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September in London 2015

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Portobello Film Festival

Golden Trellick awards modelled Trellick Tower by street artist Zeus

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Portobello Film Festival
20/21 British Art Fair
English National Ballet: Lest We Forget
London Fashion Week
Elbow play On Blackheath
Laura Mvula, On Blackheath
Last Night of the Proms
BBC Proms in the Park
Great Gorilla Run
The Great River Race
Open House London
Ai Weiwei
Emily Jacir
Sure Run to the Beat
The World Goes Pop
London Fashion Weekend
Designers in Residence
Farinelli and the King
Pomona
Scotch Egg Challenge
Rugby World Cup: England v Fiji at Twickenham
Bermondsey Street Festival
Darbar Festival
London Duathlon
Rugby World Cup: New Zealand v Argentina
BP Big Screen: The Royal Ballet: Romeo and Juliet
Rugby World Cup: France v Romania
Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival
Totally Thames
Chinese Export Fans
Rugby World Cup: New Zealand v Namibia
Rugby World Cup: England v Wales
Rugby World Cup: Ireland v Romania
Shaolin Monks
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui: Genesis
Academy of Ancient Music performs Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
Future Conditional opens Matthew Warchus' inaugural season at the Old Vic
London Symphony Orchestra: Bernard Haitink
Prom 74: Wireless Nights Prom With Jarvis Cocker
DesignJunction
London in the Sky
 

 

The London Design Festival, 100% Design and London Fashion Week all return to the city this September when Open House Weekend gives nosy Londoners the chance to look inside some of the city's private buildings.

 
 

Totally Thames

An exciting, month-long arts and cultural celebration of London's chief waterway.

River Thames, , London, WC2H 7BP

Tube: Vauxhall Station, Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 1st to 30th September 2015

 

Extended to take place throughout September, Totally Thames is an exciting, month-long arts and cultural celebration of London's river, featuring over 100 river-related events along its entire 42 mile course through the capital. The festival - much of which is free - celebrates the main waterway which winds its way through the heart of the city, through a diverse mix of art, music, and educational events both on the water and along its banks and bridges at various riverside locations from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge and beyond.

 
 
 

Future Conditional

Matthew Warchus' inaugural season as artistic director of the Old Vic opens.

Old Vic Theatre, 103 The Cut, London, SE1 8NB

Tube: Waterloo Station, Southwark Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 1st September to 3rd October 2015

 

Matthew Warchus' inaugural season, stepping into Kevin Spacey's shoes as artistic director of the Old Vic, opens with Future Conditional, a new play by Tamsin Oglesby, featuring a young cast of 23 and starring Rob Brydon. A topical and funny piece of writing from the woman who penned Really Old, Like Forty Five and The Mouse and His Child, Future Conditional tackles the conundrum of British schooling through a myriad of characters including parents, teachers, and Alia, a clever young Afghan refugee with a radical solution for Britain's schools.

 
 
 

Portobello Film Festival

Around 600 new films screened in parks, theatres, clubs and bars in Portobello.

Portobello Road, Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 1LJ

Tube: Ladbroke Grove Station

 

Dates: 3rd to 14th September 2015

 

Created in 1996 as a reaction to the state of the British Film industry, the Portobello Film Festival was set up with the aim of providing a platform for exciting new film-makers and to this day gives daring and ground-breaking directors a chance to get their films seen. The programme usually features around 600 new films split into numerous categories, including art, music movies, documentary and world film, screening films from different countries across the globe. The festival hasn't always had an easy ride and has even found itself without a cinema screen at times but screening in parks, theatres, clubs and bars have all added to the diverse nature of the event. With annual premieres of shorts, documentaries and animations, plus lots of talks and workshops with top film directors, the Portobello Film Festival is an exciting event in any film fanatic's diary.

 
 
 

Song from Far Away

Ivo van Hove directs a new play by 'Curious Incident' writer Simon Stephens.

The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ

Tube: Southwark Station, Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 3rd to 19th September 2015

 

Following his sensational A View from the Bridge, Ivo van Hove directs a new play by Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time). Eelco Smits stars as Willem the returning prodigal son in Song from Far Away, a drama for one-actor about a young man's homecoming to an estranged family in the aftermath of the death of his brother. Returning home to Amsterdam, Willem attempts to reconnect with his sibling through a series of letters.

 
 
 

Nikolai Demidenko

The Russian-born British pianist performs Brahms and Prokofiev in a one-off concert.

St John's Smith Square, Smith Square, London, SW1P 3HA

Tube: St James's Park Station

 

Dates: Thursday 3rd September 2015

 

Acclaimed Russian pianist Nikolai Demidenko will perform a one-off concert and a programme that includes Brahms and Prokofiev at St John's Smith Square this autumn. Demidenko, who became a student of Anna Kantor (Evgeny Kissin's teacher) by the age of six, performs Brahms Capriccio from the Op. 76 late piano pieces and the tender Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann. The second half is dedicated to Prokofiev's Visions Fugitives followed by his Sonata No. 2.

 
 
 

Chinese Export Fans

Collaboration between London's Fan Museum and Hong Kong-based author Edwin Mok.

Fan Museum, 12 Crooms Hill, London, SE10 8ER

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 

Dates: 5th September to 31st December 2015

 

The final exhibition of 2015 at the Fan Museum is an exciting collaborative effort between the museum and Hong Kong-based author and collector Edwin Mok. Very fine Chinese export fans from both collections are shown alongside embroidered textiles and ceramics, well timed to coincide with Asian Art in London, which brings together over sixty of the world's top dealers, major auction houses and museums for an annual ten-day celebration (from 5th to 14th November 2015).

