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This week: 13 – 19 August

13 August 2018 Suzanne Frost

Could this glorious summer be heading towards its last couple of weeks? Let's make the most of the ice cream, festivals and endless summer night season with our tips the week!

Mamasons Ice Cream


Europe’s only Filipino ice cream parlour, Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream, will open a second site in Chinatown, which is fast becoming a real dessert destination. Recreating the unique flavours of the Philippines, Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream is named after the street vendors who make small batches of fresh ice cream everyday in the markets of Manila with the use of a steel drum, ice and salt. The menu will include a range of flavours with an Eastern influence such as back cocnut and ube (a purple coloured yam from the Philippines), and a traditional milk bun called ‘Bilog’, the Filipino answer to the ice cream sandwich. More traditional Filipino desserts include Mamasons’ ‘Taho’ (silken tofu with arnibal and sago pearls), which you can wash down with Kapeng Barako coffee from the volcanic region of Miarayon, or, for the winter months, Mamasons ‘Ube Hot Cocoa’ topped with fresh ube whipped cream.
 
Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream will launch at 32 Newport Court Chinatown London
W1 in early August 2018.
 

Espresso Martini Festival


The infamous coffee cocktail has been making a global resurgence recently, despite having been around for over 30 years, ever since legendary barman Dick Bradsell invented the drink whilst working at Brasserie Soho in the 1980s. Following the success of London’s first ever Espresso Martini Festival last year, boozy coffee legends Mr Black are bringing the party back for a second year. The four-day festival will see 100 top cocktail bars across the city pour £6 variations of the eponymous serve and other unique coffee-based cocktails. Mr Black’s Church of Coffee pop-up space at The Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch will be the caffeinated beating heart of the festival, bringing together food, music, liquor and creativity all in one space for a weekend filled with tasty drinks, Aussie food, masterclasses and workshops such as Belvedere's Espresso Art-Ini masterclass, a donut decoration class; a bottomless brunch; and London's first dedicated Cold Brew pop up bar. The first 1,000 visitors also will receive a free Espresso Martini!
 
Espresso Martini Festival will be taking place in bars across London. Mr Black’s Church Of Coffee will be at The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, E1 between 16-19 August. You buy a digital pass for £10 to gain access. 
 

Elvis 50th Anniversary Comeback Special
Elvis Presely at the '68 Comebac Special (c) Getty Images

For one night only, on 16 August, Elvis Presley’s legendary “’68 Comeback Special” directed and produced by Steve Binder, will hit the big screen again in selected cinemas across the UK in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Originally aired on December 3, 1968, the seminal “’68 Comeback Special” concert was Elvis Presley’s first live television performance in seven years, which captured him playing with a full band in front of an intimate audience of diehard fans. As part of the special, Presley also pioneered the “Unplugged” performance style with an exclusive acoustic set. The special airing shot Elvis back to the top of the singles charts again and gave him his first number one hit in seven years with Suspicious Minds”. Screenings will include the legendary concert, plus an exclusive look at the making of the special, featuring a walkthrough of the NBC soundstage with insights from Binder and others influenced by Presley, his music and this iconic event.
 
“ELVIS 50th Anniversary Comeback Special” will be screened in over 250 cinemas across the UK & Ireland on 16 August.
 

Wild Child Festival


While so many festivals aim to create ‘adult playgrounds’, why should the grown-ups have all the fun? Wild Child is London’s newest boutique children’s festival – created by mums and dads, and to be enjoyed by the whole family. Let your child’s creativity run wild with the very best in arts activities, workshops and performances by a wide range of companies, many of them founded by London mums and dads themselves. Wild Child offers an alternative to larger, commercial festivals with activities such as family dance parties by Bebop Baby, trapeze, tightrope and juggling workshops suitable for under 5s with Circus Dreams, and an early introduction course to coding by Mama Codes, where children as young as three can learn to code creatively and with confidence through song, rhyme and storytelling, making full use of their bountiful imagination. Chill out in immersive Dinosaur Land where you can see baby dinosaurs hatching and look for unicorns at Magical Unicorn Meadow.
 
Wild Child Festival takes place at Trevor Bailey Sports Ground, Dulwich, London SE21  7LE  from 17 – 19 August. Early Bird Tickets from £20, under 3s £5, under 18 months go free.

 

 
‘Balls’ at the Foundling Museum
Lily Cole © Flo Kohl

Supermodel turned artist Lily Cole has directed a short film for the Foundling Museum in partnership with the Brontë Parsonage Museum, Yorkshire. Marking the 200th birthday of Emily Brontë, Balls will be displayed at both museums simultaneously and follows two separate yet intertwined stories; the real lives of desperate women and the babies they gave up to the care of the Foundling Hospital in the nineteenth- century; and Heathcliff, the foundling antihero from Brontë’s much-loved novel Wuthering Heights. ‘Behind the emotionally compelling story of the Foundling Hospital and Heathcliff are women. Yet their narratives are either absent, inferred or only partially sketched’ says Caro Howell, Director of the Foundling Museum. Balls will shine a light on these unknown nineteenth-century women whose lives were so circumscribed by society, and considers the extent to which progress has been made.
 
'Balls' will screen at the Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ until 2 December. Entry is £11.
 
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