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The Crisis Of Liberty In The West
The Bloomsbury | 01 Dec 2016
The West today is in a state of crisis. Facing immense domestic economic and political problems, North America, Europe, and other Western nations are also struggling to address existential threats from without. But above all, the West appears to be suffering from a crisis of self-belief: one which touches centrally upon its attachment to the tradition of ordered liberty in politics, freedom in the economy, strong civil societies, and, perhaps above all, the unique synthesis of faith and reason that is at the root of Western civilization.
To explore these questions concerning the Western tradition of human liberty and responsibility and its Judeo-Christian culture, Acton Institute will host a day-long conference bringing together leading thinkers from around the world.
Admission: Thursday 1st December 09:00 Registration | 10:00 – 17:30 conference
The Bloomsbury Hotel
16-22 Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3NN
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
The Garage Sale
ICA | 01 – 03 Dec 2016
The Garage Sale is a carefully curated shop full of products made by many talented designers from all over of UK. This store offers you a selection of creations from past seasons, returns or unique work in progress samples at a lower price.
It is an opportunity to buy goods from favourite designers and artists all under one roof! Products from 60+ designers ranging from £1 up to £100. There will be loads to choose from for the shopping hungry,
Admission: Thursday 1st December 18:00 – 22:00 | Fri 2nd – Sat 3rd Dec 11:00 – 22:00
Art and politics in South Africa
whats on @British Museum | 02 Dec 2016
In recent years South African art has exploded to the forefront of contemporary art in Africa, as well as across the globe.
This discussion investigates the rise of the artist as a political power in South Africa from the 20th century to the present, with reference to resistance art produced during the apartheid era, the ‘transformation’ of the nation into a democratic nation, and the work of contemporary artists today who are making sense of their past in ways that are shaping the nation’s cultural and political future.
Chaired by Exhibition Curator Chris Spring, the panel includes Tamar Garb, UCL, Polly Savage, SOAS, and writer and performance artist Leeto Thale, as well as artists Candice Breitz and Gavin Jantjes with video links to Professor Raimi Gbadamosi and other artists in South Africa.
Performances 18:30 – 20:00
Tickets Tickets £5
Great Russell St
London WC1B 3DG
Phone +44 (0)20 7323 8181
One Night In Miami…(Reviewed)
Donmar Theatre | To 03 Dec 2016
Before they were icons, they were friends.
25 February 1964: 22-year-old Cassius Clay (soon to become Muhammad Ali) has just won the world heavyweight boxing title. Instead of hitting the town, he chooses to celebrate in a Miami hotel room with three close friends – activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke, and American football star Jim Brown.
This fictional account of a real night imagines what might have happened in that tiny hotel room. As the Civil Rights movement stirs outside, and the melody of ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ hangs in the air, four men will emerge from that one night ready to define a new world.
Performances: 19:45 & 14;30
Running time 70 minutes – no interval
Tickets £10 – £40
41 Earlham Str
0844 871 7624
Deny, Deny, Deny
Park Theatre | To 3 Dec
Eve, a promising young athlete, is offered a cutting edge new ‘therapy’ by her mysterious, charismatic coach. She says it will make her the fastest woman in the world: but is it as safe, legal and ethical as she claims? The play, set in the near future, takes its title from the first rule of the doper’s handbook – ‘deny everything, until you can’t’. This gripping exposé of what it takes to be a champion is a tale of ambition, love, revenge and 21st century science based on two years of research by journalist turned playwright Jonathan Maitland.
Tue – Sat Evenings 19:30 | Thu & Sat Matinees 15:00
Running Time 2 hours approx
Tue-Thurs From £26.50/£20.00 |Concs £18.50
Fri & Sat From £29.50/£25.00 |Concs £22.00
London N4 3JP
020 7870 6876
possible parking spots
Lolly Adefope: Lolly 2
whats on @ Soho Theatre | To 05 Dec 2016
Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Lolly returns to London’s Soho Theatre with her critically-acclaimed character Lolly 2.
The Evening Standard’s Fresh Faces of 2016
The Hospital Club h100 Awards: Winner (Broadcast category) 2016
Chortle Best Newcomer and Best Character/Improv/Sketch Act Nominee 2016
Running Time: 60 mins
Age Recommendation: 16+
Tickets Mon £10 | Tue – Thu £12 | Fri – Sat £14 | concs £10-12
21 Dean Street
Box Office 020 7478 0100
*LOVE Whats on Pick of the week
whats on @National Theatre | 6 Dec 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
Telling Her Story
Royal Festival Hall | 13 Dec 2016
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: 13 Dec 2016, 31 Jan 2017, 28 Feb 2017, 14 March 2017
Admission 18:30 – 20:30
Level 3 Function Room
Royal Festival Hall
Tel: +44 (0)20 7960 4200
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Royal Observatory | To 23 Dec 2016
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)
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 travelled 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
Bedlam: The Asylum
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
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
Ticket booking: +44 (0)20 7323 8181
Guerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe?
whats on @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
whats on @Savoy Theatre | To 11 March 2017
Inspired by R&B music acts in 1960s America, 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
What’s on Wildlife Photographer of the Year*
whats on @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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