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Tuesday, 27 September 2011

The Big Draw: Festival Highlights 2011

Launched as a one day event in 2000, The Big Draw has now become a month long festival in October held in various venues across the UK. The festival's aim is to connect individuals with their surroundings and wider communities, and of course, to promote creativity across all ages. We have selected a few events across London, so have fun and get drawing! 

Unicorn Theatre
October 8th 2011
11am - 6pm

An exciting day of FREE art and craft activities, workshops and performances of Billy the Kid. Paint a Window of Wonder, help knit a Winter scarf for Spike, our friendly Unicorn, plus many more fun-filled activities. A great ‘hands-on’ day for visitors of all ages.
 No admission charge
147 Tooley Street, Southwark SE1 2HZ

The Big Draw
Battersea Arts Centre
October 15, 11-5pm

The Drawing Theatre is a collaboration between professional artists, tutors and performers in a spectacular fusion of theatre and drawing designed to inspire and excite. For this special Big Draw event we will be working with with innovative and prolific performance artist, Philip Li who fuses together performance, sculpture, music, fashion, ceramics and styling into a live and unique-styled vision.

Lavender Hill, Battersea London London, Wandsworth SW11 5TN
Adults Event cost £45 All materials included

The Future of Poster Art
British Music Experience
October 15, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28

This year the BME will be looking at the future of poster art in the digital age, working with visual artists Mike Mc Innerney and Ed Firth you will be have the opportunity to take your static images and bring them to life, working with music as your inspiration!

All ages welcome
Drop in workshops for half term with special in-depth workshop on Saturday 15th October 11-6:30pm
Normal admission charge
Normal admission for drop in sessions.
The O2, Peninsula Square London, Greenwich SE10 0DX

Screen Printing Morning

Bainbridge studios
October 22, 23, 10.30 am until 1.30pm

Join professional artists for a morning of screen printing at Bainbridge Studios.Create your own personal designs to screen print on to t-shirts and cotton bags.
All ages are welcome however children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: £15 Price includes materials and refreshments
Book through or 07970 929 645
1 Sydenham Place, Off Landsdowne Hill west norwood, Lambeth SE27 0AP

Big Draw Fun at Polka Theatre
 October 22nd 2011 

Two drop-in sessions will take place for ages 4 - 6 (must be accompanied by at adult) and ages 7 +  Create flying ducks, swimming ducks and ducks of all sizes and colours that you can take home or display at Polka. 

No admission charge
240 The Broadway Wimbledon, Merton SW19 1SB

Deloitte Family Day
Seeing Sounds
Sunday 23 October 2011 12-5pm
Sackler Centre for Arts Education

Join artists for a multi-sensory workshop exploring the relationship between colour, sound and touch. Seeing Sounds is inspired by the Anri Sala exhibition.
Deloitte Family Days take place at the Serpentine Gallery. All ages are welcome to these free, drop-in events. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Big Draw - Designs on your money Bank of England Museum
October 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 10:00am - 4:30pm

Learn about banknote security features then design your own secure banknote. Enter our competition with prizes to be won.

All ages welcome  
No admission charge
Bartholomew Lane London, Corporation Of The City Of London EC2R 8AH

Family Portraits
October 28, 11.30 to 4.30pm

 Bring your children, parents, aunts and uncles,brothers and sisters and draw each other with watercolour paints. Make a self portrait, or do an instant makeover, invent anew you as you would like to be. create whacky monster portraits. Come and have fun.
All materials supplied and inspiration provided by Members of the Royal Watercolour Society

Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street London, Southwark SE1 9JH
No admission charge

Wandsworth Artists' Open House 2011

This event will open the houses and studios of more than 200 artists showing and selling their work on the weekends of 1 - 2 and 8 - 9 October.

Now in its tenth year, Wandsworth Artists’ Open House embraces a variety of mediums such as; craft, design, sculpture, painting, jewellery, photography, drawing, film and installation. Many visitors buy their first piece of original artwork at an Open House and return again year after year.

