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Ramadan Nights Returns!

Ramadan Nights returns!

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Great news for foodies - this May see’s the return of Ramadan Nights by Dish Catering. Now in it’s 4th installment, the popular event see’s Warehouse Four transformed into a pop-up restaurant for the holy month of Ramadan. Popular dishes include the eight-hour slow roasted spiced shoulder of lamb with saffron labneh and scented rice pilaf. And if that doesn't make your mouth water, nothing will!

A full menu will be announced shortly.

For more information and bookings, please contact Dan or Kelly at Dish Catering.

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Fringe@Four wins over local theatre goers.

FRINGE@FOUR WINS OVER LOCAL THEATRE GOERS

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Fringe theatre in Dubai got off to a flying start recently with the inaugural Fringe@Four performance at Warehouse Four.

The Fringe@Four series is an initiative from local event venue Warehouse Four who, over the course of the year, have lined up some of the best acts from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to perform in Dubai.

David William Bryan’s award winning Edinburgh Fringe play ‘In Loyal Company’ was the first show to hit the stage and what a way to start!

Even before the play started the scene was set, in no short part thanks to the amazing pop-up theatre that Warehouse Four have created for the Fringe@Four performances. Huge red theatre drapes flank each side of the venue with the traditional black backdrop back of stage. Seating is on one level, close enough to the stage that you could rest your drink on it with the overall effect as much cabaret as theatre.

As the audience files into the venue, there’s the sounds of Glenn Millar playing in the background, the stage lit by a solitary spotlight and empty, save for a large wooden trunk. Yet from the moment Bryan walked on, he occupied the stage as if it were a terrace house in Liverpool – or an ocean, a desert, a prisoner of war camp. The result was mesmerizing, enabling the audience to believe they were actually there and not watching an actor on a baron stage in a pop-up theatre.

Today, when we think of World War II you’d be forgiven for thinking there’s not much that we don’t already know. But ‘In Loyal Company’ isn’t simply an historical war piece, it’s a also a tremendously human story. From the opening to closing scene, the audience was help in anticipation, wanting to know what happened next, whether Bryan was on board ship to Singapore or in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in the heart of the Thai jungle.

That the play works on many levels is testament to several things. From the writing, through to Bryan’s powerful performance as well as the simple, yet highly effective lighting and audio cues, the audience was engrossed for the full 60 minutes. Equally enthralling was at the end of the show when Bryan addressed the audience to confirm this was indeed the true story of his great uncle and the sacrifice he made for his country.

If this is an indication of the caliber of the Fringe@Four performances to come, then roll on the next one.

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Full house at Oscar winning documentary screening

Full house at Oscar winning documentary screening

Warehouse Four and international broadcaster National Geographic collaborated recently to screen the Oscar winning documentary 'Free Solo'.

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The screening was by invitation only and was originally scheduled for just one night. However, due to the immense demand to attend, a second screening was added. Both nights saw over 130 climbers, media corporate guests as well as film buffs attend.

The recent Oscar winner for 'Best Documentary Feature', ‘Free Solo’ profiles professional rock climber Alex Honnold on his quest to conquer the first free solo climb of famed El Capitan's 900-metre vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park.

“We were proud to bring to the UAE community this ‘Free Solo’ big screen experience. The audience was fully immersed in this extraordinary documentary, which captures the essence of National Geographic’s visual storytelling as well as its mission to celebrate the human spirit of adventure. We’re here to encourage the explorer in everyone,”
— Sanjay Raina, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Fox Networks Group.

Taking place at Warehouse Four, the screenings saw attendees get a first hand taste of the venue's pop-up cinema. Huge screen, digital projection and the obligatory red cinema chairs proved a huge hit with guests.

“We’re super excited to partner with National Geographic to be able to screen this Oscar winning documentary at Warehouse Four. In today’s social and political climate there’s a huge appetite for factual entertainment. Many documentary films now compete with their Hollywood counterparts and ‘Free Solo’ was clearly an exemplary piece of film making.”
— Ian Carless - Partner, Warehouse Four. “

Warehouse Four bags 'Highly Commended' at Time Out Dubai awards

Warehouse Four bags 'Highly Commended' at Time Out Dubai Awards.

Ian Smith - ‘Craft’ at Warehouse Four

Ian Smith - ‘Craft’ at Warehouse Four

Warehouse Four won high praise recently at the recent Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards 2019.

Nominated in the 'Best Comedy Night' category for their recent 'Fringe@Four presents Ian Smith - Craft', the venue was up against some heavyweight comedy names including Dave Chappelle (Dubai World Trade Centre), Jason Byrne (McGettigan’s JLT) as well as several Laughter Factory gigs.

