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This week: 20-26 August

20 August 2018 Suzanne Frost

The past heatwave was intense but we got so used to sweating, we are almost missing it! Just back from holidays? Return to the office imminent? Let's make the most of the last days of summer with some recreational, relaxing pop-ups, magical performances and interesting exhibitions.

Cirque Bijou’s Harmonic at Kew Gardens 
Cirque Bijou's Korri Singh-Aulakh in the Temperate House © Mark Lewis

Kew Gardens is worth a visit any day, but in case you needed more convincing, this summer the beautiful recently reopened Temperate House will play host to an incredible aerial performance by Cirque Bijou. The bespoke show 'Harmonic' created especially for the Temperate House, combines impressive aerial movement with a unique musical score from composer and cellist Rob Lewis. The 20-minute show explores the relationship between humans and plants, all in aid of the reopening of the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world, which is home to some of the planet’s rarest and most threatened plants. On weekends and bank holidays anyone with garden entry can watch the performances every hour from 12.30pm to 3.30pm until 2 September.

Cirque Bijou is performing at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, TW9 3AE until  2 September.

Back in the Day: The Autograph Archive X Yardie

To celebrate the upcoming release of Idris Elba’s directorial debut Yardie, which comes to cinemas on August 31, Hackney Picturehouse and Shoreditch arts charity Autograph are launching a free photographic exhibition to accompany the film. Yardie is set in '70s Kingston and '80s Hackney and centers on the life of a young Jamaican man who, upon returning to London, has to deal with his traumatic childhood and experiences of gang violence. The photographs on display - selected by Renée Mussai, Senior Curator and Mark Sealy, Director of Autograph - were produced by a diverse group of photographers from different cultural backgrounds who documented Britain’s Black communities in London during the 1970s and early 1980s, addressing critical politics of race and representation.
The exhibition is free and runs at Hackney Picturehouse 18 August - 2 September.  

Canopy Market x Made in Arts London
Canopy Market, image courtesy of Fraser Communications
Canopy Market, the weekly independent market in the heart of King’s Cross, is celebrating the very best of London’s trailblazing design scene with a weekend dedicated to up-and-coming artists and makers from all over the city. The market is teaming up with Made in Arts London (MiAL), a non-profit initiative supporting new creative talent in arts and design, to host ten cutting edge artists and designers alongside street food stalls and a craft beer bar. From jewellery to ceramics, stationary to prints, design lovers can take their pick of creations by a roster of student and alumni artists from the six colleges included in University of the Arts London, with some stallholders also hosting workshops throughout the weekend! Boom la Tete will be playing live on Friday and Saturday night, providing a soundtrack of their jazz and blues-inflected tunes. Canopy Market’s regular street food stalls will of course still be on hand with grilled cheese toasties from the Big Melt and Portuguese steak sandwiches from Growlers. 
Canopy Market x Made in Arts London is taking place on 24 – 26 August at Canopy Market, West Handyside Canopy, King’s Cross, N1C

The Kitchen Garden Pop-Up at Nova Food, Victoria


Little pockets of nature in the city seem to be a real thing this summer, and Nova Food in the heart of Victoria, SW1, is bang on trend with the launch of its new immersive pop-up, The Kitchen Garden. Divided into five unique zones the botanical haven features a Herb Garden, home to a variety of beautiful and aromatic plants which nod to Nova’s culinary offering, the Lavender Lounge, a quiet reflective space for Londoners to unwind, the Secret Garden, a hide-away corner for fitness and wellbeing activities, the Shed Sessions, where Nova food restaurants will share their secrets out of the kitchen through a series of workshops and pop up experiences and the Centre Stage, where locals and commuters can enjoy performances from the comfort of a deckchair. Running until 8 September, the garden will come to life with a host of activities to help people relax and recharge, with meditation classes; a vegan discussion panel; exclusive performances and Q&As from the stars of London’s best-loved musicals; weekend yoga; life drawing classes and mindful gardening and relaxation workshops.
The Kitchen Garden Pop-Up is at Nova Food, 1 Sir Simon Milton Square, SW1E 5DJ from 20 August – 8 September. Ticketed events will cost just £5 per person, with all proceeds going to The Cardinal Hume Centre, a local charity which provides support to local homeless people and families in need. A full schedule of activities can be found online at [url=][/url], where you can also book your place onto our special activities.
DRAG: Self-portraits and Body Politics
Victoria Sin, Cthulhu Through the Looking Glass, 2017, film still.

The Hayward Gallery is presenting the first institutional exhibition on the representations of drag, involving drag queens, drag kings and bio drags from different generations and backgrounds exploring drag from a contemporary perspective. In light of current debates on gender identity and selfie culture, the exhibition focuses on self-portraiture from the 1960s to the present day including work by artists who have used drag as an artistic tool to explore or challenge preconceptions of identity, gender, class, politics and race. Work of key established figures such as 
Pierre Molinier, Robert Mapplethorpe and 
Cindy Sherman will be presented alongside self-portraits by a younger generation of contemporary artists who have recently embraced drag as an art form, Oreet Ashery, Victoria Sin and Adam Christensen, who will present a new performance for the opening night. DRAG: Self-portraits and Body Politics is presented through a multitude of distinct voices rather than offering a linear or chronological narrative. Throughout the run of the exhibition there will be three tours led by key figures from London’s drag scene. 
DRAG: Self-portraits and Body Politics is at the HENI Project Space, Southbank Centre’s Hayward Gallery from 22 August – 14 October 2018

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