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Giffords Circus: Xanadu

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Giffords Circus: Xanadu
Serpentine Pavilion 2019: Junya Ishigami
London Gelato Festival
Mayfair Art Weekend
The Bazaar
Cindy Sherman
Community Festival
Masterpiece London 2019
London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
 

 

Make the most of your precious time off with the LondonTown weekend guide, which gives you the lowdown on the best events and things to do this weekend in London. Want it straight to your inbox? Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Something for the Weekend mailer.

 
 

Giffords Circus: Xanadu

Chiswick House and Gardens, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP

Tube: Turnham Green Station

 

Dates: 27th June to 8th July 2019

 

Midsummer in the mid '70s sets the scene for this year's Giffords Circus show which makes a welcome return to Chiswick House in summer 2019. Nell Gifford, Tweedy the Clown and the glorious Giffords Circus troupe become hippies, hipsters, wild women and global nomads for Xanadu, the show fuelled by flower power. Or should that be flour power? Well, Tweedy certainly thinks so and he's taken a job in the kitchen to get down with the cool kids. Groovy new acts joining in 2019 include Lil Rice, niece of Nell Gifford and daughter of Emma Bridgewater, with her amazing cyr wheel act, Anna Rastsova on the swinging trapeze and the daring Donerts, a family who hail from Hungary, perform a pas de deux and vaulting act. They join the acrobatic Curatola Brothers as a family of out-of-towners get caught up in the celebrations and the police are called in. It's all wonderfully eccentric fun and ends with a fast paced finale followed by a dance with the cast at the end. Makes you want to run away and join the circus.

 
 
 

Serpentine Pavilion 2019: Junya Ishigami

Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA

Tube: Lancaster Gate Station

 

Dates: 21st June to 6th October 2019

 

Like a giant armadillo, the Serpentine Pavilion for 2019, by Japanese architect Junya Ishigami, sits on the gallery's front lawn, with its back hunched up. But if it appears at first sight to be a solid structure, that impression is soon dispelled by a sideways look at its cross section. This angle reveals a slim, almost paper thin profile which gives the 61 tonnes of Cumbrian slate a feather light appearance. That is very much the intention of the architecture who likes to play with our perspective of the built environment. He advises visitors to the pavilion to see the stones as if they're coming out of the ground and let their imagination take flight. Inside Ishigami's structure there's a cave like feel. It's here that special events like the COS x Serpentine Park Nights and Family Weekends take place during the summer. Or simply stop by for a coffee (served on site) and contemplation.

 
 
 

London Gelato Festival

Canopy Market, West Handyside Canopy, One Wharf Road, London, N1C 4AA

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2019

 

Bringing a taste of Italy to London, the Gelato Festival returns this June, this time bringing its broad range of flavours to Canopy Market in King's Cross, just off Granary Square. Launched in 2010 as a tribute to Bernardo Buontalenti, the inventor of gelato in 1559, the festival invites top gelato masters and award-winning chefs to showcase their skills and authentic gelato. This year, 16 of the greatest artisan gelato chefs from across the UK, as well as some from Italy and Australia, will be in attendance. Flavours have been specially created for the occasion - expect fruity, creamy, chocolatey, weird and wonderful and everything in between. Grab yourself a gelato ticket in advance, which allows you to sample all the gelato on offers and participate in all events that are part of this year's festival.

 
 
 

Mayfair Art Weekend

 

Various Venues Dates: 28th, 29th and 30th June 2019

 

Returning for its sixth year, the Mayfair Art Weekend is a festival that brings together a whole host of internationally acclaimed galleries, institutions and artists for a weekend of art events, exhibitions, tours and talks. The Gallery Hop! offers a curated tour of the best exhibitions while new galleries for 2019 include Waddington Custot, Galerie Max Hetzler, Contini Contemporary and Unit London. To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Burlington Arcade there's a sculpture by British artist Philip Colbert installed in the entrance of the iconic Edwardian venue and Bond Street will once against host a fortnight of activities under umbrella event Art in the Heart of Mayfair.

