business. As a consequence, Cambridge programs are recognized all over the world for preparing students for their higher education, careers and forthcoming lives.

Expressing her thoughts Dr. Amrita Vohra, Principal, GIIS Chinchwad, said, “We are very glad toannounce our association with Cambridge Boardwhich will take the school to newer horizons. This association will address the increasing demand for educational institutionstoimpart quality education with a wider outreach. There are about 10,000 Cambridge schools across 160 countries and it gives us immense pride to be a part of this league. A unique focus that the board emphasizes is the development of knowledge base of students rather than their marks. Our assessments are designed in a way that evaluates students’ oral and problem-solving skills, in addition to the written examinations. GIIS-Cambridge curriculum will provide programs, resources and events that will help students prepare best for their future livesas global citizens.”

Some extracurricular activities added to the curriculum are martial arts, chess, contemporary dance, music/singing, sports, yoga, art, speech and drama. Professionals and industry experts across these diverse activities will be imparting their valuable insights and expertise in these areas.

Global Indian International School (GIIS) Chinchwad, a CBSE-based ISO certified institute is a part of Global Schools Foundation. In their early achievements, the school has also been ranked as the second best school in Pune City by the Education World India Ranking 2017 in the Day Coed category. The school is a proud recipient of the prestigious International School Award bestowed upon by the British Council, UK. The school has also been awarded by the India Today Group for excellence in CBSE education, Pune and also by the Worldwide Archivers Group for Best school in Western India for Extracurricular activities.

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MICAWOR – 2018 PULIMA Art Festival

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Pulima Art Festival, which takes place every two years, is Taiwan’s first national art event dedicated to showcase the new facet of indigenous contemporary art. 2018 Pulima Art Festival, organized and sponsored by Indigenous Peoples Cultural Foundation, is taking place in Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei this year. The 2018 Pulima Festival, themed “MICAWOR — Turning Over” and curated by artistic director, Nakaw Putun, invites a total of 26 groups of Taiwanese and international artists, and organizes 8 performances, Performing Arts Competition for New Talents, as well as a series of international forums, artist lectures, workshops and up to 250 exciting events. The Festival presents and shares the creative energy of indigenous artists to all participants and is ready to flip visitors’ imagination of indigenous contemporary art.

Attractive events include the Pulima Art Award Exhibition presenting 21 Pulima Art Award winners’ works and Invitational exhibition. It includes an expansive multi-channel project image up to 17 feet width — In Pursuit of Venus [infected]” by the internationally renowned artist Lisa Reihana (New Zealand); Lighting the Tobacco”, a combination of sculptural installation and video projection by Sakuliu that reflects the loss of traditional culture; and the installation work of Labay Eyong (grand prize winner of 2nd and 3rd Pulima Art Award), entitled Mother Land”, combining “mother” and “land” as a metaphor for the infinite loop that integrates and merges land and life.

Moreover, International indigenous cooperation and connection is a major goal of this year’s Festival. A series of contemporary performances is presented by Bulareyaung Dance Company (B.D.C) and TAI Body Theatre with New Zealand choreographer and Australia cross-discipline artist in the opening ceremony. Also, this year’s Pulima Art Festival has collaborated “A Festival in Festival” program that collaborate with YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival, the premier international indigenous contemporary art festival in Melbourne. During the YIRRAMBOI Festival Week, Australian artists bring a series of workshops, performances, talks, concerts, exhibitions, etc. to demonstrate the art scene of First Nations and present the fabulous Australian art. “We hope the program open more possibilities of sharing cultures and bring fabulous diversity of indigenous creativity to all participant/people/audience/visitors!” the curator says.

MORE INFORMATION
Exhibition Date: Nov. 3rd Sat. 2018 — Jan. 13th Sun. 2019
Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei
Exhibition Website: www.pulima.com.tw

SOURCE Indigenous Peoples Cultural Foundation

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