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Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Charity: The Kindness of Strangers

The Kindness of Strangers
Small Independent Registered Charity

Kindness of strangers a new small independent charity established as a result of discontentment with big international charities and their lack of disclosure, inspired the charity to develop an organisation with 100%transparency all monies raised through their appeal will be donated to support global families around the world at risk of illnesses.

The charity follows the platform of the Channel 4 production the Secret Millionaire In this self funded trip, they plan to camp rough and are relying on the kindness of strangers across the globe to help them on their journey whether it be providing a home-cooked meal, directions, or a barn to stay in for the night, which will guide them to families in need of the most support. The Duo Kimmi and Brett are extremely realistic about their challange "Although we understand that we will never raise enough money to change the world, we would like to think that we can change the world for a few". The duo are not restricted as to where they donate the raised funds, but believe they will get more mileage from the pound in areas like Asia. "We are aiming to get to these areas by January 2012 and the finish line in October 2012 in London".

Support Kimmi and Brett as they embark on their self funded journey around the globe to support families whose children are at risk of illness linked to poverty, they start their bicycle mission from London to Melbourne on the 11th June 2011. Help The Kindness of Strangers to raise their Target £5,000 they currently have raised £390.00 to donate visit

They will be hosting an event Bar Wars on Sunday 10th April 2011. Entry is a £3 donation going straight to the charity.

The Roadhouse Covent Garden
The Piazza, Covent Garden, London, WC2

For more information on Kindness of Strangers visit their website
Brett Seychell - Kimmi Kifun

We will keep you posted on Brett and Kimmi developments around the globe!

Friday, 25 March 2011

Mother's Day 2011

As Mother's day draws upon us I have been trying to select famous quotes which best represents Motherhood. As a mother myself the bond I have with my daughter has grown stronger and stronger with each year. I am aware family models are ever changing and hopefully I have reflected this well with the following quotes ENJOY

Happy Mother's Day.

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. ~Rajneesh

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love. ~Mildred B. Vermont

Now that... my kids are grown, I understand how much work and love it takes to raise and to keep a family together. The example of your strength, devotion, and patience is now rippling through the generations. Thank you! ~Forest Houtenschil

Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. ~Author Unknown

Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother. ~Oprah Winfrey

Enjoy your day Mother's and for those wanting to purchase some last minute bits for mum look no further we have selected two Wandsworth businesses.

The Flower Sanctuary

Balham, SW12

This delightful independent store opened early this year and can be considered one of South London's secrets.The designs at the flower sanctuary are individually created for you and for any occassion. They have a large variety of the finest fresh seasonal flowers, foliages and potted plants. A same day delivery service is offered if ordered by 3.00pm locally and nationally.The Flower Sanctuary should be considered this Mother's day their wonderful selection of gifts not to mention the fresh cakes and cupcakes from The Cake Embassy would make a wonderful treat guaranteed to put a smile on any mother's face. I found Lisa the owner to be extremely knowledgeable and friendly who is keen to meet the needs her customers and local community. Lisa has future floral and cake decorating workshops planned including workshop activities for children aged 8+, which is what we love to hear! We will keep you posted on the Flower Sanctuary workshop schedule.

The Flower Sanctuary
8 Hildreth Street, Balham, London,
SW12 9RQ
0208 675 3799
Battersea, SW11

Model wearing a bespoke Image on Eco Bag.
Image Courtesy of Edgewear.UK

 Freelance Artist/ Photographer Michael Mapp brought to the attention of the public in his Exhibition 'Unseen' at Acquire Arts Battersea, the artist's handmade gems needs as much publicity as possible and why not support the Handmade and Craft Industry by promoting key gifts for Mother's day.

Edgewear.UK established in 2005 pushes the boundaries of vinyl plastic onto Cotton, Canvas or Glass. The uniqueness stems from the artists technique, and processes. The images are captured through photography which is transfered to vinyl through a plotting technique. The independent artist skillfully handpicks each item playing close attention to likenesses of the original photographic image which can take up to three hours or more dependent on the detail and number of colours.

Father and Daughter
on a 16" linen cushion
 The processes applied to each article turns a photographic experience into an extrodinary skillfully crafted piece of Bespoke Art.
Edgewear.UK is suitable for all occassions Mother's day, Birthday's,Weddings, Christenings, Fundraising and Events.

Edgewear.UK has a little something for everyone including one off pieces which the artist is happy to promote through CreativeHappen London with 10% off when mentioning this code CH-001. I have been advised the last dates for orders for Mother's Day purchases is Wednesday 30th March 2011 5pm so hurry!

Edgewear.UK Battersea Power Station.
 two colour image on contemporary Directors Chair. 

Edgewear.UK Colliers Sewing Machine Cira 1887.
 A4 image Two colour, black and metallic gold 
on a 16" inch fine linen cushion  rrp £150

Please contact the artist for further details
Colestown Street,
Artist Michael Mapp  +447950 581 981

Monday, 21 March 2011

For the Family: A Photographic Exhibition not to be missed: Unseen Encore ended on the 5th April 2011


Iconic Subjects and Landscapes by Artist/Photographer Michael Mapp in a remarkable exhibition end April 5th 2011. New exhibition to be announced shortly.

