You might have read that the ICA is in more than a spot of financial bother at the moment, with the cultural haven needing to cut £1 million off its costs to survive. Since its opening in 1947 the Institute has been at the forefront of the radical and avant garde in London, programming progressive art and experimental film, showcasing fantastic music and facilitating many booze-fuelled, intellectual bon mots in its airy bar.
That’s why its annual gala fundraiser is more important than ever, and although the ticket price of £95 (£75 to members) isn’t exactly cheap, all your alcohol requirements will be covered via the open bar. You’ll also get a chance to see live acts Bryan Ferry, Lily Allen, Temposhark, Samuel and the Dragon, The Cocknbullkid and I Blame Coco – with more to be announced. All this, and you’ll be helping to maintain the survival of one of London’s most important alternative spaces.