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The London Illustration Fair @ Bargehouse (Oxo Tower) / until Sunday 6th December 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Friday and Saturday, 11am-8pm
Sunday, 11am-6pm

@ Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, London SE1 9PH

Tickets: £5 book online

www.thelondonillustrationfair.co.uk
www.oxotower.co.uk

Featuring a wider range of practitioners and creative businesses than ever before, The London Illustration Fair 2015 will bring together 50 emerging illustrators, graphic designers and print makers from around the UK.

Spread across four-floors, the fair will showcase the work of 20 young talents, selected by an esteemed judging panel made up of some of the leading figures in the illustration and graphic arts.

Exhibiting alongside the artist-led stands will be a selection of the UK’s finest publishing houses, illustration collectives, creative agencies, galleries, print studios, designers and crafty businesses.

Additional festivities include immersive installations, one-off murals, artist-led talks, interactive drawing workshops, DJs and a fully stocked festive bar.

From exclusive one-off pieces, to prints and crafty must-haves, The London Illustration Fair 2015 offers something for every pocket. Whether you are an aspiring scribbler or family Christmas shopper, the fair’s relaxed and interactive ethos makes The London Illustration Fair 2015 the coolest creative hangout this winter!

New Years Eve with Bondax + Chris Lorenzo + Darius @ XOYO / Thursday 31st December 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 21:00-05:00

@ XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street, London EC2A 4AP

£45.60 book online

www.xoyo.co.uk

Celebrate NYE with the all-star lineup and remember the best of 2015 and look forward to the new year!

Fresh off the tails of their UK tour, the electronic music duo Bondax have come a long way since their initial appearances on BBC Radio One Introducing. Their unique blend of house, post-dubstep, R&B, and garage should provide the perfect party sound track to headline our revered NYE party.

They will be joined by recent OWSLA signee and jackin’ house spinner Chris Lorenzo who steps up for the count down – his hybrid bassline sound is sure to show in the New Year with a bang. Roche Musique man Darius will be on hand for warm up duties. Support comes from The Nest and Canal Mills resident Grainger.

Cheap tickets already sold out so don’t want any longer!

God’s Own Junkyard – My Generation @ Lights of Soho / until 23rd January 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 11am – 6pm

@ Lights of Soho, 35 Brewer Street, London W1F 0RX

www.lightsofsoho.com

It’s a year since the magical light impresario and neon artist Chris Bracey so very sadly passed away from prostate cancer. 12 months on, his presence still acutely felt at Gods Own Junkyard in Walthamstow, Bracey’s remaining family of neon makers officially showcase their own work for the very first time at Lights of Soho.

At a time when development plans outlined by Soho Estates race ahead and £10 cocktail tipples are named after famous prostitutes, Linda explains that for this show, the family has reflected on their own interpretations on the area. Each member has created work that riffs on the iconography of Soho itself as well as a trajectory of Gods Own Junkyard’s relationship with this particular stretch over the last six decades. Linda explains, “Soho was where Chris’ career started and Dick, his father worked here too. They both loved the area, my sons grew-up working here and the grandchildren have grown-up hearing edited versions of Soho.” She reminisces on the palpable frisson of energy and naughtiness missing today. The red lights, pieces of cardboard advertising ‘Models Upstairs’, or ‘Photographers Studio’, lights blazing with ‘Peep Show’, and half-naked girls peeking out of doors, most of them are restaurants and tapas bars now.

Chris Bracey inherited the family business from his father, Dick (Bracey), who he worked alongside for over three decades, evolving the Gods Own Junkyard brand and forging a dazzling career as a neon artist as well as working on iconic films such as Bladerunner and Eyes Wide Shut, a few movie classics among so many others during his 40 years in neon. Dick Bracey was a former coalminer from the Welsh valleys, who moved to London after World War Two where he found work as an electrician after learning the trade in the Royal Navy. In 1952, Dick Bracey started Electro Signs producing neon, fairground and amusement arcade signage. After many years in the family business, Chris and Linda finally realized a long held dream and started Gods Own Junkyard in 2005 and opened their studio of artworks to the public in 2009.

