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
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 has
A survey into sexual harassment claims within the art sector is being conducted by ArtsProfessional, the UK's leading arts management magazine. Early findings of the survey have been released. Several questions are now being raised as to how organisations in the art sector are handling claims. At present, the majority of respondents (70%) have reported being sexually 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.
"London is a city that I find inspiring with its own rich history of storytelling," says Tom Hanks as he confirms his presence in London Literature Festival 2017. On the first of November, the Oscar-winning actor will be discussing his book, Uncommon Type, and his love for typewriters at Royal Festival Hall. He will also mark the closing ceremony of LLF 2017 - a step towards discovering groundbreaking literature. London Literature Festival unveiled on the 13th of October this year and has witnessed major international voices, bloggers, vloggers and inspiring artists till now. The weekend of 28-29 October noted the Young Adult Literature Weekender, and Westminster World did make it to it. The event opened with a talk on: What is Truth, chaired by Chelsey Pippin- writer, blogger and comm
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
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 have 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 boasting far h
It’s always questioning people’s minds when they see a ballerina magically twirling on her feet. It’s all about the pointe shoes. “First time I put them on, I felt really elegant and tall, I felt like a flying bird” said Jessica Templeton, an 11 year old ballerina dancing at the Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. Jessica caught buying new pair of point at covent street (photo taken By Roshan Elshormolessy)The pointe shoe is not made from wood like many people think, “It has a number of layers made of canvas and fabric that makes the shoe looks harder, there is no wood in the shoe. If there is wood it will be heavy” said Chloe Ivey Ray, a former ballerina, working in a ballet shoe shop in London’s Covent Street. Surprisingly, pointe shoes were created 200 years after
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 within the work.
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
In 1982, Blade Runner pictured a dystopian future settled in LA in 2019 where a private corporation whose motto is 'More human than humans' has created a superior android called Replicant, an improved version of human beings. Replicants are stronger, faster and smarter than humans. They have reached the final step of mankind: they fear the death. They want more life. They have consciousness. The machine has become human. Only one year before 2019, how far are we from this paradigm in real life? Much closer than we think, according to many experts. The flying driverless cars, the genetically-modified food and the permanent acid rain seen in the movie are almost here with us. It is just a matter of years. Technological development is changing the face of the earth. Artificial intelligence...