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Review : Zoorassic Park at ZSL London Zoo – 22nd July to 3rd September 2017

Visitors to ZSL London will find an added attraction until September with the opening of Zoorassic Park and its collection of dinosaurs.

Explorers will pick up their passports and take a trip via a ‘time machine’ to the Mesozoic era (about 65 million years ago), where ZSL’s tour guides will introduce a range of dinosaurs to visitors.

The prehistoric world is recreated and visitors come face to face with triceratops, the armour-plated edmontonia, the giant  brachiosaurus to the tyrannosaurus rex.

Families are given their own passports for the time travel safari, which will take them on a journey of discovery into the world of dinosaurs, as well as learning all about the important work ZSL’s conservationists are doing to help prevent today’s animals from becoming extinct.

The fun trail for kids also includes fossil digs to explore and baby dinosaurs to meet.

To launch Zoorassic Park, popular TV presenter Andy Day presents a series of free live shows at the Zoo on the 22nd and 23rd July.

The trip into Zoorassic Park is included into the general Zoo admission and provides plenty of excitement for all the family. The moving models will entertain  young visitors and provide plenty of information about some of the largest creatures that have roamed the earth. If you are thinking of visiting the Zoo, this is an attraction not to be missed.

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Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information or book tickets, visit the London Zoo website here

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Exhibition Review – Plywood: Material of the Modern World at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 15th July to 12th November 2017

The Victoria and Albert Museum explores the many qualities of Plywood in a ground breaking exhibition entitled Plywood: Material of the Modern World. Known for being light, strong, affordable and versatile, plywood is the unlikely material behind an eclectic array of ground breaking designs celebrated in the exhibition.

Over 120 objects are brought together to illustrate how the often-overlooked product has helped create the modern world. The material has been used for diverse purposes including the fastest and highest-flying aeroplane of WWII, the de Havilland Mosquito and the downloadable self-assembly WikiHouse.

It was in the nineteenth century that plywood’s adaptability and potential was fully exploited. However, although many manufacturers used plywood in a number of ways, it gained a reputation for being inferiority to solid timber.

Gradually the adaptability of plywood began to overcome the doubters with a bewildering range of objects produced from the material. The exhibition includes objects from the V&A’s world class furniture, design and architecture collections with significant loans from across the globe.

Some of the highlights include early experiments in plywood, such as a 1908 book printed during Ernest Shackleton’s Nimrod expedition to Antarctica and bound with plywood covers; celebrated pieces by modernist designers such as Alvar Aalto, Marcel Breuer, Grete Jalk, Robin Day, Charles and Ray Eames; and striking examples of transport design such as 1917 moulded canoe, a 1960s British racing car with plywood chassis, and some of the first ever surf and skate boards.

The exhibition also provides multimedia displays that explore the three ‘process’ moments that mark important milestones in the evolution of plywood manufacture. The three processes featured are the invention of the rotary veneer cutter in the early 19th century; the advent of moulding techniques that inspired the remarkable forms of 1930s modernism; and plywood’s recent dominance as a material for CNC cutting and digital manufacture.

In the John Madejski Garden, a cluster of ice skating shelters designed by Patkau Architects are display throughout the exhibition. Visitors can sit in the structures which are made by bending flexible plywood sheets and attaching them to a timber frame to create sculptural forms. The shelters were originally designed to sit on a frozen river in Winnipeg, Canada.

This fascinating and unusual free exhibition brings the often unheralded Plywood into the spotlight. Since the Victorian times, Plywood has been one of the most popular and versatile materials used in manufacturing and has been used in many innovative ways by designers and architects. This exhibition allows visitors the opportunity to consider the many qualities of Plywood and its importance in the creation of the modern world.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

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For more information , visit the V & A website here

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Exhibition Review – The Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt at the National Portrait Gallery from 13th July to 22nd October 2017

The National Portrait Gallery presents its first exhibition of old master European portrait drawings, the exhibition entitled The Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt (13 July – 22 October 2017), includes works by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Annibale Carracci, François Clouet, Albrecht Dürer, Anthony Van Dyck, Benozzo Gozzoli, Hans Holbein the Younger, Antonio di Puccio Pisano (Pisanello), Rembrandt van Rijn, Peter Paul Rubens, Francesco Salviati and Leonardo da Vinci. Many of the drawings have rarely seen in public, and some have been not displayed for decades.

