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Your what's on guide to the top events in London this week.

Hackney Wicked Art Festival

The sixth annual installment of this arts fest promotes local culture and gives a platform to both emerging artists and names that are established and internationally recognised as well. There will be exhibitions, open studios, live performances, music, fetes, workshops, talks, tours and loads more. Top picks not to miss out on include the acoustic music nights on Aug 16 and 17 and The Tomorrow People exhibition, which focuses on the up-and-coming artists making a name for themselves right now. 

Free, Aug 16-18, 12pm-6pm 
Queen’s Yard, Hackney Wick, E9 5EN  
Tube | Hackney Wick  
hackneywicked.co.uk 

 

 

Canary Wharf Jazz Festival

London’s biggest and best respected free jazz festival comes to town this weekend for three days of the very finest contemporary jazz sounds from around the world. Up and coming artists and word-class performers from across the globe all take centre stage in this summery al fresco setting.  

Free, Aug 16-18, times vary 
Canada Square Park, E14 5AB 
Tube | Canary Wharf 
canarywharf.com

 

Shonen Knife BBQ Party

Japanese all-girl pop-punk band Shonen Knife, who were one of Kurt Cobain’s all-time favourite acts, are over here for the Japanese culture convention, AyaCon, and decided to play one other show, plumping for this all-day south London BBQ party. There’s loads of support bands and guest DJs, too.  

£10, Aug 17, 4pm-12am 
The Windmill, SW2 5BZ 
Tube | Brixton  
windmillbrixton.co.uk

 

 

R3d Market

Now in its third year, this outdoor evening street food and tunes market is going from strength to strength. This is its last week of the summer, so if you haven’t been down to check out its awesome DJ-soundtracked and Burger Bear-curated culinary delights, then this is your final chance. 

Free, Aug 15 & 16, 5pm-11.30pm 
5-7 Rivington Street, EC2A 3DT 
Tube | Shoreditch High Street 
redgallerylondon.com

 

Nomad Cinema

The Nomad Cinema specialises in outdoor screenings all over the place, and they have two absolute corkers this weekend. First up on Friday night at Queen’s Park in northwest London is classic coming-of-age tale Stand By Me (pictured), starring the late River Phoenix. Then on Saturday night in Bushy Park, south of the river near Kingston, is Christopher Nolan’s trilogy- launching reboot Batman Begins, with Christian Bale. 

£8+, Aug 17 & 18, 7pm NW6 6SG; TW11 0EQ  
Tube | Queen’s Park
Station |  Kingston  
whereisthenomad.com

 

 

Bullshit London Tour

"London is one of the most incredible cities in the world. So why should its tours be credible?” asks the Bullshit Tour boys, and they have a point. This fun, frank and totally made up tour of London lets you in on secret stories about London and its famous past that just simply aren’t true. At all. It’s totally made up and we love it.

£10, Thur, 7pm-9pm 
St Paul’s, EC4M 8AD 
Tube | St Paul’s  
bullshitlondon.com

 

Insight Radical

This curious travelling exhibition, ... Where Science And Art Meet, was the brainchild of six artists in residence at the University of Melbourne who sought to artistically explore free radical chemistry. It’s about unstable atoms that are essential to life but which also cause human body degradation. Offbeat and thought provoking. 

Free, Until Aug 30,
10am-5pm Griffin Gallery, W11 4AJ 
Tube | White City  
griffingallery.co.uk


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