Spring has truly sprung, and there’s plenty to feel positive about in the capital this week! Enjoy a market full of Scandi treats, some beautifully designed children’s theatre, self-deprecating standup and colourful portraiture from the late great Howard Hodgkin.
Made in Britain by Tez Ilyas
Tez Ilyas is one of British comedy’s rising stars, and he’s bringing his sold-out Edinburgh show Made in Britain to the Soho Theatre this week. It’s a hilarious and thought-provoking exploration of identity, with Tez revealing the conflict he feels as both a British and Asian man. Stuck between the traditional cultural values of his family and the champagne socialists he now hangs out with, Tez explains the difficulty of fitting into either role, whilst revealing some of his most deep-seated insecurities.
If you’ve yet to embrace hygge or you’re not moomin mad, then it’s time to get on the Scandi bandwagon. Experience the Nordic atmosphere at the Scandinavian Spring Market in Rotherhithe, with everything from Nordic Nic-Nacs through to Swedish street food and Arctic power berries on offer. If you can’t get enough of Northern European culture, there’s a Spring fair happening in the Finnish Church nearby as well.
The Scandinavian Spring Market will take place 25-26 March at Albion Street, Rotherhithe, London SE16. Find out more here.
The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945
The latest Barbican exhibition is the first major UK exhibition focusing on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of WW2 until now. It will explore the distinctive Japanese style of design and how it has influenced modern and contemporary design. Visitors can enjoy fully furnished units and gardens from over 40 architects, ranging from some of the more famous names in 20th century design to exciting figures little known outside of Japan.
Sou Fujimoto Architects House NA, Tokyo, Japan, 2011. Photo by Iwan Baan.
Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo’s books have enchanted thousands of children over the years, and now this magical adaption will bring one of his classic novels to the stage. It tells the story of Lilly, on holiday with her mother to Indonesia, who rides an elephant called Oona. But when the tsunami hits Oona charges into the jungle, taking Lilly with her. Based on a true story, this colourful and creative adaption will use puppetry to bring the characters to life for a moving story of love, loss and loyalty.
Running Wild will be performed 22-25 March at Hackney Empire. Find out more and book tickets here.
Absent Friends by Howard Hodgkin
Sadly, Howard Hodgkin, believed to be one of Britain’s greatest artists, passed away just a few days ago. This first exhibition of portraits from the artist will now serve as a fitting tribute to his legacy. Hodgkin’s canvases are often comprised of abstract, richly colourful brushstrokes, exploring the role of memory, the expression of emotion and relationships, and ultimately serving to evoke a human presence by challenging more traditional forms of representation. This detailed exhibition will cover 65 years of the late artist’s portraiture.
Portrait of the artist by Howard Hodgkin, 1984-87; Private Collection
Tate Modern Ten Days Six Nights
Kicking off this week at Tate Modern is ten days and six nights of performances, film, music and dance in The Tanks. Bringing together a diverse range of artists, Ten Days Six Nights will be an exciting, ever-changing forum of installations, with the artists exploring the idea of the natural environment and its relationship with social media and the organic, the human and the non human. Exhibiting artists include Isabel Lewis, whose work combines food, drink and perfume, CAMP, who rework everyday circuits of electricity and Fujiko Nakaya who will present an immersive fog sculpture.
Ten Days Six Nights will be performed 24 March – 2 April at Tate Modern. Find out more here.