Art prices – Art Lini Thu, 16 Sep 2021 11:45:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Art prices – Art Lini 32 32 Ethiopian gallery Addis Fine Art opens space in London Thu, 16 Sep 2021 09:07:00 +0000

Rakeb Sile and Mesai Haileleul
Courtesy of Bandele Zuberi

Against the apparent tendency of galleries to abandon their physical premises during the pandemic, the Ethiopian-born Addis Fine Art gallery opens its first permanent gallery in London in October.

The 2,000-square-foot two-level space on Eastcastle Street in the heart of Fitzrovia’s gallery district will open with an exhibition of works by Nirit Takele, an artist who was born in Ethiopia in 1985 but moved to Israel in 1991 as part of Operation Solomon which saw more than 14,000 Ethiopian Jews evacuated.

“What I realized is that the best strategy for us is to have a place rooted in London where we can have eight or ten shows a year and continue to increase our digital sales because they have been a buoy. absolute rescue and have been where we discovered a lot of our new clients during that time, ”says Rakeb Sile, who co-founded Addis Fine Art in 2016 with Mesai Haileleul. The gallery was a member of London’s Cromwell Place, renting space for occasional exhibitions, but for ten exhibitions a year, it makes financial sense to take a permanent gallery, Sile says.

Since the start of the pandemic, Addis Fine Art has done “just about every online viewing room that was available to us, including Vortic, South South, Frieze New York, and Art Basel,” Sile said. These digital innovations “have allowed us to really expand our reach without all of this shifting… it’s much better from an environmental perspective and from a cost base”.

The Young Man Sitting in a Blue Chair by Nirit Takele (2021)
Courtesy of Addis Fine Art

But Sile says the gallery’s own Instagram account has proven to be the most effective sales platform: “It’s really where we meet young collectors and connect with new people who aren’t. really in the art world. Instagram has been a great tool. In fact, despite the pandemic, the past year has been a commercial success for the gallery: “We have doubled our sales and we have practically doubled in size in terms of reach. But we’ve doubled our sales every year since we started and now we have artists charging pretty high prices, so we’re getting more daring. “

The gallery will be exhibiting at Frieze London (October 13-17) in the Focus section, its first entry to the fair, with a presentation of paintings by Ethiopian artist Merikokeb Berhanu who, according to Sile, “gets a lot of traction with curators in this. moment “. Meanwhile, at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (September 14-17) at Somerset House, Addis will showcase works by its diaspora artists – Tariku Shiferaw, Helina Metaferia, Tsedaye Makonnen and Tesfaye Urgessa. The gallery has also just returned from an exhibition at the Armory Show in New York, where it exhibited the works of Tizta Berhanu, another Ethiopian artist.

Addis Fine Art is one of the few black-owned galleries in London and Sile is well aware that the market for what is loosely referred to as “African” contemporary art is growing. “Speed [of growth] concerns me because I think what is missing is scholarship, writing, critical points of view. And in fact, the representation is lacking – if you look at a range of galleries that represent African artists, even on the continent itself, I don’t think you will find more than a handful of Africans who actually own galleries.

She adds: “Moreover, Africa is not a place, Africa is huge and so diverse. So I think one of the things that we’re really proud of at the gallery and want to keep doing is only dealing with this little part of Africa. [Ethiopia]. And it’s actually not small, it’s huge: 110 million people!

Addis Fine Art will retain its original space in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which Sile describes as an “incubator” for young artists and a “gallery that allows artists to come home and share their works of art in Ethiopia ”. Logistics are tough in Ethiopia, Sile says, so “we can never really do 10 shows a year there – four or five shows a year, that’s about what we’re aiming for. It is above all a place where a local public can come to see art in a country where public institutions are scarce.

KAWS: “When someone looks at my work and talks about ‘street art’, I wonder what they’re looking at” Sun, 12 Sep 2021 05:04:35 +0000

Ask KAWS about his influences and he will draw up a list of 20th century and contemporary artists, most of whom have recognizable graphic styles: “Martín Ramírez. Eugene Von Bruenchenhein. HC Westermann. Chris Johanson. Harry Dodge. Robert Crumb. Peter Saul. He pauses. “Look, that’s all. Ken Prix. Lee Quiñones. Joyce Pensato…” It’s a vast body of knowledge that belies any notion that KAWS is somehow not a “serious” artist because “he works with brands. When I put the names of three artists mentioned as comparisons to him in other profiles, he is incredulous.” Can you promise to give up everything you read? “

The same goes for the labels attached to what it does. “I went from being a graffiti artist to being a street artist,” he says, “and those were just other people’s words. Was the street-art label therefore an attempt by commercial galleries to legitimize graffiti? “Honestly, when someone looks at my work now and talks about ‘street art’, I just wonder what they’re looking at. I’m not offended. I just feel bad that they are so visionary.

It makes sense. The world changed years ago, as did the practice of KAWS. The difference between shop, street and gallery is now minimal. In the catalog of a new retrospective of his work published by the Brooklyn Museum, What a party, curator Anne Pasternak writes of how “the practice of KAWS recognizes that works of art can occupy multiple domains – the aesthetic and the transcendent, the commodified and the free.” This is certainly true, but it would perhaps be more accurate to describe his work as occupying all fields at once.

