Find fantastic ideas for things to do on a Friday, just in case you've left it to the last minute. Check out the best entertainment, nightlife and events happening in the capital this Friday. The weekend starts here...
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The colourful, raucous and completely free two-day showcase of theatre, dance, and fun and games returns to Greenwich on June 23-25 2017 as part of the Greenwich and Docklands International festival (GDIF). UK and international companies will take over Old Royal Naval College and the Cutty Sark Gardens with a riot of family-friendly outdoor events. This year's Greenwich Fair line-up is full of free fun and games, including 'VR Playground', which'll take you on a virtual reality fairground ride, and the retro gaming inspired art piece 'The Actual Reality Arcade'. There's also tons of quirky contemporary dance, like 'Culinary Duel', performed by two dancers and an electric cooker. Watch out for alternative LGBT Pride events, like 'Ida Barr's Lost Pubs'. And kids will be entranced by family shows like 'Flit, Flap and Fly', or 'Baba Yaga's House'. See the full programme on the GDIF website. Click here to go to our Greenwich and Docklands hub for more information on this 2017's festival.
Greenwich will be illuminated by the light of a giant, inflatable silvery moon thanks to Luke Jerram's touring artwork. 'Museum of the Moon' is a seven metre wide, glowing sculpture with NASA-inspired detail on its surface. Enjoy it to the strains of a specially-designed soundtrack by composer Dan Jones.
Over seven million people living in Africa’s Lake Chad region – spanning Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad – are affected by a food crisis due to chronic underdevelopment, drought and conflict. The British Red Cross has brought this silent humanitarian emergency to St Martin-in-the-Fields’ courtyard through an exhibition of startling photographs by Award-winning photographer Chris de Bode. Find out more here.
Putting a spotlight on the health of the River Thames, artist Jason Bruges’ light installation will shine one of three patterns on to the Sea Containers at Mondrian London based on whether the water quality is good, average or poor according to that day’s Thames data reading. The lights will be a permanent fixture every evening from dusk until midnight, letting us know if the river’s health is improving or declining. The data will also be tweeted on via the @ThamesPulse account and a billboard will show readings on real time. The lights will be switched on for the first on March 16 at 6.30pm.The project was devised by MEC UK to help raise awareness about the condition of the Thames and to support charity Thames21 in its mission to protect London’s rivers.
British sculptor Shawcross is the next artist to install a specially commissioned artwork on the ceiling of St Pancras's Barlow Shed, as part of the Terrace Wires programme.
The Big Daddy of UK festivals is back, taking over a chunk of Somerset with music, mischief, hippies, healing and a lot of cider. It’s difficult to convey quite how vast Glasto is, with whole worlds of activity taking place outside the arena as well as an awe-inspiring musical line-up ranging from pop to reggae to rock to dubstep to metal to folk to techno. The big headliners are Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran. But if you’re lucky enough to have bagged a ticket then bring an open mind and a sense of humour, and prepare for the usual transcendent dose of mayhem, madness and (did we mention already?) mud. RECOMMENDED: Read our guide to getting Glastonbury tickets