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This Week 14th – 20th April

14 April 2014 Charlie Kenber

A selection of some great events taking place this week!

SwingFest London
What to expect:
two days of innovative new music

This week sees the return of the international music festival that began in Essen, Germany in 2007. From humble beginnings the festival has grown in recognition as the destination for various forms of experimental music, featuring a range of artists: be they internationally-acclaimed, or exciting new up-and-coming acts. At the core of the fesitval’s ideals however is the principle that ever contributing artist receives an equal amount of airtime. In additional to the music, the festival has a programme of experimental film, installations and talks.

Denovali SwingFest takes place at Village Underground on 18th April and Café Oto on 19th April. Tickets from £18, available here.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
What to expect:
a comprehensive study of the genius of Gaultier

This new exhibition of Jean Paul Gaultier’s work is the first major exhibition of the designers work. Encompassing his entire career, the displays map out the development of his designs, as well as the movements and cultures that influenced him. Gaultier has consistently worked to break down cultural and social boundaries, and his work is the perfect indication of this.

Want more? Check out our feature on the exhibition!

The exhibition is on at the Barbican Art Gallery until 25th August. Tickets £14.50 (concessions apply), available here.

Occupied
What to expect:
fringe theatre that packs a punch

Theatre503 has a strong reputation for bringing new writing to the fore, and this looks to be no exception. Set in a derelict Victorian public toilet, Occupied, tells the story of two Romanians who kidnap an Englishman in order to learn English. Driven by a sense of belonging, the play explores the experiences of immigrants in this country in a darkly comic manner, focussing on the cultural sensitivities and differences, rather than the socio-economic perspective so often portrayed in the news.

The play is on until 26th April at Theatre503. Tickets from £10, expect on Sundays when it’s Pay What You Can! Further info available here.

Banksy: The Room in the Elephant

What to expect: a witty and charged show

Acclaimed Bristol playwright Tom Wainwright’s latest show comes to the Arcola Theatre this month following a sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe last year. Inspired by a story last year whereby the street artist Banksy spray painted ‘THIS LOOKS A BIT LIKE AN ELEPHANT’ on a old water tank in LA, attracting a whole host of art dealers, and making the man who had been sleeping in the tank for seven years homeless once again. The show will also be f0llowed by a short film about the encounter.

The play continues at the Arcola Theatre until 26th April. Tickets from £12, available here.

As If By Magic

What to expect: an exhilarating evening of science demonstrations

This event isn’t actually until next week, but we thought we’d let you know now so you can book up! The Royal Institution of Great Britain is staging a family event exploring the magic that’s made possible by science. Whether it’s making substances change colour, turning solids into liquids or finding gases that are heavier than air, experience the incredible magic of chemistry. The event is for all ages, so get everyone booked in now!

As if by magic! takes place at the Royal Institution of Great Britain on Wednesday 23rd April from 6pm-7.30pm. Full price tickets cost £12, available here.

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