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What's on in Southwark and Lambeth: January 2021

Image of LCC and Elephant and Castle taken from above
Image of LCC and Elephant and Castle taken from above
Image of LCC and the local area from above
Written by
Mia Cormack
Published date
11 January 2020

As part of London College of Communication’s ongoing support to our cultural neighbours, we’re featuring a monthly round-up of some of the online activities and content provided by the fantastic museums, galleries and cultural venues in our local area.

From Instagram drawing clubs to virtual exhibitions, artist profiles, video demonstrations, film screenings, performances and more, here’s our guide to what you can get involved in with our Southwark and Lambeth friends and partners – all from the comfort of your own home.

Week starting: 25 January 2021

Iceland Cineclub: Last and First Men by Jóhann Jóhannsson (2020) | South Social Film Festival and The Embassy of Iceland

Tuesday 26 January, 7-8.15pm

In collaboration with The Embassy of Iceland, we are launching a cycle of four Iceland Cineclubs, celebrating the very special Icelandic cinema.

Icelandic cinema is thriving – producing several films each year. With the country’s scenic landscapes, it is also a popular location for shooting big budget Hollywood productions.

Our film selection is based on local storytelling that reveals the inner turmoils of a faraway nation.

Our first film is Last and First Men by Jóhann Jóhannsson (2020), a visually stunning film by a great composer.

Book your free ticket for South Social Film Festival’s Icelandic Cineclub.

Orla Kiely in Conversation | Fashion and Textile Museum

Thursday 28 January, 6-7.30pm

An intimate conversation between Fashion and Textile Museum’s Head of Exhibitions, Dennis Northdruft, and British designer, Orla Kiely.

A rare opportunity to hear about Orla’s journey, from her first collection of hats presented at London Fashion Week in 1994 to the successful worldwide brand known and loved today.

Discover the inspiration behind Orla’s designs; the patterns of the 1950s and 1960s. Delve into the designer’s world – how she works, what has inspired her and how her facility with pattern has produced designs that resonate around the world.

Book tickets for Orla Kiely in Conversation at the Fashion and Textile Museum.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice at Southwark Playhouse

Tuesday 26 January – Sunday 14 February, 7pm (Matinée starts at 2.30pm)

This enchanting British musical explores the extraordinary world of a sorcerer and his rebellious daughter, as she discovers the explosive possibilities of her newfound magical powers.

Against the backdrop of the Northern Lights, a small town, Midgard, has been pushed to the brink of collapse in a bid for progress and prosperity. To rescue the town from certain destruction, father and daughter must heal their relationship and work together.

Created by acclaimed musical theatre writers Richard Hough and Ben Morales Frost, this gender-swapped twist on the timeless poem by Wolfgang Von Goethe is a gripping, family-friendly story.

Buy tickets for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice at Southwark Playhouse.

Southwark Culture Health and Wellbeing Parnership (SCHWeP) virtual conference | Southwark Culture Team

Thursday 28 January 2021, 10am

Southwark Culture Health and Wellbeing Partnership (SCHWeP) is an innovative model of partnership facilitating exchange of expertise and experience across the cultural community and health and care system.

The partnership has come together to tackle inequalities in Southwark and is the first borough-wide strategic approach to culture, health and wellbeing taken by a local authority.

This conference will bring together individuals, organisations and networks with a keen interest in how culture can contribute to the health and wellbeing of our local communities.

Hear from the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance, London Arts in Health Forum, Arts Council and the Greater London Authority Culture Team as well as SCHWeP members.

Book your space for the Southwark Culture Health and Wellbeing Partnership (SCHWeP) virtual conference.

The Cinematic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall | Southbank Centre

Friday 29 January, 9pm

The enigmatic electronic jazz group will give you an awe-inspiring streamed performance from the Royal Festival Hall.

In their debut streamed event, and first performance at the Southbank Centre, the band plays tracks from latest album ‘To Believe’ as well as their greatest hits.

To celebrate this performance, The Cinematic Orchestra is giving every ticket holder free, exclusive access to four brand new unreleased tracks. All ticket holders will be emailed a link after the show to receive their download.

This event was filmed in November 2020 exclusively for the Southbank Centre.

Find out more about The Cinematic Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall.

CTC Dance Company Presents: IDENTITY | Theatre Peckham

Saturday 30 January, 7.30pm

This award-winning 75-minute show captures society’s negative perceptions of the individual, and endeavours to explore the inner strength of humanity by celebrating and embracing our unique identities.

A cast of five diverse and talented performers explore the emotions, pains and heartache of life. This explosive showcase combines contemporary dance and Afro Beats with spoken word and live music.

Find out more about IDENTITY at Theatre Peckham.

White Dress Party | Elephant & Castle Community Hub

Sunday 31 January, 7pm

Elephant & Castle Community Hub invites you to an online quiz and white dress party.

The evening will include a quiz all about the last year, a group sing-a-long, prizes for the best white dress, and loads of fun activity to bring us together at this difficult time.

The event will be free via Zoom and brought to you from the Elephant Community Hub.