Artists’ Open House is a great day out for the entire family, and allows them to discover what takes place behind the doors in their streets,  as well as the chance to engage with the artists directly.The map of open houses, which is available online or in libraries allows visitors to build their own trail, stopping off for a coffee or bite to eat along the way.

Local activities will also take place throughout October including Rich White, Nest exhibition at Testbed 1 during eight days (7-14 October) when the artist will build a human-sized nest with the support and participation of the people attending. The Pump House Gallery in Battersea Park will host Juneau Projects exhibition, I Am The Warrior from the 22 October to the 11 December.

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Friday, 23 September 2011

The East London Lifestyle Festival-15th October 2011

The East London Festival is a celebration of creative and cultural diversity in The London Community. The day promises to be a seriously stimulating and fun day out, featuring an exciting mix of entertainment: Direct from the Edinburgh Fringe: LAUGHTER YOGA- Leela Bunce, IMAGINARY CITIES with Chermiah Hart-Tapping  into your creative potential, AFRICAN HARMONIES with Sophia Efthimiou- An unforgettable singing experience, BOLLYWOOD DANCE with Kaneen Morgan -Movement, music and self-expression. PLUS-MAGIC with Javier Ortega, A NEW GROOVE with Emily Austen MINDFULNESS with Glenn Pennington & THE ENERGY OF CONVERSATION with your host David Finney.

This is a festival with a difference, a not for profit  making event and everyone involved is giving up their time for free. The East London Lifestyle Festival will be raising money in aid of The Richard House Hospice in the Docklands.
Tickets only £15 including a delicious lunch!
Discounts available when you bring your friends!
Book your tickets here
NOTE: Tickets to be booked in advance only. Age restriction 16+

Festival will open at 10:00am & close at 16:30pm. No entry after 10.30am
Location: Community Links Main Hall, Canning Town, 105 Barking Road, London, E16 4HQ. In the heart of the Olympic Park and only 5 minutes’ walk from CANNING TOWN on the Jubilee Line & DLR, just 2 stops from STRATFORD.To find out more about the event/organisers please visit:

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Oxjam Camberwell proudly presents 'Here We Are' 24th September 2011

A fundraising exhibition featuring illustration, Photography and Graphic Design. The event is taking in the newly opened Coldharbour London gallery in Camberwell.

A range of illustrators, photographers and graphic designers have donated work for this event. Exhibitors include We Three Club, Matthew Bromley, Army of Cats, Luke Whittaker, Evgenia Barinova, Foe and many more.

In addition Mr Gauky, Joel Millerchip and El Famoso will be producing live art on the day in front of the visitors. All artwork will be subject to a secret auction, where the visitors are welcome to submit their bid in writing. Highest bidder gets to buy the work with all money raised being donated to Oxfam.Music on the event will be provided by London’s up and coming DJ collective Tapped with special guests including Foe (dollop) and more.

This event is fundraising for Oxfam and for the Oxjam Camberwell Takeover. Oxjam is a month long music festival happening throughout the UK in October. For the first time this event is happening in Camberwell, with six venues inthe area being taken over on the 22nd October 2011.We will keep you posted!

Date: Saturday 24th September 
Time: 3.00pm and midnight
Location Coldharbour Gallery: 26-34 Southwell Road,
London SE5
Free Admission

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Autumn Events

23 August – 18 September 2011

HALCYON DAYS by Shoji Kokami

In a translation by Aya Ogawa
Director: Shoji Kokami

HALCYON DAYS, by renowned Japanese playwright and director Shoji Kokami, receives its English language premiere at the Riverside Studios between 23 August and 18 September. Also directed by Shoji Kokami, the text is translated by Brooklyn based, Tokyo born writer, director and performer Aya Ogawa. HALCYON DAYS follows the story of three people and one ghost who meet on a suicide website.

