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PLAY THE MILE  - a 100 day FREE Summer event, 18 May – 25 August

May 1, 2019
PLAY THE MILE  - a 100 day FREE Summer event, 18 May – 25 August
Explore the value of play and creativity in everyday life. Have you visited the Culture Mile of late? The Culture Mile stretches from Farringdon to Moorgate. Explore 2,000 years of history colliding and the places and people in Culture Mile and PLAY THE MILE.

MAJOR FESTIVALS - free performances in new and unusual venues
POP UP PLAY - outdoor activities responding to the streets, building and architecture of the area
PLAY SESSIONS - meet, make, and celebrate the benefits of creativity for local workers and residents
PLAY DAYS - every Saturday for families
PLAY AS YOU GO - with games and trails encouraging visitors to explore existing places and offers in new ways
PLAY THE MILE season will begin and end with two one-off festival events:Sound Unbound (18 & 19 May) and A Beastly Street Party (25 August).

These major events will be connected by a series of activities and performances taking place in more than 20 different indoor venues and outdoor spaces. Two outdoor installations available to everyone everyday throughout summer and ten new site-specific music commissions which bring unique architecture and history of the area to life. There will be 50 free performances and activities available for attendees at lunchtimes, evenings and weekends.

For garden lovers
The Smithfield Greenhouse will bring Smithfield Rotunda Garden (West Smithfield) to life with a temporary pavilion; part glass house, part bandstand filled with plants and a programme of gardening workshops. (18 May – 29 September).

Pleasure Garden at The Salters’ Garden will feature a sound installation by Genevieve Lacey which combines music and environmental sounds to create an interactive listening garden that responds to movement (24 May – 14 June).

For music lovers
There will be over 100 short concerts packed into one weekend, with music spanning from the medieval era to the present day at the Sound Unbound festival (18-19 May).

Programmed by the Barbican, the festival explores unexpected and unique spaces across the Culture Mile. There will be over 100 short concerts in more than 20 unusual venues. Sound Unbound features artists for whom the boundaries between classical music and contemporary, experimental music and jazz have been blurred – or never even existed in the first place (18 & 19 May).

Also, ten artists will create ten individual new tracks in response to a building, area or aspect of the city that inspires them as part of Musicity. Using data gathered by acoustic experts ARUP, the artists explore the intrinsic connection between architecture and sound (May – Aug).

For families
A Beastly Street Party (25 August) celebrates the history, people and beasts that make Smithfield. Curated by the Museum of London. A Beastly Family Challenge is an exciting digital treasure hunt connecting some of Culture Mile’s best family friendly spaces, with challenges, games and clues to help families explore a new route through the city of London. Designed by award-winning digital production studio Fish in a Bottle and inspired by the Museum of London’s Beasts of London (25 May – 25 August).

Co-inside your visit with a trip to the Museum of London and visit their Beasts of London experience. Read my review of Beasts of London experience here.
 

FREE music festival at the Barbican

May 1, 2019
Music will burst from the Barbican and out across Culture Mile’s architectural gems with a line-up of artists for whom the boundaries between classical and contemporary, experimental and jazz are blurred – or never even existed in the first place.

Venues include:
Barbican Lakeside, Hall, Conservatory and Cinema
St Giles' Cripplegate
Silk Street Music Hall
LSO St Luke's
Museum of London
fabric
The Charterhouse
St Bartholomew the Great
Cloth Fair
St Bartholomew the Less
Piano Smithfield

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Laugh Like a Hyena - 3 June

April 17, 2019

GenerationTusk Comedy Night – are you ready to laugh like a hyena?

The fantastic line-up features Josh WiddicombeSuzi Ruffell and Ed Gamble with more names to be announced soon!

 

This inaugural GenerationTusk event takes place at the Comedy Store in Central London on Monday 3 June.The night will be hosted by the inimitable Ivo Graham.

 

Join us for a great night and help support Tusk’s mission for a real and lasting impact across Africa!

 

Ticket Price
£20 pp (plus Eventbrite Fee £1.86 / 5%)...


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Feast of St George 20 April 2019

April 12, 2019

Come and celebrate the best of English culture at the Feast of St George, 20 April 2019

If you want to see me in a Victorian bonnet, now is the time! I am very proud to announce I will be partaking in the festivities by providing three Dragon Quests where wanna be knights hunt down the name of our St George's dragon with Edith Baker (me) and Julius Drake and three 20 minute talks on St George MythBusters. 


Come and join me:

St. George MythBusters 12.15pm, 2.45pm and 4.15pm
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St George's Day Walk

April 12, 2019

It's back!

Celebrate St George's Day 2019 with us on our dragon walk.

The City of London is surrounded by dragons. On this walk we explore the city of London in search of these elusive beasts.

Although dragons occur in many legends around the world, different cultures have varying stories about monsters that have been grouped together under the dragon label. Some dragons are said to breathe fire or to be poisonous, such as in the Old English poem Beowulf. Which dragons will we find?

Start: London...


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It's oh so quiet...

October 2, 2018

So, you may have noticed that I am not offering many tours in October and November. Well, that's because something unexpectedly wonderful is happening...

I'm getting married! 

Who knew my guiding would lead me down this path. I met my future husband several years ago when he came on one of my guided walks in Camden. Like many other people he came back time and time again until he had done all the walks I had offered which finally led to him asking me on a date. 

Our first date was a mo...


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