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Camden Fringe

This Week July 31 – August 6

31 July 2017 Will Rathbone

August. Distinguished, venerable. Named after the first Roman Emperor Augustus in 8 BC, the grand old month is the culmination of the summer. The first week of this most highly regarded of months sees the Camden Fringe offer an impressive alternative to Edinburgh, Jazz Re:Fest provide an illustrious line-up of musicians for free and the Royal Academy open a new exhibition on the magnificent Matisse. An eminent start to a majestic month, we think you’ll agree.

Jazz Re:Fest – Southbank Centre

London Calling recently spoke to Nubya Garcia and Alfa Mist ahead of their double bill at Ronnie Scott’s in August, and they both sung the praises of Jazz Re:freshed. The music movement has been nurturing and promoting young jazz musicians since 2003, with the aim of breaking the genre out and bringing it to the masses. Their annual Jazz Re:Fest event sees Sons of Kemet headline the free (though donations are welcome, and it’s a very worthy cause) one-dayer at the Royal Festival Hall. Chin-strokers and shape-throwers will both be very much at home here.
 
Jazz Re:Fest takes place at the Royal Festival Hall on August 6 from 12-7pm. Tickets are free, though donations are encouraged.


Image courtesy of Jazz Re:freshed
 
Matisse in the Studio – RA

There’s nothing better than having a good nosy round someone’s home and seeing what makes them tick – especially if that person is an acclaimed 20th century artist. The Royal Academy’s new exhibition looks at Henri Matisse’s collection of art and objects from around the world and how they influenced his practice. Furniture, textiles and figures from places as far afield as North Africa, China, and Thailand make up the exhibition.
 
Matisse in the Studio runs at the Royal Academy from August 5 - November 12. Tickets are £15.50.
 
Camden Fringe

Comprising 22 venues, over 270 shows and nearly 1000 performances, the Camden Fringe is nothing if not comprehensive. Whilst the majority of London theatre up sticks and head north for the month, those who can’t afford the monstrous costs associated with an Edinburgh run, or don’t fancy handing out tens of thousands of flyers each day stay put and take part in London’s equivalent. The programme is vast and varied, and with most productions around the £5 mark or free, it’s well worth dipping in and trying something out.
 
Camden Fringe runs at various venues throughout the borough of Camden and beyond from July 31 - August 27. Ticket prices vary.


Image courtesy of Camden Fringe

 
Ambassadeurs, Debora Ipekel and Bassala Danza – Yard Theatre

We know what you’re thinking – the above is all well and good, but where do I head for an evening of Turkish psychedelic funk? Look no further, as Hackney’s Yard Theatre is hosting just such an event. Ambassadeurs will be spinning the decks along with London-via-Istanbul’s Sounds of the Universe DJ Debora Ipekel, while all-vinyl duo Bassala Danza bring an afro-tinge to the party.
 
Ambassadeurs, Debora Ipekel and Bassala Danza play at The Yard Theatre on August 5. Tickets are free.
 
Word on the Water – London Book Barge

Finally, one of our favourite bookshops, Word on the Water in Granary Square, is hosting a Friday evening affair with live poetry and readings, jazz music and general merriment. The floating bookshop has been docked in Granary Square for the last couple of years having relocated from Regent’s Canal, and their excellent company, great selection and beautiful dog are all reasons to take a look.
 
Jazz and Poetry on the Water runs at Word on the Water in Granary Square on August 4 from 6-10pm. Entry is free.


Image courtesy of Words on the Water
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