A Local Dialogue Animation

10 Nov

‘….local people talk local area talk local issues talk local hotspots talk local history talk local happenings talk local matters…..’

The ‘A Local Dialogue’ project at Valentines Mansion culminated in a number of art works including this short animation, the animation brought together drawings of maps of the local area, languages spoken in the area, excerpts of the conversations that took place during the tea parties and photos from the residency. Watch the short here:

Here are a series of stills from the short.

A Local Dialogue Animation Stills

Community Dialogues at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

1 Mar

Artist and Tea party hostess Sadia Ur-Rehman has been busy developing the project ‘Edible Plants: Community Dialogues’ for Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Sadia will be working with four local community organisations in a series of workshops in the format of a ‘pop up tea salon’ to explore edible plants in both the Temperate House and Palm House.

The project aims to engage and bring together groups of different, diverse cultural backgrounds to creatively explore and exchange dialogues on edible plants. The origins of a series of edible plants will be explored, how they are used in cooking and in particular specific stories shared and captured.

On Thursday 21st February, Sadia hosted her first tea party with Age UK Hounslow at Kew exploring the edible plants; tea, cocoa, chilli pepper and turmeric. The group had some lively discussions and shared some interesting stories!

Here are a selection of photos from the day:

(c) Photo credits: Mikey Knott

A Teatastic 2013 to you all!

26 Jan

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Artist & Tea Party Hostess, Sadia Ur-Rehman, wishes you all a TEAtastic 2013. We have lots of TEA-riffic plans for the coming year, more info to follow so watch this space!

2012 was a momentous year for us here at ‘A Local Dialogue’ with a series of tea parties linked to the Commonwealth delivered at the National Maritime Museum, we got some exclusive coverage via BBC Asian Network covering this series, and a mention in American Tea magazine; Tea  Time for the Kenyan tea party hosted as part of this set.

Amidst the coverage, Sadia met the Queen in a special performative tea party as part of the London Pride Festival. We also hosted an extra special Persian tea party at the Centre for Independent Living to welcome the Persian New Year; Nowruz.

Pheww what a flurry of activity! We look forward to keeping you all up to date with our events……so do keep checking in.

‘Sadia’s Commonwealth Jubilee Indian Tea Party’

8 Jul

On Saturday 2nd June 2012, artist and tea party hostess Sadia Ur-Rehman hosted a special Indian tea party during the Diamond Jubilee weekend. The tea party opened with vocalist Sonia Mehta singing accompanied by Amardeep Singh on tabla.  The tea party formed part of a series of 3 that were part of the events programme for the ‘Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames’ exhibition. The exhibition was created to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and presents the historic River Thames in all its glory.

Guests during the tea party were able to explore the Commonwealth, legacies of the British Empire and the Raj as well partake in authentic Indian tea drinking customs. During the tea drinking, guests explored their own particular experiences of the Commonwealth and shared tales of a memorable day that they had had in the last 60 years of the Queen’s reign and as head of the Commonwealth.

Here are a selection of photos from the day:

(c) Photo credits: Connie Taylor & Mikey Knott

A Local Dialogue featured on the BBC Asian Network!

7 Jun

On Tuesday 5th June at 2pm, artist & tea party hostess Sadia Ur-Rehman dubbed Queen of Tea by radio DJ Nihal talked in details about the project ‘A Local Dialogue’.

Link to hear the interview here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01jcfx5

Find out how the project was born and where Sadia’s love of tea stems from!

‘Sadia’s Commonwealth Jubilee Kenyan Tea Party’

4 Jun

Serving tea from another Commonwealth country, we hosted a Kenyan-style tea party on Sunday 27th May 2012 at the Queens’ House, National Maritime Museum. Linked to the Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames’  currently on at the museum.

Interestingly we found out that Kenya is the biggest tea producer in Africa, in Kenya, anytime is tea time. When it comes to drinks, Kenya tea in the form of Chai (tea with milk and sugar) is the beverage of choice. It is served for breakfast, at mealtimes and also during Kenya’s regular teatime. Clearly, Kenya culture embraces many different cultural influences: teatime is a custom borrowed from the British colonial past and the Chai style of cooking tea originated in India.

At this tea party we were really excited to be serving Grandpa’s Anytime Tea courtesy of the Royal Tea of Kenya. Arthur Njuguna Komo aged 112, is officially the world’s oldest tea farmer, Arthur still farms tea in the foothills of Mount Kenya and this tea is aptly named after him by his granddaughter Joy Njuguna. Joy sells teas from her family’s farms in Kenya and in honour of her grandfather; she has created this special blend of tea. As well as authentic tea, guests were treated to authentic Kenyan snacks, including Kenyan doughnuts ‘mandazi’. Yum!

