The shortest month of the year is almost over and 2017 is officially in full-swing. As the Sun begins to shine (well, sort of), there’s never been a better time to explore the city. Whether you consider yourself a fashionista, a historian or simply want to relax and unwind, we’ve covered all bases in this weekend’s cultural round-up.
The Future of Fashion Weekend
The Future of Fashion Weekend explores the challenges facing fashion with an event at the House of St Barnabas in partnership with Orsola de Castro. See SLOW – a public showcase celebrating designers dedicated to fashion, innovation, and ethical thinking and take part in the Craft Salon (Feb 25, 2-5pm £5) to pick up a skill and hear informal discussions about the innovations, hopes and solutions for the fashion industry.
CUT Festival: The Art of Barbering
A 10-day festival bringing together international artists, East London barbers and activists, to explore the history and social relevance of the barber shop. From the strong influence of the Turkish barbers in East London, to the black barber shops of 1920s middle America, to the healing rituals in India – the barber shop is a stronghold of various communities across the world.
Yin and Gin
If there’s one yoga hybrid we didn’t expect, it’s this. Still, nothing in London surprises us anymore. Yin and Gin is essentially a session of yin-yang yoga washed down with a glass of spiced gin after exercise is over. They say yoga is supposed to be relaxing, but this is taking it to a whole new level.
Find out more here
The Craft of Film
This cross-cultural series of events at the Barbican shines the a bright light on the unsung heroes of filmmaking that we rarely see: costume designers, cinematographers and editors. Attend this unique event to meet the geniuses behind beautiful films like Melancholia and Dogtooth, whose names are rarely remembered after the credits have finished rolling.
Smirnoff Winter Pride
Where London Summer Pride is about showing as much skin as possible and picking glitter out of your hair 5 days later, it’s winter cousin is more dance music focussed. DJ’s performing at the event include Guy Williams, Jamie Bull, Tommy Turntables, Michelle Manetti and Yvette Lindquist. Advance tickets are sold out, but there’s still tickets left on the door, so don’t miss it!
Find out more here.
Islington Town Hall: Art Deco on Upper Street
See stunning original art deco style interiors in this 50 minute tour of Islington Town Hall. Catch a glimpse of the building’s impressive council chamber as well as its original clocks, paintings and decorative panels that have survived for nearly a century. Along with all the interiors you’ll also learn all about the history of Islington and Finsbury.
Book in advance here.