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Penderyn Distillery is opening third £2.75 million distillery in the Old Copperworks in Swansea 

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Welsh whisky producer, Penderyn Distillery, is gearing up to launch its third distillery in Swansea on July 14th. This exciting new venture is housed within the historic walls of an old Copperworks, beautifully blending tradition with innovation to create a unique space for crafting their exquisite Welsh whiskies. The spotlight of this launch is on the Penderyn Gold Range, a collection that is set to redefine the standards of Welsh whisky. This new distillery marks a significant milestone for Penderyn. It seamlessly merges the rich heritage of the old Copperworks with the distillery’s pursuit of excellence, creating a haven for producing high-quality Welsh single malt whiskies. This commitment to quality shines brightly in the Gold Range. Each bottle from this range is a treasure trove of pure Welsh liquid gold, meticulously crafted to perfection. The process behind creating the Gold Range is as fascinating as the whisky itself. Each single malt from this range is distilled with precision and passion at Penderyn’s state-of-the-art facility. The whiskies then undergo a careful maturing process in selected casks, culminating in a finish in exquisite Madeira wine casks. The result is a tantalizing blend of flavors that harmonize the sweetness of tropical fruits and raisins with the delicate undertones of vanilla. Penderyn’s dedication to crafting premium Welsh whisky has not gone unnoticed. The distillery was honored with Double Golds and Golds at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Awards in 2022. This recognition further validates Penderyn’s relentless pursuit of creating whiskies that captivate the senses. The launch of Penderyn’s… Read More

Pride Month: unveiling a new chapter, Pride Action North

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In alignment with the closing of Pride Month, we are excited to announce a major rebranding of Northumberland Pride, a leading LGBTQIA+ charity. To better reflect our expanded services and broader geographical reach, we are now Pride Action North. Founded in 2017, Northumberland Pride started as a volunteer-driven initiative to organize an annual celebration for the local community. Since then, it has grown exponentially, now employing eight dedicated staff members to cater to the increased demand for specialized support and advocacy. Our services extend to various critical areas such as youth work, domestic violence, hate crime, and mental health and wellbeing. The transformation to Pride Action North is not just a name change, but a comprehensive brand makeover that includes a new mission statement, values, and soon, a revamped website. Darren Irvine-Duffy, the charity’s chair, shared, “From our humble beginnings as a local pride event organizer, we’ve evolved into an organization that provides holistic support and meaningful services. Our aim is to ensure every member of our growing community feels accepted and safe.” The rebranding represents a significant milestone in our history. Under the banner of Pride Action North, we are enthusiastic about expanding our presence and support throughout the North. As our name suggests, we are committed to action, striving to make the region a safer, more inclusive, and accepting place for everyone, particularly members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Our rebranding process involved extensive engagement with service users, stakeholders, and staff through focus groups. The outcome is a reflection of their valuable insights and… Read More

Live music at Sotheby’s London for Pride Month

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Experience the Symphony of Diversity with Sotheby’s and The Barbican. This summer, immerse yourself in a unique celebration of diversity and classical music. Join us as we pay tribute to the influential queer composers who have shaped our musical history. On 30th June 2023, Sotheby’s galleries on New Bond Street will be transformed into a stage for the award-winning conductor, Oliver Zeffman. Witness the London-born maestro leading a programme that highlights the radical contributions of queer classical composers such as Handel, Caroline Shaw, and Henriette Bosman. This event is more than a concert; it’s an homage to the LGBTQ+ narrative within the musical canon. But the melody doesn’t stop there. The Sotheby’s concert sets the tempo for an expanded performance at The Barbican Centre on 7th July. Nick Grimshaw presents this landmark event, where Zeffman will conduct the renowned Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. This occasion marks the first classical Pride concert by a major orchestra anywhere in Europe. Experience the world premiere of Julian Anderson’s Echoes, along with masterpieces by Tchaikovsky, Poulenc, and Bernstein. Here are the details for the Sotheby’s event: The performance will take place amidst major Old Masters, creating a harmonious fusion of visual and auditory arts. These masterpieces will be up for auction during the week of 3rd July. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is essential. Reserve your spot today and get ready to sway to the rhythm of equality and pride. Grab your tickets through Sotheby’s website here. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity… Read More

