Don’t let London’s tier two lockdown stop you having fun this half-term

No two words fill parents with more dread than these: half-term. Keeping little ones entertained isn’t easy, but the trick is to do your homework and ensure you’re prepared for all eventualities. Here Paloma Lacy gives out some top tips on what to do this half-term.


City of London Sinfonia returning to Southwark for socially distanced performances

Building on the success of their return to live indoor performance last month, City of London Sinfonia (CLS) will return to Southwark Cathedral this autumn with six socially distanced performances. The Restore and Revive concert series features hand-picked favourites from CLS musicians across three concerts, in an uplifting and invigorating series that celebrates the long-awaited reconnection with audiences through the revival of live music performance.


Young, Gifted and Black

Theatre Peckham Following six months of closure, Theatre Peckham celebrates its reopening with a multi-artform programme of socially distanced, in-person and participatory digital events, taking place throughout October and into November. The line-up features theatre, new writing, spoken word, poetry, scratch nights, panel discussions, workshops, seminars and exhibitions.


New website launches to connect artists to local residents

A town hall has started a new platform to show off the best of the borough’s creativity in a digital setting. Wandsworth Art, a new website dedicated to helping residents connect with local artists, has more than 200 artists already signed up to take part, with the number growing daily.


Jazz Cafe re-opens with all new look

After a seven month hiatus, the Jazz Cafe is back with a whole new look from September 18. Afrobeat veteran Dele Sosim will return for the opening weekend of the long-awaited reopening of one of London’s most beloved venues.


Outdoor performance given extension

An immersive, outdoor performance featuring a captivating 3D sound design has been given a six-week extension. C-o-n-t-a-c-t, created during the summer in a world where social distancing became the ‘new normal’, tells the story of a moving and unexpected encounter.


Remembering Blitz through artworks

A new collection of art depicting life during The Blitz and World War II has been commissioned to mark its 80th anniversary. The 80 pieces of art are based on real-life stories discovered in wartime records available by Ancestry, a company that specialises in family genealogy.


Pop Up cinema to return to Peckham for winter season of events

Pop Up Screens An independent pop-up cinema has announced it will return this winter with a season of events. Pop Up Screens will be taking over Bussey Building in Peckham with their Pop up Peckham Series running from October 23 – December 20.


New hard hitting album to be released by South London artist

A new album from a band whose frontman says he has endured poverty and drug addiction on South London’s streets will be released in October. London Country – the newest album by Wills & The Willing to be released on October 9 – has been called the defining album for frontman Ian Wills whose life story can scarcely be believed.


Wimbledon BookFest

A book festival will be able to continue with a live “in person” event after Covid-19 guidelines were relaxed. Wimbledon BookFest will hold The Last Days of Summer Live Weekend Festival on September 12-14 in an open marquee on Wimbledon Common with a host of big literary names.


Turner’s Modern World to exhibit at Tate

This autumn, a landmark exhibition dedicated to British landscape painter JMW Turner will explore what it meant to be a


Legendary record labels to release new jazz album featuring South London artists

Two legendary record labels have joined forces to release an album of classic jazz songs featuring an array of South


New film to draw attention to PPE in care homes

A group of actors have created a new film using Samuel Coleridge’s famous poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


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