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Things to do in London: Belgravia in Bloom until 27th May

May 26, 2017

Another Chelsea Fringe Event: Belgravia in Bloom Floral Festival

belgravia in bloomIn my last post I told you about Chelsea in Bloom, and today I’m telling you of another discovery. Belgravia in Bloom. Much like its Chelsea sister event it sees local businesses and residents getting involved by decorating their shop fronts, windows and front doors with floral displays. Creating a stunning floral walkway through the streets of Belgravia with different takes on the theme which this year is Children’s  books. Since we expect to have lovely weather all weekend, spend your Saturday with a tour map and create some images worthy of your instagram feed.

You can find out more about Belgravia in Bloom here: http://www.grosvenorlondon.com/whats-on/belgravia-in-bloom

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Chelsea in Bloom 2017

May 22, 2017

chelsea in bloomChelsea Fringe: Chelsea in Bloom

Missed out on Chelsea Flower Show tickets… We’ll don’t despair this week I’ll be sharing with you plenty of ways to get into the spirit of Chelsea without going to the show. First up Chelsea in Bloom 2017.

Chelsea in Bloom the alternative floral art show is back, this year for its 12th Anniversary. Produced by Cadogan in association with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), it will transform the streets of Chelsea from the 22nd to 27th May with breathtaking floral displays. The annual competition has grown dramatically each year with Chelsea’s best retailers, restaurants and hotels adorning themselves with creative designs to compete for the coveted awards.

This year the theme is Floral Safari, inspired by adventure, discovery, exotic animals, savannahs, plains and jungles.chelsea in bloom

I usually go each year and there is usually lots to see! The tour starts at the Duke of York square and there are 50 displays to go an visit.

 

 

Meet a londoner

Meet a Londoner: MS Karamat

May 22, 2017

Today’s interview is with MS Karamat an established arts curator/photographer/arts journalist from  London.

Hi MS can you tell our readers a bit about yourself? 

MS Karamat: I’ve been involved within the visual arts all of my life, I think I must have been born with an innate understanding of the arts as my earliest memories are to do with my late mother showing me her ceramic art, the only remaining piece of her work which she showed me was a beautiful green hued bowl with a specific Greek inspired pattern circling it, or regular gallery or theatre trips whilst in primary school, over the years I’ve worked in Film & Music and as an arts & culture journalist.

Now I’m dedicated to developing a two part international book project, a collection of fifty interviews and photographs that I shoot, which brings together the established and emerging artists & documenters of our time from music, film, photography, contemporary art and academia to tell me what it means for them to be fearless.

Every person is incredibly inspiring to me. They includes musicians such as The Pixies, Ed Harcourt, Jack Savoretti, Film Composer Clint Mansell (Black Swan/Requiem For A Dream). Carly Paradis (BBC Line of Duty/Land of Milk and Honey). Humanitarians such as Brita Fernandez Schmidt of Women For Women International UK and many more.

It’s an incredible project that has taken me across the world alongside speaking with numerous artists and visionary thinkers, right here in London, the project couldn’t be more necessary considering our ridiculous fear inducing sociopolitical climate. This project is my nuanced response to it all. It’s as I’ve always believed, that it is through the arts that we can find harmony and understanding- you’re not likely to see people wanting to fight and start a war at a music festival, or when in the presence of artistry in all its forms . Live updates about the project are via twitter @LabelFilm and Instagram: fearandmemory.

Why London? 

MS Karamat: Well I’m a born and raised Londoner, l grew up in Central London, home for me is the South West. Even though I’ve spent a considerable amount of time across North, East and West London socially, for me coming out of either Victoria Station or Waterloo station and walking along the Southbank where the landscape really opens up creating a sense of breathable space unlike any other side of London, really is wondrous.

If you were Mayor for the day what would you do?

MS Karamat: Freeze London transport fares and most importantly make a significant improvement for disability ( including parent & baby) access across London transport .

What are your favourite places to discover new art?

MS Karamat: My favourite places are pop up galleries, street art, word of mouth and social media. Right now I’m always on the look out for artists that have a fearless attitude about their work.

What restaurants can you recommend to our readers and why?

