July 18, 2014

CULTURE CLUB: On Your Radar 18.07.14

Here are some handpicked recommendations from the highlights of London’s arts and culture this weekend:


Presenting on screen poetry films created by Filmpoem. The combination of film and poetry is an attractive one. For the poet, perhaps a hope that the filmmaker will bring something to the poem: a new audience, a visual attraction, the laying of way markers. For the filmmaker, a fixed parameter to respond to, the power of a text sparking the imagination with visual connections and metaphor.

– WHEN / WHERE: Friday 18th – Monday 21st July, Southbank Centre

– WHY RELEVANT? Demonstrating how words can be turned into something visual, useful for all campaigns.

– LINK: hayward-gallery.org.uk



When David Bowie sang about ‘waiting for the gift of sound and vision’, he was probably thinking of something a bit like this. Two audiovisual artists – Berliner Robert Henke and Australian Robin Fox – present dramatic sound-and-light projects, with Henke creating both laser patterns and sounds with a computer programme, and Fox promising to do something ‘ecstatic’ with three lasers: one red, one blue and one green.

– WHEN / WHERE: Saturday July 19th, Barbican Hall

– WHY RELEVANT? “Two audiovisual laser performances which promise to blow your mind” – a new take on communication through a spectacular immersive experience, in which what you see is literally what you hear.

– LINK: barbican.org.uk



The Lambeth Country Show provides visitors with the opportunity to get involved with everything from zumba dancing, trying various culinary treats from around the world, meeting the animals in the Farm Zone and observing the wonderful array of flowers and competitions in the Flower Zone. With its line-up of both international music acts and local talent, itt brings you all the best in country fair fun with live music, storytelling, fairground rides, farm animals and plenty of games for everyone to enjoy.

– WHEN/WHERE: Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th July, Brockwell Park

– WHY RELEVANT? Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Lambeth Country Show turns Brockwell Park into a little piece of the countryside for the weekend, while maintaining a distinctly urban South London vibe.

– LINK: lambethcountryshow.co.uk



For one day only, the V&A’s fashion shop will be popping up on Regent Street. Celebrating the museum’s current Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014 and Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 exhibitions, the shop will offer accessories, jewellery, books and prints inspired by the V&A’s fashion and textile archives, which are among the most extensive in the world. You can also drop in for fashion illustration workshops, led by illustrator Stuart McKenzie, which will run every half hour from 12pm. The pop-up is part of the Summer Streets season, which sees Regent Street taken over by live music, exhibitions and activities every Sunday in July. To round off Summer Streets’ Love Fashion event, the street will be transformed into a catwalk, giving wannabe models the chance to own the runway.

– WHEN / WHERE: Sunday July 20th, Quadrant Arcade, Regent Street

– WHY RELEVANT? An example of how pop-ups can be used in an exciting and dynamic way, both through exhibitions and workshops.

– LINK: vam.ac.uk



Have yourself a Friday fiesta at the London Transport Museum’s carnival-themed summer party. If you have ever coveted one of those headdresses that look like a fruit bowl has been superglued to a top hat then now’s your moment; those in fancy dress will get 2-for-1 deals on rum punch. As well as a viewing of the  ‘Goodbye Piccadilly’ exhibition and some curator talks to go with it, visitors will be treated to samba dance and carnival mask workshops, performances from a steel pan band and a themed quiz.

– WHEN / WHERE: Friday July 18th, London Transport Museum

– WHY RELEVANT: With 2014 marking the year of the bus and the centennial year of WWI, this combines the visuals of WWI and the sounds of Carnival to tell a story about transport in London.

– LINK: ltmuseum.co.uk