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IKEA To Open DIY Pop-Up Restaurant ‘The Dining Club’ in Shoreditch – 10th to 25th September 2016

IKEA TO OPEN DIY POP-UP RESTAURANT ‘THE DINING CLUB’

Swedish retailer IKEA is taking the ‘Dine with Me’ concept a little further when they open a ‘Do-it-Yourself Restaurant’ in Shoreditch between the 10th and 25th September. It will offer the novel concept of diners running the diner with the opportunity to become star chefs in your very own restaurant.

With research suggesting that people  are spending less time cooking and eating together in the UK, IKEA are giving the foodies, wannabe-cooks, kitchen-novices and fine-diners the chance to express themselves and impress their friends in a restaurant that allows everyone to invite up to 19 of their friends to make a meal and occasion to remember.

The temporary restaurant entitled named The Dining Club will its doors in September in Shoreditch, which is one of the latest of London’s foodie culture hubs. Attendees will be under the expert supervision of a head chef in a homely kitchen environment for a dinner party for 7 to 19 guests.

IKEA TO OPEN DIY POP-UP RESTAURANT ‘THE DINING CLUB’

The food loving attendees can book their slot to host a brunch, lunch or dinner, where they will take over the restaurant, choosing their menu from a range of modern sharing dishes, including some Scandinavian classics, and will even have the restaurant named after them. The cleaning up will be taken care of too, allowing hosts to spend plenty of quality time with their friends.

Patrons can also book a spot in the ‘Food for Thought’ workshop area where interactive master classes are hosted by an array of guests including Instagram star Pixie Turner and Great British Bake Off winner Edd Kimber covering topics such as 1 ingredient 4 ways, Swedish Baking, Fermentation, Clean Eating, The Future of Food, Sustainable Eating, Food Styling Tips and more.

For those without a booking for The Dining Club, there will be an opportunity to visit the space, including an IKEA unique shop with homewares for sale to those wishing to drop-in and purchase their favourite IKEA kitchen products. Also on display will also be kitchen showrooms reflecting kitchens of various sizes and styles. Upon visiting, the general public will  leave The Dining Club with an IKEA treat.

Address: The Dining Club by IKEA, N&C Showrooms, 3 – 10 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6PG

Getting There : A 3-minute walk from Shoreditch High Street overground station and 9 minute walk from Liverpool Street station

Opening Times : Open daily from 10am – 10pm from Saturday 10th – Sunday 25th September 2016

Please Note : Due to high-levels of public demand to host a lunch or dinner party, spaces are limited and IKEA will provide email confirmation of your allocated slot.

 For more information on The Dining Club and to book your very own brunch, lunch or dinner party, please visit IKEA website here

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Review : Prom 56 – CBeebies Prom at the Royal Albert Hall on the 28th August 2016

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The CBeebies Prom at the BBC Proms 2016 (Photo Copyright BBC/Guy Levy)

The Proms provide a very diverse programme, however the majority of concerts are not suitable for very young children. The addition of the Cbeebies Proms addresses this oversight with concerts aimed at 0- to 5-year-olds and their families. Cbeebies is the UK’s leading children’s channel with the presenters being familiar faces to young children and their families.

The concert began with the arrival of a number of presenters including Ben Faulks (Mr Bloom), Gemma Hunt (from ‘Swashbuckle’), Chris Jarvis (from ‘Show Me, Show Me’ and ‘Stargazing’), Andy Day (from Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures), Rebecca Keatley (Let’s Play), Steven Kynman (William Shakespeare) and Cat Sandion (CBeebies presenter). The enthusiastic audience then enjoyed a special Overture of CBeebies theme tunes played by the orchestra with images shown on a number of screens around the hall.

Conductor Jessica Cottis led the BBC Concert Orchestra in this CBeebies Prom with a number of musicians turning up all around the hall before eventually working their way towards the stage.

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The CBeebies Prom at the BBC Proms 2016 (Photo Copyright BBC/Guy Levy)  

The theme of the Prom was that the various presenters and the orchestra would take the audience on a visual and musical journey through time and space, from dinosaur adventures with Andy to swashbuckling treasure-hunts with Gemma and stargazing with Chris. These adventures were accompanied by a series of pieces of classical music with Beethoven’s 3rd Movement Pastorale Symphony, Korngold’s The Sea Hawk, Prokofiev’s Dance of the Knights, Peter Maxwell Davies’ An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise and Richard Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra.

Additional fun came courtesy of Cbeebies favourite Justin Fletcher (Mr Tumble) who appeared on the screens to provide clues to the adventure for the cast and the audience.

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Gem (Gemma Hunt) at the BBC Proms 2016 (Photo Copyright BBC/Guy Levy)  

It was the interactive nature of the show which kept the thousands of children and the families entertained, however there were generally  hushed voices when the orchestra went through the various pieces with many children fascinated by the music and the musicians. The appearance of a piper with bagpipes in Peter Maxwell Davies’ An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise was particularly well received. Towards the end, a rather large Tiny Clanger entered the stage to help with the conducting of Richard Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra.

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Tiny Clanger with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the BBC Proms 2016 (Photo Copyright BBC/Guy Levy)  

The Cbeebies Proms is a wonderfully innovative and entertaining way to introduce classical music which allows children and families to enjoy the different aspects of the concert seeing some of Cbeebies presenters live and enjoy music without all the usual restrictions of being quiet and sitting still. Catering for this age group is notoriously difficult and the Cbeebies Prom manages to balance the music and action to satisfy the needs of almost every one in this hour long show.

