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Eurovision Singer Destiny illustration by Heather Skovlund (Photo Credit: Carlton Agius) for 360 Magazine

2021 Eurovision Song Contest

Will there be a shock winner at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest?

The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the most popular annual events that takes place across Europe. Over 180 million people tuned into the 2019 contest, which was won by the Netherlands. The final of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest final takes place on 22nd May in Rotterdam, where thirty-nine countries will take part in the live-streamed musical event.

The current favorites to win in 2021

There are a few acts that will be confident of winning the final, with the Eurovision song contest odds placing Malta as 4/1 favorite to win, who will be represented by their act, Destiny. They have never won the contest before but have finished in 2nd place on two occasions. Despite being the favorites, Malta will have to navigate a semi-final before they reach the main stage.

The second favorites to win are France, who are at 5/1 odds. Unlike the predicted winners, France has won the contest on five occasions, however, they haven’t won it since 1977.  Switzerland, Italy, and Bulgaria will also perhaps all fancy their chances of winning this year as well.

Will 2021 see a shock winner?

The United Kingdom hasn’t seen a Eurovision winner since 1997 – on that occasion, Katrina and the Waves won with the song “Love, Shine a Light.” The UK’s representation in 2021 will be James Newman, a singer-songwriter who has had a successful career in the industry – though many bookmakers believe that he is unlikely to win. 

Ireland is also seen as huge outsiders to win, but they are actually the most successful country in Eurovision’s history. They have won the competition on seven occasions, with the last success coming in 1996.

A previous shock winner

The 2011 edition was won by Azerbaijan, and it was seen as a huge shock at the time.  This was their first success in the competition, having only entered for the first time four years previously.

How many times has the host nation won Eurovision?

The host nation of the final has won Eurovision on seven occasions. The last time this occurred was in 1994 when the competition was won by Ireland. Looking back towards the upcoming contest, the Netherlands are, however, seen as huge outsiders to win.

A further brief history of Eurovision winners

The first edition of the contest was held in 1956. On that occasion, it was won by Switzerland. In 1969, four countries won the contest, which was the first and only time in which there were joint winners, all garnering the same score from international judges and the public vote. The United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands, and France all came in first place that year.

A few years later, in 1974, ABBA won their contest, and the Swedish pop group would go on to become music icons. Their winning song “Waterloo” is still popular all over the world.

There are several other countries that are yet to taste success in Eurovision. This list includes Iceland, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. Will the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest see a first-time winner?

Amber Van Day and Ilira "See You in Tears" single artwork shot by Roisino & Manuela Hall for use by 360 Magazine

AMBER VAN DAY × ILIRA – SEE YOU IN TEARS

RETURNS WITH FIREY NEW TRACK “SEE YOU IN TEARS” FEAT. ILIRA

LISTEN TO THE SONG HERE

Following her global Shazam success, Amber Van Day teams up with Ilira for the girl boss anthem “See You In Tears” After her debut single “Kids In The Corner” was featured in the epic opening scene of the No. 1 Netflix series “Fate: The Winx Saga” a few weeks ago, Amber Van Day has conquered the Global Shazam Charts. With the next highlight already on the way, Amber Van Day has teamed up with singer and songwriter Ilira to write and record the catchy pop anthem “See You In Tears” in the midst of the lockdown. But beware: these two ladies did not come to play. Listen HERE.

Amber Van Day and Ilira, a native of Switzerland with Kosovo-Albanian roots, have a clear statement to girls who make a pass at their boyfriends. Looking at him is kind of where they draw the line: “Like a puppy/in the window/he’s irresistible/so you want him/like I want him/but you’re delusional” The collab came to life after Amber Van Day and Ilira realized that they are big fans and have been following each other on Instagram for some time now.

Amber Van said, “I absolutely loved working with Ilira. We wrote a couple of songs together over lockdown and “See You In Tears” just felt like the song with the most sass! Ilira is such a great writer and I’m obsessed with her voice too. You could say we’re both a bit “out there” and not afraid of pushing boundaries. She’s a SERIOUS boss and empowers me as a female in the industry!”

Ilira continued, “I have been following Amber’s career for a long time. You could say I was a little fan girl of Amber’s. When we had the zoom session, I was in Switzerland at my parent’s house, the other co-writer was in Berlin, and Amber was in London, so it was a very international constellation. I find Amber to be just like me when it comes to perfectionism and passion. I really feel connected to her, especially character-wise. We are both ambitious women in an industry full of men, we just get each other.”

