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Fringe

For some laugh a minute, jazz hand, toe tapping, tear-jerking action, get yourself to the Edinburgh Festival 2012 – where you’ll be treated to all that and more.
Festivals are apparently what Scotland does best, (but let’s not forget the shortbread!) and after one trip to the capital, you’ll find it hard to disagree. This international festival has been cemented as the largest arts, entertainment and culture festival in the world, running for over 50 years throughout July – August and it’s still as good as ever!
The festival acts as a collaborative term for various, simultaneous celebrations including: The International Festival, The Festival Fringe, The Military Tattoo, The Book Festival, even a Jazz and Blues Festival and much more – there’s something for everyone! With more women reportedly taking part than ever this year, this collective festival is one that is willing to accept anyone who has a story to tell – as long as there is a free venue of course! The Royal Mile is lined with street performances, make up – and that’s just the men – posters and atmosphere! Let’s just say that the festival buzz is well and truly in the air, thankfully minus the portaloos and mud! From theatre to speed dating, the Edinburgh Festival offers so many exciting art forms – it’s up to you whether you get stuck in and experience it for all that it’s worth.
Bring a sense a humour, an open mind and revel in the festival fever.
Tickets can still be purchased online: http://www.edinburghfestivals.co.uk/
By Rebekah Holroyd

Kensington’s Cultural Feast

Here at Cellardoor, it’s no surprise that we’re huge fans of emerging talent and what could be better than an evening of just that! If that also sounds right up your street, then look no further than Kensington’s Cultural Feast. The event, which aims to bring something a little different from the norm, will be showcasing the best new talent from the world of music and the arts. So that means that you can listen the musical delights from the likes of The Keston Clobbers Club and Chrystina Kendall whilst browsing the works of some beautiful visual artists. And what’s more – tickets are only £5, bargain! We’ll see you at the front…

Something for the Weekend

We have to admit, it hasn’t been the best few weeks for us Brits in some ways; the weather’s been distinctly more winter than Spring/Summer, there have been publicised scandals a-plenty and our man Murray failed to win Wimbledon – again. With this in mind, we think it’s time to cheer up and celebrate the best of British art and culture this summer – and fortunately there are some great exhibitions on at the moment which can help us do just that.
An icon of modern art, Tracey Emin’s latest exhibition ‘Love is what you want’ is a perfect way to embrace the best of British creativity; it’s arguably the best collection of all her work to date. On at The Hayward Gallery, the exhibition features painting, drawing, photography, textiles, video and sculpture and reflects on a whole scope of Tracey’s thoughts and emotions over her long career. ‘Love is what you want’ is on at London’s Southbank Centre until 29th August; tickets start from £7.50. 
Ultimately well worth a visit.
And if that leaves you wanting more artistic inspiration, why not venture to Mayfair to visit Rosalind Wyatt’s literary exhibition, Gallery of Words? The British artist has launched a pop-up gallery exhibiting collage, stitch and interior design work, with the aim of celebrating the beauty of words and their forms. On until 30th July in South Audley Street (and free to visit), Wyatt has embraced her skills as a calligrapher to create an exhibition full of written, spoken, performed, painted, crafted and even eaten words. Yes, even eaten; in one of her most creative pieces to date, Rosalind’s collaborated with the master chocolatier of Rococo chocolates to create ‘chocalligraphy’ – a new craft which we must admit we like the sound of!

Laughter is the Best Medicine


Here at Cellardoor, we’ve been feeling a little bit down every time we look out of the window recently seeing the cold, wet and windy weather outside, so we decided to cheer ourselves up with some live stand up comedy.

Last Monday, on a cold night peppered with rain we were in a lovely, cosy, candle lit room in The Soul Cellar, Southampton forgetting all about the miserable weather, laughing our socks off at eight comedians.

There was something for everyone: political based comedy from Chris Munro, a song about a pirate who isn’t really a pirate from Stevie Grey and the headline act Joe Wells, winner of the Comedy Central, Funniest Student award this year had everyone in fits of laughter from the moment he walked on stage, to the moment he left. Everyone was enjoying themselves and the atmosphere was great.

It was just what we needed to feel better about the cold, dark winter nights, and as Larry Dean, the compere for the evening says: Laughter is the best medicine.

The Soul Cellar has comedy shows every other Monday the next being a gong show on the 22nd of November, so go along, have a laugh and forget about any troubles.

