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Summer Festival @ Alexandra Place / Saturday 22nd July 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 12noon – 10pm

@ Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY

Free entry! Some activities require a paid for ticket, book online

www.summerfestival.alexandrapalace.com

One of London’s biggest free events, the flagship festival will feature live theatre, more than 25 artists and bands and over 30 different food stalls, with Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club announced today as the headline act. ☀️👪👨‍👩‍👧👨‍👨‍👧‍👧

The Summer Festival is back for its third year and has got loads of new events and activities to complement old favourites like the infamous 100m waterslide (images and video available of people hurtling down the hill in a dingy), the secret forest silent disco, outdoor cinema and Great British Pram Race, featuring some truly pimped up prams.

There’s plenty for the kids too – after a triumphant sold out Family Rave last year, Big Fish Little Fish are back with another. There’s also a funfair, graffiti workshops and much more to keep the little ones entertained.

Theatre highlights include an interactive theatre show for families by Chickenshed and comedy from Jackson’s Lane presents Lost in Translation Circus. Ahead of the opening of the Victorian Theatre next year, this emphasis on performance art is all about building excitement and drawing a brand new audience to Ally Pally.

lululemon’s Sweatlife Festival @ Tobacco Dock / Saturday July 22nd 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 09:45 – 19:30

@ Tobacco Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, London E1W 2SF (Wapping Lane entrance)

Tickets: £30 book online

www.thesweatlife.co.uk/schedule

Release everything and step into a powerful day of mind altering, body-stoking sweat, endorphins, knowledge and connection. Set your intention and sign up for sweat sessions like you’ve never experienced before, nicely balanced with insight, meditation and nourishment to get you through the day. Mindfully designed by lululemon London, featuring a lively crew of local sweatxperts in yoga, boxing, pilates, spin, barre, bootcamp, dance, rowing and crossfit, we’ll be fired up to see you sweating your whatever off. 🙏

Psycle London has created two new classes, and will be offering exclusive previews at Sweatlife:

Psycle Barre: This new signature barre method that has been designed by a team of experts to build strength, flexibility, agility, speed, balance and mental focus – without losing the fun. The choreography is based on the rhythm of energising playlists and it takes you through all the planes of movement to get deep into the belly of each major muscle group.

Psycle HIIT: has been designed to deliver a powerful, high intensity interval workout that will leave every part of your body worked. Using a mixture of TRX, kettle-bells, dumbbells and bodyweight exercises, the classes are challenging, highly effective, and push your limits. This class is designed to give amazing metabolic benefits – be prepared to sweat!

Muaythai inspired HIIT with Jamie Ray, star Trainer from Another Space: Get yourself ready to combine high intensity training with traditional Muaythai striking. Be prepared to not only sweat but overcome physical and mental barriers in this new and refreshing hybrid martial art discipline. A new concept which will leave you standing fighting strong.

Yoga for the Brain with Heather Mason: The most pervasive research finding in yoga trials is that it reduces stress and lifts mood.  An increasing body of evidence finds that yoga may lead to these changes because it is able to change brain chemistry, functioning and anatomy.  In this talk we will review cutting-edge research which elucidates how yoga gives rise to brain change.  We will also look at specific practices that specifically help to promote these positive changes in individuals suffering from mental health issues.

Primal Flow with Sam Burrows: Primal flow improves strength, flexibility and balance by drawing on fast paced dynamic movements and animal locomotion. Incorporating crawls, jumps, lunges, squats, inversions and static holds these sessions will have you moving like a beast.

Yoga with Live Harp Music: Classical music has been scientifically proven to induce feelings of relaxation and wellbeing, and there is no better instrument than a harp to do just this. Join acclaimed yogi Katy Bateman as she eases you through a guided yoga practice, complete with the soothing sounds of a classically trained harpist. This unique class will be live-streamed on Facebook too, meaning even those that can’t be present on the day can enjoy the experience.

Boxing Fundamentals with Chris Baugh: Come join lululemon Ambassador and former pro boxer Chris Baugh as he brings his boxing expertise to the fitness ring. Get sweaty and learn the fundamentals of the sweet science at the Sweatlife festival!

45 Workouts in 45 with Ally Gray: Come join Ambassador Ally Grey as he takes you through 45 workouts in 45 minutes in a circuit that you won’t forget. This engaging class will leave you feeling energised… but also with a slight burn.

