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RA Festival of Ideas at the Royal Academy – 7th to 16th September 2018

In September 2018, The Royal Academy of Arts hosts the inaugural RA Festival of Ideas (7 – 16 September 2018), a 10- day celebration of creativity, culture and critical thinking. The new 250-seat double-height Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, part of the Royal Academy’s transformed campus, will play host to a meeting of great minds from across the spheres of art, architecture, film, theatre, literature, design, dance and music. Building on the RA’s heritage of rigorous debate, the festival will explore creative practice and current cultural, social and political issues through a series of interviews, conversations and panel discussions, as well as offering a range of family workshops inspired by the programme in the new Clore Learning Centre.

Friday 7 September

Artist Gilbert & George RA will discuss how their collaborative partnership defines their creative process, with the Royal Academy’s Artistic Director Tim Marlow. (7pm)

Saturday 8 September

Prize winning authors and illustrators Stephen Collins and Isabel Greenberg discuss The Art of the Graphic Novel, chaired by journalist and founder of the Observer graphic novel prize Rachel Cooke. (1.30pm)

 Artist and drum ‘n’ bass pioneer Goldie will talk about the relationship between his music and visual art, in conversation with broadcaster and journalist Nihal Arthanayake. (3.30pm)

In The Future Of Museums and Galleries in the 20th Century, three leading figures in the art world, Director of the V&A Tristram Hunt, Tate Modern Director Frances Morris and Director of Museums and Cultural Programmes at UCL Tonya Nelson, discuss the state of the gallery and museum industry today, chaired by broadcaster John Wilson. (5.30pm)

 Artist and designer Es Devlin, known for creating kinetic stage sculptures for theatre, opera, music concerts and museums, as well as in collaboration with Beyoncé, U2 and Adele, will discuss her practice and process across multiple, diverse artistic disciplines. In conversation with design critic and author Alice Rawsthorn. (7.30pm)

Sunday 9 September

Playwright James Graham and Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre Rupert Goold come together to talk about making theatre that is inspired by real and recent events and their shared ambition to make theatre more accessible. Chaired by journalist Sarah Crompton. (1pm)

Class, Culture and Creativity with Asif Kapadia, Dreda Say Mitchell and Bob and Roberta Smith RA invites three artists from the worlds of film, literature and visual art to debate how class has shaped and influenced their creative output; whether it has helped or hindered them and what needs to change. The talk is chaired by the writer and broadcaster Nihal Arthanayake. (3pm)

Renowned British portrait photographer David Bailey joins the Royal Academy’s Artistic Director Tim Marlow to discuss a career that spans over 60 years. (5pm)

Monday 10 September

Cultural historian and lecturer, television producer and author Franny Moyle will discuss the challenges of writing about the lives of well-known artists from Turner to Holbein. (1pm)

Turner Prize nominee Yinka Shonibare RA discusses how race, class and cultural identity have shaped his work, with critic and author Louisa Buck. (7pm)

Tuesday 11 September

 In Art and Dementia, Thriller writer Nicci Gerrard talks to academic Dr Hannah Zeilig about the transformative power of art, and how crucial the arts and creativity can be in keeping a person connected to the world around them. (1pm)

 Historian David Cannadine delivers a lecture on ‘the statesman as artist’, taking a closer look at Winston Churchill’s talents as a painter. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A chaired by Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy, Charles Saumarez Smith. (7pm)

Thursday 13 September

World-renowned architect Amanda Levete will consider some of her most pioneering projects – from the Museum of Art, Architecture & Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon, to the Exhibition Road Quarter at the V&A in London – and the importance of risk in architecture. The talk will be followed by a Q&A with writer and broadcaster Tom Dyckhoff. (7pm)

 Friday 14 September

Twenty-five years after the publication of Birdsong, and in the month when his latest novel Paris Echo is published, best-selling author Sebastian Faulks examines how the shadow of war has shaped his work. In conversation with journalist and broadcaster Suzi Feay. (1pm)