 
 
 

Photograph 51

Nicole Kidman returns to the London stage after a 17 year absence.

Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AU

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

 

Dates: 5th September to 21st November 2015

 

Academy award-winning actress Nicole Kidman plays British scientist Rosalind Franklin, the woman who unravelled the mystery of DNA, in the UK premiere of Photograph 51, Anna Ziegler's "largely satisfying" (New York Times) award-winning play. Reuniting with director Michael Grandage - artistic director of the Donmar when Kidman performed in the headline-grabbing 'The Blue Room' in 1998 under the direction of Sam Mendes - the Australian actress and star of 'Moulin Rouge' returns to the London stage after a 17 year absence to reveal the personal sacrifices Franklin made in her pursuit of science and a place in history.

 
 
 

Igor Levit

Combining the works of Muffat, Shostakovich and Beethoven.

Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 2BP

Tube: Bond Street Station, Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: Saturday 5th September 2015

 

Russian-German pianist Igor Levit launches his Wigmore Hall 'Perspectives' series with a programme combining the works of Muffat, Shostakovich and Beethoven. Opening with the majestic Passacaglia in G minor from Georg Muffat's 1690 anthology Apparatus musico-organisticus, and spanning the vast creative soundscapes of Shostakovich's Second Piano Sonata, the two-hour concert concludes with Beethoven's 'Diabelli' Variations - 33 separate and completely different variations all based on Anton Diabelli's original waltz.

 
 
 

Prom 68: Bach - Six Cello Suites

A bold performance of the complete Bach solo cello suites in a single concert.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: Saturday 5th September 2015

 

American cellist Yo-Yo Ma, a regular Proms soloist for almost 40 years, tackles perhaps his boldest performance to date performing the complete Bach solo cello suites in a single concert. That's over two hours of music - with no interval - a feat as challenging intellectually as it is physically. Though neglected until the 20th century, the suites represent some of Bach's greatest musical achievements and Ma has played them over many decades and multiple recordings.

 
 
 

English National Ballet: Lest We Forget

Dance pieces by three of Britain's top choreographers, all inspired by the First World War.

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, City, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 8th to 12th Sep 2015

 

Following a successful first showing at the Barbican in spring last year, the English National Ballet's "clever mix of experiment and accessibility" (The Guardian), Lest We Forget, comes to Sadler's Wells this autumn. Presenting bold new pieces by three of Britain's top choreographers, Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and Liam Scarlett, all are inspired by the First World War. Scarlett's 'No Man's Land' makes "sensitive use of a difficult Liszt score"; Maliphant's 'Second Breath', conjures the pity of war itself; while Khan's 'Dust' turns the dancers' arms into "a writhing rope" (The Telegraph).

 
 
 

20/21 British Art Fair

Works by important modern British artists from the 20th and 21st centuries go on sale.

Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2EU

Tube: Gloucester Road Station

 

Dates: 9th to 13th Sep 2015

 

The 20/21 British Art Fair offers works for sale by well known modern British artists from the 20th and 21st centuries and distinguishes itself by being the only fair for British art which focuses on Modern and Post-War art as well as featuring contemporary work from the 1970s onwards. It's a chance to see and buy works by highly respected artists like Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and David Hockney, all displayed at the prestigious Royal College of Art. Since the fair first started in the 1980s, art buying has changed from being the exclusive pastime of the rich to being something we can all join in on. Undoubtedly, fairs like this have helped. The big names of the last two centuries are all here with Henry Moore alongside Damien Hirst. But there are also more 'entry level' pieces starting at a few hundred pounds. The focus is on painting and sculpture rather than the wild fringes of conceptualism, and there will be exciting pieces to covet from the brightest talents of recent times.

 
 
 

Designers in Residence: Migration

A chance to see the work of young designers, this year's show is based on the theme of migration.

Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YD

Tube: Tower Hill Station

 

Dates: 9th September 2015 to 28th February 2016

 

Each year, the Design Museum gives visitors the chance to see the work of young designers at the beginning of their careers, and this year's Designers in Residence exhibition is based around the theme of migration. The annual show is the culmination of a year-long programme which supports and nurtures four up-and-coming designers who have graduated within the last five years. The show includes specially created new work from the year's finalists and is backed by a series of events and talks, offering visitors the chance to meet the designers while giving them a test-bed for new ideas.

 
 
 

Royal Opera House: Macbeth

New one-act chamber opera by young composer and rising star Luke Styles.

Linbury Studio Theatre, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: Wednesday 9th September 2015 - 7.45pm

 

Luke Styles, the first Glyndebourne Young Composer in Residence, has written a one-act contemporary chamber opera of Macbeth, created in collaboration with director Ted Huffman who adapted the libretto from Shakespeare' drama. The opera comes to the Royal Opera House's smaller Linbury Studio Theatre for one night only on Wednesday 9th September 2015 following its debut at Glyndebourne in August.

 
 
 

Pomona

"A ferociously bold bit of programming achieved with real force" - Simon Stephens.

