Middle East Council of Shopping Centres’ Next Generation Networking Reception in Riyadh

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 MECSC’s Next Generation Events – connecting retail professionals across Middle East

The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres and the International Council of Shopping Centres host the Next Generation Networking reception in Riyadh, on Wednesday March 15th at Ritz Carlton Hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

 

David Macadam, CEO, MECSC says “Saudi Arabia has been progressively developing its shopping malls and retail industry; including hosting Recon Jeddah Forum this May. We are excited to host the Next Gen in Riyadh on 15th March and offer a unique platform for professionals to network and develop their business.”

 

The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres emphasizes on educating and offering a successful Networking platform to its members and therefore MECSC has progressively organized several Next Generation Networking events throughout the Middle East region. These events aim to bring together specialists from the Retail industry to share knowledge, ideas and promote business growth.

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Event Details: NextGen Riyadh

Date: 15th March 2017

Time: 6:30pm until 9:30pm

Venue: Ritz Carlton Hotel, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

 

Main Sponsor: Asala Holding

Platinum Sponsors: Hamat Property Co & Riyadh Park

Annual Sponsors: CELS Events & Afkar lighting

To RSVP for this event, please click the link Register Online or visit www.mecsc.org for more details.

 

Contact: +971 4 359 7909

 

About MECSC:

Established in 1994, The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres affiliated to the New York based International Council of Shopping Centres has over 70,000 members globally (www.icsc.org), the MECSC provides its members with unparalleled local and international business contacts. Facilitating members to grow their business through retail industry education, business development, conferencing and networking opportunities. The MECSC covers memberships throughout the MENA region and globally through the ICSC.

 

Web:http://www.mecsc.org / FB: http://www.facebook.com/MECSC.org

Twitter: @MECSC.org/LinkedIn: MECSC/ Instagram: MECSC/ Pinterest: MECSC

For information about the MECSC, please contact:

Email: lea@mecsc.org phone +971 4 359 7909

 

For more press information, please contact: Zareen Khan – W2W events & pr – Email: zareen.w2w.pr@gmail.com052 – 765 55255

 

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Valentines with a twist as Artists focus on “Self Love” at the upcoming Art Exhibition

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“Self Love” is the theme for “Against the tides 2017” to be held from 15th till 21st of February at Cartoon Art Gallery

Woman2Woman will be organizing its 7th edition of Against the tides, an Art Exhibition – which every year has a new theme that takes focus of the Art show, this year Artists from the Emirates will be coming together to display “Self Love” through their Art.

As Valentines comes around, everyone is obsessed with expressing love for someone else and as Artists we wanted to turn the tables around and see what would Artists produce if asked to showcase “Self Love” – we have been receiving some incredible artworks from painters, photographers and also Chocolatiers for this show.” Says Zareen Khan – organizer of Against the tides 2017.

This Art Show is open to the public, starting on 15th till 21st of February at the Cartoon Art Gallery, Dubai. The Artists include; Afshan Quraishi, Anya Akhtar, Dagmar Braendle, Dr. Nafisa Sayed Motiwala, Gwyneth Rasquinha, Haafiza Syed, Erum Abdullah, Kavita Sriram, Jyoti Sethi, Linda Mohamed, Nissa Riyas, Samar Kamel, Shytal Gosami, Shiba Khan, Tripti Purewal, Yuvika Garg; Baker – Aisha Ahmed and Chocolatier – Hemmali Narsiaan. 

There will be 60 Art works depicting “Self love” on display and sale; visitors can also enjoy a live entertainment by performing artists.

The Event details:

 

Art Exhibition Dates: 15th till 21st of February 2017

Opening Night: Wednesday, 15th of Febraury 2017

Opening Night timing: 7:00pm till 9:00pm

Venue: The Cartoon Art Gallery, Al Qouz

Entry: FREE

For information about Against the tides: https://www.facebook.com/AgainstTheTidesArtists

 

Web: http://www.w2wevents.com

 

For more press information, please contact:

 

Zareen Khan – W2W events – Email: zareen.w2w.pr@gmail.com052 7655525

 

 

Miss January of the Calendar Girls’ Yasmina Alidodova as Cinderella an interview by Ruqya Khan

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Yasmina Alidodova is from Tajikistan, the 13 year old was the youngest among the ladies participating on the Calendar Girls 2016 project. Her story is therefore like the little cherry on the cake, that small something that you get even after the year has passed. She rings in the New Year with joy and childlike hope yet her values and thoughts reflect what the women of 2016 have spoken.

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On the calendar Yasmina is representing the character of Cinderella. “She is a strong person and independent young woman who is truly beautiful because she doesn’t let her anger and sorrow get the better of her. She is kind to most, talented and always confident in herself. She is a hard worker and has a positive attitude. I can relate to her because this is also my own nature plus I love animals too.”

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Yasmina is surely inspirational. She has already accomplished so much in her life. She started singing when she was 6 and got her first TV appearance on MBC at the age of 7. From there on, her parents caught onto her passion and sent her to LA for the Young Actors Camp where she mastered the craft. She is also a child model, and is the face of Red Tag (3 years), Armani Junior, Atlantis Hotels, DEWA, and a lot more. She is the winner of the ‘Best Junior Vocalist in the UAE’ by House of Rock, the second place in ‘UAE’s Got Talent’ for singing, and 1st place in ‘Eastern Motives,’ an international festival of youth creativity. Her recent and on-going project is the role of “Noor” for Berger Paints campaign – Colours of Arabia.

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Honestly, she has done it all and has no air or teenage tantrums about it. Having her on the Calendar Girls project gave it a transitional understanding of how a girl and her understanding of beauty blossoms.

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Maturity does not come from age, it is achieved by the learning from the chances one takes and grows from. “The understanding of beauty is not what’s on the outside; it’s what is in the inside. Beauty is about being confident in who you are and always being true to yourself. By being on the calendar I wanted to give a message to the world that the real beauty is not how you look but how you present yourself in front of the people with your positive thoughts and charming personality. A woman is beautiful and it is her personality, positive thinking and friendly approach that make a woman beautiful.”