Photographer Don McCullin talks to broadcaster and journalist Alex Clark about how his experiences of war photography have shaped his landscapes and still-lifes. (4pm)

 Musician, filmmaker and author Viv Albertine and artist Sue Webster discuss how not conforming has shaped and influenced their professional and personal lives – both creatively and spiritually. Their conversation will be chaired by broadcaster and journalist Miranda Sawyer. (6pm)

 Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director and Lead Principal dancer of English National Ballet, on her career as one of the most prominent dancers of her generation, and her ambition to reinvigorate traditional ballet through her role at the English National Ballet, in conversation with broadcaster John Wilson. (8pm)

 Saturday 15 September

The Man Booker Prize winning novelist Howard Jacobson and award-winning Sunday Times art critic and broadcaster Waldemar Januszczak will examine Marcel Duchamp’s contested legacy, debating whether conceptual art is A Joke That Went Too Far or the Birth of Modern Art. (1.30pm)

In The Young Adult Novel, three leading authors, Malorie Blackman, Melvin Burgess and Juno Dawson, question how to tackle difficult issues such as drugs, sex and racism, and discuss whether there are any topics that are off limits in the young adult genre. The discussion is chaired by writer, journalist and broadcaster Nicolette Jones. (3.30pm)

Booker Prize-winning novelist and poet Ben Okri speaks to broadcaster and journalist Alex Clark about his artistic collaboration with Rosemarie Clunie on The Magic Lamp: Dreams of Our Age – a collection of 25 paintings and 25 short stories. 5.30pm)

Akram Khan, one of the most respected dance artists working in the UK today, talks to journalist Sarah Crompton about his lifelong passion for dance, the power of storytelling and the joys and challenges of creative collaboration. (7.30pm)

Sunday 16 September

Founder of Heatherwick Studio, Thomas Heatherwick RA will talk about several of the studio’s projects including Coal Drops Yard, a new retail quarter in King’s Cross due to open in October 2018. The lecture will be followed by a conversation with RA Head of Architecture Kate Goodwin. (2.30pm)

War Horse author Michael Morpurgo talks to journalist and critic Claire Armitstead about the importance of creativity, why we must never talk down to children and why it is important for them to read about war. (12.30pm)

Artists Question Time with Sonia Boyce RA, Michael Craig Martin RA, Michael Landy RA, Farshid Moussavi RA and Sean Steadman sees a panel of artists field questions from the audience on issues of art, culture and creativity. The panel will be chaired by the Artistic Director of the Royal Academy, Tim Marlow. (4.30pm)

Family Events

Saturday 8 September

50 years after the publication of The Tiger Who Came to Tea, best-selling author and illustrator Judith Kerr talks to broadcaster and author Francine Stock about her life, work and escape from Nazi Germany. (11.30am)

Interactive Storytelling with Lauren Grierson, celebrates 50 years of The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Families will be invited to help recreate Sophie’s extraordinary tea time with music, props and movement. (11.15am, 12pm, 1.15pm, 2pm)

Sunday 9 September

Children’s author Andy Stanton talks about his multi-award-winning ‘Mr Gum’ series, as well as his new book, Natboff! One Million Years of Stupidity (10.30am)

 Animal Life Drawing with Wild Life Drawing will take an interactive look at the creatures that inspire some of our most beloved children books. Specialist animal handlers will be on hand to provide an introduction to the animals and share fun facts on different species and where to find them. (10am and 1pm)

Saturday 15 September

Lauren Child, Charlie and Lola author, illustrator and Waterstones Children’s Laureate, will look at the inspirations behind her work, the magic of reading and writing for children and how ideas can come from anywhere. In conversation with writer, journalist and author Nicolette Jones. (11am)

Gemma Burditt leads a Lauren Child Inspired Animation Workshop taking inspiration from much loved characters from Charlie and Lola or Ruby Redfort, helping guests design and create their own moving picture. (10am and 1.30pm)

