Renaissance Reimagined: ‘Art Bengaluru 2014’ Brings to Life The Renaissance Period

BANGALORE, India, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

The 5th Edition of the festival to be held in Bangalore, India from 21st-30th August, 2014 

The stage is set for Art Bengaluru 2014, one of the most reputed National Art Festivals in India. The 5th Edition of this art soiree is all set to bring alive the Renaissance Period with the theme of European Art History. An annual proprietary event of The Collection at UB City & Sublime Galleria, Art Bengaluru, which started in 2010, brings a melange of national & international artworks & artists under one roof. The event will be held between 21st August & 30th August 2014.


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Every year, South India‘s biggest art festival betters itself but this year’s edition is on a truly international scale. The event will showcase 13 top galleries including one each from New York & Vietnam. It will also feature one of China’s most popular artists, Liu Bolin and his work, for the first-time in India. Known as “The Invisible Man”, Bolin will be exhibiting his legendary “Hiding in the City” series apart from unveiling a creation exclusively for Art Bengaluru.

The festival will witness a special Musical performance on the Santoor by Padma Shri Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma on Sunday, 24th August, 2014.

Also, a part of the festival is Berserk, a unique children’s art conference in its second year, created by the organizers of Art Bengaluru. The grand finale of the event will play out on Wednesday, 27th August, 2014.

Uzma Irfan  – Conceptualizer & Organizer – Art Bengaluru said, “The Renaissance Period is known for the rebirth of classical art. Art Bengaluru over the past 4 years has attempted to increase art appreciation in the city and encourage fresh thinking, new ideologies pertaining to art and its mediums. This event aims to carve a niche for Bangalore on the global map of Art & Luxury. The journey with Art Bengaluru this year will be both informative as well as a delight for the senses.”

Opening Night: 

‘Art Bengaluru 2014’ will commence with a grand Opening Night featuring the works of renowned camouflage artist Liu Bolin & celebrated artist Bose Krishnamachari.

Galleries at ‘Art Bengaluru 2014’: 

Several reputed international and national art galleries are participating in the festival this year, including Klein Sun Gallery (New York), Vietnamese Art House (Vietnam), Nature Morte (New Delhi), Latitude 28 (New Delhi), Progressive Art Gallery (New Delhi), Gurukala Kutir (New Delhi), The Art Salon (New Delhi), Art Houz (Chennai), Christel House (Bangalore), Rangkunchala Art’s (Bangalore), Sacred Geometry India (Bangalore), iSpace Art Gallery (Bangalore), The Purple Turtles (Bangalore) & Sublime Galleria (Bangalore).

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Vote for the Best Mascot Design of Astana EXPO 2017!

ASTANA, Kazakhstan, Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Online voting started for the EXPO-2017 Astana exhibition mascot on 4 August 2014 in Kazakhstan. Cast your vote and see the voting results on the official website  from 4 to 18 August.

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The qualifying round of the international competition for the best design of the EXPO-2017 exhibition mascot was held from 20 May to 20 June 2014 in Astana, with more than 80 competing works from around the world.

The basic requirements for the entries were: correspondence between the mascot and the exhibition theme, “Energy of the Future,” transmission of the national colours of the host country, Kazakhstan, and the possibility of further integration into the EXPO 2017 brand.

Seven participants made the final round; their projects will compete for the right to become the mascot of the exhibition. These include mascots developed by various advertising agencies and independent designers.  

Later, the winner will be selected from the three projects with the most votes.  The results will be announced in the autumn of 2014, and the creator of the winning project will receive a contract to develop the Mascot brand book for the exhibition.

Anyone can cast their vote for one of the seven options for the EXPO 2017 mascot, regardless of their place of residence and age.  Just go to the website, log in and vote. Only authorized users of the Facebook, Vkontakte, Twitter and Moi Mir social networks can participate in the vote.

