Things to do this weekend 15-09


Things to do this weekend 15-09

What's on and where to go this weekend

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By Kuba Shand-Baptiste on

What's on and where to go this weekend

By Kuba Shand-Baptiste on
  • Use your bike for good

    Bikes aren’t just for cycling. Not at the Bristol Cycle Festival, at least. The eight-day event runs from September 16-24 and includes over 50 bike-related events, including a cycle carnival, a Pedal Power Cinema (it’s what it sounds like) and community food cycling. And, traditionalists, don’t worry – if it’s a simple cycle around you’re after, you can do that at the festival, too. Catch one of many planned events here.

  • Support LGBTQ+ creatives

    Billed as a “PoC powered, queer centred, gender non-conforming resistance”, Foundation 2017 at Hackney Showroom is an inclusive all-day gathering in celebration of all things LGBTQ+. As well as workshops, installations and independent zine stalls, you can join girl collectives Sistren and Pussy Palace for a panel on navigating social justice and capitalism, watch art films from the likes of Dionne Edwards and dance to a seemingly endless list of DJ sets. Tickets cost £20, which you can buy here

  • Appreciate the artistic expressions of refugees

    The refugee crisis has given way to heartbreaking stories and rousing, haunting images, but what’s often lacking is the voices of migrants themselves. Protestimony: We Need To Talk About Calais is an exhibition featuring poetry, illustrations, paintings and sculptures made by refugees living in the Calais Jungle camp before it was destroyed last year. Running until September 24 at Edinburgh’s Summerhall as part of Summerhall’s free Festival Exhibitions Programme, you can catch Protestimony at the Old Generator theatre from 11am-6pm Tuesday-Sunday.

  • Buy books

    Despite being Britain’s biggest antiquarian book fair, you don’t have to break the bank to take something home from this all-weekend treat. The York National Book Fair has been known to tout books ranging from a couple of quid to well over the £10K mark, with a mixture of genres to boot. It also gives you a chance to support independent book shops, whether you’re after first-edition books from HG Wells and Arthur Conan Doyle, 18th-century newspapers or modern fiction. Click here for more details. 

  • Explore London’s architecture

    Open House London, the annual event that gives the public free access to the capital’s most impressive buildings, has returned for its 25th year. If you’ve ever wanted to take a closer look at London’s secret architectural wonders or fancied a night tour of the Jubilee line that doesn’t consist of warding off drunken commuters, then this one’s for you – there are quite literally hundreds of tours lined up around the city from September 16-17. Click here for more details.

  • Walker Art Gallery: Screens and Zines

    Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery will transform into a cinema this weekend, as part of its Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender And Identity Exhibition in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act. Hosted by Empty Spaces Cinema, the Screens and Zines event includes a free screening of the eternally beautiful and Oscar-winning film Moonlight. Come down on Saturday September 16 at 1pm to watch it for the first time (or the second). There will also be zine-making workshops after the screening, if you feel inspired.

  • Discover the history of cartoons

    Satirical cartoons can be just as provocative as words, as recent history has shown. And the history behind the rise of the political cartoon is no less interesting. Head down to Manchester’s People’s History Museum for the Savage Ink exhibition, which considers the historical role of cartoons in acts of protest from newspapers to graphic novels. Savage Ink runs from Saturday until May 13 2018 from 10am-5pm. Although there’s no fixed price for entry, there is a suggested donation of £3. 

  • Walk

    If you’re the sort of person who prefers to trick yourself into exercise (ie exercising without having to think about the fact that you’re exercising), this is the perfect activity. The Sperrins & Killeter Walking Festival in Northern Ireland runs from September 16-17 with a series of trails in the Sperrin mountains or rolling landscapes surrounding Killeter village. Walks range from easy to challenging, so if a leisurely twilight walk sounds more appealing than hiking up hills, you’re in luck. Tickets are under £4.15 plus booking fee.

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