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Avengers Assemble! An exhibit of super hero proportions is coming to Burnaby! Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
Avengers Assemble! An exhibit of super hero proportions is coming to Burnaby! Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

OPENS MARCH 2023 for a Limited Engagement
Tickets on sale tomorrow with 15% OFF purchases through November 28 at
avengersstationcanada.com

Burnaby – November 23, 2022 – NEON and Paquin Entertainment Group are launching an exhibit of Super Hero proportions, Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training And Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) is scheduled to open March 3, 2023 at The Amazing Brentwood in Burnaby, BC for a limited time engagement. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, November 24, at avengersstationcanada.com. Special Early Bird discount pricing is available until November 28 ONLY, so buy early and save!

After sold out runs and millions of fans in London, New York, Seoul, Paris, Singapore, China, Las Vegas, Toronto and India, Avengers: S.T.A.T.I.O.N., an interactive experience, is on its way to thrill audiences across BC!

Guests of Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. step into the world of the Avengers, discovering intelligence and cutting-edge science inspired by the Marvel Studios’ films. After completing their training, participants only have one thing left to do: Assemble!

The Instagrammable, must-see exhibition features multiple rooms dedicated to your favourite Avengers characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Captain America, Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Black Widow, the Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye and more. Along with getting up-close-and-personal with costumes and props from some of the latest releases from Marvel Studios, guests are invited to:

  • Revel in awe at Iron Man’s “Hall of Armour”
  • Explore Bruce Banner’s lab, providing insights into the mind of the mean, green, rage-machine called the Hulk
  • Gain access to Captain America’s “Top Secret” personnel file
  • Inspect Black Widow’s arsenal of high-tech weapons
  • Learn about the “Super Soldier Serum” that transformed Steve Rogers in Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Witness Captain America’s legendary shield up-close
  • Experience the spirit of Wakanda in the Black Panther exhibit
  • And so much more!

Complete your training to become an agent of Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. The world needs your help. The world needs the Avengers!

WHEN: March 3 – May 28, 2023
Monday – Wednesday, Sunday: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Thursday – Saturday: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Final entry 1 hour before close.

WHERE: The Amazing Brentwood
4567 Lougheed Hwy
Burnaby, BC

TICKETS: On Sale November 24 at 9:00am at www.avengersstationcanada.com

Prices start at $29 for adults and $23 for children (plus ticketing fees), with discounts for students, seniors, and groups. VIP packages are also available. Buy Early and Save 15%! Early Bird Pricing is available on ticket purchases through November 28th, 2022.

Please follow @avengersstationcanada on Facebook and Instagram for more details about the immersive experience, and visit avengersstationcanada.com

Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. exhibit at Reagan Library Video Play Button
Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. exhibit at Reagan Library

The first touring exhibition dedicated to the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp is coming to Southern California.

The Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is the only facility on the West Coast where the public will be able to see this March 2023.

Today, the World War II train car from the touring exhibition “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.” arrives this morning with an escort. The train car is the kind used to transport goods and people to the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. This train car will be part of the huge exhibition: Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. The delivery of this historic artifact is happening today because Nov. 10, 2022, is the anniversary of Kristallnacht, (German: “Crystal Night”), also called Night of Broken Glass or November Pogroms. It was the night of Nov. 9–10, 1938, when German Nazis attacked Jewish persons and property. The name Kristallnacht refers ironically to the litter of broken glass left in the streets after these pogroms. The violence continued during the day of Nov. 10, and in some places, acts of violence continued for several more days.

The pretext for the pogroms was the shooting in Paris on November 7th of the German diplomat Ernst vom Rath by a Polish-Jewish student, Herschel Grynszpan. News of Rath’s death on November 9th reached Adolf Hitler in Munich, Germany, where he was celebrating the anniversary of the abortive 1923 Beer Hall Putsch. There, Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels, after conferring with Hitler, harangued a gathering of old storm troopers, urging violent reprisals staged to appear as “spontaneous demonstrations.” Telephone orders from Munich triggered pogroms throughout Germany, which then included Austria.

Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.
A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
ReaganLibrary.com/Auschwitz
Read More About It: mjhnyc.org/exhibitions/auschwitz

If you have questions or complaints, please feel free to contact Gayle Anderson at 1-323-460-5732 or email at [email protected]

The Reagan Library Welcomes one of the most Historically Significant Exhibitions Touring the World, “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.” Video Play Button
The Reagan Library Welcomes one of the most Historically Significant Exhibitions Touring the World, “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.”

  On the Anniversary of the November Pogrom (Kristallnacht), an Authentic WWII-Era Freight Car
Arrived in Simi Valley by Motorcade this Morning, Announcing the Exhibition’s West Coast Premiere

Simi Valley, CA – The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute announced today that they will host the world-renowned traveling exhibition “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.” The acclaimed exhibition, traveling from Sweden, is scheduled to open for its West Coast premiere on March 24, 2023. Tickets to the acclaimed exhibition are now on-sale at www.ReaganLibrary.com/Auschwitz and expected to sellout.

The Auschwitz exhibition, created by Spanish company Musealia together with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland, will feature more than 700 original artifacts, the first of which arrived today.

A German-made, World War II-era, Model 2 freight car was escorted by motorcade today through Simi Valley and up Presidential Drive to the Reagan Library and was installed in the museum’s main courtyard. The procession was led by over 50 motorcycles, including those of the Patriot Guard Riders, veterans, and the Simi Valley Police Department who were on hand to offer remembrance.

Before World War II, this type of car was used to transport food, goods and livestock. During the war, cars like this were used to transport Jews, Roma, Poles and many others as part of forced resettlement or deportations to ghettos, execution sites, concentration camps, and extermination centers – including Auschwitz – established by Nazi Germany across occupied Europe. Up to 80 people along with their belongings would be crammed into each car for what was often a several day journey to a grim reality.

The West Coast debut of the 12,500 sq. ft. exhibition is the first of three final North American stops. This exhibition was made possible by our Presenting Underwriter Ambassador Gordon D. Sondland and other generous sponsors. The initiative to transport the Model 2 freight car was supported by BNSF Railway.

Upon the freight car’s arrival, two Auschwitz survivors, David Lenga and Joe Alexander, provided heartfelt remarks during the unveiling.

“We all owe it to the Holocaust victims – both those who lost their lives and those who were fortunate to survive – to show our respect,” said Auschwitz Survivor David Lenga. “We must remember them with dignity and gratitude and recognize the horror they endured. Survivors like myself need to know that our lives have meaning and that our community deeply cares about what becomes of us— that our suffering will never be forgotten.”

The event took place today on the anniversary of the November Pogrom (Kristallnacht). Eighty-four years ago today, Nazi leaders unleashed violence on the Jewish people of the German Third Reich that at that time included also annexed territories of Austria and parts of Czechoslovakia – attacking Jews in their houses, burning synagogues, and shattering over 7,500 other Jewish-owned commercial establishments.

“To echo the sentiment of Ronald Reagan’s remarks at the opening of the Washington, D.C. Holocaust Museum in 1988, this exhibition commemorates not only the immense loss during one of the darkest chapters in history, but also the necessary effort to keep the memory of the millions lost alive,” said John Heubusch, Executive Director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. “I encourage everyone to see the Auschwitz exhibition and learn firsthand from some never-before-seen artifacts. We must ensure that such evil is never repeated.”

Hundreds of personal items such as suitcases, eyeglasses, and shoes that belonged to Auschwitz deportees will be on display in this exhibit, which will offer an audio tour in both English and Spanish. Other artifacts include: concrete posts that were part of the fence of the Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp; fragments of an original prisoners’ barrack from the Auschwitz III-Monowitz camp; a desk and other possessions of the first and the longest-serving Auschwitz commandant, Rudolf Höss; a gas mask used by the SS; and this original, German-made, Model 2 freight train car.

The exhibition was created by Musealia and curated by a panel of experts that included Robert Jan van Pelt (Chief Curator), Michael Berenbaum or Paul Salmons, working in close collaboration with Piotr Setkiewicz, head of the Auschwitz Museum Research Center. In addition to the hundreds of objects displayed from the Auschwitz Memorial, over 20 other international museums and institutions have participated with special loans, such as Yad Vashem in Israel and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

About the significance of the exhibition today, Piotr Cywiński, Auschwitz Memorial Director said: “Russia’s barbaric invasion of sovereign Ukraine clearly shows how much the world needs historical memory to be a lasting and clear warning. Auschwitz was a far too painful experience, so the free world today could tolerate any symptoms of a policy of hatred, aggression, and dehumanization. Remembrance must be the key to building a peaceful and just world. This exhibition will help us shape this remembrance.”

“At the heart of this project is the idea of making accessible, to audiences all over the world, the history of Auschwitz in all its enormous complexity. Visitors will encounter Auschwitz as the site where one of the largest mass murder in history took place; but also as a symbol and manifestation of the limitless borders of human barbarism,” said Luis Ferreiro, Director of Musealia. “The exhibition will become a powerful opportunity for West Coast residents and visitors to understand how such a place could come to exist, and what that means for us today.”

Through a daunting selection of objects, the Auschwitz exhibition portrays the dark reality of the notorious camp, which remains a universal symbol of the Nazi horror. The curators reveal the world of Auschwitz, both its victims and perpetrators, with a clear goal: to elucidate how such a place comes into being. The exhibit forces its viewers to dig into how the Auschwitz existence and its role in the Holocaust has determined our present worldview and reminds us of our responsibility to keep such evil from ever resurfacing.

“Concentration camp operations forever shifted the foundations and perspective of humanity, and this Auschwitz exhibit ingrains in us that sinister period of time through the preservation and collection of what remains. History, especially its darkest moments, must be remembered and learned from,” said John Norman, President of World Heritage Exhibitions, who is presenting the exhibition locally. “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. is one of the most remarkable exhibitions to ever travel the globe, and it is a true honor to present the exhibition at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. We encourage patrons from across the region, and the world, to make it a point to come and see this awe-inspiring display.”

To learn more about this exhibit and purchase tickets before they sell out, please visit
www.ReaganLibrary.com/Auschwitz

AVATAR: THE EXPERIENCE is now officially open in Singapore – An immersive walkthrough event, first of its kind at Cloud Forest
AVATAR: THE EXPERIENCE is now officially open in Singapore – An immersive walkthrough event, first of its kind at Cloud Forest

Experience the wonders of Pandora through first-of-their-kind animatronics,
state-of-the-art audio and visual experiences as well as interactive multisensory elements, only at Avatar: The Experience

31 October 2022 The much-awaited immersive walkthrough event, Avatar: The Experience, officially opened on 28 October 2022, at Cloud Forest, Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. The limited-time event is inspired by the film, Avatar, the highest-grossing film globally of all- time.

Set in front of the iconic cascading waterfalls at Cloud Forest, Gardens by the Bay, the official opening ceremony was attended by Guest-of-Honour Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore, Mr. Heng Swee Kiat and hosted by Cityneon Holdings. The event was co-hosted with Gardens by the Bay, with senior representatives from filmmakers James Cameron and Jon Landau’s Lightstorm Entertainment and Disney Location-Based Entertainment also in attendance.

Avatar: The Experience, set within the visually stunning iconic Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay, will elevate guest visits with impressive interactives and striking content throughout five different zones. Interactives include the debut of a life-size animatronic banshee with real-time reactions to guests. Additionally, guests will be introduced to a puppet baby banshee and baby viperwolf handled by expert docents providing unique photo opportunities for this event. The path continues with exciting installations throughout the venue and a first look at an artistic sculpt representation of the new marine Ilu creature from the upcoming film, Avatar: The Way of Water.

Lightstorm’s President of Franchise Development, Ms. Kathy Franklin said, “We are excited that this unique experience at Gardens by the Bay here in Singapore has given guests of all ages a new way to enjoy the wonders of Pandora. Setting Avatar: The Experience amongst the landscapes of Cloud Forest has created a truly immersive journey, one that was creatively inspired and made possible by a global collaboration of teams. We look forward to welcoming Avatar fans from around the world.”

Executive Chairman & Group CEO of Cityneon Holdings, Mr. Ron Tan said, “It is an honour to transform one of Singapore’s most iconic venues, the Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay, into Avatar: The Experience, the first-ever around the world. This endeavour can only be made possible with the trust and support from our collaborators at Disney Location-Based Experiences, Lightstorm Entertainment, the Singapore Tourism Board, Gardens by the Bay, and the dedicated team members from Cityneon globally.”

Chief Executive Officer of Gardens by the Bay, Mr. Felix Loh said, “We are thrilled that people in Singapore will be the first in the world to enjoy Avatar: The Experience. Over the past month, our horticulturists have collaborated closely with all teams to infuse our Cloud Forest with the world of Pandora. We hope visitors are as excited as we are to be a part of this extraordinary event.”

Avatar: The Experience will take place in Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay from October 28, 2022 to March 31, 2023. Operating hours are from 9 am to 9 pm daily. Admission tickets to Avatar: The Experience start from $23 and are available for sale to the public by the official ticketing partner, Klook. www.klook.com

Tickets are also available through official venue partner, Gardens by the Bay. www.gardensbythebay.com.sg

For more information please visit: www.AvatarTheExperience.com

The World of Avatar
The World of Avatar

The lush greenery of the movie’s alien planet comes to life at Garden by the Bay

Alien flora and fauna have invaded the Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay.

Acid-dripping plants and assorted creatures from director James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster film Avatar have sprouted amid the lush greenery.

They are part of an immersive installation created with the Cloud Forest in mind.

Avatar: The Experience, which is on till March 31 and organised by Cityneon Holdings, Disney Location-Based Experiences and Lightstorm Entertainment, comes in time to build the hype for the movie’s sequel. Avatar: The Way Of Water opens here on Dec 15 and visitors can get a sneak peek at a new creature called an Ilu at the exhibition.

Scattered through the Cloud Forest’s more than 72,000 plants are realistically detailed sculptures of the Na’vi, the bipedal humanoid inhabitants of Pandora; interactive stops where visitors can play with light and create their own Na’vi avatars; and what the creators say is the most sophisticated animatronic creature in the world.

The animatronic mountain banshee, with a wingspan of 10m and weighing about 2 tonnes, had to fit through a lift door measuring just 1.2m by 2.1m.

Cityneon’s chief technical officer Michael Mattox, 47, solved the puzzle by building it like a Lego structure. The four sections, he says, each fit into the lift with barely an inch to spare.

The idea for the show was seeded in 2017 when Cityneon’s group chief creative officer Welby Altidor first visited the Gardens and walked into the Cloud Forest dome.

The 49-year-old says: “The doors opened, I saw this water fall and I said, ‘This is Avatar.”

It took years of discussions with Disney and Lightstorm, as well as 18 months of planning, before the seed bore fruit.

There were unusual design and installation challenges for the Cityneon team. Mr Mattox says: “This is a living environment. There are unique parameters for what you can do and what you can’t do.”

The veteran who has worked with San Diego Seaworld and Cirque du Soleil adds: “Usually for an exhibition, it’s in a black box. There are no visitors and you don’t have to worry about lighting and sound.”

Here, the team had to work overnight for two months, shivering in the damp cold as temperatures dipped to 18 deg C, to install the show as the dome remained open to visitors throughout the day.

The glass dome means sound waves would bounce, so audio had to be carefully calibrated. Mr Mattox also had to worry about damp affecting the electronic equipment, as light and music are integral to the show.

Another challenge was that the works had to be designed to be viewed in the day as well as at night.

Mr Altidor resolved this by reaching for old-fashioned inspiration. He says: “I connected to the tradition of sculpture gardens, where you have a great garden, then you bring in sculptures or attractions.”

While indoor attractions can rely on darkness and lighting to hide imperfections, the Cloud Forest’s daytime brightness meant that the sculptures had to be designed and made to exacting standards to withstand close scrutiny.

Mr Mattox is particularly pleased with the Unidelta tree, one of the first works to be installed when works began two months ago. He says with a chuckle: “No one realised it was fake.”

The deception is complemented by the landscaping design. Mr Jeffrey Alan Courtney, 47, the Gardens’ senior director (conservatory operations), says an additional 5,700 plants were brought in for the show. These comprise more than 160 different species and varieties, including 20 that have not been displayed in the Gardens before.

He adds: “We selected plants that looked like they could have come from an alien planet, with bizarre yet beautiful forms, colours, leaf patterns, or flowers.

“To match the blue and purple tones in Avatar: The Experience, we chose plants with blue-hued inflorescences or silvery leaf patterns or colours, so they would reflect light and complement the display from day to night.”

Look out for the Aechmea ‘Blue Tango’, an eye-catching bromeliad with electric-blue flowers and contrasting hot-pink flower stalks, and the iridescent Blue Oil Fern (Microsorum thailandicum).

There are also plants that mirror Pandora’s life forms, such as the Colocasia ‘Pharaoh’s Mask’, whose leaves have exaggerated deep purple veins that bulge, giving it a ribcage-like appearance.

All the plants, Mr Courtney says, will remain in the Cloud Forest’s living collection after the show ends.

Mr Altidor says the Cloud Forest presents a great baseline because “I already have an incredible garden walk experience”.

This provided the foundation for the Avatar experience, which he designed to take into consideration logistics as well as visitor experience.

The dome is divided into five zones, offering a journey for visitors. Mr Altidor says: “It’s like when you write a piece of music. There are crescendos and diminuendos, peaks and valleys.”

The first zone eases visitors in with a photo opportunity in the form of a strategically positioned statue of a juvenile mountain banshee, before a light show at the waterfall draws them further in. This was planned so that visitors would flow through smoothly without clogging the pathways.

The interactive stations scattered throughout are designed to be as intuitive as possible. The Sacred Space stop, for example, has large “leaves” which visitors can touch to spark sound and light. But there are no text instructions. Instead, the “leaf” lights up, drawing the attention of visitors and enticing them to interact with it.

While the show is meant to entertain, Mr Altidor says Pandora’s story and the healing vibe of the Gardens combine to offer visitors a message. “We are not here to preach. But just going through this experience is a beautiful metaphor for how important it is to care for our world.”

Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada makes Las Vegas teen’s dream theme park vacation come true
Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada makes Las Vegas teen’s dream theme park vacation come true

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada recently teamed up with Cityneon Holdings’ Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N inside Treasure Island Las Vegas to surprise a local teen and his family with a dream vacation to the theme park capital of the world.

16-year-old Erick, a high school junior who goes by his middle name of Josh, wished for a trip to Orlando, Florida. At the Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. inside Treasure Island, the family was met with a surprise celebration at which Josh’s dream of being immersed in a universe of superheroes was revealed.

During the trip, Josh and his family stayed at Give Kids the World Village, a Florida nonprofit resort that provides no-cost lodging to children with serious conditions and their families. The family spent the next week exploring Orlando’s multiple theme parks, including Walt Disney World and Universal Studios.

“They say it takes a village to raise a child, but we here at Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada believe it takes a community to grant a wish,” said Scott Rosenzweig, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada. “We couldn’t grant wishes like Erick’s without community partners such as Cityneon. We’re grateful for their partnership and can’t wait to see the pictures from Erick’s wish trip to Orlando, Florida.”.

“Making a positive impact in the Southern Nevada community by helping those faced with challenges to find their strength is a top priority for our team,” said Zoe Tan, Head of Business Development and General Manager of Victory Hill Exhibitions, Cityneon Holdings. “Working alongside Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada to make Josh’s wish come to life was truly incredible and we hope to continue this partnership and create unique memories for many more families.”

As a Super Hero fan, Josh was excited to experience the numerous Marvel-related attractions at Universal Studios, including Marvel Super Hero Island® in Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Josh identifies especially with Iron Man – a hero is known for having a repaired heart – since Josh himself was diagnosed at birth with congenital heart disease. Josh was an infant when he had his very first heart surgery, and at just three years old, he underwent another surgery, after which Josh went into kidney failure and has been on dialysis and oxygen ever since.

Like Iron Man, Josh lives heroically with his condition and has remained positive despite the numerous medical challenges he faces on a daily basis.

Josh loved sharing his theme park experience with his family, who has given him the support, care and encouragement he needs throughout his medical journey. The memories of a special trip to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios will help provide the Las Vegas teen the strength to continue to battle congenital heart disease and kidney failure.

Temasek’s 65 Equity Partners invests S$150m in Cityneon
Temasek’s 65 Equity Partners invests S$150m in Cityneon

CITYNEON, a company that provides immersive experiences, on Wednesday (Oct 26) welcomed a fresh capital injection of S$150 million from Temasek’s 65 Equity Partners.

This comes after the group closed its last funding round in April with a total of S$235 million raised.

The collective funds raised will be utilised to further strengthen the group’s growth trajectory and aspirations, said Cityneon. These include expanding into new markets, acquiring new intellectual property, building up technological capabilities via its in-house research and development department, establishing new and profitable lines of businesses, and shoring up its balance sheet.

“We are excited to partner Cityneon’s management team in its next phase of growth,” said Tan Chong Lee, chief executive of 65 Equity Partners. 

“This investment aligns strategically with our mandate of supporting high growth, leading businesses led by founders and entrepreneurs, to help them scale and fulfil their growth aspirations, as well as facilitating their eventual public listing,” he added.

In addition, Cityneon will rebrand its company name to “Neon” as it strives to “always be relevant, offering new, exciting and epic experiences for fans and families around the world”.

65 Equity Partners Invests $150 Million in Cityneon; Group to Rebrand to NEON
65 Equity Partners Invests $150 Million in Cityneon; Group to Rebrand to NEON

Singapore, 26 October, 2022 – Cityneon Holdings (“Cityneon”, the “Company”/collectively with its subsidiaries, the “Group”), welcomes a fresh investment of S$150 million from 65 Equity Partners, an independently managed investment firm wholly-owned by Temasek Holdings. Cityneon concluded a round of private funding that raised S$235 million last April, and the collective funds raised will be utilized to further strengthen the Group’s growth trajectory and aspirations. 65 Equity Partners now joins existing major institutional investors and shareholders – CITIC Capital, Pavilion Capital, EDBI, Qatar’s Doha Venture Capital, and SeaTown Holdings International, veteran entrepreneur and investor Mr. Johnson Ko, as well as Executive Chairman & Group CEO Mr. Ron Tan, to form a new and strong investor base for the Group’s future. “We are excited to partner Cityneon’s management team in its next phase of growth. Cityneon has a unique franchise, which provides IP-based immersive entertainment where it has built a leading position globally supported by a portfolio of high quality IPs. This investment aligns strategically with our mandate of supporting high growth, leading businesses led by founders and entrepreneurs, to help them scale and fulfil their growth aspirations, as well as facilitating their eventual public listing” said Tan Chong Lee, Chief Executive Officer of 65 Equity Partners. The funds raised will be strategically channeled towards the Group’s growth strategies globally, including expanding into new markets, acquiring of new intellectual property (“IP”), building up technological capabilities via the Company’s in-house R&D department, establishing new and profitable lines of businesses, and shoring up its balance sheet. Credit Suisse acted as the Company’s sole financial advisor in this transaction. Rebranding to NEON The desire to rebrand Cityneon was driven by the Group’s enhanced vision to be the global leader in immersive entertainment while maintaining the link to its 65 years of legacy. The word “NEON” stems from the Greek word, “neos”, which means “new”, and staying true to its meaning, NEON will strive to always be relevant, offering new, exciting and epic experiences for fans and families around the world. Executive Chairman and Group CEO of Cityneon, Mr. Ron Tan said, “This successful round of funding is a testament of the confidence in the Group and affirms our trajectory of growth as a global leader in creating unique, immersive experiences for audiences worldwide. With the support of 65 Equity Partners, and our strong stable of existing shareholders, we are excited about future opportunities as we continue to strengthen our capabilities and expand the reach of our portfolio of IP experiences to accelerate growth into 2023 and beyond. Our rebranding into NEON, encompasses our vision of the convergence of the physical and digital space, transcending geographical limitations and create a fully integrated global experience for our visitors.” New Chapter of Growth Emerging from COVID-19 and with a stronger balance sheet from the capital raised over the last two years, the Company is ready for a new chapter of growth in 2023 and beyond. The Group recently expanded into new markets and experiences, working with the governments of Peru and Egypt to present two Original Artefact IP Experiences – Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru and Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs, showcasing authentic historical artefacts to audiences in major cities around the world as well as signing two new global IPs with Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment and entering into a strategic partnership with the Qatar Free Zones. During the year, it also saw strong performance in key exhibitions including the Jurassic World: The Exhibition in London, Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs in San Francisco, and Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. in Chile and Tokyo. Exciting projects on the horizon include the world debut of Avatar: The Experience at the iconic Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore on 28th October 2022, and Jurassic World: The Exhibition which will be launched in Japan in Spring 2023, and many more.

Dinosaurs descend on Mission Valley with opening of massive ‘Jurassic World’ exhibition
Dinosaurs descend on Mission Valley with opening of massive ‘Jurassic World’ exhibition

The long-term, 20,000-square-foot exhibition features large animatronic adult dinos, human-powered adolescent dinos and hand-held puppet baby dinos

Thanks to movies like “Jurassic Park,” the idea of dinosaurs existing today has been a popular, but improbable, fantasy for paleontology fans. But a massive new exhibition that opened Friday in its West Coast premiere in San Diego offers visitors the best chance they’ll ever get of seeing, hearing and even touching “live” dinosaurs up close.

“Jurassic World: The Exhibition” re-creates the look, feel, sound and scaly characters of the fictional Jurassic Park, the live-dino theme park on mysterious Isla Nublar in the 1993 Universal Pictures film “Jurassic Park,” and the 1990 Michael Crichton book that inspired it. The immersive, tented walk-through exhibit in the Westfield Mission Valley mall parking lot is in town through April 16.

Rather than just a mix of movie props and stationary dinosaur robots, “Jurassic World” puts ticket-buyers inside the theme park itself, where actors playing park docents and animal handlers encourage visitors to touch a baby Stygimoloch, feel the gooey consistency of dinosaur poop and watch a training session with Blue, the slightly less dangerous Velociraptor featured in the most recent films in Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic World” franchise.

Visitors can also explore a nursery where they’ll see dino eggs and young hatchlings; meet Bumpy, the baby Ankylosaurus featured in Netflix’s animated “Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous” series; and watch a feeding demonstration with an Indominus Rex, a genetically modified dinosaur in the Jurassic World: Evolution video game series. The 16 dinosaurs in the exhibit range from elaborate hand puppets to a fast-moving human-size raptor with an adult puppeteer inside, and gigantic animatronic beasts that not only have fully functioning eyelids, mouths and necks, but also move around rooms and produce the foghorn-like roars heard in the films.

But — as in all “Jurassic World” stories — humans’ selfish desire to re-create often-lethal extinct creatures can have consequences. The exhibition’s grand finale involves a truly gigantic robotic Tyrannosaurus Rex that gets loose from its enclosure and mayhem ensues.

Over the past five years, experiential exhibitions have become a worldwide sensation. In San Diego, last year’s immersive “Beyond Van Gogh” projection-mapped exhibit at the Del Mar Fairgrounds was so popular it was extended by an extra month. And in Anaheim, Disney spent an estimated $225 million building its most ambitious experience attraction Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland.

“Jurassic World: The Exhibition” launched in 2016 in Melbourne, Australia, and has toured internationally in the years since. There are now three touring companies including one now operating in London and another in Japan. The San Diego visit is the third stop on a four-city American tour.

Ellie Armitage, who bills herself as the exhibition’s lead dinosaur ranger, said it’s hard to gauge which experience is the most popular with guests. Although the T-Rex finale is a hit, Armitage said most visitors are “astonished” when they disembark from the “water ferry” that motors them to Isla Nublar and they encounter a towering 12,500-pound animatronic Brachiosaurus at the park’s entrance.

“The most awesome moment for many people is when they come off the boat, the music is playing and they come through the gates and enter the land of giants. It’s a big wow moment,” Armitage said.

While Armitage said the staff undergoes “scared child protocol” training for toddlers who can’t separate fact from fiction, the exhibit is designed for all ages, with particular appeal for children ages 8 to 10. Beyond the dinosaurs themselves, there are dozens of video and touch screens where visitors can learn more about the various dinosaur species, their diets, habitats and unusual physical features. Docents are also trained to answer visitors’ questions. There’s also a gift shop, where a staffer said the $40 plush toy of Blue the velociraptor is the top-selling item.

Exhibition tickets are sold online by timed entry, with a maximum of 60 visitors admitted every 15 minutes to avoid overcrowding. Visitors can stay as long as they like, but the average visit is 45 to 60 minutes. The exhibit is set up on the east side of the mall’s former Macy’s department store, near Broken Yolk Café and the seasonal pumpkin patch.

Jurassic World: The Exhibition

Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 pm. Mondays and Thursdays. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Through April 16

Tickets: Weekday admission is $29.50 for adults and $19.50 for children ages 3 to 15; weekend admission is $34.50 for adults and $24.50 for children

Online sales: jurassicworldexhibition.com

Announcing Avatar: The Experience Tickets On Sale Now
Announcing Avatar: The Experience Tickets On Sale Now

EXPERIENCE THE WONDERS OF PANDORA AT CLOUD FORES
GRAND OPENING, 28 OCTOBER 2022

Singapore, 10 October, 2022. Avatar: The Experience will grand open on 28 October 2022, at Cloud Forest, Gardens by the Bay. Cityneon Holdings, Disney Location-Based Experiences, and James Cameron and Jon Landau’s Lightstorm Entertainment have collaborated closely to produce an immersive walkthrough event inspired by the beauty and unique storytelling of the highest-grossing film globally of all-time, Avatar.

Guests will journey through the alien world of Pandora witnessing its bioluminescent environments, engaging with its mystical creatures and flora, and sharing in the captivating culture of its indigenous people, the Na’vi.

Avatar: The Experience, set within the visually stunning iconic Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay, will elevate guest visits with impressive interactives and striking content throughout five different zones. Interactives will include the debut of a life-size animatronic banshee, fascinating visitors with its incredibly realistic and detailed appearance, authentic roars, and real-time reactions to its environment. Additionally, guests will be introduced to a baby banshee handled by expert puppeteer docents providing unique photo opportunities for this event. The path continues with exciting installations throughout the venue and a first look at an artistic sculpt representation of the new marine creature, the Ilu, from the upcoming film Avatar: The Way of Water.

Executive Chairman & Group CEO of Cityneon Holdings, Mr Ron Tan said, “We are immensely honored to present Avatar: The Experience, at our very own Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. This was a global effort with all collaborators having worked diligently to transform this iconic garden location into a memorable experience. We look forward to welcoming you!”

Gardens by the Bay has celebrated over a decade of innovation and welcomed over 85 million visitors, with its impressive horticulture and dedication to the idea that a unique location can inspire global connection. Honoring that foundation, guests visiting Avatar: The Experience will have the opportunity to be inspired and feel connected by experiencing the many wonders of Pandora right here on Earth.

Chief Executive Officer of Gardens by the Bay, Mr Felix Loh said, “We are thrilled that Avatar: The Experience is coming to the people of Singapore. Over the past month, our horticulturists have collaborated closely with all teams to infuse our Cloud Forest with the world of Pandora. We hope visitors are as excited as we are to be a part of this extraordinary event.”

Filmmaker of Avatar, James Cameron, shares a message and welcomes guests to Avatar: The Experience at Gardens by the Bay:

View here: www.AvatarTheExperience.com

Avatar: The Experience will take place in Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay from October 28, 2022 to March 31, 2023. Admission tickets to Avatar: The Experience will be released for sale to the public on October 10, 2022 at 12 pm (SGT) by the official ticketing partner, Klook. www.klook.com

Tickets are also available through official venue partner, Gardens by the Bay. www.gardensbythebay.com.sg In anticipation of the opening of Avatar: The Experience, Cloud Forest is currently undergoing a transformation.

For more information please visit: www.AvatarTheExperience.com

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Lionsgate’s Worldwide Blockbuster Film, The Hunger Games: The Exhibition Launches A Sustainable Art Competition for All CCSD High School Students Video Play Button
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Lionsgate’s Worldwide Blockbuster Film, The Hunger Games: The Exhibition Launches A Sustainable Art Competition for All CCSD High School Students

The Hunger Games: The Exhibition, located at MGM Grand,
encourages students to think innovatively and creatively while being good stewards of the environment

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (September 06, 2022) – The Hunger Games: The Exhibition, produced by Cityneon Holdings, announced today an exciting partnership with the Clark County School District (CCSD) to launch a sustainable art competition to coincide with and celebrate Lionsgate’s blockbuster film The Hunger Games‘ 10th anniversary – all while making a local impact and encouraging students to think creatively.

Located inside the MGM Grand, this award winning, multi-million-dollar attraction provides visitors an interactive experience that fully immerses them into the world of The Hunger Games franchise and the “Mockingjay” – exploring props and iconic costumes up close, accessing behind-the-scenes content and participating in a hands on archery experience.

As the 2022/2023 school year kicks off, the partnership between Cityneon and CCSD via this contest sponsored by Cityneon Holdings will encourage all currently enrolled high school students to think innovatively and creatively alongside their teachers while also being good stewards of the environment. With a theme of “Stand with the Mockingjay,” students entering the contest will be tasked with designing a costume, display or a 10th Anniversary-centric art piece.

“We are thrilled to work alongside CCSD to launch such a unique competition,” said Zoe Tan, Head of Business Development and General Manager of Victory Hill Exhibitions, Cityneon Group. “Being able to make an impact in the Southern Nevada community is a priority for our team. Encouraging students to tap into their creative side may unlock a new door to pursing a future career in design or creative arts, which is something we hope to continue to inspire for many years to come.”

“Creating educational opportunities through experience is essential at The Hunger Games: The Exhibition,” said VP of Creative of Lionsgate Global Products and Experiences Jerry Sabatini. “We are excited to extend that through an incredible art competition that is based on the films’ themes.”

All artwork submitted for the contest must be sustainably sourced using recycled materials or sustainable/used materials found within students’ homes and school.

The esteemed panel of judges will select an overall contest winner; however, three additional winners will also be selected for parallel categories including “Most Sustainable,” and “Judges Pick.”

“Strong community partnerships like this allow our students to be part of academic opportunities outside of the classroom,” said Dr. Keating, Executive Director, CCSD Engagement Unit. “Thank you to the Hunger Games: The Exhibition for creating this competition, which will enrich the lives of students, specifically in subjects of art and STEM.”

Initial submissions for the contest will begin Tuesday Sept. 6 and end Friday, Nov. 4. Students will need to upload their project submissions via the contest website and provide a short description of what the item is, elements used in its creation and any personal notes as to the design.

Up to 25 semi-finalists will be selected and then announced by Monday, Nov. 7.

The exciting contest will then offer the local Southern Nevada community an opportunity to get involved and support the hard work and imagination of the students as their artwork will be displayed at the MGM Grand for public viewing Friday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 13.

The winning student(s) of the contest will receive $1,000 in the form of a gift card, a merchandise pack from the attraction gift store, DVD collection of all of the films in The Hunger Games franchise and a 10th anniversary celebration field trip to The Hunger Games: The Exhibition for their entire class. In addition, their art project will remain on display at The Hunger Games: The Exhibition throughout the remainder of 2022.

The teacher or CCSD administrator sponsoring of the winning art piece will also receive $1,000 as a gift to their classroom.

The three added category winners will receive $500 in the form of a gift card, a merchandising pack from the attraction gift store, a DVD collection of all the films in The Hunger Games franchise and a 10th anniversary celebration field trip to The Hunger Games: The Exhibition for their entire class. The teacher or CCSD administrator sponsoring the winning student or group will receive $500 in the form of a gift card to use in their classroom.

For more information, to review details, contest rules and/or submit a project, students can visit TheHungerGamesExhibition.com/10thAnniversaryArtContest prior to Friday, Nov. 4, 2022.

High turnout of visitors during the first days of ‘Ramses and Gold of the Pharaohs’ exhibition
High turnout of visitors during the first days of ‘Ramses and Gold of the Pharaohs’ exhibition

High turnout of visitors during the first days of the “Ramses and Gold of the Pharaohs” exhibition at De Young Museum in San Francisco.

Large number of visitors flocked to see the great Egyptian antiquities.

During the first days of its opening, the exhibition witnessed a large turnout of visitors of different age groups.

The exhibition of “Ramses and the Gold of the Pharaohs” includes 181 artifacts that highlight some of the distinctive characteristics of the ancient Egyptian civilization, especially in the Middle and Modern eras until the late era, through a group of statues, ornaments, cosmetics, paintings, stone blocks decorated with inscriptions, and statues of some deities in the form of birds and animals in addition to some colorful wooden coffins.

The De Young Museum in San Francisco, USA, witnessed the opening of the traveling exhibition “Ramses and the Gold of the Pharaohs” at its second stop.

It had previously been exhibited at the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences; nearly 8,000 tickets of the exhibit have been sold so far.

The exhibition includes 181 artifacts from the era of King “Ramses II” stemming from the collections of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, in addition to artifacts unearthed by the Egyptian mission in the Bubasteum in Saqqara.

It is worth mentioning that The exhibition of “Ramses & The Gold of The Pharaohs” welcomed visitors from all over the American city of Houston to enjoy the splendor of the great Egyptian antiquities with the enchanting melodies of the harp instrument in the background.

During the first days of its opening, the exhibition witnessed a huge turnout of visitors from different age groups. Some 8000 tickets were booked and sold in the first hours of the exhibition’s opening day.

Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri explained that an Egyptian delegation representing the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities had received the visitors, who expressed their fascination with the greatness of the Egyptian civilization.

For her part, Assistant Minister for Tourism Promotion Lamia Kamel said that the Egyptian pavilion at the exhibition also witnessed a great turnout from the museum visitors, who used the QR code shown on the main panel in the pavilion to access the promotional site for Egypt on various social media platforms, in order to get acquainted with the brilliance of the Egyptian tourist destinations and Egypt’s countless tourism products.

Kamel confirmed that the visitors of the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences expressed their enthusiasm to visit Egypt, especially in winter.

Moreover, Kamel reviewed the efforts exerted by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, in cooperation with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, to create a direct flight route between Sharm El-Sheikh and Luxor to link beach tourism with cultural tourism, within the framework of the ministries’ efforts to create an integrated tourism product.

It is worth noting that the “Ramses & The Gold of The Pharaohs” exhibition showcases 181 artifacts that highlight some of the distinctive characteristics of the ancient Egyptian civilization, especially from the Middle and Modern Kingdoms to the late era. The exhibits include a group of statues, ornaments, paintings, stone blocks decorated with inscriptions, and statues of deities in the form of birds and animals, as well as some colorful wooden coffins.

Also, the Egyptian pavilion in the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences will be broadcast Egypt’s grand celebration “The Sphinx Avenue ” that will take place on November 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Ferocious dinosaurs come to London as part of roarsome Jurassic World exhibition – and tickets are available now
Ferocious dinosaurs come to London as part of roarsome Jurassic World exhibition – and tickets are available now

They’re the most dangerous creatures to have ever roamed the planet – dinosaurs have been a source of fascination for both the young and old for centuries. And now London’s ExCeL Centre will see them come to life in our city, as Jurassic World’s jaw-dropping exhibition opens its doors in the UK for the very first time.

Fans of the blockbuster films will be able to see the thrilling beasts up close as they step into a world of discovery inside the ferocious dinosaur’s domain. From a life-sized velociraptor to a towering Brachiosaurus, and even the Tyrannosaurus Rex. The dinosaurs are more real than ever before.

Visitors will be able to watch them move, roar and even feed as they come to life in a 20,000 sq ft space. Park rangers will also be on the premises to guide adventurers around the huge Jurassic Park – but they should watch out for the fierce beasts lurking behind every shrub or forest path.

In addition to experiencing the world inspired by the beloved films, exhibition guests will be able to pose for one-of-a-kind “Instagram-able” photo moments throughout the event. There will also be an interactive dig site where youngsters can become palaeontologists for the day and scavenge for dinosaur bones and remains.

James Cassidy, COO of FKP Scorpio Entertainment UK says: “The entire Jurassic World: The Exhibition experience has been designed to be as immersive as possible for visitors. From the moment our guests walk through the doors, all the sights and sounds of the event will be geared towards fueling the experience of being in the dinosaurs’ domain.

“The Jurassic Dominion movie came out quite recently and the entire exhibition has been organised in collaboration with its creative film team, and it will be held in collaboration with Universal studios and NBC. All of our dinosaurs are animatronic so they move and hiss on their own – guests can go up to them and touch them as well as get plenty of selfie opportunities.”

Jurassic World: The Exhibition tour has previously taken major cities across the world such as Chicago, Philadelphia, Paris, Madrid and Seoul, Shanghai and Chengdu by storm. A record-breaking number of tickets have already been sold for the London event.

The exhibition will be open from Thursday, August 25, until the end of 2022. It will provide the ideal day out for both children and adults across the city and elsewhere in the UK, who are seeking an unforgettable experience.

Tickets for the Jurassic World: The Exhibition start at £26 per adult and £18.50 per child. Car parking will be available on-site and visitors can also travel to the ExCeL Centre directly on the London Underground via the new Elizabeth Line.

To buy tickets for Jurassic World: The Exhibition at London’s ExCeL Centre, visit the website here.

What’s there to discover?

As well as seeing lots of giant species throughout the day, there will be plenty of opportunities for families to interact with incredible baby dinosaurs. This includes “Bumpy” from the hit Netflix series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, which premiered in 2020 and released season 4 in December 2021.

Fans will even have the chance to play Jurassic World Alive – the popular location-based AR mobile game. In the game, dinosaurs are back on Earth and they roam free in our world.

Players can explore their surroundings to find their favourite Jurassic World characters. The app is available to download for free on the App Store and Google Play.

When the exhibition opens, players who visit ExCeL London and open the game on their device can locate an exclusive Jurassic World: The Exhibition incubator, which are capsules that contain valuable resources to use as an in-game reward.

Those who want to relax after walking the perilous path housing Jurassic World’s ancient beasts will be able to buy refreshments from a range of food and drink outlets in the ExCeL Centre. There are plenty of restaurants and cafés to choose from.

Film fans will also be able to purchase souvenirs from the full merchandise retail store on site, including t-shirts, stationary and more, as a memory of their incredible experience of visiting the dinosaurs’ domain.

To buy tickets for Jurassic World: The Exhibition at London’s ExCeL Centre, visit the website here.

‘Jurassic World: The Exhibition’ opens today
‘Jurassic World: The Exhibition’ opens today

Ever heard that story where a group of people are trapped in a park and faced with surviving some very ferocious pre-historical predators that have broken free?

Well, dino lovers across the city can relive that iconic storyline from today, as ‘Jurassic World: The Exhibition’ opens. The ExCel centre in Docklands is welcoming thousands of explorers through the famous Jurassic Park gates where they will be greeted by life-size, animatronic dinosaurs and their (extremely cute) babies. Only this time, they’re not likely to chase you and then dismember you.

The 20,000-square-foot exhibition holds 16 life-sized dinosaurs, including a velociraptor, brachiosaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex. Curious explorers can interact with the dinosaurs, which are mechanical puppets that are deceptively lifelike. It’s a timewarp, where you can envision what prehistoric life on earth was like 140 million years ago, before the dinos became extinct… just in the ExCel centre.

This summer, the blockbuster season continues with the release of ‘Jurassic World Dominion’, the sixth instalment of the ‘Jurassic Park’ franchise, 30 years after the original movie. Okay, we reckon it’s shit, but the idea remains sound.

So, as you wait for the next film to drop, why not pay a visit to the dinos and keep them company? Tell them we said ‘roar!’.

‘Jurassic World: The Exhibition’, Excel London, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL. From £25 per adult and £18.50 per child.

Find tickets here.

《侏罗纪世界》展览登陆伦敦 影迷与“恐龙”互动 Video Play Button
《侏罗纪世界》展览登陆伦敦 影迷与“恐龙”互动

《侏罗纪世界》展览登陆英国伦敦,让影迷们沉浸式地体验电影里的场景,还能和会动的恐龙们进行互动。

摆脱禁锢的霸王龙朝围观者愤怒嘶吼;从大门进入,迎接游客的还有一只巨型腕龙。

这个庞大的展览空间里展示着侏罗纪电影里的所有事物,按照真实比例打造的电子动态恐龙结合音效和灯光,给人营造一种身临其境的感觉。

英国《侏罗纪世界》展览发起人乔治伍德说:“你真的会感觉,这是你最接近活恐龙的一次,也是这个体验最棒的地方。”

恐龙幼崽在器皿里休息,表皮纹路和呼吸节奏都几近逼真。现场不仅有各类恐龙,游客还能戴上手套触摸恐龙粪便,让大人小孩都乐在其中。

一名游客赛雷尔拉朱说:“他差不多两岁,非常喜欢这里。他出乎意料的非常冷静,但也很享受。”

英国儿童电台主持人康纳奈特说:“我们终于能亲身体验、感受、触摸恐龙,了解它们的皮肤、骨骼和一切。现象级的,非常棒!太好了!虽然也有点可怕。”

原定展出到11月的侏罗纪世界展,可能展延到当地假期结束。

De Young Museum witnesses the opening of ‘Ramses and the Gold of the Pharaohs’ exhibition at its second stop
De Young Museum witnesses the opening of ‘Ramses and the Gold of the Pharaohs’ exhibition at its second stop

The De Young Museum in San Francisco, USA, witnessed the opening of the traveling exhibition “Ramses and the Gold of the Pharaohs” at its second stop.

It had previously been exhibited at the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences; nearly 8,000 tickets of the exhibit have been sold so far.

The exhibition includes 181 artifacts from the era of King “Ramses II” stemming from the collections of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, in addition to artifacts unearthed by the Egyptian mission in the Bubasteum in Saqqara.

It is worth mentioning that The exhibition of “Ramses & The Gold of The Pharaohs” welcomed visitors from all over the American city of Houston to enjoy the splendor of the great Egyptian antiquities with the enchanting melodies of the harp instrument in the background.

During the first days of its opening, the exhibition witnessed a huge turnout of visitors from different age groups. Some 8000 tickets were booked and sold in the first hours of the exhibition’s opening day.

Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri explained that an Egyptian delegation representing the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities had received the visitors, who expressed their fascination with the greatness of the Egyptian civilization.

For her part, Assistant Minister for Tourism Promotion Lamia Kamel said that the Egyptian pavilion at the exhibition also witnessed a great turnout from the museum visitors, who used the QR code shown on the main panel in the pavilion to access the promotional site for Egypt on various social media platforms, in order to get acquainted with the brilliance of the Egyptian tourist destinations and Egypt’s countless tourism products.

Kamel confirmed that the visitors of the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences expressed their enthusiasm to visit Egypt, especially in winter.

Moreover, Kamel reviewed the efforts exerted by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, in cooperation with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, to create a direct flight route between Sharm El-Sheikh and Luxor to link beach tourism with cultural tourism, within the framework of the ministries’ efforts to create an integrated tourism product.

It is worth noting that the “Ramses & The Gold of The Pharaohs” exhibition showcases 181 artifacts that highlight some of the distinctive characteristics of the ancient Egyptian civilization, especially from the Middle and Modern Kingdoms to the late era. The exhibits include a group of statues, ornaments, paintings, stone blocks decorated with inscriptions, and statues of deities in the form of birds and animals, as well as some colorful wooden coffins.

Also, the Egyptian pavilion in the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences will be broadcast Egypt’s grand celebration “The Sphinx Avenue ” that will take place on November 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Review: ‘Ramses the Great’ show in S.F. uncovers the ‘fine art’ in immersive experiences
Review: ‘Ramses the Great’ show in S.F. uncovers the ‘fine art’ in immersive experiences

Concepts of spectacle and immersion have gotten a bad rap lately in the art world. Believe me, I understand.

When a dazzling presentation comes at the cost of curatorial substance, it’s not only disappointing, it fails to honor the subject. The term “immersive experience” has also become such a cliche that many of us cringe when we spot the words in the description of a new exhibition.

But when the concepts are used intelligently, they make museum-going more immediate, more educational and sometimes more complete.

“Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs,” the newly arrived exhibition at the de Young Museum that opened Saturday, Aug. 20, benefits from all the enhancements spectacle and immersion can offer. The touring exhibition was curated by Zahi Hawass, the famed Egyptian archaeologist and former minister of state for antiquities affairs, and comes to San Francisco in partnership with the Supreme Council of Antiquities of the Arab Republic of Egypt. It is produced by World Heritage Exhibitions, a subsidiary of Cityneon Holdings. The exhibition is overseen at the de Young by Renée Dreyfus, the George and Judy Marcus Distinguished Curator and the person in charge of ancient art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

You like King Tut? You should get to know Ramses the Great, now in S.F.

With its set-like exhibition design, dramatically backlit photo blowups, use of video elements, evocative soundtrack and moody lighting, it is as much a theatrical experience as a museum visit. It’s easy to get swept up in the drama, as though carried pleasantly on the tides of the Nile.

Ramses II (1303-1213 B.C.) reigned for 67 years as the third pharaoh of the 19th Dynasty of Egypt. His time on the throne was marked by distinguished military campaigns, along with building projects like the Ramesseum temple complex at Qurna and the Abu Simbel temple complex near the Egypt-Sudan border. He is also thought to be the pharaoh depicted in the Old Testament story of Moses by some historians.