What to see at Kew Gardens before summer ends

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Don’t let the summer slip away without experiencing the breathtaking beauty of Kew Gardens after hours with a new series of unique events. From classical music concerts to guided wine tastings, these evening events offer a rare opportunity to explore this UNESCO World Heritage site at sunset, when the gardens take on an entirely different kind of magic. On Thursday 21 September, The Nash Sessions kick off the musical side of things with a special performance by The Morassi Quartet. This talented group, who have wowed audiences across the UK and beyond, will perform a selection of classical favourites from Mozart and Debussy, as well as popular hits from Adele and The Beatles, all by candlelight in the beautiful surroundings of Kew’s oldest glasshouse. For those more interested in wine, the Kew Series in partnership with Laithwaites Wine presents Wine Walks on Wednesday 6 September. This multi-sensory guided tour of the gardens includes tastings of sparkling rosé in the Rose Garden, Italian wines in the Mediterranean Garden, and tropical New World wines inside the magnificent Temperate House. The evening ends on a high note at the Pavilion Bar & Grill with a classic Bordeaux vintage, offering a chance to soak up the late summer ambience of Kew Gardens while sipping on delicious, lesser-known grape varieties. And for those wanting to take home a piece of the experience, visitors can purchase bottles from the newly launched Kew Series by Laithwaites range of wines, which showcases lesser-known yet deeply delicious grape varieties from around the world. 10%… Read More

National Portrait Gallery unveils posthumous commission of Terry Higgins

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Don miss the unveiling of a powerful new portrait by artist Curtis Holder, in support of the Terrence Higgins Trust’s 40th anniversary. Terry Higgins – Three Ages of Terry is a posthumous work that honors the life of one of the UK’s first AIDS-related illness victims. The piece depicts Terry as a teenager, a young man, and in his final weeks before his death, with a multilayered and delicately sketched style that captures his humanity, physicality, and sexuality. The portrait is set to be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery’s Making the Modern World gallery when it reopens on June 22nd, and it will be the first portrait of Terry Higgins and the first work by Curtis Holder to enter the gallery’s collection. The portrait is a testament to Terrence Higgins Trust’s ongoing fight for change in the face of HIV and AIDS, raising awareness and helping to destigmatize the virus. By showcasing the stages of Higgins’ life, the portrait offers a snapshot into the impact he made during his time and pays tribute to his passions and vulnerabilities. The palette is limited to hues of mostly red, a reference to the now-familiar symbol of the red ribbon, a universal symbol of awareness and support for people living with HIV. This incredible portrait is not only a celebration of Terry Higgins but also a testament to the power of art to capture the essence of a person’s life and legacy. So make sure to head to the National Portrait Gallery when it reopens on June… Read More

Become a part of the National Gallery London this summer

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The National Gallery‘s Artist in Residence, Céline Condorelli, is creating a new exhibition from September 13, 2023, to January 7, 2024, that will feature various installations inspired by the Gallery’s iconic collections. Visitors can enjoy a new work of art by reclining on the floor of one of the Gallery’s most imposing rooms and admiring the new 25-by-64-metre textile sculpture on the ceiling. Additionally, visitors can hear field recordings and everyday voices of Trafalgar Square through a new audio work that connects the inside of the Gallery with the world outside. Céline Condorelli, who lives and works in London, focuses on bridging the boundaries between public and private, art and function, work and leisure, to reimagine the culture and society’s role of artists within them. She is the third Artist in Residence chosen since the launch of the National Gallery’s new Modern and Contemporary Programme. Condorelli’s work responds to the visitors’ experiences of looking at art by addressing the historical significance of furnishings and picture hangings, the use of carpets for children during storytelling activities, and scanning and imaging technologies pioneered by the Gallery’s scientific department. Moreover, she reflects on how visitors engage with art and spaces in the Gallery. Céline Condorelli’s residency will culminate in a publication and a display featuring her work at the National Gallery. With the support of the Contemporary Art Society, one of the works relating to the residency will enter RAMM’s collection. The Artist in Residence program is sponsored by Hiscox and is a collaboration between the National Gallery,… Read More

London’s Southbank Centre: The Perfect Summer Entertainment Destination

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Summer in London is a special time of the year. With so much going on in the city, finding the perfect entertainment destination can often seem like a daunting task. However, if you’re looking for an experience that combines culture, entertainment, and fun, look no further than the Southbank Centre. Located along the vibrant South Bank of the River Thames, the Southbank Centre is a world-renowned entertainment destination. Whether you’re interested in music, theater, dance, film, poetry, or spoken word, the Southbank Centre has it all. One of the biggest advantages of choosing the Southbank Centre as your summer entertainment destination is the sheer variety of events on offer. With venues like the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and the Purcell Room, the Southbank Centre provides a range of indoor and outdoor spaces perfect for enjoying the summer sunshine and experiencing some of the best performers in the world. Not only does the Southbank Centre cater to all forms of art and entertainment, it also values inclusivity. It is an LGBTQ+ friendly venue and promotes diversity by supporting underrepresented artists. With such a diverse range of events and performers, there truly is something for everyone at the Southbank Centre. If you’re looking for a fun night out with friends or family, the Southbank Centre has plenty of options. Take in a live performance of a favorite orchestra or listen to a spoken word performance by a celebrated author. With plenty of restaurants and outdoor seating options, the Southbank Centre offers a great opportunity to… Read More

Celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III with Gordon & MacPhail

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Gordon & MacPhail, a renowned Scotch whisky brand, has announced the upcoming release of a rare single malt whisky from Glen Grant Distillery. The Private Collection 1948 is released in honour of the coronation of King Charles III in May. Only 281 bottles of this incredibly rare whisky will be available, priced at £25,000 each. The Private Collection 1948 is a first-fill Sherry cask whisky that has been maturing for over seven decades at a cask strength of 50.4%, retaining its vibrancy and fragrant profile. Its tasting notes include festive spices, mulled berries, a hint of raisin, and lemon zest. The whisky was bottled on 15th December, which happens to be the anniversary of His Majesty’s christening. Gordon & MacPhail has been bottling spirits from Scottish distilleries for over a century and has long-established relationships with many of them. Last year, they introduced a 70-year-old single malt to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Before that, they celebrated the reopening of Benromach Distillery by none other than HRH Prince Charles, who is now known as King Charles III. To mark the release of this extraordinary single malt, Gordon & MacPhail is donating £25,000 to the Prince’s Foundation, a charity that promotes education, training, and sustainable development in heritage crafts, horticulture, and hospitality. The charity supports communities by creating future legacies, which aligns with King Charles III’s long-standing vision. Stephen Rankin, Director of Prestige at Gordon & MacPhail expressed his admiration for His Majesty’s contributions and said, “This release has been carefully nurtured for… Read More

How to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles at Kew Gardens

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Are you a fan of all things royal? The coronation of King Charles is just around the corner, and Kew Gardens has a special celebration planned just for the occasion. Here’s your guide to celebrate the coronation of King Charles at Kew Gardens: 1. Visit the exhibition Kew Gardens has a special exhibition on display to commemorate the coronation of King Charles. Make sure to visit the Princess of Wales Conservatory for a stunning display of exotic flowers and plants that represent the Crown Jewels, as well as the Royal Family’s coat of arms. The exhibition runs from the king’s coronation to the Jubilee, so don’t miss out! 2. Join the tour Get to know Kew Gardens on an informative tour led by experienced guides. Discover the history and secrets of the gardens, including the unique and rare plants housed here. Don’t forget to ask your guide about the impact of British royals on the garden’s development. The tour lasts around two hours and is suitable for all ages. 3. Enjoy a royal-themed picnic Pack a hamper full of delicious food and enjoy a picnic under a canopy of magnificent trees while basking in the glorious sunshine. Kew Gardens has several picturesque spots where you can lay down your blanket and picnic in style. You can even order a special royal-themed picnic basket with classic British delicacies and refreshing drinks for the perfect coronation celebration. 4. Watch the fireworks As the sun sets over Kew Gardens, prepare for a magical evening with spectacular coronation-themed fireworks… Read More

DIVA: celebrating the power and creativity of iconic performers in London

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The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London has announced its major new exhibition, DIVA, which will open in June. The exhibition will be the first of its kind to celebrate the extraordinary power and creativity of iconic performers who have made their voices heard from the 19th century to the present day. Let’s not forget Whitney Houston, for example – watch her documentary on Amazon DIVA will honour the powerful and personal stories of creativity, ambition, and resilience of some of the best-known divas, from opera goddesses and silent movie stars to sirens of the big screen and today’s global megastars. The exhibition will also explore how performers have intersected with society and driven change through their platform and profile for social good and political change, including global civil rights and feminism. Over 60 looks will go on display, many rare or on display for the first time, including stage ensembles, iconic costumes by fashion designer for the stars Bob Mackie, and personal objects and accessories owned by divas. DIVA also includes examples of diva branding and key photographic works by renowned photographers. Kate Bailey, curator of DIVA, said that the V&A is the perfect stage to celebrate the multifaceted diva. “At the heart of this exhibition is a story of iconic performers who have challenged the status quo and used their voice and their art to redefine and reclaim the diva,” she said. One of the divas featured in the exhibition is Dame Shirley Bassey, who said: “It is wonderful to see the… Read More