Defected London FSTVL | Roald Dahl Day | Heritage Open Days | A Midsummer Night's Dream | Seven Dials Market...
They say variety is the spice of life, which is just as well, as this week our cultural round-up is a real assortment of treats -from pumping house beats to jurassic beasts, Shakespeare in a basement to the world's first cheese conveyer belt.
LISTEN to house music galore at legendary label Defected’s first ever music festival in the capital, Defected London FSTVL. Celebrating 20 years since the birth of one of house music’s best-loved institutions, the label is throwing one heck of a party in Dagenham Park, with five stages each being hosted by a different branch in the Defected family tree of imprints – Defected (main stage), Glitterbox, Classic Music Company, 4 to the Floor and DVINE Sounds. Headlining the main stage are the powerhouses Masters at Work, Dennis Ferrer, Claptone and David Penn, with live performances from everybody’s favourite house divas India and Julie McKnight. Meanwhile, over on the Glitterbox stage, disco sensations Dmitri From Paris, Joey Negro, Todd Terry and London’s Horse Meat Disco will be spinning upbeat head-bopping classics all day long. This promises to be an unmissable event for all you house heads out there, so make sure you’ve got your glow sticks at the ready and head on down to Dagenham for some serious ear candy.
CELEBRATE Roald Dahl Day by visiting the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, and taking part in the museum's many activities. No other storyteller has captured the imaginations of generations of children all over the world quite like the legendary Roald Dahl. The famous writer’s birthday (13 September), now alternatively known as Roald Dahl Day, has become one of the most celebrated dates in the literary calendar. And where better to enjoy this momentous occasion and rejoice in his legacy than at the Roald Dahl Museum in the heart of Dahl country! The museum has all sorts of fun family activities planned for Saturday 14 September, from sneaky peaks of the first ever edition of James and the Giant Peach to a13 Ways to be Brave checklist, from a bug-making craft task to helping a roving musician create a Peachy birthday tune. In addition, visitors can also book tickets in advance for special activities such as the Toy Brick Mosaic, a BRICKLIVE giant peach construction, an exclusive archive tour of Dahl’s letters and manuscripts and a guided tour outside the museum of Dahl’s spiritual home.
VISIT Dino Island at Crystal Palace Park and Crystal Palace Subway, as part Heritage Open Days 2019. Discover Crystal Palace’s Jurassic secrets this weekend by taking a guided walk around the brilliant Dino Island in Crystal Palace Park, where you can get up close and personal with realistic concrete sculptures of these pre-historic creatures, plus explore the hidden architectural gems of the Crystal Palace subway – a stunning fan-vaulted Victorian masterpiece of red and cream coloured brick, usually closed to the public. A fascinating glimpse of some of London’s grandest hidden Victorian history and a chance to go even further back in time, Heritage Open Days on Saturday 14 September will also offer art workshops and talks.
WATCH A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Alexandra Palace. This week, for the first time in 150 years, the atmospheric basements of Ally Pally will provide a striking, new setting for one of Shakespeare’s best-loved ‘rom-coms’. This immersive and original production sees the play’s enchanted and dream-like world of thwarted lovers, naughty sprites and jealous fairies brought to life in a new way. The site of Britain’s first ever TV broadcast, diverse entertainment venue and iconic London landmark, Ally Pally is a truly unique venue. Its hidden caverns provide a new, industrial-feeling setting for a play that blurs the lines between dreams and reality in a labyrinth of romantic entanglements. A great opportunity to get to know a Shakespeare classic in re-imagined form and to explore the lesser-known secrets of this monumental landmark.
For tickets and booking information go to:
https://alexandrapalaceevents.seetickets.com/tour/ks-presents-with-rift-midsummer-nights-dream. Follow Ally Pally on Twitter @Yourallypally
DINE at Seven Dials Market, the latest food court to open in London, bringing you the world’s first cheese conveyor belt restaurant, giant bananas, a booming sound system and stage, among other delights. Launched by street food specialists Kerb, the huge arcadia-style venue has an electric pink elevator to navigate you through the 25 food and drink vendors that are divided into two areas that are homage to its original use as a storage space for bananas and cucumbers in the 19th century. Cucumber Lane serves up London-based produce, while Banana Warehouse is home to other street food vendors and newer brands. Expect a variation of cuisines and vendors including Strozzapreti, Yum Bun, Crown & Queue, Monty’s Deli, Pick & Cheese, and Yin, which is offering 50 per cent off Hainaese roast chicken this week to celebrate the opening. And it doesn’t stop there. You can also treat yourself to the exclusive Kerb Lager, browse the new on-site bookshop and catch some live entertainment!
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