ARCOlisboa strengthens its global recognition
May 22, 2018

The fair, which closed its third edition yesterday with a positive sales outcome, has welcomed around 11,000 visitors, and stands out for its quality and the level of the artistic programmes and galleries.

The city and its institutions have bent over backwards for yet another year with events and exhibitions in its main museums, galleries and collection venues.

Lisbon, 21st May 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- ARCOlisboa 2018, organised by IFEMA and Lisbon City Council, closed the doors on its 3rd edition, securing itself as a huge international meeting point for Portuguese contemporary art and exceeding the overall number of 11,000 visitors, standing out for the high level of the content at the fair, as well as a high-quality public, which has translated into bigger sales and the consolidation of its global recognition.

The interest aroused by the artistic proposals from the 72 participating galleries, located in the historical space in the Cordoaria Nacional, along with the social and cultural programme of the city, has been the best way to attract prominent collectors and international professionals, as well as representatives from institutions such as the San Diego Museum of Art; Pérez Art Museum –Miami-; the Guggenheim Museum –Bilbao-; the MALBA -Buenos Aires-; the Palais in Tokyo –París-; the Parasol Unit –London-; the Jeu de Paumme –París-, and the Musée d'art Moderne et Contemporain Genève.

So, ARCOlisboa closes its third edition with a very positive outcome. Despite not having official sales figures, the optimism of the galleries and the satisfaction of collectors and institutions have verified it since the first day, as they have closed multiple purchases. Amongst others, the purchases include those made by Lisbon City Council for the Contemporary Art Hub of the Lisbon City Council, which has acquired works by Henrique Pavão (Uma Lulik Gallery); Marta Soares and Mariana Silva (Francisco Fino Gallery); Maria José Cavaco (Fonseca Macedo Gallery); Francisco Tropa and Hugo Canoilas (Quadrado Azul Gallery); Carla Filipe (Nuno Centeno Gallery); Mafalda Santos (Presença Gallery); Miguel Branco (Pedro Cera Gallery); Rui Calçada Bastos (Bruno Múrias Gallery); Rita Ferreira and Tiago Baptista (3+1 Gallery); Bruno Cidra (Baginski Gallery); André Cepeda (Cristina Guerra Gallery) and Nuno Nunes-Ferreira (Juan Siló Gallery).

Likewise, the Helga de Alvear Foundation has acquired a work by Mario Merz and JuliãoSarmento (Giorgio Persano) and Gil Heitor Cortesão (Pedro Cera), and the Serralves Foundation confirms that it will incorporate different pieces acquired at the fair into its funds.

ARCOlisboa has presented the Opening Prize award for the first time, which went to the Polish gallery BWA Warszawa, with its headquarters in Warsaw. This accolade awards the best stand in the exhibition space provided by the fair.

The commitment from the city has equally contributed to this outcome, which has celebrated ARCOlisboa all over it. The main contemporary art agents in Lisbon have added to this enthusiasm, not only the galleries, artists and institutions, but also the collectors have offered up meetings, sharing their collections with the guests at the fair.

Institutional support
For yet another year, the huge support for the fair from the Portuguese institutions standard out, with the presence of the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the opening event, as well as the Secretary of State for Culture, Miguel Honrado, and the Mayor of Lisbon, Fernando Medina, as well as different authorities and personalities from the public and business arenas of the country. On his part, the Ambassador of Spain in Portugal, Eduardo Gutiérrez Sáenz de Buruaga, has also been present, as well as the highest representatives of IFEMA, Clemente González Soler, President of the Executive Committee, and Eduardo López-Puertas, Managing Director.

Some evaluations
The evaluation of ARCOlisboa in general has been positive. From Carreras Mugica they state that "the fair has been a success and the visitors very interesting. We have welcomed buyers from the USA, Belgium, France, Brazil, Spain, as well as a high-level public from Portugal. And we have sold works by all the artists that we have brought." For Pedro Cera "it has been an edition with an amazing flow of visitors and in qualitative terms. The fair has more and more foreign collectors, as it is also very good news to see that Portuguese collectors are back on the market".

AtUma Lulik they confirm that "it is very important for such a huge project to have been launched in Portugal. It has been a very interesting fair which has brought together a lot of collectors. We are really satisfied in terms of sales since the first day". Along the same line, from Cristina Guerra they state that "this year we have noticed a lot of interesting public who are more interested. There are also some big collectors very focused on the fair". AndBruno Múrias remarks that "there have been more visitors from other countries like the USA, Canada, Australia and collectors coming from France or Belgium, for instance. We have made more contacts with professionals which has generated a higher level of sales". On his part, Francisco Fino shows his satisfaction and confirms that "our second year is working very well, having surpassed all expectations regarding both the business transactions at the fair as well as the actual gallery with the activity generated by ARCO. We also see a huge investment in groups of collectors and a good turnout every day".

ARCOlisboa, a fair organised by IFEMA and Lisbon City Council, which boasts the institutional support of the Portuguese Republic Government; the General Art Directorate; EGEAC; the Navy; the Portuguese Tourism Board; the Lisbon Tourism Board, the sponsorship of the EDP Foundation, and with the collaboration of Café Pessoa will start to work on ARCOlisboa 2019.


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National Design Centre Singapore Hosts the Premier Forum of Designers in Southeast Asia
May 21, 2018

3 Design Gurus from Singapore and Taiwan in the Spotlight: Peter Tay, Kimming Yap, and Mark Stocker

Taipei, TAIWAN --( ASIA TODAY )-- Heading to Singapore for the very first time, Design Perspectives x Golden Pin Salon stages hard talks in English with three design gurus from Singapore and Taiwan. The headline speakers include celebrity interior designer Peter Tay, Creativeans’ Kimming Yap, and DDG’s Mark Stocker. The event takes place at the National Design Centre on the evening of May 31. Entry is free, but seating is limited so be quick to register!

