» “War Horse” at the National Theatre
Date: oct 10 2007
Your children will be greatly touched by this emotional production
at the National Theatre: Cottesloe Theatre, called “War Horse”. This is the
adaptation of a novel by children’s laureate Michael Morpurgo, which tells the
story of heroism and affection. In the times of the First World War, Joey,
Albert’s beloved horse is taken to France to participate in the hostilities. By
fate the horse is caught up in enemy fire and taken to a no man’s land. Still
the Joey’s former owner, who is too young to enlist, cannot forget his friend.
That is why he embarks on a mission to find Joey. The story is a classic, full
of emotional scenes and heroic ideas. The production is directed by Marianne
Elliott and Tom Morris and features life-size puppets by the Handspring Puppet
Company. The “War Horse” is available till 12th January 2008 and suitable for
children of 12 and above.
Marriott London County Hall
The Waldorf Hilton
» 20/21 British Art Fair
Date: sep 11 2007
20/21 British Art Fair is an annual event organised at the Royal College of Art for those who want to look at and buy true masterpieces. It is important to note that the fair made a considerable contribution to the attitude towards buying arts – and now not only representatives of higher classes, but all of us can enjoy buying a piece of beauty. The 20/21 numbers in front of the fair’s name mean that it specializes in contemporary and modern works of the 20th and 21st centuries, mainly painting and sculpture. Important names in arts represented at the fair are: Bacon, Freud, Frink, Frost, Lowry, Moore, Nash, Sutherland, Spencer (20th century), Hirst, Emin, Grayson Perry and some others. Works by emerging artists are also offered. There are art experts working at the fair who will help you make the right choice. And if you don’t want to buy, you can simply stroll around, view the market and learn the latest tendencies. The fair takes place 11th – 16th September.
Thistle Kensington Park
Citadines London South Kensington-aparth
» “The Car Man” at Sadler’s Wells
Date: jul 10 2007
Matthew Bourne’s interpretation of a well-known Bizet’s creation “Carmen” is back on stage. The production is called “The Car Man” and is available at Sadler’s Wells 10th July until 5th August 2007. This award-winning performance reveals the story of a small peaceful town, which is shattered by the arrival of an attractive drifter. This event changes the behaviour of the town’s inhabitants, who drown in their vice, greed, betrayal, lust and violence. The production was first staged in 2000 and won the Evening Standard Award for “Musical Event of the Year”. Thanks to Matthew Bourne’s skillful interpretation of the story along with excellent design by Lez Brotherston and Chris Davey’s evocative lighting, the audience will be enchanted with the performance. Note that “Car Man” may not be suitable for children under 12 years old.
Jurys Inn Islington London
Thistle City Barbican
Hilton London Islington
» Visa Swap 2007
Date: may 31 2007
If you have designer and quality clothes that you hardly wear and would be happy to get rid of, Visa Swap is for you. The event takes place 31st May to 17th June and helps you acquire new items without spending money. This is easily done: till 10th of June, bring your old clothes to the Visa Swap drop-off (5-7 Brompton Road, London). As an exchange, experts will evaluate the items you bring, and will give you a special Visa Swap chip, charged with points. Then, on the third weekend (June 16th and 17th) you can acquire new clothes in the pop-up store: the more points you’ve got, the more you can acquire. Note that celebrities like Phoebe Philo and Naomi Campbell also participate, so you never know how lucky you can get. If you are not attracted with the idea, you can just take part in workshops where stylists will give you good advise whereas the team of MAC artists will give a makeover to your looks. Clothes unsold will go to TRIAD (Textile Recycling for Aid and International Development).
Millennium Hotel Knightsbridge
LC Sheraton Park Tower
Hyde Park Mandarin Oriental London
» “Surreal things” at the Victoria and Albert museum
Date: mar 29 2007
Probably in the first years of Surrealism existence when it tried to
be radical and flashy, it was hard to imagine that this artistic conception
would play a key role in artistic manner of the 20th century.
However, now this is not a great wonder for us as its role in changing
conservative views and the vision on the world is evident. It is therefore
quite natural that Surrealism, with its unique ideas and artistic language, has
influenced the world of design, fashion, graphics, film, architecture and
advertising a lot. The exhibition “Surreal things” at the Victoria and Albert
museum will let you observe the results of this influence. There are almost 300
unusual objects represented at the exhibition in an imposing setting that adds
to the impression a visitor gets. Among the objects there are paintings by
Magritte and Ernst, Elsa Schiaparelli’s ’Skeleton’ dress, table with bird’s
legs, sofa in a form of lips, costumes, film clips and what not. The exhibition
is opened March 29th – July 22nd.
