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The Second Violinist
Hacienda Classical
Boy Blue Entertainment
The Great River Race
The London Design Festival
Open House London
Christian Marclay: The Clock
I Object: Ian Hislop's search for dissent
London Brunch Fest
Barnes Film Festival
James Graham's Sketching
Revive at Studio 5: Havana Moon
Dance Umbrella
Antony and Cleopatra

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Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo are at the National, the V&A offers a 'hands-on' Videogames experience and Shard architect Renzo Piano is the first to be shown at the new Architecture Studio at the Royal Academy of Arts. LondonTown has the best London events starting in September 2018.

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ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company: Sylvia

This dance piece brings to life the struggles of Suffragette Sylvia Pabkhurst.

Old Vic Theatre, 103 The Cut, London, SE1 8NB

Tube: Waterloo Station , Southwark Station, Lambeth North Station


Dates: 1st to 22nd September 2018


Dance, hip hop, soul and funk combine to bring to life the struggles of Sylvia Pankhurst, a leading figure in the Suffragette movement, in a dance drama co-written by Kate Prince and Priya Parmar with original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde. Sylvia is a co-production between the ZooNation dance company, Old Vic and Sadler's Wells, co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW.


London Brunch Fest

A festival dedicated to breakfast in bread, smashed avocado and the full English.

The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Tube: Aldgate East Station


Dates: Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September 2018


A food festival dedicated to our favourite weekend meal, somewhere between breakfast and lunch, London Brunch Fest takes over The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, on the first weekend of September. The Barge House, famous for their breakfasts in breads - a sourdough loaf hollowed out and packed with all your breakfast favourites - Urban Pantry (runner-up in Time Out Love London Awards 'Most Loved Local Brunch Spot'), and The Dayrooms Cafe are just three of the restaurants serving up their best brunch menus. As well as the headline restaurants there's a marketplace full of brunch and breakfast related treats plus a programme of talks and events. Love brunch? Check out our favourite [London Brunch]{} spots.


Totally Thames

A month of events to celebrate London's main waterway.

River Thames, , London, WC2H 7BP

Tube: Vauxhall Station , Pimlico Station


Dates: 1st to 30th September 2018


Month-long event Totally Thames returns this September with river-related events taking place along the river's entire 42-mile course through the capital. The festival - much of which is free - celebrates the main waterway which winds its way through the heart of the city, through a diverse mix of art, music, and educational events both on the water and along its banks and bridges at various riverside locations from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge and beyond. This year, the event looks at the river as a source of creativity that connects London to other cities around the world. Events include Rivers of the World, an exhibition of river-inspired artwork created by young people from around the world; Mother Danube, a week of free performance at unique riverside locations; and Bascule Chamber Concerts, a programme of events curated by Iain Chambers in the atmospheric subterranean Victorian space.


About Leo

This play delves into the world of English-born Mexican artist Leonora Carrington.

Jermyn Street Theatre, 16B Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 6LT

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 5th to 29th September 2018


This September, Jermyn Street Theatre hosts the world premiere of Alice Allemano's About Leo. Directed by Michael Oakley, the play delves into the world of English-born Mexican artist Leonora Carrington, renowned for her surrealist works that continue to be exhibited at galleries across the world. Moving from modern Mexico to 1930s France, the story follows Carrington - a notoriously reclusive individual - as she meets with journalist Eliza Prentice, who has a family connection that needs to be explored.


The Second Violinist

Enda Walsh and Donnacha Dennehy's modern opera - a foreboding story of a life falling apart.

Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station


Dates: 6th, 7th and 8th September 2018


The latest collaboration between Irish playwright Enda Walsh and composer Donnacha Dennehy, The Second Violinist is a modern opera that tells the foreboding story of a life falling apart. The drama at the Barbican unfolds as Martin, an orchestral violinist, is consumed by social media platforms, morbid fantasies and violent video games. Seeking solace in the music of Italian Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo, his inner turmoil becomes ever more apparent as he searches for beauty in a dark world. Concluding its five star reviewThe Guardian said, "Like its recurring filmed image of a murmuration of starlings, it soars."