In 1995, if KAWS launched a label on the side of a Jersey City skate store, chances are no one outside of Jersey City would ever see it. Now he could make a limited run of sweatshirts with that same store, and they could be in the hands of a teenager in Singapore in a matter of hours. His work is hyper-commodified and totally global and although the context may change, the iconography – the Companions and references to pop culture – remains the same. And this global appeal is seen in the way the reception of his work has become more consistent over the past two decades. Where once, he says, streetwear brands in Japan were more willing than American brands to collaborate with an artist on a garment, now there is no noticeable difference. “I don’t think there is a brand that doesn’t really approach artists at this point.”

Pasternak, the museum’s curator, then notes KAWS ‘three million followers on Instagram. His production is about as online as art can be without being literally virtual, and he has always been quick to embrace new media to raise his profile and distribute the work (even as early as 1996, says KAWS, he was active early online bulletin boards on Graffiti Art Crimes and 12ozProphet. “I remember kids like, ‘You’re crazy talking about what you’re doing online, because you’re going to get arrested'”).

The arts group supports Katie Rose Thu, 09 Sep 2021 06:04:32 +0000

By Jim Fagan

The compassionate care at Katie Rose Cottage Hospice in Doonan is again this year supported by the Tinbeerwah Art Group.

For three days from Friday September 17, the 70 artists of the group will open their hearts and their talents to Katie Rose with a share of the sales of their works at the show, an entry fee in gold and the raffle of two paintings donated by member Avril Hare, plus a gift basket from Smyths Hairdressing, Noosaville.

The group’s annual exhibit is dedicated to the memory of the late Gwen Blair who founded TAG in 1994, making them one of the oldest arts groups on the Sunshine Coast.

Each year, members support a local charity, and in recent years the group has donated over $ 6,000 to causes such as the War Widows Guild, Thursday Girls and Katie Rose Cottage Hospice.

“Our motto this year has been ‘Keep Calm and Paint On’. Despite the restrictions of Covid-19, our artists have been busy preparing the show, ”said Jan Cooke, committee member.

“This year’s art show will be our biggest and best ever. Talented guest professors like Trevor Purvis, Naida Ginnane, Helen Lawson, Fiona Groome, Dale Leach, Pam Taylor, Pam Miller, Clare Riddington-Jones, Tricia Taylor, Anne Yang and Lizzie Conno allowed members to try out new techniques and to develop their skills in different mediums.

“We encourage artists of all levels. Our members range from complete beginners to award-winning artists. We paint in a variety of mediums – acrylic, watercolor, oil, pastel, charcoal and pencil, collage and mixed media.

“Members are encouraged to develop their own unique styles. Our work can be viewed on our Facebook page.

“Due to the restrictions, there will be no gala opening but the exhibition will be just as spectacular as in previous years. There will be paintings for all tastes, all for sale at reasonable prices, ”said Jan.

The Tinbeerwah Art Group annual art exhibition will be held in Tinbeerwah Hall at the corner of Sunrise and Noosa-Cooroy roads, Tinbeerwah, on Friday September 17, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday September 18, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, September 19, at 9:30 a.m. am – 3 p.m. The Covid-19 guidelines will apply.

For more information contact Jan Cooke at 5473 0235 or 0412 769 351 or by email at

Beeple: The Savage and Savage Tale of How One Man Made $ 69 Million From Just One NFT Sat, 04 Sep 2021 09:06:40 +0000

The first was called “Crossroad,” a book that would change depending on the outcome of the Biden vs. Trump election, the results of which were expected after the sale. Then, “Politics Is Bullshit”, an NFT showing a bull defecating (you understand?) The third track was called “Crypto Is Bullshit”. The latter work was also a digital animation – moving rather than static – this time showing an overweight naked white man seated astride a golden bull, while around him a landscape, patrolled by militants armed with machine guns, burns. So far, so WTAF.

“It was like a real experience,” says Winkelmann. “The one from Trump / Biden struck me as very interesting – the fact that the buyer wouldn’t know the condition of the artwork before buying it. It took me a second to wrap my own get around that, but the auction did happen and, hey, it worked. “

Ah, it worked. Beeple’s Biden / Trump NFT sold for $ 66,666.66. Not bad for his first “NFT” drop. (In February, it was resold on the aftermarket for $ 6.6 million. Digital art buyers have a soft spot for remarkable numbers and prices, another indication of the current gamification of the investment, which either through sharing apps, cryptocurrencies or NFTs.)

This early success got Winkelmann thinking about how he might respond to a problem that is at the very heart of NFT. thing: “December has arrived and we have decided to make another drop, but this time with a little difference”, explains the artist, stretching an arm back towards a big pile of boxes piled high behind him. The boxes, all white, seem to be able to comfortably hold two pairs of Air Jordans.

