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An August of Arts and Culture: Five Activities for This Summer With Citywealth

2 August 2021

Calin Lapuste

As the days become longer and warmer, the focus of the public is turning to the art and culture events happening around London, or in other locations across the UK. Today, we’d like to share a couple of our favourite events that cannot be missed. From the largest art festival in the world, to cricket and art courses, there is something to be done by everyone.

 

#1 Edinburgh’s 3-in-1 Events

Every August, Edinburgh is entirely changed by the most significant art festival globally, The Edinburgh Fringe. Thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over the city to present shows of all kinds and for all tastes. The performers range from huge names in the entertainment world to unknown artists. Audiences can enjoy music, musicals, opera, circus, comedy, theatre, dance, cabaret, children's shows, physical theatre, spoken word, and exhibitions.

Simultaneously, the Edinburgh International Book Festival is offering its attendees more than 800 events featuring writers from the rising stars of fiction to Nobel Prize-winners. In addition, audiences can enjoy interactive workshops, debates, book signings, events for children, and meet their favourite authors.

Last but not least, the Film Festival is well-known for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema. Since 1947, it seeks to spotlight the most innovative new talent while bringing an exciting mix of red carpet glamour and audience appeal.

 

 

#2 BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall

The biggest classical music festival in the world is back this year at the Royal Albert Hall and other venues across London. Contemporary world premieres, family concerts, and classical favourites are just a couple of the genres that the BBC Proms stage offers its audience.

This year, the BBC Proms return on a scale not seen since 2019 with 52 concerts over 44 days, featuring 30 orchestras and ensembles and more than 2,000 musicians.

 

#3 Van Gogh Alive at Kensington Gardens

A kaleidoscope of colour awaits you at Kensington Gardens with the Van Gogh Alive art exhibition. Discover the artist’s legendary world and enjoy his work like never before with detailed projections of his most remarkable paintings and digital surround sound that take you straight to Provence.

The most visited, immersive and multi-sensory experience in the world makes its debut in the heart of one of London’s most beautiful Royal Parks for an exclusive four-month run within a stunning, 25,000ft2 purpose-built venue in Kensington Gardens (opposite the Royal Albert Hall) from June to September.

 

#4 The Hundred

The Hundred is a new, 100 ball cricket competition that features eight men’s and women’s teams from across the UK. Each team also includes famous international and domestic cricketers from around the globe. According to their webpage, “The Hundred is an unforgettable experience for the whole family, bringing world-class sporting action and excitement this summer.”

 

#5 The Courtauld

Since the Summer of 2020, The Courtauld has allowed its visitors to travel virtually. Their virtual Study Tours explore what was lost: “once-famous buildings, squares, and gardens that have been demolished or are inaccessible to the public, and more importantly, still, the vanished cultures of the past.”

Furthermore, in their Spring and Autumn School, they offer 4-5 days of intensive short courses about art history, the basics of visual arts, and art methodology.

 

Share with us your thoughts and plans for visiting any of the events presented above.

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