Pure London Fashion Retail Event

Pure London Fashion Retail Event 2018 – 11th – 13th February – Olympia London, UK.

Pure London Fashion Retail Event

We’re the UK’s most unmissable fashion retail event!

Featuring eight expertly curated show sectors and catering to all your AW18/19 buying needs, Pure London offers unrivalled inspirations, never-before-seen collections, free educational seminars, WGSN trend briefings and exhilarating live catwalk shows.

New for 2018 – introducing Pure Origin, your gateway to the entire global supply chain.

Sunday 11 February 2018 09:30 – 18:00
Monday 12 February 2018 09:30 – 18:00
Tuesday 13 February 2018 09:30 – 16:00

Admission: FREE Entry

Jo Harrop Live at The Corn Hall

Jo Harrop Live at The Corn Hall – 8th February – 7.00pm onwards – The Corn Hall, London.

Jo Harrop Live at The Corn Hall

Acclaimed London-based chanteuse Jo Harrop salutes the legendary Peggy Lee, the coolest of jazz singers. Jo will be accompanied by the brilliant Chris Ingham trio featuring Chris Ingham (piano), Owen Morgan (bass) and George Double (drums).

If you have access issues please contact the Box Office on 01379 652241 to complete your booking so we can ensure that your visit is as comfortable and safe as possible. Due to fire safety requirements we have a limit on how many wheelchair spaces we can accommodate so these need to be reserved in advance to avoid disappointment.

Virtual Focus with Zhu Wei

“Virtual Focus”



PRIVATE VIEW 7th of February 2018

6:30 – 9:00PM

8th of February – 24th of March 2018

Kristin Hjellegjerde is delighted to announce the first-ever European solo exhibition of one of China’s best-known contemporary artists, Zhu Wei. His characteristic style of blending traditional ink painting techniques with contemporary socio-political themes and sensibilities has put him at the forefront of the post-Tiananmen period of Chinese art, and is instantly recognisable for its own unique visual language.

In Virtual Focus (8th of February–24th of March 2018), the gallery will present a selection of works from one of Wei’s best-known ongoing series, The Ink and Wash Research Lecture Series, which he first began in 2005. In it, he explores the many social and economic changes that have taken place in China over the past three decades.

As a social commentator and something of a “Beijing urban hermit”, in the words of writer and filmmaker Geremie R Barmé, Zhu creates his cartoon-like works out of a secluded studio in the northwest suburbs of the city. Spanning many art schools and styles and yet fully belonging to none, he creates his own visual reality. This acts as a third space in which childhood memories, real life experiences and social observations are broken down and reconstructed through the customary motifs of the Chinese court paintings of the Song dynasty.

The ubiquitous red curtain that appears as the backdrop to The Ink and Wash Research Lecture Series is nearly as important as the subjects themselves. For beyond the obvious communist allusion, it also touches on Chinese symbolism, for red, after all, is the colour of joy and is believed to bring good luck. The curtain first made an appearance in Zhu’s work over a decade ago, and is now a hallmark of the series.

In fact, this curtain plays a double role, not only revealing Zhu’s exquisite mastery of the brush, but creating an abstract backdrop that allows the eyes to focus fully on the people and objects in the foreground. The juxtaposition of the ancient and modern, the brightly coloured background and the bland expressions of the people he paints, the traditional Chinese tunic suits and the disconnected, dull expressions present people almost weighed down by circumstance. They become portraits, as it were, of an era.

This is no coincidence, for Zhu is concerned with the ongoing change in his native country, explaining previously that “although people today are compelled by ongoing massive economic developments – every family has a mortgage, an ugly car, pop music and jazz, a computer, cell phone and the Internet – yet the foundation of this society remains completely unchanged, and [all this development] has possibly even led to further fortifications. This is the current social situation of china, and it makes people feel helpless.”

As such, The Ink and Wash Research Lecture Series is a reflection on tradition. It uses the techniques of ink painting to examine the malaise of a contemporary society, a place in which the government and the individual exist perpetually at odds. These almost generic figures are the receivers of what he refers to as “stability maintenance” – a government trying to create ever more compliant behaviour in its citizens in the bid for social unity. People become resigned to the status quo, pawns in a ruthlessly developing industrial powerhouse. In the words of Chinese art expert Britta Erickson, “people each have a role to play, and they are resigned to accept it even though in doing so they subject themselves to the ongoing and widely shared stress of life without self-determination.”

‘Virtual Focus’ runs from 9th of February – 24th of March 2018 at Kristin Hjellegjerde

Parallax Art Fair February 2018

Parallax ‘Art’ Fair takes place at Kensington Town Hall on the Hornton Street. It is the largest artist and designer fair in Europe.

Got your free ticket? Opens February 3-4 in London. Get it now: http://parallaxaf.co/tickets.html Featuring Setsuko Ono (Yoko Ono’s sister) who was encouraged in her work by John Lennon from the Beatles.
FOUR more reasons to join us: 1) Free entry- it won’t cost you a penny. 2) No VAT on most EU-UK works 3) No extra commission on top of exhibitor prices 4) Lowest overheads of ANY art and design fair so prices stay low for you. If you’ve never been to an art and design fair before, no worries, just come and look. You’ve got 210 exhibitors from 30 countries with over 7000 works to choose from! There’s also food served by De Ritz to the chilled music of Jazz Lane. Families and kids are welcome. Described as “the best art and design fair in London” by exhibitors and visitors – come and find out why – bring friends too!
Artists and designers can still apply to exhibit their products at this amazing event: http://parallaxaf.co/February2018.html
Venue: Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London, W8 7NX
Tube: Kensington High Street
Parking: The venue has underground parking facilities.




The North London Brew Fest 2018

The North London Brew Fest 2018 – 1st – 3rd February – The Snooty Fox, London, UK.

