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This Week 2 – 8 January
Image Credit: David Holt

This Week 2 – 8 January

2 January 2017 Belphoebe New

If your New Year’s Resolution is to experience more arts and culture in 2017, we’re here to get you off to a great start. Beat those post-Christmas blues with flea market trips for new threads, daring new theatre at Trafalgar Studios and some spoken word poetry in the beautiful Royal Albert Hall. Start the year as you mean to go on!

BU21 at Traflagar Studios
 
Stuart Slade’s BU21 will explore the aftermath of a fictional terrorist attack in London, informed by first-hand accounts of the Paris attacks and the 7/11 London bombings. Following the stories of six survivors, this play explores terrorism with both brutality and hilarity. Read our interview with actress Isabella Laughland about the play here.
 
BU21 runs 4 January – 18 February 2017 at Trafalgar Studios, find out more here.



Hammer and Tongue UK Poetry Slam Finals
 

This fantastic event at The Royal Albert will decide who is the best performance poet. Poetry slam champions from all over the UK will compete for the title in individual and team events, demonstrating ingenious wordplay and telling powerful stories.   
 
The UK Poetry Slam Finals run 7-8 January. Tickets start at £16.30, find out more here.

Farewell to Christmas at Geffyre Museum
 
Christmas coming to an end can feel a little blue, but this lovely event at The Geffyre Museum allows you to say goodbye to Christmas properly. With a traditional burning of the holly and the ivy, carol singing, stories about Epiphany, mulled wine and Twelfth Night cake in the garden, this is the perfect Christmas send off.
 
Farewell to Christmas will be held on Friday 6 January at The Geffrye Museum between 3.30 - 5pm. Entrance is free, find out more here.


 
London Short Film Festival
 
The London Short Film Festival has been championing some of the world’s most talented short film makers for 14 years, and this year is no different. Featuring special events exploring youth subcultures and the legacy of David Bowie, The London Short Film Festival will celebrate international, documentary, experimental and eccentric filmmaking.
 
The London Short Film Festival runs 6-15 January 2017 at venues across London. For more information, visit their website.
 
Hackney Flea Market
 
If you’re planning a new look in 2017, head down to this flea market which will be selling everything from hand-picked vintage clothing through to mid-century Danish décor. There will be an eclectic selection of over 30 hand-picked vintage stall holders, all selling an amazing mix of salvaged, one-of-a–kind, lost and found objects and handmade items.
 
The Hackney Flea Market runs 7-8 January on Church Street in Stoke Newington. Entrance is free, find out more here.


 
Abstract Expressionism at The Royal Academy
 
This Monday, make sure to catch this excellent exhibition at The Royal Academy on its very last day. For fans of the current Robert Rauschenberg exhibition at The Tate Modern, this is undoubtedly a natural progression. It explores a pivotal moment in American art, reflecting the creative flair and innovation of artists such as Pollock, Rothko and De Kooning in the 1950s.
 
Abstract Expression runs until 2 January 2017 at The Royal Academy, tickets are £17, find out more here.
 

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