Archive for the ‘London’ Category


One child dies every three minutes because of armed conflict. Children should never be affected by war. Full stop.

“Immodesty Blaize the famous burlesque dancer is headlining the first ever War Child UK fundraising ball this summer. Come and join in the fun at Koko’s club, Camden and help raise money for projects in Northern Uganda, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, on Thursday 28th June.

Want to help raise funds to support important work with children in worn torn areas across the globe? Tickets are £155 each or £1400 for a table of 10.

A bit pricey, but well worth it, and if you can’t afford it yourself, please forward on the details to someone who can. You can also donate at the War Child UK website if you would like to contribute something. Non-financial help I’m sure is also welcome – publicising the cause and contributing to raising awareness will go a long way towards helping!

Please contact wendy@warchild.org.uk for more information or check out the facebook event invitation page here. Some People have worked very hard at organising this event and I’m sure it will be really good.

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St Pauls

A photography exhibition at St. Paul’s Cathedral which documents the ordinary lives and everyday locations caught up in human trafficking and calls for an end to this illegal 21st century trade. The exhibition seeks to expose the reality of trafficking and the action needed to tackle it. Running until the 29th March, produced by Panos Pictures, in partnership with Amnesty International, Anti-Slavery International, Eaves and UNICEF UK. Photographs by Karen Robinson and David Rose.

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Right now the Painted Page exhibition at the new Folio Society Gallery @ the British Library is showing Images of medieval life in the Luttrell Psalter. You can view the original 13th Century illuminated mansuscript in the John Ritblat Gallery also at the BL.

The exhibition uses a mix of facsimile images of the manuscript + technology to make what is usually considered ‘for antiquarian interests only‘ an enjoyable, interactive experience and accessible to the public. There are explanatory notes on what the various icons and imagery might have meant + their social significance: providing insight into the 13th century world and how they may have viewed their reality and their life. Which is what’s interesting about illuminated (i.e. illustrated) manuscripts of course. The metaphorical and allegorical nature of medieval imagery and art is particularly interesting to me. Generally I’m interested in the social aspects of history.
The exhibition is free and runs until 7 January 2007. There is some fantastic technology at work here – the ‘Turning the pages‘ interactive feature is loads of fun and hopefully will soon be out of the ‘innovative’ bracket into ‘usual IT bracket’ : hmm let’s see.
** The John Ritblat Gallery showcases the ‘treasures’ of the British Library drawn from the millions of items they have in their collection: there’s a new room dedicated to the Magna Carta.



Illuminated manuscripts are the most common historical artefacts from the Middle Ages and the best surviving specimens of medieval art. And for some earlier periods of history they often are the only surviving examples of painting.

“An illuminated manuscript is a manuscript in which the text is supplemented by the addition of decoration or illustration, such as decorated initials, borders and miniatures. In the strictest definition of the term, an illuminated manuscript only refers to manuscripts decorated with gold or silver. However, in both common usage and modern scholarship, the term is now used to refer to any decorated manuscript.”

You can find out more on this fascinating topic on wikipedia and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek – the National Library of the Netherlands

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Three weeks of outdoor performances – gymnastics, dance, art, and music – at Trafalgar Square this month – Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday until Aug 20.

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Awaz by Akademi – A fusion of classical, folk and festive dance that celebrates the dynamism of modern Asian women.

Pax Pace Paz Paix Peace – A powerful evocation of those who fight for peace.

Road to Nowhere by the Shout – A rousing musical theatre performance of Goodbye Old Ship of Mine.

Dervish in Progress by Ziya Azazi – A spectacular performance of contemporary and traditional Sufi dance.

Ritual Imaginaire by Nzi Dada – Funk, Jazz, electronics and African percussion dance and music.

Urban Rotations by Acrojou Acrobatic Theatre – Two performers spin around each other in giant steel wheels.
Return Journey by Expressive Feat – An aerial performance suspended from a sculptural spiral with Palestinian Jazz.

Vem – Beyond Loneliness by Gisele Edwards – Amazing aerial theatre and live music.

