Here Willard showcases our top picks for culture lovers to indulge in this Summer in the 3 big cities, ranging from alternative festivals to outdoor cinemas and thought provoking exhibitions. Are you going to any of these or will now be planning? Let us know what you thought on Social Media!
Udderbelly Festival at Southbank Centre. 10th April – 13th July 2015 Posh food stalls, a Pimms shed, an onsite bar, and these are all to be enjoyed without a show ticket! However those with a show ticket into the big purple cow can expect fantastical cabaret, circus performances and hit comedians. Find out more.
Rooftop Cinema Club Various dates this summer “Screening classic, cult and new releases on London’s finest rooftops” – says it all really doesn’t it. And with comfy chairs, blankets, wireless headphones, cocktails and fab food on offer, you’ll be pushed to find a better cinema experience. Find out more.
Citadel Festival 19th July 2015 For those looking for an alternative to the big festivals of the summer, Citadel is a one day festival that combines music, gastro dining, dance and arts and culture experiences includuing mass yoga and even a Sports Day. Find out more.
New York City
Broadway in Bryant Park 9th July – 13th August 2015 Love the theatre? There’s no better way to enjoy your favourite show tunes than performed by the actors themselves outdoors at Bryant Park. Another excuse for a picnic we think! Find out more.
Midsummer Night Swing 23rd June – 11th July 2015 Love to dance, or enjoy soaking up the atmosphere of swing, Latin or disco dancing? Then the Lincoln Centre’s schedule of dance events is sure to take your fancy and there’s even a Silent Disco on offer. Find out more.
Shakespeare in the Park 27TH May – 23rd August 2015 If you’re in the city this summer, be sure to book your tickets to Shakespeare in the Park. Now a New York Institution, this outdoor event takes place at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park and plays host to ‘The Tempest’ and ‘Cymbeline’. Find out more.
Cinéma en Plein Air à La Villette 2015. 22nd July – 23rd August 2015 Open air cinemas are popping up across the globe and this event returns to Parc de La Villette in Paris for its 25th edition! This hugely popular city event is highly recommended; pack a picnic and bottle of wine and enjoy the range of classic films on offer, from Beetlejuice to The Shining! Find out more.
‘Tattooists, Tattooed’ exhibition. 6th May – 18th October 2015 Engage in the evolution of body art at the latest exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly, ‘Tattooists, Tattooed’. From its traditional and social functions to personal identity, this exhibit aims to invite a new appreciation of tattoos as body art in the art world. Find out more.
Jazz à la Villette Festival 3-13th September 2015 Rounding off the end of the summer is one of most anticipated music events that blends jazz, funk, hip hop and blues from both established and upcoming artists including British songstress Laura Mvula, making for a fantastically diverse and highly unique showcase of music. Find out more.
Images, from top left clockwise.
London: Southbank Centre, Rooftop Cinemas, Citadel Festival.
New York: Broadway in Bryant Park, Shakespeare in the Park, Midsummer Night Swing.
Paris: Jazz à la Villette Festival, Cinéma en Plein Air à La Villette, Tattooists, Tattooed.