London To Do List - 8-14 July 2013

London To Do List – 8-14 July 2013

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Our fab weekly London To Do List continues, with plenty of free, cheap and offbeat treats to get you through the week!

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Almeida Festival | Almeida Theatre

Hope 28 - Tim Crouch and Andy Smith by Mae-Li Evans

This amazing festival of new performance launches with “what happens to the hope at the end of the evening” a unique, understated gem by collaborators Tim Crouch & Andy Smith.

The Almeida Festival runs until August 9th – Check out our preview

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Foxfire (+ Laurent Cantet Q&A) | Institut Francais | 6.10pm | £10

FOXFIRE-EFM-1An exclusive preview of this wonderful French film set in 1950s New York. The film depicts the story of a group of headstrong teenage girls, who unite as a sisterhood of blood. They form the Foxfire gang, a secret female-only society, recognized by the flame tattooed on the back of its members’ shoulders.

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EastEnd Cabaret | Lost Theatre | 7.30pm | £10

eastend cabaretTo Do List favourites EastEnd Cabaret share an advance preview of their brand new show before it premieres at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

EastEnd Cabaret will be performing at Underbelly at the Edinburgh Fringe, August 1st-25th – More Info

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The Grandfathers | The Shed, National Theatre | 7.30pm | £20/12

the grandfathersNT Director Nicholas Hytner described this production as ‘the best I have seen in ten years of the Connections Festival. It’s thrilling to see a group of teenage actors rise with such conviction to the challenge of an exciting script ’.

Fifty years ago, National Service ended in the UK, but elsewhere in the world teenagers are still regularly conscripted into the armed forces. The Grandfathers follows eight boys from training camp to the battlefields of an unknown war.

The Grandfathers runs at The Shed July 9th-13th – More Info

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London Mexfest | Various Venues | Various Times

london mexfest Mexico comes to London with this incredible fiesta of film, art, performances & special events. Our highlights include:

  • Free one-off evening of live music from Grupo Mono Blanco & Gil Cerezo at the Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Free outdoor film screenings at Canary Wharf with a Mexican Picnic and drinks
  • A series of talks on architecture from Victor Legorreta, Miquel Adria and Michel Rojkind with Richard Rogers presenting at The Royal Academy of Arts.

MexFest runs July 11th-14th – Download the full programme here

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Mimetic Festival | Dugdale Centre | Various Times | £Varies

Mimetic FestivalLondon’s new festival of cabaret, mime & puppetry looks set to be a stonker, with an eclectic smorgasbord of shows from: Finger in the Pie, Myra Dubois, Le Flop, Clout Theatre and many more.

Mimetic 2013 runs July 11th-27th – See the full programme here


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Unleashed – A Carnival of Cabaret | Shoreditch Town Hall | Various Times | £Varies


A brand new summer festival at Shoreditch Town Hall celebrating cabaret and performance, which promises to bring the most exciting and original cabaret performers from across the UK to East London for a three week extravaganza. We can’t wait!

Unleashed – A Carnival of Cabaret runs July 12th-28th – Read the full programme online here

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Performing Porn | ]performance s p a c e [ | Various Times | £Varies

performingpornPERFORMING PORN (after the computer became boring) is concerned with the intersections of performance art and pornography, in the context of changing experiences of everyday technologies. The event will consist of performances, video artwork, artefacts, and talks.

Performing Porn runs July 12th-13th – More Info Here

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Experience Intel | Old Spitalfields Market | Various Times

carlye-rubin-1024x590They Say: Come along with us on a global Intel experience tour! At each city stop, you’ll be able to go hands on with all the latest Intel-powered devices, including today’s most advanced Ultrabook™—not your ordinary laptop.

Join us at one of the tour stops and explore a series of immersive, cutting-edge digital experiences and performances—by notable artists and creative thinkers—that let you both imagine and experience how an Intel-based device is different from any other.

Experience Intel runs July 12th-14th – More Info

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Lewisham People’s Day | Mountsfield Park | from 12pm | FREE

lewishampeoplesdayOne of our favourite events of the year (we’re not kidding_ the people of Lewisham come together to celebrate another summer with South-east London’s most popular free festival.

Expect over 25,000 visitors, hundreds of community stalls and organisations, craft stalls from around the globe, performances from outstanding local talent and great entertainment throughout the day.

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Cringe Comedy Festival | The Cavendish Arms | From 2pm | Free (£5/10 Sunday)

1044538_541144372609867_120554541_nCavendish Fringe (Cringe) returns for its 3rd year, promising two days and nights of Edinburgh Previews, featuring established comics and sketch shows.

As well as laughs-a-plenty, there will be food, booze, cocktails, SingStar, food and vintage market and much more!

Saturday’s line up so far (more TBA) includes: Rob Beckett, Richard Todd, Harriet Kemsley, The Men Who Stare at Jokes, Alex Love, Simon Lilley, Joz Norris, Funbags, Comedy Virgins.

Cringe continues on Sunday (£10 Day Pass) – More Info

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Get London Reading | Trafalgar Square | 11-5pm | FREE

get london readingNo, not Reading Festival, but a reading festival! It’s a good cause (despite our reservations about the Evening Standard), and what a line-up!

Expect Rupert Everett, Warwick Davies, Barbara Windsor & Russell Tovey, plus performers from Billy Elliot, War Horse, Matilda & Wicked!

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The Hot Carribean Fest | Proud Camden | From 3pm | £10

945676_591832700850108_2112307536_nProud Camden celebrate the best music, food, drink and culture from the Caribbean Islands at The Hot Caribbean Fest. Acts including Gappy Ranks, General Levy, Scrappy & Triniboi Joocie + The Tropical Storm Band & Frenglish Connexion will perform, there will be salsa workshops by Madeematik & Emrah Limah, plus plenty of kids activities including drumming, face-painting, drawing and more.

Eaters and boozers: expect tasty cocktails and special Sun Bailante punch served in fresh Pineapple cups, and authentic Caribbean BBQ!

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In pursuit of cool | The Space | 7pm | £6

944586_584962051524586_944701109_nThe gorgeously affable and ever-so-slightly confused Lucy Frederick invites you to join her on her tireless quest to be the cool kid in town.

They Say: From onesies to catwalk, from dubstep (whatever that is) to knitting. Where is Cool hiding these days? And can Lucy pin it down and rub it all over her face? With help from the audience and a couple of friends, she’s going to have a ruddy, bloody good try!