ICA

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Founded in 1947 by a collective of poets, artists and critics, the Institute of Contemporary Arts was intended to drive the London arts scene forward into brave new territory. The ICA has floundered somewhat in recent years, its status as art's rebel institution holding less sway in a scene awash with controversy-seeking work. Located on The Mall since 1968, the venue programmes arthouse cinema, performance art, philosophical debates, art-themed club nights, cutting-edge bands and anything else that might challenge accepted notions. There's also an excellent bookshop and sunlit café-cum-bar.

Venue name: ICA
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Address: The Mall
London
SW1Y 5AH
Opening hours: Tue (Free), Wed, Fri-Sun 11am-6pm; Thu 11am-9pm. Bar: Tue-Sun 11am–11pm.
Transport: Tube: Charing Cross
Price: £1 Day membership, free Tue, under 18s and concs
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    • 3 out of 5 stars
    Like sculptors reworking the same granite into familiar shapes, Belgium's Dardenne brothers, Jean-Pierre and Luc, always tell challenging, immediate, contemporary stories rooted in the grey, industrial townscape of French-speaking Seraing near Liè...
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    The dependably distinctive and rewarding Jim Jarmusch returns with a lovely, characteristically episodic fable about the fragile, fruitful and just occasionally fraught relationship between creativity and everyday life. Chronicling a week in the l...
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    Famously, Frank Zappa had this to say about music critics: ‘Most rock journalism is people who can’t write, interviewing people who can’t talk, for people who can’t read.’ It’s a zinger, and Zappa is a thorny twentieth-century giant who truly dese...
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      • 4 out of 5 stars
      If you’re a fan of Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli, don’t miss this staggeringly beautiful film by rising-star director Makoto Shinkai (who’s already being called ‘the new Miyazaki’). ‘Your Name’ – Japan’s highest grossing film of 2016 – is...
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      Nick Cave invited the ‘Chopper’ filmmaker Andrew Dominik, a friend and fellow Australian, to direct this black-and-white 3D documentary about the making of his band’s new album, ‘Skeleton Tree’. It’s partly an artful and tenderly crafted showcase ...
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      In ‘Chi-Raq’ (the title rhymes with ‘eye-rack’, evoking both violence-ridden Chicago and Iraq), provocative American filmmaker Spike Lee (‘Do the Right Thing’, ‘25th Hour’) weds his socially minded fury to a giddy musical – often with euphoric res...
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    I simply love The ICA. I don't pretend for one moment to understand all I see there, but the Cinemas, Galleries and Cafe never fail to intrigue and delight. Last night I joined a Time Out Card curated tour of the "Looks" exhibition. The curator (Juliette, I think) was so eloquent and passionate about her work and the artists on display. The exhibition tackles gender representation in the digital age. Mixed media to include an awesome 20 minute dual-screen film. Fabulous stuff - and left me just in the right mood to walk down the Mall, under Admiralty Arch and into the London night. 

    Tiago Almeida
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    Aurora @ICA

    This was such a great gig.  Aurora played more up tempo tracks than her usual slow and sweet songs (she’s known best in the UK for singing last year’s John Lewis Christmas ad).  The ICA is a small and intimate venue, perfect for an artist like Aurora.  She and her very talented band got the crowd dancing and played a great encore  She is young but her music speaks of an old soul, and her genuine surprise and pleasure at the crowd turning up to see her was so endearing I’m sure she gained many new fans along the way.  Go see her on her tour and download her songs right now, you won’t be disappointed.

    Sareta P

    The ICA still makes me feel a bit giddy, like the early days of living in London. It's location alone - across from St. James's Park, down from Buckingham Palace and a hop away from Trafalgar Sq - makes it a special place to visit. However, it is instantly less assuming than it's regal neighbours and brings a brilliant slice of culture to central London. Cinema, exhibtion, cafe, shop - you can spend a good few hours in the ICA. Day membership is £1 but you get free access to exhibitions with any cinema ticket so it's well worth having a gander whilst in for a flick.

    Syirin Said

    It's actually quite rare to find a place like the ICA in London. Fair play that London does have places that are quirky yet traditional but the ICA stands out by being exceptionally cool. Having a cinema is definitely an icing on the cake for someone like me who is always craving for a place I could 'escape' to that is cool, understated yet elegant.

    Luke

    Amazing institution with a great film programme - and now a super deal on membership!