Metabolic with Lawrence Hannah: Join Lawrence for a HIIT and strength training class: Metabolic. Using only the body weight we will work through a range of intensity levels and tempo to torch fat while adding strength to promote lean definition in the muscles. Big group, big energy, hard work, good feeling.

How to Train Your Posterior Chain with On Your Marks: Alex Marks, Head Personal Trainer of OYM, will take you through his signature glute activation and core class. Go from having a sleepy bum to an active ass and tight abs, in 40 short minutes. On Your Marks is an initiative with the aim of encouraging novices into sport, both to achieve their own personal challenges and to raise awareness of meningitis.

The above will be joining the likes of Xtend Barre, Barry’s Bootcamp, Breathe Studios, Frame, Heartcore, Kobox, My Pilates, Psycle, UN1T, Lift the Movement, Rowingwod, Perpetua Fitness and The Foundry. Not to mention, a whole host of inspirational speakers and yoga teachers – and the hugely popular lululemon Om the Move Meditation Bus. Urban Massage will also be joining the fray, to offer tired fitness fans the most relaxing ways to sooth those aching muscles.

Lambeth Country Show 2017 @ Brockwell Park / until Sunday 16th July 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 12:00-20:00

@ Brockwell Park, London SE24 9BJ

Free entry

Back for a 43rd year boasting a unique line-up that celebrates the very best of the city and countryside. With over 170,000 people attending in 2016, the show is now one of the biggest public events in the UK.

Roots Reggae Day is back again for 2017. Expect a whole host of international and legendary talent of reggae, dub and ska throughout the day.

Bugle
His love for dancehall and reggae music began from an early age, while he was going to primary school. He did not got
his break until 2000 when he met with fellow dancehall artiste Oniel Bryan popular known as Elephant man. This led to him started writing songs for Elephant man. In 2001 he was featured on his “Good To Go” Tour. Bugle was also featured on BET’s 106 and Park and Appearance 2002 MTV Awards in Japan.

Queen Omega
Hailing from San Fernando in Trinidad. Encouraged by her mother (to whom she pays moving tribute on “Mama”), she began entering local talent shows from the age of nine, writing her own calypsos and even rapping on national television. Now under the management of Graeme Sealy and Trini Productions; Queen Omega continues to tour the Caribbean and Europe and has performed on many of the largest Reggae festival stages such as; Reggae Rising (USA), SNWMF (USA), JaSound (France), African Music Festival (Germany) and Sao Paulo (Brazil).

Mafia & Fluxy
Blood brothers and masters of drums and bass guitar. They are known as the Sly and Robbie of the UK. With 30 years in the business producing music for every jamaican legendary name, they have toured and produced music for artists like Luciano, Gregory Issacs, John holt, Horace Andy, Beres Hammond, Taurus Rily to mention a few. Mafia and Fluxy are the nicest guys and the Talent of reggae music backing up many of our star names on LCS Roots day.

Michael Prophet
Prophet is a legendary Jamaican performer from 1977 now resident in the UK and has energy that excels. His 1980 album ‘Serious Reasoning’ was released by Island Records in the UK, establishing his reputation internationally. Michael Prophet thrives on live stage performance and his enthusiasm is infectious.

Abacush
Hailing from South london were the 80’s girlpower band in reggae.
They have a strong roots sound with soul. Abacush have reformed for 2017 and bring their joyful vibes to Lambeth Country Show.

Christopher Ellis
Son of the late great Alton Ellis, one of the rock steady heroes of reggae music. Alton had a record shop in Brixton for many years, was based in the UK and toured worldwide. His son Christopher sounds remarkably like his father, and is also a great vocal artist. See him live with his own Ellis brand of reggae and playing tribute to his father.

Teshay Makeda
Coming from a musical background, Teshay Makeda has been singing since the age of seven. She started showcasing with The Twelve Tribes of Israel and she was part of the school choir. At the age of ten, she joined Vocal Zones Productions where she was vocally trained really improving her performance ability. These foundations have moulded Teshay into the artist that she is today.

General Roots
Fresh to the UK reggae scene, but are offer the finest dub and heavyweight lovers rock. The band tour internationally with artists like Hollie Cook and they are masters of their craft and will kick off the Main Stage.

