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This Week September 11-17

11 September 2017 Will Rathbone

A number of exhibitions launch this week as the autumn season kicks into gear. Explore the vastness of space through award-winning photography at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, before returning to Earth (but 2,500 years ago!) in the British Museum’s new exhibition on the Scythians - an ancient Siberian warrior tribe. From an ancient conflict to a modern one, as the Royal Parks have re-created a WW1 trench to mark the centenary of the Great War. While for sheer entertainment there’s nought better than hip hop comedy improvisors Abandoman and good times DJ Gilles Peterson. What a week!

Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 – Royal Observatory Greenwich

The annual Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition returns to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, full of stunning images of the cosmos taken by amateur and professional astrophotographers. The winners of the competition will be announced a few days before the exhibition opens, but all the shortlisted entries will be displayed for free in this exhibition. Expect meteors, the Northern Lights and glimpses of the unfathomable vastness and gargantuan beauty of outer space.

The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 runs at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, from 16 September. Entry is free.


Aurora over Svea © Agurtxane Concellon


Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia - British Museum

From the vastness of the galaxy to the depths of time - Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia is the British Museum’s latest blockbuster exhibition, and looks at the fearsome, horse-mounted warrior people who roamed the plains of Siberia 2,500 years ago. Recent discoveries - immaculately preserved in permafrost - have shed new light on this ancient tribe, and the exhibition explores their battles with Assyrians, Greeks and Persians, as well as their lives and culture.

Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia runs at the British Museum from 14 September - 14 January. Tickets are £16.50.

Royal Parks Trench Experience

Kensington Gardens have teamed up with The Royal Parks to mark the centenary of the Great War by re-creating a World War I trench. During the War, a section of Kensington Gardens was transformed into a mock trench to help soldiers adjust to trench life before they went to war. Visitors can now undergo a similar experience, as the Royal Parks Trench Experience sees volunteer guides taking groups on an interactive tour to discover how soldiers lived during the Battle of the Somme. An exhibition on Kensington’s camouflage school - where early camouflage techniques were pioneered - accompanies the experience.

The Royal Parks Trench Experience runs at Kensington Gardens on Sunday 17 and 24 September. Entry is free.


Imperial War Museum © Q17687


Abandoman - Soho Theatre

For the uninitiated, Abandoman are an Irish improvised hip hop duo who take audience suggestions, match them to beats, and freestyle rap. It’s hilarious, charming, inventive and incredibly skilful. Now a recognised name on the comedy circuit, Abandoman have developed a new show focusing on the ‘story’ of the band - from humble beginnings to the global stars they are today. The format will be similar, but the duo are confident it’s their greatest show yet - and we at London Calling have complete faith in them. Their tour starts at the Soho Theatre before heading out across the UK.

Abandoman: Life and Rhymes runs at the Soho Theatre from 14-16 September, before heading out on a UK tour. Tickets to the Soho Theatre show start from £18.


Abandoman


Gilles Peterson at Phonox

To round off the weekend, Phonox have been running a series of Sunday sessions with world class DJs playing from the afternoon till early evening. This week Gilles Peterson will be behind the decks, and his blend of soul, hip hop, world music and electronica provides the perfect soundtrack to dance your way out of the weekend. The feelgood factor will be high, so head down for a healthy, happy boogie.

Gilles Peterson plays at Phonox, Brixton, on 17 September from 4-10pm. Tickets cost £10.


Gilles Peterson. Image courtesy of Oh-Barcelona.com
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