Imperial War Museums Pop-Up Shop @ Realm & Empire / until 31st December 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm
Sunday noon-6pm

@ Realm & Empire, 5 Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LL

www.realmandempire.com
www.iwm.org.uk

Exclusive collection of curated fashion and accessories.

Imperial War Museums (IWM) and independent British menswear label Realm & Empire have launched an exclusive pop up shop in Seven Dials.

The shop’s focus is on the AW15 Flyers collection with influences from RAF Bomber Command, Battle of Britain, British airborne divisions and US aircrew finery Highlights include a leather flying jacket which is hand-painted.

Also available IWM gifts inspired by stories from the archives!

Tate Membership Christmas gift idea 🎄 🎁 🎅

Individual member £70 (plus guest £110)

www.tate.org.uk

This Christmas give a loved one free unlimited exhibition entry to Tate and loads more.

The best present for museum, art and culture fans for year-round enjoyment.

With the membership entry to all exhibitions is included, so is exclusive access to the Members only rooms.

This year the package is provided in a collectable box designed by Martin Creed, Turner Prize winner! Inside the box there is the special membership card, Oyster card wallet, specially selected postcards and stickers, exclusive Members Handbook and an upcoming Exhibition Highlights Guide.

Hyper Japan Christmas Market @ Tobacco Dock / until Sunday 29th November 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Sat 9:00–15:00 and 15:45–21:00
Sun 9:30–18:00

@ Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, Wapping, London E1W 2SF

Tickets: from £13 book online

www.hyperjapan.co.uk

Establishing themselves as an alternative destination in London’s Christmas roster, HYPER JAPAN is inviting budding Japanophiles to experience traditional and popular Japanese culture through food, drink, music, art, and much more.

Eat-Japan:
Overwhelming your taste buds with a heavenly barrage of Japanese food and drink, you’ll find it hard to choose between the wide selection of Japanese street food. The prestigious Sushi Awards will also return for another thrilling installment, on top of our usual range of raw fishy treats freshly diced and prepared in the Eat-Japan food court.

Entertainment:
Enjoy a huge variety of activities, shows and acts, including: cosplay events, gaming areas, art tables, family activities, Japanese musical entertainment and experts speaking about a range of cultural topics. There’ll be multiple stages around the venue hosting all manner of performances throughout the event!

Shopping:
Tokyu Hands is a Japanese store known for its wide range of cool, quirky stock, making them an excellent choice for gift shopping. A selection of items will be available for purchase, from high-quality Japanese takes on fairly normal items.

Japanese traditional handcrafted items, while always in high demand, tend to be difficult to purchase. With the “Traditional Culture Space ‘MIYABI’” gallery, you’ll be able to purchase directly from the artisans themselves, many of whom will be in attendance. In addition to these crafts, traditional stalwarts we all know and love such as kimonos, samurai swords and lacquer hair accessories will also be available.

Also jewellery a million or so “kawaii” things, t-shirts with your favorite characters… all available in a hundred different designs and many more colours! Japanese stationery, DVDs and CDs of your favorite Japanese movies and bands will also line the tables of many a vendor, as will comic books and recipe books.

Chilled Sake, meet Warmed Sake, because everybody needs a “warm-me-up”. That’s right, warmed sake is the only way to go this winter. It’s sake on a whole new level, and you will want to thank us when you get around to trying some. Sample some of the more popular products before buying them!

Fashion:
Japanese street fashion, “kawaii” has come to encompass the terms “cool,” “stylish,” and “lovely,” and is an all-purpose compliment about someone’s style or appearance. Kawaii ensembles will line up side-by-side with more traditional kimono. There’ll also be plenty of gorgeous outfits from UK designers who have been inspired by Japan’s unique aesthetics.