The exhibition focuses on not only the artist’s skill but on the moment of connection between an artist and a sitter. Many of the drawings provide illustrations of people like the artist’s friends, pupils in the studio or faces from the street who were rarely the subject of paintings during this period.

Some of the highlights of the exhibition include 15 drawings  lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection, including eight portraits by Hans Holbein the Younger; a group of drawings produced in the Carracci studio from Chatsworth; and the British Museum’s preparatory drawing by Albrecht Dürer for a lost portrait of Henry Parker, Lord Morley, who had been sent to Nuremberg as ambassador to King Henry VIII.

The exhibition also includes a display of the types of drawing tools and media used from metalpoint to coloured chalks and show how artists moved away from medieval pattern-books to undertake their own study of the figure, and the face, from real life.

 

This intriguing exhibition provides a series of insights into how portrait drawings have a sense of spontaneity and honesty that allows the dynamic connection between the artist and sitter to be explored more fully.

The portraits from the Renaissance and Baroque periods allows the study the faces and expressions from the famous and not so famous sitters, whilst many of the drawings were not created for public show, they offer a genuine insight into the past.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

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If you would like to find out more about the exhibition, visit the National Portrait Gallery website here

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Daryl Hall and John Oates announced for BluesFest at The O2 – 27th to 29th October 2017

BluesFest today announced that Daryl Hall and John Oates are the next artists lined up for this year’s event, which returns to The O2 from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 October 2017.

Daryl Hall and John Oates are the number-one selling duo in music history. Starting out as two devoted disciples of earlier soul greats, they are soul survivors in their own right. The will join a star filled line-up that includes American legends Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers. Further artist announcements will be made over the coming weeks.

Launched in 2011, BluesFest has fast become one of Europe’s leading roots music festivals and has since presented concerts from an array of stars from the worlds of blues, jazz, soul, pop and R&B including BB King, Van Morrison, Robert Plant, Bobby Womack, Gregory Porter, Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews Band, Bad Company, Jeff Beck, Mary J. Blige, Robert Cray, Tedeschi Trucks, Ronnie Wood, Maxwell, Mavis Staples, George Benson, Jamie Cullum, Tom Jones and Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul.

For more information , visit the O2 website here

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Nordic Music Days festival at the Southbank Centre – 28th September to 1st October 2017

The world-famous contemporary classical festival Nordic Music Days will come to the UK, and take over Southbank Centre’s site, for the very first time this September.

The Nordic spectacular showcases pioneering contemporary compositions by Nordic composers and sound artists, performed by some of the UK’s most exciting ensembles and soloists, alongside a wide-ranging programme of talks, workshops and family events. Almost all performances and events are free to attend.

The globally renowned contemporary classical music festival Nordic Music Days celebrates new Nordic music and was founded in 1888 to promote musical collaboration between the Nordic countries. Held annually in one of the Nordic capitals, Nordic Music Days will make its UK debut this year as part of Nordic Matters, Southbank Centre’s year-long exploration of arts and culture from across the Nordic regions. The festival introduces UK audiences to the best contemporary Nordic music, encourages collaboration between Nordic and UK musicians and composers, and provides a platform for experimentation through a series of workshops and performances. The festival will also see the return of The Virtual Orchestra: Sibelius 360, the acclaimed 360 degree virtual reality experience that places viewers at the heart of the Philharmonia Orchestra on the Royal Festival Hall stage.

Highlights include:

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra, performing Sibelius’ 6th and 7th Symphonies alongside works by contemporary Icelandic composers Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Daníel Bjarnason (28 September)

A collision of cutting-edge electronica and visuals with traditional Nordic influences at Late Night Nordic Sounds, featuring performances from Swedish artists TMRW and Gidge, with visuals by Annie Tådne (30 September)

The Riot Ensemble presenting a concert of works by five Nordic contemporary composers including Kaija Saariaho from Finland, Djuro Zivkovic and Ole Lützow-Holm from Sweden, Bára Gísladóttir from Iceland and Ruben Sverre Gjertsen from Norway (30 September)

Manchester’s acclaimed ensemble Distractfold presenting a concert inspired by Nordic forests, using non-traditional instruments such as transducers and solenoids (29 September)

