"There is no other country in the world, besides my own, whose way of life I like so much. I love English traditions, English politeness, English architecture. I even love English cooking." Christian Dior
For the first time ever at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, visitors are invited to enter the set of Gringotts Wizarding Bank as the Studio Tour unveils its biggest expansion to date.
This spring, a new public horticultural installation from award-winning Dan Pearson Studio will come to life at Coal Drops Yard in London’s King’s Cross. In the form of vibrantly coloured clusters of eye-popping red, pink and purple geraniums and petunias, Colourstream, will fill the shopping and restaurant district’s central yard from 19th April. Surrounded by newly installed outdoor seating, visitors will be invited to recline and soak up the invigorating splash of colour.
FEST Camden embarks on another unmissable concept for their summer 2019 season: Wonderfest Rooftop celebrates a rich history of iconic festivals all over the world with a fully transformed roof garden and immersive festival experience. Now open and running through unitl the end of summer, Wonderfest offers a perfect way to eat, drink and party festival-style minus the mud and rain.
The British Academy Summer Showcase 2019 takes place 21-22 June
This summer the British Academy will once again throw open the doors of its Regency building and gardens, for its annual two-day Summer Showcase – a free festival of ideas for curious minds.
Featuring 15 interactive exhibits alongside pop-up talks, workshops and performances, the Summer Showcase brings the best new humanities and social sciences research to life.
There will be sweaty, endorphin-boosting classes on offer from some of London’s top fitness studios, including Barry’s Bootcamp, Third Space, Kobox, Psycle, Crossfit, The Manor, UN1T and Engine Room, to name a few. There is even a Beyoncé inspired yoga class!
Join Paradise Wildlife Park for an incredible fundraising evening. Paradise will be hosting their annual Summer Ball 2019 in aid of wildlife & conservation on Saturday 29th June.
An evening of good food, good friends, good wine and brilliant entertainment! The perfect night out with friends, family or colleagues.
Back by popular demand, London’s much-loved Wimbledon screenings will return to three of the capital’s favourite lifestyle hotspots this summer. Cardinal Place in Victoria, and One New Change and New Street Square in the City, will be serving up all the action live from Centre Court – but with an all-new tropical twist.
Revolution is in the air in The Royal Opera’s beautiful production of Mozart's great comic opera.
Colourful characters mix with intrigue, misunderstanding and forgiveness in a multitude of dramatic twists. Watch a live screening of this famous opera from the Royal Opera House stage to your nearest BP Big Screen.
On Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July 2019, Walthamstow Garden Party returns to Lloyd Park for a sixth year running, presented by the Barbican, Create London, Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 and local residents. This is a global festival made locally, celebrating and powered by the incredible creativity of Waltham Forest, the Mayor’s first ever London Borough of Culture.
London's themed cinema experts gear up for an ‘all singing, all dancing’ retro, West Coast show, throwing the biggest Sing-A-Long beach parties in town this summer. Featuring adult only Slush Puppie cocktails, (musical mash-ups from) Jaguar Skills and dazzling light shows for each screening.
Tom Kerridge and his merry band of foodie friends toured the country in 2018 with a stellar line up of world-class chefs and award-winning pubs, who served their signature dishes to our Pub in the Park punters.
Tom Jones has announced a very special headline London show this summer, taking place at the spectacular courtyard of the Royal Hospital Chelsea – home of the Chelsea Pensioners.
The event is an annual series of five races. They usually taking place during the months of June, July, August and September.
People across London can enjoy free culture on their doorstep as Romeo and Juliet is broadcast live in Trafalgar Square, IQL Summer Lawn in Stratford, Television Centre White City, The Scoop at London Bridge City and Arena Square in Wembley Park as the first in the Royal Opera House 2019 BP Big Screens series, on Tuesday 11 June 2019. Audiences can pack a picnic and head with friends and family to watch in one of 16 locations across the UK from Alnwick Castle in Northumberland to Queen’s Drive Space in Exmouth.
The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association’s (ABA) annual flagship event Firsts - London’s Rare Book Fair returns for its62nd year and will be opened on Friday 7th June at noon by the actor, writer and rare book collector Stephen Fry. The Fair is being held from Friday 7th – Sunday 9th June in Battersea Park
This May bank holiday weekend, Steel Yard returns to London. Organisers have confirmed they’re bringing the 20-metre-high superstructure back to the capital on 25 – 26 May 2019 – and they've revealed who'll be topping the line-up: dance pioneer Eric Prydz on Saturday; while techno icon Carl Cox is set to lead the bill on Sunday.
The HSBC London Sevens arrives at Twickenham Stadium on the 25 and 26 May 2019, bringing with it a breathtaking concoction of fast and furious rugby, live entertainment and activities, and mouth-watering street food and pop-up bars.
Crinkle-cut comedy trio Hot Crisps are back!
After a hiatus which was suspiciously as long as the negotiations in Brussels, the best friends (and Jake) will be performing a hilarious hour of their biggest hits for the last time ever at the Etcetera Theatre in May.
The Pavilion Bar and Grill at RBG Kew has opened its doors today after an ambitious two-year redevelopment. On the site of the old Pavilion Restaurant, the exciting new eatery offers a fast-casual dining experience all year round. The restaurant produces sumptuous seasonal food in an open kitchen with customers able to watch as dishes are freshly prepared on the grill by Kew’s chefs.
