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This Week, 20th – 26th January

20 January 2014 Charlie Kenber

Our pick of some great events taking place this week

London’s cultural scene is positively bursting at the seams. So much so that at the best of times it can be tough figuring out what to go to. But not to worry! That’s where we come in. Each week we’re serving up five unique and intriguing events to potter on down to. From classical music to Islamic art and an evening of Scottish revelry, this week’s pick is sure to get your cultural juices flowing.

Burns Night at Vinopolis

What to expect: whisky, great grub, and a thoroughly Scottish night

Celebrate this truly Scottish evening in style, in the beautiful arched brick tunnels of Vinopolis. The atmospheric London Bridge based venue is hosting an all-inclusive supper and whisky masterclass on Friday night. Complete with a whisky cocktail reception, a tasting session, a piper and of course a traditional three-course supper, what more could you possibly need? At just £60 per person, the evening offers incredible value for a top-class experience.

Burns Supper and Whisky Masterclass takes place at Vinopolis on Friday 24th January, from 6.30pm. Tickets £60pp, available here.

Jameel Prize 3

What to expect: beautiful Islamic-inspired art and design

The V&A hosts the third iteration of the international-renowned art award. Celebrating contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition, the Prize has gone from strength-to-strength, and is well-worth a visit. The new work on display perfectly accompanies the wide collection of Middle Eastern Islamic art housed by the V&A, allowing you to observe how modern artists have responded to this great tradition.

The Jameel Prize 3 continues at the V&A until 21st April. Admission is free. Further information available here.

Republic of the Moon

What to expect: an eclectic mix of creative experiences and sounds

Oxo Tower Wharf’s Bargehouse will be transformed into an Earth-based embassy in this eclectic exhibition. A group of artists have been tasked with re-examining our relationship with the moon: expect personal encounters, DIY space plans and imaginary expeditions, as well as performances, workshops, talks and a pop-up Moon shop. It’s completely free, so drop in and have a wander!

Republic of the Moon is open until 2nd February, 11am – 6pm at the Bargehouse. Admission is free. More information available here.

David Lynch: The Factory Photographs

What to expect: startling and moving industrial images from a filmmaking giant

The Photographers’ Gallery hosts the renowned filmmaker’s European debut exhibition until the end of March. Bringing together a collection of black-and-white photographs from Germany, Poland, New York and the UK, the images capture the passages, detritus and decay of the husks of a bygone industrial era. Industrialisation is a strong theme in some of Lynch’s greatest films (including Eraserhead, The Elephant Man and Dune), so it is something of a fitting topic for the filmmaker. This free exhibition is frankly unmissable.

David Lynch: The Factory Photographs is on at The Photographers’ Gallery from 17th January until 30th March. Admission is free. Further information available here.

London Chamber Orchestra: Britten, Haydn and Schumann Concert

What to expect: an evening of exquisite music

The superb musicians of the London Chamber Orchestra come together again under the direction of Christopher Warren-Green for this concert of classical masterpieces. Comprising Britten’s Four Sea Interludes, Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C and Schumann’s Symphony No 3 “Rhenish”, and featuring cellist Colin Carr, the concert is sure to please. Get a piece of the orchestra that played at William and Kate’s wedding in 2011.

Why not check out our interview with Principal Conductor Christopher Warren-Green?

The concert is on Thursday 23rd January at St John’s, Smith Square. Tickets from £15 (or free for Under 16s), available here.

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