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Something For The Weekend in London: November 16-18

Matilda Egere-Cooper

blog pic 300x225 Something For The Weekend in London: November 16 18This weekend sees the Southbank Centre declare the arrival of winter with its annual festival dedicated to all things Chrismassy. While those not quite ready to get into the spirit of it all can enjoy a street photography workshop in the East, a flick about graffiti writers, fried chicken in Brixton and a unusual dedication to the beauty of dancing on ice.

FRIDAY

ALTERNATIVE: Southbank Centre presents The Winter Festival

How much: Various

They say: “Welcome to The Winter Festival… Feast on mince pies and mulled wine, be dazzled by magical Christmas shows with family and friends. Stumble upon free music and events, discover our riverside giant art. Explore sparkling Christmas market” Southbank Centre

Info: www.southbankcentre.co.uk

ART & CULTURE: Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, 2 St.Martin’s Place  London WC2H 0HE

How much: £2

They say: “The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 offers a unique opportunity to see 60 new portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world. Through editorial, advertising and fine art images, this year’s entrants have explored a range of themes, styles and approaches to the contemporary photographic portrait, from formal commissioned portraits of famous faces to more spontaneous and intimate moments capturing friends and family” Taylor Wessing Prize

Info: www.npg.org.uk

SATURDAY

CINEMA: Special Festival preview of Gimme the Loot, Barbican, Silk Street, London, London, EC2Y 8DS

How much: £5

They say: “Urban, fresh, harsh and funny – Gimme the Loot is all these things and more. With stand out performances from the two leads and a razor sharp script, we’re delighted to be previewing this vibrant new film as our first Framed Focus film in the festival” Barbican

Info: www.barbican.org.uk

ALTERNATIVE: Le Patin Libre presents What is Contemporary Ice Skating? Brixton Ice Rink (Planet Ice), 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ

How much: £10

They say: “Contemporary skating is a new form of performance art using the glide and acrobatics of virtuoso skating artists – miles away from the spins and sparkles of traditional figure skating. On November 10th and 17th, Le Patin Libre will propose a short demonstration (about 40 minutes). Many of their best short creations will be performed. After the show, the public will be invited put skates on, to step on the ice and to discover for themselves the magic of dancing on the ice” Le Patin Libre

Info: www.facebook.com

SUNDAY

ALTERNATIVE: The Culture Club’s Street Photography Workshop, East London

How much: £59

They say: “This four-hour Street Photography workshop around Brick Lane, East London is an introduction to the art of street photography, where you get to explore the trendiest streets in London to learn the tricks of some of the world’s most famous street photographers. Through the guidance and feedback of the tutor as well as your peers, you will be able to take eye-catching images through an engaging and sociable experience” The Culture Club Photography Workshops

Info: www.cultureclubphotographyworkshops.co.uk

EAT & DRINK: Wishbone, Unit 12 Market Row, Brixton Market, Electric Avenue  London, Brixton SW9 8JX

How much: Various

They say: “Brixton Market has rapidly become a foodie destination south of the river with Brixton Village housing some of the best food in the area. Soon, it’s about to get even better with a new fried chicken emporium. The brainchild of William Leigh (aka@theboydonefood) and Scott Collins (of Meat Liquor and Meat Market), Wishbone is aiming to reinvent chicken in the same way Meat Liquor got us all fired up about burgers. We caught up with William to find out more” Hot-dinners.com

Info: www.twitter.com/wishbonebrixton

For more things to do in London, visit www.theculturalexpose.co.uk

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