Surrealism and Treasure Hunting & A Much Needed Update

Dear L&LG Blog Readers (we know there are a few of you out there),

It is time for us to apologise. We left you out in the cold. We turned the blog reading light off for an indiscriminate amount of time. We turned our backs on you, and you weren't sure when we were coming back. Well, we're sorry. We didn't mean to. And we have one heck of a good excuse.


In an attempt to make up for it, over the next week or so we will be releasing a few much needed blog updates on what we've been up to for the last 6(ish) months.

So let's start where we left off, with L&LG holding THE* event of 2014: 

The Surrealist Dinner Party

As you probably know, last August we devised a plan to bring a magical one-off ball held by the Rothschild family in 1972 back into being. This was after coming across a few articles like this where we obsessed over images of Dali and Audrey Hepburn rubbing shoulders with the glitterati of jetset Europe in the 70s. And also becoming an bit obsessed with Illuminati conspiracy theories. 

Finding the perfect (secret) location for the event, we set about recreating the event. Once tickets were on sale we started to see that others were as into the idea of reconstructing this fabled event as we were, and tickets sold like hotcakes. For 4 days we lived in 70s, Rothschild heaven. Due to the popularity of this event, there are whispers of a comeback, so we won't spill the beans on everything that happened. But just for youhere are some juicy offcuts:

Pssst... We might have recreated this event in Jan 2015 for a very special private do- have a look at the most recent pictures here, we think they are pretty amazing!

Also, if you haven't yet watched our Surrealist Dinner Party video you really really should. So, here it is:

(*someone else said it, not us!)

Shortly after this L&LG had their very first commission from Hackney Council, which leads us to:

The Hackney Living Archive Treasure Hunt

Held on a gloriously sunny bank holiday in late August, Lemonade and Laughing Gas set up shop in the Portable Joy caravan on the Narrow Way in Hackney to put on a free treasure hunt for passersby.

We spent the weeks leading up to the event researching the area and it history and then with our historical treasure we devised a treasure hunt trail that led back to the caravan, complete with tea and cake. The idea was that participants could go treasure hunting and bring back the snippets of Hackney historical treasure they found to the caravan, which as the number of participants grew, became a living archive of sorts, filled and curated by locals and passersby. We also let participants leave their own pieces of Hackney history in the caravan, with polaroid selfies and memories/thoughts written down on luggage labels.

It was a great day, and one of our enduring memories of it is having a lovely long cuppa with a local Hackney resident who was in his nineties and regaled us with stories of his youth. Sometimes its easy to forget that this is really why we do what we do: to bring people together, to share food and drink (and often dancing) and stories, to feel like an ever-shifting, temporary community of likeminded people, to feel like you are part of something just for a short moment.

Next up: this coming Monday's blogpost will take us into Autumn 2014...