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Pick of the week *Magical Lantern Festival
Magical Lantern Festival
Chiswick House and Gardens | 19 Jan – 26 Feb 2017
A celebration of Chinese New Year and the year of the Rooster 2017. The theme this year: ‘Explore The Silk Road’.
A celebration of Chinese New Year and the cultural significance surrounding this extraordinary event.
Visitors will discover magnificent life-sized and oversized lantern scenes, which represent and highlight this significant route of trade and culture from Europe to Ancient China. The Silk Road Festival journey begins with a 15-metre wide lantern of London’s Houses of Parliament. Visitors continue their tour by exploring lanterns related to the Silk Road representing Europe, Central Asia, Arabia, Egypt, Persia, India and Ancient China.
Admission Thurs – Sun 17:00 – 22:00
Ticketed entry every 15 minutes arrive 15 minutes before chosen entry time
Chiswick House Gardens
London, W4 2QN
020 7101 5450
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Entrance via the Dukes Avenue Gate, accessible on foot only from A4 westbound.
The Greatest Sneakers Of All Time
The Archivist’s Gallery | 26 Jan – 05 Feb
An exhibition created in search and celebration of the 25 greatest sneakers of all time. As voted for by an international poll of the general public & industry experts.
The exhibition will be both a history and an homage – revealing the secret stories behind the creation of the most iconic sneakers ever made; providing a fascinating narrative of the integral role they played within key sporting & cultural movements throughout the 20th & 21st century; and even offering a glimpse into the psychological hinterland of the cult of sneaker obsession.
Featuring a 3,000-year timeline, G.O.A.T Sneakers identifies the earliest known iterations of the shoe before chronicling its evolution across the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries
Entry daily 10:00 – 18:00
2-10 Hertford Road
London N1 5ET
020 3598 2626
Chinese New Year London Parade
Trafalgar Square | 29 Jan 2017
London’s Chinese new year parade starts at Trafalgar Square.
‘Year of the Rooster.’ Chinese new year begins on 28 January. London’s annual Chinese New Year celebration is the largest in the world outside of China. The grand parade featuring lion dance teams will set off from Trafalgar Square, weaving its way up to the heart of Chinatown. There is music, acrobatics, activities, and pyrotechnics.
Starts at 10:00
info 020 7851 6686
Rich Mix | To 29 January 2017
An exhibition concerning ideas of celebrity, nobility, notoriety, indifference and ignorance…
Beginning with the concept of celebrity, and its opposite, notoriety, the artists explore the forms in which these qualities can be presented to the public. These qualities can be found in many areas of human activity – politics, art, music, literature, the media, sport, science, criminality, and martyrdom.
The artists looked at the cheap cardboard masks available at tourist hotspots, of personalities such as Simon Cowell and Robbie Williams, the Queen and Madonna, and then considered the characters who would never be offered as masks due to considerations of political correctness, taste and commercial non-viability. But what if those obvious restraints were ignored?
Dan has an astonishing facility for portraiture. The cutting out and flattening of these faces in itself creates a new reality, and the punching out of the eyes furthers the removal of the two-dimensional representation from the original subject.
The results are very striking, often disturbing, and the juxtaposition of heroes and villains, perpetrators and victims, entertainers and psychopaths, create a jarring dissonance in the viewer.
35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road
London E1 6LA
Box Office: 020 7613 7498
Finding Our Voice(s)
Rich Mix | 29 January 2017
A mutual exploration of the voices influencing our sense of belonging, through the radical idea of ‘stand up therapy’.
Ola Aralepo is an award-winning speaker, qualified psychotherapists and the world’s first ‘stand up therapist’ tells the story of Omoluwabi (‘child of good character’), born in the East End. Omoluwabi leaves for Nigeria as a child and returns as an adult to an East End he barely recognises from his nostalgic musings. Can he fit into this new multicultural melting pot which is undergoing change in the form of gentrification?
