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… also known as our 'Little Red Book'. The team will be posting regular blogs and you can now follow Rouge on Twitter, LinkedIn and our RSS feeds - and check out the latest "Hot or Not" for the team's thoughts on the topic of the moment. Let us know your feedback by registering your account and talking to the Rouge team or posting a blog.

26th February 2014Hot...

  • Many of the team at Rouge share a passion for great art and that’s why we can’t wait for Art14 this weekend!

    The show will be bringing together a huge wealth of some of the most exciting contemporary artists from across the globe - from Lagos to Berlin, Beijing to Dubai, at Kensington’s Olympia.  Great art will be accessible for all; from prints being hand crafted and given out to lucky passers-by, to more pricey pieces to suit all budgets.  It is THE place for budding art collectors to learn more about art and start their collections or grow existing ones.

    I went to the opening night last year and it was buzzing with press, celebs and of course art collectors.  We all enjoyed a truly international vision of contemporary and modern art.  This year promises to be even better, with Art14’s very own commissioned site specific piece by Lothar Gotz which will be unveiled this Thursday. As a former fine art student with a particular passion for site specific work I can’t wait to get along and have a look! 

    Not only do we have art to look forward to but also food, with Fay Maschler, restaurant critic for the London Evening Standard, curating the 4 different food styles that will be found at Art14 this year.

    Excited? We are!

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VAULT Festival - 2014

Posted by Anna on Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:13pm

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VAULT The Vaults, Waterloo Jan 28 – Mar 8 2014

24th January 2014Not...

24th January 2014Hot...

  • ‘Lima’ becomes the first Peruvian restaurant to win a Michelin Star. Wait for the floodgates to open.

    We can't wait to try it for ourselves!

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adidas Originals Stan Smith Launch Event

Posted by Anna on Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:49pm

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Nick’s favourite old school trainer enjoys a successful global re-launch

24th May 2013Hot...

  • Integrating digital interaction into the live environment is top of the list for most experiential events. The University of Lincoln and designers from Harfleet & Harfleet have created a very clever flowerbed which responds to twitter posts for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. It’s a great mechanic for encouraging visitors to interact with the exhibit and spread the word across social media beyond the standard competition entry or photo upload. Check it out here.

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Prepare for a Sonic Boom

Posted by Sheena on Thu May 23, 2013 16:46pm

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Forward thinking brands are always striving to differentiate and enhance the brand experience for their customers, most recently by producing multi-sensory activations that aim to create a deeper level of engagement from their target market.

Getting amongst it

Posted by Rosie on Mon May 13, 2013 17:22pm

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You get out what you put in at Secret Cinema

No Fit State

Posted by Ellie on Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:52am

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Opera di Peroni

Posted by on Mon Mar 18, 2013 17:11pm

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A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings

Posted by on Thu Jan 31, 2013 14:17pm

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Cross-generational entertainment

Designing Narrative Environments

Posted by Rosie on Wed Jan 09, 2013 17:38pm

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Last night Rougettes Cass and Sheena attended a private viewing of the Creative Practices for Narrative Environments Masters students’ work in progress exhibition at Central Saint Martins. Students design visitor experiences and events for museums, brand, urban and community environments.

9th January 2013Hot...

  • The hot topic of this morning’s tea break was the hugely anticipated return of Fuerzabruta to London’s Roundhouse. Production Manager, Sam Mount went along on Sunday - “Fuerza Bruta translates literally to brute force which absolutely sums up this show.  A simple but immersive set with music, dance and aerial performance delivered with energy, enthusiasm and a coherent theme.  By placing the show around, above and in the audience visitors can’t help but participate in the wonderfully conceived interactive performances.  Thumping dance music accompanied by live drumming, bright lights and an energy packed performance wows the crowd and leaves them wide eyed with bubbling imaginations.” Check it out here.
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25th July 2012Hot...

