Unusual Things To Do In London This Week | 14-20 September 2015

Unusual Things To Do In London This Week | 14-20 September 2015

Your one-stop culture shop – everything you really need to know if you’re looking for quirky, kooky or unusual things to do in London this week!

Monday 14th September – Sunday 20th September 2015

FESTIVALS

Queerest of the Queer | The Coronet | 19 September | 5pm – 5am | From £35

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The Queer Embassy, Wotever World & the Meth Lab present a 12 hour festival-cum-party celebrating the talent that is London’s queer scene. Expect an incredible array of live bands, drag acts, cabaret and even the odd international superstar!

There will be performances from Family Fierce, Adam All and Apple Derrieres, The Fabulus of Unicorns, Tricity Vogue, Dusty Limits, Bourgeois & Maurice, Ophelia Bitz, Meth & more, plus the chance to meet RuPaul’s Drag Race star Latrice Royal!

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Walthamstow Village Festival | Walthamstow Village | 19 September | 12pm – 6pm

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A FREE festival of music, arts and crafts, street food and attractions in Walthamstow – a day out for all the family!

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Autumn Festival | Severndroog Castle | 20 September | 10:30am – 4:30pm

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The magnificently named and woefully overlooked Severndroog Castle in Woolwich hosts an Autumn Festival featuring stalls from local food producers including Hop Stuff Brewery, Caregrow & Little Greenwich Smokery, and a programme of entertainment from local singers, musicians and folk and Morris dancers!

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Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest | Ace Hotel Shoreditch | 20 September | 6pm | £5

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A fundraising party to launch this year’s Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest, featuring musical treats, performance, a raffle – who doesn’t love a raffle? – and a preview of the festival itself. Featuring DJ sets from The Duchess of Pork, Polanski, Soft Emotion & Christopher Camplin, a performance from Victoria Sin, AND MORE!

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PERFORMANCE

Lilac Wine/For Pete’s Sake | The RVT | 16 September | 7:30pm | £25

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Lilac Wine – an unreliable memoir exploring the aftermath of the Green Uprising in Tehran in 2010 – is followed by cabaret afterparty For Pete’s Sake!, hosted by Reuben Kaye.

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Rituals For Change | Camden People’s Theatre | 18 September | 9pm | £12

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None Of Us Is Yet A Robot present this collaboration with Eilidh MacAskill and Myriddin Wannell, an innovative combination of projection, conversation and visual art exploring gender transition.

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Tipping The Velvet | The Lyric Hammersmith | 19 September – 24 October | 7:30pm | £15-£35

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The world premiere of Laura Wade’s (Posh, Royal Court/West End) adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel Tipping The Velvet, directed by Chimerica’s Lyndsey Turner.

They Say: It’s 1887 and Nancy Astley sits in the audience at her local music hall: she doesn’t know it yet, but the next act on the bill will change her life. Tonight is the night she’ll fall in love… with the thrill of the stage and with Kitty Butler, a girl who wears trousers.

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COMEDY

The Sex Shells Comedy Show | The Glory | 16 September | 8pm | £5

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Two twinks and an otter share their mutual tales through a series of brutally honest and mindbendingly surreal sketches!

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James Ross – Leopardoptera | The Proud Archivist | 18 September | 7:30pm | Pay What You Can

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Be immortalised as an audience member at this DVD filming of James Ross’ Leopardoptera!

Ace free (well, Pay What You Can, don’t be stingy!) comedy, with support from Stephanie Laing and Richard Tyrone Jones.

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SHOPPING

Tottenham Flea Pit | T.Chances | 19 September | 11am – 5pm

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Grab some bargains and stock up for winter at this outdoor punk market! The one-stop-shop for punk and alternative clothes, obscene jewelry, punk records and radical books – with the added bonus of live music, vegan food and cheap booze!

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EVENTS

Japan Matsuri | Trafalgar Square | 19 September | 10am – 8pm | FREE

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Japan Matsuri returns to Trafalgar Square – a “dynamic annual event which brings people together to enjoy Japanese food, music, dance, activities for all the family”.

Performance highlights on the two stages will include martial arts demonstrations, taiko drumming, festival dance and this year’s special Japan Matsuri Song!

There will be authentic Japanese food available from numerous stalls, plus fun to be had for all the family in the activities area – don a kimono, or try your hand at drawing Japanese cartoons on the manga wall.

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ART

PATTERNITY: Festival | Londonewcastle Project Space | 18-22 September | FREE

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An interdisciplinary pattern festival, featuring patterned projects, installations, workshops, industry talks and collaboration launches!

The festival will host an exhibition featuring photographs from PATTERNITY: A New Way of Seeing, as well as a retrospective of PATTERNITY’s best collaborations, products and special projects.

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Rupert Dannreuther

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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.