‘Loads of stuff come back from last year the grapevine just crazy, it taking over the world. And loads of tomatoes grew back. My peppers just died they got eaten by snails but I got loads and loads of strawberries, and all my herbs are there. Leila Rahman, Saher Sohail and Natasha Malik borrowed the research and publication center in the center of Lahore from its director Rashed Rahman for this curatorial optimum. The space felt like a land mine of explosive underlying narratives where one step on either side, left, right, forward or backward, would cause an explosion in the air and new, buried meanings would emerge, impatiently waiting to be exposed. Rahman, Sohail and Malik were sophisticated and intelligent in their approach, the allocation of space and ongoing dialogue in between works was overpowering.
Despite the enthusiastic end of Sunday musical performances, however, Monday’s concert was a wash in terms of attendance, a telling sign that a four day event may just be too much for even the most devoted feminist. When I first arrived at the Spring Street Tower, the Squeaky Toys, an LA local band, were valiantly playing their hearts out to an audience of five. The singer began with a beautiful, punky rendition of Lois’ “Strumpet” and proceeded to get Jody Bleyle and several other audience members on stage to sing.
And Bonavera, L. And Borrill, J. And Bucher, M. New for 2019, enjoy a plant based katsu curry from The Vegan Spice and get 10 per cent off with a Discovery Card, or head to The Angelfish Restaurant for 50p off fish or falafel and chips, vegetable tempura and banana and apple fritters. For a winter warmer, make for Honey’s Midford Cider and pick up a mulled cider or hot chocolate and get one free.Discovery Card offers are available from Monday to Friday from 10am until close, for the duration of the Market.Show your supportA proud champion of local charities, each year at Bath Christmas Market a different local organisation takes a chalet for free keep a look out and show your support for B Dementia Action Alliance.Stationed on Milsom Street on Wednesday 27 (and on into the next day too), the charity works with local businesses and organisations to help make them more dementia friendly, and supports and enables people with dementia and their carers to live longer and better in the community.Avoid the crowds at the Christmas markets this yearOnce you’ve picked up your presents at the Market, they’ll need wrapping, so head to Bath Business Improvement District’s Luxury Gift Wrapping Station on Union Street. Open from 2 5pm every day from November 28 to December 24, the service is free, but with a suggested donation to local homeless charity Julian House..