‘The Big Curry Night In’ brings Deliveroo, Uber Eats, BT and Cobra Beer together with the British Asian Trust to launch nationwide campaign
The British Asian Trust, in partnership with Deliveroo, Uber Eats, BT and Cobra Beer has launched a nationwide fundraising campaign bringing the nation together under lockdown to support those most in need across South Asia, as well as rejuvenate the UK’s local takeaway businesses.
The Big Curry Night In, taking place from 22nd– 31st May, will be encouraging the general public toorder a curry from their local restaurant or prepare their own curry at home in celebration of the nation’s favourite take away meal. Households can share their meal virtually with loved ones and friends in other households via video calling and social media. The initiative will help support the UK’s restaurant industry during the national health crisis as well as raise vital funds for families struggling in South Asia.
Richard Hawkes, Chief Executive of the British Asian Trust said: “We are delighted to be working with some fantastic partners to launch the first ‘Big Curry Night In’. The nation’s love for curry and South Asian food has a long, established history and is a vital part of the UK’s restaurant and takeaway industry, which has suffered in recent weeks due to the national health crisis. Along with some of our celebrity ambassadors we encourage members of the public to get their orders in or get their favourite recipes out and enjoy their favourite meal at home over the next week and share their experiences with us on social media to help support our fundraising campaign.”
Will Shu, CEO of Deliveroo said: "It's with great pride that we are partnering with the British Asian Trust to help raise vital funds for those living in South Asia most affected by this global crisis. While many restaurants have closed, their kitchens remain open for takeaway and delivery. At Deliveroo we are immensely proud to partner with curry houses up and down the country to bring their incredible dishes straight to your door. Join us for The Big Curry Night In and support your local curry houses.”
Toussaint Wattinne, General Manager of Uber Eats in the UK, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Uber Eats is supporting this great campaign. We want to support local businesses up and down the country as they keep their kitchens firing to feed people across the country. This is a great cause and proud to play our part.”
Bas Burger, CEO, Global, BT said: “We are delighted to support this great initiative from the British Asian Trust. Restaurants have been one of the hardest-hit sectors of the UK economy during lockdown and we are very happy to play our part in stimulating takeaways orders while also helping to raise funds for the British Asian Trust COVID-19 Emergency Appeal. BT has a long-standing relationship with India – we’ve been there more than 30 years providing services to some of the world’s largest multi-national organisations. Now millions of people across South Asia face losing everything due to the pandemic and need our support. Curry nights – whether in a restaurant, takeaway or made at home – are a national tradition in the UK and the Big Curry Night In will not only raise funds, but give everyone a chance to share their enjoyment of our country’s favourite dish with friends and family in video calls and on social media.”
Lord Karan Bilimoria, Founder and Chairman of Cobra Beer said: “In the midst of this global crisis, Cobra Beer is proud to support the British Asian Trust’s Big Curry Night In. It is a wonderful initiative bringing together the curry restaurant industry in the UK, which in spite of suffering so much at this time is rallying together with a true community and collaborative spirit to raise money for the victims of COVID-19 in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. It is thanks to the curry restaurants present in every corner of the United Kingdom, that curry is the nation’s favourite food. The Big Curry Night In initiative will celebrate this amazing contribution. I would like to thank all the restaurateurs for their efforts in supporting the campaign.”
This is a unique opportunity for the nation to come together to support the struggling hospitality industry in the wake of the national health crisis, whilst at the same time donating to a vital cause that has already received backing from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.
On launching the appeal, HRH The Prince of Wales said: “The current public health crisis is a challenge which confronts us all, in every community and every part of the world. In the United Kingdom I know that the British Asian community is playing a vital role in the response to this crisis. I know that the community is deeply concerned about the welfare and wellbeing of people in South Asia where this pernicious virus and the disruption it causes is having such a profound effect on the lives and livelihoods of millions.”
South Asia is home to 27% of the world’s poorest people with 750 million people surviving on less than $2.50 per day. Now tens of millions of vulnerable families across the region are facing life or death situations because of COVID-19. The lockdown in India has seen mass migration from the cities to villages. Pakistan’s healthcare system is creaking under the pressure. Bangladesh’s densely populated urban areas and refugee camps are a hotbed for the virus. Sri Lankans are facing yet another threat to their way of life.