View the finalists’ projects and vote for your favorite design on our website

According to Asel Kozhakova, Director of Marketing and Public Relations of JSC NC Astana EXPO-2017, designers submitted their ideas from Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, Portugal, the USA, Germany, Switzerland, the UK, Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium , Lithuania, Romania, Poland, Ukraine, Israel, India, Indonesia, Russia, Kazakhstan and other countries. “We were pleasantly surprised at both the creativity and the geography of applications received,” said A. Kozhakova. “We are presenting the best ones for public voting. The mascot will personify the exhibition for the whole world, and I hope that the new mascot you choose will bring good luck to Kazakhstan.”

EXPO-2017 Astana will run for 3 months from 10 June to 10 September, 2017. Over 100 countries plan to participate, as well as more than 10 international organizations and a variety of leading companies in the field of innovative technologies.  

For more information, contact the press service of JSC NC Astana EXPO-2017, Almira Kokambayeva at +7(7172)919463,


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Exquisite Craftsmanship and Chinese Classic Art to Blossom at 2014 Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair

TAIPEI, Aug. 1, 2014 /PR Newswire/ — Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair, the biggest international jewellery fair in Taiwan, will be held from 21 to 24 November 2014 at the Taipei World Trade Centre, Hall 1.

The current trend in Taiwan’s jewellery market is to combine Oriental flavor with Western quintessence.  The country’s designers are creating highly individualistic and unprecedented designs, which are filled with Chinese culture and modern aesthetics. The craftsmanship is developed and sophisticated, blending the designers’ infinite inspiration and innovative creativity. Many of them have received international awards and attention. Their artworks represent the strong personality and unique designs of Taiwan’s designers.

This year’s exhibition will feature a specially tailored “Designers’ Area” to spotlight the latest and most outstanding artworks of Taiwan’s leading and most talented jewellery designers. Over 40 designers will be exhibiting in this area and presenting their brilliant masterpieces.

Sneak Preview of Local Taiwanese Designers, Part II

Designer Chin-Tiao Shih

Mr. Shih has been working as a jewelry designer over thirty years. He loves to integrate folk culture and natural beauty into his artwork.

He has won numerous design accolades and patented his unique and innovative designs. He can transform the most traditional project into a forward thinking and modern masterpiece, and his aesthetic principal even breaks the limitation of techniques and materials to create a new breed of groundbreaking art. He attributes his endless inspirations to the ever-changing natural world.

As he says himself: “Art should imitate life, forever changing and evolving.”

Mr. Shih will present his own line, Atlen Jewelry Co., Ltd, at the Fair.

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Resplendent Phoenix

The Phoenix overlooks its splendid tail in a kingly way; you could feel its vigorous spirit through its condescending look toward us.

Its stately body and magnificent tail fully present the strength and beauty.

Mr. Shih uses a variety of precious stones with his superb skills into full play to present each stone’s characteristic perfectly.

Designer Wang, Yueh Yaw

Ms. Wang Yueh Yaw is well known for her Chinese influenced designs that pay homage to the rich tapestry of Chinese history and culture. You will find her artworks filled with oriental style design. She adores Chinese culture and loves to share the glory of it along with her jewelry to the world.

Her design mindset is usually based on Chinese auspicious meaning. She is inspired by each gemstone itself and gives each piece a rich story. You might consider them as an elegant landscape, a lyric or pastoral poem; when you purchase her jewelry collections, you are collecting a graceful story or historical series.

Ms. Wang’s designer pieces will be showcased in the designers’ area grouped with TCJDA.

Ms Wang_Moonlit Radiance on a Visage of Great Beauty

Ms Wang_Moonlit Radiance on a Visage of Great Beauty

Beauty under the Moon Series – Moonlit Radiance on a Visage of Great Beauty

Materials: Jade, Diamonds, 18KGold

Resplendently bright celestial crescent, under it stands a moonlit beauty, strumming delicately at her pipa, emanating forth the sweetest melodies. An oriole cheerfully chirps songs of joy, perched on a treetop; an enchanting harmony of entwined arias.

