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Wednesday, August 13 2014

The Art of Poetry @ The Roundhouse / Wednesday 13th August 2014


19:30 – LATE

@ Roundhouse (Studio Theatre)
Chalk Farm Road,

Entry: Tickets £12.50
Age 16-25?
Tickets are £5
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Twitter: @DeanAtta

Poet and writer Dean Atta and illustrator Ben Connors come together for an evening of charged spoken word and live art.

Mixing spoken word performance from Dean’s critically acclaimed debut poetry collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger together with brand new work alongside live illustrations that lift the words from the page and animate the stage – this is not poetry as you know it.

Hosted by Deanna Rodger plus additional performances from Antosh Wojcik (Roundhouse Poetry Slam winner), Sarah Perry and Sophie Fenella (Roundhouse Poetry Collective).

‘One of the UK’s finest poets’
Time Out

‘Dean’s poetry is as honest as truth itself. He follows no trend; he seeks no favours … Beyond black, beyond white, beyond straight, beyond gay, so I say. You will be uplifted.’
Benjamin Zephaniah

Here’s a rehearsal video:

Tuesday, August 12 2014

Behind the Screen @ Somerset House until Wednesday 20th August 2014

Doors: 7pm behind-the-screen

@ Somerset House
The Strand, WC2R 1LA

Tickets still available £10
Alongside the sold out Film4 Summer Screen series, film fans can take a trip inside Somerset House for Behind the Screen – a diverse and entertaining programme of talks, workshops and family activities. Behind the Screen brings the world of cinema into sharper focus with special events and guests providing unique insights into this year’s programme including a talk from Film4 Head of Productions Tessa Ross discussing her film inspirations, as well as 10 Years of Film4 Shorts, showcasing outstanding work from the past decade – you may be surprised by some of the familiar names in the credits!


Surrealist Dinner Party @ secret location in central London / Thursday 14th – Saturday 16th August 2014

Surrealist Dinner Party at secret location in central LondonTIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 19:00-01:00

@ Secret location in central London

Tickets: £45 book online (dinner, welcome cocktail, amusements and journeys)


Lemonade and Laughing Gas invite you to an immersive dining experience, as they reimagine and reconstruct the Diner de Têtes Surrealiste, dinner party.

Clues about the event are being unveiled in the weeks leading to the event, and for those that wish, a map will be available from three different starting points, to lead you to the party in the way that L&LG know best.

The eating part of the evening will be art installation crossed with experimental dining. The menu has been imagined by ex Moro chef Flo Hillier, and is inspired by the 1972 menu’s oddities such as ‘Chevres hurlant de Tristesse’ (roughly translated as ‘cheese of goat screaming in post-coital sadness’). Mixologist Alex Orwin will provide mind-bending cocktails and expertly paired drinks.

Thursday 14th August 2014
Friday 15th August 2014
Saturday 16th August 2014

Lemonade and Laughing Gas Surrealist Dinner Party

Friday, August 8 2014

Basement Jaxx headline RBMA @ Notting Hill Carnival party / Monday 25 August 2014


12:00 – 19:00

@ Under the Westway,
Corner of Portobello and Acklam Road,

Entry: £FREE

Sign up for Entry Ballot

Twitter: @RBMA
Facebook: Red Bull Music Academy

Its Carnival Season again and Redbull are back to throw their great celebration of cranival riddims.

As the Out-of-Offices start tumbling in, and the sounds of summer swell with the chorus of late night hedonism, the August bank holiday rolls ever nearer, and with it the promise of carnival. Red Bull Music Academy Sound System, a stalwart on the carnival circuit, returns with its vibe-infused miscellany of stomach-crunching bass, cocktails, and jerk delights.

Storming the headline slot – the frenetic, magnetic, rabble-rousing antics of UK house revolutionaries Basement Jaxx, dropping their hotly anticipated new album the very same day. Normally found topping the bill at the likes of Glastonbury, Wireless, The O2 Arena, Webster Hall, Pacha and other illustrious stages across the world, catching a DJ set in the more intimate confines of the Westway will be the coup of a lifetime. With two BRIT Awards under their belts and shows that have become near-mythologised for their heady rambunctiousness, this will be a carnival show-down to remember with special guests to be announced.

They’re joined by a host of acts who’ll be blessing the carnival crowd with their UK debut: Jamaican reggae/dub cohorts Protoje & Yaardcore, Tropkillaz who blend trap and tropical bass with the pelvic rhythms of their native Brazil, and RBMA alumnus Kalbata & Mixmonster, who’s newly released album Congo Beat The Drum (recorded between their studio in Israel and Kingston, Jamaica) sliced through the blogosphere to high critical kudos. They’ll also welcome first-generation dancehall MC Clapper Priest as part of their set. Soca-fuelled riddim fanatics Jus Now, fresh from repping their hometown at the RBMA Sound System at Bristol’s St Pauls Carnival, are back and bass-laden for the Notting Hill edition, whilst Mixpak Records, home to the sun-summoning likes of Dre Skull, Popcaan, Vybz, and Jubilee, bring their sonic powerhouse Mixpak Sound System to the fray. Finally, feverous bashment crew The Heatwave complete this year’s line-up, bringing the spirit of the Caribbean to the concrete jungle.