Sunday 16 September

Interactive Storytelling with Wendy Shearer invites guests to weave a story around the character of Anansi the Spider, one of the most important characters of West African and Caribbean folklore, whose stories have been handed down for generations. (10am, 11.15am, 2pm)  Cressida Cowell, best-selling author of children’s book series, How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once, gives tips on becoming an author or illustrator and does some live drawing. (10.30am)

For more information and tickets, visit the Royal Academy website here

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Buckingham Palace Family Festival Weekend – 4th to 5th August 2018

On Saturday, 4 and Sunday, 5 August, a two-day Family Festival at Buckingham Palace, the Royal Mews and The Queen’s Gallery will be packed with drop-in activities for children, from arts and crafts activities and dance workshops to storytelling sessions and dressing up opportunities.

For the first time, visitors to the Family Festival will have the chance to join special Garden Storytelling Adventure tours and discover the fascinating stories hidden around every corner of the famous Buckingham Palace garden.

In the Palace’s Family Pavilion, activities are inspired by Turquoise Mountain, one of the three charities founded by HRH The Prince of Wales.  Turquoise Mountain is based in Afghanistan, where kite flying is a famous children’s pastime, and children will have the opportunity to create and decorate their own colourful kites to take home and fly.

The Family Pavilion is also full of activities exploring the working life of Buckingham Palace, including a quiet area with books, colouring sheets and listening stations, and a soft-play area for under-fives.  Children of all ages can try on the uniform of The Queen’s Guards or dress up as princes and princesses and pose on a recreation of the Palace’s famous balcony.

Families visiting the Royal Mews will see the Ascot Landau carriage that transported TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex through the streets of Windsor after their wedding ceremony in May 2018, which is on display for the summer period.  Children will also be able to meet some of the royal horses that live at the Mews.  Drop-in activities throughout the weekend will include storytelling and arts and crafts sessions, and opportunities for children to dress up as a footman in specially created livery, learn how to harness a horse, and find out what it really feels like to ride in a royal carriage.

Activities at The Queen’s Gallery are inspired by the exhibition Splendours of the Subcontinent, which will form a glittering backdrop for Indian dance workshops with the South Asian dance company Akademi.  Families can try on sparkling pieces of replica Indian jewellery, before creating their own decorative motifs using sticky gems, sequins and gold ribbon.

Families visiting all three venues with a combined Royal Day Out ticket will have the chance to enter a competition to win a cuddly corgi.

The Buckingham Palace Family Festival is at Buckingham Palace, the Royal Mews and The Queen’s Gallery on Saturday, 4 and Sunday, 5 August, 11:00 – 15:00.

For more information or book tickets, visit the Royal Collection website here

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Review: Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle in London – 28th July 2018

This weekend, cyclists take over the streets of London with the sixth edition of Prudential RideLondon which is considered the world’s greatest festival of cycling. Over the weekend of 28-29 July 2018, there will be a large number of events all over the capital.

Like the London Marathon, there is the excitement of watching the world’s best professional cyclists race in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic and Prudential RideLondon Classique. However, amateur cyclists can participate in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 – a 100-mile challenge on the same closed roads as the professionals or they can ride the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 – a 46-mile sportive created specifically for newer and also younger cyclists.

The weekend started off more sedately with Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle which offers riders a wonderful opportunity to experience the fun and freedom of cycling on traffic-free roads in central London.

The event showcases the capital as part of a festival of cycling with the route open from 09:00-16:00 and takes in the Strand and Lincoln’s Inn Fields and returns to the Victoria Embankment, taking in a section of the newly opened East-West Cycle Superhighway (CS3).

The eight-mile circuit passes iconic London landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England and again goes south of the river with a loop over Waterloo Bridge, offering views of London.

More than 70,000 cyclists enjoyed the traffic-free roads of central London in 2017 and it is expected this year will see even more cyclists along the route.

