SAN FRANCISCO—Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, today unveiled details of the first ever Airbnb Open SpotlightTM presented by American Express®, taking place on Saturday, November 19, in Los Angeles. The event, which is the finale of this year’s Airbnb Open, will bring a festival atmosphere to downtown Los Angeles, with performances by top bands and DJs, an exclusive film screening, art and theatre productions and a showcase of small businesses.
Airbnb Open Spotlight has been created to celebrate LA culture for both visitors and locals attending Airbnb Open. Today’s announcement represents just a small selection of who and what will be on stage with more to be announced in the coming weeks.
- Maroon 5 Headline Performance: Capturing their first of three Grammy Awards as “Best New Artist” of 2005 and going on to sell more than 17 million albums worldwide, Maroon 5 will be performing in the heart of downtown Los Angeles as an exclusive extension of their only North American tour of 2016. Also joining the stage is emerging international Swedish star, LÉON, who is captivating the world with her new single, Tired of Talking, which was remixed by the likes of A-Trak and hip hop star, G-Eazy.
- Screening of Lionsgate’s “La La Land”: Starring Oscar-Nominated Actress Emma Stone and Oscar-Nominated Actor Ryan Gosling, LA LA LAND will exclusively screen at the iconic Theater at the Ace Hotel, giving Airbnb Open Spotlight attendees the chance to see this much anticipated movie which opens December 2.
- Strut & Fret Production House: Performing at the famous Los Angeles Theater, internationally acclaimed arts company Strut & Fret Production House will debut a one-of-a-kind theatrical spectacle which will include a night of vintage glamour, high-end spectacle and acts to illuminate and delight.
- Shop Small Market: The Shop Small Market® curated by American Express is a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, celebrating the local small businesses of Los Angeles. From 12p.m.-10p.m. on November 19 in the Spring Lot in downtown Los Angeles, consumers will have the opportunity to discover and support new and local small businesses from a variety of industries including retail, art, design, culinary, services and more.
“Airbnb Open is designed to be a festival of experiences that represent the local culture and flavor of our host city. This year we find ourselves in Los Angeles, a city with many layers and incredible diversity of talent,” said Chip Conley, Head of Global Hospitality at Airbnb. “At Spotlight, we are bringing together the very best that Los Angeles has to offer from Grammy nominated musicians, Oscar nominated actors and actresses, to up and coming local performing acts and businesses.”
During Spotlight, four of the historic, beautiful theaters along Broadway including The Orpheum and Theater at Ace Hotel, along with three outdoor stages, will delight participants as they discover new food, artistic installations and performances throughout our urban festival. To get tickets to Airbnb Open Spotlight, there will be an American Express Card Member presale in which Card Members can purchase tickets from September 19 -21 by visiting www.airbnbopen.com/openspotlight and enjoy VIP access at the venues and events. Starting September 22, general admission tickets can be purchased by visiting www.airbnbopen.com/openspotlight/tickets.
Also happening on Saturday, November 19, at the Airbnb Open will be the annual Belo Awards hosted by The Late Late Show’s James Corden, where Airbnb community members will be honored with awards for the best of the best in hospitality. For a chance to attend the Belo Awards, tickets can be purchased by visiting https://airbnbopen.com/passes.
The third Airbnb Open will take place from November 17-19 in Los Angeles, and combines visionary talks and company updates with music, art and food, celebrating the very best of this eclectic and resurgent city. For more information, visit www.airbnb.com/open.
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