LSE’s 8th Literary Festival, inspired by the anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia, will explore the power of dreams and the imagination and the importance of idealism, dissidence, escapism and nostalgia, as well as the benefits of looking at the world in different ways.
This year’s Festival explores the theme ‘Utopias’ with a series of events, free and open to all, bringing together award-winning authors and academics.
Monday 22 February
Tuesday 23 February
Wednesday 24 February
Thursday 25 February
Friday 26 February
Saturday 27 February
Children’s Events (Saturday 27 February)
Creative Writing Workshop (Saturday 27 February)
Over 100 works to show the impact of computer and Internet technologies on artists from the mid-1960s to the present day.
The exhibition title is taken from a term coined in 1974 by South Korean video art pioneer Nam June Paik, who foresaw the potential of global connections through technology.
The exhibition is ordered in a timeline with works made at the arrival of the new millennium, and ends with Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T), an iconic, artistic moment that took place in 1966. Key moments in the history of art and the Internet emerge as the exhibition travels back in time.
Featuring new and rarely seen multimedia works, together with film, painting, sculpture, photography and drawing. From Cory Arcangel, Jeremy Bailey, James Bridle, Constant Dullaart and Oliver Laric, to Roy Ascott, Judith Barry, Lynn Hershman Leeson and Ulla Wiggen, over 70 artists spanning 50 years are included.
If you’re looking for something extra special this Valentine’s Day, get romantic by taking an amazing trip to the top of the world’s best entertainment venue and one of London’s iconic landmarks.
Upon reaching the viewing platform 52 metres high, you will be able to enjoy the romance of the city skyline and a glass of bubbly.
Experience urban mountaineering with an exhilarating 90-minute climb to the peak of The O2. Upon reaching the top you will be rewarded with spectacular 360-degree panoramic views across the capital and a glass of Lanson Champagne to toast to the occasion.
This is one London venue that won’t be sinking under the weight of loved up loonies this Valentine’s Eve – we are throwing a good old fashioned party.
Join for the most epic Anti-Valentine’s Party, back for its fourth year at Bounce – and this year they will be making sure guests abide by our strict Anti-Valentine’s rules. But, if you absolutely must find someone compatible, Bumble will be on hand to provide cocktails for amorous pairings.
If you want romance and tender moments with a loved one, then you will need to look elsewhere 😉
Unlimited UV Ping Pong all night with free play across all tables
UV face artists to plaster UV paint over your grinning chops
Our famous Love Police will be taking mugshots of any ‘Romance Rebels’
Group games and tournaments organised by the formally romantic Games Makers
Europe’s best music for partygoers to shake themselves on the dance floor from Matt Hayman
A live art installation and more brought to you by our friends at Bumble
Interactive sound installation by Studio PSK. Originally commissioned by the Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion and developed in collaboration with musician Reeps One, the installation is inspired by the inherent joy of using playgrounds as a child.
Taking the archetypal elements of a playground: swings, slides, climbing frame and combining them with advanced musical engineering, the end result is a landscape of playground activities transformed into a giant musical instrument.
The installation includes a timber framework, built recreating iconic playground pieces to an adult scale. Using conductive paint, tape and yarn to create MIDI triggers out of steps, slides and swings the structure will spring to life & evoke the joy of the playground under the archways of House of Vans London.
Throughout the run, this iteration will be accompanied by an array live performances where musicians will explore the structure as an instrument through experimentation and rehearsals in front of a live audience.
After successful shows at Art Basel Miami & Salone del Mobile – Fashion Space Gallery ,Studio PSK and Reeps One are…
Head over to Brew Club to create your own unique craft beer. Brew Club have the space and the equipment to make brewing easy.
The beginners classes are perfect for craft beer enthusiasts. You will spend the day learning how to brew one of the tried and tested recipes and then a few weeks later you’ll be able to share and enjoy your handmade beer with friends.
The gift packages give you the opportunity to try out the increasingly popular hobby of beer brewing, without the need to invest in expensive equipment or take over the entire kitchen for a day! And with their temperature-controlled fermentation room you avoid having buckets of beer hanging around in your flat for weeks waiting to be bottled.
German-made digital Braumeisters with a 20litre capacity. Good for around 40 bottles of beer (500ml each).
