July 29, 2015

A Mumbai Smiles article- Spread a Smile Campaign

Spread a Smile Campaign

In collaboration with Rotaract Club of Churchgate, 19th of July 2015

Mumbai smiles, Rotaract Club of Churchgate

Mumbai smiles, Rotaract Club of Churchgate



Event Name:
  Spread a Smile

Date and Time: 19th of July 2015, 4.00pm to 6.30pm

Venue: Marine Drive

In association with: Rotaract Club of Churchgate

Beneficiaries of Project: LSE Project Beneficiaries (8 participants)

Purpose of the event: To celebrate International Nelson Mandela Day

On a rainy cool evening of 19th July, 8 LSE beneficiaries of Mumbai Smiles and a bunch of volunteers from the Rotaract Club of Churchgate clubbed together to celebrate International Nelson Mandela Day through a simple yet very effective campaign of spreading happiness and joyfulness among the people of Mumbai.

The 18th of July is more than a celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy. It’s a global movement to honour his life’s work and act to change the world for the better. Hence it was for this very purpose that Mumbai Smiles collaborated with the Rotaract club of Churchgate to spread awareness about the importance of promoting human rights and what better way than observing the life example of Nelson Mandela. He gave 67 years of his life to the struggle for human rights and social justice. Being a leader who acted with a steadfast belief in justice and human equality believed that it is in our hands to create a better world for all who live in it, and what better way to promote his thoughts by reminding the people that a smile has the power to change the world, enhance your business and build better and faster relationships.

This day was celebrated by distributing colourful pamphlets among random people present on that evening in Marine Drive. These pamphlets contained the message, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile”. It was a message that encouraged people to put behind their worries and sorrows and take each day as an opportunity to be joyful and spread that happiness around. Along with the colourful sheets of paper, big sign boards that read “cheer-up, high-five, smile” etc were also displayed as the volunteers walked on the streets. The people watching these signboards would inevitably have a smile on their face and were curious to know more about the campaign. Many of them came forward to participate by holding these boards and promoting it themselves.

Mumbai smiles, Rotaract Club of Churchgate

Mumbai smiles, Rotaract Club of Churchgate

The Rotaract Club volunteers also distributed free coupons of eating joints and vouchers of salons for the people. This was another reason for the people to be happy and interested in the campaign. The volunteers made people sing songs, express a few words of joy, take photographs and share with everyone the thing that makes them smile.

The campaign brought an unexpected result. The outcome was tremendous as in a span of just 2 hours more than 200 people were made aware of the campaign and thus the true objective and aim of the campaign was achieved, which was ‘spreading smiles’.

On hearing the feedback from the people with whom we interacted that evening, the team realized that many appreciated the campaign and expressed their desire that more of such campaigns should be organized to alleviate the stress and anxiety that many face today in this city.

Thus, the overwhelming response to the colourful smiley faces and attractive sign boards truly helped in making people spread their contagious smiles around. No wonder they say, “Smile at the world and the world will smile back at you”

Mumbai smiles, Rotaract Club of Churchgate

Mumbai smiles, Rotaract Club of Churchgate

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June 22, 2015

Journey of a Clandestine Instrument @ Home Of Art

Journey of a Clandestine Instrument

Descendents of the Guitarra Renacentista or Renaissance Guitar can be encountered far & wide, from the islands of Hawaii in the form of the Ukulele to the Charrangos of the altiplanos in Peru & Bolivia. As a son of the Renaissance Guitar brought to the lowlands of Colombia & Venezuela in 1498, the Cuatro is an instrument which has undertaken an evolutionary journey only recently to have started as of the end of the 90’s.

The barriers keeping the Cuatro isolated from the rest of the world have been overcome as construction & teaching methods have developed into more elaborative & artistic productions. Luthiers are no longer confined to local one dimensional materials & musicians are no longer dependent on learning how to play from locals presenting themselves on street corners. It’s confinement and lack of exposure in both construction & teachings is why this unique piece was considered as a clandestine instrument. This gives those who truly dominate this instrument a unique quality as they have learned with very little direction from documented works.

