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JIGSAW International Music Festival returns to Macau this December

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Steve Aoki to perform at The Venetian Macao alongside other top international DJs

JIGSAW International Music Festival returns to Macau on 8 December 2018 to bring audiences a night of world-class DJ performances, headlined by the legendary Steve Aoki, and the latest in electronic dance music from around the globe. Last year, the inaugural festival drew a crowd of 10,000 people, with 100,000+ tuning in to the festival online via live broadcast.

This year’s event, organised by Elite Fun Entertainment Limited, will take place at The Venetian Macao Golden Light Exhibition Hall A from 9 PM to 5 AM, and will feature some of best in the international DJ scene. Headlining the festival will be Steve Aoki, who will perform alongside high-profile names such as Quintino, Ummet Ozcan, Carl Nunes, Quentin Mosimann, as well as Binary, DJ Chozie and DJ Rayray.

For JIGSAW International Music Festival 2018, organisers are working with a renowned stage production team to use creative stage design and lighting effects to put together the ultimate immersive and visually-inspiring EDM experience under the theme of “Future. Tech. Music”. The event space, which can hold up to 10,000 people, has a unique central dance floor that extends across the hall, allowing audiences to get as close to the stage as possible. The dance floor is lined with VIP booths, offering a diverse selection of fine wines and snacks to truly create a music festival experience like no other.

Elite Fun Entertainment Limited said, “We plan to make JIGSAW International Music Festival into one of the landmark music extravaganzas in Macau, attracting electronic dance music lovers from across Asia, including Macau, Hong Kong and the Mainland China region, to be a part of this movement. With JIGSAW, we have devoted ourselves to creating a diversified music and arts festival that brings together the unique styles of high-profile performers as well as rising stars in the international music scene. We hope to promote cultural integration, and bring a more creative and cultural experience to the city.”

Headlining JIGSAW International Music Festival 2018 is none other than the Grammy-nominated producer and DJ, Steve Aoki. The Miami-born musician currently is #9 on the Top 100 DJs ranking by DJMAG and has collaborated with a long list of famous artists that include Daddy Yankee, Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy and more recently, Louis Tomlinson on the hit single, Just Hold On. Aoki tours over 200 international shows and music festivals annually, including Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Festival, and will surely bring the heat to the JIGSAW stage.

Also performing at JIGSAW 2018 is Dutch DJ and producer Quintino, who burst into the global dance music scene in 2011, when he released his album with Sandro Silva, Epic, which went platinum, setting the foundation for his successful career as an international DJ. He quickly jumped from #80 on DJMAG’s list of TOP 100 DJs in 2016 to #32 in 2018, with major tracks “Freak” and “I Just Can’t” crossing over 40 million views online.

Another high-profile name to appear in the JIGSAW 2018 line-up is Ummet Ozcan, whose hits include “Raise Your Hands”, “Smash” and “Superwave”. He has performed at major EDM festivals around the world such as Electric Daisy Carnival, Creamfields and Global Gathering. Carl Nunes, one the most influential DJs from Latin America, and Quentin Mosimann, #93 in the world according to DJMAG’s Top 100 DJs, will also be taking over the JIGSAW stage this year. These performances will be supported by the also much-anticipated warm-up DJs, including Binary, DJ Chozie and DJ Rayray. With such a hard-hitting line-up, JIGSAW International Music Festival 2018 is setting out to be an unmissable night for EDM fans in Asia and around the world.

In celebration of the 2018 Macau International Start-up Week, a limited number of discounted Early Bird tickets for JIGSAW International Music Festival 2018 were on sale from 20-22 September 2018. Official ticket sales will begin in mid-October. Further details will be announced soon.

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‘Natural Daegu’, the rising city of eco-tourism

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The city of Daegu is celebrating ‘2020-the year of Tourism in Daegu and Gyeongbuk’ by creating the new brand ‘Natural Daegu’ to promote its tourism resources for domestic and international tourists. Natural Daegu is a part of Daegu‘s 3-culture (Gaya, Silla, and Confucianism) tourism development project that was first launched in 2017; the new brand aims to position the natural resources of Daegu as a tourism asset.

Daegu has been popular as the center of Korea’s modern arts and culture, and one of the best cities for lifestyle and urban tourism. For example, there are Kim Gwangseok-gil Street, decorated with murals that are dedicated to the songs and life of the late singer-songwriter Kim Gwangseok, along the actual street where he grew up, and Suseongmot Lake, where attractions such as yachts and Suseong Arte Land amusement park welcome visitors.