Temporary Theatre (formerly The Shed), National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

Tube: Temple Station, Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 10th September to 10th October 2015

 

Ned Bennett directs Alistair McDowall's sinister and surreal thriller about a girl called Ollie, who searches Manchester for her missing sister and discovers that all roads lead to an abandoned concrete island called Pomona at the heart of the city. Pomona transfers to the National Theatre's Temporary Theatre following a critically-acclaimed run at the Orange Tree in Richmond when 'Curious Incident...' playwright Simon Stephens described it as "a ferociously bold bit of programming achieved with real force" and Lyn Gardner said, "Pomona is fantastic. Astonishingly slippery and dark thriller, a twisted game or fairytale in which monsters are all too real."

 
 
 

Africa Utopia

How African art and ideas can change the world for the better.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th Sep 2015

 

Back for a third time, Africa Utopia explores what can be learnt and celebrated from Africa and the African Diaspora. The Southbank Centre festival looks at how African art and ideas can change the world for the better. Musicians, artists, writers and activists show how the role of music, theatre and technologies can lead the way in thinking about culture, community, industry, fashion, sustainability and ethical wealth creation.

 
 
 

Prom 74: Wireless Nights Prom With Jarvis Cocker

The singer songwriter presents a late night Prom based on his nocturnal series for BBC Radio 4.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: Thursday 10th September 2015

 

Pairing music and spoken word, singer songwriter and radio presenter Jarvis Cocker presents a late night Prom based on his Wireless Nights - a nocturnal series he hosts on BBC Radio 4 in which the singer has "sat up watching badger colonies, met on-call transplant surgeons and interviewed night-shift workers at the National Grid" (Guardian). Turn up and tune in for an evening Jarvis describes as 'a nocturnal investigation of the human condition', with Maxime Tortelier conducting the BBC Philharmonic.

 
 
 

Last Night of the Proms

The annual celebration of classical music comes to a rousing close.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: Saturday 12th September 2015 - 7.30pm

 

Flags wave and patriotic hearts beat faster as the annual celebration of classical music comes to a rousing close with a varied programme including Arne's Rule, Britannia!, Elgar's Pomp And Circumstance March No 1 In D Major 'Land Of Hope And Glory' and Parry's Jerusalem. The raucous Last Night of the Proms is traditionally very different from the eight weeks that precede it, following a lighter, 'winding-down' vein and often pandering to popular classics and patriotic anthems. Tickets are almost as hard to come by as Centre Court passes for the Wimbledon finals, but like the tennis, the whole thing is broadcast live on the BBC - and all round the world. Plus on the same night there's the popular Proms in the Park party, hosted by Terry Wogan.

 
 
 

On Blackheath

Elbow, Madness and the Manic Street Preachers play live on Blackheath Common.

Blackheath Common, Shooters Hill Road, London, SE3 0UA

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 

Dates: Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September 2015

 

After its inaugural year in 2014, music and food festival On Blackheath is back this summer. Taking place on Blackheath Common, home to the start of the London Marathon, its headliners for 2015 are Elbow and Madness, with the Manic Street Preachers, Anna Calvi, Kelis and Laura Mvula also performing. A number of supporting stages will also be on site for a series of alternative music, dance and DJs while a food village hosts a chef's club, pop up restaurants and street food. Additionally, being a family-friendly festival, there's The Playground which presents lots of family fun, an urban arts experience and plenty of surprises.

 
 
 

BBC Proms in the Park

An al fresco alternative finale to two months of the Proms.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: Saturday 12th September 2015

 

Britain's largest classical music event, the outdoor BBC Proms in the Park concert in Hyde Park, is a rousing alternative finale to two months of the BBC Proms for those unable to snare tickets to the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. While the whole Last Night shebang is broadcast live on the BBC, nothing quite beats experiencing the biggest night in the classical music calendar under the stars in Hyde Park. Families and friends gather with picnic hampers and rugs for five hours of evening entertainment typically hosted by Radio 2 DJ Tony Blackburn and the inimitable Sir Terry Wogan with a sensational firework finale above the stage to cap things off.

 
 
 

The Great River Race

Rowers race the 21 miles from London's Docklands to Ham in Surrey.

Ham, Borough of Hounslow, London, TW10 7RS

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: Saturday 12th September 2015

 

Regarded as the rowing equivalent of the London Marathon, the Great River Race covers 21.6 miles from Millwall Slipway in London's Docklands to Ham in Surrey. Bursting with colour, spectacle, intense competition and casual fun, the race challenges crews to row from the industrial cityscape of Docklands all the way along the Thames to the idyllic semi-rural Richmond shores. Since launching in 1987, entries have snowballed from a mere 72 entrants to a massive 300 boats carrying over 2,000 competitors, racing for 35 trophies. Festivities along the river at Richmond will begin at noon with live music, a children's beach, donkey rides and food and drink stalls, finishing with a spectacular riverside party at Ham.

 
 
 

Run to the Beat

The musically-minded 10K gives runners a beat to keep them moving.

Wembley Park, , London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: Sunday 13th September 2015

 

The two things that put most people off running a marathon are i) the length of the race, and ii) the habitual banning of iPods and other musical devices. Well, bypass both issues with September's Run to the Beat, London's official music-minded run. Starting and finishing at Wembley Park, the charity race is a mere 10K and not only are iPods encouraged, there are also different musical stages dotted around the course where bands play live music throughout the race in a bid to gee on the participants. As they cross the finish line 12,500 runners, of all fitness levels, will be treated to a fun after party in the Festival Village, with performances from top headline acts to celebrate in style. While DJs for this year's event haven't been announced yet, last year Sigma, Tom Parker and Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw got the crowds going.