Examining the cult popularity of suicide websites in contemporary Japanese culture, the play looks at a decade where conflicts with other nations are sensationally streamed on 24 hour rolling news channels and terrorist organisations boast about their achievements on YouTube. Even chronic depression is catered for by the increase of ‘informative’ suicide websites. Are people becoming more jaded with their real existence? Has life lost sanctity and meaning?
Venue: Studio 3, Riverside Studios (Hammersmith W6 9RL)
Times: Tuesday – Saturday at 7.30pm (Matinee Sunday at 3pm)
Prices: Currently £10 each, but will increase to £15 closer to opening night (Contains adult themes)

Box Office: Telephone +44 (0)20 8237 1111


 6th September to 1st October.
Feelgood Theatre Productions presents the London premiere of

‘Slave - A Question of Freedom’ at Riverside Studios
Slave - A Question of Freedom, Based on the book ‘Slave’ by Mende Nazer and Damien Lewis,
the play tells the compelling real life story of a young woman’s account of being sold into slavery and her subsequent fight for freedom.

Winner of the Pete Postlethwaite Manchester Eve News Best New Play, NW Arts Review, Best Play, Best Director and Best Actress, 2011.

“Although this is one person’s story, Mende’s story is universal, giving voice to the voiceless, dispelling the myth that slavery ended 200 years ago. Slavery exists underground, outside the law and outside the United Nations Convention of Human Rights.”

“By telling the story it is enlightening other people to what is going on; it is not a weight on my shoulders, theatre is the most powerful way to get the message across” Mende Nazer

Special Event:
 Slavery - Break the Silence - Sun 18 September 12 noon

Pre-matinee discussion with panel guests, Mende Nazer, Damien Lewis, Baroness Cox hosted by the writer Natasha Walter

Q&A’s with the cast and director:
following matinee shows 14,15,21,28,29 September
following the evening show on 22 September

Box Office  020 8237 1111
Tickets £18 (£15 concs) Previews £10. Studio 2,
Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London W6 9RL

Ballistics, Beasts and the Bard: Just some of the Art, Fashion and Architecture events taking place this Autumn

Akrm Kahn: DESH World Premiere:
4 – 8 October,
Sadler’s Wells, London – followed by world tour

DESH (meaning homeland in Bengali) is a new solo from celebrated choreographer and performer, Akram Khan. Following critically acclaimed collaborations with artists including Sylvie Guillem, Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley, DESH is set to be one of Khan's most powerful and personal works. Inspired by Bangladesh, the country of his birth, Khan portrays several characters familiar in daily Bangladeshi culture as well as seeking to embody the beauty and brutality of the Bangladeshi climate. For this solo performance Kahn has teamed up with Oscar-winning Chinese visual artist Tim Yip (production designer for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), fellow Sadler's Wells Associate Artist and lighting designer Michael Hulls, Indian writer and poet Karthika Nair and Olivier Award-winning composer Jocelyn Pook.

Finding beauty in ballistics
‘Tracer Fire’, Architectural Association School of Architecture,

36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES 
19 September – 26 October. Entry Free.

Inspired by the phosphorescent trail of tracer bullets in the night sky, ‘Tracer Fire’ explores the juxtaposition between the beauty and violence of ballistic weapons - their mesmerizing, burning trail belying their destructiveness upon impact, and the highly-wrought nature of their machinery at odds with the havoc they wreak. Projected in a darkened room to a soundtrack composed by the artist, the ‘video’ work, which took a year to make, in fact uses motion graphics and is comprised of 30,000 images hand-drawn using a digital pen.

The 2011 Nour Festival - challenging preconceptions and breaking taboos

‘Nour Festival of Arts’, Leighton House Museum, Kensington, W14

1 October – 30 November

Some of the brightest stars in their respective disciplines feature in this illuminating festival – ‘Nour’ means ‘light’ in Arabic – which seeks to use contemporary art to challenge clich├ęd preconceptions of the Middle East and North Africa. Set in the magnificent environs of the Eastern-inspired interior of Leighton House and programmed by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the Festival’s highlights include a new collection by acclaimed fashion designer Ziad Ghanem showcasing his distinctive ‘Cult Couture’ style, special screenings of new Middle Eastern films, including ’18 Days’ – 10 short films chronicling the uprising that led to the overthrow of Egyptian president Mubarak – and former Middle East editor for The Guardian Brian Whitaker’s talk on the taboo subject of homosexuality in Islamic countries.

