Spring has finally sprung. You can see it in the seas of crocuses and daffodils blooming across our green spaces and feel it in the ever-so-slightly longer evenings. Don’t even whisper it, but… summer is coming. Even though it’s still a bit chilly outside, there’s no excuse not to get out there and enjoy the spoils March has to offer with our handy guide on what’s hot this season.
Starting on 27 Feb, this initiative sees campaigners, businesses, schools and places of worship showing their support for the farmers and workers who grow our food in developing countries. To support the movement check out what you can do at fairtrade.org.uk and be sure to enter our very own Fairtrade Fortnight competition on our Facebook page where you could be in with a chance of winning a Kowtow T and Artisans + Adventurers ring!
WOW Women of the World Festival
Not to be missed is this year’s fantastic WOW festival at the Southbank Centre. Championing gender equality and celebrating the achievements of women and girls, the festival also examines the obstacles keeping women from fulfilling their potential through informative and heated discussions and debates. This year’s line up includes an audience with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of We should All Be Feminists as well as an interview of Catherine Mayer, co-founder of Women’s Equality party,by the inimitable Sandi Toksvig. It runs from 7 to 9 March and coincides with the UN’s International Woman’s Day on 8 March. Book day tickets or weekend passes on southbankcentre.co.uk.
Project Polunin is a collaboration of works by the Ukranian bad boy of ballet Sergei Polunin. The Royal Ballet’s youngest, most dazzling star made headlines five years ago with his love of tattoos and drugs making him a difficult force to contain. Now, he has harnessed some of that creative chaos in a triple bill for Sadler’s Wells, including both classical and modern pieces and incorporating contemporary artists, musicians and choreographers. Sadler’s Wells, Mar 14 -18.
What to watch
Roman Tragedies is a 6-hour stage adaptation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra. First created in 2007 by Dutch director Ivo van Hove, the epic production has received worldwide acclaim for its fabulous acting, use of set and multimedia. Don’t be put off by its length! The audience is invited to walk onto the stage, buy drinks and snacks during the semi-pauses and feel a part of the action. It was last put on at the Barbican in 2009 and is back this March for three days and is billed as the must-see theatre performance of the year. Get booking. Barbican, Mar 17 - 19
If you haven’t been to see Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear, an exhibition at the V&A exploring the evolution of our smalls from the 18th century until the present day, this is your last chance as it finishes on 12 March. The work features over 200 examples of underwear for men and women including home-made ‘stays’ worn by a working woman in England in the 18th century and pieces by current designers like Stella McCartney and Paul Smith. It’s an interesting exploration on what styles and fabric can say about gender, sex and morality. V&A until 12 March.
What to see
Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution is an exhibition at the new Design Museum in Kensington exploring six unbuilt architectural landmarks in Moscow from the 1920’s and 1930’s following the Russian Revolution. Featuring rarely seen material, the exhibition outlines an idealistic vision of the Soviet capital that was never actually realised. It’s a bizarre concept offering a fascinating insight into the biggest political project of the twentieth century. Design Museum, from 15 March to 4 June.
What to listen to
At G&S HQ we are enchanted by the weird mystical dancey folk sounds of new Swedish artist Skott. Download her latest single Glitter and Glass and see what we mean. She’s also appearing in London at the Omeara on 7 March if you want to catch her live.
What to eat
Sardines are in now. Buy them fresh from your local fishmonger and cook them over coals and serve drizzled with lemon juice. Make the most of blood oranges before they go out of season by cooking them with chicken and roasted garlic or use them in a beautiful blood orange tart.
What to wear
Get your wardrobe together with some hardworking transeasonal basics accented with a bit of colour, hinting at spring days lying ahead. Kowtow's Trench is an absolute must as are their selection of organic and fair trade striped dresses and Ts. Add in a pop of colour with Cus Barcelona's sweet Augustine top for warmer days or Kowtow's daffodil yellow Out of Sight Crew. Danielle Foster gorgeous orange hued bags will be all the arm candy you need for the next few months. A look full of hope and joy!