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"From the Rainforest to the Cotswolds - A floral fantasy" - Flower Sculptures Display

21/08/2017: 8:00 AM

Following the success of the “Tales of Silk and Music” Indian Dance Festival, Devonshire Square is continuing its celebration of the UK-India Year of Culture by hosting in its historic Western Courtyard three original and unique floral sculptures by British flower artist Katie Sparrow. The exhibition, entitled “From the Rainforest to the Cotswolds”, has been conceived and curated by the Devonshire Square Artistic Events Team with the aim of highlighting the diverse history of Devonshire Square’s estate, once a warehouse in which the most precious goods traded by the East India Company used to be stored. The finely detailed sculptures represent a peacock, a lion and an elephant, symbols respectively of India, UK and the Asian continent as a whole. As the sculptures’ shapes clearly suggest, the artistic creations have been inspired by the flora, fauna and rich history of the two countries. The imaginative artworks are made with a combination of fresh flowers sourced from both the UK and Asia. The profuse, delicate blooms of the Phalaenopsis dendrobium orchids that decorate the peacock’s head and body are grown in UK while its elegant tail is made with three hundred stems of petit, candid, sensually perfumed Singaporean orchids. The Asian elephant is covered with two thousands pink Baltica chrysanthemums sourced in England with details created by using UK-grown cream Maroussia gerberas, powder pink Hydrangea and a variety of beautiful English roses, ranging from the soft, pastel shades of the pink heaven rose to the more intense nuances of pink Aqua blooms, the velvety cherry-reds of the Ivy roses and the refined dark fuchsia tones of the sweetly fragranced Piano rosebuds. The artist used tree fern to shape the lion’s mane and decorated its face and back with two hundred passionate red Naomi and ruby-red Mirabel roses. The lion’s body is covered in Chrysanthemum spray, "feeling green" variety. All artworks elegantly pose on bases of fern moss with details made of eucalyptus leaves and wild asparagus fern sourced in the picturesque, fairy tale scenario of the English Cotswolds. The title of the exhibition “From the rainforest to the Cotswolds” is meant to evoke an imaginary journey through the beauty of the very diverse landscapes of India and UK, highlighting at the same time the cultural link between the two countries. The free attendance exhibitions runs from 21st to 25th August and it is open to the public from 8am to 7pm. Photography is allowed and registration is not required.

  • "From the Rainforest to the Cotswolds - A floral fantasy" - Flower Sculptures Display

    Following the success of the “Tales of Silk and Music” Indian Dance Festival, Devonshire Square is continuing its celebration of the UK-India Year of Culture by hosting in its historic Western Courtyard three original and unique floral sculptures by British flower artist Katie Sparrow. The exhibition, entitled “From the Rainforest to the Cotswolds”, has been conceived and curated by the Devonshire Square Artistic Events Team with the aim of highlighting the diverse history of Devonshire Square’s estate, once a warehouse in which the most precious goods traded by the East India Company used to be stored. The finely detailed sculptures represent a peacock, a lion and an elephant, symbols respectively of India, UK and the Asian continent as a whole. As the sculptures’ shapes clearly suggest, the artistic creations have been inspired by the flora, fauna and rich history of the two countries. The imaginative artworks are made with a combination of fresh flowers sourced from both the UK and Asia. The profuse, delicate blooms of the Phalaenopsis dendrobium orchids that decorate the peacock’s head and body are grown in UK while its elegant tail is made with three hundred stems of petit, candid, sensually perfumed Singaporean orchids. The Asian elephant is covered with two thousands pink Baltica chrysanthemums sourced in England with details created by using UK-grown cream Maroussia gerberas, powder pink Hydrangea and a variety of beautiful English roses, ranging from the soft, pastel shades of the pink heaven rose to the more intense nuances of pink Aqua blooms, the velvety cherry-reds of the Ivy roses and the refined dark fuchsia tones of the sweetly fragranced Piano rosebuds. The artist used tree fern to shape the lion’s mane and decorated its face and back with two hundred passionate red Naomi and ruby-red Mirabel roses. The lion’s body is covered in Chrysanthemum spray, "feeling green" variety. All artworks elegantly pose on bases of fern moss with details made of eucalyptus leaves and wild asparagus fern sourced in the picturesque, fairy tale scenario of the English Cotswolds. The title of the exhibition “From the rainforest to the Cotswolds” is meant to evoke an imaginary journey through the beauty of the very diverse landscapes of India and UK, highlighting at the same time the cultural link between the two countries. The free attendance exhibitions runs from 21st to 25th August and it is open to the public from 8am to 7pm. Photography is allowed and registration is not required.

