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Portobello Live! The heart and art of West London: 30 April – 1 May

Portobello Live! returns to North Kensington for the third year running, bringing some of the best of West London music, cabaret, spoken word, performance and art.

Held over the May Day bank holiday, this year’s festival also takes a retrospective look at Rock Against Racism, a movement which sprang into life 40 years ago.

A stunning line up of new bands, performers, rock royalty and special guests will play out across the stages of Portobello’s iconic pubs, clubs and venues. This year, punk performance poet John Cooper Clarke is a headline act, along with Bandante (The Bad Seeds), Glen Matlock (the Sex Pistols), The Egg, Youth, Salad Undressed, Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot (Curiosity Killed The Cat), Don Letts, Rusty Egan and Noel Watson, with more to be announced.

Portobello Live! is embedded in the community, and the ‘It’s Behind You’ exhibition looks back over 25 years of the iconic Portobello Panto while local music academy The Rhythm Studio will hold drumming sessions.

Rock Against Racism photographer Syd Shelton will also reflect on the movement which came to public attention 40 years ago through music and marches, or ‘carnivals’, inspired by Notting Hill’s annual event. Portobello Live! also features the Oasis World Choir, composed of refugees from Sudan, Syria and Afghanistan.

Full access to all acts and venues can be obtained with a wristband (that is substantially cheaper than other weekend festivals!), and under 16s go free. All tickets can be booked online via the Portobello Live! website.

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City Living, Local Life: Celebrating 1957, 67 and 77 with Colville Community History – free talk 2/3/17

It’s seventh heaven for Tom Vague and the Colville Community History Project as they celebrate the years 1957, 1967 and 1977 and the pop culture and community action that shaped not only Kensington and Chelsea but the world beyond.

On Saturday, 25 March from 3-4pm join the Colville Community History Project at North Kensington Library for a free talk and slideshow that features beatniks, Rastafarians, punks and hippies. The talk covers the effects of the 1957 Rent Act and Rachman, the 1967 summer of love and then 1977 punk-reggae party including the Sex Pistols, the Clash and Bob Marley’s Exodus.

Supported by the Colville Councillors, through City Living, Local Life the Colville Community History project produces a range of talks, exhibitions and newsletter focusing on the rich cultural and social history of the area.

Free tickets can be booked online or in person at North Kensington Library.

 

 

Sherlock Jr – A night of silent film and a church organ at St John’s Notting Hill, 5/5/17…

The excellent, etheral sounds of St John’s Church organ will be returning for the next St. John’s Notting Hill Film Night – and this time the game is afoot…

On Friday, 5 May from 8pm-9:30pm, Sherlock Jr (1924) – a film directed by, and starring, Buster Keaton – will be accompanied by Donald MacKenzie, Resident Organist at The Odeon Leicester Square for an evening of laughs.

Sherlock Jr is Buster Keaton’s classic portrayal of the legendary detective long before Benedict Cumberbatch donned the deerstalker for the latest, modern incarnation. The classic comedy, famous for its technical wizardry and daring stunts, will be shown as part of a double-bill with Laurel and Hardy’s short comedy caper Do Detective’s Think?

This is the sixth film that has been shown at St John’s Notting Hill (Lansdowne Crescent, W11 2NN). All previous nights have sold out, so get your ticket in advance and come along for a rare showing of this classic silent film.

Tickets are £10 and can be ordered online. Tickets are also available at the Church, weekdays 10am – 1pm.

The latest Colville Community History is out now: 1966 and all that pop…

History buffs and Sixties swingers! The City Living, Local Life-supported newsletter latest offering is out and the focus in on ’66.

While the year may have seen people dancing in the streets up and down England after Geoff Hurst’s hattrick, the people of North Kensington were also dancing to the beats of the first ever Notting Hill May Fayre.

Organised by the London Free School the Fayre would soon inspire the Notting Hill Carnival we know today, as well as the raft of Sixties and Seventies bands, magazines and movements that the Free School were involved in, from Pink Floyd to Hendrix.

So, sit back and grab Issue 17 here [pdf].

CLLL: Free film premier of Two Potato – an oral history of play in North Kensington, 9 December

Following on from their excellent documentary ‘One Potato‘ exploring children’s play in Chelsea, digital:works have hop-scotched their way up the borough to produce ‘Two Potato’ – and this time the focus is on North Kensington.

With support from the Colville Councillors through City Living, Local Life, the documentary captures the oral history of locals along with archive footage and images of the area.

