A festival celebrating modern Africa and the African diaspora (31 August – 4 September). The extraordinary life story of South African president and freedom fighter Nelson Mandela has been transformed into a musical tribute by Cape Town Opera and Wales Millennium Centre.
The performance follows three key stages of Mandela’s life, each featuring a different singer in the title role alongside a cast and orchestra of over 60 performers. Starting with Mandela’s early years and tribal initiation rites on the banks of the Mbashe River, the audience is taken on a journey to the heady and rebellious jazz-fuelled days in Sophiatown and onwards to Mandela’s lengthy incarceration on Robben Island and finally, his freedom.
Each of the three acts features distinctly different music to reflect each stage of Mandela’s life. From authentic Xhosa folk music to upbeat jazz and contemporary opera, the music spans the decades and influences that marked the life of one of the world’s most influential figures.
Internationally renowned artist, architect and designer, Ron Arad, brings his incredible 360˚ installation Curtain Call back to the Roundhouse as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations.
Alongside the installation the Roundhouse will present a series of Curtain Call Live performances – immersive live music gigs.
Curtain Call is brought to you by Bloomberg Summer at the Roundhouse, an annual season dedicated to introducing new audiences to innovative culture, returning for its fifth consecutive year.
The epic floor-to-ceiling artwork made of 5,600 silicon rods suspended from an 18 metre diameter ring provides a canvas for films, live performance and audience interaction. Arad is reinventing the curtain experience for 2016 by inviting brand new collaborators including: Kutiman; Daniel Landau; Marshmallow Laser Feast; Universal Everything and KIMA. Returning from Curtain Call’s critically acclaimed run in 2011: Babis Alexiadis; Mat Collishaw; Ori Gersht; Greenaway & Greenaway; Gabriel & Shira Klasmer; Christian Marclay; Javier Mariscal; SDNA and David Shrigley.
A studied look at the evolution and subsequent dispersion of Detroit Techno music. This term, coined in the 1980s, reflects the musical and social influences that informed early experiments in merging the sounds of synth-pop and disco with funk to create this distinct music genre.
For the first time in the UK, this exhibition charts a timeline of Detroit Techno music from its 1970s origins, continuing through to the early 1990s. The genre has its origins in the disco parties of Ken Collier with influence from local radio stations and DJs, such as Electrifying Mojo and The Wizard (aka Jeff Mills).
It explores how a generation was inspired to create a new kind of electronic music that was evidenced in the formative UK compilation Techno! The New Dance Sound of Detroit (10 Records, 1988). Using inexpensive analogue technology such as the Roland TR-808 and 909, DJs and producers including Juan Atkins, Blake Baxter, Eddie Fowlkes, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson formed this seminal music genre.
Although the music failed to gain mainstream audiences in the US, it became a phenomenon in Europe. This success established Detroit Techno as a new strand of music which absorbed European tastes and influences. This introduced a second wave of DJs and producers to the sound including Carl Craig, Richie Hawtin and Kenny Larkin.
The display concludes with a focus on Underground Resistance, a collection of DJs and artists including Mike Banks, John Collins, Robert Hood and Jeff Mills (until his departure in 1992). Their collective ambition was to challenge the commercial mainstream entertainment industry and re-establish Detroit techno music’s authenticity with an emphasis on the city as a source of inspiration.
To accompany the exhibition the ICA presents a season of online programmes featuring Detroit artists from the past and present on NTS Radio.
A new exhibition, curated by Mo’Wax and UNKLE founder, artist and musician James Lavelle, featuring a host of contemporary artists, film makers and musicians showcasing works inspired by Stanley Kubrick.
Participating artists have been invited to respond to a film, scene, character or theme from the Kubrick archives, shining new perspectives onto the cinematic master’s lifework. James Lavelle is collaborating with contemporary musicians and composers to produce a soundtrack to some installations creating a multi-disciplinary experience for the visitor.
Pioneering conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth will create an installation of text from Kubrick’s films based on the language of Kubrick’s work, while Britain’s foremost political artist Peter Kennard will juxtapose images of characters set in the War Room of Dr Strangelove with present day leaders of nuclear states, in a statement about the renewal of Trident. Inspired by the Stargate sequence in 2001: A Space Odyssey, film maker Doug Foster will invite visitors to experience an endless, widescreen tunnel and referencing the same film, Mat Collishaw will make a spaceman’s helmet featuring otherworldly sights and sounds.
Doug Aitken will provide ‘Twilight’, a public pay phone bathed in a luminous glow, which will be reminiscent of the Dr Strangelove scene where Mandrake attempts to make a collect call to the President of the United States. Sarah Lucas will lend ‘Priapus’, a phallic sculpture suggestive of the iconic murder weapon in A Clockwork Orange.
The exhibition is supported by artist Christiane Kubrick, the director’s wife of 41 years, who will be exhibiting a painting and Jan Harlan, Kubrick’s Executive Producer for 28 years. It is additionally endorsed by Warner Bros. Pictures, who collaborated with Kubrick on all his films since 1971.