 
 
 

Farinelli and the King

Wolf Hall actor Mark Rylance reprises the role of King Philippe V.

Duke of York's Theatre, St Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4BG

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

 

Dates: 14th September to 5th December 2015

 

Wolf Hall actor Mark Rylance reprises the role of King Philippe V when Claire van Kampen's play Farinelli and the King transfers to the West End, transforming the Duke of York's Theatre into the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse with candles, on-stage seating and baroque musical instruments. Featuring a selection of arias first sung by Farinelli in the 18th century, the drama unfolds in 1730s Spain where Queen Isabella Farnese implores the world famous castrato to sing for her husband, the anguished monarch Philip V of Spain, in the hope that Farinelli's heavenly voice will lift the king's depression and insomnia.

 
 
 

Scotch Egg Challenge

Judged on taste, texture and appearance, the challenge results in some outlandish combinations.

The Ship, 41 Jews Row, London, SW18 1TB

Tube: Putney Bridge Station

 

Dates: Tuesday 15th September 2015

 

Some of London's leading chefs take to the kitchens with the aim elevating the humble bar snack to new heights in a cook-off and blind tasting to find the nation's best Scotch Egg. Returning to The Ship pub in Wandsworth for a fifth year, the Scotch Egg Challenge is a must-see (and taste) event for any posh foodie fan - with the competitors cooking enough eggs for the audience to feed their faces for free. Finalists (who have included the Harwood Arms, Duck and Waffle, The Modern Pantry and Cinnamon Soho in the past) are judged on three categories - taste, texture and appearance - and competitors present outlandish combinations such as chorizo with fennel, curried smoked haddock and wild boar, heart and liver, black pudding and also - gasp - vegetarian. With a big screen showing all the action live from the kitchen, this is a truly egg-cellent event.

 
 
 

London Symphony Orchestra: Bernard Haitink

The maestro conducts the London Symphony Orchestra for three blockbusting concerts.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: Tuesday 15th September 2015 - 7.30pm

 

This September, the maestro Bernard Haitink will feature as a guest conductor at the London Symphony Orchestra, teaming up with pianist Murray Perahia and singer Anna Lucia Richter for three blockbusting concerts. In this the first concert Haitink and pianist Murray Perahia combine for a performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No 24 and Bruckner's Symphony No 7. The following two concerts in the series take place at the Barbican on Sunday 20th September and Wednesday 23rd September 2015.

 
 
 

The World Goes Pop

Groundbreaking Tate Modern exhibition showing how artists around the world engaged with the spirit of Pop Art.

Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Station

 

Dates: 17th September 2015 to 24th January 2016

 

More than 200 works will be brought together at Tate Modern for The World Goes Pop, a groundbreaking exhibition that reveals how artists around the world engaged with the spirit of Pop Art. Looking further than the West, the exhibition will also incorporate Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. With many works never before seen in the UK, it will reveal how Pop Art was never simply a celebration of western consumer culture but was also a subversive international language for criticism and public protest.

 
 
 

Darbar Festival

Bringing the best of Indian classical music and Indian street food to London.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Sep 2015

 

The Darbar Festival, now a regular fixture, returns to Southbank Centre this September for its tenth anniversary, bringing the best of Indian classical music to London. One of the only festivals globally that bring together the two kinds of Indian Classical music - Hindustani from the North, and Carnatic from the South - the festival includes concerts, music appreciation courses and Indian street food, beer, and cocktails in keeping with the festival theme.

 
 
 

London in the Sky

The restaurant in the sky is suspended above St Katharine Docks for 2 weeks this September.

St Katharine Docks, Tower Bridge Approach, St Katharine's Way, London, E1W 1LA

Tube: Tower Hill Station

 

Dates: 17th to 30th September 2015

 

Last year's inaugural London in the Sky event - when adventurous diners were treated to a three course meal 25 metres above Canary Wharf - was so successful that it's back in 2015 for an extended fourteen-day stay. This time the platform will be suspended above St Katharine Docks next to the Tower of London allowing views of landmarks like Tower Bridge, The Shard and the Walkie Talkie. The air-bourne restaurant which seats 22 (strapped in) guests employs some of London's finest chefs including Dan Doherty of Duck & Waffle, Robert Ortiz of Lima, Mark Sargeant of Morden & Lea, Sophie Michell of Pont St, and Mike Reid of M Restaurants. Martin Morales of Ceviche and Andina brings breakfast in the first week, and Tom Aikens of Tom's Kitchen cooks up the last lunch and supper. But it doesn't stop there. Top chefs Calum Franklin of Holborn Dining Room, Chantelle Nicholson of Tredwell's and Peter Weeden from Newman Street Tavern are all serving their signature dishes at the dining room in the sky. It takes 'haute cuisine' to another level.

 
 
 

Rugby World Cup: England v Fiji

The opening match of the Rugby World Cup 2015.

Twickenham Stadium, Rugby Road, Twickenham, London, TW1 1DZ

Tube: Hounslow East Station

 

Dates: Friday 18th September 2015

 

Fiji take on host England in the opening match of the Rugby World Cup 2015 at Twickenham. One of the game's great entertaining sides, Fiji arrive in London for the country's seventh World Cup having beaten the Cook Islands 108-6 in their final qualifying match for the Oceania region. They are hampered by the decision of many Fijian-born players to play for the neighbouring superpowers of Australia and New Zealand, such as Joe Rokocoko and Lote Tuqiri, but still manage to play a brand of rugby that is both threatening and a joy to watch.

