Deloitte Ignite 2012

Posted on September 4, 2012 by Toothpicker

This year's Africa weekend at Royal Opera House
It's probably hard to believe this but many exceptional arts and cultural events in London are actually free, and the annual Deloitte Ignite at the Royal Opera House is one of them. I have been to Deloitte Ignite for the past few years and it [...]

This post was posted in London, Music & Sound and was tagged with London, Royal opera house, music, Deloitte Ignite

The new 'deconstructed' Palais de Tokyo

Posted on August 26, 2012 by Toothpicker

In Paris, there is no shortage of contemporary art spaces, including Centre Pompidou, Le Cent Quatre, Palais de Tokyo and two of my favourites: La Maison Rouge and Fondation Cartier.
After almost a year of 'renovation', Le Palais de Tokyo reopened in April with La Triennale 2012 - Intense Proximité ( ends on [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Paris, Art and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, paris, palais de Tokyo

Paris, the city of graffiti

Posted on August 22, 2012 by Toothpicker

Once 'The city of light', now Paris is more like the city of graffiti. Although the famous sights and monuments are still there, this city has changed so much in recent years that it is almost unrecognisable as the stereotypical romanticised place it once endured. Yes, there are still romantic spots, but [...]

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

100 day of Korean Culture in London

Posted on August 15, 2012 by Toothpicker

Probably not many non-Korean Londoners are aware of the Korean Cultural Centre near Charing Cross, not only does it hosts regular Korean art exhibitions, it also hosts free Korean film nights every week of the year except for special screenings at the end of each month.
From June until Sept, the centre collaborates [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Art, Korean art and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, Korean art

London's 'green' Olympic park

Posted on August 11, 2012 by Toothpicker

A showcase for British horticulture
The park
One of attractions of London is that it is a huge cosmopolitan city with lots of greenery. There are parks and squares in every neighbourhood, which makes this city a livable city despite the traffic and dense housing.
I was particularly curious when I heard that wild flowers [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British design, Eco designs, Sports, Gardens & parks, Design, Contemporary and was tagged with London, Olympics 2012, British design, contemporary architecture

Adventure in the Cotswolds

Posted on August 7, 2012 by Toothpicker

Our starting point: Stratford-upon-Avon
My friend from abroad is in town and I suggested a long walking weekend in the Cotswolds to get away from London and the Olympics. It started off pretty well in Stratford-upon-Avon, but little did we know, everything that could have gone wrong went wrong once we left town [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Hiking & walking, Britain and was tagged with walks, nature, Cotswolds, walking

The super cool Art Drive! exhibition

Posted on July 31, 2012 by Toothpicker

The entrance and interior of the lift
Like I mentioned previously, there are endless arts and cultural events happening all over town during the Olympics, but the Art Drive! exhibition organised by the ICA is probably one of the coolest in town at the moment.
This 2-week free exhibition at the a multi-storey car [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Art and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, ICA

Olympic fever in London

Posted on July 28, 2012 by Toothpicker

Like many of my London friends who left the city to avoid the Olympics, I was a bit sceptical about the event ( esp. with all the bad press beforehand) until I was out walking along the river with friends from overseas the day before the games.
The sun was shining and there [...]

This post was posted in London, Sports and was tagged with London, Olympics 2012

Documentaries marathon

Posted on July 24, 2012 by Toothpicker

Since the ICA would be closed during the Olympics, I decided to do a mini documentaries marathon, seeing three documentaries in 2 days... I have been more ambitious before but ended up feeling nausea afterwards, so I have learned not to overdo it.
Marina Abramovic: The artist is present
This is an engaging, spiritual [...]

This post was posted in Films & documentaries, Art and was tagged with documentaries, ICA, Marina Abramovic

My Cigno Seventy

Posted on July 22, 2012 by Toothpicker

Finally, the sun is out and I was able to take my beloved Cigno Seventy out for a ride in my local area...
As a huge supporter of online shopping, I buy almost everything online ( except for fresh food) including my bicycle from Italy! Two years ago, I was looking for a foldable [...]

This post was posted in London, Sports, Italian design, Design, Transport and was tagged with London, cycling, Cigno Seventy

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