    21/08/2017: 8:00 AM

  • Rajasthani folk dance by Sarjan Nartan Academy

    Devonshire Square’s “Tales of Silk and Music” Indian Dance Festival will close on Thursday 17th August at 12.30pm with a Rajasthani Folk dance show by Sarjan Nartan Academy, presented by Akademi South Asian Dance. The traditional dance for Rajasthan - Indian largest state by area, located on the Western part of the country – will close the retrospective journey through Indian dance styles, organised by the Devonshire Square’s Artistic Events Team to celebrate the UK-India Year of Culture. The show is free attendance and registration is not required. To know more about the festival, please visit the following webpage: http://www.devonshiresq.co.uk/events/events/tales-of-silk-and-music-indian-dance-festival.aspx

    17/08/2017: 12:30 PM

  • Kathak dance by Sujata Banerjee Dance Company, presented by Akademi South Asian Dance

    On Thursday 10th August at 12.30pm, Devonshire Square’s Western Courtyard will be the stage for an outstanding Kathak dance show by Sujata Banerjee Dance, presented by Akademi South Asian Dance. The origin of Kathak is traditionally attributed to the travelling bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathakars or storytellers. Stylistically, this dance form emphasizes rhythmic foot movements while the legs and torso are generally straight; the story is told through gestures of arms and upper body movement, facial expressions, bends and turns. The free attendance Kathak dance show is part of the “Tales of Silk and Music” Indian Dance Festival, organised by the Devonshire Square’s Artistic Events Team to celebrate the UK-India Year of Culture. To know more about the Festival, please visit the following webpage: http://www.devonshiresq.co.uk/events/events/tales-of-silk-and-music-indian-dance-festival.aspx

    10/08/2017: 12:30 PM

  • Manipuri Solo Dance by Debanjali Biswas, presented by Akademi South Asian Dance

    On Thursday 3rd August at 12.30pm, Devonshire Square will host in its Western Courtyard a Manipuri dance solo by professional dancer Debanjali Biswas, presented by Akademi South Asian Dance. The free attendance show is part of the Devonshire Square’s “Tales of Silk and Music” Indian Dance Festival, organised by the Devonshire Square’s Events Team to celebrate the UK-India Year of Culture. Manipuri dance is one of the major Indian classical dance styles, named after the region of Manipur, a state in north-eastern India where the dance originated. Manipuri is particularly known for its love-inspired dance drama of Radha-Krishna, called Raslila and its exquisite performances, characterised by graceful, fluid and sinuous movements with greater emphasis on the upper body gestures. To know more about the “Tales of Silk and Music” Indian Dance Festival, please visit the following webpage: http://www.devonshiresq.co.uk/events/events/tales-of-silk-and-music-indian-dance-festival.aspx

    3/08/2017: 12:30 PM

  • Dandiya Dance Show by Dancenbeats

    On Thursday 27th July at 12.30pm, Devonshire Square will be hosting in its atmospheric Western Courtyard an energetic Dandiya Raas dance performance by Dancenbeats, presented by Akademi South Asian Dance. The show is part of the "Tales of Silk and Music" Indian Dance Festival, conceived and organised by the Devonshire Square's Events Team to celebrate the UK-India Year of Culture. Raas or Dandiya Raas is the traditional folk dance form of Gujarat and Rajasthan, in Western India. During the dance, men and women dance in two circles, with sticks in their hands, vigorously whirling and moving their feet and arms in a complicated, choreographed manner to the tune of the music with various rhythms. The sticks (dandiyas) of the dance represent the swords of the goddess Durga, to which the devotional dance is dedicated. The show is free attendance and registration is not required. To know more about the "Tales of Silk and Music" Indian Dance Festival, please visit the following web-page: http://www.devonshiresq.co.uk/events/events/tales-of-silk-and-music-indian-dance-festival.aspx

    27/07/2017: 12:30 PM

  • Bharatanatyam Dance Show by Sarajan Nartan Academy

    On Thursday 20th July at 12.30pm, Akademi South Asian Dance will present in Devonshire Square's Western Courtyard an enthralling Bharatanatyam dance show by Sarajan Nartan Academy. The free attendance performance is part of the “Tales of Silk and Music” Indian Dance Festival organised by Devonshire Square to mark the UK-India Year of Culture. Bharatanatyam is a major genre of Indian classical dance that expresses Hindu religious themes and spiritual ideas; the dance originated in Tamil Nadu, one of the 29 states of India which lies in the southernmost part of the Indian Peninsula. Bharatanatyam style is noted for its fixed upper torso, legs bent or knees flexed out combined with spectacular footwork, a sophisticated vocabulary of sign language based on gestures of hands, eyes and face muscles. Full details about the “Tales of Silk and Music” Indian Dance Festival are available on the following web-page: http://www.devonshiresq.co.uk/events/events/tales-of-silk-and-music-indian-dance-festival.aspx