UK: London, Wednesday 10th April 2019 - Today the SCI-FI-LONDON FILM FESTIVAL2019 launches its stellar 19th annual programme which will run from 15th May until 22nd May across London with eight days of amazing film, immersive experiences and more. It will showcase a fantastic lineup with 4 world film premieres, 11 UK film premieres, 11 world short premieres and 13 UK short premieres. It will host 17 features, 36 shorts and 7 VR shorts alongside its regular classic cult events such as the 48 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE and SCI-FIDO, the world’s only cosplay for dogs!
Opening this year’s festival on the 15th May at the Prince Charles Cinema is the UK Premiere of PERFECT– a film that sends us tripping into a science fiction world like no other. Directed by Eddie Alcazar (KUSO) it is unclear if the young man (Garrett Wareing) has committed the horrible crime, but his mother (Abbie Cornish) sends him to a luxurious retreat full of beautiful hedonistic people for therapy. He will receive an experimental treatment to cure his ills and discover his true self. His mother has been there, but does she want to help him become ‘perfect’? Frenetic editing, soul shocking set-pieces and some eye-popping animation by Kidmograph, PERFECT alternates between calm and chaos, and picks at themes of AI, genetic engineering and esotericism. With its super-heightened visuals worthy of Gasper Noe, production design that DAZED would find hard to beat and a stunning soundtrack by Flying Lotus, this is ALTERED STATES for the iGeneration.
"Steven Soderbergh presents an overwhelming sensory assault”. ScreenAnarchy
The festival’s Closing Night on the 22nd May at Stratford Picturehouse is the World Premiere of THE RIZEN: POSSESSION directed by Matt Mitchell and starring Julian Rhind-Tutt, Sarine Sofair, Adrian Edmondson and Sally Phillips. In 1955, NATO and the Allied Forces conducted secret, occult experiments in a bid to win the Arms Race. They succeeded, but what they unleashed almost tore our world apart and sent a human through a portal to somewhere very alien. This was the story of THE RIZEN, our closing night premiere in 2017. Come forward to now, and a group of urban explorers is exploring the abandoned bunker. But will they and a private military unit sent in after them, become the final pieces in a 60-year plan to reopen a door that should have stayed closed.
"Violent and witty in equal amounts, this is a very British sci-fi horror." SFL
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SCI-FIDO – THE WORLD’S, ONLY COSPLAY FOR DOGS EVENT, returns this year on Saturday 18th May outside the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square, in association with DOGSTARPHOTO and ALL DOGS MATTER for the Crufts of Science fiction! Do you have a four-legged friend who likes to dress up as a sci-fi character? Or a pooch that looks like Princess Leia? Bring them along to our ‘dressed-up dog’ photo session!
Augmented, virtual, enhanced, trans or multimedia – it’s ‘mixed up’. A few brands have led the way - adding a VR thing here, an AR thing there – but does it make any difference and does this usual corporate approach get to the audience in a way that makes them care? #HACKSTOCK: 5 on the 16th – 18th May at festival’s secret HQ is our answer – bringing creators, makers, disrupters, artists, musicians, hackers, developers and you together in one place to talk it, think it, do it and play with it. And it’s Free! We have every flavour of headset - from cardboard to Magic Leap and a myriad of other toys to play with.
Access to the Hackstock playground is by password only, register on the festival website for the details.
Other major Film Premiere Galas this year include the World Premiere of SHED OF THE DEAD, directed by Drew Cullingham, it’s darkly funny, gruesome and a little bit rude! Shaun of the Dead meets The Archers. Trevor (Spencer Brown) doesn’t really like gardening but has an allotment in which he spends his days avoiding his overbearing wife. Most of his time in his shed is spent painting figurines for wargames he plays with his friend, Graham (Ewen MacIntosh), both of them dreaming and arguing about their gaming alter-egos.
One day, Mr Parsons, one of the other allotment tenants, knocks with a petition to have Trevor evicted as his plot is a disgrace. After what should have been a simple argument, Trevor is left with a corpse to hide. Unfortunately, this untimely accident coincides with the Zombie Apocalypse and Mr Parsons' return is just the start of Trevor's problems. More pressing is whether or not he should try and save his wife (Lauren Socha) and her beautiful best friend (Emily Booth), who both he and Graham have a thing for... The film also features a little BDSM fun provided by Michael Berryman.
Celebrating its World Premiere, AFTER WE LEAVE is a brilliant début for director Aleem Hossain, a vibrant script, satisfying special effects and outstanding performances – the type of film this festival searches for every year.
Near future, Los Angeles is a bleak place: permanent recession, water shortages, and rising crime. Six years ago, Jack abandoned his wife and vanished. Now he's back because before he left, they'd applied for a visa to immigrate to a better life on an off-world colony. The permit has finally come through, but there's a catch: it's a couple’s visa, and Jack cannot leave Earth without his wife. Is Jack back because he wants to make things right or because he needs his wife so he can use this "lottery ticket" to a better life?
