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Devonshire Square's "Art for Love" Winter Festival 2019

5/12/2019 - 13/12/2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

From 5th to 13th December , Devonshire Square will be hosting the 6th Edition of its very own “Art for Love” Winter Festival, a 2-week programme of FREE attendance world-class artistic performances, organised and curated by the Devonshire Square Events Team with the aim of raising awareness on social causes through the power of the arts.

This year’s programme includes performances by international musicians who will present repertoires ranging from classical to swing, and dance shows, both classical ballet and contemporary, executed by some of the finest professional dancers in UK.

The festival’s opening day will celebrate the magical atmosphere of the festive season with a visually delighting showcase of performances and artworks dedicated to the fantasy world of fairy tales and The Golden Age of Children’s Literature.  

The collection of fairy tales ““The Blue fairy Book”, by Scottish novelist and poet Andrew Lang, will be the leitmotif of all performances and visual artworks that will be presented during the Festival’s inaugural event.

To celebrate the inspirational power of the universal literary genre of the fairy tale on performing and visual arts, as well as on creative making,  dancers and visual artists have been invited to imaginatively create unique choreographies, illustrations and artworks dedicated to the fantasy world of the folk and fairies that populate Lang’s narrative work.

Royal Opera Ballet trained dancers “Crystalline” will be presenting a mesmerizing choreography executed to music from Cinderella, while Scottish sugar artist Jacqui Kelly - multi gold medal winning and Best in Show at Cake International 2014 London – will showcase her extraordinary talent with a unique sugar artwork, “Dreamy Tales of Sugar”, exclusively created for the Festival,  inspired by Lang’s book.

An original collection of illustrations by international children illustrator Glen Holman, inspired by a selection of tales from the Lang’s fairy tales’ collection, will also be on display.

On the Festival’s opening day, from 12 noon to 1pm, attendees will also be treated to a complimentary tasting experience of Scottish festive sweets created for the occasion by the Executive Chefs of Devonshire Square’s iconic Scottish restaurant Mac and Wild. 

Devonshire Square’s community will be fundraising in aid of The Connection homeless charity during the whole duration of the Festival and the Devonshire Square’s iconic Giving Tree will also be on display in the Western Courtyard to encourage donations.

To know more about The Connection charity and to donate online, please click here.

Should you wish to know more on the Devonshire Square’s “Art for Love” Festival, please contact the Devonshire Square Events Team on 02076450800.  



Thursday 5th December, from 1pm to 3pm:

“Dreamy Tales of Sugar”, a stunningly imaginative sugar artwork exclusively created for Devonshire Square’s “Art for Love” Winter Festival by Scottish sugar artist Jacqui Kelly, multi gold medal winning and Best in Show at Cake International 2014 London.

 “A Winter Fairy Tale”

Mesmerizing dance performance inspired by the magical world of fairy tales executed by Royal Ballet trained dancers Crystalline. The talented ballerinas, dressed in beautiful winged tutus, will present an original choreography performed to music from Cinderella ballet.

Illuminations from “The Blue Fairy Book”

Display of an original collection of 5 unique illustrations by international children illustrator Glen Holman, inspired by a selection of fairy tales from “The Blue Fairy Book”, by Scottish novelist and poet Andrew Lang. The collection will include artworks inspired by Cinderella, Aladdin, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel.  The artworls will be on display in the Western Courtyard from 1pm to 3pm and prints will also be available to purchase; all proceeds will be donated to The Connection charity. 

Friday 6th December, from 1pm to 2pm:

Sweet Melodies of Winter”, live music concert by the Apollo Strings Orchestra, an all-female ensemble formed by some of the finest string musicians in UK who have performed internationally in some of the most prestigious venues and featured on BBC programmes.  The orchestra will present an enthralling repertoire that will include some of the most beautiful songs of all times from both classical composers and pop artists, ranging from Mozart to Madonna.  

Monday 9th December, from 6pm to 7pm:

“Carols in The Courtyard”,International carol concert by City of London based choral society Constanza Chorus, conducted by dynamic Director of Music Joanna Tomlinson. The concert will also include some ambitious and exciting “a cappella” performances. 

Thursday 12th December, from 1pm to 2pm:

A Winter Rainbow”, Folk and Classical Fusion Dance Show by professional dance troupe Optioscopes who will perform a bespoke piece inspired by modern dance pioneer Loie Fuller. The Optioscopes have toured internationally since 2008 and will be presenting at The Art for Love Festival an engaging conceptual routine performed in stunning, colourful costumes, symbolising the beauty of unity in diversity.  

Friday 13th December, from 1pm to 2pm:

Jingle Bell Swing”,an exceptional  lunch time performance of international festive songs executed with a Swing key by awe-inspiring Syndicate du Swing band.  Fronted by three highly talented female vocalists, the band will present a range of traditional swing songs alongside some contemporary classics in a vintage/swing style from artists such as Paolo Nutini, Scissor Sisters, Jessie J and many more.



Photo credit © Patrizia Ilaria Sechi