The 27th Design Perspectives x Golden Pin Salon executive organizer is Design Business Chamber Singapore, supported by DesignSingapore Council. Between 2015 and 2017, the Salon series toured Kuala Lumpur as well as 18 cities in China and the surrounding region including Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Taipei. To date, the Salon has brought more than 80 of Asia’s most celebrated design professionals onto its stage. The Salon series supports the remit of Design Perspectives, an archive of opinions from design professionals in the Chinese-speaking world. Like the Salon series, the archive is also sponsored by the Golden Pin Design Award.

Introduction to the Speakers
Managing Director of Creativeans, Kimming Yap refers to his interdisciplinary creative consultancy as the Charlie’s Chocolate Factory of creativity. Yap’s talk on Design Thinking to Culture Thinking reflects his company’s cross-cultural base in Singapore, Milan, and Jakarta. His works have been widely published and exhibited at international platforms including Salone del Mobile, London Design Festival, and Singapore Design Week. He serves on the judging panel of Singapore Prestige Brand Award, and in 2017 he co-authored the book ‘Are You Brand Dead?’

Mark Stocker delivers a talk on Observations at the Crossroads of Culture, Design, and Brand. He is Managing Director of DDG, a Taipei and Shanghai-based brand consultancy that combines insightful strategy with inspiring design and communications. DDG has been recognized for its work across a variety of industries, and it is known as a pioneer in the field of rebrand; winner of the 2018 REBRAND 100® Global Award. Over the past twenty years, Stocker has crafted brand strategies for clients in consumer electronics, hospitality, retail, and sporting goods sectors. He also leads the DDG team responsible for public relations and marketing of the Golden Pin Design Award. Consultant for Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Industrial Development Bureau, the Taiwan External Trade and Development Council, and the National Palace Museum, in addition he often serves as a judge at leading international design competitions, including the 2017 iF Taipei Cycle Design and Innovation Award.

Celebrity interior designer Peter Tay speaks about the Power of Design that has propelled his career. Upon his graduation from the prestigious Architectural Association School of Architecture in 2000, he worked with several leading contemporary architects before starting his own practice in 2001. In 2014, he participated in the ‘Time-Space-Existence’ exhibition at Palazzo Bembo in the Venice Biennale, and in the same year he won Designer of the Year at the President's Design Awards. His portfolio of high-profiled residential and commercial projects boasts a star-studded patronage of A-list clients including Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, Singaporean singer-songwriter Stephanie Sun, Singaporean actress Zoe Tay, and singer-songwriter Wang Leehom. He has worked on boutiques and showrooms for Richard Mille, Manolo Blahnik, Armani Casa, Louis Poulsen, Maxalto (Space Showroom), as well as show flats for SC Global.

Design Perspectives x Golden Pin Salon is organized by the Golden Pin Design Award and Taiwan Design Center. The Executive Organizer for this event is Design Business Chamber Singapore, supported by DesignSingapore Council. The host venue is the National Design Centre and the official media partner is Portfolio magazine.

Event Info
Date: May 31, 2018 (Thursday)
Time: 7pm - 9pm (Registration begins at 6.30pm, light refreshments will be served)
Venue: National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road, Level 2 Auditorium, Singapore 188969
Admission: Free
Telephone: +65 6909 2717

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Record 18,300+ Visitors Attend 10th Entrepreneur Day
May 18, 2018

18 May 2018 – A record turnout of more than 18,300 visitors attended the 10th Entrepreneur Day, which concluded its two-day run at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) today. The number represented a four per cent increase from last year. Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the event hosted a record 276 exhibitors, showcasing a range of innovative products and technologies as well as support services for start-ups. A series of on-site activities were organised to help start-ups seek funding, expand their business, recruit talent and solve problems. These included seminars, pitching sessions, Start-up Clinic consultations, as well as Start-up Mixer “speed dating” meetings between start-ups and experts in various sectors.

Nurturing young entrepreneurs

A key highlight of Entrepreneur Day 2018 was today’s Start-up Express Pitching Final, the final contest of the HKTDC’s new “Start-up Express” incubation programme. Launched in March this year, Start-up Express aims to help start-ups expand globally by connecting them with investors, buyers and potential partners from different parts of the world, through exhibitions, overseas business missions and other activities. Participants are selected through a competition that culminates in the Start-up Express Pitching Final. In this year’s inaugural edition, 20 finalists were shortlisted from 100 entrants.

Today’s Start-up Express Pitching Final was preluded by a Teenage Entrepreneur Pitching session, during which Hilary Yip, the 13-year-old founder of start-up MinorMyna, pitched her business ideas to HKTDC Chairman Vincent HS Lo. She also shared her source of inspiration and story as an entrepreneur. “My business is an online educational platform that helps children of all ages pick up another language by chatting via live video calls with children their own age [in other countries]. My original intention was to help people to learn. But if it’s popular, I think it will make money, just like Facebook,” she said.

Mr Lo said: “Youth are the future of Hong Kong. It’s very important to nurture them and create opportunities for them, as they will be driving force of the city’s economic development.”

Start-up Express winners

The Start-up Express Pitching Final yielded 10 winners – Dragon Creative Enterprise Solution Limited, RainsOptics Limited, Film Players Limited, Koofy Development Limited, Walnut Technology Limited, Mamahelpers Limited, 3DK Tech Limited, Farseer Limited, Lecker Labs Limited, Hong Kong Wowwoo Catering Services Limited.

Each of them is entitled to participate, free of charge, in a series of major local and overseas activities, worth about HK$160,000, that will help them build their networks and expand their business. The activities include a business mission to the Guangdong Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area and visits to major trade fairs around the world. Business leaders, including Mr Lo; Victor Fung, Group Chairman of Fung Group; Neil Shen, Founding and Managing Partner of Sequoia Capital China; and Daryl Ng, Deputy Chairman of Sino Group will share their experiences with the winners during a series of power meet-ups. NiCubator, a project set up by actor and entrepreneur Nicholas Tse, may also provide the winners with promotion opportunities.

