Culture

WHY I BLOG? WHY I WRITE? WHY I BREATHE.

Blog’s have become a huge opportunity for writers globally, to communicate within one post. A tool, that can give you freedom to express, describe or translate. The ability to be your own creator. In other words, your own boss. Some writers do it for money, or studies, or for even their work. For me? I do it for passion. Something I’ve never been able to not do. Even if it is writing just a quote a day, or a bunch of lyrics, or a heartfelt essay of collection of thoughts and feelings. It’s almost like breathing to me. IT BECOMES NATURAL. Obviously you need some sort of ability to write a blog, however you do not need to be the best. Just write what you feel, what I usually say. You can always read examples for help, you can find four common styles of writing. Expository, Descriptive, Persuasive, and…

SUMMER 2018-EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS IN LONDON

2018 is shaping up to be another great year of exhibitions and events in London, including gallery re-openings, blockbuster exhibitions, carnivals and many more. In this post I will be mentioning some of the events I am looking forward to this summer.  Check it out and drop a comment 🙂 Somewhere in Between (8 March 2018–27 August 2018) In this exhibition we have 4 artists, Martina Amati, Maria McKinney, Daria Martin and John Walter, who each collaborated with scientists to examine ideas that are important to human life – ideas around our senses, our food sources, our sexual health and the limitations of our bodies. In this exhibition you will see: ‘Alien Sex Club’ by John Walter                     https://wellcomecollection.org/installations/WqwC1iAAAB8AJgFB ‘Sensorium Tests’ and ‘At the Threshold’ by Daria Martin    https://wellcomecollection.org/installations/Wryoox8AAAjk9Xr0 ‘Under’ by Martina Amati                   …

THE LIFE OF A QUEER, BLACK, FEMALE ARTIST

AN ARTIST BORN & RAISED IN LONDON This is Naya Aka-Kwarm, 20 year old artist, born and raised in North London. She is currently working as a bartender part-time,  also a poet and a film maker with her brother. Where are you based in London, describe your environment?  Well where I grew up was pretty rough. It didn’t feel rough but reminiscing on it, and seeing it as it is now, it was, still kind of definitely rough. Although I still reside in North London, I spend most of my time East where things feel a lot different. Definitely a lot more diverse that is for sure. Explain the life of a young adult in London, how do you feel life is for you?  I mean as expensive as London is, it is never going to be that easy for someone that is young and working class. In this moment,…

DANCE WITH MIKEY BOATS

Mikey Boats is an incredibly talented and creative dancer, choreographer, actor and director. A personal friend of mine who has achieved so much and in such a short space of time. His passion and start in the industry came from dance, working with some of the biggest stars such as MØ, Fergie, Black Eyed Peas and many more. He’s also been part of amazing campaigns with brands such as Christian Dior, River Island just to name a few. However, his ambition and hunger to constantly grow and develop has accelerated his career and shone the spotlight on many of his other talents. Most recently he choreographed and co-created the incredible breakthrough single of LOLÉ, with the help of director Richard Hall. He is part of  PDK Entertainment, and with his crew, that share the same passion for dance, they create some pretty amazing stuff. ** When did you start dancing? I start…

DAVID NOBRE PHOTOGRAPHY

I would like to introduce to you one of the most passionate young photographers that I have recently met in London, David Nobre. He is “new” in the photography world and has already developed his own technique and style. Born and raised in Portugal, he moved to London a few years ago with his family. Ever since, he has been exploring the city with his camera, meeting new people and  climbing buildings! David’s work mainly focuses on portraits and urban photography. Below you can find some of his work and thoughts. Enjoy! Who Are You? What Do You Do? Hi, my name is David Nobre and I am from Portugal. I’m a 20 year old photographer. What Brought you to London?  It was something my parents had decided a few years ago and I followed. What Do you Love About Photography? To be honest, my favourite thing about being a…

