Yeeaaaaaaa!! Summer is here officially and tis time, to stay…Nothing better to celebrate it tan a handful of free plans to do this weekend in London, so off we go!
It is common knowlege that the starts are always the most difficult parts of every tip, so feel free to take a look at the 5 free plans proposed by El Bombin and get your weekend started without spending a single penny.
1.– Be the first to discover the best of BP Portrait Award 2012, that launches at the National Portrait Gallery today 21st of June and will be running until 23rd of September. It´s open 10am-6pm everyday but Thursdays and Fridays, when it´s more than advisable to go for a quirky afterwork (you can even be lucky enough to listen one of those marvellous and free live concerts!).
2.- London 2012 Festival. The culmination of the Cultural Olympiad will be the London 2012 Festival, which runs in venues and open spaces all over the capital from 21 June 2012 – Midsummer’s Day – until 9 September 2012 – the last day of the 2012 Paralympics. Celebrating both the Olympics and Paralympics through dance, music, theatre, the visual arts, film and digital innovation, the London 2012 Festival will feature commissions from the likes of dancer Akram Khan, actress Cate Blanchett, director Mike Leigh, artist Tracy Emin, the singer Damon Albarn and the late painter Lucian Freud. Whether you’re into circuses, carnivals, fashion, opera, African music, sculpture, Shakespeare, dance or the paintings of David Hockney – to name but a handful of bases – there’ll be something for you in a programme which boasts more than 1,000 events and which will reach an estimated audience of 10 million people.
While some major events will be ticketed, the majority will be free and easily accessible for everyone.
3.-Free Talks and lectures. They frequently take place at well known venues like the Southbank Centre and the Barbican, as well as at the city’s prestigious art galleries and major museums. The Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Royal Academy of Arts, National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery all offer free talks often given by respected art historians, experts on their given topic.
Almost all of the daytime talks at the British Museum, for example, are free. At the Science Museum, the Dana Centre opens up the world of science while at the nearby Natural History Museum’s Darwin Centre you can sign up for free talks on the natural world. It’s not just the large institutions that dabble in free debate, smaller venues like the Rich Mix Centre and the Wellcome Collection are also worth checking for free talks, lively lectures, debates and discussions.
4.- Radio 1´s Hackney Weekend...or how to dance like crazy with Jay-Z, Florence And The Machine, Example, Swedish House Mafia, Example, Jack White, Will.i.am (Sat), Rihanna, Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Chase & Status, Plan B, Professor Green, Lana Del Rey, Azealia Banks (Sun). Six stages of top acts and 100,000 people come together for one weekend of impressively excellent music all on your doorstep.