With more than 13 years’ experience of being a trusted partner between the British Asian community and supporting great projects in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the British Asian Trust is uniquely placed to run an Emergency Appeal and ensure that donations have the maximum impact.
To participate in The Big Curry Night In from 22nd – 31st May please visit www.bigcurrynightin.com
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Bollywood superstar Ranveer Singh walked away from the NEXA 20th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards with two new accolades under his belt and made the exciting announcement that he will join Madame Tussauds’ A-List line-up next year!
Best known for his roles in films including Padmaavat and most recently Gully Boy, the Forbes India Celebrity 100 regular walked away with the Best Actor gong and Madame Tussauds of the Future Award. Adding to the night’s significance, the NEXA IIFAs glittering Homecoming Edition event, marking the illustrious awards ceremony’s 20th year, took place in Ranveer’s hometown of Mumbai.
A star-studded audience of Indian cinema’s top talent – including Salman Khan, Vicky Kaushal, Madhuri Dixit, Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone – was there to see Ranveer accept his award and announce his upcoming figure.
On accepting the Madame Tussauds of the Future Award Ranveer said: “Wow, I’m damn excited. This is amazing. I remember as a kid I used to be an encyclopaedia geek and they used to talk about this mythical place called Madame Tussauds…I was going through my Mum’s early pictures and I would say, ‘Mum, where did you get a picture with The Queen?’ and she would say, ‘that’s in Madame Tussauds London.’ Since childhood it’s always been a very mythical place for me so to be immortalised as a figure there is truly a very, very proud thing for me.
“When my wife’s launch was happening my mother-in-law was like, ‘come on now, you have to work hard if you want a figure of you also.’ Mamma, we’re going to London!”
Speaking to his wife, Deepika Padukone, from the stage, Ranveer added, “I’m going to figure out my pose, figure out my dress. It’s going to be you and me baby, husband and wife at Madame Tussauds London – boom baby.”
Steve Davies, General Manager at Madame Tussauds London, said: “Ranveer is the first 2020 figure that we have announced and what a way to start! We’re privileged that Ranveer will be working closely with us to ensure the figure embodies his inimitable style and huge star power.
“Ranveer visited our attraction earlier this year for the unveiling of Deepika Padukone’s figure. As Bollywood’s most in-demand couple it will come as no surprise that we’ve been inundated with requests for Ranveer’s figure to join his wife ever since!”
The world-famous attraction is remaining tight lipped about details surrounding Ranveer’s figure until its arrival next year. The London launch will co-inside with the creation of a second figure for Madame Tussauds Singapore.
Andre Timmins, Co-Founder-Director- Wizcraft International, added, “IIFA has always been at the forefront in promoting Indian cinema in various facets and has always endeavored to act in the best interest of the Indian Film Industry to build better avenues for community engagement, cultural exchange, business and trade, tourism and cinema ties. Since 2007, IIFA has been advocating the environmental agenda having launched the concept of ‘greening the IIFA’s’ with bright green carpets instead of traditional red ones to planting trees, to partnering with United Nations and multiple charity organisations to make a difference to our home, our world. We are thankful for the industry who has helped and supported us during our 20 year old journey that has made IIFA a global phenomenon. And for our homecoming edition we celebrate another successful year for IIFA and Indian cinema we are sure that it will be Magical memorable experience for all.”
For tickets and information please visit www.madametussauds.com/London.
MISS ENGLAND DONATES HER MISS WORLD PAGEANT DRESS TO HELP WOMEN LIVING IN DISASTER PRONE REGION OF BANGLADESH
All proceeds from Bhasha Mukherjee’s clothes will empower women to be prepared when faced with cyclones, flooding and other disasters.
Dr Bhasha Mukherjee, the first south Asian woman to be crowned Miss England, has donated the “Ellie Wilde” dress she wore for her entry photo to the Miss World pageant in December, as well as a number of other items, in support of women in one the most disaster-prone places on earth.
