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London's Chinese New Year celebrations biggest outside China
BBC News
14 February 2016

Thousands of people lined the streets of London for the Chinese New Year celebrations.

The capital's parade, the biggest in the world outside China, celebrated the year of the monkey.

Performers walked along Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue to celebrate the new year, which started on 8 February.

Ten lion teams performed in the march, which wound up in Chinatown.
 

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V&A engineering season – designed by humans and built by robots
Designweek.co.uk
5th February 2016

Design teams are working on a major Ove Arup exhibition, a generative outdoor installation being built by robots and other events.

The V&A will embark on a season that celebrates engineering with highlights including a major Ove Arup exhibition and a sprawling outdoor installation fabricated by robots.

The Engineering season is setting out to consider engineers as the “unsung heroes” of design according to the V&A, which wants to recognise their “vital and creative role” in developing our built environment.

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Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba launch mission to build £130m home for British film on South Bank

The landmark building will house a gallery, a research and education centre as well as three cinema screens with a combined capacity of 1,100

Bond rivals Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba today joined forces to announce a £130 million home for British film on the South Bank.

The landmark British Film Institute building, on the site of a car park between the London Eye and the Royal Festival Hall, will house a gallery and a research and education centre as well as three cinema screens with a combined capacity of 1,100.
Amanda Nevill, BFI head, said the scheme got the go-ahead after an anonymous benefactor came forward with an £87 million donation. The remaining funds now need to be raised — and the search is on for a world-renowned architect to create a building befitting the location.
 

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I don't see why clubs have licenses revoked automatically because of the actions of a customer completely unrelated to that club. It is more of a collusion between the police, local council and developers with an agenda and looking for an excuse. As the councils do not care about late night entertainment and would rather it occurred in a different borough then it is a very bad strategy to leave the councils and police in charge of this cultural sector.

More evidence in a piece in Timeout this week is about the club "Shapes" being forced to close in Hackney Wick after their license was removed due to a sexual assault on the premises. The club owner points out that spontaneous late night entertainment with music are being pushed to unregulated outdoor sites and DJs and artists are moving to less restrictive cities like Berlin.
 

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The unofficial/illegal clubbing scene is booming in London according to some people I know, so the show is clearly going on in the many empty properties and certain locations around the capital.

The real issue is with the increased strength of ecstasy compared to the 1980s/90s rave culture, which mirrors the growing strength of cannabis over the past 15 years. Remember we are talking about completely unregulated products in both manufacturing and distribution. The police and councils are deluding themselves if they think shutting down the dwindling number of licensed venues will stop fatalities like this.
 

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http://guardian.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

The man who steered the Tate to triumph prepares to take his leave

There is an anecdote that Sir Nicholas Serota told in a lecture he gave in November 2000, almost exactly six months after the triumphant opening, in the gargantuan chambers of the Bankside power station in London, of Tate Modern. It concerned an inquiry into the salary of the director of the Tate Gallery, conducted in 1987, the year before Serota took up the post.

The director’s pay, it was concluded, ought to be raised to match that of the directors of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Gallery. Not because the Tate was intrinsically as important as those venerable institutions, but rather because “the director of the Tate has to deal with the very difficult problem of modern art”. The Tate director, in short, was due danger money for having to cope with the inexplicable, the unpopular, the controversial and the bewildering
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Could anyone recommend a couple of (small, alternative?) galleries where one can see and perhaps acquire non-tourist-trash artwork by upcoming artists on a really tight budget? Any ideas? So far I've only been able to find either art that's pretty expensive (upward of 200 quid) or total kitsch like the mass produced stuff you see around Green Park.
 
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