City of London Sinfonia returning to Southwark for socially distanced performances

Building on the success of their return to live indoor performance last month, City of London Sinfonia (CLS) will return to Southwark Cathedral this autumn with six socially distanced performances. The Restore and Revive concert series features hand-picked favourites from CLS musicians across three concerts, in an uplifting and invigorating series that celebrates the long-awaited reconnection with audiences through the revival of live music performance.

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Greenwich Theatre’s James Haddrell asks what is theatre, and how to make it in a distanced age

If there is one thing that the pandemic has made us challenge in the theatre industry, it’s the nature of theatre. What makes something theatre? A year ago the answer would inevitably have been something to do with a group of people coming together to watch or participate in an event, performed by another person or group of people.

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Who feeds us?

A new podcast series that highlights the heroes of our food system is now available. Who Feeds Us? focuses on food producers around the country and one of its episodes narrows in on two growers – in Brixton Windmill and May Project Gardens in Merton. May Project Gardens is a grassroots organisation, working from a permaculture designed garden in Morden, that supports community building and economic empowerment for young people in the area, including many refugees.

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Remembering London’s first ever black mayor

John Archer, London’s first Black Mayor, reversed Churchill’s claim that “If a man is not a socialist by the time he is 20, he has no heart. If he is not a conservative by the time he is 40, he has no brain.” He moved to the left as he got older. He was first elected as a Progressive – or Liberal, but joined Labour by 1919 and was the election agent for Britain’s first Asian MP, a Communist, by 1922.

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