Ron Arad's Curtain Call: London Contemporary Orchestra

Posted on August 29, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
Do Londoners ever get tired of 'immersive' shows? There are immersive theatres, exhibitions, cinemas and installations... the list goes on. If you are bored of the traditional forms of entertainment, then these multi-sensory performances are likely to stimulate your senses in every possible way.
Last week, I attended an immersive concert performed by [...]

This post was posted in London, British designs, Music & Sound, Design and was tagged with British design, music, London contemporary orchestra, Ron Arad, concert


Serpentine pavilion & Summer Houses 2016

Posted on July 26, 2016 by Toothpicker

Serpentine Pavilion by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
 
This year, the 16th Serpentine Pavilion (10th Jun until 9th Oct 2016) is designed by Danish architectural studio BIG, or Bjarke Ingels Group. In addition to the main pavilion, four 25sqm summer houses inspired by the nearby 18th century Queen Caroline’s Temple are commissioned and built [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Gardens & parks, Design, Contemporary and was tagged with London, gardens, serpentine pavilion, contemporary architecture, V & A museum


Day out in Southend-On-Sea

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
Given the proximity of Essex to London, it is surprising how the county is often overlooked by Londoners. Is it because of our biases and stereotypical images of the area and its residents? Londoners would rather visit Kent, Hampshire, Sussex, or Suffolk if they need a short getaway... Essex is quite low [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Hiking & walking, Britain and was tagged with walks, seaside, Southend on sea


New designers Part II 2016

Posted on July 15, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
Top: Northumbria university's crafted interactive products; Bottom left: Leon lighting by Lewis Power; Bottom right: Kaelin Rose Newton's CitySprout
 
This year's New Designers show Part II was probably the best that I have been to in recent years. Overall the standard was very high, and I think it was more exciting than [...]

This post was posted in London, British designs, Eco designs, Graphics & illustrations, Design festivals & shows, Design and was tagged with London, design show, eco designs, British design, New designers, illustrations


RCA graduation show 2016

Posted on July 8, 2016 by Toothpicker

Autonome by Javier Garcia Gallardo
 
I have always enjoyed discovering new talents at the annual RCA graduation show in the Kensington campus. This year, however, I was slightly disappointed with the overall show. It is not to say that there weren't many interesting projects, but somehow they were not as inspiring than the [...]

This post was posted in London, British designs, Graphics & illustrations, Design festivals & shows, Design and was tagged with London, graphic design, British design, RCA show


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 [...]

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