Python Tackles Dragons and Other Medieval Misconceptions

Medieval Misconceptions: Churches Conservation Trust Annual Lecture, The Geological Society, Burlington Place, Piccadilly, London W1J

Thursday 6 October 2011 at 6.45 (doors open 6.15)
Exclusive chance to hear Historian and ex-Monty Python star Terry Jones’ take on the Middle Ages, one of the most misunderstood eras of our history, in aid of the Churches Conservation Trust, charity responsible for some of the finest medieval churches in England. Was medieval England really full of knights on horseback rescuing fainting damsels in distress? How mired in ignorance and superstition were the Middle Ages? With his distinctive and original perspective on history, Jones promises to open our eyes to the Middle Ages as we’ve never seen them before - a vibrant society teeming with individuality, intrigue and innovation.

Double or Nothing

1 – 26 October 2011, AA Gallery Architectural Association School of Architecture, 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES

‘Double or Nothing’ presents the architectural and spatial projects of Brussels-based practice 51N4E. Curated by French architectural critic Dominique Boudet, the show re-examines a selection of recent projects from the large-scale to the intimate, including the transformation of Tirana’s Skanderberg Square (the most important public space in Albania) through the use of water and altered perspective and Arteconomy; an extension of high steel walls to cocoon a Belgian farmhouse. ‘Double or Nothing’ challenges the visitor to look beyond architecture’s surface conventions and their representation.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011


Tara Arts Theatre founded in 1977, has been a pioneer of cross-cultural theatre for over three decades under the artistic direction of co-founder Jatinder Verma. Tara Arts Theatre presents a fabulously diverse mix of global theatre for local audiences. Based in Earlsfield South London it has served it patrons well.

The company tours vibrant adaptations of European and Asian classics and new work, brings the great stories of the world to children in junior schools and develops emerging artists and new audiences. Tara have produced work at the National Theatre and a host of other theatres across Britain, Europe, and Asia, as well as in the British Library, National Maritime Museum, Trafalgar Square and Temple  Church. December 2011the Christmas production Bollywood Cinderella written by Hardeep Singh Kohli for Tara Theatre will be the first Pantomime produced by the company as it embarks on the transformation of it’s venue into the only Asian-led producing house in the country.

 "The most culturally open-minded troupe in Britain" Independent on Sunday.

Autumn 2011

September/ October  

Thursday 15th September

 UK Touring in association with Tara Arts Presents Brian Patten in
 Growing Up Before your very Eyes

From first to second childhood and back again, with a little chaos and much humour on the way! Liverpool poet Brian Patten takes us on a hilarious, sometimes heart-rending and always fascinating journey through a chaotic boyhood, a love-struck adolescence, a disrespectful middle-age and skirmishes with the grim reaper, to leave us teetering on the brink of yet another childhood. A very special journey.

'lots of jokey energy, pace & punch' T.E.S.

‘one of our best loved poets’ The Times

Brian Patten is one of the most accessible and popular poets working today,
Join him at his book-signing after the show.

Time 7.30pm
Price £12.50

Tuesday 20th September 

Tara Arts Presents Isla Blair reading an exert from her book
A Tiger's Wedding
Written by Isla Blair

The actress Isla Blair’s extraordinary, moving and uplifting story of her childhood in India and her separation from her parents.

Born in Bangalore India, during the fading days of the Raj, Isla grew up on a tea plantation managed by her father. She spent her early years in the lush, verdant hills of Kerala
This warm, spice-scented idyll was abruptly ended when, obliged by tradition and entirely believing they were doing the best for their daughters, her parents sent Isla and her sister ‘home’ to boarding school, but ‘home’ was cold, gloomy, post-war austerity Scotland.
Isla is known for her long list of appearances both on stage and screen spanning over 40 years, having starred with the RSC & National Theatre.

