Another bumper crop of things to do and see this weekend, in particular all the Big Dance events taking place around town – more details here. But for the non-dance related things to see and do, the Culture Crawl starts here…
Friday 21 July
1001 Nights Now at the British Museum. An evening of Arabian fairy tales re-told through the stories of migrant workers from the Middle East in Britain today; this is an adaptation of Northern Stage’s production from 2005, and there’s a post-show discussion with the actors. 1001 Nights Now, British Museum, 6.30pm. Tickets are £5.00
If you like trainspotting… and who doesn’t?… there’s the chance to see “A mock-up carriage from the new Victoria line fleet, due to be introduced from 2009 as part of Transport for London’s Victoria Line Upgrade” in Euston Square Gardens from today. It’s a market research effort so if you’re passing through, take a look and leave some comments. “Needs more wings” is not a helpful opinion.
Saturday 22 July
Even though it’s sold out and you couldn’t get in without children, we thought we’d mention the pirate themed event at Cutty Sark, just because we like pirates. Ottakar’s in Greenwich have joined forces with the Cutty Sark to host a children’s party aboard ship with Captain Jonathan’s Storytime, a treasure hunt, and a pirate Quiz, readings from Celia Rees and Justin Stomper and “Drinks and pirate snacks .” It’s a kid’s party so there wouldn’t be rum and weevils… still, we’re insanely jealous and wish we could 6 years old again, just to get in to this celebration of all things pirate. Shiver our timbers etc.
What has certainly not sold out and definitely worth taking part in is the Drum Circle at the South Bank Centre Riverside Terrace, from 3.00pm, FREE. “Be part of a massive circle of drums pounding at the South Bank Centre in this participatory percussive session guaranteed to get the feet tapping and the hands clapping. Facilitator: Mark Hunter. Instruments provided.” But if you’re really keen, we’re no one would mind if you brought your own maracas and kazoo.
Also of a musical nature is the Blue Peter Prom at the Royal Albert Hall: “Blue Peter presenters Zoe Salmon and Matt Baker let loose a musical menagerie in the Royal Albert Hall”, featuring music from Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals, birds from Mozart’s The Magic Flute and so on. The new Blue Peter theme tune will be performed for the first time at this event. More information and to book, go here.