Immediately upon entering, visitors are plunged into his world, starting with a slick introductory video that explains his reign, and also the looting of his tomb in the Valley of the Kings — providing context to why artifacts from other royal tombs in Dahshur and Tanis are featured. After the video, the doors to the exhibition open as if by decree of the gods, bringing you face to face with a spectacular head of the ruler taken from a colossal statue.

Forms of Egyptian revival have been seen through the ages in the West, seemingly coming back into vogue with major archaeological discoveries and excavations. Gazing at objects like a gold Heset Ewer pitcher for liquid offerings in the temple, alabaster kohl jars, intricately colored Faience tiles depicting captives from military campaigns and numerous statues of the sphinx, one sees just how much movements like Neoclassicism, Art Nouveau and Art Deco have been inspired by the simple forms and intricate detailing of the New Kingdom era.

Throughout the exhibition, you enter the different worlds of Ramses’ time. It can be almost theme-park-like, in the best possible way.

With so much of Ramses’ story told in monumental buildings and works of sculpture that cannot tour, the design helps fill many of those gaps. Adjacent galleries showcase how tried-and-true exhibition tools are still effective, with a model of the great temple at Abu Simbel and its epic statues of the ruler on display. A nearby viewing room features a digital re-creation of the Battle of Kadesh that feels 3-D in its use of both conventional, wall-mounted screens and a flat viewing surface below it in the shape of a burnt papyrus map that shows the topography of the battleground and displays additional images. Later re-creations of tombs are also beautiful in their own artistry.

But when presenting objects like the stunning dynastic jewelry, the exhibition design lets the gold headpieces, bracelets, amulets and neckpieces speak for themselves. When you have items like the gold face mask of Sheshonq II, it doesn’t need anything extra. This is also true for the stone sarcophagi and the intricately painted, gilded wood interior coffins. And naturally, no exhibition on ancient Egypt would be complete without mummies, represented in “Ramses” by numerous preserved animals.

Upstairs in the museum’s Piazzoni Murals Room, the virtual reality experience “Ramses and Nefertari: Journey to Osiris” is available at an extra cost. See the exhibition first, then take the 10-minute “tour” through Abu Simbel, guided by the apparition of the pharaoh’s beloved wife, Nefertari. It’s a nice additional component after learning the basics about the ruler, but its motion and fragrance components might not be suitable for all museumgoers; some of the imagery may also be too frightening for children.

I left the show not only astounded by its presentation and objects, but also truly awed by the artistic and cultural accomplishments of the pharaoh’s reign. It’s an exhibition that proves when spectacle and immersion are given a subject with the depth of Ramses II, they can be truly in the service of greater understanding.

“Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs”: 9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Opens Saturday, Aug. 20. On view through Feb. 12. $20-$40. “Ramses and Nefertari: Journey to Osiris” tickets are $18 general admission, $16 members. De Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F. 415-750-3600. deyoung.famsf.org

You like King Tut? You should get to know Ramses the Great, now in S.F.
You like King Tut? You should get to know Ramses the Great, now in S.F.

Among the almost 200 opulent ancient Egyptian artifacts in the new exhibition “Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs,” curator Zahi Hawass says he’s been transfixed by one sculpture: an 8-foot-tall, red granite head of Ramses II dating to the 13th century B.C.

The commanding visage of Egypt’s most influential New Kingdom ruler, wearing the iconic white crown of Upper Egypt and a chin-strapped false beard, originally topped a colossal statue in a Memphis, Egypt, temple. Discovered there in 1888, the deified pharaoh’s likeness now greets visitors entering the de Young Museum’s immersive 12,000-square foot installation, opening Saturday, Aug. 20. The exhibition explores the reign of one of Egypt’s most powerful and longest-ruling monarchs; Ramses the Great ruled for 67 years and lived past age 90, a rare life span in the ancient world.

It’s the greatest collection of Ramses II objects ever to travel to the United States, including numerous items never loaned outside Egypt — sarcophagi, royal masks, sculpture, recently discovered animal mummies, amulets and magnificent jewelry — as well as a virtual reality component installed in the museum’s Piazzoni Murals Room.

Review: ‘Ramses the Great’ show in S.F. uncovers the ‘fine art’ in immersive experiences

“I really love that statue at the beginning of the exhibit,” an exuberant Hawass told The Chronicle by phone from Los Angeles before his trip to San Francisco, where he plans to give a free public lecture on Saturday. “When I look at his face, I imagine that I am talking to Ramses II. In fact, when I wrote the (exhibition) catalog, which includes more personal stories, it was as if Ramses was here in front of me, talking to me, telling me his story himself.

“He told me he was not just a ruler but a philosopher, a warrior, a peacemaker,” the famed archeologist and Egyptoloist continued, “a man who was so in love with Nefartari as a young man, he built for her the most beautiful tomb ever made for a queen.”

Now, if anyone else were to recount in such breathless fervor an imaginary conversation with the 3,000-year-old pharaoh known as Ozymandias in Greek texts, whose mummified body rests in Cairo’s National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, we might rightly question their hold on reality. But it somehow makes sense for a nostalgic showman like Hawass, whose career since working as a young inspector at the great pyramids has been guided by an unquenchable curiosity and sense of connection with Egypt’s epic past.

“When I heard a Ramses exhibition would be available to travel here, I jumped at the opportunity,” said Renee Dreyfus, de Young’s curator in charge of ancient art.

Hawass, former secretary-general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, is best known in the U.S. from his frequent television appearances on the Discovery Channel, Fox and the History Channel (“Chasing Mummies”). There seems to scarcely be media coverage involving ancient Egypt without Hawass’ involvement. He’s filmed CT scans of King Tut’s remains and his 2010 discovery of the tombs of the Khufu pyramid builders.

A man in perpetual motion at 75, Hawass hasn’t slowed a bit in spreading the gospel of Egypt’s past grandeur.

“I’m giving 23 lectures in America next May,” he gushed.

He also rattled off a dizzying number of current ventures, including a new project working in the tomb of Ramses II in the Valley of the Kings (which was plundered in ancient times, and suffered numerous subsequent floods), and overseeing the ambitious Grand Egyptian Museum set to open later this year in Giza.

But he said he keeps in mind that every exhibition he works on aims to tell a distinct story about Egypt’s glorious past.

“Ramses the Great” is about the “king of kings who signed human history’s first peace treaty (with the Hittites),” Hawass explained. “He left his name everywhere,” inscribed on monuments and temples throughout Egypt, from the Nile delta to the Nubian Desert.

While King Tut’s gold-and-jewel-encrusted artifacts may be more iconic due to the stroke of fate that kept his burial chamber from flooding, the boy king who died at 19 was far from the most consequential pharaoh, Hawass noted.

“The two most famous Egyptian kings are, first, Ramses II, and second, King Tut,” he said. “I believe this (exhibition) is one of the most important things ever to leave Egypt to travel abroad. It is educational, but it is also breathtaking. It will capture the hearts of young people.”

Dreyfus said the timing to spark renewed interest in ancient Egypt couldn’t be better, with the Ramses show to still be on view at the de Young on Nov. 4, a date marking 100 years since Howard Carter’s discovery of King Tutankhamun’s intact tomb.

“What I’ve tried to do over the years, including the last King Tut show in 2009, is to bring the finest Egyptian objects to San Francisco to satisfy this city’s great love of Egyptian art,” said Dreyfus about the popularity of the Egyptian exhibitions, noting that the 1979 King Tut show — also curated by Hawass — attracted more than 1.3 million visitors.

“There is something hauntingly interesting about people who truly believed (in an afterlife), that you could take it with you, and that the next world would be equally good, if not better.”

“Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs”: 9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Opens Saturday, Aug. 20. On view through Feb. 12, 2023. $25-$40. De Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F. 415-750-3600. deyoung.famsf.org

Ancient Art Council Lecture on Recent Egypt Discoveries with Zahi Hawass: 2 p.m. Saturday. Koret Auditorium. This is a free program on the exhibition’s opening day. Seating is limited and unassigned. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis in front of the Koret Auditorium an hour before the presentation begins. Lecture tickets do not include admission to the exhibition. For more information, visit deyoung.famsf.org/calendar.

Ramses the Great, ancient Egypt’s most powerful king, reigns at the de Young
Ramses the Great, ancient Egypt’s most powerful king, reigns at the de Young

Ramses the Great was the most powerful, most celebrated pharaoh of ancient Egypt.

A talented military leader, he ushered in a golden era of security and prosperity and built a never-before-seen number of monuments, temples, and colossal statues (mostly dedicated to himself) across his kingdom. By the time of his death 67 years after assuming the throne, there were few in Egypt who’d ever known another ruler.

Three thousand years later, Ramses the Great’s legacy still looms large, and the artifacts associated with his reign are among Egypt’s most treasured heritage. On Friday, August 19th, 181 of them make their debut in San Francisco for the first time in the de Young Museum’s new exhibition, Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs.

The exhibition, however, is more than just a set of beautiful objects. Using virtual reality and multimedia, it brings to life the most important events and places of Ramses’ rule.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” says Thomas P. Campbell, director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “It’s truly an immersive experience that engages all the senses with muscle.”

The artifacts on display in Ramses the Great range from stone cartouches and life-sized statues to delicate jewelry and exquisitely detailed coffins. In one room, an unusual collection of animal mummies that were recently discovered in the ancient city of Memphis—cats, lion cubs, mongoose, crocodiles, and scarab beetles—appear for the first time ever. In another, they recreate the crypt of Sennedjem, a royal artist and the builder of Ramses’ own tomb, surrounding his real, lavishly painted coffin with images of the afterlife projected on the walls and ceiling; these images are the same as those that were found painted in the actual tomb.

Elsewhere, a multi-platform presentation illuminates what ancient scholars consider the largest, most chaotic battle ever fought, the Battle of Kadesh, which Ramses the Great won in 1274 B.C. just a few years after assuming the throne. The epic assault takes place across three screens that combine cinematic views of the combat with shifting imagery of the battlefield.

But the most exciting multimedia element of Ramses the Great is the 10-minute virtual reality component, Ramses & Nefertari: Journey to Osiris, installed in the Piazzoni Mural Rooms upstairs. With noise-canceling headphones, VR goggles, and a spinning, tilting, rumbling chair, visitors follow Ramses’ first wife Nefertari on a tour of her husband’s most impressive monuments, Abu Simbel and Nefertari’s Tomb. The temple and crypt appear like they would have at the time of their construction, immensely detailed and convincingly real. The makers even threw in a bit of extra drama to keep things interesting.

“The temples [Ramses] erected, statues he commissioned, and monuments he inscribed throughout Egypt and Nubia, and funerary temple and royal tomb he built, were reminders of his earthly power and closeness to the gods,” says Renee Dreyfus, George and Judy Marcus Distinguished Curator and curator in charge of ancient art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. With VR, visitors get the chance to experience what moving through those spaces was like thousands of years in the past.

// Both Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs and Ramses & Nefertari: Journey to Osiris will be on exhibition from August 20th through February 12th, 2023. Timed entry tickets can be purchased in advance and there is an extra charge, $18/person, for the VR experience; De Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. (Golden Gate Park), deyoung.famsf.org.

The VR experience “Ramses and Nefertari: Journey to Osiris.”

A Guide to ‘Ramses the Great’: 8 Takeaways From the De Young’s New Exhibit of Ancient Egyptian Artifacts
A Guide to ‘Ramses the Great’: 8 Takeaways From the De Young’s New Exhibit of Ancient Egyptian Artifacts

Thousands of years before the ’49ers descended upon San Francisco in the hopes of unearthing a fortune in the mountains of California, a living god half a world away was laid to rest in The Valley of the Kings with a cache of gold that all but the most fortunate prospecters could have only dreamed of.

“Ramses the Great and The Gold of the Pharaohs,” opening Aug. 20 at the de Young Museum, showcases this royal mother lode in one of the largest exhibitions of ancient Egyptian splendor to come to the West Coast since the de Young’s “King Tut” exhibits—which captivated local museum goers in 1979 and 2009.

The exhibit features 181 artifacts lent to the de Young by the Egyptian government. It includes priceless relics found at the tomb of the powerful Pharaoh Ramses II, along with animal mummies, intricate jewerly and recently uncovered burial objects from the ancient cities of Dashur and Tanis along the Nile River. Present day Egyptologists continue to excavate and unearth new treasures.

The collection has been billed as a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to see the “greatest collection of Ramses II objects and Egyptian jewelry ever to travel to the United States”—and the hype is not without merit.

In recent decades, evolutions in international law and curatorial codes of ethics have made exhibitions like “Ramses the Great” increasingly difficult to coordinate. All of the objects currently on display at the de Young are on a short-term special loan from Egypt—approved by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Supreme Council of Antiquities of the Arab Republic of Egypt. They are not likely to leave their country of origin again for a long time after this world tour ends in 2025.

But “Ramses the Great” is more than a rare chance to see Egyptian treasures. It is also a cutting-edge display of applied technology. The highly choreographed experience features state-of-the-art lighting, sound and multimedia equipment—and includes a virtual reality tour of two of Egypt’s most impressive monuments (tickets to this cost extra).

With all there is to see and experience, you may feel overwhelmed by it all. To help you better appreciate “Ramses the Great and The Gold of the Pharaohs” here are eight essential takeaways—from easily recognizing a Pharaoh and quickly understanding Egyptian seating arrangements to avoiding the nausea some experience while strapped into a VR headset. Read on to prepare yourself to walk through the show like an Egyptian.

The King is King

With few exceptions, artistic depictions of the pharaohs remained the same for 3,000 years. But while the people of ancient Egypt were familiar with the uniform aesthetic, modern museum goers would do well to keep a few things in mind.

For starters, ancient Egyptian artists often put the king’s head on the body of a lion to form a sphinx. Also, the patriarchy was just as real then as it is today: All pharaohs, no matter their actual sex or gender, were depicted as male.

Finally, keep an eye out for some of these key pieces of royal regalia:

  • Triangular royal kilt, with an ornamental bull’s tail.
  • Emblematic crown with a sacred cobra, uraeus, at the forehead. The nemes, the most common headdress, has black and gold stripes framing the face and hanging to the shoulders.
  • False rectangular beard.
  • Hand held scepters, crook and flails or an ankh (symbol for life).

Size Matters

Size indicates relative importance. Pharaohs are often rendered larger than life to symbolize their authority and superhuman powers. In wall reliefs and paintings, workers and entertainers, flora and fauna, and architectural details are subsidiary and usually shown in smaller scale than the figures of the gods, kings, high officials or landowners.

Walk Like an Egyptian

Why did the ancient Egyptian paintings depict people in such stilted and stiff poses? The key is to think of these paintings as a composite established hieroglyphic forms, which were never intended to be naturalistic representations. The views of the body come from different perspectives: the eye and shoulders from the front; torso and hips from three-quarter view; head, feet, legs and arms in profile.

Take a Seat

Seated figures are almost certainly of a higher social status than anyone shown standing or working. Gods, goddesses, kings and scribes are often depicted as sitting. Scribes were part of an elite group of individuals who knew over 700 hieroglyphs. The elevation of these select writers attests to the importance of writing and literacy in Egypt. A scribe is usually seated with a papyrus scroll on his lap.

Stoned Poses

Egyptian sculptors seldomly completely freed the figure from the stone block. With few exceptions they did not carve out the space around the legs or between a figure’s body and arms due to the stone’s brittleness. Artists left that negative space filled in so the sculpture stayed intact.This technique provided not only with a desired longevity but also resulted in a very centered, calm, poised and motionless pose.

Colorful Patterns

Jewelry, sculpture, wall paintings and coffins are enriched with patterns and bright colors. Egyptians adored patterns—not only because they are pleasing to the eye, but because they could go on and on without end and thus served as a potent symbol for eternal life. Colors also had both aesthetic appeal and symbolic meaning for ancient Egyptians:

  • Yellow & Gold = Sun and Ra, the Sun God
  • Red & Orange = Desert, power, blood and vitality
  • Blue & Green = Water, the Nile River and vegetation
  • White = Lotus flower and purity
  • Black = Death and resurrection

As Good As Gold

Mined along the Nile River and the Eastern Desert of Egypt, gold was prized for its color and sheen. Since it does not rust, gold served as a metaphor for eternal life. The Egyptians’ love of gold has never been a secret, and royal Egyptian burial sites have been a target for grave robbers for millennia. As such, exhibits like “Ramses the Great” are particularly noteworthy; by the time modern museums started seeking out ancient Egyptian relics, much of the gold beneath the sand was long gone.

In recent years, Western museums have been forced to reckon with the role they have played in encouraging, enabling and profiting from ancient plunder. In an effort to right historical wrongs, the UNESCO 1970 Convention, a permanent intergovernmental committee, oversees the return and restitution of cultural property and takes measures to prohibit the import, export or transfer ownership of objects from the country of origin.

Don’t Skip The VR Tour

Tucked away in a side room on the ground floor of the de Young, the “Ramses & Nefertari: Journey to Osiris” virtual reality tour is available to visitors for an additional $18. Donning a VR headset and headphones, viewers are invited to sit in an articulating chair that twists, turns, rumbles and even occasionally releases the scent of frankincense. The experience is not recommended for small children and a disclaimer on the de Young’s website warns that it may induce anxiety and vertigo in some participants. However, the virtual tour does an impressive job of conveying the scale and grandeur of these ancient Egyptian sites without the price or stress of intercontinental travel. It is well worth the extra charge. Pro tip: closing your eyes while swooping through narrow hallways can help viewers avoid feeling nauseous.

Ramses the Great and The Gold of the Pharaohs

de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.
Aug. 20 Through Feb. 12, 2023 
| $23+ ($16-$18 additional for VR experience)

Only One Week Until The Wondrous Jurassic World Exhibition Opens Its Doors
Only One Week Until The Wondrous Jurassic World Exhibition Opens Its Doors

Grab your tickets now and start counting down the days, Jurassic World: The Exhibition will be inviting the public into a prehistoric paradise next week.

Lace your boots, pull on your khaki shorts and don your safari hat, the opening of Jurassic World: The Exhibition is only days away. Next week, you can step through the screen into the universe of the epic dinosaur blockbuster at Excel London. Follow in the footsteps of Alan Grant and co. as you explore an ancient wilderness filled with familiar favourites such as raptors, brachiosaurus and, of course, the carnivorous queen of them all, the Tyrannosaurus-Rex. Not only that, but you’ll also get to peek behind the plexiglass and see where the scientists worked their dinosaur-making magic at the Creation Lab. This is no ordinary exhibition, it’s practically a portal into Jurassic World.

When a leather jacket-clad Ian Malcolm uttered the words “life finds a way” I wonder if that included giant, hyper-realistic animatronic dinosaur life that roams around one of London’s sprawling exhibition centres? Whatever the case, it seems the prehistoric creatures have found their way to the Big Smoke, with our very own Isla Nublar opening in the heart of the city. Fans of the iconic film franchise will be in their element, humming the theme tune as they enter through the giant gates and push through prehistoric plant life to find a fascinating menagerie of dinosaurs.

You’ll be pleased to know there’ll be no risk of sudden swooping pterodactyl attacks or calculated assaults from ravenous raptors, so you can leave your flares and tranquiliser guns at home. It’s basically all the fun and wonder of Jurassic World with none of the peril. Probably just as John Hammond envisioned it in the first place. You’ll encounter everything from the neck-ache-inducing Brachiosaurus, munching away high above, and the hard-headed (in more ways than one) Stygimoloch, Stiggy, to the malicious newbie the Indominous Rex, watching you with steely eyes. It’s a true immersion into the franchise, peppered with familiar scenes and much-loved dinosaurs for you to see up-close like never before.

Whatever your age you’ll no doubt be melting once you lay eyes on the adorable baby dinos. Their innocent faces and colourful markings make them the perfect selfie companion. Snap a memento with little Bumpy, the Ankylosaurus from Camp Cretaceous, or, to really juice up your Instagram, you may even dare to capture the toothy grin of the T-Rex. Of course, all this wouldn’t be possible without the work that goes on in the white walls of Hammonds Creation Lab. Inside, you can expect to discover the secrets of dinosaur creation and gaze down at tiny parasaurolophus babies. Don’t miss out on this incredible chance to experience the cinematic magic of dinosaurs, grab your tickets now.

Jurassic World: The Exhibition Roars into San Diego this October for a Limited engagement
Jurassic World: The Exhibition Roars into San Diego this October for a Limited engagement

Tickets go on sale Friday, August 26th at 10am PT.
Join the waitlist NOW for first access to tickets and special pre-sale only pricing
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Round Room Live and Cityneon announced today the third city for the North American tour of Jurassic World: The Exhibition. Following the two record-breaking engagements in Dallas, Texas and Denver, Colo., this immersive experience will be opening in San Diego, Calif. on October 21st for a limited engagement at the Westfield Mission Valley Mall. It’s the closest you will ever be to real dinosaurs in San Diego!

Fans can join the waitlist for first access to tickets before they go on sale and special pre-sale pricing! For more information, visit JurassicWorldExhibition.com/sandiego.

Jurassic World: The Exhibition is a family-friendly immersive 20,000-square-foot experience based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history. Visitors walk through the world-famous “Jurassic World” gates, explore richly themed environments and encounter life-sized Velociraptors, a Brachiosaurus, and the most fearsome dinosaur of all, the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex. Guests will be able to imagine what it would have been like to roam among these breathtaking creatures and even interact with new baby dinosaurs, including “Bumpy” from the popular animated series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous. Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous is produced by Universal, DreamWorks Animation and Amblin Entertainment, and is currently streaming on Netflix.

Jurassic World: The Exhibition –– produced in conjunction with Universal Live Entertainment, a division of Universal Parks & Resorts –– ventures into a new type of entertainment by immersing audiences of all ages in settings inspired by the groundbreaking film franchise Jurassic World, from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment.

New ‘Ramses the Great’ exhibit showcasing Egypt’s golden age comes to de Young Museum Video Play Button
New ‘Ramses the Great’ exhibit showcasing Egypt’s golden age comes to de Young Museum

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — For now, you’d have to be Indiana Jones to slide past the door of Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs. But as workers put the finishing touches on this magnificent exhibit, curators at San Francisco’s de Young Museum gave ABC7 a royal audience.

Renee Dreyfus is the curator of ancient art. She says the incredible collection is a reflection of Egypt’s golden age — when pharaohs cashed in on their power — and almost nobody held onto it longer than Ramses the Great.

“So what you see here is a story about a king of Egypt who really had much more time to create his own legend,” Dreyfus said.

She says some of the pieces are recently discovered, and many have never left Egypt before: golden jewelry, along with coffins and funeral masks crafted to match their owner’s status.

Teams from the U.S. and Egypt have worked to carefully transport the priceless artifacts.

“So, we try to come to your country to show you what we have in my country,” said Heba Mohammed, exhibition courier for the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.

Dreyfus is hoping that Ramses can also recreate the magic of another famous Egyptian king, who captivated the U.S. when she was a young curator: King Tut.

“When the boy king came, I was the girl curator. Then 30 years-to-month later, I was the curator of the second King Tut exhibition,” she said.

Dreyfus says Ramses and Tut not only ruled in different eras, but they also left distinctly different legacies. Unlike the boy king, Ramses was known for building both extensive monuments and families.

“He fathered about a hundred sons and daughters, so he was pretty good at that,” she said while laughing.

An ancient and colorful legacy is about to be reborn here in the Bay Area from Aug. 20 through mid-February.

Learn more about the exhibit here.

Jurassic World: The Exhibition with Roaming Dinosaurs Set to Launch Soon
Jurassic World: The Exhibition with Roaming Dinosaurs Set to Launch Soon

The dinosaurs are coming to London!

A 20,000-square-foot immersive Jurassic World exhibition is coming to London in August 2022.

The exhibition, based on one of the biggest franchises in the world, will be landing at Excel London on August 25, 2022. This real-life experience will feature life-sized roaming dinosaurs, the actual Jurassic Park gates for guests to enter through, and never-before-seen baby dinosaurs.

Visitors will be able to interact and explore the environment and be greeted by infamous dinosaurs like the Velociraptor, Brachiosaurus and the Tyrannosaurus Rex as they make their way through the experience.

Talking about bringing the exhibition to London, Cityneon’s Executive Chairman & Group CEO, Ron Tan, said: “I am equally excited that we are launching Jurassic World: The Exhibition in the UK for the first time so soon after the theatrical release of Jurassic World: Dominion. Fans in London, stay tuned for a once-in-a-lifetime experience and see your favourite dinosaurs come to life right in front of your eyes!”

Speaking about bringing the exhibition to life, Universal Parks & Resorts’ President of Global Business Development, Michael Silver, said that the most exciting thing about this exhibition is to give fans a chance to experience the world of Jurassic Park for themselves.

“What excites us about Jurassic World: The Exhibition is the opportunity to give fans a real-world, immersive experience based on the amazing adventures of the franchise and delivered to a location near them,” he said, “Visitors will come face-to-face with life-sized dinosaurs and walk through richly themed environments, all inspired by the beloved global franchise.”

In addition to the amenities above, fans also get an exclusive opportunity when playing Jurassic World Alive – the popular location-based AR mobile game. Players who visit the exhibition in London and open the game on their devices can locate an exclusive Jurassic World: The Exhibition incubator, which are capsules that contain valuable resources, as an in-game reward. In addition, players with AR-enabled devices can snap a picture or take a video of a dinosaur using the game’s AR feature.

Tickets go on sale on June 23 at 12pm. You can buy them here.

Jurassic World 3 is now playing in US and UK cinemas.

Big dino park alert! Jurassic World comes to town
Big dino park alert! Jurassic World comes to town

It’s immersive, it has dinosaurs and there are 20,000 square feet of it coming to ExCel London

Just when you were starting to feel a bit fossilised this summer (it’s this dry heat), the sound of gigantic T-Rex-sized feet thundering in the distance, slowly heading over to ExCel London, has definitely livened things up. That’s right, August 25 sees the launch of ‘Jurassic World: The Exhibition’, a new immersive experience.

As you might imagine, any space that’s going to house hordes of life-size velociraptors, brachiosauruses and their scaly mates roaming around as though they own the place – and let’s be honest who’s going to argue with them – needs to be BIG, and it is: there’s 20,000 square feet of dinosaur-dodging site to navigate and plenty to do if dino parks are your vibe.

The exhibition coincides with the cinema release of the sixth (and last in the Jeff Goldblum-serving storyline) film in the blockbuster franchise: Jurassic World: Dominion but there’s plenty from earlier films to get up close and personal with, too. For starters, visitors will walk through the famous ‘Jurassic World’ gates… look how well that worked out eh? Alongside that, you’ll be able to have an up-close look at a velociraptor, crick your neck standing under a towering brachiosaurus and encounter the famous tyrannosaurus rex just to ramp up the fear factor. Whether the toilets are dino-proof was unconfirmed at time of going to press.

As light relief from the fearsome fire lizards, there’s also the chance to interact with new baby dinosaurs, including the rather cute ‘Bumpy’ from the animated series ‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’. Fans also get an exclusive opportunity when playing Jurassic World Alive – the AR mobile game. Any players who visit the exhibition and open the game on their devices can locate an exclusive ‘Jurassic World: The Exhibition’ incubator as an in-game reward. Players with AR-enabled devices can then snap a picture or take a video of a dinosaur using the game’s AR feature and post it to their social media channels using the #JurassicWorldAlive hashtag.

So hop on the Elizabeth line down to Custom House. Just don’t blame us when the baby dinos eat some of your party. Don’t you people watch films?

‘Jurassic World: The Exhibition’, ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL. From Aug 25, tickets from £13. For details and booking head here.

Jurassic World, The Exhibition: Enormous immersive exhibit to open at ExCel London
Jurassic World, The Exhibition: Enormous immersive exhibit to open at ExCel London

The 20,00sq ft site is being billed as “the closest you’ll ever come to living dinosaurs”

A brand new exhibition themed for the Jurassic Park film franchise is set to open at the ExCel centre in east London later this summer. It is being billed as “the closest you’ll ever come to living dinosaurs.”

Jurassic World: The Exhibition — named for the latest movie, which has just been released — will welcome visitors from August 25. The 20,00sq ft space is designed to mimic the fictional park, complete with its famous gates. Inside will be enormous, life-size models of dinosaurs, including a velociraptor, brachiosaurus, and tyrannosaurus rex, while much of the rest of the space will bring to life prehistoric environments. Elsewhere will be baby dinosaurs, and organisers say the entire thing is family-friendly.

Those using the Jurassic World Alive gaming app will also be able to unlock new features when playing it on site.

Michael Silver of Universal parks and resorts, who with Cityneon are behind the project, said: “What excites us about Jurassic World: The Exhibition is the opportunity to give fans a real-world, immersive experience based on the amazing adventures of the franchise and delivered to a location near them. Visitors will come face-to-face with life-sized dinosaurs and walk through richly themed environments, all inspired by the beloved global franchise .”

Chairman and CEO of Cityneon, Ron Tan added: “I am equally excited that we are launching Jurassic World: The Exhibition in the UK for the first time so soon after the theatrical release of Jurassic World: Dominion. Fans in London, stay tuned for a once in a lifetime experience and see your favourite dinosaurs come to life right in front of your eyes!”

The exhibition arrives in London after something of a world tour. It first launched in Melbourne and has since travelled across America — including stops in Dallas, Denver, Chicago, and Philadelphia — and through Seoul, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Shanghai.

The Jurassic Park franchise, based on a science fiction novel of the same name by Michael Crichton, first attracted widespread public attention when Steven Spielberg directed a 1993 film which shared its title with Crichton’s book. It starred Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sir Richard Attenborough. There have since been five sequels, including this year’s release.

Tickets start at £13, though under-twos go free with an accompanying adult. For more information, visit jurassicworldexhibition.com

Jurassic World: The Exhibition Launching in London August 25, 2022
Jurassic World: The Exhibition Launching in London August 25, 2022

JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION LAUNCHING IN LONDON AUGUST 25, 2022

JURASSIC WORLD DINOSAURS STOMP INTO LONDON FOR THEIR FIRST IMMERSIVE UK EVENT

JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION, an over 20,000 square-foot immersive experience based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history, will be landing in London on August 25, 2022 at ExCeL London, just 15 minutes from central London on the brand new Elizabeth Line. Visitors will walk through the world-famous “Jurassic World” gates, encounter life-sized dinosaurs and explore prehistoric environments. Guests will have an up-close look at a Velociraptor, stand in awe under a towering Brachiosaurus, and encounter the most fearsome of them all, the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex. Fans will be able to imagine what it would have been like to roam among these breathtaking creatures and even interact with new baby dinosaurs, including “Bumpy” from the popular animated series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, created by Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation, which is currently streaming globally on Netflix.

The Jurassic World franchise has been entertaining generations of fans around the world with thrilling and awe-inspiring stories and characters for nearly 30 years – from films and TV series, to video games and toys, to live-action experiences and immersive attractions at Universal Parks and Resorts around the globe.

To celebrate the exhibition launch in London, fans will get an exclusive opportunity when playing Jurassic World Alive – the popular location-based AR mobile game. Players who visit the exhibition in London and open the game on their devices can locate an exclusive Jurassic World: The Exhibition incubator, which are capsules that contain valuable resources, as an in-game reward. Players with AR-enabled devices can then snap a picture or take a video of a dinosaur using the game’s AR feature and post to their social media channels using the #JurassicWorldAlive hashtag.

Truly bringing Jurassic World to life since its initial launch in Melbourne, Australia, Jurassic World: The Exhibition has become a global success and has opened its gates to excited fans in Dallas, Denver, Chicago, Philadelphia, Paris, Madrid, Seoul, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Shanghai with more to come.

Universal Parks & Resorts’ President of Global Business Development, Michael Silver said, “What excites us about Jurassic World: The Exhibition is the opportunity to give fans a real-world, immersive experience based on the amazing adventures of the franchise and delivered to a location near them. Visitors will come face-to-face with life-sized dinosaurs and walk through richly themed environments, all inspired by the beloved global franchise .”

Cityneon’s Executive Chairman & Group CEO, Ron Tan said, “I am equally excited that we are launching Jurassic World: The Exhibition in the UK for the first time so soon after the theatrical release of Jurassic World: Dominion. Fans in London, stay tuned for a once in a lifetime experience and see your favourite dinosaurs come to life right in front of your eyes!”

Jurassic World: The Exhibition –– produced in conjunction with Universal Live Entertainment, a division of Universal Parks & Resorts –– immerses audiences of all ages in settings inspired by the groundbreaking Jurassic World franchise from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment. The latest film, Jurassic World: Dominion, is in theaters now.

The operation and management teams will continue to implement enhanced health and safety procedures for the operation of Jurassic World: The Exhibition when it arrives in London. Specific details will be shared closer to opening at JurassicWorldExhibition.com. All exhibition activities will be in accordance with applicable guidelines and local directives. Visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest guidelines.

Tickets to Jurassic World: The Exhibition start at £13. Children under two years of age are free with accompanying parent or guardian. Group Sales packages are available for groups greater than 10. VIP and Flex Passes are available, as well as special pricing for senior citizens, students and NHS.

A Dino-Mite Jurassic World Exhibition Is Coming To London This August
A Dino-Mite Jurassic World Exhibition Is Coming To London This August

In the inimitable words of Samuel L. Jackson’s Ray Arnold, hold onto your butts; Jurassic World: The Exhibition is coming to London. From August 25, prehistoric life will find a way once more, with dinosaurs from the cinematic blockbuster clawing their way out of the big screen to be viewed in all their needle-toothed, long-necked or water-rippling glory inside the sprawling ExCeL London. You’ll be able to channel your inner Alan Grant as you encounter life-sized dinosaurs up close, take in the amber-trapped specimens of Hammond Lab and even meet some baby dinos. Sign up to the waitlist now to be first in line for tickets.

Sign up for the waitlist now to be one of the first to get tickets before they open to the public on Thursday, June 23, at 12pm!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a real Jurassic World experience without some whopping wooden gates to wander through. You’ll no doubt be humming the iconic tune in your head as they open dramatically to reveal the expansive space of ExCel London transformed into a prehistoric wilderness; floors appear dappled with sunlight that has shone through a tangle of branches, while ferns and leafy branches will sprout from every corner, giving the illusion that you have truly stepped into the millennia-old forests of the Jurassic period. Look out for glinting teeth or beady yellow eyes gleaming among the shrubbery – you might be doing the viewing but chances are there’s a scaly-something watching you right back.

Sign up to the waitlist now to be first in line to explore this wondrous world of dinosaurs.

On your exploratory stroll through Jurassic World: The Exhibition you’ll discover all manner of roarsome dinosaur delights. Gaze up at the treetop-munching Brachiosaurus – one of the largest creatures to ever roam the earth – get close (as you dare) to the clever girls of the raptor paddock and pay a visit to the Tyrannosaurus Rex where you’ll hear that rumbling roar and witness that bone-crushing grin with your own two eyes. Each incredible roaring and moving dinosaur has been re-created with fascinating detail, so you can take in every scale, pointed talon and jagged horn up close with none of the realism lost.

It’s not all chomping jaws and deadly glares, there’s some adorable wide-eyed residents that are sure to delight visitors of all ages. You can snap a selfie with a baby raptor, pterodactyl or even the beloved Bumpy (an Ankylosaurus) from Camp Cretaceous. Plus, you may even get to peek at the tiny Parasaurolophus babies in their incubator.

Jurassic World: The Exhibition is a must for fans of the epic film franchise. Not only can you put yourself in the mud-splattered boots of Owen Grady (or if you fancy a challenge, the slightly more precarious white heels of Claire Deering) as you immerse yourself in interactive scenes inspired by the hit films, but you can also see where it all started: Hammond Creation Lab. Inside, you’ll find out how geneticists discovered the secret to bringing these prehistoric creatures back to life – hint: it all comes down to a certain mosquito that was entombed in amber all those years ago. Be sure to sign up to the waitlist now to be first in line to discover this world of dinosaurs right on your doorstep.

Meet the dinosaurs of Isla Nublar. Tickets to Jurassic World: The Exhibition go on sale on Thursday, June 23, at 12pm, but you can get exclusive access to presale tickets by signing up to the waitlist here.

Ancient Egyptian Treasures Of ‘Ramses The Great’ To Land At De Young In August
Ancient Egyptian Treasures Of ‘Ramses The Great’ To Land At De Young In August

Ancient Egypt is migrating its way to the Golden (Gate) City — minus the pyramids, Saharan desert sands, River Nile and blazing summer heat.

San Francisco’s de Young Museum announced this week that it will host the touring “Ramses the Great and the Gold of Pharaohs” exhibition from Aug. 20 to Feb. 12, transporting museum goers back 3,200 years. This is the first new exhibition dedicated to Egyptian king Ramses II in 30 years, and the first to be presented in San Francisco.

More than 180 newly discovered gold and silver treasures including royal statues, sarcophagi, masks, jewelry and ornate golden tomb objects will be on display — most of which have never left Egypt before.

Ramses the Great was the third king of the 19th dynasty of ancient Egypt and reigned from 1279 to 1190 BCE, the second longest reign in Egyptian history. He erected more monuments and statues than any other pharaoh and is considered the “height” of Egypt’s power and glory.

The troves of work and art come from royal tombs of the 12th dynasty, about 600 to 700 years before Ramses II and of the 21st and 22nd dynasties, about 200 to 300 years after him.

Thomas P. Campbell, director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco said these “rarely seen” treasures are on an international tour and will soon return to Egyptian museums and they will likely not travel again for decades. The exhibition is currently on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science until June 19.

“Ramses II is considered to be the greatest king ever to rule Egypt,” says Egypt’s secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Dr Mostafa Waziri. “This exhibition will illuminate the pivotal moments that earned the great pharaoh his place in history, while bringing visitors face-to-face with absolutely stunning Egyptian artifacts.”

Although treasures from Ramses the Great’s tomb in the Valley of Kings will not be present, as it was plundered in ancient times, the exhibition makes use of artifacts from other royal tombs like archaeological sites Dahshur and Tanis.

On view for the first time, the grand installation also includes newly discovered animal mummies like small cats, lion cubs and a mongoose from the Saqqara necropolis.

Drone photography, immersive video, multimedia production and photomurals re-create the life and accomplishments of Ramses the Great, including his monumental building projects and triumph at the Battle of Kadesh against the Hittite Empire.

The exhibition offers a virtual reality component called “Ramses and Nefertari: Journey to Osiris,” which will be installed in the museum’s Piazzoni Murals Room and available for an extra charge.

“Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs” is one of the most remarkable exhibitions to ever tour the globe, and it is a true honor for it to visit the great city of San Francisco and the de Young museum. We encourage patrons from across the region, and the country, to make it a point to come and see this splendid display,” Waziri said.

The new de Young exhibition follows the popular “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” display back in 2009, which featured over 130 objects from the tomb of King Tut. Tut reigned in the 18th Egyptian dynasty and Ramses the Great followed directly after.

Tickets go on sale July 6, but museum members can purchase as early as June 22. For more information, visit https://deyoung.famsf.org/.

Avengers Exhibition, Notice of Exhibition Date (Tokyo and Kyoto Venue)
Avengers Exhibition, Notice of Exhibition Date (Tokyo and Kyoto Venue)

【Tokyo Venue】The exhibition period will be extended until Wed, June 21 due to popular demand! 【Kyoto Venue】July 8 (Fri.) – Aug 26 (Fri.) at Kyocera Museum of Art, Kyoto Tickets for Tokyo Exhibition (May 23rd-June19th) are now on sale! Tickets for Kyoto venue go on sale on June 20th

JAPAN, ARE YOU READY TO EXPERIENCE MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N.?

Due to popular demand, the exhibition period for MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N., currently at Mori Arts Center Gallery in Tokyo, will be extended until Wednesday, June 21. The exhibition will then travel to Kyoto, where it will be held from July 8 (Fri) to August 26 (Fri), 2022, at the Kyoto Kyocera Museum of Art, New Annex, Higashiyama Cube. Tickets will be on sale from Monday, June 20, for all days. GENERAL INFORMATION (Tokyo venue)
Exhibition Title: MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
Exhibition Schedule: Saturday, April 16, 2022 – Wednesday, June 21, 2022, 10:00-20:00 (Last Admission at 19:30) * Open every day * Exhibition schedule, opening hours and closed days are subject to change.
Exhibition Venue: Mori Arts Center Gallery (Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52F, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Organizer: The Yomiuri Shimbun, TV Asahi (Tokyo)
Produced and Curated by: Cityneon Group and Victory Hill Exhibitions
Contact: 050-5542-8600 (Every Day 9:00-20:00)
GENERAL INFORMATION (Kyoto venue)
Exhibition Title: MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
Exhibition Schedule: Friday, July 8 – Friday, August 26, 10:00-18:00 (Last Admission 30 minutes before closing) * Closed Mondays (except for 7/18) * Exhibition schedule, opening hours and closed days are subject to change.
Exhibition Venue: Kyoto Kyocera Museum of Art, New Annex, Higashiyama Cube  (124 Enshoji-cho, Okazaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan)
Organizer: The Yomiuri Shimbun, Yomiuri Television, Kyodo Kansai, Kyoto City
Produced and Curated by: Cityneon Group and Victory Hill Exhibitions
Contact: 050-5542-8600 (Every Day 9:00-20:00)

Ticket Information (Kyoto venue)

Admission: Adults  2,400(2,200) yen | High School & Junior High 1,600(1,400) yen | Elementary School 900(700) yen Ticket including original T-shirt(For Men & Women (Free Size))5,200 yen
  • *Prices in ( ) are for advance tickets and groups of 20 or more. Advance tickets are available from 19:00 on 20 June (Mon) until 7 July (Thu)
  • All prices include tax.
  • Preschooler will be free of admission. Two preschoolers will be allowed to enter the facility per one guardian who is 18 years or older.
  • The disabled, along with one accompanier each, will be free of admission upon presenting Disabled Person’s Handbook at the Tickets Counter.
Sales Period:                    On sale from 19:00 on June 20 (Mon)
  • Advance tickets will be on sale from 19:00 on 20 June (Mon) to 23:59 on 7 July (Thu) on the official online ticket website of the Kyoto Kyocera Museum of Art and other ticket websites.
  • Tickets with an original T-shirt will also be available from 20 June. These tickets are sold in limited quantities.
Opening Hours: 10:00~18:00 (Last admission is 30 minutes before closing)
  • Advance booking is recommended as reservations are given priority. However, depending on congestion, visitors may be asked to wait to enter.
  • To purchase tickets and book in advance, please go to the Kyoto Kyocera Museum of Art ticket website(https://www.e-tix.jp/kyotocity-kyocera-museum/). However, even if you make a reservation in advance, you may have to wait for admission depending on the situation.
  • Same-day tickets that do not require reservations will be sold at the venue.Depending on congestion, it may take some time to purchase and enter the venue, or same-day tickets may no longer be purchasable.
Purchase Method:
  • Advance tickets and same-day tickets will be available. Please visit our official website for details.
▼Official Website for AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Tokyo and Kyoto) URL:https://avengersstation.jp ▼Official Social Media Accounts for AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Twitter:https://twitter.com/AVGSTATION_JP Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/avengersstationjapan Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/AvengersStationJapan/ Remarks: The COVID-19 infection situation may affect the exhibition period.

Exclusive: ‘Ramses the Great’ is coming to S.F. for the first time. Here’s where you can see the exhibition
Exclusive: ‘Ramses the Great’ is coming to S.F. for the first time. Here’s where you can see the exhibition

The de Young Museum will be the exclusive West Coast venue for the international touring exhibition “Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs,” the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco announced Monday, June 6.

The show, which opens Aug. 20 and runs through Feb. 12, is the first new exhibition dedicated to Egyptian ruler Ramses II in 30 years and is the first to be presented in San Francisco. Tickets go on sale for museum members June 22, with tickets made available to the general public starting July 6.

“ ‘Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs’ reveals the power and splendor of ancient Egypt, and expands on the history conveyed within our own ancient art collections,” FAMSF Director and CEO Thomas P. Campbell said in a statement. “Once the exhibition completes its international tour, these objects will return to Egyptian museums and will likely not travel again for decades.”

Although Ramses’ tomb in the Valley of the Kings was plundered during ancient times, the exhibition is able to make use of artifacts from other royal tombs including ones in Dahshur and Tanis to suggest the kind of pieces that would have been included in Ramses’ burial. The exhibition is slated to showcase more than 180 objects including jewelry, royal statuary, artworks, precious gold and silver items, sarcophagi and masks, many of which are newly discovered and have never left Egypt.

Recently discovered animal mummies from the Saqqara necropolis will also be on view for the first time, among them small cats, lion cubs and a mongoose.

Renée Dreyfus, the newly endowed George and Judy Marcus Distinguished Curator, and curator in charge of ancient art at FAMSF, called the pieces part of an unrivaled trove and “jumped at the chance to have the museum acquire the exhibition.”

“Ramses the Great is regarded as as the most celebrated and most powerful pharaoh of the new kingdom,” said Dreyfus, who has worked for the museums for 45 years. “That was Egypt’s golden age, and that meant that he was overseeing a very wealthy and powerful empire. The exquisite sculpture and the great architecture, the monumental temples that he built to himself and to the gods, were meant for the ages.”

“Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs” comes to San Francisco in partnership with the Supreme Council of Antiquities of the Arab Republic of Egypt and is produced by World Heritage Exhibitions, a subsidiary of Cityneon Holdings.

Ramses II, the third pharaoh of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt, was considered a distinguished military leader with his many campaigns across the African continent. He’s renowned for his large-scale building projects, which included the Ramesseum temple complex at Qurna, the Abu Simbel temple complex near the Egypt-Sudan border, and a series of monuments to himself built across Sudan’s Nubian region. He also has the distinction of being one of the longest-ruling kings of Egypt, with a 67-year reign.

In popular culture, he is thought to be the ruler depicted in the Old Testament story of Moses and the Israelites’ exodus from slavery in Egypt.

In addition to the artifacts, Dreyfus notes the exhibition’s use of technology. Drone photography, immersive video and photo murals will be utilized to show Ramses’ epic building projects and illustrate the story of his triumph at the chariot Battle of Kadesh. A virtual reality component, “Ramses and Nefertari: Journey to Osiris,” will also be installed in the museum’s Piazzoni Murals Room (viewable for an additional charge) and includes cinematic motion chairs that take visitors through the Abu Simbel and Nefertari’s Tomb monuments.

“How are you going to show the scale of the monuments and the bigger-than-life image that Ramses presented?” Dreyfus asked. “You do that with photo blowups, videos and multimedia presentations.”

“Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs” 9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Opens Aug. 20. On view through Feb. 12. $20-$40. Additional charge for “Ramses and Nefertari: Journey to Osiris” to be announced. De Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F. 415-750-3600. deyoung.famsf.org

Ramses The Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs Brings Splendors of Ancient Egypt to San Francisco
Ramses The Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs Brings Splendors of Ancient Egypt to San Francisco

Ramses The Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs
Brings Splendors of Ancient Egypt to San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO – The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are thrilled to announce the exclusive West Coast presentation of the international touring exhibition Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs. This once-in-a-lifetime installation at the de Young museum will explore the life and accomplishments of one of the most remarkable rulers in world history, Ramses II, known today as Ramses the Great. Bringing more than 180 dazzling objects to San Francisco—many newly discovered and having never left Egypt before—the exhibition features exquisite sculpture, precious treasures, and state-of-the-art multimedia productions that will demonstrate the opulence and power of ancient Egyptian civilization.

“We are delighted to share these rarely seen treasures from Egypt’s Golden Age with Bay Area audiences,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs reveals the power and splendor of ancient Egypt, and expands on the history conveyed within our own collection of ancient art. Once the exhibition completes its international tour, these objects will return to Egyptian museums and will likely not travel again for decades.”

Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs focuses on the life of the eminent military officer Ramses II, a crown prince who eventually became one of the longest-ruling kings of Egypt in a 67-year reign. Appropriately known through time as Ramses the Great, he was the third pharaoh of the Nineteenth Dynasty and is regarded as the mightiest and most celebrated pharaoh of the New Kingdom—Egypt’s Golden Age—when it was a wealthy and powerful empire. The exhibition is brought to you in partnership with the Supreme Council of Antiquities of the Arab Republic of Egypt and is produced by World Heritage Exhibitions, a subsidiary of Cityneon Holdings.

“Kings before and after Ramses erected colossal statues of themselves, but none are larger or greater in number than those commissioned by Ramses the Great,” said Renée Dreyfus, George and Judy Marcus Distinguished Curator and Curator in Charge of Ancient Art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “The temples he erected, statues he commissioned, monuments he inscribed throughout Egypt and Nubia, and funerary temple and royal tomb he built were reminders of his earthly power and closeness to the gods. The proliferation of his name led to it becoming almost a synonym for kingship.”

This exhibition marks the first for Dreyfus under her new title of George and Judy Marcus Distinguished Curator and Curator in Charge of Ancient Art, establishing the Museums’ first-ever staff endowed position. George and Judy Marcus, who have been longtime supporters of the Fine Arts Museums, have generously donated to establish this position and have worked closely with Dreyfus over her remarkable 45-year tenure with the Museums. This endowment will support Dreyfus’s exceptional work in the Ancient Art department, including the Museums’ study and promotion of ancient art, exemplified in exhibitions like Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs.