Another World Premiere is THE TANGLE, a brilliant sci-fi noir written and directed by Christopher Soren Kelly and stars Jessica Graham (Crazy Bitches) and Nicole Da Silva(Wentworth)
In the near future, the TANGLE, an AI with airborne nanotech, connects the world. The Tangle is benevolent; it has stopped crime, keeps us well and safe. But to make sure it never turns rogue a government agency watches over them from within technology safe rooms, locations impermeable to the nanobots that make up the Tangle. When field agent Margot Foster is found dead in one of these rooms, the agency needs to investigate the first murder in years.
Also having its world premiere is ZOO-HEAD, directed by Navin Dev. With the aesthetic of TRAINSPOTTING and the weirdness of GROUNDHOG DAY, this is a strong debut from Dev, with great performances and awesome techno soundtrack to boot. Charlie is a zoo-head, a slang term given to junkies addicted to a powerful hallucinogenic that has memory munching side-effects. Squatting in a foetid apartment and existing on benefits, Charlie is a mess, and it is about to get worse. The Social Service is forcing the long-term unemployed to under-go radically experimental treatment to get them ‘normalised’; the only danger would be to zoo-heads. Charlie gets called in and lies about his situation, and so begins his treatment.
UK Premieres include:
FONOTUNE: AN ELECTRIC FAIRYTALE
Dir: Fint, 2018, Japan/Germany, 74mins, Japanese/German (English subtitles).
The world will end soon, so what to do? Outside of time, a teen hooker, lo-fi cowboy and a mute drifter cross the white desert to experience the final performance of the mysterious rockstar hero.
This visually stunning work MUST be seen on the big screen. Its soundtrack will leave you humming and tapping for days to come, and its beautiful production design burns your brain.
The film stars Kiki Sukezane (Westworld) and features performances by Guitar Wolf Seiji and Stereo Total.
"Is it daft punk? Is it THX? No, it is FONOTUNE, and you will never forget it." SFL
Dir: Shae Sterling, 2018, New Zealand, 90mins, English.
New Zealand is beautiful, and often we only see the ‘Lord of the Rings’ landscapes and not the everyday life of your average stoner.
Riko (Jimi Jackson) lives in a small town in the middle of nowhere (Waikato, New Zealand). Life was pretty normal until two aliens crash-landed near Riko’s house. He welcomes the aliens, and together they develop an intergalactic relationship of epic proportions.
"Raw and real as Peter Jackson's "Bad Taste", more bro' than Taika Waititi's "Boy", and up there with Kevin Smith's "Clerks" as a debut indie film. Garth Bray, Amazon" SFL
Dir: David Giancola, 2019, 93mins, USA
Dane (RYAN WESEN) was going to steal one last car before he quit forever, but is disturbed by Tomas, an inventor being chased by the police, the F.B.I., and the C.I.A. Trapped in the manic crossfire, Tomas passes a device to Dane, who is teleported miles away into the arms of Kate (LAURA JAMES, S*W*A*T). She could be the girl of his dreams except for the global conspiracy he has just embroiled her in. The FBI’s Ray Moritz (MAXWELL CAULFIELD, Grease 2) wants to destroy it, Amanda Graham (SEAN YOUNG, Blade Runner) wants it for the C.I.A., and rogue agent Sy Devol (JOHN JAMES, Dynasty) has his sinister plans.
Sy unleashes his brutal assassin, Brink (SAM J. JONES, Flash Gordon) who leaves a trail of corpses behind him while pursuing the ‘Axcellerator’ device. To stay alive, Dane and Kate must discover the Axcellerator’s secret. An exhilarating rollercoaster ride reminiscent of 80s blockbusters – a classic, fun action thriller.
John James is confirmed to attend, others TBA.
AFTER THE LETHARGY
Dir: Marc Carrete, 2018, 82mins, SPAIN
Sara, a journalist with a keen interest in UFOs, receives a video from a paranormal researcher, talking about a hotspot for landings and sightings. She travels to the forest to meet the researcher and meets the park ranger who tells her of a dark character who lives alone deep in the woods and the abandoned retreat. Soon she discovers the truth about the UFo sightings and must fight for her life.
"All-out monster, promising a mesmerising mix of terror and adventure" Bloody Disgusting
"Takes hybridisation to extremely graphic proportions' Dread Central
"Old school sci-fi horror at its finest, great twists and turns, seat of the pants thrills and some truly gross-out moments." SFL
THE FINAL LAND
Dir: Marcel Barion, 2019, 113mins, Germany, German (English subtitles)
Across the bleak wilderness, the prisoner has escaped, looking for a rumoured ship that might get him off-world. One of his pursuers discovers him aboard the craft and instead of turning him in declares he also wants a way out and together they fly away. But who built the ship and where did it come from, more importantly, where are the crew? As they try to answer these questions, they hear a strange signal and obsessing on its origin head toward it. This feature debut by Barion is a testament to what performance and pragmatic use of resources can achieve. At times it feels like ALIEN, at others like 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.
"An outstanding science fiction story that never once reveals a low budget." SFL
Dir: Wen Ren, 2018, 104mins, China, Mandarin (English subtitles)
In a future reliant on solar energy, the world falls into chaos after the sun disappears, the skies are lit only by the stars and the temperature is rapidly dropping; eventually, oxygen on Earth will be exhausted. Yang, a reclusive astronomer, and Mu, a neighbour he hardly knows, must find their way to a supposed sanctuary located in District Four.
