June in London 2019

 
 
 
 
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Kiss My Genders is at the Hayward Gallery
Open Garden Squares Weekend
Taste of London
Hampton Court Palace Festival
Heritage Live Concerts: Kenwood House
London Festival of Architecture
Novo Amor headlines Bushstock Festival
Field Day 2019
Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Kylie plays at Hampton Court Palace Festival
Field Day 2019
BP Portrait Award
Opera Holland Park
Art Night 2019
Peter Gynt is at the National Theatre
 

 

The Spice Girls are back, Cindy Sherman's portraits are in the frame and Secret Cinema unveils the world of 007 in June 2019, LondonTown has all these and the must-see events for the month.

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London Festival of Architecture

From picket fences to personal space, boundaries is a fitting theme for LFA 2019.

 

Various Venues Dates: 1st to 30th June 2019

 

Borders and fences, walls and city limits are all boundaries and it's this demarkation which is the theme for the 2019 London Festival of Architecture. From picket fences to personal space, boundaries is a fitting theme for LFA 2019, the year that the UK is due to leave the EU. Peter Murray, founder of the London Festival of Architecture, highlights the Thames as the greatest boundary in the capital. As part of the festival Dulwich Picture Gallery hosts the Dulwich Pavilion, a temporary outdoor structure called 'The Colour Palace' - a fusion of European and African cultural traditions designed by Pricegore and Yinka Ilori. It's one of more than 600 events to choose from, ranging from walking tours to debates, exhibitions to family events.

 
 
 

Michael Rakowitz

Solo exhibition by the artist whose winged bull sits on Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth.

Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 7QX

Tube: Aldgate East Station , Aldgate East Underground Station, Aldgate Station

 

Dates: 3rd June to 25th August 2019

 

Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz, whose winged bull that once guarded the gates of Nineveh in Iraq currently sits on Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth, has his first major European survey. Drawing on architecture, cultural artefacts and cuisine, the installations within the Whitechapel Gallery tell stories of social ritual, conflict and loss. Rakowitz's casts of players and objects reveal the legacy of colonisation, modernism and globalism. His giant Fourth Plinth winged bull, made from date syrup cans, is part of an attempt to recreate all 7,000 objects looted from Iraq's museums, a project which is represented in the exhibition.

 
 
 

Opera Holland Park

35 performances and five new productions come to West London's picturesque Holland Park.

Holland Park Theatre, Holland Park, Holland Park, London, W8 6LU

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 4th June to 3rd August 2019

 

The annual Opera Holland Park, a highlight of summer in London, returns with 35 performances and five new productions. Held in West London's picturesque Holland Park, a temporary structure, Holland Park Theatre, is erected creating a magical atmosphere as the operatic arias soar over the tree tops. The 2019 season brings a double bill of Il segreto di Susanna by Wolf-Ferrari and Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, a special performance of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas by Juilliard415, on tour from New York, and Puccini's Manon Lescaut, directed and designed by joint winners of the 10th European Opera Directing Prize, Karolina Sofulak and George Leigh. Cilea's L'arlesiana and Verdi's Un ballo in maschera complete the opera programme while The Royal Ballet School returns for four shows. The orchestra for all productions is the City of London Sinfonia, joined by OHP's critically acclaimed chorus.

 
 
 

English National Ballet: Cinderella in-the-round

Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon presents an inventive production featuring over 90 dancers.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 6th to 16th June 2019

 

One of the first new productions to be created after English National Ballet's move to its new home at London City Island is Cinderella performed in-the-round at the Royal Albert Hall in June 2019. Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon presents an inventive production featuring over 90 dancers and with magnificent sets and costumes, theatrical surprises, set to Prokofiev's sublime score, performed by English National Ballet Philharmonic. The award-winning choreographer originally created Cinderella for Dutch National Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, now he and his collaborators have adapted it for English National Ballet and the circular space of the Royal Albert Hall.

 
 
 

Hampton Court Palace Festival

Open-air concerts set against the backdrop of Henry VIII's Tudor Palace.

