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Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition 2018 at Somerset House – 20th April to 6th May 2018

Copyright: © Andreas Pohl, Germany, Winner, Open, Architecture (Open competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

The picturesque Somerset House is the location of the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition 2018 which will run from  20th April to 6th May 2018.

Copyright: © Mikkel Beiter, Denmark, Winner, Open Travel and Denmark National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Now in its 11th year, Sony World Photography Awards is one of the world’s largest and most diverse photography Awards, spanning four different competitions (Professional, Open, Youth, Student Focus). 2018 has seen record entries to the fair, with nearly 320,000 images submitted from over 200 countries and territories.

 Copyright: © Justyna Zdunczyk, Poland, Winner, Open Wildlife and Winner, Poland National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

The 10 Open category winners have already been announced after being judged by an expert panel of judges. 

 The Open category winners are:

 Architecture: Andreas Pohl, German with the image The Man and the Mysterious Tower

Copyright: © Panos Skordas, Greece, Winner, Open Culture, and Winner, Greece National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Culture: Panos Skordas, Greek with image Young Minotaur

Enhanced: Klaus Lenzen, German with image Every Breath you Take

Landscape & Nature: Veselin Atanasov, Bulgarian with image Early Autumn

Motion: Fajar Kristianto, Indonesian with image The Highest Platform

Copyright: © Nick Dolding, United Kingdom, Winner, Open Portraiture and Winner, United Kingdom National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Portraiture: Nick Dolding, British with image Emile

Still Life: Richard Frishman, American with image Sunday Buffet at Jerry Mikeska’s BBQ;

Columbus, Texas 2017

Copyright: © Manuel Armenis, Germany, Winner, Open Street Photography and Winner, Germany National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Street Photography: Manuel Armenis, German with image Old Friends

Travel: Mikkel Beiter, Danish with image Shapes of Lofoten

Wildlife: Justuna Zduńczyk, Polish with image An Unexpected Meeting

This year the exhibition is curated by Mike Trow, ex-Picture Editor, British Vogue and will cover the entire ground floor exhibition space of Somerset House, spanning shortlisted and winning images from all categories of this year’s competition; from current affairs to ‘discovery’, travel and architecture to ‘creative’, street photography to wildlife, and more.

Every year the Awards’ gives an Outstanding Contribution to Photography (OCP) prize. Past winners have included Martin Parr, Elliot Erwitt and Mary Ellen Mark. This year’s winner is the celebrated German artist Candida Höfer. A special selection of her large scale, striking architectural photographs will be exhibited alongside the Awards’ photographs.

The 2018 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition takes place at Somerset House from 20 April – 6 May.

For more information and to book tickets for the exhibition, visit the Event website here

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‘The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist by Michael Rakowitz’ on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square

Michael started The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist project in 2006. It attempts to recreate more than 7,000 objects which have been lost. Some were looted from the Iraq Museum in 2003, while others were destroyed at archaeological sites across the country during the Iraq War.

For the Fourth Plinth, Rakowitz has recreated the Lamassu. The winged bull and protective deity which guarded the entrance to Nergal Gate of Nineveh (near modern day Mosul) from c700 BC until it was destroyed in 2015.

The reconstructions in The Invisible Enemy project are made from recycled packaging from Middle Eastern foodstuffs. The Lamassu is made from 10,500 empty Iraqi date syrup cans. This represents a once-renowned industry now decimated by war.

The inscription is written in Cuneiform, one of the earliest systems of writing, on the side of the Lamassu reads: “Sennacherib, king of the world, king of Assyria, had the inner and outer wall of Ninevah built anew and raised as high as mountains.”

Initial reaction to the sculpture was largely favourable with many admiring the way that it highlights the way that  destruction of important objects of a culture can have a negative effect on a population.

The Lamassu in Trafalgar Square is the 12th work to appear on the Fourth Plinth since the programme started, and will be there until March 2020.

The Fourth Plinth as it is known has quite an unusual history, it was intended to be used for a equestrian statue of William IV astride a bronze horse to match the statue of George IV which is on the other side of the square. However George IV spent so much money during his reign that there was not enough funds left for the statue.
Remarkably, considering the square is a major public area, the plinth was empty for more than 150 years. Eventually it was decided that temporary modern pieces of work would occupy the plinth. The final choice is often controversial but is a focus of interest which generates considerable media interest.

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Review: RHS London Orchid Show and Plant Fair at the RHS Horticultural Halls – 6th to 7th April 2018

After the recent rain, it was a pleasure on a warm spring day to wander down to the RHS Horticultural Halls for the Royal Horticultural Society’s London Orchid Show and Plant Fair.

The halls were full of wonderful spring plant displays and exotic orchids, however the London shows offer a wide range of entertainment with the best of the horticultural world on display.

