Your Weekly Guide
Pick of the week *Ivy
Southwark Theatre | To 21 Dec 2016
SPID Theatre Company presents Ivy. It is set in an old building that’s about to be torn down, and will take place site-specifically in a secret location. It concerns a green-fingered old woman who refuses to leave her squat, and whose plants seem to have hallucinogenic powers…
This play takes place at a secret location. S.P.I.D. (Social Political Independent Direct) reinvents theatre for non traditional audiences. The charity is based on a council estate called Kensal House, creating participatory events which get people excited.
Age 13+ | running time 60 mins apprx
Souq For Syria
Rich Mix | 17 Dec 2016
Souq for Syria is an exciting cultural and musical fundraiser for a charity working with displaced Syrians.
Souq for Syria is a magical journey through a traditional Syrian market – where Middle Eastern arts, crafts, jewellery, toys and Syrian cuisine will be available. Some of London’s finest homegrown independent artists and designers are also setting up shop – to foment a rich cultural and festive exchange – providing the perfect opportunity to pick up unique Christmas presents!
Souq for Syria will be headlined by a live performance from the phenomenal Syrian kanun player, Maya Youssef, winner of the Exceptional Talent Award and recent star of the BBC Proms at The Royal Albert Hall. Maya will be accompanied by two critically acclaimed musicians, cellist Barney Morse-Brown and percussionist Ant Romero.
All donations from sellers will go towards funding two streams of Levantine Relief Network’s projects with internally displaced Syrian families. 50% will go towards funding the charity’s education & training projects, the other 50% will go towards the charity’s ‘Winterisation’ campaign, distributing blankets, fuel and carpets to families.
The day will feature children’s activities inc interactive embroidery workshop for little ones!
35-47 Bethnal Green Rd
Colours Of Africa
The Tabernacle | To 17 Dec 2016
The story of Uganda’s children painted by their hands.
This was one of the first opportunities for creative self-expression for many of these children. What they created was a mesmerising collection of visual stories, told through the mediums of paint, charcoal and pastels.
Colours Of Africa is a charity exhibition. Funds raised go to improve education in rural Uganda. All profits raised will help empower teachers in remote communities and give children the best start in life. With little access to art materials or resources.
Admission 09:00 – 23:00
35 Powis Square
020 7221 9700
Soho Theatre | To 17 Dec 2016
Underneath is a darkly comic, rich and vivid tale of a life lived in secret. It is a testament to the people who live on the fringes, under the nose of everyday life. It explores the surface, and what lies underneath.
Admission: 19:30 | Running time 90 mins | Age 16+
Tickets £17.50 (£15)
21 Dean Street
Box Office 020 7478 0100
Rich Mix | 18 Dec 2016
London’s original African family adventure! With live music, cinema, dance, games, workshops and the best of vibes…
People talk, dance, clap, cheer, drink, eat, and share a celebration of African culture.
Mwalimu Express, presents London Zulu Xmas Partay feat Transglobal Underground & Ingrid Webster.
A dynamic brand of South African Township soul and West London funk feat Ingrid Webster, whose vocalized with Soul II Soul, Aswad, Angelique Kidjo, Neneh Cherry and many others, and TGUs electro-acoustic mix, keeping a London beat but always remaining true to the music’s African roots.
For the end of year special, please
bring along items of non-perishable food to donate to the First Love Foundation.
35-47 Bethnal Green Rd
Le Gateau Chocolat
Soho Theatre | To 07 Jan 2017
Walking the tightrope between his public and private personas, Le Gateau Chocolat explores relationships with our icons – the people, the moments, the books, the relationships that have come to shape us, or the ideal we aspire to.
Expect an eclectic mix of music; pop to opera, Kate Bush, and Whitney, Elvis to Pavarotti as Le Gateau investigates his own objects of worship through the songs and music of his personal icons.