“I understand people’s disbelief that this work of art is not a physical thing. I don’t agree with that, but I understand. You cannot touch it, per se. So after the initial fall I saw all these people moaning and saying, “What is this? Why would I buy something that I can just have on Instagram? ‘ So I decided to add something physical to it for these people to cross the line. You know those people who can’t take the mental leap when it comes to NFTs yet.

He’s right, some people just can’t grasp him. The “it”, of course, goes right to the heart of what makes this art so precious. What is the value, for example, of a work of art if you cannot touch it, hold it, walk around it? For his second “drop,” in December 2020, Winkelmann gave these NFT skeptics something they could actually hold with both hands – a frame.

He calls those extras “physics,” and the frames look like those clear block-style plexiglass photo holders you can scavenge in Snappy Snaps – you know, the kind of thing successful YouTubers put on super-rare Pokémon cards. Winkelmann, however, comes with added visual fireworks. Each of these ‘physical’ costs around £ 350 to produce and has a QR code on the front that directs the buyer to a website listing the provenance of the artwork – a tally of all previous owners up to nowadays.

“Nobody does these physical exams,” he tells me, unwrapping the latest version of these special Beeple “frames” as we continue to talk, “so this is a polished aluminum base powered by USB-C. with polished aluminum exterior detailing and custom programmed LED lights. As he opens the lid of the white box, the ‘physics’ mounted inside flashes like a pinball machine in a dive bar.

Mike Winkelmann, otherwise known as Beeple, holds his “physical” NFT framed “Abundance”

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Shug’s in Brooklyn South Square brings art, food and drink together in one community gathering place – Salisbury Post Sun, 29 Aug 2021 04:01:23 +0000

SALISBURY – From the moment people walk into her eclectic bar, restaurant and concert hall, Tiffany Day wants them to feel like magically teleported away.

“I wanted there to be good vibes,” said Day, the co-owner and the face of the gathering place. “I wanted people to come and have an experience.

With local artwork hanging on nearly every wall, a bar offering creative handcrafted cocktails, and cuisine serving everything from Ruben egg rolls to tofu wraps, Shug’s in Brooklyn South Square offers a mix of something special. ‘unique to Salisbury.

“When I walk inside I don’t feel like I’m in Salisbury,” said Daisy Lemke, the “executive intoxicator” who runs the bar. “It sounds like a destination, but here you are right on the corner of Lee and Fisher.”

Shug’s, located at 209 S. Lee St. in a Victorian cottage renovated circa 1901, opened earlier this month after nearly two years of planning and preparation. He lives in the former home of Restaurant Emma, ​​but has been transformed into something completely different.

Day’s unique and specific vision for Shug’s was developed over years of travel. Despite having a degree in social work and anthropology, she spent most of her 20s traveling the United States and Europe, visiting (and sometimes working in) many tasty taverns and restaurants along the way. .

“I think that comes from going to a lot of places and wanting to bring a good community vibe to Salisbury, because we have a lot of great artists and cool creative people here,” said Day, who operates the undertaken with the help of a Partner based in Charlotte. “We already have a lot of good places, so it’s just to add and make one more.”

After checking out a few properties, Day found what she was looking for in the cozy Victorian cottage.

“I had a vision as soon as I walked in here,” Day said.

Before renting the building, Day had one condition: she wanted to demolish the four main interior walls separating the space.

“There were four rooms and a hallway,” Day said. “It was very divided and cut up. If we hadn’t been able to open it up like this, it might not have been the right space for what I wanted it to be.

The owner of the building, Allen Terry, agreed.

Day officially incorporated Shug’s as a limited liability company in the fall of 2019. Soon after, his makeshift construction team of friends and family got to work breaking down the walls, build the bar and stage and beautify the front porch and back patio.

“We had family and friends who all had the right credentials and we were really able to do it in a community way, which is a pretty awesome feeling,” Day said.

The extensive renovation process encountered a problem early in the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only did they take a few months off during the initial lockdown, but the prices for necessary materials have skyrocketed.

“The plywood cost around $ 90 a sheet,” said Shelby Stover, who led the interior renovations. “There were a few projects here that should have cost between $ 200 and $ 250 and ended up costing well over $ 1,000.”

Working through the expensive and complicated construction was frustrating, but maybe it was a blessing in disguise.

“It definitely helped the creative process because we had more time to think, do and create,” Day said. “There were times when we didn’t work at all and it was really depressing. It was heartbreaking there for a while. Then when we started to go again I felt like we were being fueled by fire for a little while and got really creative with it.

The spacious interior of Shug’s is dominated by a bar made entirely of natural wood. The bar, which awaits the installation of 24 beer taps, is surrounded by tables made by Stover or purchased second-hand. A table has already been covered with a piece painted by local artist Shannon Quick.

The walls of the bar and restaurant are also an exhibition space for local artists. Charlotte-based designer John Glenn’s ‘contemporary aboriginal art’ is currently on display. With price tags attached, each of Glenn’s creations is on sale. Day said she plans to rotate the work of artists like Glenn every few months.

