London’s Culture Days feeds ‘eyes, ears and soul’

Art installations, dance, poetry and music. London’s main drag comes alive Friday to kick off London’s version of a two-day nation-wide cultural celebration.

Culture Days 2017 features free arts events in cities across the nation. In London, the celebration is organized by the London Arts Council. It will take over Dundas Street — closed between Clarence and Rideout streets — Friday and Saturday, followed by London Fringe’s Nuit Blanche.

“It’s a real slice of what’s happening in London from hip hop to dance and art and wacky stuff,” said Mario Circelli, founder and chair of the Jack Richardson London Music Awards who organized the music and dance for London Arts Council.

“I want people to realize we’re taking over three blocks in the downtown and turning it into one giant stage. It should be a non-stop stage experience, while people will be creating art.”

Highlights of Culture Days ­include:

• Creation of a large interactive mural with London artist James Kirkpatrick;

• Original dance performance by choreographer Ruth Douthwright that fuses techniques from around the world;

• Ill at Will Dance Crew’s mash-up of hip hop and visual art moment;

• Erik Mandawe, London Art Council’s first artist in residence, will co-curate with local filmmaker and media artist Darr Sands a performance art installation and exhibit featuring several other ­artists;

• Tom Cull, London’s poet laureate, will curate an entire block of “live and experimental” multi-media poetic performances;

• There will be 14 storefront art installations along Dundas, including paintings, photography, sculpture and projections;

• Large scale projections to light up building;

• Live music and dance performances on a stage at the corner of Richmond and Dundas featuring artists including Whoop Szo (Friday at 10 p.m.), Kings College Chamber Choir alternating with the Junction Beat Percussion project with Joel Jacobs, as lights are projected on buildings between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday.

The music and dance continues Saturday with The Wack MCs at 11a.m.; Hubrid Monster at 2p.m.; The Gamble Party and Dance band at 3:30p.m.

Other performers Friday and Saturday include TreeTop collective, Casper, Kehmak, DJ Fresh, CZz and this year’s Jack Richardson London Music Award Hip Hop Artist of the Year, JR Fillion.

Visit the website, on.culturedays.ca/en , for full details of London’s Culture Days activities.

Circelli said there will be “lots of eye candy” for visitors with the various arts represented.

“We’re showcasing the talent that is in London, feeding your eyes and ears and soul.”

jbelanger@postmedia.com

Twitter.com/JoeBatLFPress

--- --- ---

IF YOU GO

What:Culture Days, Dundas Street, featuring music, dance, art and interactive events

Where: Dundas Street, between Clarence and Rideout streets.

When: Friday, 6-11 p.m.; Saturday starting at 10 a.m.

Admission: Free

Read more news of London on our city guide.

lfpress.com
London’s_Culture_Days
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
I recommend
No recommendations yet

Comments

Comments are designed to communicate and discuss the features of an enterprise or event, as well as to find out the interesting questions on it.

Society
A pioneering geneticist has died in hospital after she was involved in a crash witha cab and another vehicle while cycling in London. Professor Maria Bitner-Glindzicz, 55, who died on Thursday, was a professor of human and molecular genetics at the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, linked to University College London . She was involved in a crash with a cab and a stationary vehiclewhile cycling in Clerkenwell on Wednesday morning. Scotland Yar...
Society
A father is set to take on London’s biggest exercise challenges over the next 12 months in a bid to raise more than £50,000 in memory of his son who died six days after he was born. Darren Smith’s son Isaac died in August 2012 following time in neonatal intensive care for brain cooling, a therapy used to prevent brain damage in newborns. The year after he died, the 39-year-old, from Enfield , ran the London Marathon, raising nearly £30,000 for the Evelina...
Society
A studentwho arrived late at school had a good excuse — he had been helping to save the life of a pensioner who had collapsed in the street. Tejinder Purewal, 16, gave CPR chest compressions to 72-year-old Antonio Fernandes as he lay in Bath Road, Hounslow , after being alerted by the screams of a passer-by. Tejinder, pictured, had received basic life-saving training from St John Ambulance as part of his activities as a school army cadet. Tonight he will b...
Society
A new baby girl was brought into the world with the help of three London police officers in Kentish Town. The trio of bobbies assisted new mum Weihong Yu in giving birth after she went into labourin Kentish Town Road on Sunday night. PC Burch, PC Williams and PC King arrived at 9.27pm to help Ms Yu, who gave birth just five minutes later at 9.32pm. The London Ambulance Service arrived atthe scene just a minute later and whisked the newborn, who is yet to b...
Society
An ambitious target to build 3,700 new council homes by 2025 has been scrapped, in a blow to Mayor Sadiq Khan’s pledge to tackle the capital’s housing crisis. The City of London Corporation announced the plan in 2015 but has now quietly abandoned any hope of hitting the deadline, following a series of setbacks, delays and mounting costs - writes standard.co.uk Only 62 homes were completed in the first three years and the Square Mile’s local authority has n...
Incidents
A man arrested at Buckingham Palace on suspicion of possessing a Taser has been released by police. The 38-year-old, a visitor to London from the Netherlands, was detained at the visitors' entrance to the palace at about 12:45 BST on Sunday - writes bbc.com Scotland Yard said his possession of the device, which was low-powered and part of a keyring, was a genuine error, and that he posed no threat. The man was released without further action. A spokesman s...
Incidents
A woman has been charged with the murder of her 75-year-old husband at their home in east London. Kanagusabi Ramathan was found with serious head injuries after paramedics attended a property in Burges Road, Newham, at about 14:20 BST on Friday. Packiam Ramathan, 73, has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Thames Magistrates' Court on Monday. A post-mortem examination and formal identification will be carried out in due course, police said. Re...
Politics
Labour says it would scrap laws allowing private landlords to evict tenants without giving a reason. The law, in force since 1988, is thought to be the biggest cause of homelessness. Labour's shadow housing minister John Healey will announce the policy at the party's conference later. He will also unveil plans for a £20m fund to set up "renters unions" to support tenants in disputes with landlords. So-called "no-fault" evictions - when landlords throw peop...
Society
From an early age, children are asked about what they would like to do when they grow up. Their answers - and the jobs they go on to do - reveal some striking differences. From sportsperson to vet to lawyer, the UK's children have their sights set on ambitious jobs - writes bbc.com But a closer look at the aspirations of boys and girls from different ethnic backgrounds shows that some are aiming higher than others. Until now, we have known very little abou...