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
In 2017 the Magical Lantern returns to where it all began, with a celebration of lanterns and Chinese culture.
The Magical Lantern Festival London is back for a second year with all new, bigger, brighter and more spectacular lanterns! The Festival is a spectacular fusion of art, heritage and culture. Illuminating outdoor installations of beautifully sculpted lanterns taking various forms.
The festival celebrates Chinese New Year of the Rooster 2017 and the cultural significance surrounding this extraordinary event. The theme for this year’s festival is: ‘Explore The Silk Road’. Visitors will discover magnificent life-sized and oversized lantern scenes, which represent and highlight this significant route of trade and culture from Europe to Ancient China. The Silk Road Festival journey begins with a 15-metre wide lantern of London’s Houses of Parliament. Visitors continue their tour by exploring lanterns related to the Silk Road representing Europe, Central Asia, Arabia, Egypt, Persia, India and Ancient China.
The entertainment area adds another dimension to the experience with an international range of food and beverage vendors, festival merchandise, a 30-metre synthetic ice-rink, 3D lantern photo opportunities, virtual reality gaming experience, Chinese bamboo lantern riddles and a mini funfair and games.
The alphabet is reinvented in this display of critically acclaimed photographers exploring new notions of the age-old teaching tool for children – the alphabet book.
I is for… Imagine
N is for… Now
W is for… Who, What, Where, Why?
The display brings together a collection of international photography heroes and acclaimed photographers from various walks of life. Among the 26 artists are Martin Parr, Nan Goldin, Wolfgang Tillmans, Alec Soth, Peter Lindbergh and Sebastiao Salgado.
From the dawn of mechanised human forms to cutting-edge technology fresh from the lab, Robots reveals the astonishing 500-year quest to make machines human.
Focusing on why they exist rather than on how they work, our blockbuster exhibition explores the ways robots mirror humanity and the insights they offer into our ambitions, desires and position in a rapidly changing world.
Robots takes you on an incredible journey spanning five centuries, illustrated with robotic artefacts from around the globe from a 16th century mechanised monk to some of film’s most iconic robotic creations and the very latest humanoids.
The film-loving folk behind London’s Rooftop Film Club have brought the magic of the silver screen back to one of London’s earliest cinemas with the launch of Winter Film Club.
The cinema has taken residency in Peckham’s cherished Electric Theatre and is ending the run with a selection of Christmas showstoppers.
Staying close to their Peckham roots, the Winter Film Club has set up home in the stunning Edwardian cinema – First open to the marvelling public in September 1908, it was one of the first of the pioneering and influential Electric Theatres across London. After winning last year’s battle against turning the space into luxury flats, Winter Film Club is celebrating the theatre’s rich heritage by returning the space to its original purpose. With beautiful decaying walls, exposed original features and a 16’ x 9’ screen, Winter Film Club is sticking to the cinema’s original ethos – etched on the old theatre’s door – ‘To Elevate, Instruct and Amuse’.
Home to a licensed bar serving festive liquid refreshments and concessions to grab a snack or some freshly cracked popcorn to share. Settle in to a deckchair, slip the head phones on, step back into time and watch a festive favourite amongst one of London’s unique settings.
Marvel at a dramatic live contemporary circus performance from NoFit State. An immersive promenade show directed by Firenza Guidi, it takes place above, behind and all around a standing audience, with a constantly evolving narrative set to a pounding soundtrack performed by a live band.
The Hackney One carnival returns on Sunday 11 September with spectacular costumes, energetic dance, sound systems and live music from around the world.
More than 20 carnival and community groups will join residents in celebration of Hackney’s thriving cultures and outstanding creativity in a procession weaving its way throughout the borough, the carnival will feature Hackney’s best young musicians, an all-day play area in Gillett Square and a carnival party at Ridley Road with global food, arts and crafts.
In honour of The Queen’s 90th birthday the Coca-Cola London Eye are launching a limited-edition afternoon tea, which includes an exclusive themed afternoon tea served in the Riverside Rooms (overlooking the Eye). The themed tea will be followed by a trip on the London Eye, which has its very own Queen Elizabeth Coronation capsule.
Visitors can take in a number of iconic views from the London Eye all related to reigning monarch including Buckingham Palace, the Elizabeth Tower (the tower which houses Big Ben), the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Southbank Centre and the Golden Jubilee Bridge.
The Elizabeth Afternoon Tea at Riverside Rooms experience includes a 90-minute afternoon tea and a 30-minute rotation on the Coca-Cola London Eye.
The ‘Elizabeth Afternoon Tea’ Sample Menu
The Windsor – smoked honey roast ham with cheddar cheese and tomato chutney
The Buckingham – roast chicken with grain mustard mayonnaise
The Traditional – cucumber and cream cheese with dill and chives
The Balmoral – Scottish smoked salmon with cream cheese
Coronation Treats – Freshly baked fruit and plain scones with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry jam
The Mustique Cake – Passion fruit and coconut macaroon with a mango ganache
The Peggy Cake (named after Her Majesty’s first pony, given to her by
King George V) – apple honey teacakes
The Mountbatten cake (Phillip Mountbatten – Prince Philip) – classic Battenberg cake
The Lilibet Cake (the Queen’s name when she was little) Pistachio financier cake dipped in white chocolate and dandelion sherbet