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Exhibition Review : Botticelli Reimagined at the Victoria and Albert Museum – 5th March to 3rd July 2016

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The Victoria and Albert Museum present a major new exhibition which explores the variety of ways artists and designers from the Pre-Raphaelites to the present have responded to the artistic legacy of Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510), assembling 150 works from around the world. Although, Botticelli is now recognised as one of the greatest artists, the exhibition reminds us that he was largely forgotten for more than 300 years until his work was ‘rediscovered’ in the 19th century.

Botticelli Reimagined is the largest Botticelli exhibition in Britain since 1930 and  includes painting, fashion, film, drawing, photography, tapestry, sculpture and print. There are over 50 original works by Botticelli, alongside works by artists such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, René Magritte, Elsa Schiaparelli, Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman.

The exhibition begins with a screen showing excerpts from Dr No showing Ursula Andress emerging from the sea clasping a conch shell and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen in which Uma Thurman re-enacts The Birth of Venus.

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The first main section entitled Global, Modern, Contemporary illustrates how artists have taken aspects of  Botticelli’s imagery and incorporated them into their own works. Botticelli’s most famous work , The Birth of Venus which depicts the naked Venus emerging from a shell on the seashore is referenced by Andy Warhol’s Details of Renaissance , Yin Xin’s Venus After Botticelli , David LaChapelle’s Rebirth of Venus and a dress and trouser suit of patchwork panels from The Birth of Venus from Dolce & Gabbana’s 1993 collection. Botticelli’s influence is more widely considered by Bill Viola’s Going forth by Day and  5th surgery performance – Operation opera by ORLAN, This section also includes work by Tamara de Lempicka, Robert Rauschenberg, René Magritte and Maurice Denis.

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Rediscovery considers the impact of Botticelli’s art on the Pre-Raphaelite circle during the mid-19th century. Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Ruskin and Edward Burne-Jones all owned and were greatly influenced by Botticelli’s work. In this section a series of portraits by Burne – Jones and Rossetti, mostly featuring Jane Morris gives some insight into the way that the Pre-Raphaelites looked to the past for inspiration.

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Botticelli’s celebrated work, Primavera influences William Morris’ The Orchard and Evelyn De Morgan’s Flora. In this room are a couple of copies of The Birth of Venus by Edgar Degas and Gustave Moreau as well as Etienne Azambre’s Two Women copying Botticelli’s fresco of Venus and the Graces.

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Moving back in time, the final section of the exhibition arrives at Botticelli in his Own Time. A series of works by Botticelli show that he  was not only a wonderfully skilled artist but also ran a highly successful workshop which produced a large number of important works. Exhibits include his only signed and dated painting The Mystic Nativity , three portraits supposedly of the legendary beauty Simonetta Vespucci, and the remarkable Pallas and the Centaur, travelling to London for the first time.

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A small number of portraits of the elite of Renaissance Florence gives some context to the artist’s life and times before the show closes with two full-length paintings of Venus, reprising the heroine of The Birth of Venus, and the V&A’s Portrait of a Lady known as Smeralda Bandinelli which formerly owned by Rossetti.

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It is remarkable how some artists can produce work that remains influential over the centuries, This exhibition provides plenty of evidence that Botticelli is one of these artists. Whether it is through his influence on the Pre-Raphaelites or the way the iconic works such as the Birth of Venus has been endlessly reinterpreted in the late 20th especially. Although there is a running theme through the exhibition, in many ways it feels like three mini exhibitions in one. Due to the variety on display, the exhibition will have quite a wide appeal, each section has its own attractions and delights in an ambitious and interesting show.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

Botticelli Reimagined

5 March – 3 July 2016.

Admission £15 (concessions available).

V&A Members go free.

Advance booking is advised

For more information or to book tickets, visit the V&A website here

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Imagine Children’s Festival at the Southbank Centre – 10th to 21st February 2016

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The Imagine Children’s Festival returns to the Southbank Centre with a packed programme to entertain the children during half term.

One of the highlights of the festival is the celebrations marking the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth,  these include The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl and  Dahl’s last epic story The Minpins with live orchestral accompaniment.

Children’s books are featured with the opportunity to meet  authors and illustrators, such as Judith Kerr, Laura Dockrill , Candy Gourlay and Holly Smale.

There are a large number of free events and workshops to keep children of all ages entertained, including Bedtime Stories with famous faces, jazz for  little ones at Groove Baby, gamelan gongs at Dragon Babies and much more.

