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This week: 9 – 15 April

9 April 2018 Suzanne Frost

Not to give you FOMO but do you want to be the last one to try the new Flat White Martini or miss the play that everyone is talking about? We didn’t think so! So grab your coat because as of this week London has two new music venues to rediscover and if you have a good eye, you might the one who spots the next Young British Artist.

Purcell Rooms and Elizabeth Hall

The Southbank Centre’s iconic Brutalist venues, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, will reopen on 9 April after over two years of redesign and refurbishment. They open with a programme of events that pays tribute to the historic legacy of the venues, in a dynamic blend of contemporary and classical work. This new era for Southbank Centre’s venues sees an even greater focus on the best live music, new artists and new commissions in an expanded 1000 capacity gig space in the Queen Elizabeth Hall foyer. With over 100 events in the first two months alone, including 32 premieres and new commissions, the two venues look set to be back firmly on London’s cultural map as incubators of new ideas, work and artists.

The Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room will reopen on Monday 9 April. Full details of their programme can be found on the Southbank Centre website.
London Coffee Festival

Coffee lovers rejoice! The London Coffee Festival returns to the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane to celebrate all things coffee, an unmissable event for discerning coffee lovers and those working in the coffee scene. Featuring over 250 artisan coffee and gourmet food stalls, tastings and demonstrations from world-class baristas, you can perfect your latte art skills in workshops, get into the science of a good brew with debates and demonstrations in The Lab, look at some coffee inspired art, browse the Coffee Festival shop or dance the night away with live music and DJs at the Espresso Martini Party where you should definitely try the latest cool kid on the block, the Flat White Martini.
The London Coffee Festival is at the Old Truman Brewery from 12 – a5 April.

Roy’s People Art Fair

Last year, the inaugural edition of Roy’s People Art Fair drew thousands of participants, so this year founders Sam Peacock and Roy Tyson are happy to bring the event to the Bargehouse at OXO Tower Wharf for a second edition. The two artists created Roy’s People Art Fair to bring carefully selected exhibitors to the attention of gallerists, bloggers, collectors & art enthusiasts alike in London’s only artist-run art fair. 80 artists ranging from Urban and Photography to Fine Art, Sculpture and Abstract will be personally showcasing their pieces to the public during this free four-day event, creating a unique art fair experience for visitors as they interact with the artists and buy artwork directly from them.
Roy’s People Art Fair will be at the Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf 12 – 15 April
Cardboard Citizens Cathy. Credit: Pamela Raith Photography

This is your last chance to see Cardboard Citizens’ play at Soho Theatre before it continues on its UK tour. Inspired by Ken Loach and Jeremy Sandford’s ground-breaking film Cathy Come Home and based on true stories, this timely and powerful drama explores the state of housing and homelessness, looking at the social and personal impact of spiralling housing costs, gentrification and the challenges of forced relocation through the compelling story of one family. Read more about it in our interview with writer Ali Taylor.

Cathy by Cardboard Citizen is at Soho Theatre until 14 April    
BAFTA’s Open Weekend
Mitzi Cunliffe with the designs and plaster maquette for the Jason Trophy (BAFTA 'Mask' Award), 1955. Estate of the Artist/The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery/University of Leeds Art Collection

The BAFTAs rarely open their headquarters to non-members but as the British Academy of Film and Television Arts counts down to its 75th anniversary in 2022, they are throwing open the doors at 195 Piccadilly for an Open Weekend on 14 and 15 April to celebrate Female Firsts, an exhibition dedicated to the work and achievements of over 90 women from the history film, games and television in Britain. See BAFTA-nominated films on the big screen in BAFTA’s cinema, swan around the members bar and view the exhibition featuring photography selected from BAFTA’s archives. For the Open Weekend, there is a curated a programme of screenings inspired by the exhibition and the women’s stories in this year’s BAFTA-nominated films.
All film tickets include entry to the exhibition and a glass of champagne following the film.

The BAFTA’s Open Weekend takes place at 195 Piccadilly from 13 - 15 April.


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