Things to do this weekend 06/10


Things to do this weekend 06/10

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
  • See contemporary African art

    If you've ever been to the 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair in London, you'll understand why it's considered one of the leading art fairs for African art across the diaspora. Back for its fifth year from October 5-8, the 2017 showcase features art from Thierry Oussou, a film programme on neglected histories and performance art from the likes of Hana Tefrati and Adejoke Tugbiyele. Tickets start at  £10.

  • Go on a celestial journey

    We're halfway through World Space Week, apparently. And, as part of this year's festivities, National Museums Northern Ireland is hosting a celestial journey on Sunday from 1pm (a sort of virtual tour of space). Audience members will be taken on a virtual tour to the International Space Station and back in time to see the solar system in its infancy, as well as a number of other highlights. 

  • See a new play

    Kings – the latest play from new writing company Smoke & Oakum Theatre – sold out at this year's VAULT Festival and for good reason. Now, the dark comedy, following three homeless characters on their journey to escape their surroundings for a council flat, is back for a run at London's New Diorama Theatre. Written by Oli Forsyth, Kings has been pegged as a must-see. But in addition to that, every ticket purchased for the October 12 performance includes a £2.50 donation to Centrepoint, a charity for young people who find themselves homeless. Get your tickets (which start at £13.90) here

  • Hear from literary greats

    As per, there's a star-studded roster of accomplished writers, poets and speakers at the Birmingham Literature Festival, which is now in its 20th year. If you're lucky enough to be in Birmingham this weekend, it's definitely worth checking out. Bestselling author and recent NAACP Image Award-winner Chinelo Okparanta will be giving a talk on her debut novel, Under The Udala Trees. There'll also be appearances from poet Hollie McNish and writer Gary Younge. Get your tickets here

  • Pick up some new art

    If discovering new, game-changing art is your thing, then you'll love The Other Art Fair. Running from October 5-8 at The Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, this is the place to get your hands on some great art without spending a fortune. Look out for pieces from London-based artists Caroline Mizrahi and Reeps One for a treat. Tickets are under £10; click here for more information. 

  • Celebrate refugee women

    Flying Carpets is the showcase to see at Manchester's Journeys Festival International, a celebration of refugee and asylum seeker art. As part of the show, Congolese singer-songwriter Emmanuela Yogolelo will recreate a typical night out in the Congo through traditional Kanga fabric, music and dancing as part of the show, with riveting performances from former political journalist and Iranian artist Fereshteh Mozaffari and digital artist Mahboobeh Rajabi. Perfomances for this free event run from 11.30am-3pm this Saturday.

  • Wear your photos

    Instagrammers, budding artists, people who generally love to shop – this one's for you. MiPic, the app that lets you print your pictures on clothing, phone accessories and canvas (among other things), has partnered with London Spitafields to bring you products from its website, as well as exclusive discounts. The pop-up will be open from today until October 10; opening times vary. For more information, click here

  • Visit Africa Writes

    Africa Writes has seen some of the most celebrated authors in contemporary African literature grace its line-up over the past few years since its inception. This year's pop-up in Bristol is no different. Head down to the Cube Cinema or Hamilton House in Bristol today or tomorrow for a chance to catch a screening of Half Of A Yellow Sun, And After Many Days author Jowhor Ile and discussions on literary activism in Africa. For more information and tickets, click here

  • Head down to your local fun palace

    Fun Palaces, the movement seeking to bring out the artist, and scientist in everyone, will be all over the country this weekend. Based on Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price's desire to bring "a university to the streets", activities include coding workshops, performances and even knitting. Check out the website to find your nearest fun palace. Entry is free.

  • Book now for later

    Festifeel, the annual festival from breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel!, is returning on 14 October for with an eclectic line-up of performances from Busted, Basement Jaxx, Fleur East and Pixie Lott. Hosted by our very own Lauren Laverne, this event looks set to be loads of fun, with lots of "boob chat", nail art and comedy for you to get your teeth into. For more info and tickets, click here

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