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“Every person should know that a woman is not beautiful by the way she looks, walks or wears her hair. Beauty isn’t always on the outside, it is inside. You need to look beyond a woman’s curves and complexion to discover her real beauty. A woman is beautiful in the way she speaks her mind, in the way she touches your heart with her warmth and tenderness and in the ways she mends and heals broken hearts with her unconditional love and compassion.”

 

About Calendar Girls: W2W Events Proudly presents the launch of Calendar Girls 2016 at the Gallery of Light on 28th of November 2016 – 6 months of work and one day of inspiring speakers, performers and Fashion showcase – we launched with a bang. An event to change minds about Beauty and Body image – showcasing the worlds most beautiful women in one calendar. #BeautywithoutBoundaries #woman2woman #womensupportingwomen #Calendargirls2016

Credit for this amazing event goes to a full team of awesome individuals!

Events By : W2W Events

The Awesome Events Team:

Alefia

Sree

Aparna

Angel

Havra

Ruqya

Rohika

Sandhya

Atul

Photographs Courtesy:

Priyanka Geriya

The Fashion Designers:

Kash Kouture

ANISA Couture

Shaby Designs

Fussy Diva – by Desi Sari Dewi

Rev Du Soliel

SASH

Hayaati by Aisha

Dutchess Closet

Jewelry Sponsored by AGATHA Paris

Makeup Sponsored by Bourjois Middle East – الشرق الأوسط

Official Salon: Splendour Salon

Makeup Artist: Malini Ohri

The Amazing Performers:

Siya & Varsha

Kasha

Smartband from SmartLife Foundation

Official Film Maker: Kalyan Chakravarthy (KC24)

Official Media Partner: @Selfie Tv

The Fantastic Speakers:

Dina Taji

Mahima Mehta

Kimberly Miranda

Rohit Manek

Malini Ohri

Marie & Lara – Bourjois

KC

Ruqya Khan

The Amazingly Beautiful Calendar Girls of 2016:

Anita Menon

Bindiya Farswani

Dilakxi Antony

Dutchess Riley

Juri Deandler

Kim Oberoi

Komal Chhatwani

Mahek Anadkat

Menaka Ramakrishnan

Piyaa Jayesh Kumar

Pinky Jayesh Kumar

Ritu Chaturverdi

Rumali Kularatne

Yasmina Alidodova

To learn more: zareen.w2w.pr@gmail.com

 

Miss December of the Calendar Girl Menaka Ramakrishnan as Elsa an interview by Ruqya Khan

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At age 24, Menaka Ramakrishnan has a lot going on for her. She owns a content writing business where she provides social media management services for SMEs and writes articles for blogs and magazines on a freelance basis. She is also a travel blogger and instagrammer. On the calendar she is seen as Princess Elsa from the Disney movie Frozen.

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Looking back at last year’s summer when Zareen Khan announced the Calendar Girls project Menaka responded with enthusiasm. She was at the maiden meeting of the project totally sure of herself and the character she wanted to be as she brought to the pages a story close to her heart and life.

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She shared, “The movie Frozen really stood out to me from other Disney movies. Whereas in most Disney movies Romance and “prince charming” are the central aspects, Frozen was different. The main theme of this movie was sisterhood and that holds a deep place in my heart.”

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“When I was around ten years old, my sister passed away in an accident. She was very young and the passing was very sudden for my family. As I was very young and the only child left in the family, I knew that I had to be their strength. I could relate to Elsa’s character because even though she had Anna, throughout her life she craved for a sisterly bond. As I grew older I did make those bonds with my cousins and friends. My sister will always be a big part of my life and character. They say that going through a tragedy makes you stronger and they are right. Elsa also went through several hardships only to emerge into a strong and beautiful princess who loves her sister above all else. And Anna proved to be a great sister by proving that true love for her is her bond with Elsa.”

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“Elsa also had to face several pressures of society being a princess which I think represents the state of women in general in today’s world. Stereotypes are so common amongst women these days and sometimes women pit women against each other. If a women is attractive then immediately people think “Oh she must not be intelligent” if someone chooses to not get married or not have children they are immediately labelled. Elsa for me, represents a woman who finds herself at the end of all the hardships and completely embraces herself and her powers. Even though she was scared in the beginning, everything worked out in the end. I believe that women of the world should ignore everyone else and focus on finding their true self, just like Elsa did.”

“When I was younger, I used to fall into a category of trying to be “perfect” – a model student, someone who doesn’t get into trouble who always does what is right in society’s eyes. But it’s changed now. Even though I still do what is “morally” correct, but those morals are not set by society but by myself. Being myself and abiding by my principals are much more important to me than what society may think of me.”

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Stepping back from her own story and connecting with the project’s higher objective Menaka spoke about beauty and her understanding of it. “Beauty is in diversity. Every single person is beautiful and unique. Even identical twins are unique once you learn how to tell them apart. You start wondering why you thought those twins were the same person to begin with! Beauty is in diversity and acceptance. It pains me to see people still classifying others into categories of “attractiveness” in this day and age. Ultimately we all have to realize that we came onto this Earth in the same way and we will leave this body in the same way too. We are all part of one consciousness and need to accept each other as whatever we are or may look like.”

Through her participation with the Calendar Girls project and the many beautiful women therein Menaka wants the world to understand that just because people may look extremely happy on the outside, it doesn’t mean that they have not had their fair share of hardships. “Each person has their own story to tell and we should stop judging others based on what they look like. Take time to understand someone. I also want people to understand the bond of sisterhood because it is so precious. Take some time off of gossiping about other women for the day and try praising someone behind their back instead. A woman’s beauty lies in her mind. If her mind is filled with thoughts of bettering the world and helping other women rise, I think that is beautiful. A woman who is drowned in jealousy and gossips about others 24/7 is ultimately not a beautiful person no matter how visually attractive she might be in society’s eyes.”