The sleeveless designer gown has a plunging V-neck, sheer bodice with lace appliques and stone accents and is expected to raise a considerable amount at auction.
All money raised from the sale of women’s clothes and accessories donated to British Red Cross charity shops before 31 March will go towards the It starts with her campaign, a UK-government backed drive to help women in slum communities in Barishal, Bangladesh.
The women there battle poverty, violence and extreme weather but are fighting back with the help of British Red Cross programmes that help them to build their own and others’ livelihoods.
Bhasha, 23, who is also a junior doctor, said: “For me, donating this dress is very special. The dress is from Ellie Wilde and it was one of the dresses that I wore on the cover of India’s Health Magazine, and that was a very empowering moment for me.
“I am donating this dress to help empower other strong women living in disaster-prone communities in Bangladesh.”
It starts with her will help women’s businesses to thrive, through training and small cash grants, so that they can earn enough money to support their families and build savings for the future – making them more resilient to cope with the everyday and during a crisis.
“I’m not just supporting this because I speak Bengali or because I’m the first South Asian woman to be crowned as Miss England, I’m supporting this as a fellow woman.
“I think it’s really important for other women in the UK to be supporting strong women on the other side of the world.”
Joanne Castle, who volunteers at the British Red Cross shop in Highbury road, Nottingham, where Dr Bhasha donated her dress, said:
“We are so grateful to Dr Bhasha for her generous donation, which will help us to support thousands of women in Bangladesh to build sustainable livelihoods.
“As Bhasha’s dress is so valuable, we will be selling it by auction on our Ebay site, allowing us to raise the most money possible for the It starts with her campaign.
“Between January and March, all money raised from the sale of women’s clothes in British Red Cross shops will go towards this campaign and will be doubled by the UK government. So by donating or buying clothes from our shops you can also help change lives."
Zoe Abrams, Executive Director of Communications and Advocacy, British Red Cross said:
“Our It starts with her appeal makes use of our 150 years of experience to help women in vulnerable communities be better prepared for when the worst happens.
“When women come together, they are powerful and in the wake of a crisis that strength is needed more than ever. When it comes to picking up the pieces, rebuilding lives and creating a sustainable future that reaches every single corner of a community in the aftermath, it starts with her. Which is why we think building women’s resilience is worth investing in.”
The campaign aims to raise £2m, which the UK Department of International Development (DIFD) will double to £4m through UK Aid Match.
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POLICE TEAM UP WITH YOUTUBE STAR TO DELIVER WORKSHOPS TO STUDENTS ACROSS LONDON SCHOOLS RAISING AWARENESS OF THE EFFECTS OF ‘HATE’
The Metropolitan Police has joined in collaboration with Streatham born Internet sensation, author and comedian Humza Arshad to visit London schools, engaging students to raise awareness of the effects that can be exploited and used to draw vulnerable people towards acts of violence.
Police Officers from the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command’s Local Operations team, together with Humza, will visit 16 schools across eight London boroughs to present and engage with pupils, aged 14 - 18 years’ old.
The presentations outline a hard-hitting and thought provoking 12-minute film titled “HATE”. The film was developed in collaboration with Humza, the Metropolitan Police, and partners in YouTube with the final cut having been directed by, and starring Humza, who is known for his ‘Diary of a Badman’ series.
“HATE” aims to address the themes of intolerance, gang violence, knife crime, acid attacks, gun crime and radicalisation and extremism in all its forms. Encompassing a broad spectrum of violent crimes and the consequences that come with it, currently affecting our communities.
Following the film, Police Officers engage the audience to facilitate a discussion around the effects that “HATE” can have whilst also developing and raising awareness of the signs that a close friend or loved one may be being coerced into joining a gang or being radicalised by an extremist. Once these signs are identified then the appropriate signposting to support and guidance that is available can be discussed and shared in order to support understanding of those issues.
Humza will also speak about his own life experiences, touching upon his own experience having a lost a friend to a knife attack in 2019, why he chose to work in partnership with the Police in developing this powerful and emotive film. After follows an opportunity for the students to engage both Humza and the Police in a Q&A session.
