Nice to meet you. My name is Marilyn Ambach. I was born in Antwerp, Belgium on June 11th 1980 and grew up in the Jewish community at Tachkemoni School and Hanoar Hazioni. After graduating from high school, I studied music at Rimon School in Israel from 1998-200 and then returned to Belgium to enroll in the prestigious Antwerp University UFSIA, where I earned a Masters Degree in Philosophy and graduated with honours. In 2004 I joined Live Nation Belgium to work as a concert promoter, like my father, my role model. Paul Ambach had just sold his promoter business Make it Happen to Live Nation. He taught me how to handle A list artists and be a great and humble organiser. In 2007, I moved to sunny Tel Aviv and began to work as a freelance event planner, producer and concert organiser under Live on Mars. I’ve promoted many international shows for the biggest companies mainly Bluestone/Live Nation. Artists including Leonard Cohen, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Guns ‘n Roses, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart, Bon Jovi, Elton John, Maroon5, Rihanna, international DJ’s, actors, models, influencers etc. In 2010 I even toured the world as a production assistant for Leonard Cohen. In the last few years, my specialty became curating, booking and hosting internationals in Israel. Besides the productional and organisational aspect of shows, events and concerts, I focus on taking care of anyone visiting Israel from abroad. Taking care of guests from A to Z and giving them all the ultimate VIP treatment. My contacts abroad are large thanks to my last name and my 15 years of experience in Israel.
I have been so incredibly busy these last few weeks that Antwerp wasn’t well represented on our blog. Thank you Marilyn for making up my lack of free time with some great articles about (her life in) Tel Aviv.
Being busy isn’t always that bad though. For example last weekend, i was booked as a photographer for the nice people of the Yelp Community. Yelp is a social local review website, founded in America, with a focus on the “Real Reviews” feature where users could write and publish unsolicited reviews. And the more reviews you write, the more Yelp gives back to you. So from time to time a group of selected Yelp Elite members can enjoy a good Yelp Event, and this time this event was no less than a tour through Antwerp with – according to CNN – “one of the 7 savviest guides in the world”: Tanguy Ottomer.
Tanguy is quite the know-it-all when it comes to Antwerp and he has an entire wall filled with books exclusively about Antwerp to prove it. Like music is to John Miles, Antwerp is to Tanguy: his first and last love. Touring with Tanguy through my favorite city has been on my wishlist for quite a long time. However, our agendas never seemed to match so I was quite thankful to be booked on the special Yelp Tour. Tanguy talks with such fun and passion about his beloved city, it’s hard not to fall in love with it yourself (or re-fall, since i had actually already fallen for Antwerp’s charms when I moved here 10 years ago). He unfolds Antwerp’s little secrets in such an interesting and fun way. Even I didn’t know half the things he told us about Antwerp. Next to a brilliant guide, Tanguy is also a fashion-fixer, a personal shopper or just a guy with the proverbial key to some of Antwerp’s coolest and most unreachable fashion walhalla’s. Of course I’m not gonna spoil the fun and share the secrets here. If you wanna know, you’ll have to book a tour yourself. Tanguy offers a whole lot of special tours on his website. Go check it out. Can’t wait and want a preview? Watch a little tour Tanguy did for the Flemish TV show ‘Fans of Flanders’ here. Typical Belgian weather included 😉
Here are some of my pictures for the Yelp Community Event:
“That sh*t cray” is all i can say after last night’s performance of Watch the Throne by the legendary Jay-Z and Kanye West (that, and “get your diamonds up”). Without doubt the craziest and best concert ever! I must say i like Jay-Z more than Kanye, but they both owned up to their music, leaving Antwerp (and especially me) behind with a big smile on our face. Next stop: Paris??