The City calendar is always full to bursting with things to see, do and experience. From festivals and food to concerts and community fundraisers, these are the...
The City calendar is always full to bursting with things to see, do and experience. From festivals and food to concerts and community fundraisers, these are the top events in the City of London for 14 to 27 March 2018.
Discover historic letters sent between the City and America during the American War of Independence. Read correspondence from leading figures including John Hancock and Isaac Roosevelt showing the City’s support for the cause. Themes of freedom and self-determination are also explored in archives documenting the work and activities of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, the first woman to qualify as a surgeon and physician in Britain and to serve as a magistrate and a mayor.
Until 19 April, free, Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday noon-4pm
Heritage Gallery, Guildhall Art Gallery, Guildhall Yard EC2V 5AE
Richard Alston choreographed his very first dance in 1968. Fifty years later, Mid Century Modern celebrates this landmark achievement by looking back at the old by revisiting works from each decade, and embracing the new by creating a solo for BBC Young Dancer Vidya Patel. Our journey through the career of a true dance legend takes audiences from the 1970s to now, honing in on his close relationship with music that ranges from Handel to Debussy.
23 and 24 March
Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue EC1R 4TN
The Centre for Russian Music at Goldsmiths, University of London, opens up its collections for display at Barbican Music Library. See rare Soviet scores, texts and vinyl, as well as stories of Soviet composers’ complex negotiations with political power, and of unusual lines of contact with the West.
Until 28 March, free
Barbican Music Library, Barbican Centre, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS
Was the baker of Pudding Lane to blame? What did Samuel Pepys bury in his garden? Find out on a 45-minute interactive family walk exploring how the Great Fire started, spread, and was finally stopped. Take part in mini challenges as you visit sites including Pudding Lane, the Monument and London Bridge.
18 March 11am-11.45am, £7 adults,
£5 child, Museum of London, 150 London Wall
Join independent British jewellery company Tatty Devine in a jewellery masterclass inspired by the Museum of London’s incredible collection of Suffragette objects and memorabilia. No experience necessary and all materials will be provided to create your own piece of jewellery to take home.
17 March, 10.30am-1pm & 1.30pm-4pm, £45, concessions £40-£42
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
Join Rachel Kolsky, author of Women’s London, aboard a vintage Routemaster for a tour around the Capital, following in the footsteps of some of the major players in the suffrage movement. You’ll discover the difference between suffragists and Suffragettes, see the sites of key campaigns and rallies, and hear the stories behind such names as the Pankhursts, Millicent Fawcett, the Pethick-Lawrences and Emily Wilding Davison.
25 March, 10am-1.30pm, £28
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
Attend a panel discussion which explores the legacy of the hugely influential campaign through the eyes of modern day writers. The discussion will be followed by book signings and an exclusive presentation of the museum’s Suffragette collection.
23 March, 2pm-5pm, £10
Museum of London, 150 London Wall EC2Y 5HN
Dip into a mix of free events and activities from pop-up performances to interactive installations and ticketed events such as film screenings, gigs and contemporary dance to get a taste of everything that happens at the largest performing arts centre in Europe.
17-18 March, 12pm, prices vary
Barbican Centre, Silk Street
An exhibition looking at our changing national relationship with the place the British like to be beside – the seaside. Find out how the Great British Seaside has changed over the last 60 years through a collection of striking images captured by photographers who share a mutual love of the seaside, including Martin Parr, Tony Ray Jones, David Hurn and Simon Roberts. The exhibition also includes images from the photographers’ archives, news film, and some never before seen images.
From 23 March, 10am-5pm, free
National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich
In a time of ‘alternative facts’, when digital images can be manipulated by anyone
with a smartphone, can photography still be trusted to provide a record of our world? Or is it an essential tool for navigating our mediated reality? Join our panel of experts, including artist Kate Cooper, arts writer Liz Jobey, architect and researcher Christina Varvia, and photography writer and journalist Sean O’Hagan as they discuss the changing roles of photography in a post-truth world. Part of the ongoing Andreas Gursky Exhibition.
19 March, 8pm, £10
Southbank Centre Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX
Since 1968, the artist-led organisation SPACE has provided studios and opportunities to artists. 50 years on, how can emerging artists today make space for themselves in cities like London? This special event invites artist and co-founder of SPACE Peter Sedgely and one-time SPACE resident Robin Klassnik (director, Matt’s Gallery) into dialogue with a new generation of artist-led organisations, including Auto Italia’s Kate Cooper, Canan Batur of clearview ltd, and artist and researcher Naomi Pearce (The Woodmill). Moderated by director of SPACE Anna Harding, the discussion will consider the histories and present realities of running self-initiated organisations in London. Organised in collaboration with SPACE, this event accompanies the publication Artists in the City: SPACE in ’68 and beyond.
22 March, 7pm, £5
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street E1 7QX
A rare chance to see the Hackney Colliery Band leader in the intimate setting of the Cocktail Bar, playing solo trumpet with electronics and collaborating with some very special invited guests. Expect an unusual mix of upbeat jazz, a little electronic experimentation and a healthy dose of fun.
19 March, 8pm-10pm, free
Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley E1 8JB
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Graphic design in the form of internet memes, posters and protest placards is being used by the marginalised and powerful alike to shape political messages like never before. From the global financial crash and the Arab Spring, to ISIS, Brexit and Trump, this exhibition explores the numerous ways graphic messages have challenged, altered and influenced key political moments. Journey through Occupy Wall Street, Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution and the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Explore over 160 objects and installations, and uncover the real-time social media conversation around political leaders, through dynamic displays created in partnership with leading social listening platform Pulsar.
From 28 March, £12
The Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street W8 6AG
You’ve heard of painting the town red, but this weekend Trafalgar Square will be splashed in coats of green. A three-day party to salute St Patrick’s Day is bowling into the Capital from 16-18 March. More than 125,000 people are expected to join a giant parade featuring pageantry, floats and music, all with a nod to the unrivalled spirit of the people from the Emerald Isle.
16-18 March, 12pm, free
Trafalgar Square WC2N 5DX