Culture Crawl

By Hazel Last edited 153 months ago
Culture Crawl

It's Friday and the weekend stretches out ahead of us with glorious gaps to fill with fun (and frequently free) things to see and do. Put on your comfortable shoes, prepare a packed lunch, bring sun glasses and an umbrella (just in case) and brace yourself for another Londonist Culture Crawl...

Saturday: Springwatch Live at Coin Street, 12.00pm to 6.00pm, free entry.

Lots to see and do with the Springwatch team: Thames 21 are on hand for foreshore exploration, the RSPB will be around for birdwatching tips, live jazz, street theatre, stalls, cooking demonstrations and other things that are hopefully going to expand the public's appreciation and awareness of nature in the city.

Once you've had enough of spring and all its glory, have a sit down and a cup of tea with the free music event Rhythms of the World Cup at the Royal Festival Hall Riverside. From 2.00pm, DJ Leon Parker will be playing music from the different nations in the World Cup and as you can imagine, that guarantees an afternoon of international mash-ups. On the playlist are the Swedish Balkan brass band Ostblocket and the Amsterdam Klezmer Band along with Japanese and African tunes and beats.

In case it rains, when the wonders of nature and Rhythms of the World Cup become less alluring, head inside the National Theatre for the free photo exhibition Peru – The Land of the Inca. Photographer James Sparshatt returns to the National Theatre following his Cuba exhibition last year and Peru – The Land of the Inca coincides with the current production of The Royal Hunt of the Sun in the Olivier Theatre. See both if you can; stick to the photos if you're being cheap.

Cheap or not, move heaven, earth and bank managers to see Fuerzabruta at the Roundhouse - tickets are £20.00 and there are no cheap seats or more expensive "good seats" - because there are no seats. The audience stand in the main space of the refurbished Roundhouse in Camden and the performers are either running towards you, around you or trapped in a clear-bottomed swimming pool above your head. It's total immersion theatre in a stunning refurbished theatre space - go and see, book now, take friends and prepare to party at the performance. The show runs until 30 July so get your diary sorted now.

Once sufficiently recovered from the Saturday Culture Crawl, ease yourself into Day 2 with the Art Car Boot Sale at The Old Truman Brewery - it only costs £1.00 to get in and once through the doors, you can browse and shop to your heart's content at what Vogue has previously called "the most stylish car boot fair imaginable." Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas, The Whoopee Club and dozens of other sparkling names of the art world are taking part.

If the last thing you want to do on a Sunday is go to a car boot sale, Young British Artists or no Young British Artists, there is The Ship: The Art of Climate Change exhibition at the Natural History Museum. "Through specially commissioned photography, film, sound, sculpture, painting and printmaking, explore one of the most pressing issues of our time as seen through the eyes of renowned artists." Expect lots of food for thought and see what you make of the blurred line between science and art. Entry is free.

Don't put your feet up quite yet - the More Movies open air film season starts on Wednesday 7th June and the first film is Brief Encounter, shown at The Scoop next to City Hall.

Picture shows a scene from Fuertabruta.

Last Updated 02 June 2006