6 Quirky Events at Merge Festival 2014

6 Quirky Events at Merge Festival 2014

A month-long festival exhibitions, performances, events and happenings which draw on the rich heritage and contemporary culture of Bankside London, Merge Festival is a melting pot of cultural creativity!

We’ve picked out six highlights, but make sure to check out the full programme for even more great things to see & do!

1. Take part in a multimedia séance to discover the ghosts of Bankside.

You may even experience religious and paranormal visions through electromagnetic stimulus. Mad art from the team that brought us the SENSEsational smelly NYE fireworks last year; Bompas & Parr.

2. See pop-up theatre in a caravan.

Experience 15 minutes of new performance in the intimate setting of the 70s gold Safari caravan. The programme includes a show about teenage puppy love, a Dalíesque fantasy & a world where a drunk fairy challenges you to a game of snap.

3. Celebrate original song writing and musical talent at the Riverside Stage.

Rena Beck (Eclectic World Music Venue Jamboree), Burning Bridges (producer of forthcoming film ‘The Ballad of Shirley Collins’) and Rory Carlile (The Gladstone Arms) take turns programming The Riverside Stage – expect a diverse line-up, including The Top Shelf Band (pictured), The Hallelujah Trails, Stick in the Wheel, Franky and the Jacks & MORE!

4. Experience new theatre, music and improvisation at The Nursery Theatre Festival.

Prepare for a sensory overload, and a voyage into the unexpected – The Nursery Theatre Festival line-up includes:

  • The Wunderkammer (aka ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’) – part lecture, part improv comedy, all pretty odd and very funny!
  • Eggshells (by Fiona Harper) – a sensitive and humorous two-hander which tackles the growing issue of anxiety disorders.
  • My Name is B – exploring control, and whether an obsession over being in control controlling can lead to the opposite.

5. Straddle the boundaries of art and science at The Crucible – Where Scientists Meet Artists

Calling all artists and scientists – it’s time to come together and learn from each other. In collaboration with the Dennis Rosen Trust, this event focuses on the face – the Gordon Museum of Pathology will bring together a contemporary artist with a medical scientist to discuss Anatomy, and participants will be able to discuss their own work in the area.

6. Catch a London premiere, with the Nick Bicât’s dramatic story-set-to-music, Perpetua.

Cantata Dramatica’s Perpetua tells the story of a young widow and mother living in Carthage in 203 AD, who found herself standing up for personal beliefs and freedom against the might of the Roman Empire.

Inspirational, dramatic, educational, imaginative and confrontational – what’s not to like?


I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.