The Cuatro is distinguishable through the characteristic grin of it’s fingerboard, which makes the instrument an attractive challenge for constructors of instruments. In our possession are two exceptional examples of this instrument being the traditional Cuatro made of Indian Rosewood handcrafted to perfection by Jose Manuel Baritto as well as it’s modernized brother the Electric Cuatro being a child of Roberto Bonaccorso made of mahogany, pau amarillo & zebra wood. All instruments are a subliminal marriage of woods and possess incredible characteristics only possible to attain by great luthiers.

We have the privilege of witnessing the evolution of a clandestine instrument and present it on an international stage. We are privileged to present Darwin Rafael Medina Fonseca as a cuatrista or cuatro player who will be performing fusions of traditional music from the lowlands of Colombia & Venezuela with modern music. Without any further ado, we present to you the Cuatro.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/107348002935943

Instruments and Musician are proudly endorsed by:
Tu Cuatro
Bringing the Cuatro Closer to You
en.tucuatro.com


Home Of Art

Van Baerlestraat 39H
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Home Of Art Logo by http://www.56spaces.com

Home Of Art Logo by http://www.56spaces.com

June 11, 2015

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra (BGKO) – some music

As you saw in my previous postHome Of Art had the honour to host Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra’s 1st (and 2nd!) concert in Amsterdam on June 1 (and 2) 2015.

BGKO is:
Robindro Nikolic- Clarinet, Serbia/India
Mattia Schirosa- Accordeon, Italy
Julien Chanal- Guitar, France
Ivan Kovacevic- Double Bass, Serbia
Stelios Togias- Percussion, Greece
Sandra Sangiao- Voice, Catalunya

I’d like to share some of their music with you. Enjoy! 

Gelem, Gelem is a song composed by Žarko Jovanović, often used as the anthem of the Romani people. The title has been adapted in many countries by local Roma to match their native orthography and spoken dialect of the Romani language. Some of the song’s many titles include “Gyelem, Gyelem” (Hungarian orthography), “Jelem, Jelem”, “Dzelem, Dzelem”, “Dželem, Dželem”, “Đelem, Đelem” (Croatian and Latin Serbian and Bosnian orthography), “Djelem, Djelem” (German and French orthography), “Ђелем, Ђелем” (Cyrillic Serbian and Bosnian orthography), “Ѓелем, Ѓелем”, “Џелем, Џелем”, “Джелем, джелем” (Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian orthography), “Opré Roma” and “Romale Shavale”.

I present you Djelem Djelem by the Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra: 

Cigani ljubljat pesni is a traditional Russian Gipsy song.
Here’s BGKO’s interpretation, Cigani Ljubiat Pesnji by the Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra: 

 

And here’s BGKO’s latest clip, just released, Imbarca.

 

BGKO regularly tours Europe, and I can assure you these clips are nothing compared to hearing them live. Check them out if they’re around you! Keep an eye on their website and/or Facebook page to stay up to date about their touring schedule:
http://bgko.org
https://www.facebook.com/BgkoBarcelonaGipsyKlezmerOrchestra

Home Of Art
Van Baerlestraat 39H
1071AP Amsterdam, The Netherlands
home@homeofart.org
https://www.facebook.com/HomeOfArtAmsterdam
(website under construction)

Thank you Wikipedia.

 

 

June 11, 2015

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra @ Home Of Art

Home Of Art Logo by http://www.56spaces.com

Home Of Art Logo by http://www.56spaces.com

Home Of Art had the honour to host Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra’s 1st (and 2nd!) concert in Amsterdam on June 1 (and 2) 2015. 

Barcelona Gigpy Klezmer Orchestra (BGKO) has been thrilling audiences all over Europe with their soulful, vibrant show of traditional and popular Balkan, Gipsy and Jewish music from Eastern Europe. BGKO is an international ensemble based in Barcelona, well-known for exploring musical roots, creating and performing with outstanding personality.

