Final Weeks of the Kensington and Chelsea Festival Running until Wednesday 31st August 2022

  • August 26, 2022
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Final Weeks of the Kensington and Chelsea Festival Running until Wednesday 31st August 2022

Until Wednesday 31st August, the second edition of the Kensington and Chelsea Festival will celebrate creativity and culture for everyone this summer, filling the borough with theatre, circus, opera, dance, music, outdoor arts, family shows, participatory activities, talks, walks and public art pieces.

Programmed and run by Kensington and Chelsea Council, the festival re-imagines the borough’s well-known and less-discovered places by showcasing exceptional emerging and established artists. 30,000 people have attended over 60 events, participatory activities and installations, including creative experiments enabling audiences to witness artists bring new ideas to life.

More than a third of the programming is either free or Pay What You Want, and concession tickets are available for all shows presented in theatres and established venues.

Highlights include:

Finborough Theatre SW10 9ED presents UK Premieres of two Ukrainian plays Take The Rubbish Out, Sasha from the country’s leading contemporary playwright Natal’ya Vorozhbit; and Pussycat in Memory of Darkness, an urgent piece of new writing from Neda Nezhdana that starkly reveals the roots of Russia’s war on Ukraine through the brutalised eyes of one woman.

Two free outdoor theatre shows arrive at Avondale Park W11 4EY this weekend on Saturday 27 August. Rogue Play presents Around the World, a show for all the family, followed by an interactive workshop for babies, toddlers, elders and everyone in between. Full Circle by Avanti Display, a new mischievous experimental show that will bring audiences together using a lot of buckets.

Also in the free outdoor arts programme, Carnival Comes to North Kensington, co-hosted by The Venture Centre in partnership with Notting Hill Carnival Ltd. Culture, costumes and steel pans will take over Portobello Green and Canopy W10 5XL on Thursday 25 August afternoon.

World-renowned installation artist Choi Jeong Hwa takes over The Coronet Theatre with Tiger is Coming, a celebration of contemporary Korean art, performance and culture from inflatable art to K-pop. Limited tickets are available for a special guided tour in the afternoon of Wednesday 31 August. On Saturday 27 August, The Chelsea Theatre presents Mrs Shaw Herself, bringing the life, thoughts and own words of Charlotte Payne-Townshend, aka Mrs George Bernard Shaw, to the stage and exploring a very unconventional Irish love story with live accompaniment on a Celtic harp.

Opera Holland Park’s recital series, Songs Somewhere, offers a range of new and familiar arias to capture the imaginations of devotees and dog walkers, passers-by and picnickers. Principal singers from the 2022 Season will perform in Little Wormwood Scrubs this Thursday 25 August.

Throughout the duration of the festival, visitors can also explore Kensington + Chelsea Art Week (KCAW)’s fifth annual Public Art Trail, vibrant and immersive public art, free for all to enjoy. Opened on 18 June, in partnership with Kensington and Chelsea Festival, the Public Art Trail features world-class sculptures, installations and exhibits throughout the borough. Presented across nine zones, the Art Trail takes up residence at some of West London’s most beautiful and iconic sites. The final line-up, chosen by an esteemed select committee via an annual Open Call, features Azarra Amoy, Konstantin Benkovich, Sokari Douglas Camp CBE, Charlotte Colbert, David Böhm & Jiří Franta Kipling Hunt, Birungi Kawooya & Bokani Tshidzu, Roman Lokati, Maya Sanbar, Richard Mackness and Gavin Turk.


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