Every day from 10.30am to 4pm, enjoy the best children’s theatre, literature and music, with plenty of workshops and free activities for children up to 12 years old.

If you would like further information, visit the Southbank Centre website here

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Review – Annie Leibovitz’s WOMEN: New Portraits Exhibition at the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station from January 16th to February 7th 2016

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The Wapping Hydraulic Power Station is the location for an exhibition by one of America’s leading photographers with the opening of Annie Leibovitz’s WOMEN: New Portraits exhibition.

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‘WOMEN: New Portraits’ a global tour of new photographs by Annie Leibovitz launches in London. Commissioned by UBS, the exhibition opens to the public on 16 January at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, kicking off a 10-city world-wide tour. Access to the exhibition will be free. Photo by Stephen White, courtesy of UBS.

Wapping is known for its maritime connections and Wapping Hydraulic Power Station is an important relic of London’s industrial past which attracted the photographer, Leibovitz said: “It was so exciting to find Wapping Station here – we were looking for places that were unusual.”

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‘WOMEN: New Portraits’ a global tour of new photographs by Annie Leibovitz launches in London. Commissioned by UBS, the exhibition opens to the public on 16 January at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, kicking off a 10-city world-wide tour. Access to the exhibition will be free. Photo by Stephen White, courtesy of UBS.

Women: New Portraits includes photographs of the likes of Amy Winehouse, Michelle Obama, Adele, Taylor Swift, Jane Goodall, Sheryl Sandberg, Cindy Sherman, Caitlyn Jenner, Amy Schumer and Aung San Suu Kyi and is a collection that focuses on “women of outstanding achievement” and is a continuation of Women, a project that Annie Leibovitz began over 15 years ago in collaboration with writer Susan Sontag.

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‘WOMEN: New Portraits’ a global tour of new photographs by Annie Leibovitz launches in London. Commissioned by UBS, the exhibition opens to the public on 16 January at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, kicking off a 10-city world-wide tour. Access to the exhibition will be free. Photo by Stephen White, courtesy of UBS.

The exhibition features new photographs and work from the original series, as well as other unpublished photographs. In collaboration with UBS , a series of free learning programmes will accompany the exhibition which will explore ways of seeing through photography and working with young people in local schools and communities.

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Annie Liebovitz, New York City, 2012 © Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz began her career as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone in 1970 and in the past four decades as built up a great reputation based on a series of well-known portraits for Vanity Fair, Vogue and numerous other publications. Famous portraits include John Lennon and Yoko Ono just before he was killed, Demi Moore, Queen Elizabeth II, Sting, Lady Gaga and more recently Caitlyn Jenner.

Laura Poitras, New York City, 2015 © Annie Leibovitz WOMEN New Portraits Exhibition by Annie Leibovitz with Exclusive Commissioning Pa

Laura Poitras, New York City, 2015 © Annie Leibovitz WOMEN New Portraits Exhibition
Annie Leibovitz WOMEN: New Portraits exhibition commissioned by UBS, Wapping Hydraulic Power Station,16 Jan – 7  Feb

A walk around the exhibition allows you to appreciate the wide and diverse range of work and styles of one of the best known photographers in the world.  The run down industrial setting with large screens  provide an interesting backdrop to the exhibition and offers plenty of incentive to make the trip into London Docklands. The exhibition is free and will run from January 16th to February 7th 2016.

Annie Leibovitz’s new photographs, which have been commissioned by UBS, will be shown in 10 cities over the next 12 months. The tour starts in London before moving to Tokyo, San Francisco, Singapore, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Istanbul, Frankfurt, New York and Zurich.

Visitor Information

January 16th – February 7th 2016

Admission to the exhibition is free

Exhibition opening hours:

Monday – Thursday: 10am – 6pm

Friday: 10am – 8pm

Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 6pm

Address:

Wapping Hydraulic Power Station,

Wapping Wall,

London E1W 3SL:

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

If you would like further information about the exhibition, visit the UBS website here

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Hamlet at the Barbican – 5th August to 31st October 2015

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Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role in Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, the Barbican presents an exclusive twelve-week run of this anticipated new production in summer 2015.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

Produced by Sonia Friedman Productions
Presented by the Barbican
Mon–Sat 7.15pm
(except Tue 25 Aug, 7pm start)
Matinee performances 1.30pm every Sat from 15 Aug

