Life at Devonshire Square
"Days of Wine and Mirth" Festival
9/07/2018: 12:30 PM
From Monday 9th to Saturday 14th July, the historical Devonshire Square will turn into a Mediterranean wine oasis as the campus will be hosting the first edition of the “Days of Wine and Mirth” Festival. Visitors will be able to enjoy the finest Provence Rosé in the relaxing atmosphere of the Vins de Provence pop-up bar, a tastefully appointed al fresco pink parlour that will be serving a selection of rosé wines from the Provence region, showcasing the quality and rich variety of the wines produced in Côtes de Provence, Coteaux d’Aix-en Provence and Coteaux Varois en Provence. A unique assortment of deliciously refreshing Portuguese sangria will also be available at the Bacana Sangria pop-up bar which will be serving an exclusive version of the popular drink, produced entirely in Portugal by mixing the best wine grape varieties with a balanced diversity of citric fruits. Both the Vins de Provence and the Bacana Sangria pop-up bars will be open from 12.00 to 9.30pm and will be located in the picturesque surroundings of Devonshire Square’s Central Courtyard, London, EC2M 4YE. For more information on the “Days of Wine and Mirth” Festival, please contact the Devonshire Square Events Team on 02076450800.
- "Cue for Change" Pool Tournament
- "Italia, amore mio!" Festival
- Devonshire Square "Art for Love" Christmas Festival
- Devonshire Square “Loves Christmas” Events 2015
- Devonshire Square Easter Tree - Artistic Installation
- Devonshire Square's Harlequin EURO Festival
- Gastronomic events
- Holi Festival of Colours at Cinnamon Kitchen
- International Food Market Folder
- London Fashion Week at Devonshire Square
- Love Christmas Festival
- No Tricks Just Treats
- Paralympics Sports Fest
- World Food Market 2016
- World Food Market 2017
From 1st to 19th December, Devonshire Square will be hosting the 3rd Edition of its very own “Art for Love” Christmas Festival, a 4-week programme of FREE attendance world-class artistic performances, organised and curated by the Devonshire Square Artistic Events Team to support The Connection www.connection-at-stmartins.org.uk, London's busiest homeless charity. The opening of the festival will be marked by a mesmerizing ballet show, “Christmas Wonderland”, choreographed by Royal Ballet trained dancer Jenna Lee and executed by a troupe of accomplished professional dancers. The Festival’s line-up includes an artistic ice-skating performance by professional ice-skaters, a Christmas carols concert by the Capital Arts Children’s Choir, an open air piano recital by award winning pianist Alberto Ferro and “Violins and Butterflies”, an enthralling take on the famous Swan Lake story, performed by a troupe of ballerinas from the prestigious Sophie Adams Ballet Company. The dancers will perform in stunning LED tutus and enchanting butterfly costumes with illuminated wings on a background of violin live music. Zalon, the talented vocalist who performed as Amy Winehouse’s leading singer for many years, will be taking part in the festival accompanied by his live band, with what promises to be a fantastic 4-hour Soul music show. The festival’s final show will be an exciting fusion of jazz, bossa nova, funk, alt rock, gospel, drum ‘n’ bass and mysterious free improvisation, delivered by Aaron and the Argonauts, an international collective of musicians lead by Aaron Liddard, the worldwide acclaimed saxophonist and composer who has played with Prince, Sir Bob Geldof, the Stevie Wonder's band and Amy Winehouse. All performances will be taking place in the historical surroundings of Devonshire Square’s Western Courtyard, which will be decorated, for the whole duration of the festival, with a “Giving Tree” dedicated to The Connection Charity and an artistic installation of golden “twilight trees” - sculptured cherry trees covered in floodlit blossoms - created by British artist Susie Reid Thomas.
1/12/2017: 12:30 PM
The Devonshire Square “Art for Love” Christmas Festival 2017 will start on Friday 1st December at 12.30pm with a mesmerizing ballet show by Christmas Ballerinas, a troupe of six professional ballet dancers who will perform “Winter Wonderland”, a striking choreography inspired by Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, combined with pieces from the iconic classical ballet The Nutcracker. The backdrop of the show will be the picturesque surroundings of Devonshire Square’s Western Courtyard which will be decorated, for the whole duration of the festival, with beautiful Christmas trees and a sparkling artistic installation of golden “twilight trees” - sculptured cherry trees covered in illuminated blossoms - created by British artist Susie Reid Thomas. The Devonshire Square’s "Art for Love" Christmas Festival is a 4-week programme of free attendance world class artistic performances, organised and curated by the Devonshire Square Events Team to support The Connection www.connection-at-stmartins.org.uk, London's busiest homeless charity, in aid of which the Devonshire Square’s community will be fundraising from 1st to 21st December. To know more about the “Winter Wonderland” ballet show or if you wish to have more information on the “Art for Love” Christmas Festival, please contact the Devonshire Square Artistic Events Team on 02076450800.
1/12/2017: 12:30 PM
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
International street food market in Devonshire Square with an eclectic mix of tastes from around the World.