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Raindance & BFI film festivals 2017

Posted on October 19, 2017 by Toothpicker

Anoushka Shankar performing live for the 1928 Indian silent film – Shiraz: A romance of Indian at the Barbican
 
I saw 8 engrossing films and documentaries in total at the Raindance and BFI film festivals this year, and I feel that the overall standard of the films I saw this year is exceptionally [...]

This post was posted in London, Films & documentaries, Music & Sound, Social issues and was tagged with London, documentaries, films, Film festival, music, concert


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


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


Hyper Japan summer 2015

Posted on July 25, 2015 by Toothpicker

Dempagumi.inc.
 
Although I have heard a lot about the biannual Hyper Japan festival, a celebration of the Japanese culture, music, food and entertainment, I have never visited this event before. This year, after spending one year learning Japanese, I made friends with a group of people who are interested in the Japanese culture [...]

This post was posted in London, Music & Sound, Anything Japanese, Videos & animations and was tagged with London, music, Hyper Japan, J-pop


Sahara soul at the Barbican

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Toothpicker

I have always had a fascination with the Sahara. I think what appeals to me is its mystery, beauty, danger, scale, harshness, unpredictability and 'nothingness'. In my early 20s, I read Paul Bowles' novels, listened to his music and embarked on an adventure with a companion to the Sahara via Morocco. It [...]

This post was posted in London, Music & Sound, Social issues and was tagged with London, music, Barbican


Flamenco in Andalusia

Posted on February 17, 2014 by Toothpicker

Street artists performing in Granada
 
Flamenco is originated from the Romani people ( also known as Gitanos) living in Andalusia centuries ago, with influences from the Moors, the Jews, and the Mozarabic. Many foreigners do not realise that the essence of flamenco is not the dance itself, but rather the cante (song), one [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Dance, Music & Sound, Andalusia, Flamenco and was tagged with dance, Flamenco, music, seville, Andalusia


Arabesque by Jane Birkin

Posted on November 13, 2013 by Toothpicker

When I was a teenager, I became obsessed with everything 'French' because of their immaculate taste in art, fashion, design, culinary and cinema. I indulged in French cinema ( esp. Eric Rohmer ) and even spent 7 months living in Paris trying to improve my English-accented French learned from school here. During [...]

This post was posted in London, Music & Sound and was tagged with London, music, Jane Birkin


Dalston House by Leandro Erlich

Posted on July 14, 2013 by Toothpicker

I missed Barbican's Rain room installation earlier in the year because there were always long queues outside ( 12 hours was the record!) and I lack the patience for queuing... Luckily, the new outdoor installation supported by Barbican is most accessible, and it is perfect for this hot July!
Dalston House is an [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Music & Sound, Theatre & performance art and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, architecture, music, Dalston house, performance art


The coolest and quirkiest... Cibo Matto

Posted on June 16, 2013 by Toothpicker

I rarely write about music on this blog but in fact, music has always been essential in my life. I don't buy many CDs now ( like everyone else, I have switched to downloading online) because I am running out of space for them; having bought over 700 ( a rough estimation) [...]

This post was posted in London, Music & Sound, Anything Japanese, Videos & animations and was tagged with London, Cibo Matto, music


Fiesta Flamenca at The Forge

Posted on October 28, 2012 by Toothpicker

 
It has been a while since I last attended a live music/ dance gig, so when I found out about a live flamenco performance at The Forge in Camden, I suggested it to my friend, who is also a fan of different dance forms.
I only discovered The Forge last year and was [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Dance, Music & Sound, Flamenco and was tagged with London, Food & dining, dance, Flamenco, music


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