The film premiers at The Gate Cinema (87 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JZ) on Friday, 9 December at 10.30am. If you would like to attend, please email Mat at digital:works.

For more information on the project do visit www.onepotato.org.uk.

A St John’s Church performance and more, as Kensington Singers raise money for Glass Door…

Join the borough-based Kensington Singers for an evening of community choir at St John’s Notting Hill (W11 2NN) on Monday, 5 December and help raise money for Glass Door Homeless charity.

Glass Door is London’s largest emergency winter night shelter and their main base is at Chelsea Methodist Church on the King’s Road. As well as a warm place to sleep, guests can access food, showers, laundry facilities and advice and signposting services.

The concert kicks off at 8pm (doors open 7.30pm) and tickets are prices at £8/£6 (£10/£8 on the door) with under-5’s going free. Tickets can be booked online.

As well as their St John’s performance, the Singers are shaking their buckets for Glass Door at two free performances on Saturday 3 December as they perform a cappella Christmas numbers at the V&A (1.30pm) and Duke of York Square (4.30pm).

For more information on the Kensington Singers (they’re also looking for new voices), do visit www.kensingtonsingers.co.uk.

 

Coming up at the Lacey: Brian Ord and Val Close’s ‘HOUSE & HOTEL’, 22-26 November

Culture Vultures! Notting Hill’s Lacey Contemporary’s next exhibition is coming to their 8 Clarendon Cross (W11 4AP) gallery from 22-26 November.

Brian Ord and Val Close’s HOUSE & HOTEL will explore new works and developments by the artists as they investigate the interiors and exteriors of the traditional style homes we live in.

 

Brian Ord uses mixed media to create unreal places based on the ‘American Dream’; the ideal by which equality of opportunity is available to any American, allowing the highest aspirations and goals to be achieved. His work discusses the unattainability of domestic utopia.

Val Close series of work is concerned with consumerism and materialism. Similar to Ords’ themes, Val experiments with mixed media. Her embroidery plays with the idea of the traditional home; the conceptual ‘Comfort Blanket.’ a source of refuge heavily influences her work for its owner, an intimate space.

The gallery will be hosting a private view with the artists on Wednesday, 23 November 2016, 6-8pm, while the exhibition will be open to the public from the 22– 26 November 2016.

For further information, images or to register your interest in the event please contact Tessa at the gallery.

Film: Watch Hitchcock’s The Lodger with a church organ accompaniment at St. John’s Notting Hill, 14/10

Join St. John’s Notting Hill for the next in their series of classic silent film complemented by their restored organ.

As the nights draw in, October sees Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog‘ (1927) visit the church to tell the tale of a serial killer who murders on the foggy nighttime streets of London. While this is happening, a mysterious man (played by Ivor Novello) arrives at a housing looking for a room to rent – could he be ‘The Avenger’?

But don’t let this frightful tale put you off venturing into the Autumn evening, as the film starts at 8pm (running until 9.30pm, doors open at 7pm) on Friday, 14th October 2016. 

Tickets are £10 are can be booked on the St. John’s Organ project website. Tickets are also available from the church, weekdays 10am-1pm.

For more information on the project visit www.stjohnsorganproject.com or email the silent film organiser, Jamie Singleton at jamie@stjohnsorganproject.com.

 

The Portobello Film Festival turns 21! 1 – 18 September, 2016

The fantastic, free and independent Portobello Film Festival returns in September to North Kensington to celebrate it’s 21st birthday!

Although it may be a little older, the ‘wild child’ of film festivals is showing no signs of moving away from the ethos of free, high quality local and international film that has made it the biggest celebration of independent film in Europe.

Running from 1-18 September, all events are free to attend in venues across North Ken such as the KPH, Muse Gallery and Acklam Village.

The Festival has been influential in the careers of many actors and filmmakers, including Shane Meadows and Guy Ritchie and showcases films from across the globe, with treats this year coming from Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, Iran and beyond. And if that’s not enough to whet your appetite a few City Living, Local Life-supported films have made their way into the programme too (Friday, 2nd September @ KPH!).

So, if you’re an indie film regular, or just want to sample some leading local and international film competing for one of the 10 Golden Trellicks (below), then check out the itinerary on the Portobello Film Festival website – www.portobellofilmfestival.com.

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Spacehive update: Venture Centre hit target and more ideas on the way

The Venture Centre kids are going to carnival! With 5 days to spare, the community said yes to the first ever Spacehive project in Kensington and Chelsea –  and they even surpassed their £5,000 plus target.