The contest’s Head Judge Antony Leung, also Chairman and CEO of Nan Fung Group, said:
“The quality [of the contestants] is very good. I’m interested to invest many of them. It also shows that Hong Kong’s ecology and environment for start-ups is getting better and better.” Other judges included Jonathan Lee, Director of Karting Empire; Derek Yeung, co-founder of Chef Nic Holdings Ltd, Duncan Chiu, CEO and co-founder of Radiant Venture Capital; Erica Ma, co-founder and Community Advisor of Cocoon, Lap Man, co-founder and Managing Partner of Beyond Ventures; and Chen Guanhua, co-founder of the HKX.

Media Enquiries
Please contact the HKTDC Communications & Public Affairs Department:

Angel Tang Tel: (852) 2584 4554 Email:
Beatrice Lam Tel: (852) 2584 4049 Email:

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Masters at Formex
May 17, 2018

The Formex interior design fair that will be held on August 20-24 will have a special focus on craftsmanship “Masters at Formex” is a new cooperation between Formex, the National Crafts Council and the National Association of Swedish Handicraft Societies. The cooperation will be presented in an exhibition and a workshop.

“One of the strongest trends we are seeing now is craftsmanship. Unique collaborations and that we value knowledge and quality from a sustainability perspective will be highlighted through skilled craftsmen, and we would like to add some extra emphasis to this at the fair in August. Sweden has an incredible wealth of knowledge that we must foster, and we want to display expert craftsmanship from across the country,” says Christina Olsson, Project Area Manager at Formex.

Stefan Andersson is one of the masters who will be at Formex. Stefan has held ceramics exhibitions all over the world, and he works, among other things, with the production of ceramic goods for restaurants, including Frantzéns, Sweden’s only restaurant to receive three stars in the Michelin Guide. He will be joined by five other masters and journeymen to display examples of craftsmanship within the areas of woodcarving, hand weaving, embroidery, pottery and photography. The masters that will participate are Karl Sjögren, woodcarver; Arianna Funk, weaver; Katarina Evans, embroiderer; Stefan Andersson, potter; Erica Petersdotter, photographer; and Lena Lee, photographer. The masters and journeymen will visit the exhibition area to talk about their work, and visitors will be offered a hands-on experience.

The editor of the magazine, Hemslöjd, will interview the masters and journeymen from the exhibition on stage. The National Association of Swedish Handicraft Societies (Hemslöjden) and the National Crafts Council (Hantverksrådet) will also participate in the on-stage discussions, which will touch on topics such as:

What brings people to pursue a career as a craftsman today? What are the challenges?

Why should a person become a journeyman? Why should someone employ a master?

For more information, please visit or contact:

Christina Olsson
+46 8 749 44 28

Lotta Ahlvar
+46 8 749 41 52

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Juanjo Oliva will present a collection featuring fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles at the next MBFWMadrid
May 17, 2018

• This well-known designer has been chosen by Ecoembes and MBFWMadrid, through the event's Sustainability and Fashion Committee, to be the next person to take recycling onto the catwalk.
• With this initiative, the two organisations are seeking to promote sustainability and the circular economy in the fashion industry.

Madrid, 16 May 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Ecoembes, the non-profit environmental organisation that promotes the circular economy by recycling containers, and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid, through the event’s Sustainability and Fashion Committee, have chosen Juanjo Oliva to be the next person to take recycling onto the catwalk. And he'll do it during the 2019 Spring-Summer edition of MBFWMadrid, which will be held from 6 to 11 July at IFEMA-Feria de Madrid, with a fashion parade under his brand Oliva.

Having been chosen, the prestigious designer will present a unique selection in which the clothes will be made of fabrics manufactured using recycled materials, mainly plastic (PET) bottles. He will thus bring continuity to a project that Ecoembes started in 2015, which has already enjoyed the collaboration of designers Moisés Nieto and María Clè Leal, and the shoe firm Etxaburu. They all accepted this challenge before Oliva, showing how containers can be turned into a new raw material for high quality textiles.

“Being part of this project has made us reflect on where we want to be as stakeholders in the sector, as brands and as designers. Today, the language of fashion has an ethical dimension and we must therefore be committed to the environment and create awareness with personal gestures that range from creativity to the cutting edge. In this way we will advance towards a more reasonable, sustainable model”, explained Oliva. “With this collection we are exploring a new range of possibilities that are opening up for us through research into new fabrics and materials developed using sustainable processes, by studying all the possibilities they hold for finding the beauty that we are seeking in our creations,”, he continued.

A top-flight committee to promote the circular economy in the fashion industry

With this initiative, Ecoembes and MBFWMadrid are strengthening their partnership to show the applications that recycling can have in fashion so as to promote the principles of the circular economy in this industry. This is another step forward after the presentation in January this year of the first Fashion and Sustainability Committee associated with the show, which was created to show off the versatility of fabrics made from recycled PET and to promote their use among top designers. The committee is made up of Benedetta Poletti, director of Elle and editorial director of Hearst España; Kavita Parmar, founder of The IOU Project; María Eugenia Girón, director of the IE Observatory for the Premium and Prestige Market and an expert in premium sustainability; Paloma García López, founder and CEO of The Circular Project, and Lala Herrero, a sustainable fashion consultant. Nieves Rey, director of Communication and Marketing for Ecoembes, and Charo Izquierdo, director of the Fashion Week, are its chairwomen.

“Today it is already possible for waste like PET bottles to be transformed into a variety of versatile, high-quality textiles. It is a tangible, aesthetic demonstration of what can be achieved thanks to the efforts made by people every day to separate plastic containers and put them into the yellow bins. The fact that great designers like Juanjo Oliva are championing this new fashion concept with their creations confirms that the circular economy already has a place in the industry. This is something that makes all of us who work to care for our planet enormously happy”, said Nieves Rey.