 
 
 

Trailer Park Boys: Drunk, High and Unemployed

The Canadian comedy troupe is back promising more drinking, swearing and drinking.

Brixton Academy, 211 Stockwell Road, London, SW9 9SL

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: Friday 18th and Saturday 19th September 2015

 

Canadian comedy troupe Trailer Park Boys has added an extra date of Saturday 19th September at Brixton Academy due to phenomenal demand. The popular trio, Ricky, Julian and Bubbles, currently enjoying their ninth season on Netflix, present mockumentary-style crime and sketches in the anything-can-happen, uncensored live show. What began as a short film starring John Paul Tremblay (Julian) and Robb Wells (Ricky), first shown at the 1999 Atlantic Film Festival, has blossomed into a live show which sold out the Hammersmith Apollo on their last visit to London. Now the boys are back and promise more drinking, swearing, drinking, hot dogs, music and drinking.

 
 
 

Cosmonauts: Birth Of The Space Age

A look at Russia's adventures in space in the 1950s and 1960s.

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: From 18th September 2015

 

Cosmonauts: Birth Of The Space Age at the Science Museum looks at Russia's adventures in space in the 1950s and 1960s, revealing the most significant collection of Russian spacecraft and artefacts ever to be shown in the UK. In 1957 Russia launched the world's first artificial satellite, Sputnik, into space and four years later sent the first human - Yuri Gagarin. This exhibition will explore the dramatic story of how Russia became the first nation to explore space. On display will be Vostok 6, the capsule flown by Valentina Tereshkova, the first ever woman in space; Voskhod 1, the first crewed spacecraft; and LK-3 Lunar Lander, a single cosmonaut craft built to compete with the Apollo.

 
 
 

Hofesh Shechter Company: Barbarians

Different takes on intimacy, passion and the banality of love through dance.

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 18th, 21st & 22nd and 24th & 25th Sep 2015 - 7.30pm

 

Hofesh Shechter's internationally celebrated dance company presents three different takes on intimacy, passion and the banality of love, bringing together the barbarians trilogy in the UK for the first time. The highly acclaimed and perturbing the 'barbarians in love' opens the evening and, as two more new works unfold, we move into dubstep grooves and a quirky duet.

 
 
 

Great Gorilla Run

Hundreds of hairy gorillas will be bounding through the streets of the capital.

Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Road, Bankside, London, SE1 2UP

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: Saturday 19th September 2015

 

There's some serious monkey business going on in London this September; back for its 13th year the Great Gorilla Run will be bounding through the streets of the capital. Aiming to raise money to save the world's remaining gorillas, hundreds of people will be pulling on their gorilla costumes and running, jogging or walking the 8km City and Bankside route. Expect to see many humorously adapted costumes, including cheerleading gorillas prancing across Tower Bridge and ballerina gorillas perfecting their poise by the Tate Modern. Runners hoping to participate need to pay a registration fee which can be done through The Gorilla Organisation website (a gorilla costume is included!). Once you're signed up, head to the London Underwriting Centre off Mincing Lane in the City of London where the run starts and finishes and to Agenda Bar, right on the finish line, for the prize-giving ceremony.

 
 
 

Open House London

London's architectural landmarks open their doors to the public.

Various Venues London, , City, London, W1J 9LN

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September 2015

 

For one weekend a year many of London's architectural landmarks open their doors offering us a glimpse behind doors which are, for the rest of the year, closed to the public. The hugely popular Open House London includes more than 850 of the city's sites and buildings - including London landmarks like 'The Gherkin', Lloyd's of London, Battersea Power Station, The View from the Shard and the Bank of England - in this fantastic, free yearly event, now in its 23rd year. There's a wealth of architectural gems to choose from including some of the most beautiful buildings - old and new like the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station. You can also get inside some of the grandest private homes in your own neighbourhood - it's a voyeur's dream come true. For the more serious students of contemporary design, this is a chance to visit spaces by famous modern architects, some of whom give talks and tours of the buildings they've designed. An inspired idea and a real treat whether you're a lover of architecture or just plain nosy. Entry to some of the houses is only permitted via pre-booked tickets acquired through the website www.londonopenhouse.org. You're advised to bring booking confirmation with you.

 
 
 

Ai Weiwei

China's most famous international artist gets a career review at the Royal Academy of Arts.

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

Tube: Green Park Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 19th September to 13th December 2015

 

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is as well known for his political activism as he is for his art - which has seen him filling Tate Modern's Turbine Hall with thousands of handmade porcelain sunflower seeds in 2010, and taking on the role as artistic consultant on the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics. He was also one third of the creative team which designed the 2012 summer pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery. From September 2015, China's most famous international artist, as well as its most outspoken domestic critic will be the subject of a landmark exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts where major works spanning his career are shown alongside new pieces including three big installations.

 
 
 

Bermondsey Street Festival

Street fashion shows, al fresco films and live bands in Bermondsey.