Ramses the Great’s tomb is located in the Valley of the Kings, the final resting place of New Kingdom pharaohs for over 500 years. This tomb was plundered in ancient times. Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs includes objects from royal tombs found elsewhere in Egypt to offer an idea of the extraordinary objects that Ramses’s tomb must have included.

“Ramses II is considered to be the greatest king ever to rule Egypt,” says Egypt’s Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Dr Mostafa Waziri. “This exhibition will illuminate the pivotal moments that earned the great pharaoh his place in history, while bringing visitors face-to-face with absolutely stunning Egyptian artifacts. Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs is one of the most remarkable exhibitions to ever tour the globe, and it is a true honor for it to visit the great city of San Francisco and the de Young museum. We encourage patrons from across the region, and the country, to make it a point to come and see this splendid display.”

The first exhibition about Ramses the Great in over 30 years is the first ever to be presented in San Francisco. The installation features the most important trove of works of art and treasures related to Ramses the Great to ever leave Egypt. Royal statues, sarcophagi, spectacular masks, magnificent jewelry, and ornate golden tomb treasures reveal the fabulous wealth of the pharaohs, the astonishing skill of ancient Egyptian tomb builders, and the superb workmanship of Egyptian artists. The grand installation also includes recently discovered animal mummies—including those of small cats, lion cubs, and a mongoose—from the Saqqara necropolis, on view for the first time, as well as fabulous treasures discovered in the royal tombs in Dahshur and Tanis (many of which have never traveled to the United States before).

Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs includes precious objects from several other periods of Egyptian history to present the opulence of Egypt’s ancient civilization and the beauty of its treasures. Many of these precious gold and silver objects come from royal tombs of the Middle Kingdom (Twelfth Dynasty), about 600 to 700 years before Ramses, and of the Twenty-First and Twenty-Second Dynasties, Egypt’s Third Intermediate Period—about 200 to 300 years after him.

Drone photography, immersive video settings, multimedia productions, and photomurals will re-create the life and accomplishments of Ramses, including his monumental building projects and his triumph at the Battle of Kadesh (considered the largest chariot battle ever fought). The exhibition will also offer a VR component, Ramses and Nefertari: Journey to Osiris, which will be installed in the museum’s Piazzoni Murals Room (viewable at extra charge). The immersive VR experience includes cinematic-motion chairs that take visitors on a whirlwind tour of two of Ramses’s most impressive monuments, Abu Simbel and Nefertari’s Tomb.

“This is an opportunity to experience Ancient Egypt like never before,” described World Heritage Exhibitions President, John Norman. “Visitors will not only see priceless historical artifacts but can also transport themselves to Egyptian temples in an electrifying virtual reality journey across the sands of the Sahara Desert. We are, once again, proud to bring these immersive, one-of-a-kind experiences to visitors across the globe.”

The de Young’s presentation of Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs is organized by Renée Dreyfus, George and Judy Marcus Distinguished Curator and Curator in Charge of Ancient Art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The exhibition’s curator is Zahi Hawass, world-renowned Egyptologist and former Egyptian Minister of Antiquities and Secretary-General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities. The exhibition is produced by World Heritage Exhibitions, a subsidiary of Cityneon, in partnership with the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs will be on view at the de Young museum beginning August 20, 2022.

Cityneon wins the title of The Cultural Tourism Group with the Most Growth Potential at the 6th Pioneer Awards
Cityneon wins the title of The Cultural Tourism Group with the Most Growth Potential at the 6th Pioneer Awards

Cityneon Holdings斩获第六届龙雀奖“年度最具成长性文旅集团奖项”

2022年5月31日,浸入式元宇宙丨第六届中国文旅大消费年度峰会暨“龙雀奖”系列数字藏品颁奖盛典成功举办,执惠通过打造首个浸入式元宇宙世界,首发“龙雀奖”数字藏品奖杯,汇聚全球及中国文旅顶尖力量,共同打造国际视角前沿、高规格、项目链齐全的文旅综合服务型平台大会,见证特殊时期下文旅业的波澜壮阔。

本届“龙雀奖”评选,历时近一年,设有文旅产业集团类总榜、文旅人物类总榜、文旅运营类总榜、文旅内容类总榜、文旅场景类总榜五大榜单,下设各细分产业子榜单,汇集百余位顶级评审专家,累计访问量直接突破2000万,总投票数突破500万,报名参选机构超1000家,现35项大奖归属于当天正式揭晓。

“龙雀奖”作为文旅行业具有深厚影响力的专业奖项,也承担着为行业探索新发展路径的强烈使命,尤其本次通过数字藏品技术重磅升级龙雀奖系列IP,为Cityneon Holdings建模并发行独一无二、具有永久收藏价值的数字资产凭证,让这份荣誉见证2022年度Cityneon Holdings的坚守与希望所在。

Cityneon Holdings经过疫情危机淬炼依然挺立向上,逆势上扬,成为当下文旅行业标杆,承载着文旅发展趋势的迭代新势力,为文旅业当前及未来拼接出发展基底图景。

Cityneon是沉浸式体验的全球领导者,致力于提供引人入胜的娱乐体验并以此激发游客想象力并使其留下长久难忘的回忆。“非凡的创意,更非凡的体验”是集团经营理念的精髓诠释,公司以此为灵感并在提供大规模沉浸式体验新范式的道路上持续求索。Cityneon与全球价值数十亿美元的电影工作室、大型企业和政府机构合作,将这些备受期待的体验带往世界各地。Cityneon稳定的全球知识产权体系被誉为体验娱乐行业“皇冠上的明珠”。每个IP品牌都由集团的创意团队内部开发,并设计打造成独具特色且规模宏大并融合前沿科技的多感官沉浸式体验。Cityneon在选定的城市落位半永久性项目,在全球各地持续呈现巡回展览并触达更多游客。迄今为止,Cityneon已在全球五十多个城市留下足迹并将持续覆盖全球更多地区。

Cityneon Holdings自2019年正式进入中国市场,经过近3年在华发展,及Cityneon集团超过66年发展沉淀的背书,中国区目前的业务范畴涵盖了创意及技术服务、国际IP特展产品、项目建设和项目运营四大板块。Cityneon目前拥有的电影IP特展产品有《侏罗纪世界电影特展》、《漫威复仇者联盟互动体验站》、《阿凡达:探索潘多拉》全球巡展、《变形金刚主题特展》、《饥饿游戏主题特展》、DC和Wizarding World两大独家创新的沉浸式艺术体验;历史文物IP特展产品有《马丘比丘和秘鲁的黄金帝国》、《拉美西斯大帝与黄金法老》、《庞贝古城主题特展》、《全球木乃伊世界巡展》,以及具有科普研学属性的《维多利亚霸王龙世界巡展》和《真实的海盗主题特展》。同时Cityneon已开展多个国内大型体验型项目策划筹建,并启动集团旗下仿生娱乐机器人公司 ANIMAX在华亚太研发及生产中心的投建,持续深耕已有业务并在新领域不断探索,并协同遍布全球的分部网络,集多元思维高效全球协作,为中国区及全球范围内多样化需求引领护航。

Cityneon to Explore Multiple Funding Options to Grab Growth Opportunities
Cityneon to Explore Multiple Funding Options to Grab Growth Opportunities

Cityneon, a Singapore-based experience entertainment company, is looking to shore up its balance sheet for organic and inorganic growth opportunities via multiple funding options, Group CEO Ron Tan said.

Among the opportunities it could opt for is the acquisition of additional intellectual properties (IPs) in both the global blockbuster and original artefact categories, Tan said. Bolt-on targets could also include companies that can help strengthen its ability to create an immersive experience.

The acquisitions of additional IPs, as well as more events backed by a growing number of exhibition sets, will require an estimated capital expenditure of USD 100m in 2023. This means the company will need to explore debt and equity funding options, in both the private and public markets, to shore up its balance sheet to support its growth plans, Tan said.

According to two sources familiar with the matter, Cityneon is exploring a re-listing on Singapore Exchange (SGX).It has discussed with investment banks, including Morgan Stanley, about the potential re-listing, which may take place in 2H23, the first source said.

Morgan Stanley did not respond to requests for comment.

An IPO is part of the company’s growth journey, but not a destination, Tan said. What Cityneon needs to do is to stay IPO-ready so that it can seize the window of opportunity, the executive said. Advisors have approached Cityneon with proposals, and Hong Kong, Singapore and the US are on Cityneon’s radar, but the company has no fixed timeline yet for a re-listing exercise, he added.

There are also alternative sources of funding in the private market despite the volatility in public markets, the CEO noted.

Cityneon launched a private placement round in 4Q20 that may pave the way for a re-listing in Hong Kong as Johnson Ko – its major shareholder – is an experienced financier there, Mergermarket
reported in December2020.

It subsequently announced the closing of the SGD 235m (USD 169m) funding round in April 2021 from existing and new investors, including EDBI, Pavilion Capital, Doha Venture Capital and Seatown Holdings. EDBI is the investment arm of Singapore’s Economic Development Board, while Pavilion Capital and Seatown Holdings are backed by Singapore’s state investor Temasek.

That funding round valued Cityneon at over SGD 1bn, Tan said. It has since acquired additional studio IPs, diversified into original artefact IP vertical and expanded into new locations such as Qatar and China’s Wuxi.

Cityneon was taken private in 1Q19 through an SGD 318m offer by a consortium led by Ko and Tan. Later in the same year, it received investments from China-based private equity firm CITIC Capital, EDBI and Pavilion Capital.

IP Management

Cityneon used to focus on interior architecture and conventional exhibition operations, but it has transformed itself as an IP management business via a number of acquisitions.

Through its subsidiary, Victory Hill Exhibitions, which the company acquired in 2015, Cityneon has secured multi-year licensing rights for immersive walk-through events based on films such as Marvel’s Avengers, Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games, Hasbro’s Transformers, and Warner Bros’ DC Comics and Wizarding World.

During the pandemic, it made its foray into historical artefacts IP exhibitions via its subsidiary, World Heritage Exhibitions, which it acquired in 2021. One example of its diversification into this category is the debut of the Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru in Florida in October 2021 to include around 200 rare artefacts, with support from the Peruvian government, Tan said.

The company also announced the acquisition of Tennessee-based animatronic and interactive character creator Animax Designs in January 2020. Animax makes the dinosaurs in Cityneon’s Jurassic World: The Exhibition touring sets, Tan said.

The company currently has a total of 12 movie studio and historical artefact IP partnerships and it will likely announce two additional artefact IPs later this year, he added.

While the company can only take the original set of historical artefacts on a global tour, it can create multiple exhibition sets of each studio IP for exhibitions across different locations concurrently, the executive said. This year, the company is expected to have a total of 17 such exhibition sets, and by 2023, the number is expected to increase to 25 or more, with each set being able to support two to three events in a year, he said.

Diverse Geographic Presence

Since its privatization, Cityneon has been operating mostly in a pandemic environment, but its global reach has helped it withstand the COVID-19 disruptions, Tan said.

In 2020, the Chinese market bounced back quickly from the health crisis and Cityneon managed to remotely reopen its Jurassic World: The Exhibition in Chengdu in July 2020, and thereafter in other parts of China. This helped cushion the impact from disruptions elsewhere, Tan said.

This year as China battles a new wave of COVID-19 infections, the company has sent most of the exhibition sets in China to Tokyo, London and other locations, while the Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibition, which opened in southern China’s Sanya late last year, is still ongoing.

Cityneon is able to weather the storm also because of its lower cost base, Tan said. While the company needs to invest in exhibition sets, the unit cost has declined thanks to the economies of scale. Besides, it does not take the execution risks in most of the events and instead work with local partners such as media and real estate companies. These partners take care of the venue, logistics, marketing and other matters while paying an upfront fee to and sharing the ticket sales with Cityneon, Tan explained.

In April this year, the company recorded its best-performing month, driven by the pent-up demand and the easing of COVID restrictions in various markets. In Paris, where the Machu Picchu exhibition was launched a month ago, it has already recorded close to 100,000 visitors, he added.

Today, the company generates 70% of its revenue from ticket sales and the rest from ancillary areas including virtual reality (VR) experience, merchandises, photographs and sponsorships, Tan said.

As an example of VR experience, visitors to the Machu Picchu exhibition can pay extra fees for a virtual walk-through of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is enabled by the VR motion chairs that are equipped with multi-sensory stimulation features, and the visual data of the site was gathered by the company using drones, the executive said.

*This article was first published by Mergermarket.

‘Victoria the T. rex’ Dinosaur Exhibition Opens in Seoul
‘Victoria the T. rex’ Dinosaur Exhibition Opens in Seoul

‘Victoria the T. rex’ Dinosaur Exhibition Opens in Seoul – Meet the Real and Complete
Travelling T. rex Fossil

Asia’s first immersive T. rex exhibition

800 Early Bird Tickets Sold in 10 Minutes
5000 Visits Recorded for Official Opening on 22 April and Opening Weekend

After the world premiere exhibition in Arizona, USA, the immersive exhibition “Victoria the T. Rex” made its first successful appearance in Seoul, Korea on 22 April 2022 (Friday).

The exhibition is a unique opportunity to meet Victoria, the world’s largest and most complete touring T. rex fossil, and the hype is real ever since the pre-event reception. 800 tickets were sold in just 10 minutes at the first Early Bird ticket event held through TMON, an online ticketing platform, showing high expectations even before the official opening.

Thanks to the enthusiasm from the general public, we hit record-breaking numbers of 5,000 visitors from the first weekend of the exhibition opening, signaling a strong start. From family members, couples, friends, to those who enjoyed the exhibition alone, many people came to visit the exhibition, making it a success.

In particular, Victoria, the main attraction of the ‘Victoria T-Rex’ Seoul exhibition, is well known as the third largest and second most complete real T-Rex fossil. Among the Tyrannosaurus specimens, it is one of the largest ever found, and offers a glimpse into the short and difficult life of Victoria, 66 million years ago.

It is also an immersive exhibition where you can vividly experience the life of Victoria. It features the latest paleontological findings with a combination of modern technology, including AR technology, 3D projection mapping, and interactive elements, to allow visitors to interact with dinosaurs – the mysterious creatures that lived thousands of years ago, in the most authentic way.

An official from the Victoria T.rex exhibition, Yeseul Park, stated, “It is expected that guests who visit the site will be able to enjoy a special experience full of excitement while meeting Victoria who existed from a time long ago.”

The “Victoria the Trex” Seoul exhibition is hosted by Cityneon, a global leader in immersive experiences, and produced by its subsidiary, WHE (World Heritage Exhibitions), and will be held at the Grand Hall on the first floor of Lotte Department Store’s Gimpo Airport branch until mid-August. WHE is renowned for producing the finest quality museum content that captivates, educates, and inspires visitors across the globe. Currently, the “Victoria T-Rex” exhibition can be booked on Naver, TMON, and Interpark, and details can be found on the official website at victoriatrexkorea.com.

Cityneon Holdings reveals new Marvel experience
Cityneon Holdings reveals new Marvel experience

The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues with
MARVEL AVENGERS STATION: EVOLUTION

Cityneon Holdings, a global experience entertainment company, has announced an update to one of its most popular travelling IP experiences.

The firm has revealed that MARVEL AVENGERS STATION: EVOLUTION will premiere at Grandscape in The Colony, at Dallas this summer.

The original experience, MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N., debuted in New York in July 2014 and has since been transported to 25 cities including Las Vegas, London and Paris, featuring in 13 countries around the world. It will soon be showcased to the Japanese audience in Tokyo.

A wider universe

Millions of fans have already experienced the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) with Cityneon’s immersive exhibition, which, for the first time, will be updated to reflect highlights from all four phases of the MCU. New series and films including Marvel Studios’ WandaVision, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Black Widow and more will be explored in the new MARVEL AVENGERS STATION: EVOLUTION experience.

Group CEO and chairman Ron Tan says: “This immersive Super Hero experience is going to be bigger and better. After impressing global audiences with our award-winning experience, MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N., we are confident that we will delight even more visitors with this brand-new, upgraded Super Hero experience, MARVEL AVENGERS STATION: EVOLUTION, coming to our friends in Dallas this summer.”

Paquin Entertainment Group producer Justin Paquin adds: “We are thrilled to launch the World Premiere in Dallas where families will be amazed and entertained as they are immersed in an experience that is unlike anything they have done before.”

An original experience

The refreshed exhibition will consist of seven sections for guests to experience through an MCU-inspired high-energy facility.

Visitors will be able to examine and interact with popular characters, weapons, vehicles and technologies from the Avengers series. Other experiences developed by Cityneon include real-world science exhibits, and experience interactive challenges and simulations. In addition, guests will be able to get up-close with original costumes and props, located in the fictional environments where the epic stories take place.

More information on MARVEL AVENGERS STATION: EVOLUTION, which debuts in Texas, can be found on the official website.

Earlier this month Cityneon announced Avatar: The Experience, set to open at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay to coincide with the upcoming film sequel.

Cityneon announces Dallas as launch city for updated MARVEL AVENGERS STATION: EVOLUTION exhibition
Cityneon announces Dallas as launch city for updated MARVEL AVENGERS STATION: EVOLUTION exhibition

Cityneon and Paquin Entertainment Group have announced the launch city for the world premiere of MARVEL AVENGERS STATION: EVOLUTION set to open this Summer at Grandscape in The Colony, just north of Downtown Dallas.

MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N., which made its debut in New York in July 2014, and has showcased the Avengers worldwide in 25 cities (13 countries) including Paris, London, Las Vegas and soon Tokyo, has attracted millions of fans by allowing them to experience the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) through an immersive exhibition. Now, this experience has been updated to reflect key moments from all four phases of the MCU, including Marvel Studios’ WandaVision, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Black Widow and more.

“This immersive superhero experience is going to be bigger and better,” says Ron Tan, Executive Chairman and Group CEO of Cityneon Holdings. “After impressing global audiences with our award-winning experience, MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N., we are confident that we will delight even more visitors with this brand-new, upgraded superhero experience, MARVEL AVENGERS STATION: EVOLUTION, coming to our friends in Dallas this summer.”

Justin Paquin, Producer, Paquin Entertainment Group, also shared, “We are thrilled to launch the World Premiere in Dallas where families will be amazed and entertained as they are immersed in an experience that is unlike anything they have done before.”

The exhibition consists of seven segments where guests will experience the MCU in a journey through this high-energy facility. Here, they can explore characters, discover the weapons, vehicles and technologies of the Avengers, learn real-world science, and experience interactive challenges and simulations. In addition, guests will get an up-close look at original costumes, props and film footage straight from the big screen while surrounded by the landscapes and worlds where these stories take place.

Marvel Studios’ Iron Man was released in 2008 and lead the way for the next 22 films that culminated in Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame in 2019.

Dallas-area immersive exhibit lets Marvel fans meet their favorite superheroes
Dallas-area immersive exhibit lets Marvel fans meet their favorite superheroes

Marvel superhero fans will have the chance to experience their favorite crime fighters in person this summer. Cityneon and Paquin Entertainment Group have scheduled the world premiere of Marvel Avengers Station: Evolution this summer at Grandscape in The Colony, just north of downtown Dallas, the group announced on Tuesday, April 19.

“This immersive superhero experience is going to be bigger and better,” says Ron Tan, Executive Chairman and Group CEO of Cityneon Holdings in a news release. “After impressing global audiences with our award-winning experience, Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N., we are confident that we will delight even more visitors with this brand-new, upgraded super hero experience, Marvel Avengers Station: Evolution, coming to our friends in Dallas this summer.”

Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. made its debut in New York in July 2014 and has showcased the Avengers worldwide in 13 countries and 25 cities including Paris, London, and Las Vegas. The exhibit has attracted millions of fans by allowing them to experience the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) through the exhibit, according to a news release. For the first time, the experience will reflect key moments from all four phases of the MCU, including WandaVision, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Black Widow and more.

The exhibit will have seven segments that guests can journey though the “high-energy facility.” Guests can explore their favorite characters, discover weapons, vehicles and technologies of the Avengers, learn inspiring real-world science and interactive challenges and simulations. Fans will get the chance to see original costumes, props, and film footage while being surrounded by the landscapes and worlds where the stories took place.

“We are thrilled to launch the world premiere in Dallas where families will be amazed and entertained as they are immersed in an experience that is unlike anything they have done before,” Justin Paquin, Paquin Entertainment Group producer, said in the release.

Tickets aren’t on sale yet, but fans can register for pre-sale access at their website.

The World Premiere of MARVEL AVENGERS STATION: EVOLUTION opens this summer in North Texas
The World Premiere of MARVEL AVENGERS STATION: EVOLUTION opens this summer in North Texas

Be the first to experience the Evolution!
Register now for first access to tickets before they go on sale to the general public
www.avengersstationdallas.com

DALLAS, Texas, – Cityneon and Paquin Entertainment Group have just announced the launch city for the World Premiere of MARVEL AVENGERS STATION: EVOLUTION set to open this Summer at Grandscape in The Colony, just north of Downtown Dallas.

MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N., which made its debut in New York in July 2014, and has showcased the Avengers worldwide in 25 cities (13 countries) including Paris, London, Las Vegas and soon Tokyo, has attracted millions of fans by allowing them to experience the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) through an immersive exhibition. Now, for the first time ever, this experience has been updated to reflect key moments from all 4 phases of the MCU, including Marvel Studios’ WandaVision, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Black Widow and more… This exhibition has indeed evolved into… MARVEL AVENGERS STATION: EVOLUTION!

“This immersive Super Hero experience is going to be bigger and better,” says Ron Tan, Executive Chairman and Group CEO of Cityneon Holdings. “After impressing global audiences with our award-winning experience, MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N., we are confident that we will delight even more visitors with this brand-new, upgraded Super Hero experience, MARVEL AVENGERS STATION: EVOLUTION, coming to our friends in Dallas this summer.”

Justin Paquin, Producer, Paquin Entertainment Group, also shared, “We are thrilled to launch the World Premiere in Dallas where families will be amazed and entertained as they are immersed in an experience that is unlike anything they have done before.”

The exhibition consists of 7 segments where guests will experience the MCU in a journey through this high-energy facility. Here, they can explore their favorite characters, discover the weapons, vehicles and technologies of the Avengers, learn inspiring real-world science, and experience interactive challenges and simulations. In addition, guests will get an up-close look at original costumes, props and film footage straight from the big screen while surrounded by the landscapes and worlds where these epic stories take place.

Marvel Studios’ Iron Man was released in 2008 and lead the way for the next 22 films that culminated in Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame in 2019. Now, the MCU continues to expand in exciting ways with new series, exclusively on Disney+, that connect to upcoming films. It is safe to say the popularity of the Avengers shows no sign of slowing down for the millions of fans worldwide.

For more information about MARVEL AVENGERS STATION: EVOLUTION, visit marvelavengersstation.com

All Avengers fans, assemble! MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. will finally make Japan debut tomorrow, April 16, 2022!
All Avengers fans, assemble! MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. will finally make Japan debut tomorrow, April 16, 2022!

JAPAN, ARE YOU READY TO EXPERIENCE MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. EXHIBITION?

We are so delighted to give you the final update on MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training And Tactical Intelligence Operative Network), scheduled to take place at Mori Arts Center Gallery, Tokyo between Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, June 19 of 2022.

Limited-edition original merchandise including T-shirts with the MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. logo and Avengers hangers, featuring Iron Man and Black Panther, will be available at booths set up at the venue. This release introduces some of them.

Original Merchandise featuring MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
*All listed prices include tax.

Item: T-shirt with MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. logo
Price: For adults 3,500 yen/For kids 2,750 yen
Size: For adults S/M/L/XL For kids 110/130
Color: Black/White
Comment: T-shirts with MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
Avengers Tokyo Limited Edition T Shirt
Item: Clothes hanger featuring Avengers characters
Price: 3,000 yen
Type: Iron Man/Black Panther
Comment: For hanging up your own clothes or exhibiting your favorite items.
Avengers Tokyo Limited Edition Clothes Hanger
Item: A5 mini notebook
Price: 1,200 yen
Type (75): Iron Man/Captain America/ Thor/Black Panther/ Black Widow and etc.
Size: A5 paper size(148 mm x 210 mm)
Comment: Mini ring notebooks that are portable and easy to use.

Official Shopping Booth Selling Policies

  • Entry is not permitted if purchasing these products is your sole purpose.
  • One purchase per entry.
  • Item line up is subject to change or cancellation without prior notice under certain circumstances.
  • Some items may be sold out due to their limited quantity.
  • There will be maximum purchase quantity for each item. Purchase quantity subject to change.
  • Item details subject to change.
  • Item sales are subject to postponement and cancellation.
  • Items may be slightly different in color and shape from these images.

GENERAL INFORMATION (Tokyo Event)

Exhibition Title: MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
Exhibition Schedule: Saturday, April 16, 2022 – Sunday, June 19, 2022, 10:00-20:00 (Last Admission at 19:30)
* Open every day
* Exhibition schedule, opening hours and closed days are subject to change.
Exhibition Venue: Mori Arts Center Gallery
(Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52F, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Organizer: The Yomiuri Shimbun, TV Asahi (Tokyo)
Produced and Curated by: Cityneon Group and Victory Hill Exhibitions
Contact: 050-5542-8600 (Every Day 9:00-20:00)

▼Official Website for AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
URL:https://avengersstation.jp

▼Official Social Media Accounts for AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
Twitter:https://twitter.com/AVGSTATION_JP
Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/avengersstationjapan
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/AvengersStationJapan/

Remarks: The COVID-19 infection situation may affect the exhibition period.

Ticket Information

Admission: Adults & University – 2,500 yen | High School & Junior High – 1,700 yen | Elementary School – 1,100 yen
Ticket including original T-shirt (For Men & Women (Free Size)) – 5,300 yen

  • All prices include tax.
  • Preschooler will be free of admission. One preschooler will be allowed to enter the facility per one guardian who is 18 years or older. Preschooler will not be required to reserve their time-slot.
  • The disabled, along with one accompanier each, will be free of admission upon presenting Disabled Person’s Handbook at the 3F Tickets Counter.
Sales Period:                    Saturday, April 16 – Sunday, May 22 | Release Date: Now on sale
Monday, May 23-Sunday, June 19 | Release Date: At 9:00, Saturday, May 14

  • You will be able to buy 5 tickets at maximum per purchase.
  • You will be required to sign up for membership at each ticket releasing site.
  • Also, Payment due date differs, depending on the ticket releasing site.
Opening Hours:

In order to alleviate the congestion in the venue, we will limit the number of admissions. It is not an hourly replacement system. Ticket release will be terminated once we run out of each time-slot.

Purchase Method:  Please check the official website for details.

MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. made its debut in New York in July 2014, and has showcased the Avengers worldwide in 24 cities (12 countries) including Paris, London and Las Vegas. It is the show where guests will experience the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a journey through this high-energized facility. Here they can explore their favorite characters and villains, discover the intelligence, technology and cutting-edge science of the Avengers and experience interactive challenges and simulations. In addition, guests will get an up-close look at original costumes, props and film footage straight from the big screen. As Tokyo will be the 25th city to host this event, along with Kyoto, the show will be an expanded version, which will include elements from Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and will feature costumes and props from some of Marvel Studios’ latest releases!

Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is coming to Latin America! Video Play Button
Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is coming to Latin America!

Opening July 1, 2022 at Espacio Riesco in Santiago, Chile!

April 11, 2022. Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training And Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) officially opens its doors on July 1, 2022 at Espacio Riesco with an unprecedented exhibition in Latin America! Guests of Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. step into the world of the Avengers, discovering intelligence, technology and cutting-edge science. After completing their training to be a S.T.A.T.I.O.N. agent, participants only have one thing left to do: Assemble! The Instagrammable, must-see exhibition features multiple rooms dedicated to your favorite Avengers, including Captain America, Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Black Widow, the Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye and more. Along with getting up-close-and-personal with original props and costumes straight from the big screen, guests are invited to:
  • Revel in awe at Iron Man’s “Hall of Armor”
  • Explore Bruce Banner’s lab, providing insights into the mind of the Hulk
  • Gain access to Captain America’s “Top Secret” personnel file
  • Inspect Black Widow’s arsenal of high-tech weapons
  • Learn about the “Super Soldier Serum” that transformed Steve Rogers in Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Witness Captain America’s legendary shield up-close
  • Experience the spirit of Wakanda in the Black Panther exhibit
  • And so much more!
Complete your training to become an agent of Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. The world needs your help. The world needs the Avengers! Marvel, to this day, remains one of the most popular film franchises of the 21st century, and an experience like Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is an opportunity for the large number of fans in Chile to immerse themselves in these epic stories. The exhibition arrives in Latin America by Be Fun, experts in great family entertainment experiences. “Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is our kick-off for 2022, as we return with a powerful and entertaining lineup of top-level international events and experiences, which are sure to surprise fans and family”, comments Tomás Carrasco, CEO of Be Fun. Through this interactive experience, Be Fun intends to give each fan the opportunity to enter into the world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. has traveled to more than 20 countries, including major cities such as New York, Las Vegas, Paris, Toronto and London. Santiago, now it’s your turn! Tickets are available through puntoticket.com For more details go to www.avengersstation.cl

Cityneon announces Avatar: The Experience
Cityneon announces Avatar: The Experience

The botanical world of AVATAR will be brought to life in Singapore

Cityneon Holdings, a global experience entertainment company, has announced a new film IP-based experience that will open to guests later this year in Singapore.

Debuting at Gardens by the Bay’s Cloud Forest, Avatar: The Experience is a new immersive walkthrough event based on the hit film. The unique AVATAR attraction will be the result of a collaboration between Cityneon Holdings, Disney Location-Based Experiences, and James Cameron and Jon Landau’s Lightstorm Entertainment.

Top-grossing film

Executive chairman and group CEO for Cityneon, Ron Tan, says: “It is an honour to present Avatar: The Experience with the support of the Singapore Tourism Board and Gardens by the Bay. We are excited to contribute to the inspiring creative culture of Singapore.

“The iconic Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay, one of Asia’s most popular horticultural attractions, becomes the perfect scenic location. We look forward to welcoming guests to this carefully-curated event.”

Kathy Franklin, Lightstorm Entertainment’s president of franchise development adds: “The opening of Avatar: The Experience in Singapore is a unique opportunity to continue expanding the global reach and impact of AVATAR, the highest-grossing film of all time. As the first of our four AVATAR sequels comes to theatres this December, this is the perfect time – and the perfect place – to explore and celebrate the wonders of Pandora in an all-new way.”

“A unique opportunity”

The new experience will be found at Cloud Forest, known for its iconic waterfalls, spiralling pathways and a soaring contemporary greenhouse.

Gardens by the Bay CEO Felix Loh says: “Over the years, Gardens by the Bay has emerged as a foremost icon for Singapore. Many visitors associate the aesthetic of Gardens by the Bay with the stunning environments from the film AVATAR. Even more remarkable is the shared appreciation for the natural world that surrounds us. This collaborative opportunity serves as a one-of-a-kind event and adds to the significance of our 10th-anniversary celebrations.”

Avatar: The Experience will invite visitors to connect with the alien world of Pandora. Guests will discover its bioluminescent environments with a selection of mystical creatures and flora, whilst discovering the culture of its indigenous people, the Na’vi.

Ashlynn Loo of the Singapore Tourist Board says the organisation is thrilled that Singapore will be the debut venue for Avatar: The Experience: “As we prepare to welcome more visitors, such innovative and immersive experiences are a timely addition to our calendar of vibrant leisure events and reinforce our destination attractiveness.

“The experience also demonstrates the industry’s confidence in Singapore’s strong fundamentals as a leisure destination and is testament to our exemplary track record in delivering high-quality experiences.”

Further details about the experience will be released soon. More information will be found in the coming months on the official Avatar: The Experience website.

Cityneon was recently awarded by the Advanced Imaging Society for its work on Machu Picchu and the Spirit of the Condor, which was given the “Best Use of VR” accolade.

Cityneon brings Avatar experience to Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Cityneon brings Avatar experience to Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

An immersive walk-through event based on the global blockbuster film AVATAR, Avatar: The Experience will debut at Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore later this year. The new attraction is a collaboration between Cityneon Holdings, Disney Location-Based Experiences, and James Cameron and Jon Landau’s Lightstorm Entertainment.

Ron Tan, Cityneon’s Executive Chairman and Group CEO, says: “It’s an honour to present Avatar: The Experience with the support of the Singapore Tourism Board and Gardens by the Bay. We are excited to contribute to the inspiring creative culture of Singapore. The iconic Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay, one of Asia’s most popular horticultural attractions, becomes the perfect scenic location. We look forward to welcoming guests to this carefully curated event.”

“The opening of Avatar: The Experience in Singapore is a unique opportunity to continue expanding the global reach and impact of AVATAR, the highest-grossing film of all time,” says Lightstorm Entertainment’s President of Franchise Development, Kathy Franklin. “As the first of our four AVATAR sequels comes to theatres this December, this is the perfect time – and the perfect place – to explore and celebrate the wonders of Pandora in an all-new way.”

Set at Cloud Forest with its iconic waterfalls, spiralling walkways and a unique architectural glass greenhouse, Avatar: The Experience invites guests to connect with the alien world of Pandora, its bioluminescent environments, mystical creatures, flora, and the captivating culture of its indigenous people, the Na’vi.

Additional details will be announced soon. Sign up to be the first to know by visiting www.AvatarTheExperience.com

Cityneon Brings Avatar: The Experience to The Iconic Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay Singapore
Cityneon Brings Avatar: The Experience to The Iconic Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay Singapore

CITYNEON BRINGS
AVATAR: THE EXPERIENCE
TO THE ICONIC CLOUD FOREST AT GARDENS BY THE BAY
SINGAPORE

Avatar: The Experience will debut at Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay welcoming guests later this year. This immersive walk-through event based on the global blockbuster film AVATAR is a uniquely designed collaboration between Cityneon Holdings, Disney Location-Based Experiences, and James Cameron and Jon Landau’s Lightstorm Entertainment.

Mr. Ron Tan, Cityneon’s Executive Chairman and Group CEO, shares, “It’s an honor to present Avatar: The Experience with the support of the Singapore Tourism Board and Gardens by the Bay. We are excited to contribute to the inspiring creative culture of Singapore. The iconic Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay, one of Asia’s most popular horticultural attractions, becomes the perfect scenic location. We look forward to welcoming guests to this carefully-curated event.”

Lightstorm Entertainment’s President of Franchise Development, Ms. Kathy Franklin, states, “The opening of Avatar: The Experience in Singapore is a unique opportunity to continue expanding the global reach and impact of AVATAR, the highest-grossing film of all time. As the first of our four AVATAR sequels comes to theaters this December, this is the perfect time – and the perfect place – to explore and celebrate the wonders of Pandora in an all-new way.”

Set at Cloud Forest with its iconic vision of waterfalls, spiraling walkways and a unique architectural glass greenhouse, Avatar: The Experience invites guests to connect with the alien world of Pandora, its bioluminescent environments, mystical creatures, flora, and the captivating culture of its indigenous people, the Na’vi.

Mr. Felix Loh, Chief Executive Officer of Gardens by the Bay, says, “Over the years, Gardens by the Bay has emerged as a foremost icon for Singapore. Many visitors associate the aesthetic of Gardens by the Bay with the stunning environments from the film AVATAR. Even more remarkable is the shared appreciation for the natural world that surrounds us. This collaborative opportunity serves as a one-of-a-kind event and adds to the significance of our 10th anniversary celebrations.”

Ms. Ashlynn Loo, Director, Attractions, Entertainment and Tourism Concept Development, adds, “We are thrilled that Singapore will be the debut destination for Avatar: The Experience. As we prepare to welcome more visitors, such innovative and immersive experiences are a timely addition to our calendar of vibrant leisure events and reinforce our destination attractiveness. The experience also demonstrates the industry’s confidence in Singapore’s strong fundamentals as a leisure destination and is testament to our exemplary track record in delivering high-quality experiences.”

We look forward to welcoming you! Additional details will be announced soon. Sign up to be the first to know by visiting: www.AvatarTheExperience.com

Meet the Iconic Tyrannosaurus in “Victoria the T. rex”, the First Dinosaur Exhibition in Korea Video Play Button
Meet the Iconic Tyrannosaurus in “Victoria the T. rex”, the First Dinosaur Exhibition in Korea

Meet the Iconic Tyrannosaurus in “Victoria the T. rex”, the First Dinosaur Exhibition in Korea

New T. rex Discoveries have Landed in Korea
Early Bird Tickets Open on 25th March

An immersive experience based on Victoria – the largest specimen of the Tyrannosaurus Rex
Early Bird tickets will open on 25th March 25, up to 45% off

As an immersive exhibition that started in Arizona, USA, ‘Victoria the T. rex’, is now coming to Asia for the first time, where visitors can meet the world’s second-largest travelling T. rex fossil landing in Seoul, Korea this April.

This dinosaur exhibition is an immersive experience based on ‘Victoria’, a well-preserved specimen of the most iconic dinosaur, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, and the symbol of not only hunters, but also spouses and mothers. After careful research and restoration, Victoria will be presented to the world, with its skeleton in great condition and the largest sample among many dinosaur specimens, transporting viewers closer to the world of dinosaurs that are 66 million years old.

The exhibition, which is open to visitors of all ages, will combine cutting-edge technology with the latest paleontological discoveries to provide visitors with an educational and emotional experience. Combining innovative AR technology, 3D projection mapping, and interactive elements, the experience is a blend of unique entertainment in which guests can observe dinosaurs, the fiercest and most mysterious creature on Earth, up close.

Presented by Cityneon and produced by its subsidiary, World Heritage Exhibitions, this experience will be held from April 22 to September at the Grand Hall on the first floor of Lotte Department Store’s Gimpo Airport branch, and tickets range from 18,000 KRW for adults, 15,000 KRW for teenagers and children, and is free for infants (~24 months).

Early bird ticket events will be held to commemorate the opening of the exhibition in Korea, with up to 45% off for the first round of ticket sales from March 25 to April 7, and up to 40% off in the second round from April 8 to April 21.

An official from the exhibition administration team shared: “This exhibition will be an interesting and eye-opening experience for us to take a deep look at a Tyrannosaurus’s life. I hope visitors enjoy going back 66 million years ago to meet Victoria at this Seoul exhibition, which combines various technologies such as 3D projection mapping, holograms, and interactive videos.”

Tickets for the “Victoria the T.Rex” exhibition, where you can experience meeting the legendary T. rex, can be booked online via Interpark, Naver, and TMON.

Victoria, one of the most well-known Tyrannosaurus specimens among the scientific community and the general public, is a thoroughly recorded specimen from excavation to restoration, as “Victoria the T-rex” team worked with a group of researchers and paleontologists to explore and develop the latest discoveries of the species.

All Avengers Fans, Assemble! MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. will open soon in Japan!
All Avengers Fans, Assemble! MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. will open soon in Japan!

JAPAN, ARE YOU READY TO EXPERIENCE MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N.?

We are thrilled to give you an update on MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training And Tactical Intelligence Operative Network), which is scheduled to open at the Mori Arts Center Gallery, Tokyo on April 26, 2022 and run through June 19, 2022.

Tickets will go on sale starting Saturday, April 2nd. All tickets are timed-entry in order to limit the number of visitors, and ensure that COVID-19 prevention protocols are in place at all times. For all Avengers fans, we are ready to release tickets that include exhibition T-shirts. The items are limited in quantity. Please do not miss this great chance.

GENERAL INFORMATION (Tokyo Event)

Exhibition Title: MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
Exhibition Schedule: Saturday, April 16, 2022 – Sunday, June 19, 2022, 10:00-20:00 (Last Admission at 19:30)
* Open every day
* Exhibition schedule, opening hours and closed days are subject to change.
Exhibition Venue: Mori Arts Center Gallery
(Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52F, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Organizer: The Yomiuri Shimbun, TV Asahi (Tokyo)
Produced and Curated by: Cityneon Group and Victory Hill Exhibitions
Contact: 050-5542-8600 (Every Day 9:00-20:00)

▼Official Website for AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
URL:https://avengersstation.jp

▼Official Social Media Accounts for AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
Twitter:https://twitter.com/AVGSTATION_JP
Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/avengersstationjapan
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/AvengersStationJapan/

Remarks: The COVID-19 infection situation may affect the exhibition period.

Ticket Information

Admission: Adults & University – 2,500 yen | High School & Junior High – 1,700 yen | Elementary School – 1,100 yen
Ticket including original T-shirt (For Men & Women (Free Size)) – 5,300 yen

  • All prices include tax.
  • Preschooler will be free of admission. One preschooler will be allowed to enter the facility per one guardian who is 18 years or older. Preschooler will not be required to reserve their time-slot.
  • The disabled, along with one accompanier each, will be free of admission upon presenting Disabled Person’s Handbook at the 3F Tickets Counter.
Sales Period:                    Saturday, April 16 – Sunday, May 22 Release Date: At 12:00, Saturday, April 2
Monday, May 23 – Sunday, June 19 Release Date: At 12:00, Saturday, May 14

  • You will be able to buy 5 tickets at maximum per purchase.
  • You will be required to sign up for membership at each ticket releasing site.
  • Payment due date differs, depending on the ticket releasing site.
Opening Hours: In order to alleviate the congestion in the venue, we will limit the number of admissions within the following time-slots:The quantity of each session will be limited and may sell out. There will be no resale of sold-out sessions.

10:00-11:00, 11:00-12:00, 12:00-13:00, 13:00-14:00, 14:00-15:00
15:00-16:00, 16:00-17:00, 17:00-18:00, 18:00-19:30

Purchase Method for Advanced Purchase Tickets:
  • For this ticket Mori Arts Center Gallery Website will accept only credit card payment.
    (URL:https://visit.mam-tcv-macg-hills.com/
  • e-plus website will release some tickets to those who desire to purchase them by cash. Tickets will be available on e-plus website until 15:00 of the day before entry.
  • Same-day tickets will not be available on e-plus website.
    (URL:https://eplus.jp/avengers-exhibition/
  • You will not be allowed to enter the facility with tickets purchased through e-plus website. You will be required to exchange your ticket for same-day ticket at Mori Tower 3F Tickets Counter.
Purchase Method for Same-Day Tickets:
  • In case tickets are not sold out for certain time-slots, they will be released at Mori Tower 3F Tickets Counter until one minute before each time-slot is closed. On the Mori Arts Center Gallery Website, tickets are available until 15 minutes before each time-slot is closed. Please visit the calendar page of Mori Arts Center Gallery Website for ticket stock status. Ticket release will end at different times, depending on how you purchased tickets.

<<Limited Edition Ticket that includes exhibition T-Shirt>>

Sales Price: 5,300 yen (Tax included)
Free Size-Men
Overall Length 73cm × Chest-Length 55cm × Shoulder-Width 50cm × Sleeve-Length 22cm
Free Size-Women
Overall Length 65cm × Chest-Length 49cm × Shoulder-Width 42cm × Sleeve-Length 18cm

* Tickets will be available only at Mori Arts Center Gallery Website and Mori Tower 3F Ticket Counter.
* This limited edition T-Shirt won’t be available at our official outlets.
* T-Shirts are limited edition items. Ticket release will end as soon as we run out of stock.

<<Precautions>>

Ticket Inquiry:Mori Arts Center Gallery Website
Phone:  Tokyo City View, Mori Arts Center Gallery
Tel:03-6406-6652(10:00-20:00)

MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. made its debut in New York in July 2014, and has showcased the Avengers worldwide in 24 cities (12 countries) including Paris, London and Las Vegas. Guests will experience the Marvel Cinematic Universe as they journey through this high-energy facility, exploring their favorite characters and villains, discovering intelligence, technology and the cutting-edge science of the Avengers by experiencing interactive challenges and simulations. In addition, guests will get an up-close look at original costumes, props and film footage straight from the big screen. As Tokyo will be the 25th city to host this event, along with Kyoto, the show will be an expanded version, which will include elements from Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and will feature costumes and props from some of the latest releases from Marvel Studios!

The exhibition will take place in July in Kyoto as well. The details will be provided later.

Cityneon wins international award for VR experience
Cityneon wins international award for VR experience

Immersive Machu Picchu and the Spirit of the Condor VR film wins top accolade

Cityneon Holdings, a global experience entertainment company, is celebrating winning a prestigious award for its VR work exploring the heritage of the iconic South American monument.

The Advanced Imaging Society, the creator of the Lumiere Awards, was founded by professionals from major Hollywood studios and tech companies in 2009. Its aim is to advance the creative art and technology sectors.

With this year’s theme of “Larger Than Life”, the Society honoured twenty-one projects which each displayed an “outstanding international achievement in the creation of immersive storytelling using advanced visual technologies”.

Bringing history to life

Cityneon’s VR experience Machu Picchu and the Spirit of the Condor was awarded the accolade of “Best Use of VR”. The adventure features what Cityneon describes as the first-ever virtual showcase of Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The fully-immersive media is enhanced with patented VR motion chairs, equipped with premium multi-sensory features including high-res six degrees of freedom (6-DOF) VR headsets and backseat haptic feedback. Further enhanced by scent dispensers and unlimited 360-degree rotation, this VR experience forms just one component of Cityneon’s original artefact IP experience, Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru.

Just last October, Cityneon held the world premiere of its first artefact IP experience, debuting Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Florida. The exhibition will soon be travelling to Palais de Chaillot in Paris on 16 April 2022.

Group CEO and executive chairman, Ron Tan, says: “We are ecstatic to receive this prestigious award.

“This award not only recognises the wonderful potential of virtual reality in capturing the world around us, but it is also a testament to Cityneon’s expertise in innovative technologies that empowers the Group to bring immersive entertainment to a whole new level.”

Other accolade winners included the Korean Netflix series Squid Game, Disney’s animated musical hit Encanto, Disney+ series WandaVision, and Sony/Marvel’s box office success Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Upcoming premieres

Cityneon has established successful partnerships with global brands and license owners such as Hasbro, Universal and The Walt Disney Company, with further experiences set to debut in the coming years.

Making its debut in Tokyo, Japan, the new Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. experience will also be debuting this year at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in April, followed by the Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art in June.

Cityneon has also recently announced two all-new global touring themed art experiences inspired by DC Comics and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, scheduled to launch in 2023 through a new partnership with Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment.

Cityneon Holdings recently entered into an agreement for a new research and development facility for its fully-owned subsidiary company Animax, with the Wuxi Jingkai Government.

JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION Roars Into Denver
JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION Roars Into Denver

Get closer to dinosaurs than ever before in JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION! The exhibition immerses audiences of all ages in interactive scenes inspired by the beloved film. Now, the park that was only a promise comes to life… right before your eyes.

  • Discover the science of Jurassic World
  • Meet the most adorable baby dinos
  • Getup-close and personal with velociraptors
  • Come face to face with life-size dinosaurs

JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION is an immersive 20,000-square-foot experience based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history. Visitors will walk through the world-famous “Jurassic World” gates, encounter life-sized dinosaurs, and explore richly themed environments. Guests will have an up-close look at a Velociraptor, stand in awe under a towering Brachiosaurus, and encounter the most fearsome of them all, the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex. Guests will be able to imagine what it would have been like to roam among these breathtaking creatures and even interact with new baby dinosaurs, including “Bumpy” from the popular animated series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous. (Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous is produced by Universal, DreamWorks Animation and Amblin Entertainment, and is currently streaming on Netflix.)

We had a chance to check out JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION, and to say that I was impressed was a bit of an understatement. If your family enjoys the Jurassic Park movies, you will love JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION. If you are like my kids when they were little… OBSESSED with dinosaurs… JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION is a definite must-see. Honestly, even if dinosaurs don’t float your boat, you will enjoy JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION. It’s magical.

FIVE REASONS WE LOVED JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION

Everything is so realistic.
From the “sets” to the story line to the characters to the dinosaurs themselves, it was easy to feel as if you were actually inside of JURASSIC WORLD.

JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION is like a ride, a guided tour through different parts of the “park”.
Employees are in character, playing park rangers, scientists, dino wranglers, and even security… and quite honestly, it was easy to forget that it was all an act.

Selfie stations are located throughout JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION.
Use your QR code card to launch the camera, and JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION will grab a photo that will be uploaded onto your own mini photo site. You can download as many as you would like for free.

Whether you go to look or learn, you will have an amazing time.
There were quite a few “knowledge boards”, as I called them, that offered a ton of information about specific dinosaurs, features of the park, and even what a carnivore vs herbivore’s poop looks like. You have the option to go in depth, or just enjoy the feast for your eyes. Either way, you are going to have a blast.

JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION is just like the movies!
We prepared our 11 year old for the event by watching Jurassic Park as a family before we went. He loved seeing things from the movie brought to life, and I have to admit, I thought it was pretty cool myself.

Cityneon’s VR Machu Picchu experience scoops Lumiere Award
Cityneon’s VR Machu Picchu experience scoops Lumiere Award

The immersive experiential design firm won in the category for ‘Best Use of VR’ for its Machu Picchu and the Spirit of the Condor virtual reality (VR) experience

Cityneon has won a Lumiere Award for its Machu Picchu and the Spirit of the Condor virtual reality (VR) experience.

Winning in the category for ‘Best Use of VR’, the company was honoured at an awards ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, California, US, alongside Expo Dubai Xplorer, which won ‘Best Use of AR’ and Netflix’s Squid Game, which scooped the award for ‘Best Episodic – Live Action’.

