From Victorian surgery demonstrations at the world’s oldest surviving operating theatre to medical stand-up and anatomical drawing classes, Medi-Culture Festival 2022 offers an exciting line-up of live events, talks, walks, workshops, stories and stand-up, all FREE to book.
Celebrate the Thames in London Bridge this September Totally Thames provides an annual season of unique, diverse and accessible arts and culture throughout the month with activities taking place on, beneath, and along the River Thames. The 30-day programme runs the 42-mile stretch of the Thames through working collaboratively with artists, local communities, river interest organisations and businesses. With its maritime heritage and pride of place along the Thames, the London Bridge area always features prominently in the annual festival. Here is a selection of the exhibitions, walks, events, and talks along our stretch of the river: London Bridge Discovery Walk Sat 3 Sept, 12 noon, with Blue Badge Guide Alan Read. Discover some of the events and the people behind the history of trade in the London Bridge area. BOOK FREE London Bridge Discovery Walk Weds 14 Sept, 1pm, with Blue Badge Guide Alan Read. BOOK FREE Hands on History: Discovering London Clay with Tom Chivers Thurs 15 Sept, 6-8pm, The London Bridge Hive. Explore the rich history and geography of the Thames with author, poet and licensed mudlark Tom Chivers. BOOK FREE Kids’ Choir Sun 18 Sept, 1pm, The Scoop – London Bridge City. A heart-warming concert of 400 primary school children led by Richard Frostick. Sing for Water Choir Sun 18 Sept, 2pm, a 500-strong choir raising money for WaterAid, The Scoop – London Bridge City. River Net installation & talk by Irma Irsara Thurs 22 Sept, 12.30–1.30pm talk, The London Bridge Hive; 1.30pm – 7pm exhibition open and meet the artist. River Net is a time lapse video looking at our relationship with the materials we produce and their impact on the river. BOOK FREE Reflections Sat 24 Sept, 7.15-9pm – illuminated evening flotilla of over a hundred and fifty boats, including Gloriana (The Queen’s Rowbarge), sails from Chelsea to Tower Bridge ‘Mudlark’ a Henry Reichhold Exhibition 1 to 30 Sept, London Bridge Station. A giant 2D installation and a virtual expo exploring the wonders and tranquillity of a seekers world. For more details and the full 2022 programme visit totallythames.org
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Singology Choirs are all about bringing people together through the power of community singing. There are no requirements and no auditions to join – they welcome everyone to come and make some noise, no matter their experience level! Past performances have included singing as part the Queen’s annual Christmas message (BBC, 2021), performing with Stormzy at V Festival, The One Show (BBC) and BBC’s Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year where we were named finalists. In this special performance at Summer By The River, they’ll be performing a range of styles from pop to rock to gospel. There’s something for everyone! 19.30-20.00 FREE PLEASE NOTE: All events are free – no tickets are required. Just turn up and enjoy yourself but be aware that capacity may be limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
A weekend of fun and adventure FREE Where: Potters Fields Park, 189 Tooley Street, SE1 2UD. Start at the Festival Info tent on the lawn outside the Bridge Theatre to begin your adventure Recommended age: All ages, especially 5 – 12 years and their adults Summer has arrived, and Team London Bridge is looking forward to bringing a weekend of family fun to Potters Fields Park, and it’s all free to join in. Whether you enjoy great shows, like to get hands-on with workshops or love to explore with guided adventures, there will be plenty to entertain you across two days dedicated to children and their families. Here’s a snapshot of a weekend you won’t want to miss: Plot 17 – Join underground hip-hop hero Kenny Baraka, AKA The Green Man and his DJ, Conrad Kira with their mobile block party as they work to save the environment one sick track at a time. Times: 23 and 24 July, shows at 12.00 and 15.00 Booking available Midsummerland – Plug your headphones in, grab your partner and set off on an extraordinary adventure where a magical midsummer festival is in full swing. Using their trademark mix of comedy, dance and theatre, Anatomical take you on an interactive journey of the imagination. Times: 23 and 24 July 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00 and 17.00 Booking available Poetry Takeaway – Would you like a new poem that’s all about you? Come and meet our brilliant poet chefs at this mobile poetry emporium and watch the magic unfold. Times: 23 and 24 July, 12.00 – 16.00 Booking not required. Please note Poetry Takeaway has specific opening times. No booking required. Just turn up. The Tallest – Created by Mamoru Iriguchi with Robbie Synge and Hannah Venet. Collect your special cloak and become a Tallestian to experience the world from up high. Come and roam around the park with your parent/guardian and discover what you can see in the wondrous green canopy. The Tallest is a participatory interactive activity where children (3yrs+) and adults work together to create Tallestians, very tall children. It simply invites a child to sit on their parent/guardian’s shoulders, then wraps them with a specially designed cloak (don’t worry, grownups, you can still see through the cape!). Commissioned by Tate Early Years & Families, supported by Imaginate. Booking not required. Times: 23 and 24 July, 12.00 – 16.00 Dogs of London – Dogs of London is a celebration of the community around the dogs and dog owners of London, and the joy and tenderness that can be found in these relationships of mutual care. Artists Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari spent last summer talking to people in the parks and streets of London about their dogs. The recorded conversations were mixed with the profoundly beautiful music of composer Lewis Gibson, to create Dogs of London – a soundscape to watch dogs play by in your own local park. We invite you to put on your headphones, press play, and let the everyday act of dog walking be transformed into something poetic and playful. Dogs of London is available to stream and download now on Spotify and Soundcloud. Spotify: click here. Soundcloud: click here. Commissioned by LIFT and Artsadmin and supported by ACT (Art, Climate, Transition) through the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Booking not required. Times: 23 and 24 July, 11.00 – 17.00 Attack of the Wolf Dogs – London Bridge’s famous family venue the Unicorn