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, London, KT8 9AU

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 7th to 21st June 2019

 

The Jacksons, Tears For Fears and Kylie Minogue are just three of the big name acts lined up for this year's Hampton Court Palace Festival. Pop royalty The Jacksons perform as 2019 marks 50 years since I Want You Back was released. New-wave legends Tears For Fears, one of the biggest acts of the '80s, play hits from their formidable collection, including Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Shout, and Mad World. Kylie Minogue also plays two nights at the summer music festival, set against the beautiful backdrop of Henry VIII's magnificent Tudor Hampton Court Palace. Now in its 27th year, the festival encourages a spot of picnicking, a VIP experience and the chance to hear some well known musicians in an intimate 3,000-seat open-air auditorium.

 
 
 
 

Field Day 2019

Field Day finds a new home with four massive warehouses in North London.

Brockwell Park, Norwood Road, London, SE24 0PA

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June 2019

 

Having resided in Victoria Park for 10 years, before moving to Brockwell Park last year, Field Day finds a new home in 2019 at Meridian Water, Enfield, North London. They say the move is a game changer and we can see why. Ten acres of outdoor space and four giant interlinked warehouses allow for the volume to be turned up and a late night / early morning 3am finish - later than before. Situated at an old gas works next to Tottenham Marshes, the largest of the sheds is the biggest warehouse venue for music in the city with a capacity of 7,500. Music wise, they haven't revealed the line-up yet but - to give you some idea - Aphex Twin, Erykah Badu, Patti Smith, Loyle Carner, Skepta, PJ Harvey and Charlotte Gainsbourg have all played in previous years.

 
 
 

Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion

A da Vinci notebook owned by Bill Gates goes on display in Britain for the first time in 25 years.

British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

Tube: King's Cross Station , Euston Station

 

Dates: 7th June to 8th September 2019

 

A Leonardo da Vinci notebook, the Codex Leicester, goes on display in Britain for the first time since it was bought by Bill Gates in 1994. It's just one of several notebooks brought together for Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion at the British Library to show the dynamic mindset of the Italian scientist and artist who was able to make connections between multiple disciplines. Studies range from water flow to geometry, mechanics, astronomy and the human body in motion, evidence of his exceptional ability as a draughtsman. Notes and drawings from the Codex Arundel, owned by the British Library, the Codex Forster, owned by the V&A, and the Codex Leicester, owned by Bill Gates, are displayed together in the UK for the first time. It's a unique opportunity to see these manuscripts side by side.

 
 
 

Open Garden Squares Weekend

Explore over 230 gardens as green spaces across the city open their gates.

 

Various Venues Dates: Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June 2019

 

From the iron-fenced residential parks of west London to the landscaped churchyards of the City, hundreds of garden squares play a vital part in maintaining London's status as one of Europe's greenest cities. The wonderful Open Garden Squares Weekend is the one time of the year when these gardens open their gates to everyone. More than 230 gardens take part - some of them private spaces which are not usually accessible to the public. If you have youngsters in tow, many gardens stage activities for families too and tickets allow entry to all participating gardens.

 
 
 

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Choose your favourite from a plethora of tightly packed paintings.

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Mayfair, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 10th June to 12th August 2019

 

The Royal Academy's annual Summer Exhibition a highlight of summer in London since 1769, fills the gallery's walls with a plethora of tightly packed paintings, photographs, sculpture and film. The beauty of this annual show is that anyone can submit their work which gives it a wonderful element of surprise. Approximately 12,000 pieces are sifted through to come up with the 1,200 displayed, created by relative unknowns as well as famous artists and members of the RA. The fun part for visitors is choosing a favourite and, with the majority of works on sale at varying price ranges, you can even buy one if you really fall in love with it. The largest regular contemporary art exhibition in the world, it's an impressive show that gives an excellent cross-section of contemporary art every summer and each year a prominent sculpture greets visitors to the exhibition as they walk through the Royal Academy's great courtyard.

 
 
 

Kiss My Genders

Over 30 international artists whose work explores and engages with gender fluidity.

The Hayward Gallery, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XZ

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 12th June to 8th September 2019

 

In summer 2019 the Hayward Gallery celebrates how artists, many of whom treat the body as a sculpture, are challenging traditional gender definitions through their practice. Group exhibition Kiss My Genders celebrates over 30 international artists whose work explores and engages with gender fluidity. Art works from the late 1960s and early 1970s through to the present moment show how these artists draw on their own experiences to create content and forms that challenge accepted or stable definitions of gender. Working across painting, immersive installations, sculpture, text, photography and film and in doing so open up new possibilities for gender, beauty and representations of the human form.

