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Weekend Culture Crawl - Friday and Saturday

By Hazel Last edited 132 months ago
Weekend Culture Crawl - Friday and Saturday
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Bank Holiday weekend: what are you going to do? There's so much happening (and most of it free) that it's more a question of what are you not going to do. To avoid being overwhelmed by the incredible number and range of cultural things to see and do, and to keep your bank account in check by picking only the free stuff, we've compiled a Culture Crawl timetable for Friday to Monday, so you can make at least attempt to get round to seeing all the good stuff... and money is no excuse.

Friday 26 May

17.00 - 18.00 Go to Tate Modern after work for the Futurist Friday: One Pound Turbo Market , part of the Tate Modern Long Weekend, four days of events and... stuff to celebrate the first re-hang of the collection in five years. For the One Pound Turbo Market, Thai artist Surasi Kusolwong fills the whole of the east end of the Turbine Hall with coloured tables that display kitsch and colourful plastic items from Thailand, which are all on sale for £1, allowing visitors to take a piece of art home. Thai pop music accompanies you as you browse and recalls ideas explored in the Fluxus movement. Also, everything costs £1 and you can pretend you're at a Thai floating market while also being terribly cultured and cool. Open from 10.00 to 18.00, entry free, all items on sale for £1.

18.30 - 22.00 Get over to the Victoria and Albert museum for the late opening: this month the theme is hijacked from the nearby Chelsea Flower Show as the Society of Garden Designers host the monthly Friday Late, this time entitled Get Outside! Gardening, gardening design and outdoor sculpture is transformed into something is more hip than hip replacement at this event - there'll be DJs, a bar and food throughout.

Saturday 27 May

12.00 - 13.00 It's not too early in the morning so we're sure you can stomach it: go to Tate Modern again to catch the Long Weekend Surrealist Saturday free performance in the Turbine Hall of the Joan Miro Grotesque Puppets in Merma Neverdies.


"The puppets are replicas made under supervision and control of the Succesió Miró SL and range from giants with the heads of monsters, grotesque torsos and six-foot-long arms to creatures that whisper and squeal as if Miró's free-form shapes had to leapt to life."

Well, it's art. And it's free.

13.30 - 14.15 Then go along the river to the National Theatre to see the free exhibition The Press Photographer's Year. The most moving, evocative and important press photos of 2005 - enjoy it.

15.00 - 16.00 Back to the Victoria and Albert for Oh!Youran!, a Korean opera which is part of the Korean Community Day. If you're deviating from the schedule or want to see more of the Korean Community Day, events start at 10.00 and include traditional samulnorae (drumming) and ganggansullae (dancing) displays.

16.00 - 17.00 Okay, you have to be very quick but if you can make it in time, go to the British Library for the Front Page exhibition. Celebrating 100 years of the British newspaper, this exhibition showcases the best loved and mos famous front pages of newspaper history. There's an interactive virtual newsroom where you can try your hand at making your own front page. And.. it's free.

That's enough for the Friday and Saturday. If your Sunday and Monday are looking a little bare (and your wallet is sporting a matching look), we'll have a Culture Crawl schedule for the remaining two days of your long weekend tomorrow.

Last Updated 25 May 2006