Humza’s video will be uploaded on 10th February and made available on YouTube who have endorsed the product and have also invested in its production. A private link to HATE can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/385013632/b167e1572f
Detective Superintendent Jane Corrigan, Metropolitan Police, said:
“Whilst the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command is absolutely committed to tackling terrorism in all its forms we must also address the potential causes to a whole host of violent crimes.”
“These presentations at schools are vital in supporting young people of an impressionable age to set their minds against the negative impact of hate and violence. This also reduces the impact of insidious individuals who would draw them into gangs, knife crime, intolerance, extremism and possibly terrorism.
“Comedian Humza is incredibly popular online and influential with today’s youth and through working together we can ensure young people are less susceptible to being drawn into a life of violence.”
“If you are worried about someone at risk of being groomed towards gangs, knife crime or radicalisation. Call your local police on 101.”
Humza Arshad said: “I don’t think I’ve lived in such a divisive and dangerous time as what we’ve seen over the past year. From the mosque attacks in New Zealand to losing a friend to a knife attack a few weeks later, I’ve been affected by senseless violence. I’m pleased to partner again with the Police to address these topics head on with the same people that are most affected – young people. We’ve got work to do.”
Amanda Holden, Anita Rani and Michelle Keegan all support British Red Cross campaign to have a ‘clear out for a good cause’
As survey reveals almost half of women admit they own too many clothes
Almost half of women in the UK have admitted to owning too many clothes according to a recent survey for the charity. The research revealed that the majority of women claim to wear less than half of their wardrobe, with over a third admitting that the amount of clothes they no longer wear makes them feel guilty.
Britain’s Got Talent judge and British Red Cross supporter, Amanda Holden, who is backing the campaign, says: "Why not commit to clearing out your wardrobe to help empower women in the slums of Barishal, Bangladesh? Life for them is hard. On top of dealing with the constant threat of extreme weather, these women are often abandoned by men who migrate to the cities - or face violence just for being a woman."
TV presenter Anita Rani is encouraging women across the country to get involved: "Join me in having a clear out for a good cause. Life for the women in Barishal, Bangladesh is extremely hard. They are often left to raise children alone, experience violence and can be forced to marry young and drop out of school.
“But the British Red Cross knows that when strong women come together they are powerful - with just a small amount of support, training and tools they can be breadwinners, mothers and leaders of their communities. Donate and declutter to help these women to build a safer future."
Actress Michelle Keegan echoes this and is calling on the public to follow her lead. She says: “Between January and March, money raised from the sales of all women’s clothes in British Red Cross shops will support thousands of women in Bangladesh to build sustainable livelihoods. So just by donating or buying clothes from a Red Cross charity shop you can help change lives."
It starts with her will run from January to April raising money to help women living in the slums of the bustling Bangladesh port of Barishal, known as ‘the Venice of the East’ for the canals and rivers that wind their way across the city.
The women here battle poverty, homelessness and violence, but are fighting back with the help of British Red Cross to build their own and others’ livelihoods.
It starts with her will fund women’s small businesses to thrive, through training and small cash grants, so that they can earn enough money to support their families, and build savings for the future – making them more resilient to cope with the everyday and during a crisis.
In Barishal in Bangladesh, people are under threat of monsoons and flooding, which can lead to deadly illnesses spreading, especially in slum areas.
The risk is even greater for women and girls who are more likely to fall into poverty, lose their homes, have no reasonable way of making a living and miss out on getting an education.
An astounding 70% of women surveyed admitted that they have bought a piece of clothing and never worn it. However, for women in Barishal in Bangladesh, owning clothes you’ve never worn or can afford to cast aside is unimaginable.
Mim,19-year-old woman living in Barishal owns just four outfits but has just the same hopes, fears and passion for fashion as her counterparts anywhere in the world:
Mim said: “I own four everyday outfits which I rotate, and I keep three outfits for special occasions like parties and weddings. Because my family and I can’t afford to buy new clothes often – usually one new salwar kameez a year - I customise my outfits by watching YouTube tutorials to learn about different embroidery techniques and stitch designs onto plain outfits.”
