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08
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Robert Lewandowski to speak at BI Global Trends Festival 2020

Business Insider is proud to announce that Robert Lewandowski will speak at the inaugural BI Global Trends Festival, a virtual event taking place the week of October 19-23, 2020.

Lewandowski is the captain of the Poland national football team and plays as a striker for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich. He is the Poland national team’s all-time top scorer and Bundesliga’s all-time number three scorer.

On stage at Business Insider’s virtual conference, Lewandowski will talk about his experience and challenges he faces as a team leader — and not just on the football field. 

“Self-discipline, strong will, perseverance, ability to make instant decisions and to draw conclusions from wins and losses are the desired traits of any athlete, and they are increasingly decisive to business successes,” Lewandowki said. “Both these domains also require a leader, a captain.”

Lewandowski is an investor in long-term technology and real estate development projects, trading and service platforms, and products for athletes. His investments include a stake in Movie Games, a computer games developer and publisher listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, and SamuraiLabs, which aims to detect and prevent online violence.

Hear Lewandowski discuss how to spot opportunities, how to motivate yourself and others, and how to keep focused on a goal in difficult situations. His session “The Focused Leader: How to maintain focus and peak performance in challenging times” is scheduled for Friday 23 October at 18:25 CEST on the event’s Global Stage.

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07
Oct
2020
Posted in programming

Austin City Limits Music Festival programming tops this week’s virtual concert offerings

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival is making up for this year’s canceled event with a weekend of archival footage, running Friday through Sunday, Oct. 9-11, via ACLFestival.com and the event’s YouTube channel. Performances — including some filmed for the “Austin City Limits” TV show — include Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish, Willie Nelson, Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Phish and many more. Matthew McConaughey, meanwhile, will host two “Make Change” sessions exploring social and community issues.

Other Events:

• The Who’s new YouTube series showcases archival footage from benefit concerts for frontman Roger Daltrey’s Teenage Cancer Trust, showcasing Ed Sheeran on Thursday, Oct. 8, Muse (Oct. 9), Paul McCartney (Oct. 11), Pulp (Oct. 14), Noel Gallagher (Oct. 15) and Them Crooked Vultures (Oct. 16), all at 3 p.m. and free. The series runs through Oct. 18.

• Nick Cave will be joined by co-composer Warren Ellis, director John Hillcoat and photographer Polly Borland for a listen-along and Q&A about the soundtrack for the 2012 crime drama film “Lawless” at 5 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9, via nickcave.com/badseedteevee.

• Elvis Costello will premiere a video for “Shut Him Down,” one of three new songs he’s written with trumpeter and Steely Dan member Michael Leonhart at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, on Quincy Jones’ QWest TV Facebook page and YouTube channel.

• Mostly quiet since the 2017 suicide of signer Chester Bennington, Linkin Park regroups at noon Friday, Oct. 9, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its debut album, “Hybrid Theory,” and the release of special deluxe anniversary packages. The five group members will sit for a Q&A with fans via watch.linkinpark.com, followed by the world premiere of footage from a 2002 Projekt Revolution Tour concert in Las Vegas. A second showing takes place at midnight. Tickets are available via linkinpark.com,

05
Oct
2020
Posted in programming

Move Forward Music Partners With Twitch For Live Streamed Programming, Launch Festival

The channel will also feature content such as a new series called The Board Room, a show that will take place in recording studios and feature two producers discussing each other’s work. The first episode, which will air during Move Forward Fest, features legendary hip-hop producers Just Blaze and The Alchemist, while later episodes, which will begin airing Oct. 22, will include Black Milk and Jake One, Drumma Boy and Sonny Digital, and more. It will host at least one live performance each week, as well as curated DJ sets, Q&As and talk-based shows which align with Move Forward’s track record of highlighting emerging artists and talent early in their careers. That will include the show Screen Time, hosted by Alexa Leighton, which will center on music videos from indie artists, and the music-discovery podcast Not 97.