If riders want to take a break from the cycling, there is plenty of entertainment at the Festival Zones in Southbank, Guildhall Yard, Leadenhall Market, St Paul’s Churchyard, Aldwych, Lincoln’s Inn Fields and Green Park. At the zones there are a wide range of bike-based entertainment and activities throughout the day.

In Green Park, top stunt rider Andrei Burton and his world class team of male and female champions take on the world championship standard course which includes a series of replica iconic buildings as obstacles.

Interest in cycling has grown and grown in the last decade and the Prudential RideLondon is a great festival of cycling with a large number of events and attractions. Like the London Marathon there is something for everyone and is a wonderful day out for everyone especially families.

For more information , visit the Event website here

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GO! Organic Festival at Battersea Park – 8th and 9th September 2018

GO! Organic will become one of London’s new summer festivals celebrating the very best in organic, sustainability and healthy lifestyles. Over the few years, there has been great interest in organic, natural and healthy food and beauty products with consumers becoming more aware and interested in what goes into their meals, drinks and other products.

The GO! Organic Festival will provide an ideal opportunity to find out about the organic movement with over 100 natural product traders offering products to sample and buy. Visitors to the festival will be able to speak directly with producers and traders and hear first-hand exactly where all of the ingredients in their products have come from.

The festival will bring together a star studded line up in the Organic Kitchen including celebrity chefs like Theo Randall, Jay Morjaria, Arthur Potts Dawson, Emily Watkins, Melissa Hemsley, Gelf Alderson, Rosie Birkett and Christine Bailey.

The Natural Talks Theatre will include talks from Jonathan Dimbleby, Natalie Fee, Simon King, Janey Lee Grace, Chris Collins, Helen Browning, Marion Mackonochie and Katie Pande.

There are a number bands lined up the festival and the kids will be entertained by CBeebies legends Andy Day and Mr Bloom.

Other highlights include Go Organic Beer festival, children’s entertainers; feature areas like Meet The Farmer and the Clearspring Japanese Garden; Abel & Cole’s picnic area; circus acts; free fair rides; a children’s farm; hands-on workshops; bug hunts and much more.

Discounted advance tickets can be purchased via the website, with tickets for adults priced at £26.

For more information , visit the Event website here

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Smithfield 150 on 25th and 26th August 2018


Culture Mile will celebrate August Bank Holiday with two day festival thanks to St Bartholomew. Smithfield 150 will revive the spirit of medieval festival, a forerunner for the annual public holiday

The free festival will be curated by the Museum of London and inspired by the medieval extravaganza Bartholomew’s Fair, the festival will take over the markets and surrounding Smithfield streets to celebrate the market’s 150th anniversary. The original fair, which took place over three days and celebrated St Bartholomew’s Feast Day on 24th August each year, became one of London’s most famous holidays, and is considered a forerunner for the August Bank Holiday we know today.

Smithfield 150 invites the whole of London to celebrate the history and people that make Smithfield such a special area with a jam-packed programme of music, food, performance and entertainment for all the family. On Saturday 25 August, visitors will enjoy London’s Biggest Birthday Party which will include a special area for families with under 5s, massive party games, party food galore, fun fairs and lots of surprises along the way.

Sunday 26 August will celebrate the great tradition of the Sunday Lunch, with the best of the surrounding market’s produce sharing food from around the world. Take part in a giant communal feast, listen to live music, bring the kids to a pop-up roller skating disco, or join in with the choir for a mass sing-a-long.

One hundred and fifty years ago the newly redesigned Smithfield meat market, which is owned and managed by the City of London Corporation, was officially opened after years of redevelopment. Designed by acclaimed architect Sir Horace Jones, the new market was the talk of London, and restored the market’s position in the heart of the bustling City.

 Culture Mile, which was launched last July, is an ambitious and transformational initiative that will create a vibrant cultural area in the north-west corner of the City over the next 10 to 15 years. Stretching just under a mile from Farringdon to Moorgate, Culture Mile will have creative exchange, cultural collaboration and learning at its core in an area where 2,000 years of history collide with the world’s best in culture.

