I just came over a great piece of news. So if you are in Liverpool this Saturday, you are in for a big moment of cultural history!
9 October 2010 marks the celebration of John Lennon’s 70th birthday and this particular day a global peace monument is to be gifted to the people of Europe.
The monument entitled ‘Peace & Harmony’, will be unveiled in Liverpool’s Chavasse Park as part of a gala ceremony in Lennon’s birthplace of Liverpool by his eldest son Julian and first wife Cynthia.
US artist Lauren Voiers was asked by Julian to incorporate, within the monument’s design, a white feather – which to Julian is a symbol of both his father’s spirit and of peace.
Julian Lennon explains: “One of the things my father said to me was that should he pass away, if there was some way of letting me know he was going to be ok, it was by, in some shape or form, presenting me with a white feather.”
Dignitaries from all over Europe are invited I’ve heard. Wish I had planned my diary for this occasion too…
But perhaps you are able to go? If so, don’t miss this great moment to celebrate the life and spirit of Lennon and his message of peace!
And if you are not sure how to find your way to Chavasse Park, our Britain map will guide you!
For the 18th year in a row, the London Jazz festival is back for another year of amazing live performances and guest appearances by musicians from all over the world. Jazz lovers will be able to enjoy concerts from brassy big bands acts to intimate solo performances.
The festival has been known to bring the world’s best contemporary jazz artists to London and this year is no exception. Veteran saxophonist Sonny Rollins will be celebrating his 80th birthday with a concert at the festival and other concerts this year will include flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía, Esperanza Spalding, Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman, Paolo Conte, Marital Solal and much more. For us Scandinavians, who would like to see some fellow countrymen perform, the festival has 3 Danish and 6 Norwegian acts visiting this year.
A must see if you’re into vocals, is Guy Barkers opening concert at the Barbican – Jazz Voice: Celebrating a Century of song. In this act a wide range of vocal stars from the worlds of jazz, rock and soul will be showcasing a programme of songs, films, singers and songwriters down the decades.
The London Jazz Festival takes place Friday 12 – Sunday 21 November 2010 at several venues around London. Tickets range in price, but if you want to go I suggest you hurry. Some concerts are already sold out. For further information and booking, please visit www.londonjazzfestival.org.uk.
If you can’t make it to the festival, View London has put together some great lists of jazz clubs and jazz bars in London for you to check out.
On 25 August to 7 November the Handel House Museum presents the Hendrix in Britain exhibition in the rock legend’s former home at 23 Brook Street in central London.
It’s been 40 years since Jimi Hendrix died and in honour of his music contribution the museum will showcase his life and success in the UK. There will also be displayed film clips, images and clothes. For tickets, please click here
Find Handel House Museum on our map.
Come join the parade and be a part of Europe’s largest Latin American Festival in London tonight, the 1st of August. Let your inner Latin American loose, shake your hips and absorb the music and atmosphere.
The Carnaval del Pueblo is free and starts off with a colourful and spectacular parade from Elephant Road to Burgess Park. At the park there are seven stages with different themes and live performances and of course, lots of activities and Latin American dishes that will satisfy everyone’s food palate.
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Find your way to the carnival with our Britain map.
Here’s an overview over upcoming pride festivals throughout the UK. Make sure to put on your boogie shoes, your party hat and by all means bring your good mood and get ready for some energetic gay parades – UK style. Most of the pride festivals are free but I recommend you check their websites for more information.
Belfast Pride 24th – 31st July
This is Ireland’s biggest pride festival and the theme for this year is ‘Outer Space’. Run and buy a costume or even better – make your own outfit with tin foil. Belfast visitor information
Thanet Pride 24th of July
One day event in Kent with loads of fun including entertainment from “The Pride Icons & Legends Show”. Thanet visitor information
Huddersfield Pink Picninc 25th of July
Free pride festival in Yorkshire with live music, food and market stalls and much more. Don’t forget to bring your picnic basket. Huddersfield visitor information
Norwich Pride 31st of July
This will be the second Norwich Pride including dance demonstrations, a parade, speakers and lots of fun activities. Norwich visitor information
Nottingham Pride 31st of July
The only Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) festival in Nottingham. This year’s programme include performance by The Dream Bears, The Cheeky Girls and many more. Nottingham visitor information
Brighton & Hove Pride Festival 31st of July – 8th of August
This festival last a week and the theme of the year is ‘Pride and (No) Prejudice’. Throughout the city there will be numerous of events such as a karaoke marathon, fundraising, family activities and so on. Brighton visitor information
If you can’t catch any of these pride festivals, please check out this website for later pride events across the UK.
What are you waiting for? Join the rainbow party!
Each year the little island Isle of Wight, on the south coast of England is host to the world famous Isle of Wight Garlic Festival with arena entertainments hundreds of food stalls. At the huge Garlic Marquee you can try garlic beer, garlic fudge, garlic ice-cream and other delicatessens – everything with garlic flavour.
But even though garlic is the main ingredient, the festival has much more to offer. Try the award winning local lamb at one of the over hundred food stalls at the festival. You can also meet TITAN the Robot or watch one of the many acts on the main arena like the sheep dog trials, magic shows, acrobat acts, stunt artists or the talented pet shows. And when you feel up to it, grab a garlic beer and tap your toes at one of the many concerts at the great stage.
This year’s festival is on 14-15 August in Sandown on Isle of Wight and the festival area is open 10am – 6pm. For more information about the festival and how to get there, please visit The Garlic Festival website or view our Britain map for directions.
And while chewing on that last piece of garlic fudge, take the time to investigate the rest of the beautiful island. Here you can get inspired by some videos on what to do on the island.
For tourist information about Isle of Wight, please visit Isle of Wight Tourism.
If you happen to be in Manchester between the 23rd to 31st of July, I recommend you join the Manchester Jazz Festival – a contemporary event, where the gin is cold and where the music makes your jazz hands shake.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Manchester Jazz Festival and it’s the biggest festival to date. The lineup includes international and regional artists like trumpeter Neil Yates, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Extra Love and many more. See the full festival programme here.
The festival consists of several indoor and outdoor events – many of them are free. You can find more information about tickets and venues here. You can also check out our Britain google map for locations.