Summer is back with a bang this year! We have our hands full at Midas with a host of must-see events, exhibitions and festivals lined up this summer with our clients, so much so, we want to share what we’re up to – whether it be for art, music, books, film or theatre lovers, we’ve got a pick for everyone.
Get your diaries ready, here’s our guide to what’s on this summer…
AB Infinite 1 by Andrea Bonaceto:
When? Monday 16th – Monday 29th May
Where? Flannels’ Flagship store on Oxford Street
On the 16th May, one of the world’s most successful NFT artists, Italian contemporary artist and blockchain pioneer Andrea Bonaceto, will be taking over Flannels’ flagship store on Oxford Street with a new interactive installation of his digital artwork titled AB Infinite 1. I’d love to get in touch about coverage opportunities to coincide with the opening next month.
For more information visit andreabonaceto.com
Opera Gallery at Masterpiece
When? Thursday June 30th – Tuesday July 5th
Where? South Grounds, Royal Hospital Chelsea
Opera Gallery has announced it will return to Masterpiece London 2022, as one the leading dealers of contemporary art. Masterpiece London will run from 30th June until 5th July 2022, to once again be reinstated at the South Grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
Opera Gallery’s collection allows for an exciting and diverse exhibition programme, ranging from modern masters like Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall to the most exciting contemporary artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Anthony James and Manolo Valdes.
For more information visit operagallery.com
When? Wednesday 6 – Sunday 10 July
Where? Leander Club, Henley on Thames
The unmissable Henley Festival for any upcoming events guides, which returns for five spectacular summer nights, celebrating 40 years of music, comedy, art, dancing, gastronomy, fireworks and magical moments along the banks of the Thames.
For its 40th anniversary, Henley brings together the likes of The Script, Boney M, Craig David, Sir Tom Jones and Pete Tong, as well as Katherine Jenkins OBE and Jack Savoretti. Henley Festival is internationally renowned for its unique and vibrant programme, and this year’s Comedy Club will host some of the UK’s best comics: Jo Brand, Andy Parsons, Milton Jones, Maisie Adam, Russell Kane, and much, much more.
For information on tickets and more information visit henley-festival.co.uk
Mayfair Art Weekend and Mayfair Sculpture Trail
When? June 2022 – July 2022
Mayfair Art Weekend – the annual celebration of the world’s internationally renowned gallery district – from 24th – 26th June which invites audiences to explore art in galleries, artist studios and publicly across Mayfair with the unmissable Mayfair Sculpture Trail available to discover throughout the summer from 20th June – 31st July.
This ninth edition includes art galleries, auction houses, artist studios and The Royal Academy of Arts as well as regular favourites such as Hauser & Wirth, The Mayor Gallery and Mazzoleni amongst some participating galleries including Carl Kostyál on Savile Row.
For more information visit Mayfair Art Weekend
Ai Wei Wei’s Yours Truly at Glastonbury 2022
When? Wednesday 22 June – Sunday 26 June
Where? Glastonbury Festival, Somerset
Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly directed by Cheryl Haines tells the story of Ai Weiwei’s father receiving an anonymous postcard while exiled as a dissident poet in the 1950s, and how this one small act of humanity had a profoundly moving and transformational impact on both father and son. In the film, Ai Weiwei reveals candid details about his childhood, while his mother and brother recall years of privation on the edge of the Gobi Desert during her first ever on-camera interview about Ai Weiwei’s childhood.
Glastonbury is one of the biggest arts festivals in the world, will be screening the documentary in collaboration with the charity Amnesty international. Each time the documentary is screened at the festival, the audience will be invited to write a postcard with a message of hope to prisoners of conscience across the globe.
As part of this, an exclusive screening of Yours Truly will be shown at Soho Screening Rooms on Tuesday 14 June 2022.
Just Dig, Love & Psyche by Vicens Vacca
When? Wednesday 1 June – Sunday 5 June
Where? Iklectik Art Space, London
Vicens Vacca is one of the leading figures in sound art in Catalonia. He started out in contemporary art in the mid-1980s, experimenting with sound in the margins of conceptual art. For this London exhibition (first solo exhibition in the UK), Vacca has chosen three works with the space of the Iklectik in mind: two of these works are acoustic and are activated by the proximity of the spectator; the third, one of his latest works, exhibits two objects that refer to how the passage of time has dealt with the concepts of love and the psyche.
This one of many events from the Institut Ramon Llull’s Spotlight on Catalan Culture.
For information on tickets and more visit iklectikartlab.com
Karaoke Elusia by Oriol Puig Grau
When? Wednesday 1 June, 12pm and 3.30pm
Where? National Theatre Studio, London
Join a rehearsed reading at the National Theatre Studio of Karaoke Elusia by young Catalan actor, playwright and director Oriol Puig Grau. The performance is the culmination of Boundless Theatre’s international two-year project Extended Universe, a transmedia storytelling experiment where four young European artists have been commissioned to write four stories all set in the same fictional universe Elusia, exploring the themes of power, utopia and youth culture. Boundless Theatre is a leading theatre company for 15-25 year olds founded in 2001 and led by Artistic Director Rob and producing live shows, digital performances and podcasts that connect to youth culture globally.
For tickets and more information visit boundlesstheatre.org.uk
The Uncorrected Independent Publishers’ Fair
When? Saturday 11 June, 11am-6pm
Where? Peckham Pelican
The maverick indie publisher Tangerine Press is delighted to bring back The Uncorrected Independent Publishers’ Fair, the world’s smallest publisher fair, taking place at the quirky café & art space Peckham Pelican. Completely free to attend and showcasing the work of seven selected indie presses from across the UK – including flipped eye publishing, Les Fugitives, Prototype and Repeater Books among others – the Fair will feature special sales at event prices, author readings, a podcast performance with Unexplained Podcast, and an acoustic set by the alternative indie band Lilies in by Brain.
For more information visit thetangerinepress.com/TUIPF
Bradford Literature Festival
When? Friday 24 June – Sunday 3 July
Where? Bradford Literature Festival, Bradford
The North of England’s leading literature festival – Bradford Literature Festival (BLF) – featuring over 500 events for adults and children across 10 remarkable days.
The festival, a highlight of the UK cultural calendar, includes speakers from across the worlds of literature, politics, history and the arts, including Robert Peston, Delia Smith, Alastair Campbell, Ben Okri, John Barnes, Karen Armstrong, Sheikh Yahya Rhodus and Ed Balls.
For more information and tickets visit Bradford Literature Festival: 24th June – 3rd July 2022 (bradfordlitfest.co.uk)
Independent Bookshop Week
When? Saturday 18 June – Saturday 25 June
Where? In bookshops across the UK and Ireland
The annual celebration of indie bookshops across the UK and Ireland is back in full swing this June, with a brilliant line-up of events. Participating authors doing bookshop events include Rev Richard Coles, Dorothy Koomson, Patrick Gale, Rebecca Solnit, Emma Stonex, Leroy Logan, Tessa Hadley, Eilidh Muldoon and many more. The line-up also includes: literary festivals curated by indies; nation-wide bookshop crawls; special podcast recordings taking place inside indie bookshops; poetry showcases; exclusive releases for indies; one-to-one bookshop clinics for aspiring illustrators; events in partnership with local schools, and much more.
For more information visit the Books Are My Bag website here