Disney and Disney Plus were also honoured in the ceremony, winning awards for WandaVision, Encanto and The Beatles: Get Back.

Founded by the Advanced Imaging Society in 2010, the Lumiere Awards recognise outstanding achievement in immersive storytelling using advanced visual technologies such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), artificial intelligence (AI) and real-time rendering.

“This award not only recognises the wonderful potential of VR in capturing the world around us, but it’s also a testament to Cityneon’s expertise in innovative technologies that empowers the Group to bring immersive entertainment to a whole new level,” said Ron Tan, Cityneon’s executive chairman and Group CEO.

Described as the first-ever virtual showcase of Machu Picchu, the one-of-a-kind walk-through experience takes guests through more than 5,000 years of Peruvian history and features patented VR motion chairs equipped with multi-sensory effects including six-degrees of freedom (6-DOF) VR headsets, haptic feedback, scent dispensers and unlimited 360-degree rotation.

The experience forms part of Cityneon’s travelling Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru exhibition, which first opened at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Florida, US, in October 2021 and will soon reopen at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France.

The project was supported by the Peruvian Government and Ministry for Culture, who permitted Cityneon, who also created Jurassic World: The Exhibition, to fly drones through the Unesco World Heritage site to capture cinematic and visual assets for the experience. The Museo Larco, Inkaterra Asociación and World Heritage Exhibitions also lent their support to the project.

Cityneon’s VR Experience, Machu Picchu and the Spirit of the Condor, Wins “Best Use of VR” at The Lumiere™ Awards 2022
Cityneon’s VR Experience, Machu Picchu and the Spirit of the Condor, Wins “Best Use of VR” at The Lumiere™ Awards 2022

Los Angeles, USA, 11 March 2022 – Cityneon Holding’s VR experience, Machu Picchu and the Spirit of the Condor, wins the “Best Use of VR” category at the 12th Annual Lumiere™ Awards! The company was honoured alongside many top industry names in film, television, and gaming studios around the world in the prestigious award ceremony that was held on 4 March 2022 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

Organiser of the Lumiere™ Awards – The Advanced Imaging Society, was founded in 2009 by members from major Hollywood studios and top technology companies to advance the creative arts and next generation of premium consumer technology. Under this year’s theme, “Larger Than Life”, the Society honoured 21 works with outstanding international achievement in the creation of immersive storytelling using advanced visual technologies.

In particular, Cityneon was awarded “Best Use of VR” for its VR experience, Machu Picchu and the Spirit of the Condor, which features the first-ever virtual showcase of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu. Through the utilization of globally-acclaimed patented VR motion chairs fully equipped with premium multi-sensory stimulation features such as high-resolution six degrees of freedom (6-DOF) VR headsets, haptic feedback on the backseats, scent dispensers and unlimited 360-degree rotation, this VR experience is featured as the highlight of the company’s Original Artefact IP Experience – Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru.

Other distinguished winners of the award include Netflix’s series Squid Game and Arcane, Warner Bros.’s Dune, Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story (20TH Century Studios), Disney’s animated musical adventure pic, Encanto, Disney+ series WandaVision, Disney and Marvel’s Shang Chi: The Legend of the Ten Rings and Sony and Marvel’s Spider-Man: No Way Home.

“We are ecstatic to receive this prestigious award,” says Ron Tan, Executive Chairman & Group CEO of Cityneon Holdings. “This award not only recognises the wonderful potential of virtual reality in capturing the world around us, but it is also a testament to Cityneon’s expertise in innovative technologies that empowers the Group to bring immersive entertainment to a whole new level.”

As a global leader of immersive experiences, Cityneon seeks to capture the imagination of their visitors and deliver compelling experiences that will shape the future of the experience entertainment industry. Their enduring partnerships with global partners, world-renowned studios such as Disney, Marvel, Hasbro, Universal, Lionsgate, and 20TH Century Studios, and foreign governments from Peru and Egypt, drive the company to produce world-class experiences for millions of visitors each year.

Just last October, Cityneon launched the world premiere of its first Original Artefact IP Experience, Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Florida and this experience will be travelling to Paris at the City of Architecture and Heritage – Palais de Chaillot on 16 April 2022.

The Group also launched the world premiere of Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs in Houston, Texas last November. Both artefact IP experiences achieved tremendous success and will be travelling to more cities around the world in the next few years to showcase the beauty and history of the Andean and Ancient Egyptian culture to everyone around the world.

Apart from the two artefact IPs, the Group also holds studio IP rights including partnerships with the 20TH Century Studios for Avatar: The Exhibition, Universal Studios for Jurassic World: The Exhibition, Marvel for Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N., Lionsgate for The Hunger Games: The Exhibition, and Hasbro for Transformers: The Experience.

Notably, Jurassic World: The Exhibition rolled out its first North American tour last summer, making its first stop at Dallas with record-breaking ticket sales and sell-out weekends all through to early 2022. After concluding the stop at Dallas, the experience moved northwards to Denver and officially opened its gates on 4 March 2022, receiving great response from visitors and sell-out shows over the opening weekend.

Upcoming in 2022, the Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. will also be debuting in Tokyo, Japan at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in April, and Kyoto at the Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art in June. Cityneon has also recently announced a partnership with Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment to produce two brand-new, unique global touring themed art experiences inspired by DC Comics and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, slated to launch in 2023.

To date, Cityneon has secured IP rights to seven of Hollywood’s biggest movie franchises and two original artefact IPs from Peru and Egypt to produce travelling experiences across the world.

To support these global endeavours, Cityneon has announced its expansion into Qatar to cater to markets in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region, and to land a brand-new R&D facility in Wuxi, China to further expand its capabilities in entertainment robotics.

As Cityneon continues to foster relationships with partners, studios, and governments globally, the Group stays ahead of the game by venturing into bold projects to create even more phenomenal, technologically driven experiences. Moving forward in 2022 and beyond, Cityneon aims to reach more than 70 cities and 10 million unique visitors worldwide, and to firmly secure its position as the leading provider of entertainment experiences across the world.

Do you have what it takes to become an Avenger agent? Video Play Button
Do you have what it takes to become an Avenger agent?

Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is an amazing and immersive exhibit where you can learn what you need to know to help save the earth.

There are multiple rooms where you can become Ironman, learn what turned Steve Rogers into the first Avenger- Captain America, see where Bruce Banner transformed into the Hulk and see if you can lift Thor’s hammer.

Do you have what it takes to become an Avenger? You can find out by completing your training at Yorkdale Mall until March 27th.

Step foot into the highly-anticipated Jurassic World: The Exhibition Video Play Button
Step foot into the highly-anticipated Jurassic World: The Exhibition

Jurassic World: The Exhibition is opened at the brand new Stockyards Event Center of the National Western Center! Come join the one-of-a-kind grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration, featuring breathtaking lifelike dinosaurs found in the beloved Jurassic World franchise and much more.

Additional opportunities include exclusive interviews with exhibition executives and show producers, as well as get your hands on B-Roll footage capturing some of the captivating experiences you’ll find inside.

Jurassic World: The Exhibition is an immersive 20,000-square foot experience based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history. Guests will walk through the world famous Jurassic World gates, encounter life-sized dinosaurs, and explore richly themed environments.

Guests will have an up-close look at a Velociraptor, stand in awe under a towering Brachiosaurus, and encounter the most fearsome of them all, the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex. Guests will be able to imagine what it would have been like to roam among these breathtaking creatures and even interact with new baby dinosaurs, including “Bumpy” from the popular animated series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous. Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous is produced by Universal, DreamWorks Animation and Amblin Entertainment, and is currently streaming on Netflix.

‘Jurassic World: The Exhibition’ roars into Colorado
‘Jurassic World: The Exhibition’ roars into Colorado

Based on one of the biggest blockbusters in history, the exhibition has arrived in the Mile High City.

DENVER — Life finds a way.

Colorado fans of the “Jurassic World” franchise will be able to experience the majesty of its dinosaurs for the first time in a new family-friendly show.

“Jurassic World: The Exhibition” opens in Denver on Friday, March 4, 2022, at the new Stockyards Event Center of the National Western Center.

An immersive 20,000-square-foot experience based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history, “Jurassic World: The Exhibition” has become a global success with more than three million visitors since 2016.

Exhibition visitors walk through the world-famous Jurassic World gates, encounter life-sized dinosaurs and explore richly themed environments.

“Guests will have an up-close look at a velociraptor, stand in awe under a towering brachiosaurus, and encounter the most fearsome of them all, the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex,” said organizers.

Attendees can also interact with baby dinosaurs, including “Bumpy” from the Netflix animated series “Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous.”

Tickets for the Denver run of “Jurassic World: The Exhibition” are on sale now at JurassicWorldExhibition.com. The show will be in Denver through at least Labor Day.

“What excites us about Jurassic World: The Exhibition is the opportunity to give fans a real-world, immersive experience based on the amazing adventures of the films and delivered to a location near them,” said Michael Silver, Universal Parks & Resorts’ president of global business development. “Visitors will come face-to-face with life-sized dinosaurs and walk through richly themed environments, all inspired by the beloved global franchise.”

Jurassic World: The Exhibition

“Jurassic World: The Exhibition features cutting-edge, state-of-the-art technology that is powered by Animax Designs, our animatronics powerhouse located in the U.S.,” said Ron Tan, Cityneon’s executive chairman and group CEO. “This immersive exhibition is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience that our friends in Denver can look forward to. With sold-out shows in Dallas since its opening there in June 2021, we are confident that our fans in Denver will be wowed by this exhilarating experience.”

“After record breaking sales in Dallas, we are incredibly excited to bring this show to Denver to share with our millions of fans,” said Stephen Shaw, founder and co-president of Round Room Live. “The ability to walk amongst these huge creatures will amaze and entertain fans with this breathtaking and truly immersive experience.”

Further Information Released on MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Opening in Tokyo, Japan this April!
Further Information Released on MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Opening in Tokyo, Japan this April!

JAPAN, ARE YOU READY TO EXPERIENCE MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N.?

Additional information released on MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. to be held at Mori Arts Center Gallery, Tokyo starting April 2022 and Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art, Kyoto starting July 2022.

We are excited to bring you Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N., where you step into the world of the Avengers. After completing your training to be a S.T.A.T.I.O.N. agent, you will have only one thing left to do: Assemble!

What is “S.T.A.T.I.O.N.”? (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) This story-driven walk-through exhibit brings you into the Avengers’ Training Facility where you begin your journey to become a S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Agent. You will enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe and receive the uniquely customized science and technology training and tactical intelligence operating system to create your own exclusive experience.

MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. made its debut in New York in July 2014, and has showcased the Avengers worldwide in 24 cities (12 countries) including Paris, London and Las Vegas. It is the show where guests will experience the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a journey through this high-energized facility. Here they can explore their favorite characters, and villains, discovering intelligence, technology and cutting-edge science of the Avengers and experience interactive challenges and simulations. In addition, guests will get an up-close look at original costumes, props and film footage straight from the big screen. As Tokyo will be the 25th city to host this event, along with Kyoto, the show will be an expanded version which will include elements from Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and will feature costumes and props from some of the latest releases from Marvel Studios!

The Instagrammable, must-see exhibition features multiple rooms dedicated to your favorite Avengers, including Captain America, Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Black Widow, the Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye and more. Guests are invited to:

  • Revel in awe at Iron Man’s “Hall of Armor”
  • Explore Bruce Banner’s lab, providing insights into the mind of the Hulk
  • Gain access to Captain America’s “Top Secret” personnel file
  • Inspect Black Widow’s aresenal of high-tech weapons
  • Learn about the “Super Soldier Serum” that transformed Steve Rogers in Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The First Avenger 
  • Witness Captain America’s legendary shield up-close
  • Experience the spirit of Wakanda in the Black Panther exhibit
  • And so much more!
Avengers Japan Exhibition Logo

 

The official website for MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. has been launched.

We have also opened an official social media account. Visit https://avengersstation.jp to get the latest news about the exhibition.

「MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N.」 official social media account.
Twitter:https://twitter.com/AVGSTATION_JP
Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/avengersstationjapan
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/AvengersStationJapan/


GENERAL INFORMATION

Exhibition Title: MARVEL AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N.
Exhibition Venues:
Tokyo: Mori Arts Center Gallery
(Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Mid April-late June, 2022 (Scheduled)
Kyoto: Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art Higashiyama Cube
(124 Okazaki Enshoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto)
July – August, 2022 (Scheduled)
Organizer: The Yomiuri Shimbun, TV Asahi (Tokyo)
Kyoto City, The Yomiuri Shimbun, KYODO KANSAI GROUP., (Kyoto)
Produced and Curated by: Cityneon Group and Victory Hill Exhibitions
Remarks: The COVID-19 infection situation may affect the exhibition period.

Additional exhibition content and details coming soon!

Contact: 050-5542-8600

Virtual Reality And Golden Peruvian Artifacts Transport Visitors to Machu Picchu
Virtual Reality And Golden Peruvian Artifacts Transport Visitors to Machu Picchu

The inaugural stop in the global tour of Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru is coming to an end March 6th. Don’t miss this world-premiere blockbuster exhibition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

Rarely seen, world-class museum artifacts and technological breakthroughs in virtual reality give visitors unparalleled access to one of the new 7 wonders of the world: Machu Picchu.

Artifacts on loan from Peruvian museums Museo Larco and Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón won’t be in South Florida much longer. Many of these stunning 192 priceless artifacts are from royal tombs, including spectacular objects that belonged to noble Andean lords, and have never-been-seen before out of Peru.

In this enthralling immersive experience, guests are able to unravel the mysteries of Andean cosmology and admire the sophistication of Andean artists while sounds of roaring jaguars, screaming macaws, and torrential rainfall surround them.

Visitors have marveled at the feats of engineering that sheltered a truly spiritual civilization and the ornate riches they once cherished. Nestled in a cloud forest, the Incas created an empire of architectural prowess and astounding riches, protected by the towering peaks of the Andes, unseen from below.

Rivaled only by Ancient Egypt in longevity and by the Roman Empire in engineering, Andean societies dominated a substantial segment of South America for over 3,000 years.

A special VR expedition of Machu Picchu takes this exhibition to the next level. Breathtaking virtual reality vistas of the mythical landmark, without any humans present, are a passageway for museum guests. Cinematic chairs enhance this VR experience with additional surprise effects that will even have you tasting the fresh mountain air of the Andes!

On the expedition, guests meet the city’s ancient inhabitants and experience some of its most iconic locations from the Temple of the Sun to the heights of Huayna Picchu. Cinematic chairs enhance this VR experience with additional surprise effects that will even have you tasting the fresh mountain air of the Andes!

Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru is only at the Boca Raton Museum until Sunday, March 6! Get your tickets while you still can! Tickets start at $19.95 and can be purchased through the museum’s website.

Don’t miss your chance to head on this incredible adventure to Machu Picchu – Book your tickets now!

An Immersive Celebration of Ramses II Transports Visitors to Ancient Egypt
An Immersive Celebration of Ramses II Transports Visitors to Ancient Egypt

Historic artifacts meet 21st-century technology in a blockbuster touring exhibition centered on the 19th-Dynasty pharaoh.

Spears clash and arrows whiz through the air, their ricochets pulsing through the speakers in a dark room. Lions leaping mid-attack flash before transfixed museumgoers. Then the images change—a carved relief, a set of captives, a bombardment of troops. Suddenly, all three screens, including the large map stretched across a tilting triangular platform, fill with figures and enemy chariots swarming in time with the booming narration.

This dynamic recreation of the 1275 B.C.E. Battle of Kadesh, Ramses II’s greatest military achievement, is a feat of technology, its layered display creating an immersive experience without the use of 3-D glasses. The CGI spectacle marks one of several areas where ancient meets ultramodern in “Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs,” an internationally touring exhibition that made its world premiere at the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) in November. The show’s embrace of new tools—a trend that is becoming more and more prevalent in traveling exhibitions—is all in the name of giving visitors a richer Egyptology experience.

“Technology can make the exhibit and the objects a thrill, an adventure, a mystery … that takes you 3,000 years back to the time of the pharaohs,” says the exhibition’s curator, famed Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass.

Regarded by many as one of Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs, Ramses II, the third king of Egypt’s 19th Dynasty (roughly 1292 to 1190 B.C.E.), was also the country’s most recognizable ruler for centuries. He inspired English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and was portrayed iconically by actor Yul Brynner in the 1956 film The Ten Commandments. His incredibly long reign spanned 67 years, from 1279 to 1213 B.C.E., according to Hawass, who previously scanned the pharaoh’s mummy. (Other sources place Ramses’ reign at 66 years.)

“We know things that Ramses left as official records of his reign, but then we have this much, much larger body of material of people who worked for the administration,” says Emily Teeter, an Egyptologist and associate of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. “We know about the men who were building the royal tombs. We know about the priests, about the craftsmen. It was this enormous bureaucracy.”

The son of Seti I, Ramses earned the rank of army captain at age 10 and ascended to the throne as prince regent at age 14. Almost immediately, he found himself facing the Hittite army (of what is now modern Turkey) in the Battle of Kadesh. How much of Ramses’ battle heroics and ensuing victory was embellished by the pharaoh is still debated today, but scholars agree that his peace treaty with the Hittites in 1259 B.C.E. was the earliest known.

In addition to military conquests, Ramses’ accomplishments include one of the most expansive building campaigns in ancient Egyptian history, made possible partly by the economic wealth accumulated during his reign, says Teeter. “He has a lot of buildings all over Egypt: temples, tombs, statues, obelisks,” adds Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, which consulted in the creation of the Ramses touring exhibition.

Pillars of Ramses’ reign include the rock-cut Abu Simbel temples in Nubia, which honored the sun gods and memorialized his beloved queen Nefertari after her untimely death; Nefertari’s highly decorated tomb in the Valley of the Queens; and the pharaoh’s own funerary temple, Ramesseum. As Egyptologists have recently acknowledged, Ramses also usurped many existing monuments—another point of note in the exhibition. Some scholars, including Teeter, say these seizures were meant to add weight to the creations rather than delegitimize the previous builders’ work.

“He remains this byword word for pharaonic bigness even to this day,” says Tom Hardwick, consulting curator for HMNS’ Hall of Ancient Egypt.

While plenty of the 181 artifacts on loan from the Egyptian government have connections to the great pharaoh, others—including intricate jewelry dated to the Middle Kingdom (1980 to 1630 B.C.E.) and a recently discovered trove of mummified animals found at the Saqqara necropolis, near modern-day Cairo—highlight the breadth of Egyptian culture beyond Ramses’ shadow. Some of the pieces appeared in a global 1980s Ramses tour prompted by the royal mummy’s examination in Paris the previous decade, says Waziri, but other artifacts hadn’t left the country prior to this newest exhibition. (“Ramses” is set to travel to nine other cities before it wraps its world tour in 2025. Dates and locations are still to be announced.)

The show’s organizers, HMNS and World Heritage Exhibitions (WHE), weave a multifaceted narrative. An introductory video relays basic information about Ramses. Then a doorway opens, offering visitors a glimpse of the first artifact on display: a 7.5-foot-tall, red granite statue of the pharaoh’s head that stands at the back of a corridor adorned with panoramic night shots of the Nile River. The exhibition unfolds similarly across its 12 rooms, which detail different aspects of Ramses’ life, including his roles as a builder, religious leader and warrior. Objects are placed alongside interactive elements, including video timelines and scale models.

Treasures like Ramses’ gold ring and painted reliefs of his conquests speak directly to his rule. Artifacts dated to before or after the pharaoh’s reign—including the inner coffin lid of 21st-dynasty high priest Pinedjem I, which was later stripped of its gilding, possibly by grave robbers, possibly by official decree—provide further context on ancient Egyptian life. (Ramses’ tomb was similarly ransacked, with his bones found in a wooden coffin plundered of its gold adornments.)

The show mostly uses video sequences that provide additional context: for instance, highlighting and translating the hieroglyphics on an obelisk, offering 360-degree views of a digitized artifact next to the actual static object, and arranging statue fragments to present viewers with a sense of how the artwork might have once looked.

Of course, video isn’t always as simple as it appears. The Ramses exhibition’s Battle of Kadesh sequence, which took more than six months to create, utilizes everything from projection mapping and see-through LCD monitors to 3-D assets, according to WHE president Anthony Tann. Drone footage of Ramesseum and Abu Simbel use a kind of CGI rendering to reconstruct how the feats of architecture might have appeared in their original splendor. Bright coats of ruby, ocher, emerald and turquoise paint highlight the chiseled images bedecking the temples’ walls, providing a striking juxtaposition to the faded hieroglyphics of today.

“Watching an archaeological site transform into what it was in the past is very engaging, and it really sparks people’s imagination,” says Tann. “So, as they walk through the exhibit and they look at other artifacts, it engages their imagination to think, ‘Well, what did that look like?’

The museum also leveraged new technology in its recent renovation of its Hall of Ancient Egypt: A projected CT scan reveals surprises hidden beneath a mummy’s wrappings, while a video screen shows millennia of deterioration at Abu Simnel compressed into just three minutes. Before viewers’ eyes, one of the grand statues in the temple’s facade crumbles and collapses; paint fades until only sandstone remains.

“Educators and researchers know different people learn in different ways,” says HMNS president and CEO Joel Bartsch, who was involved in both the touring exhibition and the local remodel. “So, I’m unapologetically happy to show the animations, the videos … as long as the foundation of [the visitor] experience is grounded in the actual objects.”

Set just outside the main exhibition for an additional cost of $22, visitors can take a virtual reality tour of Abu Simbel and the Tomb of Nefertari, led by the spirit of the pharaoh’s beloved queen herself. Part educational tool and part thrill ride, with a dash of narrative flair and the aroma of incense, the immersive experience acts like “a theme park ride inside an exhibition,” says Tann.

His team created the tour by stitching together thousands of photos in a 3-D video game engine—a process known as photogrammetry. Of course, bringing a Hollywood-style experience into the museum setting brings its own set of blockbuster-style flaws, from a convoluted plot that tries to please everyone to a seemingly whitewashed Nefertari (a longstanding issue in popular depictions of ancient Egypt).

The exhibition’s best moments, like a room devoted to the grave of royal tomb builder Sennedjem, incorporate the subtlest technology. “In good hands, [the technology isn’t] distracting from the objects, which are part of the museum’s mission,” says Hardwick. “They’re adding to them. It’s [context that] I, as someone who’s spent far too long studying Egypt, take for granted.”

Hawass, who previously served as Egypt’s minister of state for antiquities, is currently leading what he describes as “the largest excavation to ever happen” inside Ramses’ tomb. The work is slow, as the great pharaoh’s tomb was built in an area with poor quality stone that has, in recent years, suffered from extreme flooding. But the team has already begun restoring decorative panels depicting scenes from the funerary Book of Gates, among other religious texts. And Hawass theorizes that a recently uncovered tunnel in the tomb may lead to the burials of several of Ramses’ sons.

These discoveries could be just the beginning. “What you can see above the ground represents maybe 40 percent of what the land of Egypt hides,” says Waziri. “We have a lot of discoveries in Egypt. It happens almost every month.”

Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs” is on view at the Houston Museum of Natural Science through May 23, 2022. The show will then travel to as-yet-undisclosed venues around the world.

World premiere of ‘Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs’ opens in Houston
World premiere of ‘Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs’ opens in Houston

HOUSTON — Visitors to the Houston Museum of Natural Science have an exclusive chance to step more than 3,000 years back in time and learn about an Egyptian pharaoh who is considered among the most powerful.

The museum recently welcomed the world premiere of the “Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs” exhibition set to run through May.

The exhibition is the largest collection of Ramses II original artifacts from Ancient Egypt to have the approval to be shown outside the country in 32 years and includes 181 rare items as it explores the reign of Ramses II, according to the museum. Also known as Ramses the Great, the pharaoh ruled for 66 years and amassed one of the largest and richest burial chambers in ancient Egyptian history.

Houston Museum of Natural Science anthropology curator Dirk Van Tuerenhout said the exhibit offers a detailed account of life before, during and after the reign of Ramses II.

“The focus of the exhibit is Ramses II. The exhibit provides ample context to the importance of this pharaoh,” he said. “Visitors will also see artifacts from preceding and subsequent dynasties, clarifying what happened leading up to Ramses II and what came after his death.”

Van Tuerenhout went on to say the exhibition was of great importance and remains historically relevant.

“Living some 3,300 years ago, he (Ramses II) presided over one of the largest territorial expansions of the kingdom,” Van Tuerenhout said. “He reigned for a very long time, and that translated into the building of numerous structures throughout Egypt, and the commissioning of vast collections of art. Part of that heritage is on display in Houston.”

Van Tuerenout said Ramses II fought against the neighboring empire of the Hittites and that the conflict concluded in a peace treaty — the earliest known peace treaty in human history.

Momtaz Louka, who moved from Egypt to the U.S. in 1983, said he was impressed with the accuracy and details of the exhibit.

“We learned about Ramses II in our history class in elementary school and still consider him one of the greatest rulers of our country,” Louka said. “I think it’s great to show the public a part of ancient Egyptian history that most people are not familiar with.”

The exhibition also features an immersive virtual reality experience depicted in a whirlwind tour of arguably Ramses’ most impressive monuments — the temples of Abu Simbel and Nefertari’s Tomb, which Louka said was one of his favorite parts of the exhibit.

“The virtual reality tour was a new experience for me, and I couldn’t believe how real everything looked. The Abu Simbel temple is the only one in Egypt I haven’t been to, so it was a really great experience,” said Louka.

“Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs” is open through May 23. Admission is $20 for members, $35 for adults and $27 for children and seniors 60 and older.

For more information, visit www.hmns.org.

Cityneon pens agreement for Animax R&D facility in Wuxi, China
Cityneon pens agreement for Animax R&D facility in Wuxi, China

Cityneon Holdings, a global entertainment experience company, enters into an agreement with Wuxi Jingkai Government to land a new global R&D facility of its fully owned subsidiary Animax, a world-class animatronics company that specializes in entertainment robotics.

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, with over 30 years of industry experience, Animax is the creative robotic entertainment company that has been supporting the Group’s Intellectual Properties (“IP”) experiences in cities around the world. Animax also serves some of the largest operators in the world in themed entertainment, live attractions and location-based entertainment. As storytelling engineers, Animax brings its expertise and experience to design and build characters and multiple forms of entertainment robotics.

“We are pleased to support the development of the Animax R&D facility in the Jingkai District and we look forward to witnessing the endless possibilities that this venture will bring to Cityneon and to the city of Wuxi,” said Yang Jianping, Secretary of CPC Working Committee and Director of Administrative Committee of Wuxi Jingkai District.

Ron Tan, Executive Chairman & Group CEO of Cityneon said, “We are honored to work with Wuxi Jingkai Government to bring Animax to China. This new facility in China allows Animax to further expand its capabilities to be a world-class animatronics company that specializes in entertainment robotics, and it will also play a pivotal role in Cityneon’s strategic expansion of entertainment experiences globally.”

“Today marks an exciting milestone in the continued growth and development of Animax, with our first step toward a rapid expansion in Asia. The development and construction of the new China facility will be swift, and we look forward to this exciting next step in the globalization of Animax’s markets and capabilities,” said Steve Andersen, P.E., Vice President of Operations of Animax.

With the expansion of the middle-class population, rise in disposable income levels, and strong demands for themed entertainment, China remains one of the fastest-growing attractions market in the world. The available talent in China for the development and advancement of technology to meet the Group’s vision of the future of experience entertainment with state-of-the-art animatronics and entertainment robotics is also a key driver for Animax’s expansion in Asia.

Phase 1 of Animax’s R&D facility development in Wuxi is set to be completed by the end of 2022. Spanning more than 10,000 square meters (nearly 108,000 square feet), this new facility will continue to support the Group in delivering large-scale interactive experiences around the world by producing entertainment robotics and delivering immersive experiences globally.

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Cityneon Holdings enters into new agreement for R&D facility

Cityneon Holdings, a global experience entertainment company, has entered into an agreement with Wuxi Jingkai Government, which will create a new international research & development facility of its fully-owned subsidiary company Animax.

Animax Designs is a specialist in the creation of animatronics and interactive characters with over three decades of industry experience.

The firm is a specialist in creative robotic entertainment and supports the Group’s IP experiences in venues around the globe, including some of the largest live attraction operators in the world, as well as themed and location‐based entertainment.

By engineering the art of storytelling, Animax uses its expertise to design and construct characters alongside multiple forms of entertainment robotics to delight millions of people each year.

“An exciting milestone”

Secretary of CPC Working Committee and director of the Administrative Committee of Wuxi Jingkai District said “We are pleased to support the development of the Animax R&D facility in the Jingkai District and we look forward to witnessing the endless possibilities that this venture will bring to Cityneon and to the city of Wuxi.”

Cityneon Holdings executive chairman and group CEO Ron Tan added “We are honoured to work with Wuxi Jingkai Government to bring Animax to China.

“This new facility in China allows Animax to further expand its capabilities to be a world-class animatronics company that specialises in entertainment robotics, and it will also play a pivotal role in Cityneon’s strategic expansion of entertainment experiences globally.”

Animax vice president of operations Steve Andersen, P.E., comments “Today marks an exciting milestone in the continued growth and development of Animax, with our first step toward a rapid expansion in Asia.

“The development and construction of the new China facility will be swift and we look forward to this exciting next step in the globalization of Animax’s markets and capabilities.”

Last month, Cityneon signed a development deal with Qatar Free Zones, which will see another new facility established in the Middle Eastern country.

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Cityneon Holdings Inks Agreement with Wuxi Jingkai Government to Build New Global R&D Facility in China

Wuxi, China – 17 January 2022 – Cityneon Holdings (“Cityneon”, the “Company”/collectively with its subsidiaries, the “Group”), a global entertainment experience company, enters into an agreement with Wuxi Jingkai Government to land a new global R&D facility of its fully owned subsidiary Animax, a world-class animatronics company that specializes in entertainment robotics.

Located in Nashville, US with over 30 years of industry experience, Animax is the creative robotic entertainment powerhouse that has been supporting the Group’s Intellectual Properties (“IP”) experiences in cities around the world. Animax also serves some of the largest operators in the world in themed entertainment, live attractions, and location‐based entertainment. As storytelling engineers, Animax brings its unparalleled expertise and experience to design and build characters and multiple forms of entertainment robotics which have delighted and entertained millions of audiences.

“We are pleased to support the development of the Animax R&D facility in the Jingkai District and we look forward to witnessing the endless possibilities that this venture will bring to Cityneon and to the city of Wuxi,” said Mr. Yang Jianping, Secretary of CPC Working Committee and Director of Administrative Committee of Wuxi Jingkai District.

Mr. Ron Tan, Executive Chairman & Group CEO of Cityneon said, “We are honored to work with Wuxi Jingkai Government to bring Animax to China. This new facility in China allows Animax to further expand its capabilities to be a world-class animatronics company that specializes in entertainment robotics, and it will also play a pivotal role in Cityneon’s strategic expansion of entertainment experiences globally.”

“Today marks an exciting milestone in the continued growth and development of Animax, with our first step toward a rapid expansion in Asia. The development and construction of the new China facility will be swift and we look forward to this exciting next step in the globalization of Animax’s markets and capabilities,” said Mr. Steve Andersen, P.E., Vice President of Operations of Animax.

With the expansion of the middle-class population, rise in disposable income levels, and strong demands for themed entertainment, China remains one of the fastest-growing attractions market in the world. The available talent in China for the development and advancement of technology to meet the Group’s vision of the future of experience entertainment with state-of-the-art animatronics and entertainment robotics is also a key driver for Animax’s expansion in Asia.

Phase 1 of Animax’s R&D facility development in Wuxi is set to be completed by the end of 2022. Spanning more than 100,000 square feet, this new facility will continue to support the Group in delivering large-scale and compelling interactive experiences around the world by producing ground-breaking entertainment robotics and delivering revolutionary immersive experiences globally.

Cityneon to take new Warner Bros. IP concepts worldwide
Cityneon to take new Warner Bros. IP concepts worldwide

Cityneon Holdings, a global experience entertainment company, has announced its latest partnership with a leading US film production studio.

Two brand new experiences will be created in a new collaboration with Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment. Described as “unique global touring themed art experiences”, the IP-based attractions are scheduled to open in two years, in as yet undisclosed locations.

Visitors will be able to discover their favourite DC Comics Superheroes or magical characters from The Wizarding World franchise in a whole new light. The travelling exhibitions will deliver immersive themed art environments for fans of the hit series.

Cityneon says the new experiences will combine cutting-edge technology with the latest advancements in media, and sound to construct a “truly sensorial” guest experience.

Creating unique experiences

Both Cityneon and Warner Bros. see great potential in the upcoming projects, which will deliver the brands to audiences from 2023.

Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment SVP Peter van Roden comments on the partnership:

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Cityneon on these two new cutting-edge immersive themed art experiences.

“Each of the new experiences will help us further continue to reach our DC and Wizarding World fans with fresh, innovative and immersive experiences where guests can interact with the franchises like never before.”

Cityneon Executive Chairman & Group CEO Ron Tan adds:

“We are excited to announce our partnership with Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment to deliver two unique experiences based on two of their most successful and globally acclaimed franchises, the DC Universe and the Wizarding World. This strategic relationship is a testament to our determination to scale greater heights in the arena of IP experiences.

“With Cityneon’s strong track record of delivering large-scale and innovative experiences globally, I am confident that the DC and Wizarding World experiences will be truly unique and immersive experiences that fans of all ages will enjoy.”

Earlier this month Cityneon Holdings announced it has signed an agreement with Qatar Free Zones to create a new facility featuring an R&D innovation lab and production workshop.

Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Welcomes Guests in Sanya Today!
Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Welcomes Guests in Sanya Today!

Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Welcomes Guests in Sanya Today!
Marvel Fans Unite!
Explore the Marvel Cinematic Universe and embark on a journey with the Avengers!

SANYA, CHINA – December 20, 2021 – The highly-anticipated Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. officially opens in The Mangrove Sanya today, tickets now are available on Shiyi official Mini Program, Fliggy, Ctrip and Meituan.

The Marvel Studios Films continue to be one of the most popular movie franchises in the 21st century, and here, at Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N., audiences have the chance to dive deeper into this unforgettable universe as they train to become a S.T.A.T.I.O.N. agent.

Mr. Nero Huang, general manager of Fujian Shiyi Culture Communication said “The opening of Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. offers a new experience to this tropical island. Visitors from both local and other providences will be the witnesses of this great exhibition.”

“The interactive experience is an absolute blast for fans of the series. We believe Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. will be one of the most popular attractions in Sanya.” says Mr. Ron Tan, Executive Chairman & Group CEO of Cityneon Group.

Mr. Shen Wei, General Manager of The Mangrove Sanya said: “We are honoured that Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. chose our hotel and we believe the interactive experience and our hospitality will bring our guests a wonderful memory.”

Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. has travelled to more than 20 cities, including New York, Las Vegas, Paris, Singapore and London, and now, it will finally arrive in Sanya for an incredible interactive and immersive ten-month run. This story-driven walk-through exhibit takes you deep into the world of Marvel’s Avengers without glasses or any equipment.

The Instagrammable must-see exhibition features multiple rooms dedicated to your favourite Avengers characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Captain America, Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Black Widow, The Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye and more. Along with getting up-close-and-personal with original props and costumes straight from the big screen, guests are invited to:

  • Revel in awe at Iron Man’s “Hall of Armor”
  • Explore Bruce Banner’s lab, providing insights into the mind of the mean, green, rage-machine called the Hulk
  • Gain access to Captain America’s “Top Secret” personnel file
  • Inspect Black Widow’s arsenal of high-tech weapons
  • Learn about the “Super Soldier Serum” that transformed Steve Rogers in Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Witness Captain America’s legendary shield up-close
  • Experience the Kingdom of Wakanda in the Black Panther exhibit
  • And so much more!

After completing the entire mission of Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. you will go into the on-site merchandise area, which has a large number of genuine souvenirs and memorabilia, including action figures of the Marvel Super Heroes, super cool T-shirts and bags.

Address:
The Mangrove Sanya, Haitang Bay, Sanya
Operation Date & Time:
December 20, 2021 – October 31, 2022
10:00 – 22:00 Daily (last admission is 21:00)

Cityneon Holdings and  Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment Partner To Bring Unique Immersive Themed Art Experiences inspired by DC and the Wizarding World
Cityneon Holdings and Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment Partner To Bring Unique Immersive Themed Art Experiences inspired by DC and the Wizarding World

Themed art experiences expected to open in 2023 will showcase the fan-favorite franchises in ways never seen, heard, or felt before

December 16, 2021 – Cityneon Holdings is thrilled to announce an exciting partnership with Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment to produce two brand-new, unique global touring themed art experiences inspired by DC and the Wizarding World, slated to launch in 2023.

Audiences around the globe will be awestruck as they are able to engage in an all-new way with their favorite Super Heroes and the beloved Wizarding World, through immersive themed art environments. Both experiences will fuse cutting-edge media, sound, and technology together to create a truly sensorial visitor experience.

“We’re excited to announce our partnership with Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment to deliver two unique experiences based on two of their most successful and globally acclaimed franchises, the DC Universe and the Wizarding World,” said Mr Ron Tan, Executive Chairman & Group CEO of Cityneon. “This strategic relationship is a testament to our determination to scale greater heights in the arena of IP experiences. With Cityneon’s strong track record of delivering large-scale and innovative experiences globally, I am confident that the DC and Wizarding World experiences will be truly unique and immersive experiences that fans of all ages will enjoy.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Cityneon on these two new cutting-edge immersive themed art experiences,” said Peter van Roden, SVP Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment. “Each of the new experiences will help us further continue to reach our DC and Wizarding World fans with fresh, innovative and immersive experiences where guests can interact with the franchises like never before.”

Additional details will be announced at a later date.

Cityneon Holdings signs development deal with Qatar Free Zones
Cityneon Holdings signs development deal with Qatar Free Zones

Cityneon Holdings, a global experience entertainment company, has signed a deal with Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA) to establish a new facility in the Middle Eastern country.

The strategic agreement was signed in Doha to create a facility that will cater to the company’s entertainment technology and experience clients, seeing market growth in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) zone.

The company, recently recognised as one of Singapore’s best-managed companies, will produce large‐scale experiences in Qatar as it has done globally, including its Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition in Chengdu, China, and the Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibition in Las Vegas.

New facility

Cityneon’s new 15,000 square metre facility will be constructed in the Ras Bufontas Free Zone, featuring an international experience and entertainment technology centre, an R&D innovation lab developing animatronics and robotics, and a production workshop.

The agreement documentation signatures were overseen by Qatar’s minister of state and GFZA chairman of QFZA H.E. Ahmad Al‐Sayed, Secretary‐General of Qatar’s National Tourism Council and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive H.E. Akbar Al Baker, and Singapore’s Ambassador to Qatar H.E. Jai S Sohan.

Signees QFZA CEO Lim Meng Hui and Cityneon Middle East general manager Feroz Siddiqui are looking forward to the new partnership.

Meng Hui says “We are delighted to welcome Cityneon, a leading entertainment technology company that designs and manufactures equipment and robotics for the sector.

“Cityneon’s decision to open its first such facility in the Middle East at Qatar Free Zones is a testament to the strength of our offering and the exciting trajectory of the entertainment technology industry and the tourism sector in Qatar and across the region, in line with Qatar National Vision 2030. Qatar Free Zones provide an ideal environment for international and local companies with the skills and innovation to help build a better future.”

Siddiqui adds “With this new office we embark on our Middle Eastern journey in bringing cheer, joy, laughter and smiles to awe our audiences with our large, immersive and technologically advanced entertainment assets to the region.”

QFZA senior management was also in attendance, with Cityneon’s senior management team, including Ron Tan, Executive Chairman and Group CEO, joining virtually from Singapore.

Tan says, “We are pleased to be working closely with QFZA to fast‐track our expansion plans in the EMEA region, which is a strategic and important market for the company.

“We see immense potential for our IP business in this region and the strategic location of our new facility in Qatar will be pivotal in addressing the markets that we plan to serve, as well as for us to reach out to potential partners and collaborators for the Group.”

Earlier this autumn, Cityneon announced its latest interactive experience based on the popular Transformers IP in a collaboration with Victory Hill Exhibitions set to debut next year.

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Cityneon Expands its Presence in Middle East at Qatar Free Zones, Enhancing the Region’s Entertainment Technology Industry

  • New facility in Ras Bufontas Free Zone will cater to growing entertainment technology markets in the EMEA region
  • Facility to include an international experience and entertainment technology centre, innovation lab and a large‐scale production workshop
Doha, Qatar – 13 December 2021: Cityneon Holdings, a global entertainment company based in Singapore that specializes in unique, immersive, and large-scale experiences, signed in Doha a strategic partnership agreement with Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA) to establish a facility in Qatar Free Zones. The facility will cater to growing entertainment technology and experience markets in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

The agreement was signed during a ceremony at Ras Bufontas Free Zone in the presence of H.E. Ahmad Al‐Sayed, Minister of State and Chairman of QFZA, H.E. Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive and Secretary‐General of Qatar’s National Tourism Council and H.E. Jai S Sohan, Singapore’s Ambassador to Qatar, as well as QFZA senior management. It was signed by QFZA CEO Lim Meng Hui and Cityneon General Manager of Middle East Feroz Siddiqui. Cityneon’s senior management team, including Executive Chairman and Group CEO Ron Tan, joined virtually from Singapore.

Cityneon’s new facility will be built across 15,000 square meters in Ras Bufontas Free Zone, and will include an international experience and entertainment technology centre, an innovation lab focused on R&D in animatronics and robotics, and a large‐scale production workshop. Cityneon will produce large‐scale experiences in Qatar as they have done around the world, such as their Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition in Chengdu, China, and their Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibition in Las Vegas and many more.

Lim Meng Hui, CEO of QFZA, said, “We are delighted to welcome Cityneon, a leading entertainment technology company that designs and manufactures equipment and robotics for the sector. Cityneon’s decision to open its first such facility in the Middle East at Qatar Free Zones is testament to the strength of our offering and the exciting trajectory of the entertainment technology industry and the tourism sector in Qatar and across the region, in line with Qatar National Vision 2030. Qatar Free Zones provide an ideal environment for international and local companies with the skills and innovation to help build a better future.”

Cityneon’s Executive Chairman and Group CEO Ron Tan said, “We are pleased to be working closely with QFZA to fast‐track our expansion plans in the EMEA region, which is a strategic and important market for the company. We see immense potential for our IP business in the EMEA region and the strategic location of our new facility in Qatar will be pivotal in addressing the markets that we plan to serve, as well as for us to reach out to potential partners and collaborators for the Group.”

Feroz Siddiqui, who will lead the new facility as General Manager ‐ Middle East, added, “With this new office we embark on our middle eastern journey in bringing cheer, joy, laughter and smiles to awe our audiences with our large, immersive and technologically advanced entertainment assets to the region.”

Singapore’sambassadortoQatar H.E. Jai SSohan, whowitnessedthe ceremony,added, “Itis my delight to see Cityneon set up base in Qatar Free Zones, a leading hub for innovation in the region, as the latest of many Singaporean companies with operations in Qatar. The new facility will not only boost tourism across the region but also attract a new talent pool to the developing entertainment technology industry.”

The new venture is expected to bring varied benefits to Qatar. Cityneon is a global leader in immersive experiences and will help develop the regional entertainment technology and Intellectual Property (IP) industry to generate new jobs in robotics and animatronics, costume design and fabrication, and sculpting and moulding, among others. Qatar Free Zones’ technology and research ecosystem will enable Cityneon to enhance its IP business operations for the region and benefit from a growing community of like‐minded organizations, dedicated research and innovation facilities, and partnership opportunities.

The partnership between QFZA and Cityneon will also support Qatar’s National Vision 2030, which aims to create a knowledge‐based economy and promote economic diversification. It will expand the significant skilled labour pool in Qatar and support the ongoing digital transformation of the country.

Jurassic World: The Exhibition Roars into Denver March 2022 for Western United States Premiere! Video Play Button
Jurassic World: The Exhibition Roars into Denver March 2022 for Western United States Premiere!

JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION ROARS INTO DENVER MARCH 2022 FOR WESTERN UNITED STATES PREMIERE!

Tickets go on sale December 7 at 10:00am MT

DENVER, Colorado (December 8, 2021) – Round Room Live and Cityneon announced today the second city for the North American tour of JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION. After record-breaking performance in Dallas, Texas, the tour will be opening in Denver, Colorado, on March 4, 2022 at the National Western Center, located at the Washington Street exit of I-70. For the first time ever, Denver fans of the Jurassic World film and television franchises can experience the majesty of its wonderful dinosaurs in their own community.

Tickets go on sale December 8, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. MST. Information, including venue and ticketing details, can be found at JurassicWorldExhibition.com. JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION –– produced in conjunction with Universal Live Entertainment, a division of Universal Parks & Resorts –– immerses audiences of all ages in settings inspired by the groundbreaking film franchise Jurassic World from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment.

JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION is an immersive 20,000-square-foot experience based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history. Visitors will walk through the world-famous “Jurassic World” gates, encounter life-sized dinosaurs, and explore richly themed environments. Guests will have an up-close look at a Velociraptor, stand in awe under a towering Brachiosaurus, and encounter the most fearsome of them all, the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex. Guests will be able to imagine what it would have been like to roam among these breathtaking creatures and even interact with new baby dinosaurs, including “Bumpy” from the popular animated series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous. Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous is produced by Universal, DreamWorks Animation and Amblin Entertainment, and is currently streaming on Netflix.

The Jurassic World franchise has been entertaining generations of fans around the world with thrilling and awe-inspiring stories and characters for more than 25 years – from films and TV series, to video games and toys, to live-action experiences and rides at Universal theme parks. Universal Orlando Resort welcomed the new VeliciCoaster this past summer, creating a new species of roller coaster where guests feel the rush of the hunt as they race alongside these nimble predators, twisting and soaring above land and water. At Universal Studios Hollywood, guests experiencing Jurassic World – The Ride come face-to-face with an all-new, extraordinarily realistic dinosaur – the Indominus Rex, injecting intense new thrills, excitement and intrigue into an already dynamic ride.

Following an initial launch in Melbourne, Australia, JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION has become a global success with over three million visitors since 2016. The Exhibition has opened its gates to excited fans in Dallas, Chicago, Philadelphia, Paris, Madrid, Seoul, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Shanghai.

Universal Parks & Resorts’ President of Global Business Development, Michael Silver said, “What excites us about JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION is the opportunity to give fans a real-world, immersive experience based on the amazing adventures of the films and delivered to a location near them. Visitors will come face-to-face with life-sized dinosaurs and walk through richly themed environments, all inspired by the beloved global franchise .”

Cityneon’s Executive Chairman & Group CEO, Ron Tan said, “JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION features cutting-edge, state-of-the-art technology that is powered by Animax Designs, our animatronics powerhouse located in the U.S. This immersive exhibition is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience that our friends in Denver can look forward to. With sold-out shows in Dallas since its opening there in June 2021, we are confident that our fans in Denver will be wowed by this exhilarating experience.”

“After record breaking sales in Dallas, we are incredibly excited to bring this show to Denver to share with our millions of fans” said Stephen Shaw, Founder and Co-President of Round Room Live. “The ability to walk amongst these HUGE creatures will amaze and entertain fans with this breathtaking and truly immersive experience!”

The operation and management teams will continue to implement enhanced health and safety procedures for the operation of JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION when it arrives in Denver. Specific details will be shared closer to opening at JurassicWorldExhibition.com. All Exhibition activities will be in accordance with CDC guidelines and local directives. Visit the CDC website at cdc.gov/covid19 for the latest guidelines.

Tickets to JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION start at $29.50 for adults (16 years +) and $19.50 for youth (3- 15 years). Children under three years of age are free with accompanying parent or guardian. Flex Passes are available, as well as special pricing for senior citizens and military. Group sales packages are available for groups greater than 10.

For more information about JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION, visit JurassicWorldExhibition.com.

Explore the Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru exhibit Video Play Button
Explore the Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru exhibit

The Boca Raton Museum of Art is hosting the world premiere of Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru.

The exhibit features nearly 200 artifacts, which includes one of the most impressive collections of gold to ever tour the world.

The ancient people of Peru left a visual record for their world. A record that includes priceless artifacts, many used mostly in ceremonial rituals, that were preserved for thousands of years.

“Most of which found their final stage, in the burial of leaders, of priests, priestesses, kings, and queens,” said Museo Larco Director and exhibit co-curator Ulla Holmquist.

Visitors will be led through the immersive experience with the sights and sounds of ancient Peru.

“We have tried to make a script, that will allow the people to have an experience. To experience what we in the Andean region… the way people related to their territory, our ancestors, the way they lived and the way they created their world,” Holmquist told CBS12 News. “With this immersive experience, we are going into the Andean world, first presenting how the cosmovision developed.”

Visitors will walk through the displayed artifacts, which tell the story of how the ancient people modeled their world, how they related to the force of nature, animals, and the afterlife.

In a first of its kind, the exhibit features virtual reality that will place visitors in the heart of Machu Picchu – one of the 7 wonders of the world.

