As days get shorter, our interns have come up with exciting ways to cope with the darkness. Here are the picks for November!
Camilla’s pick: Into the Night: Cabarets & Clubs in Modern Art
Creative people have congregated in cafés, cabarets and clubs since the first one opened, probably in a cave somewhere. It has always fascinated me how cities seem almost empty at night while in reality life has just moved downstairs. The Into the Night exhibition can take you into that 2am kind of world filled with artists pushing the boundaries of artistic expression. All this without leaving you with a headache the next morning. The exhibition will transport you from a 1907 cabaret in Vienna to an artists’ and writers’ club in Ibadan in just a couple of hours. That the exhibition is held in Barbican, one of the grandest creative spaces in London, is only befitting.
Into the Night: Cabarets and clubs in modern art
The Art Gallery, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
4 Oct 2019–19 Jan 2020. Standard entry: Mon – Fri £15, Sat – Sun £17, live jazz music on Thursdays from 7pm
Eeva’s pick: Highgate Cemetery
The Highgate Cemetery comes across as the perfect destination for those who enjoy outdoors and historical sites. As a former history student, it’s easy to recommend especially the Cemetery’s west side where it’s possible to explore a whole range of impressive historical and architectural features. Make sure to check out the Terrace Catacombs and the mausoleum of Julius Beer. November is a particularly good time to pay a visit to Highgate as chilly weather and autumnal nature add their own special touch to the place. Access to the West Cemetery is by guided tour only but it’s possible to stroll around the East Cemetery at your own pace.
Highgate Cemetery, Swain’s Lane, London N6 6PJ
The East side is open from 10am to 4pm (November to February), Admission: £4.
To visit the West side, book a place on a guided tour (tours last around 70mins), ticket prices for adults: £12.
Jenni’s pick: Other Spaces by United Visual Artists
One day I was scrolling my Instagram feed when something caught my eye. A friend of mine had visited an art exhibition with light installations and published photos from there. One of the photos depicted moving red lights that looked like sound waves. I became intrigued and decided to visit the exhibition. Light installation artwork gives you a different perspective on art and how you perceive your surroundings. Other Spaces combines light and sound in three rooms and draws inspiration for example from the Renaissance. My favourite was the pendulous Our time, but all of the pieces are very distinctive and definitely worth your time.
Open Spaces by United Visual Artists, The Store X, 180 The Strand, London WC2R 1EA https://thevinylfactory.com/films/other-spaces-inside-the-immersive-world-of-united-visual-artists/, open 2nd October – 8th December 2019, Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 7pm, Sunday 12pm – 6pm, free admission
Ilkka’s pick: Immersive The Great Gatsby
The events of The Great Gatsby takes place on Long Island in the summer of 1922. Now you have an opportunity to experience the hedonism and decadence of the jazz age. Most of you are probably more familiar with the film by Baz Luhrmann which starred Leonardo DiCaprio in the titular role. But the novel is also one of the great American classics. In the Immersive LDN version Jay Gatsby invites you to his mansion. There you can lose yourself in bootleg liquor, red hot jazz and hedonistic pleasures. Dress up to your top 20s attire and maybe learn some Charleston. Why would you want to be anywhere else, old sport?
Gatsby’s Mansion, Immersive LDN, 56 Davies St, London W1K 5HR
Tickets from £29.95, booking until 31st May 2020.
Photo: Camilla Schleutker