Who’s afraid of Julia Kristeva? New film by Iskra Angelova in the London International Documentary Film Festival

Who’s afraid of Julia Kristeva? New film by Iskra Angelova in the London International Documentary Film Festival

Iskra Angelova’s new film tells the story of a successful and controversial figure. A psychoanalyst, linguist, semiotician, philosopher and feminist, Julia Kristeva is a woman of many disciplines. The film is set in Bulgaria, 1966 where the Balkan nation remains behind the Iron Curtain. Kristeva, a young and smart student,...

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Anniversary: Metamorphosis

Anniversary: Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka has (rather depressingly when you think about it) become something of a patron saint for modern living. His alienated writings of skewed social conventions and hallucinogenic persecution (that you feel somehow you might have deserved) deeply affects readers because there’s something primal in his narratives that resonates almost...

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Soutine’s Portraits: Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys

Small, but perfectly formed could apply, not just to the exhibition at the top of Somerset House, but the subjects of the twenty-one portraits, which comprise Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys. Chaim Soutine’s Bellboy is possibly one of his most well-known images, along with other restaurant and hotel employees, and caught...

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Celebrate the festive season with English National Ballet’s Nutcracker

Celebrate the festive season with English National Ballet’s Nutcracker

The magical Christmas ballet for all the family returns to the London Coliseum on 13 December 2017 – 6 January 2018. Over 100 dancers and musicians bring Nutcracker to life with exquisite dancing, beautiful sets and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played live. On a sparkling Christmas Eve in a frost-dusted Edwardian London, Clara...

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Inside – Koestler Trust

Inside – Koestler Trust

On Thursday 21st September to Wednesday 15th November The Koestler Trust exhibited works of art from offenders, detainees, secure patients and ex-convicts at the Southbank Centre. The pieces ranged from art to music and writing and presented a very potent insight into the minds of prisoners. The artworks often portrayed...

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Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia

Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia

Amidst the sound of fierce, freezing winds sweeping across the Steppe Lands, Peter the Great, Czar of all Russia, wearing robes denoting his power, gazes from his portrait at the unadorned, mummified head and face of a Scythian Chieftain, honoured and unvanquished in battle, who gazes back with an unflinching...

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Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth

Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth

Anyone who has viewed and admired Johns’ iconic paintings of flags, numerals, maps and targets in a catalogue or printed on a postcard, will be jolted into reality when they see them ‘in the flesh’. Instead of flat colours, they will be surprised to see the textural qualities of some...

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Le Cordon Bleu London Celebrates the 1947 Royal Wedding in ITV Documentary

Le Cordon Bleu London Celebrates the 1947 Royal Wedding in ITV Documentary

Le Cordon Bleu, the leading global network of culinary arts and hospitality management institutes, has been working on a phenomenal project of recreating the Royal Wedding Cake which is featured in ‘A Very Royal Wedding’, due to air 9pm Monday, 30th October on ITV. A Very Royal Wedding celebrates the...

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‘Silk River’ Unfurls: Community Programme and Exhibition.

‘Silk River’ Unfurls: Community Programme and Exhibition.

Kew Gardens. Royal Botanical Gardens Kew. Richmond. Surrey. TW9 3 AE 22nd October 2017 to 27th October. 2017 The long relationship between Britain and India is being celebrated by ‘UK/India 2017’ with a huge programme of cultural exchange lasting for a year. ‘Silk River Unfurls’, the exhibition at Kew, is...

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Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

Down, down, down, like Orpheus entering the Underworld, visitors are taken down flights of wooden steps within black lacquered tunnelled handrails and exposed bright red joists above to the brand spanking new Sainsbury Gallery in the basement. The exhibition itself is even blacker and it takes a moment for the...

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