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Is Your Head Above Water?

 

 

 

LONDON Head Above Water is a new piece interactive sculpture on London’s South Bank with panoramic views of St Paul’s Cathedral and the iconic city skyline. It is designed to encourage debate on mental health. Lucy Reid   lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

Taking the form of a giant wooden head elevated above the Thames, this striking piece. As part of the London Design Festival (15 - 23 Sept), and designjunction (20-23 Sept), British designer Steuart Padwick will make a dramatic change to the London skyline in support of mental health.

The ‘Head’ is deliberately gender, ethnicity and age neutral and stands as a symbol of hope, bravery, compassion, positivity and change, for those who have come through or are still confronting mental health issues, and the people who support them.

This public art supports, Time to Change, the nation’s mental health anti-stigma campaign.  One in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year, yet many people still report being misunderstood by those around them. Time to Change will use the dynamic platform to challenge negative attitudes and stimulate public perception and understanding around mental health.

At night Head Above Water will be lit, and people will be able to engage with its changing colours to reflect how they are feeling through a designated Twitter feed - in real time.  Dr Sally Marlow Phd, Engagement and Impact Fellow, The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (loPPN) at King's College London has advised on the changing colours to reflect different narratives and concepts used to describe emotions. Consulting engineers Hoare Lea are the specialists behind the lighting scheme.

Steuart Padwick said, “Head Above Water is a symbol of hope. It needed to be big, powerful and prominent… a beacon of humanity caring for others.  This is not my head or about my battles.  This is for those who have or have had mental health issues…. I want anybody and everybody to relate to it….to open a door perhaps ….”

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Stratford Literary Festival

 

This November sees the Stratford Literary Festival bringing into town a raft of  respected writers headed by internationally best-selling author, Jodi Picoult. Lucy Reid   lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

Jodi Picoult will be appearing on Sunday 28 October to kick off a programme of events from 9 - 17 November. Other big names include the veteran broadcaster, Sir Michael Parkinson, sharing his admiration for the legendary footballer, George Best; historian and TV presenter, Lucy Worsley OBE, who will be talking about her latest book The Many Faces of Queen Victoria, and Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman (below) whose new book, Bloody Brilliant Women, highlights some forgotten but ground-breaking women from history.

World affairs editor John Simpson CB and economics editor Kamal Ahmed, from the BBC will be talking about their new books. John Simpson, who has covered many major conflicts around the world, brings his experiences to his debut novel, Moscow, Midnight, and Ahmed’s book is an acclaimed and moving account of growing up in 1970s Britain amongst a culture of racism and suspicion.

 

 

The respected former Guardian Editor, Alan Rusbridger, will be considering why news reporting and analysis in a world of fake news and post truth is more important than ever, and the broadcaster and former stand-up comedian, Viv Groskop, will be offering advice on how women can be more effective public speakers.

The Festival is also delighted to welcome the leading academic, Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, who will just have published the definitive biography of Thomas Cromwell, one of the most notorious figures in history, and James Anthony, former Ford car worker, who has re-written all Shakespeare’s sonnets for the modern audience - a feat described by Stephen Fry as a ‘dazzling success’.

For younger audiences, there will be a day of fun on 10 November with the award-winning creator of the much loved, best-selling Mr Gumbooks, Andy Stanton, who’ll be sharing the bonkersnus of Mr Gum’s life in a new book of short stories. The Festival is celebrating the 80thanniversary of The Beano with a drawing workshop lead by Nigel Auchtertounie, artist for the famous comic, and the Festival sprinkles a little magic with a workshop to create a unicorn Christmas decoration with the leading theatre designer, Judy Reaves.

‘Our Autumn/Winter offering is our biggest yet which is very exciting,’ says festival director, Annie Ashworth. ‘The focus this year is on non-fiction with the important themes of news and current affairs, as well as addressing important issues for women. We are also looking forward to working with the new team at Stratford Play House. Our Winter Series is once more sponsored by estate agents, Sheldon Bosley Knight, and we are very grateful to them as ever for their support.’