Ren’s debut film has a unique take on end of days stories with spectacularly realised special effects showing how different our world, and everything that we take for granted in it, would look in the absence of the Sun.
"It is fantastic to see China producing high concept and stylish indie sci-fi, don’t miss this one." SFL
Dir: Erin Berry, 2019, 82mins, CANADA
Bernwood (Paula Brancati, Slashers) is an anti-conspiracy video blogger. She spends all her time debunking conspiracy theory until she gets a note from an old man claiming to have worked for the legendary Majestic-12 (aka majic), a secret US spy agency, created after the UFO incident at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. So begins her trip down the rabbit hole looking for answers as reality as she seems to know it is unravelling.
"Sitting squarely in X-files territory and plays brilliantly with alternate realities and what we perceive to be real" SFL
UK premiere (stranger > fiction doc strand)
Dir: Brett Ryan Bonowicz, 2018, USA, 82mins, English.
Conceptual artists Don Davis, Charles Lindsay, and Rick Guidice have helped bring NASA projects to life. Their incredible pioneering artwork, which helped define the aesthetics of futurism and space travel, is ubiquitous; and yet these artists have always been hidden behind the scenes until now.
The second documentary that Bonowicz has had at the festival, last year we screened CLOSER THAN WE THINK about conceptual artist Arthur Radebaugh. Again, Bonowicz delivers a love-letter to concept art and design.
If you’ve got an eye on the future, then learn about those who’ve helped shape it. SFL
CHASING EINSTEIN (stranger > fiction doc strand)
Dir: Timothy Wheeler and Steve Brown, 2019, 81mins, USA
Einstein's vision of gravity has shaped our understanding of the universe for the 100 years since Eddington confirmed his theory in 1919.
Nobody has succeeded in challenging Einstein's theory despite its startling conclusion that the vast majority of gravity must be caused by an invisible form of ‘matter’ that has yet to be detected. The search for this missing "Dark Matter" will either confirm Einstein or disrupt a century of physics.
Following leading scientists including Nobel Laureates on the brink of paradigm-shifting discoveries, CHASING EINSTEIN travels behind the scenes of some of the most extraordinary experiments ever created to probe the mysteries of the dark universe (LIGO, CERN, XENON 1T).
Will Einstein stand the test of time, or will a controversial new theory change the way that we see the universe?
Finally, we are delighted to have the London Premiere of LUCID, directed by Adam Morse, 2018, 86mins, UK
A young man practices an experimental form of therapy after his enigmatic neighbour offers to help him overcome social anxiety and win the girl of his dreams.
Isolated in a big city with no friends, young Zel simultaneously fears and craves intimacy. He has a pitiful obsession with a dancer called Jasmine and is caught spying on her by an eccentric neighbour Elliot (Billy Zane) who offers to help him win her heart. Lust leads Zel on an intense subliminal adventure as Elliot teaches him how lucid dreaming can be used to practice the art of seduction but will Zel be able to charm Jasmine in reality? This thought-provoking film, with great cinematography and luscious production design, will stay with you for a long time.
We will have the main cast and director in attendance for a Q&A.
For the full line up visit the website: sci-fi-london.com #SFL19
New restaurant to open at Kew Gardens
· The Pavilion Bar and Grill will open at Kew on Monday 13 May 2019
· Year-round al fresco dining with exquisite views of the surrounding Gardens
· Sumptuous seasonal dishes lovingly prepared on an open charcoal grill
The Pavilion Bar and Grill at RBG Kew will open its doors for the first time on 13 May 2019, after an ambitious two-year redevelopment. On the site of the old Pavilion Restaurant, the exciting new eatery will offer a fast-casual dining experience all year round. Sumptuous seasonal dishes will be produced in an open kitchen and customers will be able to watch as dishes are freshly prepared on the grill by Kew’s chefs.
Situated near the magnificent Temperate House and the Great Pagoda, the restaurant will boast a vast and beautiful outdoor area where the original ornamental vines have been incorporated into a new planted landscape created by Kew’s horticulturists. The leafy terrace will offer an unparalleled al fresco dining experience for over 300 visitors. The impressive and contemporary restaurant building will also feature expansive views of the surrounding Gardens so that diners can enjoy the exquisite landscape in all seasons. An interior design theme based around natural materials and muted tones will provide a modern yet relaxed atmosphere.
The menu will focus on authentic food grilled on charcoal, alongside an array of enticing sides. Meat sourced from local farms will be featured, along with selected herbs foraged at Kew. Example dishes include BBQ & orange pork belly ribs, whole bream, a fire-roasted halloumi and vegetable stack, and spatchcock chicken for which guests can choose from a selection of seasonings such as Kew herbs & lemon, orange & BBQ, jerk seasoning and smoked paprika piri piri. Chosen combinations will then be whipped up in front of customers on the open charcoal Josper Grill.
For those seeking to relax over a drink, a contemporary bar will serve the best artisanal coffee, alongside fresh juices. As the day progresses, guests will also be able to take their pick from a drinks menu of delicious wines, beers and cocktails – the perfect way to enjoy a summer evening at Kew.
Richard Barley, Director of Horticulture, Learning and Operations at Kew Gardens says:
“We are thrilled to be opening the new Pavilion Bar and Grill at Kew. Delicious, fresh and seasonal food served in a setting so close to nature will bring a truly unique dining experience to visitors.”
