In keeping with Arcosanti’s traditional event-night experience, the evening began at 5 pm with an after-hours tour of Arcosanti, this time led by Arcosanti’s ecotourism coordinator, naturalist Anne-Marie Vaduva. [photo: Steven Bochinski, text: Kate Bemesderfer] At 6 pm, attendees gathered in the Cafe at Arcosanti for a sold-out 6-course meal created by Chef M. Ali Sadiqi and his team of dedicated staff and volunteers. With a menu of such culinary delights as classic Caprese sald with Arcosanti basil, fresh trout, roast potatoes with truffle oil, and a sweet polenta souffle with chocolate-hazelnut sauce, it was a full house of satisfied palettes![photo: Conrad Strano-Mcanany, text: Kate Bemesderfer] This year’s Vivaldi Festival brought together a wonderful array of performers and artists: soprano Eileen Mager, pianist GayNell Cronin, violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama, painter Jim Covarrubius, Terpiscore Dance Company, Zona Flamenca with Bernadette Gaxiola, and glass artists Joshua Dopp and Brigid O’Malley.[photo: Conrad Strano-Mcanany, text: Kate Bemesderfer] May 21, 2014On Saturday, May 17th, Arcosanti hosted the 17th edition of the Arizona Vivaldi Festival, an annual event presented by Arts Renaissance Initiative. The festival began earlier this month with events in Phoenix, is a celebration of “the maestro’s magic in song, dance, dinner and glass.” [photo: Sue Kirsch, text: Kate Bemesderfer] Following dinner, guests had the opportunity to see a live Venetian glassblowing demonstration (and a rare glimpse inside the Arcosanti Lab Building) with Joshua Dopp and his Highway Hotshop, a portable glass studio. Josh’s demonstration highlighted a weekend of glass-working activities at Arcosanti that included his 3-day workshop and fellow glass artist Brigid O’Malley’s afternoon presentation on architectural glass–keep an eye out for a glass workshop with Brigid at Arcosanti this fall. As part of the evening, one of Joshua’s pieces was raffled off to raise funds for the Arcosanti community–the lucky winner turned out to be one of the stars of the festival, Eileen Mager! More about the glass workshop in Friday, 5/23/2014 report.[photo: Conrad Strano-Mcanany, text: Kate Bemesderfer]Around 7:30, the audience settled into the Colly Soleri Music Center Amphitheater for the concert itself, which began with a tribute to Paolo Soleri from festival organizer and ARI founder Michel Sarda. With great humor and scholarship, Eileen Mager guided the audience through a selection of Vivaldi arias, Terpiscore Dance Company transformed orchestral pieces into modern movement, Thula Ngwenyama enchanted us with her Stradivarius renditions of several works, Zona Flamenca infused classical music with the energy and passion of flamenco, and Jim Covarrubius created an original painting (also raffled off to a lucky audience member at the end of the night) live onstage as the concert unfolded.[photo: Steven Bochinski, text: Kate Bemesderfer]With its unique constellation of inter-disciplinary, cross-cultural and trans-historical interpretations of one of the world’s great composers, the Arizona Vivaldi Festival remains one of Arcosanti’s premiere events–we look forward to next year’s iteration![photo: Steven Bochinski, text: Kate Bemesderfer]
Al Jazeera has launched a new Turkish-language channel, Al Jazeera Türk, on the web, targeted at Turkey and Turkish speaking audiences around the world.The channel is currently available via by a dedicated portal – Aljazeera.coom.tr – with accompanying mobile applications and a digital magazine.“Al Jazeera Turk is an important new member to the Al Jazeera Network, serving an important geopolitical market. To launch on digital first continues Al Jazeera’s tradition of innovation,” said Al Jazeera executive director, strategy and business Yaser Bishr.“We have defined our target audience as any geography where Turkish is spoken – Turkey in particular. This means roughly 130-140 million people in Europe, Balkans, Caucasus, Central Asia and the Middle East,” said the channel’s managing director, İsmail Kizilbay.Gürkan Zengin will serve as news editor of the new channel.
ShareTweet “We are delighted to have achieved £1,000 sales through the gift card scheme and to see more and more local people coming into our store and supporting our business. “We have been seeing the benefits of the Gift Card. It has encouraged people to return to traditional shopping, visiting the town centre and calling into our shop.“We believe it is really important for all of the small local businesses to work together to promote Strabane’s retail offering and support the work being done on the ground by all businesses, the chamber of commerce and the Strabane BID Company to encourage spend in Strabane town centre and help build the economy. “We are fully supportive of any initiative that promotes Strabane and raises its profile as a great place to visit and shop,” she said.Sinead Lynch who is responsible for rolling out the Gift Card as part of the Strabane BID programme explains: “The In Strabane Gift Card is a Mastercard-based gift card that can be used as part of a full payment for purchases across a network of businesses in Strabane. “The card works in the same way as any department store or shopping centre gift card and can be spent in any of the 60 businesses across Strabane that are signed up. “We are delighted at the success of the scheme to date and are really pleased to see shops such as BeJeweled at Soul benefiting from being part of it.“The scheme is geared towards promoting the town’s unique retail offering and provides a boost for independent retailers throughout the year. “It doesn’t cost businesses anything to join the programme and the BID Company is encouraging as many local retailers as possible to join up. “With over 60 retailers already on board – both independents and nationals – the Gift Card offers shoppers more brand choice with its wide array of products and services, all located within the local area.”This is just one of a number of initiatives to be rolled out by the BID company, who have been working closely with traders in Strabane on a range of initiatives aimed at increasing retail and tourism footfall.The company was created in 2016 after Strabane businesses voted in favour of becoming a Business Improvement District, where local businesses pay a 1.5% levy and work in partnership to raise funds to improve the town centre and the surrounding environment.Louise added that Council is very keen to step up efforts to encourage more companies who want to reward staff to use the Gift Card. Not only is it a good staff incentive but it is a great way of supporting local business. The gift cards can be purchased in bulk at a discounted rate, and the cards can be valued from £5 right up to £500.The ‘In Strabane’ cards are available to buy in Café Fresco and the Alley Theatre as well as online via www.instrabanegiftcard.comBusinesses who want to sign up can contact the BID team at the Strabane Council offices. Email – firstname.lastname@example.org – Tel: 02871 253 253.BeJeweled at Soul ‘In Strabane’ Gift Card sales hit £1k mark was last modified: July 10th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: BeJeweled at Soul ‘In Strabane’ Gift Card sales hit £1k markDerry and Strabane CouncilSinead LynchstrabaneStrabane BID programme THE BID sponsored In Strabane gift card scheme is proving hugely popular with shoppers in Strabane with one local retailer recently reaching the £1,000 sales milestone.BeJeweled at Soul, located on Strabane’s Main Street, is one of the local businesses seeing the benefits of the gift card having secured over £1,000 in gift card sales since the scheme was launched in November last year.According to Ursula O’Neill, joint owner of BeJeweled at Soul, the store is reaping the benefits of being part of the In Strabane Gift Card scheme and she is encouraging other local businesses to sign up, as she believes it helps encourage more shoppers to shop local. Ursula says she is supportive of any initiative aimed at encouraging people to spend their money in Strabane and support the local economy.BeJeweled at Soul is located on the Main Street and is owned and managed by Ursula and her sister Tracy. They stock unique footwear, jewellery and fashion accessories and work hard to source their products throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe in order to cater for every age and budget.Retailing in a town centre environment can be challenging in the current economic climate but Ursula says efforts such as the In Strabane Gift Card are definitely helping in terms of encouraging people to support the small, local town centre businesses.