Royal Festival Hall | To 03 Sept 2016
The life of Nelson Mandela is brought to the stage in an epic operatic tribute. It follows Mandela from tribal initiation rites on the banks of the Mbashe River and heady and rebellious jazz-fuelled days in Sophiatown, to incarceration and reflection on Robben Island and finally freedom and liberation.
Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra
Tickets from £15
Royal Festival Hall
London SE1 8XX
020 7960 4200
The BBC Proms @ Peckham Car Park
Bold Tendencies Multi-Storey Car Park | 3 September 2016
Proms at Peckham. Really! More than 100,000 tickets for this year’s festival will be available for £12.50 or less, although the price of the cheapest ticket has risen from £5 to £6.
The event costs £10 million to stage, half of which comes from the licence fee, with the rest raised via ticket sales.
Doors: 11:00am Starts: 12:00pm
Reserved Seats: £12.00
Unreserved Seats £06.00
Standing Tickets: £06.00 (booking fees apply).
Tickets can only be bought in advance from the Royal Albert Hall Box Office.
A limited number of standing places will also be available at the venue.
11.00am (for the first performance)
12.00pm (for the second performance)
95A Rye Lane,
London SE15 4TG
Broadgate Circle | To 04 Sept 2016
The burning of a 120-metre floating replica of Restoration-era, six-hour underwater performances, and kinetic sculptures are a few of the public art events commissioned from arts organisation Artichoke to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London.
London’s Burning website
Young Vic | 03 – 24 Sept 2016
“His Majesty knew that a joke was a dangerous form of opposition.”
Master of transformation Kathryn Hunter brings to life an extraordinary fable of corruption, avarice and the collapse of absolute power – from the team behind the international success Kafka’s Monkey.
A world premiere based on the astonishing book about Ethiopia’s Haile Selassie by legendary journalist Ryszard Kapuściński.
Performances Monday – Saturday: 7.45p
Tickets from £10
66 The Cut
Waterloo SE1 8LZ
020 7922 2922
Travel Photographer of the Year
University Of Greenwich | To 04 Sept
A favourite of mine are exhibitions for Photographers of the year. This exhibition is for the winning entries of the Travel Photographer of the Year 2015.
Visit the world without getting on a plane or ship. These photographs are breathtaking, awe-inspiring, beautiful and educational.
The closing date for this year’s entry is 01 October 2016. Entry details here.
University Of Greenwich
10 Stockwell Street
Afripedia + Discussion
BFI Southbank | 04 Sept 2016
Part-documentary, part-e-zine, this screening covers music, performance art and other taste-makers from Africa.
Discussion with Eliza Anyangwe, journalist and founder of The Nzinga Effect, Johny Pitts, founder of Afropean, and Gabrielle Smith, founder of The:nublk
On the cusp of a historical shift brought on by technology and economic development, creative movements are thriving. Part-documentary, part-e-zine, this dynamic series visits cultural hubs and artists in Ghana, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Angola who are producing real and challenging images of Africa. Afripedia contributors include: outspoken androgynous musician Wiyaala; extraordinary trick-bikers Bikelordz; performance artist and illustrator Serge Attukwei Clottey; Titica, a trans superstar and Nástio Mosquito – the Mavericks behind Kuduro (Angolan electro music). Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire are represented in the eyes of photographer Omar Victor Diop, afrofuturist fashion designer Selly Raby Kane and beatsmith Fanny.
Tickets from £8.50
London SE1 8XT
020 7928 3232
Maman Le Mot
Secret London location | To 30 Sept 2016
It’s 1943, and the French Resistance are recruiting secret agents to join the battle to liberate France. Receive your briefing. Get yourself kitted out. Then get stuck in. Expect mischief, moustaches, misinformation and the odd exploding meringue.
Practice your accent, learn the new skills required succeed in your missions, and get some practice by immersing yourself in 40’s Parisian culture.
Enjoy a 3-course menu prix fix, in our authentic French Bistro, with French classics given a 40s blitz twist. Practice your new skills and blend in. Whatever you do don’t get caught out by the Gestapo infiltrators mingling amongst the crowd.
Keep up that convincing “Fronch” accent or you could face interrogation.
Tickets £17.50, £42.50 with dinner
Secret London Location
Father Comes Home for The Wars Part 1,2, & 3
Royal Court Theatre | 22 Sept -22 Oct 2016
“Seems like the worth of a colored man, once he’s made free, is less than his worth when he’s a slave.”
Three short plays performed together
West Texas, 1862. Hero, a slave, is promised his freedom if he joins his master in the ranks of the Confederacy against the Union. In a nation at war with itself, he must work against those striving to abolish slavery.
The family he leaves behind debates whether to escape or await his return, and they fear that for Hero, freedom is an empty promise that may come at a great cost
Performances 7.30 pm
Tickets from £10
Royal Court Theatre
London SW1W 8AS
020 7565 5000
They Drink It In The Congo
Almeida Theatre | To 1 October 2016
What can we do for the worst thing in the world?
The Democratic Republic of Congo. Home to the deadliest conflict since World War II.
London. Home to a festival to raise awareness of the Congo. (That is, if Stef can get the festival off the ground).
They Drink It In the Congo’ is about guilt: the guilt its Congolese diaspora characters feel at having escaped the troubled DRC; the guilt its white protagonist Steph (Fiona Button) feels at having been born in Kenya to a life of privilege; and the guilt white writer Brace surely feels at writing a play about the central African country.
Featuring an ensemble cast and a live band performing original music inspired by the Congo, Adam Brace’s hilarious and anarchic new play unpacks the problems of doing something good about something bad.
Sat matinees 2.30pm from 27 Aug
Wed matinees 2.30pm 24, 31 Aug, 7, 14 Sep
Mon 19 Sep
Post-show discussion with members of the They Drink It In The Congo company.
Tickets £10 – £38
Jukebox, Jewkbox! A Century on Shellac and Vinyl
The Jewish Museum | To Oct 16 2016
Go on a musical journey of discovery through popular culture, and the technology that made it happen.
Emil Berliner’s invention of the gramophone and the record changed our world. The age of mass entertainment found its first global medium.
This interactive exhibition takes that moment in history as its starting point, exploring the experience of the 20th century through shellac and vinyl, celebrating the history of Jewish inventors, musicians, composers, music producers and songwriters.
Hear personal stories from artists, musicians and collectors. Explore the art of the record sleeve and enjoy a display of 500 records including iconic sleeves from Amy Winehouse, the Ramones, Bob Dylan, and Barbra Streisand.
Jewish Museum London
Raymond Burton House
129-131 Albert Street
London NW1 7NB
Tel: +44 (0)20 7284 7384
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