    20/07/2017: 12:30 PM

  • Odissi Dance Duet presented by Akademi South Asian Dance

    On Thursday 13th July at 12.30pm, Devonshire Square’s Western Courtyard will be the stage for a mesmerizing Odissi dance performance by professional dancers Maryam Shakiba and Katrina Rute, presented by Akademi South Asian Dance. Odissi is a major ancient Indian classical dance that originates in the Hindu temples of Odisha, on eastern coastal state of India. This fascinating dance style involves footwork, torso and upper body movements (hand and head) as three sources of perfecting expression and creating audience engagement with geometric symmetry and rhythmic musical resonance. The Odissi duet show is part of the “Tales of Silk and Music” Indian Dance Festival, an exciting 7 week programme organised by the Devonshire Square’s Artistic Events Team to mark the UK-India Year of Culture. The show is free attendance and registration is not required. To know more about the “Tales of Silk and Music” Indian Dance Festival, please visit the following web-page: http://www.devonshiresq.co.uk/events/events/tales-of-silk-and-music-indian-dance-festival.aspx

    13/07/2017: 12:30 PM

  • "Tales of Silk and Music" - Indian Dance Festival

    Devonshire Square is marking the UK-India Year of Culture with a sensorially engaging retrospective journey through Indian dancing styles, from contemporary Bollywood shows to some of the most ancient and symbolically charged Indian classical dances. The 7 week programme will showcase acts by some of the most talented dancers in the South Asian dance panorama presented by Akademi South Asian Dance, while the Bollywood themed opening show will be presented by Bollywood Co. The UK-India Year of Culture represents a perfect opportunity to celebrate Devonshire Square’s rich and charming history which is strongly linked to India. The 4 acre campus - today a premium office and retail destination as well as an artistic hub - used to be a complex of warehouses back in 1820 where the most valuable goods traded by the East India Company used to be stored. The dancers’ strikingly colourful and elaborated costumes will bring to life India’s precious textiles once stored in the Bengal Warehouse, evoked also by the festival’s title “Tales of Silk and Music”, creating a powerful metaphorical link between Devonshire Square past, as a warehouse, and present, as a culturally vibrant destination. All shows will take place on Thursdays at 12.30pm in Devonshire Square’s historical Western Courtyard from 6th July till 17th August. All performances are free attendance and registration is not required.

    6/07/2017: 12:30 PM

  • "Rainbows in Motion" by Bollywood Co

    On Thursday 6th July from 12.30pm to 2pm, Devonshire Square will be hosting in its historical Western Courtyard “Rainbows in Motion” a spectacular and uplifting Indian dance performance by Bollywood Co. "Rainbows in Motion" will be the opening show of the “Tales of Silk and Music” Indian Dance Festival, an exciting 7 week programme organised by Devonshire Square’s Artistic Events Team to celebrate the UK-India Year of Culture. The talented artists will present a fusion of modern and classical Indian dance, using a mix of East and West beats to represent the cultural link between the two countries. Bollywood Co is an authentic Bollywood dance company based at the world-renowned Pineapple Dance Studio, in central London. The company has produced Bollywood events for several high profile corporates such as Jet Airways, Warner Music, American Express and Net-a-Porter. Their crew of professional Bollywood dancers was featured in the musical Bend it Like Beckham, BBC’s The One Show and the movie Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The show is free attendance and registration is no required. To know more about Devonshire Square’s “Tales of Silk and Music” Indian Dance Festival, please visit the following web-page: http://www.devonshiresq.co.uk/events/events/tales-of-silk-and-music-indian-dance-festival.aspx