I think a woman is the most beautiful when she realizes her own power and strength. Women are so strong – so strong that they are able to bear the pain of childbirth. Women need to realize the warrior, or in this case “super-hero” in them. Then they will blossom into something beautiful.

 About Calendar Girls: W2W Events Proudly presents the launch of Calendar Girls 2016 at the Gallery of Light on 28th of November 2016 – 6 months of work and one day of inspiring speakers, performers and Fashion showcase – we launched with a bang. An event to change minds about Beauty and Body image – showcasing the worlds most beautiful women in one calendar. #BeautywithoutBoundaries #woman2woman #womensupportingwomen #Calendargirls2016

Credit for this amazing event goes to a full team of awesome individuals!

Events By : W2W Events

The Awesome Events Team:

Alefia

Sree

Aparna

Angel

Havra

Ruqya

Rohika

Sandhya

Atul

Photographs Courtesy:

Priyanka Geriya

The Fashion Designers:

Kash Kouture

ANISA Couture

Shaby Designs

Fussy Diva – by Desi Sari Dewi

Rev Du Soliel

SASH

Hayaati by Aisha

Dutchess Closet

Jewelry Sponsored by AGATHA Paris

Makeup Sponsored by Bourjois Middle East – الشرق الأوسط

Official Salon: Splendour Salon

Makeup Artist: Malini Ohri

The Amazing Performers:

Siya & Varsha

Kasha

Smartband from SmartLife Foundation

Official Film Maker: Kalyan Chakravarthy (KC24)

Official Media Partner: @Selfie Tv

The Fantastic Speakers:

Dina Taji

Mahima Mehta

Kimberly Miranda

Rohit Manek

Malini Ohri

Marie & Lara – Bourjois

KC

Ruqya Khan

The Amazingly Beautiful Calendar Girls of 2016:

Anita Menon

Bindiya Farswani

Dilakxi Antony

Dutchess Riley

Juri Deandler

Kim Oberoi

Komal Chhatwani

Mahek Anadkat

Menaka Ramakrishnan

Piyaa Jayesh Kumar

Pinky Jayesh Kumar

Ritu Chaturverdi

Rumali Kularatne

Yasmina Alidodova

To learn more: zareen.w2w.pr@gmail.com

 

Coffee Confessions Episode 7 – Mixed Marriages – The Ups and The Downs

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Living in one of the world’s most metropolitan city has its advantages. With a plethora of nationalities at your work place and interacting with different cultures in your social circles –many find their soul mate from not just another country but at times from another continent too.

Mixed marriages become very common in cities like Dubai. However, marriages are marriages – they come with their own challenges. So is it more difficult if your cultures are world apart? This episode offers real life stories of the good, the bad and the compromise.

Here are some of the points our guests raised at the show:

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Disni Pasea – Is in a mixed marraige, where she hails from Sri Lanka and her Husband from South America. She eloquently explains that all marraiges are hardwork;  in a mixed one ofcourse there are several added challenges however if the couple put in the work it can be a wonderful union. She truly believes that a mixed marriage can add love, tolerance and make people more aware of the world. She says, “The idea is to understand that every marriage has its ups and downs; and one has to make time and put in the work to build on the relationships with patience, love and understanding.”

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Asad Raza Khan – Is a product of a mixed marrage between an Indian and a Pakistani. He has a very unique take on the subject and adds an extremely positive energy and not to mention his close to perfect “smile” really will keep you tuned in to the whole episode. He believes strongly that one must find the “Click”, once thats established between two people, they can make it work regardless of the obstacles and difference; when two people really want to be together, they find a way to do so. According to Asad, “Interacting with people from other cultures, religions and backgrounds must be encouraged, it will not only open up minds but enable all of us to become better human beings.”

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Sandi Saxena – Is in an mixed marraige of different religions. Back when she tied the knot, the idea of inter religion marraige was still a taboo. In her experience, she does believe that people who actually opt for a mixed marraige, already posses a very open mind, they have a different approach to the world and are open to learning, understanding and adapting. She is proud that her children call themselves, “Universal Spiritual Beings.” Sandi expalins, “In my opinion a mixed marraige can enrich your life and make the couple more tolerant, open and loving.”

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 You can watch this episode is online:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Bk6EUQdoUs&feature=youtu.be

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 Catch our next episode live on www.selfietv.co at local time 6:00pm on Thursday 17th  of November – Topic:  Has Disney Prince and Princesses messed us up for life? Do you believe in happily ever after?

Sponsors of Coffee Confessions:

Palmers Cocoa Butter

Splendour Beauty & Hair Centre

Salt n Peppah Magazine

 

Team of Coffee Confessions:

Producer: Saher Mahmood

Production: Selfie TV

Director: Kalyan Chakravarthy

Concept & Writer: Zareen Khan

PR & Media Management: w2w Events & PR

 

Coffee Confessions Concept:

The show is produced to encourage open forum of discussion and opinions being shared on a common platform. The idea is to be as relevant to our community as possible; therefore the topics selected are vital to this new age show. Each Topic will invite 3 guests to offer their advice, opinion or just their thoughts to the audience. The audience will also be able to communicate, interact, offer opinion and suggest further topics to the online show. These are some of the great benefits of hosting an online since we can be highly accessible, creative & interactive with our real time audience – the reach and connection on a Web channel is far more rewarding & affordable than on a TV channel.

 

About Selfie TV:

With more than 100 Events, including Concerts, Award Shows, Gala Dinners, Talent Shows, Theatre, Movie Launch, Fashion Shows, Art Exhibitions and their programming includes, Talks Shows, Documentaries, Events (Behind the Scenes), celebrity interviews and film reviews all covered by Selfie TV in less than a year in the region, its popularity and Fan base has been growing and to celebrate this success they have opted to share it with the public; who are their biggest supporters. To give you a jist of Selfie Tv’s popularity in the region, here is a link from their very first post on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qe-8XnLlc_I which reached over 20, 000 views.