Designer Judie Ma

In 2011, Ms. Ma launched her flagship store Dynasty Artistic Jewellery Co., Ltd. Her sophisticated design is audacious and extravagant. Drawing inspirations from the Qing dynasty, her unique and extraordinary collection pays tribute to China’s last imperial dynasty.

Ms. Ma’s designer piece will be showcased in the designers’ area grouped with TCJDA.

Ms Ma_Qing Dynasty

Ms Ma_Qing Dynasty

Qing Dynasty — Imperial Classic Necklace

Materials: Tourmaline, kingfisher feathers, gilding, pearl, lazurite

The intricately designed necklace is quintessentially Asian with an aristocratic flair. Ms. Ma uses rare and exceptional stones such as dzi bead from Tibet and employs traditional techniques including Chinese filigree inlaying.

Designer Chun Ting Chang

Ms. Chang is a 23 year old young talented jewellery designer with a love for jadeite; she is always seeking for a fusion of jadeite and other precious stones. Her childhood memories and travel experience served as her design inspiration for transforming traditional jadeite pieces into modern stunning masterpieces. She gives a fresh take on classic jadeite jewellery. 

Ms. Chang’s designer piece will be showcased in the designers’ area grouped with TCJDA.

Ms Chang_Jadeite Bangle Watch

Ms Chang_Jadeite Bangle Watch

Jadeite Bangle Watch

In addition to reviving the traditional jadeite bangle, a whole new jewellery watch was born. The watch is provided with the feature of a jadeite bangle, while the refined craft of jewellery watch promotes the integrity itself. The practical and gorgeous bangle watch was given a rebirth not only by the warm texture of the jadeite, but also the whole new perfection.

Further Information:

Above are just some of the designers that will showcase their collections at the 2014 Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair. This B2B jewellery exhibition will feature group pavilions from Taiwan, India, Israel, Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, Italy, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand and USA. Due to last year’s overwhelming success, the upcoming 2014 Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair will feature an additional special-themed pavilion. “Splendid Square” will showcase exquisite collections of the world’s finest jewellery, top quality loose diamonds, gemstones and other exclusive products. It promises to be a spectacular event.

For more details on the exhibition, please contact:
UBM Asia Ltd., Taiwan Branch
Room 306, 3F, No. 51, KeeLung Road, Section 2, Taipei 11052, Taiwan
Tel: +886-2-2738-3898
Fax: +886-2-2738-4886
Contact: Ms. Rita Hung

Show Website:


About UBM Asia Ltd. ( )

Owned by UBM and publically listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is headquartered in Hong Kong and operates in all of the major countries across Asia. It has over 240 products, including and not limited to trade fairs, conferences, trade publications and on-line media. As Asia’s leading exhibition organizer, it stages market-leading events in numerous industries across the region. In the jewellery market, it organizes several jewellery exhibitions, including the Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, the largest jewellery event worldwide.

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Two Masters, One from the East and One from the West, Meet In Shenzhen’s MANOR VIRTUOUS

Legendary Wall Street investor Jim Rogers meets with contemporary Chinese jade carving master Wu Desheng at the MANOR VIRTUOUS luxury villa complex in China’s Shenzhen

The ultra-high-value urban asset enables masters in international capital and Chinese art to ignite a new spark of interest

SHENZHEN, China, July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Legendary Wall Street investor Jim Rogers visited the MANOR VIRTUOUS luxury villa complex in Shenzhen, China on June 29. Often dubbed as the “enfant terrible of Wall Street,” he is well-known worldwide for his excellent investment performance. His twice breaking of the Guinness World Records for round-the-world travel and his known exploit of tooling around China by motorcycle in the 1980s went a long way towards creating a charismatic aura around his persona. In his view, Shenzhen’s MANOR VIRTUOUS is “much like a piece of beautiful jade, not only because of its aesthetic magnificence but also as an object of very high value. In many parts of the world, it is impossible to come upon such architectural masterpieces.”

