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April 2021 / Diary / by Ali Howard

Culture Fix: May 2021

Book

Tengo un Dragón Dentro del Corazón
By Carlota Guerrero

Eminent Spanish snapper Guerrero is perhaps best known for her iconic portrait of Solange Knowles, which she shot for the artist’s 2016 album, A Seat at the Table. Her work offers a unique blend of feminism, nature and performance, making her one of today’s most in demand photographers. Just published, Tengo un Dragón Dentro del Corazón (I have a dragon inside my heart) features over 250 powerful colour images – all distinctly female and figurative – from a range of creative, international shoots for illustrious clients including Numéro Berlin, Desigual, Art Basel, and Model Mafia, New York. This is one dreamy fashion photography book – and it’s making a beeline for our coffee table.

£39.99, published by Prestel (penguinrandomhouse.com)

Workshop

Blooming Haus: spring workshop
21 May-18 June, New Covent Garden Flower Market

If lockdown inspired a new crafting hobby now’s the time to take it out into the real world. Spearheaded by master florist Michal Kowalski and his business partner Michael Dariane, Blooming Haus’ spring workshops, which will run on Friday mornings, are the first of a series designed to unearth our creativity with flowers. Starting at the duo’s Battersea studio, we’ll be taken on an aromatic jaunt around the renowned New Covent Garden Flower Market before getting stuck into our own contemporary floral masterpiece, with a focus on seasonal blooms and sustainability. Just like any professional florist, we’ll need to be prepared for an early start. This is an immersive experience, after all.

To book, visit bloominghaus.com 

Theatre

The Death of a Black Man
28 May-10 July, Hampstead Theatre

This much-loved local playhouse announces its long-awaited return to live theatre with Alfred Fagon’s dark and gripping drama, directed by Dawn Walton. The play received its world premiere at Hampstead back in 1975 and 46 years on, it remains a compelling work… It is 1973 and things are looking up for young furniture dealer, Shakie: he’s making good money, owns a flat on the King’s Road, his best friend Stumpie has a masterplan to crack the music industry – and the West Indies have just beaten England at their own game in the most spectacular fashion. When Shakie’s ex-girlfriend Jackie arrives at the apartment, the Champagne is flowing. But how far will the trio go, and who will they sacrifice, in their quest to become rich beyond their wildest dreams?

Eton Avenue, NW3 (020 7722 9301; hampsteadtheatre.com)

Theatre

Doctor Who: Time Fracture
From 26 May, Immersive|LDN

In 2021 nostalgia and escapism are not only forgiven but positively encouraged – and this is an indulgent slice of both. Alongside BBC Studios, writer Daniel Dingsdale and director Tom Maller take us on an adventure into the multifaceted worlds of the Time Lord. As with any immersive theatre of this ilk, we’ll find ourselves in the centre of the action – and in this case, at the heart of the original story. We begin in 1940 at the height of the Blitz. A weapon of unknown origin has destroyed a small corner of Mayfair and simultaneously opened up a rift in space and time. With the Doctor at the helm, we’re taken on a mission to save the universe as we know it, encountering daleks, cybermen and weeping angels along the way – only this time there’ll be no sofa to hide behind.

Davies Mews, W1K (immersiveldn.com)

Exhibition

London Design Week
16-21 May, Design Centre London

While real life fairs and large-scale expos have been off the cards for a long time, this major marker in the design calendar, rather sensibly, returns with a hybrid digital/physical offering. Celebrating the very best in the world of interior design with a focus on a brighter future, this year’s London Design Week kicks off with a virtual launch, followed by a mix of in-person visits and an ambitious online program that will, of course, reach global audiences. We’re promised a sneak peek at the latest trends, patterns and colour palettes for spring/summer ’21 and beyond. Post-lockdown, if you’re looking for a change of scenery indoors, this is the perfect place to start.

Chelsea Harbour, Lots Road, SW10 (020 7225 9166; dcch.co.uk)