 
 
 
 

Spice Girls

Baby, Sporty, Scary and Ginger Spice reunite 23 years after Wannabe smashed into the charts.

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 13th, 14th and 15th June 2019

 

Twenty three years after the Spice Girls smashed their way into the charts the best-selling female group is back together - with one notable exception - on tour, playing six stadium concerts. Emma, Mel B, Melanie C and Geri come to Wembley in June 2019 to perform their chart-topping hits including Wannabe, Viva Forever, Spice Up Your Life and 2 Become 1. It's the first time they've reunited on stage since the London 2012 Olympics so it's no surprise that these tickets sold out quickly. People of the world: in the words of Baby Spice, "It's time to spice things up all over again".

 
 
 

BP Portrait Award

One of the most prestigious prizes in the world for portrait painting.

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station, Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 13th June to 20th October 2019

 

The popular BP Portrait Award returns for a 40th year at the National Portrait Gallery. The highly successful annual open competition, which regularly attracts over 2,500 entries, is one of the most prestigious prizes in the world for portrait painting. The shortlisted portraits are shown alongside around 50 or so selected works in a free exhibition which returns to the National Portrait Gallery for four months this summer. Prizes include the BP Travel Award, BP Young Artist Award, open to 18 to 30 year-olds, and the £35,000 first prize. But this competition is not just about money, it's also about prestige; many previous winners have gone on to gain important commissions. Craig Wylie, for example, who won the award in 2008, was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to create a portrait of Dame Kelly Holmes.

 
 
 

Live At Chelsea

A long weekend of open air concerts at the historic home of the red uniformed Chelsea Pensioners.

Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: Thursday 13th and Friday 14th June 2019

 

Toto and Gipsy Kings play at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the home of the Chelsea Pensioners as part of Live At Chelsea, a long weekend of open air concerts at the historic home of the red uniformed Chelsea Pensioners. Well known for their hit songs like Africa and Rosanna, Grammy award winning band Toto is celebrating 40 years since the release of their debut album. Mixing Latin and flamenco style music with Western pop, Gipsy Kings is fronted by songwriters and producers Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo who've been in the band for over 30 years. Expect more announcements as the concert series returns for a fifth year in 2019, culminating in an extravagant firework display.

 
 
 

Heritage Live Concerts: Kenwood House

The Piano Guys and legendary tenor Jose Carreras, on his farewell tour, play live on Hampstead Heath.

Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, Hampstead, London, NW3 7JR

Tube: Highgate Station

 

Dates: 14th, 15th and 16th June 2019

 

Returning to Kenwood House, the Heritage Live Concerts are back at the English Heritage owned stately home on Hampstead Heath for one weekend only in June 2019. Hailing from Utah in the US, The Piano Guys, who have amassed a staggering 3 billion audio and video streams worldwide, are playing on Friday 14th June. They became an internet sensation by making music videos in some of the most magnificent locations in the world including The Great Wall of China, Chichen Itza and Iguazu Falls. On Sunday legendary tenor Jose Carreras stops off to say goodbye to London as part of his farewell tour. Staged next to the lake and with a captivating view of the magnificent house, the concerts are a welcome addition to the capital's summer music festivals.

 
 
 

Bushstock Festival

The one day festival in West London offers the chance to enjoy live music from rising stars.

Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 7LJ

Tube: Shepherd's Bush Market Station (Hammersmith and City Line)

 

Dates: Saturday 15th June 2019

 

Novo Amor headlines Bushstock Festival, back for its ninth year in 2019. APRE, MarthaGunn, Olivia, and Winnie Raeder are just three of the other acts at the festival which take places at venues in and around 'The Bush' on Saturday 15th June. They're a small proportion of more than forty bands you can catch at the annual event which is the brainchild of Communion record company. It's the perfect chance to enjoy something a little less mainstream, somewhat folksy and a little bit raw.

 
 
 
 

Secret Cinema: Casino Royale

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to be immersed in the secret world of 007.

