October 2014

Festival Dublin Flamenco Festival

The Dublin Flamenco festival, now in it’s 4th year is a celebration of Flamenco and Spanish culture. The festival begins with a conference titled Flamenco and Sherry which will be hosted by Tío Pepe, a brand of Sherry best known for its fino style of dry sherry made from the palomino grape. One of the highlights of the Festival is Flamenco en Blanco y Negro, described as ‘A unique creation born of two visions, with the flavour of two continents… There will be music, dance and song!’ Flamenco en Blanco y Negro is brought to you by Cano, a flamenco guitarist and composer with a unique voice and powerful technique, whose creativity transcends the traditional boundaries of flamenco. Juana Calzadilla who was trained in multiple dance forms in Venezuela and Mexico before specialising in Flamenco singing and dance at Madrid’s renowned Amor de Dios school. And finally Ranffis El Niche, a trumpet player hailing originally from Cuba, now based in Seville, where he has collaborated with a number of great artists.

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Other Brockwell Fireworks

It takes something pretty special to stand out from the crowd on November 5th these days and Lambeth Council are taking no chances with this year’s annual Brockwell Park Fireworks display. The centrepiece of the evening will be a truly spectacular 20-minute display of cutting edge pyrotechnics by Titanium Fireworks who have garnered a reputation for producing some of the most impressive light shows to have graced British skies. Having previously worked on Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony and London’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, Titanium can be trusted to provide one of London’s most awe-inspiring shows on the 5th November. Add a Lighthouse bonfire, dramatic mechanical fire bird and human Catherine wheel displays courtesy of Emergency Exit Arts and a performance from world renowned pyrotechnics wizards Lords of Lightning and it seems safe to say that Brockwell Park is shaping up as the place to be this Fireworks night.

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Food Taste of London

Returning to East London’s Tobacco Dock after a successful winter festival last year, Taste of London Winter promises to excite Londoner’s taste buds once again this November. Set amidst the atmospheric Victorian architecture of Tobacco Dock in London’s East End, visitors are promised another feast for the senses courtesy of London’s finest restaurants. The wintery theme means there will be strong focus on festive foodie delights but don’t expect to encounter the usual seasonal offerings alone. As ever Taste of London showcases a mind and palette expanding selection of delicacies that reflects the enormous diversity of London’s dining scene. As ever Taste of London promises visitors a chance to see a glittering array of foodie stars including the likes of Raymond Blanc, Michel Roux Jr and his Masterchef sidekick Monica Galetti, Mark Hix, Valentine Warner and many, many more. If the festive season is the highlight of the culinary calendar then there really is no better way to celebrate it than by exploring the vibrant and diverse gastronomy of the capital at Taste of London Winter.

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Other Enchanted Woodland

Syon Park is already a delightful spot to enjoy a picturesque stroll but stop by for an evening visit between 21st November and 7th December and you’re in for an especially bewitching treat. Enchanted Forest transforms Syon Park into a spellbinding illuminated trail, enhancing the natural beauty of the park’s gardens and arboretum with a spectacular festive lighting display. The trail winds around the park before reaching its conclusion at the Great Conservatory.  At a brisk pace the walk should take around half an hour but most visitors will want to enjoy this very special passage through the woodland at a more sedate pace, better to take in the unique atmosphere. The Enchanted Woodland is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only. Doors are open from about 5PM when it starts to get dark and last entry is at 8PM. Tickets a £7 for adults and £3 for children (3 – 16 yrs) and can be purchased in advance from the Syon Park website.

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Family Brick 2014 – Built for Lego fans

Brick 2014 was originally scheduled to take place at the O2 back in May but the demand for tickets was such that an alternative venue was required. The huge popularity of this event is testament to the timeless appeal of Lego, one of the great toys (if that’s the correct description) of recent history and an enduring source of playtime fascination for children of all ages. Lego dates back to 1949 when it was first manufactured in Denmark and if anything is now more popular than ever, having evolved and adapted to the times and somehow resisted the encroaching domination of video games. Brick 2014 gives the all-conquering Lego its greatest stage yet with a sprawling 4-day show housed in the vast ExCel London. Visitors will be granted entrance to a Lego wonderland filled with mind-boggling constructions and loads of interactive features include plenty of opportunities to put your own building skills to the test.

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History Toast of History Pub Tour

There are few better areas to enjoy an evening out with a distinctly historic flavour than London’s Midtown. The area, which encompasses Bloomsbury, Holborn and St Giles, is prized for it’s rich cultural heritage and much of that history is inextricably intertwined with the many pubs that have played host to great writers, artists and intellectuals over the years, many of whom did a good proportion of their thinking with a pint glass in close attendance. The area still boasts a higher concentration of pubs than anywhere else in the world, making it the perfect location for a pub tour. Which is where the Toast of History Pub Tour comes in. For two nights only (Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 12th November) four of Midtown’s most historic and atmospheric pubs are offering visitors a chance to step back in time and enjoy a theatrical recreation of the bygone nights in the pubs of London. The tour takes in The Old Red Lion pub on High Holborn, where the bodies of Oliver Cromwell, John Bradshaw and Sir Henry Ireton are held, The White Hart on Drury Lane, The Ship Tavern on Lincoln’s Inns Fields and The Enterprise on Red Lion Street.

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