Niro’s pick: Black History Month events in London
In the UK and the Republic of Ireland, Black History Month (BHM) takes place in October. The aim of the month is to celebrate and commemorate the history of the African diaspora and its culture in variety of events. Here below just a few of my favourite picks but in addition to these, I highly recommend you to visit Black History Month’s website to find more!
Swedish playwright Joakim Daun’s play The incident at Canada Water Theater. Tue 16 – Fri 19 October
The New Black Film Collective’s BHM18 film series
Guided Black History Walks in London.
For more details, check out event’s specific info. 1.–30.10.2018.
Ilona’s pick: Museums at Night
If you have even the slightest interest in museums, this event will most likely get you even more into them. Museums and galleries around London will open their doors for after-hours during the end of October. This isn’t just a normal everyday-museum experience by no means, it includes talks with specialists, unusual events and on top of that one-off exhibitions – some even with a twist of Halloween spirit! Museums tend to put a lot effort to their normal outlook, so it’s definitely interesting to see how the places will transform. Even though I am not a big fan of Halloween, I’m want to check out what the National History Museum has to offer during the night time.
Opening hours vary, more information available from the link: http://museumsatnight.org.uk/events-page/#.W6jxvhNKird. 25.–27.10.2018. Admission: Many are free entry, but some prices range from £6–£20
Aino-Sofia’s pick: The Anti Art Fair by Creative Debuts
The Anti Art Fair is a celebration of creativity and a call for greater diversity in the arts. The theme of this year’s fair is identity. It hosts a diverse set of artists who each have a very distinctive style of their own. I can guarantee that the art is going to be amazing, personal and inspirational. By attending the preview, you’ll be able to talk with some of the artists about their visions, which will bring the art even closer to the viewer.
The Fair is hosted by Creative Debuts. Their Nasty Woman Exhibition earlier this year was a hit. Expect to see work from international artists and designers who are disillusioned from the status quo, including immersive installations, feminist and LGBT art, and innovative techniques and styles from the stars of tomorrow. Creative Debuts hosts almost every month different interesting exhibitions where they often showcase young talents. Their motto of “Buy art from living artists. The dead ones don’t need the money” shows their drive to support living and young artists.
The Anti Art Fair, Unit 8, 133 Copeland Road, Peckham, London SE15 3SN. http://theantiartfair.co.uk. 4.–17.10.2018. Admission: £12,50–£17,50.
Anna’s pick: Drip Feed, written and performed by Karen Cogan
Irish actress and playwright Karen Cogan got tired of perfect female characters so she wrote a monologue about a messy, queer woman who is reluctant to move forward. With hope and sparkling humour, she explores the life of a woman in her thirties, living in a small homophobic town. Cogan’s description of the breakup and heartbreak was so touching that for a moment I thought she had read my diary.
Drip Feed, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE. https://sohotheatre.com/shows/drip-feed/. 24.9.–20.10.2018. 3:45pm & 7:00pm. Admission: from £15.