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May 2019 / Diary / by Naomi Misquita-Rice

Fabric Hot List: May 2019

Films, fiestas, art and architecture… here’s what to see and where to go this month.


London Craft Week Fabric Magazine

Design

London Craft Week | 8-12 May | Various locations
During the course of five days, visitors to this eclectic fair will have the chance to enjoy a jam-packed roster of exhibitions, demonstrations, talks and workshops. This year, the spotlight is on elite craftmanship, exploring the myriad places that it can be found – from the engine of a Rolls-Royce Phantom to the carved medieval stones of St. Paul’s Cathedral. The festival is a platform for artists and makers in every sector, so you could find yourself taking part in a workshop run by ceramicist Matthew Raw at the Barbican Centre or listening to a talk about embroidery with artist Celia Pym. We’ve earmarked some time to go and see sculptor Lucille Lewin in her home studio as she talks with Rakesprogress magazine. (londoncraftweek.com)


Clerkenwell Design Week 2019 London Fabric Magazine

Design

Clerkenwell Design Week | 21-23 May | Various locations
This annual festival of design will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary in style, showcasing outdoor installations around the area and works across hundreds of showrooms. There will also be a series of fringe events, talks and workshops. Highlights include a vast canopy made from recycled fabric, intended to evoke the wings of a moth hovering above the Spa Fields location; and the surroundings of the Order of St. John’s church, crypt and cloister garden, which promise to provide an atmospheric backdrop for the luxury interiors brands on show there. As you navigate the events, Kitchen Architecture will provide sustenance via an outdoor cooking space. (020 3225 5200; clerkenwelldesignweek.com)


Affordable Art Fair 2019 London Fabric Magazine

Design

Affordable Art Fair | 9-12 May | Hampstead Heath
With its breadth of curated contemporary works, Hampstead’s Affordable Art Fair promises something to suit every taste, space and budget, with thousands of pieces created by emerging as well as established artists. If you’ve always dreamed of owning an authentic original, with prices starting from as low as £100, this could be your chance… Lower Fairground Site, East Heath Road, NW3 (affordableartfair.com)


Feria de Londres 2019 London Fabric Magazine

Festival

Feria de Londres | 24-26 May | South Bank
Dreaming of a jaunt to Spain? This free event, which takes place over the May bank holiday, is the next best thing as it brings the Andalusian carnival spirit to London. Modelled on Andalusia’s traditional spring fairs, it promises to be a resplendent celebration of Spanish culture, with special performances from flamenco dancers and Spanish gypsy bands, as well as dance lessons and the chance to sample Spanish food and tipples. Look out for the Tio Pepe ‘caseta’ (or stand), where they’ll be serving the Rebujito, a traditional and refreshing cocktail made from Fino sherry, lemonade and fresh mint. Kids will be able to enjoy a variety of activities, too, including face painting and fan making. Bernie Spain Gardens, South Bank, SE1 (feriadelondres.com)


Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 2019 London Fabric Magazine

Theatre

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre | 16 May-21 September Regent’s Park
The Open Air Theatre kicks off its 2019 season with Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Our Town. Also on the bill is Hansel and Gretel, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Evita. With the added bonus of the verdant Royal Park surroundings and one of the longest theatre bars in London, it’s no wonder this venue has become a landmark. Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 (0333 400 3562; openairtheatre.com)


The Lehman Trilogy 2019 London Fabric Magazine

Theatre

The Lehman Trilogy | 11 May-3 August | Piccadilly Theatre
On 15 September 2008, Lehman Brothers, one of the world’s biggest investment banks, filed for bankruptcy, triggering the largest financial crisis in history. Director Sam Mendes’ (American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Skyfall) acclaimed production of Stefano Massini’s play follows the story of the family that built the Lehman empire, beginning on the first cold morning in 1844 when Henry Lehman, a young man from Bavaria, stood on a dockside in New York, dreaming of a new life. Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles star as the brothers, as well as their sons and grandsons, in this three-part play about western capitalism. It’s sure to be an engrossing three hours. 16 Denman Street, W1D (0844 871 7630; thepiccadillytheatre.com)


Chelsea Fringe 2019 London Fabric Magazine

Festival

Chelsea Fringe | 18-26 May | Various locations
This nine-day celebration of all things horticultural spans a huge variety of events. Those involved are given the freedom to explore ideas and express themselves through the medium of plants and gardens, from avant-garde installations to community garden projects and edible produce. Expect a treat for all the senses. (chelseafringe.com)