"Italia, amore mio!" Festival
26/09/2016 - 30/09/2016 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
From 26th to 30th September, Devonshire Square will be hosting the “Italia, amore mio!” Festival, organised by the Devonshire Square’s Events Team to promote Italian gastronomy and music, whilst fundraising in support of the Italian Red Cross’ earthquake relief effort.
The Festival will offer visitors the opportunity to taste some of the most authentic Italian delicacies typical of distinctive regions which are not commonly available in restaurants or gourmandises located outside Italy.
The richly assorted gastronomic selections will be available for tasting and purchasing in the “Duomo delle Delicatezze” (Dome of Delicacies), an 8 meter diameter pavilion, located at the end of Devonshire Square’s Avenue, where delicacies from 8 different Italian regions will be on display.
Luxury boutique catering brand Sardos will tempt visitors to an exotic presentation of sea food, including mullet’s eggs from the Sardinian Sea, sea urchin, squid ink, the finest quality tuna caught along the uncontaminated coasts of Carloforte’s island and a variety of organic cheese, including the “Callu Sardu”, made with such a rare and unique crafting that only a few companies are allowed to produce and sell it.
The special Pasta crafted in the hillside town Gragnano, the birthplace of dry pasta, will be available at the Campania’s stand, together with an exclusive range of sauces by Neapolitan Master Chef Rino de Feo and a rich variety of liquors made with lemons from Sorrento, melon juice and liquorice cream. The Cioccolato di Modica, an Italian P.A.T specialty chocolate typical of the municipality of Modica in Sicily, will be among the temptations showcased by Sicilian food specialist The Sicilian Lab, that will also present a variety of delicious preparations made with pistacchio di Bronte, the so called “emerald of Sicily".
The most authentic pesto, made exclusively with marble mortar crushed-up basil from Cinque Terre will be among the highlights of the Liguria region’s display.
A selection of traditional gourmet specialties will also be available on a number of food stalls along Devonshire Square’s main entrance on Cutler Street, where visitors will be able to indulge in 20 different kinds of traditionally home-made lasagne, both savoury and sweet, by Neapolitan pasta specialists Mister Lasagna. Their offer will range from the most traditional Bolognese to truffle sauce, from vegan dressings to indulgent mascarpone & Nutella, as well as lasagne with both cheesecake & red berry sauces.
This culinary offer will be accompanied by an artistic programme of free-attendance lunch time concerts by internationally acclaimed tenor Yuri Sabatini, swing singer Chris Vinante with the Tony P. Riccio Trio, dramatic tenor Yannis Hadjopulos, violinist Lucia D'Avanzo and her Astley String Quartet, as well as a tribute to iconic Italian singer Mina by talented vocalist Laura Araldo.
The Devonshire Square’s community will be fundraising in support of the Italian earthquake appeal during the whole duration of the Festival.
Collection boxes will be available at all Devonshire Square’s receptions, in the “Duomo delle Delicatezze” as well as at the stalls located along the estate’s entrances in Cutler Street.
The “Italia, amore mio!” Festival is a free attendance event - the “Duomo delle Delicatezze” will be open from 11am to 8pm while the artistic performances will take place in the historical surroundings of Devonshire Square’s Western Courtyard from 12.30pm to 2pm.
Donations in aid of the Italian Red Cross' earthquake relief effort can be made on line through the following website: http://www.redcross.org.uk/Donate-Now/Make-a-single-donation/Italy-Earthquake-Appeal/
Image credit: "Tavola imbandita con vista sul monte Pellegrino" by Ileana Milazzo http://www.artegante.it/opera.html?id=9174.jpg
14 December: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
On Thursday 14th December, at 5.30pm, the historical surroundings of Devonshire Square’s Western Courtyard will be resounding with the beautiful and uplifting music of talented Jazz pianist and composer Alberto Ferro. The artist will engage the audience with the soulful, original music from his newly released album “In Fondo al Suono” [The Deep End of Sound, Master Chord Records, 2017], which Ferro describes as “the result of an intense creative work between composing and improvising”. Ferro says: “My artistic and aesthetic ideal is to merge writing and invention in a constant flow of ideas through Classical, Contemporary, Jazz and free music.” The performance will also include some Jazz and open improvisation, as well as a selection of virtuoso classical pieces by Chopin, Debussy and Gershwin. The open air concert is part of the Devonshire Square’s “Art for Love” Christmas Festival, 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. Alberto Ferro graduated in piano at the prestigious Conservatorio of Milan and holds a Master of Arts in Music, granted by the Washington State University Music School. The award-winning artist specialises in improvisation and has performed worldwide as a Solo Piano, in Chamber Music Ensembles and Jazz bands in US, UK and Europe. He is currently teaching at London Contemporary School of Piano and the Windsor Piano School, and regularly performs improvisation for Contemporary Ballet Companies and classes. To know more about “The Deep End of Sound” open air concert 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.
15 December: 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
On Friday 15th December at 5pm, as a part of the “Art for Love” Christmas Festival, Devonshire Square will be hosting “Violins and Butterflies”, a magical ballet show performed by professional ballerinas from the prestigious Sophie Adams Ballet Company who will be dancing in stunning LED tutus and enchanting butterfly costumes with illuminated wings. The dancers will be accompanied by a talented duet of musicians playing illuminated violins, offering the audience a mesmerizing take on the famous Swan Lake story. The FREE attendance show will take place in 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 floodlit 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, organized 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.
16 December: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Following the successful participation of Zalon and his band in the “Art for Love” Christmas Festival 2016, the international Soul artist and Urban Music Award nominee will be also taking part in this year’s edition of the festival with a free attendance concert that promises to be an amazing live Soul show. Zalon will perform with his band in the historical surroundings of Devonshire Square’s Western Courtyard on Saturday 16th December, from 7pm to 11 pm, playing hits from his newly released album “Liquid Sonix Sex” and popular Soul classics. The Devonshire Square’s "Art for Love" Christmas Festival is a 4-week programme of world class artistic performances, conceived and organised 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 during the whole duration of the festival, from 1st to 21st December. Zalon was Amy Winehouse's leading singer and toured with her for three years to promote her "Back to Black" Album, which received five Grammy Awards. The talented singer has independently sold out tours in Europe, South America and iconic venues in UK. If you wish to know more about Zalon’s concert and the “Art for Love” Christmas Festival, please contact the Devonshire Square Artistic Events Team on 02076450800. *LIMITED FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE* To book your FREE ticket, please click on the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zalon-live-at-devonshire-square-london-limited-free-tickets-tickets-38810768052