Simon Finnigan, General Manager, Pavilion Bar and Grill, says:
“We can’t wait to open the doors of the Pavilion Bar and Grill to Kew’s visitors. Its impressive, open design coupled with the delicious menu with cooked-to-order flavoursome dishes creates an uplifting outdoor dining experience that can be enjoyed by everyone, all year round.”
The Pavilion Bar and Grill will also be a welcoming destination for families. The menu includes enticing treats for children, including mac & cheese, Josper BBQ chicken wings and a family sharing platter.
Just imagine, it’s 1832 and you are attending a glamorous evening reception at one of the grandest addresses in England, Apsley House. Or, as it is more simply known, Number One, London. All of a sudden, there is a terrible commotion and it is announced: ‘There’s been a murder!’
Thus, The Apsley House Mystery begins…
The ultimate whodunnit role play returns on Friday 10 May, with a new detective case for you and your friends to solve in the ancestral home of the Duke of Wellington.
In collaboration with Torchlight Heritage, The Apsley House Mystery plunges visitors into this fascinating era and sets them the task of working in teams to interrogate the suspects, expose their secrets and discover who committed the heinous crime.
This immersive and fun experience is perfect for groups, couples and individuals, and offers a true test of each player’s powers of deduction and raw sleuthing abilities.
Places are limited, so booking is essential. Ticket prices start from £12 (to £20), and can be booked by calling 0370 333 1181 (Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30 Sat 9am – 5pm) or online by clicking here.
LONDON, March 2019 – Coal Drops Yard, the King’s Cross shopping and restaurant district, invites the public to join them over London Craft Week (8 – 12 May) for a programme of workshops, installations and experiences to celebrate the makers and crafters of London’s newest creative neighbourhood.
Royal Opera House Productions: 8 April – 8 May 2019
La forza del destino, selected dates to Monday 22 April 2019
Christof Loy directs a star-studded cast of singers, including Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann and Ludovic Tézier, in Verdi's epic opera, conducted by Antonio Pappano.
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Romeo and Juliet, selected dates to Tuesday 11 June 2019
Kenneth MacMillan’s acclaimed production returns to the Royal Opera House, with music by Sergey Prokofiev and a number of exciting debuts from across The Royal Ballet. Also available in cinemas and free around the UK on the BP Big Screens on Tuesday 11 June, with an encore cinema screening on Sunday 15 June.
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Faust, Thursday 11 April – Monday 6 May 2019
Gounod's most popular opera returns in David McVicar's stunning Parisian production, with singers including Michael Fabiano, Diana Damrau and Erwin Schrott. Also available in cinemas on Tuesday 30 April with an encore screening on Sunday 5 May.
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Billy Budd, Tuesday 23 April – Friday 10 May 2019
Deborah Warner stages the first production of Britten's all-male opera at Covent Garden for nearly two decades, with Jacques Imbrailo, Toby Spence and Brindley Sherratt in the lead roles.
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Within the Golden Hour/ Medusa / Flight Pattern
A contemporary triple bill showcases revivals of works by Christopher Wheeldon and Crystal Pite, alongside the world premiere of Medusa by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
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Juliet and Romeo, Saturday 13 April – Sunday 14 April 2019
Through dance, theatre and comedy, innovative theatre company Lost Dog tell the story of Shakespeare’s young lovers – if they hadn’t died in a tragic misunderstanding but lived not-so-happily ever after.
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A Man of Good Hope, Tuesday 16 April – Saturday 4 May 2019
The true story of a young refugee’s journey through Africa told through music, singing and dance, based on the book by Jonny Steinberg. Performed by Isango Ensemble.
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SS Mendi: Dancing the Drill of Death, Thursday 18 April – Saturday 4 May 2019
Award-winning South African lyric theatre company Isango Ensemble re-tell the story of a real-life, tragic maritime disaster, based on the book by Fred Khumalo.
Friday Rush is a great way to get last-minute tickets for the Royal Opera House at a range of prices - even for sold-out shows. At 1pm every Friday, 49 Friday Rush tickets for almost all main stage shows performed by The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet in the following week are available to purchase online: https://www.roh.org.uk/events/friday-rush
Everybody had told Barney not to play too near the edge of the chalk pit. But today was one of those grey days when there was nothing to do, nothing to play, and nowhere to go. Except to the chalk pit. The dump!
Queens Yard Summer Party expands to two day festival across 20 venues at Hackney Wick with DJs Autie Flo, Bill Brewster, Ralph Lawson and many more.
Queens Yard Summer Party is expanding to a two day festival in 2019 and promises to be a perfect way to explore a vast array of music, arts, culture and gastro food and drink without having to tussle with tents, manage mud or wrestle with the weather.
The multi-venue indoor and outdoor event takes place around Hackney Wick’s most interesting spaces on May 4th and 5th 2019 and is a celebration of local culture, ethical businesses and creative communities and the vibrant energy and ideas they generate. In all, more than 25 stages, 20 venues, 30 club brands, three breweries, two boats as well as a host of vendors, eateries, traders, stalls and exhibitors and over 100 DJs and live acts make this Wick-wide coming together an essential way to celebrate everything that makes London the world’s most exciting city.
