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
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 is almost here, 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. Commissioned by Tate Early Years & Families, supported by Imaginate 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!). 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. 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.
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.
London Bridge is one of the capital’s oldest and most iconic neighbourhoods, boasting artistic, medical, historical and maritime connections to events that have shaped the city’s history. Our series of Art Walks have been mapped in order to introduce you to some of these connections, old and new. Self-guided, easy to follow and free, our walks are all outside – apart from London Bridge Station, so please bring a mask to walk through the concourse. Our itineraries: Art Walk 1 (50 mins) Art Walk 2 (60 mins) Art Walk 3 (60 mins) Routes and contents compiled by D. Davies.
New FREE online festival to celebrate medical heritage, health and wellbeing in the heart of London Bridge. Join us for this celebration of health and wellbeing in the heart of London Bridge February 17-24, 2021. New for 2021, Medical Culture Festival: Life Saviours Then and Now, is an online festival from the London Bridge Medi-Culture District partners. The online programme of free events includes talks, panel discussions, workshops and walking tours about the history of medicine and the future of health. The full programme is available at teamlondonbridge.co.uk/lifesaviours-events London Bridge has a long history connected with health and well-being, which was institutionalised after the first hospital was established in the area around the 12th century in what is now Southwark Cathedral. Followed by Old St Thomas’s Hospital in the 13th century and Thomas Guy Hospital in the 18th century, this area has seen the Black Death, the Cholera outbreak, the Spanish Flu and more recently the Covid-19 Pandemic. Fascinating, fun and deeply significant to today, the festival tells the story of the people and places that have played their part in the history and development of health and medicine. The programme will appeal to a wide audience, including sessions for families and young people. Places can be reserved at teamlondonbridge.co.uk/lifesaviours. Some events will have limited places available. Find out more here. Places are limited, so book your place today! Partners: Florence Nightingale Museum, Gordons Pathology Museum, Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital, Kings College London, The Old Operating Theatre, London Borough of Southwark, Team London Bridge.
Free From Hunger, a new outdoor photographic exhibition produced by international charity Concern Worldwide, opens on 2 October and runs until the end of the month at The Scoop at More London. Concern Worldwide works in some of the world’s toughest places providing life-saving food and nutrition, and also with communities so that families can develop their own lasting solutions to hunger, through developing their knowledge, skills and incomes. The exhibition is part of Concern’s Free From Hunger appeal. Money raised from the appeal will help ensure mothers and babies get the food, water, nutrition and healthcare they need to recover from malnourishment and stay strong and healthy in the long term. All donations received before 24 December will be matched pound for pound by the UK government and this funding will go towards Concern’s work to improve the health and nutrition of mothers and children under five in the Central African Republic, where poor nutrition has led to the country being ranked as the world’s hungriest. Three award-winning photographers – Abbie Trayler-Smith (UK), Chris de Bode (Netherlands) and Nora Lorek (Sweden) – worked on the project and each brought their own distinct style and perspective to depict the issue of hunger in their own way. The powerful images aim to give a voice to the people Concern works with, and bring to life the stark reality of the chronic hunger which faces many people on a daily basis.
Connect with the power of poetry as some of the country’s most outstanding spoken word poets perform at London Bridge on 3rd October for National Poetry Day. National Poetry Day recognises poetry’s capacity to bring people together with a national celebration across the UK every October. This year it marks its 25th anniversary with a fitting theme for our time; TRUTH. Join us beside the ticket office on the concourse from 4pm-5pm and 6pm-7pm and stop for a moment to witness the power of a single, passionate poetic voice. Live performances from Lola Oh, Antonia King, Laurie Bolger, Marv Radio, Izzy Inkpen, Repeat Beat Poet, Joshua Idehen and Kat Francois. @applesandsnakes www.applesandsnakes.org