THE REBELS 2016: BEST INTERACTION WITH NEIGHBOURHOOD

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The REBEL for BEST INTERACTION WITH NEIGHBOURHOOD is all about insightful integration with the local cultural landscape with the power to transform, elevate or highlight the profile of a neighbourhood, whether through an unconventional launch location, work with local creatives or inclusive events involving the community.

Discover this year’s shortlist below and remember to vote for your winner by 8 June. The REBELS will be revealed at Delano South Beach on 9 June at the official REBELS and Closing Party, brought to you by Travel+Leisure and hosted by Morgans Hotel Group.


ACE HOTEL NEW YORK: 5 AT 5 WITH PRESERVATION HALL AND MARTIN GUITAR

OBJECTIVE

Ace Hotel’s 5 at 5 series with Martin Guitar invites nationally-recognized musicians to commandeer our intimate communal spaces — presenting free, five-song acoustic performances at 5pm. In collaboration with New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ace hosted a unique iteration of 5 at 5 that placed special attention on music education — pairing the band with some of our favorite young performers.

HOW DID YOU INTERACT WITH THE NEIGHBOURHOOD?

Promising talent from the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music participated in a special master class with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band — an educational outreach that culminated in a live performance. As a program that regularly presents the opportunity for guests and neighbors to engage in a one-of-a-kind cultural experiences, 5 at 5 infuses Ace’s common spaces with the energy of our surrounding community.

RESULTS

This outreach program cemented a cross-cultural bridge between New York and the musically-rich city of New Orleans, with local music students creating lasting connections among established players from the jazz capital. Our production partners at Show Cobra also created stunning video documentation that showcased both the master class and the performance.


PULITZER AMSTERDAM: PLASTIC WHALE

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OBJECTIVE

The Pulitzer is currently building their own boat out of plastic waste collected from the Amsterdam canals. Plastic Whale is the first plastic fishing company in the world – and builds design boats made from Amsterdam canal plastic. The Pulitzer, together with the Plastic Whale, involve as many inhabitants and visitors of Amsterdam to make the Amsterdam Canals plastic free.

HOW DID YOU INTERACT WITH THE NEIGHBOURHOOD?

We invite as many of our guests and neighbors to go plastic fishing with us. For example; the day after the Gay Parade and after SAIL Amsterdam we went fishing with about 60 neighbors, colleagues and guests to clean the canals. We intend to do this even more frequently in 2016.

RESULTS

The results was the collection of tons of plastic waste, which we used to build a new boat. The new boat will be finished in March of 2016.


THE THIEF: RED CROSS – NETWORKING AFTER IMPRISONMENT

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OBJECTIVE

The Thief supports Oslo Red Cross´ Networking-activity after imprisonment (ORCN) – helping former inmates find new leisure activities and enter new social arenas to create new social networks essential to prevent the ex-inmates relapse into crime. We wanted to give back to the community, and with a name like ours, this felt like the perfect way to do it.

HOW DID YOU INTERACT WITH THE NEIGHBOURHOOD?

The Thief organized several activities to support ORCN. “The Thief Music Unplugged” was a festival located on the rooftop of the hotel in summer. During “The Thief Tree” members from the neighborhood donated gifts to the families of former inmates. In addition, The Thief participated in the “Red Bike Race”, a fundraiser where our employees competed in a race with inmates inside Oslo prison.

RESULTS

During “The Thief Music Unplugged” we were able to raise NOK 30 000 (USD 3 500) for ORCN. During “The Thief Tree” 220 Christmas gifts were donated to family members of inmates, all marked with age and gender and placed under the Christmas tree in our lobby. In the “Red Bike Race” we got at 26th place for men and 23rd place for women. Next year we’ll get even better results 😉


UXUA CASA HOTEL & SPA: CAPOERIA SUL DA BAHIA

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OBJECTIVE

Harmonious immersion is the goal of UXUA owner/designer Wilbert Das (former Creative Director of Italian fashion label, Diesel).   Das created a 5-star hotel in Trancoso, a culturally rich Bahian fishing village, for guests to enjoy life as locals, including celebrating traditions like capoeira. In August of 2015, UXUA sponsored the biannual Capoeira Sul da Bahia festival. UXUA is also the benefactor of a local school where children study capoeira for free.

HOW DID YOU INTERACT WITH THE NEIGHBOURHOOD?

UXUA hosted capoeira professors from all over the world at the August Capoeira Sul da Bahia’s international congress. Hundreds of youth participated, and the school’s roda – public exhibitions – on Trancoso’s Historic Quadrado and the beach are legendary. UXUA’s relationship with Capoeira Sul Da Bahia has few boundaries, its professors visit the hotel to teach guests too (100% of lesson cost is donated to the school)!

RESULTS

Through Capoeira Sul da Bahia and UXUA’s school sponsorship, 300+ members of the Trancoso community benefit from the education- and instruction- of this art form that was originally founded by Bahian slaves – a means of self-defense masked as dance. UXUA has long pushed for international awareness of capoeira, and actively campaigned for its recognition by UNESCO, which was achieved when the sport granted protected status as an “intangible cultural heritage of humanity.”


WILDERNESS SAFARIS: VANISHING KINGS – LIONS OF THE NAMIB

 

OBJECTIVE

To ensure that the premiere of the highly anticipated documentary, “Vanishing Kings – Lions of the Namib”, included the local communities in Namibia’s Kunene region who share their land with the lions and have to deal with the real issues of human/wildlife conflict on a regular basis. Sustainable ecotourism and conservation depends on the buy-in and support of local communities.

HOW DID YOU INTERACT WITH THE NEIGHBOURHOOD?

The film was translated into Damara and taken on a roadshow to the communities of the Kunene region. The reception at Bergsig was extraordinary. A large screen was erected at the school and the Damara version of the film was shown at sunset. Approximately 320 children and 150 adults from the village attended the event. Other conservation events were held in Windhoek, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

RESULTS

A greater understanding from the Bergsig community regarding the importance of conserving the desert lions, even during difficult times of human/wildlife conflict. International awareness created around the importance of Dr Flip Stander’s Desert Lion Conservation project and why this remote region is a must-visit for all ecotourism travellers.


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