Approx 3 hours/including one 20-min interval

The Barbican has sold its current allocation of advance tickets, however small numbers of tickets may be returned or released for advance sale online.  There are also 30 £10 tickets available as day-seats for sale each day in person. Up to two tickets per person, sold at the advance ticket desk from 10.30am; the Barbican Centre will open from 9am. Returned and late-release tickets may occasionally become available at the last minute on the day of the performance

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Barbican website here

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The Oresteia at Shakespeare’s Globe – 29th August to 16 October 2015

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Before setting out for the Trojan War, King Agamemnon sacrificed his daughter Iphigenia. Many years later, when Agamemnon returns to his palace, his adulterous Queen Clytemnestra takes her revenge by brutally murdering him and installing her lover on the throne. How will the gods judge Orestes, their estranged son, who must avenge his father’s death by murdering his mother?

The curse of the House of Atreus, passing from generation to generation, is one of the great myths of Western literature. In the hands of Aeschylus, the story enacts the final victory of reason and justice over superstition and barbarity. The original trilogy will be distilled into one thrilling three-act play.

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Directed by
Adele Thomas

Adapted by
Rory Mullarkey

From the original by
Aeschylus

Designed by
Hannah Clark

Composed by
Mira Calix

Cast

Naana Agyei-Ampadu
Cassandra

Trevor Fox
Aegisthus

Dennis Herdman
Chorus

Rosie Hilal
Electra

George Irving
Agamemnon / Apollo

Branka Katic
Athena

James Lailey
Chorus

Joel MacCormack
Orestes

Petra Massey
Chorus

Dean Nolan
Chorus

Brendan O’Hea
Chorus

Paul Rider
Chorus

Katy Stephens
Clytemnestra

Dickon Tyrrell
Chorus

Tickets
£5 standing
£17 – £43 seats

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Shakespeare’s Globe website here

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All you need to know about the Notting Hill Carnival – 30th and 31st August 2015

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The  Notting Hill Carnival was created as a response to the Notting Hill riots  in 1958, A Caribbean Carnival was held in 1959 at St Pancras Town Hall , for many years it was a jointly organised with  a London Free school festival in Notting Hill which promoted cultural unity.

However by the 1970s, the festival had become distinctly Caribbean in flavour and  attracted crowds of 150,000. It also attracted an element of trouble , when riots threatened the future of the Carnival.

Gradually over the last 20 years it has grown into one of the biggest carnivals in the world and an important date in the London Events calendar.
Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance has been the carnival’s traditional starting point. The main parade starts on Great Western Road, winding its way along Chepstow Road, then on to Westbourne Grove, and then down Ladbroke Grove.

Programme

London Calypso Tent
The Association of The British Calypsonians welcome all to the London Calypso Tent to engage and be entertained by the  performances of UK Calypsonians and visiting international artists. An showcase of storytelling, poetry, political commentary, humour and much more creatively presented by the sweet Calypso or Soca rhythms of the Caribbean.

•Time: 8pm to 11pm
•Venue: Carnival Village, Tabernacle, Powis Square, off Portobello Rd, W11 2AY.

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29th August 2015

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A fabulous, free open air evening for the entire family, steel band lovers, general music lovers or anyone looking to enjoy a great evening in a Caribbean style atmosphere.

The evening consists of a competitive performance by national steel bands and other entertainment.

•Venue: Emslie Horniman Pleasance Park, Bosworth Road, W10
•Fee: Free
•Time: 6pm to 10pm

30th August 2015

Sunday Parade / A Family Day
A jubilant Children Parade as they showcase their flamboyant costumes dancing along the carnival route to the hypnotic rhythms provided by the mobile sound systems or steel bands.

A fabulous display of vocals, on the “World Music Stage” at Powis Square. Features calypso and soca performances by the Association of British Calypsonians, visiting international calypsonians, emerging artists of other genre and various other performances.

A haven for a range of music styles and astounding stage performances exhibited by the static sound systems. 38 systems are strategically located around the footprint of the carnival. Family workshops at Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance, a variety of tasty Caribbean foods, drinks and lots more. •Time: 10am to 8:30pm

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A fun, fun time to mark the opening of the carnival be adventurous. Get dirty or even come along with a carnivalesque or comical presentation. Dance along the streets to the pulsating rhythms of steel bands, riddim bands and African drummers.

Procession begins and ends at Canal way, Ladbroke Grove W14 next to Sainsbury’s car park. •Time: 6am to 9am

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31st August 2015

Monday Parade / The Grand Finale
The Grand finale showcasing a sea of vibrant colours as 60 bands in magnificent costumes dance to the tantalizing rhythms of the mobile sound systems or steel bands.