Wandsworth Artist/Photographer Michael Mapp in this rare opportunity will be showcasing his contemporary visual photography at the Exhibit Balham. The exhibition has been running since October 2010, although not heavily publicised this exhibition is one not to be missed. The artist has two collections on display his Iconic music collection and visual Landscapes.

Exhibition preview
Courtesy of MichaelMapptv


 The Crush Room  showcases The Sonic Youth Collection this influential 80s American Indie Band, who gained a reputation through their experimental nature with their instruments and vocals which changed the shape of Indie music in the US. The band are extremely respected in the music and Arts scene here in the UK and around the world and will be in the line-up for The Japan Benefit Concert on the 27th March 2011 (view link)
The Japan Benefit Concert raises$33k

Sonic Youth on stage in London : Countdown to the New Year 2011
Courtesy of MichaelMapptv.

I feel extremely privileged to have personally had the opportunity to have met the band for a number of years including my three year old who Thurston Moore was blown away with! I get a little star struck at times especially when in the presence of Kim the only female band member and Bassist, not to mention a mum she's an Icon i'm such a big fan.Thanks to the artist in question and Daniel Mapp the bands longstanding Tour Manager for making the experience memorable.

The lovely band for many years have given permission for the Artist Michael Mapp to document their UK ATP tours, this exclusive collection is the first of its kind to be exhibited here in the UK. The Sonic Youth Collection allows the UK public an opportunity to gain a different perspective of this Legendary band.

Further to the Sonic Youth collection Mr Mapp has rare work on display of American cult 90s band the Pavement in their reunion tour at Brixton Academy May 2010, its a shame they are still not making music together anymore as a collective, but have solo projects.Therefore grab the rare opportunity to view the whole band together and soak in stunning pictures of lead singer Stephen Malkmus, and the legend Mark Ibold bass guitarist and the other amazing members.

The artist who is very shy about his work and achievements also has on display his earlier work taken at the tender age of 17 of the great 70s Music Pioneers Parliament Funkadelic a touch of luck put him in the position to photograph them on and off stage and of course the main man George Clinton. View Mapp's stunning black and white collection of the full band as unfortunately the band member Garry Shider otherwise known as "The Diaper Man" passed away on June 16th 2010 RIP.This experience many years ago was to be pivotal in starting Michael Mapp's career in Photography.


In the lovely family restaurant at this establishment view the artists contemporary visual landscapes of London his work highlights the immense talent embedded within London and is something the artist wants to promote in some way for the 2012 Olympic Games, he says 'watch this space'. The Artist informs me on New Years Day the Sonic Tour Manager came down to view his complete collection, which received a big thumbs up! more info on the Artists blog below.

To find out more about the Artist and view his work click on the links below:
http://michaelmapp.wordpress,com/ - Fashion and events

Posted by Anita.

Easter Activities at the Exhibit Balham

Jo the Events Manager at the Exhibit has informed me of the following events scheduled for Young Londoners over the Easter Break.

For Young children
Exhibit Funky Kids Club is back! Once again, The Exhibit Cinema is partnering up with Funky Moves to bring you a packed afternoon of fantastic entertainment for your kids. Each date will have a different theme, pairing a film with a dance class provided by Funky Moves. £15 per child including Lunch, suitable for kids aged between 5 and 12.

Older Children
Studio Film school Two days of filmmaking, where each member will get the chance to perfect their acting, camera operation, direction and film crew skills as they work to create some silent movie comedy classic moments. We'll be looking for inspiration from Charlie Chaplin to get our slapstick performances just right!10am-4pm Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd April £95/ child inlcudes a DVD of their work. 10% Sibling discount available.

Monday 11th- Streetdance

Kids Cinema Club
Tuesday 12th - Aladdin
Wednesday 13th- Toy Story 3
Thursday 14th- Hannah Montana

To book
Contact Jo  0208 772 6556 email Jo-

The EXHIBIT Bar, Restaurant and Cinema, 12 Balham Station Road, Balham, London.

Please don't forget to mention CreativeHappen London when booking, much appreciated from the CreativeHappen London Team xx

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Theatre Listing of the Month:The Polka Theatre:World Class theatre for children


Polka Theatre is one of the few venues in the UK which is dedicated to producing and presenting work for young audiences. Since the doors opened in 1979, this unique venue has been entertaining children with resonant, engaging and exciting theatre.

The polka theatre offers amazing theatre classes for children of all ages (including pre-school ) making it a brilliant introduction to drama. The Polka theatre is a theatre worth visiting or participating in with your children. The Polka's inclusive approach to Arts allows children with special eduction the opportunity watch performances dedicated to their needs, please check the Polka website for more details (below).

