Saturday, May 12, 2007

Bengali New Year, May 13th 

100,000 people are expected to attend the Baishakhi Mela in the Banglatown area around Brick Lane on Sunday to celebrate Bengali New Year.

It starts with a parade including a huge Bengali Tiger float surrounded by drummers and dancers. The entertainment continues with a music of many genres from Bangla Rap to Baul, east/west fusion to Bollywood, plus dance groups, football matches, Kabadi, children’s fairground rides, and stalls.

Official website with event schedule.

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

A treasure hunt! 

Whitechapel Art Gallery, 80 - 82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX
Tube: Aldgate East
Sun 4 March, 10.30am - 6pm

EAST End Treasure Hunt

Free adventure through the backstreets and hidden gems of East London, its diverse history and creative buzz.

Free, booking essential In association with Pick Me Up www.putmedown.com Whitechapel Art Gallery Part of the East Festival Phone: 020 7522 7888

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Monday, January 29, 2007

Polar Bear Exhibit at the Horniman Museum 

Great White Bear
Until Mar 25 Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, London, SE23 3PQ

Great White Bear
It’s easy to see how these things happen. One minute you’re wondering vaguely how many stuffed polar bears there are in the UK, the next you’re engaged in a three-year project to find and photograph them all in situ, and trace the history of how they came to be killed, transported, stuffed and displayed. From there, it’s a short step to borrowing ten of them for an installation in Bristol, publishing a lavish art book about your quest, and exhibiting your photographs at the the Horniman Museum.

At least that’s how it was for Mark Wilson and Bryndis Snaebjörnsdóttir, a duo of collaborative artists whose work explores the relationships between people, places and the natural world. Their curiosity was piqued by what these specimens tell us about the way people have attempted to pin down and appropriate the raw power of these fierce and beautiful animals.

There are 34 bears in the exhibition - although there ought to be 35, as the Horniman is currently searching for its own lost bear, which was sold in 1948 and may have ended up in a pub in Hull. The specimens the artists have tracked down range from a very manky-looking object on wheels, dating from 1786, which the artists found in a gloomy corridor in Blair Castle, Perthshire, to a playfully posed and pristine beast which was bought by Lord and Lady Puttnam in 1999 and installed in their London residence. Several, of course, are housed in museums, including well-preserved and naturalistically mounted examples in the Natural History Museum, Manchester Museum and Sheffield City Museum. But there are some unexpected locations too: in the hallway of a private house in Somerset, a bear which once graced the Fox’s Glacier Mints factory now wears a fez on one ear and presents visitors with a basket of tulips.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Monday Love - Politcal Movies and DJs - Free 

Monday Love
NW6, The Good Ship, Kilburn. Free
London Indymedia, Filmmakers Against War, Spiritual Kids and IFIwatch.tv host a weekly mix of conscious cinema & live music, welcoming those who still believe in something more than money and fear.

At The Good Ship 289 Kilburn High Road NW6, London, nearest tube is Kilburn Jubilee Line or Brondesbury BR line, it's on the right from Kilburn station, just a few doors down from the Tricycle Theatre. Buses: 16, 31, 32, 9, 189, 206, 316, 328

Free entry all night, and every Monday. Donations welcome to cover costs.

January 15th - Movimientos
Latin American Night with 'Hasta la última piedra' Live music Movimientos DJs

January 22nd - Climate Change
‘End Of Suburbia’

January 29th - East Asia
Environmental and political films from South Korea &Malaysia including 'Alice Lives Here’
Ken the Poet

February 5th - Palestine
‘The Sun Doesn’t Shine In This Camp’
dj Geshe & The Rub

February 12th - Love night
Michael Franti’s ‘I Know I’m Not Alone’
Black Sheep Central & Milli Moonstone

February 19th - Anniversary of invasion of Iraq
‘Sir!, No Sir!’
Princess Emmanuelle

February 26th - Global Resistance
‘Forth World War’ & Arundhati Roy in ‘WE’
The Hey Chinaskis

March 5th - Debt & International Financial Institutions
‘Life & Debt’
Lee harris & Virgo-Verbal Assault

March 12th - End The Occupation
Jo Wilding’s ‘Letter To The PM’
River Styx

March 19th - Immigration
Michael Winterbottom’s ‘In This World’
Pop & M.A.D. Scientist

March 26th - OIL
‘Rob Newman’s History Of Oil’
Mono Sabilick

Monday, January 08, 2007

Russian Winter Festival - this weekend 

It is that time of year again. Time for more standing around Trafalgar Square in teh cold.

Russian Winter Festival

Saturday 13 January, Trafalgar Square. Free

Tube: Charing Cross, Underground: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Charing Cross
Russian Winter Festival

Eventica is organising the Russian Winter Festival on Trafalgar Square – an extravaganza of Russian sights, tastes and sounds, all for free in the very heart of London.

Moscow’s top DJs and the latest contemporary rock and pop. Visitors will be able to sample real Russian food whilst browsing for traditional souvenirs and arts and crafts during this packed full-day event.