“This is a wonderful book, reminiscent of Rumer Godden; I couldn’t put it down. Isla Blair paints pictures with words and her scenes spring off the page like a film script.” Joanna Lumley

Time 7.30pm
Price £10.00
Book Signing after the show

Tuesday 24th September-Saturday 1st October

Direct from the Almeida, fuel presents Inua Elams in
 The 14th Tale

The 14th Tale is a free flowing mellifluous narrative that tells the hilarious exploits of a natural born mischief growing from the clay streets of Nigeria to the roof tops of Dublin, and finally to London. Inua vividly recreates the characters that punctuate his upbringing in deft and beautiful poetry, while challenging the audience’s expectations of what it is to be a young, black male in London today.

The 14th Tale won a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival 2009, toured and ran at the National Theatre in spring 2010.

“Ellams’ poetry is smooth enough to melt in the ear, yet packed full of snap, crackle and pop.” Time Out

Time 7.30pm
Price £11.50/ £7.50 concs
Black History Month

Tuesday 4th -Wednesday 5th October

Tara Arts with Arcadia Books presents Alex Wheatle MBE UK Tour of
written and performed by Alex Wheatle MBE
Directed By Jatinder Verma

Marking the 30th anniversary of the Brixton riots, award winning author Alex Wheatle MBE presents his moving autobiograpical story of how he became a writer.

Alex takes audiences on a journey through Britain in the 1980s: from the brutality of children's homes to life on the 'frontline' in riot-torn Brixton and sharing a prison cell with a fierce Rasta -man. A journey punctuated by the musclar singing of lyrics that made Alex the famous 'yard-man Irie' of the Brixton Club scene.

Inspired by his best-selling novel, Brixton Rock and East of Acre Lane Alex Wheatle’s performance is a gem. Alex’s latest novel Brenton Brown, the eagerly awaited follow up to Brixton Rock, was published in 2011.

“A triumph. Bears a striking resemblance to Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock’, (but) this is funny. Brixton Rock is a debut which confirms its author as a pro in prose"
                               The Times on Brixton Rock.
"This is a vibrant book pulsing with the reggae beats of the era. The dialogue has rhythm and inventiveness. And the violent climax is a cathartic one, the logical and positive first stage of a revolution."
                      Independent on Sunday on East of Acre Lane.

Time 7.30pm
Price £11.50/£7.50 concs
Book signing after show 
Black History Month 

Saturday 15th October 

Half Moon young people's Theatre presents
 Look To The Sky 

 By Courttia Newland

In an abandoned warehouse, a search along dark corridors and winding stairs, will lead to a discovery, which will change lives...

A group of young people are forced to confront the very thing that scares them most. Themselves. The mysterious and complicated culture of inner-city youth is exploded in this gripping new play, which breathes with a raw poetic language and a contemporary soundtrack.

Following Half Moon’s previous hits – Locked In and Begin/End, Look To The Sky is a vibrant piece of new writing, which has already been nominated for an award.

Time 7:30pm
Price £11.50/£7.50 concs
Black History Month


Tuesday 1st-Sat 5th November

Tara Arts presents Meshaun Labrone in
The Right To Remain The Life and Mind of Tupac Shakur

Direct from the US
An explosive exploration of one of the world's most compelling yet misunderstood musicians or rap and hip-hop.

Locked alone in solitary confinement with nothing but his thoughts, his words, his angels and demons, Tupac has time to reflect on the defining moment that sent his world spinning out of control and into chaotic trajectory towards certain self-destruction.

This is a raw, intimate and lyrical performance.

Time 7:30pm
Price £11.50/£7.50 concs
Black History Month

Friday 11th November

Tara Arts presents a play reading with Yasmine Rana
 The War Zone Is My Bed

Yasmine Rana's The War Zone is My Bed follows the journeys of spiritual destruction and redemption from the banks of the Mississippi River and fallen levees of New Orleans to the conflict-ravaged streets of Sarajevo and Kabul. The characters in Rana's politically charged and moving plays attempt to seek and substain love in violent circumstances.

The War Zone is my Bed presents the topical and intense plays of one of the most interesting new voices in American theatre.

Time 7:30pm
Price £3.50

Wednesday 16th November

Spare Tyre Theatre Presents
I'm An Artist Let Me In!

Conceived and performed by Spare Tyre's company of artists with learning disabilities.
 Prepare to be confronted by an exhilarating showcase of honest, moving performances by inspirational artists with learning disabilities. view energising movement, hilarious comedy and intimate theatre.