Shug’s motto is “Eat Music, Drink Art,” and Chef Franky incorporates this theme into the food she prepares in the kitchen. The items listed on Shug’s seasonal menu are all named after songs or musicians. Hungry customers can order a sliced ​​beef and blue cheese salad called “Tangled Up in Blue” or a chicken sandwich with feta, bruschetta and basil pesto nicknamed “Dixie Chicken.”

The dishes are almost exclusively prepared with locally sourced ingredients, such as meat from the family farm Roberts based in Denton and fruits and vegetables from Father and Son Produce. When buying ingredients from nearby markets, the chef has a rule: “You don’t get it if it’s not fresh”.

In addition to a number of gourmet grilled cheese options, the sauce “flights” give diners the chance to try different types of homemade sauces.

The alcohol behind the bar has even found its way into menu items, like last week’s special “The Big Rock Candy Mountain”, a French onion soup made from New Sarum’s Yadkin River Lager. There are also vegan options, an ode to Day’s personal diet.

Everything is done from scratch, so Day preaches patience and asks customers to be prepared to spend a few hours. While it might take a few minutes for the food to arrive, Day promises it’s “worth the wait.”

While the food and cocktails are a draw, Shug’s is, at its core, a place of live music. The restaurant and bar currently host musicians every Friday and Saturday night, but also plans to bring in performers on weeknights. Day said Shug’s doesn’t focus on one genre in particular, but invites an eclectic mix of singers and songwriters to step onto its small “plug and play” indoor stage.

Since opening earlier this month, Shug’s has been almost inundated with eager diners and drinkers eagerly awaiting its opening.

“We tried to have a smooth opening and it didn’t end up being smooth,” Day said.

The restaurant and bar initially offered lunch, but Day and his staff made the decision to step aside to give his team enough time to recuperate. Sunday brunch, however, is still relevant today.

The restaurant’s initial popularity, Day admits, is a good problem.

“People come here to escape and they come back to escape again,” Day said. “I like this.”

Shug’s is currently open from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 3 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. More information can be found online at

15 things to do in Vancouver this week: August 23-29, 2021 Sun, 22 Aug 2021 22:00:00 +0000

Please Note: British Columbia is at step 3 of its COVID-19 restart plan. Please adhere to COVID-19 health and safety measures, including physical distancing and frequent hand washing, and wear a mask or face covering in indoor and commercial public spaces. If you are sick, stay home.

Where did the time go? The last week of August is already here. Fortunately, it brings many fun events to discover in and around Vancouver. From the monsoon festival to the Vancouver Whitecaps, to Gray Goose mini-golf and more, here are 15 things to keep you busy this week.

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Monsoon Performing Arts Festival

Vancity Bhangra (Facebook)

What: The Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts presented by the South Asian Arts Society goes digital throughout August, with line-up music and dance performances, panel discussions, a visual arts market, dance classes and performances. development workshops. People are also encouraged to visit the murals being created at the Punjabi Market in Vancouver.

When: Now until August 31, 2021
Time: Various times
Or: Online at Murals are being created in the Punjabi market.
Cost: Free or by donation. Sign up online

Live shipyards

What: Shipyards Live is a summer series that will feature live music, food, activities and vendors. Visitors to the outdoor event can expect food trucks and live music every day of the festival, including a wide range of genres like R&B, Soul, Funk, Country, Pop , jazz and Brazilian samba. Additionally, there will be a number of artisans and artists with their works on display and available for purchase.

When: Fridays and Saturdays until September 18, 2021
Time: All day until 10 p.m.
Or: The Shipyards – 125 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Cost: To free

Brittania Art Gallery summer exhibition – Dorothy Doherty

What: The Britannia Art Gallery features the work of local artist Dorothy Doherty who explores the vegetation of the Britannia region before and during the pandemic. There is a staggered entrance to the library to ensure physical distancing and there is a limit of two people in the space at all times.

When: Now until August 29, 2021
Time: Various times
Or: Vancouver Public Library – Britannia Branch – 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver
Cost: To free

Buy the block

What: Shop the Block, presented by Grosvenor, brings bring together local vendors, food trucks and immersive art installations to enjoy at 2150 Alpha Avenue in Burnaby. Treat yourself to some Vancouver’s best food trucks, then shop for unique items from local artisans organized by Shop in British Columbia. Ehave fun three Vancouver Mural Festival art installations artists – iheartblob, Yuan Zhang and Ngô Kỳ Duyên, alias Jo and discover an ephemeral art gallery hosted by West Vancouver’s Benjamin Lomb and an immersive artistic experience room by Siloh and muralist attracted young people.

When: August 27 and 28, 2021
Time: Fridays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Or: 2150 Alpha Avenue, Burnaby
Cost: To free

PNE Fair Fundamentals Summer Concerts

PNE Fair

The PNE / Facebook

What: If you’re in the mood for live music, PNE Fair Fundamentals brings a vibrant mix of genres and sounds, offering something for every musical appetite. There will be afternoon and evening concerts each day of the fair, including ABRA Cadabra, Dr. Srangelove and more.

