Psychedelly is a blogzine – a crossover between a blog and a magazine dedicated to arts, culture and London events.
Once upon a time, there were two websites: Beside Magazine and Psychedelly.
On the B(e)Side
Beside Magazine was born as an idea of two young writers who had recently moved to London and fell in love with it. Their newborn project offered a way of sharing their observations and experiences as they continued to enjoy the life in the vibrant capital of the UK.
That’s why, whatever was vivaciously contagious and exciting in terms of culture, lifestyle or people was more than likely to appear in Beside – with special attention to those small, but priceless, voices, events and performances normally not given enough time and attention by the traditional, well-renowned magazines.
Both of us, coming from an ethnic minority background, craved an opportunity to return to what we love doing – writing, expressing ourselves, making others heard, as we did during our previous journeys as journalists. Created for everybody who is in London for a short or long stay, Beside’s personal approach was strongly shaped by the owners who are also fairly new to London. We wanted to help our readers to ease themselves into the bustling capital of the UK. Maybe you wanted to return to your hobbies after the relocation and you’re not sure where to start, maybe you want to start by taking the smallest steps and picking up on good recommendations? We’ve been there. We’re with you.
Soon after starting our project, we realised it can be a perfect outlet for our interests too – film obsession could be poured over into a blog post, and so could a review of a new book we’ve read or a place we’ve visited.
In 2019, one of us decided that it’s time to plug in her personal project that she maintained since 2014 into the magazine – and that’s how Psychedelly, a blogzine, was born. It’s still committed to the same principles – the personal touch and helping to break the barriers – but it also became a scrapbook of ideas it’d always wanted to be.
Now, we write about the culture and lifestyle in a city which we both admire. There are no creative boundaries for us that way. We highlight what we love, and stay positive, bringing you alternative culture news (without alternative facts, though).
But who are we?
Kasia Kwasniewskathe founder and editor-in-chief
Kasia Kwasniewska was previously a journalist for a Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza in its Radom division. She also wrote for the eRadomianki.pl, an online magazine for women. She also had a chance to show her personal take on the city in her documentaries for Panorama Radomska. You can also find her essays and stories on Kettle Magazine and Thought Catalog. She holds an English Language and Creative Writing degree from the University of Westminster.
Emi Pastorthe co-founder and writer
Emi Pastor wrote for The Baltic Times (Latvia) and was a journalist for Agencia Efe, also working freelance for various radio stations and newspapers. She received a degree in journalism (Universitat de València) in Spain.
Kasia and Emi came to London in 2013 and 2015 respectively, and in 2016 they have started Beside as a small project with big enthusiasm. Since then, it became a mix of articles, stories, interviews and reviews that only such an inspiring city as London could inspire. Now, we work with a little team of our friends and contributors we’ve met online – and all of them are what makes Psychedelly the space it is, handcrafted with love.
Meet everyone who contributed to Beside Magazine and Psychedelly in the past.