I Object: Ian Hislop's search for dissent

Symbols of protest, these objects have been used to mock the powerful and give a voice to the people.

British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station , Russell Square Station, Holborn Station


Dates: 6th September 2018 to 20th January 2019


Journalist, historian and Have I Got News For You regular Ian Hislop has been on a mission to find stories of dissent, subversion and satire hidden within the vast collections of the British Museum for I Object, the museum's new autumn exhibition. Exploring how people have used objects to subvert official ideology and to mock the powerful throughout history, the display highlights handpicked objects associated with dissent - like the suffragettes of the Edwardian era, and the work of outspoken Chinese artists. Often anonymously created, the pieces give a voice to those who would otherwise be without one. From a defaced Roman bust to 18th century satirical prints to modern African cloth, each object has been chosen because of the subversive or satirical message it carries. A highlight of the exhibition is an artwork by Banksy, a hoax piece called Peckham Rock which was secretly 'installed' by the artist in the museum in 2005.


An Adventure

Award-winning writer Vinay Patel presents a new work.

Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 8LJ

Tube: Shepherd's Bush Market Station (Hammersmith and City Line) , Goldhawk Road Station, Shepherd's Bush Station (Central)


Dates: 6th September to 20th October 2018


Renowned for his BATA Award-winning BBC drama Murdered by My Father and the critically acclaimed True Brits, Vinay Patel returns to the Bush Theatre with An Adventure. An epic and technicolour love story, it starts in 1954 with a woman who's just discovered that, having been told she's doomed to marry one of five men, she might end up with the person she'd been hoping for all along. Following headstrong Jyoti and her suitor Rasik, it takes audiences on a journey through the fall of the Empire, travelling from the shores of post-Partition India to the forest of Mau Mau Kenya and then the industrial upheaval of 1970s London.


Phoenix Season

The centre celebrates the reopening of its Grand Hall with this special season.

Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN

Tube: Clapham Common Station


Dates: 6th September 2018 to 28th January 2019


Three years since the Grand Hall at the Battersea Arts Centre was devastated by a major fire, the hall reopens with great fanfare with a dedicated Phoenix Season. The series will be made up of shows that celebrate people's determination and creativity, giving platforms to artists and leaders of the future. With its run interrupted by the fire back in 2015, Missing by physical theatre company Gecko will be the opening production of the season while other shows include Adam, the true story of a young Egyptian trans man; I'm A Phoenix, Bitch, Bryony Kimmings' first solo show; and Superblackman an exploration of power, mental health and representation.



This show takes audiences on a journey into a world of striking imagery, multiple languages and beautiful music.

Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN

Tube: Clapham Common Station


Dates: 6th to 15th September 2018


Acclaimed physical dance theatre company Gecko were halfway through their run of Missing in 2015, when the Grand Hall of Battersea Arts Centre was destroyed by fire present. So it's entirely appropriate that they should be the ones to reopen the performance space to complete the run of their visually stunning show. The visceral performance looks at the warped psyche of a woman called Lily and what happens when she unearths the depths of her forgotten past. Audiences will be taken into a world of striking imagery, multiple languages and beautiful music. The show is part of the Phoenix Season which reopens the Grand Hall.


Revive at Studio 5: Havana Moon

Dancers, actors, Cuban-themed food and cocktails recreate The Rolling Stone's Havana Moon concert.

Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, London, E1 0HX

Tube: Stepney Green Station


Dates: Friday 7th September 2018


Even if you weren't at The Rolling Stones' 2016 concert in the Cuban capital you'll feel as if you were at this fully immersive screening of their iconic gig at the Troxy. Dancers, actors, Cuban-themed food and cocktails, as well as large-scale set designs, recreate The Rolling Stone's Havana Moon concert. The free, open-air gig in Havana was staged in the week Barack Obama's historic visit opened up the country and was originally witnessed by over half a million fans. Revive at Studio 5, who specialise in immersive screenings of iconic gigs, use the latest cinematic technology, lighting equipment and concert production sound so audiences can relive incredible music events with hundreds of other fans.