Running time 60 mins
21 Dean Street
Box Office 020 7478 0100
Hackney Empire | To 8 Jan 2017
A spellbinding spectacular family pantomime will be packed with colourful characters, knockabout comedy, show-stopping musical routines, magic and sparkle, played out in our beautiful Victorian Theatre. Treat yourself and your loved ones to a fabulous fairy tale treat this Christmas season!
Performances: Evening and Matinee – Times Vary
Tickets: £ 36 – £10 (plus £1 per ticket online, £1.25 per ticket over the phone)
291 Mare St
London E8 1EJ
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Southwark Playhouse | To 08 Jan 2017
Kiki is a 13 year old witch and, as tradition dictates, it is time for her to leave home and family to make a new life for herself. Equipped with her ability to fly and accompanied by Jiji, her faithful feline companion, she sets out to find a place where she can use her powers for the greater good and that one day she might call home.
A magical tale of growing up and finding acceptance Kiki’s Delivery Service is a story for everyone aged 7 and up.
Kiki’s Delivery Service is adapted from the bestselling and award winning book by Japanese author Eiko Kadono. The book has previously been adapted in to a live action film and most notably an award winning animation by Studio Ghibli.
Performances: 19:30 | Matinee 15:00 |Running Time 70mins approx
Tickets £20 | £16 concessions | All preview tickets £12
£64 family ticket (4 tickets: party must include at least one adult and one under-16)
77-85 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BD
020 7407 0234
Whitechapel Gallery | To 08 January 2017
In a new work for the Project Galleries, London-based artist Samson Kambalu (b. 1975) draws inspiration from early cinema and watching films as a child in Malawi. Flickering images, appropriated footage, improvised projections, unexpected power cuts and a lively audience made every screening a joyful live event, one that also made visible the mechanics of film.
Turning the gallery into a magazine spread, Kambalu projects his black and white films of visual slapstick alongside his writings. Influenced by Situationism and psychogeography, as well as by the Gule Wamkulu rituals practiced among the Chewa people, Kambalu embraces the subversive potential of non-productive time, gift economies, and play.
Performances Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 – 18:00
Tickets FREE ENTRY
Galleries 5 & 6
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
THE EY EXHIBITION: WIFREDO LAM
TATE MODERN | To 08 January 2017
Wifredo Lam sought to portray and revive the enduring Afro-Cuban spirit and culture.
Wifredo Lam’s distinctive style shook the assumptions of Western Modernism. His unique paintings introduced the symbolism of his Cuban roots and defined a new way of painting for a post-colonial world. As he traveled in Europe and North and South America, he was a witness to twentieth-century political upheaval – including the Spanish Civil War, the evacuation of artists and intellectuals from France with the onset of World War II, and the new Cuba borne of the Revolution.
Throughout his long career, his work addressed themes of social injustice, nature, and spirituality, that challenged prevailing attitudes held by western artists about other cultures.
Tickets £14.50 FREE for Members
020 7887 8888
Somerset House | To 15 January 2017
The eye of modern Malie.
Sidibé is celebrated for his black-and-white images chronicling the lives and culture of the Malian capital, Bamako, in the wake of the country’s independence in 1960.
At a time when the West was fretting about whether photography was even an art form, Malick Sidibé was taking pictures of young people in Bamako which contain all the issues in that debate: authenticity, imitation, control of the image. Not because he was a theorist, but because all of those issues were also central to the newly emerging country. We see teenagers doing the twist, showing off their record collections, rocking drainpipes, then flares, then pimp suits. Friends relax by a river: everyone is young and carefree. But there are questions in these images too.
Doors 10:00 – 18:00
whats on @National Theatre | To 10 Jan 2017
Strangers. Forced together. No space is personal.
In the run up to Christmas, three families are placed into cramped temporary accommodation. A middle-aged man and his elderly mum, a young family with a baby on the way, a newly arrived woman from Sudan.