Web: www.selfietv.co

FB: Selfie-Tv

Insta: Selfietv1

 

About w2w Events & PR:

Established in 2009 – W2W is an specialized event management company that works in the region to promote and offer platform to various professional organizations, companies, Brands, and individuals. Over the years, w2w has conceptualized and created various genres of events to cater to this ever growing market. Some of the most notable events by w2w include, Fashion For All, Art Nation, Against the tides Art Show, Fashion Xpose, RECon Conference & Calendar Girls Campaign.

 

 

W2W Services include:-

■ Event Management

■ PR & Media

■ Marketing & Branding

■ Event Production and Logistics

Web: www.w2wevents.wordpress.com

FB: w2wevents

Insta: w2w_events

 

Show Director: Kalyan Chakravarthy – KC24

Kalyan wears many hats, from being an Theatre Actor, Director, Producer, Photographer, Film Maker, Events specialist, Deejay & Philanthropist. He is known in creative circles for the prestigious projects that he has handled in Events, Media & Film Productions. An artist who started his creative journey with stage performances, and he understands the ins & outs of building a story not just on paper but also bringing it to life.

 

 

Coffee Confessions Episode 6: Is your true love, online?

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One of the trademarks of this generation will be an app for everything. Whether its to find the best place to dine, or get a taxi, or track our bills we are using apps constantly so it should come as no surprise that there are apps now to find love.

 At one point in our lives, we all have been registered on a site (for matrimonial) or been recommended apps that can connect us to other people online that somehow has become close to impossible in the real time.

We wanted to hear the pros and cons people face when they are festering relationships online verses in IRL (In real life). 

Here are some of the points our guests raised at the show:

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Rohika Kataky – She explained that online dating can be what you want it to be; there are no set rules and one is free to express, disclose and interact in their own comfort zone. She is quiet open to using the apps and websites, according to her “The biggest disadvantage is people can be very dishonest, I mean I have found married people online looking to date.”

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Zille Rehman – He brought up a very different perspective to online dating, even though he hasn’t used much of the online dating apps. He believes that its better for girls to be online verses in real life, according to him, “I think that if a guy is outgoing and forward in real life, its not looked upon as an issue but if a girl has the same attitude she is judged and her character is questioned.”

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Anand Kumar – he believes that online dating is the way forward, mostly because of time constraints with work, its difficult to meet people socially and online dating sites offer an opportunity to interact with prospective partners. “Even though I don’t mind meeting people online, I still believe that the old school way to meeting a person in real life is more appealing.”

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You can watch this episode is online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oohifeisMc

Catch our next episode live on www.selfietv.co at local time 6:00pm on Thursday 1oth of November – Topic: Mixed Marriages – The Ups and The Downs.

 

Sponsors of Coffee Confessions:

Palmers Cocoa Butter

Splendour Beauty & Hair Centre

Salt n Peppah Magazine

 

 

Team of Coffee Confessions:

Producer: Saher Mahmood

Production: Selfie TV

Director: Kalyan Chakravarthy

Concept & Writer: Zareen Khan

PR & Media Management: w2w Events & PR

 

Coffee Confessions Concept:

The show is produced to encourage open forum of discussion and opinions being shared on a common platform. The idea is to be as relevant to our community as possible; therefore the topics selected are vital to this new age show. Each Topic will invite 3 guests to offer their advice, opinion or just their thoughts to the audience. The audience will also be able to communicate, interact, offer opinion and suggest further topics to the online show. These are some of the great benefits of hosting an online since we can be highly accessible, creative & interactive with our real time audience – the reach and connection on a Web channel is far more rewarding & affordable than on a TV channel.

 

About Selfie TV:

With more than 100 Events, including Concerts, Award Shows, Gala Dinners, Talent Shows, Theatre, Movie Launch, Fashion Shows, Art Exhibitions and their programming includes, Talks Shows, Documentaries, Events (Behind the Scenes), celebrity interviews and film reviews all covered by Selfie TV in less than a year in the region, its popularity and Fan base has been growing and to celebrate this success they have opted to share it with the public; who are their biggest supporters. To give you a jist of Selfie Tv’s popularity in the region, here is a link from their very first post on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qe-8XnLlc_I which reached over 20, 000 views.

Web: www.selfietv.co

FB: Selfie-Tv

Insta: Selfietv1

 

About w2w Events & PR:

Established in 2009 – W2W is an specialized event management company that works in the region to promote and offer platform to various professional organizations, companies, Brands, and individuals. Over the years, w2w has conceptualized and created various genres of events to cater to this ever growing market. Some of the most notable events by w2w include, Fashion For All, Art Nation, Against the tides Art Show, Fashion Xpose, RECon Conference & Calendar Girls Campaign.

 

 

W2W Services include:-

■ Event Management

■ PR & Media

■ Marketing & Branding

■ Event Production and Logistics

Web: www.w2wevents.wordpress.com

FB: w2wevents

Insta: w2w_events

 

Show Director: Kalyan Chakravarthy – KC24

Kalyan wears many hats, from being an Theatre Actor, Director, Producer, Photographer, Film Maker, Events specialist, Deejay & Philanthropist. He is known in creative circles for the prestigious projects that he has handled in Events, Media & Film Productions. An artist who started his creative journey with stage performances, and he understands the ins & outs of building a story not just on paper but also bringing it to life.

 

 

“The Innovators & Change Makers” of Retail & Shopping Mall industry rewarded at RECon MENA 2016

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Award Ceremony held on 1st of November at Ritz-Carlton DIFC at the RECon MENA 2016 Gala Dinner

The Ballroom of the Ritz Carlton – DIFC glittered with the Awards and the Winners taking home the esteemed trophies; the Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner was held on the last night of the 3-day Conference – RECon MENA 2016. The spectacular Awards & Dinner Gala honoured the most outstanding achievers in Marketing, Retail & Design from the MENA region.

David Macadam – CEO of MECSC explains, “This year we are celebrating 22 years of successfully running the most successful conference dedicated to Retailers and Shopping Centres in the MENA region. One of the highlights of RECon MENA is the celebration for the Retail Awards which play a prominent role in encouraging and offering recognition to the success and achievements of Retailers and Shopping Centre Teams.”