A group photo of Jim Rogers, MANOR VIRTUOUS owner Zhou Qing and Wu Desheng at the event

Prior to Jim Rogers’ visit, the architectural work at MANOR VIRTUOUS had also been highly praised by a master from China’s fine arts community – the contemporary Chinese jade carving master Wu Desheng, who is widely recognized as “the first artist to give jade carving characters new lives.” The jade carving master ensured the recognition of the high aesthetic value of architecture, when, as the authoritative voice in China’s art business world, he gave his stamp of approval. If Jim Rogers represents the world of international finance’s recognition of Shenzhen’s high value real estate asset, Wu Desheng represents a true aesthetic disciple drawing a link between or even a convergence of Chinese traditional art and the best of modern urban architecture.

What aspects of this high value urban asset enabled the meeting of international high finance and Chinese art and led to the creation of this new spark of interest? In other words, what secrets in terms of value were revealed when two top masters in different domains, one from the East and one from the West, met in MANOR VIRTUOUS?

Behind Rogers’ optimism about China – International capital eyes luxury residences in first-tier cities

An abundant crop of silver hair, a wondrous sense of humor, a hearty laugh, a pink bow tie and pink overalls…Jim Rogers said the overalls he wears display his favorite “Chinese dragon” element, demonstrating that he likes and, as always, is bullish on China. Despite his sometimes bearish comments on China’s economy, Jim opined, “The world’s largest creditor nations are in Asia, among them, China, South Korea, Japan and Singapore, and the largest debtor nations are the United States and several countries across Europe, and those debt levels are still increasing. A debt-ridden country will eventually find itself with a crisis on its hands. China is lucky in this respect. If the 19th century belonged to England and the 20th belonged to the United States, then the 21st belongs to China.”

So what about collectable luxury residences in China’s first-tier cities such as the MANOR VIRTUOUS complex? Jim Rogers confidently gave an answer to that question in his keynote speech when he said, “MANOR VIRTUOUS is based on a highly aesthetic architectural design that is rarely seen anywhere around the globe.” Commenting on urban real estate investment, the legendary investor added, “Although the real estate market always has its ups and downs, purchasing a top-level property such as MANOR VIRTUOUS helps maintain and increase the value of a portfolio as such property is least affected in a sluggish market.” Comparing a real estate investment with an investment in jade, something which he is interested in but has never tried, he said, “If I choose to invest in jade, I will be sure to invest in the best jade has to offer, just as I always do in real estate. MANOR VIRTUOUS , a top luxury residence in China’s first-tier city, is just like a very beautifully-carved and valuable piece of jade.”

Wu Desheng and MANOR VIRTUOUS share the same view when it comes to aesthetics – Unique artistic features add to the “scarcity” value of top-level urban residences

Sharing the same viewpoint as Jim Rogers, a master from the Chinese art community also sees the high value in MANOR VIRTUOUS. Chinese jade carving artist Wu Desheng, who has engaged in collaborative efforts with the luxury villa complex, is recognized as the world’s contemporary jade carving expert. He draws a close parallel between the pursuit of aesthetic excellence engaged in by both the masters of Chinese traditional art and those who design and build urban luxury residences.

Wu Desheng’s award-winning jade carvings have been snapped up by Chinese and foreign collectors. His sculptures of nude women integrate the physical characteristics of both European and American women with the traditional concepts of what constitutes the facial features of a beautiful Chinese woman. By incorporating the essence of great sculptors such as Rodin and Michelangelo into an oriental art form and giving a new connotation to Chinese traditional figure carving, he has developed a new aesthetic “standard” for Chinese jade culture with modern forms of presentation and design concepts.

The meeting in MANOR VIRTUOUS of Wu Desheng and Jim Rogers, two masters in their respective domains, one from the East and one from the West, represents a new milestone. Rogers compared real estate investment with jade investment by describing MANOR VIRTUOUS as a fine piece of jade. Wu Desheng said that he hopes Jim Rogers’ visit can promote Eastern and Western cultural exchanges. Rogers responded that Chinese, as the most important symbol of Chinese culture, will become the world’s most important language in the future, and said jokingly that he would settle in China once the quality of the air improves.