About Amber Van Day

After her debut single “Kids In The Corner” was picked up by the No.1 Netflix show “Fate: The Winx Saga” and featured in the epic opening scene, it immediately triggered hype on Shazam! The song has been searched over 250,000 times worldwide and shot to #17 on the Global Shazam Charts within a few days. In the US and Australia, the single reached #2 on the Shazam Discovery charts and landed some of the most important and influential radio playlists in Germany and other countries.

The Beau-Rivage Palace image by Weill for use by 360 Magazine

THE BEAU-RIVAGE PALACE REOPENS

The iconic, Swiss countryside resort in Lausanne reopens for the second time following COVID-19 lockdowns.

Located on the banks of Lake Geneva at the foot of the Swiss Alps, the Beau-Rivage Palace announced it is reopening its doors today­­–just in time for spring.

As the property marks its 160th anniversary, the hotel has taken advantage of the temporary closure and is debuting several upgrades. The Beau-Rivage wing is undergoing a glorious renovation, and the new Cinq Mondes Spa boasts a fresh space and innovative wellness concepts.

With its ten acres of lakeside private gardens and five restaurants and bars, the Beau-Rivage Palace is committed to the highest level of cleanliness and hygiene measures throughout every touch point of the guest experience. This protocol guarantees the safety and well-being of guests and staff members, ensuring a successful summer for the Swiss destination hotel. The property is planning enhanced programming for the coming months, starting with a festive Easter weekend.

For more information on the Beau-Rivage Palace, visit their website.

ABOUT THE BEAU-RIVAGE PALACE:

The Beau-Rivage Palace is situated on ten acres of private gardens, adjacent to Lake Geneva with spectacular views of the Swiss Alps. The property’s two Michelin starred restaurant, Anne-Sophie Pic at the Beau-Rivage Palace, features France’s only female chef with three Michelin stars. Other amenities include two bars and terraces, two tennis courts and a special program for children.

Muse by Rolls-Royce, Emma Rickett Rolls-Royce Motor Cars,for 360 Magazine

ROLLS-ROYCE DREAM COMMISSION CONCEPT ARTWORKS

“We are delighted to present the four shortlisted artworks of MUSE, The Rolls-Royce Art Programme’s inaugural Dream Commission at the Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland and the Serpentine, London. To be providing a vital platform for moving-image art at this critical time for the industry is befitting in the 110th year of our very own muse, the Spirit of Ecstasy. The concept artworks are compelling yet diverse; we look forward to the Jury’s decision as to who will be awarded the very first, Rolls-Royce Dream Commission.”
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

The Dream Commission is Rolls-Royce’s biennial prize, awarded to inspire greatness and foster creativity in the media of moving-image art. Artists Sondra Perry (USA), Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (Puerto Rico), Martine Syms (USA) and Zhou Tao (China) were selected by an international Jury of leading art world individuals, having been nominated by a panel of art industry figureheads, over the course of 2020.

Each artist has created a moving-image concept artwork, exploring the notion of ‘Dreams’, which will premiere on the websites of the Fondation Beyeler and Serpentine from 26th  February, 2021.

  • Lineage for a Phantom Zone by Sondra Perry, a meditation on lineage, longing, and memory using personal and online archival footage.
  • The Source by Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, which takes place against the backdrop of Puerto Rico, bringing the rich history and culture of the country to light.
  • SLIP by Martine Syms, which introduces viewers into the artist’s personal mythology; equal parts biological, psychological and sociological.
  • Three Hundred Miles Southwest by Zhou Tao, in which the artist moves the gaze of his lens from densely populated areas to a remote and almost mythological setting.

The works act as a proof of concept for consideration by the Jury, leading to one artist being awarded the Rolls-Royce Dream Commission in March 2021. The final artwork will be presented at the Fondation Beyeler in Autumn 2021.