  • ‘Summer’ is finally here and the place to be on a balmy London evening is definitely the Southbank Centre for Priceless London Wonderground - a magnificent amusement ground of curious gardens, daring rides, titillating sideshows and quirky bars all bathed in a magical carnival atmosphere. Check out the headline show Cantina - A sensational cocktail of glamorous vaudeville and scintillating circus staged inside a traditional circus Spigeltent.
    For more information and tickets click here.
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Visually stunning invisible structures

Posted by Philippa on Tue May 22, 2012 11:06am

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Breath-taking event spaces that blend into the environment

The Lost Lectures

Posted by Rosie on Fri Mar 23, 2012 14:35pm

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Enchanting talks from secret locations.

Is the East End the new West End?

Posted by on Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:49am

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With the Olympics dominating the events landscape in 2012, is the East End stealing a march on the West End’s crown?

Tapping into creative people

Posted by Rosie on Fri Feb 24, 2012 16:34pm

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We've been checking out IdeasTap: A creative network and funding body for emerging arts talent

20th February 2012Hot...

  • Danny Boyle's Frankenstein - We flagged this up as a ‘what’s hot’ last April so we’re really pleased to see Danny Boyle pick up the Best Director gong at last night’s awards - the only major UK theatre awards to be voted for entirely by the theatregoing public. Can’t wait to see his Tempest-inspired opening ceremony in August, but before that you can catch Frankenstein again at the National Theatre’s Encore cinema screenings from June.

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10th January 2012Not...

  • Battle Lines Drawn – the first of Westminster Council’s five miles of new double yellow lines hit the street today and they are still threatening to extend parking charges to midnight. The West End, which attracts millions of visitors - and pounds - to its night-time economy of restaurants, theatres and nightlife each year, is set to get a whole lot less accessible. A strangely shortsighted decision - and one that will hit the businesses and the people who work through the night to keep our city buzzing the hardest.
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Air à La Mode

Posted by Philippa on Thu Nov 10, 2011 14:18pm

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The team at Rouge have a diverse range of interests outside work, not least one of our event coordinators Sheena, who recently forayed into the world of the éventailliste (that’s fan-maker to you and I).

9th November 2011Hot...

  • Just in case you thought pop-up restaurants might be going off the boil, here are our two favourite hot-spots of the moment: currently in residence at the Ten Bells in Spittalfields, the Young Turks present surprising dishes such as vanilla ice cream with Jerusalem artichoke to create a true foodie experience. For a more traditional take on flavour combinations head to the Disappearing Dining Club at the Red Gallery on Rivington Street for fabulous food combined with great music.

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26th October 2011Hot...

  • Roland Emmerich’s new film Anonymous isn’t even on general release yet but it has already caused quite a stir, (especially in Stratford-Upon-Avon). The film presents the theory that the plays and sonnets of William Shakespeare were actually written by the 17th Earl of Oxford, Edward De Vere. Anonymous is also a political thriller full of power struggles, attempted murder, jealousy and hatred, whilst demonstrating the influential nature of theatre and its ability to produce powerful reactions from an audience. The film is a venerable ‘Who’s Who’ of British film and boasts beautiful costumes along with some superb individual performances most notably from Vanessa Redgrave and Rhys Ifans. Philippa, our Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator, was lucky enough to attend the film’s premiere as part of the British Film Industry’s annual London Film Festival ahead of the crowds and definitely recommends making time to see Anonymous when the film hits cinema screens on Friday.

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Experimental Food Society Spectacular

Posted by on Tue Oct 18, 2011 14:11pm

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An annual edible exhibition and a must-see for any food lover

13th October 2011Hot...

  • Congratulations to our friends the Oyster Boys from The Worship Street Whistling Shop, Winner of the 2011Time Out Food and Drink Awards Best New Bar!

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6th October 2011Hot...

  • We just bought the colour 'Rouge' for Unicef's "Own A Colour Help Save A Child's Life" campaign; but what colour will you buy?

