Aura’s pick: Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho
What better way to mark Britain’s exit from the EU than an “outrageous 80s drag cabaret extravaganza” about Margaret Thatcher and gay rights? The venue, Wilton’s Music Hall, is one of London’s most beautiful theatres with a long and colourful history as a sailors’ pub, a music hall, a Methodist church and a rag sorting warehouse. Worth the visit just to see the space!
Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho, Wiltons Music Hall, Graces Alley, London E1 8JB. https://www.wiltons.org.uk/whatson/509-margaret-thatcher-queen-of-soho. 26.-30.3.2019. Tickets: £10,50-20.
Camilla’s pick: Arnie all-nighter
Do you like films? Do you like watching them from sundown to sunup in your PJs? Do you enjoy Arnold Schwarzenegger films? Do you want to take a break from all the high culture London has to offer? Well don’t I have a treat for you! “GET TO DA CHOPPA!” says Prince Charles Cinema that hosts an “Arnie” all-nighter in their cinema on Leicester Place. Prince Charles Cinema is the only independent cinema in the West End and screens everything you can think of. It is also Quentin Tarantino’s favourite UK cinema according to TimeOut magazine. I am very much tempted by the all-nighter but I’m not sure if I’m hardcore enough for staying up from 9:15pm to 9:05am. Not hardcore like Arnie, anyway.
Arnie all-nighter, Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY. https://princecharlescinema.com/PrinceCharlesCinema.dll/WhatsOn?q=Arnie . 30.3.2019. Admission: Regular £20 or £17.50 for cinema members.
Essi’s pick: Colours of Colombia
“I have this funny thing with colours and scents” is definitely something you’d hear me say through a blocked nose and sore eyes every spring. Is there anything more beautiful than plants and flowers popping out to reach those first rays of sun? Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew celebrate spring too. Forming part of the most important institutions for fungal and plant information, the gardens offer an insight into vast collections, expertise, and scientific research on all things plants. This year, Kew’s annual Orchid Festival celebrates Colombia. The exhibition highlights the country’s biodiversity with spectacular orchid displays and magnificent replicas of Colombia’s voluptuous landscape and animalia. Prepare your senses for an explosion of colours and get rid for those wintery thoughts once and for all!
Orchids: Celebrate the colour of Colombia, The Princess of Wales Conservatory, Kew Gardens, Richmond TW9 3AB, https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/whats-on/orchids-celebrate-the-colour-of-colombia, 9.2.–10.3.2019, tickets to be booked beforehand with prices varying between £4,50 – 16,50.
Elina’s pick: The London Coffee Festival
This event could be close to a Finnish heart. If you are passionate about coffee like me, then a festival all about coffee is made for you. The London Coffee Festival brings all coffee lovers and over 250 artisan coffee makers together to Brick Lane at the end of March. Enjoy a tasty hot beverage with a splash of great street food and vibrant live music. The event won’t leave you decaffeinated!
The London Coffee Festival, Brick Lane, 15 Hanbury Street, The Old Truman Brewery, London E1 6QR, https://www.londoncoffeefestival.com/, 28.–31.3.2019, prices: £14.50–£72.
Aino-Sofia’s pick: Kamasi Washington
Kamasi Washington, one of my favourite artists and a pioneering jazz multi-instrumentalist composer and producer is coming to London in March. He is playing at the O2 Academy Brixton on the 5th of March. There are still some tickets left but they are selling fast, so secure yours soon, as I have done. Kamasi Washington has also ventured in the field of film. He premieres his short movie As Told to G/D Thyself in the UK on the 1st of March at The Store X. The movie is a cosmic journey of sacred youth, during which pain, pleasure and sublimation are non-negotiable. On Friday 1st of March you can watch Kamasi Washington in conversation with the Serpentine Galleries Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist at the Store X.
Kamasi Washington’s AS TOLD TO G/D THYSELF
The film and talk at the Store X, 180 STRAND, LONDON WC2R 1EA
Gig at the O2 Academy Brixton 211 Stockwell Road, London, United Kingdom, SW9 9SL
The film runs from 12–7pm daily from 28.2.–10.3, free admission.
The talk is on 1.3. 6–7pm, tickets £5.
The gig is on 5.3., doors open at 7pm. Tickets from £37,85.
Text: Interns Photo: Aino-Sofia Niklas-Salminen