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What’s on at the weekend? – 1, 2 June 2013

Posted by on Thursday, 30 May, 2013 in What's on at the weekend?

What’s on at the weekend? – 1, 2 June 2013

This weekend why not visit Beanotown, take your chances with an unpredictable fountain, get involved in rebellious art, find out about war games or visit a new food market…

Festival of Neighbourhood, Southbank Centre, until 8 September 2013

This summer’s Festival of Neighbourhood at the Southbank Centre celebrates the idea of neighbourhood and what it means to live side by side. From this weekend, the Centre will be transformed into Beanotown to celebrate the 75th birthday of The Beano. Explore The Beano’s archive and previously untold stories, get creative with comic drawing sessions lead by The Beano’s illustrators and watch demonstrations of Beano pranks on the ‘Prank You Very Much’ stage. Head to The Beano Social Club for fun and games including ‘Table Dennis’. Elsewhere on the site, the Appearing Rooms fountain sends jets of water into the air, creating ‘rooms’ that disappear as quickly as they emerge, Sandy Neighbourhood Beach has miniature versions of buildings that neighbourhoods need to thrive nestling in the sand, and there’s a pop-up cycle café “Look Mum No Hands” with traditional food, drinks and cycling themed events. Free. More details here.

Children’s Art Commission: Simon and Tom Bloor: Loose Parts, Whitechapel Gallery, until 9 September 2013

The Whitechapel Gallery’s current Children’s Art Commission exhibition presents a new body of work developed from workshops carried out at Hermitage Primary School, Tower Hamlets. Small clay sculptures made by the artists were crushed by children, encouraging a sense of rebellion within the school. These clay forms, cast in chalk, are available for visitors to draw on the Gallery walls and are presented alongside prints documenting the process of creation through destruction. Free. More details here.

Saturday Food Market, One New Change, City of London, Saturday 1 June 2013

One New Change is launching its new Saturday Food Markets this weekend with an appearance from celebrity chef Gizzi Erskine. The weekly food markets will feature the freshest seasonal produce and artisan delights from empanadas to Chinese doughnuts. Gizzi Erskine will be selling and signing copies of her cook books and you can take away a free recipe card using ingredients available at the market. Free. More details here.

War Games, V&A Museum of Childhood, until 2 March 2014

The V&A Museum of Childhood’s new War Games exhibition explores the relationship between conflict and children’s play, providing an insight into the ways toys have been influenced by warfare from 1800 to the present day. Toys and games on display include Risk, GI Joe and classic toy soldiers, alongside photographs and archive documents which combine to represent differing sides of conflicts from around the world. Free. More details here.

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