London To Do List – 23-29 June
Our fab weekly London To Do List continues, with plenty of free, cheap and offbeat treats to get you through the week!
// Pick of the Week //
A new 210-seat theatre venue at the heart of the City, shaped like a giant bowler hat, marks the return of the City of London Festival.
The Bowler Hat will host children’s theatre, circus, cabaret and comedy. Highlights include the inimitable musical stylings of Flanders and Swann on Thursday; the UK premiere of Acrometria – acrobatics, hand to hand and Chinese pole techniques, musical vocabulary and object manipulation – on Friday; and Richard Herring’s Lord of the Dance Settee on Saturday.
// From Tuesday //
Action To The Word present the world premiere of this German play by Ralf Höhfeld, which promises “an exploration of what it means to be in love in the modern age, where things aren’t real until they’re LinkdIn or Tweeted, where relationships break up on Facebook before they do in life and where you’re a weirdo if you don’t have a smart phone”.
// Wednesday //
They Say: Ever wanted to sound like Tina/Stevie/Whitney on the mic? Well your dreams are about to come true, as GOSPELOKE is the capital’s 1st Gospel Style Karaoke knees-up, where you’ll be given the chance to perform alongside London’s hippest urban choir – Singology! Think Sister Act meets old School Assembly via the MTV heydays, with classics such as, Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer, Blur’s Tender, R Kelly’s I believe I can fly and Mary Mary’s Shackles.
// Thursday //
They Say: Think you have an idea for change? A new political party, a radical campaign, a revolutionary proposition, a life-changing art project, a new haircut….? Or just enjoy finding out what gobsmackingly brilliant or bonkers things other people want to make happen. Then you want to be at Change for A Tenner finale – a dangerously spontaneous gameshow where the audience has all the answers, makes up all the questions and the rules. We’ll put up the proceeds from the box office for the audience to decide how to spend it – by suggesting ideas, having a raucous debate and voting. Or you might decide to gamble it or destroy it. It’s up to you. If 100 people come then we’ll have £1000 to give away (we’ll throw in the extra quid to make it up from £999)…the more people who come, the more money’s on the table.
The Pumphouse Educational Museum will be transformed into a one-off magical exhibition and performance space for creatives of all sorts: sonic art, installation, photography, fashion, film, anything, sculpture, painting, live art, poetry, illustration…
// All Weekend //
A free family-friendly community arts and music festival run by a team of dedicated volunteers, now in its 8th year.
Highlights include a flower festival, tea dance, boules competition, comedy, DJs, outdoor cinema, spoken word & music events, piano recital, table tennis competition, markets, art, exhibitions, BBQs, a barn dance, classical music, poetry, cider festival, carnivals, touring scratch performances, alternative tour guides, Vintage Up the Palace! and more!
// Saturday //
Disability Rocks develop new and innovative ways to help people living with disabilities have positive experiences of music and arts. It’s clear that live music and arts activities and involvement can have a hugely positive impact on people’s lives. Central to what they do is to produce and host events and festivals and coordinate and support music and arts initiatives which support people of all ages and disabilities.
They Say: The Annual Festival of Homosexual Misery makes its grand return on Gay P***e night at the legendary danceteria formerly known as The Fridge.
Welcome to the Pleasuredome; a rainbow flag version of North Korea. A COMPULSORY celebration for the post-queer precariat.
There is No Alternative.
They Say: UAL LGBTQ is proud to invite you to ArtsPride, an event organised in collaboration with National Student Pride, SUARTS and UAL. Hosted at UAL’s LCF campus on John Prince’s Street, this event will provide you with the unique opportunity to greet the parade from the first floor terraces overlooking the Oxford Street.
We will have two special exhibitions on display, a bar with student prices open all day long, plus performances, live music, special guests and freebies lined up too. The ticket price also includes hot food and a welcome drink!