As Brian Eno once remarked, ‘The Alternative Miss World should be entered for the Turner Prize! ’The event that brought Leigh Bowery to London, that intrigued artists from Brian Eno to David Hockney, that has attracted fashionistas from Zandra Rhodes to Ryan Styles - The Alternative Miss World - a beauty contest like no other – ricochets back into the limelight for its 12th outing since 1972 at London's premier venue The Roundhouse on Saturday May 2nd 2009.
Artist Andrew Logan's Crufts-inspired competition thrusts 20 hard-core exhibitionists, including head-hunter Janet Slee, gallery owner Matthew Flowers, club phenomenon Daniel Lismore & milliner Piers Atkinson, onto the stage to compete through Daywear, Swimwear and Eveningwear for the ultimate accolade; the coveted title of The Alternative Miss World. Judged by poise, personality and originality by a panel of the ruthless crème de la crème of the creative world, contestants pull every trick in the book to gain attention, favour and those all-important votes. Past competitors have included Jubilee's Jenny Runacre, Norman Rosenthal in Sarah Lucas, 80 year old Russian Pani Bronua and ‘Transformer’ Burnel Penhaul. Expect cross-dressing, nudity, absurdity, art, gigantic looks, mechanical costume, raw sexual energy, laughter and shock!

Andrew Logan hosts and hostesses the evening with quickfire-wit cultural icon Ruby Wax. Live music from The Irrepressibles, the siren sounds of Bishi and Moscow’s Aquaaerobika, unexpected celebrity appearances, video art, semi naked boys, dancing girls, drink, friends & family, transvestites, performance, glitter, dazzle and spectacle. Judges include Queen of Colour Zandra Rhodes, Textile Temptress Celia Birtwell, Bruce Lacey the elemental artist, pilot and AMW veteran, artiste Molly Parkin, Movie Maestro Ken Russell, The Beautiful Bombshell Betty McIntosh, Rocky Horror’s Creator Richard O’Brien, Hollywood Superstar Tim Curry, South Asia’s Cultural Guru Rajeev Sethi, The Doyen of Craft Today, Philip Hughes, London’s Latest Hotspot Amy Lamé, Jonny Woo the Darling of the East End, Time Out’s Tony Elliott, the Roundhouse’s Supremo Marcus Davey, Alternative Miss World of The Universe 2004 Miss Secret Sounds of Sunbird Rising CCCP, 2004’s Co-Host, the fabulous Julian Clary and yet more Glitterati!

The Alternative Miss World

The theme is The Elements

The place is The Roundhouse

The date is 2nd May

The time is 8.00 pm

The night to crown it all!

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BOTOWN; From Memphis To Mumbai

BOTOWN is a super-tight band of multi-cultural musicians that bring together the classical sounds of India and Bollywood and serves them up with a unique Soul Funk twist. It’s an exciting culture-clash musical experience that takes you on a trip from Memphis to Mumbai.
The live performances combine the glamour of Bollywood and the charisma of the Soul legends from a band that is committed to bringing the house down with every performance and then playing on top of the rubble. And yes of course they have their own troupe of sexy dancers!

The band was put together by Ajay, a UK born musician with top-ten hits in India and who has worked with artists as diverse as Jamiroquai, Gregory Isaacs and the King of Bollywood himself – Shah Rukh Khan!

Says Ajay: “Bollywood and Soul are both music of the people. I’ve always been passionate about both, so combining the two is a musical dream come true. Fans of both music genres will be at home at the gig.”

The live music show features Bollywood hits mashed up with soul, blues & funk along with original music. Check out the sounds of legends like RD Burman, James Brown, Prince, AR Rahman, Sly Stone, Kishore Kumar and more in a way you’ve never heard them before!

The Botown band line up features: drums, bass, Indian percussion, horn section, guitar, male & female vocals, dhol, DJ turntablist, rapper and dancers, all completing the full live Bollywood Soul Funk experience!

BOTOWN: The Soul of Bollywood!

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Henkel Collection Art Catalog

An art collection for all employees.
During the period 1970 – 2000, professor of art Gabriele Henkel collected art from around the world for the Henkel company. These works enliven the offices, corridors, stairwells and canteens at Henkel’s Düsseldorf headquarters and have thus become part of the working environment of several thousand employees. The two-volume catalog “The Collection at Home – Henkel Collection” shows a selection of this unusual art collection comprised of paintings, exhibits of graphic and primitive art, photographs, tapestries and fabrics. Now the catalog has been launched in Düsseldorf.