The exhibition is co-curated by James Putnam who was formerly founder curator of the British Museum’s Contemporary Arts and Cultures Programme and is currently Senior Research Fellow Exhibitions at University of the Arts, London (UAL) where the Stanley Kubrick archive is housed.
Sizzling new circus show from the creative team behind worldwide smash hits LIMBO and Cantina and the masterminds behind Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour.
Blanc de Blanc serves-up an intoxicating blend of vintage glamour, high-end spectacle and titillating acts to infatuate, illuminate and delight. Bringing together the finest cabaret and acrobatic talent from around the world, be prepared to enter a wild night of big moves, great tunes, huge amounts of skin, and more than a few surprises.
Following a triumphant run at Sydney Opera House, the show promises a thrillingly up-close and seductive evening in the intimacy of the iconic Hippodrome Theatre.
Blanc de Blanc offers heady top notes followed by rich textures, a smooth body and an utterly unexpected finish. For an evening of breathless abandon, you have found the right place!
Mercure Hotels is inviting food lovers of all ages to join them to celebrate the great British tradition of the summer picnic, with a free event at London’s beautiful Somerset House.
As a sponsor of Picnic Week, Mercure Hotels will offer a fun-filled day out for families and friends of all ages – offering visitors a chance to relax in the sunshine, enjoy an alfresco bite to eat or take part in a range of activities perfect from wine tasting to playing some giant sized board game classics. Whether you’re looking for an après work sun-downer with friends, or a family day out with the little ones – there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Guests are welcome to take their own picnics along with them to enjoy in the beautiful surroundings of the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court at Somerset House.
There will be a fantastic range of Tom’s Kitchen picnic goodies for you to purchase on the day, as well as delicious Mercure Picnic Hampers by Tom’s Kitchen. Picnic hampers feature homemade baguettes, great classics like scotch eggs and delicious desserts. A deliciously refreshing bottle of Mercure ‘Picnic Perfect’ Prosecco is also available within some hampers and to purchase on the day, which has been exclusively selected by wine experts Susie Barrie and Peter Richards, from BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen.
Fun-filled activities and entertainment will be provided all day – including live music from acapella group, AfterParty live and interactive wine tasting with Susie and Peter, and plenty of fun and games for the little ones.
Each summer, The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court hosts London’s most beautiful open-air cinema; Film4 Summer Screen. A highlight of the city’s summer calendar.
A prestigious programme of classic and contemporary films will be presented in the spectacular surroundings of Somerset House.
The line-up includes a 20th anniversary screening of Trainspotting and a total of three UK premieres, including Things to Come starring Isabelle Huppert. They will feature on London’s largest outdoor screen, projected digitally and on 35mm film in full surround sound.
Also there will be special on-stage introductions from the stars at selected screenings and sundown DJ sets before the films begin.
Multi-decade exploration of the relationship between Modernism and its manifestations in the contemporary. In the exhibition—comprised of two new bodies of work and a monumental bronze—Coventry disabuses Modernism of its utopian promise, locating its residue in the debris of the social landscape.
Keith Coventry (b. 1958, Burnley, United Kingdom) was born in Burnley in 1958 and lives and works in London. He attended Brighton Polytechnic 1978– 81 and Chelsea School of Art London 1981– 82. He was featured in the seminal exhibition Sensation at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in 1997 and in 2006, he received a mid-career retrospective at Glasgow’s Tramway (Art Centre). He was also a co-founder and curator of City Racing, an influential not-for-profit gallery in Kennington, South London from 1988-98.
His work has been exhibited widely in the UK and Europe and is included in collections worldwide, including the British Council; Tate Modern; Arts Council of England; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis;, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2010 Coventry was awarded the John Moores Painting Prize.His work will be included in Double Act: Art and Comedy, an exhibition presented at The MAC Belfast in May 2016.
Covent Garden is encouraging its visitors to enjoy a moment of reflection with a mesmerising new installation which wraps 32,000 square feet of mirrors around the eastern façade of the world-renowned Market Building.
‘Reflect London’ has been created to offer striking new perspectives of the historic site while concealing essential building works as the Grade II* listed landmark undergoes its latest transformation.
The striking renovation will house an iconic new restaurant from SUSHISAMBA which is the 100th brand to join the Covent Garden estate.
Visitors gazing into the mirrored surface will be able to take a moment of reflection, as nineteenth century classical architecture and modern minimalism collide with the sky in a dazzling spectacle of reflected light.
In total, 67 mirrors are setup around the Piazza, the angles will be adjusted as time passes to create an ever-changing surface reflecting countless viewpoints and endless perspectives of Covent Garden through the seasons.
Vault Festival is returning for six weeks of events, drinks, shows and gigs underground! This year there are three bars and the Suffolk Punch, a brand new restaurant, open to the public.
Trgyve Wakenshaw, The Misfit Analysis and Clout Theatre are amongst the many performers, eight unbelievable spaces within one venue, three stylish bars and an amazing pop-up restaurant will fill the labyrinthine vaults beneath Waterloo Station.
Tickets for theatre performances, comedy, club nights, workshops, family entertainment and events from £5!