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Ai Weiwei @ Royal Academy of Arts / from 9th September until 13th December 2015


Saturday – Thursday 10am – 6pm
Friday 10am – 10pm

@ Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Main Galleries, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

Tickets: £17.60 book online

Major artist and cultural phenomenon Ai Weiwei takes over the main galleries with brave, provocative and visionary works.

Ai became widely known in Britain after his sunflower seeds installation in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2010 but this will be the first major institutional survey of his work ever held in the UK and it will bridge over two decades of his extraordinary career.

Curated in collaboration with Ai Weiwei from his studio in Beijing, the RA will present some of his most important works from the time he returned to China from the US in 1993 right up to present day. Among new works created specifically for our galleries and courtyard will be a number of large-scale installations, as well as works showcasing everything from marble and steel to tea and glass.

Hackney One Carnival @ around Hackney / Sunday 13th September 2015


From: noon-5pm

@ Hackney from Ridley Road to Hackney Town Hall

The Hackney One Carnival is an exuberant celebration of local creativity and diversity. Join us as local communities reclaim the streets for a day of music, dance and amazing costumes.

Noon-3.10pm: Live entertainment in Hackney Town Hall Square
Enjoy the best of Hackney’s young musicians live on stage, while we wait for the carnival procession to arrive. The stage is programmed by the Hackney Music Service in partnership with Rising Tide.

2-5pm: Carnival procession
24 carnival groups will bring 750 performers to the streets. Spot the traditional and contemporary carnival arts of Africa, Bolivia, Brazil, Caribbean, Ireland and the UK. Judging takes place in Mare Street between 3.10pm-4.30pm.

5-8pm: Ridley Road music zones and finale event
Explore the finale event, featuring three music zones and stalls selling crafts and food from around the world.
Solution Sounds will be located on the corner of Ridley Road and Colvestone Crescent. Expect laid-back roots reggae and dub music.
Local radio station, NTS Radio can be found at the centre of Ridley Road playing an eclectic range of music.
DGO Ranks and Sarge Singh will be on the corner of St Mark’s Rise and Ridley Road. Local DJ Sarge Singh is a regular stall holder at Ridley Road market.

2pm – Leaves Ridley Road
3.10pm – Hackney Town Hall
4.30pm – Dalston Lane
5pm – Ends in Ridley Road

Urban Food Fest @ Euro Car Parks – Shoreditch / until 19th December 2015


Midday to midnight (Saturdays)

@ Euro Car Parks, 162-167 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, London E1 6HU

Free entry

Featuring 15 street food trucks and stalls that change each week. Live music and seating areas.

Serving gourmet global street food dishes alongside a premium bar and a flowery cocktail bar serving craft beers, exclusive Urban cocktails, ciders, international wines, shots, prosecco, champagne, soft drinks and more.

Dineo Seshee Bopape: slow -co-ruption @ Hayward Gallery / until 27th September 2015


Mon 12 noon–6pm
Tue & Wed 11am–7pm
Thu & Fri 11am–8pm
Sat & Sun 11am–7pm

@ Hayward Gallery Project Space, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

The first solo exhibition in the UK by South African artist Dineo Seshee Bopape.

Combining dense sculptural installation with video montages, her artwork engages with powerful socio-political notions of memory, narration and representation.

Flipping between an analogue and digital aesthetic, Bopape’s video works mix and re-mix sound and image into kaleidoscopic montages. Distinct locations and characters start to emerge, including the artist herself, only to give way to a cacophony of sampled music and sound and effects.

Bopape’s videos are often incorporated into her sculptural installations. In these assemblages everyday materials – including timber, bricks, mirrors, and plants – form complex and precarious configurations, often across the walls and floor of the gallery.

This exhibition presents a selection of Bopape’s video works alongside a new sculpture conceived especially for Hayward Gallery.

Born in 1981 in Polokwane, Dineo Seshee Bopape studied at the Durban University of Technology, South Africa, and earned her MFA from Columbia University in 2010. Her work has been shown internationally, including presentations at the New Museum (New York), ICA (Philadelphia), Mart House Gallery (Amsterdam), and the 12th Biennale de Lyon. Bopape lives and works in Johannesburg.

Concrete Cuba @ David Zwirner / until 3rd October 2015


Doors: Monday–Friday 10AM–6PM

@ David Zwirner, 24 Grafton Street, London W1S 4EZ

Free entry

A comprehensive exhibition of paintings and sculptures by the Cuban group of abstract painters Los Diez Pintores Concretos (Ten Concrete Painters), which was active from 1959 to 1961 at the gallery’s London location.

