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Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker

Posted on July 5, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
Amidst the Brexit storm, a Japanese company of 25 performers brought chaos and frenzy to the Pit at the Barbican; nonetheless it was still more predictable and endurable than the political turmoil that was unfolding during the week.
Part of LIFT Festival 2016, the sold out 45-minute show Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker pays [...]

This post was posted in London, Dance, Music & Sound, Anything Japanese, Theatre & performance art and was tagged with London, dance, music, Japanese art, Barbican, immersive theatre


A peaceful anti-Brexit protest

Posted on June 30, 2016 by Toothpicker

In my youth, I was not into politics and I was never an activist of any sort. As I grow older, I started to care more about the world I live in, perhaps it's partly due to the fact that we live in a more turbulent world.
The term 'Utopia' was created by [...]

This post was posted in London, Social issues, Politics and was tagged with London, EU Referendum, Brexit, Protest, politics


Not proud to be British today...

Posted on June 24, 2016 by Toothpicker

My response to today's referendum results
 
I am sure that 48% of the British who voted to remain in the EU are feeling the same way as I do now – shocked, sad, disappointed, disillusioned, confused, anxious, pessimistic, and very angry. And we have every right to be angry with what has happened [...]

This post was posted in London, Social issues, Politics and was tagged with London, EU Referendum, black friday, global crisis, Brexit, politics


Open Garden Squares Weekend 2016

Posted on June 22, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
   
Inner Temple Garden
 
According to a report commissioned by the City of London Corporation in 2013, London is the greenest city in Europe, with over 47% green space in the city. There are also countless of private and communal gardens in the city, and they are usually out of bounds [...]

This post was posted in London, Nature, Gardens & parks and was tagged with London, nature, gardens, Barbican, allotments, Open Garden Squares


East London Comics & Arts Festival 2016

Posted on June 16, 2016 by Toothpicker

The Grade II listed Round Chapel, Hackney
 
Organised by London-based Nobrow Press, the fifth annual East London Comics Art Festival (ELCAF) took place over three days at the Round Chapel and MKII gallery in Hackney.
The festival is designed to showcase some of the most exciting works in comics and illustrations, and it features [...]

This post was posted in London, Japanese designs, Shopping, British designs, Talks, Graphics & illustrations, Design festivals & shows, Anything Japanese, Design, books, Publishing, illustrated books & zines and was tagged with London, Japanese designers, shopping, talks, graphic design, art deco architecture, Katsumi Komagata, illustrated books & zines, East London Comics & arts festival, publishing


The 9th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art

Posted on June 12, 2016 by Toothpicker

KW Institute for Contemporary Art
 
After the disappointing DMY design festival, I stumbled upon The 9th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (4th June until 18th September) by chance, and decided to check out it out. A €16 ticket (€26 including a boat trip) includes admission to four venues across the city. Due to [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Art, Berlin and was tagged with contemporary art, Art festival, Berlin, Berlin Biennial


Berlin's DMY International Design Festival

Posted on June 9, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
The design festival's 2016 location – the former power plant, Kraftwerk Mitte
 
Back in 2010, I visited Berlin and DMY International Design Festival for the first time; and not only did I fall in love with the city, I also found the festival inspiring. The 5-day event took place at the splendid [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Design festivals & shows, Design, Berlin and was tagged with architecture, Berlin, DMY design festival


Street art and graffiti in Brighton

Posted on May 25, 2016 by Toothpicker

Odisy and Aroe MSK's Run DMC mural in Kensington Street, created in 2008

 
Brighton is known for its arts and culture scene, and so it is not surprising to see a thriving street art scene here. The city is full of original street art pieces including a Banksy – the two kissing policemen [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Street art & graffiti, Britain and was tagged with graffiti/ street art, Brighton


Brighton Festival 2016

Posted on May 20, 2016 by Toothpicker

Top: Brighton railway station, built in 1840; Bottom: Brighton from the train
 
It has been a while since I have visited Brighton, and the annual Brighton Festival (6th - 28th May) gave me a perfect excuse to revisit this popular coastal city.
The trick to train travel in the UK is to book as [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Britain, Architectural conservation, Modernist & Art Deco, Theatre & performance art and was tagged with art deco architecture, theatre, Art festival, modernist architecture, Brighton


Hiking in Hong Kong – From Lung Fu Shan to the Peak

Posted on April 27, 2016 by Toothpicker

A view of Hong Kong from the Peak trail
 
Every time I visit Hong Kong, I have to fit in either a day hike or take the ferry to the outlying islands to unwind and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
One of my favourite hikes is the Lung Fu [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Nature, Hiking & walking and was tagged with Hong Kong, hiking, nature


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