The North London Brew Fest 2018

Join us for a craft beer festival featuring cutting edge craft ale, beer & cider from across the nation.

Opening times
Thursday 1st Feb 3pm – 11pm
Friday 2nd Feb 3pm – 1am
Saturday 3rd Feb 12:00 – 1am
*Des de Moor
*Meet the brewer
*CAMRA discount
Save the date!!

Destinations: The Holiday and Travel Show – The Essential Event For Travel Inspiration

Come face to face with your next holiday or travel experience at the UK’s biggest travel show. Packed with hundreds of leading and independent tour operators, over 75 tourist boards from across the globe, cultural entertainment, world flavours, travel celebrities and more, Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show is the UK’s largest and longest-running travel event. Taking place at Olympia London, 1 – 4 February 2018, the Destinations Holiday and Travel Show is the essential event to indulge your passion for traveling.
With the largest choice of exhibitors anywhere in the UK and a huge variety of holiday and travel options on offer, the Destinations Show inspires you to discover new destinations and adventures from our expert exhibitors.
Plus, discover the Stanfords Travel Writers Festival, a line-up of incredible talks, presentations and panel sessions from a host of leading travel writers and authors, whilst exotic cultures are brought to life through dance, performance and free food & drink tastings across four Experience The World stages.
Our two Meet the Experts Theatres also provide over 50 hours of free travel advice from destination specialists. Covering an array of journeys to every continent, get inspired to discover and learn about exciting destinations across the globe.
Wherever your next journey leads, make sure it begins at the Destinations The Holiday and Travel Show, Olympia London.

Asian Premium Fair 2018

The Asia Expo & Asian Premium Fair – 1st – 3rd February – 9.30am – 5.00pm – Olympia Exhibition Centre, London.

Asian Premium Fair 2018

Asian-made products have been the top sought-after sourcing choice by global buyers across the world for their trendy design, good quality and competitive prices.

The Asia Expo & Asian Premium Fair-London sets to be the unique trading platform designed for Asian suppliers to showcase their best product offers and to meet a wide spectrum of volume importers, department stores, retail chains, mail order houses and distributors of the UK and all from Europe.


Show Dates
THURSDAY:1 February 2018- 9:30 – 17:00
FRIDAY:2 February 2018- 9:30 – 17:00
SATURDAY:3 February 2018 – 9:30 – 16:00


Admission: Trade Buyers Only (Visitors under 18 will not be admitted)

In Conversation with Cecilia Stenbom

Regent Street Cinema presents Rules of Engagement (U) – a new film by artist filmmaker, Cecilia Stenbom. Rules of Engagement tells the stories of Jack, Robin and Nadia through a mix of dramatic re-enactment and chamber play of encounter and emotion; the film explores the innate human desire to ‘belong.’

Rules of Engagement will be screened alongside three other shorts by Cecilia, based upon the idea of the everyday on screen; the mundaneness of daily life as social commentary; where fictional content permeates real life.

Film screenings will be followed by a Q&A hosted by director of London Short Film Festival, Philip Ilson.

Tickets from £7, which includes a FREE beer

The Toy Fair 2018

The Toy Fair 2018 UK – 23rd – 25th January – Olympia London.

The Toy Fair 2018

The Toy Fair is the UK’s largest dedicated toy, game and hobby trade show taking place annually at the end of January at Olympia Grand and West Halls, London. The toy industry’s showcase welcomes more than 270 companies exhibiting thousands of products to visitors including retailers, buyers, media and the wider industry.

No other event brings together so many toy manufacturers and retailers – from small innovative companies to the big chain outlets – all under one roof to do one thing: successful business.

The Toy Fair offers 22,000m2 of space devoted to the toy, game and hobby business and is the only dedicated toy trade event in the UK.

Since the move back to Olympia in 2009, the show now occupies the entire Grand and West Halls including the upper levels.

In 2017 the show attracted more than 260 exhibiting companies who came to meet buyers from the UK and abroad. As well as buyers from across the range of independent and multiple stores, online retail and catalogue retailers, the Toy Fair attracts a range of visitors from licensors and play specialists to designers, inventors and distributors. In 2017 it also attracted more than 300 members of the press.

Note: Children between the ages of 5 and 15 are regrettably not permitted entry to the show.

Toy Fair Show Dates
Tuesday 23rd January: 9am – 6pm
Wednesday 24th January: 9am – 6pm
Thursday 25th January: 9am – 5.30pm

Olympia, Kensington, London W14 8UX
Grand Hall, West Hall, Upper West Hall and Gallery

Fever: Jo Harrop sings Peggy Lee

Live Gigs – Jo Harrop sings Peggy Lee – 19th January – 8.00pm – 10.00pm – The Hampstead Jazz Club, London.

Jo Harrop sings Peggy Lee – Live Gigs

‘Fever: Jo Harrop sings Peggy Lee’ with Alex Webb (piano), Flo Moore (bass) and Joel Prime (drums).

Jo Harrop pays tribute to Peggy Lee, the sultry songstress who Duke Ellington called ‘the queen’. The creamy-voiced Harrop delivers moving renditions of Peggy Lee ballads as well as swinging out on other great songs from the Lee canon.

Peggy Lee (May 26, 1920 – January 21, 2002) was one of the great figures of jazz American popular song and had a career spanning six decades. Songs featured in the show include Lee’s Fever and Why Don’t You Do Right and The Folks Who Live on the Hill. Peggy Lee, unlike most other singers of her generation also distinguished herself as a songwriter, penning It’s A Good Day, I Love Being Here With You and He’s a Tramp (the last featuring in the Disney film The Lady And The Tramp). Lee also delivered a moving acting performance in the film Pete Kelly’s Blues.4