Over 80 pledges were made throughout their local fundraising efforts coming from a variety of sources from individual residents,  community groups, housing associations to local businesses. The Council also pledged support through City Living, Local Life in Golborne and St Helen’s wards.

The kids themselves also shook their buckets along Portobello Road and raised money at Portobello Live and at a disco organised at The Venture Centre. They will now get the chance to take part and dance through the streets of Notting Hill at this year’s Carnival!

Here’s what the kids had to say:

Now with proof of a community backed idea becoming a reality in Kensington and Chelsea, the Hive shows just how effective it is to share ideas and generate interest in local projects. Even if your ideas are not fully ironed out, the first step is to share them at:

www.spacehive.com/initiatives/rbkc

The Golborne Forum has already began crowdfunding to support this year’s Golborne Festival. Meanwhile Gardens have also posted up a couple of ideas to coincide with their 40th anniversary celebrations, so don’t delay and share today!

Any questions or queries on how to crowdfund? Get in touch with Spacehive and #CrowdfundKC

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PROJECTS FUNDED: Supporting Dale Youth Boxing Club and some fun in the Sun at Lancaster West

There’s been the Thriller in Manilla, the Rumble in the Jungle and now we have the Tale of Notting Dale, with the ward councillors teaming up with Dale Youth Boxing Club to provide head guards and sparring gloves for local trainers.

Dale Youth has been part of the community for over 80 years and has helped shape countless men and women through that time, including European, British and Commonwealth Champion George Groves and current IBF super-middleweight champion James DeGale.

New members are always welcome and more information can be found on Dale Youth’s Facebook page.

Lancaster West Fun Day

Local to the Lancaster? If so, then make sure you pop down to the Lancaster West Fun Day on Saturday, 9 July.

Organised by the Lancaster West Residents Association, with a little help from City Living, Local Life and the Notting Dale councillors, there will be food, drink, sumo suits and even a talent show for any budding local performers!

Community Reporters Review: The Iphigenia Quarter at Gate Theatre

Thanks to resident reporter Stan Moorcroft for the following review!

Four plays over two nights presenting a multi-dimensional tragedy, seen from a variety of angles, exploring fundamental issues of violence, sacrifice, and civic duty, vanity and motherhood. And all of this concerning events that occurred more than 2000 years ago. Nobody could ever accuse the Gate of lacking ambition. That it all works so powerfully is a credit to the cast who manage to fully convey the immediacy and terrible implications of the crisis faced by the primary protagonists, Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, and Iphigenia.

“I am a good man in a dreadful situation….” The drunken Agamemnon declares in the first of the four plays, Agamemnon.

“Is that ‘the line’ you’ll use?” Clytemnestra, his wife shoots back as she dissects his self-image with home truths about as devastating as home truths come. Indeed, for me, it was the performance of Andrew French as the drunken self-pitying Agamemnon and Sharon Duncan-Brewster as Clytemnestra, that provided the core of the two nights’ performances. French, as Agamemnon, a giant presence dominating the stage – though a giant suddenly exposed to the full scale of his own fragility and weakness. Whilst Sharon Duncan-Brewster, whose sassy self-confident Clytemnestra we see suddenly transformed, as she discovers her husband’s true intentions. To descend into cliché, this was going to be a hard act to follow. And so it proved, but I will return to this shortly.

On the second night in Iphigenia, Agamemnon, now played by Anthony Barclay, presents as a far less tortured figure, a brutal wife beater, intent on dominating his family and the wider world. Clytemnestra, Suzie Trayling, now much more fragile, nervy, a woman on the edge, seeking to placate him. Iphigenia, Shannon Tarbet, a moody, sulking anorexic teenager who has come to despise her own mother.

As the Drama plays out however it is Iphigenia who faces, clearly and coldly, the reality of the predicament they now confront, in the process demolishing the pomposity of Achilles, Dwane Walcott, the temporizing of her mother and the hypocrisy of Agamemnon. That the speech Agamemnon then goes on to make to the assembled Athenian Polis:

“And then people of Greece a miracle…”

Sounds as phony as a Hallmark greetings card is in no small part due to the passionate authenticity of Iphigenia’s words that preceded it.

Clytemnestra and Chorus both seek to connect the plays with contemporary life by lifting them firstly from the academic and scholarly, and then from the passivity of ‘spectacle.’ Both of these plays about plays poke and prod and provide stimulus for wider discussion. However, for this spectator, it was the play that was the thing in which my conscience was caught.