When: Now until September 6, 2021 (closed August 30)
Time: Various times
Or: 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Cost: Summer concerts are free with the PNE Fair Fundamentals ticket: $ 15 for adults, $ 12 for children and seniors. Those five and under can enter for free, although they must reserve these free tickets in advance. Online purchase.

Boca Del Lupo – NetZero

What: Boca del Lupo’s Net Zero project invites the community to discuss the world’s major issues. The Climate Change Penance Project installation at Fishbowl on Granville Island also has an interactive component with the first real-world attempt to pilot Boca del Lupo’s space technology with the power of the community pedal. .

When: From Wednesday to Saturday until August 28, 2021
Time: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Or: The Fishbowl on Granville Island – # 100 – 1398 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
Cost: To free

Latin American experience

What: Latincouver’s Latin American Experience (LAE) is a series of limited capacity live events and hybrid workshops August 20-29 at the Vancouver Playhouse and Performance Works. A highlight of LAE includes Stand Up Comedy & Magic in Spanish, featuring the magic of Camilo Domínguez and comedic performances by Juan Cajiao, Pablo Zacarías, Mariana Santiago and Felipe Esmeral.

LAE will also present The Latin Jazz Extravaganza, a concert full of timeless Latin jazz standards, improvisation and salsa by Goma Dura Orchestra and Juan Encinales Quartet. The 10-day event will also feature Flamenco, Tango & Wine In One Night, the Sounds of Latin America series and a hybrid herbal culinary workshop from Latin America.

When: Now until August 29, 2021
Time: Various times
Or: Virtual and in-person events
Cost: Various prices, online purchase

Fairmont Vancouver Hotel – Hashtag Vacations


(Hashtag Holidays Floral Edition / Fairmont Hotel Vancouver)

What: The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver has partnered with Koncept Event Design to create a unique floral edition of its Hashtag Holidays installation. The activation includes 14 unique photo booths that visitors can dive in and have their photo taken. The greenery was provided by Vancouver retailer Flowerz, which will be offering fresh flowers for purchase at a pop-up flower shop inside the hotel. And between snapshots, a variety of drinks will also be available via a pop-up bar.

When: Open every day until the end of September 2021
Time: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Or: Fairmont Vancouver Hotel – 900 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Cost: Entry to activation will cost $ 40 for those over 13, $ 25 between two and 12 and $ 120 for a family package (two adults and two children). Visitors can purchase tickets online, available in hourly time slots.

South Granville Summer: Market x Portobello West

What: The South Granville Business Improvement Association is teaming up with craft collectives to present a pop-up craft series and summer street fair experience. The market is free and open to the public, and visitors can browse collections of handcrafted pottery, artwork, clothing, jewelry, and more. On August 28, Portobello West, described as Vancouver’s premier local market, introduces style-conscious shoppers to the city’s creative pool of artists and designers.

When: August 28, 2021
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Or: Granville Street at West 10th and West 11th Ave
Cost: To free

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Real Salt Lake

What: The Vancouver Whitecaps will face Real Salt Lake at BC Place on August 29. Before the game take part in The Warmup pre-game street party presented by Phillips Brewing. The 19+ event takes place outside the stadium before kick-off, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Live DJs and food trucks will be on site, with $ 5 beers on sale. Admission is free, but capacity is limited for the Warmup, which is now located at Robson and Beatty, across from Terry Fox Plaza.

When: August 29, 2021
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Or: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Cost: Miscellaneous, online purchase

Cool off with the best ice cream sandwiches in Vancouver

What: The best ice cream sandwiches in Vancouver? Look no further. We’ve rounded up the best of the best when it comes to the coolest, sweetest, tastiest handhelds on the local market. Enjoy!

When: Several days of operation
Time: Various opening hours
Or: Various stores across Vancouver
Cost: Various, see the list of ice cream sandwiches online

Voxel Bridge

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Voxel Bridge seen through augmented reality (Voxel Bridge / Vancouver Biennale).

What: Voxel Bridge, created by Colombian artist Jessica Angel, is a one-of-a-kind public art installation featuring augmented reality and blockchain technology beneath the south end of the Cambie Bridge. The exhibit is 19,000 square feet and was created in association with the Vancouver Biennale. The work explores how public space can be constructed and used both physically and digitally. Voxel Bridge will remain in place and open to the public until 2023.

When: Now until 2023
Time: Whenever
Or: Under the southern end of the Cambie Bridge
Cost: To free

Gray Goose Mini-Golf

What: Gray Goose Mini Golf is offering ticket holders nine holes of golf and a personalized 1 ounce vodka soda cocktail in their pop-up next to the Waterfront station. All equipment will be disinfected between rounds and local COVID-19 guidelines will be enforced.

When: August 28 to September 6, 2021
Time: Varied hours from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Waterfront Station – East Lot 531 – 555 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
Cost: $ 21, book your tickets online

Burnaby City Summer Scenes

What: The City of Burnaby invites everyone to celebrate summer with a series of free shows until September 5th. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy live music, storytelling, clowning and more at Civic Square, Edmonds Park and Confederation Park.

