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2012 recommendations from our London Office

  • Date: 6 July 2012
  • Area: London
Shingai Shoniwa

Shingai Shoniwa, from the Noisettes, also performing on the Africa stage. Credit: Courtesy of BT River of Music

This summer there will be an unprecedented amount of great art happening across the capital. Our London office staff pick some of their current and upcoming highlights.

BT River of Music, 21-22 July

For one weekend, all continents will come together in central London in one massive music celebration. There are six stages to choose from, but with Baaba Maal, Hugh Masekela, London’s own Krar Collective and many other great acts on the Africa stage this one promises to be pretty special. 

Huey Walker, Relationship Manager, Music

Shake the Dust, 7 July

Catch the culmination of the country’s biggest ever national youth poetry slam this weekend at Southbank Centre. Inspired by London 2012, Shake the Dust’s regional champions will burst forth new verse that will entertain, make you think differently and leave you thoroughly inspired.  

David Cross, Interim London Director, Literature

The World in London, 27 July-12 August

If you find yourself near Oxford Street this summer or in Victoria Park you can enjoy the Photographers’ Gallery’s unique 2012 project The World in London. With 205 portraits of 205 Londoners from all the Olympic nations, this is celebration of what makes London a great global city.

Hannah Cross, Assistant, Visual Arts

Big Dance, 7-15 July

Where do you start with Big Dance? With hundreds of events across all 33 London boroughs, you can get your fill of dance in lidos, parks, shopping centres, libraries as well as more traditional venues. You can also catch the Big Dance Bus at a location near you, but remember to look out for the fabulous finale in Trafalgar Square specially choreographed by Wayne McGregor. 

Debs Butler, Relationship Manager, Dance

Gatz, until 15 July at Noel Coward Theatre

A marathon lesson in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby; Gatz is an extraordinary and rewarding experience for those who dare to indulge, an enduring and addictive performance in an epic year for London.

Lucy Murray, Relationship Manager, Theatre