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Puccini, Donizetti, Verdi…. and a sip of JUNA

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In a few weeks time, the 2012 Season of London’s Opera Holland Park kicks off, one of the true highlights and foremost cultural summer events in the British capital. Come and enjoy the magic of opera. We’ll be there too!

Every year the event’s producers elevate an impressive theatre with canopy in the middle of the beautiful grounds of Holland Park in the heart of Kensington, creating a magical atmosphere just minutes away from the buzz and crowds of Central London.

Enjoying world class opera in a unique London setting with classic as well as more obscure and rare productions staged by leading international casts, the City of London Sinfonia Orchestra and the summer breeze during sunset is an unforgettable experience. No surprise that Opera Holland Park was named Best Opera Company 2010 by The Sunday Times.

That a passionate aria takes you miles away from the hustle and bustle of daily life is proven by this amusing flashmob performace at a London Tesco’s. Watch the cast and chorus of Opera Holland Park perform from Puccini’s La Rondine to the surprise of shoppers and staff alike:

OHP general manager, Michael Volpe, is keen to create a bigger cultural movement around the success of the opera season. This year will see, in addition to the opera offer, the literary festival ‘Words in the Park’, as well as the ‘Luna Cinema’ festival screening classic films on a big screen; there will be dance, cooking, eating and drinking and the fantastic: Fantastic Mr Fox!

At JUNA we are delighted to be here and look forward to accompanying your artistic picnic; with a ‘MANGO in the park’ whilst waiting for Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor; a ‘LULO Fizz’ with Prosecco to precede Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi; for the interval, a ‘MORA Lisa’ of Gin and Mora; and perhaps a ‘White Colombian’ of GUANABANA and rum for the cinema…a complete operatic experience…

Bravo! Encore!!!

Opera Holland Park
Holland Park
Ilchester Place
London, W8 6LU
United Kingdom
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Setting trends: London Affordable Art Fair

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JUNA was proud to be associated with a big London success-story when we sampled and sold our drinks at the 2012 Affordable Art Fair (AAF) at Battersea from 15-18 March. What’s so special about AAF?

The AAF in Battersea hosts an emerging artists’ showcase, providing a valuable platform for recent graduates to gain exposure to a wider audience, and a chance for visitors to see fresh and exciting work being produced by emerging artists today. The showcase is also a great opportunity to snap up a work by a potential star of the future!

As a start-up JUNA felt being in the right place at the right time, experiencing a sense of real solidarity with the young artists embarking on their careers and showcasing their new creations. Enjoying the first wave of spring weather of the year, artists and art lovers sipped their guanábana and mora drinks, basking in the sun and gazing out onto the River Thames…

The AAF’s formula is relatively simple: a relaxed, unstuffy environment and lots of good quality contemporary art. The price ceiling of £4,000 and the compulsory labelling of all artwork ensures visitors know what they can and can’t afford, and the huge array of paintings, sculpture, photography and prints means there is something to suit every taste.

When Will Ramsay founded the fair in 1999 his aim was to make contemporary art accessible to everyone, and to show you don’t need to be an art expert or a millionaire to enjoy and buy art. Ten years on The Affordable Art Fair is the leading showcase in the UK for contemporary art under £4,000 having welcomed over 430,000 visitors who have bought £73 million of art.

In 1999, Ramsay launched the first Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park, son followed by separate fairs in Bristol. Today, AAF has also become something of a global phenomenon with fairs taking place in Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, New York and Singapore, while affiliate events include Sydney and Melbourne. Globally, over 1 million people have visited an Affordable Art Fair, buying over £123 million of art.
This year AAF has been selected as one of the UK’s coolest brands by an independent council and more than 2,500 members of the British public, entering the CoolBrands book.

Watch Founder Will Ramsey talk about AAF:

Affordable Art Fair
Battersea Evolution
Battersea Park
London SW11 4NJ
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JUNA and the new Colombia

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Rebels, drugs and corruption? Or rather biodiversity, Shakira and … JUNA? While Colombia is still ridden by negative perceptions, things have been changing for some time and the country has a lot going for it. What is today’s Colombia like?

