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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

Now in its 13th year, the annual Notting Hill Mayfest returns to the streets and venues of the area next month, offering a full line-up of exciting events with something for everyone! What started as a small community festival centred around the popular May Fair is now a month-long, multidisciplinary arts festival – with music recitals, film screenings, children’s events, a tea dance, area tours, lunchtime concerts, talks and much more.

2015 Notting Hill Mayfest

One of the best known events of the Mayfest, as mentioned, is the May Fair which will take place at St John’s Notting Hill on Saturday 9th May, 1pm to 5pm. One of Notting Hill’s best loved events, which has taken place annually for over 25 years, the Fair is well known for its traditional village games and stalls, music, Maypole dancing, a fancy dress competition and dog show. A true family event with something for all ages – including a vintage coconut shy, face painting and even a bouncy castle!

On Wednesday 6th May, Dr William Taylor – Vicar of St John’s Notting Hill – will give a big screen presentation of his recent three-month journey along the Silk Road, during which time he travelled light and stayed with monks and hermits. The evening will include music, dance, food and drink inspired by Silk Road. This will also be the launch event for THE SPACE at St John’s, which will showcase the new community, arts and business facilities within the church. More details on THE SPACE and its use can be found at www.stjohnsnottinghill.com/thespace/.

On Friday 15th May, the silent classic Steamboat Bill Jr (1928), starring Buster Keaton, will be projected onto the big screen at St John’s Notting Hill with music accompaniment by the church’s recently restored organ. This follows a screening of the classic film Wings (1927) last year in what was a sell-out show.

Other highlights of the Mayfest include Love Your Local Market tours of Golborne and Portobello Markets (selected dates); the Bach to Baby classical concert for adults, babies and tots (19th May); the Flores de Mayo/Santacruzan Parade, a traditional festival of the Philippines (30th May); and a Tea Dance that will feature a number of different ballroom dancing styles (23rd May). The Mayfest will also see another opportunity to climb the tower at St John’s Notting Hill (16th May) for panoramic views across the area.

There’s of course plenty more happening during Mayfest as well, and many events are free to enter (or very affordable indeed!). The Notting Hill Mayfest also showcases some of the best known venues in the area, including St John’s Notting Hill, St Peter’s Notting Hill, St George’s Campden Hill, The Gate Theatre, and The 20th Century Theatre, and it’s a lovely chance to experience a variety of cultural events at these locations.

For a full line-up of all the events taking place during Mayfest (and to book tickets, where appropriate), please see www.nottinghillmayfest.org.uk.

2015 Notting Hill Mayfest
1st – 30th May 2015
various venues
www.nottinghillmayfest.org.uk

Today, Wednesday 7th January, marks the first All You Can Eat event of the year at Arancina on Westbourne Grove!

Run on the first Wednesday of every month, the concept behind this event is simple. Between 6pm and 10pm, ladies pay £10 and men pay £12 – and then you can literally chow down as much pizza as you can handle! (Drinks are charged separately.) This is a great way of cheering yourself up during these dark winter nights with some exceedingly tasty pizza – and a great way of saving money too, which is no doubt a handy thing in January!

Arancina All You Can Eat

Better still, Arancina’s pizzas have a special style of preparation and presentation which they say is unique to London, and sees people flocking to them from all over the city. Their pizzas are all ‘pizza alla palla’ – this means they are both cooked and served on a wooden board. Better still, they add a little bit of sugar to their pizza dough which makes it really crispy and delicious. Mmmm…!

Arancina Apertivo Night

Arancina Apertivo Night

Arancina also run a very popular Aperitivo event once a month as well. The next one of these is on 11th February, also at their Westbourne Grove branch, and brings to London a particular style of dining that’s extremely popular in Italy. You pay just £9 for your first drink (why not try something like a Negroni, or an Aperol Spritz), and then you can eat as much pizza and arancini as you can handle! Arancina’s Aperitivo nights were hugely popular in 2014, with locals and tourists heading to their restaurant from all around – as you can see from the images in this post.

Head down to Arancina tonight (or the first Wednesday of every month) for their All You Can Eat special, or give their popular Aperitivo night a whirl on the 11th February!

All You Can Eat at Arancina
First Wednesday of every month – starts Wednesday 7th January 2015

Aperitvo Night
Monthly – starts 11th February 2015

Arancina
19 Westbourne Grove
W2 4UA
arancina.co.uk