Tower of London Food Festival

A fabulous food and drink festival in the dry moat of the Tower of London.

Tower Of London, Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4AB

Tube: Tower Hill Station


Dates: 7th, 8th and 9th September 2018


Join Michel Roux Jr, Nadiya Hussain and Melissa Hemsley for a fabulous food and drink festival in the dry moat of the Tower of London. The three-day Tower of London Food Festival has over 100 hand-picked artisan producers, live music at the bandstand, vintage games and hands-on culinary masterclasses in 'The Classroom'. Top celebrity chefs and cooking experts Jose Pizarro, Marcus Bean and Billy and Jack, runners up on BBC One's MasterChef in 2016, will be doing live demos, interviews and book signings. What's more, all tickets include free entry into the Tower of London itself.



This major new show looks at the complexity of video games and their importance in the design field.

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 8th September 2018 to 24th February 2019


Embracing the current renaissance in Videogames, the V&A presents a major new show this September. The first show to fully consider the complexity of video games as an important design field, it will look at how a new wave of designers, players and critics are pushing the medium's boundaries. Exploring the design and culture of the medium since the mid-2000s - when fast-tracked technology increased access to the internet - the exhibition will investigate groundbreaking contemporary design work and rebellious player communities, as well as the political conversations that define this movement. Visitors will be able to explore large-scale immersive multimedia installations and take part in hands-on interactive experiences. Object-based displays will also be present, providing a glimpse of design materials from leading studios.


The Great River Race

The rowing equivalent of the London Marathon, with over 330 boats taking part.

River Thames, , London, WC2H 7BP

Tube: Vauxhall Station , Pimlico Station


Dates: Saturday 8th September 2018


Regarded as the rowing equivalent of the London Marathon, the Great River Race gathers over 330 boats for a 21.6 mile race from the Isle of Dogs in east London to Ham House west of London. Bursting with colour, spectacle, intense competition and casual fun, the race challenges crews to row from the industrial cityscape of Docklands all the way along the Thames to the idyllic semi-rural Richmond shores. Since launching in 1987, entries have snowballed from a mere 72 entrants to a massive 330 boats carrying over 2,000 competitors, racing for 35 trophies. Festivities along the river at Richmond begin at noon with live music, a children's beach, donkey rides and food and drink stalls, finishing with a spectacular riverside party at Ham.



Squeeze headlines on Saturday and Paloma Faith tops the bill on Sunday.

Blackheath Common, Shooters Hill Road, London, SE3 0UA

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)


Dates: Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September 2018


Music and food festival OnBlackheath returns this September for its fifth year with Squeeze headlining on Saturday and Platinum-selling British artist and fellow Londoner Paloma Faith top of the bill for Sunday. Billy Bragg, The Divine Comedy, Corinne Bailey Rae, The Lightning Seeds, De La Soul, Craig Charles Funk and Soul and Huey Morgan are just some of the acts announced in the first round of confirmed artists. There's more jazz-funk from the James Taylor Quartet, Mexican music by The Mariachis and snooker legend Steve Davis takes to the decks with collaborator Kavus Torabi. As well as the music, there's street food, bars and fun family entertainment.


Divine Proportions

A unique dining experience that brings together feast and fetish.