The MECSC/ICSC MENA Gold Award winners include, Brands International – for Best MENA Retail Brand in Dubai, UAE; Last Exit – for Design & Development Excellence New Development in Dubai, UAE; Mall of the Emirates for Design & Development Excellence, Renovations/ Expansion category in Dubai, UAE; Burger Boutique for Retail Excellence under the restaurants category in Kuwait City, Kuwait; Trampo – for Retail Excellence in Entertainment, Music & Leisure in Sabhan, Kuwait; Go Sport – for Retail Excellence in Sportswear & Goods in Dubai, UAE; Mr. Malik Qaiser Awan was rewarded Retail Professional of the year from Ezdan Group in Doha, Qatar; Marina Home Barsha Flagship Store for Retail Store Design Excellence in Dubai, UAE; Snow City at Al Othaim Mall – Rabwa for Retail Store Design & Excellence in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Mall of the Emirates for New Media Excellence – Emerging Technology in Dubai, UAE; Al Wahda Mall for New Media Excellence – Emerging Technology in Abu Dhabi, UAE; City Centre Mirdif & City Centre Deira for New Media Excellence – Integrated Digital Campaigns in Dubai, UAE; City Centre Bahrain for New Media Excellence – Social Media in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain; The Beach for NOI Enhancement Excellence – Marketing/Sponsorships in Dubai, UAE; Centrepoint for Marketing Excellence – Cause Related Marketing in Dubai, UAE; City Centre Deira for Marketing Excellence – Cause Related Marketing in Dubai, UAE; 360 Mall for Marketing Excellence – Customer Service Experience and/or Engagement in Kuwait, Kuwait City; Mall of the Emirates for Marketing Excellence – Grand Opening, Expansion & Renovation in Dubai, UAE; Mall of the Emirates for Marketing Excellence – Public Relations in Dubai, UAE; City Walk for Marketing Excellence – Sales Promotion & Events in Dubai, UAE.

 

The winners of the silver category of MECSC/ICSC MENA awards included, Centrepoint for Best MENA Retail Brand in Dubai, UAE; Murouj for Design & Development Excellence – New Developments in Safat, Kuwait; Unified Centres for Design & Development Excellence – Renovations/ Expansions in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Ezdan Mall for Retail Excellence – Entertainment, Music & Leisure in Doha, Qatar; Jewel Corner (Soft Touch Jewellers LLC) for Retail Excellence – Gold Jewellery & Watches in Dubai, UAE; Butcha Steakhouse & Grill for Retail Excellence – Restaurants in Dubai, UAE; Fabyland – Dubai Festival City for Retail Store Design in Dubai, UAE; Nahdi Pharmacy – Red Sea Mall for Retail Store Design in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Arabian Centres for New Media Excellence – Emerging Technology in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; City Centre Ajman & City Centre Fujairah for New Media Excellence – Integrated Digital Campaigns in Ajman, UAE; City Centre Beirut for New Media Excellence – Social Media in Beirut, Lebanon; City Walk for New Media Excellence – Social Media in Dubai, UAE; Mall of the Emirates for NOI Enhancement Excellence – Leasing in Dubai, UAE; Al Wahda Mall for NOI Enhancement Excellence – Leasing in Abu Dhabi, UAE; Mall of the Emirates for NOI Enhancement Excellence – Marketing/Sponsorships in Dubai, UAE; Dalma Mall for NOI Enhancement Excellence – Operations/Overall Team in Abu Dhabi, UAE; City Centre Muscat & City Centre Qurum for Marketing Excellence – Advertising in Oman; BurJuman Centre for Marketing Excellence – Advertising in Dubai, UAE; The Galleria Al Maryah Island for Marketing Excellence – Advertising in Abu Dhabi, UAE; 360 Mall for Marketing Excellence – Cause Related Marketing in Kuwait City, Kuwait; Arabian Centre for Marketing Excellence – Cause Related Marketing in Dubai, UAE; DeerfieldsMubarak & Brothers Investments, UAE for Marketing Excellence – Cause Related Marketing in Abu Dhabi, UAE; 360 Mall for Marketing Excellence – Customer Service Experience and/or Engagement in Kuwait City, Kuwait; Majid Al Futtaim Properties for Marketing Experience – Customer Service Experience and/or Engagement in Dubai, UAE; City Centre Muscat for Marketing Excellence – Grand Opening, Expansion & Renovation in Muscat, Oman; Boxpark for Marketing Excellence – Grand Opening, Expansion & Renovation in Dubai, UAE; Snow City for Marketing Excellence – Grand Opening, Expansion & Renovation in Riyadh, Said Arabia; City Centre Bahrain for Marketing Excellence – Public Relations in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain; Mall of the Emirates for Marketing Excellence – Public Relations in Dubai, UAE; City Centre Bahrain for Marketing Excellence – Sales Promotions & Events in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain; City Centre Deira for Marketing Excellence – Sales Promotions & Events in Dubai, UAE.

 

RECon MENA 2016 was jointly organized by the Middle East Council of Shopping Centres (MECSC) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC); it began on Sunday 30th of October at 10 am to 4 pm with a Property Management Workshop instructed by global leaders in the industry followed at 6:00 pm with the RECon Conference kick off and welcome reception. The conference started on the 31st of October at 9:30 am till 3:30 pm and on the 1st of November the Conference started from 9:30 am till 3:00 pm. At 6:00 pm our Cocktail reception party began; followed by the Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony.

 

About RECon MENA 2016:

Jointly organized by the Middle East Council of Shopping Centres (MECSC) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), RECon Middle East & North Africa 2016 will bring together shopping centre industry professionals, retailers, management and consulting companies, architects and design companies, entertainment and leisure companies, product and service providers to the industry. All under one roof for three days of networking, learning from the best and brightest in the retail industry, deal making, celebrating the 2016 Award winners and exploring new business opportunities, the RECon Conference enables its delegates to complete a years worth of business in just three (3) days.

