Spring 2016

Dear Readers

“Say Cheese!”

An exhibition on the Southbank highlights just how modern technology has crept into all of our lives. Even photography, the once radical threat to the art of painting, has recently undergone its own transformation now that we all have high quality cameras embedded into our phones. It is now possible (almost mandatory) to snap moments of our mundane and private lives revealing something about the way we live today. The ‘Selfie’, or more specifically how photography and performance overlap, is explored in ‘Performing for the Camera’ at Tate Modern until June.

If you are so inclined, send us your own selfies with interesting local backdrops or contexts to info@therivermagazine.co.uk and we will print any fun or especially interesting ones in our summer edition this June.

With the arrival of Spring there is more reason to enjoy life outdoors so we have looked ahead at cultural festivals across the country during the coming warm months so, should you wish to escape the city for a weekend, you may find some ideas in this issue.

We have also taken a look down Brick Lane, its history, food stalls, vintage fashion and a mish-mash of East London culture. Read on…


Angela Webb

Angela Webb, Editor

Also from this Edition:
  • TURKISH delights #3: coffee The process is what makes a coffee 'Turkish', not the source of the bean or equipment used
  • exclusive VINTAGES Award winning Champagne and interesting fine wines
  • A CRAFTY beer The gift of home brewing: 'Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime'...
  • A CUT above Rotisserie chickens, classic lunches and breakfasts have arrived at Ma's Kitchen on The Cut
  • PORTRAIT: Tower Bridge Taking a closer look at one of London's familiar and most-loved landmarks
  • GALLERY damien hirst Engine rooms of art and 'Power Stations'
  • SUMMER festivals The long tradition, almost ritual, of heading to festivals needs some forward planning so here is a quick heads up of some of the music pilgrimages to consider this year
  • SELFIE culture An exploration of how photography or taking pictures of performance and art overlapped, revealing new dimensions in the images created
  • Entertainments SPRING 2016 What's On this season? Jane Horrocks in 'If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me' and more
  • WEEKS and weeks of fun Passports to educational success for the children at Southwark Free School
  • SPACE to learn Getting the environment right for optimal learning at the Walworth Academy in south London
  • #girlswithgoals Getting the best out of young people by encouraging them to 'dream big'
  • soup–er SUCCESS Year 9 at St. Saviour's and St. Olave's raise £138 for Fareshare!
  • canada WATER The continued gentrification of London districts heads south-eastwards
  • BRICK lane A walk along an historic and diverse thoroughfare in East London
  • selecting an AGENT Selling a home is probably one of the most significant transactions you’ll ever undertake.

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