The Proms are considered one of the greatest music festivals. Some of the best musicians and orchestras in the world with an incredible diversity of music provide wonderful entertainment with tickets at very reasonable levels.

Even though the seats for many of the Proms have sold out, it is still possible to attend if you don’t mind standing in the arena or the gallery. With a large number of tickets available for every Prom at the price of £6, it is one of the bargains of the summer.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information and book tickets, visit the Royal Albert Hall website here

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater — Mixed Bill at Sadler’s Wells from 6th to 17th September 2016

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The acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater make their highly anticipated return to Sadler’s Wells with three programmes of dance. Celebrating nearly 60 years of dance artistry, Ailey’s trademark technical brilliance and passionate energy is still as strong as ever.

Programme A: Exodus / Four Corners / After the Rain Pas de Deux / Revelations

Tue 6, Thu 8, Wed 14, Sat 17 at 7.30pm, Sun 11 at 4p

Features Exodus, a highly-anticipated UK premiere that explores the idea of “exodus” as a necessary step toward enlightenment. This is followed by Ronald K. Brown’s Four Corners, where 11 dancers depict spiritual seekers amid four angels standing on the corners of the earth, holding the four winds. Audiences are then treated to Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain Pas de Deux, before the legendary Revelations – the most seen modern dance work in the world.

Programme B: Open Door / Piazzolla Caldera / Revelations

Wed 7, Fri 9, Sat 10, Thu 15 at 7.30pm, Sat 17 at 2.30pm

Features Ronald K. Brown’s Open Door, set to recordings by Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, and Paul Taylor’s Piazzolla Caldera: a sensual exposé of tango as reinterpreted and reimagined with modern dance. Concluding the evening is Ailey’s legendary Revelations – more than just a popular dance work, it has become a cultural treasure.

Programme C: Lift / Awakening / Cry / Revelations

Tue 13 & Fri 16 at 7.30pm, Sat 10 at 2.30pm

Features Aszure Barton’s exhilarating new work LIFT, created over a developmental process with the entire Company. This is followed by Robert Battle’s Awakening, a dance that expertly balances chaos and resolution, dissonance and harmony. Next, audiences will experience Cry: Alvin Ailey’s signature solo, originally choreographed as a birthday present for his mother. Concluding the programme is the legendary Revelations.

Programme D: Schools Matinee. Night Creatures excerpt / Revelations and narration by a dancer

Thu 15 at 1.30pm

Features an excerpt from Night Creature, Alvin Ailey’s bubbly champagne cocktail of a dance. Concluding the matinee is Ailey’s legendary Revelations – the most seen modern dance work in the world. The piece will include a narration from one of the company’s dancers to provide an expanded background about the work.

If you would like further information or buy tickets, visit the Sadler’s Wells website here

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Matthias Sperling — Now That We Know at the Lilian Baylis Studio on 29th September 2016

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What will change, if and when science discovers how our minds arise from our bodies? Choreographer and performer Matthias Sperling furthers his investigation into the relationship between mind and body in a new performance lecture exploring a hypothetical future in which that connection is clarified.

How will dance and choreography be expanded by this new understanding of the body? And how will our society be altered? This work of science fiction builds on recent findings, taking a choreographic perspective to freely imagine plausible, absurd, thrilling or worrying scenarios.

Sperling took part in Sadler’s Wells Summer University and is a regular collaborator with Siobhan Davies Dance.

If you would like further information or buy tickets, visit the Sadler’s Wells website here

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Open Art Surgery at the Lilian Baylis Studio – 10th September 2016

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Open Art Surgery invites you to delve into the mind and souls of some of the UK’s finest hip hop artists as they dare to try something new, dangerous and exciting!

Artists present brand new short works devised and developed in just one week with mentorship from Anthony Ekundayo-Lennon and Ivan Blackstock.

Hosted by Jonzi D with DJ Psykhomantus.

Featuring:
Shay D
UMA
plus more to be confirmed.

You will be invited to give constructive feedback after seeing all the performances.

Open Art Surgery may contain language or content unsuitable for younger children.

If you would like further information or buy tickets, visit the Sadler’s Wells website here

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L-E-V — OCD Love at Sadler’s Wells from 19th to 20th September 2016

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Sadler’s Wells Debut offers a chance to discover the work of choreographers new to the Sadler’s Wells stage.

This season sees Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, stars of Israel’s thriving dance scene, presenting the London premiere of L-E-V.

This piece is about love that always misses, or lovers out of sync. Eyal and Behar explore this space, viewing themes of the heart through the lens of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Performed to deep, pulsing, tribal grooves, this is a powerful display from the company’s fiercely talented dancers, inspired by Neil Hilborn’s text “OCD”.

If you would like further information or buy tickets, visit the Sadler’s Wells website here

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Cirque Éloize — iD at the Peacock Theatre from 20th September to 8th October 2016

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Canadian contemporary circus crew Cirque Éloize blast back into the West End with the smash-hit iD, a show high on daring stunts, theatricality, dazzling acrobatics and fun.

Blending circus arts, acrobatic skill and breakdance, iD transports audiences to a vibrant urban streetscape. The stage fizzes and thrills with infectious energy and phenomenal physical feats, as the 15 talented Cirque Éloize cast members perform against a kaleidoscope of eye-popping video projections.

If you would like further information or buy tickets, visit the Sadler’s Wells website here

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