Revolution Time

It’s been a hundred years since a revolution in Russia swept away the tsar, the country and turned the life of people on its head. Revolution 17 is a project which delves into the century that followed through music, theatre, performance, talks and films, exploring the story of Soviet and then post-Soviet Russia with a wide range of free events.
Dash Arts, set up by Josephine Burton and Tim Supple in 2005, is a unique platform which has since produced  many events with artists from around the world. A lot of their work focuses on the countries from the Post Soviet states. Events from the past included tributes to singer-songwriter/ actor Vladimir Vysotsky and rock singer Viktor Tsoi, Ukrainian cooking demonstrations, Georgian film, living at a Russian dacha weekend and talks about sex in the Soviet Union. More details.

Paint It Green: St Patrick’s in town!

It’s that time of the year when not all buds in the city have blossomed yet but the streets will wear colour green. In honour of St Patrick and all the Irish. The main event of course is the annual parade leaving Piccadilly at noon to proceed to Trafalgar Square where dance schools and marching bands will dance many a reel and play many a cheerful tune for you to enjoy. Do you know the difference between the hard shoe and the soft shoe? If you do, Riverdance away!


Watch Out For Santas!

Christmas festivities kick off in early December with the traditional Santacon Parade. Thousands of Santas march through the city, some of them get too carried away in the pre-Christmas spirit. Most wind up in Trafalgar Square. You have to sign up in advance to take part and get information on meeting points. Disclaimer: the above photo was taken in Glasgow rather than London but gives you a good idea what to expect.

Harvest Time

It’s harvest time and we are only days away from Halloween. And it’s the Apple Day too! So lot’s to celebrate with a procession headlined by the Corn Queen and the Berry Man. The performers set off from the Globe Theater and march to the Borough Market, the oldest veg selling venue in London. Morris dancers and actors from the Fabularium provide the entertainment.
The first apples probably came to Britain with the Romans and the Norman invasion led to the introduction of many new varieties. Henry VIII encouraged new types to be brought from France and by 1600 many orchards and market gardens had been established. There are 7,500 varieties of apples worldwide of which 2,000 are grown in Britain.