A sensory journey through contemporary scent
A multi-sensory exhibition at Somerset House (21st June – 17th September) will feature ten extraordinary perfumes and their pioneering creators, who have radically changed our perceptions of fragrance over the last 20 years. Discover a vibrant new perfume scene, the contemporary cult perfumes shaking up scent culture and the unseen works of art worn on our skin. Contemporary perfume provocateurs are dispensing with traditional high gloss communication concepts, gender boundaries and conventional notions of good taste. From the self-taught to the classically trained, the exhibition explores perfumers reworking their palette of ingredients to construct original and outrageous signatures which assault all of the senses. Seeking out visceral, surprising and sometimes unsavoury smells such as smoke and sweat, they evoke unexpected places or moments, rather than simply trying to mask our own odours. No longer anonymous figures working behind the scenes for big brands; the selected perfumers have opened up and are celebrating their craft with a global online community of ‘fumeheads’. Providing insights into processes, engaging in discussions and even taking inspiration from customers, they have offered a much more accessible approach to perfumery that’s unlike anything seen before.
London Dragon Boat Festival
A fleet of dragon boats will take to London's docks next month for the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. Forty teams will battle it out on the water at London Regatta Centre in Victoria Docks for four separate trophies. Don't fancy taking on the wrath of the dragons? A free festival runs throughout the day for anyone wanting to remain firmly on dry land, with a Hong Kong theme running throughout. Traditional Chinese lion dancing will take place alongside martial art displays, and younger visitors will be kept busy by face painting and balloon modelling. A food festival will be serving up all manner of Asian treats to keep everyone going throughout the festival, including goodies from China, Japan, Korea and India. The event is organised by the London Chinatown Lions Club, with proceeds going to the organisation's charities. The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival takes place on 25th June at London Regatta Centre.