Musically, a wide range of cultured scenes and sounds will be explored across both days, with cutting edge DJs from the worlds of house, techno, disco, drum & bass, UKG, acid house, dubstep and everything in between. These include the likes of breakout sensation DJ Boring, Pickle Factory resident Jane Fitz, Mahogany Music artist Dan Shake, disco boffin Bill Brewster, hi fidelity techno and bass specialists Peverelist, Pangaea and Pinch, the party-starting selector Saoirse, Sub Club stars Harri & Domenic, acid master Felix Dickinson, 2020 Vision boss Ralph Lawson, Love International founder Dave Harvey, bass heavy house star Hannah Holland and many more all playing.
Queens Yard Summer Party is about getting lost, about following your ears, eyes and stomach wherever they want to take you. This bristling cultural festival offers a unique way of exploring and enjoying a wide array of musical sounds and foodie scenes, wellbeing activities and alternative therapies across Hackney Wick. One ticket grants you access to all the different venues, talks and events. You can enjoy your favourite acts as well as discover new loves you never knew existed, all while enjoying some superb food and drink from the most passionate vendors in their fields as well as learning about subcultures you’ve only ever read about. Because the UK is such a vital and innovative musical wonderland, this festival shines a light on that; on the labels, parties and artists that keep the nation's soundscape forever on the move and ahead of the rest of the world. All this plays out in a range of exciting and unusual spaces such as warehouses, taprooms, a terrace, brewery facility, boat, yards, canal side-cafes, theatre, botanical gardens, lofts, basements and maybe even a fridge.
Some of the key venues are well known for the opportunities they offer to hear world class sounds. They include the creative hub that is Number 90, one of the capital’s best riverside and canal bars, Mick’s Garage, the hot East London venue with an open-plan space for 500 people and a 110 capacity Mezzanine level, Giant Steps, a travelling sound system brought to you by Brilliant Corners, plus Bloc’s Autumn Street Studios, independent bar, kitchen and creative space Grow and Stour Space, a non-profit, socially minded organisation which includes studios, galleries and a cafe. Participating brands include Cosmic Slop, a Leeds party known for its superb crowd and eclectic music policy taking in jazz, world, house and afro, cultured electronic festivals Gottwood and Freerotation, Glasgow's legendary Sub Club, cult London promoters Percolate and Make Me plus forward thinking techno and broken beat label Livity Sound.
Away from the music, this eclectic yet boutique festival offers plenty more activities, including boulder wall climbing experiences at Hackney Wick Boulder Project, lessons in transformational breathing with expert Stuart Sandeman, meditative gong rituals with Himalayan singing bowls and throat singing, yoga with leading yogi Delphine, a tea ceremony with Tom Kenning and a renegade discussion with Dr Alex Pardois about magic mushroom microdosing. The entire festival will come alive with a range of contemporary artists who will set up installations and exhibits to really get you thinking.
To keep you well fuelled across the weekend an interesting selection of food is served up from kitchens and pop up food traders at various locations across ‘The Wick’. Esteemed locals offer seasonal menus and flavours from all round the world including dishes like Jackfruit tacos with charred corn salsa at** Barge East**, hand-rolled stone-baked pizzas at CRATE, Grizzly Bear Burgers with Bacon Jam from Burger Bear and Shredded Confit Duck Fries at Number 90 Bar & Kitchen. There are more food traders to be announced.
Of course, you’ll want to wash that down with something equally delicious, and a range of leading breweries will be on hand to help. The Beer Merchants Tap offers 20 keg taps and two cask pumps as well as over 500 bottled beers, Howling Hops Brewery and Tank Ba rshowcase modern, uncompromised, flavoursome, generously hopped beers and you can also look forward to plenty of natural wine and many other delights.
The whole festival will support MAP Charity for disadvantaged children out of mainstream education and mental health charity MIND.
This two day extravaganza is a cultural affair that shines a light on one of the most famously fertile boroughs of London.
Day tickets are priced at £15.50 and weekend tickets are £25.50 and are available at residentadvisor.net
Celebrate ten years of Wandsworth Council’s Wandsworth Arts Fringe with world class tightrope walkers, fire jugglers, a dancing display of Cirque Birjou’s world-famous luminous umbrellas, and live music…. all for FREE!
Join us for the launch of #WAF10 at Shillington Park, just five minutes from Clapham Junction.
The Points Guy UK Lands into Covent Garden
· The ultimate online travel resource marks its UK arrival with a pop-up event
· Visitors will benefit from tried-and-tested travel tips to maximise their travel experience
· Prizes including flight tickets, airmiles and branded merchandise
On Saturday 27 April, leading US travel website The Points Guy, the go-to place for points, air miles and all things travel related, will open the doors of its first concept store.
For one day only, visitors will be able to discover the brand through a series of fully immersive activations which emulate the airport experience travellers have before flying.
Located at 17 Floral Street, Covent Garden and split across three levels, visitors will check in via The Points Guy UK style arrival desk where they’ll have the opportunity to create their own branded postcards via a fully interactive photobooth. Allowing them to take centre stage and pose in front of a series of memorable backdrops, once their postcard is designed, visitors will then move on to the second stage of the pop up - a state of the art airport style lounge, where they’ll be offered insider knowledge, advice and tips on everything from how to fly First Class for (almost) free, to the best airlines for families.
