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This Week: 4th – 10th November

4 November 2013 Charlie Kenber

Our pick of five unique events to go to this week

Picking what to do in London can be a trial at the best of times. But be not afeared –we’re here to help you through the maelstrom of possible activities. Every week we’re highlighting five unique, one-off and sometimes downright barmy events to indulge in. From culturally specific film festivals to an immersive cinema experience, this week’s selection is sure to knock your socks off.

Purge

This show may look a lot like a man having a breakdown, but trust us, he isn’t. Brian Lobel spent five days in 2011 giving strangers in cafes a single minute to choose one of his 1300 facebook friends to delete. Not because he’s crazy, but because he’s a performance artist interested in the transient nature of online friendships. This year his stage show reflects on the experiment, and explores where virtual friendship stops and real friendship begins. Billed as part lecture, part game show and part love story, the show is sure to leave you with a fresh though for the nature of modern friendships.

Purge takes place for one night only on Friday 8th November at 7.30pm at Canada Water Cultural Space. Tickets cost £8.00/10.00 and are available here.

LEAF 2013

A new citywide event like no other, the London Electric Arts Festival focuses on the capital’s legacy as a pioneering figure in the global electronic music movement. LEAF will look at how the music genre has influenced visual art, film and live music, through a series of talks, workshops, installations, screenings, parties, performances and technology master classes. Based in the LEAF HUB at the Shoreditch Electric Light Station, the Festival will also take in a range of venues across London. The explosive line-up includes such names as Diplo, Trentemoller and Beardyman (who is closing the festival), so there’s plenty well worth catching.

LEAF runs from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th November. Various events at numerous locations: tickets, passes and further details available here.

Film Africa 2013

This festival started last week, but continues until this Sunday inclusive. London’s largest celebration of African cinema, Film Africa is returning for its third instalment, featuring Of Good Report, a controversial flick that was briefly banned at the Durban International Film Festival thanks to its provocative content. As well as screenings of films from the continent’s finest directors, the festival hosts music performances, Q&As with the filmmakers and directorial masterclasses. This year’s festival also celebrates Nigeria’s film industry with ‘Coming of age: Celebrating 21 years of Nollywood’. With foreign film becoming increasingly popular, Film Africa provides the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in Africa’s finest offerings.

Film Africa continues until Sunday 10th November at various locations across London. Further information and tickets available here.

Foolish People present Strange Factories

Entering its final week, Strange Factories sees the Cinema Museum in Elephant and Castle transformed into an immersive theatrical and cinematic journey. With the strapline “not everyone can survive the violence of creation”, this experience is sure to be thrilling. You embark on an unguided journey through theatre, ritual and film, and see the haunted cinema’s characters come to life around you. Keep the excitement of Halloween alive for one more week – why not!

Strange Factories runs until Saturday 9th November, at 7pm at the Cinema Museum. Tickets and further information available here.

UK Jewish Film Festival

Returning for the 17th time this year, the Jewish Film Festival screens over eighty films across the capital and elsewhere in the UK over a two-week period. Although primarily celebrating and showcasing cinema that speaks to Jewish cultural experiences worldwide, the festival is increasingly diversifying, through Muslim-themed films and a wider cinematic offering in general. Originally founded in Brighton, the festival has grown significantly in size and stature and is now a key part of London’s film festival calendar.

Check out our interview with Founder and Director Judy Ironside.

The festival runs throughout the week and until Sunday 17th November. Tickets and full listings available here.

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