RSVP on Facebook.

WALALA x PLAY @ NOW Gallery / until 24th September 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Mon-Fri 10am-7pm
Sat-Sun 11am-4pm

@ NOW Gallery, The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0SQ

Free entry

www.nowgallery.co.uk/exhibitions/walala-x-play

Renowned digital print designer Camille Walala is showcasing her work as the gallery’s 2017 Design Collaborator with an interactive abstract installation and immersive maze.

Visitors are welcomed to explore, examine and enjoy a labyrinthine network of corridors and enclosed spaces in a ‘temple of wonder’ created by Walala Studio. A key part of this installation will be an imaginative puzzle which invites the solver to identify the inconsistencies between two otherwise identical images. WALALA x PLAY brings this concept off the page and into three- dimensional space, inviting visitors to linger and explore colour, shape and scale, contemplating formidable pattern to find the differences.

The anomalies and asymmetries will generally be discreetly positioned, requiring visitors to scrutinize the space from all angles to complete the puzzle. Secret spots will be found when looking down from the balcony or looking up at the suspended elements. This element of physicality will encourage individuals to become more aware of their bodies, engage their minds and give themselves over to PLAY.

Visitors are encouraged to pass through the gallery and experience a range of spaces, some open, some tight and uncomfortable, some with dead ends. With walls of different heights, passageways of different widths, curved and zigzag paths, the installation addresses the idea of human scale. It ensures that visitors leave with not only a visual impression of the installation, but transformed by the experience of their own passage through it.

Mirrored panels reflect the space back on itself; suspended shapes introduce a feeling of lightness and playful disorientation – the installation is a journey that will challenge, reward and engage the visitor in equal measure.

The waterways of the Greenwich Peninsula, the curve of the Thames, and the internal shapes and angles of the Marks Barfield buildings are referenced and represented in the ideas of flow and reflection that define WALALA x PLAY. The layout of the installation playfully mirrors the shape of the building. The gallery sets the template for the flow of the space.

Ping Pong
Two unique ping pong tables are available in the Peninsula Garden. Get a bat and ball from NOW Gallery reception and play a WALALA game of ping pong.

Mon – Fri 10am – 7pm
Sat – Sun 11am – 4pm

RHS Summer Urban Garden Show @ RHS Lawrence Hall / until Friday 13th July 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 12:00-21:00

@ RHS Lawrence Hall, London SW1P 2QD

Free entry!

www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-london-shows/rhs-summer-urban-garden-show

Offering inspirational planting ideas for the smallest urban plots, balconies and interiors. Some of the country’s best growers will be selling an exotic mix of plants including unusual edibles, succulents and an array of tropical houseplants.

This year there is an immersive experience, which will place visitors into a plant-filled tropical paradise with inspirational displays. The Urban Room Set installations will demonstrate cutting-edge indoor planting design for the home and any interior space. A central Indoor Pond, along with an exhibition of specially commissioned plant pot designs by Central St Martins students will be on display. There’ll also be a Virtual Reality RHS experience, and images on display from the RHS Photographic Competition 2017.

Expert advice

Whatever your level of plant knowledge may be, there will be plenty of experts on hand to advise on suitable plants for your space, as well as providing essential care tips to keep them healthy. In addition, some of London’s hottest new horticultural brands will be offering exclusive and unique collections of pots and accessories to help you create your own impressive display.

Seminars and talks

Featuring seminars from leading landscape designers Nigel Dunnett and Cleve West, who will each be presenting their own views on the importance of planting in urban environments. There will also be talks from experts on the subjects of urban gardening including RHS Big Ideas Small Spaces author Tony Wood and Telegraph gardening columnist Alice Vincent.

There will be free curated tours of our Lindley Library, which will include a visit to the Gardeners’ World at 50 exhibit. This exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the programme and provides an in-depth look at its influence upon gardening trends since the 1960s.

We will also be tempting the senses with a range of street food providing a fabulous variety of catering for every taste, including exclusively plant-based options!