With guests from the Big White Light Theatre in Croydon.

'All the performances brought an honesty and an integrity that is so often missed in theatre'. Executive Director, High Tide Time 7:30pm
Price £6

Christmas Shows
1st-24th December

Bollywood Cinderella

Written by Hardeep Singh Kohli Hardeep Singh

Kohli cooks up his own inimitable brand of fun for all the family – spicing the much loved Christmas classic with Indian colours, smells and sounds.
Cinderella slaves night and day making shoes for ugly stepsisters – Wang, Choo, Blahnik, whatever style they want – little does she know her luck is about to change…

The local Raja, desperate for his handsome but painfully shy son to find a wife, summons the finest shoemaker in the kingdom to craft “the perfect” slipper to fit a Princess.

What size will Cinders choose to make the perfect slipper? Will the Prince fall in love with the cobbler? Will their love be shoe-horned? Find out in Hardeep’s Bollywood Panto for Tara Theatre!

Evenings £15/ £12.50 concs
Matinees £12.50/£10 concs
Please view Tara Theatre website for times and schedule below:
SW18 4ES
020 8333 4457

Trains every 5 mins from Waterloo, Vauxhall and Wimbledon
Buses 44, 77 and 270 to Earlsfield Station
Free locally parking from 4:30pm
These are our Tara Theatre highlights for full listings and events please visit the Tara Arts website above.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

African and African Caribbean Design Diaspora (AACDD) Festival 2011

9th-25th September 2011
Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf.

 Michael Mapp

African and African Caribbean Design Diaspora  (AACDD) will be celebrating the creativity and innovation by members of the African and African Caribbean Disporas living and working in the UK, artists and artisans from African and the Caribbean as well as work from British and international AACDD partner organisations.

Coinciding well with the Mayors Thames Festival and the London Design Festival, for nearly three weeks all floors of the listed Bargehouse of the OXO Tower Wharf complex will be transformed into a 'Treasure Trove' of creativity showcasing amazing artistic talent of more than one hundred artists from the UK, Africa, the Caribbean, USA, Canada, Japan and Europe.

The exhibition will include multi-disciplinary mixed media, fine art, sculpture, photography, graphic design, illustrations, film, music, architecture, interior design and textiles. View works by Graphic Designer/ Photographer Michael Mapp with his contemporary take on post modernism 'A modern portrait of Britain', strong visualisations by Architect/Designer and Photographer  Roberton Lindsay 'Drawing with light'. Other featured artists include Yemi Awosile, Taslim Martin, Zekaryas Solomon, Ameena McConnell, and Chijioke Aguh including many more contemporary designers at the Bargehouse this September.

Chijioke Aguh
This is the first time in its entire history that the London Design scene will host such a comprehensive showcase of unique multi-disciplinary black talent:            
"By initiating a high quality selection of work drawn from across the black communities, AACDD presents a true talent showcase that shines a light on creative ability, where it is often not sought or acknowledged by the design industry. The shows on offer by AACDD provide a distinguished road map for an under represented part of the creative community. It could not be a more appropriate moment for the UK particularly London to embrace the opportunity of challenging perceptions and encouraging positive activity aimed at building social and economic stability".
                                       William Knight-Deputy Director, London Design Festival (2011) 

 Ameena McConnell
ACDD  Festival 2011
*8th September

Press evening 6.30-9.00pm
 9th-25th September
Mon-Sun 11-7pm
Free Admission
Location: Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, Southbank, London, SE1 9PH
For more information on the event

To find out more about Michael Mapp participating exhibitor and CreativeHappen co-founder click the links below: or email Re: AACDD exhibition. Regular up-dates Twitter@michaelmapp

Children's Theatre- TARA Arts in association with ALRA presents

The Mysteries

Directed by Jatinder Verma 
Friday 9 September 2011

 Marking the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. Building on techniques developed by the highly successful and well-regarded junior schools tours of Tara Arts' When the Lights Went Out, The Mysteries will introduce children to the epic Bible stories from Creation to the Last Judgement. This tour uniquely marries Tara Arts' renowned Asian theatre-making sensibility creating the tantalising prospect of experiencing the Old Testament stories through Eastern eyes.Combining story-telling with dance and evocative props, The Mysteries will draw connections with other faith texts including the Qu’ran, Torah and The Mahabharata; with the aim of reflecting modern diversity through one of the founding texts of the country.