Best Comedy Gig

Highly commended: Ian Smith
An intimate performance at Warehouse Four in Al Quoz saw this hilarious award-winning UK comic bring his Edingburgh Fringe show to chat about, weirdly, origami. Genuinely brilliant comedy in a relaxed, chilled-out setting that was different, but outstandingly professional.

Ian Carless - Partner, Warehouse Four

Ian Carless - Partner, Warehouse Four

To get nominated for what was essentially our first comedy gig, was a huge surprise. And whilst not winning outright, to come away with a ‘Highly Recommended’ was immensely gratifying. Huge thanks to Ian Smith for an amazingly funny show. Lets see if we can go one better in the future!
— Ian Carless - Partner, Warehouse Four.
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Ian Smith - Craft, "Highly Recommended", Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards 2019

The comedy event was part of the venue's Fringe@Four series, which sees them bringing over some of the best comedy and theatre shows from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. More shows have been scheduled throughout the year.

To find out more, please visit www.warehousefour.com/fringe-at-four

Award winning documentaries to make big screen debut in Dubai

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Award winning documentaries to make big screen debut in Dubai

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Thanks to a collaboration between National Geographic and Warehouse Four, two award winning National Geographic documentaries ‘Free Solo’ and ‘Jane’ are about to get their big screen debut in Dubai.

Recent Oscar winning documentary ‘Free Solo’ profiles professional rock climber Alex Honnold on his quest to conquer the first free solo climb of famed El Capitan’s 900-metre vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park.

“We are proud to bring to the UAE community this ‘Free Solo’ big screen experience. Viewers immersed themselves fully in this extraordinary documentary, which captures the essence of National Geographic’s visual storytelling as well as its mission to celebrate the human spirit of adventure. We are here to encourage the explorer in everyone,” said Sanjay Raina, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Fox Networks Group.

As of February, 2019, ‘Free Solo’ has grossed $16.3 million in the United States and Canada and $2.8 million in other territories. The film has also received numerous accolades including a BAFTA for Best Documentary and more recently ‘Best Documentary Feature’ at the 91st Academy Awards.

“We’re super excited to partner with National Geographic to be able to screen these two amazing documentaries at Warehouse Four,” Said Ian Carless, Partner at Warehouse Four. “In today’s social and political climate there’s a huge appetite for factual entertainment. Many documentary films now compete with their Hollywood counterparts and both ‘Jane’ and ‘Free Solo’ are exemplary pieces of film making.”

Using a trove of never-before-seen footage, Jane’ tells the story of primatologist, Jane Goodall’s early explorations and research in Tanzania, focusing on her groundbreaking field-work, her relationship with her cameraman and husband Hugo van Lawick, and the chimpanzees that were the subject of her study.

Both films will be screened at the independent event venue, Warehouse Four which previously screened the award winning cycling documentary, ‘MAMIL’ (Middle Aged Men In Lycra.) Both screenings are by invitation only.


WHAT THE CRITICS SAY… ‘FREE SOLO’

“His is daring, dangerous and dizzying stuff, the story of a one man simultaneously in competition and cooperation with nature. Meet Tom Cruise’s hero, probably.” Helen O’Hara – Empire Magazine

Free Solo is an engaging study of a perfect match between passion and personality.” Jeannette Catsoulis – The NYTimes

“This often breathtaking real-life man-against-nature ad­ven­ture is the second film co-directed by Jimmy Chin, who in 2015 made ‘Meru.’” Ann Hornaday – Washington Post

“A heart-stopping account of an ostensibly impossible endeavor.” Joe Morgenstern – Wall Street Journal

WHAT THE CRITICS SAY… ‘JANE’

“A spellbinding trip into the wild with Jane Goodall.” ★★★★★ Chris Harvey – The Guardian

“Brett Morgen’s portrait of wildlife expert Jane Goodall reveals a poised, articulate woman who changed the way we think about primates.” ★★★★ Wendy Ide – The Observer 

“Brett Morgen’s absorbing documentary tells the story of Jane Goodall largely through footage of her expeditions.Ben Kenigsberg – The NYTimes

“At its best, ‘Jane’ lets the footage speak for itself, as when we watch the organically developing drama unfold when chimpanzees tentatively approach Goodall and her camp to eat bananas.Pat Padua – Washington Post

“’Jane’ honors its subject’s legacy with an absorbing, beautifully filmed, and overall enlightening look at her decades of invaluable work.” Rotten Tomatoes – Tatometer – 98% / Audience score – 86%

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Coming To A Screen Near You...