Charo Izquierdo added that “This collaboration is a magnificent starting point in the sustainability process that fashion and the catwalk must undertake. The fact that the designer responsible for the first show developed by the Fashion and Sustainability Committee is Juanjo Oliva is undoubtedly a privilege. I am sure that it will be a milestone in the history of our fashion show”.
Juanjo Oliva, a successful career

Juanjo Oliva, a designer from Madrid, started out his career as a fashion illustrator and designer for some outstanding names in the Spanish fashion industry, such as Sybilla and Zara, until some years later he founded his own company. His first show at MBFWM, then known as the Pasarela Cibeles, took place in 2004, with his 04/05 Autumn-Winter collection. Since then, he has been present at all the editions of the Madrid fashion show. He is now taking part in MBFWM with his brand, Oliva.

Oliva’s extensive, solid professional track record has received much heartfelt recognition, as shown by the number of awards he has received over time. Among the most notable are the L'Oréal Award for Best Collection , which he received four times: Autumn-Winter 05/06, Spring/Summer 2009, Spring/Summer 2012 and Spring-Summer 2018; the 2005 Marie-Claire International “Le Prix d'Excellence” for Best New Designer, the 2006 T for Telva” Award for Best National Designer and the ELLE Style Award for Best National Designer in October 2014.

About Ecoembes
Ecoembes ( is a non-profit organisation that handles the recovery and recycling of plastic containers, cans and cartons (yellow bin) and paper and cardboard packaging (blue bin) all over Spain. In 2016, over 1.3 million tons of light containers and cardboard and paper packaging were recycled in Spain, a recycling rate of 76%. This high rate led to numerous environmental benefits, such as preventing 1 million tons of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere and saving 7 million MWh, or, in other words, the equivalent of the annual electricity consumption of over 700,000 Spanish households. 20.1 million cubic metres of water were also saved.

The partnership between Ecoembes and MBFWMadrid extends beyond this ambitious action with Oliva. The environmental organisation will also be present at the next edition of the country’s major fashion show as an environmental collaborator.

About MBFWMadrid
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid is the major platform promoting Spanish fashion, organised by IFEMA. It will hold its 68th edition from 6 to 11 July at IFEMA-Feria de Madrid and other locations around the city, showing that it is a driving force and binding element in the creative time Spanish fashion is going through. Over six days, this event will host collections from big names in Spanish fashion design—established names and new talent—showcasing yet again the richness of Spanish design. Since its inception in February 1985, the MBFWMadrid fashion show has hosted fashion on the catwalk from more than 300 Spanish designers.

A commitment to Spanish fashion that IFEMA has sponsored for more than thirty years, gradually incorporating Spain’s leading designers throughout that time.

For further information:
Nuria de Miguel, Head of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid Press Department
Tel. No.: +34 627 70 61 49

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The 21st Beautyworld Japan starts today welcoming 602 exhibitors from 16 countries and regions
May 14, 2018

TOKYO --( ASIA TODAY )-- Beautyworld Japan, the largest trade fair for the beauty and spa industries in Japan, begins its three-day run today at Tokyo Big Sight. The 21st edition welcomes 602 exhibitors (Japan: 506, Overseas: 96) from 16 countries and regions including France, Germany, Hong Kong and Italy and pavilions from China, Korea and Taiwan. It showcases a variety of products, services, techniques and information related to the fields of cosmetics, hair, aesthetics, nail and beauty equipment for salons, hotels, leisure facilities as well as for wholesalers and retailers.

The show has shown steady growth since its launch in 1998, and cemented its position as the number one trade fair for the beauty and spa industries in Japan. In response to the upward trend of exhibitor and visitor numbers, the 2017 edition showed significant expansion by adding two more halls (an additional exhibition area of 13,910 sqm gross; six halls in total), and welcomed record breaking figures of 624 exhibitors and 73,034 visitors.

The 21st edition of Beautyworld Japan returns to the East Halls 3 – 8 with 121 exhibitors out of 602 making their debut at the fair across a record-breaking net exhibition space. It is billed again as the must-attend platform in the beauty industry in Japan and Asia.

Further streamlined hall layouts and zoning for visitors to easily reach their target products and services

In the halls 4, 5 and 6, various beauty products and service for aesthetic salons, hair dressing salons, nail salons, hotels & spas, leisure facilities and retail distributions will be displayed within nine product zones.

The Platinum hall located at hall 7 serves as a premier platform for beauty equipment and cosmetic manufacturers, as well as overseas exhibitors and pavilions from China, Korea and Taiwan, to focus on their business targets. It is exclusively dedicated to exhibitors aiming at volume orders rather than direct sales. The hall is designed to have a composed atmosphere ideal for business meetings. In addition to a existing spacious VIP lounge, the Business lounge has been newly installed, where participants are provided with interpreter services (English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese) and business matching services. The popular seminar area at the Main stage is located in this hall, to attract VIP visitors from wholesale, retail and salons.

‘Creative HAIR’ located in hall 8 is composed of exhibiting space and the Hair stage. The first gathers extensive hair products, techniques and services, and connects beauticians with unique ideas, information and professional products to provide new inspirations. Meanwhile at the Hair stage, industry experts share their knowledge and techniques through seminars and demonstrations. What is notable amongst the programmes is ‘The Barberella in Japan’ which is held on the first day of the show. This is a hair-cutting contest by female barbers which started last year in the USA, and will be held in Japan for the first time at Beautyworld Japan this year.

The Tokyo Nail Forum takes place at hall 3, and will cover the latest products and introduce top-class nail art techniques through a wide range of events and demonstrations at ‘Nail stage’.

In addition to the extensive programme across the Main stage, the Hair stage and the Nail stage, the premium seminar for aesthetic salon owners will return for a designated number of attendees. There are also a number of other informative events such as exhibitor presentations, business seminars and association seminars, covering various themes.

