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10 things to do this August

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1. Superheroes on Screen 

Writer and film lecturer Owen Van Spall takes us on a 6 week course, exploring the different layers of superhero movies and their comic book origins. Week one discusses the history of comic book superheroes, the 1960s Batman TV series and the 1977 Superman film. Unable to make the first one, book tickets for the second event entitled “I just privatised world peace! – The business of superhero moviemaking”.
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Hackney Picture House from the 6th of August to the 10th of September
1. Batman

2. Africa Fashion Week London

Since 2011 the African Fashion Week London has had a very successful run. Showcasing over 300 designers and bringing in 45,000 visitors, the exhibition and catwalk highlights “the industry’s established and emerged African designers; AFWL is at the forefront of capturing the surge of the African inspired trends in the fashion industry.” The theme of this event is ‘Apprentice and Skill Empowerment’.
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Olympia Exhibition Centre on the 7th and 8th of August

3. The Urban Renaissance

The Southbank Centre has a number of events happening over their ‘Urban Weekend’. Starting the weekend off, ‘We Run The Block’ hitmaker Bonkaz will be performing with other acts from the Grime/UK Rap scene. Complex Magazine described Bonkaz as “a pioneer of the ‘New Generation’, a movement currently breathing new life and energy across the landscape of UK rap”. The event will be in the Front Room at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Southbank Centre at 5.30PM on the 7th of August
This Event is FREE

4. Live Graffiti Jam/ BLOCK Party / Pop Up Basketball

Continuing the Urban Weekend, over Saturday and Sunday, the Southbank will be putting on a Live Graffiti Jam, Pop Up Basketball and a Block Party. The Graffit Jam is an outdoor event where graffiti artist will be painting on the Festival Terrace. Later in the day Lyric L will be playing the best of hip hop, funk and soul at the BLOCK Party. On Sunday ballers of all ages can come and flex their skills, on the free pop-up basketball court.
Live Graffit Jam: 8th of August from 10AM to 1PM
BLOCK Party: 8th of August from 2PM to 7PM
Pop Up Basketball: 8th of August from 12PM and 9th of August at 4PM

5. African Summer

The Horniman museum will be showcasing a range of live music, photography, exhibitions, films and dance. Musician Kasaï Masaï will be performing on Sunday mixing elements of Congolese music with MCing. Every Tuesday curators, musicians and experts discuss the fascinating stories behind the museum’s African collections, in ‘Explore Africa for Families’. Head to the outdoors for the African Summer’s ‘Big Wednesday’, where you will be taking part in dance, drumming, singing and music performances.
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At various locations from the 5th of July to the 30th of August

6. Ms Dynamite Live

Rapper and singer Ms Dynamite will be hitting Stoke Newington The Nest, to play some of her new and old-school classics. From ‘Dy-Na-Mi-Tee’ to more recent songs such as ‘Cloud 9’, Ms Dynmite may not have released an album for a while but her catalogue has remained consistent over the years. The night will also feature Shorebitch DJs and Brighton singer Zac Samuel.
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The Nest on the 14th of August
6 Ms Dynamite

7. Thorpe Park Late and Ministry Of Sound

Combining two of your favourite things, Thorpe Park and Ministry Of Sound team up to bring us a unique club night, based on the theme ‘Summer Sessions’. Rides will be open from 8PM to 11PM and the Ministry of Sounds DJs will be playing the latest sounds until 3AM.
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Thorpe Park on the 22nd of August

8. The FriendZone

No one likes being in the friend zone, but Shoreditch’s BOXPARK may have found the solution to our problems. Described as a “social experiment”, the Friend Zone brings together different social games like giant Jenga and Twister, encouraging young people to interact. Led by a team of people, the last FriendZone at Hoxton Square was filled to capacity so be sure to get there early.
BOXPARK, on the 28th of August at 6PM


9. The Garden Party Weekend

The Garden Party takes place over two days, at The Tetley in Leeds. Featuring musicians from all genres, from Little Dragon to Yasiin Bey to Grandmaster Flash. Compared to Wireless, tickets are very inexpensive and may not be around for long!
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The Tetley, from the 29th to the 30th of August at 11PM

10. Notting Hill Carnival

One of the most known and biggest festivals in the UK, Notting Hill Carnival started in 1964. Birthed from both African and Caribbean communities, wanting to celebrate their culture. The Carnival features tasty and authentic African and Caribbean food, music from various acts and a whole bunch of parade floats.
Notting Hill, from the 30th to the 31st of August at 9AM.

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