Once they’ve learnt how to maximise their future travel experience, visitors will then head down to The Points Guy Duty-Free shop, where they can win a selection of prizes in the claw style vending machine. Prizes include flight tickets, airmiles, AVOIS points and branded merchandise.
The one-off event brings the biggest US travel website to life and marks its highly anticipated UK launch.
Proven to save money, ease stress and improve the overall travel experience, The Points Guy puts people in the know, so they can explore the world without breaking the bank.
The Points Guy is the ultimate platform for the travel curious visit thepointsguy.com
Open from 10am -6pm, Visit The Points Guy UK pop up on Saturday 27 April 2019
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Join the Beasts of London on an immersive tour and let the animals tell you the story of their city
The Museum of London opens Beasts of London on 5 April 2019; a state of the art, immersive and digital experience that takes visitors on a journey through time, from before London was created through to the present day.
Inspired by objects drawn from the museum’s world class collection and working in partnership with Guildhall School of Music & Drama, this family-friendly show brings you face to face with the beasts both large and small who helped shape the city we know today. Made up of nine episodes, each tells the story of the capital from an animal’s perspective, highlighting some of the city’s most iconic moments.
Starting in prehistory with the very first of London’s beasts you are then guided through the arrival of the Romans. Then comes the Medieval Age when the first menageries were built in the city and then through the disastrous years of the Great Plague of the 1600s. From there you find yourself transported inside a rowdy Victorian tavern, centre ring underneath a bustling big top at the Circus and then standing side by side a group of noble horses from across the ages. Finally, you arrive back in in the 21st century to explore people’s relationship with the city’s animals today.
Beasts of London is a surprising, multi-sensory experience which sees Museum of London curators join forces with multi award-winning director, designer and audio visual specialist Dan Shorten - the video projection lead at Guildhall School. Shorten’s most recent projects include Blackout at Tower Bridge’s Bascule Chamber and Waddesdon Imaginarium at Waddesdon Manor. The animals throughout the experience are voiced by well-known names such as Kate Moss, Brian Blessed, Pam Ferris, Nish Kumar, Stephen Mangan, Angellica Bell and Joe Pasquale alongside actors from Guildhall School.
Francis Marshall, Senior Curator at the Museum of London said: “Beasts of London is the first fully-immersive show presented by the Museum of London. It is a journey that is surprising, creative, visually striking, emotionally affecting and encourages visitors to look at the animals of London in a new way and to consider our city from a very different perspective. It is a product of intensive research and boundless imagination from our team in partnership with Guildhall School of Music & Drama and is sure to appeal to audience members of all ages.”
Dan Shorten, creative director for Beasts of London and video projection lead at Guildhall School, said: “It has been wonderful working with the Museum of London to bring to life the story of animals throughout history in London and its streets using the latest video mapping technology. Video design is a fast growing area of Guildhall School’s work, and our production artists are regularly engaged for high profile public facing work. We can’t wait to share this immersive and spectacular world with all Museum of London visitors.”
Beasts of London is part of the Culture Mile programme.
Further information: www.museumoflondon.org.uk/beastsoflondon
Free culture on your doorstep in London - enjoy the best of British culture, free this summer
Everyone in London can enjoy free culture on their doorstep when the Royal Opera HouseBP Big Screens are hosted at 24 key locations across the UK this summer including at Trafalgar Square, Lyric Square in Hammersmith, The Scoop at London Bridge City, Television Centre White City, Arena Square Wembley Park and General Gordon Square in Woolwich.
Bring a picnic and your friends and family to see beloved classics: Romeo and Juliet (11 June), Carmen (2 July) and The Marriage of Figaro (9 July) as they are live-broadcast. Other sites in the UK include Aberdeen’s Duthie Park, Castle Square in Swansea, Walton Halls and Gardens in Warrington and all the way down to Bembridge in the Isle of Wight.
On 11 June, the first 2019 BP Big Screen is live from the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Kenneth MacMillan’s celebrated ballet Romeo and Juliet movingly depicts the love and heart-break endured by literature’s most renowned couple. On July 2, award-winning director Barrie Kosky’s exuberant take on Bizet’s Carmen will be screened. With cabaret ensemble numbers and high-kicking dancers, this production is a beloved masterpiece. On July 9, the Royal Opera’s The Marriage of Figaro is screened. Mozart’s greatest comedy is given a sumptuous staging by David McVicar, its stunning score is fast-moving in this hilarious production with ravishing duets and emotionally potent arias.
Gok Wan, who will present the BP Big Screens in July said:
“As a huge opera and ballet fan, I love the BP Big Screens. As a child I would have loved watching opera for free with my friends! It’s fantastic that 24 sites across the UK become opera houses or ballet stages for the night and share in the magical performances live from London’s Covent Garden. Outdoor cinema is now one of the nation’s favourite summer pastimes and each summer the Royal Opera House BP Big Screens give everyone access to free culture on their doorstep, a great experience for free!”
Alex Beard, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, commented:
“The BP Big Screens are a much-loved highlight of the summer calendar across the UK, and I am delighted that we once again beam the best the Royal Opera House has to offer to an ever-wider audience. Over the years, our collaboration with BP has enabled more than half a million people to experience ballet and opera – many for the first time – and together we bring this summer highlight to people all over the UK.”
