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The best of Italian food and music at the Italia, Amore Mio festival 2016 at Devonshire Square

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Feast on Italian fare and listen to live music at the Italia, Amore Mio fesitval in Devonshire Square
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This September, why not celebrate the best of Italy with a festival of food and music? The historic Devonshire Square in the City of London is hosting the ‘Italia, Amore Mio’ festival from 26 – 30 September 2016. As well as giving visitors the chance to sample delicious Italian food and have their ears delighted by the country’s music, there will also be the opportunity to donate to the Italian Red Cross’ Earthquake appeal.

The festival will bring together the rich gastronomical treats from eight Italian regions, with authentic delicacies rarely found outside the country. Inside the inflatable, pop-up Duomo delle Delicatezze (Dome of delicacies) will be a variety of dishes from Sardinia, Sicily, Campania, Liguria, Apulia, Calabria, Tuscany and Lazio. Visitors will have the choice of 20 different kinds of homemade lasagna, specialty chocolate, liquors made from lemons, the finest caught tuna, and organic cheeses, among many others.

Meanwhile, Italian music will fill the air during lunchtime concerts. Artists include internationally acclaimed tenor Yuri Sabatini, swing singer Chris Vinante with the Tony P. Riccio Trio, dramatic tenor Yannis Hadjopulos, and a tribute to the iconic Italian singer Mina by vocalist Laura Araldo.

Patrizia Sechi, Events Manager at Devonshire Square, said: ‘We have a unique opportunity to celebrate the vibrant Italian culture through its foods and arts, with a wide array of delicacies under the Duomo delle Delicatezze. Italy has such a diverse range of traditional foods from pastas to cheeses to local beverages, it is a great opportunity to house them under one roof in the heart of London in Devonshire Square’s historic setting. We are also humbled to be in a position to use this event to raise money to give a charitable donation to those in Italy who were affected by the recent earthquake.’

  • The Italia, Amore Mio festival takes place from 26 – 30 September 2016, daily from 11am-8pm. At Devonshire Square, City of London, EC2M. Nearest stations: Liverpool Street or Aldgate. For more information, visit the Devonshire Square website.

For a guide to what else is on in London in September, click here.

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Found & Lost: Discover the secret life of a luxury hotel with an immersive opera experience

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Found And Lost at the Corinthia Hotel London in January 2016
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Opera fans are in for a treat this winter with a unique new production coming to London. From acclaimed composer Emily Hall – winner of the Artist in Residence 2015 – is a new promenade opera, which will première at the lavish five-star Corinthia Hotel London.

Rather than sit and listen, an intimate audience of 12 will be taken on a musical journey across various rooms in the hotel. You’ll get to peek inside some amazing spaces normally off-limits to the public, from the master bedroom to the boiler room.

Accompanying the performances will be a live choir with specially recorded music as the audience move from room to room while the drama unfolds.

The new piece is the result of a collaboration between Hall, sound designer David Sheppard and poet and Jerwood-Aldeburgh winner Matthew Welton, inspired by texts found within the hotel. Previews start on 25 January with the one-hour performances taking place nightly at 7pm and 8.15pm with 3pm matinees on Saturdays.

  • Found & Lost takes place from 25 January – 3 February 2016 at the Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, Whitehall, SW1A 2BD. Nearest station: Embankment or Charing Cross. Tickets: £27.50, Under 26 and Concessions: £20, Premium tickets: £35 (inc limited edition print of the libretto, a download code for the music and a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne). For more information and booking, visit the Corinthia-Air website.

For a guide to what else is on in London in February, click here.

For a review of the Northall restaurant at the Corinthia, click here.

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