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This Week 14th – 20th September

14 September 2015 Imogen Greenberg

It’s a big week in London, with enormous arts and culture festivals taking over swathes of London. There’s so much to see, and lots of it is free, so don’t miss out on public art, design, music and architecture on your doorstep.

Merge Bankside

Merge is the annual arts, music and performance festival that takes over Bankside. Highlights of this year’s festival include Colourful Crossings, which turns the streets in to a gallery with artworks that bring pedestrian crossings to life; The Chamber of Wishes, from geniuses Bompas & Parr, an interactive and immersive installation inspired by the lost rich history of springs, wells and grottos; and On Your Wavelength, a mind-powered laser and sound installation in which visitors wear a headset that transmits brain activity into spontaneously choreographed digital artwork. The festival is full of inspiring, unusual and unexpected performances and art installations, and most of them are free.

For more information on these and other programmed events, see the website.

 

London Design Festival

London Design Festival is now in its 15th year, and as in previous years, the V & A will be a central hub for the festival, filling the museum with installations, large and small, intricate and majestic. Somerset House will also showcase exhibitions, installations and events during the festival. Best of all, these installations from both innovative and established designers are mostly free.

This year’s London Design Festival is also bigger than ever, and they’re expanding in to new areas of London. There are 7 official design districts, in Bankside, Brompton, Chelsea, Clerkenwell, Islington, Queen’s Park and Shoreditch, which will be full of activities and events. It’s a great opportunity to discover new areas of London on foot, or rediscover your own neighbourhood, with interesting projects at every turn.

Design Festival is also an opportunity to shop for new designs, with a series of Design Destinations where new and established designers from the UK and across the world will debut their designs, including Design Junction, Tent London and 100% Design.

For the full programme, see the website.

 

Apple Music Festival

Apple Music Festival is the rebranded incarnation of iTunes Music Festival, and had upheld its reputation for bringing huge acts to the Roundhouse with another impressive line up this year. As always, the range of the artists involved is broad. From One Direction to the Chemical Brothers, and Take That to Mumford & Sons, there’s something for everyone here. Tickets are free but by ballot only, and you can enter through iTunes. If you aren’t lucky enough to get a ticket, they’ll be streaming the event via the Apple Music app on iPad, iPhone and via Apple TV.

For more information, see the website.

 

Open House London

Open House London is an annual festival that celebrates architecture and design in the capital, opening up the best of London’s buildings to the public, often for the first time. All Open House events are totally free, though some of the most popular properties like 10 Downing Street have limited places, and you do have to book in advance. Buildings range from the highest skyscrapers in the city, to hidden historical secrets, and striking modernist houses you might recognise if you’re a fan of Grand Designs. See London Calling’s roundup of what to see here.

For the full programme, see the website.

 

Tate Modern: The World Goes Pop

The Tate Modern is hoping for another hit with The World Goes Pop, a bold new exhibition that sets out to tell the global story of pop art, promising to break new ground. From Latin America to Asia, and Europe to the Middle East, the Tate wants to create a bigger picture, connecting art produced around the world in the 60s and 70s. It promises to explore politics, revolution, consumption, public protest and folk, all in striking and bold visuals, showing that pop art wasn’t just about western consumer culture, but a subversive international language of protest, still relevant today.

To book tickets, see the website.

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