When: Various dates until September 5, 2021
Time: Various times
Or: Civic Square, Edmonds Park and Confederation Park in Burnaby
Cost: To free

Car Free Festival Month

What: Car Free Days runs a month-long festival that features a series of small events, including markets, bike rides, a car-free chill day, and more.

When: August 29 to September 25, 2021
Time: Various times
Or: Various places
Cost: Free, donations to the Car Free Vancouver Society are greatly appreciated

Consumer brands to protect advertising budgets even as other costs soar Sun, 22 Aug 2021 10:00:35 +0000

Advertising is a tempting place to start for CFOs looking to save money. But even as the makers of some of the world’s most popular household products have faced the most intense inflationary pressures in a decade, they think twice before axing marketing budgets.

Consumer goods vendors spent heavily on advertising during the pandemic, when elevated hygiene concerns boosted demand for cleaning supplies and lockdown restrictions boosted sales of food and drink for consumption domesticated.

Procter & Gamble was particularly aggressive in seizing the opportunity, spending $ 8.2 billion on advertising in the 12 months leading up to June, up $ 900 million from the previous year. In the drinks sector, Diageo’s marketing spend rose 17% to £ 2.16 billion in the same period.

For the advertising industry, these companies were an indispensable source of work, as commissions dried up from other client companies. Agencies developed industry campaigns that sought to capture the mood of the moment, such as Dove’s Courage is Beautiful video, which featured the faces of frontline healthcare workers.

However, how much advertising money to deploy – and where – in the coming months is more of a dilemma. While foreclosure rules have boosted sales of packaged household goods groups like P&G, the outlook is less bright: the cost of transportation and raw materials like palm oil are soaring along with demand. of buyers for certain products is weakening. Meanwhile, the reopening of the lockdown encourages companies in other industries to increase their ad spending, pushing prices up.

Mark Read, chief executive of WPP, the world’s largest advertising group, said that alongside technology and pharmaceuticals, consumer packaged goods (CPGs) had been among the most resilient industries during the pandemic. Now that other customers were once again increasing their ad spend, there was “some pressure on margins and marketing costs” in the industry.

“We see a mixed picture among our CPG clients, but overall I think they realize the need to invest in marketing – companies that have gained stakes are looking to keep them,” he said. declared.

Some CPG companies may more easily ignore cost pressures than others, as loosening foreclosure restrictions should increase sales. Beverage companies, for example, are positioning brands for reopening pubs, clubs and restaurants.

Dolf van den Brink, Managing Director of Heineken, who earlier this year announced plans to cut 8,000 jobs to contain costs, said: “We really believe in the need to increase our marketing and sales spending. .

“Even though it’s a little painful [financially] in the short term, it is the right thing to do in the long term.

But for other businesses, returning consumer behavior to pre-pandemic norms means slowing sales, making it harder to calculate marketing spend. British group Reckitt Benckiser, maker of Finish dishwasher tablets and Lysol disinfectant, is among several to report that high consumer demand for soaps and disinfectants has recently started to moderate.

Managing Director Laxman Narasimhan said the group did not “really have specific goals that we disclose” for advertising but “marketing spend remains high.”

A customer selects an item from a nearly empty section of toilet paper rolls in an Asda supermarket in England

Many mainstream brands have benefited from increased sales of household products during Covid lockdowns © Chris Ratcliffe / Bloomberg

In the United States, Barclays analysts expect marketing spend to decline in the coming months at bleach maker Clorox, which spent $ 790 million on marketing in its fiscal year to date. at the end of June and is expected to spend $ 700 million in the coming year, and Kimberly -Clark, the company behind Andrex toilet paper and Kleenex toilet paper, where it is expected to grow from $ 956 million in 2020 to $ 879 million. dollars this year.

Reporting results showing a second consecutive quarterly decline in organic sales, Mike Hsu, chief executive of Kimberly-Clark, told analysts that the company had “chosen to cut” its advertising spending a bit in certain areas. He highlighted toilet paper in North America, for which demand has slowed as consumers spend more time away from the home.

“There is as much a mathematical component in our advertising program as there is a creative component,” added Hsu. “We’re pretty disciplined.

Line chart of Malaysian palm oil futures (Ringgit per tonne) showing palm oil as one of the commodities whose price has skyrocketed

Despite this, forecasted ad spending for both Kimberly-Clark and Clorox is expected to remain above pre-pandemic levels. Hsu said the group is maintaining its investments in brands across multiple regions and product lines.

Clorox, which spent more than usual on advertising last year, said it plans to invest about 10 percent of its sales this fiscal year, consistent with previous periods. The company added that it had “an ongoing commitment to invest heavily behind our brands.”

Companies that plan to increase their ad spending despite cost pressures include Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Colgate-Palmolive. Barclays expects P & G’s advertising budget to grow another $ 250 million in the coming year.

Colgate-Palmolive, which released a more conservative full-year profit forecast last month, citing a “tough cost environment,” said that while it was speeding up cost cuts in other areas, the ad was to “always grow against both the dollar and one percent of the sales base.”

