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Paco Pena01

Last time we have been in a Paco Peña concert was years ago, in Istanbul. When we heard that Peña’s flamenco project Quimeras comes to a theatre near to us, we were very excited to hear his guitar again.

Yesterday evening we were in Sadler’s Wells Theatre for Quimeras performed by Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company. Quimeras is an art project about Spain, flamenco, Africa, immigrants from Africa to Spain.

The performance was exquisite, the way they combined the flamenco music and dance with African music and dance was fascinating. It was a big pleasure to hear again the big flamenco master’s guitar. All musicians and dancers were superb but specially dancers Ángel Muñoz and Charo Espino were amazing.

If you are around London in these days, just go! Go and enjoy!

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Today another colorful flash-mob activity took place in our little kingdom. The International Pillow Fight Day celebrated by Londoners at the Trafalgar Square in London.

Despite some dirty fighters who were fighting with synthetic pillows and who were distroying all the charm of flying feathers, it was fun. During one hour, bravehearths battled like crazy. All of us finished the day covered by feathers (and maybe with some small damage in our little grey cells) but smiling.

Happy International Pillow Fight Day!

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Rosemary Branch Theatre is one of the our neighborhood theatres. Under the theatre there is also a theatre pub where some days is taking place live piano performance. This cozy, fifty seats theatre, is in five minutes walking distance to our home and has a special place in our hearts for being the first theatre we went in London.

Yesterday evening, we were there again, this time for watching the Promise, an American adaptation of Chechov’s Three Sister written by Sophie Angelson and directed by James Kemp. This is the story of Peters sisters who moved from New York to Nebraska in 1927. Now this is 1938 and the life is not so joyful as it was before…

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Peter and Alice01

“When Alice Liddell Hargreaves met Peter Llewellyn Davies at the opening of a Lewis Carroll exhibition in 1932, the original Alice in Wonderland came face to face with the original Peter Pan. In John Logan’s remarkable new play, enchantment and reality collide as this brief encounter lays bear the lives of these two extraordinary characters.”

Tonight, we watched Peter and Alice, a Michael Grandage Company play  written by John Logan and directed by Michael Grandage at the Noël Coward Theatre. When we first looked tickets for the play, all tickets were sold out. And then luckily, we found a couple of returned previleged tickets for this evening.

The play was great, the theatre was a impressive building, the actors’ performance was great. But having the chance of watching Dame Judi Dench in a London theatre was… Wooow! It was really amazing! What a unforgettable evening it was…

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London Art Fair 2013

Today we visited London Art Fair which takes place between 16-20 January 2013 in our neighborhood, at Business Design Centre. London Art Fair celebrates largest-ever fair in 25th year. There are  total of 100 UK and international galleries in the main fair and 30 young galleries exhibiting new work in the Art Projects section. Among them there are art works of major artists like Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Henry Moore, David Hockney, etc. and also lots of young artists. You can own your own Picasso drawing for £57000, Hockney drawing for £28000 and Warhol lithograph for only £5500.

We really enjoyed the fair again but for us there was a proud part of the fair this time. We knew that one gallery from London bought one of the photos of Kerim for one of their artists for using in two of her art works: one collage and one sculpture but we didn’t see the pieces until today. And there was it! It was a big pleasure to see the works where they used the photo and for us it is the most important part of  this year’s fair.

Same as last year, this year also the galleries made a selection for all tastes. So we make a mixed art taste selection also for this post and in the next posts we can share our favorits. Here are some of them:

Peacemaker by Nancy Fouts, 2012, metal, wood and painted rose thorns, £6000.

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Snack Barbie by Francesco De Molfetta, 2009, hand painted and glazed terracotta, £6000.

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Butterfly Owl by Nancy Fouts, 2012, taxidermy owl & butterfly with wooden perch, £4800.

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Spencer by Robert Bradford, 2012, objects screwed on wood, £3000 (each).

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To the Limit by Anna Gillispie, bronze, £15000.

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Yesterday evening we were in O2 Arena for Arenacross London to watch the amazing show of motocross riders. We are motorcyle lovers, we love the idea of preparing two small bags and going for a ride (preferably to a small Greek island) but we are not big fans of watching motorcycle races on telly.

We love touring motorcycles, not the racer or motocross ones but on the other hand, we love watching live Moto GP races and we find really impressive watching so closely their actions at the curves. But we never watched an indoor motocross race until yesterday. Because of being an indoor track the atmosphere was little bit smoky and watching racers jumping and flying with their motorcycles all around (and meanwhile drinking few pints) was amazing.

In one part of the show, the little ones took place. Specially 7-10 and 10-12 years old racers were as breathtaking as the professionals and they earned all spectators respect with their talent and perseverance.

Now, while we are drinking our teas at home, still coming little bit smoke from our lungs but it worth to be there and being part of that ambiance.

Photos: Arenacross UK

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We are living in London since two years and every week we are visiting or discovering a new place in this city but there are still plenty of places we didn’t visit yet. Geffrye Museum where we’ve been yesterday was one of them. That’s why, when we were leaving the house we decided to be there two hours earlier then the event and visit the museum also.

Geffrye Museum is located at Kingsland Road no:136, in a beautiful building with a big garden and is a perfect place to see diffrent styles of British living, decorations and furnitures of different periods since 1630.

Because of the christmas, each room was decorated with the ornaments and style of the period and again beacuse of the British tradition of keeping the christmas decorations until the Twelfth Night of Christmas, we could have the chance to see them yesterday and then to be part of the one of the oldest British christmas traditions which is burning the holly and the ivy to avoid the bad luck.

After celebrating the Twelfth Night with carols, mulled wine and cake around the fire, the smell of the fire made us feel hungry for a Turkish barbecue and we found ourselves at Mangal, the smallest and the first restaurant of the chain at Arcola Street no:10 in Dalston. Yummy!

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