“The last months have shown us how crucial the contribution of artists and the arts is to both society and our wellbeing. Supporting artists is more important than ever. It’s particularly difficult for artists in the field of media art to find the funds and resources to realize their work. The Dream Commission makes a very valuable contribution in this field. The concepts of the four shortlisted artists are a great first achievement and we are happy to present them online on our website.”
Sam Keller, Director, Fondation Beyeler

“Now more than ever, we should be listening to artists – it is often they who have the most important and prescient ideas about how one can act in times of crisis. All of our shortlisted artists address urgent issues of our time with remarkable vision and commitment. Their work is generous, engaged and empathetic. These artists all show us that, in the words of poet Etel Adnan, “the world needs togetherness not separation, love not suspicion. A common future, not isolation”. It has been a great pleasure to work with Rolls-Royce, Fondation Beyeler and my wonderful jury colleagues to support and highlight these important artists.”
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine

Click here to view the concept works: Fondation BeyelerSerpentine. Please be aware that some of the content includes strong language.

To stay up-to-date with exclusive content relating to Muse and the Dream Commission follow the Rolls Royce Muse Instagram. Discover Dream Commission content here.

The new Kunsthaus Zurich (Credit: KEYSTONE / CHRISTIAN BEUTLER) for 360 Magazine

KUNSTHAUS ZURICH MUSEUM EXTENSION

The $230-million, environmentally pioneering project will make it the largest art museum in Switzerland

The Kunsthaus Zurich, one of Switzerland’s most acclaimed museums with art collections ranging from the 13th century to the contemporary, will unveil a massive extension designed by David Chipperfield Architects, which will double the museum’s size, in October 2021.

Intended to breathe new life into the urban landscape and establish the museum as a cultural hub, the extension boasts multi-purpose workshops, a large event hall and art garden, plus a shop and bar. Many of the facilities will be open to the public outside museum hours, providing a space for artistic engagement and interaction for Zurich locals and visitors alike.

The extension is connected to the existing building by a 70-yard underground passage, which opens to a central lobby, made with recycled exposed concrete, light oak wood, white marble, and elegantly contoured limestone columns. Perhaps more notable than the sleek design, however, is the pioneering energy efficiency. Due to the building’s compact form, geothermal synthetic pipes, light-censored installations, and LED lighting, the total energy required for construction and operation marks a 75% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

The new extension makes the Kunsthaus the largest art museum in Switzerland, with a total of more than 120,000 square feet. An integral part of the extension is “Tactile Lights,” a large-scale project by Pipilotti Rist that can be experienced around the museum’s surrounding Heimplatz Square. The exhibition includes an artistically designed mast that projects round, colored patches of light onto the surrounding facades in the evening, while videos are projected onto statues nearby.

Throughout April and May 2021, the Kunsthaus will host a sound installation by Choreographer William Forsythe. The grand opening will take place on October 9 and 10, 2021, with the Kunsthaus Collection being presented for the first time along with the prestigious private Bührle, Merzbacher and Looser collections.

Kaelen Felix illustration for 360 MAGAZINE Rolex article

Rolex Watches are Still the Ultimate Fashion Accessory

Rolex is among the most renowned brands on the planet. It was established in London in 1905 but is now headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. What makes Rolex unique is its unwavering dedication to the niche craft of luxury watchmaking. 

The brand only makes watches, but this has not prevented it from being a sign of wealth and elegance in contemporary culture. This may be attributed to the fact that so many famous personalities have been linked to Rolex watches across time. 

It’s definitely an item that signifies prestige, not just a watch. Maybe this is the rationale for the long-lasting popularity of the company.

What Makes Rolex Special?

You might think Rolex watches are going out of style now, since their only real feature that can also be accomplished via your smartphone. That raises the question, ‘Why are Rolex watches so pricey? When you focus on the lengthy method of making only one Rolex watch, you could start thinking that they’re actually reasonably priced!

The components Rolex requires to create its watches are not used by anybody else in the industry. For most brands of the world, their steel timepieces use mostly 316L, a form of stainless steel, in their manufacturing process. 

Rolex, on the other hand, chooses to use 904L steel for its watches. This form of steel is much more complicated to process than its 316L equivalent, and the production cost is also considerably higher. 

Rolex’s expertise in luxury watches and time-tested knowledge makes it the first company in the world to be able to manufacture its products in this way, and the outcome is a stylish design that rises above its rivals. In addition, the organization has set up a range of testing laboratories to help establish strategies for streamlining and developing its products. 

The watches are constructed using advanced equipment and then finished by human hands to give it an immaculate look. All these considerations contribute to grant Rolex watches a high end starting price as well.

How Much Will a Rolex Cost?

Rolex watches are designed to be luxurious products that will last for decades, and it is no wonder that this model has a high value. The affordable models start at about £5,000, but for antique timepieces and the new styles, you might have to surpass £15,000 to land the watch you like. 

One of the advantages of owning a Rolex watch is that it can be used as a kind of savings. Many models are expected to hang on to their popularity, and some iconic pieces, such as the Datejust or the Daytona, are proven to increase in value. If you are trying to assess the worth of a particular Rolex watch, the first move is to locate its serial and model code. 

Where Should You Buy a Rolex From?

If you’ve chosen to take the plunge to purchase your own Rolex watch, there are a range of choices to consider. If you can manage it, the ideal choice is to order directly from one of the manufacturer’s approved outlets at a full cost. Even so, you can still choose to buy a pre-owned Rolex at a cheaper price.

A highly desired brand, such as Rolex, will have many forgeries and fakes on the market as well, and a new buyer may find it difficult to access the marketplace. 
The easiest approach is to buy from a reliable professional buyer who has many consumer ratings for reputation.  These sellers are experienced in the purchasing and sale of premium products and also have experts available to analyze the commodity so that reasonable value can be calculated. 

In Conclusion

A Rolex can mean a lot to the outside world. The picture of class, reputation, and riches is all that Rolex has to do. What is more significant, though, is the impact it has on you, the wearer. 

It’s really one of the most special and personal things you can buy for yourself, and this timeless watch will never go out of style! 

Headshot of Lumane for 360 Magazine

Rising Star, Lumane

Switzerland native Lumane is not your typical pop artist. Much of her inspiration stems from her mother playing “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven on the piano when she was just a toddler. At four-years-old, Lumane put her foot forward to be like her mom learning to play different instruments throughout the years to come. In the mix of that was learning to use her vocal gift in hopes of expressing her creative side.
Lumane had the opportunity to audition her talents at the age of 13 in front of superstar judges in Germany on a show called “Das Supertalent”, which is similar to America’s Got Talent. She sang her heart out only to be left with no invitation back. Lumane was determined to grow. Years later with thousands of hours put into vocal lessons and practice, she auditioned for The Voice in Switzerland making her way through 3 rounds. This progress wasn’t enough for Lumane.
Lumane did not give up. With the support of her family, she pushed further to achieve her dreams. She bought a plane ticket to New York to continue her studies in the city that never sleeps. While being in school 6 days a week to study Musical Theatre and Acting for Film & TV she continued writing and producing her own songs on the side. After finishing the two-year program she realized that songwriting and pop music was her true passion, not musical theatre. This lead her to audition for the Berklee College of Music in Boston and started her studies there only a couple of months later. Being surrounded by like-minded musicians was exactly the inspiration Lumane needed. After only two semesters at Berklee, an opportunity to finally take the first steps in using her talents to professionally create and record her first set of songs presented itself.
She packed her bags, returned her apartment keys, bought a plane ticket to Nashville, TN to start actively working on her dream instead of just learning about it in class and books. Lumane finished her degree from Berklee online while writing songs with award-winning producers and writers. This first true experience in the music industry left her thirsty for more.
In her music, Lumane wants to tell her story and experiences – moving to a different continent at 18 years young by herself, being an immigrant in the US and meeting the love of her life, as well as empower people to stand up for themselves and for what they believe is right. All of this comes wrapped in powerful vocals and beautiful melodies, accompanied by explosive beats and heartbreaking piano parts.
Lumane worked with a Grammy-nominated producer on songs like “Taboo”, “Letters”, and “White Lies” which are three recent releases from this electro-pop artist. Her next song titled “Poison” is a story we all have – the feeling you get when you find the right person for you after only meeting toxic people and seeing right through them. Sounds like a good song, right? You can hear for yourself on all streaming platforms.

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Sir Richard Branson’s luxury lodge to re-open in December

The Lodge, part of the luxury collection of properties from Virgin Limited Edition will once again be re-opening its doors this December, welcoming guests back for the winter season.

Its timely re-opening coincides with the relaxation of Switzerland’s quarantine conditions from almost all countries, meaning travellers no longer need to quarantine on arrival leaving plenty of opportunity to enjoy the slopes and some much-needed mountain air.

Perched high in the Swiss Alps, and complete with nine stunning bedrooms and suites, an indoor pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs and a friendly team of experienced staff including Michelin-star trained chefs, The Lodge is a true alpine paradise, ideal for the ultimate luxury ski holiday.

With the option to book The Lodge exclusively, it offers the perfect winter escape in the current climate. Exclusive use rates, of nine rooms accommodating up to eighteen guests, start from CHF 150,000 (£126,675) for a 7-night stay and are valid for arrivals from 13th December 2020 – 11th April 2021, subject to availability.

For the first time The Lodge will also be introducing new rates for smaller groups, offering the option to book up to six rooms from only CHF 110,000 (£92,895), or, up to four rooms at CHF 90,000 (£76,005) for a seven night stay, whilst still having exclusivity of The Lodge. Stays of three or four nights will also be possible for select dates in the season.

All rates are inclusive of luxury accommodation, all meals including a light lunch for those guests not eating on the mountain, all drinks including a top-quality wine list and house champagne, a dedicated team, inclusive of a driver service within Verbier, plus all local taxes.

“We are so excited to be re-opening our doors and welcoming our guests back for the winter season,” said Ashley Walker, General Manager at The Lodge. “While The Lodge has been temporarily closed, there has been an enormous amount of work behind the scenes from our team to ensure we are in the very best position to welcome back our guests with meticulous safety and hygiene measures, ensuring complete peace of mind and trust in everything we do.

“We are working closely with local authorities to ensure we are meeting all local safety regulations, but Verbier will still very much be open and our beautiful lodge set at the foothills of the mountain offers the ultimate privacy with all of the extra little touches and luxuries you have come to expect from any of our Virgin Limited Edition properties.”

For bookings please call T: 0800 716 919 (UK toll free). Alternatively e-mail enquiries@virginlimitededition.com

World’s largest Lindt chocolate shop and museum to open in Zurich, Switzerland as announced by 360 MAGAZINE and illustrated by KaelenFelix. .

World’s Largest Lindt Chocolate Shop

The Lindt Home of Chocolate, a 65,000-square-foot museum complete with interactive exhibitions, the world’s largest Lindt chocolate shop, a ‘Chocolateria’ and the world’s largest chocolate fountain, will open its doors in Zurich on September 13.

Designed by the Basel-based architectural firm Christ & Gantenbein, the contemporary, light-filled museum building in Zurich’s Kilchberg suburb will complement the historic Lindt and Sprüngli factory building, which dates back to 1899.

Multimedia chocolate exhibitions will cover the origins of the cocoa bean, the history of the production process and the food’s cultural legacy. In the ‘Chocolateria,’ participants can create their own masterpieces as Lindt Master Chocolatiers in training. The pièce de résistance is the chocolate fountain, standing more than 30 feet tall in the imposing entrance, the largest chocolate fountain in the world.

Ivory Rowen, illustration, 360 MAGAZINE, FILM, TV

Film Funding Post-COVID

In a new interview with CMRubinWorld, Locarno Film Festival’s Artistic Director Lili Hinstin says Federal Council in Switzerland and Locarno will adopt measures to support culture and filmmakers.

The global recession following the pandemic has impacted arts funding all over the world, but in Switzerland, the government wants to help. In a new interview with CMRubinWorld, Lili Hinstin, Artistic Director of the Locarno Film Festival, tells C.M.Rubin, Founder of CMRubinWorld, that “the Federal Council has decided to adopt a package of measures to support culture in the country, and that includes the cinema sector as well.”

Hinstin says the film industry in Switzerland is suffering serious consequences because of the pandemic and the economic crisis. Locarno has decided to launch “The Films After Tomorrow,” an initiative that “aims to help filmmakers who had their project put on hold because of the pandemic.” 10 international and 10 Swiss projects will be selected by juries and will award a 70,000 CHF prize for each international and Swiss selection that will be used to finish the films.

Lili Hinstin is the Artistic Director of the Locarno Film Festival. The Festival, one of the longest-running film festivals in the world, is known for its prestigious platform for art house films where filmmakers such as John Waters, Albert Serra and even Parasite duo Song Kang-ho and Bong Joon-ho have been featured. The Festival is held every August in Locarno, Switzerland. Read more about Locarno here.

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