takes you on an imaginative and interactive audio adventure to save the city. You’ll need to sneak past frightening Wolfdogs, listen out for the Bears and get ready to battle the Shapeshifters. Created by Nigel Barrett & Louise Mari with Nicola T. Chang. Times: 23 – 24 July 11.00 – 17.00 Booking not required. Attack of the Wolf Dogs is an online experience – available to download at all times. You will need to bring headphones and a mobile phone to enjoy this show. The Enchanted Cinema – invite you to create a live score to award-winning international film animations alongside versatile musicians from The Cabinet of living Cinema. Times: Sat 23 July 13.00 – 14.10 Booking not required. Performance at The Scoop Rock n Roll Nature Revelation – join vaudevillian upstarts Timberlina and Dan de la Motte for a musical scavenger hunt to find the intricate patterns and designs in the natural world around us. This silly yet entirely informative show uses impromptu interpretative dance, spontaneous social exploration and song to discover the delicate balance, especially where Mother Nature meets Father Fabrication in our local urban surroundings. Times: 23 and 24 July 11.00, 14.00 and 16.00 Booking available Explosion of Colour Walk –art historian Shauna Isaac, takes you on an exploration of the amazing colourful art dotted around London Bridge. Times: 23 and 24 July 14.00 Booking available Let’s Look at Art – if you enjoy photography and drawing, come along to this practical workshop with local artist Kay Walsh. Times: 23 and 24 July 12.00 Booking available London Bridge Discovery Tour – join our Blue Badge Guide Alan Read and find out the stories and the secrets behind the vibrant city we have today. Times: 23 and 24 July 11.00 and 13.00 Booking available Family Dayz is commissioned and produced by Team London Bridge with Potters Fields Park Management Trust and London Bridge City.
Make Music Day is a huge celebration of music making around the world on June 21st. It is a unique event that is open to anyone who wants to take part – old or young, amateur or professional and just about every musical style is represented. Every year people and organisations from 1,000 towns and cities in 120 countries create events to share their music. All Make Music Day events are free to watch. Each year on June 21st, London Bridge plays host to a number of free, live musical experiences, so make sure you come along and join in. Make Music Day is an open invitation for everyone to make music anywhere and everywhere! Full listings here.
The Enchanted Cinema: Animated Journeys invites you to help two musicians create live FX to award-winning international animation. “It’s just so unique and in a world of CGI and flashy 3D animation, the beautiful, textual, thought provoking world you opened the children up to is very special and memorable.” (Róisín – audience/ participant) Kieron & Gareth will invite you to the front of the Scoop stage to present the sound FX you’ve brought – a forest growing, an ocean, gnashing teeth, a flying horse, a penguin, an owl and a snail (what does a snail sound like, you may ask) – to bring to life the programme of hand-crafted animation from as early as 1926 (as old as the Queen!). Don’t worry if you don’t have an FX instrument to hand, as you have the best FX maker inside you – your voice! 1pm – 2.10pm FREE
29 April – 26 June 2022 White Cube Bermondsey White Cube Bermondsey is pleased to present an exhibition by Andreas Gursky featuring new and recent photographs. Produced over the past four years, these works reflect Gursky’s focus on the ‘essential commonality’ of contemporary life, and the forms and structures of global capitalism. Gursky’s subjects – from multinational headquarters to fashion runways, a domestic interior to a political seminar – take on a scale akin to that of history painting. In so doing, Gursky gives spatial precedence to the pressing issues of our age, articulated through expansive scenes that reveal their pictorial complexity. In his new photographs, the artist elaborates upon the role of images in today’s society, addressing the paradoxical nature of the medium and its relationship to the real. As Gursky states: ‘Seeing and the imperative to find images leads me to my subjects, not the other way round.’ More here
The third in our series of self-guided London Bridge Art Walks is now available to enjoy. Start the trail here. It begins at the Tooley Street entrance to Potters Fields Park, travels through Shad Thames to St John’s Churchyard Park and back via London Bridge City to London Bridge Station, taking approximately 60 minutes. Art Walk 3 joins our two previous self guided trails to offer a great way to explore the area, taking in lesser known spaces between our more famous landmarks and celebrating the creativity that inspires modern day London Bridge.
An exhibition to celebrate the release of A Field Guide to Larking by Lara Maiklem, author of the bestselling Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames Larking is the art of looking for the little treasures that are all around us, on beaches (beachlarking), in fields (fieldlarking), at home (houselarking and gardenlarking) and of course mudlarking in rivers, especially on the Thames, and A Field Guide to Larking is an illustrated guide to how to give it a go yourself. This exhibition brings pages from the book to life with real artefacts: objects from Lara’s own collection and treasures borrowed from other larkers. It also features some of the original illustrations by Johnny Mudlark and Chiz Harwood. The display includes commonly found Thames objects – nails, pottery and buttons, – alongside more rare and unique objects, such as an Iron Age pot, a Roman scabbard chape and medieval Pilgrim badges Many of the pieces are on public display for the first time and each one has its own story to tell. Larking reveals the variety of historic objects that are waiting for the curious eye and also challenges our concept of rubbish. Included in the exhibition are works by ceramic artist Raewyn Harrison and jeweller Liz Willis, both of whom take their inspiration from larking on the river Thames and the artefacts they find. Their work shows how lost and forgotten objects can be transformed and inspire something new and beautiful. A Field Guide to Larking is illustrated by Johnny Mudlark and archaeological illustrator Chiz Harwood. The exhibition is curated by foreshore archaeologist Mike Webber. FREE Entry Larking: The Thames and Beyond is on display in Lancelot’s Link from 21 July – 30 October and entry is via the Cathedral courtyard on the north side of the Cathedral opposite the River Thames. More here.