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#MeToo movement is Time magazine’s Person of the Year

#MeToo movement is Time magazine’s Person of the Year

Culture, Entertainment, Gender, News, Social media
The “Silence Breakers” movement that went viral on social media was named Person of the Year 2017 by Time Magazine. The cover is a composite group photo that includes a number of women who had participated in this movement; such as actress Ashley Judd and singer Taylor Swift. Millions of women shared their stories of sexual harassment and abuse in 2017 making it a global movement that was named #MeToo. It took off on social media and fuelled a worldwide discussion on just how endemic sexual harassment has been. It has been used millions of times in over 85 countries. https://twitter.com/Alyssa_Milano/status/938385893307637760 The women, and men, who broke their silence to share their stories of victimisation gave traction to the #MeToo campaign. https://youtu.be/MkR8GY

‘Choose Love’ this festive season

Art, children, Culture
This Christmas, the UK charity ‘Help Refugees’ along with Creative Collective Glimpse, have teamed up together to open ‘Choose Love’. This shop makes its mark by becoming the very first store, where customers can buy real gifts for refugees.The store which is located in Soho is inspired by the iconic slogan Choose Love that was designed for Help Refugees by Katharine Hamnett. It opened on the 24th of November. Choose Love is seen as a learning space of customers who come in, to get to informed about the refugee crisis, and at the same time doing something to help and support the cause. From the beginning until the end, the items displayed are themed around different stages of a refugee’s journey. Though the pieces that are placed, the shop intends to narrate a story from their perspect

Knife crime is out of control in London?

crime, Culture, London, London Mayor
Jason Isaacs, 18, was going to a party in Northolt on 18 November, but was found critically injured and died from his multiple stab wounds three days later. This shocking knife attack is just one of a number of incidents in London this year. With 35 under-25 deaths on record according to the Guardian, 2017 is the worst year for fatal stabbings of young people in nearly a decade in the UK. Why knife crime is on the rise in a big way like an epidemic? “We often talk about crime being an epidemic. It’s probably not a bad way to describe crime and offending. Epidemics evolve, they grow and change,” said Patrick Green, CEO of the Ben Kinsella Trust in London. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQXUMx6WeeQ Patrick said more and more young people carry knives for fear of being attacked. Bu

The Room Where It Happened: Hamilton West End previews

Culture, LifeStyle
Hamilton's West End production opens on December 21st after previews which started on the 6th. There was an excited hum from the audience as we waited for the show to begin. Many flashes from phone cameras as they documented the night. The lights dimmed and an expectant silence fell over the theatre. The dramatic first bar of the musical began, and the title song which ushered in the show actualised what for many audience members was just a soundtrack. If you’ve listened to the soundtrack and are attached to the original cast, Aaron Burr, the first voice you hear when the show begins, might throw you off. Giles Terera is definitely no Leslie Odim Jr but by the end of Act One, he will win you over. The sincerity in his voice during his duet with Jamael Westman (Alexander Hamilton), “Dea
To empower artists, creating a market is good solution ?

To empower artists, creating a market is good solution ?

Art, London
The Urban Maker Market for independent designers has been held in East London. When Christmas is approaching, people are busy with shopping and preparing for the holiday. What do small businesses do ? They are probably involved in Christmas market. If you Google "Christmas markets in London", enormous markets will pop up for visitors and sellers. Urban Maker market in one of the Christmas markets as well. Urban Maker Market is opening on 9th and 10th December. The market invites local designers  in East London and holds a market every season at Ecology Pavilion in Mile End Park. This year is Urban Maker Market’s third year. Today, Londoners face many options and find it difficult to choose which independent artists' market to visit. But three years ago, founders, Julia Redgrove
The uniqueness of Regent Street cinema

The uniqueness of Regent Street cinema

Art, Culture, Film
Away from the bustling streets of Oxford Circus lies a quiet independent cinema, Regent Street cinema. The cinema prides itself on giving its audience an insight into film history and giving a platform to foreign and independent films, that are not screened elsewhere. 80 percent of cinemas in the UK are now multiplexes, making the originality of Regent Street cinema attractive. Shira Macleod, director of the cinema, has extensive experience in the programming of films. She said: “I go and see a lot of films and my background is in choosing film, I like to screen older and unusual films." “We are not part of a chain allowing us to make unique and independent choices. Our cinema has a Compton organ, we are one of the only cinemas that screen silent films with live audio.” Regent Str
Lost music and film history – Where has the memorabilia gone?

Lost music and film history – Where has the memorabilia gone?

Art, Audio, Blogs, Entertainment, Fashion, Film, Music, musicians, Watch, What's Hot
  Silently sitting in Mariah Carey’s penthouse, Marilyn Monroe’s white piano is locked away from the world. Sold at a private Christie’s auction in 1999, it is unclear if the public will ever be able to view it again. Is the sale of personal memorabilia threatening the loss of parts of music and film history? However, It’s positive news for auction houses. The popularity of film and music memorabilia has steadily increased over the last decade. Christina Moriame from Ewbank Auction house believes its due to “more activities and awareness of sales in this specialism, marketing and being able to be pushed by valuers” another significant point is that “items are becoming older thus more collectible” she added.   Auction houses are now cashing in, generating profits b
Handcraft Industry expanding in to the UK Economy

Handcraft Industry expanding in to the UK Economy

Art, Culture, News, ReportingWeek2
The estimated total income for all contemporary craft making businesses in the UK ranges to a £457 million in 2017.   The Thames Estuary Report claims that creative industries are becoming UK’s new biggest growth sector in terms of job opportunities and income generated. The UK Creative Industries generates £8.8m per hour with  1.3m employees in the creative economy across the South East Asia alone. The UK Commission for Employment and Skills predicts 1.2 million new workers will be needed in the sector over the next decade. The Renegated Craft Fair opened up a platform for startup and experienced craftsmen in jewelry, accessories, art, apparel, ceramics, illustration, stationery, home decor, cookware and apothecary. Ogechi Anyanwu, one of the Organisers of t
English duo Hurts explore new grounds

English duo Hurts explore new grounds

Art, London, Music, musicians
After six weeks of touring the world, English pop duo Hurts finally arrives home this December. Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson are both very happy to be on home soil and finally, after weeks of performing, they get the chance to introduce their fourth full-length album Desire to the London public. The songs from the new album sound lighter, happier, and more positive than all their previous work. Westminster World went to see them live at Brixton Academy to see their new style. After releasing their album Desire, the duo shared with NME that this is some of the best music they have ever made in their career. For the lyrics of Desire, Theo Hutchcraft (singer and songwriter) explained that they have been 'a bit more personal on this record'. The band has always been very open-
The busking scene in London

The busking scene in London

Art, Music
“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible,” once said Frank Vincent Zappa, a distinctive composer, electric guitar player and band leader. From the first Rock Bands of 1950s to modern Pop all over London’s famous clubs and bars, every genre found a hip designated place. But if art continued following norms, it wouldn’t be an inspiration for the queer minded. Streets of London are witness to the beautiful breakdown of a norm. Yes, we are talking about the busking scene. Buskers are musicians, singers, composers and writers who bring their talent out of a hugely commercial world, and onto the streets. It’s sometimes surprising to see how they draw an enthusiastic audience within moments on a busy Monday evening. Jack is one such busker who performs at Picadilly Cir