Thanks to social media, there is seemingly no reason to feel disconnected with the source of our inspiration or the people that make it happen. Artists like those exhibiting at the Only Art Fair are putting all their work out on Pinterest, while media savvy footballers directly tweet their feelings about every win, loss or draw. Yet there are some Londoners whose daily responsibilities keep them out of the loop and events like this month’s half marathon is a reminder that care must be taken so as to not leave them behind–get in touch with a loved one today!
An exciting week of creativity and connection takes place in the sleekriverside setting ofChelsea Harbour as The Design Centre hosts a dazzling selection of interior décor options, aimed at showcasing the best designers working today. In addition to the various exhibitions, there will be seminars, demonstrations and discovery tours as special guests share their knowledge and experience.
Many visitors will be keen to check out the new spring collections. The focus this year is on using materials responsibly while still making dramatic use of colour and texture. Informed choices are made easier when designers and clients are fully aware of the provenance of their materials. From exquisite furniture to cutting edge light installations, London Design Week has it all.
Tradition tells us that in order to convince the unbelieving Irish of the power of God, a certain English monk miraculously rid the whole countryof poisonous snakes. The fact that Patrick preached a message of forgiveness and hope in order to change hearts is probably nearer the truth, but, for some, driving out serpents makes for a infinitely cooler story!
The sheer exuberance and inclusive nature of the London St Patrick’s Day parade celebrates both the man himselfand the knack the Irish seem to have to get on with just about any race, creed or colour. Aline of colourful floats, brass bands and dancers will use the multicultural streets of the West End as a parade route before ending up under the shadow of Nelson’s Column for a traditionally, Guinness – fuelled singsong and celebration.
SaatchiArt are dedicated to shining a spotlight on breakthrough talent that iscoming up through non-traditional channels and The Other Art Fair is it’s international shop window. Taking placeat the Old Truman Brewery, accessibility is the key factor and visitors can meet and talk with the artistsbefore buying directly.
Most exhibits are for sale and there is an interest free purchase scheme that can be arranged on the day. Free from the formalities of other fairs, this is an event that seeks to encourage and include, while still keeping standards high. There is advice on hand for first time buyers, butthe emphasis is on intuition and gut feeling.
When it comes attractingcompetitive rowing talent, it’s not clear whether there is an unspoken code between Oxford and Cambridge Universities because the win/loss ratio has stayed almost even for both men’s and women’s events over the years. This makes the annual struggle overvarsity bragging rights on the Thames both intriguing and unpredictable as the crews know thatafast start isa key element on this particular stretch of river.Rowing through an opponent’s turbulence adds an extra level of difficulty.
This means that it’s an all out sprint from Putney to Fulham Reach before the teams engage in some cat and mouse tactics under Hammersmith Bridge. By the time the rowers reach Kew Bridge, the race becomes about who has the stamina to hang on – especially if the weather conditions are dicey. Come rain or shine, there are plenty of pubs along the Thames Path which serve as great viewing platforms for seeing the action unfold.
The England football squad kick off their Euro 2020 preparations with a friendly against Denmark and manager, Gareth Southgate will be hoping that top premiership clubs will allow their stars to play, especially as Liverpool seem to have run away with thetitle race.Even if Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford are unavailable, Southgate can try out some of the young talent that is coming through the ranks.
Tammy Abraham and Danny Ings have both enjoyed strong seasons and will be keen to prove that they can make a contribution against Denmark, who are well-organised and well able toprovide a good challenge. In Christian Erickson, they possess a genuine world-class threat and it will be interesting to see how some of the younger England defenders cope.
Part race, part fundraiser and part sightseeing tour, this thirteen mile run is quirky event that encourages community-minded individuals to focus on their surroundings as they strive for athletic excellence. Competitive running can easily descend into a personal battle against the clock, fatigue and other participants, but that’s not the focus for entrants into a race that aims to raise cash and awareness for the millions of unsung people who care for vulnerable family, friends and neighbours.
Incorporating most of the City and the West End, the route passes St Paul’s Cathedral, The Gherkin, Big Ben and Nelson’s Column, so runners will have plenty of interaction with the public as they are cheered to the finish line. Loneliness and isolation is a constant worry for anyone who has cared for an incapacitated adult, so the inclusiveness and cooperative nature of this run is a large part of its appeal and message.
This event celebrating the success of women is also a call to action and a challenge to male-dominated authority structures. While there is plenty of focus on media, sport and the arts, it’s the assertion that there is a need for society to address imbalances of power, education and access that hit home the hardest.
There are plenty of heavyweight speakers, interactive workshops and space to ask questions and the younger generation are well represented. Speaking out is a major theme and panels will address everything from public speaking to activism and mental health. A standout event is a Q and A session with London mayoral hopefuls about how they plan to advance women’s causes, should they get elected.
Veganism has been around for decades, but alongside other ethical trends, it has only just recently made the jump from dietary fad to all round lifestyle option. Here, it’s understood that not everybody is sold out on every issue involved in living a meat-free existence and therefore education and information go hand in hand with recipes and treats.
There are plenty of delicious vegan pizzas, curries and pasta dishes to try and there’s even a wide selection of ice creams on offer. Expert cookery demonstrations are aimed at getting visitors interested in creating their own on concoctions at home and there is a whole section dedicated to animal-free alternatives to clothing, footwear and cosmetics.
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