11th Feb-08th April 2011
Saturday 19 March 2011 at 11am Autism Friendly Performance(more details below)
Age 9-13

The Machine Gunners

It's 1940, and Britain is at war. Young Chas McGill has the second best collection of war souvenirs in town but desperately wants it to be the best. Amidst the bombs and air raids, Chas and his friends plan their own war effort in their newly built bunker. Friendships are forged and loyalties tested, in the adventure of a lifetime...

The Machine Gunners won the Carnegie Medal and was recently voted one of the 10 most important children’s novels of the past 70 years. This moving and touching story vividly re-creates life in Britain during World War II, and is guaranteed to resonate with children and adults today.

Autism Friendly Performance
The Autism Friendly Performance of The Machine Gunners will take place on Saturday 19 March 2011 at 11am. These performances are aimed at families whose children are on the autism spectrum or who have sensory sensitivities. The sound will be at a lower volume and the lights will be dimmed rather than a completely dark auditorium. Please go to the Polka Theatre link posted at the bottom of the page to access the Autism Friendly Pack before the show.

"An imaginative and realistic interpretation of a Second World War novel much loved by teenagers and their English teachers for over 35 years". The Stage.

Running time: approx 2 hours 10 minutes including interval.

Weekends £12
Weekdays £10
Concessions £8

26 Mar - 26 Mar
4 - 7 years

Remember the Umbrella

Stella the umbrella-seller is a storyteller! Opening and closing her umbrellas, she opens with a story of the seas and sand, and closes with a visit to the moon and stars. A gentle and fascinating shadow show. Artist and musician Su Eaton invites you into her world of light and shadow, drawing in the sand to create and shape stories with accompanying live music, song and audience participation.

Running time: 35 mins.

Tickets £9
Concessions £7

09th April 2011 (One day only)
Age 5-8 years

Tales From Old Japan

"Mountains are just like people - they have secrets, mysteries and stories to tell"

Come and hear the enchanting, mysterious and hair-raising stories of Magnificent Mount Iwate who blew hot and cold, the humble woodcutter and his beautiful but strange bride and the snorting, burping 'orrible Ogre of Rashomon Gate. These delightful traditional Japanese tales are brought to life through inventive storytelling, puppetry and music.

Running time 55 mins.

Tickets £9

 Polka Theatre
Tickets and Information
+44 (0)20 8543 4888

Venue details
Polka Theatre
240 The Broadway
London SW19 1SB
Polka is a registered
charity no. 256979
 We would you love for you to spread the word about our blog so please don't be shy to mention CreativeHappen London when booking your tickets.
All the best from the CreativeHappen London team.

The Tempest- The Movement Theatre Company

The Movement presentsTHE TEMPEST By William Shakespeare.
Tuesday 22nd - Saturday 26th March. Tues - Sat @ 19:30 Matinee Sat @ 15:00, New Diorama Theatre Camden.

Join the critically acclaimed Movement Theatre Company as they tour their beautiful rendition of William Shakespeare's final tale.

Drawing on the narrative styles of the Commedia Dell’Arte and combining stunning masks, live music, dance and puppetry, this promises to be a fantastic evening’s entertainment suitable for all the family.

Winners of Cambridge University’s Thomas Nashe award, and TCS ‘Play of the Year 2009’ this young company have drawn comparison with the RSC and have been recently featured by the Arden Shakespeare. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Recent Press Quotes:

“To rival the RSC” The Stage

***** “Utterly brilliant in conception and performance. See this!” Cambridge Tab

**** “Something new and wonderful” Broadway Baby

I will surely be there to support my cousin Kaysha Woollery who is playing the role of Caliban click onto the link to read the Varsity review of the outstanding production
 I have been advised first hand that the director wants to make their productions more accessible for children. So bring all budding drama buds along!

 The New Diorama Theatre-15 - 16 Triton Street,Regents Place, London, NW1 3BF

posted by Anita.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Bookshop Review: Under the Greenwood Tree

Under The Greenwood Tree
Books.Toys. Cafe
Clapham Old Town
Today I discovered Under the Greenwood Tree based in the heart of Clapham Old Town its an amazing children's hub specialising in books and toys and even has a cafe'with scrumptious cakes yum yum... not to mention good coffee! Under the Greenwood Tree have a good selection products for boys and girls aged 0-11 years with products ranging from rattles to craft sets, with noticible brands on display such as Lego, Sylvanian Families, Meccano and loads more...there is enough floor space to try and test the products. It was a good thing my little one was at nursery at the time as I think I would have had a difficult time leaving the shop without a huge unplanned shopping bill.

I was impressed with their educational range which really supports the Early Years Foundation and beyond. The staff were extremely warm and welcoming, I received a warm greeting from the owners who informed me of their store opening December last year and has been very popular with the locals. I was happy to hear of their weekly story time events which runs every Saturday at all ages welcomed. And yes parents they have a baby changing area and space for buggies, we recommend you visit, if you pop in mention our review:-)

Todays purchases
 Lady Bird Superhero phonics rrp £5.99
 Usborne book of Nursery Rhymes rrp £4.99

Under The Greenwood Tree-Books Toys and Cafe. 11 The Polygon, Clapham, London SW4 0JG.
 Tel 020 7627 4557