Sponsors of RECon MENA 2016:

Platinum Annual Sponsors: Hamat Property Company, Gate Avenue at DIFC, Arabian Oud International – An Al Jasser Group Company

Annual Sponsor: Arabian Centres

Gold Sponsors: Red Sea Market Company – Red Sea Mall; Line Investments & Property LLC, Unified Real Estate Development Company, Al Othaim Leisure and Tourism Company, Al Othaim Real Estate Investment & Dev. Co.

Silver Sponsors: CELS Events; Afkar Creations; KINAN International Real Estate Development Co.; Alef Group LLC; Dalma Mall, Retail Emotions, GLA Management, Business Automation and Security Services (BASS).

Bronze Sponsors: Brands International, Azdef Production Group FZE, Matalan, Reem Mall, BTC Fashion, Aldar Properties, Yardi Systems Ltd., Reem Mall, Le Chateau Bleu, Univision Media LLC

Official Airline Partner: Emirates Airline

Official Exhibition Partner: Kingsmen

Exclusive Gala Dinner Sponsor: Grand Optics

Official Technology Partner: Hypermedia

Support Partners: Nearbuy Solutions, Al Nassma First and Finest Camel Milk Chocolate, Alissar Flowers, Arab Luxury World, Secure World, Dhamani, Crystal House

Media Partners: City 7 Dubai, Khaleej Times, SelfieTV, SCT Magazine, Retail People Magazine

 

About MECSC:

Established in 1994, The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres, affiliated to the New York based International Council of Shopping Centres has over 70,000 members globally (www.icsc.org), the MECSC provides its members with unparalleled local and international business contacts. Facilitating members to grow their business through retail industry education, business development, conferencing and networking opportunities. The MECSC also raises the personal profiles of our members, locally, regionally and globally. The MECSC covers memberships throughout the MENA region and globally through the ICSC.

 

Web:http://www.mecsc.org / FB: http://www.facebook.com/MECSC.org

Twitter: @MECSC.org/LinkedIn: MECSC/ Instagram: MECSC/ Pinterest: MECSC

For information about the MECSC, please contact:

Email: info@mecsc.org phone +971 4 359 7909

For more press information, please contact: Zareen Khan – W2W events & pr – Email: zareen.w2w.pr@gmail.com052 – 765 55255

 

 

Marwan Eskandarani of Kamal Jamjoom Group, elected as the President of the Middle East Council of Shopping Centres

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The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres (MECSC) announces their newly elected Board of Trustees and President. The boards’ primary responsibility is to assist MECSC in the implementation of its mission statement, which is to provide educational programs on all aspects of shopping centre development, finance, management, marketing, and other specialized areas of professional interest; conduct meetings and other programs designed to promote the exchange of ideas and business opportunities amongst members and to advocate the interests of the retail industry throughout the Middle East.

We are extremely happy to welcome Marwan Eskandarani as our new President of  MECSC’s Board of Directors. For the first time in the 22year history of the MECSC our President is a Retailer. Speaking both Arabic and English, Marwan is perfectly suited to the new role. We look forward to supporting him and to provide him with any support that he may need.” Says David Macadam – CEO of MECSC (Middle East Council of Shopping Centres)

Marwan Eskandarani – Business Development Director of Kamal Osman Jamjoom Group LLC says, “I am very grateful to be elected as the President of the Middle East Council of Shopping Centres by the Board. I believe, the newly elected MECSC Board Members represent a very diverse and capable group of individuals; I am confident that together we will be able to create stronger relationships between Retailers and Shopping Centre Developers.”

The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres elects Marwan Eskandarani, Business Development Director of Kamal Osman Jamjoom Group as President of the MECSC Board; the board members include Andrew Williamson of JLL; Avijit Yadav of GLA Property Management; Maimunah Shebani of INMA Property Development LLC; Marcello Larizza of Line Investments & Property LLC; Khalid Al Jasser of Arabian Centres; Luca Cappuccitti of Di Design & Development Consultants (UK) LTD. & Mohammad Alawi of Red Sea Markets.

About RECon MENA 2016:

 

Jointly organized by the Middle East Council of Shopping Centres (MECSC) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), RECon Middle East & North Africa 2016 will bring together shopping centre industry professionals, retailers, management and consulting companies, architects and design companies, entertainment and leisure companies, product and service providers to the industry.  All under one roof for three days of networking, learning from the best and brightest in the retail industry, deal making, celebrating the 2016 Award winners and exploring new business opportunities, the RECon Conference enables its delegates to complete a years worth of business in just three (3) days.

 

Sponsors of RECon MENA 2016:

Platinum Annual Sponsors: Hamat Property Company, Gate Avenue at DIFC, Arabian Oud International – An Al Jasser Group Company

Annual Sponsor: Arabian Centres

Gold Sponsors:  Red Sea Market Company – Red Sea Mall; Line Investments & Property LLC, Unified Real Estate Development Company, Al Othaim Leisure and Tourism Company, Al Othaim Real Estate Investment & Dev. Co.

Silver Sponsors: CELS Events; Afkar Creations; KINAN International Real Estate Development Co.; Alef Group LLC; Dalma Mall, Retail Emotions, GLA Management, Business Automation and Security Services (BASS).

 

Bronze Sponsors: Brands International, Azdef Production Group FZE, Matalan, Reem Mall, BTC Fashion, Aldar Properties, Yardi Systems Ltd., Reem Mall, Le Chateau Bleu, Univision Media LLC

Official Airline Partner:  Emirates Airline

Official Exhibition Partner: Kingsmen

Exclusive Gala Dinner Sponsor: Grand Optics

Official Technology Partner: Hypermedia

Support Partners: Nearbuy Solutions, Al Nassma First and Finest Camel Milk Chocolate, Alissar Flowers, Arab Luxury World, Secure World, Dhamani, Crystal House

Media Partners: City 7 Dubai, Khaleej Times, SelfieTV, SCT Magazine, Retail People Magazine

 

About MECSC:

Established in 1994, The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres, affiliated to the New York based International Council of Shopping Centres has over 70,000 members globally (www.icsc.org), the MECSC provides its members with unparalleled local and international business contacts. Facilitating members to grow their business through retail industry education, business development, conferencing and networking opportunities. The MECSC also raises the personal profiles of our members, locally, regionally and globally. The MECSC covers memberships throughout the MENA region and globally through the ICSC.