All events, except Sir Michael Parkinson, will take place at the newly re-named Stratford Play House, and tickets are available by phone on 0333 666 3366 or online via the Festival website at stratlitfest.co.uk.

For further information please visit www.stratlitfest.co.uk 

 

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DJ Paul Oakenfold Plays Stonehenge Debut

WILTSHIRE: Stonehenge has hosted a world first with Paul Oakenfold's sunset set. Chris Page

chris@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

Stonehenge, one of the world’s most famous and spectacular monuments played host to a unique world first experience when Paul Oakenfold performed a full sunset set besides the stone circle.

The world famous DJ, recording artist, producer and UK house music pioneer was invited to perform by Alon Shulman, MD at Universe, and given the honour of being the first ever DJ to play at the sacred site in Wiltshire.

Having the opportunity to play at the site, built 5,000 years ago, has been a “privilege” said Oakenfold for the experience. “I am so lucky to be able to share my music from such an iconic site.  The energy here is like nowhere else on earth, and this is reflected in my music. Despite having performed at incredible events and locations all across the globe, sunset at Stonehenge is by far THE most magical moment to have the privilege to experience.”

Oakenfold and Universe recorded their new album ‘Live at Stonehenge’ creating a ‘first of its kind experience’ for those 50 guests lucky enough to be a part of this moment in music history.

The event, conceived and produced by Alon Shulman, is part of his new ‘Origins’ concept that incorporates music, film and performance alongside incredible production. Shulman, commenting on the event, “Together, Paul and I wanted to create something completely unique.  Being known for our ground-breaking performances and collaborations it is fitting that our first special moment takes place at Stonehenge”.

 

Paul Oakenfold  (Pic: Alon Shulman)

“Alon makes the impossible possible” says Oakenfold “and his understanding and respect for the site is what has made this show so perfect”. The guests were treated to a surprise celebration of Paul’s world’s first when Paul was then joined in front of the stones for a full back to back set with the legendary Carl Cox.

As the custodians of Stonehenge, English Heritage cares for many of England’s most important landmarks. “We’ve been working very closely with Alon Shulman and the team at Universe on a number of innovative projects in support of English Heritage and the incredible collection of sites in our care” says English Heritage’s Director of Development Luke Purser. “We’re delighted with Paul’s enthusiasm for our work and that he has embraced the uniqueness of this site where he will be recorded his new album, and that proceeds from which will go towards the charity".

It bolsters  the list of unusual locations that the DJ has played at including the Great Wall of China and Base Camp on Mount Everest.

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New SVP At Nickelodeon

 

NEW YORK Nickelodeon has announced Ron Hines as senior vice president, for creative development, global experience design. Lucy Reid       lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

Hines’s promotion will see him report to Anne Mullen, executive vice president, preschool brand creative and marketing. He will lead a team of designers and art directors who work with partners to develop, produce and implement Nickelodeon licensed theme parks, waterparks, resorts, cruises, live entertainment productions, exhibits and corporate events. 

With decades of design experience, Hines has helped bring to life Nickelodeon Universe in the Mall of America, as well as theme parks and waterparks in Europe, Asia and Australia.

Based in Orlando, FL, Hines will continue leading on two new Nickelodeon Universe projects currently under development at the American Dream Mall in New Jersey scheduled to open in 2019 and Mall of China in Chongqing scheduled to open in 2020. 

Hines comes from a global brand backgroud that includes Universal, Hard Rock and AT&T.

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Jakuchū Exhibition - The Colourful Kingdom of Living Beings

PARIS September sees a unique opportunity to explore the paintings of Itō Jakuchū which make their debut at the Petit Palais in a European first. Lucy Reid lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

The exhibition features a series of 30 hanging scrolls entitled Dōshoku sai-e: ‘The Colourful Kingdom of Living Beings’ painted by Jakuchū somewhere between 1757 and 1766.

