Virtual St Patrick celebrations in London
Last year’s St Patrick’s Day in Trafalgar Square was canceled at the last moment but this year there was time to prepare an online alternative. As we have said on other occasions, a positive thing about the pandemic is that it has allowed us to participate in events in other countries as well. You can participate in St. Patrick’s Day at this link, from 4pm from 5pm, obviously on March 17th. Free event.
The theme of the event is “London Le Chéile”, which is the Irishman of “London Together”, which captures the spirit of collaboration, creativity and community shown by the Irish in London during the pandemic.
Streaming begins at 4pm with three hours of culture and Irish, with storytelling, film, music, dance, language and entertainment. From 7pm the event goes fully live with presenter Angela Scanlon, who will host conversations with Imelda May, Richard Corrigan, Emma Dabiri, Siobhan McSweeney and others.
Viewers will also get to know Irish people doing cool things in London and will enjoy exclusive performances by talented Irish artists in the city. The Irish Ambassador and London Mayor Sadiq Khan will also participate.
The strange Egyptian house in Penzance in Cornwall
In all parts of the world there are always weird things to see and Cornwall is certainly no exception. If you go to Penzance, try to pass by the strange Egyptian house. It was built on Chapel Street by Plymouth architect John Foulston around 1835. At this time everything Egyptian was in fashion. In London at Piccadilly they had built the Egyptian Hall at the same time and the province tried to adapt to trends.
It was a Plymouth bookseller who wanted this house, his name was John Lavin and he had a passion for maps and travel guides but he also traded minerals. He had then bought two properties here, which were in fact two cottages but he wanted to stand out so he had the two buildings join together with a single facade.
In addition to transforming the architecture of the two buildings, he also built a small mineral museum inside. The house still exists now and houses three apartments, it is a listed building. The interesting thing is that it is a precursor of the Art Deco that conquered the world a century later.
London, exhibition of royal portraits in Greenwich
Postponed due to the pandemic, this exhibition is expected to open on May 28, 2021 and will continue until October 31. It will be at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich and tickets cost £ 10. The Tudors to Windsors exhibition will feature works by some of Britain’s most prominent artists, from court painters Sir Peter Lely and Sir Godfrey Kneller to photographers Cecil Beaton and Annie Leibovitz and artists such as Andy Warhol. This major exhibition brings together works from the National Portrait Gallery, Greenwich Royal Museums and private collections.
Taken separately, these paintings are massive and impressive, but gathered together here the differences between the portraits become more pronounced. In fact, we pass from a majestic Victoria reign, an equally majestic and fat Henry VIII to the portrait of Prince Charles showing the heir to the throne with a sweater and riding boots. Obviously, it was only from the Tudor era that portrait painters had learned techniques to make portraits realistic. Of the previous kings and queens we have a vague idea of what they were really like.
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