Sunday, May 26News For London


1 in 10 women rescued from a sexual assault in the UK

1 in 10 women rescued from a sexual assault in the UK

Culture, Experience, Video
I was terrified. I couldn't walk alone. I called a friend. I needed someone with me even if only on the phone. I got home. I was so scared. For weeks, I kept questioning myself. I couldn’t even wear a skirt. This was how Laurene Becquart, a London-based photographer felt after she was “cat-called” at a park in London. The man who seemed younger than her then grabbed her hand and pulled her towards him. “The worst part is that as women, we are programmed to blame ourselves, rather than blaming the perpetrator,” Said Laurene Two in Three women in the UK experienced sexual harassment Laurene is not the only girl in London who has been receiving unneeded sexual attention in public spaces.  A recent

Harry Potter play will hit west end this July

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"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" is the eight part in Harry Potter series and will premiere in London  for the first time 7th June 2016. Photo credit-Flickr The play is the first Harry Potter play to be seen on stage and will be based on the original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and Jack Tiffany "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child". It will premiere in Palace Theatre this summer and will tell the tale of Harry Potter nineteen years later. The play will be shown in parts 1 & 2 over two days. The cast of the play have been named with Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley taking the leads as Harry, Hermione and Ron. It will be directed by Olivier and Tony award winner John Tiffany. The tickets can be pre-booked now and prices range from £30-130. The first
Are weddings the new ‘fancy and expensive party’ to have?

Are weddings the new ‘fancy and expensive party’ to have?

Culture, Experience, Look, Touch
Just last week Mariah Carey flashed her 7.5 billion engagement ring she received from her fiancée and business man James Packer. While at the same time Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is set to pay her husband three million in divorce settlements after their quick elopement after three months of dating came crashing down. Everyone is rushing to get hitched but this begs to question are weddings just the new ‘fancy and expensive’ party to have? Photo by Karina Girnyte "I can't wait to get married. Its something I wanted to do my whole life. Finding your soulmate its like a dream come true." Says Samantha a bride to be, at the Excel Wedding Show 2016. Experts from University of California write that there are many reasons people get married from feeling more safe in a relationship, work
London volunteers do what they can in the Calais ‘Jungle’

London volunteers do what they can in the Calais ‘Jungle’

Experience, Politics, Specials
It was the day before the bulldozers moved in when I joined a group of London volunteers and walked the mud streets of the notorious French refugee camp known as the 'Jungle'. The Calais Jungle is home to an estimated 2,000 to 5,000* refugees described in recent months by UK Prime Minister, David Cameron as a "bunch of migrants". There is little doubt that life in the Jungle is brutal with harsh living conditions that swirl in a cauldron of mud enclosed by the razor wire security fencing paid for by the UK Government. The Jungle sprawls out from under the French motorway flanked by two chemical plants pumping out noxious-looking clouds over a 'new camp' of converted shipping containers planted on a toxic industrial wasteland. This 'new camp' will be home to some 1,500 inhabit

London Pancake Day 2016- what the flip is it all about?

Culture, Experience, Food, Media, News, Politics
If your mother ever told you “Don’t play with your food!”, then Pancake Day is the one day every year where it is perfectly fine to do so. Pancake Day, which is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday is also known as Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras. Over the 40-days of Lent, people fast from ‘rich foods’ in favour of plain food. In London, not everyone one eats their pancakes, but they also play with them. Across the city, there are many races to traditionally mark the beginning of Lent, such as the Great Spitalfields Pancake Race and the Leadenhall Market Pancake Race. One of the popular Shrove Tuesday events is the annual Parliamentary Pancake Race organised by the charity Rehab. The Pancake Race, which is in its 19th year, was held in Victoria Tower Gardens nex

Warhol&Avedon exhibition opens 9th February at Gagosian gallery

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Gagosian London gallery based at King's Cross is opening a new exhibition where Andy Warhol's and Richard Avedon's work will be paired together for the first time. The exhibition will open its doors to its visitors from the 9th of February and will remain there until 23rd of April. Photo by Jack Mitchell The gallery will exhibit works from both artists from 1950's to 1990's and will present Avedon's photography work and Warhol's screen-printing art. Both artists rose to fame in after war America and both shared interest in portraiture. The exhibition will juxtapose  both artists works that emphasise cultural difference, political power, and inevitability of mortality. It will begin with Avedon's The Family (1976) that showcase sixty-nine individuals at the centre of American  politic

Eritrean Church under threat from bulldozers in the Calais ‘Jungle’

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As the Syrian refugee crisis escalates the plight of Eritreans fleeing persecution goes unnoticed. But Eritreans account for the largest group of those seeking asylum in the UK. I joined a group of young London volunteers with the International Centre for Eritrean Refugees and Asylum Seekers (ICERAS) and the Comboni Missionary Sisters who have been offering support to refugees since 2012. The situation in Calais is part of a wider refugee crisis across Europe with huge numbers stranded in the Mediterranean and never reach their final destination. The international concerns over human rights breaches in Eritrea, include the forced conscription of children and elderly people into military service and the rape of female conscripts.     As refugees come and go, th

New contemporary art exhibition inspired by Jorge Luis Borges

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Scetches by Greek artist Christiana Soulou show imaginary beings in a new exhibition at Sadie Coles HQ.   Christiana Soulou, "Le devoreur d’ombres“, 2013, coloured pencil on paper, 8.2 x 11.8 inches / 21 x 30 cm, © Christiana Soulou, Courtesy Capitain Petzel, Berlin & Sadie Coles HQ, London.   “The Book of Imaginary Beings after Jorge Luis Borges” that was shown at the Venice Biennale before, will be presented by Sadie Coles HQ gallery in West London from the 26th of January on. Discover the character of unreality in Soulou’s drawings of strange creatures created by human imagination throughout history. The exhibition will be free to audiences and will remain open from 26 January-20 February. (More details can be found down below). The exhibition consists of