For detailed programme events and updated information on Beautyworld Japan, please visit the official website:

Other beauty-related shows by Messe Frankfurt include:

* Beautyworld Saudi Arabia
14 – 16 October 2018, Jeddah Center for Forums and Events, Saudi Arabia

* Beautyworld Japan West
15 – 17 October 2018, INTEX Osaka, Japan

* Beautyworld Japan Fukuoka
4 – 5 February 2019, Fukuoka Kokusai Centre, Japan

* Beautyworld Middle East
15 – 17 May 2019, Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, UAE

Media Contact
Katsuya Kashiwagi
Tel. +81 3 3262-8453

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2018 ARCOlisboa strengthens and expands its contents
May 09, 2018

The third edition increases its gallery offer by up to a total of 72 proposals from 14 countries, representing a growth of 22.5%
New opening hours to better match the rhythms of Lisbon: 17 to 19 May 14:00 to 21:00 hours, and on Sunday 20, from 12:00 to 18:00 hours

Lisbon on May 9, 2018.- From 17 to 20 May Lisbon will focus the attention of collectors, galleries, artists and art professionals from all over the world. IFEMA and the Câmara Municipal de Lisboa come together to celebrate ARCOlisboa 2018 at the Fábrica Nacional da Cordoaria; an edition, the third, which has consolidated its position as the great international gathering of contemporary art of Portugal. ARCO sets out to introduce new artists, places and people, and this year ARCOlisboa will offer more new developments than ever to the general public.

This edition is serving to consolidate the project and this sense of confidence has allowed it to increase its offering to a total of 72 proposals from 14 countries, an increase of 22.5%.

This growth will be evident in new content, such as individual projects by artists who will be exhibiting at the Torreão Poente for the first time, with extensive presentations of works by 10 Portuguese and international artists alike. Among them are Esther Ferrer with Àngels Barcelona, José Carlos Martinat with Revólver and Mónica de Miranda with Carlos Carvalho.

Opening, a space devoted to recently-created galleries, will this year be holding its second edition, showcasing 12 projects once again selected by curator João Laia. Some new additions are from Lisbon, like Balcony and Uma Lulik, while international galleries like Rolando Anselmi (Berlin/Rome), Bombon (Barcelona) and Copperfield (London) will also be there.

The main section of ARCOlisboa will be the same size, with 51 galleries. The architecture has a central area completely open to the outdoors, allowing natural light to flood in, making the visit a unique experience. As well as the leading Portuguese galleries that have supported the project from the start, new galleries like Krinzinger (Vienna), Helga de Alvear (Madrid), Carreras Mugica (Bilbao), Millan (São Paulo) and Greengrassi (London) will be launching their projects at the fair.

Another high-profile initiative that has been at ARCOlisboa since the beginning is As Tables Are Shelves, the independent publishers’ fair curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas. The selection of publishers specialising in artists’ publications and other research books will be extended into one of the rooms at the Torreão Nascente. This special project is a unique opportunity to start collecting from these creations in multiple editions, exploring the art and the ideas that inspire the creators.

Talking about art and collectibles will be one of the main discursive exercises at this edition of ARCOlisboa in a series of presentations, with free and open access, which will bring together leading practitioners.

The Torreão Nascente de la Cordoaria will host the Collectors’ Forum, which, with the help of the critic Isabel Carlos and with the support of Fundação Millenium bcp will set out to give visitors a deeper understanding of the motives and ways in which major collectors approach their labour of love. A few sessions will include the participation of collectors, such as, Jean-Conrad & Isabelle Lemaître, Harald Orneberg, Inge de Bruin, Paulo Pimenta, Luiz Augusto Teixeira de Freitas and Armando Cabral.

In addition, the Museum Forum will discuss the similarities and differences between Portuguese and international museum programmes. Present at the talks will be Rita Lougares -Museu Coleção Berardo-, Adina Kamien- Kazhdan -The Israel Museum-, Jorge Catarino -Museu Coleção Berardo-, Victor Pires Vieira –artista-, João Ribas -Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves-, Kate Fowle -Garage Museum of Contemporary Art & Independent Curators International-, Luis Silva e João Moura –Kunsthalle Lissabon-, Fernanda Brenner -Pivô Arte e Pequisa-, Alex Klein -ICA University of Pennsylvania-, and Samuel Leuenberger –SALTS-.

In addition, and coordinated by Filipa Oliveira, the sessions ´Em que estou a trabalhar? ´, which will be held in the Patio Nascente de la Cordoaria, will bring together Portuguese professionals to share their current and future projects, such as Carlos Antunes -Bienal de Coimbra-, John Romão -BoCa - Bienal of Contemporary Arts-, José Bártolo -Bienal de Design do Porto-, Aires de Gameiro, Hugo Gomes, Nuno Ferreira and Pedro Cabrita y Paiva. Las Palmas-, Alice Dusapin y Martin Laborde -Ampersand-, Natxo Checa -Galeria Zé dos Bois-, Filippo De Tomasi, Kasia Sobczak-Wróblewska and Orsola Vannocci Bonsi -Da Luz Collective-, Alexandra do Cadaval, Philippe Boutte, Esther Mahlangu -Évora África-, and Benedita Pestana -O Armário-.

The close collaboration between ARCOlisboa and Fundação EDP is shown again in the II Encuentro de Museos de Europa y Latinoamérica, diricted by Pedro Gadanho, director of MAAT, and Ferran Barenblit, director of MACBA, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona. A session closed to the public, which will bring together more than 20 directors and curators from prestigious institutions from both sides of the Atlantic, such as, Enrique Aguerre -Museo Nacional, Montevideo-, Caroline Dumalin –WIELS, Bruxelas-, Andrés Duprat -Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires-, Isabella Lenzi –Camões, São Paulo-, João Ribas -Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Oporto-, Virginia Roy -MUAC Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Ciudad de México-, Nicolaus Schafhausen -Kunsthalle Wien, Viena-, Claudia Segura -NC-arte, Bogotá-, Roberta Tenconi -Hangar Bicocca, Milán-y Benjamín Weil -Centro Botín, Santander-.

