Your Guide to H &F's First Arts Festival

Highlights of events still to come in Hammersmith

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Hammersmith and Fulham's first Arts Festival began on Sunday June 8, and it is being followed by a week of non-stop activity through till June 15, with over 100 events and 270 artists taking part and more still being added to the programme.

The festival features visual arts, literary events, music, performing arts and film at venues across the borough, including dozens of events around Hammersmith, including The Lyric, Riverside Studios, King Street's Polish Centre and the Town Hall.

Here are some of the highlights of events still to come:

A Significant Other curated by Jack Jones, H&F's Town Hall Cube features six contemporary artists and their original artworks including sculpture, photography and painting, on view in Hammersmith & Fulham's Town Hall Square throughout ArtsFest Week, 8-15 June

Tradition in Modernity : A Journey through Contemporary Indian Art presented by the Atria Gallery at  POSK Gallery, 238-246 King Street daily until Friday 13 June. Website:

The Addison Singers are running a series of six summer choral workshops that are open to all, with the final two workshops focussing on an introduction to Verdi's Requiem, which the choir will be rehearsing and performing in Autum 2014, on 11 and 18 June from  7.30pm-9.30pm at  Polish Centre, King Street. Cost: £15 per workshop. Website:

Albert & Friends Instant Circus are offering aseries of short performances from the troupe together with circus skill workshops open to families, children and young people on 12 and 13 June and from 12noon–2pm in Lyric Square. Website:

Transition Gallery director and local artist Alli Sharma, has organised a special exhibition with the William Morris Society at Kelmscott House, Hammersmith. News from Nowhere takes its title from the book by Morris and explores themes of utopias, environmentalism, personal dreams and imaginings for the future. Till 15 June open daily 2-5pm, then Thurs and Sat afternoons 2pm -5pm until 26 July at Kelmscott House, 26 Upper Mall. Telephone: 07885 222409. Website: and

The Bhavan Centre in Castletown Road, W14 has two events this week, An Introduction to Odissi, Indian Classical Dance form on Thursday we June from 6pm-7pm conducted by Urbi Basu, resident Odissi Dance teacher at the Bhavan Centre. This will be followed by a demonstration, a brief workshop and an interactive session with the audience. This event is free and open to all, but please call 020 7381 3086 to reserve a place or email

On Saturday 14 June,  North Indian classical dance performance by Guru Pratap Pawar at 7pm. Tickets: £10 and £12. Booking: Bhavan Centre: 020 7381 3086 and at Triveni Dance Co: 020 856 80423

Irish Comedy Night - The Irish Cultural Centre in collaboration with the Hop Poles pub, 17 - 19 King Street will present a night of Irish Comedy on Friday 13 June featuring Jarlath Regan, Aideen McQueen, Peter Callaghan, David Duff and the flame-haired Chris McIlroy. Doors open 7.30pm, show at 8.30pm, tickets £12 from Ticketweb. For special ticket deals vist ICC website:

Polish Jazz Cafe POSK in King Street brings you the best of jazz. Friday 13 June at 7.30pm: Tony Woods Project - The band features Tony Woods- saxes, Mike Outram- guitar, Rob Millett- vibes, Andy Hamill- bass, Milo Fell- drums. Tickets: £8 / £5 students on the door. Saturday 14 June at 7.30pm: John Crawford Quartet with special Guest Gila Chaya on vocals. Tickets: £7 on the door.Website:

The Macbeth Centre is holding an Open Day on 14 June, inviting local to observe and get a taste for our Arts and Crafts programme including our Acting, Art, Woodwork, Jewellery, Stained Glass and Upholstery classes in action.  The schedule is as follows:
Acting for beginners 10am - noon
Watercolour Art 10.30am - 1.30pm
Upholstery for beginners 10am -3.30pm
Jewellery Taster 10am - noon
Stained Glass Taster 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Course information line:  0845 839 7912. Website:

Local artist Oliver Needs holds a show of his art at the Posk Gallery in the Polish Centre, opening Saturday 14 June and running until 19 June. Oliver grew up in the area and paints in an energetic colourful contemporary style. Website:

Free Poetry and Prose Gathering - The Irish Cultural Centre in collaboration with Hammersmith Temporary Library presents a poetry afternoon with the ICC’s librarian Tom McMillan and friends on 14 June from noon till 1.30pm., f you’d like to take part emil or, bring along your short story or poem on the day to : Hammersmith Temporary Library, 181 King Street.

Twice as Nice Comedy on Sunday 15 June at 8pm at The Grove, 83 Hammersmith Grove, featuring two extended preview sets from two of the comedy greats, Patrick Monahan and Lucy Porter with MC Sam Deards. Tickets: Website:

Riverside Studios in Crisp Road, in addition to a presentation of Hamlet by Hiraeth Artistic Productions, are offering a behind-the-scenes look at the Studios on Sunday 15 June. Thirty-minute tours of the studios are offered between 10.00am and 1pm and will include a ten-minute screening of The History of Riverside Studios.

Tickets for the tour are free although suggested donations of £5 are welcome and need to be booked by calling the Box Office on 020 8237 1111 or visiting  www.riverside

ACAVA Palace Wharf Studios will be opening its doors to the public on 15 June for probably the last time before this historic site is redeveloped. Home to many tallented local artists showing painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, ceramics and illustration. Come and meet the artists in their studios and enjoy the stunning views of the river from the private terrace.

Find the studios at 56 Rainville Road next to the Crabtree pub. Entry is free and doors are open from noon till 6pm. Website:

You can see the full calendar of daily events during the Arts Festival, including many in Hammersmith and Shepherd's Bush as well as Fulham, along with details of how to book tickets on the Arts Festival's website.

June 11, 2014