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Cheers to the four-day weekend! So, while Friday to Sunday will keep you plenty occupied, with b-boys and girls swinging into town via Breakin’ Convention, street skating in Hyde Park, two music fests and what will only be a hilarious screening of the classic Flash Gordon, we recommend spending the Bank Holiday Monday checking out a festival for foodies, that incredible new Bauhaus exhibition that honours the world’s most famous art school or simply chilling out, maxing and relaxing.
To echo the wise words of Ann Peebles, “I can’t stand the rain” – but this weekend plans won’t be a complete washout, I assure you. Check out some of the lovely, cosy indoor ideas we’ve got in store that’ll keep you entertained (and dry). Friday lunchtime offers a disco, a movie fest and even a quick visit to the Hackney Empire. Just remember to pack your brolly for Saturday’s Brixton bake-off – it’ll be worth it.
The Pan-Asia film festival is now in its fourth year of exposing an overlooked side to the various film industries of Asia. Ask an average person on the street what they think of Asian cinema, and – unless they wisely point out that referring to ‘Asian’ film is a sweeping generalisation – they’ll probably refer to Chinese historical epics or ultra-violent thrillers or horrors from Japan and South Korea. Rather than being generally under-represented, the cult popularity of the aforementioned types of films means that we get an extremely slanted view of cinema coming from the world’s largest continent.
Taking on a 10- day literature festival with 200 sessions to choose from, requires physical and mental stamina and a certain fixedness of purpose. I arrived at the opening party at the Bath Guildhall with my “Searching for Meaning” persona firmly in place, trying not to be distracted by the impressive display of chandeliers in the main Hall.
Top of the er, weekend to you and a big kiss to all the mothers out there, for this weekend sees St Patrick’s Day celebrations kick off with a boisterous afternoon bash in Trafalgar Square on Sunday, while we’ve picked the most random yet enlightening outing to say thank you to mum post-pampering and pedicures on Mother’s Day. Elsewhere in the city, there’s the Affordable Art Fair to enjoy, offering art lovers a a worthwhile investment, and in East London, a legendary DJ flys into a Shoreditch hotspot to prove that classic hip-hop is still fresher than ever.
The underlying and valid concern is that the cultural experience of children and young people is alarmingly hit and miss. Far too many never see live theatre, hear/make music or visit museums, galleries or places of historical interest. Henley’s brief was to make some concrete, preferably inexpensive, suggestions for ways of making cultural education an entitlement for all children.
Cheers to the freakin’ weekend people – the first one of 2012! Now that the festive season’s done and dusted, we can get back to our regularly scheduled programme of cultural eclecticism and all sorts; so this weekend, check out the critically-acclaimed The Artist, swing by the Charles Dickens exhibition at the Museum of London (it’s his b-day year), and if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, head to a very chilly bar in Mayfair…
Now that we’ve slid into December, it only seems appropriate to extend a heartfelt Seasons Greetings! It’s drawing closer to the Christmas festivities (over 3 weeks left by my watch), but in the meantime, we’ve tracked down some seasonal occasions that still manage to be cool, insightful and entertaining. Hip and arty, if you will. Highlights [...]
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