“I want to be able to walk away from this year not just like, ‘We filled the gaps and plugged the holes and now we’re back to doing what we were doing before,’ but try to come out of it with something that’s a complementary piece so that when we start coming back and doing live shows again, we’ll still have other content that’s complementary,” Damashek says. “And we can offer a richer experience that’s still centered around live music, but that has these different elements to it.”

The Twitch stream will be free to watch with ads, with a paid subscription option that will remove ads, allow viewers to interact with those on the stream, and be entered to win product and merchandise giveaways. And Damashek sees the partnership as adding value to what Move Forward does, which will stick around even once the company is able to promote live concerts again.

“I’m a firm believer that concerts

02
Oct
2020
Posted in programming

Edinburgh International Festival ordered to improve diversity in its programming

The Edinburgh International Festival has been ordered to ensure greater diversity in its programming by the Scottish Government in the wake of claims that women, disabled acts and artists of colour were overlooked in this year’s online programme.

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Soraya Mafi and Jonathan McGovern appeared in Scottish Opera’s production of The Telephone, which was filmed at the King’s Theatre. Picture: Mihaela Bodlovic

The event is to be closely monitored in future to ensure it makes improvements and meets official “obligations” on equality, diversity and inclusion.

The government has revealed that the festivals has “accepted” there were a lack of “female artists, artists with disabilities and artists from non-white backgrounds in the online programme, which was announced in early August.

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The festival, which receives more than £4.5 million from the government and the city council each year, has apologised for the make-up of this year’s programme after being targeted in an online petition.

Stina Tweeddale, who performs as Honeyblood, was filmed at Leith Theatre for this year’s online programme. Picture: Ryan Buchanan

Formal complaints were also made to culture secretary Fiona Hyslop and Iain Munro, chief executive of the government’s arts quango, Creative Scotland. They were urged to take steps to “ensure positive change happens and that this organisation is held accountable for their unethical working and programming.”

Campaigners claim the festival failed to respond to the Black Lives Matter movement with a line-up of artists who were “almost 90 per cent white.”

The number of male performers in the programme were said to be double the number of women, while disabled artists were said to be overlooked completely.

Organisers admitted they had failed to “reflect the diversity of practice in

02
Oct
2020
Posted in programming

Inside the BFI London Film Festival, Seeking Programming ‘Representative of Audiences’

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Welcome to Behind the Fest, Backstage’s questionnaire series with film festival figures looking for that next big festival hit. Featuring behind-the-scenes insight from the organizers and programmers at Sundance, TIFF, Cannes, and more fests from around the globe, these tips might just hold the key to your indie film success story!

The British Film Institute’s London Film Festival strives to showcase the best of the best cinema each year, and in spite of changes due to COVID-19, 2020 is no different. “We’re looking for that kind of magic in a film,” says Senior LFF Programmer Michael Blythe. “You’re looking for that film that speaks to you.” 

This year’s mostly virtual festival takes place Oct. 7–18, 2020 and features films like Francis Lee’s “Ammonite,” Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland,” and from Spike Lee, the HBO concert film “David Byrne’s American Utopia.”

What to See at the 2020 BFI London Film FestivalWhat to See at the 2020 BFI London Film Festival

Backstage asked Blythe about how the audience-focused 64th BFI London Film Festival is speaking to an even wider audience this year. “The festival has so much packed into its days. You can sleep when they’re done,” he says.

What is the festival’s mission and outlook?
BFI London Film Festival has always been and continues to be an audience festival. Probably the biggest thing we do is to bring the best in contemporary world cinema to audiences across London, and in many ways across the rest of the UK. Particularly this year, we’re very much an audience-facing festival. I think that really distinguishes us. We have an industry programme as well, and we spent a lot of work over the last few years really building that industry programme and making sure that the film that is greeting the festival gets seen by UK distributors.

What sorts of films