As Sochi, in the south of Russia, is an official Candidate City for the 2014 Winter Olympics, the Russian Winter Festival in 2007 will have a special focus on winter sports to highlight Russia’s traditional winter sporting prowess – and visitors will even have a chance to pit their ice hockey skills against the finest Russian sportsmen in a specially-adapted ice hockey goal shooting game.

In 2007 the event will include performances from renowned folk artists such as the Chuvash State Ensemble of Song and Dance, Nadezhda Babkina and her group Russkaya Pesnya, Pelageya, Ulyanovsk folk ensemble Cossack Soul, the military cadets of the Suvorovsky Ensemble and the world respected dance ensemble Gzhel. Modern artists range from the freshness of Ranetki, Siberia and Tokio to the latest boy wonder Dima Bilan; from the club sounds of a DJs-Vengerov & Fedoroff to the mature talent of Garik Sukachiov and Nogu Svelo.

Roller Disco 

Roller Disco in London - two locations - Vauxhall and King's Cross

Oh, yeah!

Friday, November 10, 2006

November 30 - Turntable Cafe 

Thursday 30 November 2006, 7:30 pm
Purcell Room

Turntable Cafe - Radiophonic Workshop
Series: Turntable Cafe

Turntable Cafe pays tribute to the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, whose most familiar contribution to the world was the Dr Who theme, arguably the earliest and most significant piece of British electronica. But with contributors like Delia Derbyshire and Glynis Jones, it was also hugely influential on generations of musicians, from the Pet Shop Boys to Aphex Twin and Four Tet.

Sonic Boom - formerly of Spacemen 3 and the last person to work with Delia Derbyshire before she died in 2001 - performs live; there is a selection of archive footage on the workshop, and Julian House, formerly Stereolab, from the graphic design company Intro provides images and spins records. Turntable Cafe takes place in the Purcell Room and The Front Room at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

£10.00 tickets

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Walking on Water until Oct. 29th!!! 

Walking on Water

Dilston Grove
Bridge - A site-specific design installation for Dilston Grove.
Curated and commissioned by Andrée Cooke.

Exhibition - 20th Sept - 29th Oct
Open - Wed - Sun - 11 am - 4 pm

Bridge is a spectacular new site-specific design commission for Dilston Grove by Michael Cross. Housed in a former church, (one of the earliest examples of poured concrete construction and a Grade II listed building), the piece comprises submerging two thirds of the inside of the church in water, and producing a series of steps which rise out of the apparently empty man-made ‘lake’ as you walk across them. Each step emerges one step in front of you and disappears back underneath behind you as you go. This ‘bridge’ is purely mechanical, the weight of the person on it depresses each step a little, this force activates a submerged mechanism which raises the next step.

The public are invited to walk out on it as if walking on water, eventually reaching the middle of the lake, thirty steps and twelve meters from the shore. There they will stand alone and detached, stranded in the middle of a plane of water until they choose to return the way they came. For some people this experience of being cut off and surrounded by water will be peaceful, for others terrifying. For some walking across the water will be pure childish joy, whilst others will be too scared to try.

This piece pursues a language of design and architecture that rejects stability in favour of movement, and rates delight over simplicity. It is a flexible, light, magical language that aspires to say that "since this can change, everything can change." Bridge is the first piece in a new series of works which take dream-like solutions or scenarios and insert them into the real world as an alternative view on how it might be. The piece executes quite outlandish – one might even say an absurd – seeming proposal, in a very serious and material way. It is a genuine proposal for the real world.

In this, as in many of his other projects, Cross aims to invite a feeling or physical sensation to surround what otherwise might be purely function objects. Previous works (many made with Julie Mathias under the title Workmedia) have mixed water and electricity in a dangerous looking but beautiful cocktail to invoke an aura of simultaneous trepidation and fascination. Others prompt childhood memories of play actions, such as scattering and blowing, which have been used to animate functional things (a carpet and a fan). All these works seek to achieve a kind of beauty in the way they are used, striving to be engaging and intriguing in the way they are experienced and not only in how they look.

Cross' works live in the ill-defined area between experimental design, art and architecture. His work has been shown in group shows and solo installations including at the Design Museum, London; Twinkle, Twinkle in Tokyo, Moscow and Istanbul; Great Brits: the New Alchemists, in Milan and Asia; My World at Experimenta, the Lisbon Design Biennale; and Well Done in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei. Bridge is his first major solo exhibition in London since his graduation from the Royal College of Art in 2004. It is the also the first time that Cafe Gallery Projects London, has used Dilston Grove to promote the work of a designer.

Andrée Cooke, the curator and commissioner of Bridge has most recently worked as co-curator with the British Council Design Department on Experimenta, the Lisbon Design Biennial, but is best known for her role as director and curator of the British Council Window Gallery in Prague from 1993 to 2003. The Window Gallery gained recognition internationally for profiling artists, designers and makers at the beginning of their careers.

Part of the London Design Festival - 15th - 30th September 2006


For P.D.F version of an invite for the show please click here.

Please contact Andrée Cooke for further information about the project on:

Email: cooke@macunlimited.net

or Tel: 07905 170 370

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