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Celebrate London's global culture, be it cuisine, cinema, art, music, theatre, talks and lectures or anything else that highlights London's diverse communities and outward-looking, all-embracing perspective.

Suggestions for Meetups are always welcome, not to mention invites!



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Upcoming events (2)

A Visual Feast - The Culinary Microcosm of the Japanese Lunch Box (FREE)

Follow the green 'Register' link on this page to book your free place then RSVP on Meetup : A Visual Feast - The Culinary Microcosm of the Japanese Lunch Box https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-visual-feast-the-culinary-microcosm-of-the-japanese-lunch-box-tickets-59904132874?aff=eemailordconf&utm_campaign=order_confirm&utm_medium=email&ref=eemailordconf&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=viewevent Description "The traditional Japanese lunch box, or bento, has undergone a number of metamorphoses over the long course of its history, becoming a staple and a unique point of pride in Japanese cuisine. Depending on the occasion, bento can range from a mass-produced lunch container available from railway stations, to lovingly hand-crafted compartmentalised meals set in equally stylish lacquerware. However, the most notable transformation may be perceived in the category of home-made lunch, the ingredients of which not only form an appetising meal but also, with increasing intricacy, a visually engaging one. This is known as kyara-ben (character bento) and it is particularly enjoyed by children, who will often receive bento bearing the likeness of famous manga and anime characters. In collaboration with the Flatpack Festival, we are happy to welcome Mari Miyazawa — a leading bento arranger and animation filmmaker whose work includes short films such as Twins in Bakery (2013) — to talk about the development of vibrant bento creations in Japan. Herself having invented a similarly illustrative genre of oekaki-ben (picture bento) in which food is arranged to resemble an intricately decorated scene or landscape, Miyazawa will also provide an introduction to turning ingredients into edible characters, revealing how her ideas attain the balance between nutrition and visual appeal. This event is aimed at showing our audience that creating an edible work of art is something enjoyable everyone can do and be proud of!" The Japan Foundation

L'Abbazia di San Giusto - San Giusto Abbey, Tuscany (FREE TALK)

Italian Cultural Institute

Click on the green 'Register' button on the following page to book your free place and then RSVP on Meetup. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/labbazia-di-san-giusto-san-giusto-abbeytuscany-tickets-60188683974 Mauro Checcoli, owner of the beautiful Abbazia di San Giusto, in Tuscany, speaks about the meticulous work of restoration to bring back to life this Circestian Abbey, built in 1146 and since fallen into desrepair. Mauro Checcoli, equestrian Olympic Gold in Tokyo 1964, bought the near derelict building from a shepherd in 1994 and, with his art historian wife Patrizia and their three children, started working on this monument, which today is open to the public and hosts an eco compatible bio farm producing essential oils.

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