As the City of London begins to reopen, over the coming months Culture Mile is sharing in-person and online events, exhibitions and projects from museums, venues, friends and neighbouring areas. Plan safe days out to local attractions, places to eat and open spaces. Discover what’s just #AroundTheCorner
This month’s highlights
Culture Mile Play Packs
Culture Mile have created a series of Play Packs for families to play together creatively over the summer. From making your own Roman Temple in your living room to recreating the River Thames out of all the blue things in your house, the packs are about having fun together, with minimal equipment needed! 5000 packs are being distributed to community centres and food banks across the Citry of London and neighbouring boroughs, but can also be downloaded at www.culturemile.london/playpacks
The Barbican reopened its Art Gallery and Conservatory on Monday 13 July, with the critically acclaimed exhibition Masculinities: Liberation through Photography, now extended until 23 August 2020. The reopening programme also includes an epic new installation A Countervailing Theory, exploring an imagined ancient myth, conceived by artist Toyin Ojih Odutola in the Curve Gallery, opening on Tuesday 11 August and a chance to explore the Barbican Conservatory. In line with government guidelines, new safety measures will include reduced capacity and timed entry slots, booked online in advance.
A digital programme of podcasts, playlists, films, videos, talks and articles is available alongside, including an online exhibition tour of Masculinities: Liberation through Photography and archive recording of the critically acclaimed 2013 production Barbican Britten: Curlew River. Walthamstow Garden Party In The Air is a free community-powered programme developed by the Barbican and local artists and organisations to encourage residents to get creative at home and channel the spirit of the festival.
London Symphony Orchestra (LSO)
Live music returns to the concert hall this month as London Symphony Orchestra musicians play together in Summer Shorts. This new series of 30-minute, socially-distanced chamber concerts will be livestreamed from LSO St Luke’s on Old Street, with opportunities to ask the musicians questions on social media and on YouTube. www.lso.co.uk/summershorts
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
We Are Guildhall is a new section of Guildhall School’s website offering audiences the chance to enjoy performances, discussions and ideas from the School’s community and archives, all from home – from highlight concerts to inspiring conversations and outputs from students, staff and alumni.
This summer, Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s opera double bill was transformed from the physical to the digital stage, with the creative team and artists from across the School bringing the productions to life from their homes using digital technology.
A 20th-century reimagining of one of the earliest English operas Dido and Aeneas – Purcell’s tragic love story featuring the famous aria Dido’s Lament – was contrasted with Respighi’s La bella dormente nel bosco, a witty take on the Sleeping Beauty story.
All students, staff and guest artists worked from wherever they have been living during the lockdown, across at least 14 countries and four continents.
Museum of London
The Museum of London will reopen its doors on Thursday 6 August with The Clash: London Calling display extended until 6 September 2020, giving visitors an extra chance to celebrate the making of the band’s groundbreaking album and view over 150 items from The Clash’s personal archive, including notes, clothing, images and music, many of which are previously unseen. A new, exclusive audio tour of the display will also be live on the Smartify app, for those unable to see the exhibition in person. Using a selection of key objects from the band’s personal archive, this fascinating, 15-minute audio experience takes you behind-the-scenes of how the album was made. Full details around new opening times, free timed tickets and other safety measures that have been introduced can be found here.
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