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Festival Volunteers: Unsung Heroes Bring Colour to Chinese New Year

Culture, International, News, Specials
Meet the backbones of Chinese New Year Celebrations, without whom the festival would not be possible. By Qiwei Wang, subeditor Tara Mearsheimer.   They come from all walks of life and they decide to celebrate the New Year Festival in a unique way— by becoming part of it. From providing information to the visitors, to supporting the operations at backstage, more than a hundred volunteers joined the big army of people celebrating the Chinese New Year. It’s not just their bright-colored uniforms that distinguish them from the crowds that gathered at Trafalgar Square. It’s also their passion to contribute and eagerness to help.     In order to make the festival go smoothly, these volunteers had to make a sacrifice. They arrived before anyone else at the
London and China celebrate more than just a cultural interest

London and China celebrate more than just a cultural interest

Culture, News
London proudly hosts the biggest Chinese New Year's parade outside China. With a community of 120,000 people, the Chinese have become one of the largest minorities in the capital. Join them celebrating their culture. Reporter: Cristiana Ferrauti @Cristiana16492 Sub-editor: Jipsa George Londoners will join the Chinese community this February to celebrate Chinese New Year on a large and colourful scale. On Sunday, 22. February, dragon and lion dances, and a parade will happen in Chinatown and around Trafalgar Square from 10am on to welcome "The Year of the Goat". The feast in the British capital is known as the biggest outside Asia. Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival, is the most important celebration in China. Fireworks, parades and stage shows along with many other
50 Shades of Grey audience under the microscope

50 Shades of Grey audience under the microscope

Culture, Film
The moviegoers at 50 Shades of Grey proved more entertaining than the film itself. During the screening on Valentine's Day, protesters outside the cinema greeted the very verbal audience coming out of the cinema with fake blood and banners. By Hayley Daen. Sub Editor Danae Diz.   Despite the protestations and unhappy rumblings of some of the moviegoers who had gone to see 50 Shades of Grey, there were others waiting just outside who felt even more strongly. Stan, a sprightly man in his early 40s, struggled to plaster every girl leaving the cinema with a flier damning the BDSM-laden film. Two of his colleagues, Charlotte and Oli stretched a banner that read ‘MR GREY IS A RAPIST,’ as they bellowed about the sick nature of BDSM and shamed all those who had seen the film. Another

Robin Lee: an alternative Valentine

Culture, Video
On Valentine’s Day, whilst couples and families celebrate a day of love and happiness, artist Robin Lee hosts an eye-opening, seemingly cynical exhibition. On the third floor of Bart’s Pathology Museum, Lee displays his anti-Valentine exhibition “Regrets”. Reports - Aimee Ren Sub-editor: Alex Leonards The exhibition, which occupies two floors of the museum, displays a range of pathology themed pieces. In the centre of the exhibition Lee features work depicting real human hearts, engraved and dripping with blood. Alongside the visuals, a multimedia presentation is displayed. The video displays sculptures and photographs, accompanied by an audio monologue of “Heart’s owners” by writer Russ Litten, who Lee collaborated with for this project.   Time Out has described Lee’s c
Celebrate Pancake Day with our global edition

Celebrate Pancake Day with our global edition

Culture, Galleries
Good news: For all those who need an excuse when stuffing their face with plate after plate of round, griddle-based cakes, Pancake Day is finally here. Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day, is the time to feast before fasting for Lent. Or purely a celebration of the humble pancake enjoyed by people all over the world. Nader Kaddour looks at the international diversity in pancakes, which is mouth-wateringly awesome. Celebrate Pancake Day properly this year with these delicious creations from around the globe, and learn where to eat them in London. Reporter: Nader Kaddour Sub-editor: Edward Lauder Pancakes/Flapjacks USA/Canada Chocolate chip, bananas and peanut butter, blueberry, or bathed in butter and maple syrup, if you can imagine it, it probably exists as a pancake.

The British are mastering the art of Chinese

Culture
Increasingly the British are learning to speak Chinese and are following celebrities, such as Mark Zuckerberg, who spoke perfect Chinese in a recent Q&A. By: Di Bai. Subbed by: Kait Borsay Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gave a Q&A in Mandarin Chinese when he was visiting Tsinghua University in 2014. And British actress Vanessa Branch shocked audiences when she began speaking fluent Chinese during an episode of Entourage and in the film Suburban Girl. “My family is like a Chinese family. My mother and brother can speak and read Chinese,” says Maisie Evans, an English 26-year-old flight attendant who can speak perfect Chinese. Maisie is a flight attendant who works for Virgin Atlantic and flies from London to Shanghai regularly once a week.  She enjoys making friends wit
Female DJs spin just as well as the men

Female DJs spin just as well as the men

Culture, Music
Kelly Sylvia is one of a few successful female DJs working in London. The co-founder of the online magazine Shejay says that despite the fact there are only a small number of women DJs on the scene, London provides support for those seeking to get into the business.  By Jipsa George Sub editor : Edward Lauder “It’s always been a very welcoming place for me and my peers because it really champions the music – no matter who is playing it. It’s always been about the music in the UK,” says Kelly. DJ-ing, once considered to be a boy's only zone, has changed in the recent years with a number of talented DJs and producers emerging in the industry. A survey published in 2010 show that while there is plenty of female artists, the majority  (66 per cent) of the people working behind the scen

Anti-Valentine’s Day and its myriad interpretations

Culture, International
Valentine’s Day has its positive and negative connotations around the world. Reporter: Sohini Sinha Sub-editor: Jaideep Vaidya It's that time of the year again — Valentine's Day — when couples around the world declare their undying love for one another, or maybe not. Anti-Valentine’s Day is a celebration of life by people who enjoy being single, be it in London or Los Angeles. It serves as a suitable alternative to Valentine’s Day. Some call it Singles Awareness Day, a day for people who are not involved in a romantic relationship, all done in good humour. On this day many people wear green, as it is the complementary opposite of red. Some also celebrate it as International Quirkyalone Day, a term coined by To-Do List magazine publisher, Sasha Cagen. It was started in 2003 as