Mim has joined a Women’s Squad, a community group funded and set up by the British Red Cross to give women a platform to speak up about issues that directly affect them and their communities. Here, women stand together, have their voice heard and put forward solutions for issues in their society.
Zoe Abrams, Executive Director of Communications and Advocacy, British Red Cross said:
“Our new appeal It starts with her will make use of our 150 years of experience to help women in vulnerable communities be better prepared for when the worst happens.
“When women come together, they are powerful and in the wake of a crisis that strength is needed more than ever . When it comes to picking up the pieces, rebuilding lives and creating a sustainable future that reaches every single corner of a community in the aftermath, it starts with her . Which is why we think building women’s resilience is worth investing in.”
The British Red Cross has teamed up with the UK government, through UK Aid Match, so that every pound given, up to the value of £2m, will be doubled. With your help, the British Red Cross can turn £2m into £4m. That’s thousands of strong women – and, as a result, stronger communities – supported to be even stronger.
All of the money raised from women’s clothes and accessories donated between January and March will fund It starts with her, making strong women stronger. To find out where your local British Red Cross shop is, visit www.redcross.org.uk/shop
ACADEMY AWARD ® WINNING SONG FROM THE DREAM WORKS ANIMATION FILM FEATURES IN NEW STAGE MUSICAL ADAPTATION PERFORMANCES BEGIN FEBRUARY 2020 AT LONDON’S DOMINION THEATRE
18th December 2019, London - THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, the brand-new stage musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell), a book by Philip LaZebnik (Mulan, Pocahontas) and based on the celebrated DreamWorks Animation film, begins at London's Dominion Theatre in February 2020. Today, the original DreamWorks animated classic The Prince of Egypt celebrates its 21st anniversary since releasing on 18th December 1998.
To mark the occasion share the official video of 'When You Believe', performed by the cast of the new musical, taken from its official press launch featuring Alexia Khadime, Christine Allado and Luke Brady, together with other members of the original London cast, performing Stephen Schwartz’s original classic song - https://youtu.be/wTWbZAqRJDc
An Academy Award®-winner for ‘Best Original Song’, When You Believe was a global hit for Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey as well as a UK and Ireland chart-topping winner’s single for The X-Factor. (Further information attached)
Performances of “the new blockbuster musical” (The Guardian) begin at London’s Dominion Theatre on Wednesday 5th February 2020, with an official West End premiere on Tuesday 25th February 2020, for a limited 32-week engagement.
For more information please visit www.ThePrinceofEgyptMusical.com
Journey through the wonders of Ancient Egypt as two young men, raised together as brothers in a kingdom of privilege, find themselves suddenly divided by a secret past. One must rule as Pharaoh, the other must rise up and free his true people; both face a destiny that will change history forever.
A cast of 38 includes: Luke Brady (Moses), Liam Tamne (Ramses), Christine Allado (Tzipporah), Alexia Khadime (Miriam), Joe Dixon (Seti), Debbie Kurup (Queen Tuya), Gary Wilmot (Jethro), Mercedesz Csampai (Yocheved), Adam Pearce (Hotep), Tanisha Spring (Nefertari), Silas Wyatt-Barke (Aaron), Simbi Akande, Casey Al-Shaqsy, Joe Atkinson, Danny Becker, Felipe Bejarano, Pàje Campbell, Adam Filipe, Soophia Foroughi, Natalie Green, Jack Harrison-Cooper, Rachael Ireson, Kalene Jeans, Christian Knight, Jessica Lee, Oliver Lidert, Jay Marsh, Scott Maurice, Carly Miles, Sam Oladeinde, Alice Readie, Christopher Short, Ricardo Walker, Danny Williams, Niko Wirachman and Sasha Woodward.
THE PRINCE OF EGYPT features 10 new songs written by Stephen Schwartz, together with 5 of his acclaimed songs from the DreamWorks Animation film, including Deliver Us, All I Ever Wanted, Through Heaven’s Eyes and the Academy Award®-winning When You Believe.