The exhibit runs through March 6.

Ramses the great and the gold of the pharaohs at Houston museum of natural science
Ramses the great and the gold of the pharaohs at Houston museum of natural science

The ghostly figure of Queen Nefertari, Great Royal wife of Ramses II beckons us into a spectacular new exhibition at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Other artefacts include golden masks, sarcophagi, animal mummies, jewellery, amulets, and treasures from the tomb.

An exhibition combining digital technology and precious relics

So who was the pharaoh that the exhibition is dedicated to? “Ramses II is considered to be the greatest king to ever rule Egypt,” Dr. Zahi Hawass, the former Egyptian minister of antiquities says.

Multimedia and digital technology features prominently in the exhibition, including drone footage showing some of Egypt’s most iconic locations. An HD projection screen shows panoramic views of the ancient sites, as well as an introduction into the life of Ramses and the discovery of his mummified remains in the 19th century.

The exhibition has 181 Egyptian artefacts and covers important points in Ramses’ reign. These include his military victories, such as a re-creation of Ramses’ triumph at the Battle of Kadesh, perhaps the largest chariot battle ever fought.

“Visitors will not only walk among priceless relics of the great pharaoh but also experience the sights and sounds of the time through a cutting-edge virtual reality experience,” said Ron Tan, CEO of Cityneon Holdings, one of the co-partners of the exhibition.

The story continues with the 1881 re-discovery of a mummy cache in a hidden tomb, where the body of Ramses was found amongst a number of long-lost royal mummies.

“It is vital that Egypt share our historic treasures in exhibitions such as this,” said Dr Mostafa Waziri, Egypt’s secretary-general of the supreme council of antiquities.

After a six-month run at Houston, the exhibition will transfer to San Francisco’s De Young Museum and then on to the Castle Hall in Massachusetts. From there, it will arrive in Paris and on then for London, before a final showing in Sydney for January 2025.

Life in times of Ramses the Great

Ramses II (c1303-1213 BCE) ruled during the 19th dynasty of Egypt in the New Kingdom period. He was renowned for his building campaign of impressive cities, temples and monuments.

His military campaigns included in Syria, the Levant, Nubia and most notably for the Battle of Kadesh. The conflict is reportedly one of the earliest pitched battle in recorded history. It was the largest chariot battle ever fought, involving up to 6,000 chariots.

Ramses II lived a surprisingly long life for an ancient Egyptian, probably dying in his 90th year. His mummy is well preserved, and we have an account from Gaston Maspero, who was the first to reveal the features of the great pharaoh.

He wrote: “on the temples there are a few sparse hairs, but at the poll the hair is quite thick, forming smooth, straight locks about five centimetres in length. White at the time of death, and possibly auburn during life, they have been dyed a light red by the spices (henna) used in embalming…the moustache and beard are thin.”

“The hairs are white, like those of the head and eyebrows…the skin is of earthy brown, splotched with black… the face of the mummy gives a fair idea of the face of the living king.”

Huge turnout of visitors to “Ramses & The Gold of The Pharaohs” exhibition in Houston Museum of Natural Sciences
Huge turnout of visitors to “Ramses & The Gold of The Pharaohs” exhibition in Houston Museum of Natural Sciences

CAIRO – 24 November 2021: The exhibition “Ramses & The Gold of The Pharaohs” welcomed visitors from all over the American city of Houston to enjoy the splendor of the great Egyptian antiquities with the enchanting melodies of the harp instrument in the background.

During the first days of its opening, the exhibition witnessed a huge turnout of visitors from different age groups. Some 8000 tickets were booked and sold in the first hours of the exhibition’s opening day. It is expected that the number of visitors will amount to 700,000 by the end of the exhibition.

Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri explained that an Egyptian delegation representing the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities had received the visitors, who expressed their fascination with the greatness of the Egyptian civilization.

For her part, Assistant Minister for Tourism Promotion Lamia Kamel said that the Egyptian pavilion at the exhibition also witnessed a great turnout from the museum visitors, who used the QR code shown on the main panel in the pavilion to access the promotional site for Egypt on various social media platforms, in order to get acquainted with the brilliance of the Egyptian tourist destinations and Egypt’s countless tourism products.

Kamel confirmed that the visitors of the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences expressed their enthusiasm to visit Egypt, especially in winter.

Moreover, Kamel reviewed the efforts exerted by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, in cooperation with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, to create a direct flight route between Sharm El-Sheikh and Luxor to link beach tourism with cultural tourism, within the framework of the ministries’ efforts to create an integrated tourism product.

It is worth noting that the “Ramses & The Gold of The Pharaohs” exhibition showcases 181 artifacts that highlight some of the distinctive characteristics of the ancient Egyptian civilization, especially from the Middle and Modern Kingdoms to the late era. The exhibits include a group of statues, ornaments, paintings, stone blocks decorated with inscriptions, and statues of deities in the form of birds and animals, as well as some colorful wooden coffins.

Also, the Egyptian pavilion in the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences will be broadcast Egypt’s grand celebration “The Sphinx Avenue ” that will take place on November 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Review: ‘Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs’ exhibit a must-see at HMNS
Review: ‘Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs’ exhibit a must-see at HMNS

Billionaires may be able send you to outer space, but the Houston Museum of Natural Science can now transport you 3,200 years back in time.

And what a trip. The museum’s stunningly reincarnated Hall of Ancient Egypt reopened Saturday in tandem with the world premiere of “Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs.”

Combining the 12,500-square-foot hall with the 20,000-square-foot Ramses exhibit, the space is fit for a pharaoh. The immersive experience was created by HMNS and the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities in Cairo. This is the first stop of a planned 10-city world tour, having opened at HMNS Nov. 20 and showing through May 23.

Entering the exhibit gateway feels like stepping into a Hollywood movie set. The lighting, music, desert-like quietude, the rows of replica columns — we’re off to ancient Egypt.

Initially, I get whiplash glancing to and fro at jewels, amulets and gold masks, knowing these are not props; they come from ancient tombs. Calm returns as the pathways lead smoothly around the exhibit spaces.

Their appeal goes beyond objects. The carefully choreographed experience puts the artifacts — including mummies — in the context of their time. Ramses the Great ruled 67 years, advancing Egypt’s culture and influence; he expanded national borders, brokered history’s first known peace treaty and spearheaded the building of cities, temples and monuments.

A high-definition projection, surround sound, precision lighting and special effects whisk visitors from the golden age up to the 1881 discovery of the ruler’s remains and tomb treasures. Naturally, there’s a virtual reality tour; it’s led by an apparition of Queen Nefertari, Ramses’ wife, and journeys through temples and sandstorms to the afterlife.

HMNS exhibit designers explored temples, towns and tombs in Egypt to accurately recreate the art and architecture.

“We paid extremely close attention to detail,” says consulting curator Tom Hardwick, “to create artistic environments that would transport visitors to another time and place, allowing the look and feel of ancient Egypt to wash over them.”

Hardwick gives me a sense of the passion shared by archaeologists, scholars and museum exhibit designers who work with these precious tangible pieces of history. After years, the Cairo resident at long last gets to see the results of his labor, sharing details with me.

A glittering stone vessel from a grave dating to the time the pyramids were built turns on a pedestal. It would have held precious oils used to prepare deceased royals for journeying to the afterlife.

A 3,000-year-old mummy lies in a glass case. Overhead, CT scans show the man, named Neskhons, turn as if on a barbecue spit, revealing amulets that were placed inside his body.

Hardwick explains the aim of mummification: the subject is being transitioned from a mortal into a god. The preservation process — akin to “being turned into beef jerky” — enables “transformation into a radiant being.” Masks covered in gold transfigure the dead person “in the rays of the sun.” And the hair on mummies’ heads? It’s real.

A cradle of tiny figures reminds me of vintage Playskool wooden peg people. Hardwick explains they represent servants left in the crypt to attend to the deceased’s needs through eternity (now that’s a long gig).

The prevailing belief that you can take it with you extended to pets; even mummified cats are on view. In a replica burial chamber, I shyly touch gleaming gold leaf walls covered with storytelling engravings. The tech team digitized imagery found in shrines to create these walls and coated them to allow touching.

Displaying nearly 200 objects, some over 5,000 years old, the exhibit flows through eight rooms. Its ambiance feels fitting for viewers bearing witness to ancient secrets and rituals, while the combination of technology, research and care make the exhibit a journey worth taking.

Find tickets and hours here.

‘Ramses the Great’ featured in Houston Museum of Natural Science’s new exhibit Video Play Button
‘Ramses the Great’ featured in Houston Museum of Natural Science’s new exhibit

HOUSTON — Houstonians will soon have the chance to take a step back into ancient Egyptian history.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science will be premiering a new exhibition called “Ramses The Great and The Gold of Pharaohs” this weekend.

“It gives a sense of the range, variety and richness of Egyptian culture,” said Tom Hardwick, Consulting Curator of the Hall of Ancient Egypt with HMNS.

The new, limited-time exhibit will give the public a chance to explore the life of one of the greatest rulers, Ramses the Great.

“Ramses the Great was called Ramses the Great because was able to accomplish so much in his lifetime,” said John Norman, CEO of World Heritage Exhibitions.

His agency is one of those partnering with the museum, traveling on the 6-year, 10-city world tour.

“Some of these pieces have never been out of Egypt before and there are some incredible stories to be told,” he said.

The tour starts here in Houston Saturday. Hardwick says the museum’s Hall of Ancient Egypt will also be back open to the public after a months-long renovation process.

“This is a completely new incarnation of it. We vamped the objects, the lighting” he said.

Norman said the displays will allow you to get lost in history.

“You forget that you’re in Houston or in a museum. You’re in another time and place.”

The exhibit opens Nov. 20. Tickets for the exhibition start at $35 per adult and $27 for children.

Click here for more info.

Last Chance to Experience JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION
Last Chance to Experience JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION

DALLAS, Nov. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Round Room Live and Cityneon announced JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION will end their successful North Texas run on January 17, 2022. The exhibition has been entertaining North Texans since it opened to rave reviews and sold-out crowds in Dallas on June 18, 2021 at Grandscape in The Colony. This is North Texas’ last chance to experience this amazing event where guests are immersed into “Jurassic World” and able to interact with life-size dinosaurs. Tickets are available at www.JurassicWorldExhibition.com.

JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION will be moving on to open in Denver, Colorado, on March 4, 2022 at the National Western Center, located at I-70 at Washington Street exit. Information, including venue and ticketing details for this one-time only limited engagement, can be found at JurassicWorldExhibition.com.

“Jurassic World: The Exhibition roars into North Texas. EDITOR’S PICK!”
– Dallas Morning News

“Most ‘technically advanced’ exhibition starring Jurassic World dinosaurs roars into town.”
– Sean Giggy, WFAA

“AN AMAZING EVENT FOR YOU AND THE FAMILY!”
– Bonnie Curry, KLTY

“YOU’RE TOTALLY GONNA DIG IT!”
– Taryn Jones, CBS11

“A DAZZLING DISPLAY OF DINOSAURS.
An exciting, interactive exhibition. If you’ve ever imagined what it was like to walk among thosebreathtaking creatures, this exhibition is for you!
– Jo Ann Holt, Focus Daily News

“When executing our vision to create a unique, family-friendly destination in North Texas, JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION was a perfect fit. We are thrilled that they joined us and decided to stay at Grandscape through the end of the year. Having such an iconic brand for visitors of all ages embodied our vision and helps to create a true one-of-a-kind experience.” -Jeff Lind, President-Grandscape.

JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION is an immersive 20,000-square-foot experience based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history. Visitors will walk through the world-famous “Jurassic World” gates, encounter life-sized dinosaurs, and explore richly themed environments. Guests will have an up-close look at a Velociraptor, stand under a towering Brachiosaurus, and encounter the most fearsome of them all, the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex. Guests will be able to imagine what it would have been like to walk among these breathtaking creatures and even interact with new baby dinosaurs, including “Bumpy” from the popular animated Netflix original series, Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, from Universal, DreamWorks Animation and Amblin Entertainment.

Information, including venue and ticketing details, can be found at JurassicWorldExhibition.comJURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION –– produced in conjunction with Universal Live Entertainment, a division of Universal Parks & Resorts –– immerses audiences of all ages in settings inspired by the groundbreaking film franchise Jurassic World from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment.

“We are very grateful for the tremendous support that Jurassic World: The Exhibition has received in Dallas, and we hope that all North Texans will have a chance to visit before the exhibition leaves for its next location,” said Michael Silver, President of Global Business Development for Universal Parks & Resorts. “The Jurassic World dinosaurs are a truly amazing and awe-inspiring experience to share with friends and family.”

“Jurassic World: The Exhibition launched in June with astounding success and it’s heartening to see the amazing response from the public with sold-out tickets for the past two months – thank you for the incredible support!”, said Ron Tan, Executive Chairman & Group Chief Executive Officer of Cityneon Holdings. “We are so glad that Cityneon is able to bring this exhilarating adventure to all in Dallas through the rest of the year.”

“In one of the most spectacular engagements in Dallas with Jurassic World, we are announcing our final weeks for this incredible exhibition,” said Stephen Shaw, Founder and Co-President of Round Room Live. “The show has been visited by over 200,000, and there are only a few weeks remaining to see one of the best events of the year! This is your last chance, don’t miss it over this holiday season!”

The operation and management teams will continue to implement enhanced health and safety procedures for the operation of JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION. Specific details can be found at JurassicWorldExhibition.com.

Tickets to JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION start at $29.50 for adults (16 years +) and $19.50 for youth (3- 15 years). Children two-years-old and younger are free with an accompanying parent. VIP packages are available, as well as special pricing for senior citizens and active military personnel. Group sales packages are available for groups greater than 10.

The Jurassic World franchise has been entertaining generations of fans around the world with thrilling and awe-inspiring stories and characters for more than 25 years from films and TV series, to video games and toys, to live action experiences and rides at Universal theme parks. Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure welcomed the new Velocicoaster this past summer, creating a new species of roller coaster where guests will feel the rush of the hunt as they race alongside these nimble predators, twisting and soaring above the land and water. At Universal Studios Hollywood, guests experiencing Jurassic World – The Ride will come face-to-face with an all-new, extraordinarily realistic dinosaur – the Indominus Rex, injecting intense new thrills, excitement and intrigue into an already dynamic ride.

For more information about JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION, visit JurassicWorldExhibition.com.

漫威复仇者联盟互动体验站12月登陆三亚
漫威复仇者联盟互动体验站12月登陆三亚

Cityneon Ron Tan
活动现场 主办方供图

中新网海南新闻11月11日电(记者 王晓斌) 记者从11月10日召开的新闻发布会获悉,漫威复仇者联盟互动体验站将于12月10日在三亚海棠湾红树林度假酒店开业迎客。届时除了可近距离欣赏大荧幕中的原版服装和道具,观众还可体验到钢铁侠的战衣大厅等内容。

据介绍,漫威复仇者联盟互动体验站以漫威电影宇宙故事为线索,场馆内设置光影互动系统,互动体验空间划分多个区域,呈现漫威电影宇宙中你最喜爱的复仇者人物,包括美国队长、钢铁侠、惊奇队长、黑豹、黑寡妇、浩克、雷神,鹰眼等。观众还可体验到钢铁侠的战衣大厅、布鲁斯·班纳的实验室、黑寡妇的高科技武器装备库等。

Cityneon Ron Tan
漫威人物角色扮演 主办方供图

漫威复仇者联盟互动体验站IP持有方、Cityneon执行董事兼集团首席执行官陈益智说,互动体验站现已走过纽约、拉斯维加斯、巴黎、新加坡和伦敦等20多个城市,这是首次登陆海南。

Cityneon Ron Tan
漫威人物角色扮演 主办方供图

“我们非常激动能将漫威复仇者联盟互动体验站引入三亚海棠湾,为这座热带旅游度假城市带来拥有国际IP属性的文旅新体验。”主办方福建拾忆文化传播有限公司董事长黄小龙介绍,互动体验将持续一年时间,早鸟票售票通道将于2021年11月15日0点正式开启,届时可前往【拾忆互动票务中心】小程序、飞猪、携程、美团等各平台购买。

Marvel Fans Unite! Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is coming to Sanya!
Marvel Fans Unite! Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is coming to Sanya!

SANYA, CHINA – November 10, 2021 – Fujian Shiyi Culture Communication in collaboration with Cityneon Holdings are thrilled to announce today that the prestigious Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training And Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) will open in The Mangrove Sanya on December 10, 2021. Early bird tickets will be available soon for only CNY99. The films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe continue to be one of the most popular movie franchises in the 21st century, and here, at Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N., audiences have the chance to dive deeper into this unforgettable universe as they train to become a S.T.A.T.I.O.N. agent. Mr. Nero Huang, general manager of Fujian Shiyi Culture Communication said “We are very excited to bring Marvel Avengers S.T.AT.I.O.N. to Sanya Haitang Bay. We have had a very successful experience with Cityneon Holdings in Xiamen and we trust the Sanya station will bring our cooperation into another level.” “The interactive experience is an absolute blast for fans of the series. The games will give fans a chance to feel like a member of the Avengers team. We will welcome all the fans and tourists in Sanya.” says Mr. Ron Tan, Executive Chairman & Group CEO of Cityneon Group. Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. has travelled to more than 20 cities, including New York, Las Vegas, Paris, Singapore and London, and now, it will finally arrive in Sanya for an incredible interactive and immersive eight-month run. This story-driven walk-through exhibit takes you deep into a 3D world of Marvel’s Avengers without glasses or any equipment. The Instagrammable, must-see exhibition features multiple rooms dedicated to your favourite Avengers characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Captain America, Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Black Widow, The Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye and more. Along with getting up-close-and-personal with original props and costumes straight from the big screen, guests are invited to:
  • Revel in awe at Iron Man’s “Hall of Armour”
  • Explore Bruce Banner’s lab, providing insights into the mind of the mean, green, rage-machine called the Hulk
  • Gain access to Captain America’s “Top Secret” personnel file
  • Inspect Black Widow’s arsenal of high-tech weapons
  • Learn about the “Super Soldier Serum” that transformed Steve Rogers in Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Witness Captain America’s legendary shield up-close
  • Experience the Kingdom of Wakanda in the Black Panther exhibit
  • And so much more!
Early bird ticket will be officially available soon for only CNY99.

Surround yourself in Andean gold from Machu Picchu | Let’s Go, South Florida
Surround yourself in Andean gold from Machu Picchu | Let’s Go, South Florida

Watch Let’s Go, South Florida: Arlene Borenstein takes a tour of “Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru” with Irv Lippman, executive director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art. The exhibit is a time capsule of the ancient Incan city. You can fly over Machu Picchu with virtual reality tour guide, Ai Apaec, a mythical Andean hero. Or you can revel at nearly 200 artifacts found in the royal tombs of Andean lords. Watch the video at SunSentinel.com/letsgo.

A massive treasure chest has been unlocked at the Boca Raton Museum of Art until March 6.

The exhibit called “Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru” holds the largest collection of gold created by Andean societies in Peru thousands of years ago.

It’s the first time all 192 artifacts have traveled outside of Museo Larco in Lima, Peru, and Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón in Aguas Calientes, Peru. Boca Raton is the first stop on a worldwide tour of the exhibit. You can get tickets by going to bocamuseum.org.

“Gold is what we underscore in this gallery,” said Irv Lippman, executive director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art. “For the Andean peoples and for this Chimu culture that created these works, it also has a sacred value. These were buried and left in tombs which is why we have found them now and are in such remarkable condition.”

The architectural significance of Machu Picchu is also a highlight of the exhibit, with a virtual reality attraction that resembles flying over the massive historical site above the Peruvian Andes. A mythical tour guide, Ai Apaec, flies next to you while talking about its history. And don’t be startled by the VR motion chairs, they move and dispense different scents as you fly and land at different stops.

Machu Picchu is considered among the greatest artistic, architectural and land use achievements anywhere and the most significant tangible legacy of the Inca civilization, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization (UNESCO).

“There is this wonderful depiction of Machu Picchu with the great care that the terraces were built. It was high up on this mountain top, it was a place for rulers,” said Lippman. “It was and is one of the most fascinating places to visit,” he said.

The Boca Raton Museum of Art is at 501 Plaza Real at Mizner Park, in Boca Raton. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Get tickets bocamuseum.org. The virtual reality experience is $18 and the artifact exhibition is $29.95 for adults and $19.95 children 3 to 12.

Cityneon presents TRANSFORMERS: THE EXPERIENCE to North America and China
Cityneon presents TRANSFORMERS: THE EXPERIENCE to North America and China

Attendees of Hasbro Pulse Con 2021 were the first to hear the Cityneon and Victory Hill Exhibitions announcement of TRANSFORMERS: THE EXPERIENCE. This immersive exhibition is set to debut in North America in Summer 2022, followed by a tour throughout the region. A second unit will launch in China in Q4 2022. Launch cities will be announced in the future.

Guests are invited to test their skills — and their courage — as they pick a side in the intergalactic battle between the valiant Autobots and the underhanded Decepticons. With hands-on interactives and high-tech immersion, the Transformers world comes to life like never before. The experience sweeps guests across the universe to train alongside iconic heroes like Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, and score victories against villains like Megatron and Starscream.

The TRANSFORMERS franchise has become a global entertainment brand with millions of fans, a storied legacy, and a revered place in modern popular culture. The brand’s enduring connection with fans crosses borders and spans generations through films and TV series, video games and toys, and live action experiences and theme park realms.

“We have been working with Victory Hill Exhibitions to create an experience that will immerse guests in the Transformers universe and wow them from the moment they enter,” said Matt Proulx, Head of Location Based Entertainment at Hasbro. “We’re excited for Transformers fans of all ages to discover that there’s more than meets the eye at Transformers: The Experience.”

Cityneon’s Executive Chairman and Group CEO, Ron Tan said, “Hasbro is one of the Group’s first partners in our foray into immersive experiences. Our partnership has come a long way and I am excited to see the newly created and multi-million dollar production TRANSFORMERS: THE EXPERIENCE premiere in North America and China in 2022.”

Transformers: The Experience World Debut in North America Summer 2022. China Tour Soon To Follow Video Play Button
Transformers: The Experience World Debut in North America Summer 2022. China Tour Soon To Follow

AN ALL-NEW HANDS-ON INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE!

TRANSFORMERS: THE EXPERIENCE
WORLD DEBUT IN NORTH AMERICA SUMMER 2022
CHINA TOUR SOON TO FOLLOW

Singapore and Las Vegas, NV, USA. October 25, 2021 — Attendees of Hasbro Pulse Con 2021 were the first to hear the Cityneon and Victory Hill Exhibitions announcement of TRANSFORMERS: THE EXPERIENCE. Excitement is building as this state of the art, immersive exhibition is set to debut in North America in Summer 2022, followed by a tour throughout the region. A second unit will launch in China in Q4 2022. Launch cities will be announced in the future.

Explore a universe where there’s… More Than Meets the Eye at TRANSFORMERS: THE EXPERIENCE. Guests are invited to test their skills – and their courage – as they pick a side in the intergalactic battle between the valiant Autobots and the underhanded Decepticons. With hands-on interactives and high-tech immersion, the Transformers world comes to life like never before. The experience sweeps guests across the universe to train alongside iconic heroes like Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, and score victories against villains like Megatron and Starscream. With the fate of the TRANSFORMERS robots at stake, which side will you choose?  Come experience this memorable and shareworthy adventure for all!

The TRANSFORMERS franchise has become a global entertainment brand with millions of fans, a storied legacy, and a revered place in modern popular culture. The brand’s enduring connection with fans crosses borders and spans generations through films and TV series, video games and toys, and live action experiences and theme park realms.

“We have been working with Victory Hill Exhibitions to create an experience that will immerse guests in the Transformers universe and wow them from the moment they enter,” said Matt Proulx, Head of Location Based Entertainment at Hasbro. “We’re excited for Transformers fans of all ages to discover that there’s more than meets the eye at Transformers: The Experience.”

Cityneon’s Executive Chairman and Group CEO, Ron Tan said, “Hasbro is one of the Group’s first partners in our foray into immersive experiences. Our partnership has come a long way and I am excited to see the newly created and multi-million dollar production – Transformers: The Experience premiere in North America and China in 2022.”

For more information about TRANSFORMERS: THE EXPERIENCE, visit transformerstheexperience.com.

The glory and terror of Machu Picchu in stunning new exhibit
The glory and terror of Machu Picchu in stunning new exhibit

Like a thrill ride at a theme park, the new world premiere exhibition, Machu Picchu, and the Golden Empires of Peru opened on October 16th at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Far from a dusty old display of artifacts, this immersive, virtual reality show is one-of-a-kind modern technology.

With a collection of art of ancient America on loan from Museo Larco in Lima, Peru, and Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón in Aguas Calientes, Peru, many of these gorgeous, gleaming objects of gold and silver and turquoise have never been on loan before.

Presented in an imaginative, engrossing way, viewers enter the full museum exhibit on the second floor and are ushered into a full surround cave-like interior, with full wall projections of leaping jaguars, twittering birds, and ominous storm clouds high above the mountains of Peru.

Pottery and ancient wares are displayed with lively stories beside them, bringing to life the ways they were used.

Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca site located on a ridge between the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains in Peru. High above the clouds at 8,000 ft elevation, it overlooks the Urubamba River. The site’s pristine preservation, the quality of its advanced architecture, and the breathtaking mountain vista have made Machu Picchu a true wonder of the world. Terraced fields on the edge of the 80,000-acre site were once used for growing crops, likely maize and potatoes, and coca.

In 1911, explorer Yale University Professor Hiram Bingham III visited the site and published its existence to the modern world for the first time. Covered with vegetation, the buildings were made without mortar, their granite stones quarried and precisely cut.

Archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was a royal estate of sorts, used by the emperor and his family as a temporary respite, with no war was ever fought there. Machu Picchu has a number of structures that enhance the spiritual significance such as “Temple of the Sun,” an elliptical design similar to a sun temple found at the Inca capital of Cuzco. A rock inside the temple is as an altar. During the June solstice, the rising sun shines directly into one of the temple’s windows, and this indicates an alignment between the window, rock, and solstice sun.

Although their empire existed for only 100 years before being cut short in 1533 by the arrival of the Spaniards, the Incas created 26,000 miles of roads, ruled an empire of 10 million people, and ruled with their language and culture from one end of the Andes to the other.

The exhibit highlights many of these features, including the barbaric animal and human sacrifices. While the exhibit shows a man’s heart being cut out and a silver sacrificial cup, it was often children who were sacrificed after being drugged with coca leaves and plied with alcohol, they were left to freeze to death high in the Andes, their bodies preserved for centuries.

Why the sacrifices were made is a strange melange of Inca religious beliefs, natural catastrophes, and the sheer difficulty of trying to survive amid the frozen heights of a volatile mountain chain.

Violent earthquakes are common, as were savage floods that disrupted food supplies.

In response to such terrifying natural phenomena, the Incas resorted to religion, believing the elements were controlled by gods. To survive, the Incas sought to form reciprocal relationships with their gods, appeasing them with simple prayers, food, coca leaves, woven cloth, animals, blood, and, in the ultimate sacrifice, human beings.

The most powerful room is the gold room, filled with incredible masks and “ear flares” and headdresses made of gold that have been melted, hammered into sheets, then cut and formed into plates and shapes and hoops and jewelry. Turquoise stones are cut into small beads or inlaid to form creatures in mosaics.

The biggest thrill is the Virtual Reality expedition of the mythical “Fortress in the Sky,” located in a separate room off the lobby. Sit in a cocoon-like chair, don the headset and take a flying journey with an Incan warrior to the various rooms and sections of Machu Picchu. Leaping off the cliff is a heady thrill as butterflies flit by and surprised llamas peer up in surprise from the ground below. Temples and food storage rooms, irrigation systems and crop fields, gods, and symbols are all introduced in a fast-paced VR trip. The ground – and chair – even shake as an earthquake strikes. Not to be missed!

A new gift shop at the back has some quality Peruvian exports of llama skin rugs, textiles, painted boxes, and jewelry.

If you visit, Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru runs through Sunday, March 6, 2022. Online at bocamuseum.org

Exhibition brings wonder of Machu Picchu to the masses
Exhibition brings wonder of Machu Picchu to the masses

A wonder of engineering 2,400 metres above sea level, the 15th-century Inca citadel of Machu Picchu has for decades welcomed up to a million visitors a year to explore its terraced ruins and stunning views.

Now the mountaintop sanctuary dubbed the “mysterious city in the sky” is coming to the masses as part of an exhibition that also showcases the largest collections of gold treasures to travel the world.

Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru features ornate artefacts, including burial regalia from the tombs of kings, queens, priests and priestesses, and a virtual reality exploration of the cradle of the Inca civilisation, made possible by drone footage shot with special dispensation from the Peruvian government.

Ron Tan, executive chairman of Cityneon, the entertainment company presenting the tour, said: “Visitors can personally feel the magnificence of Machu Picchu like they are physically there.”

The collection is on loan from the Museo Larco and the Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón – institutions in Peru that host the country’s most significant cultural riches.

Accompanying the 192 gold, silver and ceramic antiquities is a multisensory experience that allows visitors to see, hear, feel and even smell the ruins of Machu Picchu through virtual reality headsets. The experience is guided by a mythological superhero, Ai Apaec, who narrates some of the mysteries of Andean cosmology.

Video footage for the experience was obtained by drones that flew over the sanctuary while Machu Picchu was closed to the public last year due to the pandemic.

Andean societies dominated a large area of South America for over 3,000 years through the reign of the Inca Empire, whose nucleus was in what is now Peru. They believed that their world consisted of three domains; an overworld inhabited by the sun and celestial gods, an underworld where their ancestors lived, and the “here and now”, occupied by humans and non-humans.

The exhibition focuses on ancient civilisations that pre-date the Incas and tells the legend of Ai Apaec, a deity who moved between all three domains, encountering anything from sea demons to owl shamans and sacred snails, to place in context the artefacts on show and explain the rites, rituals and beliefs on which Andean society was based. The collection includes pitchers and bottles, sculptures, bodily ornaments, funeral masks, warrior gear, sacrificial weapons and ceremonial attire. The highlight is a set of gold burial attire belonging to a Chimú emperor, dating to 1300 AD.

The exhibition, which goes on a global tour next year, premiered at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Florida. Irvin Lippman, its executive director, said: “These objects are extraordinary. We have these vessels, this talent and creativity, that speak to us thousands of years later.”

Fort Myers company launches blockbuster Inca exhibit. After Florida: A world tour.
Fort Myers company launches blockbuster Inca exhibit. After Florida: A world tour.

It’s a blockbuster museum exhibit expected to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to Florida: Gold and silver artifacts and other treasures from ancient South America, all worth an estimated billions of dollars.

It won’t stop there, though. After the Boca Raton show wraps up in March, “Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru” hits the road for a 10-city world tour that organizers expect to be one of the biggest draws around.

And it all started right here in Southwest Florida.

“Machu Picchu” — named after the former Incan city in the mountains of Peru — is the first self-produced exhibit from new Fort Myers company World Heritage Exhibitions (WHE). But it won’t be the last, its organizers say.

The idea is to connect people with history in a deep and entertaining way, says company chairman John Norman — a veteran of some of the biggest exhibits to ever tour, including “Titanic: Ship of Dreams” and “King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh.”

“It’s about telling stories,” the Fort Myers resident says. “I think that that’s what captures people’s imaginations, when they’re able to be intrigued and they can say, ‘Boy, I didn’t know that!’”

Company president Anthony Tann co-founded WHE with international managing director Andres Numhauser in 2020. They already have several major touring exhibits on the road, including “Pompeii: The Exhibition” and “Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs.”

“These are blockbuster exhibitions,” Tann says.

“Ramses” and “Pompeii” were produced by other companies and purchased by WHE, but “Machu Picchu” is the first exhibit they’ve organized and produced themselves.

There’s nothing quite like taking a collection of artifacts and turning them into a living, breathing museum exhibit, Tann says.

“When we first finish an installation and you walk through it, it’s like a surreal moment,” the Cape Coral resident says. “You almost always get the chills. … It’s just that moment where you walk through it and you’re like, ‘Wow.’”

WHE maintains its corporate headquarters, including five full-time employees, in an office off Jetport Loop near Southwest Florida International Airport. But Norman points out that the company is actually a national one with employees across the United States, including in San Antonio, Texas, and Los Angeles.

“It really doesn’t matter where our offices are,” Norman says. “We’re always on the road.”

Tann started out in the museum business about four or five years ago, working with Norman at his old job with entertainment company IMG.

“John was a great mentor,” Tann says. “He taught me everything I needed to know about the business.”

After Norman left IMG, he came to work with Tann at the new company. Both men say they’re interested in presenting history in a new and different way.

“That’s what we really created at WHE,” Tann says. “And that’s why John’s on board with us. It’s like the family’s back together.”

WHE declined to release attendance figures for “Machu Picchu,” but a spokesman said the exhibit’s Oct. 16 opening was “the highest attended opening for an exhibition ever at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.”

You really have to see these ancient South American artifacts in person to appreciate them, Norman says.

“You can go online and look on your computer. You can see pictures of things,” he says. “But when you can stand and be looking at — right in front of you — a piece of history that was made by somebody thousands or hundreds of years ago … there’s something special and magical there.”

“Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru” continues through March 2022 at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Here’s more about the exhibit:

  • The exhibit showcases 192 objects worth an estimated billions of dollars, Tann says. Many of the artifacts came from royal tombs, and some have never been seen outside of Peru.
  • The exhibit is named after Machu Picchu, a former Incan city in the Peruvian mountains that now operates as a popular tourist site.
  • The artifacts come from various ancient South American societies in the Andes Mountains, including the Incan Empire — a vast civilization that stretched from modern-day Argentina to southern Colombia until the Spanish conquest in 1572.
  • The immersive exhibit is spread out across the entire museum on both floors.
  • Visitors will hear the sounds of roaring jaguars, screaming macaws and torrential rainfall.
  • Unlike the ancient Egyptians, the Incans didn’t have a written language, Norman says. “So there’s a lot of mystery there. They basically told their stories in their artwork.”
  • After Boca Raton, the show goes on a 10-city world tour. WHE hasn’t announced the cities yet. The exhibit will eventually return to tour the United States, Tann says, but that will be a few years from now.
  • A virtual-reality experience lets visitors sit in haptic “motion chairs” that move and react as they take a virtual tour of Machu Picchu’s ruins. The Peruvian government allowed WHE to take thousands of photos with a drone and stitch them together into a virtual-reality world using the Unreal videogaming engine. “It’s like an environment you can walk around in,” Tann says. “It looks just as real as if you’re there.”
  • The chairs are equipped with high-resolution VR headsets, haptic feedback on the backseats, scent dispensers and 360-degree rotation.
  • The collection is on loan from Museo Larco in Lima, Peru; and Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón in Aguas Calientes, Peru.
  • The show is a co-production with Singapore company Cityneon.
  • Tickets are $30 ($20 for ages 3-12) and can be purchased at bocamuseum.org/golden. The virtual reality experience costs an additional $18.

The treasures of Machu Picchu go on show in Florida… and online
The treasures of Machu Picchu go on show in Florida… and online

There’s no need to go to Peru to admire the golden treasures of Machu Picchu. The Boca Raton Museum of Art in Florida has gathered nearly 200 such artifacts together in an exhibition titled “Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru.” It is also accompanied by an immersive augmented reality experience.

For the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, Machu Picchu is “a resting place of butterflies in the epicenter of the great circle of life.” Now, the Boca Raton Museum of Art is letting visitors immerse themselves in the history of this ancient site. It is the first museum in the world to host the traveling exhibition “Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru,” created by the Cityneon group with the support of the Peruvian Ministry of Culture and the Inkaterra association.

For the occasion, history buffs will be able to admire 192 objects, many of which come from Andean royal tombs. Among them is a completely intact gold attire of a Chimú emperor, dating back to 1300 A.D. Some of these artifacts have never been exhibited outside of Peru, according to the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Visitors will be guided through the exhibition by the mythical hero Ai Apaec, as much feared as revered by the Mochica people.

“Through this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to come face-to-face with history in a way that has never been done before,” said Ron Tan, Cityneon’s Executive Chairman & Group CEO. “With this exhibition, visitors can personally feel the magnificence of Machu Picchu like they are physically there, while exploring the ancient cultures who lived in this city 7,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains.”

A “sacred place” to preserve

Conditions of access to Machu Picchu have changed since the pandemic, but “Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru” lets people discover the archaeological site through a virtual journey in augmented reality. For this, drones flew over the Inca sanctuary — devoid of tourists for eight months — to immortalize the site from all angles. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to discover these images via virtual reality headsets and motion chairs, made available as part of the exhibition.

In light of the global pandemic, the Inca site of Machu Picchu can now welcome only 250,000 visitors per year, visitors who also have to respect measures such as compulsory mask-wearing and social distancing. But other rules are also considered necessary for the preservation of this sanctuary, according to José Miguel Bastante, director of the national archaeological park of Machu Picchu in Peru.

“Some tourists do not understand that Machu Picchu is the same as any other sacred religious place. They arrive, they see grass, and they say, ‘Oh, this is a park, I can lie down and do whatever I want’,” he said in a newsletter from the Getty Conservation Center. “No, it’s not like that. Machu Picchu really is a sacred place, like Notre Dame. If you inform tourists in advance what they’re going to see — and the rules — that helps conservation of heritage. A hundred informed tourists do less harm to a site than one tourist who is not informed.”

The exhibition “Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru” runs until March 6 at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Florida, USA. It will then travel around the world.

Here are 3 Singapore-based companies that are reshaping humanity’s built environment
Here are 3 Singapore-based companies that are reshaping humanity’s built environment

Technology is transforming how we interact with and maintain our private and public spaces.

The world is rapidly urbanizing. There are more megacities than ever before. It is important to ask whether these cities live up to their intended purpose, or if there is a better way of shaping the space in which we live and work. Our surroundings are changing quickly, with new technologies redefining industries like security, construction, environmental services, real estate, and smart facilities management. The “built environment” refers to human-made surroundings that provide the settings for human activity. These can be buildings, parks, green space, neighborhoods, and even entire cities.

Here are three companies that are making an impact in the built environment sector.

Inspection tech as “preventative medicine”

Consider this problem: our structures need upkeep, but the issues that need to be addressed are often invisible and difficult to detect until it’s too late. This not only impacts the buildings that we live and work in but applies to infrastructure in general. Failing to keep up with inspection and maintenance can result in catastrophic outcomes, as we saw with the recent collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium complex in Miami.

The ways of evaluating our structural safety have conventionally been relied on deterministic analysis, but that is changing with IoT technologies becoming part of these processes. Screening Eagle Technologies, which was formed by the merger of Singapore’s Dreamlab and Switzerland’s Proceq, is a cloud-based technology company that develops full-stack inspection solutions combined with intuitive software and portable sensors. The goal is to deliver reliable data for decisions related to construction and building maintenance.

Screening Eagle’s products include sensors and software that incorporate artificial intelligence and augmented reality to turn data into insights for engineers and inspectors, shaping maintenance decisions. These are particularly important tools at a time when climate change is transforming our relationship with the natural and built environments around us.

Shockingly, as much as 30–50% of global carbon dioxide emissions are released during the reconstruction and regular operations of buildings that are decaying at unprecedented rates. New construction releases vast amounts of greenhouse gases that takes years to recapture. Preventative inspections can prolong the longevity of structures, reducing the impact of greenhouse gas emissions and prolonging the lifespans of our roads, bridges, and buildings.

Creating world-class immersive attractions

The pandemic has taught us many things about human nature. One realization for many people is that we constantly seek new stimulation and fresh ways to pass time. Under pre-pandemic conditions, that would mean, among other things, a constant rotation of immersive installations that expose us to new ways of experiencing the world around us, sometimes through the lens of well-known creative brands.

One homegrown Singaporean company specializes in producing these entertaining experiences for consumers around the world. Cityneon builds upon worlds created by Hollywood and ancient civilizations to shape memorable experiences. For instance, it has acquired multi-year licensing rights for James Cameron’s Avatar touring exhibition, plus the rights to showcase installations based on Peru’s Machu Picchu and the reign of Ramses II of ancient Egypt.

Cityneon operates in an industry that has relatively few players globally. To stay competitive, Executive Chairman & Group CEO Ron Tan has lined up blockbuster brands like Marvel and Jurassic World as part of the company’s licensed intellectual property portfolio. These rights are used to shape refreshing and memorable experiences for consumers.

The company now runs its own engineering subsidiary, Animax Designs, which is an animatronics powerhouse in the United States. Cityneon has plans to take this line of business beyond the United States and develop bigger engineering and production facilities to meet organic demand and broaden their global footprint.

Designing homes and workplaces using AI

With work-from-home arrangements setting in to become the norm for the long haul, the space where we live—and work—needs to fit us more than ever. Do you have the right desk, the right chair, the right art hanging on your wall to make the space truly yours?

Livspace was founded in 2015 to outfit our interiors and offer renovation pipelines in what was a fragmented industry that involved vendors, suppliers, and designers. The company’s platform connects homeowners with these service providers through a marketplace that makes sourcing feel like a seamless process.

Now, Livspace is the largest omni-channel home interiors and renovation platform in India and Singapore. Users can commission designers to map out their dream home, then hire contractors to build customized furniture and redecorate each room, all through a single portal. Plus, Livspace implements its proprietary SaaS solution, Canvas, to engage customers and create design project plans for their homes and offices in 2D and 3D.

With its APAC headquarters in Singapore, Livspace is making headway in markets in the Asia Pacific and Gulf nations, and the company has plans for a harder push into these areas in the next 18 months. Ever since moving its headquarters to Singapore in October 2019, the company’s revenue has grown by 250%. Looking ahead, Livspace will introduce new products and design tools to streamline the work processes of interior designers.

BEHIND THE SCENES: Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru exhibit Video Play Button
BEHIND THE SCENES: Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru exhibit

BOCA RATON, Fla. (CBS12) — Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru, at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, will bring visitors face-to-face with one of the most impressive collections of gold and artifacts to ever tour the world.

New exhibit showcases Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru

CBS12 News got an exclusive behind-the-scenes look as the exhibit was unboxed and set up ahead of the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

On Tuesday, outside the Boca Raton Museum of Art, teams were welding intricate mounts and set for the nearly 200 priceless artifacts that are part of the Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru exhibit. The mounts may look delicate, but they are strong enough to withstand earthquakes.

Meanwhile, inside the museum, curators were carefully unpacking the Incan artifacts, some of which date back to before 1540.

“They were really into cosmology like we have completely forgotten today,” said Head Registrar Jackie Hoff. “They were really incredible astronomers. They were agricultural superiors. They knew how to do it all!”

Hoff says it’s easy to be mesmerized by the collection of rare gold and artifacts.

“Their objects are exquisite. They tell of artisans, artists, [some] tell of rulers, [some] tell of sacred nature of animals.”

According to Hoff the process to set up the exhibit took months, from selecting the pieces at Museo Larco, in Peru, to meticulously crating the ancient to ship to Florida. She says once they arrived they had to climatize. Right now, the objects are stored in a room at the museum which is kept at a specific temperature and humidity.

Spotlight on Machu Picchu and The Golden Empires of Peru

Currently, museum execs and curates are working down to the wire to make the experience unforgettable for visitors, who will be fully immersed in the lives of ancient people in Peru and the ornate riches they once cherished.

“I think we’ve all kind of lost sight of how to live within nature,” said Hoff. “I think the communities in that area, really did a phenomenal job in working with natures and understanding the stars, and how you plant.”

The exhibit opens on Sat., Oct. 16th.

CLICK HERE for ticket information.

Cityneon to Bring a Digital Experience of Machu Picchu in VR
Cityneon to Bring a Digital Experience of Machu Picchu in VR

Machu Picchu is a UNESCO world heritage site that has welcomed a million visitors each year. However, due to the pandemic, the tourism industry got hit hard due to travel restrictions. For Machu Picchu, the visitor count dropped drastically to 250,000.

To maintain and promote Machu Picchu, a Singapore-based company named Cityneon is bringing to life the treasures of this fifteen-century urban Inca empire’s citadel via a digital tour of the site. In collaboration with the World Heritage Exhibitions (WHE), this will be the company’s first artifact IP exhibition and the world’s first virtual walk-through of a UNESCO heritage site.

A digital tour of treasures

The Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru exhibition will use VR motion chairs that will have “high-resolution six degrees of freedom (6-DOF) VR headsets, haptic feedback on the backseats, scent dispensers, and 360-degree rotation”. Meanwhile, the visual data is gathered by the company using drones with permission from the Peruvian government to create that immersive VR and AR experience. Necessary COVID-19 precautions for museum visitors and travelers will also be in effect.

The virtual tour will be guided by Ai Apaec, a mythical Andean hero. The Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru tour will cover 192 artifacts from the royal tombs, including a fully intact gold attire of a Chimú Emperor of the Imperial period which dating back to 1300 AD.

Due to Cityneon’s partnership with Inkaterra Asociación on this venture, the Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru will also have a feature on the artifacts of the Incan civilization. This includes the opulent collections of Andean gold which is one of the most luxurious remains of the Incan empire that stands at par with the engineering and opulence of ancient Egypt and the Roman empire.

Keeping culture alive

The president of WHE Anthony Tann expresses his enthusiasm for the use of the technology, saying that it will be, “an impressive and extensive exhibition that showcases the limitless potential of VR technology.” The Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru exhibition is supported by the Peruvian government and the Ministry of Culture.

The exhibition will be available first in Boca Raton Museum of Art located in South Florida for a limited time only. The tickets are now on sale starting at $19.95 and the tour to open starting October 16, 2021.

Founded in 1956, Cityneon is a global entertainment company and runs on its philosophy of “big ideas, bigger experience.” The executive chairman and the group CEO of Cityneon, Ron Tan, welcomes interested tourists to this unique experience and take part in the Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru exhibition to “personally feel the magnificence of Machu Picchu like they are physically there while exploring the ancient cultures who lived in this city 7,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains.”

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Cityneon受邀参加新加坡-四川贸易与投资委员会第二十二次会议

新川经济往来保持增长, 今年签署七项合作备忘录

随着中国对绿色经济的重视,四川省开始积极推动新型城镇化项目,贸工部第二部长陈诗龙医生表示,这将为我国企业在城市振兴、规划和管理方面带来更多机遇。

人力部长兼贸工部第二部长陈诗龙医生和中国四川省省长黄强,副省长李云泽共同在线上主持新加坡-四川贸易与投资委员会第22次会议。

双方除了重申要在“一带一路”,科技与创新及中小企业国际化等三大主题的深化合作外,可持续性发展也成为讨论焦点。

陈诗龙说:“新加坡在城市基础设施发展方面有强大的“硬体”能力,有助优化我们的资源使用。而我国的企业也在不断开创“软体”解决方案,例如体验式建筑设计,为区域和建筑注入新生机。”

黄强表示:“新加坡素有花园城市的美誉,拥有丰富的城市规划建设管理的经验,希望把更多的城市规划理念,治理模式引入四川。”

去年7月就进驻四川市场的这家国际体验式娱乐公司就在防疫有成的成都办了三个大型展览。

Cityneon区域执行董事林志凯说:“把整个防控措施做到位,人数的管控等等,只要这些东西做到位了之后,我相信这些消费者都是会过来的,而且事实证明了,他们也确实出来消费了。”

新川双方今年在会上签署了七项合作备忘录,目前已有685家本地企业在四川设立公司。

尽管受到疫情影响,我国和中国四川之间的经济往来依旧保持增长趋势,今年上半年双边贸易额达8.08亿美元,同比增长超过一成。

Cityneon presents world’s first virtual walkthrough of Machu Picchu
Cityneon presents world’s first virtual walkthrough of Machu Picchu

New exhibition is due to open at Boca Raton Museum of Art next month

Cityneon, a global experience entertainment company, is celebrating the premiere of a unique new exhibition, Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru, which opens at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in South Florida this October.

This will be Cityneon’s first foray into the world of artefacts IP and features the largest Andean gold collection ever to travel the world, together with a brand new immersive and interactive VR experience. The company was given exclusive approval by the government of Peru to fly drones through the UNESCO World Heritage site and harnessed cutting edge Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology to create a one-of-a-kind virtual walkthrough experience.

A unique virtual experience

A visit to Machu Picchu is on many people’s bucket lists. However, less than 1 million people are allowed entry to the site each year in order to preserve it. In the wake of the pandemic, this number has further lowered to 250,000, to keep to social distancing guidelines. Now, thanks to Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru, people from around the globe can experience this heritage site virtually.

Guests will enjoy a virtual walkthrough, which uses VR motion chairs equipped with multi-sensory features like high-resolution 6-DOF VR headsets, haptic feedback, scent dispersers, and unlimited 360-degree resolution. They will journey through time alongside the mythical hero Ai Apaec.

Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru will also showcase 192 artefacts from royal tombs, some of which have never been exhibited as part of a travelling exhibition, or seen outside of Peru. For instance, visitors can view the fully intact gold attire of a Chimú Emperor, dating to 1300 AD.