During the tea party, parlour games played enabled guests to explore the Commonwealth; their experiences of, what it means to them and how useful an idea it is. These are just some of the questions we looked at. Guests also had the opportunity to reminisce about a momentous day that they have had in the last 60 years of the Queen’s reign, these memories were captured for the Jubilee Time Capsule, link here: http://www.jubileetimecapsule.org/. More to follow on this, so watch this space!

Here are a selection of photos from the day:

(c) Photo credits: Mikey Knott

‘Photo studio’ shots from ‘Sadia’s Commonwealth Jubilee English Tea Party’

31 May

At our English themed tea party on Sunday 20th May at the Queens House, National Maritime Museum, we had photographer Connie Taylor take some lovely snaps of guests outside the Queen’s House as a memento of their time at our tea party, here are the photos:

(c) Photo credits: Connie Taylor

Sadia’s Commonwealth Jubilee English Tea Party

29 May

On Sunday 20th May, saw artist Sadia Ur-Rehman hosting ‘Sadia’s Commonwealth Jubilee English Tea Party’ at the Queens’ House, National Maritime Museum. This tea party formed part of a special series of 3 linked to the events programme for the ‘Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames’ exhibition at the National Maritime Museum. The exhibition was created to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and presents the historic River Thames.

http://www.rmg.co.uk/visit/events/royal-river

Guests were treated to a traditional afternoon tea, fancy snacks and played Sadia’s special commonwealth-themed parlour games including ‘Queenie’s Quiz’ and the ‘Coin Game’. Here’s a selection of photos from the day:

Photo credits: Mikey Knott

Grandpa’s Anytime Tea at Sadia’s Commonwealth Kenyan Tea Party

26 May

This Sunday we will be hosting our Kenyan style tea party at the Queens’ House, National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. This tea party  is part of a series of 3 that are part of the events programme for the ‘Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames’ exhibition, further information can be found here:

http://www.rmg.co.uk/visit/events/royal-river

Serving tea from the Commonwealth at these tea parties, did you know that tea is one of Kenya’s main exports? In fact, Kenya exports more tea than Sri Lanka, India, and China!

In Kenya, anytime is tea time. When it comes to drinks, Kenya tea in the form of Chai (tea with milk and sugar) is the beverage of choice. It is served for breakfast, at mealtimes and also during Kenya’s regular teatime. Clearly, Kenya culture embraces many different cultural influences: teatime is a custom borrowed from the British colonial past and the Chai style of cooking tea originated in India.

Kenya is also part of England’s royal history. It was in Kenya in February 1952 that Princess Elizabeth learned that she had become Queen. Staying at Treetops Hotel in the Aberdare National Park she received word from Buckingham Palace that her father, King George VI, had died. Her vacation cut short, she flew back to England where she was crowned Queen Elizabeth II.

At this tea party were really excited we’ll be serving Grandpa’s Anytime Tea courtesy of the Royal Tea of Kenya

http://www.royalteaofkenya.com/

Arthur Njuguna Komo aged 112, is officially the world’s oldest tea farmer, Arthur still farms tea in the foothills of Mount Kenya and this tea is aptly named after him by his granddaughter Joy Njuguna. Joy sells teas from her family’s farms in Kenya and in honor of her grandfather, she has created this special blend of tea.

You can read more about Arthur’s fascinating story here.

Looking forward to Sunday!

Sadia’s Commonwealth Jubilee Tea Parties

22 May

Were excited to be  hosting a series of three parties that are part of the events programme for the ‘Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames’ exhibition at the National Maritime Museum. The exhibition was created to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and presents the historic River Thames in all its glory from British royal and City events to London’s famous watermen, and the river’s transformation after the notorious ‘Great Stink’.

http://www.rmg.co.uk/visit/events/royal-river

Join artist Sadia Ur-Rehman, Museum staff and other party guests in the sumptuous Orangery in The Queen’s House for afternoon tea, fancy snacks and commonwealth-themed parlour games including ‘Queenie’s Quiz’ and the coin game.

There will also be an opportunity to contribute your memories to the Jubilee Time Capsule, an online time capsule marking 60 years of the commonwealth.

http://www.jubileetimecapsule.org/

Themed commonwealth, we’ll be serving tea from 3 different Commonwealth nations:

Sunday 20th May: English-style Tea Party

Sunday 27th May: Kenyan-style Tea Party

http://www.rmg.co.uk/visit/events/sadias-jubilee-tea-party-may

Saturday 2nd June: English-style Tea Party

http://www.rmg.co.uk/visit/events/sadias-jubilee-tea-party-june

For further information and to book visit  http://www.rmg.co.uk/visit/events/royal-river or call the bookings office on 020 8312 6608.

Look forward to seeing you at one!

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