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‘Sadia’s Commonwealth Jubilee Kenyan Tea Party’

on Jun 4, 2012

Sadia’s Commonwealth Jubilee English Tea Party

on May 29, 2012

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...

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

on May 26, 2012

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...

Sadia’s Commonwealth Jubilee Tea Parties

on May 22, 2012

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...

Persian Tea Party at the Centre for Independent Living

on May 6, 2012

On Sunday 25th March at the Centre for Independent and Inclusive Living in Ilford saw us hosting an extra special one off Persian Tea Party with Peggy Casale from Iranian Community London East to mark and celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year. The tea party had an interesting line up with artist Sadia Ur-Rehman opening the event, Nahid Soleymani providing an insight into tea drinking customs in Iran and Sorour Fattahi presenting a specially commissioned short film about Nowruz. Interesting and insightful conversations took place as a real mix of guests attended our tea party from the Redbridge Mayor and local councillors to local residents and members of the growing Iranian community. One guest fedback at the end that ‘this event brings everyone together, which I loved!’ The games and activities designed by artist Sadia Ur-Rehman to facilitate the conversations that took place and encourage dialogue between guests were specifically devised to engage guests in discussing the local area, learning about tea and Persian customs and culture. Guest Aamna Khokhar told us about her experiences of the tea party; ‘I’ve learnt about the New Year, some of the traditions, a little about the politics and also about the fact that tea is very important!’ Here is a selection of photos from the day: © Photo credits to Connie Taylor & Mikey...

Chinese Tea Party at the National Maritime Museum

on Mar 18, 2012

A Tea Party to celebrate Nowruz

on Feb 26, 2012

Excited that we will be marking Nowruz, Iranian New Year by hosting an extra special Persian Tea Party with Peggy Casale from Iranian Community London East on Sunday 25th March, 2-4pm at Centre for Independent and Inclusive Living in Ilford. Tea found its way to Persia (now Iran) from India and soon became the national drink; some even say it’s the national pastime in Iran! To mark Nowruz; the Iranian New Year why not experience how tea is enjoyed in Iran with Peggy Casale from Iranian Community London East & artist Sadia Ur-Rehman in a unique tea party. Accompanying the tea party will be a series of Iranian short films. Sunday 25th March, 2pm-4pm at Centre for Independent and Inclusive Living, 100 South Park Drive, Ilford, Essex, IG3 9AN Free, but booking is essential. Bookings: t: 07960 582 168 e:...

Indian Tea Party at the National Maritime Museum

on Jan 29, 2012

On Sunday 20th November we hosted our Indian Tea Party in the Queens House at the National Maritime Museum. This tea party was the third  of a series of 4 that are part of the Traders Unpacked season of events, activities and workshops to mark the new permanent gallery  Traders: The East India Company and Asia at the Museum. This new gallery explores the history and continuing relevance of Britain’s trade with Asia, looking at this compelling story through the lens of the East India Company. Artist and tea party hostess; Sadia Ur-Rehman opened the tea party with a short intro about tea drinking in India and the journey of tea. She talked about the transformation of the beverage from tea drunk the ‘English way’ with small amounts of milk and sugar as introduced by the East India Company to ‘Masala chai’ a now popular beverage, not just outlasting the British Raj but spreading beyond South Asia to the rest of the world. Guests as well as sampling authentic snacks and drinking masala chai took part in the games and activities Sadia had set for the tea party. Quizzed about their tea knowledge, learnt about the East India Company and how tea found it’s way to England, they also created a story about notorious Indian figure Tipu Sultan, the 18th Century “Tiger of Mysore”, who ruled a kingdom which challenged British rule in India, sent ambassadors to Napoleon in Paris and was hailed as a legendary warrior by Sir Walter Scott. Here are a selection of photos from the party: (c) Photo credits: Connie...