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Craft-Beer-870x560IT’S BACK: LONDON BEER WEEK 

London Beer Week returns for year two.

Get ready for a week of beer exploration around London’s best beer bars and breweries – London Beer Week is BACK 22-28 February 2016, so get a wristband and get involved.

The epicentre of the festival, and not to be missed – the London Beer Week Hub will this year be based at The Old Truman Brewery and will be a week-long hive of pop-up beer bars and immersive beer experiences for those wearing a London Beer Week wristband. 

Your key to the city, a wristband also gets you access to the self-guided Beer Tours, that’s £3 speciality beers and £5 boilermakers (AKA a beer and a shot) in more than 100 of the best beer bars and breweries in London all week long.

And if that’s not enough to whet your whistle, beer-lovers can also get stuck into a full schedule of ticketed beer events, including parties, pairing dinners and brewery tours.  

The week of beer, cider and ale-filled fun will once again culminate in CBR London 2016, the UK’s biggest beer, music and street food festival of its kind. Also based at The Old Truman Brewery, the event promises to be better than ever, with more than 600 beers on offer. 

LBW wristbands are on sale now for just £10, visit www.londonbeerweek.com


Southbank Centre’s BAM – Being A Man festival, which launched in 2014, returns at the end of November to explore the challenges and pressures of masculine identity in the 21st century. Taking place a week after International Men’s Day (19 November), the festival will feature a 3-day programme of talks & debates, concerts, performances, comedy and workshops with contributions from over 150 speakers and performers, including Akala, Frankie Boyle, David Baddiel and Kellie Maloney.

Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre, said: "Men are often under pressure to demonstrate heroism, be daring and ‘man up’. BAM – Being a Man investigates what conflicts the modern man faces in a world where everything is changing: work, family, image and gender balance. It's an opportunity, amidst all the debate about men, for men themselves to come together to share stories, discuss the pleasures and challenges of being men, and look at what kind of world they want for themselves and others.”

Highlights of the festival confirmed so far, with further speakers and performers to be announced in early November include:

Music and comedy: 

  • BAM Live – an evening of music and discussion of what it is to be a man with guests including BAFTA and MOBO award-winning hip-hop artist, writer, poet and historian Akala, comedian and writer Frankie Boyle

Literature and spoken word:

  • David Baddiel in conversation – comedian, novelist, screen writer and presenter David Baddiel joins Jude Kelly CBE, Artistic Director at Southbank Centre, to discuss everything from huge professional successes to his experiences of depression  
  • Kellie Maloney in conversation – formerly known as Frank Maloney, Kellie Maloney came to prominence as a flamboyant boxing manager and promoter. She discusses her extraordinary journey and the strides taken in promoting greater awareness and understanding of transgender issues
  • Letters to 007 – Why are still so obsessed with James Bond? A cast of speakers read letters to the famous spy alongside letters from Ian Fleming to explore Bond’s past and future selves 
  • Theatre of War – dramatic readings from Sophocles’ Ajax exploring the visible and invisible wounds of war now and in the ancient world
  • Poems That Make Grown Men Cry – Anthony and Ben Holden introduce readings from their anthology Poems That Make Grown Men Cry, a collection gathering one hundred men and the poems that move them to tears
  • Polari – London’s award-winning LGBT literary salon explores queer masculinity celebrates its eighth birthday

Performance and dance:

  • Of Man and Beast – a dynamic new outdoor dance piece by Company Chameleon exploring male group dynamics. The company returns after a successful run at Southbank Bank in 2014
  • Team of Decades – performance artist Will Dickie’s autobiographical piece for an audience of 10 commenting on male role models. Taking place in a local sports field, participants will play sport to understand and explore male relationships, strengths and weaknesses.
  • Hervé – nominated for a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival 2012, French African busker Hervé Goffings tells the extraordinary story of his adoption by an unconventional white Belgian couple

Film screenings:

  • Jihad: A British Story – documentary by award-winning filmmaker Deeyah Khan exploring why and how young people have fallen prey to extremists
  • BAM NOW – BBC Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney talks to teenage boys from across the UK in an investigation about the reality of being a young man today
  • The Mask You Live In – documentary film directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom following young males as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating our culture’s narrow definition of masculinity. An official selection of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival
  • Inextinguishable Fire and Tiresias – BAM will screen two films by performance artist Cassils who uses the body to comment on gender, societal norms and violence. Inextinguishable Fire depicts a series of treacherous fire stunts which speak to the difficult topic of representing violence and trauma. In Tiresias Cassils draws on the greek myth of Tiresias who spent seven years living as woman. The film depicts Cassils melting an ice sculpture with pure body heat, demonstrating the instability of the body and our desire for a certain unsustainable physique.