The Vaults, 10 Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN

Tube: Waterloo Station , Lambeth North Station


Dates: 11th September 2018 to 12th January 2019


Renowned for hosting quirky and immersive events, the Vaults keep up the tradition with Divine Proportions, a unique dining experience that brings together feast and fetish. Based on the story of Dionysus, God of Wine and Merriment, the immersive event takes the ancient Greek myth as a starting point and offers an exploration of female beauty and sensuality, personal freedom, expression of gender fluidity and sexual desire. Guests will be led on a mythical and theatrical journey before sitting down to enjoy a feast inspired by Greek mythology. Expect juniper and beetroot cured salmon, roast guinea fowl breast with orange saffron, and caramelised white chocolate with coconut milk and Manuka honey ganache. Following dinner, it will be time to venture to the Underworld for late-night revelry amongst the darker celestial beings.


Boy Blue Entertainment: Blak Whyte Gray

Boy Blue's critically acclaimed piece returns to the Barbican.

Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station


Dates: 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Sep 2018


Boy Blue's critically acclaimed Blak Whyte Gray returns to the Barbican, following its Olivier Award nomination in 2017. Created by Boy Blue's founders Kenrick 'H2O' Sandy and Michael 'Mikey J' Asante, the piece pairs hip-hop dance with the rhythmical groove of music and moves evoking Africa. Giving expression to experiences of contemporary life in a world in flux, Blak Whyte Gray is infused with an unexpected abstract quality. There's a "rich and melancholy joy" says The Guardian of Blue Boy's dance piece, as the company tackles "the nature of identity in an awesome three-part show".


Christian Marclay: The Clock

Marclay's unique 24-hour installation goes on display for free.

Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station


Dates: 14th September 2018 to 20th January 2019


Sees Christian Marclay's unique installation, The Clock, at Tate Modern this autumn. Twenty-four hours long, the mesmerising piece is a montage of thousands of film and televisions images of clocks, edited together to show the actual time. Several years of rigorous and painstaking research and production led to the piece, with the final result showcasing a vast range of narratives, settings and moods with the space of a few minutes. Visitors will be able to see the installation for free during the day while once a month the gallery will remain open throughout the night to allow the full 24-hour installation to be shown.


Renzo Piano

The Shard architect is the subject of the first exhibition in the RA's Architecture Studio.

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 15th September 2018 to 20th January 2019


He has designed some of the most striking buildings in our modern cities, from the Pompidou Centre in Paris to The Shard in London and the new Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. In September 2018, Renzo Piano is the subject of the first annual architecture exhibition in the Royal Academy of Arts' newly refurbished galleries in Burlington Gardens. The first survey exhibition on the 'starchitect' in London for almost 30 years, the display will document his early days as a young architect working with Richard Rogers and move on to more recent projects. See his landmark buildings through rarely displayed drawings, models and full-scale maquettes in an exhibition which reveals the process behind his best-known creations.


The London Design Festival

Hundreds of events and landmark projects form the 16th festival.


Various Venues Dates: 15th to 23rd September 2018


Celebrating London as the gateway to international design, the London Design Festival returns for a 16th year in 2018 with hundreds of events and landmark projects. The annual festival takes in sectors as diverse as fashion, architecture, retail, typography, photography and textiles in an ambitious city-wide project. Over nine days in September, cultural institutions like the V&A, Somerset House and the Design Museum take part and the city is divided into eight design districts - there are hubs in Brompton, Chelsea, Clerkenwell, Islington, Queens Park and Shoreditch. Events vary from product launches in tiny boutiques to massive trade shows including designjunction and 100% Design. Look out for headline grabbing landmark projects in the city and at the V&A.


Antony and Cleopatra

Sophie Okonedo plays the Egyptian queen while Ralph Fiennes portrays Roman ruler Mark Antony.

National Theatre: Olivier Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 8XZ

Tube: Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 18th September 2018 to 19th January 2019


Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play lovers Antony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre as Simon Godwin follows the success of Twelfth Night with another Shakespeare production in the Olivier. Hotel Rwanda actress Okonedo starred opposite Damian Lewis in 2017 and now squares up to another A-list leading man, playing the Egyptian queen while Ralph Fiennes, star of the English Patient, portrays Roman ruler Mark Antony. With design by Hildegard Bechtler.


