This week marks the Autumn Equinox, meaning it’s officially the end of summer. Goodbye shorts and sandals, hello chunky knits and warm, woolly mitts. If it’s only just hit you that winter is lurking around the corner, distract yourself with these stellar events that are going on this week. From festivals to food, to fiery chilies that will keep you warm when the weather eventually starts to cool down, with this many fun events going on in London, you won’t even notice summer signing out.
David Bowie Immortalised in Neon
Talented British artist Louis Sidoli is launching a solo exhibition of original neon art in celebration of David Bowie’s greatest moments. Born from the artist’s admiration of Bowie, ‘Neon’ pays tribute to the pop icon’s artistic journey from 1970-1980, a period Sidoli calls Bowie’s ‘Golden Years’. From performing as Ziggy Stardust during the Glam Rock years to his famed New Romantic Ashes to Ashes photo shoot, each piece of artwork re-imagines iconic moments in Bowie’s career in a fusion of aluminium and neon. Sidoli is forging a new path in contemporary pop art as the only UK artist to combine text, imagery and neon elements in this way. Many of his pieces also contain hidden symbolism in the layers of imagery. If you’re a Bowie fan, this exhibition is not to be missed.
Louis Sidoli’s Neon David Bowie exhibit will run from 23rd – 25th September at Halcyon Gallery, 144-146 New Bond Street, London W1S 2PF. Friday – Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm. Free entry.
Hackney Record Fair
Hackney Record Fair is a chance to discover independent music labels, new bands, and the local DIY scene. Head down to this fun-filled event to get hold of some rare and obscure LPs, cassettes, music ephemera, and vintage hi-fi. Items for sale will include, independent records, vinyl lps and 45s, homemade cassettes, vintage hi-fi, vhs tapes, underground press, fanzines, alternative culture books, and there will also be a free record cleaning service which you can use to restore that record you’ve unearthed to its former glory. Hackney Record Fair aims to give an affordable platform to independent music labels and local vinyl enthusiasts to sell their wares directly to music lovers.
Hackney Record Fair will take place on September 25th at Epic Dalston, 13-15 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 8BH. 11am-6pm, entrance is free.
Conflict Café is a pop-up restaurant hosted by charity International Alert, that is returning for its third year to continue inspiring strangers to start conversations about building peace through food. Diners will sit and eat at communal tables in the wonderful underground tunnels of House of Vans in Waterloo, and enjoy traditional dishes while discovering more about issues that countries affected by conflict are facing. The restaurant will begin its initiative by focusing on Lebanon, a country that only ended its civil war ten years ago and that is now hosting more than a million refugees displaced by the conflict in Syria. Chef Imad Ghossain will be leading Lebanon week and there will be a special brunch by Lazeez Lebanese Tapas and their chef Michael Sallaum to round the week of Lebanese festivities off. After Lebanese week, the focus will shift to Sri Lanka.
Conflict Café will take place in House of Vans, Arches 228-232 Station Approach Road, London SE1 8SW from September 22nd – October 2nd. Tickets are £35 for dinners and £20 for brunch. For information on dates and times and to purchase tickets, visit them online.
The Festival of Heat
Back for its fourth year in a row, the Festival of Heat is the UK’s favourite Chilli festival. Feel the burn at this fiery family day out on Sunday 25th September at the Red Market in Shoreditch. Celebrating every aspect of the tasty chilli, the festival’s events are focused on eating, growing and cooking with the ingredient and are designed for those who like to add a little heat to their cuisine. Festival goers will be able to take part in workshops and tasting sessions, and they’ll be able to pick up spicy supplies in the market. Entertainment and live music will also feature throughout the day, and we dare you to try one of the chilli-infused drinks at the bar. Spice up your weekend and head down to this fiery festival.
The Festival of Heat will take place on 25th September at The Red Market, 288 Old St, London EC1V 9LA between 11am-6pm. Tickets £15. For more information, visit the festival online.
The London Design Festival
First held in 2003, the London Design Festival is one of the world’s most esteemed annual design events. The Festival Programme encompasses over 400 events and exhibitions staged by hundreds of Partner organisations across the design spectrum and from around the world. A major feature of the London Design Festival each year is its Landmark Projects. First introduced in 2007, the Festival commissions the world’s best designers and architects, as well as pioneering new talents, to create something extraordinary in response to a variety of stimuli such as a particular material, a theme or a location. Over the years, these installations have appeared in some of London’s most prominent and best-loved spaces, including the V&A, Southbank Centre, Tate Modern and Trafalgar Square.
The London Design Festival will take place 17th – 25th September. To find out about the full programme of events this year, visit the Festival online.