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I’ve written in the past about the wonderful SPID Theatre Company, the award-winning youth organisation that specialises in site-specific and promenade work. Their most recent local project, Kensal Voices, centred around Kensal House on Ladbroke Grove; this intergenerational heritage work marked the fascinating history of this Grade II* listed local landmark, whilst also helping the project’s young participants gain professional and creative skills.

Trellick Tales - Trellick Tower

The SPID Theatre Company now turns its attention to another local landmark with an intriguing history – none other than the Trellick Tower. The year-long project Trellick Tales will celebrate the tower, its residents and their history through free weekly drama and heritage sessions for 13-25 year olds, as well as regular showings and performances – the first of which are on 26th September (1pm and 3pm).

Trellick Tales is also being supported by funding from The Clore Duffield Foundation in association with the Oral History Society and K2K, who are based at South Kilburn Studios, as well as being supported by the V&A.

Furthermore, the BBC have been attending the SPID Theatre Company’s workshops to collect footage and interview the participants for a documentary that will be part of their Inside Out London programme.

Trellick Tales

The young participants of Trellick Tales have been attending workshops run by the Oral History Society which has helped them develop interview and recording techniques. In turn, they’ve used these new skills to collected oral history testimonies from some of the older residents of the Trellick Tower about past estate life. These testimonies have been written into scripts to be transformed into short performances exploring the stories of the estate.

Trellick Tales

If you’d like to attend one of the free, short promenade performances taking place on 26th September, please contact the SPID Theatre Company to reserve a slot. You can do so on 07903 861674 or by emailing youth@spidtheatre.com leaving your name, phone number and which performance (1pm or 3pm) you would like to attend.

For more on the SPID Theatre Company and its work, please see www.spidtheatre.com or look them up on Twitter.

Trellick Tales – Promenade Performance
1pm & 3pm, Saturday 26th September 2015
Trellick Tower
5 Golborne Road
W10 5PL

 

It’s been a pretty rainy week so far here in West London…but I have no doubt that the sun will start shining come Sunday, just in time for the 2015 Notting Hill Carnival – right?

As the final week of August rolls around once again, it’s time to start preparing for the Notting Hill Carnival which takes this weekend! As ever, the Sunday (30th August) will be Children’s Day whilst the Main Parade will take place on the Monday (31st August). Of course, eager revellers will descend on the area on both days!

Notting Hill Carnival 2013
On Westbourne Grove

Events on each day will start around 10am, with parades finishing by about 7pm and sound systems stopping their music at 8.30pm. However, there’ll be plenty of after-parties in the area’s many bars, pubs and clubs so you’ll have no problem continuing the party until the early hours.

This year, there will be 38 sound systems pumping out the tunes in the Carnival zone, and of course plenty of the usual stalls selling tasty treats (jerk chicken – of course!) and refreshing drinks.

There’s even an official app to accompany the Carnival this year! By and large, its most useful feature is the map which will help you locate particular sound systems, as well as showing your nearby food and drink stalls (although these are everywhere) and toilets (less everywhere, but certainly no less essential!).

Do remember that the Carnival area will be very busy, as always (an estimated 700,000 people attend over the two days, each year) so take care and be aware that certain points in the Carnival zone can get very crowded indeed. Do also plan your route into (and out of) the zone as most of the Underground stations in and around Notting Hill will either be completely shut, or operating special entry/exit/interchange rules. The Transport for London guide to the Carnival is the best place to check for closures, and is also useful to help you plan alternative routes.

Rain or shine, this year’s Carnival will once again establish a proper party atmosphere to the streets of W10 and W11 – with plenty of elaborate, colourful costumes; exciting parades; top music; excellent parties; a festival mood and much more!

Useful links for the 2015 Notting Hill Carnival

  • Time Out have – as ever – an excellent guide to the Carnival, with plenty of info about the Carnival itself and a full listing of warm-up and after parties. They also look at the history of the Carnival, and there’s even useful tips on what to wear! It’s also worth picking up a copy of the free Time Out magazine (distributed on Tuesdays) if you can.
  • RBKC Council also have a useful guide to the Carnival for local residents (PDF), which details things like road closures, parking restrictions and what happens for the post-Carnival clean-up
  • The Notting Hill Carnival website provides information from the Carnival Enterprises Trust
  • It’s Notting Hill Carnival Time Again Okay, this is our post from last year – but there’s some useful Carnival-going tips on there that are worth a peruse!

2015 Notting Hill Carnival
Sunday 30th & Monday 31st August 2015

The UK’s only established party dedicated to none-other than Mr Kanye West returns to our bit of town on 28th September 2015 for its next instalment at the legendary Notting Hill Arts Club. Whatever you say about Kanye – one of the most awarded, hated, loved & controversially spoken stars in music – he’s also one of the most influential people of our generation (if none other than Time magazine is anything to go by).

Dedicated to Kanye

Born in early 2014, Dedicated to Kanye (DTK) has established itself as the home of Kanye parties. With its unique Kanye Only Music Policy, you can expect to hear rare album cuts, niche Ye’ features, productions and of course album hit after album hit all night long. The party is a gateway into the church of Yeezus and as it’s open from 9pm to 2am, you can listen to #YeezyAllNight.

DTK has been featured in the likes of Vice Magazine, Noisey, Time Out London & The Evening Standard, and has been supported on social media by the infamous Team Kanye Daily (the only Kanye fan club/socials followed by Kim Kardashian & Team Donda).

Dedicated to Kanye

Check out what Vice Magazine had to say about a DTK night from earlier this year: There is a club night in West London that only plays Kanye West.

Time Out also recently had the night as one of their top nightlife things to do in London: 43 Dazzling Things To Do in London

Early bird tickets are currently only £3, whilst the next batch to be released will cost £5; tickets can be bought online at www.milkshake-fatsoma.com. Be sure to snap up tickets for the event soon – this will be sold out!

Full details of the events can be found on Facebook at bit.ly/FresherThanMyClique.

Dedicated to Kanye
9pm til late, Monday 28th September 2015
Notting Hill Arts Club
21 Notting Hill Gate
W11 3JQ

Dedicated to Kanye

This Sunday, 16th August, the Secret Yoga Club will be hosting the next of their monthly yoga sessions at the wonderful 20th Century Theatre on Westbourne Grove. The afternoon yoga session will be followed by a three-course vegetarian lunch and will also feature live music.

Secret Yoga Club in Notting Hill

The Secret Yoga Club organises pop up yoga events in different venues around London each month, with each event mixing together yoga, live music and delicious seasonal food.

This Sunday, the hour-long yoga session will be a Jivamukti class taught by Rachel Middleton that is suitable for all levels. The class will be accompanied by live music and followed by a gong bath.

Attendees will then sit down to a delicious, seasonal, vegetarian feast cooked by a wonderful chef.

Come join the Secret Yoga Club for an afternoon of yoga, live music and delicious food hosted in a truly amazing venue! Tickets cost £45 and can be booked online.

Secret Yoga Club
1pm, Sunday 16th August 2015

20th Century Theatre
291 Westbourne Grove
W11 2QA
www.secretyogaclub.co.uk

Secret Yoga Club in Notting Hill