Still Alice

Sharon Small takes the central role in Christine Mary Dunford's adaptation of Lisa Genova's award-winning novel.

Richmond Theatre, The Green, Surrey, London, TW9 1QJ

Tube: Richmond Station


Dates: 18th to 22nd Sep 2018


Television and stage star, Sharon Small, best known for playing Barbara Havers in The Inspector Linley Mysteries, takes on the central role in Christine Mary Dunford's adaptation of Lisa Genova's award-winning novel. As anyone who's read the book will know, Still Alice gives an honest account of life with a progressive disease. It introduces us to 50 year-old Alice Howland, a renowned linguistics professor at Harvard University, as she battles with early-onset dementia and explores the effects the disease has on identity, family and relationships. Sharon Small reprises the role of Alice on her first UK tour in almost twenty-five years, having played it at West Yorkshire Playhouse earlier this year.


Open House London

Go behind the doors that are usually closed to the public.


Various Venues Dates: Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September 2018


One weekend a year we get to go behind doors which are, for the rest of the year, closed to the public and see inside London's architectural landmarks. The fantastic, free Open House London allows access to more than 800 of the city's sites and buildings. This year's list has yet to be announced but last year's highlights included the revamped New Scotland Yard, London's latest tower, nicknamed 'the vase', an urban farm in Waterloo, an exhibition by starchitect Norman Foster and the gargantuan Francis Crick Institute at King's Cross. There's a wealth of architectural gems to choose from, old and new including favourites like the BT Tower and William Morris's Red House and City of London icons, the Cheesegrater and 'The Gherkin' . You can also get inside some of the grandest private homes in your own neighbourhood - it's a voyeur's dream come true. For the more serious students of contemporary design, this is a chance to visit spaces by famous modern architects, some of whom give talks and tours of the buildings they've designed. Entry to some houses is only permitted via pre-booked tickets acquired through the website You're advised to bring booking confirmation with you.


Darbar Festival

This festival brings the best of Indian classical music and dance to London.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September 2018


The Darbar Festival, a regular fixture on London's event calendar since 2006, takes place at the Southbank Centre, the Barbican and Sadler's Wells, bringing the best of Indian classical music and dance to three London venues over three months. One of the only festivals that offers the two kinds of Indian Classical music - Hindustani from the North, and Carnatic from the South - it was set up in memory of Bhai Gurmit Singh Ji Virdee, an inspirational teacher of the tabla. As well as live concerts and dance there are talks, workshops and 60 minute hatha yoga classes set to classical Indian music.


HowTheLightGetsIn Festival

Kenwood House hosts the world's largest philosophy and music festival.

Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, Hampstead, London, NW3 7JR

Tube: Highgate Station


Dates: Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September 2018


The world's largest philosophy and music festival, HowTheLightGetsIn comes to London September. Hosted by the Institute of Art and Ideas and taking place in the grounds of Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath, the festival has a programme of debates, talks, music and comedy, bringing together more than 100 events in total. Witness cognitive scientist Steven Pinker in debate, see human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell take part in The Morality of the Tribe, and watch author Deborah Levy debate mystery and the supernatural. Other guests on the line-up include mathematician and Hawking collaborator Roger Penrose, Nobel prize-winning Amy Chua and philosopher Rebecca Goldstein. Music wise, expect everything from dance music to intimate singer-songwriter gigs.


Turner Prize 2018

The most notorious prize in the world of contemporary art.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station


Dates: 25th September 2018 to 6th January 2019


Set up in 1984, the Tate's Turner Prize has been courting controversy ever since. The most notorious prize in the world of contemporary art, carries a large cash prize - there's 25,000 in the pot - and instant fame for the winner who must be a British artist and have staged an 'outstanding' exhibition of work completed within the year. The shortlist always seems to feature conceptual art of the most difficult-to-understand sort. But despite the uproar from stuffier elements in the tabloids, this show is always great fun. Since 2011 the Turner Prize exhibition has been staged somewhere other than at Tate Britain which now plays host every other year and in 2018 it's back in London.



