Yolanda Mercy (Photo: Soho Theatre)

ARTS & CULTURE

Things to do this weekend

ARTS & CULTURE

Things to do this weekend

What's on and where to go this weekend

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By Iesha Thomas on

What's on and where to go this weekend

By Iesha Thomas on
  • GO TO THE EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL

    The Edinburgh Fringe Festival continues this weekend, with more incredible acts to see. Don’t miss out on seeing the Russian musicians and activists, Pussy Riot, perform – the infamous group were imprisoned for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" for their performance inside a Moscow cathedral. Their show, Riot Days, merges punk, electronica, theatre, documentary footage and protest, and if that isn’t cool enough, one of their members had to sneak out of the country just so she could perform at the Fringe. Alternatively, catch Dressed, a true story of how, after being stripped at gunpoint, Lydia Higginson, a costume designer, now only wears clothes she has made. This nuanced and beautiful piece, told by four friends, including Higginson herself, shows how you can find strength and healing in friendship after trauma. It combines choreography, live sewing, comedy and original music to celebrate the power clothes have to define and liberate us. For the full Fringe line-up, click here

  • GET EDUCATED, EMPOWERED AND ENLIGHTENED AT LFFF

    The London Feminist Film Festival is back, once again using filmmaking as an agent for social change. The films presented at the festival range from exposing the threats of human rights lobbyists in South America to fat activists who hike without shame in Canada and researchers exploring romance between incarcerated women in Spain. You'll have the chance listen to three generations of Bamiléké women discussing the complexities of culture clashes and tradition, and, for the first time, there will be a Zine Fair and a Riot Grrrl night. For more information, click here.

  • HEAD TO THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL

    If you’re in the Edinburgh area, but comedy isn’t really your scene, check out the International Book Festival. BBC Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney is there, with two new books on the everlasting attempt to navigate modern life. Full of honest and practical advice from Gemma and professionals, she’ll cover everything from anxiety to heartbreak to body image. Claire Askew, award-winning poet and writer, will also be hosting a talk at the festival. Askew’s crime-fiction debut, All the Hidden Truths, explores a school shooting and the unanswered questions left in the wake of the killer’s death. For more information click here.

  • SING ALONG WITH THE QUEEN OF POP

    The noughties’ queen of pop, Britney Spears, is performing on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena. If you didn’t manage to catch her at Brighton Pride the other week, you can see her one more time, so grab the remaining tickets here for a nostalgic night filled with bops, bangers and dance routines. 

  • FIGHT CANCER WITH A NIGHT WALK

    Grab your glow sticks and battery-operated fairy lights for Shine Glasgow 2018. The 10k event, run by Cancer Research UK, returns to Glasgow this weekend to bring people together, to light up the city and fund life-saving research. If you live in other areas of the UK, don’t worry, there are plenty more night walks in cities across the country. To get involved click here.

  • QUARTER-LIFE CRISIS? YOU’RE NOT ALONE

    Quarter Life Crisis, written and performed by Yolanda Mercy, is a relatable show for millennials having a bit of an existential crisis. The show's character, Alicia, is swiping on Tinder when everyone else seems to have their life together, while she’s just trying to find ways to cheat growing up and keep her 16-25 railcard. A blend of spoken word, audience participation and bass, the show, which sold out in 2017, questions what it means to be an adult, and when you become one. Buy your tickets here.

  • CHEER ON THE PARALYMPIC SWIM TEAM

    From the World Cup to Wimbledon and last week’s European Athletics Championships, it’s been an incredible summer for sport. And now, there’s another incredible opportunity to get involved and watch some "on the edge of your seat" sport. For the absolute bargain of €5, this weekend you can cheer on the incredible paralympic swimmers, as Dublin hosts the 2018 European Championships. While there, you’ll get a sneak-peek at the athletes gearing up for Tokyo and Paris. For more details, head to the website.

  • MEET THE QUEEN(S) AT LONDON DRAGWORLD

    Europe's biggest celebration of Drag is here, with over 20 queens, including special appearances from stars of RuPaul's Drag Race, Courtney Act and Darienne Lake, alongside Jinkx Monsoon and YouTube sensation Biblegirl. Whether you're looking to learn how to perfect your look or sit in on talks and workshops, you don't want to miss out on this one-off event. Sashay away and go get your tickets here.

  • LET LOOSE AT THE ALEXANDRA PALACE FETE

    If you need to let your hair down after a long week at work, head to Alexandra Palace for the Ally Pally Great Fete. They’ve got everything plus the kitchen sink by the sounds of things, from a silent disco in the woods to an outdoor-cinema screening of Dreamgirls. Plus, there’s an ice rink, a funfair and music stages. After all the dancing and ice skating, gorge yourself on delicious street food – the list of entertainment is endless. For more information, click here.

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