THE RATBITCH EMPOWERMENT

Firstly to point out, this is not about speaking badly about men. This is about the empowerment of women, a topic upon a discussion of the importance of “defying society’s mould of femininity”. Searching into the past in order to reflect upon the future, can teach us peace and understanding. We must empower this generation of women and teach the past what is wrong. This magnificence and connective community Rat Bitch is a perfect example into the confidence, that women and young girls need in today’s society. I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay. – Madonna Ratbitch’s idea is to inflame and set out opportunities to connect to women worldwide, send a message as a safe place to find others. Be a part of a group. . . a community. That will centre around removing “stigmas, taboos, and judgement” , a…

ANOTHER KIND OF LIFE – EXHIBITION REVIEW

Photography on the Margins. . . THE BARBICAN CENTRE PRESENTS AN OUT OF THIS WORLD EXHIBITION A translucent thought into what the world could be and what could seem to be, forms from  this mind-blowing exhibition of photography. Experiences like this barely exist, depending on what type of person you are and how you perceive your life. Being the thoughtful thinker that I myself am, and exposing myself to this exhibition brought harmony to my soul. As an artist, creator and a writer, to know that there were these photographers that were alive and some still are. You witness this overwhelming feeling of emotion when you walk around the gallery, it is incredibly heart-warming. Gazing upon the 20 photographers with such diversities, the exhibit opens your mind focusing it to witness and read. I am refusing to speak details of the work, names of pieces, from this exhibition. As for…

DJ INKO

INTRODUCE YOURSELF I’ve first met DJ Inko 6 years ago in Thessaloniki, Greece, in one of my favourite bars where he was resident at the time. I was immediately taken by his melodies, I just surrendered myself to the upbeat rhythms of his music and had the urge to hit the dancefloor and keep going until my legs could go no more. Inko’s musical journey started when he was young studying violin, piano and composition which awoke his passion. As a teenager, he started his vinyl collection with funk, disco and house sounds which later defined his style. But what really stands out is the educational journey he took to pursue his passion and master his craft. From a studying sound engineering and music production at the University of Wales to being a graduate of the department of audio engineering at I.I.E.K AKMI as well as completing ”Electronic Music & Technology” course at…

YAYOI KUSAMA-INFINITE OBSESSION-ART IN LONDON

The artist who succeeded to capture infinity-Yayoi Kusama. One of the reasons that Yayoi Kusama is one of my favourite artists is not only the avant-garde nature of her work but actually the fact that she is a real-life example of what  Bukowski successfully quoted:  “Find what you love and let it kill you” Seeing her work in London not long ago, was one of my most memorable experiences in this city until today. When I got the news that her work would come to London, my excitement was beyond words. Her art is absolutely phenomenal. Yayoi was born in 1929 in Matsumoto City. She was part of a big family. Even from the age of ten, she was driven by her passion for drawing, which her parents were completely opposed to. According to her mother’s will, she had to get married to someone from a rich family and become a…

THE FESTIVAL SERIES: LUMIERE FESTIVAL

This is my first article of a series, which have as the main purpose to introduce (or give you even more info) about any kind of festival, mainly in the UK but not exclusively. My goal is to host as many festivals as possible and also ensure that people with different taste and back-rounds, can find something interesting here. And first on our list would be the LUMIERE FESTIVAL. Lumiere or differently London’s festival of light is a free festival that takes place for four days in our city. With more than 50 installations of projections, neons, interactive pieces and illuminated sculptures, Lumiere will make you see many buildings around London with a different perspective. It was established in 2016. Following its great success and the millions of people who visited the festival, it’s time for the sequel. This time it’s even bigger, brighter and with even more artists participating. One…

FROM LONDON TO NEW YORK-12 HOURS TO SEE IT ALL

What do you do when you traveled all the way fro London but only have 1/2 of a day to spend in New York? Where would you go and what would you see?  New York is a city with an estimated population of 8,537,673 and the most populous city in the United States. At its core is Manhattan, a densely populated borough that’s among the world’s major commercial, financial and cultural centers. Its iconic sites include skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and sprawling Central Park, Broadway theatre, Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Yankee Stadium, Brooklyn Bridge and the list goes on! One would think 12 hours in New York is not enough time to do much. That wasn’t the case for me! I had been in the Big Apple for the first time in my life and i was determined to make the best of it. My plan was to pick the…

