Ninni’s Choice: Banksy Tunnel
One of the rare upsides of the lockdown last spring were cycling trips on the empty streets of London. Now the traffic is pretty much up to normal, but I’m a much more confident city cyclist. This month I will make a new trip to the so-called Banksy Tunnel near Waterloo Station at Leake’s Street. The tunnel is one of the best street art spots in London. The highlight of my previous visit was the work by London-based French graffiti artist Zabou on the arch of the tunnel. I’m sure many exciting pieces have appeared since then.
10 Leake St, Bishop’s, London SE1 7NN
Jaakko’s pick: BFI London Film Festival Screen Talks
BFI London Film Festival offers a wide online programme this year. Their Screen Talks series offers in-depth interviews with leaders in contemporary cinema, all free on Youtube. Speakers include Michel Franco, who just recently won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival with his film New Order, and David Byrne, who talks about his collaboration with Spike Lee film on the film adaptation of the American Utopia show.
More info about the festival and programme can be found here.
Sara’s pick: The Kanneh-Mason family at Barbican Hall
Fancy attending a classical concert played by a family? Let me introduce you to the talented Kanneh-Masons from Nottingham consisting of seven siblings (Isata, Braimah, Sheku, Konya, Jeneba, Aminata and Mariatu) who play violin, cello and piano.
They took part in the tv show Britain’s Got Talent in 2015 and after that they have played at a royal wedding, recorded award-winning albums and there’s a BBC one documentary made of them. You can choose to either go to the live concert or listen to it online.
The Kanneh-Mason family concert, thursday 22 October, starting at 8 pm, in-person ticket £20, online ticket £12.50. Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS, book here.
Annika’s pick: Kensington + Chelsea Art Week
Two West London boroughs turn into a living room of public art and events in October. For example, you will find colourful mural art works and a sculpture modified from the iconic red post box. Also, a Black Lives Matter mural by artists Linett Kamala and Azarra Amoy will be revealed during the event. The public had the chance to choose and vote for their favourite from three designs, which make honour i.e. for activist Paulette Wilson and black NHS staff.
Kensington + Chelsea Art Week 1-11 October. More info here.
Emilie’s pick: London Guitar Festival
Being the daughter of a professional guitarist, this instrument holds a special place in my heart. What could therefore work better in the rainy October evenings than immersing myself in this gentle and astonishingly versatile instrument. London Guitar Festival is bringing several interesting artists to Kings Place, from famous legends to young prize winners – the giants of tomorrow. I’m particularly interested in Eleanor Kelly, an advocate of women in music who will perform a shared world premiere of Tree of Hundreds by young British composer Louise Drewett, specially commissioned by this festival.
Find out more here.
Volter’s pick: Fulham Palace House & Gardens
In Bishop’s park, stretching along the Thames, you’ll find a subtly hidden gem. For hundreds of years, Fulham Palace House and Garden was the official residence of the Bishop of London. Today, the grounds are open to the public with a beautiful walled garden, botanical garden and museum in the house itself. It’s worth the trip for the gardens alone. Top tip for a sunny fall day!
Fulham Palace House & Gardens, Bishop’s Ave, Fulham, London SW6 6EA, free admission, https://www.fulhampalace.org/