P.L.A.N.T. @ RHS Summer Urban Gardening Show / Wednesday 12th – 13th July 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 12pm-9pm

@ RHS Lawrence Hall, London SW1P 2QD

www.hendricksgin.com/plant

Hendrick’s Gin requires human volunteers to take part in a genuine and most unusual scientific experiment in an attempt to make harmonious music through cucumber collaboration and cocktail consumption.

Step forward those with a strong head for science and a penchant for Hendrick’s, come visit the Perilous Laboratory for the Absorbent of Natural Teachings (P.L.A.N.T.).

At the lab, scientists have investigated how to invigorate human connection with the natural world through a series of experiments. The noble cucumber is one of the most mysterious yet delectable infusions in Hendrick’s Gin and through science, P.LA.N.T. aims to unearth the green fruit’s wondrous secrets. Are they sentient beings? What knowledge can humanoids garner from these wise vessels?

Individuals who attend P.L.A.N.T. will be greeted by Hendrick’s Laboratorians, who will lead the experiment to make music through collaborating with a set of cucumbers which are rigged up a piece of software that when triggered creates a different sound and style. The sounds are programmed and designed in such a way that when all played together – a verdant and cacophonic composition worthy only of the ears of the curious is created. If successful in making a peculiar composition, folk will be rewarded with a Hendrick’s and Tonic.

Hyper Japan @ Tobacco Docks / Friday 14th – Sunday 16th July 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Friday 12:00-20:00
Saturday 09:00-21:00
Sunday 09:00-18:00

@ Tobacco Docks, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London E1W 2SF

Tickets: from £15 book online

www.hyperjapan.co.uk

Unique event offering fun, food and culture for the whole family. Fall in love with Japan, or simply discover something quirky, new and cool. This year, HYPER JAPAN has something for everyone, no matter what your age or passion.

The festival is transforming the Tobacco Dock space into a unique celebration of music, food, drink, fashion and technology, drawing inspiration from both the traditional and future of Japan.

Expect a sensory overload as the music, smells, sights and tastes of this intriguing and exciting culture transport you to another world! With well-known performers, exhibitors, a food festival, and creative workshops to experience, HYPER JAPAN is the ultimate event for those eager to discover new, exciting trends and certified Japanophiles alike!

🇯🇵 Fancy something futuristic with a nod to nostalgia? Taking to the HYPER JAPAN live stage will be self produced chiptune songstress TORIENA, who writes, sings, programs and produces her own music using two Game Boys!

🇯🇵 Want to give it a go yourself? Sign up to the Chiptune workshop, hosted by local artist Shirobon and featuring TORIENA, where you can learn how to use your retro gaming device to create something magically musical.

🇯🇵 Want something a little edgier? 3-person unit REOL will also be taking to the stage to deliver their signature electronica sounds. For something different try KAIEN – a musical performance unit bringing together dance, technology, video, and 3D holograms for a truly unique experience. Meanwhile KIRIE combines dance, music, and calligraphy to express traditional Japanese myths and stories using modern artistic techniques.

🇯🇵 Looking for an interactive work of art? Tokyo Rickshaw incorporates a group of talented, eye catching acrobats, bringing a real rickshaw for people to clamber in to!

A visual spectacular, the festival will once again bring the events annual fashion show to life, showing off the very best in Kawaii style. For those with a penchant for manga or anime, the COSTest cosplay competition and COSParade showcase will evoke some impressive Japanese character inspired costumes that are not to be missed.

For those seeking out the more traditional side of Japan, guests can try their hand at doing calligraphy, origami and making authentic kokeshi dolls. Ideal for those who enjoy crafting with a twist!

Finally, foodies will not be disappointed. This year the festival takes their culinary offering to a new level, bringing London’s Urban Food Fest to the show for the very first time! The hippest street-food vendors this side of Shoreditch are rocking up at the Tobacco Dock with their charming retro food trucks.

Indulge and discover new food creations, fusing East and West with delicious effect. Fancy a Japanese inspired tipple? The Sake Experience 2017 will give visitors the chance to sample a variety of sake from big international brands, all the way to smaller, niche producers. Don’t forget to pop by the MIO Station to pick up a bottle of their sparkling sake!

RSVP on Facebook.

