Monday, 2 December 2019

Season's greeting and round robin


Dear Friends and supporters,
December is a wonderful time of the year when I can wish you all the very best for Christmas, Bodhi Day, Return of the Wandering Goddess, Id al-Fitr, Winter Solstice,  Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yuletide & Saturnalia and a healthy, loving, peaceful and prosperous year 2020.
Thank you for contributing to the success of JFDE.
Here is my round robin of the year: :-)
Please note and see at the bottom of this email my new websites and email addresses.
The Gay Professional Network met regularly this year, it included a reception at the House of Lords hosted by The Lord Scriven of Hunters Bar , various talks by  Sir Stephen Wall, Joseph Galliano,  Andrew Lumsden and dinners and plenty of networking!
In 2020, GPN's 10th anniversary  year,  we kick out the year with Matthew Hodson followed by Pliny Soocoormanee and Peta Cooper, Ed Davies, Carla Ecola, Peter Tatchell, Dan Nouveau, Mark Bunyan, Ian Dodds and Paul Burston.
The Network saw its revival after a few month away  and we had talks by Roland Marsden about China and Kim Rix about Diamonds
In 2020, we kick out with Frank Mc Gillion about his books, Cedric Torossian about PropTech , Dexter Moscow about 'standing up and sell!' Sandra Shevey about Alfred Hitchcock
I promoted various other events, one of which sadly fell on this blackest of Black Friday.
As an event organiser, I organised and recommended various venues for various events that will remain nameless to protect the privacy of my clients and businesses.
As a catering consultant,  people keep trying to pick my brain so I ask them to pick a time and method of payment:  Good advice saves you bucks  and free advice peanuts. I am well worth the investment.
I came to a sudden conclusion that it is now 40 years that I started Hotel School and started work alongside it.
As Hon. Secretary of the Whitefriars Club,and under the chairmanship of Alessandro Gallenzi  our dinners were graced by the presence, their talks and even songs, in one instance,  of Sir John Tomlinson,  Nigel Newton, Sir Anthony Beevor, Lisa Hilton, Anthony Mc Carten, A.N. Wilson and Kate Mosse .
In 2020 Bee Rowlatt and Richard Stokes are coming to speak to us.
I did a few films but less so now as I travel to and fro Belgium, Wales and London and occasionally to other shores. Check me on http://www.imdb.com/list/ls038032236/ 
My painting is evolving too and you can see some on on http://jeanfrancoisdor.pictures
Season's Greetings!
It remains to me to wish you and your family a wonderful end of year's festivities
Yours ever,
Jean-François.

PS: just in case you wonder what is the return of the Wandering Goddess or other festivities, please look at http://www.religioustolerance.org/xmas_conflict1.htm
Please note the new websites and emails addresses:
Please delete from your database www.jeanfrancoisdor.com,  www.jfdor.co.uk, events@jeanfrancoisdor.com & info@jeanfrancoisdor.com  that are no longer in use.


Thursday, 21 November 2019

DANCE, MUSIC & CONVERSATION with Menaka PP Bora, Alan Yentob & Guests - Royal Albert Hall Friday 29th November @7:30pm

 
 
Dr. Menaka PP Bora
 
Multi-award winning classical dance soloist, Bollywood choreographer-actor and musicologist.
 
Celebrated for her youthful take on classical dance and music, Menaka is the winner of the coveted Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships in Music in Britain and Sangeet Natak Akademi Yuva Puraskar (India's most prestigious national award in classical dance)
 
Alan Yentob
 
Legendary British TV broadcaster and former Creative Director of BBC
 
In conversation with Menaka PP Bora
 
 
 
Hope you are well and that you will be able to support Menaka PP Bora in her Elgar Room debut performance at the Royal Albert Hall, in the Elgar Room,  on Friday 29th November 2019 at 7:30pm.
 
This show is multi-cultural and  includes freshly choreographed pieces from classical and experimental South Asian dance and music and is a milestone in her career.
 
8 pm: The show starts in a conversation on ideas, inspiration and humanity in 21st century cross-cultural London with legendary British TV broadcaster and former Creative Director of BBC, Alan Yentob.
 
 8:35 pm: South Asian classical dances including Sattriya - a 16th century old Indian classical dance from Assam based on traditional drums and music and blended with modern sound technology (the track was played on BBC Radio as world music), played by renowned guests musician and musicologists Prof. John Baily and Veronica Doubleday.
 
9:00 pm: Interval  - Refreshments available in the room.
 
9:15 pm: Experimental dance inspired by India followed by raga based music and dance piece , Lariya. This will be played with a rare Afghan instrument called Rubab, see below.
 
9:45 pm: Carriages
  
Thank you for your consideration and do get your tickets soon with the Royal Albert Hall directly (£16.50) on https://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/events/2019/dance-music-and-conversation-with-menaka-pp-bora/
 
Yours sincerely, 
 
Jean-François.
 
Rubab
 
Rubab, robab or rabab is a lute-like musical instrument originating from central Afghanistan. The rubab is mainly used by various ethnic groups in Western Asia. Rubab is one of the national musical instruments of Afghanistan. It has "proliferated throughout West, Central, South and Southeast Asia.
 
This show is cross-cultural, emphasizing The Arts and looking into the Orient.
DANCE, MUSIC & CONVERSATION with Menaka PP Bora & Guests
 
This show brings together an immersive visual world using contemporary classical and experimental South Asian dance and music responding to a fresh conversation on culture and identity in contemporary London.