 Rehearsal of the Mysteries: Director
Jatinder Verma in action.
Photo Michael Mapp.

Rehearsal of the Mysteries: Full cast.
Photo Michael Mapp.
  Cast: ALRA’s Postgraduate Acting students 2011

Performance times: Friday 9 September 2011- 10am and 1.30pm
ALRA Theatre, The Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, John Archer Way, London SW18 3SX
To book your free places:

020 8870 6475 All welcome,
suitable for ages 6+ Running time: 1 hour

Performance times: Saturday 10th September 2011 10.30am and 1.30pm
TARA THEATRE, 365 Garratt Lane, London, SW18 4ES
£8.50/£7.50 Concs
020 8333 4457 All Welcome
suitable for ages 6 + Running time: 1 hour

Saturday, 3 September 2011


In order to do the event justice given all of the discourse surrounding Notting Hill this Year we have decided to do this review slightly different. This will be a review of few words it is notting hill through pictures and sound please enjoy.

Monday 29th Aug. 2011
Where: Lagniappe/Shipwrecked  Arabian Nights "Pretty Mas" and T-shirt Mas.

Preparations as Masqueraders an Mas Men make final preparations to the trucks,
rigs and costumes.

Masqueraders getting in formation behind the trucks.

Band Leader distributing cups to Masqueraders.

Themed Spectators We Love It!

One of this years most popular tracks the queen of Soca Denise Belfon.

Rolling Bar All-inclusive bar providing liquid refreshment.

Masqueraders are given food but alas the vibe take hold an dancing insues mid meal.

Masqueraders from a different Mas Band we love their costumes.

Friends of CreativeHappen here from New York ,The Trinity Design Collective of
 Next Level Poison UK.



In order to do the event justice given all of the discourse surrounding Notting Hill this Year we have decided to do this review slightly different. This will be a review of few words it is notting hill through pictures and sound please enjoy.

Sunday 28th Aug.
Where: Pure Lime Liming Trials Chocolate Mas 2011.

Clean Pure Lime "Dutty Masqueraders" making their way with the music pumping
to Ladbroke Grove where the Carnival route officially begins.

Rolling All-inclusive Bar.

Bottomless bucket of liquid Chocolate to get "Dutty".

Chocolate enabling elixir otherwise known as Rum Punch.
Pure Lime revellers on the carnival route.

One of the big Soca Anthems of 2011 by the biggest Soca Artist of the moment.
Pure Lime revellers seeking further refreshment at the rolling bar.
Rain!, What Rain!. Pure Lime revellers Party on jubilant, embided and covered in chocolate.

Joyous effects of a culmination of Pure Lime and Notting Hill Carnival 2011.



M2K 2011

M2K Backstage.

Sunday 19th Aug. the final day Calo Festival Today the stage played host to the gala for some of the Kiddies costumes and masquerader’s which I found having had a heritage in carnival costume production, to be very creative and meticulously crafted in some cases slightly ethereal. A fabulous carnival dance troop, and live music by some of London’s and the UK’s bright talents. Along with energetic sets by popular djs mixed in with the stage performances’ keeping the attendee’s jubilant.


M2K Backstage.

Situated to the rear of the hall saw a succession of stands with a variety of Caribbean crafts and cuisine available to purchase from traditional weaver with his loom to wooden carvings all the way through to jewellery. Needless to say there were fully stocked bars for the adults and wonderful natural juices for the children.

In all if you would like a vague flavour as to what carnival is somewhat like, allowing you the opportunity to experience some of the sights, sounds and smells associated with carnival The CALO Festival is a good new idea which could after some development and refinement to make this an opportunity to create a real carnival season right hear in the UK! Remember you read it here first.

Shadow Makers Back Stage.