A milestone in cinematic achievement, DreamWorks’ The Prince of Egypt captivated audiences across the world. Hailed as “an outstanding artistic achievement” (Variety) and “a stunning film” (The Guardian), it remains one of the most beloved and acclaimed animated feature films of all time.
The West End premiere production of THE PRINCE OF EGYPT is produced by DreamWorks Theatricals (a division of Universal Theatrical Group), Michael McCabe and Neil Laidlaw.
Sky Cinema is delighted to announce the UK and Irish release of Hotel Mumbai, releasing in cinemas and available for same day viewing on Sky Cinema, from 27th September.
On the 26th November 2008, a wave of devastating terror attacks throughout Mumbai catapulted the bustling Indian metropolis into chaos. In the heart of the city’s tourist district, Jihadist terrorists laid siege to the iconic Taj Palace Hotel, whose guests and staff became trapped in a heroic, day-long fight for survival.
Inspired by the stories of survivors of the 2008 Mumbai Attacks, Hotel Mumbai is the powerful, poignant debut of director Anthony Maras, with an ensemble cast that includes Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, Lion), Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name, The Social Network), Jason Isaacs (The Death Of Stalin, Harry Potter), Nazanin Boniadi (Counterpart, Homeland) and Anupam Kher (Silver Linings Playbook, The Big Sick).
Hotel Mumbai announces Antony Maras as a talented new filmmaker, as he emotionally and viscerally captures one of the most harrowing terrorist attacks of the 21st Century. As well as directing, Maras also co-wrote the film with John Collee, researching heavily to show the event with unrestrained truth. The film’s affecting portrayal has already seen critical and festival success, with its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 28th September last year.
“This is a powerful movie that we think will really resonate with audiences across the whole of UK and Ireland. And, similarly to our other releases, Sky Cinema customers will be able to watch on the same day that Hotel Mumbai is released into cinemas” said Julia Stuart, Head of Acquisitions at Sky Cinema Original Films.
“Following on from the success of Extremely Wicked, we’re delighted to be able to share another film that shares a true story with an engaged audience.”
HOTEL MUMBAI will be released in UK and Irish cinemas and be available on Sky Cinema from 27th September 2019.
Superstar now immortalised across four continents, with figures in London, New York, Sydney and Asia
18th June 2019: Madame Tussauds London today revealed its first ever figure of Priyanka Chopra Jonas, ending months of fan speculation and completing the global superstar’s arrival at sites across four continents.
The Vogue cover star has been working closely with Madame Tussauds’ team on the epic four-figure project since 2018, beginning with a private sitting at Priyanka’s New York City apartment. Fans have been waiting to see the hotly-anticipated London arrival since the first figure was revealed earlier this year in Priyanka’s adopted hometown of New York. Today, Madame Tussauds London joins its sister sites in Sydney and Asia in unveiling their figures to long-awaiting fans.
A star of over 50 films whose acting prowess has taken Hollywood by storm, Priyanka is a passionate advocate for women’s issues and equality and a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas said of her initiation to Madame Tussauds London, “I love London, it has such an energy and spirit to it. Working with Madame Tussauds London’s team has been so much fun. It’s incredible to think that my fans can now meet my figure in one of my favourite cities in the world.”
Priyanka’s figure is sure to make an impression in the Baker Street attraction’s Party area. Styled to match the actress’ appearance at the 2017 Golden Globes, Priyanka’s figure will stand out in its exquisite gold sequin gown by Ralph Lauren. The only update to the look is the addition of replica diamond wedding and engagement rings in a nod to her newlywed status.
Steve Davies, General Manager at Madame Tussauds London, said, “Priyanka Chopra Jonas is an obvious choice as the latest addition to our star-studded line-up. We welcome guests from around the globe each year and we’ve seen Priyanka’s fan base continue to grow worldwide. It’s been an honour to work with Priyanka and we’re sure fans will be excited to meet her new figure at Madame Tussauds London.”
Visitors to Madame Tussauds London can join Priyanka in the attraction’s Party area from today, where they can sip their tipple of choice alongside Priyanka and her fellow A-Listers at the fully licensed Tussauds Bar.
