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“The Nutcracker” is back this Christmas

“The Nutcracker” is back this Christmas

Art, Theatre
The students from the London’s Central School of Ballet are now working on their rehearsals to perform “The Nutcracker” on  December 12 and 13 December at the ADC theatre in Cambridge. New passionate and hard-working dancers will be introduced in this performance. These dancers have been working hard on their techniques to get the chance to be part of this year’s performance. In the school we witness the Artistic Director Christopher Marney working with the dancers to produce an impressive “Nutcracker” this year. “More than twenty dancers of all ages will be performing this year.” said Marney. Imogen Ash, a dancer at the Central School of Ballet, has been selected to perform this year the role of Clara. “I went through a competitive audition as Clara’s character requires specific
Lena Dunham apologizes for defending rape claims

Lena Dunham apologizes for defending rape claims

Art, Culture
Lena Dunham has been forced to release a public apology after defending a senior writer against rape claims. TV Show writer Murray Miller was accused by actress Aurora Perrineau of raping her in 2012. Dunham’s apology was sent out after mounting public pressure and criticism for defending Miller. She said it "was absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement and I am so sorry.” Miller has “categorically and vehemently” denied the allegations with initial support from Dunham and Girl's executive producer Jenni Konner. Both Konner and Dunham released a statement shortly after the claim, suggesting that Perrineau's “accusation is one of the 3 percent of assault cases that are misreported every year”. The statement has since been deleted. However, commentators have been
VAULT Festival are looking for you!

VAULT Festival are looking for you!

#breakingnews, Art, Culture, Film, Music, News
VAULT festival UK have just announced on their Twitter page that they are in need of talented volunteers to join the team for #VAULT2018. https://twitter.com/VAULTFestival/status/930053706002911233 VAULT is London’s biggest arts festival, that takes place every year between January and March. This event is celebrating the sixth year of Vault Festival, an 8-week underground festival of theatre and performance, comedy, film and late-night parties. Commencing on the 24th January 2018, the festival takes place in The Vaults (the labyrinth of tunnels underneath Waterloo Station) and is open 5 days a week from Wednesday to Sunday. “Goes from strength to strength with a vibrant, varied programme full of theatrical treats… a brilliant place to spot new talent…” The Stage VAULT festival ha
Sexual harassment survey in the art sector

Sexual harassment survey in the art sector

Art, Culture
ArtsProfessional is conducting a survey into sexual harassment claims in the Art Sector. The survey released early findings which have raised several questions about how organisations are handling claims. At present the majority of respondents (70%) have reported being sexual harassed with the perpetrator being in a senior position. The survey came into action after the publication of a “Code of Behaviour”. The code was developed at the royal court theatre in London following a day of action. The day consisted of 150 sexual harassment claims being read aloud including 11 accounts of rape. The document lists 6 suggested codes of behaviour for individuals in the industry to follow.  It was established in efforts to provoke cultural change and prevent further sexual harassment in the arts
Young Adult Literature Weekender : A Successful Fourth Year

Young Adult Literature Weekender : A Successful Fourth Year

Art, Culture
Opening with the 50th Anniversary of Poetry International and featuring major international voices- including Tom Hanks and Hillary Rodham Clinton- bloggers, vloggers and many more, this year sees a magnificent edition of London literature Festival. The Southbank Centre hosts multiple concerts, gigs and exhibitions all year round, London Literature Festival being one of them. The hub for cultural fests boasts multiple venues within itself and glamourises the outdoor spaces along the riverfront to feature art and set up food stalls. London Literature Festival unveiled on 13 October this year and will witness live readings from Tom Hanks on 1 November as the festival reaches its closing day. Among other big events, the weekend of 28-29 October marked the Young Adult Literature Weeke...
The Day After: Human Nature Takes Centre Stage At London Korean Film Festival

The Day After: Human Nature Takes Centre Stage At London Korean Film Festival

Art, Culture, Entertainment, Film, Premiere
When recalling his interview with Hong Sang-soo, director of The Day After, this year’s opening film at the London Korean Film Festival, film critic Tony Rayns remembers being baffled. Why? Well, Sang-Soo’s answers to every question put to him were something along the lines of ‘I don’t know.’ For a director whose movies are renowned for their depth and characters, and are permanent fixtures at prestigious film festivals—in fact, The Day After was in the running for the Palme D’or at Cannes this year, along with another of his features, Claire’s Camera—Hong Sang-soo ‘wings it’ way too often than one would think. If he feels like it, he does it. His work mirrors his eccentricity, and maybe that’s what makes it so great. Shot entirely in black and white, The Day After is the story of th

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

Art, Audio, Blogs, Culture, LifeStyle, Media, Opinion, trends, TV, 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 Christies auction in 1999, it is unclear If the public will ever be able to view it again. Private auctions of personal collections including that of Marilyn Monroe’s and more recently Audrey Hepburn’s raise an important question, Is the sale of personal memorabilia threatening the loss of music and film history forever? Auction houses are cashing in, generating profits boasting far higher than their estimates as private buyers attempt to invest and own a part of history. Christie's recent auction of Audrey Hepburn’s personal collection saw her Burberry trench coat circa 1980’s sold for £68,500. A far cry from the £9000 it was estimated a
Ever wondered how Ballerinas dance on their toes?!

Ever wondered how Ballerinas dance on their toes?!

Art, Culture, Entertainment
“First time I put them on, I felt really elegant and tall, I felt like a flying bird” said Jessica Templeton, 11 years old Ballerina dancing in the Tring Park school for the performing art. Pointe shoes are not made from wood like many people think. “It has a shank of layers made of canvas and fabric that makes the shoe looks harder, there is no wood in the shoe, if there will be wood it will be heavy” said Chloe Ivey Ray, A point shop keeper at Covent street. For the surprise, the pointe shoes were created after the invention of Ballet by 200 years, the story began 1795 when Charles- Louis a French dancer and choreographer invented a flying machine to lift dancers upwards, the idea was admired by the spectators, since then dancers started inventing the primitive shapes of po
John Akomfrah’s Purple: Using Film to Explore Humanity and Our Impact of the Environment

John Akomfrah’s Purple: Using Film to Explore Humanity and Our Impact of the Environment

Art, Breaking News, Culture
With Rubber tires piled in a corner and plastic water jugs hanging from the ceiling, The Curve at Barbican has been transformed into a conservationist’s nightmare. Pictures on the wall show people standing in the countryside with remanence of human intrusion. At the back of the exhibit is the main event; six screens that interweave the story of human existence and its relationship with the environment.   John Akomfrah’s 'Purple' blends archival footage with his own material to create a montage of ideas and perspectives on the issue of climate change. The film is displayed over six screens and combines powerful visual and audio to shock the senses of the viewer. With so many different stimuli, the viewer must have a fine-tuned ability for finding the key aspects with the work.
London’s independent cinemas: building revolution

London’s independent cinemas: building revolution

Art, Audio, Culture, Film, Media, News, Social media
It’s Saturday evening in Central London. It’s cold outside, and a young student couple fancies a good movie. Their decision will reveal how the cinema business in the capital has evolved to a new paradigm of both management and consumption. It’s mid-March and all the Oscar-award winning films are on screen. She wants to see La la land, but he has already seen it, so it’s going to be Moonlight. They check the screenings on their smartphones. The closest venue is the Curzon in Bloomsbury. 13 pounds. Too much for their short budget. Another option: the Vue in Islington. 11 pounds. Still too expensive. They live in East London, so what about the Hackney Picturehouse? 11,5 pounds, no way. He is about to quit. Wait, she says, let’s check the Genesis in Whitechapel. Look, 7 pounds. Deal. Once