Culture:
A special gallery devoted to a 200-strong collection of traditional handicrafts, Katsura Sunshine, a master rakugo comedian, an amazing experience where you can make your own woodblock print with the team behind Ukiyo-e Heroes, and the roving, all-female street ensemble Benten-ya! Each offers a unique glimpse into Japanese culture and the cumulative experience will have you excited to travel to Japan!

Being a Man Festival @ Southbank Centre / until Sunday 29th November 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Tickets: around £15 for a day pass book online

Being A Man addresses the challenges and pressures of masculine identity in the 21st century.

This major new festival – now in its second year – is taking over Southbank Centre for three days. You can expect frankness, insight and inspiration, as we look to develop the tools to make change.

From serious, challenging and light-hearted stories and conversations and the mandate to discuss anything and everything about being a man today.

BAM Friday:
Focusing on men in society. We’re inviting key professionals, policy makers and experts to discuss how being a man influences social life. Guests from think tanks and charities, industry, government and community initiatives are discussing topics ranging from suicide rates and parental leave to young offenders and new leadership models.

BAM Saturday and Sunday:
Continues with talks, debates, music, workshops, performances and discussion. Looking at the changing nature of masculinity and the different ways in which men are shaping what the future might look like – for all of us.

Presenting extraordinary contributors and leaders in their fields exploring all facets of masculinity and male identity. Topics include fatherhood, friendship, sport, spirituality, sex and sexuality, education, gender equality, men behind bars, lad culture, violence, the work/life balance, race, class and politics.

Winterville 2015 @ Victoria Park / until 23rd December 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Mon-Thu 3pm-10pm
Fri 3pm-10:30pm
Sat 11am-10:30pm
Sun 11am-10pm
From Dec 21-23 open from 11am-10pm

@ Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets, London

Free entry

www.winterville.co.uk

Winterville returns to Victoria Park this yuletide and it’s bigger, better and warmer!

An alternative festive experience, Winterville is the antithesis of Christmas theme parks; intimate, engaging and above all creative.

High-quality food and drink including Street Food traders scattered all over site, a variety of craft ales in the bars and a food market serving great food and fresh produce you can take away.

There are alternative club nights including Bugged Out and Guilty Pleasures looking after the weekend’s entertainment.

Entertainment for children, this year’s pantomime is the evergreen Snow White. Also new for this year, a cinema on site which will often be screening family classics and an all age’s circus!

Over 20 Christmas market stalls so you can get your Christmas shopping out of the way at Winterville!

Amaluna @ Royal Albert Hall / from January 16th 2016 – March 6th 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP

www.cirquedusoleil.com/amaluna

A Mysterious Island Ruled by Goddesses.

After directing her daughter’s coming of age ceremony, honouring femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance, Queen Prospera causes a storm.

A group of young men wash up on the isle, triggering an epic love story between Prospera’s daughter and a brave young suitor. Theirs is a love that will be tested.

Aerial Straps
Miranda & the Valkyries fly out over the audience on straps as they do battle with Cali, suspended from a rotating set element high above them.

Teeterboard
Young men launch themselves high into the air, twisting and turning in a playful high-speed. They pull off several seemingly impossible feats.

Uneven bars
The captured young men help the Amazons to present a fast-paced theatrical version of the classic gymnastic routine.

Cerceau & Waterbowl
Miranda plays in the waterbowl, discovering her own physicality and expressing her sinuous sexuality as she performs a challenging hand-balancing routine.

wonder.land @ National Theatre (Olivier Theatre) / until 15th March 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PX

Tickets: from £15 book online

www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

A new musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s iconic story, wonder.land is a coming-of-age adventure that explores the blurred boundaries between our online and offline lives.

Aly is struggling with all the pressures of being a teenager: family, school, friends and her own insecurities. Then she discovers wonder.land – a mysterious online world where, perhaps, she can create a whole new life. The web becomes her looking-glass – but will Aly see who she really is?

Combining live theatre and digital technology in dazzling new ways, wonder.land is brought to life on stage by an extraordinary creative team. With stunning sets, costumes, video projection and lighting, and a score by Blur’s Damon Albarn, this is a musical like no other: an Alice for the online generation.

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