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Sadler's Wells

This Week: 19 - 25 November

19 November 2018 Billie Manning

Whether it's with a dance festival or a gin grotto, this week's activities are sure to warm you up...

1. Museum Shop Sunday
Museum Shop Sunday is landing in the capital this weekend just in time for some high-brow Christmas shopping. From books to jewellery to gourmet food, you can expect to find quality products inspired by exhibitions and events, plays and historic destinations and more. On board this year are a veritable cornucopia of museums, with the likes of London Transport Museum, Turner Contemporary, St Pauls Cathedral, National Gallery, Royal Museums Greenwich, The Postal Museum and the British Library plus many more.
 


Museum Shop Sunday, 25 November, Museums across London

2. Darbar Festival
In its second year at Sadler’s Wells, Darbar Festival welcomes some of the most exciting names in classical Indian dance. In the first performance of the festival, partners both on and off-stage, Renjith Babu and Vijna Vasudevan, present An Evening of Bharatanatyam. This exciting duo pushes the borders of bharatanatyam and elevates the art of the jugalbandi (duet) in an unusual new work by the bharatanatyam and contemporary artist Mavin Khoo. The second evening of the programme, Adventures in Odissi and Kathak, combines two classical Indian dance forms in solo performances by Sujata Mohapatra and Gauri Diwakar.


 
Darbar Festival, Friday 23 - Sunday 25 November, Sadler’s Wells, EC1R
 
3. The South Ken Kids Festival
Back for its 21st edition at the Institut français, this week-long children’s literature festival offers a fun-packed programme for families and schools and features some of the best writers and illustrators from the UK, France and beyond. Quentin Blake (the festival’s patron), Axel Scheffler, Bridget Marzo and Magali Le Huche are some of the names who will take part in the festival’s wide range of events including workshops, films, live drawing, and more.


 
South Ken Kids Festival, 19 – 25 November
 
4. Pickering’s Grown Up Gin Grotto
Forget sitting on Santa’s lap for five minutes only to be rewarded with a single marble wrapped in enough packaging to single-handedly take down the Pacific Ocean – Pickering have a much better grotto experience on offer for you. At Pickering’s Gin Grotto, you’ll get a welcome ‘Grab Christmas by the Baubles’ cocktail, a ‘choose your own’ festive serve Christmas tree, a Pickering’s classic serve, an introduction to Pickering’s from one of their gin experts and a Pickering’s Gin Bauble to take home. Stuff you, Santa!


 
Pickering's Grown Up Gin Grotto, 20 and 21 November, TT Liquor, 17B Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AA
 
5. the image unseen, the image invisible, the image not shown and BL CK B X: belit sağ
These two related exhibitions by Dutch-based Turkish-born artist belit sağ will be shown at galleries PEER and LUX in her first solo show in the UK. often reflecting on the impact of the past forty years of Turkey’s political regimes on the country’s contemporary society, including the use of censorship as a tool for State control, belit sag works with found media images and accessible forms of moving image-making.
 
the image unseen, the image invisible, the image not shown. 16 November 2018 – 26 January 2019. PEER, 97/99 Hoxton Street, London N1 6QL.
 
BL CK B X: belit sağ. 21 November – 22 December 2018. LUX, Waterlow Park Centre, Dartmouth Park Hill, London, N19 5JF

 
6. An Evening with Afro Celt Sound System
Treat yourself to a midweek gig with Afro Celt Sound System, the boundary-smashing worldbeat collective of musicians from Europe and Africa with over 20 years under their belt, a Grammy nomination and album sales of over half a million. Get a load of their boundary-smashing fusion at the Barbican on Wednesday.


 
Afro Celt Sound System, 21 November, Barbican, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS
 
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