City of London set for a new landmark cultural event

City of London set for a new landmark cultural event
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City of London has just announced it is bringing one of its largest arts and culture programmes to the City this September through the reimagining of the historic Bartholomew Fair.

The 2023 revived Bartholomew Fair will be a three week spectacular with a series of free performances, cultural events and unique entertainment throughout the Square Mile.

Bartholomew Fair, which dates back to the 12th century and ran for 700 years, will run from 31 August to 16 September in different spaces across the Square Mile.

Vertical dancers are set to perform aerial spectacle suspended from St Paul’s Cathedral, kick-starting the three week Bartholomew Fair extravaganza.

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The performers have been granted rare access to St Paul’s to create a site-responsive piece, fusing intricate mid-air choreography with rock climbing techniques and original music.

Other performances include a night-time projection installation creating an illuminated journey through the City’s streets, alongside an arts-filled, night-time cultural trail throughout the City.

The City’s revival brings a modern twist in a celebration of contemporary culture and the Square Mile’s unique heritage.

The full programme will be announced in the coming weeks.

City of London Corporation Policy Chairman Chris Hayward said: “We are reimagining the capital’s greatest event and creating something that is truly extraordinary – a new landmark London cultural spectacular. With fantastic free fun for everyone, we are bringing the extraordinary story of the City to life, attracting audiences from across the capital and beyond.”

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