Dreamers Awake @ White Cube Bermondsey / 17th September 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 12pm-6pm

@ White Cube Bermondsey, 144 – 152 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ

Free entry

www.whitecube.com

A group show at White Cube Bermondsey which explores the enduring influence of Surrealism through the work of more than fifty women artists. The exhibition brings together sculpture, painting, collage, photography and drawing from the 1930s to the present day and includes work by well-known Surrealist figures as well as contemporary and emerging artists. 🚺

Woman has a powerful presence in Surrealism. She is the object of masculine desire and fantasy; a harpy, goddess or sphinx; a mystery or threat. Often, she appears decapitated, distorted, trussed up. Fearsome or fetishized, she is always the ‘other’. From today’s perspective, gender politics can seem the unlikely blind spot of a movement that declared war on patriarchal society, convention and conformity.

Nonetheless, from its earliest days female artists have been drawn to Surrealism’s emphasis on personal and artistic freedoms and to the creative potential that the exploration of the unconscious offered. By focusing on the work of women artists, ‘Dreamers Awake’ hopes to show how, through art foregrounding bodily experience, the symbolic woman of Surrealism is refigured as a creative, sentient, thinking being.

Repossessed by its owner, the fragmented, headless body of Surrealism becomes a vehicle for irony, resistance, humour and self-expression. Ranging beyond those who might identify themselves as Surrealists, the show traces the influence of the movement where artists delve into the unconscious; create alternative realities; invent fetishistic objects, such as Mona Hatoum’s Jardin Public (1993), that subvert the objectification of the female form, or, in the spirit of Claude Cahun’s iconic black and white self-portraits from the 1930s, play with gender identity as a fluid construct.

The exhibition features works by women associated with the Surrealist movement – including Eileen Agar, Leonora Carrington, Lee Miller, Dorothea Tanning and Leonor Fini – who until recently, were often characterised simply as muses, models or mistresses. Works by Francesca Woodman, Hannah Wilke, Louise Bourgeois, Rosemarie Trockel, Kiki Smith, Paloma Varga Weisz, Mona Hatoum, Tracey Emin and Sarah Lucas, among others, testify to the far-reaching influence of Surrealism through the intervening decades. Surrealism meets punk in the work of Linder, and infuses the separate cultural heritages of Iraqi artist Hayv Kahraman and Japanese painter Tomoko Kashiki.

Today, one hundred years since Apollinaire coined the term ‘surrealisme’, the unconscious mind is familiar territory, and the word ‘surreal’ itself debased to the point of meaninglessness. But in a world preoccupied with the politics of identity, in which the advances of previous generations must be continually defended, we see the continued – even renewed – relevance of surrealist ideas and strategies to a generation of emerging artists, including Sascha Braunig, Jordan Kasey, Loie Hollowell, Kelly Akashi, and Caitlin Keogh.

First Fridays @ Wellcome Collection / Friday 6th July 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 18:00–21:00

@ Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

Free entry

www.wellcomecollection.org/visit-us/stay-later-first-fridays

Explore the free exhibitions out of hours. Play eye-opening games in the Reading Room, handle intriguing objects and take a tour of the exhibition, or just have a glass of wine and catch up with friends to make your Friday night a little bit different. 🍸 👫 👭

Prefer visiting exhibitions when it’s a bit more relaxed?
Too busy at the weekends to visit?
Looking for somewhere special to start your weekend?

First Fridays are for you!

Grab a bite to eat with the special evening menu upstairs in Wellcome Kitchen, catch up over a cocktail and enjoy an alternative Friday night away from the standing-room-only pubs.

Plan your night….
– Ambient soundscapes with live DJ set from Antique Beat
– ‘A museum of modern nature’ open all night long (well, until 22.00)
– Cocktails, dinner and small dishes in our cafe and restaurant
– Conversation starters in ‘Medicine Man’ and ‘Medicine Now’
– Activities and ideas in our ‘Reading Room’

RSVP on Facebook.

London Korean Festival @ Kensington Olympia / Saturday 8th July 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 11am-5:30pm

@ Kensington Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London W14 8UX

Free entry

www.london.korean-culture.org

Bringing the best of Korean art, cuisine, martial arts and drumming from TAGO to the UK. There are loads of attractions for families at the free day event, full of the sights, sounds and scents of Korean culture. 🇰🇷

There is an opportunity for would-be UK K-pop stars to compete in the K-Pop World Festival, with UK Regionals taking place at 2pm during the London Korean Festival.

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