Devonshire Square's "Art for Love" Christmas Festival 2017
1/12/2017 - 19/12/2017 12:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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.
The Giving Tree is a unique Christmas tree entirely adorned with red paper hearts on which wishes of those in need have been carefully transcribed, in order to give them a chance to be read and honoured by visitors. The Devonshire Square’s community will be fundraising in aid of The Connection from 1st to 21st December. All gifts and donations will be delivered to The Connection Charity on Christmas’s eve.
If you wish to know more about The “Art for Love” Christmas Festival, please contact the Devonshire Square Artistic Events Team on 02076450800.
Photo credit: © Patrizia Ilaria Sechi
8 December: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
On Saturday 8th December, from 5pm to 10pm, WeWork's Devonshire Square will be proudly launching the first edition of its very own Soul Royalty Winter Festival, a soul music live concert that will see the participation of international touring artist Zalon and his guests Jodie Abacus, Leonn, Stephanie Sounds, Gavin Holligan and Teshay Makeda, some of the finest soul, funk and R&B artists in London. The event, organised by Devonshire Square in partnership with Zalon, aims at raising awareness and funds in support of The Connection, London’s busiest homeless charity, to which Devonshire Square has also dedicated all six editions of its “Art for Love” Festival. Zalon, whose career highlights include a six-year collaboration with Amy Winehouse during her “Back to Black” tour, has enthusiastically accepted Devonshire Square’s invitation to perform in their historical Western Courtyard for the 3rd time, using his vocal talent in support of an urgent cause. On the day of the event, donation boxes will be available on site and attendees will also be able to pay a visit to Devonshire Square’s Giving Tree, a unique Christmas tree entirely adorned with red paper hearts on which wishes of those in need have been carefully transcribed, in order to give them a chance to be read and honoured by visitors. All collected gifts and donations will be delivered to The Connection charity on Christmas’ eve. The Giving Tree, created by the Devonshire Square Events Team in 2015, has helped hundreds of homeless people supported by The Connection Charity to receive a thoughtfully made gift for Christmas. Devonshire Square would like to warmly thank Zalon, his guests and everyone who will be joining them in supporting this fantastic appeal. The event is FREE attendance, however, registration via Eventbrite is required. For more information on the Devonshire Square’s Soul Royalty Festival, please contact the Devonshire Square Artistic Events Team on firstname.lastname@example.org