A new take on Stephen Sondheim's play.

Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 26th September to 22nd December 2018


Marianne Elliott - best known for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse - directs a new take on Stephen Sondheim's Company at the Gielgud Theatre. Staged this September, it will re-cast the lead, Bobby, as a 35-year-old woman named Bobbi, played by the award-winning Rosalie Craig. In this adaptation, Bobbi rebels against her married friends, who all think it's high time she settled down. Broadway star and Olivier Award-winner Patti LuPone returns to the West End for the first time in 25 years to star as Joanne and Great British Bake Off presenter Mel Giedroyc plays the role of Sarah.


James Graham's Sketching

Nine writers update Dickens for a modern day audience and London plays a starring role.

Wilton's Music Hall, Graces Alley, Off Ensign Street, London, E1 8JB

Tube: Aldgate East Station


Dates: 26th September to 28th October 2018


He's one of the hottest playwrights in London right now - three of his plays (Ink, Labour of Love and Quiz) have been staged in the West End in the space of a year. Now James Graham is giving eight emerging playwrights a stage. Selected from 800 applications, the eight writers each submitted an untold story in which London plays a starring role. Updating Dickens for today, Graham and director Thomas Hescott have taken the Victorian novelist's first novel, Sketches by Boz, as a starting point and tasked the writers with creating the heroes and villains, the invisible people and characters who inhabit London today. Written by Aaron Douglas, Chloe Mi Lin Ewart, Alan Gordon, Adam Hughes, Ella Langley, Himanshu Ojha, Sumerah Srivastav and Naomi Westerman as well as James Graham, who brings all nine stories into a cohesive play, it's an exciting prospect. In this exploration of 24 hours in London you'll discover the city's secret spaces, meet drag queens and squatters and hear an intriguing story about keys and hidden doors. The choice of venue - the atmospheric Wilton's Music Hall in Tower Hamlets - is no accident. The very walls are seeped in history (if only they could talk) but it's the first time a piece of new writing has been staged here. What a way to make history.



The superstar is back with a tour in support of her new album.

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th September 2018


Kylie's appeal is enduring and irresistible and the recent release of her new track 'Dancing' - "a song that easily ranks among Kylie's finest" (The Guardian) - has only strengthened her public appeal. Here she is back for another tour for 2018 in support of new album Golden. The show will be a mix of classic Kylie pop as well as songs from the latest release, her first studio offering in four years which sees her team up with Taylor Swift collaborators Liz Rose and Nathan Chapman. New songs will be mixed with her amazing back catalogue, most of which is devilishly catchy, and Kylie will be making the most of costume changes, daring backdrops and expert lighting at The O2 Arena to showcase her love of a good show.


Dance Umbrella

One of the world's leading dance festivals returns for its 40th anniversary.


Various Venues Dates: 26th September to 21st October 2018


One of the world's leading dance festivals, Dance Umbrella returns for its 40th anniversary, bringing new and fascinating dance to venues across London. In 2018 the festival opens with Big Dance Theater's UK debut of 17c at The Old Vic, which takes audiences on a romp through the frank diaries of Samuel Pepys. Other highlights include Sasha Milavic Davies' Everything That Rises Must Dance, a celebration of female movement with more than 200 women from London; Red at the Southbank Centre, providing a look at a famous Chinese ballet from the period of the Cultural Revolution; and The Great Tame, the latest work from celebrated Greek artist Dimitris Papaioannou. These are just some highlights, check the official website for the full programme.


The Joy of Sake

The world's largest sake celebration outside of Japan.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station


Dates: Friday 28th September 2018


The Joy of Sake, the world's largest sake celebration outside of Japan, comes to London for the first time this summer. First held in Honolulu, the festival has been celebrating the ancient art of sake brewing for 18 years and comes to London at a time when the UK has enjoyed a 240% increase of sake sales over a decade. Running for one evening at the Barbican Centre, the festival will bring together hundreds of premium sakes, all of which will be in peak condition, along with sake-themed small plates from top London restaurants. There will be 192 Japanese breweries represented at the event and guests will be able to help themselves to self-serve tastings while feasting on dishes from SushiSamba, Hakkasan, Dinings and Chisou.