Enjoy the magnificent continuation of vocals on the “World Music Stage” at Powis Square. Come and be entertained by UK Calypsonians, soca artist, visiting international artists and other emerging acts.

See how many of the 38 static sound systems you can visit as they entertain you with diverse genres of music and stage performances which contribute to the Carnival’s vibrant atmosphere.

Sample the diverse attractions of food, music, and additional activities.
•Time: 10am to 8:30pm

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Top Carnival Tips

In many ways the Carnival is the victim of its own success attracting huge crowds into the often small backstreets of Notting Hill. Following some of the following tips will greatly enhance your enjoyment

The area is heavily congested so don’t even try to drive to the event . Use public transport but be aware of what stations are closed.

Try to arrive early, it will be a lot less crowded.

Wear comfortable shoes, you will be doing a lot of walking or standing around.

Avoid carrying expensive items, pickpockets like big crowds and will on the look out for easy pickings. (Don’t put valuables in your back pocket ).

Do tell police if you see an incident. Officers will be stationed throughout the Carnival area.

Don’t try to walk against the flow of the crowd.

Arrange meeting points in case you become separated. Remember mobile phones will often not work in the large crowds so don’t rely on them.

There is always large queues for toilets and they will run out of paper, bring your own toilet paper and hand sanitiser.

Children’s Day on Sunday is recommended for families because of  the smaller crowds and kid-friendly floats.

Pushing a buggy will be virtually impossible, carrying children is often the best option.

The Music will be very loud, Ear defenders may be necessary for very young children.

For further information visit the official Carnival website here

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South West Four Festival on Clapham Common – 29th and 30th August 2015

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Returning to Clapham Common on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August, South West Four 2015 will bring you a lineup featuring the biggest, best and most respected names in electronic music.

For the very first time SW4 will showcase ten incredible stages across the Bank Holiday Weekend, including the debut of the second main stage, the biggest indoor structure ever erected on Clapham Common. And with two main stages set to welcome your favourite headline DJs and live electronic acts, the lineup will hit the three figure mark for the first time, as the festival will  welcome over one hundred artists to the Capital.

SW4 DAY ONE: SATURDAY 29TH AUGUST

On Saturday 29th August, SW4 welcomes a balance of well known stars complimented by  new faces. In celebration of their 20th Anniversary,  Faithless  choose SW4 to host their exclusive homecoming performance. There will be SW4 debuts to Luciano, Amine Edge & Dance, Hannah Wants and Hot Since 82, amongst others. In addition to Faithless, Eric Prydz and Sasha will make main stage appearances.

Fatboy Slim plays SW4 for the first time in five years  presenting his Smile High Club  with guests including Eats Everything, Hannah Wants and Todd Terje. Maceo Plex will bring his ‘Dream, Don’t Sleep’ concept back to SW4, this time with special guests Sven Väth, Dubfire [Live] and DJ Magazine will feature heavily across both days by hosting stages each day. On the Saturday their arena will be headlined by Solomun vs Âme, Bakermat and Fritz Kalkbrenner. 2015 has seen The Gallery reach its 20th Anniversary as the UK’s leading Friday night, which will also be celebrated via a stage at SW4 including Aly & Fila, Infected Mushroom and Paul Oakenfold.

SW4 DAY TWO: SUNDAY 30TH AUGUST

On Sunday 30th August, Skrillex will close the outdoor main stage. He will be joined by local legends Basement Jaxx [Live], Martin Garrix, Sigma [Live], as well as the UK debut of Armin van Buuren’s Gaia alias.

DJ Magazine hosts one of the techno stages on the Sunday, headlined by Carl Cox vs Loco Dice.  Joining them will be Music On’s Marco Carola and Joseph Capriati, Drumcode’s Adam Beyer and Bedrock’s John Digweed. The Sunday will also see the world’s leading drum and bass label RAM host their biggest ever showcase in the UK, with Andy C, Sub Focus, Wilkinson [Live], Roni Size Reprazent [Live], plus many more. The final two stages on the Sunday will see Maya Jane Coles host a stage at a UK festival for the first time, with Dixon, Tale of Us and Mano Le Tough, whilst Ibiza comes to Clapham Common as Amnesia Ibiza’s Together party showcases Example + DJ Wire, Oliver Heldens and DJ EZ.

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Festival website here

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