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  • A Night In With Audrey Hepburn
    Posted in: Books, Highlights

    An invite to a weekend screening of Audrey Hepburn classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Harper Collins offices proved a little too hard to resist for an unashamed fan like myself. Organised in conjunction with BFI Love Fest it was to promote Lucy Holliday’s novel A Night In With Audrey Hepburn and took place at […]

  • We The People Festival
    Posted in: Events & Festivals, Highlights

    Now in its 9th year, the United Nations Association’s We The People Festival (November 11-29) explores issues of migration and the refugee crisis. It attracted a powerful selection of shorts from all over the globe, many of these personal, painful documentary accounts shot in cramped, unsanitary conditions, bringing the despair of their living situations into […]

  • The V&A India Festival
    Posted in: Concerts & Gigs, Events & Festivals, Highlights

    Throughout autumn the Victoria and Albert Museum will be hosting a festival that celebrates the art, artefacts, textiles and culture of South Asia from the 3rd century to the present day with a variety of exhibitions and events, including the opportunity to win a dream two week holiday in India. The winner will also get […]

  • Globe Road Poetry Fest
    Posted in: Events & Festivals, Highlights

    The Globe Road Poetry Festival  held November 13-15, 2015 brought together local and global poetry at The Octagon, Queen Mary University of London, and coincided with the launch of its research facility the QMUL Centre for Poetry. The festival featured well established global names such as Linton Kwesi Johnson (the only black poet to be […]

  • The Razzmatazz of The London Jazz Festival
    Posted in: Events & Festivals, Highlights

    The London Jazz Festival has begun in earnest, running from November 13-22 and promising 10 days of cool vibes. The line up includes both established and emerging jazz performers as well as live broadcasts from club DJ’s and radio jocks. Inevitably, the well known jazz joint Ronnie Scotts is involved, hosting Jez Nelson’s Jazz on […]

  • Greek Legacy to the Rescue?
    Posted in: Galleries & Museums, Highlights

    Greece’s geopolitical significance as a corridor between East and West is evident today as refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and much of the Muslim world use it as a passage to Europe but during the reign of its most celebrated ruler Alexander The Great (356 BC – 323 BC) this strategic position allowed him to […]

  • Rock Against Racisim
    Posted in: Highlights, Shows & Exhibitions

    Charting rock music’s rallying call against racism in the 70s and 80s, Rock Against Racism is a photography exhibition with a resounding message. Syd Shelton was the movement’s official photographer and this is his first major exhibition in a career spanning 45 years. It is certainly worth the wait as it captures the social and […]

  • Simon Schama’s Face of Britain (Exhibition)
    Posted in: Galleries & Museums, Reviews

    Historian Simon Schama’s five-part series of the same name was recently broadcast on BBC2 and this exhibition of portraiture featuring powerful figures from British history runs in conjunction with a similarly themed book. The exhibits are divided into Power, Love, Self, Fame and People and it is left up to the visitors to attach meaning […]

  • Black British Art in Action
    Posted in: Galleries & Museums, Reviews, Shows & Exhibitions

    The Black British experience is explored on many levels by this selection from the London Metropolitan Archives. Covering issues such as identify, struggle and broader culture, the work is varied, and incorporates many platforms of expression and creative tools. Its ‘No Colour Bar’ banner underpinning the work of all of these British-centred artists, but also […]