MS Karamat: Brunswick House Café Restaurant in Vauxhall. The food that is well-prepared with love, quality and understanding. It can be trusted to always deliver straight forward incredible service and food made with love in a venue that feels harmonious.

Is there anything that annoys you about living in London and why?

MS Karamat: Pollution. Something NEEDS TO BE done .

Which areas can you usually be found hanging out on a Friday/Saturday evening and where?

Privacy is a virtue my friend 🙂 during university I spent a great deal of time in North & East London especially Camden. In general I recommend along the Southbank, Vauxhall again, Brunswick House and Lavender Hill SW8.

Can you share any hidden gems in London that nobody else knows about?

MS Karamat: OH gosh! Several, I know how to keep a secret though, so I must decline. All Londoner’s will have their own unique experience of the city and therefore have their own hidden gems according to their own preferences. That is what makes this city so unique, it enables everyone to find or create a gem of their own.

Thanks for sharing your London perspective, I look forward to the launch of your book project.

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Things to do in London: Neverland London Beach Pop Up Launches

May 11, 2017

neverland london

Finding Neverland London

Looking for somewhere to escape to this summer? We’ll you don’t even have to leave the city.  Neverland London is a new beach pop-up which takes guests on a journey to paradise. Its’ Fulham’s first ever Thameside beach spot. A unique and affordable, alfresco, dining and drinking experience. Visitors will be able to dine on long feasting tables under a canopy of flowers or bask in the summer sun in free-to-use deck chairs while soaking up the surrounding beach setting.

If you’re planning to visit with friends, enhance your experience by hiring a beach hut or day partybed which comes with the option of adding your own personal ‘Beach Butler’ to create bespoke cocktails from the mixology trolley to complement the “bring your own” offering.

Some of London’s best street food traders will be on hand to help soak up the boozy afternoons surrounded by palm trees, swings, grass and covered seating for all to use.

Neverland London will be open across the summer from Wednesday to Sunday. Entry to Neverland London is from £5 granting access with BYOB to covered seating and the beach, group bookings of 6 or more have access to a beach hut (£40), while groups of 12 to 25 have access to a day party bed (£60).

Petanque courts and beer pong tables are available to hire. Private hire bookings available. Further information via neverlandlondon.com and tickets via Design My Night

Art

Opening: The Cactus House – Bringing the Outdoors In, Ben Russell – Hignell Gallery

May 11, 2017

If you love all things Cacti then you must visit The Cactus House. Opening today at the Hignell Gallery in Mayfair the exhibition is a collaboration between sculptor Ben Russell and indoor gardening specialists Conservatory Archives, which will see the gallery filled with an immersive installation of greenery as a backdrop to Ben’s marble, alabaster and onyx sculptural cacti.

Coinciding with The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the exhibition takes place from the 11 May and 3 July, 2017.

Whilst working at his leafy Dorset studio, heritage conservator and sculptor Ben Russell found inspiration in the unique way that light passes through the flesh of a cactus. Having long been influenced by nature and organic forms, Russell works with the translucent properties of alabaster to recreate the effect in sculptural form.

Russell has expanded his collection to reflect the variety within the cactus family. New materials such as Portland limestone and Onyx stone allow him to produce a range of shapes and textures. His method is a painstaking process of sanding and polishing, resulting in a luminous sheen to the surface of the stone

For more information visit: www.hignellgallery.com Ben Russell: http://benrussell.co.uk/

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Win tickets to the Motor Show – Friday 4th May 2017

May 2, 2017

london motor show

Calling all petrol-heads, here is a chance to win yourself a pair of tickets to The London Motor Show this Friday.

After the overwhelming success of the inaugural event in 2016, The Confused.com London Motor Show is returning to Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park in the capital this year from 4-7 May and we have teamed up with the organisers to give away two pairs of Friday tickets to our readers.

This year’s event, which will see HRH Prince Michael of Kent continue as show Patron, is set to be even bigger and better with displays from some of the most high-profile names in the automotive industry.

