Culture Crawl

By Hazel Last edited 215 months ago

Last Updated 29 June 2006

Culture Crawl

Okaaay...there's lots to do that isn't football or Europride, so start crawling with Londonist from tomorrow...

Friday 30 June

The Sprite Urban Games start today - three days of extreme sports at Clapham Common. The world's best BMX, Motocross and skateboard riders will be present as well as opportunities to breakdance and freestyle all over the place. Even if you're not competing or body-popping, there's the latest of all urban outfitters and stalls for food and music to sample in between stunts and daredevilry from the B-Boys and breakdancers. Events start at 2pm, for tickets and more information go here.

Once you're done with being urban in Clapham, go to the V & A for their monthly Friday Late, this month's being Friday Late: Cuba. Live reggaeton, poetry, documentary film screenings and discussions with the film-makers, artist-led workshops, a bar, Cuban food and curator-led tours of the exhibition Che Guevara: Revolutionary & Icon are what you'll get for absolutely no entry fee whatsoever.

If Cuba sounds a bit too crazy for you, head to the Scoop for the last film of the More Movies open air screenings season. The season finale is The Constant Gardener - catch it in this unique outdoor setting or else wait until next year for your next chance to watch a film next to Tower Bridge and the Mayor of London testicle.

Saturday 1 July

If you'd like to stay in one place for the day and get a fix of art-activism, then get up early for the Guerrilla Girls in town at Tate Modern for a day-long series of workshops and presentations about the Tate Collection and their take on things. This is a rare appearance in the UK for these artist-activists. The workshop at 10.30am is ticketed and costs £15.00, the multimedia presentation at 3.00pm is free on a first-come first served basis. It'll be feisty, fierce and feminist.

Otherwise, if you'd rather be more active than activist, do some running around at the second day of the Sprite Urban Games at Clapham Common.

Sunday 2 July

Or if you're in the mood for a Latino day out, perhaps ignited by Cuba night at the V & A on Friday, go to the Coin Street Festival which is holding a two day Brazilian festival entitled Brasil, To Dentro! Roughly translated as "Brazil, I'm in!" the day starts at 1.00pm and goes on until 7pm, with live music from Brazilian musicians, both UK-based and making special appearances from Brazil, capoeira, samba and food, drink, arts and craft stalls. Entry is free, full programme of events is here.

Then again, you might prefer to be indoors with a pile of comic books and a stack of films to watch. Who needs fresh air and Brazilian bonhomie when you have a special edition Star Wars Trilogy DVD boxset to keep you company? In that case, you might be interested to know that the London Film and Comic Convention is at Earl's Court 2 this weekend. Tickets are still available on the door for Saturday and Sunday - go here for more information.