Guest list places will be free and available via ballot system, with hopeful entrants able to apply from Monday 11th August until Friday 15th August via redbull.co.uk/rbmacarnival (with applicants being informed w/c 18th August whether their entry was successful).

Sign up for the guest list ballot here: www.carnival.redbull.co.uk

1984 @ Playhouse Theatre / until 23rd August 2014


Mon-Sat 19:30
Wed and Sat matinee 14:30

@ Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Ave, London WC2N 5DE

Tickets: from £19.84 book online


Due to unprecedented demand, the production has been extended until 23 August 2014 (previously 19th July 2014).

George Orwell’s 1984, published in 1949, is one of the most influential novels in recent history, with its chilling depiction of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance and incessant public mind-control.  Its ideas have become our ideas, and Orwell’s fiction is often said to be our reality.

Filtering the spirit and the ambition of the novel through the lens of contemporary culture, this radical new staging explores surveillance culture, identity and how thinking you can fly might actually be the first step to flying.

Thursday, August 7 2014

Joan Fontcuberta: Stranger Than Fiction @ Science Museum / until 9th November 2014

Joan Fontcuberta Stranger Than Fiction at Science MuseumTIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10:00-18:00

@ Science Museum, Media Space Gallery, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD

Tickets: £8 book online


Discover the incredible fictions of Joan Fontcuberta in his first major UK exhibition, featuring six documentary narratives that mix fact with fiction and science with art.

Using the visual languages of journalism, advertising, museum displays and scientific journals, these convincing yet subversive and deadpan works are an investigation into photography’s authority and our inclination to believe what we see.

Exhibition highlights include astonishing photographs of mermaid fossils, incredible reports of mysterious fauna and eye-opening photographs of rare plant species.

Wednesday, August 6 2014

AACDD Presents : Jamaica 52 @ The Passage / Wednesday 6th August 2014


Doors: 18:00 onwards

@ The Passage, 27a Dalston Lane, London, E8 3DF

Entry: £5 via eventbrite / on the door


The AACDD presents Jamaica 52: an evening of art, music and ambience celebrating Jamaica’s 52nd year of independence.

Dj’s on rotation:

Dj Flight



Visuals by:


100% of donations made from ticket sales will contribute directly to the AACDD’s 5th Bargehouse Festival and celebrations taking place during London Design Festival 2014 at the iconic Bargehouse, OXO Tower.

The African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora Inititative has created its own legacy by highlighting the talents of new and emerging artists, designers and architects of African and African-Caribbean descent.

Orbit Lates @ ArcelorMittal Orbit / Friday 8th August and Fridays through August 2014

Orbit Lates at ArcelorMittal OrbitTIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 19:00-00:00

@ ArcelorMittal Orbit, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London E20 2SS

Tickets: £20 book online


Space in this Place presented by Arctic Circle – an immersive evening of space themed sounds which will permeate the twisting red steel structure of the ArcelorMittal Orbit.

At 76m and 80m high, the two observation decks will be transformed into an incredible outpost of new music and musicians with influences ranging from Tarkovsky’s Solaris to Sun Ra.

It’s a perfect setting for Ninja Tune’s DJ Food with more live music from synth-folk drone-ballad band Transept, a special acoustic set from Astronauts and Manchester’s one man cosmic construct Paddy Steer.

Other events during August:
AMO Lates – Silent Arena’s Silent Disco
Friday 15th August
Tickets £17.50

AMO Lates – East London Radio’s Bank Holiday Weekend Party Starter
Friday 22nd August
Tickets £17.50

Tuesday, August 5 2014

Disobedient Objects @ Victoria and Albert Museum / 1st February 2015


10:00–17:30 (Fri 21:30)

@ Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), The Porter Gallery, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Free entry


From Suffragette teapots to protest robots, this exhibition will be the first to examine the powerful role of objects in movements for social change. It will demonstrate how political activism drives a wealth of design ingenuity and collective creativity that defy standard definitions of art and design.

Disobedient objects are often everyday items that have been turned to a new purpose. But social change is about making as much as breaking. Sometimes designing a new object creates a new way to disobey.

Download the how-to guides and make your own version of some of the disobedient objects found in the exhibition.

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Monday, August 4 2014

The Cornershop @ pop-up in east London / until 31st August 2014

The Cornershop at pop-up in east LondonTIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10:00-19:00

@ The Cornershop, 19 Wellington Row, LondonE2 7BB

Free entry


Installation of a fully-stocked cornershop/newsagent made out of felt: each item meticulously sewn, stuffed and priced.

Installed in a disused commercial space on a busy pedestrian street in Bethnal Green this project draws together fine art and craft in a seven month local community collaboration, that culminates in a month-long performative installation.

The Cornershop at pop-up in east London Lucy Sparrow