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ELCAF (East London Comic Arts Festival) @ Round Chapel and School Rooms / 16th – 18th June 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 12:00-19:00

@ Round Chapel, 1D Glenarm Road, London E5 0LY and School Rooms, 2 Powerscroft Road, London E5 0PU

Tickets: £5 book online

www.elcaf.co.uk/about

Founded by Nobrow in 2012, ELCAF began as a small one day festival designed to showcase some of the most exciting works in comics and illustration.

From its conception in 2012, ELCAF has grown to become one of the leading festivals of its kind in the UK. Attracting over 3,000 visitors annually, ELCAF continues to spotlight emerging talent and celebrate the dynamic community of individual artists and collectives that are pushing the boundaries in their creative fields.

There has been an exciting growth in the field of comics and illustration, mediums which have moved from the peripheries into the mainstream focus. ELCAF is not only a platform for practitioners to have their work seen, but is a celebration of the art. Each year, ELCAF invites a selection of guest artists from across the world to deliver a programme of the highest calibre which include talks, exhibitions, masterclasses, and workshops for all ages.

Manchester International Festival @ various venues in Manchester / 29th June – 16th July 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ Various venues across the city

Tickets: book online

www.mif.co.uk/mif17-events

The world’s first festival of original, new work and special events. The Festival is staged every two years in Manchester, the next edition will take place at venues all over the city.

They bring together artists from different art forms and backgrounds to create dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking new work, which we stage in a rich tapestry of venues across Greater Manchester – from theatres, galleries and concert halls to railway depots, churches and car parks. We work closely with venues, festivals and other cultural organisations around the world, whose financial and creative input helps to make many of their projects possible and guarantees that they have a life after each Festival has ended.

They worked widely within communities around Manchester with My Festival, MIF’s creative community. My Festival is a diverse network of creative people who are forging closer connections with MIF – taking part in public projects, connecting the Festival to their communities, and joining our programmes of training activities, workshops and other special events.

MIF launched in 2007 as an artist-led festival presenting new works from across the spectrum of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture. They’ve commissioned, produced and presented world premieres by artists as diverse as Björk, Steve McQueen, Robert Wilson, Wayne McGregor, Damon Albarn, Maxine Peake, The xx, Zaha Hadid Architects, Abida Parveen, Punchdrunk, Elbow and Marina Abramović, among many others!

Info for visiting Manchester.

Live Music Brunch – Jazz Dynamos Quartet @ Royal Albert Hall / Sunday 2nd July 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 11:30am (brunch served) music from 12:00pm

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

Tickets: £31.50 book online

www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/events/2017/live-music-brunch-jazz-dynamos-quartet

Spend a lazy weekend listening to music by exceptional musicians from the London jazz scene and renowned world music artists at a delicious Live Music Brunch. 🎷

Jazz Dynamos Quartet perform music from the last 80 years, including the great American songbook – often transforming these and other, less celebrated songs, by mixing classic jazz and swing with bossa, samba, and contemporary pop music – occasionally all at the same time!

With several sold out shows at the world famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club over the last couple of years, plus performances for both British and Hollywood Royalty, their unique and eclectic mix is proving increasingly popular.

Live Music Brunch takes place in the Hall’s Verdi restaurant, which offers casual dining and great music within one of London’s most iconic settings. Your ticket includes a welcome drink, main course and dessert, served with tea or coffee, all accompanied by great live music.

Sci-fi Sundays @ Barbican / until 20th August 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ Barbican, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS (cinemas 1 and 2)

Tickets: various book online

www.barbican.org.uk/film

Barbican Cinema screens 🎞 a series of cult science fiction films from around the world this summer entitled Sci-Fi Sundays.

Delve into dystopia with this season of sci-fi classics including the hugely influential Ikarie XB-1, Soylent Green and George Lucas’ directorial debut THX 1138.

The season will sit alongside the public programme of talks, debates and concerts making up the Barbican’s major exhibition Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction, running in the Curve within the centre.

Darryl Makes Comics (DMC) @ Hang–Up Gallery / until 25th June 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 12-00-18:00 (closed Mondays)

@ Hang-Up Gallery, 81 Stoke Newington Road, Stoke Newington, London N16 8AD

Free entry

www.hanguppictures.com/exhibition/dmc

East London’s Hang-Up Gallery are exclusively launching the new collection of works by Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels from Hip-Hop’s most notorious band, Run-DMC. The Art of DMC is the icon’s inaugural London exhibition and will host the new and unseen collection of ‘Darryl Makes Comics (DMC)’ Fine Art, a body of signed limited edition prints borne out of his love and deep passion for comics.

Darryl McDaniels is best known as the co-founding member of ‘Run DMC’. One of the major pioneers of hip-hop culture and arguably THE hottest rap act of the 1980s and 1990s, they are still loved today by millions around the world.

Comics and their superhero characters have always played a huge part in DMC’s life. In fact, many of the stories and speeches made by his favourite comic characters are the inspiration for his lyrics later created for Run DMC.

“I was a nervous little nerdy kid,” DMC says. “I didn’t want to get up in front of y’all and rhyme but then what gave me confidence out there on stage was pretending that I was the Hulk on the microphone.”

