Remembering a Brave New World | Candlelight Live | Wimbledon Art Fair Online | Brain Pickings | Maltby Street Market...
Got the lockdown blues? Well our cultural highlights of the week will help to lift your spirits. From a stunning Diwali light installation to a virtuoso piano performance, an online art fair to a hidden gem of a food market, The Week in Colour brings you all the best things to see and do during the week ahead.
SEE Remembering a Brave New World, the Tate’s dazzling winter commission by Punjabi Liverpudlian pop artist, Chila Kumari Burman. The glittering installation created to celebrate Diwali literally lights up the front of Tate Britain during London’s darkest hours. Embellished in neon lights and bold imagery including a statue of Britannia and the Hindu Goddess of liberation, this sparkling display is a cultural explosion of Bollywood glitz, Hindu mythology and colonial history. Inspired by memories of Burman’s childhood, political activism and radical feminism, the installation on show until 31 January 2021, is both playful and powerful in equal measure.
LISTEN to Candlelight Live, a magical online concert from talented pianist Franck Laurent-Grandpré this Thursday (19 November) at 19:30, from the comfort of your home. The hour-long concert will feature enchanting renditions of some of the greatest film scores of all time, originally composed by the legendary John Williams. Performed against a stunning backdrop of flickering candle lights, this memorable evening of musical genius will bring to life the iconic soundtracks from Harry Potter, Star Wars, Indian Jones, Schindler’s List and Jurassic Park. The virtual concert will be hosted by a master of ceremonies, who will keep you entertained with information about each piece and its composer. All that’s left to do is check into the live stream, turn up the volume, sit back and enjoy!
EXPLORE Wimbledon Art Fair Online. In normal times, this fabulous biannual event gives Londoners a chance to meet artists in their studio spaces and get to know some of the capital’s most talented makers while browsing affordable art in the artists’ natural habitats. With current Covid-19 restrictions in place there is a new way to engage with this unique and inspiring community of artists. This week Wimbledon Art Fair Online will be launching to allow art lovers from all over the UK to browse, discover and buy from over 100 remarkable artists. From paintings to ceramics, jewellery to photography, and more, this ultimate online art fix will lift your mood and open up a world of vibrant and affordable art to keep you smiling at home.
READ Brain Pickings - An inventory of the meaningful life. The saving grace of lockdown is the opportunity to explore the life of the mind, and there is no better starting point for the intellectually and philosophically curious than Maria Popova’s outstanding and uplifting online treasure trove of human experience. Founded in 2006 as a weekly email to seven friends, the concept has developed into one of the world’s most inspiring sources of wisdom and inspiration with fascinating forays into literature, psychology, art poetry and other things that make you feel good to be alive. In hard and lonely times, there will be plenty to console you and keep you spiritually sustained with the richness and magic of human thought and feeling. With brilliant articles and reviews, Sunday and midweek newsletters to subscribe to and amazing SoundCloud readings, this multi-dimensional resource will keep you engaged and interested with the outer and inner worlds.
DINE at Maltby Street Market. Many Londoners have discovered in recent weeks that, in spite of Lockdown 2.0, there are still a fair few outdoor activities which can be enjoyed (socially distantly, of course). One of these is visiting street food markets, which are allowed to open to provide takeaway service to customers. In the shadow of the railway arches along the Ropewalk in Bermondsey, Maltby Street Market has been steadily expanding and growing in popularity among foodies since it first appeared in 2010. This culinary gold mine serves up all the diverse, multi-national flavours of the capital with something to satisfy every craving and suit every mood. For a succulent British steak sandwich head over to the Beefsteaks stall, or why not try the ‘Banh Mi Nen’ at Vietnamese stall Nen, or even the delicious ‘Rainbow Arepa’ at Venezuelan stall La Pepia. And how about a world-beating brownie from Bad Brownie for dessert, washed down by a sumptuous dry gin cocktail at the Little Bird Gin stall? The options here are endless, not to mention mouth-watering, as long as you can find it - just don't forget your face mask!
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