Bringing rare artefacts to new audiences

Cityneon’s Executive Chairman & Group CEO, Ron Tan says, “It’s enthralling for Cityneon to have the opportunity to present to new audiences these remarkable pieces of rare Andean artefacts. Cityneon’s strong track record of staging immersive experiences globally with record-breaking visitor numbers reflects our strength in delivering high-quality experiences to visitors from around the world.

“Through this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to come face-to-face with history in a way that has never been done before. With this exhibition, visitors can personally feel the magnificence of Machu Picchu like they are physically there while exploring the ancient cultures who lived in this city 7,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains.”

“Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru is an impressive and extensive exhibition that showcases the limitless potential of VR technology,” adds Anthony Tann, President of World Heritage Exhibitions.

“There are hundreds of ancient artefacts to admire, and I am excited to welcome visitors to experience this monumental period of human history through the lens of virtual reality. This exhibition was put together by many talented individuals and excellent technology, and I am certain it will be a memorable and enchanting experience for many to enjoy.”

Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru is made possible with the support of the Ministry of Culture and the Peruvian Government, as well as close collaboration with Cityneon’s valued partners, the Museo Larco and Inkaterra Asociación, the World Heritage Exhibitions, and the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

In addition to the launch of the Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru experience in the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the group is also working round the clock for the opening of another artefacts IP experience, Ramses The Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs, which is set to welcome visitors this November at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Cityneon’s achievements were recently honoured in the first-ever Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies Singapore Award, a recognition of private businesses that are building and leading successful and dynamic companies. This award was celebrated at a ceremony held at the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel on 1 July 2021.

Machu Picchu to come alive through virtual reality
Machu Picchu to come alive through virtual reality

Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will be accessible through the first-ever virtual walk through that is organised by Cityneon, a global experience entertainment company based in Singapore.

The one-of-a-kind exhibition called “Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru” will use virtual reality (VR) motion chairs fully equipped with premium multi-sensory stimulation features such as high-resolution six degrees of freedom (6-DOF) VR headsets, haptic feedback on the backseats, scent dispensers and unlimited 360-degree rotation.

Cityneon’s first artefact IP exhibition will open at Boca Raton, South Florida this October.

VR technology will allow visitors to travel back time to see, hear, feel and even smell the mysterious city in the sky. Visitors will journey through the vast expanse of Andean history alongside the mythical hero Ai Apaec, to discover the mysteries of Andean cosmology.

“It’s enthralling for Cityneon to have the opportunity to present to new audiences these remarkable pieces of rare Andean artefacts. Our strong track record of staging immersive experiences globally with record-breaking visitor numbers reflects our strength in delivering high-quality experiences to visitors from around the world,” said Ron Tan, executive chairman and group CEO of Cityneon.

Cityneon currently partners with foreign governments, world-renowned museums, heritage organisations and major movie studios to hold exclusive IP exhibitions, creating iconic experiences for their visitors from all over the world. To date, the Group has toured their IP experiences in excess of 50 cities worldwide.

“Through this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to come face-to-face with history in a way that has never been done before. With this exhibition, visitors can personally feel the magnificence of Machu Picchu like they are physically there, while exploring the ancient cultures who lived in this city 7,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains,” Tan added.

Besides Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru, the company has secured the IP rights to another major historical artefacts. “Ramses The Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs” will be coming to Houston, Texas in November 2021.

Cityneon aims to engage with audiences in over 70 cities around the world and expects to welcome 10 million unique global visitors per year to visit their experiences worldwide by 2022.

Using drones to capture visual assets

The Peruvian Government has allowed Cityneon to fly drones through the magnificent site of Machu Picchu to capture cinematic and visual assets, that would allow the company to create an immersive experience consisting of outstanding virtual reality, sophisticated augmented reality system and in-person interaction elements.

Cityneon has put together an award-winning team behind this multi-million-dollar exhibition with one goal – to push limits and break boundaries to create the most immersive, breath-taking and realistic experience for audiences worldwide.

The VR exhibition would allow more people the experience the invaluable historical site, where less than a million travellers are allowed to enter every year. Indeed, with the pandemic and social distancing measures, the number of visitors has been drastically cut to 250,000 a year.

“Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru is an impressive and extensive exhibition that showcases the limitless potential of VR technology,” said Anthony Tann, president of World Heritage Exhibitions. “There are hundreds of ancient artefacts to admire, and I am excited to welcome visitors to experience this monumental period of human history through the lens of virtual reality. This exhibition was put together by many talented individuals and excellent technology, and I am certain it will be a memorable and enchanting experience for many to enjoy.”

Besides the unique VR experience, the exhibition also features the largest Andean gold collection ever to travel the world. This new museum experience highlights a selection of 192 artefacts from royal tombs, including objects that belonged to noble Andean lords, many never seen out of Peru before.

One of the exhibition’s highlights is a fully intact gold attire of a Chimú Emperor that dates to 1300 AD. With their longevity and engineering only rivalled by the Ancient Egypt and the Roman Empire, the Andean societies dominated a substantial segment of South America for over 3,000 years straight through the reign of the Incan Empire.

Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru is Cityneon’s first artefact IP exhibition, and is made possible with the support of the Ministry of Culture and the Peruvian Government, and through a close collaboration with its valued partners, the Museo Larco and Inkaterra Asociación, the World Heritage Exhibitions and the Boca Rotan Museum of Art.

Experience World’s First-Ever Virtual Walk-Through of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu
Experience World’s First-Ever Virtual Walk-Through of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu

Cityneon’s First Foray into Artefacts IP Exhibition – Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru
Brings the Ancient Andean Civilization Back to Life

SINGAPORE, 30 August 2021 – This October, visitors to the world’s premiere of the Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru exhibition in Boca Raton, South Florida are set to be wowed, as they immerse themselves in the awe of the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu and embark on a fascinating journey with the ancient civilizations of Peru through a full-motion 360-degree all-round interactive Virtual Reality (VR) experience like never before. The early access online ticket portal is now open to the public at BocaMuseum.org/Golden.

With the exclusive approval granted by the Peruvian Government to fly drones through the magnificent site of Machu Picchu, Cityneon leveraged on the team’s state-of-the-art Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology to capture the best-in-class cinematic and visual assets of the invaluable UNESCO World Heritage Site, to create an immersive experience consisting of outstanding virtual reality, sophisticated augmented reality system and in-person interaction elements.

To preserve this invaluable historical site, less than 1 million travellers are allowed entry into Machu Picchu every year. With the recent global pandemic situation, the need for social distancing and other measures, this number has further dipped to 250,000.

Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru aims to bring this rare UNESCO World Heritage site to people from all over the world virtually. This one-of-its-kind exhibition will showcase the first-ever virtual walk-through of Machu Picchu through the utilization of globally-acclaimed patented VR motion chairs fully equipped with premium multi-sensory stimulation features such as high-resolution six degrees of freedom (6-DOF) VR headsets, haptic feedback on the backseats, scent dispensers and unlimited 360-degree rotation, allowing visitors to travel back time to see, hear, feel and even smell the mysterious city in the sky. Visitors will journey through the vast expanse of Andean history alongside the mythical hero Ai Apaec, to discover the mysteries of Andean cosmology.

Besides the unique VR experience, the exhibition also features the largest Andean gold collection ever to travel the world. This new museum experience highlights a selection of 192 artefacts from royal tombs, including objects that belonged to noble Andean lords, many never seen out of Peru before.

One of the exhibition’s highlights is a fully intact gold attire of a Chimú Emperor that dates to 1300 AD. With their longevity and engineering only rivalled by the Ancient Egypt and the Roman Empire, the Andean societies dominated a substantial segment of South America for over 3,000 years straight through the reign of the Incan Empire.

Cityneon’s Executive Chairman & Group CEO Mr. Ron Tan said, “It’s enthralling for Cityneon to have the opportunity to present to new audiences these remarkable pieces of rare Andean artefacts. Cityneon’s strong track record of staging immersive experiences globally with record-breaking visitor numbers reflects our strength in delivering high-quality experiences to visitors from around the world. Through this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to come face-to-face with history in a way that has never been done before. With this exhibition, visitors can personally feel the magnificence of Machu Picchu like they are physically there, while exploring the ancient cultures who lived in this city 7,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains.”

“Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru is an impressive and extensive exhibition that showcases the limitless potential of VR technology,” said Mr. Anthony Tann, President of World Heritage Exhibitions. “There are hundreds of ancient artefacts to admire, and I am excited to welcome visitors to experience this monumental period of human history through the lens of virtual reality. This exhibition was put together by many talented individuals and excellent technology, and I am certain it will be a memorable and enchanting experience for many to enjoy.”

In alignment to Cityneon’s corporate philosophy of “Big Ideas, Bigger Experiences”, the global experience entertainment company has put together an award-winning team behind this multi-million-dollar exhibition with one goal – to push limits and break boundaries to create the most immersive, breath-taking and realistic experience for audiences worldwide.

Cityneon currently partners with foreign governments, world-renowned museums, heritage organizations and major movie studios to hold exclusive IP exhibitions, creating iconic experiences for their visitors from all over the world. To date, the Group has toured their IP experiences in excess of 50 cities worldwide.

Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru is Cityneon’s first artefact IP exhibition, and is made possible with the support of the Ministry of Culture and the Peruvian Government, and through a close collaboration with its valued partners, the Museo Larco and Inkaterra Asociación, the World Heritage Exhibitions and the Boca Rotan Museum of Art.

MACHU PICCHU AND THE GOLDEN EMPIRES OF PERU EXHIBITION WORLD TOUR
World Premier Venue: Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida
Date: 16 October 2021
Online Ticket Portal: https://bocamuseum.org/golden

Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition Grand Opening Its Gates Video Play Button
Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition Grand Opening Its Gates

JURASSIC WORLD: THE MOVIE EXHIBITION
GRAND OPENING ITS GATES August 21st, 2021 AT NO.997, XUEYE 2ND ROAD, PUDONG NEW DISTRICT, SHANGHAI, CHINA

Shanghai marks the third city in which Wanda Pictures, in partnership with Cityneon, a global experience entertainment company, has presented Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition in China. Produced in conjunction with Universal Live Entertainment, a division of Universal Parks & Resorts, Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition provides guests with a unique immersive experience based on one of the largest blockbusters in cinema history.

WHAT:
Wanda Pictures announces the grand opening of Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition on August 21st, 2021.

Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition immerses audiences of all ages in settings inspired by the groundbreaking film franchise, Jurassic World, from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, blending real-world science and education with the very best in high-quality entertainment. This stunning experience is officially open to the public on the West Side of The River Mall, No. 997, Xueye 2nd Road, Pudong New District, Shanghai, China.

WHEN & WHERE:
Visitors can learn more about Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition through Damai, Ctrip and Wanda WeChat mini Program.

  • Time & Date: 10:00—19:00 from August 21st, 2021 (entrance will be closed 1 hour earlier)
  • Place: No. 997, Xueye 2nd Road, Pudong New District, Shanghai, China
  • Official Sales Channels: Wanda WeChat mini Program, Damai, Ctrip

* Notice: For more information or FAQs about tickets and COVID-19 precautions, please review the booking instructions on the ticketing platforms.

Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition occupies an area of about 2,700 square meters. At Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition, visitors will feel as if they have entered the films as they walk through the world-famous Jurassic World gates and explore amazing interactive displays. Visitors will come face to face with a Velociraptor, stand under a towering Brachiosaurus, be in awe as they stand next to a life size Ankylosaurus, and then encounter the most fearsome of them all, the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex fighting with the Carnotaurus. Guests will be able to imagine what it would have been like to walk among these breathtaking creatures and even come up close to the new additions, the Pachyrhinosaurus mother and juvenile and the Parasaurolophus adult debuting in China for the first time at the exhibition in Shanghai.

The Jurassic Park and Jurassic World franchises have been entertaining audiences around the world with thrilling and awe-inspiring powerful stories and characters for more than 25 years – from film to video games and toys to rides at Universal theme parks. In fact, Universal Beijing Resort is scheduled to open this year as Universal’s newest theme park destination and will feature seven highly themed and immersive lands – including Jurassic World Isla Nublar. Guests of all ages will be able to explore Jurassic World Isla Nublar, an island of wonder and thrills where dinosaurs roam the Earth again. Universal Beijing Resort has taken the essence of this legendary film franchise and created a larger-than-life experience complete with attractions and adventures that have never been seen before. Guests will feel the power of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptors, and the fearsome Indominus Rex at Jurassic World Isla Nublar.

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS:
In strict accordance with the prevention efforts for COVID-19, the operation and management teams have worked diligently on a plan to ensure a safe consumer experience. The new health, safety and hygiene procedures will cover each step of a guest’s visit, including how they arrive, how they interact with other guests, and how they experience the exhibition.

Key procedures at Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition will cover three areas: screening, spacing and sanitization. These measures will include:

  • Guests and team members are required to wear face coverings and observe social distancing guidelines at all times while at Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition
  • Guests and team members are required to have temperature checks upon arriving on-site; those with temperatures of 37.3℃ or greater will not be allowed to enter
  • Increased cleaning and disinfection of restrooms and other frequent “touch points”

For information on COVID-19 Protection and Personal Travel Guidelines by the Shanghai Municipal Health Commission, please visit
http://www.gd.gov.cn/gdywdt/zwzt/yqfk/ywjj/content/post_3105396.html

Jurassic World: The Exhibition Extends Its North Texas Debut Until January 2, 2022
Jurassic World: The Exhibition Extends Its North Texas Debut Until January 2, 2022

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND,
JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION
EXTENDS ITS NORTH TEXAS DEBUT UNTIL JANUARY 2, 2022

DALLAS, Texas (August 20, 2021) – Due to popular demand, Round Room Live and Cityneon announced JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION will extend its North Texas run through January 2, 2022. The exhibition has been entertaining North Texans since it opened to rave reviews and sold-out crowds in Dallas on June 18, 2021 at Grandscape in The Colony. Now even more people will have the opportunity to experience this amazing event where guests are immersed into “Jurassic World” and able to interact with life-size dinosaurs. Tickets are available at www.JurassicWorldExhibition.com.

“Jurassic World: The Exhibition roars into North Texas. EDITOR’S PICK!”
Dallas Morning News

“Most ‘technically advanced’ exhibition starring Jurassic World dinosaurs roars into town.”
– Sean Giggy, WFAA

“AN AMAZING EVENT FOR YOU AND THE FAMILY!”
– Bonnie Curry, KLTY

“YOU’RE TOTALLY GONNA DIG IT!”
– Taryn Jones, CBS11

“A DAZZLING DISPLAY OF DINOSAURS.
An exciting, interactive exhibition. If you’ve ever imagined what it was like to walk among those
breathtaking creatures, this exhibition is for you!”
– Jo Ann Holt, Focus Daily News

“When executing our vision to create a unique, family-friendly destination in North Texas, JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION was a perfect fit. We are thrilled that they joined us and are deciding to stay at Grandscape through the end of the year. Having such an iconic brand for visitors of all ages embodies our vision and helps to create a true one-of-a-kind experience.” – Jeff Lind, President-Grandscape.

JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION is an immersive 20,000-square-foot experience based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history. Visitors will walk through the world-famous “Jurassic World” gates, encounter life-sized dinosaurs, and explore richly themed environments. Guests will have an up-close look at a Velociraptor, stand under a towering Brachiosaurus, and encounter the most fearsome of them all, the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex. Guests will be able to imagine what it would have been like to walk among these breathtaking creatures and even interact with new baby dinosaurs, including “Bumpy” from the popular animated Netflix original series, Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, from Universal, DreamWorks Animation and Amblin Entertainment.

Information, including venue and ticketing details, can be found at JurassicWorldExhibition.com. JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION — produced in conjunction with Universal Live Entertainment, a division of Universal Parks & Resorts — immerses audiences of all ages in settings inspired by the groundbreaking film franchise Jurassic World from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment.

“We are incredibly pleased with the popularity of Jurassic World: The Exhibition in Dallas, and we love seeing fans share their experiences with their friends and family,” said Michael Silver, President of Global Business Development for Universal Parks & Resorts.

“Jurassic World: The Exhibition launched in June with astounding success and it’s heartening to see the amazing response from the public with sold-out tickets for the past two months – thank you for the incredible support!”, said Ron Tan, Executive Chairman & Group Chief Executive Officer of Cityneon Holdings. “We are so glad that Cityneon is able to bring this exhilarating adventure to all in Dallas through the rest of the year.”

“We are really excited to see such an overwhelming response in North Texas,” said Stephen Shaw, Founder and Co-President of Round Room Live. “This exhibition has quickly become the must-see experience of the Summer with over 100,000 visitors to-date. We know Dallas-Fort Worth families will continue to enjoy the Exhibition through the holiday season.”

The operation and management teams will continue to implement enhanced health and safety procedures for the operation of JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION. Specific details can be found at JurassicWorldExhibition.com.

Tickets to JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION start at $29.50 for adults (16 years +) and $19.50 for youth (3- 15 years). Children two-years-old and younger are free with an accompanying parent. VIP packages are available, as well as special pricing for senior citizens and active military personnel. Group sales packages are available for groups greater than 10.

The Jurassic World franchise has been entertaining generations of fans around the world with thrilling and awe-inspiring stories and characters for more than 25 years – from films and TV series, to video games and toys, to live action experiences and rides at Universal theme parks. Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure welcomed the new Jurassic World VelociCoaster on June 10th, creating a new species of roller coaster where guests will feel the rush of the hunt as they race alongside these nimble predators, twisting and soaring above the land and water. At Universal Studios Hollywood, guests experiencing Jurassic World – The Ride will come face-to-face with an all-new, extraordinarily realistic dinosaur – the Indominus Rex, injecting intense new thrills, excitement, and intrigue into an already dynamic ride.

For more information about JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION, visit JurassicWorldExhibition.com.

Cityneon Holdings recognised as one of Singapore’s best-managed companies
Cityneon Holdings recognised as one of Singapore’s best-managed companies

Cityneon, a global experience entertainment company, has been honoured in the first-ever Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies Singapore Award, a recognition of private businesses that are building and leading successful and dynamic companies. This award was celebrated at a ceremony held at the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel on 1 July 2021.

The prestigious awards programme is held around the world in the Americas, Europe, Australia and China, and this year for the first time, it has been introduced in Singapore. There are four judging criteria for this award: strategy; capabilities and innovation; culture and commitment; and governance and financials.

Prestigious winners
Previous global winners include Haidilao International Holding Ltd from China, Morgan Mckinley from Ireland, Sun-Maid Growers of California from the US and Fisherman’s Market from Canada. The awards are judged by an independent jury, and expert coaches from Deloitte help shortlisted entrants to benchmark their company against some of the world’s top businesses.

After rounds of rigorous assessing, Cityneon together with 4 other companies from diverse industries were awarded with this globally recognised mark of excellence by Deloitte for the first time in Singapore.

Ron Tan, Executive Chairman & Group CEO of Cityneon Holdings says, “We are humbled to receive this inaugural award. This award is only made possible with the sustained guidance of our Board of Directors, the assured trust of our current and new shareholders, the utmost dedication of the management team, members of Cityneon, and the unwavering support from all our global industry partners, bankers, and many others along the way all these years.”

“It is this teamwork and resilience within Cityneon that possibly sets us apart from others to achieve what we initially thought was not possible — especially during the past months handling the COVID crisis, globally. Thank you once again to everyone who has kept the faith and are continuing this journey with Cityneon.”

Building more IP exhibition sets
Cityneon finished a round of private funding in April 2021, having raised S$235 million towards its continued growth and future plans. It is now working to build more of its successful IP exhibition sets under the studio IP partnerships and original artefact IP partnerships by the end of 2022.

The company has secured the IP rights to two major historical artefacts and will present these in new global exhibitions. Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru will first open in Boca Raton, Florida in October 2021, while Ramses The Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs will be coming to Houston, Texas in November 2021.

Cityneon also works with studios partners such as Universal Studios, Disney, Marvel, Lionsgate and Hasbro for the various exhibitions that have travelled to more than 50 cities around the world to date.

The Group aims to engage with audiences in over 70 cities around the world and expects to welcome 10 million unique global visitors per year to visit their experiences worldwide by 2022.

Last year, Cityneon acquired Animax Designs, a world-renowned and reputable animatronics company founded 30 years ago in Nashville, Tennessee to support the Group’s vision of creating unique, immersive and large-scale experiences through their engineering capabilities and cutting-edge animatronics technology.

Ramses the Great Is Coming to Houston This Fall
Ramses the Great Is Coming to Houston This Fall

EGYPTIAN PHARAOH RAMSES THE GREAT earned his name for a reason. He ruled Egypt from 1279 to 1213 BCE and is arguably considered the most powerful pharaoh at a time.

This fall, you can experience ancient Egypt through Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs, a touring state-of-the-art museum experience premiering at the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS). The 10-city global tour was produced by the HMNS in partnership with the Supreme Council of Antiquities of the Arab Republic of Egypt and produced in a joint venture by Cityneon and World Heritage Exhibitions.

“This exhibition will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen,” said Ron Tan, Executive Chairman & Group CEO of Cityneon Holdings, the brain trust behind the exhibition. “Visitors will not only walk among priceless relics of the great pharaoh but also experience the sights and sounds of the time through a cutting-edge virtual reality experience.”

According to Tan, the exhibition will include 181 rare Egyptian artifacts. Visitors will be able to stroll among the colossal statues and ancient artifacts while learning about the life of Pharaoh Ramses. The exhibition will also include a multimedia recreation of the Battle of Kadesh, which is thought to be the largest chariot battle in history. Guests will uncover an incredible collection of artifacts on this journey, from ornate jewelry to animal mummies and sarcophagi. Additionally, the exhibition will welcome visitors by showing never-before-seen drone footage acquired with unprecedented access to many of Egypt’s most iconic locations, providing a dramatic panoramic view of Egypt and unique insight into the life of Ramses the Great.

“We are privileged to announce this world premiere exhibition for the City of Houston,” said Museum President Joel Bartsch. “Our visitors can expect nothing short of a first-class, magnificent journey into the conquests of Ramses the Great and the wonderful antiquities born out of the talented artisans and builders of Egypt’s long and prosperous history.”

For more information on the exhibition and tickets, visit here.

World Premiere Exhibition, Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru, Announces Advance Tickets Now On Sale to the Public Video Play Button
World Premiere Exhibition, Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru, Announces Advance Tickets Now On Sale to the Public

World Premiere Exhibition, Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru,
Announces Advance Tickets Now On Sale to the Public

Purchase Advance Tickets by Visiting BocaRatonMuseum.org/Golden

As Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru takes flight for the first time, massive crowds and tourists from around the world are expected during the inaugural stop of its global tour in South Florida this Fall at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Eager fans can finally secure their coveted places in line for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. This combination of rarely seen, world-class museum artifacts alongside technological breakthroughs in virtual reality is unparalleled (watch the video announcing tickets on sale). The early access online ticket portal is now open to the public at BocaMuseum.org/Golden.

Debuting October 16, 2021, audiences will discover an all-new, immersive museum experience that will transport visitors to the jewel of the Southern Hemisphere’s cradle of civilization, the Incan city of Machu Picchu ‒ voted one of the new seven wonders of the world. The exhibition will encompass the entire museum, including all galleries on both floors. This dazzling collection of ancient Peruvian artifacts features the most opulent collection of Andean gold to ever travel the globe.

The experience will also feature the first-ever virtual reality expedition of Machu Picchu, recorded in 2020 during the unprecedented closure of the site during the pandemic. It was the first time in recent history this majestic City in the Sky was completely empty, filmed using state of the art drone-VR technology. These breathtaking virtual reality vistas of the mythical landmark, without any humans present, are a passageway for museum guests on an astonishing journey to this UNESCO World Heritage Site (watch a preview video here). The exhibition will start its limited run in South Florida before leaving the U.S. and embarking on a multi-country tour. Ticket prices start at $19.95. The Boca Raton Museum of Art is perfectly located near the tourism destinations of Miami, Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.

Cityneon presents the exhibition with support from the Government of Peru, the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, and in partnership with Inkaterra Asociación. Many of these stunning 192 priceless artifacts are from royal tombs, including spectacular objects that belonged to noble Andean lords, and have never-been-seen before out of Peru. The collection is on loan from Museo Larco in Lima, Peru, and Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón in Aguas Calientes, Peru. Thousands of patrons have already reserved museum memberships that feature special access for families and additional benefits. Follow #BocaStrikesGold on social media for ongoing announcements about special events.

“It is an honor to be chosen as the first museum destination that launches the global tour of Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru, and to partner with such esteemed cultural institutions to bring this exhibition to the United States,” said Irvin Lippman, Executive Director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art. “We look forward to introducing South Florida and the world to the wonders of Machu Picchu and the power and beauty of the Inca civilization for what promises to be a memorable exhibition.”

Guided throughout the exhibition by Ai Apaec, a mythical Andean hero, visitors will gain a window into transformation through the forces of nature that result in his death and subsequent rebirth. In this exotic land nothing is fixed and beings can change from one form to another. Throughout this dramatically staged expedition, the sounds of roaring jaguars, screaming macaws, and torrential rainfall surround visitors as they unravel the mysteries of Andean cosmology and marvel at the sophistication of Andean artists. “At this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to come face-to-face with history in a whole new way,” said Executive Chairman & Group Chief Executive Officer of Cityneon, Ron Tan. “We are excited to provide the chance for guests to encounter the ancient cultures who lived in this impressive fortress 7,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains.” Nestled in a cloud forest, this great Inca Empire’s enduring symbol of architectural prowess is protected by twin sacred mountains and is invisible from below. Further adding to its unrivaled beauty, the flourishing landscape of Machu Picchu has restored much of the original biodiversity that it enjoyed in Incan times through a recent reforestation initiative.

Visitors will behold the marvels of engineering that sheltered a truly spiritual civilization and the ornate riches they once cherished. Rivaled only by Ancient Egypt in longevity and by the Roman Empire in engineering, Andean societies dominated a substantial segment of South America for over 3,000 years straight through the reign of the Incan Empire. Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru will showcase Peruvian culture’s rich histories and traditions to the public like never before.

“As we get closer to launching the premiere engagement, our team is truly excited to share this world class production with South Floridians,” stated President of World Heritage Exhibitions, Anthony Tann. “We’ve been working around the clock to bring to the South Florida one of the most awe-inspiring exhibitions to ever tour the world. With a combined 50-years in this business, we’ve never seen a production quite like this. Beyond the stunning collection of Peruvian artifacts courtesy of Museo Larco and Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón, the team at Virtual Worlds delivered a virtual reality experience that will make you feel as though you are walking through the stone fortress at Machu Picchu.

World Premiere of Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs to Open in November at Houston Museum of Natural Science Video Play Button
World Premiere of Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs to Open in November at Houston Museum of Natural Science

Priceless Ancient Egyptian Artifacts to Debut in Houston
World Premiere of Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs to Open in November at Houston Museum of Natural Science.

HOUSTON (August 12, 2021) – It is no secret that Egypt boasts a rich history of masterful rulers, but there is one name that reverberates through time like no other…Ramses the Great. Considered one of the most celebrated builders of Egypt, this visionary pharaoh expanded borders, brokered the world’s first peace treaty, and became a symbol of achievement to which all who followed would measure themselves. Now the relics that carry his name will inspire millions through an all-new touring collection. Cityneon, in partnership with World Heritage Exhibitions, Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the Supreme Council of Antiquities of the Arab Republic of Egypt has announced a brand-new, state-of-the-art museum experience exploring the life of Ramses. The 10-city global tour of Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs is set to open November 20, 2021 in its world premiere engagement at Houston Museum of Natural Science.

“We are thrilled to bring this exquisite collection to the world,” said Ron Tan, Executive Chairman & Group CEO of Cityneon Holdings, the brain trust behind the exhibition. “Our partners at World Heritage Exhibitions have perfectly captured our vision to highlight the vast impact of Ramses on the historical development of Egypt. This exhibition will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Visitors will not only walk among priceless relics of the great pharaoh but also experience the sights and sounds of the time through a cutting-edge virtual reality experience. This spectacular exhibition will feature 181 rare Egyptian artifacts; the most impressive collection of artifacts on Ramses II to ever leave Egypt. We are honored to have the opportunity to unveil these rare treasures at such an esteemed institution as the Houston Museum of Natural Science. We are eager for the museum-goers across Texas and the world to immerse themselves in this tremendous time in history.”

As visitors walk among real colossal statues, they will explore many of the world’s most treasured riches and discover the most significant stories about Ramses and life in Egypt, including Ramses’ military victories. The exhibition showcases a dynamic, multimedia re-creation of Ramses’ triumph at the Battle of Kadesh, perhaps the largest chariot battle ever fought. On this captivating journey through the exhibition, guests will uncover a stunningly preserved collection of artifacts, including sarcophagi, animal mummies, magnificent jewelry, spectacular royal masks, exquisite amulets, and ornate golden treasures of the tomb, showcasing the superb workmanship of Egyptian artists.

“This exhibition brings a level of production unmatched by any international touring museum exhibition that’s on display today,” stated World Heritage Exhibitions President, Anthony Tann.

“Cityneon continues to bring world-class experiences to folks across the globe, and we are proud to partner with them once again to bring Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs to market. This is an unprecedented exhibition that museum patrons near and far are not going to want to miss.”

A once-in-a-lifetime experience, Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs is set to the stage of remarkable Egyptian landmarks through never-before-seen drone footage acquired with unprecedented access to many of Egypt’s most iconic locations. Guests begin their expedition through a 120-degree curved HD projection screen, providing a dramatic panoramic view of Egypt and unique insight into the life of Ramses the Great, also known as Ramses II. After viewing the entry video, visitors will be immersed in surround-sound audio choreographed with programmed lighting. They will further explore the life of Ramses and the 19th Century surprise discovery of his mummified remains.

“We are privileged to announce this world premiere exhibition for the City of Houston” said Museum President Joel Bartsch. “We are thrilled in our partnership with Cityneon and World Heritage Exhibitions to debut this impressive museum exhibition here at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Our visitors can expect nothing short of a first-class, magnificent journey into the conquests of Ramses the Great and the wonderful antiquities born out of the talented artisans and builders of Egypt’s long and prosperous history.”

Ramses’ tomb was ransacked by robbers and the world believed his mummy and treasures were lost forever. But the legend of the great pharaoh only increased over the centuries. At the exhibition, visitors will explore the dramatic 1881 re-discovery of a mummy cache in a hidden tomb, where Ramses was found among long-lost royal mummies.

“It is vital that Egypt share our historic treasures in exhibitions such as this” remarked Egypt’s Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Dr. Mostafa Waziri, who was on-site in Houston for the announcement. “Beyond the benefit of generating funding to protect and restore these artifacts, they additionally act as Egypt’s ambassadors to the world. Houston Museum of Natural Science is the perfect setting to introduce this all-new exhibition. Not only is this museum a world-class institution, but Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs further augments the beautiful collection of Egyptian artifacts already on display at the institution. Guests who have enjoyed the facility’s Hall of Egypt over the years will now have the chance to expand their curiosity with a brand-new exhibition centered on one of Egypt’s most notorious rulers in Ramses the Great.”

“Ramses II is considered to be the greatest king to ever rule Egypt” championed former Egyptian Minister of Antiquities and notable Egyptian archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass. “Many of the structures and artifacts that we’ve used to trace the history of Egypt were created as a result of Ramses the Great. This exhibition will illuminate the pivotal moments that earned the great pharaoh his place in history while bringing visitors face-to-face with beautiful Egyptian artifacts.”

The exhibition will also feature an immersive virtual reality experience depicted in a whirlwind tour of arguably Ramses’ most impressive monuments, the temples of Abu Simbel and Nefertari’s Tomb. The experience is led by the ghostly incarnation of Ramses’ illustrious wife, Nefertari, as she attempts to make it back to the afterlife and her loving husband. Along the way, Nefertari will share how Ramses transformed Egypt as a general, architect, and custodian of the ancient Egyptian religion. In cinematic motion chairs, viewers will fly through temples, sandstorms, and even come face-to-face with Ramses’ mummy in this electrifying animated journey.

Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs opens November 20th at Houston Museum of Natural Science. Tickets are on sale now and start at just $27.00. Visit HMNS.org for tickets and information.

Cityneon Holdings Awarded Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies Singapore Award 2021
Cityneon Holdings Awarded Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies Singapore Award 2021

13 July 2021 – Cityneon Holdings was recognised as an inaugural winner of Singapore’s Best Managed Companies awards program at a ceremony held on 1st July 2021 at the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel.

Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies Singapore Award 2021 is a prestigious and well-regarded business award program for private businesses across the world. This award celebrates private businesses that are building and leading successful, growing, and dynamic companies. The awards are held globally in the Americas, Europe, Australia, China and now Singapore and across Southeast Asia. Cityneon was judged a winner based on the Best Managed evaluation framework containing 4 judging criteria, namely, strategy, capabilities and innovation, culture and commitment, and governance and financials.

Past winners of this prestigious award include Haidilao International Holding Ltd — the largest hotpot chain in China with over 900 international chain restaurants, Morgan Mckinley — a global professional services recruitment consultancy from Ireland, Sun-Maid Growers of California — the producer of one of the most iconic snacks from the US, and Fisherman’s Market — a vertically integrated seafood company with over 70 years of experience in the seafood industry.

This year’s shortlisted entrants for the Best Managed Companies Awards were judged by an independent jury and worked with expert coaches from Deloitte to benchmark their company against some of the best and most progressive companies in the world. After rounds of rigorous assessing, Cityneon, together with education provider KinderWorld International Group, construction company Lian Beng Group, beauty and luxury services provider Luxasia, advanced manufacturer NanoFilm Technologies International Limited and retailer OSIM International were awarded this globally recognised mark of excellence by Deloitte. NanoFilm Technologies International Limited was recently listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX) in October 2020 and is now of market capitalisation of around S$1.7 billion.

Mr. Ron Tan, Executive Chairman & Group CEO of Cityneon Holdings said, “We are humbled to receive this inaugural award. This award is only made possible with the sustained guidance of our Board of Directors, the assured trust of our current and new shareholders, utmost dedication of the management team, members of Cityneon, and the unwavering support from all our global industry partners, bankers, and many others along the way all these years. It is this teamwork and resilience within Cityneon that possibly sets us apart from others to achieve what we initially thought was not possible — especially during the past months handling the COVID crisis, globally. Thank you once again to everyone who has kept the faith and are continuing this journey with Cityneon.”

Cityneon is a global experience entertainment company that seeks to capture the imagination of their visitors and deliver compelling experiences that leave lasting memories. Their strong relationships with global investors, international studios such as Disney, Marvel, Hasbro, Universal, Lionsgate and 20th Century, and also foreign governments for their original artefacts IP experiences — ancient civilization Machu Picchu from Peru and Ramses the Great (Ramses II) from Egypt, enable the company to bring to life unique experiences like none other, all around the world.

In April 2021, amidst the daunting prospects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cityneon concluded a round of private funding with remarkable success, raising S$253 million for plans that include building more of its various intellectual property (IP) exhibition sets under the Studio IP partnerships and original artefact IP partnerships by the end of 2022.

Securing the IP rights to two major historical artefacts, the Company will introduce these upcoming international exhibitions — Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru in Boca Raton, Florida, and Ramses The Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs in Houston, Texas. These two experiences are slated to welcome visitors in October and November 2021, respectively.

Other IP rights that the Group holds include partnerships with 20th Century Studios for Avatar: The Exhibition, Universal Studios for Jurassic World: The Exhibition, Marvel for Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N., Lionsgate for The Hunger Games: The Exhibition and Hasbro for Transformers Autobot Alliance. Altogether, Cityneon holds exclusive IP rights for five of the biggest box office hits worldwide and two original artefacts IP from Peru and Egypt. Among them, five permanent and touring sets are expected in the United States, six sets will tour China, and another few sets will be providing unparalleled experiences to visitors from the other parts of the globe.

Even with all these exciting plans already lined up, Cityneon continues to transform as it looks toward acquiring more Hollywood and artefact IPs, and further announcements on new IP verticals can be expected as the Group is seeking more entertainment opportunities to leverage on.

With the aim of reaching more than 70 cities and 10 million unique visitors worldwide by 2022, Cityneon will continue to push forward and become the leading provider of exhibition entertainment experiences across the world.

Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition has landed in Shanghai, Tickets pre-sale started
Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition has landed in Shanghai, Tickets pre-sale started

Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition has landed in Shanghai, Tickets pre-sale started

Tickets are now on sale for Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition opening in Shanghai on August 1st. The announcement was made today at the press conference held at the River Mall, Shanghai, China.

Shanghai marks the third city in China in which Wanda Pictures, in partnership with Cityneon, a global experience entertainment company, brought to life the Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition in China.

Produced in conjunction with Universal Live Entertainment, a division of Universal Parks & Resorts, Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition is a unique immersive experience based on one of the largest blockbusters in cinema history, and will officially open on August 1st to the public on the West Side of The River Mall, No. 997, Xueye 2nd Road, Pudong New District, Shanghai, China. The early bird ticket pre-sale is from July 8th to July 31st, 2021.

This stunning experience, at approximately 2,700 square meters, immerses audiences of all ages in settings inspired by the blockbuster Jurassic World film franchise, from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, blending real-world science and education with the very best in high-quality entertainment.

Visitors can walk through the world-famous Jurassic World gates and explore amazing interactive displays. Fans will come face-to-face with a Velociraptor, stand under a towering Brachiosaurus, be in awe as they stand next to a life-sized Ankylosaurus, and then encounter the most fearsome of them all, the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex fighting with a Carnotaurus.

The Jurassic Park and Jurassic World franchises have been entertaining audiences around the world with thrilling and awe-inspiring stories and characters for more than 25 years – from film to video games and toys to rides at Universal theme parks. In fact, Universal Beijing Resort is scheduled to open this year as Universal’s newest theme park destination and will feature seven highly themed and immersive lands – including Jurassic World Isla Nublar. Guests of all ages will be able to explore Jurassic World Isla Nublar, an island of wonder and thrills where dinosaurs roam the Earth again. Universal Beijing Resort has taken the essence of this legendary film franchise and created a larger-than-life experience complete with attractions and adventures that have never been seen before. Guests will feel the power of the Tyrannosaurus rex, Velociraptors, and the fearsome Indominus rex at Jurassic World Isla Nublar.

In strict accordance to the prevention efforts for COVID-19, the operation and management teams have worked diligently on a plan to ensure a safe consumer experience. The new health, safety and hygiene procedures will cover each step of a guest’s visit, including how they arrive, how they interact with other guests and how they experience the exhibition.

New procedures at Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition will cover three areas: screening, spacing and sanitization. Key measures will include:

  • Guests and team members are required to wear face coverings and observe social-distancing guidelines at all times while at Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition.
  • Guests and team members are required to have temperature checks upon arriving on-site; those with temperatures of 37.3℃ or greater will not be allowed to enter.
  • Increased cleaning and disinfection of restrooms and other frequent “touch points”

For information on COVID-19 Protection and Personal Travel Guidelines by the Shanghai Municipal Health Commission, please visit
http://www.gd.gov.cn/gdywdt/zwzt/yqfk/ywjj/content/post_3105396.html

The pre-sale is a limited early-bird offering! Visitors can purchase from Ctrip, Damai, or Wanda WeChat mini Program in advance. The Early-bird Tickets’ booking price is RMB 99 / per person (full price thereafter will be RMB 228 /per person), with tickets scheduled valid from August 1, 2021 till December 31, 2021. As a reminder, the deadline for Early-bird Tickets sales is July 31, 2021. Visitors will be required to present valid identification identity documents.

  • Time & Date: 10:00—19:00 from August 1st, 2021 (entrance will be closed 30 minutes earlier)
  • Place: No. 997, Xueye 2nd Road, Pudong New District, Shanghai,China
  • Official Sales Channels: Wanda WeChat mini Program, Ctrip, Damai

* Notice: For more information or FAQs about tickets and COVID-19 precautions, please review the booking instructions on the ticketing platforms.

Clear strategy, strong corporate culture, among traits of best managed firms: Deloitte
Clear strategy, strong corporate culture, among traits of best managed firms: Deloitte

SINGAPORE – A clear strategy, strong culture, corporate social responsibility and being innovative are hallmarks of the best managed companies, said Deloitte Singapore on Thursday (July 1).

Chief executive Cheung Pui Yuen told the firm’s inaugural awards ceremony for some of the country’s best managed companies: “After an incredibly challenging year for many businesses, it is more important than ever to support and recognise the great leadership and tenacity that Singapore-based companies are applying.

“The winning companies have clearly defined organisational purpose and demonstrated tenacity to remain competitive.”

The event at the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel recognised six firms for their organisational success and contributions to their respective industries and the economy.

The awards programme assessed top privately owned Singapore companies with annual revenue exceeding US$25 million (S$33.6 million).

These refer to firms where the majority share of the company is still held privately directly or indirectly, even if some are listed firms.

Judges weighed up their quality of management in areas such as strategy, capabilities and innovation, and culture and commitment, as well as governance and financial performance.

They also looked at a company’s diversity and inclusion, corporate social responsibility and environmental initiatives, as well as digital transformation, customer-centric strategies and incentive-based innovations programmes.

The six winners were entertainment firm Cityneon Holdings, education provider KinderWorld International Group, construction company Lian Beng Group, beauty and luxury services provider Luxasia, advanced manufacturer NanoFilm Technologies International and retailer OSIM International.

The Deloitte awards were a first for Singapore, but the accounting giant has run them in 37 countries for more than 25 years.

Mr Richard Loi, South-east Asia and Singapore Deloitte private leader, noted that the winning companies proved that longevity is about sound management even when faced with tough times.

“Despite economically challenging times, we see private companies seizing opportunities to evaluate their business models, from customer engagement and delivery methods to talent attraction and advancing their digital journeys,” he added.

“Progressive customer-engagement programmes, diversified product portfolios and investment in research and development are also highly regarded, as well as initiatives that focus on corporate culture and people.”

Companies had to go through an application process and a two-hour lab session with Deloitte to be considered for the awards. Employee surveys were also taken into account.

The six winning firms will get a globally recognised mark of excellence and gain access to business forums and sessions.

Singapore International Chamber of Commerce chief executive Victor Mills, who was one of the judges, said: “(Corporate) culture is key for the simple reason that it enables commercial success in a sustained way.

“If you don’t get your culture right, you’re not going to have engaged teams to implement your business strategy and achieve your business goals.”

Fellow judge Ng Jiak See, Deloitte Asia-Pacific financial advisory leader, added that corporate social responsibility is not just about doing the right thing, but a good business decision.

“It helps you to build your brand and retain the right people. The next generation wants to work for organisations that have the right purpose.”

Best managed companies

  • Entertainment firm Cityneon Holdings
  • Education provider KinderWorld International Group
  • Construction company Lian Beng Group
  • Beauty and luxury services provider Luxasia
  • Advanced manufacturer NanoFilm Technologies International
  • Retailer Osim International

Six local firms recognised in Deloitte’s inaugural Singapore’s Best Managed Companies awards
Six local firms recognised in Deloitte’s inaugural Singapore’s Best Managed Companies awards

SIX local enterprises were recognised as Singapore’s Best Managed Companies in the first local edition of Deloitte’s global Best Managed Companies awards programme.

In a ceremony at the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel on Thursday, Cityneon Holdings, KinderWorld International Group, Lian Beng Group, LUXASIA, Nanofilm Technologies International and OSIM International were presented with the awards for their organisational success and contribution to their industries and the economy.

The Singapore’s Best Managed Companies awards programme was launched in December 2019 and evaluates top privately-owned Singapore companies with annual revenues of US$25 million, building on 25 years of observed practice from Deloitte’s global awards programme that has been rolled out in 37 countries.

While some of the companies recognised are publicly listed, they were eligible for the programme as Deloitte assessed their majority shareholding to still be privately held, either directly or indirectly.

The programmes use a proven evaluation process to assess the businesses’ quality of management in areas including strategy, capabilities and innovation, culture and commitment, as well as governance and financials.

Eligible firms’ business strategy and operations are analysed and benchmarked against an evaluation framework applied to the 1,000-strong community of best managed private companies across the world.

“After an incredibly challenging year for many businesses, it is more important than ever to support and recognise the great leadership and tenacity that Singapore-based companies are applying,” said Cheung Pui Yuen, chief executive officer of Deloitte Singapore.

“The winning companies have clearly defined organisational purpose and demonstrated tenacity to remain competitive,” he added, noting that these values are central in the Best Managed Companies programme.

Richard Loi, Deloitte private leader for South-east Asia and Singapore, said Deloitte has seen private companies evaluating their business models in areas ranging from customer engagement and delivery methods to talent attraction and their digital journeys.

“The winning companies have shown great resilience in their respective fields, proving that longevity is about sound management even when faced with adversity,” he said.

The companies were judged by a panel of business and academia representatives. This year, the jury members were Victor Mills, chief executive of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce; Daniel Simonovich, professor of strategy at INSEAD; and Ng Jiak See, financial advisory leader at Deloitte Asia Pacific.

Deloitte announces winners of the inaugural Singapore’s Best Managed Companies awards program Video Play Button
Deloitte announces winners of the inaugural Singapore’s Best Managed Companies awards program

Singapore, 1 July 2021 – Six private enterprises were recognised as inaugural winners of Singapore’s Best Managed Companies awards program at a ceremony held today at the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel. Singapore’s Best Managed Companies awards program recognises top privately-owned Singapore companies with annual revenues over USD25 million for their organisational success as well as contribution to their industry and to the economy.

The Singapore awards are derived from Deloitte’s global Best Managed Companies awards programs – a well-regarded international awards program that applies a proven evaluation process to assess the businesses’ quality of management in areas including strategy, capabilities and innovation, culture and commitment, as well as governance and financials. The evaluation of the Singapore awards is based on more than 25 years of observed practice from the global awards program that has been rolled out to 37 countries worldwide.

Cheung Pui Yuen, Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Singapore, said: “After an incredibly challenging year for many businesses, it is more important than ever to support and recognise the great leadership and tenacity that Singapore-based companies are applying. The winning companies have clearly defined organisational purpose and demonstrated tenacity to remain competitive. These values are central in the Best Managed Companies program rewards, and we are pleased to celebrate the winners of our inaugural awards here in Singapore.”

Companies who are eligible for this awards program are shortlisted and undergo a rigorous and independent process that evaluates their management skills and practices. This includes having their business strategy and operations analysed and benchmarked against an evaluation framework that is applied to the 1000-strong community of best managed private companies across the world. Business leaders then use the process to sharpen strategies and derive valuable insights to help them set projections to optimise business growth.

“Despite economically challenging times, we see private companies seizing opportunities to evaluate their business models from customer engagement and delivery methods, to talent attraction and advancing their digital journeys,” said Richard Loi, Southeast Asia and Singapore Deloitte Private Leader. “The winning companies have shown great resilience in their respective fields, proving that longevity is about sound management even when faced with adversity.”

In a turbulent year, the winners attribute their success to being agile and innovative; maintaining a strong balance sheet and focusing on their people.

Ron Tan, Executive Chairman & Group CEO of Cityneon Holdings said, “We are humbled to receive this inaugural award – thank you, Deloitte. This award would not be possible without the dedicated leadership of our Board of Directors, our current and new shareholders’ trust in us, the utmost dedication of our management team, members of Cityneon, and the unwavering support from all our global industry partners, bankers, and many others all these years. We believe that Cityneon’s strong teamwork and resilience sets us apart from other companies in achieving what had been initially unthinkable – especially during the past months in dealing with the global pandemic. Once again, thank you to all who have kept the faith with Cityneon and continue to support us on this journey.”

Ricky Tan, Chairman & CEO of KinderWorld International Group said, “Winning the Best Managed Companies award is a testament to our business model, operational excellence, staff development and commitment towards sustainability. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic being a challenge for businesses globally, we remain confident of our journey ahead and look forward to identify more business opportunities in the near future.”

Ong Pang Aik, Chairman & Managing Director of Lian Beng Group Ltd said, “We are proud to be an inaugural winner of Singapore’s Best Managed Companies award. The award affirms the success of our diversified business model and consolidates our position as a leading construction group in Singapore. We will continue to build on our capabilities to deliver the best services and create sustainable value for our stakeholders.”

Dr Wolfgang Baier, Group CEO of LUXASIA said, “This award is a compelling endorsement of our transformation efforts, investments, and results achieved over the last 5 years. This success is due to our open ‘One Team’ culture shared by more than 2000 talents across 15 markets. We were able to merge professional management expertise and deep digital capabilities, with LUXASIA’s core entrepreneurial spirit and luxury excellence spanning over 4000 points-of-sale. This prestigious recognition by Deloitte, especially after its rigorous assessment, is testament to our relentless drive in building the leading beauty omni-distribution platform in Asia Pacific.”

Dr Shi Xu (史旭), Founder and Executive Chairman of Nanofilm Technologies International Limited, said, “We are delighted and honoured to be conferred this prestigious award, which underscores our gold standard in Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance as the leading nanotechnology solutions provider. At Nanofilm, we like to think our management team as our heart, while technology is our brain, working together with all the other vital organs that make up our business to ensure success. This award would not have been possible without the passionate and dedicated team driving Nanofilm. A sincere thanks to the management team and all staff who truly embodies what Nanofilm is today and what it hopes to achieve for the future.”

