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What’s on at the weekend? – 23, 24 June 2012

Posted by on Thursday, 21 June, 2012 in What's on at the weekend?

What’s on at the weekend? – 23, 24 June 2012

It’s a bumper week for London events, with festivals galore and everyone getting even more excited about the impending Olympic Games.  Whether it’s family fun, art, live music or fine dining that interests you most, here are some ideas for getting out and about this weekend… 

Celebrate the City, 21 to 24 June 2012

This week the City of London Corporation and the Diocese of London are hosting the “Celebrate the City” festival, showcasing the highlights of the Square Mile.  Events include family fun at the Cheapside Street Fayre (Saturday), a one-off market at the Guildhall (Saturday), the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival Midsummer Street Party (Saturday) and the Open House Junior Festival (Saturday and Sunday).  Elsewhere, visit some of the City of London’s most historic buildings, many of which are usually closed to the public, take in a live music performance or have a free tuk tuk ride – there’s something for everyone. Many events and activities are free.  More details here.

London 2012 Festival, various events and locations, until 9 September 2012

You can’t have escaped the media coverage of the opening of the London 2012 Festival this week.  The festival, which runs until September, encompasses a range of events across the UK.  With more than 12,000 events and performances taking place there’s too much to cover here, check out what’s happening near you here.

Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, 21-30 June 2012

Greenwich and Docklands International Festival is an annual ten-day celebration of free outdoor performing arts.  Events include Prometheus Awakes (Friday 22 June), an interpretation of the Greek myth featuring spectacular stunts and a giant puppet; Insectes (Saturday 23 June), a street performance involving a parade of giant insects; and Greenwich Fair (23 and 24 June), a showcase for  British and international outdoor artists which will take over the streets of Greenwich. Most events are free.  More details here.

Andy Warhol: The Portfolios, Dulwich Picture Gallery, until 16 September 2012

Dulwich Picture Gallery’s latest offering is an exhibition of works by Andy Warhol from the Bank of America Collection.  The exhibition includes 80 works from the early 1960s to the mid-1980s.  Also this week, see the unveiling of Philip Haas’ four fibreglass installations in the Picture Gallery’s attractive grounds.  Admission to the Warhol exhibition costs £10 (adults), children under 18 enter for free.  More details here.

Going for Gold: A Summer Party, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Sunday 24 June 2012  

On Sunday 24 June, Dulwich Picture Gallery plays host to a party to celebrate the London 2012 Olympics.  Events include a grand parade from Herne Hill Velodrome to the Gallery with penny farthings and other vintage bicycles; a display of Olympics Cycling Memorabilia from the 1948 London Games; and an array of family activities such as Punch and Judy shows, traditional merry-go-round rides, displays of flying falcons, and ArtPlay fun at the Gallery.  Admission costs £1 per family (includes entrance to the Gallery’s permanent collection).  More details here.

Our Londinium 2012, Museum of London, until 2014

On 22 June, the Museum of London’s latest exhibition opens.  As part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad “Stories of the World” programme, Our Londinium 2012 explores the parallels between Roman London and today’s modern capital and is curated by a panel of young people.  Free.  More details here.

Invisible: Art About the Unseen 1957 – 2012, Hayward Gallery, until 5 August 2012

Head to the Hayward Gallery this weekend to see Invisible, a new exhibition unites works from the past half century that explore ideas related to the invisible and the hidden. The exhibition features work by well-known artists, as well as by younger artists who have been inspired by them.  Tickets cost £8.  More details here.

Exhibition Road Music Day, Kensington, 23 June 2012

Exhibition Road Music Day takes place this Saturday, 23 June 2012, across the iconic indoor and outdoor spaces of the Exhibition Road area.  More than 100 artists will take part in live music performances, music workshops and more at the day-long free music festival.  Free.  More details here.

Taste of London, Regent’s Park, 21 to 24 June 2012

If you are a foodie then Regent’s Park is where you need to be this weekend for the annual Taste of London festival.  Sample the fare of 40 top restaurants and browse the food and drink goodies on offer from 200 producers in the boutique food market.  Tickets cost £28 for adults (on the door), £14 for children aged 6-14, under 6s enter for free.  More details here.

Don’t forget…

Many museums and galleries run regular workshops and activities for children at the weekends.  Check out your local museum’s website for details.

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