Press Brunch and Private View at Old Vic Tunnels, gala dinner and auction hosted by Stephen Fry, Lord Melvyn Bragg and auctioneer Lord Dalmeny of Sotherby's. Followed by VIP after-party deep within the tunnels. By invitation only.
OLD VIC TUNNELS | STATION APPROACH ROAD | LONDON | SE1 8SW
IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM | LAMBETH ROAD | LONDON | SE1 6HZ
A one off opportunity to catch a late viewing of the exhibition MINDFUL after hours where exhibiting artists will roam the Old Vic Tunnels to talk about their works. Grab a drink in the surreal surroundings of the Bathtub Bar (named so for a reason…) and witness Oliver Cronk's stunning immersive live art performance the 'Feline Inquisition' - a litter of cats venting their curiosity on unsuspecting gallery roamers.
6pm - 9pm // FREE ENTRY // Station Approach Entrance
The brain-child of surrealist comedienne Miriam Elia (BBC Radio 4) and award winning funny woman Jessica Hynes (Spaced/Shaun of the Dead/Royle Family) ‘Actually Underground Comedy’ is a ear tickling rib poking evening of weird and wonderful fun. Featuring a gaggle of award winning funny people who have graced both stage, airwaves and probably your television set at some point too this genre spanning evening affair will also include poetry and a set of awe-inspiring harping. That’s the sound of the musical instrument, not the talking variety. Featuring:
With Harp Music by Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian
8PM - 11PM // £15 // TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE
Taking over every nook and cranny of the Old Vic Tunnels you’ll find entertainment from live bands including:
++ MY TIGER MY TIMING
++ THE DIP
++ TWO WOUNDED BIRDS
++ THE SHOESTRUNG
If you fancy exchanging pure musical mindedness for literary and laughs the festival will also feature spoken word and, often musically tinged, comedy spots hosted by Vagabonds Comedy Club. Featuring performances from Franky & The Jacks, stand-up come poet Dougie Hastings, the fiery warblings of Fiona Bevan and Polarbear.
Not enough? Well, wander round and there’ll be an array of pop-up performances from stunning solo musicians, interactive theatricalities as well as a contemporary, often surreal, stance on life drawing from ArtMore, (tickets £6 available here) babbling beat poets as well as rock ‘n ‘roll DJs and dancers into the wee hours.
4PM - 2AM // £12 // TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE
ART & VINTAGE FAIR: Art & vintage fair featuring artists’ table sale, Music & Makers Market from Knicker Rocker Glory and retro goodies from one of London's premier vintage retailers, Rag & Bow // FREE
INTERACTIVE DESIGN WORKSHOP: An interactive design research project hosted by Ridley Buchanan Architects based in an ice cream van no less, celebrating sketching (and ice cream eating of course) // FREE
RESONANCE PROJECT: A one off stunning choral performance from The Resonance Project from an ongoing series of work that turns buildings into giant architectural instruments by using the human voice to force them to resound at their natural resonant frequencies // 5PM - 7PM // FREE
IMMERSIVE THEATRE: FOUND! An immersive one on one new theatrical experience from Flipping the Bird Productions. Any time. Any place. Anyone. It starts with a conversation. How much would you share with a stranger? // £10
MIDDAY - 7PM
ArtHertz in association with Rushes Soho Shorts, an internationally recognised and respected platform for short film-makers, lovers and enthusiasts presents the MINDFUL Film Night. With an introduction from Robin Dutt, this night of world-class cinema shorts includes the internationally award winning poetic documentary from Ken Paul Rosenthal 'Crooked Beauty' – an intimate portrait of an artist’s transformative journey from childhood abuse to psych ward inpatient to pioneering mental health advocacy and living with madness as a tool for creativity.
SONUS Dir. Ronnie West (Ridley Scott Associates)
WORSHIP Dir. Calum MacDiarmid
A MORNING STROLL Dir. Grant Orchard (Studio AKA)
I FALL DOWN Dir. Jesse Collett (Jesse Collett)
NOKIA ‘DOT’ Dir. Sumo Science (Aardman Animations)
DUST Dir. Ben Lavington Martin (Stylus Films)
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT Dir. Michael Davies (Spellbound Films)
LOCOMOTIVE Dir. Geoffrey Feinberg (Weathered Features)
8:30PM // £10 // TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE
Soaking up all that art and culture can give one quite the appetite. Thank goodness then for Street Kitchen – featuring top London chefs Mark Jankel and Jun Tanaka serving up bistro food from their vintage trailer throughout the festival.
Watch out for Keira Rathbone's eerie installations - The Walls Have Ears (and Eyes. and Hands) - throughout the festival. However comfortable you may get in this subterranean den, remember, someone may be watching you...