Charlie Teo, CEO of OSIM International Ltd said, “It is an honour for OSIM and our team to be recognised in Singapore’s Best Managed Companies 2021 winners’ list. Over our 40-year history, our people have always been the critical core that enables us to pursue our vision – allowing us to remain a leader in the health and wellness industry. While the past year has caused widespread disruptions to businesses and individuals, we have retained our core philosophy of ‘challenging your spirit to do your best’. Collectively, we have worked tirelessly to rise above these challenges, and pulled together to consistently innovate and transform our operations and approaches. Ultimately, remaining steadfast in our commitment to the brand’s vision of empowering healthier lives and transforming wellness mindsets for the better across the world.”

An independent judging panel comprising business and academia representatives determined the winners based on the leading practices of Best Managed Companies. This year’s jury members are Mr Victor Mills, Chief Executive, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce; Professor Daniel Simonovich, Professor of Strategy, INSEAD; and Ms Ng Jiak See, Financial Advisory Leader, Deloitte Asia Pacific.

Most ‘technically advanced’ exhibition starring Jurassic World dinosaurs roars into town Video Play Button
Most ‘technically advanced’ exhibition starring Jurassic World dinosaurs roars into town

The exhibit, now open in The Colony, features multiple lifelike dinosaurs.

If you’ve ever seen any of the Jurassic Park movies, then you know it’s probably not a good idea to bring dinosaurs back to life.

But they have.

Jurassic World: The Exhibition is now open at The Grandscape in The Colony.

The exhibit allows guests to walk through settings from the Jurassic World movies. Animatronic dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes, including the T-Rex, are around every corner.

“They have been known to get hungry sometimes,” joked Michael Silver, president of global business development for Universal Parks & Resorts.

There are all sorts of creatures to chew you up and spit you out, and their DNA was engineered by the same people who brought the dinosaurs at Universal’s theme parks to life.

Michael Mattox is the chief operations officer and chief technical officer for Victory Hill Exhibitions, and his team spent a year and a half bringing these dinosaurs to life so they could tear you apart.

Actually, the show is quite family and kid-friendly and although the dinosaurs aren’t real, they sure do look like it.

“There’s no exhibition out there that’s as technically advanced as this one is,” Mattox said.

The exhibition has been all over the world, but it hasn’t been in North America in nearly four years.

This marks the dinosaurs’ return to our continent, and Texas is the first place they decided to let them loose.

“As they say, everything’s bigger in Texas,” Mattox said.

It doesn’t get much bigger than an Indominus Rex snatching a side of beef out of the air, which is something you’ll see in the exhibit.

They say it’s the closest you’ll ever come to living dinosaurs, but don’t be so sure of that.

If there’s anything we know about dinosaurs or nature, it’s that life finds a way.

For more information on Jurassic World: The Exhibition, click here.

Dinosaurs Come To Life At Jurassic World: The Exhibition
Dinosaurs Come To Life At Jurassic World: The Exhibition

“Jurassic World: The Exhibition” opened to welcome eager fans June 18 at Grandscape in The Colony. Tickets are selling fast for this dazzling display of dinosaurs, presented by Round Room Live and Cityneon. For ticket information, visit JurassicWorldExhibition.com.

The exciting, interactive exhibition is produced in conjunction with Universal Parks & Resorts. Visitors of all ages are immersed into 20,000 square feet of settings inspired by the groundbreaking film franchise, Jurassic World from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment.

“We are delighted to launch in Dallas, and to bring this Exhibition to cities across the U.S. and Canada,” said Stephen Shaw, Founder and Co-President of Round Room Live. “Families will be amazed and beyond entertained by this incredible experience.”

Jurassic World: The Exhibition

The exhibition allows visitors to walk through the world-famous “Jurassic World” gates. There they can encounter life-sized dinosaurs and explore richly themed environments. Guests may take up-close looks at a Velociraptor, stand under a towering Brachiosaurus, and (if you’re brave enough) encounter the fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex.

If you’ve ever imagined what it was like to walk among those breathtaking creatures, this exhibition is for you! Younger guests will enjoy interacting with new baby dinosaurs like “Bumpy” from the Netflix series, Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, from Universal, DreamWorks Animation and Amblin Universal.

Universal Resorts

Universal Resorts President of Global Business Development Michael Silver said, “What excites us about JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION is the opportunity to give fans a real-world, immersive experience based on the amazing adventures of the films and delivered to a location near them. Visitors will come face-to-face with life-sized dinosaurs and walk through richly themed environments, all inspired by the blockbuster franchise.”

The Jurassic World franchise has been entertaining generations of fans around the world for 25 years, – from films and TV series to video games and toys. Live action experiences and rides at Universal theme parks, like Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure, where the Jurassic World VelociCoaster just opened, are also part of the Jurassic World universe.

Jurassic World Alive Players

Fans at the Exhibition have an exclusive opportunity while playing Jurassic World Alive, the location-based AR mobile game. Players visiting the North Texas exhibition who open the game on their devices can locate an exclusive JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION incubator. These capsules contain valuable resources as an in-game reward. Players with AR-enabled devices can then snap a picture or take a video of a dinosaur using the game’s AR feature and post to their social media channels using the #JurassicWorldAlive hashtag.

Cityneon’s Executive Chairman and Group CEO, Ron Tan said, “Combining state of the art technology and proprietary animatronics, JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION had impressed global audiences from the US, Australia, France, Spain, Korea, China and more. We are confident that JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION will continue to exhilarate and entertain families throughout North America.”

All Exhibition activities will be in accordance with CDC guidelines. Visit the CDC website at cdc.gov/covid19 for the latest guidelines. Tickets start at $29.50 for adults (16 years +) and $19.50 for youth (3- 15 years). Children two-years-old and younger are free with accompanying parent. VIP packages are available, as well as special pricing for Senior citizens and military. Group sales packages are available for groups greater than 10. For more information, visit JurassicWorldExhibition.com.

Temasek’s SeaTown seeks global opportunities for $1b private capital fund
Temasek’s SeaTown seeks global opportunities for $1b private capital fund

Temasek Holdings-backed investment firm SeaTown Holdings has set up a $1-billion private capital fund to invest in growth-stage opportunities globally, a senior executive told DealStreetAsia. The Singapore state investor is the sole LP in the fund.

According to Eddie Ong, SeaTown’s deputy chief investment officer and managing director for private investments, SeaTown Private Capital Fund began deploying in January this year and has made five investments to date, comprising one-quarter of its corpus.

Its Southeast Asian investments are GoTo, the Indonesian combo of unicorns Gojek and Tokopedia; and Cityneon Holdings, a Singapore experience entertainment firm which raised S$235 million ($177 million) in April. Pavilion Capital, EDBI, Qatar’s Doha Venture Capital, and financial institutions and family offices in Singapore and China also invested in Cityneon.

SeaTown’s other investments are a coffee chain with operations in Europe and the US, a European footwear firm, and a US software solutions firm catering to warehousing and storage businesses.

Ong says SeaTown is sector-agnostic in its investments, and typically writing cheques of $30-100 million each in growth-stage, pre-IPO companies. The firm also opportunistically looks at buyouts and buy-and-build platforms. It is open to taking minority stakes or participating within majority positions in a consortium with co-investors.

“We do see a number of interesting opportunities based on our pipeline, such as traditional businesses which may need to be spun out because they operate under a larger conglomerate and may not be optimally run,” Ong tells DealStreetAsia in an interview.

“Closer to home, we see Singapore companies venturing overseas introducing new concepts and ideas that are taking advantage of COVID-driven themes like domestic-driven tourism,” he adds.

Seeking external LPs
SeaTown is a subsidiary of Seviora Holdings, a newly-formed entity combining Temasek’s four existing asset management companies, Azalea Investment Management, Fullerton Fund Management Company, InnoVen Capital, and SeaTown Holdings International.

Seviora Holdings was overseeing S$75 billion ($55 billion) worth of assets under management (AUM) when the announcement regarding its establishment was made in October last year.

Separately, SeaTown also runs a $1 billion private credit fund which launched in December 2019. This fund has a 4+2-year fund life and dedicates about 70-80% of its portfolio to Asia Pacific opportunities.

According to Ong, roughly half of the fund has already been deployed to date. Similar to its private capital fund, it is also sector agnostic, and considers aspects like Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) factors under an inhouse ESG framework.

While both funds are still fully invested by Temasek at both the GP and LP levels, Ong shared that SeaTown may eventually evolve into a model where it has external limited partners (LPs) in its fund structure.

Seatown is already in the midst of seeking external LP financing for its private credit fund, with plans to raise “a few hundred million” before closing it in September this year. “The direction will be that we will raise third-party money, which we hope will be substantial over time. This will naturally mean that Temasek’s LP contribution as a percentage of the overall fund will naturally be slightly smaller,” says Ong.

This is similar to what Temasek-backed Vertex Ventures did in 2019 for its $730 million second Vertex Master Fund (VMF), where it raised capital from external LPs for the first time since its inception in 1988. The LPs which joined VMF Fund 2 were Japanese corporates Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp, Marubeni, Abeam Consulting, and the Development Bank of Japan. At the time, Temasek remained the anchor investor for VMF Fund 2, contributing about three-quarters of the total corpus.

Ong acknowledges that competition for private equity deals has risen in recent years, but emphasised that SeaTown’s longstanding ties with Temasek’s global network mean it has an extra edge when it comes to deal sourcing and underwriting deals.

“We have a very strong relationship and sourcing infrastructure through Temasek, which has local investment professionals globally from Latin America to China. This helps us tap into their network and better understand local market conditions. In that way, it helps us in our underwriting of credit transactions as well. It’s also a huge plus for us in deal sourcing,” Ong says.

According to SeaTown’s official website, the asset manager runs five funds across open-end and closed-end strategies, comprising about $6 billion in overall AUM.

Article Credit: DealStreetAsia

TEA Digital Presents – The Hunger Games: The Exhibition A Behind The Scenes Look
TEA Digital Presents – The Hunger Games: The Exhibition A Behind The Scenes Look

On April 28, 2021, the TEA Western Division’s Education Committee presented a behind-the-scenes look at The Hunger Games: The Exhibition, which is currently open at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Michael Genova, the Director of the Entertainment, Engineering, and Design program at UNLV moderated the discussion, which featured several members of the creative and production team at Victory Hill Exhibitions, who executed this latest incarnation of the exhibit. These included Kate McConnell (Executive Creative Director), Nicole Abram (Director of Production), and Michael Mattox (Chief Operations Officer). The session consisted of a walk-through of the exhibit with the Victory Hill Exhibitions team, followed by a short Q&A.

VIEW IT HERE ON TEA’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL

The Hunger Games: The Exhibition began its life as a touring exhibition, premiering at the Discovery Times Square in 2015. It was originally designed by the Thinkwell Group, in concert with Lions Gate, the film studio behind the hit film franchise. The touring exhibition was aimed at museums, which meant including a lot of supplemental educational content, in addition to behind-the-scenes information about the movies. With the release of the prequel novel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins and the upcoming release of a movie based on the book, Lions Gate wanted to revisit the exhibit as a way of keeping the property fresh with audiences. Victory Hill Exhibitions was tasked with utilizing the existing assets and adding new elements that would appeal to a Las Vegas audience. When the original exhibit was designed, the last two movies in the series had not yet been released, so there were ample sources of inspiration when it came to the refresh, especially from the District 13 portions of the film.

Key among these new elements is the new Beetee’s Archery Training attraction, which features the world’s largest interactive touchscreen – so big that it’s actually certified by the Guinness Book of World Records. The screen is 56.24 meters long, and is illuminated by four 4K projectors. The screen uses IR sensors to let guests fire actual projectiles toward the screen in an action-packed simulation of what training was like in District 13, home of the rebellion against the Capitol. Michael Mattox described the extensive R&D process Victory Hill employees took to figure out exact materials, animation, and sensitivities needed to create a satisfying experience for guests. Another new element for the MGM Grand installation is Capitol TV Trivia, an interactive media exhibit where guests answer Caesar’s yes or no to trivia questions by standing on designated areas on the floor. The game then figures out what percentage of people chose to each answer to determine if the group (up to 14 people at a time) chose correctly.

A major element of the exhibit is that original costumes from the films are on display and available for viewing up close – which is especially important given the amount of detailed work and craftsmanship that have gone into each piece. Created by designers Kurt & Bart, many of the costumes feature exquisite embroidery and ornate finishes. One of the pieces that had to be created from scratch for the exhibit was the wings on Katniss’s Mockingjay outfit – in the film, they were computer generated! However, since it’s such an iconic image, the wings were recreated out real feathers in order to look as much like the visual effects in the film as possible.

One of Michael Genova’s favorite parts of the exhibit was visiting President Snow’s office in his mansion – a truly impressive set. However, this office in the film was portrayed by a real French chateau, and Lions Gate did not have the rights to recreate the architecture of the the chateau itself! The exhibit designers had to design an entirely new set that retained the feel of the original without being the original. In addition, they 3D printed President Snow’s eagle sculpture because the original prop had been sold at auction and was not available.

Victory Hill Exhibitions also detailed the numerous safety measures that have had to be implemented because of COVID-19, including acrylic dividers, hand sanitizer stations, mandatory mask requirements, and lowered capacity. Beyond the on-site safety requirements, there were additional challenges when it came to managing remote design and installation processes. Victory Hill showed off some of their technological solutions to remote production, including a virtual control room from which they could interact directly with on-site staff. This solution was utilized during the production process for The Hunger Games: The Exhibition and has proven useful for other productions as well.

Finally, Michael Genova opened up the conversation to the audience, who were very curious about what was not included in the exhibit. The Victory Hill team had a number of items on their wish list for the current incarnation that did not make it, including life-size “Peacekeeper” vehicles, and other larger props from the films – the space at the MGM Grand was quite limited. They also said that they would be interested in incorporating new storylines and environments from the upcoming prequel film, as more materials become available.

After an information-packed hour, Michael Genova wrapped up this fascinating behind-the-scenes look at The Hunger Games: The Exhibition and thanked all of the incredibly forthcoming Victory Hill Exhibitions team members for their time and insight into this truly immersive attraction.

Cityneon’s exhibit “Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru” to premiere at Boca Raton Museum of Art
Cityneon’s exhibit “Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru” to premiere at Boca Raton Museum of Art

This fall, South Floridians and tourists from across the globe will discover a culture that thrived in a mythical world thousands of years ago. World Heritage Exhibitions has announced the world premiere of Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru, opening on October 16, 2021. The first stop of a worldwide tour will take place at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Cityneon presents the exhibition with support from the Government of Peru, the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, and in partnership with Inkaterra Asociacion. The artifacts in the exhibition are on loan from Museo Larco in Lima, Peru, and Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón in Aguas Calientes, Peru.

The world-premiere announcement provided authentic Andean entertainment throughout the Boca Raton Museum of Art featuring Miami-based Peruvian artists, including Peruvian music by Kuyayky, artwork by Roberto Carlos Olivia Hernandez, and ceramics by Polo Ramirez. Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer and Visit Florida Regional Partnership Manager Lindsey Norris were on-site to welcome representatives of the exhibition and partner institutions. In addition, a welcoming video statement from Florida Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee was presented. PromPeru, the Peruvian tourism bureau, supported the announcement event.

“It is an honor to be the home of the world premiere of Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru and a privilege to work with such esteemed partners to bring this exhibition to our community,” expressed Irvin Lippman, Executive Director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art. “Today is a landmark day for our institution and marks our continued success in presenting compelling exhibitions that celebrate the visual history of world civilizations. We look forward to introducing the wonders of Machu Picchu and the power and beauty of the Inca civilization in what promises to be a most memorable exhibition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.”

Featuring the largest Andean gold collection ever to travel the world, this new museum experience highlights a selection of 192 artifacts from royal tombs, including objects that belonged to noble Andean lords, many never-before-seen out of Peru. One of the exhibition’s highlights is a fully intact gold attire of a Chimú Emperor that dates to 1300 AD.

“It’s enthralling for Cityneon to have the opportunity to present to new audiences these remarkable pieces of rare Andean artifacts. Cityneon’s strong track record of staging immersive experiences globally with record-breaking visitor numbers reflects our strength in delivering high-quality experiences to visitors from around the world. Through this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to come face-to-face with history in a way that has never been done before,” said Executive Chairman & Group Chief Executive Officer of Cityneon, Ron Tan. “Guests are going to be thrilled to encounter the ancient cultures who lived in this city 7,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains.”

Rivaled only by Ancient Egypt in longevity and by the Roman Empire in engineering, Andean societies dominated a substantial segment of South America for over 3,000 years straight through the reign of the Incan Empire. Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru will showcase Peruvian culture’s rich histories and traditions to the public like never before.

“South Florida, known as the ‘Gateway to Latin America,’ is the ideal location to host this world premiere, and having the opportunity to present this exhibition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art is truly a pleasure,” described President and Chairman of World Heritage Exhibitions, Anthony Tann. “This exhibition is exciting and engaging, and thus, we expect Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru to be the largest cultural attraction throughout the region this fall.”

During their visit to the exhibition, guests are taken to the mysterious city in the sky, built and abandoned within a century. They will continue on a journey through the vast expanse of Andean history, traveling alongside the mythical hero Ai Apaec, and discovering the mysteries of Andean cosmology.

“Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru showcases the extraordinary and rich history of ancient Peru. It brings to life the various cultures that have lived in the land of the Incas and Machu Picchu over an astounding 3,000 years,” stated President of Museo Larco, Andres Alvarez-Calderon.

Due to the current global pandemic, the need for social distancing, and other measures to prevent the coronavirus spread, the number of visitors allowed to visit Machu Picchu yearly has dipped to 250,000. This exhibition expands the ability to experience Machu Picchu to the world. Here, the first-ever virtual reality experience of Machu Picchu will be unveiled, allowing guests a window into the unrivaled beauty and flourishing landscape.

“Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru will allow the stories and riches of Andean civilizations to travel the world,” said Inkaterra Asociacion founder, Joe Koechlin. “We could not be more delighted about sharing our history and culture with the people of South Florida and beyond.”

Beginning on October 16, 2021, at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru will start its limited run in South Florida before leaving the U.S. and embarking on a multi-country, worldwide tour. The state-of-the-art exhibition will encompass the entire museum, including all galleries on both floors. Exhibition ticket prices start at $19.95. Tickets will go on sale later this summer. Today, an online registration process to pre-register for tickets has opened. Those who pre-register will have early access to tickets when they go on sale to the public.

Boca Raton strikes gold with exhibit ‘Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru’
Boca Raton strikes gold with exhibit ‘Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru’

“Machu Pichu and the Golden Empires of Peru” is a rare exhibition kicking off its world tour here in South Florida on Oct. 16 at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

The exhibition was announced Tuesday at the museum amid a festive atmosphere with Peruvian musicians, cuisine and visual artists along with officials including Florida Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee and Peruvian Consul in Miami Martha Lizarraga Picciotti.

It is the most amazing Andean gold collection that has ever traveled the world, according to the organizers. The exhibit includes a selection of 192 artifacts from royal tombs, including objects that belonged to noble Andean lords, never before seen out of Peru. One of the exhibition’s highlights is a fully intact gold attire that belonged to an emperor of the pre-Inca Chimu civilization that dates to 1300 AD.

The exhibition will span the entire museum, including the galleries on both floors, for five months until March 6, 2022.

Visitors will be able to sign up for a wait list to buy tickets starting Tuesday, May 18. Official ticket sales will begin at the end of July, say organizers.

“Machu Picchu is a monument to the Inca civilization and today it is a World Heritage Site. Since its discovery on July 25, 1911, by Hiram Bingham, these ancient ruins have remained one of the world’s top tourist attractions. To climb the steep steps to its peak is a memorable journey. We are proud to bring this sense of wonder and excitement of this major discovery to Boca Raton,“ Irvin Lippman, executive director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, told the Sun Sentinel.

Due to the current global pandemic, the need for social distancing, and other measures to prevent the coronavirus spread, the number of visitors allowed to visit Machu Picchu yearly has dipped to 250,000.

“This [exhibition] will allow Machu Picchu to be enjoyed by many people who want to go and who cannot go,” said Jose Koechlin, CEO of Inkaterra.

To give visitors peace of mind amid the pandemic, the exhibition will occupy all floors of the museum. “The importance of this exhibition and our desire to provide the opportunity for visitors to see the 192 objects that are part of it, requires that we use the entire museum,” Lippman said. “In addition, we want to avoid crowds and make visitors feel very comfortable by having plenty of space between them.”

“Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires” of Peru will show the rich history and traditions of Peruvian culture as it has never been done before, said the museum’s director.

Guided by Ai Apaec, a mythical Andean hero, visitors will explore one of the most important archaeological ruins in the Cusco region, known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Machu Picchu was a fortress and a shrine of the Incas, and includes agricultural terraces, stone houses and several ceremonial temples made with immense stones.

The Inca sanctuary of Machu Picchu has also been recognized as Best Cultural Destination by the World Travels Awards and is considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world. The precision with which the Incas arranged the stones without using any type of cement or mortar, and the fact that the entire structure is on top of a mountain, makes the citadel a masterpiece of engineering and architecture.

This exhibition will try to transport visitors on an immersive journey to enjoy this ancient city located 2,130 meters above sea level in the Andes Mountains.

“An immersive experience has been created by the exhibition designers that will transport the visitor into the Andes. A special virtual tour of Machu Picchu has been developed to offer visitors an opportunity to feel as though they are on a personal exploration of this ‘wonder of the world,’ “ Lippman added.

Anthony Tann, president and chairman of World Heritage Exhibitions, said the immersive experience is 12 minutes. “You will be like in a virtual reality theater where you have virtual reality headsets on, you are in a chair that moves so it moves with the body and it feels like you’re moving through Machu Picchu. It takes you through an entire journey to really see what see what Machu is like… it’s a 100 percent realistic rendering of Machu Picchu as if you and I are looking at each other right now. It’s not the normal VR you are used to. It’s a whole new generation of virtual reality,” Tann said.

Cityneon is presenting the exhibition with support from the government of Peru, the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, and in partnership with Inkaterra Asociacion. The artifacts are on loan from Museo Larco in Lima, Peru, and Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón.

Exhibition ticket prices start at $19.95. To sign up for the waiting list to buy tickets, visit bocamuseum.org/golden

More information about the exhibition at bocamuseum.org.

New exhibit showcases Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru Video Play Button
New exhibit showcases Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru

BOCA RATON, Fla. (CBS12) — ‘Machu Picchu and the Golden Empire of Peru,’ An international art exhibition, will make its world premiere at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

Peruvian music and native delicacies will help set the stage for the viewing of hundreds of priceless artifacts and textiles, that have never been seen outside of Peru. The exhibit will also bring visitors face-to-face with one of the most impressive collections of gold to ever tour the world.

On Tuesday, CBS12 News got a taste of the once-in-a-lifetime interactive experience all South Floridians will get this fall when they uncover the secrets of ‘Machu Picchu and the Golden Empire of Peru.’

“For me, never having been to Machu Picchu, I think the element of the virtual realities, to be able to smell the smells, to feel like I’m there, I think will be amazing and something completely new in this format.” Boca Raton Museum of Art Board of Trustees Chair Jody H. Grass told CBS12 News.

The exhibition will transport visitors thousand of years in the past to the cradle of civilization of South American – the Incan City of Machu Picchu.

“You will gain a window into a transformational journey of life, death, and rebirth.”

The society dominated the region for more than 3,000 years and built one of the seven wonders of the world.

“When you understand this process, when you understand the way they thought, their beliefs, you finally give real meaning to such a wonderful place. Believe me, all the people to visit this exhibition, will really have the privilege to see Machu Picchu with completely different eyes.”

“It’s a fantastic component to our art scene, our cultural scene here in the city,” said City Councilman Andy Thomson.

South Florida is home to one of the largest Peruvian communities in the U.S. and this stunning exhibition will also bring people back to the museum and Downtown Boca Raton.

“Tourism is a huge industry for our city and a huge economic driver,” said Mayor Scott Singer. “We are excited to see this in our Downtown and in our beautiful Museum of Art.”

“We are hoping to stimulate the economy, not only in Boca Raton, but in Palm Beach County, and also the entire state of Florida,” Grass said.

The exhibition opens in October at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

Top Florida Officials Enjoy an Andean Celebration as Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru Makes its World Premiere Announcement at the Boca Raton Museum of Art Video Play Button
Top Florida Officials Enjoy an Andean Celebration as Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru Makes its World Premiere Announcement at the Boca Raton Museum of Art

The Captivating Museum Experience Featuring 192 Artifacts, Including the Most-Impressive Collection of Andean Gold Ever to Travel the World, is Coming to Boca Raton in October!

BOCA RATON, Fla. (May 18, 2021) — This fall, South Floridians and tourists from across the globe will discover a culture that thrived in a mythical world thousands of years ago. World Heritage Exhibitions announced today the world premiere of Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru, opening on October 16, 2021. The first stop of a worldwide tour will take place at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Cityneon presents the exhibition with support from the Government of Peru, the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, and in partnership with Inkaterra Asociacion. The artifacts in the exhibition are on loan from Museo Larco in Lima, Peru, and Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón in Aguas Calientes, Peru.

Today’s world-premiere announcement provided authentic Andean entertainment throughout the Boca Raton Museum of Art featuring Miami-based Peruvian artists, including Peruvian music by Kuyayky, artwork by Roberto Carlos Olivia Hernandez, and ceramics by Polo Ramirez. Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer and Visit Florida Regional Partnership Manager Lindsey Norris were on-site today to welcome representatives of the exhibition and partner institutions. In addition, a welcoming video statement from Florida Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee was presented. PromPeru, the Peruvian tourism bureau, supported today’s event.

“It is an honor to be the home of the world premiere of Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru and a privilege to work with such esteemed partners to bring this exhibition to our community,” expressed Irvin Lippman, Executive Director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

“Today is a landmark day for our institution and marks our continued success in presenting compelling exhibitions that celebrate the visual history of world civilizations. We look forward to introducing the wonders of Machu Picchu and the power and beauty of the Inca civilization in what promises to be a most memorable exhibition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.”

Featuring the most impressive Andean gold collection ever to travel the world, this enchanting museum experience highlights a stunning selection of 192 artifacts from royal tombs, including spectacular objects that belonged to noble Andean lords, many never-before-seen out of Peru. One of the exhibition’s highlights is a fully intact gold attire of a Chimú Emperor that dates to 1300 AD.

“It’s enthralling for Cityneon to have the opportunity to present to new audiences these remarkable pieces of rare Andean artifacts. Cityneon’s strong track record of staging immersive experiences globally with record-breaking visitor numbers reflects our strength in delivering high-quality experiences to visitors from around the world. Through this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to come face-to-face with history in a way that has never been done before,” said Executive Chairman & Group Chief Executive Officer of Cityneon, Ron Tan. “Guests are going to be thrilled to encounter the ancient cultures who lived in this city 7,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains.”

Rivaled only by Ancient Egypt in longevity and by the Roman Empire in engineering, Andean societies dominated a substantial segment of South America for over 3,000 years straight through the reign of the Incan Empire. Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru will showcase Peruvian culture’s rich histories and traditions to the public like never before.

“South Florida, known as the ‘Gateway to Latin America,’ is the ideal location to host this world premiere, and having the opportunity to present this exhibition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art is truly a pleasure,” described President and Chairman of World Heritage Exhibitions, Anthony Tann. “This exhibition is exciting and engaging, and thus, we expect Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru to be the largest cultural attraction throughout the region this fall.”

During their visit to the exhibition, guests are taken to the mysterious city in the sky, built and abandoned within a century. They will continue on a journey through the vast expanse of Andean history, traveling alongside the mythical hero Ai Apaec, and discovering the mysteries of Andean cosmology.

Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru showcases the extraordinary and rich history of ancient Peru. It brings to life the various cultures that have lived in the land of the Incas and Machu Picchu over an astounding 3,000 years,” stated President of Museo Larco, Andres Alvarez-Calderon.

Due to the current global pandemic, the need for social distancing, and other measures to prevent the coronavirus spread, the number of visitors allowed to visit Machu Picchu yearly has dipped to 250,000. This exhibition expands the ability to experience Machu Picchu to the world. Here, the first-ever virtual reality experience of Machu Picchu will be unveiled, allowing guests a window into the unrivaled beauty and flourishing landscape.

Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru will allow the stories and riches of Andean civilizations to travel the world,” said Inkaterra Asociacion founder, Joe Koechlin. “We could not be more delighted about sharing our history and culture with the people of South Florida and beyond.”

Beginning on October 16, 2021, at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru will start its limited run in South Florida before leaving the U.S. and embarking on a multi-country, worldwide tour. The state-of-the-art exhibition will encompass the entire museum, including all galleries on both floors. Exhibition ticket prices start at $19.95. Tickets will go on sale later this summer. Today, an online registration process to pre-register for tickets has opened. Those who pre-register will have early access to tickets when they go on sale to the public. For the opportunity to register to pre-purchase tickets, visit https://bocamuseum.org.

Staying private vs going public: What are their downsides?
Staying private vs going public: What are their downsides?

Staying private means flexibility for companies to restructure while going public unlocks value for shareholders. But what the downsides of each plan?

Private markets — as the name suggests — provide privacy for companies wishing to grow or restructure away from the prying eyes of investors, without having to provide all the details that corporate governance and regulations require that they disclose.

Still, some private companies restructure in the full glare of the public. Take Cityneon Holdings, the provider of immersive exhibitions, for example. Though privatised in 2018 at $318 million in a buyout by its executive chairman and CEO Ron Tan and Hong Kong businessman Johnson Ko, the company now has a business model which puts it squarely in the public spotlight.

Cityneon is opening a Jurassic World in Dallas to much fanfare. Elsewhere, its exhibition on Avatar — the world’s highest-grossing movie — has opened in Chengdu, China. “We just opened to an amazing crowd on May 1 for the Labour Day holidays,” Tan says.

For Avatar, Cityneon has four immersive exhibitions in China. By the end of this year, that number will rise to six.

And, as evident by crowds at the music festival in Wuhan and elsewhere on May 1, China appears to have the Covid-19 pandemic under control and life is getting back to normal. Hence, Cityneon has reignited its ambitious growth plans.

Growth requires investment and, as a private company, Cityneon appears to have had no problems accessing capital. As far back as May 2019, Cityneon welcomed Citic Capital as a new shareholder with a 10% stake. Other institutional shareholders of the company included EDBI, the Singapore government-linked global investor, and Pavilion Capital, the Singapore-based investment institution which focuses on private equity investments, that made strategic investments in August and October 2019 respectively.

Initially, Cityneon provided immersive exhibitions for top-grossing movies such as The Avengers, Jurassic World, The Hunger Games and Transformers. The intellectual property (IP) rights for Avatar was just signed last year with 20th Century Studios. Tan has two requirements for his movie IPs — that they gross at least US$1 billion ($1.3 billion) in box office takings and that they have sequels or prequels. Avatar’s sequel is scheduled for release in 2022.

Cityneon has since expanded its IPs to historical artefacts. The company plans to stage international exhibitions on the treasures of ancient civilisations. It is starting in the US with Machu Picchu from Peru in Boca Raton, Florida, and Ramses The Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs in Houston, Texas. These two experiences will start welcoming visitors in October and November respectively.

To fund its expansion, Cityneon raised a further $235 million from EDBI, Pavilion Capital, Seatown Holdings and Doha Venture Capital in April. The family offices of GK Goh Holdings and Allan Wang also invested in the company, as did the Singapore-based family office of Ren Yuanlin, the largest shareholder of Yangzijiang Shipbuilding.

What was it that attracted these investors to Cityneon? “EDBI saw in Cityneon a potential global champion with Singapore at the core of its long-term growth strategy and invested in 2019. Our investment in the current round is a testament to Cityneon’s commitment to further develop local creative design and animatronics engineering capabilities while expanding their IP offerings to entrench their global leading position in immersive experiential entertainment,” says Chu Swee Yeok, CEO & president of EDBI.

“We have been actively supporting the team as they built proprietary IPs and established a new creative centre in Singapore, helmed by their chief creative officer, to advance their vision,” Chu adds. She is referring to Welby Altidor, Cityneon’s chief creative officer (CCO) who previously was in a same role at Cirque Du Soleil.

The advantage of going private

According to Cityneon CEO Tan, going private meant a lot more flexibility. “Privatising gives management flexibility. When we were listed, there were so many stakeholders with different interests. After taking it private, management and key shareholders have the flexibility to grow the company. Today, we are way larger and delivered on everything we said we were going to deliver,” Tan explains to The Edge Singapore in a recent interview.

After its latest round of fundraising which was completed in April, Cityneon is likely to have a capital base of $1.1 billion. “We took it private at around $300 million,” Tan recalls. “More importantly, we have a group of shareholders of various interests, including institutional shareholders. Citic has been with me for years, along with EDBI and Mr Ko. Most importantly, Pavilion Capital is increasing its stake together with Seatown.” Seatown is a unit of Singapore state investor Temasek. “We’ve also attracted new funds such as Evolve Capital Management. We have had a good mix of shareholders and we raised more than $200 million and are getting ready for our possible future listing,” adds Tan without giving a timetable.

Cityneon’s investors reckon the IPO could be as soon as early 2022. According to information on the company ahead of its April fundraising, Cityneon reported gross profits of US$48 million in 2020 with China contributing to a majority of the profits. This year, the US is likely to catch up, particularly in the second half with four openings in the US, including original artefacts. The forecast gross profit for 2021 is US$123 million. That would prepare the company for an IPO in 2022.

Cityneon ties up with partners so that its own execution risk is minimised. Its revenue streams are licensing fees and royalties from partners, and a share of ticket and merchandise sales.

Factors affecting private, public status

As a larger company with storied shareholders, the relisted stock of Cityneon would likely be very liquid and attract a larger investor base. Eng-Kwok Seat Moey, group head of capital markets at DBS Bank, says, ”We see four key drivers driving listing interest. Firstly, to tap capital markets to fund future growth opportunities. Secondly, to increase the company’s profile and visibility, enhancing its ability to attract a larger pool of talents. Thirdly, to leverage the listed vehicle status to generate opportunities and stronger negotiating power for strategic objectives such as mergers and acquisitions. And lastly, as an exit strategy by founding individuals to cash in on successful companies that they helped to start up and unlock value for their shareholders.”

Eng-Kwok expects the reopening of the global economy to be a tailwind for equity markets. “With many global economies starting to show signs of recovery from the pandemic and as vaccination programmes help to re-open borders, we believe equities will continue to benefit from the positive economic momentum.”

But why do companies privatise and then relist? “Change is the only constant and there is no one-size-fits-all strategy for businesses, listed or unlisted. Much depends on the prevailing market sentiment and investor appetite,” EngKowk observes. “For instance, macroeconomic factors and geopolitical tensions may result in low trading liquidity and valuations in companies deemed to have greater negative exposure to the headwinds. This could result in such companies opting to delist as the costs of staying listed outweigh the benefits. But when the economic cycle picks up and interest in the sector returns, there could be revived interest to relist to tap capital markets to fuel new growth opportunities,” she elaborates.

Buyouts and relistings

Brian Schmid, global head of product management and applied research at Burgiss, a provider of tools and data for private capital investors, points out that private equity is inclusive of both buyout and venture capital. A buyout is where a public company is taken private to make improvements and then relaunched or relisted as a public company.

Examples of buyouts on the Singapore bourse include Aztech Global and Econ Healthcare which were privatised and then successfully relisted. Aztech relisted on March 12, four years after the company was privatised. There is one big difference between the two companies. Aztech was privatised at $21.42 million and its market cap at IPO was $990.4 million.

Meanwhile, Econ Healthcare, which was previously listed on Catalist, was privatised in 2012 after it had changed its name to China Healthcare. The owners, which included its executive chairman Ong Chu Poh, paid minority shareholders 28 cents per share, valuing the company at $80 million. Unlike Aztech though, Econ Healthcare’s market capitalisation at IPO with 257 million shares in issue is just $72 million.

Elsewhere, Soilbuild Group was privatised in 2010 for $418 million. Since then, parts were listed in the form of Soilbuild Construction and Soilbuild Business Space REIT (SB REIT). The latter raised $457 million in an IPO in 2014. Most recently SB REIT was jointly acquired in a buyout by the family of Lim Chap Huat and Blackstone Group.

Luxury massage chair maker Osim was also privatised through a buyout in 2016 and attempted to relist in Hong Kong, albeit unsuccessfully. Tat Hong Holdings privatised in 2018 and listed its Chinese business — Tat Hong Equipment Services — in Hong Kong in January.

Most recently, it appears that Gultech, which was privatised in 2013, could make a reappearance in one of the Chinese bourses. On May 3, Tuan Sing Holdings announced it had sold a 13% stake in indirectly-held associate Gultech (Jiangsu) Electronics for RMB435 million ($89.5 million). The buyers are two China-based asset managers: Yonghua Capital and Wens Capital. Their respective parent entities are the Yongjin Group and Wens Foodstuffs Group.

On top of this transaction, Tuan Sing is weighing a potential IPO of Gultech in China. This entity is held by Tuan Sing via a 44.5%-owned associate. At the transacted price, Gultech, which makes printed circuit boards, is valued at RMB3.35 billion. “The transaction is in line with our plans to strengthen the balance sheet and sharpen our focus on our core property business in the region,” says Tuan Sing CEO William Liem.

“Beyond our common ownership in Gultech, we will continue to explore opportunities for potential collaborations to broaden and deepen our presence in China as we leverage on the funds’ extensive institutional knowledge and local network in China.”

Aiming high

According to wire services such as Bloomberg and Reuters, ARA Asset Management, which privatised in 2016 with a buyout offer from Warburg Pincus and AVIC Trust, is looking to relist. Warburg Pincus holds a 48.7% stake in ARA and analysts expect to see the timetable for an IPO next year when Warburg Pincus holding period hits the five-year mark. Private equity holders usually attempt an exit at the five-year mark.

Last May during the depths of the Covid crisis, AVIC Trust sold its stake, and the other shareholders of ARA such as Straits Trading, Warburg Pincus, CK Asset Holdings and founder John Lim had to step in to acquire that stake.

“The liquidity burden that being private puts on the asset owner can be pretty tricky. The asset owner can be in a position where all of a sudden they are asked to come up with a lot of capital quickly, especially in the market downturn, this can happen,” observes Peter Shepherd, head of fixed income multi-asset class and private asset research at MSCI, during a recent discussion on private equity.

“When there is a market downturn, the general partner (GP) sees market opportunities. In the middle of a crisis when liquidity is sort of at a premium, a whole lot of capital is usually required. And the asset owner has to come up with that liquidity over a very short horizon. That kind of risk is front and centre for a lot of private capital investors. And that liquidity risk is probably more important than other [risks],” he elaborates.

According to the 1HFY2020 financial results presentation of Straits Trading, it acquired a 1.1% additional stake in ARA for $30.3 million from AVIC Trust. This values ARA at $2.75 billion. DBS Group Research has been more bullish. In a detailed Straits Trading report in February, it had assigned a valuation of $5 billion to ARA based on a 5% enterprise value (EV) to effective AUM valuation of $104 billion. EV is calculated as the market capitalisation plus debt, minority interest and preferred shares, minus total cash and cash equivalents.

For asset management companies, EV to AUM valuations of 1%–2% is often applied. As with each business, the revenue is a function of price and quantity where the price is the fee charged for the services to clients and the quantity of AUM. The value comes from the profit that is generated on the revenues. According to a Deloitte report in November 2020, asset management companies with low profitability should have an AUM multiple on the low end of the range while asset management companies with sustainable higher-than-normal margins typically should result in higher EV to AUM multiples and hence higher valuations.

At its privatisation offer, ARA was valued at $1.8 billion in early 2017, compared to $2.75 billion in May 2020. According to the scheme document, ARA’s valuation at privatisation was at a PE ratio of 20.5 times, EV/ Ebitda of 17.5 times, and its EV was trading at 5% of its AUM. The offer price of $1.78 was also at a hefty premium to ARA’s then NAV of 56 cents.

As at end-June 2020, ARA’s shareholders’ funds amounted to $1.85 billion excluding minority interests, but including $950 million of perpetual securities, similar to its privatisation value in 2017. Of the $950 million perpetuals, the call date for a $300 million tranche is in 2022.

ARA is an asset manager which gets its revenue from fee income from the management of its funds and REITs. On April 30, ARA announced it had entered into a sale and purchase agreement for 50% of Dasin Retail Trust’s manager and 5% of the REIT itself. Since being privatised in 2017, ARA has acquired stakes in Kenedix, a Japan-based asset manager; Cromwell Property Group, an Australian-based asset manager; and Logos, an Australian and Singapore-based asset manager that develops logistics assets in Asia that are held through its funds. Logos is a sponsor of ARA Logos Logistics Trust. In December 2019, ARA and Venn Partners formed a JV to capitalise on real estate credit in Europe.

Valuing REIMs

The valuation of an unlisted real estate investment manager (REIM) is likely to appear very stable but that could be deceptive, observers say.

“Private asset valuations tend to be quite smooth. They are subjective and they get revalued when a GP changes their books. A lot of investors had thought that because valuations look smooth and uncorrelated that they’re low risk. The underlying value is exposed to the same economy like everything else. So if the economy tanks, it does not matter if it’s private equity or public equity, public real estate or private real estate, the assets are exposed to the same economy and a lot of the same systemic factors driving everything,” Shepherd explains.

Although ARA’s earnings are seen to be very stable, they fluctuate with the economy. Its 1HFY2020 ended June 30, 2020 earnings declined to $62.5 million from $147.3 million in 1HFY2019. It is likely, though, that in FY2021, ARA’s earnings are likely to rebound to FY2019 levels of $152.6 million for the full year.

Analysts have said that ARA — when it files for IPO — should be compared to companies such as Lendlease Group, Charter Hall Group and Goodman Group. Based on Bloomberg data, Lendlease, Charter Hall and Goodman are trading at PE ratios of 18 times, 30 times and 20 times; and EV/Ebitda ratios of 12 times, 42 times and 47 times respectively. Analysts have also said that ARA should not be compared to CapitaLand Investment Managers (CLIM) as the latter is likely to hold on to a lot more assets, including incubating a pipeline for its REITs.

In addition, CLIM will wholly own its fund managers, REIT managers, property managers, and significant stakes in its funds and REITs. In short, CLIM is likely to have a lot more skin in the game than ARA.

It is easier to value Cityneon as it is using venture capital. These investors now own significant stakes in the company, taking its valuation to $1.1 billion of equity. In contrast, ARA’s balance sheet comprises mostly perpetual securities followed by retained earnings.
At any rate, the exit strategy for both is likely to be through an IPO although Cityneon’s shareholders appear to be satisfied with keeping it as an unlisted company for the time being.

“Under Ron’s leadership, Cityneon has successfully transformed itself to become a global immersive experiential entertainment company. We are impressed with the capability of the multicultural management team in creating and delivering experiential exhibitions, based on blockbuster movies and artefacts IP, in global cities,” says Goh Yew Lin, managing director of GK Goh.

Meanwhile, Tan is looking for new “verticals”. “We are exploring the e-gaming sector. What you watch in your movies, you translate to live experiences and e-gaming is a major vertical,” he says. Cityneon is also planning a Skyswings experience in Singapore and its shareholders are happy to go along for the ride.

“We look forward to joining existing and new shareholders in supporting Cityneon’s next phase of growth,” Goh says — he would know a thing or two about valuations in the private and public markets.

Article Credit: The Edge Singapore

Deal focus: Cityneon proves the show must go on
Deal focus: Cityneon proves the show must go on

Entertainment businesses focused on physical ticketed events are not normally expected to thrive amid the pandemic, and they’re certainly not expected to raise S$235 million ($177 million) in private equity funding.

Nevertheless, that’s exactly what Singapore’s Cityneon has achieved, attracting Pavilion Capital and its fellow Temasek Holdings affiliate Seatown, as well as EDBI and Qatar’s Doha Venture Capital, another government-connected entity. The plan was to raise S$100 million just to stay afloat, but that quickly proved too conservative for the market.

“Last year was very scary for us, at least in the beginning. When COVID-19 hit us in January to June, our revenue practically went to zero, and we couldn’t do what we do,” says Ron Tan, Cityneon’s executive chairman and CEO. “But the recovery was equally quick. From July onwards, there was so much pent-up demand, especially in China. China contributed about 70-80% of our overall revenue last year, and in fact was the only market that opened.”

Cityneon, which previously received investment from CITIC Capital, specializes in staging elaborate events, displays, and exhibitions that trumpet movie releases and other branded entertainment ventures. In this way, the company is effectively a marketing services provider, but its practical operations go well beyond the graphics and media projects typically associated with the segment.

Cityneon produces massive, immersive promotional exhibitions, using animated lifelike robotic monsters, 3D stereoscopic screens, virtual reality and augmented reality experiences, and elaborately decorated walkthrough sets. These cost up to $12 million to install, and Cityneon has built up a track record spanning 50 cities globally. It has exclusive intellectual property (IP) agreements with brands such as Disney, Marvel, Hasbro, Universal, and Lionsgate.

“Our role is really to translate whatever people are watching on the big screen or on their computer screen into a live experience right in front of them,” Tan says. “We have to make sure it’s engaging and yet on-brand enough to meet the super-fans’ expectations. We have to make sure we deliver that quality. Never cheat the customers.”

Tan expects the rebound in demand for live shows to accelerate outside China as well, citing a recent bounce in Las Vegas, where Cityneon’s numbers already exceed their pre-COVID-19 levels. This can be attributed in part to the mechanics of the events, which feature 30,000 square feet of showgrounds ready to accommodate any local social distancing rules.

“We are really the beneficiary of circumstances right now,” Tan says. “In Vegas, there’s no Cirque du Soleil, no Celine Dion, no live shows. We are one of the very few entertainment options that are allowed to open.”

Plans for the new funding include a continued expansion into museum IP, and there are already two international tours underway focusing on Peru’s ancient civilization of Machu Picchu and Egypt’s Pharaoh Rameses II, respectively. Cityneon also wants to expand into video gaming, especially in China. As with superhero and science fiction franchises, gaming is expected to be a difficult category due to the super-fan factor.

The biggest rollout, however, is likely to involve Avatar. The 2009 blockbuster from 20th Century Studios recently reclaimed its status as the top-grossing film ever after a re-release in China that featured a Cityneon promotional exhibit. Four Avatar sequels are set to be released in the coming years and Cityneon is signed up for all four, with all-global, all-exclusive IP exhibiting rights.

AVATAR: EXPLORE PANDORA Welcomes Guests in Chengdu
AVATAR: EXPLORE PANDORA Welcomes Guests in Chengdu

Chengdu, China —April 30, 2021 — AVATAR: EXPLORE PANDORA a state-of-the-art touring exhibition that is based on the global blockbuster, AVATAR, will make its national premiere in Spring Garden Wonderland, Chengdu, China on May 1, 2021, Cityneon Holdings along with Spring Garden Wonderland announced today.

Cityneon Holdings has worked in close collaboration with Disney Location-Based Experiences as well as James Cameron and Jon Landau’s Lightstorm Entertainment on this exciting venture. In this 2,000m2 entertainment and educational experience, guests of all ages will be able to experience the fascinating wonders of Pandora, the epic film’s distant moon. Through captivating environments and immersive, multi-sensory stations, guests will discover alien flora and fauna, navigate science and technology with the most powerful exploration entity in the galaxy, the Resources Development Administration, and uncover the captivating culture of the indigenous people of Pandora, the Na’vi. As fans anticipate future AVATAR sequels, this engaging experience will reacquaint guests with the science and wonder of Pandora – right here on Earth.

Ms. Lin Ying, Chairman of Spring Garden Wonderland, said: “AVATAR is a milestone in movie history and AVATAR: EXPLORE PANDORA is a new addition to that history. We’re thrilled to debut this immersive experience to the people in Chengdu and Sichuan province.”

Mr. Ron Tan, Executive Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Cityneon Holdings, said: “As a global experience entertainment leader, Cityneon Holdings is excited to have collaborated on presenting AVATAR: EXPLORE PANDORA. We look forward to guests experiencing an immersive and authentic depiction of the wonders of Pandora from James Cameron’s remarkable film AVATAR. ”

Lightstorm Entertainment’s President of Franchise Development, Ms. Kathy Franklin, added: “The opening of AVATAR: EXPLORE PANDORA in Chengdu is just the beginning of our exciting new relationship with Cityneon Holdings for this global touring exhibition. Following the successful re-release of AVATAR in China, we are glad to have this opportunity to continue expanding its reach and impact around the world.”

Featuring captivating settings such as the Hallelujah Mountains and Tree of Souls, as well as life-sized recreations of creatures including the Banshee, Direhorse, and Viperwolf, guests at AVATAR: EXPLORE PANDORA will be able to experience the science and wonder of Pandora firsthand. The dynamic guest experience will allow visitors to:

  • Enter an exhibition curated by the Resources Development Administration where they will leave the 21st century behind and step into the 22nd century world of AVATAR
  • Learn about space travel and the history behind the discovery of Pandora in the Alpha Centauri solar system
  • Explore recreations of Pandora’s most compelling environments, showcasing its unique plants and animals and what they can teach us about our own planet
  • Engage in interactive activities based on the culture, language and music of the Na’vi, the nine-foot-plus-tall humanoids who are the indigenous people of Pandora
  • Experience the jewel-like glow of Pandora’s bioluminescent plants and animals
  • Interact with banshees, learn to operate an AMP suit, and picture themselves as part of the wonders of Pandora

AVATAR: EXPLORE PANDORA expects to welcome guests of all ages to enjoy a captivating and immersive new experience.