 

However, Daegu’s ecological abundance is also a must-see for tourists. At Palgongsan Mountain, there are cherry blossoms in the spring, fall foliage in the autumn, and snowscapes in the winter, presenting a magnificent view all year. At Biseulsan Mountain, one can view historic temples and monuments, rare wildflowers, and the panorama of Daegu’s scenic nature. The ancient tombs in Bullo-dong, where the large scaled tombs from the Three Kingdoms Period lay along the hills, are recommended for photo shoots. The sunset along the nearby tree line is a sight not to be missed.

Dalseong Marsh, known as “the cradle of ecological resources”, and the Hajungdo Islet on Geumhogang River, where one can enjoy seasonal wildflowers in the beautiful scenery, are also frequented by the tourist. There are many ecological tourism attractions that exhibit the harmony of culture and the nature, such as the beautifully designed ARC building, and Nakdonggang River Eco Tour pathswhere one can learn and identify animals and plants that inhabit the river.

Landing directly to Daegu International Airport is the easiest way to get to Daegu.

There are many direct flights between Daegu and Taiwan, mainland China, Japan, Hong Kong, Vietnam and many other Asian regions; the flight takes only 2.5 hours from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to Daegu.

Trendy urban scenery with the backdrop of pristine nature of Daegu, the city of ecological tourism, will present unforgettable experiences and relaxation.

 

 

SOURCE: Natural Daegu

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Unique Movie for Nature Lovers – Releasing on May 2019

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The premiere of the latest film ‘I am Arbor’ written and directed by the award-winning film maker and Co-founder of AAJ Media Productions Jijo Sengupta, will be screened in select theaters in May this year. A father and child actor duo will debut in this heart touching story on a theme that brings a new idea that plants have emotions.

After the successful production of ‘Ping Pong’d’, an animated short film and the music video ‘RED’ that was internationally acclaimed at several Film festivals globally; director Jijo Sengupta, once again brings a social message to this world, through his animation short that is a fusion of Live Action and 3D Animation .

Set in the backdrop of an emotional journey of a child, growing up with a tree that comes alive as characters; this film encapsulates the raw emotions and feelings of plants that have enabled the survival of human species on this planet.

“This movie sensitizes everyone living on this earth, to once again ponder on the deep bond that exists between trees and human beings. I have attempted to bring on screen, the organic feelings and emotions between objects and subjects,” said Jijo Sengupta, Writer and Director of the Film.

The school of Film and Animation at Rochester Institute of Technology, NY and AAJ Media Productions in Mumbai, collaborated in making this production come alive for Nature Lovers in the world.

 

SOURCE: AAJ Media Productions

 

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Will Bagley to Receive Western Writers of America’s Owen Wister Award

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Will Bagley, a journalist known for monumental nonfiction books about the Mormon West and overland trails, will receive the 2019 Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Contributions to Western Literature from Western Writers of America (WesternWriters.org).

Bagley will also be inducted into the Western Writers Hall of Fame, housed outside the McCracken Research Library at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyo.

“People either love or hate me,” said Bagley, who lives in Salt Lake City. “The Wister Award is an expression of affection from my WWA friends that is appreciated and humbling, for it calls to mind the words ‘I am not worthy!'”

The nonprofit guild’s highest honor will be presented during Western Writers of America’s convention June 19-22 in Tucson, Ariz.

Bagley is a three-time winner of WWA’s Spur Award for “Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Youngand the Massacre at Mountain Meadows”; “The Mormon Rebellion: America’s First Civil War, 1857-1858”; and “With Golden Visions Bright Before Them Trails to the Mining West, 1849–1852,” all published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

Bagley has also received the Western Heritage Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and the Caroline Bancroft History Prize. His books have also been honored by Westerners International, Utah Division of State History, Wyoming State Historical Society and the John Whitmer Historical Association.

“Will is not just a tenacious researcher, he is a brilliant writer,” WWA executive director Candy Moulton said. “His ‘Blood of the Prophets’ is a classic – impeccably researched and written with precision.”

Bagley’s other books include “South Pass: Gateway to a Continent” and “So Rugged and Mountainous: Blazing the Trails to Oregon and California, 1812–1848,” both Spur Award finalists.

Since the early 1950s, Western Writers of America has honored and promoted all forms of literature about the American West. Previous Owen Wister honorees include Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday; historians David Dary and Robert M. Utley; and best-selling novelists Rudolfo Anaya, Elmore Leonard, Tony Hillerman and Lucia St. Clair Robson.

The Wister Award is a bronze statue of a buffalo created especially for Western Writers of America by artist Robert Duffie.

SOURCE: Western Writers of America

 

 

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