BGKO is composed of six musicians from around the world. Originally from Serbia, Italy, France, Spain, Greece and India, BGKO’s musicians connected in Barcelona over their passion for Balkan music with their own special perspective. Their particular style comes from klezmer music, gipsy Jazz and Romani music as well as from their exploration of forgotten music styles, specific timbres and flavours from regions around Eastern Europe. BGKO has also been inspired by Barcelona’s eclectic music scene, from Latin-American melodies, traditional Catalan and Middle Eastern music to electrifying Jazz and Rockabilly.

BGKO is:
Robindro Nikolic- Clarinet, Serbia/India
Mattia Schirosa- Accordeon, Italy
Julien Chanal- Guitar, France
Ivan Kovacevic- Double Bass, Serbia
Stelios Togias- Percussion, Greece
Sandra Sangiao- Voice, Catalunya

Here’s an impression (Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography ):

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art. Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art.
Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art. Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art.
Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art. Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art.
Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art. Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art.
Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art. Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art.
Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art. Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art.
Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art. Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art.
Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art. Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art.
Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art. Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art.
Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art. Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art.
Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art. Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@ Home Of Art.
Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Photos by Jenni of https://www.facebook.com/jennifergrubephotography

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra:
http://bgko.org

https://www.facebook.com/BgkoBarcelonaGipsyKlezmerOrchestra

Home Of Art
Van Baerlestraat 39H
1071AP Amsterdam, The Netherlands
home@homeofart.org

https://www.facebook.com/HomeOfArtAmsterdam
(website under construction)

May 28, 2015

HELP! Please fill in questionnaire about FOOD TRAVEL

Dear friends, readers and followers,

you would do me a huge favor if you would fill in THIS QUESTIONNAIRE (click) for me:

It’s simple and quick and I’ll be grateful.

Thank you very much!

DLCS mountain breakfast

DLCS mountain breakfast

P.S.: The photo above is not related to the research, it’s one of my meals during my last escape to the mountains in Slovenia in the beginning of this month. 

May 26, 2015

10 years of Mumbai Smiles!

A video impression.

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April 15, 2015

Tradition; thank the stick

It’s becoming my tradition; always thank the stick when it brings me down the mountain safely and prepare it for the next person that might need it. Thank you, stick!  

             

April 11, 2015

Sunday afternoon concert: Cousin Daddy @Home Of Art

Sunday 12 April there’s a free concert in Home Of Art, Amsterdams coziest gallery just around the corner of Museumplein. Bluegrass music by Cousin Daddy starts around 17.00h, an intimate concert between arts, what better way to finish off your weekend? 

 

March 10, 2015

Home Of Art -an impression by Poolsemedia.nl

I told you about Pop Up Art Gallery Home Of Art in Amsterdam before, Poolsemedia.nl filmed an impression of the event we organised on 15 February 2015, check it out (and practise your Polish ;) )

March 10, 2015

Home Of Art presents: A musical art tour with Kariatides Duo

Kariatides Duo: The instruments

Kariatides Duo: The instruments

Another side of the exhibition;
Home Of Art proudly presents Kariatides Duo with Elliot Simpson, guitar and Nick Thess at percussions.

Can you imagine a gallery where you can spend your free time, read a book, listen to unique live music, enjoy your beer with friends, and still being surrounded by art and discover new aspects of our world?!

HOME OF ART is all this, and together with Kariatides Duo we decided to turn our exhibition into a musical surrealistic travel, through the colours, the ideas and the sounds that have inspired some of our main artists.

Special thanks to composers Theofilos Lamprianidis and Fanis Zachopoulos who have composed the music especially for this event.

If you want to experience a totally new “art-tour” you’re welcome to come on Sunday 29 March at 17.00 at Home of Art in Amsterdam!
Entrance is 3 euros.

Kariatides Poster Home Of Art

Kariatides Poster Home Of Art

Click HERE to join the Facebook event
Click HERE to check out the lovely & talented Kariatides Duo
Home Of Art: https://www.facebook.com/HomeOfArtAmsterdam 

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