There will be over 130 brand new cars from major manufacturers and dealerships, including Tesla, Aston Martin, Fiat, Hyundai, Vauxhall, Mazda, Nissan, BAC, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche and Maserati. In addition, a selection of iconic historic vehicles will also be on display, showcasing the heritage of some of the world’s best-loved marques.

A number of UK debuts will be appearing at the show, including the brand new Alpine A110, the single-seat BAC Mono, a new McLaren concept from renowned tuners Liberty Walk and the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso. The show will also be the first opportunity for the public to see the latest creation from British coachbuilder David Brown Automotive, the highly exclusive Mini Remastered.

london motor show

Attendees will also get the chance to learn about the latest technology through exhibits from companies showcasing developments related to safety, electric vehicles, fuel alternatives and even driverless cars.

The Confused.com London Motor Show has a range of exciting features and activities suitable for attendees of all ages. From virtual reality racing and the chance to meet motoring legends, to immersive simulator driving experiences, there is something for everyone.

For a chance to win, simply answer the following question:

Where is The Confused.com London Motor Show taking place?

A – Olympia

B – Battersea Park

C – Excel

Tickets are on sale now from £15, with children aged 11 or under going free (two children per paying adult), and can be purchased at www.thelondonmotorshow.co.uk, where further information about the event is also available.

  1. The competition is open to UK residents over the age of 18
  2. Winner will be selected at random from all correct answers on by Midnight 02/05/2017
  3. Any transportation required to or from the event will be the responsibility of the winner and not The London Motor Show or The London Perspective
  4. The prize is non transferable and no cash alternative will be offered
  5. The winner will be contacted directly by a representative from The London Motor Show, if the winner does not respond within 48 hours The London Motor Show has the right to transfer the prize to another ticket holder
  6. The London Motor Show reserves the right to offer the prize to another entrant if the winner is unable, for any reason, to accept the prize
  7. The London Motor Show’s decision on all matters, queries or disputes, concerning the competition and its terms and conditions shall be final and no correspondence will be entered into
  8. The London Motor Show reserves the right to cancel, amend, terminate or temporarily suspend this competition at any time without any prior notice or consultation
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3 great theatre productions to see this April

April 7, 2017

In London we are spoilt for choice when it comes to theatre. I have to admit to not being able to go as often as I would like, but right now there is plethora of fantastic plays and musical theatre that you must not miss.

Here are 3 great theatre productions to see this April

Woyzeck At The Old Vic Theatre

Woyzeck At The Old Vic Theatre

Set in 1980s Cold War Berlin at a crossroads between capitalism and communism, John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) stars in the seminal German play, Woyzeck, as it finally comes to The Old Vic, triumphantly reimagined by multi-award winning This Is England writer Jack Thorne.

The adaptation follows Boyega – a soldier in the British Army – as he confronts societal expectations on masculinity and PTSD while trying to build a better future for his family, shining a timely light on those people war often leaves behind.

And it looks like it’s going to be really, really good.

For tickets please visit: http://www.oldvictheatre.com/whats-on/2017/woyzeck/

Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?

THE GOAT by Albee ;
Directed by Ian Rickson ;
Designed by Rae Smith ;
at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, UK ;
2 March 2017 ;
Credit : Johan Persson

Ian Rickson’s production features screen stars Sophie Okonedo and Damian Lewis. Damian Lewis’ character Martin is a husband and successful New York architect with everything to lose.  He must confess to his wife (Okonedo) and son that he is having an affair and face the dizzying, explosive consequences. Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo  are joined by Jason Hughes as Martin’s oldest friend Ross and newcomer Archie Madekwe as their son Billy.

For more information please visit: http://www.trh.co.uk/whatson/edward-albees-the-goat/

An American In Paris – Dominion Theatre, London

An American in paris

Following hot on the heels of it’s run in New York, ‘An American In Paris’ finds a young American GI pursuing his dream to make it as a painter in the aftermath of war. Following a chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer, the ‘City of Light’ becomes the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love. An oldie but a goodie this production is the most elegant, exuberant and tuneful musical in town.

For more information please visit: https://www.anamericaninparisthemusical.co.uk

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Chang Sensory Trails is back – 29th April 2017

April 7, 2017

Chang Sensory Trails

If you love Thai food and beer then add this event to your diary.