Coming To A Screen Near You...

new pop-up cinema hoping to put the 'magic' back into movie going.

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By its very nature, the popularity and critical acclaim of a movie must be subjective and as with any other form of classical or modern art, literature and music, there are loves and hates. But as a genre, cinema has played an enormous – and influential - role in our perception of the world around us and society in general.

Reflecting our love of movies we often refer to them in terms of precious metals; the silver screen; the golden age of Hollywood; and of course, the original platinum blonde, Marilyn Monroe. But are today’s producers giving us tin rather than titanium (used in the manufacture of some of the best loved film cameras, by the way)?

There is no doubt that special effects and CGI massively extend the scope of cinema but at what cost? Have we succumbed to a formula whereby we go to our local multiplex, order our masala popcorn and extra salsa nachos and marvel – literally – at the latest advances in 3D comics? As Jackie Chan, awarded an Honorary Oscar for his "extraordinary achievements", once said: “Cinema reflects culture and there is no harm in adapting technology, but not at the cost of losing your originality.”

For many, cinema has also lost its charm as a social occasion, where the movie maybe the main event, but the community element is missing.

In order to help re-establish that spirit, Warehouse Four, the stylish event venue in Umm Sequim, is hosting a series of pop-up cinema screenings under the banner of Film@Four, with a touch of nostalgia in terms of set-up and content. From Pulp Fiction and Shawshank Redemption to American Werewolf in London and The Breakfast Club, it will be a trip down memory lane for some, and for others an introduction to see what all the fuss was about with these classic hits.

Added to the mix will be some of the very best modern and classic documentaries, including Blackfish, Citizen Four, Cowspiracy, Amy and Senna. And to round off a real taste of true cinema from the past, there’s plans to host a Saturday matinee show, bringing the cinema going experience to the younger kids.

London’s world famous (and infamous) Prince Charles Cinema in the West End has been entertaining along the same lines for nearly 30 years to fans of cult and art-house movies and lovers of the blockbusters that continue to stand the test of time. Recent billing has included a range that spans from Home Alone to Die Hard and of course everyone’s favorite Christmas tear-jerker, It’s a Wonderful Life.

The design at the Film@Four venue is also very much in the same vein as the Prince Charles Cinema, with the old-school layout of individual, authentic comfy cinema seats with plenty of personal space rather than the impersonal pre-fab rows for mass audiences. And with seating of up to 80, Warehouse Four is far from boutique, instead offering the experience as well as the event.

There will always be a place for the multiplexes of this world and they will continue to be the cash cows for the movie industry (although there were 30 million fewer film-goers across Europe last year than in 2004), but independent cinema is thriving. With the launch of Dubai’s first indie movie venue, Film@Four could lead the way to a love of the moving picture past.

For more information, including movie dates and timings, please sign up for our Film@Four newsletter.

UPCOMING MOVIES

Fringe Benefits – Edinburgh Acts Come to Dubai

Fringe Benefits – Edinburgh Acts Come to Dubai

Fringe Benefits - Edinburgh Acts Come To Dubai

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While the Edinburgh Fringe may initially conjure up images of the most promising comedy writers, off-the-wall performers and the zaniest of zany acts playing to raucous university students, the festival itself lays claim to the origins of a much more classic art.

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As the birthplace of true fringe theatre in the 1940s, the Scottish capital has not only been the driving force behind such comedy geniuses as  Rowan Atkinson, Steven Berkoff, Jo Brand, Billy Connolly, Ben Elton and Eddie Izzard, it has also been the creative playground  of such dramatic giants as Alan Ayckbourn, Tom Stoppard and Derek Jacobi.

While Dubai has yet to establish its own fringe– though it may not be long – there is a chance to catch some of the best acts from the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe here on tour in February, March and April. And a more diverse, highly acclaimed and original bunch of fringe masters you would be hard pushed to find.

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Gordon Sage Mackay in Angry Alan

Under the banner of ‘Fringe@Four’ and taking centre stage at the stylish Warehouse Four venue in Umm Sequim, will be productions from The Bathtub Heroine, David William Bryan and Francesca Moody Productions. The line up presents a scintillating spectrum of theatre from dark comedy and historical storytelling to otherworldly romance and sexploitation.

It’s a heady mix, but with reviews among them that include “setting a new standard for the genre” (Broadway Baby), “force of a compelling narrative” (The Guardian), “achingly beautiful piece of theatre” (British Theatre Guide) and “a fiercely intelligent writer and compelling actress”, the calibre of the acts is next to none.