    6/07/2017: 12:30 PM

  • Art Night's 2017 Associate Programme - "Cache" by Candida Powell-Williams

    Bosse & Baum is pleased to present Candida Powell-Williams’s interactive site-specific installation at Devonshire Square’s historic Central Courtyard, as part of Art Night’s 2017 Associate Programme. Taking place for the first time alongside the second edition of Art Night, the Associate Programme features a roster of nocturnal events by 31 local organisations and site-specific projects by 29 independent artists and curators in locations across the East End, as far spread as the Docklands and London Fields, opening up the city in unique and creative ways for the night of Saturday 1 July 2017. The participants were invited via an Open Call to reflect on the history and future of the area, emphasising the urban environment and contributing to the late-night celebratory spirit of Art Night. The origins of Devonshire Square form the starting point of Candida Powell-William’s sculptural and performative intervention. The complex of warehouses, built by the East India Company in the late 1700s, stored luxury goods mostly from Bengal. Powell-Williams’ work for this project draws imagery from the textiles housed there and mixes them with cultural references as well as the site’s contemporary uses, folding into and combing the past with the present. The work, a series of sculptural jigsaw-like rug pieces, explores the disintegration and fragmentation of patterns as a means to reflect on our present day relationship to the site’s history. Powell-Williams’s installation will be animated by an interactive performance taking places throughout the evening. Art Night 2017 is held in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery and curated by independent curator and writer Fatoş Üstek. The festival is generously supported by international auction house Phillips. Candida Powell-Williams’ project for the Art Night 2017 Associate Programme is kindly supported by Devonshire Square.

    1/07/2017: 6:00 PM

  • StreetDots at Devonshire Square

    Street food platform StreetDots brings a changing selection of London’s most innovative street food to Devonshire Square during lunch on a Wednesday to Friday*. Will it be Asian fusion, a vegan salad or buttermilk fried chicken? There’s a different line-up in the square each time. Head on down, grab good food and support independent food brands. StreetDots was founded in 2014 to give young street food businesses a launchpad to reach foodies across the Capital. Today, over 150 food businesses tour their tuk tuks, trikes, stalls, Airstreams, carts and caravans around StreetDots' network of pitches or 'dots' bringing their talent to thousands of Londoners each week. Discover who's cooking across the City today and support Lodon’s street food traders - download the StreetDots app on Apple or Android. *Days may change based on Devonshire Squares’ events calendar.

    29/06/2017: 11:00 AM

  • Health and Fitness Day

    On Tuesday13th June, from 11am to 2pm, Devonshire Square will be hosting in its Western Courtyard a Health and Fitness Day organised by Fitness First Devonshire Square. Certified fitness instructors and health specialists will be available to provide a range of health checks, including blood pressure and heart rate tests. Participants will be able to take part in a number of engaging challenges throughout the day and enjoy free goodies. From 1pm to 1.30pm, Health & Fitness Manager Joe Ridley will be running an invigorating and fun outdoor Kettlebell Class. The event is free attendance and open to everyone. To know more about the wide range of classes and services available at Fitness First Devonshire Square, please visit their website: http://www.fitnessfirst.co.uk/gyms/london-devonshire-square/

    13/06/2017: 11:00 AM

  • World Food Market

    International street food market in Devonshire Square with an eclectic mix of tastes from around the World.

    12/06/2017

  • London Wine Week Festival is back to Devonshire Square!

    A CITY SUMMER OASIS FILLED WITH WINE London Wine Week is returning to Devonshire Square this June but with a few exciting new twists! From 5th to 9th June Devonshire Square will once again be hosting the hub of London Wine Week as the festival brings a plethora of global pop-ups to the square and involves our resident wine bars. As the home for London Wine Week, expect brand new names such as Wines of Argentina who will be shipping their vibrant Latin American lifestyle and vintages across to London in the form of a deconstructed shipping container-turned-bar, as well as some favourite regions of previous years including Vins de Provence, with their sun-soaked rosés, and Wines of Portugal, with their fresh whites and complex reds. Devonshire Square will also return as the festival's festival pass collection point from Monday to Friday. All pop-ups will be serving £5 wine flights for LWW festival pass holders. Grab yours by clicking on the following link to get in on the impending wine filled actions! https://www.designmynight.com/london/whats-on/festival/london-wine-week-festival-pass?from=autocomplete&utm_source=mailjet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=lww-solus-devsq

    5/06/2017: 5:00 PM

  • ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK - Wine tasting event

    In celebration of the Real Wine Fair, join New Street Wine for their Orange is the New Black Tasting on Monday 8th May at 7pm. They will be hosting Dario Princic Wines for their exciting orange wine tasting. They will have his son Andrea Princic (the current winemaker) and his partner Savina Radikon there to walk guests through their fascinating wines. The wines on show will be Princic Vino Bianco ‘Trebez’ (Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio), Princic Vino Bianco Ribolla Gialla, Princic Vino Bianco Jakot (Friulano), Princic Vino Bianco Pinot Grigio. And if you can track down a bottle, you may even taste the extremely limited Princic Cabernet Sauvignon! Tickets are £30 per person. To make a booking, please click on the following link: http://shop.danddlondon.com/product/orange-is-the-new-black-tasting-at-new-street-wine/

    8/05/2017: 7:00 PM