London To Do List – 17-22 September 2013
Our fab weekly London To Do List continues, with plenty of free, cheap and offbeat treats to get you through the week!
// All Week //
They Say: The Lost Soles pop-up gallery and theatre is inspired by the twitter feed @abandonedshoes, where people from all over the world post photos of lost shoes that they find in unusual places.
Part of the London Design Festival, the Lost Soles gallery showcases artwork created using shoes from established and emerging artists from visual, graphic, illustration, textile and digital disciplines.
The Lost Soles theatre presents ten short plays inspired by a photo from the @abandonedshoes twitter feed, imagining who their wearers were and how they came to lose their soles.
// Tuesday //
They Say: InRealLife asks what exactly is the internet and what is it doing to our children?
Taking us on a journey from the bedrooms of British teenagers to the world of Silicon Valley, filmmaker Beeban Kidron suggests that rather than the promise of free and open connectivity, young people are increasingly ensnared in a commercial world. Beguiling and glittering on the outside, it can be alienating and addictive.
// Wednesday //
They Say: History, sex, funk, gender schism, politics, repression, addiction, envy, tragedy and more sex collide in a psychedelic, anarchic remix of The Bacchae for the Globe’s first musical. Where are we? Everywhere. All at once.
They Say: designjunction returns to the centrally-located 1960s Postal Sorting Office, where a powerful line-up of renowned international brands, smaller cutting-edge labels, pop-up shops, large-scale installations, eateries, flash factories, seminars and screenings will be presented across three floors of the impressive 120,000 sq ft venue.
// Thursday //
Gerry Cottle’s WOW! Circus | Hackney Downs | 5pm & 7:45pm | £12 – £24 (Amazon Local Deal Available!)
They Say: Circus has always evolved and changed over the years and no more so than now in this sophisticated, computerised modern age but WOW! is not just another Circus. It is a mad mix of Cabaret, Carnival, Circus, Comedy Chaos and Daredevil acts.
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They Say: Artists Lee Campbell and Mel Jordan will explore the potential of the heckler as a speaker that can offer a revised understanding of social exchanges within contemporary debates on participation, linguistics, ethics and communication, by arguing that the heckler, a person who disrupts performances, speeches and public addresses should be considered as a metaphorical figurehead of impoliteness.
They Say: A truly alternative film festival, Cannes in a Van continues its partnership with Ford for The Van d’Or Awards 2013 – celebrating the work of those many talented emerging and established filmmakers, animators and motion designers.
They Say: Merge is an annual festival curated by Illuminate Productions to encourage and promote a set of performances, events and happenings which draw on the rich heritage and contemporary culture of Bankside. The vast majority of exhibitions and events are free to all and will reach a wide audience.
// All Weekend //
They Say: Open House London celebrates all that is best about the capital’s buildings, places and neighbourhoods. It gives a unique opportunity to get out and under the skin of London’s amazing architecture, with over 700 buildings of all kinds opening their doors to everyone – all for free.
// Saturday //
They Say: Imagine.
…it’s 2018 and you are in the car park of Fort Knox to take a special photograph.
…it’s 2025 and you’re in the Nishitama district of Tokyo to deliver a package of unspecified contents.
…it’s 2032 and a voice in your ear is guiding you to a vantage point over a business park in Madrid.
What happens next? An experiment in playing theatre and how we can play out how we might act in the future. If this is a game, then in order to win you have to work out how to play.
They Say: A street party with music, games, workshops and food, all celebrating our local collective community and raising money for children’s charity HACKNEY PIRATE.
They Say: The Snake Pit is about throwing yourself into a wild, unhinged visual experience, the most high-caliber aural entertainment, and the fiercest cabaret imaginable. For one evening only Hackney Downs Studios will be transformed into an underworld scene as the Snake Pit crew and performers descend upon London!