Düsseldorf – When a new complex of buildings was constructed on the Henkel site in Düsseldorf in 1970, Prof. Gabriele Henkel, renowned art expert, was commissioned by the company to start an art collection. For the wife of the deceased Dr. Konrad Henkel, grandson of the company founder Fritz Henkel, one important prerequisite was that the works should be made accessible to all the company’s employees and be integrated within the working world.
Gabriele Henkel has recorded a part of the collection in a two-volume catalog that was now presented to the public. Guests from the worlds of art, politics and business came to the launch, which was held at Düsseldorf’s K21 gallery, home of the art collection of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
In his welcoming address, Henkel CEO Kasper Rorsted expressed what many of Henkel’s employees must think as they pass through the buildings that make up their place of work: “As a Henkel man, I am lifted by this daily presence of both intensely stimulating and tranquil art that surrounds me. It is truly motivational and inspires our creativity, and so, on behalf of the company, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Gabriele Henkel for making this possible.”
The catalog entitled “The Collection at Home” is published by Dumont Verlag.
Henkel has been dedicated to making people's lives easier, better and more beautiful for more than 130 years. A Fortune 500 and Germany's most admired company, Henkel offers strong brands and technologies in three areas of competence: Adhesive Technologies, Home Care and Personal Care. Each day, more than 50,000 employees in 125 countries are dedicated to fulfilling Henkel's claim "A Brand like a Friend.” In fiscal 2008, Henkel generated sales of 14,131 million euros and adjusted operating profit of 1,460 million euros.
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Underage Achiever Bilaal

At the age of twelve, author, fundraiser and Unicef Canada ambassador Bilaal Rajan is already a force to be reckoned with. An accomplished writer, fundraiser and children’s activist, his new book Making Change: Tips from an Underage Overachiever is an operating manual for making a difference, no matter what your age.

International Volunteer Week is taking place April 19 to 25, and to celebrate the occasion, Bilaal is spearheading his own initiative where he will go without shoes for the entire week. He is asking fellow students and the general public to do the same, or as long as they can, to better understand the struggles faced by underprivileged children in the developing world – many of whom cannot afford shoes, let alone attend school.
“From an early age,” says Rajan, “I could see young people around the world didn’t have it so good. I realized that something had to be done.” Since 2001, he has raised almost five million dollars for various causes. Four years ago, he was chosen as an official Child Ambassador for Unicef Canada.
Bilaal is also featured in a documentary, Yes We Can!, produced by In Sync video, which premiered on April 19 at the Sprockets Film Festival in Toronto, where the initiative officially kicked off. “This initiative is a call to action,” he says. “And when people ask me why I don’t have shoes, I’ll tell them because too many children throughout the world don’t either.”

Nigel Fisher, president of Unicef Canada, is on board. Also taking part is ORCA book publishers, award-winning novelist Eric Walters, members of the World Partnership Walk Committee, and most importantly, schools in Ottawa, Calgary and Montreal.
The initiative is also gaining momentum in countries as far away as Australia, Afghanistan, Great Britain, Switzerland, Thailand, Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania. The word on the initiative is travelling fast!
Bilaal believes that in these challenging economic times, young people need to reach out even more, volunteer their time, and help those in need. “My goal,” he says, “is to inspire one million children to find their passion, take action and create a more caring world.

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Australia's Nobody Collection

Worn by rock bands, shot by style press and designed by denimologists – what next?
Celebrating Nobody’s 10-year anniversary our ever-expanding Australian denimista’s have designed a one off dress named “Waltz”. Engineered out of Japanese distressed denim it’s set to make your pulse race and your plastics melt with it’s bleached and ripped full circle halter-dress.
Heritage Collection
Nobody have designed the Australian Heritage Collection to be the ultimate jean to capture the Nobody attitude and outlook, inspired by our shared Australian memories, faded photographs and our uniquely Australian perspective, For us it’s about down to earth vibe with a high quality respect and appeal, with a nod to the future and an eye on the past.

Premium Collection
The Premium Collection features a clean design aesthetic, an optimistic, exciting and creative outlook. The distinct and sharp signatures, rivets and pocket detail represent confidence and a directness – not tied to the past but afresh, uncomplicated and innovative attitude.

Guilty Collection
The Guilty Collection is the ultimate in hard edge attitude, constructed from non-traditional denims sourced from small boutique style denim mills, we work with coated fabrics, waxed fabrics, speciality wefts and metallic treatments. Always something unique and exciting, these looks are for the exhibitionists in all of us. For when you wanted understated but flashy . . . you know what we mean.
Nobody team are putting another prawn on the BBQ for their 10 year anniversary with a delicious line of distressed denim dresses, jumpsuits, bold blazers, skirts, shirts and short shorts available from dedicated “denimistas” Donna Ida and Trilogy stores.

For those who love nothing more than making heads turn (and we don’t mean the other way) Nobody are introducing the Matilda Dress, made from distressed Japanese denim imported specially for hippy lux denim damsels around London. You may want to burn some serious rubber as the waiting list for this material girl is longer than Caprices extensions.

This season Gossip Girl star Leighton Meeston struts her stuff in Nobody's skinny pant, ferocious fading, discreet designer rips and black stitching combine this gorgeous get up named “Mole” in exotic “Lolita”, perhaps it’s time to give a cheery wave to “Jenny from the block” and all hale “Statement Sisters!”.

And finally the denim direction set to hit the high-street from Nobodys mother ship would be the “Rebel” legging style jean, tighter than Sandy's leathers in Grease and “Jackaroo” baggy, ripped and boyish all the way .
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