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London Clown Festival @ Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre / from 11th – 21st May 2017 🤡

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre, The Broadway, Crouch End, London E8 9JJ

Tickets: from £7.50 book online

www.londonclownfest.co.uk

The festival returns and will be located in the Art Deco splendour of Hornsey Town Hall to bring a multitude of shows to four venues within the building.

Featuring highly acclaimed artists, alongside up and coming new talent from across the globe. London Clown Festival will maintain its founding principles remaining a celebration of physical comedy and clown influenced contemporary performance, exploring various forms of clowning and sharing the joy, exhilaration and surprise with a wide breadth of audiences both young and old and to help to explore the image of Clown in the public consciousness, igniting a new passion in audiences.

Lightheaded, whimsical, anarchic, dark and political performers all find a home within the festival. The court jester spoke the truth to the King without punishment or penalty and this subversive performance tradition continues.

In its inaugural year in 2016, London Clown Festival, the first of its kind in London, set out to celebrate the rise of modern clowning, bringing amazing physical performers who could make people laugh with a twitch of their eyebrows into one place.

Highlights of the 2017 festival include Red Bastard, Natalie Palamides: Laid (co-devised and directed by Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner Dr Brown) Zach & Viggo: Dream Team (Winners – Best Comedy, Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award and Best Comedy Brighton Fringe) Jamie Wood: I Am A Tree (Total Theatre Award for Innovation Nominee) Twisted Loaf Are Off Yeast (Funny Women Award winners) and many more, including workshops yet to be announced.

Clowning has been growing in popularity and its reputation changing over the last few years, with a number of high profile and award winning performers coming to the forefront of the comedy industry, moving away from stereotypes of red noses and squirty flowers and towards the sophisticated silliness of physical comedy at its greatest.

Last year the festival recognised the upsurge of comedy and theatre performers who have been influenced by the teachings of legendary physical performance trainers Lecoq and Gaulier and many of these students have gone on to become celebrated award winning artists. However, Clown remains somewhat of an enigma to the general public who still sometimes think only of the stereotypical image of the clown as found in circus performance, complete with big shoes and painted faces. Or of course as the figures of fear as seen the spate of scary clown sightings on the UK streets last year.

Selfie to Self-Expression @ Saatchi Gallery / until 30th May 2017 🤳😝📸

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10am-6pm, 7 days a week

@ Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London SW3 4RY

Free entry

www.saatchigallery.com/selfie

Saatchi Gallery and Huawei have teamed up to present From Selfie to Self-Expression. This will be the world’s first exhibition exploring the history of the selfie from the old masters to the present day, and will celebrate the truly creative potential of a form of expression often derided for its inanity.

The show will also highlight the emerging role of the mobile phone as an artistic medium for self-expression by commissioning ten exciting young British photographers to create new works using Huawei’s newest breakthrough dual lens smartphones co-engineered with Leica.

Game Changers: another way to play @ Somerset House / until 7th May 2017 🃏 ♣️ 👾 🎲 🕹

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Mon, Tue, Sat & Sun 10.00-18.00 (last entry 17.00)
Wed–Fri 11.00-20.00 (last entry 19.00)

@ Somerset House,  Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Free entry!

www.somersethouse.org.uk/whats-on/game-changers

Discover how traditional forms of chess, billiards and mazes continue to influence designers making exciting new games today.

A timeline tracing how traditional forms of chess, billiards and mazes have evolved with a selection of contemporary examples – both physical and digital – will be on show for visitors to try, including:

Four regional variations of Orthogonal/Diagonal, Nova Jiang’s modified chess sets which showed at Now Play This in 2016. Inspired by traditional Bauhaus chess sets, the pieces’ physical shape indicates how they should move.

A playable installation of Zach Gage’s Really Bad Chess, a digital game that recreates chess with a random selection of pieces for each player.

  • Home Turf, by Ed Saperia, a distorted billiards table that combines the normal challenges of billiards with a deliberately difficult shape
  • INKS by State of Play, an on-screen game within a physical pinball-style environment – derived from more traditional forms of billiards and bagatelle
  • Maze, a challenging, two-player table-top maze game by sculptor Alexander Berchert

Alice’s Adventures Underground @ The Vaults / until 23rd September 2017 🐰

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ The Vaults, Launcelot Street, London SE1 7AD

Tickets: from £31.50 book online (special under 26 year old tickets available for £25!)

www.alice-underground.com

Following the sell-out run in 2015 at the Vaults deep under Waterloo Station, Les Enfants Terribles’ and ebp bring their Olivier award nominated Alice’s Adventures Underground back in April!

Tumble down the rabbit hole and make a series of choices in a theatrical adventure like no other, with more to explore than ever before!

Meet some of Wonderlands famous and curious inhabitants. Take tea at the biggest un-birthday party with the maddest of Hatters; let the Cheshire Cat take you hither or thither or join the underground movement to rise against the fearsome Queen of Hearts.

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 @ Barbican Art Gallery / until 25th June 2017 🏡🇯🇵

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Mon–Sat: 9am–11pm
Sun: 11am-11pm
Bank Holidays: 12 noon–11pm

@ Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Tickets: £14.50 book online

www.barbican.org.uk

Our homes and personalities are intrinsically linked but nowhere more so than in Japanese architecture, where the needs of a building’s residents inform its very construction. The Japanese House welcomes you inside the Moriyama House (2005), designed in Tokyo by Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA) and inhabited by Yasuo Moriyama, an enigmatic urban hermit.

Lose track of time weaving in and out of the house’s ten individual, fully-furnished rooms and maze-like gardens. Rabbit chairs, sliding libraries and an ‘outdoor’ cinema are just some of the details that make up Moriyama’s unusual domestic environment.

