Something For The Weekend in London: May 17-19
Fela Kuti, Jewish food and The Great Gatsby are just some of the reasons why the rainy weather ahead ain’t keeping us in this weekend – so throw on the wellies and head out to tuck into this cultural smorgasbord of music, ballet, exhibitions, film – plus a curious late night at the Wellcome Collection that’s nothing to be “sniffed” at.
MUSIC: Saluting The Black President: Fela Kuti at 229 The Venue, 229 Great Portland Street, W1W 5PN
How much: £20
We say: To mark a new release of the Afrobeat legend’s entire back catalogue comes a unique concert featuring some of Fela’s contemporaries (like Tony Allen) and the new-gen of artists influenced by him, including Ty, Blak Twang and the Noisette’s Shingai Shoniwa.
ALTERNATIVE: The Nose at The Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Rd London NW1 2BE
How much: FREE
We say: Have a ‘nose’ around this entertaining late night at the Wellcome Collection where everything from nose jobs to playing the nose flute will be on this peculiar agenda.
ARTS & CULTURE: Ballet Black presents Quadruple Bill featuring War Letters, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham, London N15 4RX
How much: £15
We say: This mixed bill of new works from the award-winning Ballet Black will give you the chance to enjoy the talents of black and Asian dancers from around the globe
ART & CULTURE: Propaganda: Power and Persuasion at the British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB
How much: £9
We say: The British Library’s summer exhibition presents the first retrospective of the persuasive imagery of the twentieth and 21st century. Artworks on show will range from the nostalgic British factory recruitment of women, to the imagery employed by the Nazi’s and Chinese Red Army party-lines. Since the British Library is a hub of intellectual life, the collateral events accompanying the exhibition are also diverse and interesting.
EAT & DRINK: Gefiltefest: London Jewish Food Festival, Ivy House, 94-96 North End Road NW11 7SX
How much: £25
We say: Back for a fourth year, this Jewish foodie fest will give you an insight into this unique cultural cuisine, including talks, activities and plenty of food, of course.
CINEMA: The Great Gatsby (Directed by Baz Luhrmann. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan)
We say: This is the first major film of the summer and promises aplenty in the way of razzle and dazzle, thanks to director Baz Luhrmann, a stellar cast and Jay-Z on the soundtrack. A must-see, asap.
Info: The Great Gatsby trailer
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