A history of water in the Middle East by Sabrina Mahfouz

British Egyptian Sabrina Fahfouz grew up with ambitions of being a spy. She has two passports, speaks two languages and has a cultural understanding of two very different countries. But it when it came to applying for MI6, it turned out she wasn’t quite British enough.

So now she’s on her own intelligence mission – to explore who really holds the power in and over the Middle East. In a world long obsessed with access to oil, will water soon become the natural resource that dictates control, or has it been all along?

Directed by Stef O’Driscoll, the production journeys across twelve different countries using theatre, poetry and music to share stories of women across the region. From the British imperialist ownership of natural resources, to the environmental urgency of the present, water has shaped lives, policies and fortunes – and it will shape all our futures.

On show at the Royal Court Theatre from 10 October to 16 November. Tickets from £15-£25. Book yours here.

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START Art Fair 2019

In its sixth year, START Art Fair will return to Duke of York Square‘s Saatchi Gallery from 26-29 September, to showcase emerging artists and young galleries from across the globe.

The fair will present over 50 rising artists from more than 25 countries to collectors, investors and art lovers at the gallery, which is at the height of the contemporary art scene.

Receive an exclusive 20% discount on ticket prices when you enter “Cadogan” at the checkout. Purchase tickets here.

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Exclusive Alfred Munnings Exhibition Discount

This January, receive an exclusive 50% discount for Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918 at the National Army Museum.

The National Army Museum is inviting InChelsea readers to enjoy 50% off adult tickets to their special exhibition this January: a collection of over 40 First World War paintings by the renowned equine artist, Sir Alfred Munnings, displayed together for the first time in a century.

As an official war artist with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in the First World War, Alfred Munnings painted equine subjects, portraiture and pastoral landscapes, capturing his time with the Canadian Cavalry Brigade and the Forestry Corps in 1918. Impressionist in style, Munnings’ vibrant brushstrokes capture the beauty of horses in the war-affected landscapes of France. Often painting less than a mile from the front line, and in full view of the enemy, he shows war horses on the march, at the charge, at work and at rest. These canvases demonstrate both the important role of mounted troops on the Western Front and the vital work behind the lines that sustained the war effort.

To receive the offer, simply quote INCHELSEA at the Museum’s ticket desk to enjoy £3 adult tickets (instead of £6). Valid on tickets up to and including 31 January 2019.

Terms and Conditions:

50% discount valid on full price adult ticket. Not available in conjunction with an other offer. This discount cannot be used to book advanced tickets. Last admission to the  exhibition is one hour before the Museum closes. There is no readmissions to the exhibition. Offer is subject to availability. Offer for valid for use in January 2019. a

Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918 runs until 3 March 2019 at the National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea.

Ticket prices: Adults £6, Concessions £5, Students £4, Groups £4, Under 16s and Serving Army personnel free.

The exhibition has been developed by the Canadian War Museum (Ottawa, Canada) in partnership with The Munnings Art Museum (Dedham, UK) and generously sponsored by The Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation. Local support kindly provided by Juddmonte.

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Open Garden Squares Weekend

It’s time to feed your curiosity and explore Chelsea’s secret, private and little-known about gardens over this very special weekend. Across the country over 200 gardens, normally closed from public eye, will be open and Cadogan Place North and Cadogan Place South are some of them.

Purchase tickets on the gates (£4) or full weekend tickets here and grab the chance to visit one of Chelsea’s best kept secrets. Throughout the weekend listen to music from a jazz group, The Jonny Mansfield Trio, enjoy artists demonstrations from the London Fine Art Studio and eat delicious food from The Rib Room at Jumeriah Carlton Tower. This is a beautiful space to settle down for a picnic and relax on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

The garden can be found on Sloane Street, just up from Sloane Square on the right hand side. You won’t be able to miss the beautiful greenery!

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