» The Big Dolls House and Miniatures Show
Date: jan 27 2007
Independently on whether you are a child or a grown up, if you are fond of dolls, an exhibition called “The Big Dolls House and Miniatures Show” will definitely suit you. This is a fantastic one-day event that takes place on January 27th at the London ExCel international exhibition and conference center. Miniature shoes, tiny grandfather clocks, dolls, houses with artistic furniture and decorations – those are just a paltry part of the objects to be presented as all in all there will be about 200 stalls at the show. This is a perfect event for everyone: collectors will be able to buy something for themselves and discuss various themes, doll-makers will observe other’s techniques whereas children and their parents will simply stroll along the stalls and enjoy those intricately made objects. Mind that not only finished houses are represented – those who are fond of DIY can buy various materials and instruments.
Crowne Plaza London Docklands
Sunborn Yacht Hotel
Novotel London Excel
» Amadou and Mariam concert
Date: dec 11 2006
Monday, December 11 you can visit a concert by the Amadou and Mariam duet that will be performed at the Roundhouse. Nowadays, Amadou and Mariam are among the most popular African artists who reached the second place in the French chart for their first record and got lots of praise for their debut album ’Dimanche a Bamako’. Their music combines funky features as well as catchy melodies that are supplemented with the singer’s hypnotically soulful voice and some touches of reggae, jazz, blues and rock. With the help of Manu Chao, who produced the record for them, the couple sold almost 500,000 copies of their album and is getting more and more popular. They have already been named the "Africa’s funkiest band" by the Evening Standard while the Observer called their songs "the fizziest Afro-pop blues ever bottled". The concert starts at 7 p.m.
Hampstead Britannia Hotel
The Langorf Hotel
Mabledon Court Hotel
» Frieze Art Fair
Date: oct 12 2006
One of the most expected art events in London will take
place 12-15 October in Regents Park. Approximately 40,000 visitors are expected.
Over 150 best commercial galleries will be presented. They will display works by
2000 artists. All of them will be for sale. Galleries participating in the fair
are mostly specializing in modern, contemporary British art. Besides exhibitions
there are planned discussions devoted to the situation in the field. They will
take place daily on site in the Guardian Auditorium. Frieze Projects 2006
continues its high-profile public arts commissioning of emerging artists and
this year expands to include large sculptures, film and video and a daily
The Regency Hotel
Eden Plaza Hotel
Abbey Court Hotel
» Beginning of the new football season
Date: aug 19 2006
Weekend 19-20 August 2006 is the time when the English championship starts again. London can boast two successful football clubs – Arsenal and Chelsea who play their first matches at home. Arsenal will meet Aston Villa on 19th August and Chelsea will play with Manchester City on Sunday, 20th August. Last season these clubs can call almost triumphal – Chelsea became the champion of Premier league and Arsenal became vice-champion of the Champion’s League. This year they will try to prove their high status and serious ambitions. Chelsea is moving to the title of the club with the most expensive players in the world. This summer its governing body achieved an agreement with such football stars as Michael Ballock from Bayern Munich and Andriy Shevchenko from Milan. This however meant that some other Chelsea stars lost their place in the team. Last news confirm that Hernan Crespo joins Inter Milan on a two year loan, but a clause in the deal allows Chelsea to call him back after one year if they need him
» Music Festival Lovebox Weekender
Date: jul 22 2006
From 22 to 23 July, a weekend in the end of July, London will host music festival Lovebox Weekender. Here you can see Grand Daddies Groove Armada (with surprise special guests) performing exclusive new tracks from their hotly anticipated new album. Another participants are Breakin’ Bread, Benji B, Charlie Dark, Mr Scruff, DJ Spinna, Theo Parrish and DJ Cash Money and world music / gypsy beat godfather Shantel. During Lovebox Weekender is expected the only London festival appearances of the legendary Speigeltent, Kata Giant Teepee and the ‘Luminarium’. The festival will take place against the wondrous backdrop of Victoria Park’s ‘gardenesque’ surroundings. Under the circus tent visitors will watch performances including trapeze acts and live music from the festival’s world’s most lively bands. This festival is not only music – it also offers Feast Food Bazaar. The team includes the incredible Wright Brothers Crustacea Emporium and celebrity chefs Richard Turner (ex Pharmacy) and Curtis stone (Quo Vadis).
» Madam Butterfly in London Coliseum
Date: may 31 2006
Anthony Minghella presents his first experience as an opera director. Those, who will get to London Coliseum on Wednesday, 31st May 2006, will have an opportunity to see and hear his interpretation of the famous Madam Butterfly. This opera was written by Giacomo Puccini and tells a sad story of love between geisha Cio-Cio-San and American lieutenant Pinkerton. Puccini first version of the opera failed at La Scala in 1904, but a revised version was successful the same year. Anthony Minghella staging has won in Best Opera category in this year Olivier Awards. It is conducted by David Parry, with Janice Watson performing in the title role and David Kempster as Sharpless, Gwyn Hughes Jones as Pinkerton and Jean Rigby as Suzuki. London Coliseum where the performance takes place is one of the largest theaters in London. It became the new home of The Sadler Wells Opera Company - renamed The English National Opera - in 1968 since when they have presented annual season’s of opera - all sung in English.