Performances 19:30 & 14:30
Tickets Mon – Thu £35 – £15 | Fri & Sat evening £40 – £18
Ways to save: Previews 6 – 12 December £30 – £15
The National Theatre
London SE1 9PX
Bedlam: The Asylum
whats on @Welcome Collection | To 15 Jan 2017
Asylums are a thing of the past in Britain, whether they helped the patients is debatable.
Named after the South London Royal Bethlem Hospital, Bedlam a new exhibition at the Wellcome looks at the tensions between biomedical and psychosocial therapy for mental illness, the imperative to protect patients, and how integration benefits patients and the public.
Doors: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 Sunday 11:00
83 Euston Road
020 7611 2222
Telling Her Story
Royal Festival Hall | 31 Jan 2017
Poet Rachel Long curates an exclusive space for women of colour who want to read, write and grow creatively.
In this new series of workshops, women of colour will have their voices not only heard but celebrated, nurtured and developed. Themes across the workshop series will include; Place/Displacement – The Personal as Political
– Growing Up: Girl into Womanhood – Ekphrasis – Writing from Art.
Dates: 31 Jan 2017, 28 Feb 2017, 14 March 2017
Admission 18:30 – 20:30
Royal Festival Hall
Level 3 Function Room
Belvedere Road SE1 8XX
Tel: +44 (0)20 7960 4200
South Africa – The Art Of A Nation
whatson @ British Museum | To 26 Feb 2017
See the history of a nation from a new perspective
From some of the earliest examples of human creativity to cutting-edge contemporary works, discover the fascinating history of South Africa through art.
In this exhibition, a diverse range of art from across the ages tells a story that stretches back 100,000 years. From rock art made by the country’s earliest peoples to works by South African artists at the forefront of contemporary art, the exhibition features beautiful and important objects, which illustrate South Africa’s rich history.
The exhibition features a selection of significant objects, including some of the world’s oldest art objects and striking contemporary pieces responding to the country’s recent past. See the history of a nation from a new perspective and celebrate the artistic accomplishments of the many peoples that have contributed to the story of South Africa.
Admission 10:00 – 17:30
Tickets £12.00 | Members/under 16s free | Booking fee: £1.00 per ticket
Great Russell St
Ticket booking: +44 (0)20 7323 8181
Guerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe?
whatson @Whitechapel Gallery | To 05 March 2017
Do women have to be naked to get into a Museum?
The Guerrilla Girls are probably the art world’s most creative complainers. For over 30 years they have been successfully showing the hypocrisy of American galleries and museums. Now they are turning their attention to Europe.
Guerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe? explores diversity in European art organisations. It presents responses to questionnaires sent to 383 directors about their exhibitions programme and collections. The questions were formulated to critically look at the narratives that are produced by cultural institutions.
Curator’s Tour Thu 8 Dec, 6:30pm | Free
Admission 10:00 – 18:00
Tickets ENTRY FREE
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
Savoy Theatre | To 11 March 2017
Inspired by R&B music acts in 1960s America and loosely based on Diana Ross and The Supremes, Dreamgirls transports you to a revolutionary time in American music history. Dreamgirls charts the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called ‘The Dreams’. They learn the hard lesson that show business is as tough as it is fabulous.
Featuring the classic songs.
Tickets from £15 plus £3 booking fee
Strand WC2R 0ET
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Royal Observatory | To 25 June 2017
Come and be inspired by the annual free exhibition of stunning space photography
Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year is the biggest international competition of its kind, annually showcasing spectacular images shot by astrophotographers worldwide.
For a taste of past exhibits and a preview of this year’s contestants click on the link
Opening hours: Daily 10am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm)
What’s on Wildlife Photographer of the Year*
Natural History Museum | To 10 Sept 2017
From intimate portraits to dramatic landscapes, see how photographers’ passion for the natural world produces startling images. Visit the exhibition to see 100 exceptional images, revealing the astonishing diversity of life on our planet.
Admission 10:00 -17:50
Tickets Adults from £10.50 | Child & concs from £6.50 | Family from £27.00
The Natural History Museum
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