It is rare for news coming out of Colombia to be positive. As a startup operating between Colombia and Europe, the JUNA team is all too aware of the country’s image and the stereotypes that go with it. Without wanting to deny or play down any of the problems Colombia faces still today, we nevertheless make it part of our mission to promote a more balanced view of this fascinating country and its people.

This objective is enshrined in our mission statement: “Just, Natural, Unexpected & Aware”, where the “Aware” is in part about drawing attention to the other face of Colombia: that of fun, progress and opportunity.

JUNA’s fruits are a great reflection of Colombia: colorful, refreshing and unexplored by the world. After its aromatic coffee and superstar Shakira, Colombia’s fruits still have to be introduced to the world. At JUNA we seek to do just that!

Here are a few interesting facts about Colombia that you may not know:

  • With a population of over 45.2 million and a GDP of USD 467 billion, Colombia is South America’s second-most populous country (after Brazil) and third-largest economy (after Brazil and Argentina). It is also home to the largest number of Spanish speakers in the world after Mexico.
  • Tourism to Colombia has been steadily rising over the past 10 years given the improved security situation. The increase in tourism had helped fuel a boom in the tourism industry and expansion in air travel to Colombia. In 2006, Lonely Planet picked Colombia as one of their top ten world destinations for 2006 and published its first Colombia guide. In 2010 Colombia received 1.4 million foreign visitors, up from 0.5 million in 2003.
  • Colombia has one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse populations in Latin America, with the majority of the population (58%) being Mestizo, or of mixed European and Amerindian ancestry, 20% of European ancestry, 14% of mixed African and European ancestry, with 3% being of mixed African and Amerindian ancestry, and 4% having primarily African ancestry. Indigenous Amerindians comprise 1% of the population.
  • Over 60 indigenous languages are still spoken in Colombia today, including Sáliba in the border regions with Venezuela. “Juna” is the Sáliba word for “parcel of land” and was the choice for our brand.
  • Colombia is one of the world’s “megadiverse” countries, hosting close to 14% of the planet’s biodiversity. Colombia possesses a rich complexity of ecological, climatic, biological and ecosystem components. The country counts 35,000 vascular plants, 467 mammal species, 1,768 bird species, 609 amphibian species and 475 reptile species.
  • Colombia is the only country in South America with both a Pacific and Atlantic coast, stretching from the jungle of the Amazon to the peaks of the Andes and featuring deserts, savannahs and high plateaus.

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For Valentine’s, make a splash with a Mora Lisa

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Do something special this Valentine’s and mix a refreshing cocktail for your special one (and yourself)!

The Mora Lisa is a smooth yet refreshing blend of mora, gin and cream. And its intense red color works especially well for the Day of Love. Just remember that it doesn’t work so well on your white shirt when you get too excited with the mixing and shaking.

Our drinks make perfect ingredients for tasty cocktails, desserts and more. The Mora Lisa and other fun suggestions are now featured on JUNA’s new recipe page where you can share your own creations with everyone.

We want our recipe page to be a place for creativity, sharing & fun! So be innovative and daring…

Cheers to you!

Berlin – what better place to start?

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We’ve been running around the city all day today to talk to the sales staff and see our product on the shelf for the very first time! The experience is a bit surreal after working towards this moment for such a long time!

Seeing much of the city again today reminded us that Berlin is a highly diverse, trendy and quickly evolving place. When we decided on Berlin as one of our priority markets, that’s what we had in mind. Berlin may not be the most affluent place in Germany, let alone in Europe, but it’s among the most open-minded, creative and trend-setting. What better place to launch an exotic drink made from Colombian fruit?

Welcome to JUNA’s blog

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After years of hard work, we’re thrilled to launch our all-natural, exotic fruit nectars made from Lulo, Guanábana, Mango and Mora! Welcome to our blog, we look forward to sharing with you our latest news, the evolution of our startup business and our thoughts & ideas on JUNA and the world around us. We want to hear from you! What inspires you? What’s on your mind? Where should we be heading? Thanks for participating in our story and for spreading the news of JUNA’s arrival!