Fans can also meet Priyanka’s figure at Madame Tussauds sites in New York, Sydney and touring Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong.
INDIAN CRICKET CAPTAIN VIRAT KOHLI TAKES TO THE CREASE AT MADAME TUSSAUDS LONDON - FOR SIX WEEKS ONLY!
The Indian team captain’s figure arrives at the London attraction for the duration of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup
Wednesday 29th May 2019: Madame Tussauds London today unveiled their latest figure of Virat Kohli at the Home of Cricket, Lord’s Cricket Ground, ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
Captain of the Indian national team since 2013, Kohli is one of the world’s leading batsmen and a firm favourite among cricket fans the world over. Now, visitors to Madame Tussauds London will be able to see his figure from Thursday 30th May until 15th July 2019 – remaining in the attraction for the duration of the tournament.
Pictured for the first time on the iconic cricket ground at Lord’s, the figure is dressed in his official Indian cricket kit as well as shoes and gloves donated by the sportsman himself. From Thursday onwards, Virat’s likeness will be found in the attraction’s sporting area, where he will sit alongside legends such as Usain Bolt, Sir Mo Farah and fellow cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar.
Steve Davies, General Manager at Madame Tussauds London, said: “Cricket fever is set to sweep the nation in the coming weeks so what better way to unveil our new figure of Virat Kohli than with the help of our neighbours at Lord’s. We hope that cricket fans will enjoy not only watching their hero on the pitch but taking to the crease with him here at Madame Tussauds London.”
Located only 20 minutes on foot from Madame Tussauds London, keen cricket enthusiasts can also take a look around the famous ground through a Lord’s Tour, which includes the Grade II*-listed Pavilion and J.P. Morgan Media Centre. Lord’s Cricket Ground will be welcoming fans from all over the globe for the tournament, hosting four ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup matches, and the Final.
Tarah Cunynghame, Head of Retail & Tours at Lord’s Cricket Ground said, “Lord’s is the perfect backdrop to reveal this fantastic figure of Virat Kohli on the eve of the Cricket World Cup. The anticipation of the exciting summer of cricket has already started, with thousands of visitors coming to the Ground and enjoying a tour of Lord’s and around the MCC Museum. The figure of the famous batsman will delight any cricket fans visiting Madame Tussauds London.”
On Monday 15th April the Edinburgh TV Festival is teaming up with BBC Three to speak to an industry panel about how they got their start in TV and the different opportunities available in telly outside of London.
The panel will feature special guest, BBC presenter and actor Mim Shaikh whose recent BBC Three documentary Finding Dad, followed an emotional and the diffiult journey as he tracked down and met his biological father for the first time.
Lisa Campbell, Festival Director at the Edinburgh TV Festival said: “Too many young people we meet outside of London think a TV career in is not an option for them. They are also unaware of the wide range of roles that exist. The TV Festival’s outreach and Talent Schemes aim to change that by showcasing the best talent who share their personal journeys to help encourage and inspire the next generation. We’re delighted to be partnering with BBC Three to show what’s possible.”
The panel will look to explore how the industry can look to further improve diversity and the importance of finding new voices. They will also be giving us their tops tips, on getting in, staying in and thriving in TV.
Monday 15 April
7pm Panel / 7.45pm-9pm Networking Drinks
BBC Birmingham, The Mailbox, Birmingham, B1 1RF
Free to register here: http://bit.ly/ETFBBCThree
(Must register to attend)
Mim Shaikh, Broadcaster and actor
Nimesh Joshi, Programme Digital Editor, ITV News Central
Nasfim Haque, Commissioning Editor, Shortform, BBC Three
Chaired by: Sarah Vignoles, Edinburgh TV Festival, Talent Schemes Producer
As a Festival and a charity, the Edinburgh Television Festival is committed to helping young people from all backgrounds gain access into the TV Industry. It runs two young talent schemes, Ones to Watch and The Network.
Both schemes aim to ensure that the people working in television are as diverse as the audience watching it.