City Life Festival debuts in London
Second Home bring their first cultural festival – City Life – to London throughout October across their stunning London spaces.
City Life Festival will delve deep into the beating heart of London and celebrate cities as sites of connectivity and creativity, in which people, industries and ideas collide and new possibilities are created.
The new month long, multi venue festival will present a unique mix of the best supper clubs, creatives, workshops, screenings, performances and discussions from the UK’s most progressive movers and shakers.
The festival will champion and showcase London as a place of inclusivity and collaboration and will highlight how the city’s vibrant multicultural community has been the backbone to the creation of its globally celebrated culture
Join us for a journey through the amazing sights, sounds, flavours and voices of London and immerse yourself in the rich and ever-changing tapestry of its inspiring history and progression.
CITY LIFE EVENTS ANNOUNCED SO FAR:
FILMS & DISCUSSION
Sheffield Doc Fest presents: The Changing Face of London
Sunday 7th October – Spitalfields
A Sunday session presented by Sheffield Doc Fest with four film salons exploring the connections of place, politics and culture in London from 1960’s to present.
Soho Record Stores discussion
Tuesday 9th October – Libreria
Bill Brewster and his guests recall the heyday of the record store, when vinyl was the only game in town and Soho was the central meeting place for scenesters of all stripes.
MUSIC, DISCUSSION & STORYTELLING
Wednesday 10th October – Spitalfields
Join UK Broadly Editor Zing Tsjeng and a selection of guest writers for an evening of storytelling celebrating the female voice.
PERFORMANCE & POETRY
Voices Of London
Thursday 11th October – Holland Park
A showcase celebrating the vibrant mix of cultures that give London its unique character. This evening will spotlight poets who write about their experiences of navigating racial and cultural identity politics in the city. Featuring performances from Will Harris, Salma el Wardany, Belinda Swami, The Potent Whisperer and Caleb Femi.
MUSIC & DISCUSSION
Bass In The City
Saturday 13th – Sunday 14th October – Spitalfields & Libreria
A weekend exploring the impact of the Jamaican sound-system culture on the London music scene.
Saturday 13th October – Libreria
A series of interviews uncovering the cultural lineage of our city’s iconic sounds – from Jungle and D&B to Dubstep and Grime. The interviews will be hosted by prolific music journalist Lloyd Bradley and will feature celebrated music photographer Eddie Otchere, founding member of Soul II Soul Jazzie B, and Drum n Bass legend DJ Fabio.
MUSIC & FOOD
Sunday 14th October – Spitalfields
A multisensory celebration of Caribbean culture featuring a special Sunday roast brought to you by Jerk sensation Shelly Belly’s, a pop-up vinyl shop, a carnival queen life-drawing class and music from Reggae Roast soundsystem.
FUSION FOOD & SUPPER CLUBS
The Melting Pot
Saturday 13th – Sunday 14th October – Spitalfields & Holland Park
A series of supper clubs celebrating the innovation in London’s acclaimed food scene as a direct result of the intermingling of cultures in our city. In collaboration with Kerb, London street food vendors will re-interpret iconic British dishes through the lens of other traditional cuisines. Think Bengali pie and mash, Polish fish and chips and West Indian Sunday roast and much more.
A Very British Man
Tuesday 16th October – Spitalfields
Journalist Kamal Ahmed and Second Home co-founder Rohan Silva discuss Kamal’s book The Life and Times of a very British Man, which tells his story of growing up in 1970s Britain as one of the first generation of mixed race British children.
City Life’s full events programme will be announced soon, for all the latest news please check in at: secondhome.io/cultural-programme
CITY LIFE FESTIVAL LISTINGS INFORMATION:
WHAT: City Life Festival
WHEN: Various dates throughout October
WHERE: Second Home: Spitalfields / Holland Park / Libreria
PRICE: Free events & ticketed events to be announced