Much excitement at The BRITs Awards 2019

The UK equivalent of the Grammys, the BRITs is a pop music award ceremony held every year. The awards are famed for iconic performances, and controversial moments. BRITs Awards yesterday celebrated the achievements of British and international artists and musicians over the last year, live on ITV from The O2 Arena, London!
Jack Whitehall was back on hosting duties for the second year to present an exceptional night of entertainment for the 12,000 arena guests and the millions watching from home. A grand total of 13 awards – designed by acclaimed architect Sir David Adjaye – were handed out during the show. Presenters on the night included: Paloma Faith, Annie Mac, Suki Waterhouse, Khalid, Jared Leto, Liam Payne and Winnie Harlow.

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Thought provoking exhibition of Bill Viola and Michelangelo at the Royal Academy of Arts

This exhibition brings together two artists – born centuries apart – who explore the same universal themes with works of transcendent beauty and raw emotional power.

In contrast to the scale and grandeur of his frescoes and sculptures, Michelangelo’s exquisite drawings take us closer to the emotional core of his work. Finished works in their own right, they were created as gifts and expressions of love, or as private and meditative reflections on his own mortality.

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BERLINALE GOES KIEZ: THE FESTIVAL IN THE CINEMA AROUND THE CORNER

Berlin has a unique landscape of cinemas. Thanks to the strong commitment of their operators and the appreciation of movie-goers, arthouse cinemas are invaluable locations of culture, communication, and creativity. To mark the 60th anniversary of the festival, Festival Director Dieter Kosslick presented Berlinale Goes Kiez in acknowledgement of the superb cinema culture fostered by arthouse cinemas throughout the year.

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Snow Patrol going to rock in The O2 on 26 January 2019.

Snow Patrol’s album Wildness, their first album in seven years, is out now. Wildness taps into something raw and primitive. Lead-singer and songwriter Gary Lightbody says of the album: “There are many types of wildness, but I think it can be distilled into two: the wildness of the modern age, all its confusion, illogic and alienation and a more ancient wildness. Something primal, alive and beautiful that speaks to our true connectivity, our passion, our love, our communion with nature and each other. This is the kind of wildness the album is centered around. The loss of it. Trying to reconnect with it. To remember it.” Purchase Wildness on all formats here.

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Leonardo da Vinci at the National Gallery – the greatest show of the year

The National Gallery’s Leonardo exhibition promises a unique chance to view his finest paintings and drawings. It also offers a glimpse of the artist’s true spirit

Renaissance man though he undoubtedly was, Leonardo da Vinci was very much a part-time artist. Among the wrecks and ruins and dubious attributions, Leonardo produced very few paintings – around 20, about some of which scholarly debate continues. There are nine in the National Gallery exhibition, all dated from his years in Milan, as well as Giampietrino’s almost 8 metre-wide 1520 scale copy of Leonardo’s 1492-8 Last Supper.

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Exciting start of the David Bowie Alumni Tour

Join key alumni musicians of David Bowie’s bands from across the decades, anchored by his longest standing member Mike Garson along with other amazing Bowie band alumni including Earl Slick,Gerry LeonardCarmine Rojas and Mark Plati.  We’re gearing up to head back on the road with A BOWIE CELEBRATION: The David Bowie Alumni Tour featuring an unforgettable and critically acclaimed evening of Bowie songs with world-class vocalists and an ever rotating mix of hits and deep cuts. As Westworld’s Evan Rachel Wood recently proclaimed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon after having been guest featured on a number of shows on tour with the alumni band, “It’s not a cover band. It’s the actual band. It’s as close as you’re going to get to Bowie.”

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Prestigious Mayfair Antiques and Fine Art Fair opens in London

10 – 13 January 2019

When The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited launched its prestigious Mayfair event at The London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square in January 2013 it was very favourably received, and became an instant fixture on the capital’s fairs schedule. The five-star hotel in the heart of Mayfair is the perfect venue with the recently refurbished Westminster Ballroom providing an ideal backdrop for our annual event of distinction.

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World has welcomed 2019 in Spectacular Style!

Australia was among the first countries in the world to see in 2019, setting the bar high as an estimated one million people crowded Sydney Harbour to watch more than 100,000 pyrotechnic effects.
London’s sold-out New Year’s Eve fireworks –is always the largest dazzling riverside display in Europe. A soundtrack featuring Europe’s finest musical artists celebrated the diversity of the capital, after Big Ben chimed once more. Spectators lined the banks of the Thames to watch 70,000 projectiles made up of eight tonnes of fireworks fire into the sky from three barges and the London Eye. In Paris tourists packed into the Champs-Elysees to celebrate New Year’s Eve while the Arc de Triomphe monument became the centre piece for an incredible light display. In Berlin tens of thousands of people celebrated at the landmark Brandenburg Gate.

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Josh Groban with romantic performance in O2 Arena

Joshua Winslow Groban (born February 27, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. His first four solo albums have been certified multi-platinum, and he was charted in 2007 as the number-one best selling artist in the United States, with over 22.3 million records. As of 2012, he had sold over 25 million records worldwide. Groban originally studied acting, but moved to singing as his voice developed. Groban attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, a free public school on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles, where students receive a conservatory-style education.  Read more

Time to get inspired with the London Art Week Winter 2018

London Art Week is a twice-yearly event, offering the best of pre-contemporary art in London’s traditional fine art district. From Ancient sculptures to Old Master drawings and post-Impressionist paintings, London Art Week offers visitors the chance to see, and buy, extraordinary works. For seasoned collectors as well as those simply curious to learn more about art, London Art Week dealers are always on hand and delighted to share their knowledge and expertise. Talks and events are scheduled throughout the week, delivered by some of the UK’s most distinguished art historians and curators. There is no tent; visitors have the luxury of discovering masterpieces within our beautiful gallery spaces, all situated within walking distance.

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