Bermondsey Square, 2 Bermondsey Square, Southwark, London, SE1 3UN

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: Saturday 19th September 2015

 

Bermondsey Street Festival returns to South London, bringing street fashion shows, al fresco films and live bands to the area on Saturday 19th September when Bermondsey Street itself is pedestrianised and lined with stalls for the day. The brainchild of Rob Wray, local DJ, filmmaker and the man behind Bermondsey Square's independent Shortwave Cinema, the festival has been successfully bringing a party vibe to the area each September for the past eight years. While details have yet to be announced there is usually a Dog Show - always a popular festival feature - baking competition, two stages featuring live bands, fashion show on the White Cube Gallery forecourt and children's fancy dress parade. Vauxhall City Farm were also there last year bringing their cute residents to the city streets. Make your way from Delfina cafe, up Bermondsey Street towards the Square and you'll see all the attractions extending into nearby Tanner Street Park including maypole dancers, an acoustic music tent, arts and crafts and food stalls.

 
 
 

Rugby World Cup: France v Italy

France play Italy in this qualifying round of the Rugby World Cup.

Twickenham Stadium, Rugby Road, Twickenham, London, TW1 1DZ

Tube: Hounslow East Station

 

Dates: Saturday 19th September 2015

 

France play Italy in this qualifying round of the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham. Twickenham is one of 13 venues across England and Wales hosting the Rugby World Cup 2015 which commences on 18th September and concludes with the final at Twickenham on 31st October 31 2015.

 
 
 

The London Design Festival

Over 395 design led events take place across the nine day festival.

Various Venues London, , South Kensington, London, W1J 9LN

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 19th October - 27th September 2015

 

The London Design Festival is an ambitious project. Over 395 design led events take place over the nine day festival in different locations - whether shops, museums or universities - across the city. It's a true celebration of the capital's all-encompassing design industry, taking in sectors as diverse as fashion, architecture, retail, typography, photography, textiles, interior decoration and manufacturing. There's a huge amount to see but don't be put off by the volume: inclusion here is based on the quality of the design. Events come in all shapes and sizes from product launches in tiny boutiques to massive trade shows including designjunction at the Sorting Office and 100% Design at Earls Court, the UK's largest contemporary design trade event. The scope is far-reaching and you'll be hard pressed to cover all of it but it's fun trying.

 
 
 

London Fashion Week

The strictly invite-only LFW showcases the industry's most creative designers.

Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 20th to 24th Sep 2015

 

Over 70 designers are confirmed to show at London Fashion Week which, alongside New York, Paris and Milan, is one of the world's leading designer fashion showcases. Taking place in February and September at Somerset House, the strictly invite-only LFW showcases the industry's most creative designers and businesses, in the UK and internationally, with catwalk shows, exhibitions and award ceremonies. Headline names for the A/W 2015 season include Gareth Pugh who marks his 10th anniversary with a return to the London show schedule, as well as Maria Grachvogel and Sass & Bide. They're joined by newcomers, Molly Goddard, Claire Barrow, Le Kilt & Phoebe English. The exhibition at Somerset House houses over 100 ready-to-wear and accessory designers including the NEWGEN up-and-coming designers. Over 5,000 visitors - fashion buyers, press and photographers - attend and while events are for industry insiders only it's possible to spot top models and designers around town while it's on.

 
 
 

London Duathlon

Athletes run, bike and run some more on closed roads in Richmond Park.

Richmond Park, Park Office, Holly Lodge, London, TW10 5HS

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: Sunday 20th September 2015

 

The London Duathlon returns to Richmond Park this September as athletes prime themselves to run, bike and run a little bit more on closed roads in south west London's area of outstanding natural beauty. This double-discipline endurance test is ideal for sporty types who fancy doing a triathlon but are put off by the cold water of the Thames. There are four main categories: Half Duathlon, the 5km run. 22km cycle and 5km run distances make this a popular challenge for beginner and novice athletes. Duathlon (10km - 44km - 5km), Duathlon Relay (10km - 44km - 5km) that sees two or three friends split the disciplines, and the not to be taken lightly Ultra Duathlon, a 20km run, 77km cycle and 10km run over undulating terrain. While a high percentage of the entrants are competing for the very first time, top athletes will also be able to take part in separate elite and junior elite sprint races.

 
 
 

Rugby World Cup: New Zealand v Argentina

The reigning Rugby World Cup champions play Argentina at a packed Wembley Stadium.

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: Sunday 20th September 2015

 

The reigning Rugby World Cup champions are a massive draw whenever they play and on Sunday 20th September New Zealand play Argentina (both teams drawn in Pool C) at a packed Wembley Stadium which hosts the first of its two Rugby World Cup 2015 fixtures. The Kiwis, who triumphed in this tournament in 2011, will be aiming to repeat their success with a victory here but the Argentinians won't go down without a fight.

 
 
 

Florence & The Machine

The band's first full UK tour since 2012 culminates with 4 nights at Alexandra Palace.

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY

Tube: Bounds Green Station

 

Dates: 21st to 25th Sep 2015

 

Back with their long-awaited third album, Florence & The Machine return to the stage with their first full UK tour since March 2012. September will see them embark on a 12 strong string of dates which will take them across the country, culminating with 4 nights at London's Alexandra Palace. It's been a long absence for fans of Florence Welch's band who first found fame back in 2009 with hit debut album Lungs. The album received rave reviews, with The Independent saying: "If Lady Gaga is the next Madge and La Roux the new Kylie, then Welch is nothing short of a 21st-century Kate Bush." Now, six years on, Florence & The Machine are back, playing at Glastonbury and touring the country.