Hacienda Classical

"Probably the best rave since 1997" - NME

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 28th September 2018


Pioneering DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering perform alongside the Manchester Camerata orchestra and special guests for a performance of Hacienda classics. Hacienda Classical won rave reviews after its first Royal Albert Hall visit, NME called it "Probably the best rave since 1997" and Mixmag termed the event, "a near two hour blend of house music's greatest players with an audience dancing and singing from the off". Now coming into its third year, 2018's show will keep the best bits of the previous two shows while adding new songs and guests.


Measure for Measure

This very modern adaptation brings gender fluidity to the West End.

The Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9LD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station


Dates: 28th September to 24th November 2018


Bringing gender fluidity to the West End, Josie Rourke's adaptation of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure sees Hayley Atwell and Jack Lowden alternate the roles of powerful Deputy and powerless Novice. The plot is centred around Angelo, who uses ancient rules to sentence citizens to death, and Isabella, the sister of a man facing such fate. When Isabella continues to plead for her brother's release, Angelo agrees to save him if Isabella agrees to sleep with him. With the role switch taking place within each individual showing, this production will explore how these roles are perceived when played by different genders. Additionally, this modern adaptation will be set in the year of the play's original performance, 1604, and also in 2018.


Barnes Film Festival

This festival brings together the great and good of south west London's actors, filmmakers and directors.


Various Venues Dates: 28th, 29th and 30th September 2018


The Barnes Film Festival returns for a third year in 2018, offering an alternative to the central London film festivals dominating the scene. The festival brings together the great and good of south west London's actors, filmmakers and directors including Emmy award-winning actor and director Stanley Tucci, actor George MacKay, writer and producer Steven Moffat, and TV producer Sue Vertue. The line-up includes workshops, discussions, screenings and competitions and this year it focuses on first time films, screening the debut films of established directors, actors and producers.



This exhibition marks the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Arts.

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 29th September to 10th December 2018


Exploring themes of voyaging, place-making and encounter, Oceania marks the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Arts, founded in 1768,the same year Captain James Cook set sail on his first expedition from Plymouth on the Endeavour. The first major survey of Oceanic art to be held in the United Kingdom, this ambitious exhibition celebrates the art of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, encompassing the vast South Pacific region from NewGuinea to Easter Island, Hawaii to New Zealand and bringing together exceptional works from the ancient past through to the present day.


Professor Brian Cox presents The Planets

A fresh musical and visual look at Holst's The Planets.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station


Dates: Saturday 29th September 2018


Opening the BBC Symphony Orchestra's 2018-19 season at the Barbicanwith a big bang, the orchestra joins forces with Professor Brian Cox and conductor Ben Gernon to take a fresh musical and visual look at Holst's The Planets, 100 years to the day since the celebrated work received its premiere. Music meets science in a fascinating visual and aural exploration of this much loved work.


Soft Cell

Marc Almond and Dave Ball reunite for a one-off 40th anniversary show.

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: Sunday 30th September 2018


The sound of the '80s, synth-pop pioneers Soft Cell reunite for one last time at The O2 on Sunday 30th September 2018. "It will be a real statement and send off, and thank you to every fan" promises Marc Almond. He is back with Dave Ball for a one-off show, 'Say Hello, Wave Goodbye', their first in the UK for 15 years. Hugely influential, their unique brand of electronic music can be heard on well known tracks like Tainted Love (1.35 million copies sold, and counting) and across five albums, book-ended by their debut, 1981's 'Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret', and 2002's 'Cruelty Without Beauty'. Not one to miss, "This last ever final show will be the best ever ending" says Marc Almond.





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