DMC, the debut title from Darryl Makes Comics, imagines an alternate history that blends traditional comic book storytelling with the pressures and anxieties of 1980’s NYC. Featuring collaborations with some of the hottest talent in comics and illustration today, a cool 80’s vibe and authentic street art, DMC is a superhero for those who need one most. The character dons his tracksuit, Adidas trainers and knuckle dusters to defend the city’s marginalised citizens against super villain and super hero alike.

For those in the know, you will delight in the tributes to DMC’s favourite comics you grew up with. For those that aren’t, you’ll gasp at the impact on the wall, the accessibility of the genre, and the fact that this was all started by a Hip-Hop legend millions grew up with.

About the artist:
Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC) dons his tracksuit and Adidas sneakers to defend the city’s marginalised citizens against super villain and super hero alike. DMC is a superhero for those who need one most… Darryl Makes Comics (DMC) is an independent comic book imprint created by Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC), collaborator and Editor-in-Chief Edgardo Miranda- Rodriguez, and music executive Riggs Morales. Darryl Makes Comics is dedicated to the idea that every walk of life has heroes and stories worth telling. Comics and their superhero characters have always played a huge part in DMC’s life. In fact, many of the stories and speeches made by his favourite comic characters are the inspiration for his lyrics later created for Run DMC.

Kitsuné Summer Day & Night Party @ The Brewhouse / Saturday 10th June 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 14:00 – 02:00

@ The Brewhouse, 369 & 370 Helmsley Place, London E8 3SB

Tickets: from £16.30 book online

Join the sun soaked outdoor Courtyard and 2 indoor club rooms, a intimate hidden venue 5mins from London Fields Overground station.

Get a day ticket and enjoy an all day session of sunset sounds nu disco, house, good time party classics an all day BBQ, cool drinks and the sunset until 9:30pm.

For night ticket holders the party start’s at 10pm as they move into venue arch 1 for Just Kiddin and Salute till 2am.

Day & Night tickets holders have access to both parties last entry is 1130pm.

RSVP on Facebook.

Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction @ Barbican Art Gallery / until 1st September 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 11am – 8pm (Thu and Fri until 9pm)

@ Barbican Art Gallery, Level 3, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

From £14.50 book online

www.barbican.org.uk/intotheunknown

The genre-defining exhibition of art, design, film and literature.

From the 19th century cabinet of curiosities, to the vastness of space. Through future cities, into the inner landscapes of human perception.

Uncover the mysterious lands of Jules Verne and Ray Harryhausen where Science Fiction narratives first took root. Venture on an odyssey into our solar system, with vintage artwork promoting Soviet visions of space alongside immersive work by Soda_Jerk. Visit a gallery of aliens, and stand alongside iconic spacesuits from a galaxy of blockbusters including Star Trek and Interstellar.

Imagine dystopian worlds with Margaret Atwood and 28 Days Later. Then, with nowhere left to explore but human consciousness, delve deep and experience the transformation and mutation of the body through the eyes of Jack Kirby and Ex Machina.

Curated by historian and writer Patrick Gyger, this festival-style exhibition consists of more than 800 works, many of which have never been seen in the UK before. Continuing across the Centre, it includes artwork from Isaac Julien, Larissa Sansour and Conrad Shawcross, and an installation from the creators of Black Mirror.

People Power: Fighting for Peace @ IWM / until 28th August 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10am-6pm

@ IWM London, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ

Tickets: £10 book online

www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-london/fighting-for-peace

Take a journey from the First World War to the present day, exploring how peace movements have influenced perceptions of war and conflict in this major exhibition.

From conscientious objectors to peace camps and modern day marches, Fighting for Peace tells the stories of passionate people over the past one hundred years and the struggles they have endured for the anti-war cause.

Over three hundred objects including paintings, literature, posters, placards, banners, badges and music reveal the breadth of creativity of anti-war protest movements, reflecting the cultural mood of each era.

Stoke Newington Literary Festival @ various venues / until Sunday 4th 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ Various venues around Stoke Newington

Tickets: many events are free or cheap (around £3), £70 weekend ticket (all events) book online

www.stokenewingtonliteraryfestival.com

Originally setup in 2010 to celebrate the area’s radical and literary history. From the non-conformists who gathered around Newington Green in the 17th century to the diverse community that exists today.

Stoke Newington has long been a melting pot of new ideas, artistic endeavour and off-centre thinking and the programming is directly inspired by the mavericks and rabble-rousers – Mary Wollstonecraft, Reverend Richard Price, Edgar Allan Poe, Daniel Defoe, Anna Laetitia Barbauld & many more – who helped shape the world we know.

Venues:
Clissold House
The Old Church
Town Hall
Library Gallery
Abney Public Hall
Abney Park Cemetery
Mascara Bar
St Paul’s Church Hall
William Patten School
Unitarian Chapel
Ryan’s Bar
The Prince

The Powerpuff Girls Emporium @ central London pop-up / until Saturday 3rd June 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 11am-5pm

@ 15 Bateman Street, Soho, London W1D 3AQ

Get Powerpuffed at the make-up and nail bar, visit the Super Cute and Super Fierce petting zoo, enter Professor Utonium’s lab and explore all things Powerpuff!

RSVP on Facebook.

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