ARCOlisboa has made a special effort aimed at different international promotion actions - national and foreign press; outdoor advertising - in addition to the programme of invited buyers and opinion leaders, who will bring to Lisbon more than 190 guests - collectors, directors of institutions, curators and other international professionals from the art world.

A key strategy to promote this important Portuguese platform of the art market, where professionals as well as collectors, patrons and members of museums will be present, such as, the Musée d'art Moderne et Contemporain Genève; MALBA -Buenos Aires-; Museo Guggenheim –Bilbao-; Palais de Tokyo –París-; Parasol Unit –London-; Pérez Art Museum –Miami-; San Diego Museum of Art; Jeu de Paumme –París-.

All the content present at the fair on which gallerists, curators, managers of institutions and collectors have worked so hard would be pointless if they had no impact on society. At this third event, ARCOlisboa wants to give particular emphasis to stimulating new audiences. To achieve this, Silvia Escorcio, in cooperation with museums like MAAT, Museo Coleção Berardo, Museu Serralves, Centro de Arte Quetzal, Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas, among others, and with the country’s main art schools and universities, will be presenting a special programme to attract a wider audience to contemporary art, stressing its importance as a catalyst for thought about the present and its projection towards the future. An initiative joined by Friends of other foreign museums such as the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Museo Reina Sofía and Museo del Prado.

ARCOlisboa 2018 has been able to count on the backing of private initiatives and important corporations and institutions through sponsorship actions in the different areas and initiatives present at the Fair. This edition, besides the Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, has the institutional support of the Gobierno de la República Portuguesa; Direçâo Geral das Artes; EGEAC; Marinha; Turismo de Portugal; Turismo de Lisboa, sponsorship of the Fundaçâo EDP, and that of the Fundaçâo Millenium bcp; Navigator Art on Paper; Rom; Ruinart e illy, among others.

The Fair, always attentive to the city, is changing its opening hours to better match the rhythm of life in Lisbon. From 17 to 19 May it will open to the public from 14:00 to 21:00, while on 20 May the opening hours are from 12:00 to 18:00. To promote access to a greater number of visitors, the price of entry will be €15 to the general public and €5 for students. In addition, with the aim of getting the most out of your visit you will be able to get to know the artists and participating galleries by downloading the catalogue of the Fair at

For the first time, a space on Sunday 20 will be devoted to the ARCOkids workshops, designed by the Operaçâo Nariz Vermelho, which brings children closer to the contemporary art world.

One of ARCOlisboa’s aims is to harmonise the architecture of the fair with that of the building hosting it. La Cordoaria, an outstanding example of 18th-century industrial architecture, will connect with the country's most contemporary architecture at this edition. With the support of the Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa, visitors can enjoy a new space for meals, Viaticus, created by Atelier JQTS in collaboration with Daniel Maio and the artist Carlos Nogueira, which is carefully designed for the building and ARCOlisboa visitors. The fair will also feature cafés and bars, which will be open to the public, as well as a private lounge designed for the occasion by Gracinha Viterbo.

ARCOlisboa is not restricted to the physical space of the Cordoaria. The city is a unique setting that elevates the artistic importance of the trade fair project. The different spaces and institutions have programmes that will enable foreign visitors to understand why the Portuguese art scene is so lively at the moment. Individual exhibitions at the city's main institutions are an example of the vibrancy of the Portuguese cultural scene, and the natural way in which local artists are able to dialogue with the main international creators.

Among the individual exhibitions are those that MAAT will dedicate to Tomás Saraceno and Miguel Palma; Culturgest to Michael Biberstein; Fundação Carmona e Costa to Julião Sarmento; Kunstalle Lissabon to Sol Calero; and Pavilhão 31 to Jorge Molder. Numerous other projects will feature a selection of Portuguese and international artists, such as the PÓS-POP exhibition at the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, with participation by Teresa Magalhães, Eduardo Batarda, Ana Vieira, António Palolo, Nikias Skapinakis, Ruy Leitão, Menez and Allen Jones.

Another major area of interest will be the presence of collections. The Municipal Chamber of Lisbon will present its 2016 and 2017 acquisitions at the Torreão Nascente , while the Museu Coleção Berardo will host the No Place Like Home, exhibition, with a selection of works from the collection at the Israel Museum.

2018 ARCOlisboa, organised by IFEMA and the Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, will be held from 17 to 20 May in the Cordoaria Nacional, with opening times from 14:00 to 21:00 and from 12:00 to 18:00 on the last day.

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Agenda Announced for Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo Seoul
May 01, 2018

SEOUL, South Korea, April 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Legendary industry figures confirmed to speak at Inside 3D Printing Seoul include Avi Reichental, Founder & Chairman, Xponentialworks (former President of 3D Systems); Maurizio Costabeber, CTO, DWS; Byoung-Bag Lee, Senior Vice President, Sindoh; Terry Wohlers, Principal Consultant and President, Wohlers Associates; Michelle Baek, Director of Asia Sales, 3D Systems.

Rising Media hosts the Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo, a globally-renowned event that takes place in major cities around the world and serves as a gathering place for all the innovators and disruptors in the additive manufacturing industry. Inside 3D Printing Seoul has become one of the most influential events in the worldwide series in just 4 years.

Rising Media has just announced the schedule for the upcoming Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo Seoul, which will be held June 27-29 in KINTEX (Seoul), Korea.

With the theme of 'New Era of Advanced Manufacturing', the conference will bring together over 40 industry experts to present on the latest AM applications, materials, processes and research. The agenda for the event has been announced, and there's a lot to look forward to as it approaches.

"You'll hear from the most influential leaders in the industry about how 3D technologies can cut costs, reduce time to market, produce stronger and lighter parts, improve efficiency, create complex geometries, and solve many other challenges," said Christoph Rowen, Managing Director, Rising Media Asia-Pacific.

The industry has been continuing to increase the focus on adoption and advancement of metal 3D printing, which is why Inside 3D Printing Seoul is making it easier than ever for conference attendees to find the presentations related to metals, like the Advances in Metal 3D Printing -- From Prototyping to Mass Production presentation, by Desktop Metal.