It would be seriously remiss of me not to mention Nigel Barrett, as Agamemnon’s singularly unpleasant brother, Menelaus and Louise McMenemy as the ‘only obeying orders,’ Messenger. They both powerfully conveyed the duplicity and treachery into which the protagonists had sunk.

To fully achieve the full impact all four plays need to be seen; two memorable nights, one highly charged drama.

Coming up at the Lacey…

Culture Vultures! Holland Park’s Lacey Contemporary are hosting a series of free exhibitions at their 8 Clarendon Cross (W11 4AP) gallery over the coming months…

SCRATCHING THE SURFACE – 18 May – 2 June 2016

Featuring artists Lee Ellis, Christos Tsimaris and Laurence Perratzi, this collaboration consists of two painters and a sculptor working within portraiture.

Scratching the Surface reflects a painting technique most visibly demonstrated by Christos Tsimaris. Previously painted layers are revealed as the surface of a canvas is scraped away by Tsimaris. Present workings of a portrait suddenly stand among past reflections and reveal the exploration of the painting process itself; how the painting is created in relation to its structure, composition, colour and mark making.

To find out more about the exhibition: www.laceycontemporarygallery.co.uk/scratching-the-surface/

PLACES AMONG THE STARS – 8-25 June 2016

Places Among the Stars features contemporary painter Pandora Mond’s newest collection of Exoplanet paintings, alongside The Royal Society of British Sculptors’ fellow Almuth Tebbenhoff, who will be exhibiting a selection of works from her Empty Spheresseries (sculptures inspired by lunar eclipses).

Places Among the Stars aims to bring the great vastness and humbling beauty of the cosmos to Holland Park, giving the viewers an opportunity to get lost in space.

More information can be found here: www.laceycontemporarygallery.co.uk/places-among-the-stars/

Coming up at Lacey Contemporary Gallery…

Visit Notting Hill-based Lacey Contemporary at their 8 Clarendon Cross (W11 4AP) gallery for a bonanza of art throughout March and April…

Stop Making Sense

8 – 13 March 2016, Tuesday to Saturday from 10am-6pm with Thursdays until 8pm and Wednesday private views from 6.30-9pm.

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A joint show with sculptor Georgiana Anstruther and abstract artist Carol Corell. Carol uses stripes, blocks and simple geometric shapes throughout her abstract paintings employing energetic colour and line. Whereas, Georgiana refers to the pattern of life, the intensity of feeling, emotion and through this breathes life into the finished bronze sculptures.

Free entry – further details: www.laceycontemporarygallery.co.uk/stop-making-sense-8th-march-2016/

Angel Fuster | Emilio Puya

16 – 26 March 2016, Tuesday to Friday from 10am-6pm, Saturday from 11am-5pm.

Two Spanish painters Angel Fuster and Emilio Puya come together for their first collaboration in London, curated by Spanish curator and art dealer Pilar Cocero.

Free entry – further details: www.laceycontemporarygallery.co.uk/angel-fuster-emilio-puya/

GOING POP

30 March (Private View 6pm) – 9 April 2016, Tuesday – Friday from 10am-6pm, Saturday from 11am-5pm.

An exhibition of contemporary pop art featuring US artist Elisabetta Fantone, and British based artists Sara Pope, Paola Bazz & Finn Stone.

goingpopWorking across a variety of mediums from painting to works on paper, prints, neon and fibreglass sculptures, these artists reflect the intrinsic impact of popular culture on contemporary art today. Whether that be the celebrities, advertising, magazines and newspapers, or the original pop-art itself from the 1950s, through their original styles and techniques of art-making, the artists in GOING POP both take a creative influence from, as well as make-fun-of, these pop references.

Free entry – further details: www.laceycontemporarygallery.co.uk/going-pop-30th-march-2016/

STATE OF MINDS

13 April (Private View 6pm) – 23 April 2016, Tuesday – Friday from 10am-6pm, Saturday from 11am-5pm.

A joint exhibition from Michael Lindsay-Hogg and Glauco Della Sciucca. In this exciting new collaboration by two renowned figures of the creative arts, STATE OF MINDS will present a selection of original works from Lindsay-Hogg and Della Sciucca in their first ever exhibition together in London. Worldly-wise characters meet “monsters” of the vertical city, the sometimes odd colour combinations of Lindsay-Hogg are shown against the black and white of Della Sciucca in this provocative and original exhibition.