This was the 18th century Edo era made famous by poets like Matsuo Bashō, the grand master of the haiku form. Jakuchū’s subtle brushwork and vivid colours also flourished during the rise of culture and art that flourished in the Edo period.

Exhibited for the first time in Europe, the exhibition was facilitated by loans from Japan’s imperial collection. The extreme fragility of the works means that they will be on show for only a month, as part of the season Japonismes 2018.

The Colourful Kingdom of Living Beings features pictures of animals and plants and the 30 scrolls portray an array from peacocks to trees in flower. Jakuchū’s silk painting technique uses paint on both sides of the fabric, the absence of outlining and the use of both mineral and natural pigments.

Itō Jakuchū’s work is a rich indicator of hours of attentive observation and a deep affection for his subject matter. Now, the Petit Palais is offering the public the opportunity to see the ensemble as he creator originally intended it.

This exhibition marks the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Japan in 2018, on the theme of Japonismes 2018.

 

At The Petit Palais 

15 September – 14 October 2018

Tuesday - Sunday, 10 am - 6 pm

Open late: Friday until 9 pm Saturday and Sunday 8pm

 

See more at www.petitpalais.paris.fr/en

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Get Paid To Drink Gin Around The Globe

You read it right. A London hospitality company is offering a lucky gin fan the chance to travel the world on a global tasting session, all in the name of work. Lucy Reid  lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

Hospitality company Inception Group has made the job offer to honour the launch of its new bar, Mr Fogg's Society of Exploration. The successful candidate and their  companion will follow a route inspired by fictional explorer Phileas Fogg and return  with their research to serve at the new bar, set to open this autumn in Charing Cross. 

Stops include Tokyo, Mumbai, Hong Kong, San Francisco, New York and Lisbon. The travellers will be presented with an atlas, journal, luggage tags and hip flask from Aspinal of London.

British adventurer Levison Wood has been enlisted by the Mr Fogg's team and Inception Group.

Requirements include candidates who are savvy with social media, digital videos and photographs. Understandably, a valid passport and a passion for gin are also essential.

Here’s the application form:

 https://www.mr-foggs.com/around-the-world/ 

 

 

 

 

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Sounds of Success At BCU

A-Level results dayis a pretty torrid time but students in Birmingham saw off the tension with the help of R&B sensation Raye at a special music festival. Lucy Reid  lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

Birmingham City University (BCU) hosted the festival where DJ Roman Kemp and Birmingham’s Lotto Boyzz helped Raye raise the tempo at BCU Fest.

The performances sealed the success of BCU students who were offered a university place for the 2018/19 academic year and was staged in Birmingham’s Eastside City Park. 

Raye (below) said: “It was so much fun performing at the first BCU Fest and getting to meet all the new students who will be starting at Birmingham City University from September.

“Remember to be yourself and work hard. You are your best self when you’re not trying to be somebody else. Being different is good!”

The event kicked-off with a performance by the Birmingham City University’s Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Samba band at 11am. 

DJ, Gemma Whitfield, a Birmingham-based music producer and Masters student at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire supervised the decks.  In her stage guise as DJ Roman Candles she told us: "The festival was amazing and there was such a good atmosphere - everyone was celebrating in the sun and the food was delicious. I had a great time DJ'ing and catching Raye after my set. Everyone went wild when she sang 'You Don't Know Me'. So good to have something like this at BCU!"

BCU Fest also offered hundreds of ticket holders complimentary food, provided by local independent traders, while the SU organised the bar.

BCU’s innovative approaches have encouraged candidate application via the clearing process by sending pictures of exam results and direct messaging to the institution. It is also be the first time that it has used Instagram to review clearing applications.