Each brew station has:
Large sink, with hoses for cleaning
Measuring jugs and spoons
Water additions (salts, carbonate reduction solution etc)
Fermentation vessel and airlocks
For bottling, the work stations also have:
A bottle draining tree
Bottling buckets and wands
A capper and bottle caps
Come and learn how to brew with us. Brew your own using our equipment and then bottle it a few weeks later
Celebration of the best emerging musical talent and genres.
Expect remixed sounds from ghetto funk, drum and bass, reggae, anarchic hoedown, latin breaks, brass band hip hop, electro-afro music, balkan beats, blues remix, electro swing, tropical bass, Ethiopian dub, DMC scratch masters and loads more.
Two day festival offering creativity, fun and madness, complete with buzzing atmosphere & music… but without the mud, rain or hassle of camping!
A fantastic night of creative and high energy dance from crews and companies ranging from London to Birmingham and Northern Ireland to North Africa.
Red carpet movie host Hakeem “Mr Impact” Onibudo welcomes you to a celebration of hip-hop, street and African inspired dance.
The final part of Hakeem Onibudo and Impact Dance’s 20 year anniversary celebration culminates in 14 companies, whose work spans the last two decades, coming together to perform in the heart of London’s West End.
Ace Youth (Birmingham)
Fly No Filter (Cambridge)
Impact FFI (London)
Impact Youth (London)
Jack Pointer Mackenzie (London)
Myself UK (London)
North Africa Dynamics (Algeria/Morocco/Tunisia)
Urdang Academy choreographed by Nathan Gordon (London)
Rapture (Northern Ireland)
Zoonation Youth (London)
Red Bull Studio Collectives series launches with a focus on bringing artists together in a cross-disciplinary project. Collectives sees artists select a young collaborator to work with and, combining creative minds both emerging and established, together they are challenged to create unique and exciting pieces of art that push limitations and provoke viewers. Based across three east London locations with one-of-a-kind collaborative installations for you to experience.
Leif Podhajsky and Eva Papamargariti @ Hoxton Gallery
(28th January – 8th February)
Combining their common interests, Leif and Eva are using their partnership to explore the individualism of interpretation in relation to visual language. Pursuing a symbiosis between Eva’s digital techniques and Podhaisky’s trademark patterns; “The Language of dreams” explores the meaning of a visual language, bringing to life thoughts, ideas and dreams through visual manifestations.
Alice Dunseath and Matteo Mastrandrea @ DreamBagsJaguarShoes (28th January – 13th March) Expanding on their own individual projects, Matteo and Alice have drawn influence from Object Oriented Ontology, a philosophy based on the idea that everything is connected, contrary to the egocentrism of humanity. In a room filled with the central colours of the spectrum, one can ponder one’s place within the web of existence, while experiencing some of Dunseath’s crystal formations taking on a life of their own.
Netta Peltola and Hortense Duthilleux @ No. 90
(29th January – 9th February)
“Latitude’ utilises No. 90 as a public space, remaining open to all for the exhibition’s duration. With this organic flow, the installation will respond to the relative amount of energy and collective movement within the space at any one time, revealing and concealing fragments of choreographed light. Using the passage of the sun as a means to express energy throughout the course of the day, ’Latitude’ creates an immersive, interactive space.
Now in its third year, back bigger and still independent, featuring a series of gigs around the UK.
This year’s Ambassadors are Mercury Prize Shortlisted Artist Wolf Alice who are taking over from Frank Turner (2015) and Colin Greenwood (2014).
Artists performing over the week include Everything Everything, Matthew E. White, Mallory Knox, Childhood, Misty Miller, Beans on Toast, Eliza and the Bear, Saffron (Republica) Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets), Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly, Georgia, Get Inuit and Edwyn Collins who is following up his involvement last year. As well as playing live, he is also curating the week at Hebden Bridge Trades Club.
Other curating partners include Rob da Bank and Sunday Best, BBC Introducing, PIAS, Domino Records and The Joe Strumner Foundation with a DJ set from Shikari Sound System. More artists will be announced across social media in the coming weeks.
229 The Venue
93 Feet East
Aces & Eights
The Dublin Castle
Elgar Room at Royal Albert Hall
The Good Ship
Half Moon Putney
New Cross Inn
The Silver Bullet
The Workshop @ Roadtrip
World’s End Finsbury Park
Zigfrid Von Underbelly