One of the other fastest-growing areas of application for 3D printing technology is biomedical. South Korea is well-known for its advanced medicine and biomedical 3D Printing is actively used in various cases.

"YB Kim, Project Manager, says, "From manufacturing of end-use surgical devices and personalized implants, to bone scaffolds and functioning organ replacements, 3D printing is changing our lives. At the conference, you can explore in-depth sessions covering design and manufacture of implants, dental devices, tissues and more using a variety of additive manufacturing technologies."

Additional speakers include:

  • Peter Rogers, Additive Manufacturing Product specialist, Autodesk Netfabb
  • Alex Lalumiere, Director of APJ Client Sales, HP
  • Stephan Beyer, CEO of BigRep GmbH
  • Dermot Desmond, Sales Manager of LPW Technology
  • Amit Dror, CEO & Co-Founder, Nano Dimension
  • Shamil Hargovan, CEO, Wiivv
  • In-hyuk Hwang, Technical Director, MSC Software
  • Seok Jin Youn, Head of Digital Supply Chain and Manufacturing Division, SAP
  • Ilyong Jung, Sales Manager, GE Additive
  • Chun Kit Kan, APAC Regional Director, Desktop Metal
  • Youngjun Kim, Principal Researcher, Korea Institute of Science and Technology
  • Daejung Kim, Process R&D Director, InssTek
  • Tony Kim, Director, Hepzibah
  • Seung-chul Lee, Territory Technical Manager, Dassault Systemes
  • Tamer Mohammed, President & CEO, Aspect Biosystems
  • Mohsen Seifi, Director of Additive Manufacturing Programs, ASTM International
  • Shri Shetty, CEO, Printerprezz
  • Kyu Won Shim, Medical Doctor, Severance Hospital
  • Junyoung Lim, Manager, CGBio, Inc.
  • Jin-Hyung Shim Assistant Professor, Korea Polytechnic University
  • Mike Vasquez, CEO, 3Degrees

    Inside 3D Printing is proud to have PR Newswire as the Official News Distribution Partner.

    Inside 3D Printing Seoul, hosted by Rising Media, will be held at Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX) on June 27-29. It starts in just 2 months, so make sure to register or contact for more detailed information.

    Source: Rising Media

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    Tokyo International Fire and Safety Exhibition 2018
    JCN Newswire
    Apr 27, 2018

    - The largest firefighting and disaster prevention exhibition in Japan
    - All the latest products and services for fire and disaster safety
    - Held every 5 years at Tokyo Big Sight

    TOKYO - (ACN Newswire) - The Tokyo Fire Department, Tokyo Big Sight Inc. and Tokyo International Fire and Safety Exhibition 2018 Executive Committee are pleased to announce the Tokyo International Fire and Safety Exhibition 2018, scheduled from Thursday, May 31 through Sunday, June 3 at Tokyo Big Sight and showcasing a collection of cutting-edge firefighting and disaster prevention products and information.

    The Tokyo International Fire and Safety Exhibition 2018 is Japan's largest firefighting and disaster prevention exhibition. The Exhibition will share information from past disasters, improving awareness and disaster-preparedness with the population of Tokyo, aiming to encourage greater cooperation among citizens, corporations and the government. The Exhibition will also showcase related technologies and industries, with the latest in firefighting and disaster prevention from Japan and world-wide. The 10th Exhibition to be held, this is the largest, with nearly 300 participating companies and 1,635 booths (end-March), expecting more that the 50,000 visitors recorded 5 years ago!

    The main exhibits in East Halls 5, 6, and 7 consist of four zones; "Fire Extinguishing, Emergency, Rescue, Evacuation and Guidance", "Disaster Countermeasures", "Information Systems and Communication Services" and "Other Products and Services Related to Fire Safety and Accident Prevention". Two special zones, "Disaster Prevention and Natural Disaster Reduction Countermeasures ICT" and "Disaster Storage", are divided into the business area and the Tokyo Fire Department area, which introduces the latest techniques and products for fire and disaster safety.

    The Eastern Outdoor Exhibition Area features exhibits by various businesses with large equipment on display, joint fire extinguishing practice sessions with the Tokyo Fire Department and Emergency Fire Response Team, and a corner where children can enjoy learning about disaster prevention. Not only for those involved in firefighting and disaster prevention, the Exhibition provides opportunities for the general public to learn a wide range of techniques to stay safe during disasters.

    Tokyo International Fire and Safety Exhibition 2018 highlights:

    + Largest exhibition ever: Approximately 300 companies and groups, and 1,635 booths (As of the end of March)

    This exhibition introduces a variety of the latest techniques and policies regarding firefighting and disaster prevention. Visitors include not only personnel involved in firefighting, disaster prevention (government disaster prevention departments, firefighters, NPOs, volunteer disaster prevention organizations, etc.) and personnel from main user companies but also many interested persons from the general public and students, and the exhibition provides them with a way to learn about a wide range of techniques to help stay safe during disasters.

    Major exhibits: "Fire Extinguishing, Emergency, Rescue, Evacuation and Guidance", "Disaster Countermeasures", "Information Systems and Communication Services" and "Other Products and Services Related to Fire Safety and Accident Prevention"

    Special exhibits: "Disaster Prevention and Natural Disaster Reduction Countermeasures ICT" and "Disaster Storage"

    + Seminars featuring real experiences of earthquakes, terrorism, ICT and countermeasures

    Seminars and speeches handle a variety of themes such as firefighting, disaster prevention, etc. Speeches by participating companies and groups cover an array of themes.

    Details will be announced on the official website as soon as they are available:

    + Highlights such as fire extinguishing practice demos, and outdoor exhibits where children can have fun learning

    In the outdoor exhibit space, a comprehensive, joint fire fighting demonstrations will be carried out between the Tokyo Fire Department and the U.S. Navy Japan District Headquarters Fire Department. Also, there are many other programs in which children can also have fun, including the Fire Fighting Training Van for casual training regardless of the small space, driving mini cars, wearing mini firemen's clothing, riding a pump truck and ladder truck, experiencing smoke similar to that which occurs in an actual fire (but is not harmful to humans) and learning about the dangers of smoke in addition to points to remember during an evacuation from a fire.