 

Web:http://www.mecsc.org / FBhttp://www.facebook.com/MECSC.org

Twitter: @MECSC.org/LinkedIn: MECSC/ Instagram: MECSC/ Pinterest: MECSC

For information about the MECSC, please contact:

Email: info@mecsc.org  phone +971 4 359 7909

For more press information, please contact: Zareen Khan – W2W events & pr – Email: zareen.w2w.pr@gmail.com – 052 – 765 55255

Miss November of the Calendar Girl Dutchess Riley as Cleopetra an interview by Ruqya Khan

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12-novemberDutchess is from America and she is 45 years young. She features on the Calendar Girls project as Cleopatra! A strong choice one would think and that just is who she is and what she is made of. She is not a fairytale character, she is not a princess and yet she is mystical and wise just like Cleopatra herself. Working in a male dominated sector she enjoys her role and responsibility.

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The stereotype she wanted to break by being on the Calendar Girls project was that ‘Beauty and Braun are as old as the beginning of time. Just believe in yourself!’

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“If Cleopatra could do it so can you all be superwomen. With adversity comes strength and character. The more you accomplish the stronger your shield becomes to always return to the battlefield as a goddess, a mother, a lover, a warrior and even an everlasting icon. Cleopatra was not Egyptian, however passionately believed she was the reincarnation of ISIS the Egyptian Goddess. We are all Goddesses.”

 

“A woman is beautiful when the eye to her soul is present and her passionate heart is open.”

 

Beauty comes from the deepness of the soul. It is strength with a golden twinkle. It is courage with ruby red lipstick. It is a woman’s love for herself. It is the friendliest gesture and it is compassion for one’s enemy. It is also that beautiful face that only lasts with time if your soul is empty. Beauty is the inner part of you that lights up a cloudy day.

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Cleopatra is a dynamic reference of strength, beauty, tenacity and intelligence for women today.

“I may not represent that to the women of the world but it is my responsibility to represent it to myself as well as impose it upon my children. I have been blessed with many opportunities, yet I have been brave in choosing only a few life paths that have brought me more blessings than I could ever have imagined. Kind of like Cleopatra choosing to make alliances with those greater than her brothers to move forward. I do not feel that I am in a man’s world as Cleopatra was emerged. I feel that as a woman my role is even greater. I do not want to be as strong as any man, yet the strongest woman that I can be to myself and to my daughters and sons. Cleopatra remembered her femininity and how to use her beauty as strength not as a Prima-donna. I am married with children but first I am a woman and then a wife…. I feel like Cleopatra, I am in charge of my palace (home),” said Dutchess as she defined her choice of character and the connect she feels with it.

“I have been a partner and financial controller of a trading company in the oil and gas industry for the last 12 years. In parallel I have acquired the resources that have brought me to my current project which is developing my design concept between the Middle East and Europe. I must say that I am indifferent to the battle of the sexes. From a western point of view it is becoming more and more outdated. As far as being in the Orient, I feel that I cannot use my being a woman an excuse for behavior therefore I should not accept it from within my business relationships. As women, we must realize that the world may not be advancing in their mindset as fast as women are advancing in their capacity to be competitive. Fair? Just? Inequality? You be the judge!” she added.

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The most fascinating side to this beautiful career woman is that she is the Fashion Design and Creator of the webstore Dutchess Design Concept brand/label. “I must admit that I feel like fashion design chose me. Kind of like a Queen being chosen by her people. Everything I see is fashion. I could never force myself to label Fashion Designing as a ‘Career or hobby’ as it is an innate part of who I am. I grew up with all aspects of design within my family from my mother who designed lingerie to my father who designed kitchens and Gazebos and my aunts who were fine drapery tailors. So in my opinion, it was a handed down talent that I was blessed to have actually loved growing up. My first fashion shows were in high school and prom events onward to making extra money for myself by designing for other fashion designers who actually had their labels established during my University years which by the way was not for fashion but business and finance. In the past I have sold my designs/collection privately in specialty galleries, my webstore ‘Dutchess Design Concept’ and privately. I am currently working on a private client base in Europe; however I hope to soon share my hardwork with my Dubai patriots soon.”

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“My family is very supportive and proud of what I do. I am Dutchess, then my titles proceed as a wife and mother of five beautiful souls. I know that my children have only just discovered this part of their mother but I am so delighted to introduce them to this part of my being. My husband knows my passion yet he has encouraged me to use it in business as an efficient player in a predominantly man’s world.”

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Taking a step back she shared her secret for women who want to make a mark and have it all, “I think that women should first understand what their all is and then break it into mini parts (GOALS). Set timelines and stick to them. Learn how to adapt to the unexpected, be ready for opportunity when it calls, and know how to engage and disengage, love yourself and most of all be truthful to yourself. I am a loner, who loves being alone with my thoughts of the future. I need retreats of just silence to find my balance. But this is by being at peace with my dwelling. Within my dwelling, I have family and friends. I would say that I am strong and can do the impossible for anyone yet it is not what I seek from others. I am content in the doing, giving and the knowing that all is well on the outside. Therefore I am quiet within.”

 

About Calendar Girls: W2W Events Proudly presents the launch of Calendar Girls 2016 at the Gallery of Light on 28th of November 2016 – 6 months of work and one day of inspiring speakers, performers and Fashion showcase – we launched with a bang. An event to change minds about Beauty and Body image – showcasing the worlds most beautiful women in one calendar. #BeautywithoutBoundaries #woman2woman #womensupportingwomen #Calendargirls2016

Credit for this amazing event goes to a full team of awesome individuals!

