What’s On In The Capital?

A culture vulture’s guide to the best of the rest! An exclusive selection of art lectures, sales, exhibitions, festivals and creative events in London taking place this week and beyond… (By Shio).

Festivals & Fairs:-

Summer of Love (Brixton Rooftop) Festival – The Prince of Wales, Brixton, SW9.  Live international DJs, street food, Shotgun Carousel, Electric Shamba, Gentleman George, Broken Record et al.  Tickets £5+.  1st release available now for June 15th event.  Age 18+.  (designmynight.com)

Making it!  QEST Pop Up, London Craft Week – Carpenters Hall, EC2N.  Craft demonstrations (woodwork, leatherwork, silversmithing, embroidery et al).  9th to 13th May.  Majority of events are free or open house.  (londoncraftweek.com)


SOAP – Spiegeltent, Jubilee Gardens, SE1.  Sell-out, smash-hit show.  World-class acrobatics, comedy and live opera performed in and around bathtubs.  Suitable for all ages.  Duration:  70 mins approx.  From Fri, 11th May until Sun, 17th June.  Tickets from £20.  (ticket.londontheatre.co.uk)

Bubbling over with mind-boggling circus skills, from aerial straps to foot juggling, dance trapeze to hand balancing, alongside rubber ducks, hilarity and a frothy soundtrack. SOAP at the Spiegeltent, South Bank.

Carmina Burana by Candlelight – St Martin-in-the-Fields, WC2N.  Part of the Sound of St Martin’s series.  Limited number of under 30 tickets available.  St Martin’s Chorus, the Children’s Voices of St Martin-in-the-Fields, plus Andrew Earis conducting.  Tickets from £8.10 (adult), £5 (child).  (stmartin-in-the-fields.org)

Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret – Barbican, EC2Y.  Risqué, sophisticated and seductive tribute to the jazz-infused music of the Weimar Republic.  Tickets from £19.60.  From 11th to 29th July.  (barbican.org.uk)

Aurora Orchestra:  Ligeti Concertos – South Bank Centre, SE1.  2nd largest concert hall on the South Bank.  Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin); Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano); Marie-Luise Neunecker (Horn); Nicholas Collon (Conductor).  Sun, 13th May, 3pm to 5pm.  Tickets from £15.  (southbanklondon.com)


Bond In Motion – London Film Museum, WC2E.  Largest collection of James Bond vehicles & over 150 movie artefacts from all 25 films.  Includes concept art and storyboards.  Fri, 11th May until Sat, 30th June.  Tickets £14.50/£9.50 (Under 5s go free).  (londonfilmmuseum.com)

Colour:  The Rainbow Revealed – Horniman Museum & Gardens, SE23.  Voted one of the top 10 coolest museums.  Award-winning exhibition exploring the endless ways in which colour shapes our world.  Tickets £7/£4 (plus family group tickets available online).  Until Sun, 28th October.  (horniman.ac.uk)

Uncanny Memories – Sophia Contemporary Gallery, W1K.  Group of young artists exploring themes of the uncanny and surrealism through a variety of media.  Until 23rd June.  (sophiacontemporary.com)

‘Skeptics Make Bad Bedfellows’ by Matthew Hansel. Part of the Uncanny Memories exhibition at the Sophia Contemporary Gallery.

Lectures, Workshops & Classes:-

Painting Class – Bunga Bunga, Battersea, SW11.  Expert led class suitable for beginners onwards.  Based on Garrowby Hill by David Hockney.  Age 18+.  Early Bird ticket £25.  Wed, 13th June from 7.30pm.  (popuppainting.com)

Architecture ILS 6: Venice Preview – Lecture Theatre 1, Darwin Building, Royal College of Art, School of Architecture, SW7.  3 leading curators (Marina Otero Vezier, Nora Akawi & Alejandra Celedon) will discuss projects for the upcoming Venice Architecture Biennale 2018, and the role of exhibition in contemporary practice.   Thurs, 10th May, 7.30pm to 9pm.  Free entry.  Book through eventbrite.co.uk.


Herald & Heart Preview Party – Ascot Emporium, Fulham Road, SW6.  Preview Royal Ascot and wedding hat collections from over a dozen of the best milliners.  Plus a glass of bubbles!  Fri, 11th May, 4pm to 8pm.  (heraldandheart.com)


It costs £38 per day to exhibit your works at the DIY Art Shop, Hackney Flea Market.

DIY Art Shop Launch – Hackney Flea Market, Shacklewell Lane, E8.  Stocking the community of creatives that exhibit at Hackney DIY and Independent Ceramics Markets, plus artists / publishers from overseas.  Launch 12th May (11am), art shop until 23rd May.  (hackneyfleamarket.com)

Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Auction – Christies London, King Street, St James’s.  Highest Lot: Lot 40, A MAGNIFICENT AND IMPORTANT BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL, ZUN, estimate $271,000 to $542,000.  15th May from 11am (viewings from 11th May).  (christies.com).

Important Chinese Art – Sotheby’s, New Bond Street, W1A.  Highest Lot:  Lot 10, A LARGE, MAGNIFICENT AND RARE BLUE AND WHITE ‘LOTUS’ MOON FLASK QIANLONG SEAL MARK AND PERIOD, estimate $1,407,000 to $2,110,500.  16th May, 10.30am.  (sothebys.com)


[Credits:  designmynight.com; londontheatre.co.uk; londonfilmmuseum.com; horniman.ac.uk;  stmartin-in-the-field.org; popuppainting.com; barbican.org.uk; londoncraftweek.com; eventbrite.co.uk; sophiacontemporary.com; heraldandheart.com; hackneyfleamarket.com; southbanklondon.com; christies.com; sothebys.com]







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