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This week: 11 – 17 June

11 June 2018 Suzanne Frost

There are some major events on the cultural calendar this week with the opening of the most eagerly anticipated exhibition of the year and the hugely popular West End LIVE concert going down at Trafalgar Square.

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up
Image: Miguel Tovar

The biggest cultural blockbuster hitting the capital this week, the long awaited Frida Kahlo exhibition at the V&A will certainly attract the crowds. Over the last few years, Mexico’s most famous artist has been rediscovered as a truly feminist icon (even making the Inspiring Women Barbie Doll collection) and her unique and deeply personal sense of style has turned Kahlo into a bit of a fashion darling. The V&A will offer a new perspective on Kahlo through a collection of her private belongings and personal artefacts. Her vivid colourful fashion sense was as much part of her art as her paintings, and the V&A has clothes, cosmetics and photographs on loan from the Museo Frida Kahlo, that have never been exhibited outside of Mexico.
Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up opens at the V&A on 16 June.
West End LIVE 2018
Image: Pamela Raith Photography

Can’t bring yourself to fork out on West End tickets? Or just can’t decide which musical to pick? Then head to West End Live, a free “best-of” from all the shows London’s legendary West End has to offer. On a specially built stage bang in Trafalgar Square, current West End casts will perform excerpts from around 30 shows over the course of the weekend to an audience of thousands. All the long-running favourites will be there, such as Les Miserable, Wicked, The Lion King, Aladdin and Chicago, along with new hits Strictly Ballroom and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. You can also get a sneak-peak into the new production of Heathers The Musical which opened at The Other Palace last Saturday.
West End LIVE 2018 is happening on Trafalgar Square on 16 & 17 June 11am – 5pm.
FEST Camden
The Rooftop Garden at FEST Camden

Should you be on the lookout for a new place to party, drink, hang out and be entertained all hours of the day, let us point you towards FEST Camden, a new multi-faceted venue housed in a 200-year-old horse hospital at Camden Stables Market. Offering a diverse mix of indoor and outdoor entertainment, they have just opened their Rooftop Garden where you can chill out and watch the World Cup starting this week. This Friday, they will launch The Birdcage Cabaret, a new live entertainment concept inspired by the musical ‘La Cage aux Folles.’ It’s a place where musical theatre, drag, burlesque, comedy and circus collide, where you can enjoy a three course dinner and Cabaret show followed by a night of dancing. And for fans of more simple pleasure, Pizza FEST - a separate pizza restaurant housed in FEST Camden’s south wing – will now offer wood fired slices including vegan and vegetarian options for lunch and dinner every day of the week. To celebrate the launch, Pizza FEST are throwing a free bottomless pizza and Aperol spritz festival on 23 June with free pizza and drinks for all!
FEST Camden is located at Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8AH
Formula One Powerboat Racing

This Sunday is Father’s Day and if you know a dad who loves a bit of a thrill, Formula One powerboat racing returns to London for the first time in over 30 years, and is an exciting day out for the family. Highly competitive, intensely challenging, risky and entertaining, the F1H2O World Championship offers the ultimate adrenaline rush, and is regarded as one of the most spectacular and exciting sports in the world. The tunnel-hull catamaran powerboats can reach speeds of up to 140mph and if the weather stays as nice as it is these days, a bit of a refreshing splash is surely welcome.
The F1H2O World Championship takes place at Royal Victoria Dock on 16 & 17 June. Tickets are £20 on Saturday, £40 on Sunday and £50 for the whole weekend. Children under 16 go free.

The World Cycling Revival

Another sporting event but with a vintage twist for the 1940s fans among you. In 1948, Herne Hill Velodrom hosted the Olympics. The World Cycling Revival, set in the halcyon of the historic venue, will be a high-end heritage sporting, music and lifestyle festival celebrating 200 years of the bicycle with racing, music and tweeds. Visitors are encouraged to wear vintage themed clothing throughout the whole festival. There will be live Swing music, a vintage beauty parlour and barbers, a historic hot air balloon, the National Cycling Museum historic bike exhibition and cyclist Mark Beaumont will attempt a world record on a old Penny Farthing on Friday. It will be the biggest event hosted at the historic venue since the 1948 Olympics and will bring much-needed funds to the velodrome which was recently saved by the local community following a huge campaign. Tickets are £39 and 10% of all sales go directly to the Velodrome, helping to keep the beloved local venue 'saved' for many years to come.
The World Cycling Revival is at Herne Hill Velodrom 14th - 16th June.

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