Building on last year’s success, Chang Sensory Trails is back for a second year running, kicking off its 2017 global campaign in London, before travelling to San Francisco, Singapore and New York. This free to enter, un-ticketed event is coming to London on the 29th of April, and aims to ‘deliver the unexpected’ by introducing the world to a modern, refreshing take on Thai food, art and music. At Chang Sensory Trails, there is a story behind every bite. Curated by Chef Bo and Chef Dylan, from renowned restaurant Bo.Lan, the duo is eager to share with visitors a unique culinary journey inspired by their fondest memories. At the experience, guests can indulge in food from some of the UK’s finest Thai restaurants.

For more info, please visit: http://changbeer.com/changsensorytrails

What: Chang Sensory Trails

When: 29th April 2017

Time: 12pm- 10pm

Venue: Old Spitalfields Market, Horner Square, Spitalfields, London, E1 6EW

Art

5 top Art Exhibits to see in London this April

April 7, 2017

5 top Art Exhibits to see in London this April

At the Simon Lee Gallery an exhibition by renowned Italian artist Claudio Parmiggiani.

‘The works in the exhibition reflect Parmiggiani’s ongoing commitment to investigating the human condition and the footprints we leave behind, the communication between the intimate and the exterior, and themes such as memory, absence, fragmentation, silence and uncertainty. His new works exhibited over two floors at the London gallery exemplify this vision and invite us to reflect on the vitality of creativity, our quest for knowledge and legacy, in the context of an increasingly violent and unstable world’.

 Chris Levine: Who are wE +  (24 April – 19 MayPrivate View: Tuesday 25 April

Chris Levine, the artist who transformed the image of Her Majesty the Queen in 3D, will reveal a new series of portraits at The Fine Art Society. His new subjects include British supermodel Naomi Campbell, explorer and author Sir Ranulph Fiennes and fashion designer, Paul Smith. With light at their core, the new series follows on from portraits in recent years of The Dalai Lama, Kate Moss and Her Majesty the Queen, described as one of the most iconic images of the twenty-first century.

Geraldine Swayne: Silvering (28 March – 19 April)

British artist, musician and filmmaker Geraldine Swayne, Geraldine Swayne presents a 10 year retrospective at the Fine Art Society until 19 April. Taken from diverse sources, such as personal photographs and pornographic magazines, Geraldine Swayne’s subjects are depicted on the verge of action, creating heightened drama. Her scenes are often awkward, haunting, sexy, bizarre, dark, or amusing – sometimes all at once.  There is a subtle brevity of form and lightness of touch to Swayne’s style, which aligns her with artists such as Edgar Degas, and more recently Chantal Joffe, Ron Kitaj, and Marlene Dumas.

Modern Masters at The Maddox Gallery

Modern Masters is a group exhibition featuring works by many of Maddox Gallery’s most successful roster artists, plus new recently signed talent. Among the new work on display is exciting and unseen artworks by Jason Dussault and pieces from Italian artist Simafra as well as pieces by my favourite artist Bradley Theodore.

Somerset House – The Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr – 2017 Exhibition

1. © Martin Parr_Magnum Photos_Rocket Gallery

The Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr – 2017 Exhibition features rich and fascinating photographic stories from key figures and emerging talent of the photography scene today.

Celebrating 10 years of the awards exhibition, this year’s edition includes a special exhibition of rarely seen work by British photographer Martin Parr, recipient of the awards’ Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize.

Letter from the editor

A brief statement

March 29, 2017

Regarding the case of  Regina Vs Hartmann – (published in The Sun, Daily Mail and now the Metro 🙁 ) and of which I am one of twenty victims. I wish only to say that this was a very upsetting period of my life which occurred two years ago and it is disheartening that it has made it into the tabloids. I won’t be going into details as the case is still ongoing and I don’t want to jeopardize the proceedings. However, I don’t want to be pitied, it is true I lost a lot of money but I didn’t loose the things that matter most; my creativity, my family and friends.

Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.
― J.K. Rowling

The blog is currently undertaking a reboot and will be back and better next month. I am also launching a new business in the next few months. So stay tuned.

Adanma Wokoh