Monocolumn

A daily bulletin of news & opinion

13 June 2014

EVENT: LONDON

Monocle Summer Fayre

This weekend at Midori house we host our annual Monocle Summer Fayre. Join us for two days of fun, games and treats at Monocle’s Marylebone HQ, Midori House. Visitors to the nautical-themed event can enjoy apéritifs, global delicacies and products from our favourite retailers such as Brooks England, Trunk Clothiers, Present&Correct and of course – The Monocle Café. Guests will also have the opportunity to try their luck at Monocle’s notorious tombola prize draw. Entrance is free but we encourage donations to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Midori House, 1 Dorset Street, W1U 4EG. Open 11.00-17.00. Until 15 June.
monocle.com

FESTIVAL: TORONTO

Luminato

This weekend is your last chance to check out the eighth installment of the Toronto-wide creative arts festival Luminato. The 10 days of festivities, which gather local and international talent in disciplines ranging from music to dance and theatre, culminate this Saturday with a performance of Kontakthof at the Bluma Appel Theatre. First staged in 1978, this dance piece conceived by German choreographer Pina Bausch examines the tensions between men and women. But if you’d prefer to take it easy, why not soak up some sun at the “Cardboard Beach” in David Pecaut Square – an interactive installation by Cuban conceptual art duo Los Carpinteros.

At venues across Toronto. See website for details. Until 15 June.
luminatofestival.com

DESIGN: BEIRUT

Station Weekend Market

Station Weekend Market is a two-day affair taking place at an industrial art space right next to the Beirut Art Center as part of the 2014 Beirut Design Week. Emerging local designers and established creatives from Berlin, Paris and New York are offering their wares that range from furniture and lighting to fashion accessories and printed fabrics. Beirut-based small-goods and furniture-maker Metal & Wood is bringing a selection of cheery trays, kitchen towels and other Japanese and European-inspired knick-knacks that are sure to add colour to any meal – and your weekend, too.

Station Beirut, Jisr el Wati. Open Saturday to Sunday, 12.00-20.00. Until 15 June.
stationbeirut.com

FESTIVAL: ISTANBUL

ISTANBUL’74

The fourth edition of ISTANBUL’74 – the Istanbul International Arts and Culture Festival – kicks off this weekend in and around galleries in Galatasaray and Karakoy. ISTANBUL’74 events will be showcasing fashion, film, music, design, architecture and performing arts in an attempt to explore this year’s theme: heritage and culture. Visitors on Saturday can enjoy a talk by hard-hitting US filmmaker Abel Ferrara at the Vakko Fashion Center, while on Sunday rock musician Shirley Manson is at the Pera Museum to discuss the role of women in music. All events are free.

At locations throughout Istanbul. See website for details. Until 15 June.
istanbul74.com

MUSIC: GLOBAL

Tomas Barfod: Love Me

Danish dance-music producer and drummer Tomas Barfod is one third of bouncy synth-poppers WhoMadeWho but his most recent solo album, Love Me, leans to the slightly more introspective tone of his 2012 debut, Salton Sea, rather than the more ecstatic experiments of his bandmates. Featuring frequent collaborator Nina K, Barfod has created a bold collection of tunes that borrow a little of the icy Danish cool – always bleak yet strangely enticing – that also serves ‘Nordic Noir’ authors so well. Yes, Love Me may be a bit of a chilly listen but anyone who fails to move (or be moved) by near-faultless pop such as that found on “Pulsing” is probably frozen solid already.

‘Love Me’ is available to buy now.
tomasbarfod.com

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