Television continues to attract the industry, which has long been drawn to the broad reach of the medium, but Google, Facebook and other digital platforms have become increasingly important.

Big brands typically spend at least 40% of their marketing budget on digital channels, said Brian Wieser, global president of business intelligence at Media Buyer GroupM.

In the UK, adults spent a third of their waking hours on average last year watching TV and videos online, according to a recent Ofcom study.

Executives are reluctant to aggressively restrict spending in part because the dangers of tight budgets have been exposed by the struggles at Kraft Heinz, analysts said.

The rest of the industry, in the United States at least, had come under pressure from Wall Street to adopt its strict cost approach – before the food group, backed by the Brazilian-American investment firm 3G, took any action. depreciation of $ 15 billion three years ago on bleak prospects for some of its best-known products.

“The investment community has woken up,” said Bruno Monteyne, analyst at Bernstein. There was now “enormous attention” to whether companies “were gaining market share, if they continued to grow.”

“Just look at Kraft Heinz and what happened in terms of stock price performance. No one sees this as a paragon of virtue anymore. “

Photos from the recent campaign

Guinness, which is owned by Diageo, has launched a ‘Welcome Back’ campaign launched in anticipation of the reopening of pubs and bars across the UK © Diageo

Kraft Heinz, which is now headed by former marketing manager Miguel Patricio, said it has “transformed significantly in a short period of time, becoming more consumer obsessed than ever, reinvesting in our brands and our talent”.

The company – whose products include Heinz Ketchup, Mac and Cheese Kraft, HP Sauce, and Philadelphia Cream Cheese – said it plans to spend $ 100 million more on marketing this year than in 2019 and that it anticipated further increases in the years to come.

Competition from both disruptive start-ups, which have gained traction through digital marketing, and supermarket’s own cheaper labels gives managers yet another reason to avoid taking too harsh an approach to ad spend. .

The importance of branding for packaged products is such that advertising is to a large extent the lifeblood of the industry.

CPG companies “think of advertising as a central expense rather than a discretionary one, which some retailers might think,” said Phil Smith, former marketing director at Kraft in the 1990s and now general manager of UK advertisers’ commerce. association, Isba.

Monteyne said executives were more prepared to limit investments in innovation than they were in marketing, or to push for efficiency gains through other means, such as downsizing. versions of similar products.

Smith said the outlook for spending in the industry will ultimately depend on how well companies can pass cost increases on to buyers. “There is clearly a lot of inflationary pressure and at some point the advertising will sag down if they are not able to push through their price increases,” he said.

Advertising was even more important in an inflationary environment, especially given the competitive threat of cheaper alternatives, GroupM’s Wieser said. “If you’re going to pass the costs on, are you really going to persuade consumers to pay more if your brand has less presence? You have to make sure that the consumer does not turn to store brands.

While CFOs are ready to protect overall marketing budgets, advertising executives have said customers are more demanding of returns than ever before. P&G said it was reducing agency costs, eliminating waste and reducing “excessive ad frequency.”

Ivan Menezes, Managing Director of Diageo, said: “You need two things to really work effectively. One is a great creative flair in understanding consumers, product development and digital engagement. The other is to understand the return you get on every dollar you spend.

Agencies are called upon to produce more concrete evidence that their campaigns are producing results, especially since advances in technology have made their effectiveness easier to measure.

“The level of review keeps increasing, and rightly so,” said one creative industry executive. “It’s not art. It’s advertising.

God, money, YOLO: how Cathie Wood found her flock Sun, 22 Aug 2021 07:00:08 +0000

The first of four children of Irish immigrants, Ms Wood spent much of her childhood moving – her father was a radar technician for the Air Force – before the family moved to Culver City, California. school in 1974, then attended the University of Southern California, majoring in Business Administration.

There she found a mentor in Arthur Laffer, one of the patron saints of the supply-side economy, after she applied for admission to one of her graduate courses.

“It took a lot of nerve,” said Mr. Laffer, 81.

He found Ms Wood to be an impressive student, unwilling, he said, to drop a subject until she fully understood it.

“I’ve never seen someone so thorough, so careful, and so research-oriented in my life, which makes her pretty sure of herself,” he said.

Ms. Wood’s work ethic and her voracious consumption of information are recurring themes among her former colleagues. She often woke up long before dawn to catch one of the first trains at Grand Central Terminal each day, treating the nearly two-hour ride from Connecticut as some sort of perpetual cracking session on the tracks.

Before smartphones, tablets and laptops, his colleagues remembered his bags loaded with research reports in and out of the office every day.

Sig Segalas co-founded Jennison Associates, a fund management store in New York City where Ms. Wood worked from the early 1980s to 1998, first as an economist and then as an analyst and fund manager. For many years her desk was next to his, and he remembers her as usually one of the last people to leave the office each day.

Many artistic and musical events will be held across Richmond Thu, 12 Aug 2021 01:15:35 +0000

RICHMOND, Virginia – There are plenty of arts and music events taking place in Richmond throughout August and into the New Year.

