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
17 February: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
On Sunday 17th February, in conjunction with London Fashion Week, the atmospheric Western Courtyard of WeWork's Devonshire Square will be hosting two spectacular fashion shows curated and presented by Oxford Fashion Studio, featuring strikingly beautiful and imaginative collections from six independent designers from all continents. The original collections will range from prêt-à-porter to haute couture, including evening and conceptual design. The Devonshire Square Management launched a successful partnership with Oxford Fashion Studio in September 2015 with the aim of supporting some of the most talented and promising rising stars in the fashion industry. WeWork’s Devonshire Square is delighted to continue this productive and exciting collaboration that has significantly contributed to help young independent artists to be internationally recognised for their outstanding talent. Some of the designers presented by Oxford Fashion Studio in Devonshire Square have been featured by Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue (Britain, Brazil, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, USA), Elle, Grazia, Business of Fashion, Marie Claire, Glamour and more. WeWork's Devonshire Square’s campus is a modern redevelopment of an historic 18th century’s complex of warehouses where the most precious goods traded by the East India Company, including textiles, used to be stored. On the event’s day, its historical brick-walls will provide the backstage for an extravagant display of sartorial creations made with an assorted variety of fabrics, reflecting the unique styles of the talented young designers. The shows are open to the public and tickets are available on the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/london-fashion-week-ofs-aw19-tickets-42670213758 Photo credit: © Patrizia Ilaria Sechi