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This week: 2 – 8 July

2 July 2018 Suzanne Frost

No complaining about the heat wave please! This summer is shaping up to be one of the best ever, which makes all those summer offerings in the city even sweeter. Enjoy!

Pride


The biggest event this week is obviously Pride, which originated as a march for the LGBTQ+ community and is now pretty much a celebration of everything that makes us human: tolerance, diversity, community and everything and everyone that falls somewhere on the gender spectrum. The theme this year is #pridematters and the entire city is partaking with special events in literally every pub, bar, club, cinema, theatre and arts venue in the capital. There will be talks and debates, picnics, screenings, performance, cabaret, drag, meditation, tours and exhibition but the main event, the parade, takes place on 7 July from midday with a route across London culminating on Trafalgar Square where the party continues on the main stage with performances by Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Alyssa Edwards, Eurovision finalist SuRie and, of course, the winner's from Pride’s Got Talent.
 
London Pride is on 7 July.
 
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
John McCrea Jamie New in Everybodys Talking About Jamie

What could be more fitting in the run up to Pride than a musical about a boy who wanted to go to his high school his prom wearing a dress? On 5 July, for one night only, the critically acclaimed Olivier nominated musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will be broadcast live to over 500 cinemas nationwide in UK & Ireland. Needless to say what a rarity it is for a successful still running West End Show to be shown on screen! But Jamie is the kind of show that demands to be seen by as many people as possible, it’s heartwarming message of tolerance, acceptance and friendship the ideal theme for Pride. Plus John McCrea’s performance as the central character, young wannabe drag queen Jamie, is a tour de force of sass and glitter. Yaass, Queen!
 
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is in cinemas nationwide on 5 July.
 


FutureFest


Worried about the future? For many, the forces shaping our world seem threatening; from hidden influences over the media and politics to growing threats of terrorism and environmental degradation. FutureFest, one of Europe’s largest festivals of the future, aims to puts control back into the hands of the people exploring ways to shape a better future, challenge the status quo and imagine a better world through immersive installations, debates and inspiring talks from the likes of Nicola Sturgeon, Annie Mac, AkalaRuby Wax OBE, Sir Nick Clegg, Paul Mason and Imogen Heap. Since 2013, FutureFest has attracted more than 9,000 visitors - with the community for each festival growing from 1,000 to 4,500 attendees who are trying to shape the future in ways so that everyone can benefit. If the best way to predict the future is to invent it, then FutureFest is the place to start.

FutureFest takes place at London’s Tobacco Dock on 6-7 July.​
 

The Lieutenant of Inishmore
Chris Walley (Davey), Aidan Turner (Padraic) & Denis Conway (Donny) in The Lieutenant of Inishmore © Johan Persson

Aidan Turner, he of Poldark fame and the official eye candy of Sunday evening couch potatoes, makes his West End debut in Martin McDonagh's black comedy The Lieutenant of Inishmore. And quite a debut it is! Usually limited to brooding and taking topless walks on the beach, Turner unleashes his comic potential in a hilariously gory play somewhere along the intersection of Father Ted and a Tarantino splatter film. Crazy Padraic, a terrorist too brutal even for the IRA, puts down his torture instruments - which include a cheese grater! – to head home immediately when he hears his beloved cat “wee Thomas” is poorly. A bit of an understatement. Wee Thomas is actually lying on the dining table with his brains spilling out, flattened by a bike… oh dear… The rest is a whirlwind of blood and gore, brains, torsos, shoepolish and cats. Many cats.
 
The Lieutenant of Inishmore is at the Noel Coward Theatre until 20 October.

 
London SUP Open


As we are all sizzles in the hottest temperatures of the year, this weekend of Watersports could be a perfect way to keep cool. The first ever London Stand Up Paddle boarding Open, taking place 7-8 July 2018, is the ultimate summer in the city destination, with exhilarating water sports, elite stand up paddleboard racing, beginners sessions, kids classes and much more.  Entry to the event village at the Royal Docks is free of charge. There will be a dedicated space for beginners open across the entire weekend for anyone to come along and simply have ago. For the more advanced there will be Paddleboard races and you can wind down with some  free SUP Yoga sessions as well.
 
London SUP Open take place at the Royal Docks on 7 & 8 July.
 
 
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