What does it even mean? Much of the press coverage of the arty side of the 2012 Olympics – culminating at the moment with the London 2012 Festival – has involved head-scratching about what the hell it actually is.
The spring weather might be a little tempermental in the capital this mid-May, but at least we’ve always got a brilliant array of cultural happenings to rely on – so this weekend, why not check out a brand spankin’ new Photographer’s Gallery, pay homage to a hip-hop great, go digging for rare vinyls, mull over spoken word or simply sip wine in a new Soho haunt? (Just don’t forget your umbrella.)
The abject misery of a month’s rain in a week gave way to beautiful sunshine. Just in time for the thousands that gathered at Fringe City to see the Saturday afternoon outdoor entertainment, joined this weekend by all the trendy music types attending the Great Escape.
Nothing like a four-day week to bring back the weekend round a little bit quicker, especially when there’s outdoor theatre, feasts on the street, a legendary Grandmaster and Russian indie docs to look forward to – and finally, the weather’s expected to be great.
There is a collective hum of activity growing around Brighton at the moment. Venues are being built, banners going up, tickets being bought by the thousand and performers warming up. In spite of the spectre of meteorological doom, England’s largest arts festival is about to begin.
And no, it’s NOT raining in Brighton- and nor will [...]
Cheers to the four-day weekend! So, while Friday to Sunday will keep you plenty occupied, with b-boys and girls swinging into town via Breakin’ Convention, street skating in Hyde Park, two music fests and what will only be a hilarious screening of the classic Flash Gordon, we recommend spending the Bank Holiday Monday checking out a festival for foodies, that incredible new Bauhaus exhibition that honours the world’s most famous art school or simply chilling out, maxing and relaxing.
To echo the wise words of Ann Peebles, “I can’t stand the rain” – but this weekend plans won’t be a complete washout, I assure you. Check out some of the lovely, cosy indoor ideas we’ve got in store that’ll keep you entertained (and dry). Friday lunchtime offers a disco, a movie fest and even a quick visit to the Hackney Empire. Just remember to pack your brolly for Saturday’s Brixton bake-off – it’ll be worth it.
It’s only the second week of 2012 but things appear to be heating up all over the city (not least the weather, which has been freakishly mild of late, non?). We’ve picked out a least three intriguing festivals, a new club night in Islington – and if you haven’t seen it yet, the colossal Postmodernism show at the V&A, which gets a final, honourable mention as it wraps up on the 15th and is too good to miss…
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