Sasha de Saint Tropez

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His name is Sasha, just Sasha. Sasha de Saint Tropez! He belongs to the people of the former fishing village. His name is connected with the location. Originally he is from Paris but lives already for 25 years in Saint Tropez. His art portraits are the Who is Who of the Rich and Famous. He specializes in portraits using different supports and techniques, acrylic, plexiglass and canvas. All of his art works are limited editions. Sasha is also a sculptor. His gallery is located at 10 Place de l’Ormeau.

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Brigitte Bardot and Saint Tropez

thumb_IMG_7648_1024The exposition is dedicated to the icon of Saint Tropez: Brigitte Bardot, actress and Femme fatale. And today animal activist. In 1966, it was here at the bay of Saint Tropez where the German industrial Gunter Sachs was flying over her villa „La Madrague“ in a helicopter and dropping a thousand of red roses.

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„La Madrague“ – the house of Brigitte Bardot at Saint Tropez.

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The exposition „Brigitte Bardot. Mythe à Saint Tropez“ is at Le Musée de la Gendarmerie et du Cinéma near the new harbor till January 15, 2018.

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It is an excellent small display especially for the fans of BB and the life at the French Riviera in the swinging 1960s and 1970s.

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„I gave my youth and my beauty to men, now I am giving my wisdom and my experience  and the best of myself to animals.“

Brigitte Bardot

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Kurdish Textile Museum, Erbil

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I really liked my stroll around the Citadel of Erbil, Iraq. And inside the walled city there is the wonderful Kurdish Textile Museum. I entered it and was at once fascinated by all the colors and the history of the building.

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The museum contains exhibits that cover all aspects of daily life, including agricultural tools, clothing, women’s jewellery, household and kitchen products and furnishings, as well as the layout of a traditional house and a nomadic tent.

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The museum is actively involved in the transfer of traditional skills to new generations. The destruction of rural villages ended weaving traditions but the museum has employed older women from nomadic communities to train and pass on their skills to younger women.

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In addition to weaving rugs, kilims and blankets, they also reproduce decorative screens used in nomadic tents while a felt maker continues the tradition of the manufacture of felt rugs and felt clothing. Whenever you come to Erbil have a look! The small museum is a jewel.

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Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, London

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Highly recommended. It is a great exhibition about the Spanish fashion designer at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

On now until February 18, 2018

Have a look!

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Manchester Jazz Festival: Best of the best

 

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Brass Gumbo by David McLenachan.

Irwin Mitchell mjf originals commission 2017, awarded to Andy Stamatakis-Brown, brings Manchester’s ‘Cottonopolis’ past to life with a jazz, video and dance-music experience.

The award-winning manchester jazz festival (mjf) brings its exciting, eclectic mix of events to a variety of venues across Manchester city centre from 28 July – 6 August 2017.  Recognised for celebrating contemporary jazz through adventurous programming, each year the Irwin Mitchell mjf originals strand provides a talented regional artist with an exceptional opportunity to present new work.  This year’s commission has been awarded to pianist and composer, Andy Stamatakis-Brown, who has been a member of the Manchester jazz circuit for the past fifteen years. His innovative compositions have been performed across Europe, Australia and the USA. Currently, he leads the ‘Andy Stamatakis-Brown Trio’; plays in the hugely-popular, Manchester-based, ‘Gypsies of Bohemia’ (loved for their lively, gypsy-jazz treatments of contemporary tunes); composes and plays piano for the 10-piece ‘Manchester Jazz Collective’ and he also plays piano and synthesisers for ‘Hacienda Classical’.  His winning concept for mjf originals – entitled ‘Cottonopolis’ – will explore iconic aspects of Manchester’s colourful past; its role as the power-house of the industrial revolution, and as the happening heart-beat of the ‘Madchester’ dance music scene.

Dancing Audiences mjf 2017 by Majpics

Dancing Audiences mjf 2017 by Majpics.

On Thursday 3 August, 8 – 10 pm – in a surprise location in Manchester (only revealed to ticket holders the day before the gig) – Andy’s ‘Cottonopolis’ will combine a 12-piece ensemble of northwest jazz musicians with the sounds of a mechanical loom and live projections, to create an aural and visual link between some of the most important social and cultural influences on Manchester’s identity. By the mid-19th century, Manchester had been dubbed ‘Cottonopolis’ and the relentless, yet rhythmical sounds of mill machinery had become the soundtrack to many peoples’ working lives.  A hundred years later, the innovators of house and techno music sought to create music that echoed factory life in Detroit and Chicago. ‘Madchester’s’ infamous party scene became a focal point for this mesmerizingly intense music from the late 1980s through the 1990s.

Camilla George Q at mjf 2017 by David McLenachan

Camilla George Q at mjf 2017 by David McLenachan.

For Manchester Jazz Festival, Cottonopolis will bring the noise and clatter of a 19th century mill and the excitement and atmosphere of a contemporary club night to Manchester Jazz Festival. The ensemble, drawn mostly from the Manchester Jazz Collective, will showcase the variety of talented players on the Manchester scene. Andy Stamatakis-Brown said: “I am thrilled to have been awarded the Irwin Mitchell mjf originals 2017 commission. It gives me the opportunity to bring together so many creative people from different parts of my life to present this project. Manchester Jazz Festival gives us a high-profile platform to share the sort of thing we like doing – working together to produce an unusually interesting and exciting night out.”

This ground breaking new work features DJs from Space Cassette and archive and live video projections – developed by Blain Cousin and Ric Lowe from Norvun Devolution – providing an evocative backdrop to a truly immersive and unforgettable experience.

Manchester Jazz Festival’s Artistic Director, Steve Mead, said: “Cottonopolis looks set to become yet another milestone in a long line of ground-breaking new pieces that audiences can savour in this year’s festival programme. I’m especially excited about Andy’s idea to integrate a historical subject close to Manchester’s heart with creative artists from the city’s vibrant DJ and VJ cultures and – of course – a formidable line-up of musicians from the north’s inspirational jazz scene.”

For the fourth year, mjf originals is being sponsored by Irwin Mitchell.  The continuity of this support has enabled mjf to pioneer exciting, innovative new works by northern artists.  Roy Beckett, regional managing partner at Irwin Mitchell in Manchester, said: “Irwin Mitchell is once again delighted to be sponsoring the mjf originals series.  Manchester Jazz Festival continues to go from strength to strength and I think it is appropriate that this year’s Irwin Mitchell mjf originals commission, Cottonopolis, celebrates the city’s proud past.”

Northern Monkey Brass Band at mjf 2017 by David McLenachan

Northern Monkey Brass Band at mjf 2017 by David McLenachan.

Tickets and information for Cottonopolis and all other manchester jazz festival gigs are available at www.manchesterjazz.com