How to plan the perfect VE Day party at home

Lynne M. Centeno

On Friday 8 May, the UK will mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, otherwise known as “Victory in Europe Day”, which commemorates the day towards the end of the Second World War when fighting against Nazi Germany in Europe came to an end.

In recognition of this momentous historical event, the early May Day bank holiday has been moved from 1 to 8 May this year so lots of people will have the day off work on Friday to celebrate.

But unlike normal bank holiday dates, the UK will be forced to celebrate the occasion in lockdown.

This means many of us will have to forgo the usual street parties associated with VE Day celebrations as the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, who lead on these events, has said: “Our messaging on VE Day is clear that people should celebrate at home so there should

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VDF collaborates with The World Around to host symposium for Earth Day

Lynne M. Centeno

To mark Earth Day, VDF collaborated with The World Around to host a series of talks, interviews, short films and essays exploring ideas that could “shape the future of our relationship with the planet”.

Today’s programme features designers Nelly Ben Hayoun and Thomas Thwaites and architects Kunlé Adeyemi, Cameron Sinclair and London studio Cooking Sections, whose Climavore installation is pictured above, plus curator Aric Chen and more. See the schedule below for timings.

Curated by Beatrice Galilee of The World Around in partnership with Facebook’s Artist in Residence programme, the Earth Day 2020 symposium will feature over twenty leading figures working on environmental issues around the world.

The World Around curator Beatrice Galilee
Beatrice Galilee curated The World Around Earth Day 2020 symposium

It takes place on the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day on 22 April 1970, which saw 20 million people in the USA demonstrate against the damage human activity causes the natural

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