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Saturday, June 14 2014

Dogs Unite! @ Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park / Sunday 14th June 2014

Dogs Unite at Queen Elizabeth Olympic ParkTIME AND PLACE:

Open: 10:00-18:00

@ Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 2ST

Tickets: £20 book online

www.guidedogs.org.uk

Take your whole family to an epic day out dedicated to guide dog heroes. Join a sponsored dog walk through the iconic park, enjoy fun dog shows, meet guide dog puppies and lots more.

Dogs and children aged 12 and under when accompanied by an adult go free!

- The Kennel Club Companion Dog Show
- Meet the guide dogs and their super trainers
- Super doggie displays and demonstrations
- Family entertainment
- Trading stalls and a wide selection of refreshments

Dogs Unite

Friday, June 13 2014 Promo

Sponsored Video: Kabbee’s The Night(mare) Bus

We’ve all battled getting home after a night out! Have you ever been on a Night(mare) Bus???

Kabbee is London’s most popular cab booking and comparison app and they put together a short film about nightmare bus journeys. Guests were invited to a ‘special late night event’ earlier this month on the N13 night bus and surprised with a were extreme scenarios. There were secret cameras, actors, vomiting and a nice rap battle.

Their research says these are the worst things about using night buses:
- Drunks 58%
- Shouting and chanting 48%
- Smelly food 43%
- Bottles and rubbish 40%
- Fighting 35%

Earn credit with their Free Cabs programme by sharing referral codes. Get £10 credit when a friend creates their first new account booking, your friend will also earn £10! Make sure you and your mates get home without any bother.

To find out more and download their apps visit:
http://unr.ly/1hQnV10

This post is sponsored by Kabbee.

Thursday, June 12 2014 Interview

UK Premiere: Linda Vastrik’s Forest of the Dancing Spirits @ Riverside Studios / Thursday 12th June 2014

TIME AND PLACE:Forest of the Dancing Spirits

Screening: 19.30

@ Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, London, W6 9RL

Entry: £7 (conc £5)

www.dochouse.org

Deep in the heart of the Congolese rainforest live the Aka, a community which has survived with almost no contact with the outside world for generations. The film centres on the story of Akaya and Kengole, a young couple struggling to have a child while also revealing a portrait of the tight-knit community that surrounds them. The focus is a story about love, faith, and community, which is being threatened by the expansion of international tree logging companies.

Informed London talks to Director Linda Vastrik about the film and it’s rare and stunning insight into a unique society.  Director Linda Vastrik lived with the Aka for extended periods of time, having worked on the film for seven years. She gained their friendship and was introduced to their mythological gods and dancing spirits.

1. How did you come up with the idea?

When I was a child I read a comic called “the Phantom” in which there was a white colonial character who rode around in tight pyjamas and struck people with a mark of death. The character had a friend “Guran” who had a much cooler personna; he was kind, loving and warm. When I was a kid I dreamt about becoming a friend of someone like Guran. It was very frustrating because he only said two things in each comic and it was usually something subserviant like”yes master”.

2. What inspired you to meet the Aka people?

When I was 25 years old I heard recordings from the Mbuti in the Ituri forest by Hugh Tracey.

These recordings gave me a strong sense of calm, trust and safety and a wonderful and curious feeling so strong that I started to cry. I decided, driven by my emotions, that those people knew something about life that I didn’t. I wanted to see them and become friends with them and I did so.

3. Why did you specifically decide to make a film about your experience with the Aka people?

They are the oldest people on earth, in the oldest forest on earth, with the oldest animals on earth. They are the source of human life and there is no place on earth more fantastic. Of course I was going to see them and bring my vision to the screen!

4. What was the biggest challenge when making the film?

Securing finance to enable the project.

5. How did you convince the Aka people to document their story?

I did not need to convince them because at first we learned to know each other. They love stories just like I do and they decided which stories they gave me.

6. Do you think that modern society can learn anything from the Aka people’s culture and traditions?

Yes, we have everything to learn from them. We are essentially primitive compared to them. The Aka people have chosen joy based on social, moral and spiritual development going back many thousands of years. In modern society we have chosen technological development so that we can build iPads. However, we cannot help our colleagues at work when they are experiencing human problems such as divorce or suicidal thoughts.

7. What is the one thing you would want people to take from the film?

That they experienced 90 minutes of something they did not know and hadn’t felt before.

8. What are you working on next?

A film about Sweden’s plans to become the world leader in the mining business.

Get Some night launch @ Old Blue Last / Thursday 12th June 2014

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 20:00–00:30

@ Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern Street, London Shoreditch EC2A 3ES

Free entry

www.getsomeuk.com

Launching upstairs at Old Blue Last as a platform to showcase the collective’s take on underground club music. As well as sets from the full roster, you can expect a selection of guests slots from extended friends and family at each event.