AN ASIAN EXPERIENCE – ONLY 10 HOURS AWAY FROM LONDON

10 Hour flight; to explore a vibrant cultured world that is China. Take the time to open your eyes to China, Asia’s most historic and influential countries. China’s in depth mixed environment of mass population, to the endless range of creative, historic and astonishing architecture. If your emotions run wild in travelling, let them run wild here. ‘China is a nation with a five-thousand-year history.’ If you were to follow the similar experiences I myself went through, within this beautiful country that I’ll be discussing. Explore the areas of Beijing, Shanghai and Xi’an. I will be covering brief explanations of my most intriguing moments and memories I had. Travelling across China for 9 days, non-stop with Tour Guides (John, Lily and colleagues: as pictured below). It was all so vast, that more would need to be written. Best to keep it short and sweet! The Environment & Architecture. . .…

ILAKATI WORKSHOP

INTRODUCE YOURSELF Sofia and Marina met a few years ago in their hometown Veria, Greece. Sofia moved back from Mykonos (where she had been living the past year) and got a job at her mothers tailoring shop which happened to be close to Marinas workplace. That is how they met and became friends almost immediately. What they had in common was their love of fashion, design and bags especially. Every day during their morning coffee they would brain storm and share their ideas with each other. And one day Ilakati workshop was born. Just like that! Ilakati workshop is a fresh talented duet that creates bags mainly and their designs stand out because of their unique style. They are going to introduce themselves to us today, enjoy… Who Are You? What Do You Do? Hi!! We are Marina Zaharioudaki and Sofia Ekmektsi and we are both from Greece. We are two…

MATILDE CORNO PHOTOGRAPHY

INTRODUCE YOURSELF   Matilde Corno was one of the first people I met when came to London. Her ethos and her weird artistic point of view in life generally was one of the things that inspired me about her. Being young and finding your own voice in your work can be a struggle but Matilde has a distinctive style when it comes to her photography work. Have a look below and I hope you enjoy! Who Are You? What Do You Do? Hi everyone, I am Matilde Corno, I am from Italy and been in London the past couple of years studying photography in UAL (University of the Arts London). My story is a story of a post graduate Photojournalist, currently working in a cafe trying to figure out what to do with her life.  What Kind Of Gear Do You Use? For my analogue photography I use a point…

AKIS PASALIDIS PHOTOGRAPHY

INTRODUCE YOURSELF I am proud to introduce to you one of my friends Akis Pasalidis who happens to be a great photographer and a true inspiration to all photography lovers.  I will not say more as this article is called “Introduce Yourself” so Akis below has answered a few questions for us and also shared some of his brilliant work. Read below and enjoy! Who Are You? What Do You Do? Hi Everyone!  My name is Akis Pasalidis and I currently work as an engineer in London. Born and raised in Thessaloniki ( Greece ) where I also studied contemporary photography in Stereosis School of Photography. I moved in London in 2013 and have lived here ever since. What Kind Of Gear Do You Use? I am a Fujifilm fan and currently shooting with a Fujifilm x100t. I have recently acquired and started shooting film with a 1970’s Pentaflex SL which…

THE BEAUTIES OF BOSTON THROUGH THE EYES OF A NEW LONDONER

I was born in Boston, Massachusetts and lived a fair amount of my childhood there. When my family and I moved to Greece, I would go back almost every year and spent my summers with my family and friends. Thanks to my sweet grandfather (as I also mention in my bio) I have been and seen some of the most beautiful places while living there but also when visiting; parks, libraries, museums and markets are a few to mention. My last trip to Boston was many years ago, so you can imagine how happy I was when I was told that I would be going back last January. I was excited that I was going to be able to see how much the city had changed and evolved through all these years. I booked my tickets from London to Boston and couldn’t wait to get on the plain! Today I…