See: www.bcu.ac.uk/clearing

 

Related post:

We catch Raye's  breakthrough debut at Isle of MTV in Malta in 2017:

 

 

 

 

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Camilla Elphick Brings Bluebird To Heel

It’s not often that desserts invoke the idea of footwear but a Chelsea restaurant’s collaboration  with Camilla Elphick is set to change that. Abigail Parkin  abigail@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

Bluebird in Chelsea is sweetening up its dessert menu with the help of Camilla Elphick, the award-winning British footwear brand. The menu takes inspiration from two of Camilla’s favourite things: ice cream and shoes.

The My Favourite Things Menu will launch on the 13th August at the restaurant in King’s Road. For that month diners can contemplate sweet nuances of the infamous Silver Lining Boot arrow detail along with heart silhouettes inspired by her celebrity favoured ‘Lover’ styles and, naturally, her iconic PEZ heel.

Head pastry chef, Roger Pizey brought the visions to life taking the cues from the shoes. He certainly had vibrant colour to work with; the summer 2018 collection PEZ Daisy shoes sport bright orange heels and lively daisies. The culinary translation? Dark chocolate fondant with lemon verbena centre, chocolate ice-cream and a colour pop of edible flowers.

Elsewhere black sesame ice cream with blackberry sorbet, white chocolate arrow and edible glitter evokes the design imagery of Silver Lining Boots.

Bluebird’s pudding includes a different flavour of ice cream to toast the dessert tasting menu in the first collaboration between the two celebrated British brands.

Camilla Elphick said: “I’ve loved every second of this partnership! Combining two of my favourite things- shoes and ice-cream! We decided to create edible incarnations of our designs, and the outcome, three mouthwateringly pretty and delicious desserts. My favourite is the PEZ Daisy shoe inspired chocolate fondant. Although, a mouthful of all three and a glass of fizz would be the dream…”

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The Windfall

Humankind is so clever and accomplished - until it’s time to distinguish between wealth and contentment. This momentous distinction is comedically tackled in “The Windfall” a debut novel set in the status-obsessed wealth colonies of India. Sat Bal

 

There’s even an official name for the kind of psychological turmoil that overnight wealth of this sort brings: Sudden Wealth Syndrome. “The Windfall” mirrors this turn in fortunes for middling entrepreneur Anil Jha whose SWS moment comes when he manages to sell his website for $20 million.  

While this sum doesn’t quite put Jha in the 1% of India’s Bollygarchs, it’s enough to catapult his family from a respectable housing complex to the luxurious Delhi suburb of Gurgaon where status is all.

Author Diksha Basu tells a jaunty, witty story that bristles with the psychopathologies of handling both new and established wealth. In doing so she artfully weaves a cast that vacillates between the former and future lives of the Jha family.

Their future features Mr Chopra, a beefy burgher of Gurgaon and the scion of inherited money. In other words, he knows his way around wealth and is accustomed to the lifestyle it affords. The Jhas are not. Yet Chopra’s dynastic wealth does little to calm his psyche. We’re told that he’s not afraid of much “but the thing that frightened him most was poverty.”

His status fears are heightened when his neighbours sell their house to the Jhas in order to upgrade to London’s Kensington, prompting Mrs Chopra’s insecurities. “What if everyone else in Delhi becomes rich and the people who are poor now move in next door and suddenly we are one of the poor. What then?”

One imagines the same anxieties being played out in Shanghai, Brasilia and other new money hot spots around the globe. The realisation that happiness is not automatically on the fixtures and fittings list of a luxurious house is a sobering thought for anyone who expects contentment to flow as an emotional corollary of wealth. As Charles Spurgeon put it: “It’s not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.”

The constant catch-up attempts of the Jhas set the tragicomic scenes ahead as new wealth conflates with old times. Witness the embarrassment felt by Mr Jha when his new Mercedes, which arrived early, was delivered to his old home where it was “nearly impossible to navigate past the cows in the narrow lanes.” Jha’s shame is palpable: the delivery driver seeing his old abode and the neighbours seeing his new luxury car.  