With the Chelsea Flower Show only a few weeks away, visitors to this show can listen to some of the award winning designers set to appear at the world-famous show in May. Situated in the Lawrence Hall, names will include multi gold medal winning designer Kate Gould who is creating the ‘The West End Garden’ in the new Space to Grow category. Johnathan Snow, who is making his RHS Chelsea debut and design duo Kate Savill and Tamara Bridge, will also discuss the creative journey behind their garden.

Garden designer, James Alexander-Sinclair has produced a remix of the BBC Radio 2 ‘Feel Good Garden’ which he designed alongside presenter Zoe Ball at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last year. Recreating a woodland setting, the garden explores the different ranges  of sound as sound waves pulse through the garden.

Some of the top nurseries exhibit at the show including Hoyland Plant Centre and The Botanic Nursery with their spring selections.

The Lindley Hall overflows with orchids, with a striking installation of cascading Phalaenopsis created by Paul Malget from La Famille, as well as vivid displays from International and British orchid exhibitors, such as the Orchid Society of Great Britain, Laurence Hobbs Orchids Ltd and Burnham Nurseries.

Potting demonstrations and workshops will take place throughout the show with talks from  orchid specialists Helen Milner; RHS Gold Medal exhibitor and Jon Dunn, author of the new publication ‘Orchid Summer’.

For something slight different, visitors can have a preview of the Orchid Pollinators Virtual Reality Experience which will feature as part of the UK’s largest display of Phalaenopsis orchids set to fill the Great Conservatory at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show in June. Visitors have the opportunity to sit amongst the flora and experience the wonder of plants through the eyes of an insect.

The London Shows provide plenty of ideas and inspiration for serious or new gardeners, there is plenty of friendly advice from growers and RHS experts and a large number of events to keep visitors entertained.

Venue: RHS Lindley Hall, SW1P 2QW and RHS Lawrence Hall, SW1P 2QD

RHS Members: £5 Public: £5- £9

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information or to book tickets for London Shows, visit the RHS website here

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Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends: New Worlds at the Southbank Centre – 4th June 2018

Photo – Peter Rigaud 

Created from a friendship between the legendary actor and comedian Bill Murray, and the acclaimed German cellist Jan Vogler, New Worlds is an intricate encounter of music and literature, exploring themes of American history and identity.

 For this live ‘theatrical album’, Murray performs various texts, including poems by Whitman and passages from Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast and Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, interspersed with instrumental pieces by Bach, Ravel and Piazzolla and classic songs from the Gershwins, Bernstein and Stephen Foster all the way up to Van Morrison. Murray is accompanied live by a virtuoso chamber trio: Vogler on cello, violinist Mira Wang, and pianist Vanessa Perez.

 After meeting on worldwide travels and becoming friends back home in New York, Murray and Vogler collaborated on this project from a shared curiosity about each other’s artistic world and interests. New Worlds showcases seminal works of literature and music that reflect American values, and communicates the bridges artists have built between America and Europe.

 Following the album’s release in September 2017 and a tour of the US and Canada last year, Murray, Vogler and friends bring a picture of the charm, energy and creative force of the American New World to London’s Southbank Centre as part of a 2018 European tour.

For more information, visit the Southbank Centre website here

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Caught by the River Social Club – March and April 2018

The latest intimate, one-off monthly events created by the Caught by the River website take place in the Horse Hospital in Bloomsbury and Little Portland St.

The Social is a place to enjoy songs, music, poetry and films inspired by the wildlife and landscapes of the British Isles. Caught by the River is the gathering place for those that treasure wildlife, nature, interesting characters and tremendous music.

Tuesday 13 March – Caught by the River at the Horse Hospital

A one-off night of music and film, featuring:

Dead Flows the Don: A magical odyssey up-river by broadcaster, writer, film-maker and songwriter, David Bramwell. Mixing moving image, music and storytelling, David journeys up Yorkshire’s river Don to uncover its occult secrets, battling his own thalassophobia (fear of what lurks beneath), learns about hydromancy from magician Alan Moore, discovers a forest of figs and encounters Jarvis Cocker on his own adventures, sailing down the Don on an inflatable inner tube. David won a Sony Award (with producer Sara-Jane Hall) for BBC Radio 3’s The Haunted Moustache, makes The Canal and River Trust and The Odditorium podcasts, has written books – including The No. 9 Bus to Utopia and The Haunted Moustache – and released six albums with the band Oddfellow’s Casino.

Jim Ghedi: Living in the Moss Valley – the abandoned and forgotten area on the edgelands of South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire – it makes perfect sense that Jim Ghedi’s music feels both fluidly transient yet deeply rooted. Jim’s just-released second LP, A Hymn for Ancient Land (Basin Rock) is described as “landscape music, a close relative of landscape art” and combines 6 and 12-string finger-style guitar, orchestral arrangements and traditional folk song.

DJ on the night will be Stephen Cracknell (the Memory Band); MC will be John Andrews.