Spell by the Cathy Marston Project – Spell celebrates the seduction of summer in London with energy and elegance in dance

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Love/Death: The Tristan Project


Now showing for free – at two venues: Haunch of Venison Yard and St. Olaf’s College – Tooley St. ( or what used to be the College) [ Adjacent to Tower Bridge Rd, London, SE1 2JR – nearest tube is London Bridge]

The Love/Death: Tristan Project is a twelve piece collaborative project featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. The exhibits range from large scale video projections with sound to small, silent flat screen panels.

Considered a pioneer in video art, Viola is represented by the James Cohan Gallery in New York, as well as Haunch of Venison in London.

His video installations at the SF MoMA ( San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) can be still found as online exhibition features here.

“Viola’s work looks at birth and death, time and human experience. He is said to draw elements of religion into his work and has studied mysticism, Sufism, Kabbalah and Zen Buddhism.”

Much of the work in this latest show comes from material produced for a recent production of the Wagner opera Tristan and Isolde.

The Haunch of Venison Group are an international art group representing contemporary art, based in Zurich.

The exhibition is running till the 2nd of September

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Zadie Smith discusses her latest book ‘On Beauty’ at Wanstead Library this Saturday – 29th July.

book cover zadie smith

This is her third novel and was published in 2005, and won the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction. It’s been referred to in a lot of reviews as a ‘homage to EM Forster’.

Starts at 7.00 p.m. and tickets are £3.


Wanstead Library is in the London Borough of Redbridge

Spratt Hall Road
E11 2RQ

Tel: 020 8708 7400

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one year on from last year’s awful attacks on the seventh of july – here in London. It will be marked by a two-minute silence at noon – to remember the victims, and presumably – more generally – mark the tragedy of loss of life. A public ceremony is also being held in the evening at Regent’s Park.

A terribly difficult time for anyone who lost a loved one in the attack.
And in a lesser way, for Londoners who will possibly be reminded how it could have been one of them – given the vagaries of the Tube, there’s no accounting for which line you have to hop on when. Overall, it’s relevant i think to highlight what such terrorist attacks have achieved: terror, reduction of civil liberties, mutually suspicious ‘communities’, about a million steps ‘back’ basically. What does the violence achieve – nothing. What does violence ever achieve – nothing? just further violence – a vicious cycle. in this kind of nightmarish world, it’s more important than ever to hang on to the notion of a universal human right to peace, which cannot be ‘protected’ and ‘furthered’ by violent action, but promoted through democracy and dialogue.

dove and peace

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Undercover Surrealism explores the ’subversive climate’ of the dark undercurrent within Surrealism in the late 1920’s spearheaded by Georges Bataille. The exhibition draws together work by Picasso, Miro, Masson, Giacometti as well as imagery from the magazine Bataille edited from 1929 to 1930 called DOCUMENTS :

“..a shocking and bizarre juxtaposition of art, ethnography, archaeology and popular culture in such a way that overturned conventional notions of ‘primitive’ and ‘ideal’. Bataille described himself as Surrealism’s ‘enemy from within’… ”

The exhiition is running at the Hayward Gallery till the 30th July.

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“Anything sharp or severe is called a Satyr” : Cocker’s English Dictionary 1704.

“..an exhibition of visual satire produced in and about London over three centuries. In this period the form of satire has changed radically, from popular individual engravings to newspaper cartoons and television.

Some images are produced by amateurs, others by leading artists such as Hogarth, Gillray and Rowlandson. Some are mildly humorous, others vitriolic. What links them is their depiction of the comic and their visual commentary on vice and folly, human foibles and unsociable behaviour.

A rare perspective on life in London from a street level perspective imbued with popular opinion.”

The exhibition runs from 1 April to 3 September 2006 at the Museum of London.

Print Print Two

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Ordinary Liberty

The Cold War Studies Centre and the Institute for the Study of Americas at LSE presents a public lecture by Orlando Patterson who is Professor of Sociology at Harvard, this evening at 6:00 p.m. The lecture focuses on the relevance of what people actually mean by ‘freedom‘ and how these underlying ideas impact on race issues, immigration and multiculturalism in the USA.

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