For more information, visit the Smithfield 150 website here

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Review : Sculpture in the City in the City of London – 27th June 2018 until April 2019


Sculpture in the City returns for its eighth year with 18 artists exhibiting work in the City of London. This year, the event features work from artists like Tracey Emin, Marina Abramovic, Sean Scully, David Annesley and Sarah Lucas.

Many of the sculptures are located alongside some of the City of London’s most iconic buildings which offers interesting perpectives between sculpture and background.

Some of our favourites include:  

Untitled David Annesley

‘Untitled’ (1969) is a mandala-like form, which satisfyingly contains smaller shapes within itself in perfect equilibrium.

UNIVRS – Michail Pirgelis

Michail Pirgelis works exclusively with authentic aviation materials, which he selects from aircraft scrapyards in the American desert.

Perceval – Sarah Lucas

Sarah Lucas’ sculpture Perceval – a life-size bronze horse and cart – presents a large-scale replica of a traditional china ornament, of the kind that took pride of place on many British mantelpieces forty years ago.

Stack Blues – Sean Scully RA

Part of Sean Scully’s Landline series of works, Stack Blues is a sculpture borne out of the artist’s preoccupation with the horizon. 

Numen (Shifting Votive One & Two) – Thomas J Price

In the “Numen” series Price continues his exploration of a new mythology in which the ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian traditions of monumental sculpture are deployed in the depiction of the twenty-first century social subject.

Opening the Air – Jyll Bradley

Opening the Air is a three-dimensional drawing made up of a geometric field of fluorescent Plexiglas discs or ‘coins’. The coins bear intricate etchings derived from plans of early eighteenth-century glasshouse design.

Body – Jean-Luc Moulène

Body pays tribute to the automobile as sculpture within the urban landscape.

Crocodylius Philodendrus – Nancy Rubins

As part of her series Diversifolia– which in the scientific names of plants indicates a single species possessed with a considerable variety of leaf, Crocodylius Philodendrus employs clusters of bouquet like arrangements comprised out of a variety of animal forms that explode into space in all directions.

We visited the sculptures at the weekend when the Square Mile is relatively deserted and on a weekday when the area is very busy. It is remarkable how the presence of people make a great difference in perspectives and ideas of scale.

All the sculptures offer an interesting take on the urban landscape setting.  Sculpture in the City, now in its eighth year is unusual that it places contemporary works from leading artists into an area that is an intriguing mix of old and modern.

 Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information, visit the Sculpture in the City website here

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A Recital of Classical Ottoman Court Music at the Leighton House Museum – 11th July 2018

Baha Yetkin and Alexandros Koustas, experts in traditional Ottoman court music will provide Leighton House audiences with insights into the rich sounds of the Turkish Makam, which is found throughout folk and dance music; in court audiences as well as Mevlevi ceremonies.

The concert will take place in Leighton House Museum which is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton. This remarkable building of the nineteenth century, contains a fascinating collection of paintings and sculpture by Leighton and his contemporaries.

Leighton was fascinated by the Middle East and his home with an extraordinary Arab Hall with its golden dome, intricate mosaics and walls lined with beautiful Islamic tiles was considered a perfect representation of Victorian Orientalism.

 The concert will feature Baha Yetkin on the Oud who studied under world famous oud players Mehmet Emin Bitmez, Yurdal Tokcan and Necati Çelik. He is the only Turkish style oud teacher and Turkish Classical Music Makam teacher in London.

Alexandros Koustas will play the Klasik Kemençe, Koustas is the principal violist of the English National Ballet Philharmonic and was recently appointed as a member of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

The musicians will provide contextual information and answer questions from the floor after the concert. 

Location

Leighton House Museum

12 Holland Park Road

London

W14 8LZ

For more information or tickets , visit the Museum website here

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