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Designs of the Year 2017

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Designs of the Year 2017
Harry Potter: A History of Magic
Power UP
Affordable Art Fair Battersea
Soutine's Portraits: Cooks, Waiters And Bellboys
Bloomsbury Festival
October Plenty
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017
The Great Nordic Feast
 

 

Make the most of your precious time off with the LondonTown weekend guide, which gives you the lowdown on the best events and things to do this weekend in London. Want it straight to your inbox? Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Something for the Weekend mailer.

 
 

Designs of the Year 2017

Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG

Tube: High Street Kensington Station

 

Dates: 18th October 2017 to 28th January 2018

 

The Design Museum's annual Designs of the Year awards have become a much-anticipated feature of the design calendar and, now in its 10th year, will bring together 60 projects in 2017. Nominees this year include a glass extension added to a disused fire station by Zaha Hadid Architects, functional 3D printed products created for the home, a collaboration between Lei's and Google, and the world's first self-driving, 3D printed electric bus. The public vote for the winner opens in October with the winners announced in January 2018.

 
 
 

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

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

Tube: King's Cross Station , Euston Station

 

Dates: 20th October 2017 to 28th February 2018

 

Marking the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the British Library presents Harry Potter: A History of Magic this autumn. With the structure of the exhibition inspired by the subjects that Harry and his friends study at Hogwarts, from Potions and Herbology to Astronomy and Care of Magical Creatures, it will bring together an exciting display of wizarding books, manuscripts and magical objects to explore the rich magical traditions that the subjects draw on. The displays will combine centuries-old British Library treasures with original material from Bloomsbury's and J.K. Rowling's own archives.

 
 
 

Power UP

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 20th to 31st October 2017

 

This October half term the Science Museum presents gaming extravaganza Power UP. Returning for its second year, the hands-on event invites gaming fans to get their fix with 180 systems and hundreds of games, including video games, computers and consoles from the past four decades. From Pong and Pacman to Minecraft and Mario, there's something for everyone. With PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch sitting alongside SNES, SEGA Dreamcast and BBC Micro - the original educational computer - visitors will be able to see how technology has evolved, with PlayStation VR providing a glimpse into the possibilities of the future.

 
 
 

Affordable Art Fair Battersea

Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, Battersea Park, Battersea, London, SW11 4NJ

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 18th to 22nd Oct 2017

 

A diverse line-up of artists display an array of affordable contemporary art in Battersea Park for the Affordable Art Fair, which has become a well-loved institution on London's art scene. It's an event that strips away the pretension of the art world and gives buyers a chance to pick up some really great work at fair prices, ranging from 100 to 6,000. A fun, family day out, it's accessible to connoisseurs and the merely curious. This year, celebrated photographers Terry O'Neill, Gered Mankowitz and Jerry Schatzberg showcase their work and there's a dedicated solo artist stand for the first time, with Olivia Connelly presenting a series of work by Mark Vessey. Having been influenced by the likes of Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, Vassey uses his lens to capture witty images of pop culture. The Battersea Park art fair, which attracts 20,000 people to each London event, has been such a success that further fairs have sprung up in Stockholm, NYC, Rome, Seattle and Singapore.

 
 
 

Soutine's Portraits: Cooks, Waiters And Bellboys

The Courtauld Institute Of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 19th October 2017 to 21st January 2018

 

New exhibition Soutine's Portraits: Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys looks at the artist's fascination with the staff of French hotels and restaurants, attired in boldly coloured uniforms. Over a decade, the humble models sat for him in Paris and the south of France, resulting in a powerful series of images that put the spotlight on the overlooked figures who move through aristocratic households and luxury hotels and restaurants. The images played a key role in transforming Soutine from a struggling painter into a wealthy one and established his reputation. This exhibition will be the first time Soutine has been exhibited in the UK for 35 years.

 
 
 
 

Bloomsbury Festival

Various Venues, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 1NX

Tube: Russell Square Station

 

Dates: 18th to 22nd Oct 2017

 

Five days of artistic, scientific and literary events, immersive exhibitions and performances in unusual locations, the Bloomsbury Festival brings more than 200 events, most of them free, to the literary district of London. On Friday 20th October is headline event, Step Out Store Street, a free outdoor street party. Other Bloomsbury Festival highlights mark the 70th anniversary of The Indian Independence Act with a family workshop and the creation of a Rangoli using coloured rice, sand and flower petals. Pushkin House, hosts a large-scale pop-up pavilion, an installation celebrating 100 years since the Russian Revolution. It all takes place at venues across Bloomsbury, from major institutions like the British Museum and University College London to quirky spaces and family favourites like Coram's Fields.

 
 
 

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

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

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station

 

Dates: 18th October 2017 to 28th January 2018

 

Russian-born conceptual artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, known for their pioneering large-scale environments and installations, are the subject of a retrospective at Tate Modern this October. The major exhibition will explore the theme of failed utopia, touching on the artists' experience of Soviet society. It will trace a line from Ilya Kabakov's early works in Moscow before his emigration to the West in 1987, which were followed by the collaborative projects made with Emilia in America since 1988.

 
 
 

October Plenty

Borough Market, Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TL

Tube: London Bridge Station , Borough Station

 

Dates: Sunday 22nd October 2017

 

October Plenty is a glorious autumn harvest celebration, mixing ancient seasonal customs and theatre with contemporary festivity. Linking two of London's most olde worlde features, this event begins on Bankside, in the shadow of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and finishes among the stalls of Southwark's wonderful Borough Market where apple games and dancing are just some of the harvest celebrations taking place. Attractions include a Corn Queene effigy, the Berry Man, performances of the colourful tale of 'Reynard the Fox', the Story Orchard - where children can listen to traditional tales about apples and harvests - conker fights, apple bobbing and much more. A wonderful revival of ancient customs and a great way for Londoners to remember the pleasures of this season, all for free.

 
 
 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD

Tube: South Kensington Station , Gloucester Road Station

 

Dates: 20th October 2017 to 9th September 2018

 

The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is a highlight of the year at the Natural History Museum, consistently showing fresh perspectives on animals, insects, plants and landscapes. Brilliantly captured across a variety of categories, a bald eagle soaked to the skin, seals in a frozen labyrinth and a seahorse holding onto a cottonbud help create the most colourful and heart-warming collection of images on display in the capital. The competition, running for over 50 years, is highly competitive with almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 95 countries. The shortlisted 100 images - including the winning pictures - are beautifully displayed on backlit panels for all visitors to enjoy. This year's overall winning image was Brent Stirton's tragic photo of a black rhino slaughtered for its horns.

 
 
 

The Great Nordic Feast

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 20th, 21st and 22nd October 2017

 

Part of the year-long Nordic Matters, the Southbank Centre hosts The Great Nordic Feast this weekend. A cultural bonanza taking place over three days, it provides the opportunity to become fully immersed in the Nordic way of life. High profile chefs from eight Nordics destinations and the UK will cook live in front of the guests, with the line-up including Keri Moss, Mariana Leivaditaki, Anna Rubeksen, Marie Hertz and Kim Woodward. Book in for a Nordic Artisan Breakfast, made up of tasty breads, spreads and butters along with artisan cheese, berry drinks, cured meats and sausages, eggs and healthy porridge, all prepared using traditional Nordic techniques and served as a smorgasbord. Alternatively, opt for the fire-cooked lunch or dinner, made up of dishes such as Icelandic cod with potato and herb salad, quail eggs and salmon roe; Nordic falafel with green peas, onion and wild ramsons; Icelandic lamb with potatoes, creamed mushrooms and port and garlic confit; and charcoal-grilled reindeer with roasted lees, lingonberry salsa and creamy barley-otto.

 
 
 

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