“ the exquisite Indian dancer...” (The Skinny at Edinburgh Festival) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
 
Tickets
 
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Saturday, 2 November 2019

DANCE, MUSIC & CONVERSATION with Menaka PP Bora & Guests - Royal Albert Hall Friday 29th November @7:30pm


 
Dear Friends,
 
I have known Menaka for some times now and I am delighted to let you know that she will be at the Royal Albert Hall, in the Elgar Room,  on the 29th November 2019 at 7:30pm.
 
I hope that you will be able to join me in supporting her.
 
Buy your tickets with the Royal Albert Hall directly (£16.50) on https://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/events/2019/dance-music-and-conversation-with-menaka-pp-bora/
 
Yours sincerely, 
 
Jean-François.
 
DANCE, MUSIC & CONVERSATION with Menaka PP Bora & Guests
 
This show brings together an immersive visual world using contemporary classical and experimental South Asian dance and music responding to a fresh conversation on culture and identity in contemporary London.

Multi-award winning classical dance soloist, Bollywood choreographer-actor and musicologist Dr. Menaka PP Bora makes her debut at Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room by performing freshly choreographed pieces from classical and experimental South Asian dance and music including the rare 16th century Indian classical Sattriya dance of Assam along with renowned guest musicians and musicologists Prof. John Baily and Veronica Doubleday. Celebrated for her youthful take on classical dance and music, Menaka is the winner of the coveted Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships in Music in Britain and Sangeet Natak Akademi Yuva Puraskar (India's most prestigious national award in classical dance). There will be a short in - conversation about ideas, inspiration and humanity in the 21st century cross-cultural London.

“ the exquisite Indian dancer...” (The Skinny at Edinburgh Festival) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
 
Tickets

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

£15 tickets (usual prices £35 & £45) for ZooNation’s Some Like It Hip Hop

Sadler’s Wells have allocated my mailings lists some £15 tickets (usual prices £35 & £45) for ZooNation’s Some Like It Hip Hop (please e-flyer below).

The £15 tickets are for the following performances:

Wed 23 Oct at 7.30pm
Thu 24 Oct at 7.30pm
Fri 25 Oct at 7.30pm
Sun 27 Oct at 6pm
Tue 29 Oct at 7.30pm
Wed 30 Oct at 7.30pm


To Book please call the Ticket Office on 0207 863 8222 or online  and use the promocode “HipHop15

Please note that these tickets are limited and will be sold on first come basis and also that this offer must be booked by Sunday 20 October.
 

ZooNation's sensational hip hop hit returns with a bang to its West End home, The Peacock.

This five-star irresistible dance musical tells a comical tale of love, mistaken identity, cross-dressing and revolution – all played out in ZooNation's trademark style.

Bursting with charm and energy, Some Like It Hip Hop is packed full of breathtaking hip hop dance, Kate Prince’s razor-sharp choreography and infectious, original music brought to life by an extremely talented cast.

★★★★★ 
"A whirlwind of hip hop dance, bright storytelling and boundless energy."
The Independent

Exclusive discount offer*:
£35 seats for £15 Tue - Thu
£45 for £15 Fri + Sun

Valid for the following performances:
Wed 23 Oct at 7.30pm
Thu 24 Oct at 7.30pm
Fri 25 Oct at 7.30pm
Sun 27 Oct at 6pm
Tue 29 Oct at 7.30pm
Wed 30 Oct at 7.30pm

Just quote “HipHop15” online, over the phone ( 020 7863 8222) or in person at The Peacock Ticket Office.

Book by 20 Oct

*Subject to allocation availability. Not available retrospectively or in conjunction with any other offer. £3 transaction fee applies for phone and online bookings. Offer valid for the specified performance only. Offer ends 20 Oct


Friday, 11 October 2019

Thank you for coming yesterday


Thank you for coming and to Kim Rix for speaking yesterday, it was a great talk, and as we sat down was a bit longer than usual but even the challenging questions made it for being a thoroughful enjoyable evening. I hope that you enjoyed it as much as  I did. 

For those of you who did not make it through the "Extinction rebellion" who were very peaceful, you missed a very enticing talk and the opportunity to buy Kim's book. 

You still can do this though through here website: https://www.gemstonedetective.com/

 I have started mine and am already fascinated by it.
 

Friday, 4 October 2019

Schedule of speakers

10th October  2019 - Kim Rix - Gemmology
14th November 2019 - Roland Marsden - China's influence.
9th January 2020 - Frank McGillion - Author
13th February 2020 - Cedric Torrossian - Proptech
12th March 2020- Sandra Shevey- Hitchcock
9th April 2020-Dexter Moscow - Stand up and sell.
14th May 2020- Frank Tuscany FBKS - Margery Booth TBC 

£10 Tickets Offer for We Dig at Oval House

Good Afternoon.

I’ve just been allocated some £10 tickets by the Oval House for WE DIG (please see e-flyer below).

We Dig is an exhilarating new theatre project led by Emma Frankland alongside some very special trans artist guests from the UK and all across the world,
including Travis AlabanzaGein Wong, Tamarra, Morgan M Page.

We Dig will be taking over the Oval house for 3 week from tomorrow Friday 4 Oct to Sat 19 Oct, 7.30pm.
and will feature a guest performer each night.

To take up on the £10 tickets offer please call the Oval House Box Office on 0207 582 7680 or online and use the promocode WEDIGYOU.

I would be grateful is you can please help us pass on this information to your staff, networks and members.

Thanks for your support.

Best

Bid Mosaku
Audience Development
07875 092469