While the fringe may have its roots in Edinburgh, the genre is now well established as a global phenomenon with some of the most popular festivals established in Edmonton, Alberta, Orlando, New Orleans and Boulder, with London’s ‘Off-West End’ attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors all year round. But it’s the off-piste festivals that are gaining the most momentum, such as Japan and Prague, which started with a turnout of just 400 people in 2002 and in 2018 boasted more than 6,000.

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Regarded by performers and critics alike as a combination of edgy adventure, innovation, experimentation, inclusion and freedom of expression, fringe theatre has never tried to compete with its mainstream counterpart. While it has been a rite of passage for many now household names, fringe also pays homage to some of the most famous names in literature such as Shakespeare, Samuel Becket and even Sophocles, although never in their original form but as a unique and often irreverent take on their works and their characters.

However you want to describe fringe, you can’t pigeonhole it. Be stunned, be amazed be shocked, be provoked, or – of course – be driven to hysteria. It is a breeding ground for raw talent and by its very nature, its format is unformattable wherever you are in the world.

So while Dubai may not yet have its home grown fringe talent, this spring at Warehouse Four will give audiences a true flavour of indie theatre at it’s best.


Fringe@Four schedule

How to Swim in Hollywood – February 8th

In Loyal Company – March 6th

And This Is My Friend Mr. Laurel - March 15th

Angry Alan – April 2nd & 3rd

Click the posters below for full details about each production.

'MAMIL' Film Screening

'MAMIL' Film Screening

October saw Dubai’s cycling community turn out for the Dubai premier of ‘MAMIL’ - Middle Aged Men in Lycra. Over 150 people turned out over 2 nights to watch the 90 minute documentary film. Also at the event was the films director, Nick Bird, who took part in a Q&A after each screening.

The events were the first for Warehouse Four’s new pop-up cinema initiative - Film@Four.

Dubai Govt Human Resources Accelerators Lab

Dubai Govt Human Resources Accelerators Lab

DUBAI GOVERNMENT HUMAN RESOURCES ACCELERATORS LAB

Over 100 Dubai Government managers and senior officials attended the HR Accelorators workshop. Several key note presentations were given with attendees also breaking into individual groups for specific sessions.

The event was also attended by Shaikh Maktoum Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai who was briefed by DGHR Director General Abdulla Ali bin Zayed Al Falasi on new ideas and proposals for enhancing government operations and increasing the efficiency and productivity of the public sector.

The participants discussed legislation governing human resources in the Dubai government and a range of other issues including the flexibility of HR regulations and bylaws, ways to attract and retain talent, employment-contracting procedures, salary and compensation, performance appraisal and promotion, flexible time, working hours and telework.

The lab also discussed other issues including the enhancement of the corporate culture by building teamwork, ways to improve team bonding and corporate loyalty, ensuring fairness, transparency and accountability and enhancing corporate competitiveness.

4 Reasons Why Events Really Work

4 Reasons Why Events Really Work

4 Reasons Why Events Really Work

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Having run an event venue for two years, I’ve seen first hand how events can help brands connect with their audience. This seems even more pertinent in the current and often impersonal digital age, where customers are demanding more authentic and real world connections.

So here’s four good reasons why event marketing really works and should be at the top of a brands ‘to-do’ list:

1.      With the ‘internet of things’ offering disruption on a daily basis and leading to more and more traditional job losses, people are increasingly looking for experiences over material things. By immersing your customers in unique, exciting and personal experiences, they will remember your brand forever. It’s no surprise that engaged customers post, share and talk about their experiences with others. And as countless peer-to-peer websites have proven, the best marketers for your brand, are your customers.

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2.     A well thought out and produced event allows your brand to get intimate with customers and create moments. There’s nothing more impactful than standing side by side with a client at a workshop, seminar or product activation, as they experience your product or service hands on and talk with you in person. This is a unique opportunity to engage with clients in a personal setting and share details and insights that often isn’t possible online.

3.     Special events give you a platform to tell your story. They also allow people to experience your brand values first hand as well as let them get to know the people behind the brand. Events can allow you a special opportunity to create stronger relationships by spending time together. As the popular sales mantra goes, ‘fact’s tell, but stories sell’. This alone can grow your business.

4.     Events are the perfect blender for collaborations. There’s increasing research to show that customers prefer brands that care about society and give back. As a result, many brands are engaging with charities that are aligned with their brand identity. Managed properly, partnering your event with a charity can help create a buzz and also attract media attention – a win-win for everyone involved.

So, in summary, events should be part of every savvy marketer’s integrated marketing strategy, complete with targeted goals and clear messaging. Even if you produce just one or two awesome events a year, this can increase the effectiveness of your marketing.

We look forward to hosting your next event.

Ian Carless - Partner | Warehouse Four.