Free entry – further details: www.laceycontemporarygallery.co.uk/state-of-minds-michael-lindsay-hogg-glauco-della-sciucca/

Discount Theatre Tickets and review of ‘In the Night Time (before the sun rises)’ at the Notting Hill Gate Theatre

Another excellent review from our local reporter, Stan Moorcroft.   All photos by Bill Knight

Before we go there, check out this offer from the City Living Local Life funded, Gate Theatre.

“Gate Local” is a fantastic new initiative for anyone working or living in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. If you’ve never been to the Gate Theatre before, we are offering you £7.50 tickets to any of our productions. Come along and try us out! Quote GATELOCAL when booking tickets online, over the phone or at the counter. You may be asked for proof of address at the Box Office.

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Following in the footsteps of the extraordinarily powerful Medea, The Gate have again produced an exceptionally intense and powerful drama centred upon the intimacy and claustrophobia of the nuclear family in Nina Segal’s In the Night Time, ‘proper night time, proper middle of the night, night time…’ For when we have ceased all activity darkness falls and a space is created for the fears to flood in.

Segal presents a world of agonised sleeplessness, of a man and woman driven to the edge by the cries of their new born baby. Outside it is dark, but the couple are only too aware of both all the banal, and terrible, Alex Waldmann, Adelle Leonce In the Night Time (Before the Sun Rises) by Nina Segal Gate Theatre 2016 c. Bill Knight 4things that are going on in the vast outer world surrounding their tortured intimacy. The crying child is central to the room, to the relationship, to the action that threatens to destroy their relationship. For the child’s cries deprive the couple not only of sleep but their sense of security and confidence in the strength of the two-person relationship they have stablished in the face of external threats and the needs of the child. Though the play is replete with enough wit and irony to lighten the intensity of the experience.

Alex Waldmann, Adelle Leonce, In the Night Time (Before the Sun Rises) by Nina Segal Gate Theatre 2016 c. Bill Knight 7.jpgThe idea that it is possible to escape the existential threats presented by the modern world into the safety and security of intimate romantic love is perhaps the most potent myth of the last hundred years.  “He’ll build a little home, that’s meant for two, from which I’ll never roam, who would, would you?” *

Few events are likely to challenge this ideal as much as the responsibility of bringing a child into this world. Segal’s play explores both the strengths and weaknesses of this model of human relationships in this context, with great humour and intelligence. The play raises important questions about responsibility and commitment, providing no easy or pat answers.

Adelle Leonoe as Woman provides a performance of great intensity exploring both her own fragility and hunger for life, both for herself and her child. Whilst Alex Waldmann as Man presents his struggle with the real and imagined expectations of masculinity and his inability to control the situation.

This is a play that packs a great deal into 80 minutes and will leave you departing into Pembridge Road reeling under the impact of a profound and sometimes disturbing play.

*Gershwin, The Man I Love.

Light, Land and Sea at the Lacey this month…

Join Lacey Contemporary Gallery (8 Clarendon Cross, W11 4AP) from 17 February – 5 March for a free exhibition of British Contemporary Landscape.

The exhibition will feature artists Alison Johnson, Jonathan Speed and Carole Graslan, chosen for their atmospheric and emotive interpretations of landscape.

For more information on the artists and the exhibition visit the Lacey Contemporary Gallery website or contact the Gallery  on 020 7313 9068 / info@laceycontemporarygallery.co.uk.

Free Talk: Surviving cancer with Cansurviving, 23 January 2016

Join Nina Joy and local resident and founder of Cansurviving, Judith Edwards for an inspirational and informative talk about their cancer journeys on Saturday, 23 January, 11am –  12.30pm at St. John’s Notting Hill, Landsdowne Crescent, W11 2NN.

Nina will be talking about her journey after her breast cancer diagnosis and becoming a ‘maverick mentor’. This will be followed by a Q&A with Nina and Judith.

If you would like to attend, please contact Rose Millburn at rose.millburn@gmail.com.

Any money raised on the day will be donated to Yes To Life, a charity that provides support, information and financial assistance to those with cancer seeking approaches that are currently unavailable on the NHS.

For more information and the access a range of support and resources do visit www.cansurviving.com

We see ourselves as like a storehouse, where people can load up what they want to from the range of things available on the site, covering mind, body and spirit, and set sail on their own journey’.

‘The internet is a sea of information, and it’s good when you’re reeling from diagnosis and trying to get on with life again to have somewhere to go where useful information is collected together’ – Judith Edwards, Founder and local resident

 

City Living Local Life Community Reporter: Review of Medea at the Gate Theatre

Another entry from our resident, resident community reporter Stan Moorcroft who recently reviewed the production of ‘Medea’ at the Notting Hill Gate Theatre.  The Gate is no stranger to City Living, Local Life with councillors in Pembridge ward having provided funding for much needed maintenance to their ventilation system within the theatre as featured on page 15 of our annual report.  Read on for some more fresh air, from our one and only Stan Moorcroft.  Thanks to Natasha of The Gate Theatre for coordinating this for us.

