Video Games Live in Dubai
- United Arab Emirates: Wednesday, September 19 - 2012 at 16:18
- PRESS RELEASE
Video Games Live, a complete celebration and multimedia concert experience featuring music from the most popular video games of all time, is making its way to the Middle East for the first time on the 14th of December, 2012 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The concert was announced at a joint press conference between Video Games Live, event organizers Cyclops Communications and the UAE National Symphony Orchestra.
Performed by top orchestras and choirs from the various countries around the world where these events take place, the music at the first ever Middle East concert in Dubai will be performed by the UAE National Symphony Orchestra.
The show combines exclusive video footage and music arrangements with synchronized lighting, solo performers, stage show production, special FX, electronic percussionists and unique interactive segments.
Whether it's the power and passion of the more recent blockbusters or the excitement of remembering the sentimental classics you played growing up, it will truly be a special night to remember for the entire family.
The show has a segment dedicated to the old retro arcade classics - but there is also modern music and older, more memorable pieces that no one has ever heard played live.
The show is created and produced by legendary video game composer and industry icon, Tommy Tallarico, who is personally involved in every show. Aside from producing, Tommy is on stage for every show as emcee and performing on guitar.
The video game industry puts on the show to help encourage and support the art and culture that video games have become. Video Games Live bridges a gap for entertainment by exposing new generations of music lovers and fans to the symphonic orchestral experience while also providing a completely new and unique experience for families and non-gamers.
Dubai-based events company, Cyclops Communications are the people behind the initiative to bring the internationally popular live performance show to the Middle East for the first time.
The concert in December will be the first of more to come, according to Managing Partner, Sumeet Aggarwal, "As a gaming fan, bringing Video Games Live to the Middle East has always been an ambition for me, and given the success of the event around the world, we are confident the enthusiasm will be shared amongst all the gamers in the region. However, this is an event that also appeals to families, cultural explorers and live arts performance fans and we have signed to bring this experience to different cities in the Middle East for the next five years."
Described by the New York Times as "Captivating!" and "Bombastic!", the record breaking and award winning Video Games Live has continued its mission to demonstrate to the world how artistic and culturally significant video games and their music have become. Performing to sold-out crowds around the globe, Video Games Live has been thrilling gamers, families and mainstream audiences since its initial inception in 2002.
"This is an incredible opportunity for us to reach an audience that normally may not be familiar with how popular video games have become in the Middle East and how amazing the music can be," said prolific game composer and CEO of Video Games Live, Tommy Tallarico.
"It's an honor for us to be a part of such a groundbreaking event with Cyclops Communications and I'm really excited about the potential positive effects this will have on the entire regional gaming industry and its millions of fans," he added.
The live show features audience participation with special interactive segments where people from the audience come up and compete while the orchestra plays the music in perfect synchronization with the visuals on screen. Video Games Live Franchises currently represented include Mario, Zelda, Halo, Final Fantasy, Warcraft, Sonic, Metal Gear Solid, Kingdom Hearts, Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Myst, Tron, Castlevania, Medal of Honor, God of War, BioShock, Civilization IV, Tomb Raider, Harry Potter, Beyond Good & Evil, Advent Rising, EverQuest II, Monkey Island, Earthworm Jim, Pac-Man, Conan, Headhunter, Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six, Jade Empire, Metroid, Contra, Guitar Hero and a special Classic Arcade Medley featuring over 20+ games from Pong to Donkey Kong including such classics as Dragon's Lair, Tetris, Frogger, Ghosts 'n Goblins, Gauntlet, Space Invaders, Outrun and many more.
There is a Pre Show Festival & Post Show Meet-n-Greet open to all ticket holders - at no extra cost! Pre-Show activities include game demonstrations and Guitar Hero competition, costume contest and prize give-a-ways. The Post-Show activities include meet and greet opportunities with industry designers/creators, composers/sound designers, voice actors, performers and more special guests.
Tickets for Video Games Live are on sale now online at the Box Office ME, Virgin Megastore Tickets and Time Out Tickets. The Press Show Festival starts at and the concert will begin at 7:30 pm.
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