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20th April 2011Hot...

  • Based on the novel by Mary Shelley (already one of my favourite books so dangerous territory for any adaptation) - it conveys all the darkly fascinating concepts within this gothic horror: scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil. All gloriously amplified with the seamless combination of live theatre, and live simulcasts to cinemas around the world. Stunning camera work allowed a unique perspective to the cinema audience through close-ups, special effects and striking overhead shots. And Johnny Lee Miller must win every award going for his performance as the creature...

    Frankenstein runs at the National until May 2nd 2011 but the fastest selling show in the history of the NT has long been sold out. Some day tickets are available each morning - and well worth queuing through the night for!

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14th February 2011Hot...

  • Michel Roux's Service on BBC2 has got the team talking after following eight trainees trying to convince Michel Roux they can handle the pressure in some of Europe's best restaurants and hotels. Nathan's mantra has always been, 'the key to great service is anticipating clients' needs' and Michel Roux himself says, 'You have to know what the customer wants before he even realises it himself'. Great minds think alike.

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29th January 2011Hot...

  • Black Swan. Interesting that the team are raving about Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Black Swan’. Themes explored include destructive narcissism, drug taking, murder, ruthless ambition, fragile mental states and erotica. And I thought classical ballet was all about strict discipline and pink tutus. Worth a watch.

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12th January 2011Hot...

  • Love your fashion? Then pay a visit to 'Aware: Art Fashion Identity' at The Royal Academy of Arts running until 30 January 2011. This third season of contemporary art examines how artists and designers use clothing as a means to communicate and reveal elements of our identity. The exhibition includes work by 30 leading international practitioners including Marina Abramovic, Andreas Gursky, Claudia Losi, Susie MacMurray, La Maison Martin Margiela, Alexander McQueen, Yoko Ono, Grayson Perry, Dai Rees, Cindy Sherman, Helen Storey, Rosemarie Trockel, Sharif Waked, Gillian Wearing RA, Yohji Yamamoto and Andrea Zittel. Not to be missed.

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Posted by on Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:00am

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What better way to beat the winter blues than have your imagination fired with Cirque du Soleil’s latest show, TOTEM at the Royal Albert Hall?

6th January 2011Hot...

  • Don't just sit there, 'Stick It On'! As mobs riot in the streets, a DJ democracy is storming the dancefloor. Nominate your top three 'choons', release your inner DJ and seize control of the decks for fifteen minutes of limelight that are guaranteed to revolutionise your event!

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La Soirée

Posted by on Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:00am

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Fancy doing something a bit different one evening? Our Arabella Palmer, Event Co-ordinator, saw La Soirée over the festive period and hasn’t stopped talking about it since!

Banksy pops-up in Berwick Street

Posted by on Mon Dec 20, 2010 0:55am

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Britain invades France.

Posted by on Mon Dec 20, 2010 0:31am

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Nathan and Nick named in the Event 100 Club 2010!

Posted by on Mon Dec 20, 2010 0:35am

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Nathan Homan, Creative director and Nick Wright, Operations director were delighted to be ranked number 35 at this year’s Event 100 Club of the most influential people in the industry.

25th April 2010Hot...

  • The new Enchanted Palace exhibition at Kensington Palace, transforming an often-overlooked museum into a wonderland adventure fit for a Princess.

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21st April 2010Not...

  • Inflatables – they are ubiquitous at big summer and sporting events but design has barely moved on in 30 years. Surely someone can come up with a cool take on the inflatable? Harder and harder to justify the gas-guzzling generator if they don’t even look good. Has the bubble burst?

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20th April 2010Hot...

  • Sky Rainforest Rescue. CSR comes of age as Sky teams up with WWF to save 3 million hectares of Amazonian rainforest in Brazil. The media giant will match public donations pound for pound, aiming for a total of £4,000,000, enough to save an area the size of Belgium. Catch our Sky Rainforest Rescue Pod as it tours the UK this summer.

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