One of the world’s leading vocal ensembles for new music, Exaudi, performing joiks, the traditional folk songs of the Sami people, as well as a Joik Big Sing where visitors can get involved (29 September–1 October)

Finnish musicians Pekka Kuusisto and Ilona Korhonen presenting a concert inspired by traditional Finnish music including runosong, the oldest known Fenno-Baltic singing style (28 September)

A large-scale musical sculpture inspired by the colours and movement of the Northern lights, by British artist Paul Jefferies (28 September–1 October)

The Nordic Lights Lounge – an immersive sonic experience that invites visitors to listen to electronic music by Nordic composers including Ann Rosén, Osmo Tapio Räihälä, Mirjam Tally, Camilla Söderberg and more (28 September–1 October)

Nordic Music Days also focuses on creative workshops for children and adults, encouraging experimentation and collaboration between Nordic and UK musicians.

For more information , visit the Southbank Centre website here

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ABBA : Super Troupers at the Southbank Centre – 14th December 2017 to 29th April 2018

Southbank Centre and Entertainment Exhibitions International AB, in association with ABBA The Museum in Stockholm explore the world of chart-topping Swedish pop sensation ABBA in a brand new, immersive exhibition that charts their music, lyrics, creative process, and influence as one of the most iconic pop bands of the late 20th Century.

ABBA: Super Troupers recreates the extraordinary rise to worldwide fame and lasting legacy of ABBA (Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad), set against the shifting socio-economic and political conditions of the time. The guided exhibition transports audiences on a journey through previously unseen archive material including ABBA’s original costumes, handwritten notes and sketches, personal photographs, music and instruments, plus album artwork, photography and film by notable collaborators such as film director Lasse Hallström.

Against the backdrop financial crisis, strikes and economic downturn, ABBA’s infectious songs entered the popular consciousness with their optimism and dominated the airwaves with their carefree pop. ABBA: Super Troupers goes beyond the surface to examine the serious stories behind the unforgettable lyrics and tunes, the band’s innovative multi-layered sound, their pioneering approach to the music video and the influence of their unique styling on successive generations.

Objects from ABBA The Museum and private archives will be brought together in the UK for the first time, charting the success of the global pop sensation from their individual careers to their Eurovision Song Contest win and subsequent international stardom, as they topped the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1982.

Theatrical backdrops recreate some of the most significant events from their heyday – including a hotel room, music studio and the disco – and provide context to the evolution of their creative process and their enduring appeal, from the Mamma Mia! phenomenon to their multi-million record sales worldwide.

ABBA: Super Troupers follows the Southbank Centre’s exhibition successes The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl (2015-16) and Adventures in Moominland (2016-17). The exhibition will launch as part of Southbank Centre’s Wintertime festival and the final month of Nordic Matters – a year-long programme of Nordic arts and culture at Southbank Centre throughout 2017.

For more information , visit the Southbank Centre website here

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Classic Spring announces a year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde at the Vaudeville Theatre from October 2017

Classic Spring, a new theatre company from former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Dominic Dromgoole, announced their plans for a year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde at the Vaudeville Theatre.

The celebration will include ‘Wilde Talks’ that will explore the radicalism and subversiveness that runs through all of Wilde’s writing.

Eve Best will star as Mrs Arbuthnot in A Woman of No Importance from 6 October to 30 December 2017, directed by Dominic Dromgoole. Other early casting includes Eleanor Bron as Lady Pontefract, and William Gaunt as the Venerable Archdeacon Daubeny.

Multi-award-winning actor, director, comedian and playwright Kathy Burke will direct Lady Windermere’s Fan from 12 January to 7 April 2018.

A limited run of lightly-staged performances for a new folk opera by Guy Chambers, entitled The Selfish Giant, will start in April 2018, offering a unique opportunity for audiences to see a work in progress by one of the world’s most acclaimed contemporary songwriters.

Frank McGuinness will adapt De Profundis, Wilde’s letter to Lord Alfred Bosie from Reading Gaol, for the stage, for a limited engagement of 3 to 6 January 2018.

Merlin Holland, Oscar Wilde’s grandson, will give a pre-show talk on 14 October. Merlin is the author of A Portrait of Oscar Wilde and The Wilde Album.

Lady Windermere’s Fan will be followed by An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest. Across the season, over 20,000 tickets under £20 will be made available to encourage younger audiences and make the season accessible to everyone.

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