Fri 16 - Sun 18 Aug 2019
FESTIVAL: We Out Here Festival, Abbots Ripton, 15 – 18 Aug
Haven’t seen this incredible film yet or just fancy seeing it again in the picturesque surroundings of Madingley Hall’s Gardens. Pull up a deckchair, grab your wireless headphones and settle in for a fun night of music and cinema. Oh and don’t forget a warm blanket t- this is England after all. There will be a tasty street food stall and an outside bar, plus live music performed by Rob Godfrey.
Now this is a cool concept for an art exhibition… the creative types at Kettle’s Yard have collected together all the amazing pieces of art from the University of Cambridge’s collection that are unattributed and have displayed them in the Sackler Gallery in Artist Unknown: Art and Artefacts from the University of Cambridge Museums and Collections until 22 September 2019. The pieces span centuries and come from all over the world – a stunningly decorated bark cloth from the Pacific Islands, a delicate engraving of a ship on a whale’s tooth and botanical watercolours. The good news for the artistically challenged like me… there’s no artist’s name that I need to pretend to have heard before!
MUSIC: Years & Years at Newmarket Nights, Newmarket, 16 Aug
It’s the very last of the Newmarket Nights and that can only mean one thing – summer is almost over (*sobs*). Good news is they’re going out with a bang with non-other than Years & Years taking to the stage. Spend the afternoon watching the gee gees and then dance the night away under the stars to Palo Santo and If You’re Over Me.
THEATRE: Shakespeare Festival, various Cambridge colleges, until 24 August
Something wicked this way comes… and I mean ‘wicked’ in the used-to-mean-awesome-circa-1998 way – it’s Cambridge’s Shakespeare Festival from the 8 July – 24 August at various university college gardens throughout the city (how posh is that sentence!). There’s a Shakespeare play every night this week!
SPORT: CamcycleQuest, throughout August, Cambridge
This is Cambridgeshire, so of course there’s a festival of cycling! Get your bike out, pump up those tyres and join CamcycleQuest, a brand new bike-based treasure hunt around the city. You can get hold of CamcycleQuest clue booklet from the beginning of August and all answers have to be submitted by 19 September ready for the Camcycle Cargo Carnival on 21 Sept on Lammas Land. Prizes for those who crack the code include a £900 cargo bike e-conversion and cycling accessories. A fun way to get fit.
CULTURE: Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, 2 – 26 Aug
Edinburgh’s cultural fandango kicks off this month and is well worth the trip way (way, way) up north with the whole city buzzing with creativity, comedy and theatre, arts, crafts and street performances. Far too many shows to list in detail (over 1,200 groups perform across the city each day!) but highlights include Ian Stirling (of Love Island voiceover fame), Russell Howard, Frank Skinner, plus loads more familiar faces. Full programme here.
NEW EXHIBITION: Sweet Harmony: Rave exhibition, Saatchi Gallery, West London, until 14 Sept
Rave on! This new photo exhibition explores the new world that emerged from the acid house movement in the ’80s and ’90s and the beginnings of rave culture. Photographers Tom Hunter, Vinca Petersen and Dave Swindells will be on hand at the Saatchi Gallery to explain the stories behind their iconic shots. saatchigallery.com
Exhibitions still on the go this month include a collection of Manolo Blahnik‘s work curated by the iconic shoe designer himself at The Wallace Collection (until Sun 1 Sept). Also on the fashion front is the Mary Quant retrospective at the V&A (Muddy’s been, it’s really cool), featuring over 200 of the seminal ’60s designer’s pieces (until 16 Feb). Or, also at the V&A is the largest House of Dior collection ever staged in the UK, a handful of tickets for evening slots have been added so snaffle quick if you want to go as it’s super popular (until 1 Sept).
Other exhibitions include the family-friendly Beasts of London, at the Museum of London, a fully immersive, digital installation exploring the role animals have played in the shaping of London with the likes of Kate Moss, Brian Blessed and Pam Ferris voicing the animals which are brought to life using video projection mapping; the major Van Gogh show at Tate Britain with over 45 of the artist’s famous works including Starry Night on the Rhône and Sunflowers; if you’re heading up north, check out the Keith Haring exhibition at Tate Liverpool, a legend on the ’80s graffiti, pop art and underground club culture scene, the exhibit features 85 works including large-scale paintings, posters, photos and video. Very cool.
CULTURE: Muddy Stilettos Book Club Live, Phyllis Court, Henley, Sat 5 Oct
It’s back, baby! The Muddy team are returning to Henley Lit Fest (28 Sept – 6 Oct) this year with ashings of Prosecco, plenty of pizzazz and a panel of brilliant authors: actress, Celebrity Master Chef winner and Meant to Be author Lisa Faulkner, former deputy editor of Elle and How to be a Gentlewoman author Lotte Jeffs, and Five Steps to Happy debut novelist Ella Dove. Get your tickets pronto, last year was a sell out! henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk