Bogotá will host the 6th International Nightlife Congress, 5th Golden Moon Awards and 6th ExpoBAR Fair on November 13thOn said date, the list of "The World's 100 Best Clubs" 2019 will be released.These events will be held at Theatron, Gold Member venue of the International Nightlife Association
We are pleased to announce that for the second year in a row the city of Bogotá (Colombia) will host the 6thInternational Nightlife Congress and the 5th Golden Moon Awards on November 13th, together with the 6th Colombia’s ExpoBar Fair, organized by the Colombian Nightlife Association, Asobares.
ExpoBar is Colombia’s most important nighttime entertainment event with more than 3.000 attendees including representatives of the industry, staff, authorities and sponsors creating a forum where key issues are discussed and possible solutions are provided relating to Colombia's nightlife industry. The chosen venue for said events is Theatron Bogotá, who recently became a Gold Member of the International Nightlife Association.
As you may know, the INA holds an annual international congress and awards ceremony and has decided to celebrate this year’s edition once again jointly with Asobares and the 6th edition of the ExpoBar Fair.
During the evening of November 13th , the International Nightlife Association will host the 5th Golden Moon Awards where among other awards, the list of “The World’s 100 Best Clubs 2019” will be released. The World's Best Club position is currently occupied by Hï Ibiza.
Asobares' president, Mr. Camilo Ospina Guzmán stated today, "We are very happy that the most important nightlife fair in Colombia comes together again with the most important nightlife congress in the world to hold a big event that will have a notable influence on nightlife all over the world".
According to Mr. Joaquim Boadas de Quintana, Secretary General of the International Nightlife Association, "We are proud to hold our annual event together once more with ExpoBAR, hosted by our member association in Colombia, Asobares. I would also like to make an appeal to the leading nightlife businesses in the world to take part in these events, since they will mark a trend towards the future of our sector at a worldwide level".
Becoming the first recommended venues by our organization in Singapore and Mainland China
Chic, exotic and effortlessly cool – Bar Rouge's conceptis the undisputed embodiment of the DJ, drink and dance culture. A trend-setting nightlife destination that gives revelers an energetic and fun brand of play only seen in some of the world’s finest clubs, Bar Rouge is a unique nightclub experience only found within Asia, marked with an international appeal.
The opening of Bar RougeShanghai in 2004 atop Bund 18 announced a new era in the city nightlife. Rapidly becoming the city’s go-to venue offering a unique combination of high style and unbeatable Shanghai skyline views from its rooftop terrace – Sexy crowds, international DJs, fantastic theme parties, and unique Champagne celebration rituals, contribute to its amazing ambiance night after night, becoming an icon of Shanghai’s glamorous nightlife. The club has hosted awe-inspiring performances from top DJs such as: David Guetta, Bob Sinclar, Dennis Ferrer and Claptone, to name just a few.
The latest renovation at the beginning of 2019 provides an evolved experience upon setting foot on to its new star-dazzled long entrance runway; a rectangular island bar centerpiece takes pride of place within the interior space, with the introduction of unrivalled interplay between club lights, sound system, 10 LED screens and a sweeping dance floor.
The new rooftop terrace offers striking views over the futuristic skyline of Shanghai, featuring a larger elevated VIP seating area, and at the core of its design “Shanghai’s longest rooftop bar”, located on the Bund, promises an unforgettable nightlife experience from dusk till dawn.
In 2017 Bar Rouge Singapore opened its doors
As the first international outpost of Shanghai’s glamorous rooftop nightclub brand, since 2017 Bar Rouge Singapore (watch presentation video) takes crowning residence on the pinnacle of the tallest hotel in the city, the iconic Swissôtel The Stamford. From its 71st and 72nd floors, Bar Rouge Singapore delivers unparalleled and stunning views of the cityscape, overlooking quintessential local landmarks including the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay as well as the urban jungle that Singapore boasts; earning the distinction as Asia’s Highest Dusk to Dawn Club.
Bar Rouge Singapore’sdynamic entertainment line-up sees outstanding performances by the club’s hallmark of acrobatic dancers with the most coveted local and internationally renowned DJs, fused with the comfort of top-notch genial hotelier service. The club’s high-octane and cutting-edge music injects energy to the night scene, welcoming all walks of life to the space.
Floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing the panoramic skyline are set against a backdrop of chic glossy black interiors. Flushed in rouge lighting to bring out subtle sensuality, Bar Rouge’s contemporary décor is accented by gratifying Asian muse photography portraits and edgy neon-lit quotes.
Bar Rouge Singapore and Bar Rouge Shanghai are the newest members of the International Nightlife Association’s Gold Member community that continues to expand to different territories worldwide. INA’s Gold Membership offers benefits and services that besides being a worldwide recommended venue, allow for exclusive benefits such as being recommended venues to members of luxury concierge companies. Among other benefits are access to the Triple Excellence in Nightlife, the highest nightlife distinction made up of international seals of safety, acoustic quality and quality of service.
This morning in Dubai the International Nightlife Association has granted Cavalli Club Dubai with the “Double Excellence in Nightlife”, being the first nightlife venue in the Middle East achieving said distinction. The Double Excellence in Nightlife is an initiative which is already being adopted by many nightlife venues around the world, said venues have to overcome a series of requirements in order to obtain the double certification. The international double certification is made up of the International Nightlife Safety Certified (INSC) seal and the International Nightlife Acoustic Quality (INAQ) seal which is a clear voluntary action taken by nightlife venues in order to provide the maximum quality of protection and service to protect not only clients but also workers and neighbors.
Cavalli Club Dubai has shown it’s clear vow for excellence by complying with all requirements and successfully passing the two field inspections. For this reason, the International Nightlife Association's Secretary General, Joaquim Boadas, personally has visited the venue and has handed the Double Excellence Certificate to the General Manager of Cavalli Club Dubai, Hayan Abou Assali, who has stated "we are very proud to be the first venue in the Middle East to obtain this international double distinction since it demonstrates our commitment to excellence as well as our pledge to provide the best for our clients and workers".
As you may know, the first venues in the world to obtain the Double Excellence in Nightlife distinction were Pacha Barcelona, Shôko, Bestial, Carpe Diem Lounge Club, Opium Mar, Ice Bar and Agua. All these venues are located at the Barceloneta Beach Front said to be the busiest and most visited nightlife area in all Europe.
The international safety seal that bears the name "International Nightlife Safety Certified (INSC)", requires the nightlife to pass a rigorous field inspection to certify that the venue disposes of one or several cardiac resuscitators( depending on venue capacity), a portable metal detector at the entrances of the premises, a breathalyzer at the exit of the premises, a map indicating the emergency exits exposed in their accesses, implement a protocol for the prevention of sexual harassment, and having their employees pass a 4-hour practical course on safety issues, as well as checking the proper functioning of emergency exits with anti-panic bars, the existence of revised extinguishers, the possession of a certificate of solidity of the premises and layout of fire-retardant furniture and decorative material. The seal also requires a series of posters on the prohibition of the sale of alcohol to minors, prohibition of possession, consumption, and sale of drugs as well as a recommendation to drink responsibly.
The second seal making up the Double Excellence is the International Nightlife Acoustic Quality (INAQ) being its main goal is to improve acoustic matters in venues in order to protect the hearing health of clients and workers as well as better the coexistence between neighbors and the community by reducing acoustic pollution. The main novelty of said seal is that the nightlife venue must have acoustic ear protectors available to customers and workers who are in areas where the acoustic level exceeds 90 dB (A). In addition, among other requirements to obtain this seal, the premises must have double doors, emit less than 45db (A) towards the outside environment, have posters warning of possible damages to the auditory system in areas where there is an exposure greater than 90 dB (A) , have posters at exits asking to respect the rest of the neighbors, emit less than 30 dB (A) towards the indoor environment of neighboring homes accredited with the corresponding acoustic audit and have exceeded a course on acoustic matters for its staff.
Currently, the International Nightlife Association has developed a third seal, the International Nightlife Quality Service (INQS) seal to make up the “Triple Excellence in Nightlife”. Said seal will evaluate venues through a mystery audit in terms of service quality, amongst the aspects that are audited are customer service, VIP services, communication and social media, decoration, comfort, etc. Cavalli Club Dubai is already implementing this INQS seal and so is in the process of making up the "Triple Excellence in Nightlife" distinction.
Lastly, we would like to add that having this triple international distinction will be taken into account and add points to the final ranking of "The Worlds 100 Best Clubs" list which the International Nightlife Association produces annually and that this year will be made public in Bogotá (Colombia) this upcoming November.
We are pleased to attach a picture of INA’s Secretary General, Joaquim Boadas handing the Double Excellence in Nightlife certification to Cavalli Club Dubai’s General Manager Hayan Abou Assali.
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A former nightclub promoter in Amsterdam is part of a worldwide movement to bring nightlife in from the dark.
Mirik Milan is what the Dutch call the nachtburgemeester — the night mayor — of Amsterdam. He’s in Vancouver this week to talk to politicians, planners and business owners about the importance of nightlife to the city’s economy and what can be done to improve the Granville Entertainment District (GED).
Milan describes what he does as “city planning at night” that involves building a coalition that includes civic officials, police, the nightlife industry and residents. The nighttime economy has its own needs and requirements and isn’t just an afterthought to what goes on during the day, he said.
A successful night mayor, Milan said, needs a nightlife scene that speaks with one voice. On the other side, he said it needs politicians, planners and other daytime people who are willing to listen to “our ideas.”
“We always say that you need top-down and bottom-up structures in place,” Milan said.
The Hospitality Vancouver Association (HVA) has brought Milan to the city for three days. The association advocates for clubs, pubs and other businesses along Granville Street and the Davie Village. He’s speaking to Vancouver city council May 2.
According to the HVA, the 14 liquor-primary businesses in the GED are responsible for more than 900 jobs and $43.5 million in annual revenue.
Milan became the world’s first night mayor in 2014 in an election where the voters included people at festivals, club and bar owners, and the online public. He’s in a unique position as the head of what The Guardian called a “small but influential non-profit” group funded by business and the City of Amsterdam.
Milan has worked for VICE, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and DIESEL. He was a co-host of a EDM club night called RAUW.
Seven or eight years ago Amsterdam and its nightlife were at a crossroads, Milan said.
“People were saying, ‘We’re losing the young, creative (people), they’re moving to Berlin where there are no closing hours,’ ” he said.
One of the ways Amsterdam responded was by creating 24-hour venues. They’re located outside of the city centre at sites able to accommodate them. What’s radical is that operators can decide their own opening and closing hours.
Granting a licence to a 24-hour centre is contingent on the application’s creative content, which brings together music, art and culture. One successful centre is called De School, which has a daytime café, a higher-end restaurant, art gallery and gym. The nightclub is in the basement.
“We wanted to spread out tourists over the city and make the city attractive for a young, creative workforce and reduce brain drain to other cities because they weren’t finding what they needed,” he said.
In Amsterdam, the 24-hour venues are about 20 minutes — about six kilometres — by bicycle. That was once considered way to far to bike to a club. Now people are regularly cycling 20 to 25 minutes at night to get to the venues, Milan said.
What the 24-hour centres do is give people a destination outside the city centre. They also help address the problem of having thousands of people on the street when all the bars and nightclubs close at the same time as they do on Granville.
“You can extend your night a couple of hours if it is a good night, close early if it isn’t,” Milan said about the 24-hour centres. “It gives entrepreneurs more room to try things out.”
The new venues are having a big impact in and outside of Amsterdam.
“Now people are saying that Amsterdam is one of the club capitals of the world,” he said.
While Milan is focused on nightlife entertainment, he sees himself as an advocate for anyone working at night outside of non-traditional nine-to-five hours. He said it’s part of having a 24-hour vision of the city.
“Let us prepare for the future,” he said. “How do we make sure that late-night workers have the same rights as during the day?”
The idea of a night mayor is one that has quickly spread throughout the world. Night mayors, or their equivalents, are now in cities that include New York, London and Paris.
One of Milan’s successes in Amsterdam is the transformation in Rembrandtplein, a 17th-century square in the city centre. The city’s daytime mayor said something had to be done about the 250 incidents a year related to alcohol and violence. The three-year plan that was developed included:
• Removing obstacles in public spaces. One of the most difficult initiatives was convincing Amsterdam residents they could neither park their bikes nor ride them in the plaza and surrounding narrow streets.
• Creating Rembrandtplein Hosts who are on the streets Friday and Saturday nights. They’re social workers with medical training who are skilled at de-escalating situations.
• Creating a mobile website to handle complaints. If there’s an incident, it can be dealt with right away — rather than having an official respond hours or days later when the problem has disappeared.
After two years there has been a 30-per-cent decrease in nuisances, which include littering and shouting, and a 25-per cent drop in alcohol-related incidents from 250 to under 200.
“People in a city really have to work together and find their own strategy,” he said.