Built in 1797 and tucked away in an unspoilt mews in the heart of Bloomsbury, the Horse Hospital is London’s only existing unspoilt two-floor, purpose-built stable open to the public.

EVENT INFORMATION

Full details: caughtbytheriver.net

Date: Tuesday 13 March 2018, 7pm.

Venue: The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1JD

Tickets: £8 in advance 

Monday 9 April – Caught by the River presents…The Glass Aisle & Lomond Campbell

Singer-songwriter, Brian Briggs, (former frontman of Stornoway) and award-winning Welsh poet, Paul Henry, perform tracks from their new album ‘The Glass Aisle’, a mesmerising collaboration of songs and poetry set on the Monmouthshire-Brecon canal. Paul’s lyrics transport the listener deep into the frozen landscape on the cusp of spring, via Brian’s pure tenor, and into the company of poacher-fisherman John Moonlight and Marconi, who conducted his experiments for radio on the canal. ‘The Glass Aisle’ is also the title of Paul’s new poetry collection, published by Seren.

Paul and Brian will be supported by Lomond Campbell. A long-time resident of Edinburgh, eager to flee the clamour and turbulence of the city, Campbell upped sticks a couple of years ago, setting up home and studio in a decrepit, asbestos-ridden school house in the shadow of Ben Nevis. His debut record ‘Black River Promise’ was recorded there deep in the Scottish Highlands and released on Heavenly Recordings in November.

EVENT INFORMATION

Full details: caughtbytheriver.net

Date: Monday 9 April 2018, 7pm.

Venue: The Social, 5 Little Portland St, London W1W 7JD

Tickets: £7 in advance 

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Caught by the River Thames website here

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Lloyd’s Choir Spring Concert at St Giles, Cripplegate Church – 22nd March 2018

One of the delights of the City of London is the series of concerts that take place in many of the historic churches dotted around the Square Mile.

One of the oldest choirs in the City not connected directly to the churches is the Lloyd’s Choir which was first formed in 1922. The choir first performed in 1922, within the Underwriting Room at the Royal Exchange and concerts were then given regularly, mainly in the Public Hall of the same building.

After the Second World War, the choir was re-established and performed with considerable success.  In the 1980s, the choir moved to St. Katharine Cree in Leadenhall Street which is still home to the choir today.

Jacques Cohen – Musical Director

Since then, a series of professional conductors have greatly enhanced the reputation of the choir. The choir regularly perform concerts in various locations around the city and has featured on television several times.

One of the highlights of the choir’s year is the Spring Concert to be held in the St Giles, Cripplegate Church, Fore Street, London EC2Y 8DA (in London’s Barbican) on Thursday 22nd March  2018 at  7pm.

The programme will have a nautical theme with Parry’s Crossing the Bar, Elgar’s Sea Pictures and Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony  with Jacques Cohen conducting the choir with the Cohen Ensemble and soloists.

Tickets £ 20 ( £12 Students).

For more information about the Lloyd’s Choir, visit their website here

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Review : The Telegraph Travel Show at ExCeL London from 23rd to 25th February 2018

The Telegraph Travel Show offers advice and inspiration for travellers from its award winning travel journalists, international travel writers, bloggers, adventurers and much more.

Among the wide range of exhibitors, there is a strong focus on cruises, whether its luxury on the high seas or exploring on a river cruise. Many cruise firms are represented including Voyages Jules Verne, Noble Caledonia, Hurtigruten, Star Clippers, Fred River Cruises, Saga Cruises and Hapag Lloyd.

Visitors to the show can receive personalised advice from The Telegraph Travel journalists in the Travel Genius Bar, as well as speaking with leading travel providers including Travelbag, ROL Cruise and Trailfinders.

Singapore Airlines have a large display showing the new seating arrangements in their fleet of aircraft.

The Telegraphs journalists are joined by adventurers and explorers in the Destinations Theatre, travel advice from the experts is interspersed with tales of adventure with David Cornthwaite explaining about his incredible expedition in Norway and wildlife photographer Warren Samuels explaining how to film Kenya’s big cats.

Food is an important part of any travel adventure and the show has a Food & Wine Theatre, showcasing dishes from across the globe. TV chef, Lesley Waters hosts an interactive cookery experience whilst the Telegraph’s wine expert Susy Atkins will be taking visitors on a tour of France and Italy through a variety of grapes and vineyards.

The show includes a section on Incredible Oceans which celebrates world’s whales and dolphins and highlights the scourge of ocean plastics. Visitors to the show can learn how Incredible Oceans and Water-to-Go are teaming up to create new solutions that combat the negative effects of ocean plastics.

The Telegraph Travel Show is not the largest travel show in London but does provide more of a personal touch with plenty of advice and inspiration for travellers from its award winning travel journalists and international travel writers. The exhibitors tend to offer adventure with comfort to destinations all around the world.

The Show takes place alongside the London Bike Show and The Triathlon Show with one ticket giving entry into all three events.

Video Review available here

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

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