Des Violaris, Director – UK Arts and Culture at BP said:
“Each summer we look forward to the BP Big Screens and taking free culture to people all over the country. This year we screen live world-class opera and ballet from Aberdeen to the Isle of Wight and build on over 30 years of partnership work between BP and the Royal Opera House”
The first Royal Opera House BP Big Screens was in 1987 showing free ballet and opera to audiences across the UK. In 2018, 41,500 people saw a free opera or ballet performance at one of 40 screenings in 20 different locations.
The Marriage of Figaro will also be live streamed on the Royal Opera House’s Facebook, YouTube and OperaVision.
Share on social using @royaloperahouse and #ROHromeo, #ROHcarmen and #ROHfigaro.
The Royal Opera House BP Big Screen locations in London:
Romeo and Juliet, 11 June 2019: Trafalgar Square (London); Television Centre, White City (London); Arena Square Wembley Park (London); General Gordon Square, Woolwich (London)
Carmen, 2 July 2019: Trafalgar Square (London); Lyric Square, Hammersmith (London); Television Centre, White City (London); Arena Square Wembley Park (London); General Gordon Square, Woolwich (London)
The Marriage of Figaro, 9 July 2019: Trafalgar Square (London); Lyric Square, Hammersmith (London); The Scoop at London Bridge City (London); Television Centre, White City (London); Arena Square Wembley Park (London); General Gordon Square, Woolwich (London)
All the Royal Opera House BP Big Screens are rated 12A.
Turtle Bay brings a taste of Caribbean traditions to the UK this Easter
This Easter there’s something for everyone at Turtle Bay. The Caribbean restaurant and bar has free kite making kits for kids and has launched an exclusive new cocktail that will tickle your taste buds and blow any diet out of the water.
A popular tradition in the Caribbean over the Easter period is to gather as a family and fly kites together. To celebrate this and so everyone can get involved in this fun pastime, children* will receive a free kite making kit so they can put their creative skills to the test. A great surprise for the little turtles when they order from the kid’s menu and it’ll be a bonus for the mums and dads out there if it keeps them occupied too, even if it’s just for a little bit. But you’ll need to hurry – once the kite making kits have gone, they’re gone!
‘Rum Rabbit Rum’ is the latest alcoholic concoction that will be hopping its way onto the cocktail menu for the Easter period, from Monday 8th to Monday 22nd April. The scintillating selection of ingredients deliver a delicious combination of Caribbean flavours including Pussers (rum), white cacao and coconut milk.
If that’s not mouth-watering enough, the signature drink will also include a scoop of chocolate ice cream and will be topped off with a piece of brownie and a Caribbean dumpling dipped in rum caramel sauce. Even the rim of the glass is dipped in rum caramel making it the ultimate Easter treat, with a Caribbean twist.
Of course, the incredible Turtle Bay menu will be available over the Easter period so you can sample the delicious delights it has to offer to round off your visit. From Caribbean curries such as the curry goat, to meats that are marinated for 24 hours in Turtle Bay’s signature jerk mix and finished over open flames, this is Caribbean food at its best.
With so much to enjoy at your local Turtle Bay this Easter, book your table now: www.turtlebay.co.uk
*The Easter kite making kit is suitable for children aged four and over and only provided when a meal is purchased from the Little Turtles menu.
The Design Museum extends David Adjaye: Making Memory exhibition and children go free during Easter half term
The Design Museum is pleased to announce that David Adjaye: Making Memory is to be extended until 4 August 2019
The exhibition explores the role of monuments and memorials in the 21st century, through seven projects by celebrated British-Ghanaian architect, Sir David Adjaye OBE
From 1 - 25 April 2019, up to three children aged 15 and below go free with the purchase of each adult ticket to the exhibition
Celebrated architect Sir David Adjaye OBE examines the idea of the monument and presents his thinking on how architecture and form are used as storytelling devices in David Adjaye: Making Memory.
The exhibition features seven projects including the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C, the new National Cathedral of Ghana in Accra and the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre* in London. Each of the projects, selected by Sir David Adjaye, is presented in a dedicated room alongside specially commissioned video interviews and immersive site-specific displays.
Highlights include a full-scale section of the Sclera Pavilion for London Design Festival 2008, a replica library area from the Gwangju River Reading Room in South Korea, as well as inspiration materials including a sculpture by the early 20th-century Yoruba artist Olowe of Ise. Visitors will also be offered a first look at an in-depth display of the proposed Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Boston, designed to be a place for discursive action and assembly.
Justin McGuirk, Chief Curator, the Design Museum said:
“It is with great pleasure that we have decided to extend David Adjaye: Making Memory until 4 August 2019. The exhibition has been attracting a diverse audience and visitors’ feedback has been outstanding. The Design Museum’s purpose is to make the impact of design visible to everyone and this exhibition’s messages are clearly reaching well beyond the world of design and architecture.”
The Penguin Classics pop-up shop is coming to Shoreditch, London from 25th - 31st March 2019.
Both a shop and a cultural space, the pop-up will celebrate that these are books to love, not just to study, and will bring together diverse voices to explore, discuss and challenge the literary canon.
Golden Globe and Olivier Award winner Tom Hiddleston stars in the Jamie Lloyd Company’s revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, opening at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre for a strictly limited 12 week season from 5 March 2019.