Culture Corner: Your guide to summer in the city


Culture in the city kicks off this month with Alexander Sitkovetsky on stage 1st of July with the London Concertante Orchestra in Southwark Cathedral. The London Concertante has a full and varied program that you can also watch and broadcast at your leisure.

Alexander and his world-famous trio, the Sitkovetsky Trio, have a new album here, which is available for purchase from July 2. “The importance of the group outweighs that of the individual… It doesn’t sound like three instruments but a hundred,” he says.

Live from the Barbican: Nadine Shah

The Barbican In live from… the series continues with a bit of post-punk noir pop from Nadine Shah, performing her latest record Kitchen sink in its entirety. Tickets are available to watch live, in person, at the Barbican Hall or to stream from the comfort of your own home.


To celebrate the UEFA EURO 2020 championship, the London museum created a short film celebrating the importance of grassroots football in London. Book your free museum ticket to enjoy daily screenings of the film in the museum’s Ellipse room until 11 July.

The Shubbak Festival is Britain’s premier festival of contemporary Arab art and culture.

This year features new perspectives, new collaborations and unexpected voices alongside distinguished names in an ambitious program of premieres and new commissions.

With a vibrant mix of visual arts, film, music, theater, dance, literature, workshops and debates, live and online, the Shubbak Festival 2021 invites you to witness creativity and of the imaginative power of Arab artists to talk about our time.

Check out this lively karaoke experience at July 8 with the subversive trio of Syrian artists Fehras editorial practices, bringing together art and popular culture.

July at the Fidelio Orchestra Café sees the return of Steven Isserlis and Imogen Cooper and starts with Paul Lewis as well as the talented violinist Benjamin Boulanger who visits the Café with two performances, the first with ‘Sei Solo’ which sees Benjamin combine Bach’s solo with contemporary works (July 8-10) and later in the month when he is joined by the pianist Daniel Lebhardt (July 30-31). Pavel Kolesnikov and Samson tsoy join forces for Schubertiade: Schubert’s Five Nights for Piano Solo and Piano Duo (July 20-24) Quatre mains au piano is my favorite to play and it’s always fun to watch!

City Music Foundation which supports professional musicians to help them build sustainable careers has a new concert series from Bart’s Hall. A must see Mexican scholar and flautist for culture lovers Marco Nicolas Sos who will perform an enchanting program during a concert from noon to 1 p.m. on July 14th at the Grand Hall, Barth Heritage. Tickets available here:

Live from the London Summer Series at the Voces 8 Foundation on Gresham Street kicks off in July with a festival celebrating the cycles of renewal and regeneration of nature and spirit. The highlights of this month are Voice8 play on 4th July. At July 17, meanwhile, four of the UK’s most renowned solo and chamber musicians Julian Bliss, Katya Apekisheva, Jack Liebeck and Sheku Kanneh-Mason perform Messiaen’s masterpiece, Quatuor pour la fin des temps, and on July 24 The King’s Singers perform a wide variety of songs from The Beatles to Bob Chilcott.

Up Close and Musical on Saturday presents a series of great musicians including artistic director Shiry Rashkovsky playing with Gabriel Prokofiev at Saturday July 17th, also at the Fidelio Orchestra Cafe, in a live electronic performance that defies boundaries, followed by a classic live remix DJ set.

At July 29 Abel Selaocoe, virtuoso cellist, will perform his own compositions in a daring exploration of baroque and contemporary African music. Tickets available here.

At July 25, Singer Tavern presents a fun and inclusive music session at 1 City Road, EC1Y 1AG from 12pm to 10pm. It features Eddie Piller, an English DJ and label entrepreneur who, along with Giles Peterson, launched the Acid Jazz label. He also hosts a BBC 6Music program. More info here.

And if you want to be part of the musical creation, remember the Lovin ‘Spoonfuls classic, “Summer in the City”? Now is your chance to play WITH Mike Arturi and us at Music in Offices! Register here for a group session on July 15th – any instrument / style / standard is welcome!


More at Guild Art Gallery is an exhibition on Noël Coward: Art & Style. This is free but reservation required. This exhibition celebrates the dazzling visual side of Coward’s life and work by taking a fresh and vibrant look at the glittering world Coward created. If you are a fan of theater, fashion or heritage, you will love it!

Opening on July 23 of a traveling exhibition Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America explore the history, art and culture of the Native Americans who met the passengers of the Mayflower.

Other art exhibitions in the Square Mile in July include Sophie Smallhorn’s exhibition at 100 Bishopsgate. This exhibition features large geometric and sculptural works that are free and accessible to the public, as well as visitors and construction workers.

Artist Emilie Forget it was commissioned by Brookfield Properties to create two large public meeting spaces. These colorful installations are inspired by children’s building blocks. CityPoint’s resembles kiosks – accommodating up to six people to meet in a socially distanced way – allowing visitors and workers back in town to enjoy the outdoors, socialize and collaborate while feeling safe. and keeping a social distance.

‘DIY’ by Emilie forgot is in Principal Place over the summer and its CityPoint facility will be in place until August 2021.

Textile artist Anna Ray, the winner of the Brookfield Properties Crafts Council Collection Award 2021, presents an exhibition spread across 99 Bishopsgate and Aldgate Tower. This exhibition, entitled ‘On Tenterhooks’ is inspired by the artist’s Huguenot ancestors who settled in Spitalfields as textile manufacturers at the 17ecentury. This exhibition will explore the past and present of textile manufacturing. Ray’s award-winning works of art “Capture” and “Weave” will be at the heart of the exhibition, which will be presented to the public for the first time. They were acquired by Brookfield Properties as a gift for the Crafts Council Primary Collection as part of the 2021 Brookfield Properties Crafts Council Collection Award.

And finally, if you’re not heading to the city this month but still want to relax on your sofa, the contemporary British artist Philippe Colbert reveals LOBSTEROPOLIS CITY, a huge and incredibly ambitious project located within Decentraland, an open source virtual reality world built on the Ethereum Blockchain, accessible through your computer or phone. Create your avatar and visit the Lobster Land Museum, where world-renowned auctioneer and art dealer Simon de Pury hosted an exhibition and auction of NFT artwork available for purchase on the platform Super Rare. Works of art for sale include a collaborative work by Colbert and the legendary American New Wave group DEVO.

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