AI WEI WEI
Ai Weiwei has been making headlines recently for his troubles with the Chinese Government and the issue with gaining a British visa, but now his hotly anticipated exhibition is coming to the Royal Academy of the Arts this September. Visionary and politically charged, the exhibition will focus on the nature of freedom, and will include new pieces alongside major works from the entirety of Ai Weiwei’s career
The idea of creative and political liberty plays a huge part in the artist’s oeuvre, which references Chinese culture as well as international Western contemporary art, and this monumental exhibition is sure to be one of the most thought-provoking and awe-inspiring shows of the year. At the Royal Academy from 19th September until 13th December.
THE WORLD GOES POP
Most people are familiar with the cultural phenomenon that is pop art, but this month the Tate Modern is looking at the movement from a perspective that is far removed from the eyeglass of western consumerism that we usually employ when thinking about pop art. From Latin America to Asia, from Europe to the Middle East, the exhibition connects art produced around the world during the 1960s and 70s, highlighting how this cultural movement became both a part of and a commentary on social and political revolution in different places across the globe. At the Tate Modern from September 17th to January 24th.
PORTOBELLO FILM FESTIVAL
September 2015 marks the 20th Anniversary of this iconic independent film festival, which initially began as a reaction to the declining state of the British film industry in the 1990s. The event has become a platform for the work of young or alternative film-makers, so this year expect nearly 700 unique films, ranging from movies and documentaries to short films and music videos. In and around Notting Hill from 4th September to 20th September – see the schedule here.
LONDON FASHION WEEK
This month, a flurry of designers, models and stylish hangers-on will be descending upon the capital for the biggest event in the calendar of British Fashion. September 18th marks the start of London Fashion Week, where some of the biggest names in the industry will debut their SS16 collections. If you're not lucky enough to be sitting front row at the shows themselves, you can always buy tickets for London Fashion Weekend, which takes place at the Saatchi Gallery between the 24th-27th September. Hosted in the beautiful Somerset House, As one of the biggest and best pop-up shopping events in the world, this unique event will offer a selection of designer brands and collections that you'd be hard pressed to find anywhere else.
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL
With over 400 events and exhibitions, the annual London Design Festival is one of the biggest events dedicated to design in the world. Conceived as a way of promoting the city’s creativity and celebrating London as an international centre of design, the Festival takes place across the capital, in world-famous museums such as Somerset House and the Victoria and Albert Museum, but also in smaller local studios and pop-ups. Covering the entire spectrum of design, from architecture and public installations to products, textiles and crafts, there is something for experts in all disciplines of design. Around London from 19th September to 27th September – see the schedule here.
SECRET CINEMA PRESENTS
STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES
Secret Cinema are know for their epic scale productions, and un-missable immersive experiences centered around classic film favourites.
Having already enjoyed fantastic success over the summer, putting The Empire Strikes Back into the box office top 10 once again – don’t miss this chance to immerse yourself in the galaxy far far away. A good warm up for those eagerly anticipating the release of this year’s new Stars Wars film – The Force Awakens, Until 27th of September, secret location in East London Tickets are £75.
Two thousand years after it was written, the Almeida Theatre has bought Euripedes’ tragic play back to life – and its exploration of gender politics, its shocking twists and its examination of revenge still resonates with the audience of today. Starring Kate Fleetwood in the infamous title role, the play tells the tale of a broken marriage, a family, and a woman driven to enact an impossibly cruel revenge. At the heart of the play lies the question of what it is to be a wife, with the modern setting demonstrating how relevant the classic play remains today. At the Almeida Theatre from 25th September to 14th November.
Academy-award winning actress Nicole Kidman takes on the role of British DNA researcher, Rosalind Franklin, in her first appearance on the London stage in 17 years. Anna Ziegler’s compelling play, Photograph 51, tells the story of how Franklin ultimately managed to unravel the mystery of DNA structure using one particular photo, and of her race to understand the implications before her (mostly male) contemporaries. At the Noel Coward Theatre until 21st November.
F*CK THE POLAR BEARS
After her critically acclaimed success of ‘Dara, Liolà, Table’ at the National Theatre, Tanya Rounder was commissioned by the Bush Theater to write this surreal and comedic family drama. F*ck The Polar Bears follows the story of a family who seem to have everything, But things start to fall apart behind their perfect visage in a play that explores the power of the individual in a world obscured by politics. At The Bush Theatre in Notting Hill from September 25th until 24th of October
WRIGHT BROTHERS SOUTH KENSINGTON
In small, intimate dining room influenced by the bistros of Paris, the Wright Brothers have recently opened the fifth in their successful seafood restaurant chain. Their latest offering serves the usual combination of high-quality dishes, with the focus still firmly on oysters, all sourced from their Cornish Duchy oyster farm. Also on the menu are a selection of delicious cocktails and bar snacks in the new Mermaid cocktail and oyster bar. Here, expect their signature daily oyster hour, when oysters are available for £1 each. Open Now
Image Credit L-R: London Design Festival, Ai Wei Wei Gao Yuan, Tate The World Goes Pop, Medea at the Almeida Credit: Paul Thompson