    + Special zones: "Disaster Prevention and Natural Disaster Reduction Countermeasures ICT" and "Disaster Storage"

    Products and equipment from popular fields are all collected for display in the special zone for firefighting and disaster prevention. The "Disaster Prevention and Natural Disaster Reduction Countermeasures ICT" zone focuses on disaster experience systems that utilize ICT (information and communications technology) such as VR (Virtual Reality), which is expected to help in disaster prevention and natural disaster reduction efforts. The "Disaster Storage" zone features information on evacuation center products and services such as emergency rations, which must be replaced now that seven years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake.

    For details, please refer to the following:

    Media inquiries:
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    Interpets gathered 25% more exhibitors and 10% more visitors than the previous edition
    Apr 25, 2018

    Interpets --( ASIA TODAY )-- the four-day international fair for a better life with pets – closed its doors with tremendous success on 1 April at Tokyo Big Sight. A record-breaking 502 exhibitors from 22 countries and regions [1] (domestic: 420, overseas: 82) including Japan, China, Korea and Germany, occupied four halls this year – one more hall than last year. The eight edition of the show welcomed 42,066 visitors[2] (trade: 15,794, public: 26,272) and 16,455 pets, which is around 4,000 more than at the previous edition.

    The increase in exhibitor and visitor figures proved that the fair cemented its position as a leading event for the pet-related industry in Japan, as well as for pet owners and potential pet owners.

    Interpets features a unique concept by not only showcasing pet-related products and services, but also providing a platform where new ideas and business can be generated by bringing together the pet industry with the fields of automotive, housing, interior design, fashion, IT, electronics, leisure and hospitality. Key product categories are represented in specific zones, such as ‘outdoor & leisure’, ‘living, interior & pet products’ and ‘fashion & accessories’. The show also featured some special themes such as ‘cats’, ‘birds & small animals’ and ‘aquarium’.

    The numerous satisfactory comments from exhibitors confirmed that the fair is an ideal platform for them

    Four car brands – Honda Access Corp, Mercedes-Benz Japan Co Ltd, Volkswagen Group Japan K.K. and Volvo Car Japan Ltd – took part in the show’s ‘outdoor & leisure’ zone this year, presenting their vehicles which enable a fun and safe driving experience with pets. Also joining was Japan Airline Co Ltd, the first airline company participant in the fair’s history.

    “We indroduced our new mileage services for pet owners and their pets, which are completely new in the Japanese airline industry,” said Mr. Kazuhisa Nishikawa, Director, Marketing Division Route Marketing. “The number of visitors are far beyond our expectations. We are happy that we received so much positive feedback. We set up a small photo spot in our booth where many visitors took pictures of their pets, and they put the photos on social network services such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This is also a great help to our promotion. Interpets is the right place for us.”

    Reflecting pet owners’ higher awareness of pet health, more exhibitors showcased healthy pet food, supplements and healthcare products at the ‘food’ and ‘beauty, health-care & nursing-care’ zones. Mr Ryuji Takase, Agriculture and Forestry Division, Economic Department of Komoro City, said: “In order for the efficient use of the venison from deer we hunted to avoid them from damaging to the food crops, we started to develop them into pet food as venison is found out to be low-fat and is very healthy for pets. Our participation at Interpets is the very first challenging promotion of our activity towards the pet industry. We are very satisfied with the results as we got so many leads from leading wholesalers and distributors of pet industry in Japan, and also got public visitors to be aware of our activities.”

    Alongside the latest products and services presented by exhibitors, various inspiring events and seminars were also held. Photo shooting events gathered a lot of visitors who were eager to gain knowledge and skills to take good photos of their pets. A diverse range of informative seminars and lectures were held at a special stage, providing the latest information surrounding pets on various topics such as legal, health, therapeutic and lifestyle. The lecture on ‘How we should live together with our pets in times of disasters’ was especially popular, as the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 and the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake have led to a growing interest in pet evacuation among the industry and owners.

    The second edition of the ‘Happy Grooming Contest’ was conducted during the four day fair, where more than 100 professional groomers from all over the world joined. Mr. Kou Ando, Sales Division of Dream Industry Co Ltd, one of the leading manufacturers of grooming products, commented: “Thanks to the contest, we can meet so many groomers from all over the world at Interpets and get their feedback. And we can make full use of them for our future product development. Interpets is a must-attend show for us.”

    Perfect support programme for international participants by the organiser

    Interpets also conducted a business matching programme especifically for international exhibitors, inviting decision-making buyers from key importers to wholesalers and retailers in the Japanese pet industry. In addition, the show organised a seminar on the Japanese pet market as well as a tour to pet shops in Tokyo. One of the attendees commented: “We really appreciate these services provided by the fair organiser. We learned a lot about the distribution system of the pet industry in Japan and also preferences of Japanese pet owners. We will make full use of the information in order to prepare for Interpets next year.”

    The fair has been organised by Messe Frankurt Japan Ltd in cooperation with Japan Pet Food Association since its launch in 2011, and Japan Pet Products Manufacturers Association newly joined as the third organiser this year.

    The next edition of Interpets will take place from 28 – 31 March 2019 at Tokyo Big Sight East Hall 2, 3, 7, 8, held concurrently again with “FCI Japan International Dog Show 2019” organised by Japan Kennel Club.

    Interpets will open exclusively to trade visitors on the first day and then to both trade and public visitors from the second day onwards.

    [1] 404 exhibitors from 17 countries and regions (Domestic: 339, Overseas: 65) in 2017.
    [2] 38,140 visitors (Trade: 12,668, Public: 25,472, Pets: 14,848) in 2017.

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    Katsuya Kashiwagi
    Tel. +81 3 3262-8453

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