 
 
 

Present Laughter

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

Tube: Waterloo Station , Southwark Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 17th June to 10th August 2019

 

Sherlock baddie Andrew Scott, currently better known as 'the hot priest' thanks to his starring role in Fleabag series two, leads an all-star cast in the Old Vic's staging of Noel Coward's comedy, Present Laughter. The cast also includes Luke Thallon, Sophie Thompson, Suzie Toase and Indira Varma who plays Luther's wife in the BBC detective drama. Before opening night director, Matthew Warchus, said: "Originally titled Sweet Sorrow, Noel Coward's most autobiographical work is a giddy and passionate observation of narcissism, hero worship and loneliness."

 
 
 
 

The Bazaar

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, London, NW1 7AY

Tube: Camden Town Station , Camden Town Station

 

Dates: Sunday 30th June 2019

 

Modern craft fair The Bazaar brings 35 makers, small brands and traders from all over the world under one roof for one day at Cecil Sharp House. Curated by Muna Arzouni and Florence Dixon who have an eye forquality products that have a timeless appeal - these are items made to be treasured forever. At the June 2019 edition you'll meet Maya Njie whose quality, genderless perfumes are inspired by Maya's Swedish and west African heritage, MR studio London - an artist / designer duo formed by Mike Pollard and Rika Yamasaki - and Palorosa, a brand by Italian-Guatemalan landscape architect Cecilia Pirani. Discover botanical prints, baskets made from recycled plastic and heirloom garments designed to be worn for many years to come.

 
 
 

Cindy Sherman

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station, Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 27th June to 15th September 2019

 

Well known American photographer Cindy Sherman famously made her name in the 1990s using herself as her subject. This exhibition at National Portrait Gallery explores the development of her work from the mid-1970s to the present day. Featuring around 150 works from international public and private collections, as well as new work never before displayed in a public gallery, the display focuses on the artist's manipulation of her own appearance and her use of material taken from different cultural sources, including film, advertising and fashion. Including the ground-breaking series, Untitled Film Stills, 1977-80, this major new exhibition delves into the gap between image and identity.

 
 
 

Community Festival

Finsbury Park, Endymion Road, London, N4 1EE

Tube: Manor House Station

 

Dates: Sunday 30th June 2019

 

Indie rock band The Kooks headline this one-day music festival, which started out as a roaming event, spread around 11 venues in Hoxton and Shoreditch a couple of years back. Now Community Festival returns to Finsbury Park for a second summer with special guests Blossoms, Don Broco with frontman Rob Damiani, The Hunna, Kate Nash, Gerry Cinnamon, Sound Of nominees Sea Girls, US punk outfit SMWRS, The Amazons, Blaenavon, The Night Cafe and many more in the east London park. Pitched as the "ultimate summer celebration of modern guitar music and indie fun", Community is the perfect festival for fans for rock, punk and indie music.

 
 
 

Masterpiece London 2019

Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4SR

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 27th Jun to 3rd Jul 2019

 

Dedicated to finding the best in art and design, Masterpiece London, held on the South Grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, is a high-end exhibition for serious art collectors. This year, in its eighteenth successive year, Masterpiece London returns with museum-quality works from over 150 leading galleries worldwide and a strong roster of exhibitors including Katie Jones, a London based specialist in Japanese Art. As well as presenting important historic paintings, exquisite jewels, European Old Master sculpture,works by well known artists like Henry Moore and museum quality pieces, there are free-to-attend talks giving visitors an opportunity to learn about important exhibits, their makers and influences.

 
 
 

London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

London Regatta Centre, Docklands Road, London, E16 2QT

Tube: Canning Town Station

 

Dates: Sunday 30th June 2019

 

In 2019, the London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival celebrates its 24th year, returning to the London Regatta Centre at the later date of Sunday 30th June. This year's edition sees 40 teams given a turn in the dragon boats - human-powered paddled watercraft, typically manned by 17 people, 16 of which are equipped with small paddles and the 17th beating a drum - as they battle it out for one of six cups. Out of the water, there's traditional Chinese lion dancing, live music, martial arts displays, and a South East Asia food festival making this a free, family-friendly, fun day out for both participants and spectators.

 
 
 

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