Secret Cinema, Central, London, XX1 0LL

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Dates: 19th June to 1st August 2019

 

This spring and summer, Secret Cinema goes undercover to channel Bond, James Bond when it presents a fully immersive show of the critically-acclaimed 007 film Casino Royale. Taking the 2006 version, directed by Martin Campbell and starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, the show transforms a secret London location into the glamorous and action-packed world of the iconic British spy. Blurring the lines between fiction and reality, the experience recreates scenes and locations from the film. You, the audience, will be required to get into character and you'll be assigned to either Q Branch or M Branch. Prior to your mission, you will receive an alias, dress code and training suggestions to help you prepare for a night of high stakes, sophistication and deception. If previous Secret Cinema productions are anything to go by, you'll feel like you're on the set of the film... and what a fantastic film to be dropped into.

 
 
 

Taste of London

Sample starter sized dishes from some of London's top restaurants in Regents Park.

Regent's Park, Inner Circle, London, NW1 4NR

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 19th to 23rd Jun 2019

 

Five days of top flight food, drink and entertainment at Regent's Park, Taste of London is a wonderful al fresco summer festival of all things food. It's a wonderful excuse to indulge in some delicious gluttony as you work your way through sample sized dishes from London's top restaurants. Top chefs attend, including a flurry of Michelin starred names, and give demos to show off their culinary handiwork. Festival favourites include At The Fire Pit - where everything is cooked with fire and smoke - and the chance to try out so many of London's most talked about restaurants in one place. In the middle of it all are stalls selling food and drinks, often to a live band. A handful of breweries and Champagne labels also attend, some hosting pop ups where you might walk through a fridge door and discover a dimly lit secret bar.

 
 
 

Art Night 2019

The late night contemporary art festival focuses on Walthamstow and King's Cross.

Walthamstow Town Square, High Street, London, E17 7JN

Tube: Walthamstow Central Station

 

Dates: Saturday 22nd June 2019

 

Art Night, the late night free contemporary art festival which runs from 6pm into the early hours of Sunday, invites you to explore two London locations in 2019: Walthamstow and King's Cross. The fourth edition of the festival centres on the first London Borough of Culture - Waltham Forest. Under the guidance of new artistic director, Helen Nisbet, who'll remain in the role for both the 2019 and 2020 editions, this year's festival explores the distinct identity, culture and architecture of Waltham Forest - from the music of local 90's band East 17 to the area's market culture. New commissions along and around Walthamstow High Street will highlight Europe's longest outdoor market as well as other local landmarks. You can also join the Art Night trail via the 24-hour Night Tube on the Victoria Line and explore the transport and culture hub in and around King's Cross.

 
 
 

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical comes to the London Palladium.

London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 26th June to 8th September 2019

 

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's biblical musical comes to the London Palladium for the summer. The stage version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has become a much loved family favourite, winning awards and enjoying multiple runs in the West End and on Broadway. Told entirely through song with the help of the Narrator, the show features catchy songs like Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door To Me and Jacob and Sons. It follows the story of Jacob's favourite son Joseph who is sold into slavery by his brothers. He finds favour with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the advances of Potiphar's wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty Pharaoh. Joseph is a plum role that's previously been played by Jason Donovan, Phillip Schofield, Lee Mead, Joe McElderry and Donny Osmond so you can expect a starry billing for the lead part.

 
 
 

Peter Gynt

James McArdle, star of Angels in America, takes the title role in David Hare epic new production.

National Theatre: Olivier Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 8XZ

Tube: Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 27th June to 8th October 2019

 

James McArdle, star of Platonov and Angels in America, takes the title role in David Hare epic new production of Peter Gynt, styled after Henrik Ibsen's 1867 poetic fantasy Peer Gynt. While Ibsen's version follows the journey of its hero from his mountain home to other lands in a story which spans decades, Hare's reworking takes the main character and, "runs away with him into the 21st century". Firmly placed in the present day, he's "propelled into a free-wheeling world of music, dance, poetry, weddings, coronations, trolls and two-headed children". After playing at the National's Olivier Theatre from July, Peter Gynt, a co-production with Edinburgh International Festival and directed by Jonathan Kent, transfers to Edinburgh for the festival in August 2019.

 
 
 
 
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