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- The action is Olympic this weekend as we mark one year to the 2012 Games. Go to Trafalgar Square, Gordon Square Woolwich or Walthamstow Town Square for screenings and celebrations or check out the website for active and artistic events happening in your ‘hood.
- Barbican Weekender is all about the human voice – see (and hear) choirs, poets, beatboxers, storytellers and interactive installations. All for free, Saturday and Sunday from 11am.
- Just across the road, Whitecross Street has been transformed into an outdoor art gallery and this weekend, it’s party time with the Rise of the Non-Conformists.
- High Voltage music fest rocks Victoria Park on Saturday and Sunday whilst it’s ice cream themed on Clapham Common for Ben and Jerry’s Summer Sundae.
- Turkish Fest transforms the Southbank into a bazaar with food, music and arts.
- Turn Japanese at Olympia with Hyper Japan
- Watch the International Horseball Cup for free at Lee Valley Riding Centre.
- Spend some of National Archaeology Weekend rootling on the Thames foreshore and get your finds examined by experts.
- Have you caught a Proms concert yet?
- Kensington and Chelsea’s inTRANSIT festival is up and running with a selection of contemporary arts projects to explore: give away your secrets in Kensington Gardens, ride a nightbus with a narrative, experience ‘And The Birds Fell‘ at the Drayton Arms, follow the promenade performance in the Orangery Holland Park and see WOLF in Brompton Cemetery.
- Cloud Dance Festival starts tonight with multi-mixed-bill performances on Saturday and Sunday too, at Pleasance Islington, promising a diverse crop of contemporary dancers and choreographers.
- the final weekend of Shoreditch Festival sees the annual dog show, Shoreditch Bark, a celebration of music hall at Hoxton Hall and search party treasure hunts.
- The south of Islington Borough opens up its art for Islington Exhibits.
- Watch the Pirate Run in Hyde Park – or if you fancy dressing up like Jack Sparrow or Long John Silver, don your parrot and join in, there are still spaces (and it’s for charity – in general we do not condone piratical activity) From 10.30am.
- Buckingham Palace’s summer opening starts today but thanks to a certain white frock, tickets are being snapped up like free wedding cake.
- Go and see the free Press Photographers’ Year exhibition at the National Theatre, open between 9.30am-11pm. If it’s not raining, catch some free outdoor entertainment outside too courtesy of the Watch This Space festival.
- It’s blues festival day for Ealing summer festival in Walpole Park, 1-10pm.
- Need to go clubbing? Our friends at Spoonfed have plenty of recommendations.
- Go to the comic and cake garden party at the weekend in the Old Deptford Police Station in New Cross from 1pm-late and meet lots of London-based illustrators. Find out more at New Cross Turn Left.
- Do the fundraising CityDash game.
- Visit Stratford and explore the special garden sheds at the SHEDspace festival.
- It’s world music day for Ealing summer festival in Walpole Park, 1-10pm.
- The FASH MASH! Festivalette invites you to a ‘crafternoon’ on the Dalston Roof Park for games, tea and customised clothes between 2-10.30pm, free entry.
- Swish and Pout at Tooting Tram and Social between 12-4pm.
- Be at the launch of fyi disco in Hyde Park at 5pm and bemuse passersby with your silent disco antics.
Other good stuff:
- Food events this weekend
- Lit and spoken word from the Book Grocer
- Sci/tech/nerd stuff in Week in Geek
- Shows and exhibitions opening and closing in Arts Ahead
- Things to do in London on the Cheap
- What’s on at Museums and Galleries
- Where to find the zingiest cabaret
- What’s funny in stand up and sketch comedy
- New music gigs in Music Choice
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