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CITYMATTERS.LONDON 12

CITYMATTERS.LONDON 12 May - 15 June 2021 | Page 9 subscribe to our newsletter at citymatters.london Barbican Hall is also making space for socially distanced live music performances. Expect a wide array of classic and contemporary music from the likes of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Moses Boyd, the London Symphony Orchestra and Paul Weller. These shows will continue to be streamed live online as well. Cinephiles are well catered for too. Highlights of the upcoming Spring/ Summer season include the return of Chronic Youth 2021 (now in its sixth year), the 2021 Oscar Nominated Short Films programme, the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Minari (USA 2020, Dir Lee Isaac Chung), and the documentary Sisters with Transistors (UK 2020, Dir Lisa Rovner), about the untold story of electronic music’s female pioneers. There’s also stacks of award-winning films streaming live on their Cinema on Demand platform. •Silk Street EC2Y 8DS Claudia Andujar’s The Yanomami Struggle runs at the Barbican Centre from 17 June - 29 August. paintings, butterfly assemblages and giant colourful canvases. This is a must see. But that’s not it for fine art. The Barbican Art Gallery is also presenting Claudia Andujar: The Yanomami Struggle – an exhibition dedicated to the work and activism of Brazilian artist Claudia Andujar. For over five decades starting in the 1970s, she devoted her life to photographing and defending the Yanomami, one of Brazil’s largest indigenous peoples. At a time when their territory is threatened more than ever by illegal gold mining, and as Covid-19 continues to sweep the globe, this major exhibition is especially relevant in the context of the humanitarian and environmental crises exacerbated by the pandemic. Museum of London After five months of temporary closure, the Museum of London plans to open their doors on Wednesday 19 May, depending on government guidance. The main feature exhibition comes in the form of Dub London: Bassline of a City which celebrates dub reggae music and culture in the capital. The display not only explores the music’s influence but its wider cultural and social impact including the origins of the record shop as a community space, the continuing role of sound systems at events like Notting Hill Carnival and the religious, political and spiritual themes that form the pulse of dub culture and music. This will be extended until 5 September 2021. The museum’s comprehensive digital offerings, which has so far delivered familyfriendly online content such as Museum of Fundon and the Great Fire of London: Live Stream as well as online displays and collections such as The Clash: London Calling Smartify tour, Disease X, Votes for Women and Windrush Stories, will continue for those who are unable to attend. •150 London Wall EC2Y 5HN 180 Strand Fact Magazine and The Vinyl Factory, in collaboration with Audemars Piguet Contemporary, are presenting a new RYOJI IKEDA exhibition from 20 May – 1 August 2021. The largest exhibition of the artist’s work ever staged, including numerous world premieres, RYOJI IKEDA invites viewers to immerse themselves in Ikeda’s dynamic digital universe. A subterranean exploration of sound and light, the show takes viewers on a sensory journey through 180 Studio’s labyrinth-like spaces. Get lost in this kaleidoscopic space. The 12 artworks include the world premiere of Ikeda’s data-verse trilogy – a towering, triple-screen immersive project commissioned by Audemars Piguet Contemporary, and a site-specific, synapsesplitting new iteration of test pattern. •180 Strand WC2R 1EA Tower Bridge After the longest period of closure since Tower Bridge opened its doors to the public over 125 years ago, London’s defining landmark will reopen on Monday 17 May. And as this is London’s only major dog friendly attraction, visitors can bring their four-legged friends along to stretch their legs on the high-level Walkway and take in the view through the Glass Floor, 42m above the River Thames. They’ve even organised an extra pooch friendly day on 13 June, full of dog and owner games/ giveaways. Moreover, for half term, they’re throwing a Tower Bridge Drawing Challenge on 1 June. Kids can test their knowledge of Tower Bridge and take on their family members in a drawing challenge. The kids will be able to explore Tower Bridge and find inspiration for the drawings (either inside the bridge or of the spectacular views). The team here also hold special entry times for anyone who would like to explore the Bridge in a calm, tranquil atmosphere, including people with autism and any other needs, as well as their siblings, families and RYOJI IKEDA at 180 Strand carers. Relaxed Opening takes place on the third Saturday of every month. Upcoming dates: Saturday 19 June, Saturday 17 July •Tower Bridge Road SE1 2UP DARTS & DRINKS / Flight Club The Flight Club locations have all opened, but they are mostly acting like basic pubs. There are no darts tables outside. But, come 17 May, they will be back up and running! Book a table with their high-tech darts boards and get around a night of competitive boozy fun. They’ll bring all you need to the table, including huge pizza boards so you can focus all your energy on the darts. And it ain’t your usual darts game. This has sensors on the board which calculate your score for classic darts games or your more unusual versions. Head down for some alternative food and drinks after work. •2a Worship Street EC2A 2AH SHUFFLE BOARDING: London Shuffle Club Top Scottish chef Mark Greenaway has taken advantage of the various lockdowns to expand his empire. He’s getting ready to open up a new takeaway pie and mash shop on Villiers Street, next door to the well-known Gordon’s Wine Bar. This is hugely refreshing, as so many of these old school pie and mash shops have slowly died off over the past few years. Lockdowns certainly haven’t helped either. We can’t wait to tuck into these bad boys, getting all of their delicious green herby sauce we can get. But not all pies will be savoury. We are pumped to see how their apple pie stacks up against the classic meaty options too. •45 Villiers Street WC2N 6NE

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