Many of the bank holidays this year have been very limited and so we’re all keen to squeeze what we can from this last long weekend of 2020. Here are some events in and around London to keep you occupied this weekend.
Music and the arts
Notting Hill Carnival (Online): Access All Areas
When: 29 – 31st August
Nothing stops this legendary carnival and if performers and revellers can’t take to the streets to celebrate then they’ll come to your home. That’s right – Noting Hill: Access All Areas will take place online this year giving you insight into the behind the scene action of the festival and offering you your fill of glitter and feathers so you don’t suffer withdrawal from the glamour! https://aaa.nhcarnival.org/
Virtual Reading and Leeds Festival
When: 28 – 30th August
This weekend should also play host to the annual Leeds and Reading Festival which is a showcase and celebration of the very best Rock, Indie and Pop artists the UK music scene has to offer. With the festival cancelled, BBC 1 and iPlayer are celebrating the very best of performances over the years by replaying some of the most exciting, heart-warming and rock and roll performances from the festival for you to watch and listen from home this bank holiday. See more info online at https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ev82rz.
Ballet at the Docs
When: Performances take place on an ad hoc basis and are likely to continue through to October
Where: 55 Laburnum St, London E2 8BD
Royal Ballet member Chisato Katsura and Valentino Zucchetti have been supporting their fellow performers talent throughout the lockdown period by setting up DistDancing. The project gives dancers the opportunity to practice in the absence of their usual grander venues for audiences down at Hoxton Docks. You can head to the project Instagram page for updates on the next shows which, weather permitting, take place in front of socially distanced crowds in Hackney @_distdancing_. Performances do not take place at set times and the project’s Instagram page update on upcoming performances with fairly short notice although 3,5 or 7pm on Saturdays or Sundays tend to be a good bet.
The Sunday Art Club
When: 30th August
Where: Voxonica, Crooked Billet Yard, Kingsland Road E2 8AF
Hosted by Voxonica in Shoreditch, The Sunday Art Club is a celebration of talented of artists and contemporary musicians gathered together to make for a fantastic showcase of art and music. Exhibitions of talent include; a live mural painting, DJ sets from artists influenced by a range of genres from Jazz to hip-hop, a short film from award winning director, choreographer and performance-art extraordinaire Greta Mendez. Attendance is free both online or in person though a donation to the talent involved in putting on the event is strongly encouraged. You can get your tickets on eventbrite.co.uk.
Screenings on The Coaling Jetty
When: 21 August – 20 September
Where: The Coaling Jetty, Battersea Power Station Pier, London SW8 4NR
This bank holiday weekend you can catch an array of shows at the open-air theatre at The Coaling Jetty at Battersea Power Station’s open-air theatre which is hosting an array of theatre performances throughout August and September. You can enjoy the following screenings this weekend with views of the river and food and drinks from local venders;
Friday 28th August
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood (7.30pm)
Saturday 29th August
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (5.30pm)
Sunday 30th August
A Star is Born (8pm)
Head to the Battersea Power Station Website to book tickets or to see the schedules for shows throughout September: http://www.batterseapowerstation.co.uk/whats-on/detail/summer-showtime-on-the-coaling-jetty