Performed in a Yoruba (Nigerian) style dress the performer introduces the piece as ‘stand up therapy’, a radical idea combining storytelling, comedy, ‘lecture’ and ‘therapy’ (self-reflection) but it is all and none of these things. Manage any expectations of being entertained or ‘healed’ by the end of the piece.
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 Dates: 31 Jan 2017, 28 Feb 2017, 14 March 2017 Royal Festival Hall Escape Alone is set in a sunlit suburban garden, four septuagenarian women talk about the banalities of everyday life. Their stories expand to a world of private pain which reveal a vision of an impending dystopian future. In Escape Alone random gossip r that Sally has an aversion to cats, Lena’s a depressive agoraphobe, and Vi, formerly a hairdresser, has murdered her husband. Mrs Jarrett, suggests that tomorrow’s problems will be far greater monstrously magnified by a coming catastrophe. Brexit perhaps? Everything Exists Now Admission Tue-Sat 11:00 – 18:00 Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery
– Growing Up: Girl into Womanhood – Ekphrasis – Writing from Art.
Admission 18:30 – 20:30
Level 3 Function Room
Belvedere Road SE1 8XX
Tel: +44 (0)20 7960 4200
Escape Alone * 3 week run only
Royal Court Theatre | To 11 Feb 2017
Caryl Churchill’s critically-acclaimed play captures the mood of the time.
Kristin Hjellegjerde | To 18 Feb 2017
“Why you? Why us for that matter? Why anything? Because this moment simply is.
13 artists who each reflect on their current moment through personal, political and historical viewpoints, united by the common lens of time. Hailing from different backgrounds and artistic practices, the final whole is a nod to the concept of Eternalism, a space in which each moment exists in and of itself, an endless loop in which all these points exist at once. If, indeed, the idea really is that Everything Exists Now, then all moments are present simultaneously.
533 Old York Rd
020 8875 0110
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
Dates: 31 Jan 2017, 28 Feb 2017, 14 March 2017
Royal Festival Hall
Escape Alone is set in a sunlit suburban garden, four septuagenarian women talk about the banalities of everyday life. Their stories expand to a world of private pain which reveal a vision of an impending dystopian future.
In Escape Alone random gossip r that Sally has an aversion to cats, Lena’s a depressive agoraphobe, and Vi, formerly a hairdresser, has murdered her husband. Mrs Jarrett, suggests that tomorrow’s problems will be far greater monstrously magnified by a coming catastrophe. Brexit perhaps?
Everything Exists Now
Admission Tue-Sat 11:00 – 18:00
Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery
South Africa – The Art Of A Nation
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
+44 (0)20 7323 8181
Guerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe?
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. Is it worse in Europe?
They explore 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, 18:30 | Free
Admission 10:00 – 18:00
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
Savoy Theatre | To 11 March 2017
A musical loosely based on Diana Ross and The Supremes. Featuring the classic songs.
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.
Tickets from £15 plus £3 booking fee
Strand WC2R 0ET
How We See Animals
Wellcome Collection | 21 May 2017
It’s not what you see, it’s how you see it.
Organised around four themes – ‘Ordering’, ‘Displaying’, ‘Observing’ and ‘Making’ – this exhibition questions the approach of ‘learning through looking’,
A major exhibition that examines what we think, feel and value about other species and the consequences this has for the world around us. It brings together over 100 fascinating objects from literature, film, taxidermy and photography to reveal the hierarchies in our view of the natural world and consider how these influence our actions, or inactions, towards the planet.
Admission Tues – Sat 10:00 – 18:00/Thurs 22:00 | Sunday 11:00 – 18:00
183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK.
tel: +44 (0)20 7611 2222
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Royal Observatory | To 25 June 2017
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
100 exceptional images, revealing the astonishing diversity of life on our planet.
From intimate portraits to dramatic landscapes, see how photographers’ passion for the natural world produces startling images.
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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