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This Week 15th - 21st September

15 September 2014 Jessica Johnston

Make the most of London's spectacular season of events by checking out our top five picks for this week!

 

 The Jazz Age Party

What to expect: fun, frivolity and the foxtrot

Brick Lane’s coolest café come club venue invites guests to start the weekend in style this Thursday! Café 1001 takes Londoners back to the Jazz Age with an unforgettable evening of music, dancing and cocktails aplenty. Guests can indulge in a free 1920’s inspired tipple and relax in the retro ambience before taking to the dance floor to show off their Shimmy and Charleston skills. The café’s red-hot house band will be playing the sounds of the jazz age era all night long so don’t miss your chance to take a step back in time and party in style.

The Jazz Age Party will take place on the 18th September at Café 1001. Tickets cost £10 per person or £8 each for groups of 4 or more, available here. Doors open from 7pm.

 

 MERGE Festival 2014

What to expect: a melting house and tuneful tap shoes

This week, art meets science at one of London’s most spectacular annual arts festivals. MERGE Festival 2014 will transform Bankside into a creative hub where performance and discovery merge to create an interactive visitor experience. The free programme of events will feature ambitious installations, exhibitions and musical performances by artists from across the globe! Unique spaces in Bankside will host innovative works including a life-size construction of a house made from wax and an ensemble of tap dancing shoes that spring to life. Not to be missed, this is a truly unique festival that is sure to inspire!

MERGE Festival 2014 will run from 18th September – 19th October at various locations in Bankside. Admission is free, for full event listings please click here.

 

 Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014

What to expect: an exhibition that is out of this world

Now in its sixth year, the annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition opens this week! The Royal Observatory Greenwich will showcase the stunning winning images,  chosen from over 2,500 entries submitted by both professional and amateur astrophotographers from around the world. Images include spectacular sweeping star trails, colossal dust clouds, soaring meteors and the southern lights dancing above the clouds. Bursting with colour, this is a must-see exhibition that promises an unforgettable journey through the night sky and beyond.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 is on at the Royal Observatory Greenwich from 18th September – 31st January 2015. Admission is free, for further information please click here.

 

 Open House London

What to expect: an architectural feast for the eyes

Open House London returns to the capital this weekend, with over 800 buildings opening their doors to the public! This free annual festival gives Londoners and visitors a chance to have a nosey around the city’s most interesting buildings, many of which are usually off limits to passers by. Now in its 22nd year, Open House London will celebrate the beauty and ingenuity of our buildings, from schools and offices to zero carbon and eco designed structures. The festival will also host walks and talks as well as a whole host of activities for children. Discover something new this weekend!

Open House London will take place at various locations across London from 20th – 21st September. Admission is free, for full event listings please click here.

 

 The Liberation of Colette Simple

What to expect: a witty critique of small town life

Based on the Tennessee Williams play The Case of the Crushed Petunia, Spatfeather present their razor-sharp musical cabaret The Liberation of Colette Simple at Jacksons Lane this week. Colette has a simple life, tending to her petunias and spending time with her pet canary; she seems rather content in this twee town. But all is not what it seems and Collette’s strange story of liberation comes to life through a heady mix of live music, absurd comedy and music theatre. With the perfect blend of rich cabaret tradition, exciting new writing and morphing canaries, this show will no doubt transport, challenge and delight!

The Liberation of Colette Simple is on at Jacksons Lane from 16th September – 4th October. Tickets cost £14.95, available here.

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