Speakers include:

  • Jeremy Hardy (comedian)
  • Jimmie Briggs (one of the most important figures working in human rights activism today)
  • Mads Nissen (photographer and winner of World Press Photo 2015)
  • Charlie Condou (actor)
  • Gemma Cairney (Radio 1 DJ)
  • Jake Mills (stand up comedian)
  • Mark Simpson (writer and journalist)
  • Tim Samuels (documentary filmmaker, broadcaster and host of BBC 5Live’s Men’s Hour)
  • Ekow Eshun (writer, journalist and broadcaster)
  • Deeyah Khan (Emmy award winning film maker)
  • Rick Edwards (broadcaster, television presenter and writer)
  • Harris Elliott (creative director and co-curator of the Return of the Rudeboy exhibition at Somerset House in 2014)
  • James Sutton (Actor, plays John Paul McQueen in Hollyoaks)
  • Asif Quraishi (Britain's first out Muslim Drag Queen and LGBT activist)
  • Justin Coghlan (founder, Movember)
  • Matt Cain (TV presenter and writer)
  • Joris Luyendijk (investigative journalist and writer of the Banking Blog for the Guardian between 2011 - 2013, author of Swimming With Sharks: my journey into the world of bankers)
  • Owen Sheers (novelist, poet and playwright)

Discussion topics include:

  • The Beautiful Game – a panel of football fans and sceptics, including poet Paul Lyalls and broadcaster Tim Samuels talk about the positive and negative imagery that surrounds this beloved sport.
  • Breaking the Silence: Rape on Hollyoaks – the producers and cast of Hollyoaks, including Duncan Craig, CEO of Survivors Manchester, actor James Sutton, Bryan Kirkwood, Executive Producer of Hollyoaks, Lee Mason, Commissioning Editor, Drama for Channel 4 and Dr Joanna Jamel, Course Lead in Criminological Psychology at Kingston University discuss the groundbreaking storyline involving the rape of central male character John Paul McQueen
  • Banged Up: Men Behind Bars – a panel of former prisoners and experts debate whether the prison system brutalises male inmates and what reforms are needed
  • He’s a Dedicated Follower of Fashion – stylish men including Terry Betts, formerly of Selfridges, Mr Porter and Harvey Nichols and now Head of Business Development at Thread, Adnan Ansari, founder & Creative Director of Riwayat, TV presenter and Guardian fashion columnist Rick Edwards and Harris Elliott, Creative Director and co-curator of the Return of the Rude Boy exhibition at Somerset House in 2014 explore the relationship between men and fashion
  • Ganging Up – former gang members and leading experts in gang culture investigate the often deadly impact of gang culture on young people and the sense of ‘family’ that attracts young men to gang membership
  • I Had A Black Dog, His Name Was Depression – a panel of experts and campaigners discuss the damaging stigma around depression and how we can enable men to ask for a find help
  • And When Did You Last See Your Father? – Hear men and parenting experts discuss their rites of passage and role models, while sharing their experiences of being fathers and sons
  • Mad Men, X Men and Grand Theft Auto – an exploration of whether our media reflects the men we want to be
  • Being a Black Man – panel exploring the contradictory and complex ideas around black masculinity
  • A Fine Bromance – a discussion on male friendship covering everything from competition and ‘bromance’ to growing up together
  • British Asian Men – How do men in the South Asian community view their manhood and deal with life's big issues? Join a panel of men including writer, performer, storyteller and music producer Shane Solanki, Sandeep Virdee, Artistic Director of Darbar Festival, and Asif Quraishi, Britain’s first out male Muslim Drag Queen, to find out.
  • Sex and the City: the singles, the marrieds and the wanting to have it alls – BAM considers the spectrum of sexual desires and whether promiscuity is built in and inevitable for men.

Workshops and participation

  • Best Mo’ in Show – expert judges from the Movember Foundation, famous for its annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, select the ‘Best Mo’ in this catwalk show.
  • The Relationship between Men and Beer – The Bottle Shop will present an intimate and relaxed beer-tasting workshop
  • Beer Brewing Basics for the Modern Man – Michele Sensidoni, Head Brewer for Mastri Birrai Umbri, the largest craft brewery in Italy will uncover the secrets and trends of brewing today.
  • Broga – a full body workout grounded in yoga fundamentals
  • Pram Jam: Just for Dads – dads, granddads and male carers are invited to move and groove with their little ones
  • Beyond the Bassline – Southbank Centre’s singing initiative Voicelab introduce men of all ages and singing abilities to music which feels good to sing
  • London School of Capoeira will lead a workshop with one of London’s Master teachers of Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that contains both music and dance as key components.

Tickets: £15 (day pass Friday/Saturday/Sunday), £35 (three day pass)

Please note that certain events are not included in the day pass and will require a separate ticket


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Friday 27 November – Sunday 29 November 2015

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ChilliimageThe weather might be dropping but those seeking a heatwave need go no further than Shoreditch this weekend for the Festival of Heat, the last UK Chilli Festival of the year and a celebration of all things hot, hot, hot!

Bringing together the best producers, market traders and fiery chefs from all around the UK, the festival is a real celebration of locally-grown produce and urban food. Budding entrepreneur? Experts will be on hand to offer advice on how to send your own sauce to market, from production to shelf, for any of you that are inspired by the sauces, jams, pickles and more available to taste on the day. Want to try out some recipes for yourself? Masterclasses for the masterchefs out there will reveal all and show you how to make your dinner parties go off with a bang.