As well as the full-size recreation of the Moriyama House, the exhibition also features a fantastical and lovingly crafted Japanese teahouse and garden designed by Terunobu Fujimori, featuring traditional Japanese tea ceremonies throughout the exhibition run. Come and watch day turn to night in the gallery space as part of this full sensory experience.

The Japanese House is the centrepiece of the UK’s first major exhibition exploring Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the Second World War, a period which has consistently produced some of the most influential and ground-breaking examples of modern and contemporary design.

In the wake of the war, the widespread devastation of Tokyo and other Japanese cities brought an urgent need for new housing, and the single family house became the foremost site for architectural experimentation and debate. Since then, Japanese architects have used their designs to propose radical critiques of society and innovative solutions to changing lifestyles.

Adventures in Moominland @ Southbank Centre / until 20th August 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Tickets: from £13.75 book online

www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Climb into and get lost inside the eccentric world of Moominland as we explore the internationally renowned Moomin stories through the life of its author, Tove Jansson.

Created in Finland, the Moomin stories are set in the fictional land of Moominvalley and centre around several oddly-shaped characters, including Moominpappa, Moominmamma, little Moomintroll and their friends.

Join us on an enthralling journey through our wondrous Moominland – clamber through forests, huddle in caves or set sail on the high seas to try and find the Moomin family. Along the way you can learn how Tove Jansson created these unique landscapes, characters and stories, while uncovering some special original drawings.

Fevered Sleep: Men & Girls Dance @ The Place / from Thursday 13th – Saturday 22nd April 2017 👯 👯‍♂️

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 7.30pm (Sat 22 Apr 2.30pm)

@ The Place, 17 Duke’s Road, London WC1H 9PY

Tickets: from £12 book online

www.theplace.org.uk/whats-on/fevered-sleep
www.menandgirlsdance.com

Brings together two very different groups of performers: men who dance professionally and girls who dance for fun.

At times playful, at times provocative, Men & Girls Dance celebrates the rights of adults and children to be together and to dance together. It’s a joyful celebration of tenderness, empathy and love.

Co-commissioned by The Place, this critically acclaimed production arrives for a limited London run after a hugely successful national tour.

Now Play This 2017 games festival @ Somerset House / Friday 7th – Sunday 9th April 2017 🎲 🕹 🎮 👾

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Friday and Saturday 10:00-20:00
Sunday 10:00-18:00

@ Somerset House, London WC2R 1LA

Tickets: from £6.50 book online

www.nowplaythis.net
www.games.london

The three-day event returns, coinciding with the city-wide games initiative, London Games Festival. Filled with a host of hands-on opportunities for visitors to get involved.

Showcasing the wider possibilities of games, the peculiar, the beautiful, the deeply experimental. It’s a place for games that get us playing in new and wonderful ways – whether that’s in groups, on our own, outside, inside, on or underneath tables. Games that send us running across courtyards, games situated on nearby screens, games that take place entirely in our heads.

There will be over 40 game varieties available across the weekend, with highlights including:

  • A nine hole mini-golf course on Somerset House’s River Terrace, played through a landscape of environmental destruction
  • The Awkward Arcade, a real life experimental video arcade by James Medd, showcasing games that are designed to make participants think and move in ways uncommon to mainstream games culture
  • The Art of Ping Pong – an interactive ping pong table that generates a unique digital artwork with each game that is played
  • A recreation of street artist Aïda Gómez’s Joy Is Here, a massive communal word search covering the walls of an entire room
  • A new interactive game from London-based theatre group, Block Stop – Of Plagues, Deceptions and Other Things – where players have to explore Somerset House and solve puzzles to stop an outbreak of the bubonic plague

If you like this, look at Game Changers, free exhibition from 7th April until 7th May.

the kid stays in the picture @ Royal Court Theatre / until 8th April 2017 🎥

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Mon – Sat 7.30pm
Thu and Sat matinees 2.30pm

@ Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, Chelsea, London SW1W 8AS

Tickets: from £12 book online

www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/kid-stays-picture

In the 1960s and 70s, Robert Evans became one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood. He saved Paramount Pictures from collapse and produced films including The Godfather and Chinatown.

By the 1980s he was broke, with his personal and professional life spiralling at epic proportions. In 1994 he published his award-winning autobiography, chronicling it all.

Director Simon McBurney explores the rise of the legendary film producer against the backdrop of a changing America through the second half of the 20th century.

Festival Embassy @ House of St Barnabas / Saturday 25th March 2017 🎉🔊

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: noon till late!

@ The House of St Barnabas, 1 Greek St, London W1D 4NQ

Tickets: from £15 book online

www.hosb.org.uk

The wonderous world of Bestival, with its spirit of discovery and adventure that inspires peace, love and dancing, is coming to Soho and you won’t want to miss it.

A taste of Bestival in the heart of London’s Soho will bring rising stars, intimate acoustic gigs, renowned and emerging DJs and much more, to the unique Grade I listed Georgian townhouse and secluded courtyard garden.

HoSB believe in paying it forward; for every ticket bought, one will be given to someone who would not be able to afford one, opening access to culture, live music with social inclusion at its heart.

Pay it forward tickets will be given to people affected by homelessness, who are part of the House’s Employment Academy, the Soho community, or are supported by one of the many charities they work with.

Carly Grace Sound Bath 12pm – 1pm
Start the day by loving you. Join Carly for her drop-in Sound Bath to let go of all your worries and open into a deep space of peace.

Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen Brunch 1pm – 2:30pm
Brunch like a Ghanaian! For full details see below.

Tie Dye Workshop 3pm – 5pm
Join the team of crafters from The New Craft House in our garden for some tie dye magic!

Mother’s Day Card Making 4pm – 6pm
Drop in and show your mum some love by making her an extra-special card for mother’s day! Expect lots of colour and glitter!

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