Mrs Jha has parallel issues when her husband decides that they can’t employ a kitchen maid lest guests fail to notice that they have a new automatic dishwasher in the kitchen. The husband even sees trophy value in the aspiration that their son, Rupak, will have a blonde American girlfriend in the US, where he’s studying for an MBA.

Yet the fact that Rupak’s girlfriend, Elizabeth, is indeed a US blonde causes the boy untold grief. The non-disclosure of Elizabeth to his parents, whose objection he anticipates, sets the scene for endless conflict. Rupak is decidedly the weakest character in the book and Elizabeth makes this point with the warning: “Figure out who you are and just be that person,” as the relationship teeters.

The author brings an engaging set of characters to the fray. There’s the widowed romantic, Mrs Ray, who assures herself that lust is a curiosity rather than a reality. Mr Chopra’s son Johnny likes Lexus cars and girls but seems unable to earn a living - a fact welcomed by his dad whose money shields the boy from the unsavoury pursuit of working. And then there’s Serena - Elizabeth’s Indian counterpart. Predictably, Rupak’s affections for Serena just induce more hand-wringing and their druggy encounters stay right there.

Yet despite the promising cast, credible scene-setting and Diksha Basu’s nimble storytelling the novel ends at a plateau rather than the expected crescendo. That said, this debut novel puts Basu on the literary watch list - and the summer reading list.

 

The Windfall

£7.99 Paperback/Ebook

Publisher: Bloomsbury

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Rolling Stones and Universal Shake On It

LOS ANGELES: The decade-old union between The Rolling Stones and Universal Music Group (UMG), has moved closer with the announcement of a global deal that encompasses the band’s recorded music and audio-visual catalogues. Abigail Parkin  abigail@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

UMG will also be providing archival support, global merchandising and brand management.

The status of both parties as global players has been well-established over the years: The Rolling Stones’ huge  impact on pop culture finely tunes with UMG’s expertise and resources.

Sir Lucian Grainge, chairman & CEO of UMG said, “After a decade of working in partnership together, we are thrilled to expand and extend our relationship with The Rolling Stones.  We look forward to bringing our expertise and passion to bear as we put our global organization to work on behalf of this iconic band who continue to create music and influence culture around the world.”

David Joseph, chairman & CEO, Universal Music UK, added: “The Rolling Stones continue to define rock and roll, they are loved the world over and they are the band who never let up. It’s a privilege to work with them and Joyce Smyth, their exceptional manager.”

Joyce Smyth, The Rolling Stones manager said, “For many years now we’ve had a wonderful partnership with Universal Music and look forward to an even more successful future together.’’

UMG will continue to distribute the band’s celebrated recorded music catalogue globally with future projects and reissues to be released through UMG’s labels and networks around the world.

Bravado, UMG’s brand-management and merchandise arm leads the global provider of consumer, lifestyle and branding services to recording artists and will handle global merchandising rights, retail licensing, brand management and e-commerce on behalf of the band, including their iconic tongue logo, one of the most universally recognized symbols in entertainment.

Bravado’s radar will also identify innovative opportunities for creative collaboration within the worlds of art, fashion, retail, sport, lifestyle and touring merchandise to excite and inspire their millions of fans around the world. 

Recent programs and collections include partnerships with Paris Saint Germain FC, Selfridges, Colette and Zara and newly designed merchandise for their No Filter European Tour.

Eagle Rock, the UMG-owned leading producer and distributor of music programming for broadcast, DVD, Blu-Ray, TV and Digital Media, has expanded its global distribution rights to the band’s extensive long-form audio visual catalogue.

The agreement will see Eagle Rock re-issuing several classic concert films from their archives including: Atlanta (1989); Steel Wheels (1989-90); Voodoo Lounge (1994); Bridges to Babylon (1997-1998); Four Flicks (2002) and Bigger Bang (2005-2006).

Picture credit: Dave Hogan

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