  • Exhibition Date:May 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021
  • Operation Time:10:00 -18:00
  • Exhibition Address:Spring Garden Wonderland, No. 1999, Shuyuan Avenue, Pidu District, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Pavilion joins $177m round for Singapore’s Cityneon
Pavilion joins $177m round for Singapore’s Cityneon

Pavilion co-led the round alongside Seatown Holdings International, EDBI, and Ron Tan, Cityneon’s executive chairman and CEO. Both Pavilion and Seatown are part of Temasek Holdings.

They were joined by a group of unspecified financial institutions and family offices from Singapore and China. Qatar’s Doha Venture Capital has taken a 4% stake, according to a statement.

Cityneon’s largest shareholder remains West Knighton, an entity controlled by Tan and Hong Kong entrepreneur Johnson Ko Chun Shun. Other backers include CITIC Capital, which acquired a 10.6% position for an undisclosed sum in 2019, shortly after the company delisted from the Singapore Stock Exchange.

Cityneon specializes in producing immersive promotional exhibitions for film and gaming studios. The company said it has the potential to be the largest operator globally in the entertainment exhibition segment by 2022, with a footprint including more than 50 cities and some 10 million unique visitors.

The installations, which hype brands such as Jurassic World and Transformers, feature robotics and 3D stereoscopic displays among other special effects technology. The company claims to hold the intellectual property (IP) rights for five of the top 10 worldwide box office hits. Clients include Disney, Marvel, Hasbro, Universal, and Lionsgate.

Last year, it signed its fifth IP agreement with 20th Century Studios’ Avatar franchise in preparation for a new movie release next year. The film’s director, James Cameron, said this will be the first of four sequels. Avatar, which originally screened in 2009, became the world’s top-grossing film ever after a re-release in China last month. The re-release featured a multi-sensory promotional exhibition installed by Cityneon in Chengdu.

Recent activity also includes an expansion into the museum exhibit vertical, with two IP rights agreements signed to date. These involve showcases for artefacts from the ancient civilizations of Machu Picchu and Egypt, including virtual walkthroughs of temples. The projects are being delivered as world tours organized in cooperation with museums and the governments of Peru and Egypt.

Doha Venture Capital Participates in Cityneon’s $235 Million Round
Doha Venture Capital Participates in Cityneon’s $235 Million Round

  • Qatar-based Doha Venture Capital has participated in a $235 million funding round for Singapore-based exhibition entertainment experience provider Cityneon.
  • The round, which was led by Cityneon’s existing investors including Singapore’s Pavilion Capital, Ron Tan, Cityneon’s executive chairman and Group CEO, as well as EDBI, also saw backing from Seatown Holdings, along with other financial institutions and family offices in Singapore and China.
  • The company has recently acquired the licensing rights for a global touring exhibition inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar. Cityneon will debut a multi-sensory Avatar exhibition in China in May 2021.
  • Cityneon will use the proceeds for capital expenditure that includes building more of its various intellectual property (IP) exhibition sets.
  • Cityneon plans to launch in more than 50 cities by the end of this year, welcoming 10 million unique visitors across the world by 2022.

Press release

Cityneon Holdings “Cityneon”, the “Company”/collectively with its subsidiaries, the “Group”) raised S$235 million in the most recent round of private funding. The latest round of funding adds seasoned investors to Cityneon’s already strong stable of shareholders.

This funding round was led by Singapore’s Pavilion Capital, Seatown Holdings International, EDBI, and Cityneon’s Executive Chairman & Group CEO, Mr. Ron Tan. EDBI and Pavilion Capital are existing shareholders of Cityneon whilst new investors include Seatown Holdings International, Qatar’s Doha Venture Capital, which will now own approximately 4 per cent of the Group, and other financial institutions and family offices in Singapore and China.

These now join other existing Cityneon shareholders CITIC Capital, veteran entrepreneur and investor Mr. Johnson Ko, and Executive Chairman & Group CEO Mr. Ron Tan to form a new and strong shareholder base for the Group. Mr. Johnson Ko and Mr. Ron Tan remain as the largest shareholders of the company via their combined entity, West Knighton Limited.

The Group is now well positioned for its next growth chapter and will use the proceeds for capital expenditure that includes building more of its various intellectual property (IP) exhibition sets, totaling 24 travelling and four semi-permanent sets under the Studio IP partnerships and three travelling sets under the original artefact IP partnerships by the end of 2022.

Already, the Group just signed its fifth IP rights with Avatar from 20th Century Studios last year. Amidst the anticipation from Avatar fans worldwide, Cityneon will debut a multi-sensory Avatar exhibition in Chengdu, China in May 2021, ahead of the Avatar movie sequel which is slated for release in 2022. Avatar is the world’s top grossing film of all time at over US$2.8 billion, and adding millions more after its successful re-release in China in March 2021. Avatar’s director James Cameron has announced that he will be producing four sequels with 20th Century Studios, with the first sequel slated for release next year. Disney acquired 20th Century Studios for US$71 billion in 2019.

The Company also recently entered the original artefacts IPs space and will stage international exhibitions of the treasures of the ancient civilization Machu Picchu from Peru in Boca Raton, Florida and Pharaoh Ramses II from Egypt in Houston, Texas. These two experiences will start welcoming visitors in October and November 2021, respectively.

Other IP rights that the Group holds include partnerships with Universal Studios for Jurassic World: The Exhibition, Marvel for Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N., Lionsgate for The Hunger Games: The Exhibition and Hasbro for Transformers Autobot Alliance. All in, Cityneon holds the IP rights for five of the top 10 worldwide box office hits and two artefacts IP from Peru and Egypt. The Group expects to have six sets of its various IP rights travelling across China, and five travelling and permanent sets in the United States, with a few more in other parts of the globe.

The Group will also be reopening experiences that were temporarily closed in 2020, aiming to provide visitors with a safe entertainment option. These include the Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. in Toronto, Canada that will be re-opening in May 2021; and the Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibition in Lotte Mall in Seoul, Korea in April 2021; the same exhibition space which previously housed Jurassic World: The Exhibition, another IP experience exhibition by the Group in 2019. In the past month, the Group also witnessed record visitor numbers at their semi-permanent installations in Las Vegas, USA, signaling a strong comeback and demand for their immersive experiences, as they step into the 6th year of operations there.

While there are exciting plans lined up, the Group is not resting on its laurels. More Hollywood IPs and artefact IPs can be expected, and there will be further announcements on new IP verticals in entertainment experiences that the Group is looking to enter.

Mr. Ron Tan, Executive Chairman & Group CEO of Cityneon, said: “It is exciting that the Company is going through such strategic expansion as one of the largest providers of exhibition entertainment experiences globally. The S$235 million funding round sets a solid foundation for us to invest in developing more of our entertainment experiences, to stage even more exhibitions of the five box office hits and two artefact IPs that we hold the rights to all over the world. I’m thankful that our strong investors base, now from Singapore, Hong Kong, China and the Middle East, have trust in our vision, and believe alongside us that this space of big ideas and big experiences will only grow.”

By the end of this year, Cityneon will arguably be the largest provider of exhibition entertainment experiences internationally; with global footprints in more than 50 cities and welcoming 10 million unique visitors across the world by 2022.

With its global reach and international partnerships, Cityneon has the capability to serve its clients anywhere in the world. Cityneon was listed on the Mainboard of the Singapore Stock Exchange since 2005, and was privatized on February 2019 by West Knighton Limited, a company wholly owned by Cityneon’s Executive Chairman and Group CEO, Ron Tan, together with Hong Kong veteran entrepreneur and investor, Johnson Ko Chun Shun. Johnson is a capital markets veteran and has held controlling interests and directorships in many listed companies. In May 2019, Cityneon welcomed CITIC Capital as a new shareholder, who holds approximately 10% shares in Cityneon. CITIC Capital is part of CITIC Group, one of China’s largest conglomerates, and has over US$25b of assets under its management across 100 funds and investment products globally. Other institutional shareholders of the Group include EDBI – a Singapore government-linked global investor, and Pavilion Capital – a Singapore-based investment institution which focuses on private equity investments, that made strategic investments in August and October 2019 respectively, to support the Group’s further expansion globally. For more information, please visit cityneongroup.com.

CITIC Capital-backed entertainment firm Cityneon raises $177m
CITIC Capital-backed entertainment firm Cityneon raises $177m

Cityneon, a Singapore-based entertainment company that focuses on interior design, events, and exhibition experiences, on Wednesday announced raising S$235 million ($177 million) in its latest private fundraising round

In an announcement, the CITIC Capital-backed firm said the funding round was backed by existing investors Pavillion Capital and EDBI, and new investors Seatown Holdings International, Qatar’s Doha Venture Capital, and Cityneon’s executive chairman and group CEO Ron Tan.

The funding comes right after Cityneon acquired multi-year licensing rights for James Cameron’s Avatar touring exhibition and forayed into the original artefacts IPs space.

Cityneon will debut a multi-sensory Avatar exhibition in Chengdu, China in May 2021, ahead of the Avatar movie sequel, which is slated for release in 2022. Avatar is the world’s top-grossing film of all time at over $2.8 billion.

It will stage international exhibitions of the treasures of the ancient civilization Machu Picchu from Peru in Boca Raton, Florida and Pharaoh Ramses II from Egypt in Houston, Texas.

Cityneon said it will use the proceeds of the latest fundraising round for capital expenditure, including the building of more IP exhibition sets, totaling 24 traveling and four semi-permanent sets, among others.

“The S$235 million funding round sets a solid foundation for us to invest in developing more of our entertainment experiences, to stage even more exhibitions of the five box office hits and two artefact IPs that we hold the rights to all over the world,” said group CEO Tan.

By the end of this year, Cityneon said it will become the largest provider of exhibition entertainment experiences internationally with a presence in more than 50 cities and welcoming 10 million unique visitors across the world by 2022.

In May 2019, Cityneon welcomed CITIC Capital as a new shareholder with an approximately 10% stake. CITIC Capital is part of CITIC Group, one of China’s largest conglomerates, and has over $25 billion of assets under its management across 100 funds and investment products globally.

Cityneon raises $235 million to fund growth, ahead of potential IPO
Cityneon raises $235 million to fund growth, ahead of potential IPO

Cityneon raised $235 million in the most recent round of private funding from Pavilion Capital, Seatown Holdings International, EDBI and Ron Tan, Executive Chairman and Group CEO of Cityneon. EDBI and Pavilion Capital are existing shareholders of Cityneon whilst new investors include Seatown Holdings International, Qatar’s Doha Venture Capital, and other financial institutions and family offices in Singapore and China. According to ACRA, these are Newyard (family office of Yangzijiang Shipbuilding’s major shareholders Ren Yuanlin and his family), Saliendra (the investment arm of GK Goh), Evolve Capital, ICH, and Alan Wang.

Seatown and Pavilion Capital together with EDBI to around 12.19%. Doha Venture Capital holds 4%, Citic 8.25% and the major stake is still held by West Knighton, a joint venture between Tan and Johnson Ko, a Hong Kong-based businessman.

Cityneon will use the proceeds for capital expenditure that includes building more of its various intellectual property (IP) exhibition sets, totaling 24 travelling and four semi-permanent sets under the Studio IP partnerships and three travelling sets under the original artefact IP partnerships by the end of 2022.

Already, the Group just signed its fifth IP rights with Avatar from 20th Century Studios last year. Cityneon will debut a multi-sensory Avatar exhibition in Chengdu in May 2021, ahead of the Avatar movie sequel which is slated for release in 2022. Avatar is the world’s top grossing film of all time at over US$2.8 billion, and adding millions more after its successful re-release in China in March 2021. Avatar’s director James Cameron has announced that he will be producing four sequels with 20th Century Studios, with the first sequel slated for release next year. Disney acquired 20th Century Studios for US$71 billion in 2019.

The Company also recently entered the original artefacts IPs space and will stage international exhibitions of the treasures of the ancient civilization Machu Picchu from Peru in Boca Raton, Florida and Pharaoh Ramses II from Egypt in Houston, Texas. These two experiences will start welcoming visitors in October and November 2021, respectively.

Other IP rights that the Group holds include partnerships with Universal Studios for Jurassic World: The Exhibition, Marvel for Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N., Lionsgate for The Hunger Games: The Exhibition and Hasbro for Transformers Autobot Alliance. All in, Cityneon holds the IP rights for five of the top 10 worldwide box office hits and two artefacts IP from Peru and Egypt. The Group expects to have six sets of its various IP rights travelling across China, and five travelling and permanent sets in the United States, with a few more in other parts of the globe.

Cityneon in aggressive growth path following fresh S$235m funding from private investors
Cityneon in aggressive growth path following fresh S$235m funding from private investors

CITYNEON has obtained a S$235 million shot in the arm in its recently closed private fundraising round from existing investors such as Temasek’s Pavilion Capital and EDBI, as well as new investors such as Seatown Holdings (also owned by Temasek), Qatar’s Doha Venture Capital, and other financial institutions and family offices in Singapore and China.

The funds raised will tip the value of the global experience entertainment company, which delisted from the Singapore Exchange (SGX) in February 2019 at a market capitalisation of S$300 million or so, to more than S$1 billion.

“We’re a unicorn,” executive chairman and Group CEO Ron Tan joked, of the company that was founded in 1956. Proceeds will go towards building more intellectual property (IP) exhibition sets, as the group charts an aggressive growth path in 2021, taking advantage of captive domestic audiences by launching more exhibitions, including in nascent markets such as Japan, Brazil and Canada.

Last year was a “scary” and “worrying” year, Mr Tan said, especially in the months when countries were locked down and the group generated zero revenue.

But the recovery was also swift, he noted, with China’s recovery beginning last year leading the region to contribute about 70 per cent of the group’s total revenue in 2020, while visitors in Las Vegas have hit record highs in the past six weeks, as more people got vaccinated and con dence about public health safety improved.

Cityneon is launching its Jurassic World exhibition in Dallas, Texas this June and has seen strong forward bookings, too. Mr Tan expects the US to contribute more than two- fths of its revenue this and next year, given the tremendous activity there.

Currently, under its Hollywood IP partnership vertical, Cityneon’s exhibition sets have gone to more than 50 cities around the world. With ve IPs under its belt (Avengers, Jurassic World, Hunger Games, Transformers and Avatar) and two more by year-end, it is the world’s largest Hollywood IP partner, capturing more than 30 per cent of the market share.

Mr Tan has always emphasised the two criteria that IPs must meet before Cityneon will consider acquiring them: first, box-office takings need to be at least US$1 billion; second, the movie must have a sequel.

Cityneon is also building up its second vertical now, partnering governments to debut exhibitions of rare, original artefacts that focus on ancient civilisations for history buffs. This is its own IP and “needs patience and capital” to grow, he said.

It has a third vertical up its sleeves – immersive exhibitions related to the world of e-gaming, to appeal to the millennial crowd. His dream is that by the end of 2022, the group will have 10 million unique visitors per year – double its present numbers of close to five million visitors.

The group has also grown via acquisitions. In January 2020, it announced its acquisition of Animax Designs, a global firm which produces animatronic characters. This segment is hiring engineers now to enhance the technology behind its entertainment robotics that is so critical to its exhibitions.

Asked about his listing plans, Mr Tan replied that he prefers to focus on the business first and let the rest “take care of itself”. “We have been approached. I mean, it’s tempting because right now we are quite an interesting, sexy company. But we are market-neutral about Singapore, Hong Kong or the US, as long as it is a major stock exchange market. The board will have to come up with a collective decision where we want to go,” he said.

But he also clarified categorically that: “I’m not the kind to leave SGX and seek an arbitrage and go to Hong Kong.”

Some such as Osim International, Time Watch, Luye Pharma and Want Want have made such a geographical switch, while other dual-listed ones such as Alibaba Pictures Group, Fortune Reit and Genting Hong Kong have given up their secondary listing in Singapore to focus on their primary listing in Hong Kong.

Cityneon had delisted at its peak at S$1.30 per share, citing reasons such as the tensions of di􀀁erent expectations from different groups of shareholders. Mr Tan said that since then, management has value added to the business. “I hope that this company will one day be worth S$5 billion to S$7 billion, similar to the size at which Lego’s founding family and Blackstone bought Merlin at (US$7.5 billion).

“Right now, I really want to make this into the world’s largest experience entertainment provider. And in order to do that, we need to have access to capital. In order to become competitive and noticeable on the world stage, we will need to tap into public markets at some point.”

The Edge, in a February article, cited from a term sheet it has seen, that Cityneon’s FY20 revenue was about US$79 million, Ebitda was US$26 million, while net profit was just US$1 million.

However, a big jump is expected for FY21, with forecast revenue surging to US$215 million; Ebitda to US$88 million, and net income to about US$45 million.

The term sheet also said that Cityneon’s pre-financing valuation was S$850 million, translating to S$3.03 per share. It has plans for an initial public offering no later than the second quarter of 2023, at a valuation of at least S$1.32 billion.

Such ambitions are also reflected in its plans to build more travelling and semi-permanent sets, and targets to launch six experiences in China and five in the US by the end of 2021. This year, it also plans to reopen experiences that were temporarily closed in 2020, such as in Toronto, Canada, and Seoul, Korea.

The size of its exhibitions at about 20,000 to 30,000 square feet work in its favour for practising safe distancing as the pandemic persists in some countries. Meanwhile, consumers restless from not being to travel seem to be flocking to these experiences for entertainment. “People are starting to co-exist with Covid-19,” Mr Tan said.

Mr Tan, along with veteran Hong Kong entrepreneur Johnson Ko, remain the largest shareholders of the company after the fundraising exercise. They were the ones that took the company private by their vehicle, West Knighton, in 2019.

Singapore has long been too small a market without the critical mass its exhibitions need to do well, but Mr Tan added that he has plans to bring in “a big IP” next year as a showcase to Singaporeans. “But also to show my mother what I do,” he added.

Cityneon Raises S$235 Million; Well Positioned for Next Growth Chapter
Cityneon Raises S$235 Million; Well Positioned for Next Growth Chapter

  • The global experience entertainment company gets a S$235 million shot in the arm, closes its private fund raising in April 2021.
  • Investors both new and existing include Singapore’s Pavilion Capital, Seatown Holdings International and EDBI, Qatar’s Doha Venture Capital and financial institutions and family offices in Singapore and China.
  • These now join other existing Cityneon shareholders CITIC Capital, veteran entrepreneur and investor Mr. Johnson Ko, and Executive Chairman & Group CEO Mr. Ron Tan.
  • Funding comes just after the Group acquired multi-year licensing rights for James Cameron’s AVATAR touring exhibition, and two original artefacts IP on the ancient civilization Machu Picchu from Peru and Ramses the Great (Ramses II) from Egypt.
  • Investments position the Group well to bring experiences across the globe, targeting to launch six experiences in China and five in the U.S. by the end of 2021, with more in other parts of the world.

Singapore, 21st April 2021 – Cityneon Holdings (“Cityneon”, the “Company”/collectively with its subsidiaries, the “Group”) raised S$235 million in the most recent round of private funding. The latest round of funding adds seasoned investors to Cityneon’s already strong stable of shareholders.

This funding round was led by Singapore’s Pavilion Capital, Seatown Holdings International, EDBI, and Cityneon’s Executive Chairman & Group CEO, Mr. Ron Tan. EDBI and Pavilion Capital are existing shareholders of Cityneon whilst new investors include Seatown Holdings International, Qatar’s Doha Venture Capital, which will now own approximately 4 per cent of the Group, and other financial institutions and family offices in Singapore and China.

These now join other existing Cityneon shareholders CITIC Capital, veteran entrepreneur and investor Mr. Johnson Ko, and Executive Chairman & Group CEO Mr. Ron Tan to form a new and strong shareholder base for the Group. Mr. Johnson Ko and Mr. Ron Tan remain as the largest shareholders of the company via their combined entity, West Knighton Limited.

The Group is now well positioned for its next growth chapter and will use the proceeds for capital expenditure that includes building more of its various intellectual property (IP) exhibition sets, totaling 24 travelling and four semi-permanent sets under the Studio IP partnerships and three travelling sets under the original artefact IP partnerships by the end of 2022.

Already, the Group just signed its fifth IP rights with Avatar from 20th Century Studios last year. Amidst the anticipation from Avatar fans worldwide, Cityneon will debut a multi-sensory Avatar exhibition in Chengdu, China in May 2021, ahead of the Avatar movie sequel which is slated for release in 2022. Avatar is the world’s top grossing film of all time after its successful re-release in China in March 2021. Avatar’s director James Cameron has announced that he will be producing four sequels with 20th Century Studios, with the first sequel slated for release next year.

The Company also recently entered the original artefacts IPs space and will stage international exhibitions of the treasures of the ancient civilization Machu Picchu from Peru in Boca Raton, Florida and Pharaoh Ramses II from Egypt in Houston, Texas. These two experiences will start welcoming visitors in October and November 2021, respectively.

Other IP rights that the Group holds include partnerships with Universal Studios for Jurassic World: The Exhibition, Marvel for Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N., Lionsgate for The Hunger Games: The Exhibition and Hasbro for Transformers Autobot Alliance. All in, Cityneon holds the IP rights for five of the top 10 worldwide box office hits and two artefacts IP from Peru and Egypt. The Group expects to have six sets of its various IP rights travelling across China, and five travelling and permanent sets in the United States, with a few more in other parts of the globe.

The Group will also be reopening experiences that were temporarily closed in 2020, aiming to provide visitors with a safe entertainment option. These include the Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. in Toronto, Canada that will be re-opening in May 2021; and the Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibition in Lotte Mall in Seoul, Korea in April 2021; the same exhibition space which previously housed Jurassic World: The Exhibition, another IP experience exhibition by the Group in 2019. In the past month, the Group also witnessed record visitor numbers at their semi-permanent installations in Las Vegas, USA, signaling a strong comeback and demand for their immersive experiences, as they step into the 6th year of operations there.

While there are exciting plans lined up, the Group is not resting on its laurels. More Hollywood IPs and artefact IPs can be expected, and there will be further announcements on new IP verticals in entertainment experiences that the Group is looking to enter.

Mr. Ron Tan, Executive Chairman & Group CEO of Cityneon, said: “It is exciting that the Company is going through such strategic expansion as one of the largest providers of exhibition entertainment experiences globally. The S$235 million funding round sets a solid foundation for us to invest in developing more of our entertainment experiences, to stage even more exhibitions of the five box office hits and two artefact IPs that we hold the rights to all over the world. I’m thankful that our strong investors base, now from Singapore, Hong Kong, China and the Middle East, have trust in our vision, and believe alongside us that this space of big ideas and big experiences will only grow.”

By the end of this year, Cityneon will arguably be the largest provider of exhibition entertainment experiences internationally; with global footprints in more than 50 cities and welcoming 10 million unique visitors across the world by 2022.

Cityneon – Building Asia with UOB Video Play Button
Cityneon – Building Asia with UOB

Cityneon transformed from a homegrown events company into a global leader in immersive entertainment experiences. In a unique and challenging industry, Executive Chairman & CEO Ron Tan has a line-up of blockbuster portfolio of brands from Marvel to Jurassic World under his IP management and continues to stay competitive with solutions- driven capital approaches with the help of long-standing banking partner UOB.

Jurassic World: The Exhibition Roars To Life Stateside With Announcement Of North American Tour
Jurassic World: The Exhibition Roars To Life Stateside With Announcement Of North American Tour

After five years of wowing audiences in cities around the world, an exhibition based on one of the most popular film franchises of all time is going on tour. Round Room Live and Cityneon, in collaboration with Universal Parks and Resorts, announced Tuesday that this June will mark the launch of Jurassic World: The Exhibition’s first North American tour with a rollout of the immersive experience in Dallas.

The massive, 20,000-square-foot exhibition inspired by the beloved Jurassic franchise first launched in Melbourne, Australia in 2016, and has since drawn more than three million visitors worldwide through stops in cities like Paris, Madrid, Philadelphia, Seoul, and more. Now, beginning with an opening in Dallas’ Grandscape in the Colony this summer, John Hammond’s dream will be heading to a city near you.

So, what can you expect at Jurassic World: The Exhibition? Well, hopefully all of the fun and none of the danger of the real thing. Visitors to the immersive experience will find all-ages fun in the form of “live” dinosaur encounters ranging from the fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex to baby dinosaurs like “Bumpy” from the hit Netflix series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous. You can tour the dino hatching lab, see a life-sized gyrosphere, and even get up close and personal with the raptor paddock while you say “Hold on to your butts” to your friends over and over, all without the sensation that it’s all going to horribly wrong at any moment. It’s all of the fun of the Jurassic World movies and none of the terror.

“We are delighted to launch in Dallas, and to bring this Exhibition to cities across the U.S. and Canada,” said Stephen Shaw, Founder and Co-President of Round Room Live, in a statement. “Families will be amazed and beyond entertained by this incredible experience.”

The exhibition tour comes at an exciting time for Jurassic World fans. Just days before the Dallas opening, Universal’s Orlando park will debut the Jurassic World VelociCoaster, the “fastest and tallest launch coaster” in theme park-heavy Florida, for an experience that might be almost as thrilling as an actual raptor chase. Then, just one year later, we’ll get the theatrical debut of Jurassic World: Dominion, returning us all to the blockbuster franchise and the continuing adventures of modern-day dinosaurs.

Jurassic World: The Exhibition opens in Dallas on June 18. For more information, including ticket pricing and upcoming news about future cities on the tour, head over to the exhibition’s official website.

Tickets Are Now On Sale For Jurassic World: The Exhibition North American Tour Launching In North Texas On June 18, 2021
Tickets Are Now On Sale For Jurassic World: The Exhibition North American Tour Launching In North Texas On June 18, 2021

DALLAS, Texas (APRIL 13, 2021) – Round Room Live and Cityneon announced today the launch city for the North American tour of JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION. It will open in Dallas on June 18, 2021 at Grandscape in The Colony, just north of Downtown Dallas.

Tickets are now on-sale. Information, including venue and ticketing details, can be found at JurassicWorldExhibition.com. JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION –– produced in conjunction with Universal Parks & Resorts –– immerses audiences of all ages at a location near them in settings inspired by the groundbreaking film franchise Jurassic World from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment.

JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION is an immersive 20,000-square-foot experience based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history. Visitors will walk through the world-famous “Jurassic World” gates, encounter life-sized dinosaurs, and explore richly themed environments. Guests will have an upclose look at a Velociraptor, stand under a towering Brachiosaurus, and encounter the most fearsome of them all, the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex. Guests will be able to imagine what it would have been like to walk among these breathtaking creatures and even interact with new baby dinosaurs, including “Bumpy” from the popular animated Netflix original series, Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, from Universal, DreamWorks Animation and Amblin Entertainment.

The Jurassic World franchise has been entertaining generations of fans around the world with thrilling and awe-inspiring stories and characters for more than 25 years – from films and TV series, to video games and toys, to live action experiences and rides at Universal theme parks. Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure will welcome the new Jurassic World VelociCoaster on June 10th, creating a new species of roller coaster where guests will feel the rush of the hunt as they race alongside these nimble predators, twisting and soaring above the land and water. At Universal Studios Hollywood, guests experiencing Jurassic World – The Ride will come face-to-face with an all-new, extraordinarily realistic dinosaur – the Indominus Rex, injecting intense new thrills, excitement and intrigue into an already dynamic ride.

To celebrate the Exhibition launch, fans will get an exclusive opportunity when playing Jurassic World Alive – the popular location-based AR mobile game. Starting on June 18, players who visit the Exhibition in Dallas and open the game on their devices can locate an exclusive JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION incubator, which are capsules that contain valuable resources, as an in-game reward. Players with AR-enabled devices can then snap a picture or take a video of a dinosaur using the game’s AR feature and post to their social media channels using the #JurassicWorldAlive hashtag.

Following an initial launch in Melbourne, Australia, JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION has become a global success with nearly three million visitors since 2016. The Exhibition has opened its gates to excited fans in Chicago, Philadelphia, Paris, Madrid, Seoul, Chengdu and Guangzhou.

Universal Parks & Resorts’ President of Global Business Development, Michael Silver said, “What excites us about JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION is the opportunity to give fans a real-world, immersive experience based on the amazing adventures of the films and delivered to a location near them. Visitors will come face-to-face with life-sized dinosaurs and walk through richly themed environments, all inspired by the blockbuster franchise.”

Cityneon’s Executive Chairman and Group CEO, Ron Tan said, “Combining state of the art technology and proprietary animatronics, JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION had impressed global audiences from the US, Australia, France, Spain, Korea, China and more. We are confident that JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION will continue to exhilarate and entertain families throughout North America.”

“We are delighted to launch in Dallas, and to bring this Exhibition to cities across the U.S. and Canada,” said Stephen Shaw, Founder and Co-President of Round Room Live. “Families will be amazed and beyond entertained by this incredible experience.”

The operation and management teams will continue to implement enhanced health and safety procedures for the operation of JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION this June. Specific details will be shared closer to opening at JurassicWorldExhibition.com.

Tickets to JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION start at $29.50 for adults (16 years +) and $19.50 for youth (3- 15 years). Children two-years-old and younger are free with accompanying parent. VIP packages are available, as well as special pricing for Senior citizens and military. Group sales packages are available for groups greater than 10.

For more information about JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION, visit JurassicWorldExhibition.com.

Cityneon And Spring Garden Wonderland Introduce The Debut Of Avatar: The Exhibition Video Play Button
Cityneon And Spring Garden Wonderland Introduce The Debut Of Avatar: The Exhibition

The Amazing Creatures Of Pandora Will Meet The Panda City In Chengdu, China

Chengdu, China, 8 April 2021 – Sichuan Spring Garden Wonderland Investment Co., Ltd in collaboration with Cityneon Holdings will introduce AVATAR: THE EXHIBITION to Chengdu in May. The state-of-the-art touring exhibition is based on the global blockbuster, AVATAR. Cityneon has worked in close collaboration with Disney Location-Based Experiences as well as James Cameron and Jon Landau’s Lightstorm Entertainment on this exciting venture.

Experience the fascinating wonders of Pandora, the epic film’s distant moon. Through captivating environments and immersive, multi-sensory stations, guests will discover alien flora and fauna, navigate science and technology with the most powerful exploration entity in the galaxy, the Resources Development Administration, and uncover the captivating culture of the indigenous people of Pandora, the Na’vi. As fans anticipate AVATAR future sequels, this engaging experience will reacquaint guests with the science and wonder of Pandora right here on Earth.

Ms. Lin Ying, Chairman of Spring Garden Wonderland, said: “We’re thrilled to bring AVATAR: THE EXHIBITION to China. The signing ceremony with Cityneon Holdings is a milestone of Spring Garden Wonderland’s exploring in film exhibition and the entertainment industry. We will work closely with Cityneon Holdings to present the wonder of Pandora.”

Mr. Ron Tan, Executive Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Cityneon Holdings, said: “With AVATAR set to release the first of four sequels next year, Cityneon Holdings looks forward to curating a uniquely engaging experience for audiences to visit AVATAR: THE EXHIBITION in Chengdu.”

Lightstorm Entertainment’s President of Franchise Development, Ms. Kathy Franklin, added: “Our powerful new relationship with Cityneon Holdings for this global touring exhibition will play a key role in our continuing expansion of the reach and impact of the AVATAR franchise around the world and we look forward to the opening in Chengdu.”

Released in 2009, James Cameron’s AVATAR is the highest-grossing film in motion picture history with a box office gross of more than $2.8 billion. Captivating audiences across the globe with its otherworldly visuals and groundbreaking special effects, the film quickly became a worldwide phenomenon. AVATAR is set to be followed by four sequels, with the first sequel scheduled for release in December 2022.

Over a year in preparation, AVATAR: THE EXHIBITION expects to welcome guests of all ages on May 1st, 2021 to enjoy a captivating and immersive new experience. Early Bird Tickets are only RMB79. Reservations are valid until June 30, 2021.

Cityneon to Bring Egyption National Treasures to Houston
Cityneon to Bring Egyption National Treasures to Houston

Singapore-based Cityneon Holdings has just announced another major historical artifacts exhibition, just weeks after revealing its foray into the artifacts space with “Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru.” Come November this year, the Houston Museum of Natural Science and Cityneon will debut an exhibition of 183 pieces of rare artifacts from ancient Egypt that focuses on the almighty pharaoh, Ramses The Great.

In December 2020, the exhibition was approved by the Egyptian Cabinet and the decree was signed by Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly. The news had been widely received by the Egyptian public, with Egyptian media proclaiming that the exhibition will showcase “the most prominent and unique historical Pharaonic holdings.”

These 183 pieces of rare artifacts will be featured in the inaugural exhibition titled “Ramses The Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs” and the exhibition will open in Texas at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Ramses II, also known as Ramses The Great, ruled for 66 years, which was the second longest reign in ancient Egyptian history. Because of his long rule, Ramses II is thought to have amassed one of the largest and richest burial chambers and is regarded as the most powerful pharaoh of the New Kingdom, the most celebrated period of ancient Egypt.

The exhibition is expected to attract large crowds as evidenced by previous showcases of Egyptian treasures worldwide. In 1986, a touring exhibition on Ramses II sold a record of about 5 million tickets. As recent as in 2019, when “Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” was exhibited in Paris, it broke the French visitor record with about 1.5 million visitors. Egyptian expert Gamal El-Din Mokhtar once said that the Ramses II exhibition had exceeded the experience from the Tutankhamun exhibition by being “more exemplary archeologically, historically and culturally than the treasures of Tutankhamun.”

In 2021, “Ramses The Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs” should be even more exciting than the past showcases. The exhibition boasts the first virtual walk-through of Ramses II’s famous temples and will include a first full-length documentary ever produced on Ramses II’s tomb for this tour. Details of the documentary will be released later.

Ron Tan, executive chairman and Group CEO of Cityneon, says, ” The priceless artifacts in our care, as well as being given exclusive access to Ramses’ tomb allow Cityneon to stage an authentic and exhilarating recount of his life. This is the first time after 32 long years that people all over the world will have a chance to get up close to the life of the greatest pharaoh of all times. From the record-breaking sales of about 5 million tickets from the Ramses II exhibition in 1986 to the recently achieved visitorship for the King Tutankhamun exhibition in Paris in 2019, we are confident that ‘Ramses The Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs’ will be another record-breaking feat.

“Cityneon is thankful to work with partners as established as the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the World Heritage Exhibitions, and we are also honored to have the support of the Egyptian government,” Tan continues. “I am very excited for the Cityneon team to showcase these remarkable pieces of artifacts to the world.”

Joel Bartsch, president and CEO at Houston Museum of Natural Science, says they are honored to be launching the exhibition with Cityneon and World Heritage Exhibitions and they believe the Groups’ extensive experience in exhibitions would lead to an engaging showcase. “All three teams have great track records and we are confident that the 183 pieces of Egyptian artifacts will captivate visitors from around the world. We look forward to hosting visitors from Houston, the nation and beyond at this historical, educational and immersive exhibition,” says Bartsch.

Anthony Tann, president of World Heritage Exhibitions, adds, “We are extremely honored to partner Cityneon for yet another artifacts exhibition. I am confident Cityneon will bring their incomparable expertise to the table and bring alive the treasures of Ramses II to cities across the world, welcoming the many millions of visitors globally.”

Cityneon has assembled an experienced team who would be able to handle these precious historical treasures and launch the exhibition across the globe. The Group is also riding on its expertise in the curation of intellectual property experiences to build up their capabilities in the artifact exhibitions arena. Cityneon now has two global and major artifact-related intellectual property and has plans to acquire more historical artefacts IPs, with one from Asia expected in 2021.

With its global reach and international partnerships, Cityneon has the capability to serve its clients anywhere in the world. Cityneon was listed on the Mainboard of the Singapore Stock Exchange since 2005, and was privatized on February 2019 by West Knighton Limited, a company wholly owned by Cityneon’s Executive Chairman and Group CEO, Ron Tan, together with Hong Kong veteran entrepreneur and investor, Johnson Ko Chun Shun. Johnson is a capital markets veteran and has held controlling interests and directorships in many listed companies. In May 2019, Cityneon welcomed CITIC Capital as a new shareholder, who holds approximately 10% shares in Cityneon. CITIC Capital is part of CITIC Group, one of China’s largest conglomerates, and has over US$29b of assets under its management across 100 funds and investment products globally. Other institutional shareholders of the Group include EDBI – a Singapore government-linked global investor, and Pavilion Capital – a Singapore-based investment institution which focuses on private equity investments, that made strategic investments in August and October 2019 respectively, to support the Group’s further expansion globally.

Founded in 2020, the World Heritage Exhibitions team has a combined 50 years of experience producing, promoting, and designing the biggest blockbuster exhibitions in the world. Their mission is to be the world leader in cultural experiences, producing the finest quality experiences that captivate, educate and inspire people throughout the world. For more info, visit www.world-heritage.org.uk

The Houston Museum of Natural Science—one of the nation’s most heavily attended museums—is a centerpiece of the Houston Museum District. With four floors of permanent exhibit halls, and the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, Burke Baker Planetarium and George Observatory and as host to world-class and ever-changing touring exhibitions, the museum has something to delight every age group. With such diverse and extraordinary offerings, a trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, located at 5555 Hermann Park Drive in the heart of the Museum District, is always an adventure. For more info, visit www.hmns.org

Cityneon to tour Egyptian national treasures
Cityneon to tour Egyptian national treasures

Ramses The Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs to begin tour at Houston Museum of Natural Science

Cityneon Holdings, a global experience entertainment company, will be touring Ramses The Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs around the world, beginning at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Texas, USA. This is the largest collection of Ramses II original artefacts from Ancient Egypt to have the approval to be exhibited outside the country in 32 years.

The exhibition includes 183 rare items and explores the reign of Ramses II. Also known as Ramses the Great, this Pharaoh ruled for 66 years and amassed one of the largest and richest burial chambers in ancient Egyptian history.

In December 2020, the exhibition was approved by the Egyptian Cabinet and Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly. After debuting at the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, Ramses The Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs will also be shown in four other major cities.

Millions of visitors expected worldwide
The exhibition is likely to be highly successful, given the popularity of previous Ancient Egypt showcases. For instance, the 1986 touring exhibition on Ramses II sold a record-breaking 5 million tickets, and 2019’s Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh broke the French visitor record when it welcomed 1,5 million guests in Paris.

Egyptian expert Gamal El-Din Mokhtar said that the Ramses II exhibition had exceeded the experience from the Tutankhamen exhibition by being “more exemplary archaeologically, historically and culturally than the treasures of Tutankhamen”.

Ramses The Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs includes the first virtual walkthrough experience of Ramses II’s temples. There will also be an accompanying full-length documentary, exploring his tomb.

Ron Tan, Executive Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer of Cityneon, says, “The priceless artefacts in our care, as well as being given exclusive access to Ramses’ tomb allow Cityneon to stage an authentic and exhilarating recount of his life. This is the first time after 32 long years that people of the world will have a chance to get up close to the life of the greatest pharaoh of all times.

“From the record-breaking sales of about 5 million tickets from the Ramses II exhibition in 1986 to the recently achieved visitorship for the King Tutankhamen exhibition in Paris in 2019, we are confident that Ramses The Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs will be another record-breaking feat.”

Showcasing authentic artefacts
“Cityneon is thankful to work with partners as established as the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the World Heritage Exhibitions, and we are also honoured to have the support of the Egyptian government. I am very excited for the Cityneon team to showcase these remarkable pieces of artefacts to the world,” adds Tan.

Joel A. Bartsch, President and Chief Executive Officer at Houston Museum of Natural Science, says the museum is honoured to be launching the exhibition with Cityneon and World Heritage Exhibitions:

“All three teams have great track records and we are confident that the 183 pieces of Egyptian artefacts will captivate visitors from around the world. We look forward to hosting visitors from Houston, the nation and beyond at this historical, educational and immersive exhibition.”

Anthony Tann, President of World Heritage Exhibitions, says, “We are extremely honoured to partner Cityneon for yet another artefacts exhibition. I am confident Cityneon will bring their incomparable expertise to the table and bring alive the treasures of Ramses II to cities across the world, welcoming the many millions of visitors globally.”

Cityneon’s experienced team is well placed to handle these treasures as the exhibition tours the world. The group is now one of the world’s largest experience entertainment companies and is continuing to grow despite the challenges posed by COVID-19.

Last year, Cityneon Holdings also announced that it will be bringing Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru, a historical artefacts IP exhibition, to the world in 2021.

Cityneon to Tour Egyptian National Treasures Globally – Ramses The Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs Video Play Button
Cityneon to Tour Egyptian National Treasures Globally – Ramses The Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs

The largest collection of Ramses II original artefacts from Ancient Egypt approved to be exhibited outside Egypt for the first time for a new generation after 32 years

  • Titled “Ramses The Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs”, this spectacular exhibition will feature 183 rare Egyptian artefacts; the largest collection of artefacts on Ramses II to ever leave Egypt
  • The exhibition was approved by the Egyptian Cabinet and the decree was signed by Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly in December 2020
  • Supported by Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the world-class Houston Museum of Natural Science will launch the exhibition with the support of World Heritage Exhibitions this November in Houston, followed by 4 other major cities
  • Strong historical track record with the previous Ramses II exhibition held in 1986 that sold a record of about 5 million tickets
  • This exhibition follows the recent announcement of Cityneon’s latest addition to its experiences – “Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru”
  • Positions the Group as one of the world’s largest experience entertainment companies that continues to grow despite Covid-19; setting sights on meeting the global demands for experiences post Covid-19

Singapore, 3 March 2021 – Cityneon Holdings (“Cityneon”, the “Company”/collectively with its subsidiaries, the “Group”) today announced another major historical artefacts exhibition, just weeks after revealing its foray into the artefacts space with Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru. Come November this year, Houston Museum of Natural Science and Cityneon will debut an exhibition of 183 pieces of rare artefacts from ancient Egypt that focuses on the almighty pharaoh, Ramses The Great.

In December 2020, the exhibition was approved by the Egyptian Cabinet and the decree was signed by Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly. The news had been widely received by the Egyptian public, with Egyptian media proclaiming that the exhibition will showcase “the most prominent and unique historical Pharaonic holdings”.

These 183 pieces of rare artefacts will be featured in the inaugural exhibition titled Ramses The Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs and the exhibition will open in Texas, United States at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Ramses II, also known as Ramses The Great, ruled for 66 years, which was the second longest reign in ancient Egyptian history. Because of his long rule, Ramses II is thought to have amassed one of the largest and richest burial chambers and is regarded as the most powerful pharaoh of the New Kingdom, the most celebrated period of ancient Egypt.

The exhibition is expected to attract large crowds as evidenced by previous showcases of Egyptian treasures worldwide. In 1986, a touring exhibition on Ramses II sold a record of about 5 million tickets. As recent as in 2019, when Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh was exhibited in Paris, it broke the French visitor record with about 1.5 million visitors. Egyptian expert Gamal El-Din Mokhtar once said that the Ramses II exhibition had exceeded the experience from the Tutankhamun exhibition by being “more exemplary archeologically, historically and culturally than the treasures of Tutankhamun”.

Fast forward to 2021, Ramses The Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs would be even more exciting than the past showcases. The exhibition boasts the FIRST virtual walkthrough of Ramses II’s famous temples and will include a FIRST full-length documentary ever produced on Ramses II’s tomb for this tour. Details of the documentary will be released in due course.

Mr. Ron Tan, Executive Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer of Cityneon, said: “The priceless artefacts in our care, as well as being given exclusive access to Ramses’ tomb allow Cityneon to stage an authentic and exhilarating recount of his life. This is the first time after 32 long years that people all over the world will have a chance to get up close to the life of the greatest pharaoh of all times. From the record-breaking sales of about 5 million tickets from the Ramses II exhibition in 1986 to the recently achieved visitorship for the King Tutankhamun exhibition in Paris in 2019, we are confident that Ramses The Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs will be another record-breaking feat.”

“Cityneon is thankful to work with partners as established as the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the World Heritage Exhibitions, and we are also honoured to have the support of the Egyptian government. I am very excited for the Cityneon team to showcase these remarkable pieces of artefacts to the world,” Mr Tan continued.

Mr. Joel A. Bartsch, President and Chief Executive Officer at Houston Museum of Natural Science, said they were honoured to be launching the exhibition with Cityneon and World Heritage Exhibitions and they believe the Groups’ extensive experience in exhibitions would lead to an engaging showcase. “All three teams have great track records and we are confident that the 183 pieces of Egyptian artefacts will captivate visitors from around the world. We look forward to hosting visitors from Houston, the nation and beyond at this historical, educational and immersive exhibition,” said Bartsch.

Mr. Anthony Tann, President of World Heritage Exhibitions, said: “We are extremely honoured to partner Cityneon for yet another artefacts exhibition. I am confident Cityneon will bring their incomparable expertise to the table and bring alive the treasures of Ramses II to cities across the world, welcoming the many millions of visitors globally.”

Cityneon has assembled an experienced team who would be able to handle these precious historical treasures and launch the exhibition across the globe. The Group is also riding on its expertise in the curation of intellectual property experiences to build up their capabilities in the artefact exhibitions arena.

Cityneon now has two global and major artefact-related intellectual property and has plans to acquire more historical artefacts IPs, with one from Asia expected in 2021.

Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition Officially Opened Its Gates February 12th, 2021 At Yue City East Plaza In Guangzhou, China Video Play Button
Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition Officially Opened Its Gates February 12th, 2021 At Yue City East Plaza In Guangzhou, China

JURASSIC WORLD: THE MOVIE EXHIBITION
OFFICIALLY OPENED ITS GATES FEBRUARY 12TH, 2021 AT YUE CITY EAST PLAZA IN GUANGZHOU, CHINA

Based on Wanda Pictures’ partnership with Cityneon Holdings, a global experience entertainment company, and produced in conjunction with Universal Parks & Resorts, Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition provides guests with a unique immersive experience based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history.

WHAT:
Wanda Pictures announces grand opening of Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition on February 12th, 2021.

Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition immerses audiences of all ages in settings inspired by the groundbreaking film franchise Jurassic World from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, blending real-world science and education with the very best in high-quality entertainment. This stunning experience is officially open to the public at the YUE CITY East Plaza, No.150 Xiwan Road, Liwan District, Guangzhou, China.

WHEN & WHERE:
Visitors can learn more about Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition through Wanda WeChat mini Program, Ctrip, Damai, Maoyan, and YUE CITY platforms.

  • Time & Date: 10:00—19:00 from February 12th, 2021 (entrance will be closed 1 hour earlier)
  • Place: YUE CITY East Plaza, No.150 Xiwan Road, Liwan District, Guangzhou, China
  • Official Sales Channels: Wanda WeChat mini Program , Ctrip, Damai, Maoyan, YUE CITY

* Notice: For more information or FAQs about tickets and COVID-19 precautions, please review the booking instructions on the ticketing platforms.

Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition occupies an area of about 2,700 square meters. At Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition, visitors will feel as if they have entered the films as they walk through the world-famous Jurassic World gates and explore the experience through an interactive journey. Visitors will come face to face with a Velociraptor, stand under a towering Brachiosaurus, and encounter the most fearsome of them all, the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex. Guests will be able to imagine what it would have been like to walk among these breathtaking creatures and even come up close to two new additions, the Carnotaurus and Ankylosaurus, debuting at the exhibition for the first time in Guangzhou.

The Jurassic Park and Jurassic World franchises have been entertaining audiences around the world with powerful stories and characters for more than 25 years – from film to video games and toys to rides at Universal theme parks. In fact, Universal Beijing Resort is scheduled to open this year as Universal’s newest theme park destination and will feature seven highly themed and immersive lands – including Jurassic World Isla Nublar. Guests of all ages will be able to explore Jurassic World Isla Nublar, an island of wonder and thrills where dinosaurs roam the Earth again. Universal Beijing Resort has taken the essence of this legendary film franchise and created a larger-than-life experience complete with attractions and adventures that have never been seen before. Guests will feel the power of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptors, and the fearsome Indominus Rex at Jurassic World Isla Nublar.

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS:
In strict accordance with the prevention efforts for COVID-19, the operation and management teams have worked diligently on a plan to ensure a safe consumer experience. The new health, safety and hygiene procedures will cover each step of a guest’s visit, including how they arrive, how they interact with other guests, and how they experience the exhibition.
New procedures at Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition will cover three areas: screening, spacing and sanitization. Key measures will include:

  • Guests and team members are required to wear face coverings and observe social distancing guidelines at all times while at Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition
  • Guests and team members are required to have temperature checks upon arriving on-site; those with temperatures of 37.3℃ or greater will not be allowed to enter
  • Increased cleaning and disinfection of restrooms and other frequent “touch points”

For information on COVID-19 Protection and Personal Travel Guidelines by the National Health Commission published by The People‘s Government of Guangdong Province, please visit here.