There is not a weekend in London without exciting and inspiring art exhibitions taking place; meaning art enthusiasts of every genre and niche can experience arty creations at their most exceptional and creative.
If you live or are heading to the capital this summer and want to have some artistic fulfilment then you are certainly in for a treat.
Check out three of the best art exhibitions in London this summer.
Yoko Ono – “To The Light” – Serpentine Gallery
Until September 9, 2012, you will have the chance to see Yoko Ono’s first major exhibition in more than a decade at the Serpentine Gallery. This major exhibition is featuring the artist’s new and existing works and a selection of Yoko Ono’s best installations and films, including some previously unseen artwork which helped make Ono the household name she became.
“Mantegna to Matisse” Exhibition – Courtauld Gallery
The Courtyard Gallery houses some of the finest collections of impressionist and post-impressionist artwork in Europe, with works by the likes of Monet, Cezanne and Gaugin.
London Live Event – Why Trafalgar Square, Hyde Park and Victoria Park are the places to be this August!
Forget swanking off to sunnier climes. Forget opting for a less expensive summer break and going camping at some idyllic rural campsite in Britain. In fact you can even forget leaving London altogether this August, as with the Olympic Games being hosted by the British capital, there could possibly not be a more exciting, buzzing, vibrant and pulsating place to be than London this summer!
If you didn’t manage to bag yourself a ticket for what happens to be one of the biggest events our capital has ever hosted, then fear not, as you can see all the action live abound by truly authentic London atmosphere at Trafalgar Square, Hyde Park or Victoria Park.
London Live is a series of outdoor screening of this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, which will take place in three of London’s most iconic venues – Trafalgar Square, Victoria and Hyde Park. The screenings are free and everyone is welcome to come and view the exciting sporting events that will be taking place in London throughout the summer.
Asides the giant outdoor screens, visitors will have the opportunity to participate in some sporting action themselves with daily sporting activities put on at the three venues for all different ages and abilities. And if watching the nail-biting heats, semi-finals and finals wasn’t entertaining enough, the London Live event venues will also be hosting concerts, outdoor arts and performances, as well as other entertaining activities for all the family to enjoy.
The People’s Fringe – Where the London 2012 Games meets the Edinburgh Fringe Festival!
When you think of a Fringe festival you immediately think of Edinburgh and its legendary cultural celebration held in August each year. Although if you happen to live anywhere in the bottom half of the UK, the prospect of travelling to Edinburgh for its Fringe Festival, for some, may be unpractical and unachievable.
By the same token, thousands were left disappointed about not being able to get their hands on a ticket for this year’s Olympic Games, meaning they will be forced to watch the Olympic events on screens or TVs instead of being at the ‘real thing’.
If this sounds familiar and you are either immensely frustrated about not having a ticket for London 2012 or really want to visit the Edinburgh Fringe Festival but are unable to, there is an alternative solution so that you won’t miss out on all the fun – attend the People’s Fringe festival in London!
This nine-day festival runs from the 3rd August 2012 until 12th August 2012 at Netherhouse Farm in Waltham Abbey. Away from the hectic buzz of the Olympic Games, the People’s Fringe will be a unique celebration of culture, food and sport, offering highly entertaining activities for all the family.
From Chaucer to Charles Dickens, Keats to Milton, London, for centuries, has been one of the influential cities on the globe in the sphere of English language and world literature.
Given its leading position on worldwide literature, poetry and art, there is a whole host of places in London literature enthusiasts can go to be informed, appreciate and reflect London’s intense importance to world literature, such as the British Library, the Reading Room at the British Museum Great Court, the Charles Dickens Museum and the ‘Poet’s Corner’ at Westminster Abbey.
Part of London’s impressive and comprehensive perseverance in being justifiably considered as one of the great literary hubs of the world is the annual London Literature Festival.
From 5 – 13 July the Southbank Centre is holding the London Literature Festival 2012, bringing to London the very best in writing poetry, politics, short stories and art.
From world-class authors, poets and artists, the Literature festival has always attracted the very best of contemporary writers. A series of expert representatives from these creative disciplines will be speaking at this year’s Literature Festival, dissecting the trends, news and the future of the world of literature in London, the UK and on an international scene.
According to Autism.org.uk, more than half a million people in the UK have autism. Despite the pervasiveness of the disorder, there is a general ignorance of autism and the day-to-day challenges autistic people and their caregivers face.
In an attempt to raise public awareness about autism and to provide help and advice to people affected by the disorder, from the 15th to 16th June, the Excel London will be hosting the London Autism Show 2012.
This national event gives autistic people, the parents of children with autism, and professionals within the field, the chance to be informed about innovations and resources aimed at providing people living with autism a better standard of living.
As well as having the chance to discuss any issues and concerns about autism with professionals in one-to-one clinics, practical seminars will also be taking place at the London Autism Show 2012 as well as comprehensive information, advice, products and services to help people gain better knowledge about the disorder.
Several high-profile parents of autistic children will be talking about their personal situations and experiences in the Autism Matters Theatre.