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Photo by Ikin Yum

If I were to say that there exists a theatrical tradition called Greek tragedy I would have just about exhausted my entire knowledge of the subject. I suspect that I am not alone. However no knowledge of Greek literature was required to be spellbound by this production. Two boys trapped inside their bedroom whilst their fate is decided by the collapse of their parents’ marriage. They entertained us with a perspective on the world full of wit, absurdity, and innocence. The final tragedy of the play made all the more unbearable by having witnessed before our eyes the very sweetness that lies in the naivety of childhood. The theme of the play is wholly contemporary, love is always seen as the ultimate human emotion, yet what happens when parental love becomes so overpowering that it ceases to make a distinction between the needs of the parent and that of the child? When that boundary dissolves tragedy ensues.

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It is difficult to praise the two young actors Keir Edkins-O’Brien (Leon), and Bobby Smalldridge (Jasper) highly enough for a performance of stunning complexity, conveying Leon’s protective instincts for his younger brother and Jasper’s wavering between confident assertiveness and severe self-doubt. Though it is Emma Beattie (Medea) who presents the final chilling image, an image that stayed with me as I left the theatre, an image of madness brought about by possessive love. I thought that I had witnessed magic.

And indeed ‘witnessed’ lies at the very heart of your experience at The Gate, particularly if, like me, you sit on the front row. Here you are in intimate contact with the action. Nothing separates you from the drama enfolding before your eyes, if crayons are thrown they are as likely to end in your lap as the toy box. This intimacy adds to the intensity of the experience, an ‘experience’ that comes with the electricity of theatre, for theatre is ‘now’, immediate, not a captured moment on DVD or Iplayer; every night distinct in flavour and ambience. You can take this experience away as memory, but only as memory, therein lies the glory of live theatre.

Theatre at its best is magic, and in The Gate we have, on our doorstep, a venue which regularly produces such magic, such chemistry, for the price of an admission ticket.

This review also appears on the Gate Theatre blog page

For upcoming shows and information, visit the Gate Theatre website

Portobello’s Christmas Shopping Passport launches!

Gift grabbers and present perusers – the festive period is well underway at Portobello and Golborne Road Market with the lights switching on and the Christmas Shopping Passport launching.

 

With Portobello’s Christmas Passport, you have until Christmas Eve to shop at the 24 fantastic independent stalls and stores taking part for your chance to win a host of goodies donated by the participating businesses.

Every time you shop at one of the participating 12 stalls and 12 stores, you will collect a stamp for spending  £5 and another if you spend £10 or more. Once you’ve collected 5 stamps, simply fill in your details and leave it with the shopkeeper and stallholder and you will be entered into the prize draws!

The main prize draws of goodies (worth at least £100 each) will be made on 9 January but for those fleet footed shoppers who fill in their passport by 4 December there are extra prize draws for 5x£20 shopping vouchers on Small Business Saturday (5 December).

For more information and a list of participating retailers visit: www.rbkc.gov.uk/ourmarkets

And that’s not all! There will be Christmas treats galore at the market, including live music at Portobello Green on Thursday December 3 from 2.30pm-9pm and the Salvation Army brass band will perform outside the Salvation Army hall on Small Business Saturday. But for those of you who can’t wait, check out the local a capella singing group, The Treblemakers at the Christmas switch-on…

 

Free Exhibition: The Labyrinth Inside at Lacey Contemporary Gallery opens today

This new exhibition is a unique chance to see two artists Angela Smith and Katrine Roberts exhibiting side by side in their first joint exhibition with the gallery. Using strong painterly techniques and bold colours to draw in the viewer, Angela and Katrine express notions of the body as well as the inner-psyche, producing a textured and animated surface on their paintings. The works could be interpreted as having aspects of internal turmoil, coiled like a labyrinth, waiting to be explored. With ageless forms and complex, swirling pathways this exhibition will take viewers on a journey through the Labyrinth, inviting playful interaction, as well as soulful contemplation.

The Labyrinth Inside opens with a private view tonight (4 November) and runs until 21 November. Join the Lacey on this journey inside the labyrinth at their gallery at 8 Clarendon Cross, W11 4AP.

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