Mariinsky Ballet – Don Quixote Review

My father’s birthday this year was a bit of a treat and involved travelling across Europe all from a seat in London’s Royal Opera House to see the premier ballet company in the world (usually based in St Petersburg) conjour up athletic and vivacious dances set in historic Spain. Whilst Don Quixote is among one…

World Mental Health Day Special: Bedlam Exhibition Review

Today is World Mental Health Day so it seemed an appropriate day to review Bedlam: the Asylum and Beyond exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in central Londo. I visited this exhibition during an extended lunch-break from university and whilst usually I prefer to spend my spare time avoiding deadlines and catching up with friends, for…

Exhibition Reviews: Sicily – Culture and Conquest

Usually the British Museum puts on exhibitions with punchy titles –  ‘Vikings,’ ‘Celts’,  ‘Aztecs’ etc. so when I first heard about this exhibition I was happily surprised. Most people probably only know of Sicily from the rhyme ‘Big boot Italy kicked little Sicily right into the middle of the Mediterranean sea.’ Sicily however has been…

Exhibition Reviews: Russia and the Arts

Growing up, the National Portrait Gallery was my favourite place to visit in London, in fact I visited so many times I can list who’s portrayed in some of the galleries (definitely normal behaviour)!. The gallery is a literal walk through British history from Medieval monarchs to modern rock-stars and in my view encapsulates the people and…

Exhibition Reviews: Ancient Egypt Special

Death on the Nile at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge For anyone who doesn’t know, the Fitzwilliam is  Cambridge’s main museum – the British Museum, National Gallery and V&A all squished together; Pre-Raphaelite Art, suits of armour and a massive ceramic owl – it’s all here! Being near where I live I thought “Egyptians, Agatha Christie reference, sounds good”…