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This Week 22nd – 28th June

22 June 2015 Imogen Greenberg

This week, the recommendations are big, bold and arty. Best of all, loads of the events are free. From festivals to parades to installations, take your pick from each and curate your own week of art, performance and fun. There are plenty of unique and inspiring events and stunning London locations, new and old, to explore.

City of London Festival

What to Expect: The streets of the City’s business quarter turned arty.

The City of London is best known for its towering buildings and stressed city workers. But the City of London Festival transforms the area once a year with art, performing art, music, circus, film, spoken word, walks, talks and special events. Founded in 1962, its aim was and is to revive the cultural life of the quarter, inspiring workers and residents, animating buildings and outdoor spaces.

Don’t miss:

Music with an unbeatable view over London from the Sky Garden, the beautiful three-story public garden at the top of 20 Fenchurch Street, otherwise known as the Walkie Talkie. The BBC Big Band Trio will be performing on the 24th and 26th June with special guests.

Hampstead Heath Family Day on the 28th June in Parliament Hill includes music from the Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band and Whiskey Moon Face. Don’t miss The Most Dangerous Cup of Tea in the World where Rick and Kevin nearly die making a brew, via juggling, acrobatics and general silliness.

The London Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Chorus under the iconic dome of St Paul’s cathedral on the 24th June, performing Haydn’s The Creation. 

For more information on these events and others, please see the website.
 


Pride in London

What to Expect: A week of inspiring events before one of London’s best parties

The annual Pride in London Parade has been running, in some form, since 1972, a chance for the LGBT+ communities of London to raise awareness and have a great time! The growing popularity of the event amongst LGBT+ groups and supporters shows how far the city has come since that first march in 1972.

On Saturday 27th June, the Parade will go from Baker Street to Whitehall, via Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square. The theme is Pride Heroes, celebrating those who’ve made a difference to the Pride community. Dressing up is encouraged. Trafalgar Square hosts a stage and joining the fun will be BLUE, Collabro, Rebecca Ferguson, Peter Tatchell, The Pride in London band and many, many more.

It’s also a weeklong festival of arts from 21st to 28th including screenings of the award winning Pride, spoken word events, exhibitions, talks and performances.

For more information on these events and many more, please see the website.


Serpentine Summer Pavilion

What to Expect: Something beautiful and unique to get lost in. 

Each summer, the Serpentine Lawn hosts the Serpentine Summer Pavilion. A different architect wows each year with a new spectacular, daring or downright bizarre construction.

This year, Spanish architects selgascano have designed the 15th pavilion. The designs promise a polygonal structure, translucent, multi-coloured and woven and weaved liked webbing. Visitors will be able to enter and exit at different points, in search of a ‘secret corridor’ between the inner and outer layer of the structure, which lets them in to the centre, with its stained glass-effect colours. Sound intriguing? The designs never do justice to the real thing, so head down there from 25th June.

The Serpentine Summer Pavilion is free, and open from 25th June to the 18th October.


Station to Station

What to Expect: The weird, the wonderful and the experimental.

From the 27th June, the Barbican hosts Station to Station, an experimental project where for 30 days, over 100 free events will transform outdoor and indoor spaces through contemporary art, dance, music, graphic design and film. The project is directed by multi-media artist Doug Aitken, and explores spontaneous artistic creation and collaboration.

No two days will be the same, and all events in the day will be free with some ticketed events in the evening. Expect an immersive yurt installation, vinyl records being pressed, an interactive digital laser commission, and new work from Savages, Jeremy Deller, Mica Levi and Marcus Coates. Don’t miss Olaf Breuning’s multi-coloured smoke installation (pictured). There’s so much to see, you’ll need to use their event schedule to custom-create your own Station to Station experience.

For more information, and to use their event schedule, please see the website.


Festival of the Unconscious

What to Expect: An exhibit that has you questioning your every thought...

The Freud museum was home to Sigmund Freud and his family from 1938. At its heart is Freud’s study with the infamous psychoanalytic couch. Its not just an exploration of Freud’s work, but also houses his remarkable collection of antiquities that inspired his writing.

The Festival of the Unconscious will transform the historic house with art, performance and films inspired by Freud’s seminal work The Unconscious. With sound and video installations from Disinformation, a video installation from Melanie Manchot and an installation from stage designers from the Royal School of Speech and Drama. You’ll come out dazzled, confused and questioning every thought you’ve ever had!

The Festival of the Unconscious runs from the 24th June to 4th October. More information, and to see the events on offer, please see their website.

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