There’s an endless amount of art to keep culture vultures happy this weekend in London, along with crazy golf and a St Paddy’s Day shindig; here’s what not to miss…
Words Helen Brown
Here’s what not to miss this weekend in London
SWINGERS WEST END
Rejoice, for London’s favourite destination for fun, food and frivolity is opening a second venue. Much like the original, Swingers West End will offer nine crazy golf holes, London’s best street food and a creative cocktail menu, but with a reimagined 1920s English country golf club theme.
ST PATRICK’S DAY AT HAWKER HOUSE
This year, St Patrick’s Day conveniently coincides with the Six Nations finale which will see Ireland battle it out for a Grand Slam finish. To celebrate in true Irish style, Guinness has teamed up with Street Feast’s Hawker House for the ultimate live screening event. The best of Street Feast’s onsite street food vendors will be serving Guinness-inspired dishes all day, to be washed down with pints of the iconic black and white stout.
TACITA DEAN: STILL LIFE
See still life through the lens of Tacita Dean in this exploration of the genre’s legacy, curated by the leading contemporary practitioner herself. Expect a diverse selection of her own works alongside those of her contemporaries, and in a variety of mediums.
CONTEMPORARY TEXTILES FAIR
Discover a diverse range of distinctive and colourful textiles from a roster of the very best designer-makers in the business as the annual Contemporary Textiles Fair returns. A must-visit in every textile lovers’ calendar, guests can expect richly embellished embroidery, hand-dipped shibori, eco-prints and more; everything from the quirky to couture.
BALLET BLACK DOUBLE BILL
Following two sell-out seasons at the Barbican Theatre, Ballet Black are back with a showcase of specially commissioned pieces celebrating dances of black and Asian descent. This year, Cathy Marston, renowned for her expressive and beautifully crafted work, has choreographed a new narrative based on Can Themba’s South African fable, The Suit.
Love Scandinavian chic? Looking for American Modernism or European Bauhaus? Look no further than Midcentury Modern, back with a bigger offering than ever before. Home to a huge range of prices and styles from the best in 20th Century classics and modern collectables, and featuring all the best furniture, lighting and accessories dealers in one place, it holds a top spot in the design calendar.
BADA ART FAIR
For over 25 years this annual event has been a spring highlight for the fine art, design and antiques community, showcasing beautiful objects from 100 of the UK’s finest dealers. This year guests can expect to see collectors, curators, art professionals and interior designers from across the world, benefit from their expertise and purchase exceptional pieces for the home.
This weekend is your last chance to catch London’s biggest arts festival, and it’s set to go out with a bang. Expect a shed-load of theatre, cabaret, circus, film music and more, with 300 individual shows, immersive experiences, a wealth of new writing, themed bars and a selection of the city’s best street food.