 
 
 

BP Big Screen: The Royal Ballet: Romeo and Juliet

The Royal Ballet's Romeo and Juliet is beamed live from the Royal Opera House to Trafalgar Square.

Trafalgar Square, Central, London, WC2N 5DS

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

 

Dates: Tuesday 22nd September 2015

 

A free, live outdoor screening direct from the Royal Opera House to Trafalgar Square. The last of three BP Big Screen events in London this summer, on Tuesday 22nd September Kenneth MacMillan's production of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, is a classic of 20th-century ballet, and a heartbreaking match for Prokofiev's score. Created for The Royal Ballet in 1965, it's a key work in the company's repertory and a rare chance to see the live performance for free.

 
 
 

Rugby World Cup: France v Romania

France take on Romania at London's Olympic Stadium.

Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 2ST

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 

Dates: Wednesday 23rd September 2015

 

Not only are tickets virtually half that of the New Zealand-Namibia clash at the same venue 24 hours later but this is "a fixture rich in history," according to The Guardian. France has a long history of playing against Romania dating back to 1924 when Les Bleus won rugby silver at the Olympic Games - appropriately enough, given the Olympic Stadium venue for this match - with Romania claiming the bronze and that year. Don't dismiss Romania - they are among 12 countries to have taken part in every World Cup.

 
 
 

London Fashion Weekend

The open-to-all alternative to London Fashion Week gathers over 150 designers under one roof.

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 24th to 27th Sep 2015 - Various Times

 

Along with the main London Fashion Week event, the open-to-all London Fashion Weekend is returning to Somerset House this September. This fashion-focused weekend is an opportunity for everyone to get access to the latest designer trends - even if they don't have a stylist's little black book. The frenzied London Fashion Week is all about work for models, buyers and fashion editors who run around at breakneck speed. But this consumer show which takes place on the weekend after the main event offers savvy shoppers the opportunity to check out the latest fashions at a far more leisurely pace. Tickets are on a timed entry basis to make sure the crowds never get 'first-day-of-the-sales' busy. And with over 150 London Fashion Week designers offering their clothes at cheaper than retail prices you can find some real bargains. But it's not just about the latest clothes, you also get makeovers and styling tips while sipping on a champagne cocktail - very stylish.

 
 
 

DesignJunction

The design showcase comes to two London locations - the former home of Central Saint Martins and Victoria House.

The College, 12-42 Southampton Row, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 4AP

Tube: Holborn Station

 

Dates: 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th Sep 2015

 

DesignJunction returns to London for a fifth year and divides its operation in two: at The College, the former home to Central Saint Martins; and across the road at Victoria House, the Grade II listed building becoming a shopping destination hosting 35 design-led pop-up stores. Held during, and a big part of, the London Design Festival, designjunction gives visitors an exciting insight into some of the most innovative creations to emerge from the design world. The cutting edge show includes a seminar programme, large-scale installations and places to eat including a restaurant next to a life-sized pop-up Underground station made entirely from wood, created in partnership with Transport for London. Added extras include a late night shopping event with special discounts, free fizz, a design masterclass from 2 Lovely Gays, live demos and music.

 
 
 

La Musica

A couple meet in a hotel lobby to finalise their divorce.

The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ

Tube: Southwark Station, Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 24th September to 17th October 2015

 

Staged in the smaller Maria studio at the Young Vic, a couple meet in a hotel lobby to finalise their divorce and trade sweet memories in La Musica, a revival of Marguerite Duras's lyrical study of fractured relationships. Both exes are on the verge of new marriage but dark revelations about their shared past come to light in the first London revival of the play in two decades, directed by Jeff James (Stinkfoot, One for the Road) with design by Ultz (Jerusalem).

 
 
 

Rugby World Cup: New Zealand v Namibia

David takes on Goliath at the Olympic Stadium.

Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 2ST

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 

Dates: Thursday 24th September 2015

 

Given New Zealand's five-year status as the world's number one ranked team, coupled with the fact that, of the 20 participants at Rugby World Cup 2015 Namibia are the only team yet to win a match in the tournament's history... well, we wouldn't want to predict the outcome.

 
 
 

The Fallen Woman

Paintings and popular media explore the myth and reality of The Fallen Woman.

The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1AZ

Tube: Russell Square Station

 

Dates: 25th September 2015 to 3rd January 2016

 

Through its new exhibition the Foundling Museum explores the myth and reality of The Fallen Woman in Victorian Britain through paintings and popular media of the period. In an age when sexual innocence was highly valued and it was only deemed appropriate for women to have sex within marriage, the loss of chastity of an unwed woman had multiple repercussions. The figure of a 'fallen' woman has since been mythologised through contemporary art, journalism and literature, many of which will be brought together in this exhibition. Works by artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Richard Redgrave, George Frederic Watts and Thomas Faed will go on display.

 
 
 

Lost in Thought: A Mindfulness Opera

Rolf Hind's music takes the audience on an inner journey of mindfulness.

LSO St Luke's, 161 Old Street, London, EC1V 9NG

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: 25th September 2015 at 6pm-10pm & 26th and 27th September 2015 at 12noon-4pm

 

This four-hour work is based on the classic structure of an extended meditation, with Rolf Hind's music exploring the points of contact between sound and silence in music and meditation. A singer and seven musicians accompany the audience on an inner journey of mindfulness, with periods of meditation, rest, communal eating and a gentle yoga session.