Grammy® nominated group Black Violin features classically trained string musicians Wil B. on viola and Kev Marcus on violin in concert. DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes will join the band on stage. Black Violin mixes a mix of classical and hip-hop music. Those who are interested can watch them perform on Thursday in a 90-minute performance at the Perkinson Center for the Arts and Education. The doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the concert will begin at 8:00 p.m. For tickets, click here.

Violins of Hope in Central Virginia, a new exhibit, tells the stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. The moving exhibit is on display at the Holocaust Museum, the Museum of History and Culture, and the Black History Museum. As part of the exhibition, several concerts and educational programs are organized in each museum. Details can be found here. The exhibition runs until October 24.

The Black History Museum will host the Wine, Wings & Strings event, an evening featuring Kareem Headley. Headley is an accomplished musician who plays up to 13 instruments, including the violin. Those who attend can hear anything from jazz, pop, R&B, classical to Christian music. Headley could even take on the piano keys from jazz musician Joe Kennedy as part of the VIRGINIA JAZZ exhibit which has been extended until August 28. Wine, Wings and Strings will be held on Friday and the doors will open at 5 p.m. The concert is free but registration is required. Wine and wings will be available for purchase during the event. For tickets and more information, click here.

Comedian Jo Koy will present his “Funny Is Funny World Tour” at the Altria Theater on Saturday January 15th at 8:00 pm. The presale of tickets will start at 10:00 am this Thursday. The code to use for the presale is COMEDY! Regular tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Ticket prices will range from $ 50.50 to $ 80.50. To purchase tickets, visit the Altria website.

The Southern Soul Music Festival will be held this Saturday and will feature artists such as Tucka, Pokey Bear, Ronnie Bell, Lebrado and Omar Cunningham. Tickets can be purchased here or at the Altria Theater box office. A window at the ticket office accepts cash for ticket purchases. You can also call (800) 514-ETIX to purchase tickets. As per CDC recommendations, all customers are strongly encouraged to wear masks in the building.

The Wilco and Sleater-Kinney show scheduled for Wednesday August 18 at the Altria Theater has moved to Brown’s Island. The show time has been changed to 5:45 p.m. and all existing tickets will be honored at the new location. There will be three permanent general admission sections depending on the price level of the ticket purchased by participants. Tickets are still available and can be purchased here.

RPAA will present a new Legends on Grace series titled Nightcaps and Stories. The 90-minute performance will be an intimate and personal cabaret-style series that honors a diverse range of musical artists from Virginia as they share with audience members their legendary journeys and passion for their craft. All performances will be accompanied by songs from their past. Each artist will be interviewed by popular local hosts in the intimate setting of Rhythm Hall. Artists include Robin and Linda Williams, James “Plunky” Branch, Robbie Schaefer, Andrew Alli and Josh Small, and Desirée Roots. To purchase tickets and learn more, click here.

JS Affairs Summer Music Series, An Evening with Maysa will take place on Sunday at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. with guest Julian Vaughan at the Science Museum of Virginia, Thalhimer Pavilion, DMV Drive. For tickets, click here or call (804) 510-9999.

Herald Albright with special guest Selina Albright will perform on August 29 at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia, Thalhimer Pavilion, DMV Drive. For tickets, click here or call (804) 510-9999.

Even your allergist is now investing in start-ups Mon, 09 Aug 2021 07:00:13 +0000

In London, Ivy Mukherjee, 28, product designer, and Shashwat Shukla, 30, private equity investor, also started investing in start-ups together this year to learn new skills and network with others. industry players. They said they were proceeding with caution, with checks for $ 2,000 to $ 5,000, knowing they could lose everything.

“If we happen to get our money back, that’s good enough for us,” Shukla said.

New angel investors have the potential to transform a venture capital industry that has been stubbornly clubby. They could also put pressure on bad industry players who get away with things ranging from rudeness to sexual harassment, said Elizabeth Yin, general partner at Hustle Fund, a venture capital firm. The company has also created Angel Squad and shares deals with its members.

“More competition leads to better behavior,” Ms. Yin said. (In addition to investing in start-ups, Hustle Fund sells mugs that say “Be Nice, Make Billions.”)

The boom in angel investors has, in turn, created a mini-boom of companies that aim to streamline the investment process. Allocations, the start-up led by Mr. Advani, offers bundled deals. Assure, another start-up, helps with administrative work. Others, like Party Round and Sign and Wire, help angel investors make money transfers or work with start-ups to raise funds from large groups of investors.

AngelList, which has enabled such transactions for over a decade, has gradually expanded its menu of options, including working capital (for people to buy into transactions from an angel investor) and roll-out vehicles. up (for start-ups to consolidate many small checks). Mr Kohli said his company runs a “fund factory” that squeezes a month of legal paperwork and wire transfers at the push of a button.

Yet accessing the next tech startup as a total outsider takes time.

Ashley Flucas, 35, a real estate lawyer in Palm Beach County, Florida, began investing in start-ups three years ago. She said it was a chance to build generational wealth, something underrepresented people usually don’t have access to.

“These are the same people who do business with each other and share the wealth, and I wonder, how do I get into that?” said Ms Flucas, who is black.