Topping the bill for the first night is Akito, a founding member of London based club night turned record label Sub Skank. Drawing on elements of grime, house, UK funky and dancehall, he released his ‘Metamessage’ EP earlier this year to widespread support. On the night you can expect an arsenal of fresh and inventive club music.

www.soundcloud.com/akeytoe

Joining the lineup is Don’t Watch That TV’s Crack Stevens. The NTS show host, who continues to build a reputation as one of London’s most exciting new DJs, will be bringing his extensive collection of upfront club trax on the night.

www.dontwatchthat.tv

Support will come from Queens English, the collaborative project between Get Some co-founder Leigh GS and Liminal Sounds co-owner Sam Elsewhere. With a focus on dance floor sounds, they will be playing music that spans BPMs and genres, bringing a selection of ballroom, Jersey club, ghetto house, juke and footwork.

www.soundcloud.com/qeldn

Wednesday, June 11 2014

Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle @ London / Saturday 9th August 2014

Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle at London 01TIME AND PLACE:

From: all day

@ Various areas around London and eight miles of traffic free roads

Completely free!!!

www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk

A brilliant opportunity to get the whole family together to experience the fun and freedom of cycling around an eight-mile traffic-free circuit in central London.The route features many of the capital’s world-famous landmarks, from Buckingham Palace in the west to the Tower of London in the east via the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s. London’s greatest sights will create an inspiring backdrop for a memorable day of cycling.

Enjoy music and entertainment all the way along the traffic-free route as you pass music zones, music bikes, bands on bikes, stilt bicycles, Penny Farthings, stagecoaches and rickshaws.

Bike doctors will be on hand in case you have any technical problems.

Highlights:
- Ramp & Try Out Park with BMX and mountain-bike demos and workshops
- Bling-Your-Bike zone with many accessories to customise a bike
- Pedal-powered juice bar – ride the bike and make yourself a juice!
- TfL Workshop Stage – sessions on healthy living, art, design and more
- Pedal-powered Garden Party with music, lights and bubble machine

Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle at London

Tuesday, June 10 2014

Tauba Auerbach: The New Ambidextrous Universe @ ICA / until 15th June 2014

Tauba Auerbach - The New Ambidextrous Universe at ICATIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tue-Sun 11:00-23:00 Thu until 21:00

@ Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

Entry: with £1 day membership

www.ica.org.uk

First solo exhibition in the UK by San Francisco-born, New York-based artist Tauba Auerbach, who works in a wide variety of media including sculpture, photography, painting, weaving and book design. Auerbach takes a highly innovative approach to mechanical processes and colour.

Her ICA show features newly created sculptures and photographs which take as their starting point the scientific principles of symmetry and reflection as a means to hint at an alternate, mirror universe.

Monday, June 9 2014

Lili la Scala: Siren @ London Wonderground / 21st June 2014

Lili la Scala Siren at London WondergroundTIME AND PLACE:

Show: 19:30

@ London Wonderground, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Tickets: £13.50 book online

www.londonwonderground.co.uk

Fresh from the her most recent international tour, the darling chanteuse of cabaret Lili la Scala launches herself into London with her international hit sell-out show Siren.

Essex-born Lili La Scala is a firmly established cabaret gem. Her first onstage performance was at the tender age of 18 months, dressed in a sparkly silver all-in-one – a trend that has long continued. She took to it like a 1940s starlet to bright red lipstick. She studied opera at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, moved on to street performance and burlesque, before wowing people from London to New Zealand with her captivating cabaret.

Siren, which has most recently playing to thunderous applause and excellent reviews in Adelaide, blends Lili’s classical roots with dark eclectic songs in a theatrical voyage through salt-sprayed music in the key of sea. Found songs, from the poetry of Masefield to the music of Tom Waits intertwine with bewitching, haunting and mesmeric stories as Lili presents her collection of timeless, beautiful siren songs.

Saturday, June 7 2014

adidas Skate Jam @ The Courtyard / Saturday 7th June 2014

adidas Skate Jam at The CourtyardTIME AND PLACE:

Open: 13:00-19:00

@ The Courtyard, Space Studios, London Fields, London E8 3RH

Free entry

www.adidas.com

The UK’s leading skate stores do battle in the Skate Jam competition judged by the adidas global skateboard team.

adidas riders including  Benny Fairfax and Chewy Cannon get to grips with the bespoke skate park for a one-off skate jam showcase.

License 2 Trill x LOUD @ Hoxton Basement / Saturday 7th June 2014

License 2 Trill x LOUD at Hoxton BasementTIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 22:00–06:00

@ Hoxton Basement, 12-18 Hoxton Street, London N1 6NG London

Tickets: £7 advance £15 on the door

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Licence 2 Trill and LOUD join forces to bring you the best warehouse rave in London.

DJs:
Jeremiah Valentino (D.E.F)
Motive
JD.Reid
CWD
Budgie
Cractsteves
Illustrious One
Peigh
+ Special guests

Thursday, June 5 2014

First Thursday – live paint party @ Rockwell House / Thursday 5th June 2014

First Thursday at Rockwell HouseTIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 18:30-23:00

@ Rockwell House, 10-14 Hewett Street, London EC2A 3NN

Free entry

www.endoftheline.co

Kicking off the first First Thursday events at Rockwell House.

Join for a night of great music, tasty food and fantastic artwork!