Culture Calendar #32: Picks For The Week

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w/c 21st August


What: Polly Nor, 'It's Called Art Mum, Look It Up'

Where: Protein Studios, Shoreditch

When: Until Tuesday 22nd

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Insta-sensation Polly Nor returns to her hometown for a second solo exhibition this week, showcasing her popular works examining 'women and their demons' alongside sculptural installations. Self described as 'my most weird work yet' and titled in response to the teenage girls who's mums don't want them getting Polly Nor tattoos, this is not one to miss.

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What: Preview: God's Own Country with writer/director Q&A

Where: BFI Southbank

When: Tuesday 22nd

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If you haven't already seen the trailer for God's Own Country, watch it here [] and come back. Tipped to be one of the most exciting British debuts in years, writer and director Francis Lee is hosting a Q&A at the BFI ahead of the general release on 1st September. Beat the Oscars season/London Film Fest fatigue and get ahead of the game with this LGBT migrant love story.

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What: Against

Where: Almeida Theatre

When: Until 30 September

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Starring Ben Wishaw, the world premiere of Against is on a short run until September, and has just finished previews, so jump on any remaining tickets while you still can. A promising intersection between the excellent direction of Ian Rickson and American playwright Christopher Shinn, Against explores modern violence and attempts to diffuse and redirect it. Wishaw plays Luke, a Silicon Valley billionaire clearly inspired by tech titan of the moment Elon Musk. With these non-traditional themes, this is definitely one to check out before tickets are as inaccessible as the latest Tesla Model 3.

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What: Shuffle Festival

Where: Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

When: Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th


If Carnival isn't your thing, escape to East London this weekend for the unique Shuffle festival. An odd one, Shuffle is not for profit, and its mission statement to build 'integrated community presence' is sweet albeit ignored by most attendants. Championed by Tower Hamlets boy Danny Boyle, he's hosting a Trainspotting Q&A on Saturday night alongside other great film screenings including Get Out (2017) and American Beauty (2000). Not limited to film, look out for talks on the psychology of space with Dr Clare McAndrew, experimental theatre from locals The Valve, and a DJ set from Grandmaster Sash to close the weekend.

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What: Notting Hill Carnival

Where: Notting Hill

When: Saturday 26th - Monday 28th

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'We need Carnival now more than ever' were the words of Kensington Labour MP Emma Dent Coad in July. With most of the event occurring in Kensington and Chelsea borough, this year's carnival defiantly continues in tribute to the tragedy of Grenfell tower. Politics and attempts to relocate aside, Carnival 2017 is primed to be memorable occasion. Highlights include a 35th appearance special from Channel One Sound System, and after parties from Regression Sessions at Fire in Vauxhall, and Swamp81 at The Steelyard.

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