By Kayleigh Richardson

Amazing Grace


We were completely blown away by the recent Grace Kelly exhibition at the V & A and we’re a little sad it’s now closed as we would have liked another peek at those gorgeous frocks. If you didn’t manage to make it down you’re in luck, as we decided to team up with the students of the WFC course at Solent Uni and pick our favourite review of the fantastic exhibition. Congratulations to Kayleigh Richardson, read on to for fantastic review.

Grace Kelly lived her life as a model, actress, princess and mother with just that. Amazing Grace. The Victoria and Albert museum in south Kensington, London, is host to the Grace Kelly: Style Icon exhibition which will continue

travelling around Europe after it finishes here on September 26th.


I first became aware of Miss Kelly, or as she was known after her marriage to Prince Rainier, Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco when I first saw the film Rear Window which she starred in with James Stewart – my favourite actor, and thought her to be one of the most beautiful and stylish women I’d ever seen. And was also a little jealous of her having played James Stewart’s love interest!


The exhibition is accessible through Room 40, a look at fashion from the 1750’s through to today. It is fronted by an extravagant, pink, strapless dress which was designed by Maggy Rouff, a Parisian designer and worn by Grace in 1956, the year of her royal wedding in Monaco.


For me, the exhibition was more than I could have hoped for. Showing some of the most iconic and memorable pieces worn by Kelly, including a Hermès “Kelly” bag, names after the lady herself as she was so often seen carrying one, to outfits from films such as Rear Window and High Society in which she starred with Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby.


There were some lovely surprises, such as two film projections showing movie and news clips of Grace. And the beautifully insightful labels and photographs which accompany each outfit detailing where and when each astonishingly well preserved piece was worn.


One gallery assistant claimed it to be one of the most popular exhibitions to have been held at the V&A, saying “It has been so popular, we could have sold out more than twice the daily limit.”


The exhibition opened with a private viewing in early April, and was attended by figures such as Joan Collins and Ringo Starr.



Dreaming in Analogy



These beautiful film photographs are courtesy of Anna Hatzakis, a young photographer from Los Angeles whose work is so enchanting that we simply can’t take our eyes off it. At only fifteen, she’s produced some incredible images; we’re sure to be seeing much more of this young lady.





You can see more of her work here

By Eleanor Doughty

The Perfume Diaries




Are you fanatical about perfume? You might want to get down to Harrods this weekend then. The famous store is holding a unique exhibition devoted to perfume until the 2nd October.

The ‘Perfume Diaries’ aims to take you on a trip through the history of scent from ancient times to the present day and discover exactly what inspired some of the world’s best-loved fragrances.

Curated by leading Perfumer, Roja Dove, the exhibition uncovers the world of perfume and offers a rare chance to see original sketches and bottles as well as old advertisements and personal anecdotes.


Happy Roald Dahl Day



As the title suggests, today is indeed Official Roald Dahl day, which takes place every year on the birthday of the World’s No. 1 Storyteller. We have fond memories of reading Dahl’s great stories and, of course, looking at Quentin Blake’s fantastic illustrations that brought all the characters to life. There was really something quite magical about flicking each page and not really being sure what was going to happen next. We can’t have been the only ones that always dreamt of trying an ‘Everlasting Gobstopper’.

Our favourite’s here at Cellardoor are….

Matilda

The Twits

What’s your favourite Dahl book?

Teenage Kicks


For a few years now, Vans have been asking celebrities to customise a pair of Vans Slip ons for their Teenage Kicks project – raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Last week they showcased their collection of Slip ons, whilst also showing off the newly refurbished Carnaby Street store. Shoes designed by the likes of Mat Horne, Marina and the Diamonds and Zandra Rhodes were just some on display.

The Slip ons went on eBay today to raise money for the charity. To take a look or even buy a pair whilst making a very welcome donation, click here.






RIP Corinne Day


We couldn’t help but feel sad when we heard earlier today that British fashion photographer Corinne Day had passed away. The photographer lost her fight against the brain tumour she had been battling since being diagnosed last year.

Day is thought to be responsible for Kate Moss’ rise to fame and the beginning of the ever popular “waif” look, after photographing the fresh faced model for the cover of British Vogue in 1993.


The pairing continued throughout Day’s career and Moss became a close friend as well as a favourite subject.


Our condolences go out to all her friends and family. We know that she will be sorely missed.

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