 
 
 

Rugby World Cup: England v Wales

A significant game for both teams at Twickenham.

Twickenham Stadium, Rugby Road, Twickenham, London, TW1 1DZ

Tube: Hounslow East Station

 

Dates: Saturday 26th September 2015

 

England play Wales at Twickenham on Saturday 26th September in the crucial 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A game. With Australia most likely to go through from the pool, this game is a significant one for both teams as Wales or England's fate will be decided when they meet in this match - each team's second tournament game - on 26th September 2015.

 
 
 

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Mark Wigglesworth begins his first season as Musical Director of the English National Opera.

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES

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

 

Dates: 26th September to 20th October 2015

 

With themes of adultery and murder, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk is a powerful work made even more so thanks to Shostakovich's fast-paced and dynamic score. Mark Wigglesworth, who begins his first season as Musical Director of the English National Opera this September, conducts this new production of the 20th-century opera, directed by Dimitri Tcherniakov. Given that the conductor is "The finest Shostakovich interpreter of his generation" (BBC Music Magazine) and Tcherniakov is one of the most in-demand directors currently working in opera, this new production promising a bold and contemporary setting is certainly one to relish.

 
 
 

The Fabric Of India

The first major exhibition to explore handmade textiles from India.

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 26th September 2015 to 10th January 2016

 

Part of the V&A's India Festival, The Fabric of India is the first major exhibition to explore handmade textiles from India. It will include an 18th-century tent belonging to Tipu Sultan, a range of striking historic costume, cutting-edge fashion from celebrated India designers and highly prized textiles made for international trade. The exhibition brings together over 200 objects ranging from the 3rd to 21st century, including items from the V&A's world-renowned collection as well as some from international partners.

 
 
 

Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival

Londoners step out in Smother Suits covered top to toe in sparkly buttons, badges and glitter.

Guildhall, Gresham Street, City of, City, London, EC2P 2EJ

Tube: Moorgate Station, Bank Station, St. Paul's Station, Mansion House Station

 

Dates: Sunday 27th September 2015

 

Each year, on the last Sunday of September, London's Pearly Kings & Queens come together to welcome the new season in style - and boy what a style they have, with extravagant Smother Suits covered top to toe in sparkly buttons, badges and glitter. The free festival starts in the afternoon at 1pm at Guildhall Yard before a parade to St Mary-le-Bow church for a harvest festival service. No doubt the celebrations will then continue with some pints of ale and plates of jellied eel at an East End boozer - perhaps interspersed with a spot of Morris dancing. Offerings are donated to the Whitechapel Mission, a charity aiming to help those caught in poverty. A second Pearly Kings & Queens Harvest Festival is held in October in Covent Garden, at St Paul's Church.

 
 
 

Rugby World Cup: Ireland v Romania

Joe Schmidt's men take on the Romanians at Wembley Stadium.

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: Sunday 27th September 2015

 

Joe Schmidt's men take on the Romanians as Ireland and Romania, both in Pool D for the Rugby World Cup, face each other in their second pool match at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 27th September 2015. Ireland have played Romania previously in a Rugby World Cup match, claiming a 44-14 win in a 1999 pool fixture and beating them 45-17 in Australia four years later.

 
 
 

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui: Genesis

Cherkaoui collaborates with Chinese dance artist Yabin Wang of House of Flying Daggers fame.

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th September 2015

 

The Sadler's Wells company presents a dance piece created by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Chinese dance artist Yabin Wang, known for her dancing in the feature film House of Flying Daggers. Set to live music with roots in Africa, India, Japan, China and Poland, 'Genesis' is a philosophical examination of the idea of life and death, looking at pressures on the individual to conform.

 
 
 

Shaolin Monks

A journey through the mystical history of this ancient martial art.

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT

Tube: Holborn Station, Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 29th September to 17th October 2015

 

Kung Fu masters the Shaolin Monks return to the UK for the first time in seven years with a brand new show sure to delight the whole family. The twenty-member cast performs incredible feats, combining traditional Shaolin Kung-Fu, choreography and dramatic lighting which takes audiences on a journey through the mystical history of this ancient martial art.

 
 
 

Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

The final instalment of the three year Monteverdi cycle by the Academy of Ancient Music.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: Tuesday 29th September 2015

 

Richard Egarr conducts the Academy of Ancient Music, the period instrument Cambridge based classical music orchestra, in a concert performance of Monteverdi's Il ritorno d' Ulisse in patria. Already a proven success - The Arts Desk called last season's Poppea "wonderful" and a "vivid and utterly engaging spectacle" (Alexandra Coghlan) - this is the final instalment of the group's three year Monteverdi cycle. With a world-class cast including Ian Bostridge in the title role, this should be a Ulisse to remember.

 
 
 

Emily Jacir

A highlight of the show is the UK premiere of the award winning Material for a Film.

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

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

 

Dates: 30th September to 13th December 2015

 

Conceptual artist, activist, poet, and archivist Emily Jacir, who focuses on the plight of the Palestinian people in her art, is the subject of a major solo show at the Whitechapel Gallery. The first UK survey of works by the multimedia artist known for her reflective works of art that are both extremely personal and acutely political, a highlight of the show is the UK premiere of Material for a Film (2004-ongoing), winner of a Golden Lion Award at the 2007 Venice Biennale and Hugo Boss Prize (2009).

 
 
Sophie Wallace

EDITOR

Sophie Wallace

29th July 2015

 

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