I love to travel as we all know, but I also love movies. Especially those little-known independent movies that don’t appeal to all or may not make it into the mainstream of a national release. It is then of great joy to me that I am going to the Sundance London Film and Music Festival at the end of this month, at The O2 Arena.
If you aren’t aware of Sundance, it is a charity institute founded in the early 1980s by Robert Redford as a platform for independent artists to explore there genre and promote their productions, which then became the Sundance Group in 1988 incorporating different branches and types of media.
The London Sundance Festival is very exciting, as it showcases and gives UK Premieres to just 14 movies that have been specially selected from the 120 that were shown at the main Sundance Festival in January, so hopefully all very good and worthwhile independent movies. One film I am definitely looking at seeing is ’2 Days In New York’, a new film directed and starring Julie Delpy and also starring Chris Rock. Its a strange mix of actor and possible film subject, so I am going open minded for hopefully some french -styled cinema education!
As is usually my style for these things I am staying for a couple of days in the city, and have found some great hotels in North London, which will make my time that bit more luxurious. Making the trip from North London to Greenwich over the weekend will be a nice way to wake me up for the day of movie viewing ahead! I thoroughly recommend you even try and catch one screening at the festival if you are in the area, but it is also and amazing excuse to visit London and get some modern culture in your soul!
Of course if you are into your music as well as your movies, then Sundance also provides a lot of one-off incredible intimate gigs. Nothing personally suited to my tastes, but Rufus and Martha Wainwright performing together, Tricky giving a rare performance of his debut album as well as others, there must be something for almost every musical connoisseur. Apart from me!
There is nothing like visiting one of the most historic and beautiful cities in the world and staying in grand surroundings. It just adds to the trip and if you can afford the extra luxury, then it is definitely worth it. Berlin has so many grand stages housing opera and theatre, then why not indulge yourself and try another style of stage for your accommodation. After all, hotels are something of a performance and the staff are your entertainers.
Berlin is a city full of beauty and style, almost a joyous assault on your senses, so to then continue this in your hotel makes your trip that little bit better. Finding one of the many hotel Berlin has to offer to meet your budget is an easy task, but then to find one that gives you extra luxury is fantastic. The hotel I stayed in was in the heart of Berlin and only minutes walk away from historic monuments, cultural venues and also big name luxury shops. It truly is a city to indulge in the finer side of life.
There are many grand buildings in the city to go and visit, least of of the House of Cultures of the World, or Kongresshalle, which houses a museum for non-European art. The building itself is something of wonder, built in the 1950s as a gift from America located in the vast and green Tiergarten park, another place to lost yourself around some great architecture and scenery.
I never fail to find something new and beautiful in Berlin, the list of things to see and do is seemingly endless. On my next visit I need to see a new opera performance and get some musical culture into my skin. Again, even to just sit in a grand venue waiting for a performance makes me skin tingle and the hairs stand up. Somewhere like the Berliner Philharmonie, a wonderful, wedge-shaped building with sweeping curves on its roof can conjure up great ideas before taking in a wonderful emotional concerto.
I love Berlin, it has so much to offer to anybody willing to make the trip, and for a little bit more money can be a truly glamorous and grand trip. Take it, you won’t forget it.