This is the third Festival of Heat, with visitor numbers increasing year on year, and organisers say that the popularity and interest in rare chillies has never been higher. We’ve all read about the Scoville scale, and the sheer variety of chillies out there, but what does it all mean and why are chillies so endearingly popular? Pritesh Mody, owner of www.worldofzing.com, as featured on the BBC and C4’s Sunday Brunch as a chilli expert will be there this weekend to teach us all about this fascinating world. Pritesh says,

“I attribute the huge current trend for spicier cuisine to the recession of 2008. With stretched pockets, value for money became more important than ever so out went fancy plates and fine dining and in came street food with big portions and robust flavours. With much of the world’s best street food coming from South America and Asia, it was only natural that the ingredients used to cook their exotic dishes followed, including the huge variety of chillies we now see.”

Entertainment on the day will be eclectic, with bands playing folk music from all over the world. Background Bars are providing the drinks and we can’t wait to try the Chilli Martini, made from a delicious chilli-infused rum. Hats off to festival founder Rosanna Leal, who whose work to bring together local independent businesses and the various communities living and contributing to the rich life of London and the East End, has resulted in a day full of fire!

Tickets are £7.50 with children under 16 going free.


‘Your Colour Perception 3’ by Liz West

The initial artist line up and venues have been announced for new art festival Soho Fluorescent 2015, running in the centre of London this July. The event will see 40 up-and-coming artists creating and exhibiting work in up to 12 unconventional venues across Soho.

The Soho Fluorescent festival will create a trail of venues – offices, shops, studios and other workspaces – across London’s most vibrant cultural quarter, showing work curated for the array of unusual exhibition spaces by Helen Ratcliffe and Alan Smith of Allenheads Contemporary Arts (www.acart.org.uk).The festival will be open to the public on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July.

“Soho Fluorescent is looking for the most exciting and talented emerging artists working in all media,” commented Helen Ratcliffe, “including performance, photography, multi-media and sound installations.” Featured artists include Alix Marie, who has just completed a residency at the V&A, Gabriele Dini, who recently undertook a research residency at Allenheads Contemporary Arts, Tim Shaw who for Fluorescent will be in residence at Zero One making a new sound installation in direct response to the architectural and spatial qualities of the venue, and Liz West who will create a site specific installation that mixes luminous colour and radiant light.  

Soho Fluorescent is the initiative of Soho solicitors Simons Muirhead & Burton.  Razi Mireskandari is the firm’s managing partner: “I was convinced that Soho businesses would embrace a new way of supporting and interacting with the arts,” he said, “and the response we have had for our inaugural festival supports this. We will be putting great new art in workplaces across the area and then throwing the doors open to the public. The artists will benefit, Soho will benefit and we think the art loving public will have a great time exploring what’s on offer.”

Businesses which will be hosting Soho Fluorescent include Tapestry on Frith St. , a creative and media production agency which is not only providing design and print services to the project, but also created the new Fluorescent branding; construction consultants Leslie Clark on Dean St.; and Zero One on Hopkins St., a creative production studio which is also offering studio and editing facilities. Soho Fluorescent will also be joined by The Photographers Gallery which, in keeping with the Fluorescent ethos to support emerging artists, will be presenting its exhibition FRESHFACED & WILDEYED. More artists and venues will be announced shortly.

All of the work exhibited during the festival will be for sale, with artists receiving 70% of sale prices and the balance helping to support the future development of the event. “We are underwriting year one costs for Soho Fluorescent,” explained Mireskandari, “but are confident that the festival will become self-sustaining in future years. It is another demonstration of what makes Soho special and why we should be fighting to keep it so.”

BurgerfestIf you like burgers (and who doesn't), your day might just be made. 😁
After tasting and strictly scoring 75 of our reader's favourite burger submissions in the space of four gruelling (but great) weeks, Twenty Something London's Top 10 Burgers in London list is live and tickets for Burger Fest 2015 are on sale.
Building on the success of last year's event which sold out in a matter of days, Burger Fest 2015 brings six of the top 10 on the list (which received quite a shake-up from last year) under one roof for a full day of burger mania at The Paperworks on June 27th. We've split the event into two 'sittings' - lunch and dinnertime - to alleviate queues and extend digestion time.
£35 tickets include five sliders, an alcoholic Lickalix popsicle and epic outdoor summertime vibes to wash it all down. The first 100 people through the door at each session - lunchtime is from 12:00 to 17:30 and dinnertime from 18:00 to 23:30 - get a free Red Stripe beer.


And if you are itching to know how your favourite burgers scored or make sure you're not missing out on some prime burger action - here is the hotlist -

1st place: The Veni Moo, Wild Game Co.

2nd place: The Bacon Cheeseburger, Bleecker St.

3rd place: The Angry Grizzly, Stokey Bears

4th place: The Smokey Bandit, Hotbox

5th place: The Buffalo Bill, Street Kitchen

6th place: The Honest, Honest Burgers

7th place: The Green Chilli Cheese Burger, Dip n Flip

8th place: The El Chappo, Lucky Chip

9th place: The Boom Burger, Boom Burger

10th place: The Juice Bastard, Burger Craft