Events By : W2W Events

The Awesome Events Team:

Alefia

Sree

Aparna

Angel

Havra

Ruqya

Rohika

Sandhya

Atul

Photographs Courtesy:

Priyanka Geriya

The Fashion Designers:

Kash Kouture

ANISA Couture

Shaby Designs

Fussy Diva – by Desi Sari Dewi

Rev Du Soliel

SASH

Hayaati by Aisha

Dutchess Closet

Jewelry Sponsored by AGATHA Paris

Makeup Sponsored by Bourjois Middle East – الشرق الأوسط

Official Salon: Splendour Salon

Makeup Artist: Malini Ohri

The Amazing Performers:

Siya & Varsha

Kasha

Smartband from SmartLife Foundation

Official Film Maker: Kalyan Chakravarthy (KC24)

Official Media Partner: @Selfie Tv

The Fantastic Speakers:

Dina Taji

Mahima Mehta

Kimberly Miranda

Rohit Manek

Malini Ohri

Marie & Lara – Bourjois

KC

Ruqya Khan

The Amazingly Beautiful Calendar Girls of 2016:

Anita Menon

Bindiya Farswani

Dilakxi Antony

Dutchess Riley

Juri Deandler

Kim Oberoi

Komal Chhatwani

Mahek Anadkat

Menaka Ramakrishnan

Piyaa Jayesh Kumar

Pinky Jayesh Kumar

Ritu Chaturverdi

Rumali Kularatne

Yasmina Alidodova

To learn more: zareen.w2w.pr@gmail.com

 

 

 

Coffee Confessions Episode 5: Is “Fair” really more lovely?

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A locally produced TV show by Woman2Woman on Selfie TV Online Channel. Show offers relevant topics and encourages discussions of issues which are relatable to men and women.

This topic has been discussed, argued upon and debated over for decades. Some blame it all the way back to colonialism, while others feel that it truly does look better to be fair.

We prod and rattle people’s biases on giving fair skin preference and somewhat using it as a marker for measuring beauty. In hopes to open up minds and open up honest discussion on this forever disturbing issue so rooted in our culture.

Here are some of the points our guests raised at the show:

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Tanya Daud – explains how fairness is upheld in the subcontinent; and how she herself has been constantly complimented for her fairness. She describes several incidents where people assumed she is better because she is fairer than a regular Indian or Pakistani. “People in the media industry have to speak up and stop endorsing fairness as a measure of beauty; we should make noise against the prejudices and biases.”

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Leejo Meera Kuriakose – she talks about how girls are used as a commodity and how fairness adds value to the girl. The Advertising agencies have played mind games and made our insecurities take over. The obsession with fair brides is culturally ingrained for generations. “As a mother, I want to make my child confident in her own skin -acceptance is the key!”

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Kalyan Chakravarthy – he explains that men also suffer when they are not as fair as what the society desires them to be; most people judge everyone by the outer appearance. The media industry still believes that fair models, actors are better on screen. “It doesn’t matter to me what color you are, what matters to me is character and talent.”

In conclusion, for me this was quiet a disturbing topic to discuss; since ones skin color is something one has no control over and because of being fairer one gets more jobs, more opportunites, more attention just doesnt make sense. I hope this show will open peoples minds to be more accepting and to stop defining fairness as beautiful – because beauty has no boundaries.

You can watch this episode is online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSqF38Rx6RM

Catch our next episode live on www.selfietv.co at local time 6:00pm on Thursday 3rd of November – Topic: Is your true love online? Your take on Online Dating.

 

Sponsors of Coffee Confessions:

Palmers Cocoa Butter

Splendour Beauty & Hair Centre

Salt n Peppah Magazine

 

 

Team of Coffee Confessions:

Producer: Saher Mahmood

Production: Selfie TV

Director: Kalyan Chakravarthy

Concept & Writer: Zareen Khan

PR & Media Management: w2w Events & PR

 

Coffee Confessions Concept:

The show is produced to encourage open forum of discussion and opinions being shared on a common platform. The idea is to be as relevant to our community as possible; therefore the topics selected are vital to this new age show. Each Topic will invite 3 guests to offer their advice, opinion or just their thoughts to the audience. The audience will also be able to communicate, interact, offer opinion and suggest further topics to the online show. These are some of the great benefits of hosting an online since we can be highly accessible, creative & interactive with our real time audience – the reach and connection on a Web channel is far more rewarding & affordable than on a TV channel.

 

About Selfie TV:

With more than 100 Events, including Concerts, Award Shows, Gala Dinners, Talent Shows, Theatre, Movie Launch, Fashion Shows, Art Exhibitions and their programming includes, Talks Shows, Documentaries, Events (Behind the Scenes), celebrity interviews and film reviews all covered by Selfie TV in less than a year in the region, its popularity and Fan base has been growing and to celebrate this success they have opted to share it with the public; who are their biggest supporters. To give you a jist of Selfie Tv’s popularity in the region, here is a link from their very first post on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qe-8XnLlc_I which reached over 20, 000 views.

Web: www.selfietv.co

FB: Selfie-Tv

Insta: Selfietv1

 

About w2w Events & PR:

Established in 2009 – W2W is an specialized event management company that works in the region to promote and offer platform to various professional organizations, companies, Brands, and individuals. Over the years, w2w has conceptualized and created various genres of events to cater to this ever growing market. Some of the most notable events by w2w include, Fashion For All, Art Nation, Against the tides Art Show, Fashion Xpose, RECon Conference & Calendar Girls Campaign.

 

 

W2W Services include:-

■ Event Management

■ PR & Media

■ Marketing & Branding

■ Event Production and Logistics

Web: www.w2wevents.wordpress.com

FB: w2wevents

Insta: w2w_events

 

Show Director: Kalyan Chakravarthy – KC24

Kalyan wears many hats, from being an Theatre Actor, Director, Producer, Photographer, Film Maker, Events specialist, Deejay & Philanthropist. He is known in creative circles for the prestigious projects that he has handled in Events, Media & Film Productions. An artist who started his creative journey with stage performances, and he understands the ins & outs of building a story not just on paper but also bringing it to life.