Concrete Cuba is the first presentation in the UK to highlight the origins of concretism in Cuba during the 1950s and will include important works by the eleven artists who were at different times associated with the group.

Pedro Álvarez, Wifredo Arcay, Mario Carreño, Salvador Corratgé, Sandú Darié, Luis Martínez Pedro, Alberto Menocal, José Mijares, Pedro de Oraá, José Ángel Rosabal, Loló Soldevilla and Rafael Soriano.

Legend of the East End @ Cass / until 11th September 2015


Mon-Fri 11.00–20.00
Sat 10.00–19.00
Sunday 09.00–18.00

@ The Cass, 135 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 7DG

Free entry

Work from the celebrated Cass East End Archive including images by Steven Berkoff and Don McCullin will feature in a new photographic exhibition focusing on the East End of notorious gangsters the Kray Twins.

Legend of the East End has been organised by Studiocanal to accompany and lead up to the launch of LEGEND a new film about the Krays directed by Brian Hegeland in which Tom Hardy plays both Ronnie and Reggie.

Indeedy Musical Bingo @ Steam and Rye / Wednesday 30th September 2015


Doors: 20:00-23:45

@ Steam and Rye, 147 Leadenhall Street, London EC3V 4QT

Tickets: £10 (early bird) book online

Indeedy Musical Bingo teaming up with London’s best American themed bar, Steam and Rye, to bring London an awesome night of glitz, glamour, and of course a healthy dose of Indeedy Musical Bingo!

There’s a menu full of gorgeous feeds, an extensive drinks list and entertainment throughout the night. We’ll play three choice rounds of bingo, with performances from our Granny Pack and of course, the obligatory dance party afterwards!

It’s also Doll’s Night so every lady that signs up for a sorority card (which is totally free) gets 50% off all food and drinks (except for steak and lobster).

Manga Now @ British Museum / until 15th November 2015


Open daily 10.00–17.30
Fridays open until 20.30

@ British Museum, 44, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

Free entry

Explore contemporary manga’s diverse appeal through works by three of the medium’s leading artists.

The graphic art form of manga developed in the early 20th century, and is based on traditional Japanese artistic and literary genres. It continues to reflect current concerns in Japanese society and can even be a catalyst for change or protest. Manga has grown to be a vital part of global popular culture, but this exported form does not always convey the range and content of Japanese manga. This display features newly commissioned and recent pieces by Chiba Tetsuya, Hoshino Yukinobu and Nakamura Hikaru.

The main image in this display will be an original colour drawing of a golfer on a green by prominent and influential manga artist Chiba Tetsuya. He is a specialist of sports manga that relate a young person’s struggle for recognition through dedication to sport.

The second generation of contemporary manga is represented by Hoshino Yukinobu, with a portrait of his new character Rainman. One of Japan’s best-known science fiction manga artists, Hoshino Yukinobu’s Professor Munakata’s British Museum Adventure featured in a Room 3 display in 2011.

Nakamura Hikaru represents the most recent generation of manga artists and is currently the seventh bestselling manga artist in Japan. Fusing everyday life with youth culture and cutting-edge production techniques, her work in this display imagines the comical existence of Jesus and Buddha as flatmates in Tokyo.

Together, the rare display of these three original artworks trace how the medium has evolved over recent generations, showing the breadth and depth of manga in Japan today.

Colombia Day @ Tower Bridge and Potters Fields Park / Sunday 6th September 2015


Time: from noon (7pm event)

@ Potters Fields Park, London SE1 2AA


The bascules of Tower Bridge will raise to allow ARC Gloria to pass in to the Upper Pool – her masts fully dressed with her crew.

Join the crowds celebrating Colombia Day on Potters Fields Park (as part of The Riverside Festival) with stalls selling delicious traditional dishes, Tall Ship themed workshops for children, Colombian music and dance.

There are around 150,000 people of Colombian descent living in London, and there may well be a few of them here. The ARC Gloria, the official flagship of the Colombian Navy, will hoist the national flag, while on dry land there will be music, dancing and delicious native food.

Dinerama @ Shoreditch Yard / until 4th October 2015


Thu, Fri, Sat noon till midnight
Sun noon till 9pm

@ Shoreditch Yard, 19 Great Eastern Street
Shoreditch, London EC2A 3EJ

Entry: free before 7pm, £3 after (Thu, Fri, Sat)

Six street diners, six bars, five street food shacks, two trucks, one DJ and a MILLION twinkling LEDs.

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