Millennials are having a moment with keeping houseplants, but what about those who don’t have the green thumb to keep them alive? Once the interior design choice of your odd aunt, creating indoor jungles of houseplants has become this generation’s latest fad. From restaurants, to well-curated shops, to boutique hotels, it has become more and more difficult to not find shop fronts and friend’s flats filling up with plants. As people have become increasingly out of touch with nature and more in touch with their screens, perhaps the trend of trying to cultivate a personal green space is inevitable. Aside from being shown that indoor plants can lift our mood, they also have the potential to clean pollution from the air and make our living quarters more inviting. https://www.instagram.
A portrait of an artist is usually drawn as a lonely, misunderstood, lost and an unhappy soul. However, the ongoing exhibition at Barbican called Modern Couples tries to convince that people are stronger together and that the union between two artists is the most powerful, inspiring and creative energy that there is. As the official glossary states, “Modern Couples presents a different way of looking at modernism in art, as seen through the lens of the artist, ‘couple’ an elastic term encompassing all manner of intimate relationship that the artist themselves grapples with, expanded, embraced or refuted.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3V7pS_2ZfTw The exhibition presents 46 artist couples that were shaping modern art in the first half of the 20th century: Emilie Flö
Africa is celebrating its culture, food and music on Trafalgar Square. With over 25,000 people visiting last year, on 27 October, this is their fourth time bringing Black History Month to an amazing close in the heart of London. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mDVbwCnnlw The hosts on the stage are Esther Alade originally from Nigeria and Usifu Jalloh from Sierra Leone. This reflects the diversity of the African community in London. There will be an exclusive fashion show directed by Africa Fashion Week London, a young talent exhibit and an African market with a variety of products, offering food and crafts, as well as activities for children and families. https://twitter.com/GrantChito/status/1056508432465977345 https://twitter.com/GrantChito/status/1056485807765
Words and Photos: Delmar Terblanche Subbing: Harrison Hindle There was a time when “English Summer” was a punchline. But with the nationwide heatwave set to continue another week (albeit with slightly lower temperatures), that time feels like a distant memory. The question then becomes - how best to make use of a genuine London Summer? This isn’t a beach city, nor is it famous for its outdoors scenery. Not to mention, of course, that it’s one of the most expensive places on earth. Well, the solution is here: morning walks. I know those two words aren’t exactly relaxing ones, but there’s a lot to be said for walking through a London summer. For one, it’s cheap, and, for another, you can avoid the stinking, sweaty, sodden crowds that plague the tube and the buses this time of year