Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery at Hackney Wicked

The Hackney Wicked Art Festival had its third successful year of operation this month, and taking part was one of the local area’s most successful companies, H Forman and Sons. Their premises opposite the Olympic park house the Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery.

The Hackney Wicked Art Festival has become a firm fixture on the London summer calendar, despite only having operated for three years. More than 30,000 people are thought to have attended this year, the highest yet seen at the festival. There are numerous art exhibitions, theatre and cabaret performances all over the Hackney Wick area, as well as interactive family events and markets. The emphasis this year, as ever, was on including local businesses and the local community.

Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery is open all year round, but it put on a special exhibition for the festival called ‘I see myself there, where I am not’. Rather than being a single artist exhibition, this included ten different artists’ work, all based around a theme – exploring ideas of heterotopias and ‘the other’. The gallery was the venue for the launch of the whole festival on Friday 30 July, hosting a successful opening night with lots of enjoyment to be had by all attendees.

The gallery continued to be very popular over the weekend – and not just for the art. After enjoying the gallery, many visitors chose to take in a meal at the brasserie, which operated all weekend, or take home some gourmet foods to enjoy later. Kids loved the family drawing day, where they got to take part in a competition to draw a picture of the Olympic stadium.

Via EPR Network
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Head to Cebu For An Entire Day Of Feasting On 15 October 2010

The Filipino island of Cebu sees a feast of celebrations to pay respect to the island’s patron saint, reports

The Halad Festival is an annual event that sees worshippers paying respect to Saint Teresa of Avila in the form of a feast to the prominent Spanish nun.

Visitors to the Philippines looking to watch the festivities should head to Talisay City, which is named after the Mantalisay tree that grows throughout the area. On Friday 15th October 2010 the city will play host to a continuous street procession featuring local residents and artists.

The streets will be lined with a series of colourful displays including traditional dances and music, all performed in a variety of cultural costumes.

One of the highlights of the event will be the opportunity to sample one of the city’s most famous dishes called lechon. This is a meal of spit roasted pig served with a unique blend of herbs and spices. Talisay City claims to have the best lechon in the country and there’ll be a special competition to find out just who serves the best variety of this Filipino delicacy.

In addition to the lechon, visitors can sample a variety of other national dishes from cooking demonstrations and a large food fair that is being included as part of the feast for the celebrations.

The evening will go on to witness more performances and variety shows including the popular competition to find Ms Talisay City Tourism.

The popularity of the event with locals and overseas visitors means that people searching for a hotel Cebu could find occupancy higher than normal around the time of the event.

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