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This Week 18th – 24th August

18 August 2014 Jessica Johnston

Have a browse through our top picks of London’s cultural events

 

 Greenwich Music Time

What to expect: world-class music on the Meridian  

This week the Old Royal Naval Collage presents four unforgettable summer nights of sensational music. Greenwich Music Time will host a spectacular musical programme, featuring knockout performances from the likes of Russell Watson, The Australian Pink Floyd Show, Goldfrapp and Jools Holland. Set on the banks of the River Thames, this outdoor concert series promises a very special musical experience.

Greenwich Music Time will take place from 20th – 23rd August at the Old Royal Naval Collage. Tickets from £32.45, available here.

 

 BBC Good Food Festival

What to expect: a palatial picnic

For three delicious days this August, Hampton Court Palace will host the first ever BBC Good Food Festival. Taking place across the glorious Palace gardens, visitors are invited to enjoy fantastic food and entertainment perfect for the whole family! Bring a blanket and create your own picnic with mouth-watering food and drink from artisan producers and some of the best street food vendors in town. Exclusive restaurants including The Bingham will also be serving up seasonal cuisine and celebrity chefs will be taking to stage with live cooking demonstrations. Bon appétit!

BBC Good Food Festival will take place at Hampton Court Palace from 23rd – 25th August. Tickets from £13 - £15.50, children under 16 go free.

 

 Dessa Rose

What to expect: an inspiring musical drama

Award-winning director Andrew Keates strikes again with the European premiere of this unique musical drama. Set in 1846 in the southern USA, the story follows two young women fighting for acceptance, against the barriers of their gender and the colour of their skin. The show is put together by Keates alongside Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award Nominees Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Dessa Rose continues at the Trafalgar Studios until 31st August. Tickets and further information available here.

 

 Royal Fusiliers Go to War

What to expect: an excellent First World War exhibition

Despite its temporary closure for major refurbishment, the National Army Museum is still busy staging external exhibitions and commemorative events. This collaboration with the Tower of London particularly focuses on the role of the Royal Fusiliers during World War One, looking at the regiment’s recruitment techniques as well as the soldiers' brutal front line experiences. Well worth a visit.

Royal Fusiliers Go to War continues until 31st August at the Tower of London. Further information and tickets available here.

 

 BMW Tate Live: Up Hill Down Hall  

What to expect: Carnival with a difference

For one special afternoon this August, The Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall will transform into an indoor street Carnival! Up Hill Down Hall is a unique alternative to London’s Notting Hill Carnival, offering critical and artistic perspectives on the traditional Carnival celebrations. The classic costumed parade will turn into a contemporary art parade, as Carnival becomes an artistic medium from which artists draw inspiration. This free event offers visitors a Carnival experience like no other, so make sure you get involved!

BMW Tate Live: Up Hill Down Hall will take place at the Tate Modern on 23rd August from 3pm – 6pm. Admission is free, further information available here.

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