GIVE A BIT OF “ART” TO ME…

One of the things that came alongside the new year, is my urge find new things to entertain myself in my spare time other than “socialising” with friends in bars and restaurants. Please don’t get me wrong, I love my friends, I love “socialising” and of course I love bars but sometimes we just need a break. It’s probably the whole festive season after effect that creates this drive, as I have spent all of December out “cheering” for the new year’s arrival. Pretty exhausting! So following this productivity crisis of mine, I am here to give you some ideas on some of the best art exhibitions that will be taking place in London in 2018. If you see something you like, I’d suggest you plan in advance (put it in your diary and create alerts on your phone) as for some of the exhibitions the tickets will disappear in…

NAN GOLDIN

Nan Goldin was born in September 12, 1953 in Washington ,D.C.  and grew up in Boston with her middle class Jewish parents. Her sister’s suicide had a big impact on her and at the age of 14 she left home and enrolled at Satya community school in Lincoln where she first got her hands on a camera by the daughter of one of her teachers in 1968. It was through her photography that Goldin found meaning and she cherished her relationships with those she photographed. Her work usually features LGBT community. At an early state she was influenced by Andy Warhol’s early films, Federico Fellini, Jack Smith, French and Italian Vogue, Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton While living in downtown Boston at age 18, Goldin “fell in love with the drag queens,” living with them and documenting them.  Unlike some photographers who were interested in psychoanalyzing or exposing these people, Goldin…

ALEC SOTH PHOTOGRAPHY

Hands down Alec Soth is one of the most talented artists of our time. Whether he’s shooting nude newlyweds in Niagara or Johnny Cash’s childhood home, Soth’s images are the most sure-footed fine-art photography of his generation.  He was  born in 1969 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States and he is based in Minneapolis where he lives with his wife and two children. Soth studied at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York and was described as “painfully shy” in his youth. Soth both enjoyed and was inspired by famed photographer Diane Arbus. You can sometimes see a bit of Arbus in Soth’s work. He traveled around the Mississippi River and made a self-printed book with the title “Sleeping by the Mississippi “which included both landscapes and portraits.Curators for the 2004 Whitney Biennial put him in their show, and one of his photographs entitled “Charles”, of a man in a flight suit on his roof holding two model airplanes, was used in their…

LOW BUDGET DESTINATIONS FROM LONDON TO…

Broke but desperate for holidays? Well join the club!!  Everyone has been at that point in their life where they are so desperately in need of a holiday but sadly can’t afford it. Others feel that it is too difficult to organise a low budget holiday so they don’t bother to even think about it. Either way, this article will give you a few ideas of what to do and where to could go when you are in this situation. As I have mentioned in a different article, living in London can make travelling a bit easier. There are more choices on potential destinations and low cost flights. But even if you don’t live in London you can always make it happen! Have you ever been in that position? I definitely have! Although that has been the deal for me the past few years I always manage to find a solution…

BUDAPEST-ONE CITY, TWO AT HEART

                               BUDAPEST  Budapest, in my opinion, is one of those cities that is not your first option as a travel destination, however as soon as you get to visit it, you’ll are seduced by its eternal beauty and quality of life to the extent that you will probably try to squeeze it in your holiday trips every year, even for just a weekend.  This diamond of Eastern Europe is a great escape throughout the whole year. But don’t be fooled by the lovely warm weather that often lasts until October because once winter comes it’s not for “the faint hearted”.   Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is bisected by the River Danube. Its 19th-century Chain Bridge connects the hilly Buda district with flat Pest. Just by crossing its stunning range bridges you can bounce between two regions which are completely different but perfectly compliment each other. BUDA… …was the ancient capital of the Kingdom of…

FROM LONDON TO UTRECHT

UTRECHT         One of my favourite things about living in London is the fact that you can jump on a plane and travel almost anywhere in the world. No need to go very far though, because Utrecht is right around the corner. One of the most beautiful cities in Europe and only a 50 minute flight from Stansted airport to Amsterdam Schiphol. Low cost flights are also very easy to find, search online for Ryan flights, EasyJet flights or Transavia flights.  Utrecht is one of my favorite places to visit. Not only is it a beautiful destination for people who like to travel but it is also a city full of history. One of the things you will remember when visiting Utrecht is the great energy in the air, the happy faces, how friendly people are and the amount of people who cycle. Honestly there are more bikes…

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