When Jim Rogers meets Wu Desheng – MANOR VIRTUOUS creates super high-value urban asset platform

The existence of such a collectable asset platform as MANOR VIRTUOUS led to the historical meeting between Wu and Rogers. As China’s global influence rises and with the 21st century well on track to belonging to China, the critical window of opportunity for investing in China’s cities and in their high-value assets will be short-lived. Luxury residences from China’s first-tier cities are increasingly drawing attention and being favored by international holders and managers of capital assets. Just as classic luxury properties such as London’s One Hyde Park and New York’s One57 once sparked an investment fever, investing in high-value urban assets means collecting the best of what cities have to offer.

Chinese culture has been experiencing unprecedented prosperity as the roster of world’s most important cultural events featuring Chinese elements grows ever longer. To wit, Chinese ceramics are being favored by top art collectors worldwide, a growing entourage of Chinese actors are getting title roles in Hollywood movies, and an increasing number of artists such as Wu Desheng are dedicated to integrating Chinese and western cultures and art forms into their work.

MANOR VIRTUOUS, the luxury residential complex at the top of the value chain, is an epitome of the above-mentioned hard and soft power behind China’s international value, and represents a perfect combination of Chinese culture and international capital. MANOR VIRTUOUS, which led to the historical meeting between Wu Desheng and Jim Rogers, has become an irreplaceable platform where masters in their respective domains can congregate.

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Roadhouse Records releases Barbara Kiss’s ‘From Me To You’

DETROIT, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — As a whole, ‘From Me To You’ represents Barbara Kiss’ life’s work and includes the singer’s first original song, “Your Smile,” recorded back in 2009, as well as variety of tracks created for the album in 2010 and beyond. Kiss describes the album’s primary genre as “pop music,” but with some rock-flavored songs and some beautiful ballads as well. It also has that unique Eastern European feel to it, which makes it a little different from other artists’ music.

The 12-track album From Me To You was re-released by Roadhouse Records in early May 2014 on digital and physical platforms. Unlike many pop musicians (and especially ones just beginning a career), Kiss wrote most of the material of From Me To You. Of the 12 tracks, Kiss worked on eight of the songs. She wrote the melody and lyrics for “Hero of my Life,” “Perfect Night,” “You’re No Good,” “Memories,” and “Your Smile.” She also wrote the lyrics for “Time and Time Again,” “Smilin’, Lyin’, and Denyin’,” and co-wrote “Shy Boy.”

Kiss began singing, dancing and playing the piano at the age of 6. At the age of 14 she began dreaming of becoming an international pop star, the first from Hungary. So she found the perfect vocal coach in her home town, a well-respected jazz singer who taught Kiss every little secret she knows.

A couple of years ago Kiss started working with a music consultant, MC-Input, who helped her get in contact with Italian producer Endrik Favero who recorded her first song, “Your Smile,” in Montebelluna, Italy. She had her first official photo shoot in Florence, Italy. In the beginning of 2010 she traveled to Los Angeles to meet with her consultant, Gingio Muehlbauer, who started introducing her to producers, songwriters, musicians and engineers. She won them over with her colorful, interesting and unique personality and some of the producers offered her a recording session. That is how her musical repertoire grew from 1 song to 6 songs in just 6 weeks.

A music producer from the state named George Baker has made an Impact on her career. And now she is taking her talent worldwide, Barbara Kiss’ new single “The Time” will be released in August 2014.

For more information on Barbara Kiss, visit her website:

CONTACT: George Baker, 1-313-263-1609 x1,


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Batting For Royalty

MELBOURNE, Australia, July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Prince Charles has been known for many things including his passion for sustainable living and architecture. Lesser known is his interest in cricket, a noble game that can trace its roots to England i…

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