Take part in the Elephant & Castle Community Hub White Dress Party on Zoom or join using the Meeting ID: 821 4655 1906 Passcode: 044841

Week starting: 18 January 2021

Dance for the Brain Online (and other classes) | Siobhan Davies Studios

Every Tuesday from 19 January – 9 March 2021, 2.15-4pm

Siobhan Davies Studio dance classes have gone online once more – and this time it’s the full programme.

Creative Contemporary for infants, juniors and adults will be streamed live with expert teachers Cheryl McChesney and Laura Doehler. The classes welcome those new to dance and movement (no matter what age) and are designed to be adaptable to the space you have available.

Dance for the Brain Online, led by dance artist Marie Forbes, is a free, weekly creative dance class with adults who have early symptoms of dementia. The classes will engage the body and brain through movement and co-created choreography.

Find out more about Dance for the Brain Online at Siobhan Davies Studios and other online dance classes for all levels.

Virtual Deli Drop-in | Theatre Deli

Every Tuesday from 19 January – 23 February 2021, 12.30pm, 2pm or 3.30pm (30 minute slots)

Need advice on an upcoming Arts Council funding application? Not sure how to take your show on tour? Theatre Deli’s Virtual Deli Drop-in sessions offer free one-to-one advice every Tuesday.

Sessions are completely free and run for 30 minutes. Advanced booking is required and can be booked via Eventbrite. You will be emailed a Zoom access link nearer the time.

Book your free place for the Virtual Deli Drop-in event.

Danish Cineclub – Bridgend by Jeppe Ronder | South Social Film Festival and The Embassy of Denmark

Wednesday 20 January, 7-9.30pm

In 2021, the South Social Film Festival travels to Denmark with the Embassy of Denmark, to discover its rich cinematic culture.

We start with Bridgend (2015) by Jeppe Ronde, a haunting mystery drama inspired by true events.

Find out more about the Danish CineClub screening of Bridgend (2015).

HeadStart Action Southbank with 2-3 Degrees

Every Wednesday, from 20 January – 24 March, 4-6pm

If you’re a 16-18-year-old who lives or studies in Southwark, and who wants to take active steps to plan for the future, then the HeadStart Action programme is here for you.

2-3 Degrees invites you to a series of free workshops taking place over 10 weeks.

The sessions will give you the opportunity to improve your confidence, employability skills, entrepreneurial skills and to gain work experience. There will also be games, prizes and much more.

This is a 10-week long programme that you must remain committed to throughout.

Find out more and book your place on HeadStart Action Southbank.

Make Music Day Meet-Up – London | Make Music Day UK

Wednesday 20 January, 4.30-6pm

Every year on 21 June, Make Music Day becomes the world’s largest DIY music festival, with over 120 countries involved.

Make Music Day is looking for people, groups and organisations in London to find how you could bring the party to your communities.

You will find out more about what Make Music Day is and the ways you can be involved. You’ll hear from our co-hosts Team London Bridge. There will also be the opportunity to meet other people involved with music-making in London.

The Make Music Day team will share details about forthcoming training events, tools and know-hows, hopefully sparking ideas that will make Make Music Day 2021 the best yet.

Discover more about Make Music Day and book your spot on the meet-up.

Foale and Tuffin: Made in England | Fashion and Textile Museum

Friday 22 January, 1-2.30pm

Foale and Tuffin was the label that the cool girls of the sixties wore – colourful, pop-inspired mini dresses and trend-setting trouser suits. The brand was ahead of its time in creating popular, desirable fashion.

Through this online talk, you will delve into the 1960s, with a look back at the exhibition Foale & Tuffin: Made in England, curated by Head of Exhibitions Dennis Nothdruft in 2009/10.

Dennis will explore the work of these two very influential designers who were at the heart of the cultural explosion in London during the sixties, telling the very personal story of two women who set up the business and played their part in changing the London fashion scene.

Book tickets for Foale and Tuffin: Made in England.

Movement Life Drawing with Vanessa | Art in the Park

Friday 22 January, 7-8.30pm

Posing clothed, live at the next Movement Life Drawing session is professional dancer, Vanessa Abreu.

In between performances, Vanessa will stop in 5-minute poses for us to draw. We will also experiment, drawing her moving between two poses for 5-minutes, before finishing with a longer pose.

You will need paper (of any size) which you can find around the house  and drawing materials – pencils, coloured pencils, felt tips, oil or chalk pastels, charcoal.

The session is Pay What You Can (PWYC) with a suggested donation of £5.

Find out more about, and book your place for, Art in the Park’s Movement Life Drawing Session.

January #creativechallenge: Horizon | Morley College London

Deadline: Sunday 7 February 12am

Perhaps you’re hoping to spend lockdown getting creative or are looking for something new to do while we all spend more time at home.

We can all find inspiration in our day-to-day lives, even amidst the disruption of a pandemic, so we’re challenging you to get creative in response to a monthly theme.

Competition brief:

  • We will accept entries of every format: video, story, photograph, sculpture, music, jewellery, poetry, just to list a few. Unleash your creativity and see what you can come up with.
  • Your submission must include a Photograph/Audio/Video or Word file of your work, the title of your work, 50-100 words explaining your inspiration behind the work, your name, social media handles and a link to your website.
  • First place will win a £30 Amazon Voucher, second place a £20 Voucher, and third place will win a £10 Amazon Voucher.
  • All work will be showcased on our social channels and on our websites. This is a unique opportunity to showcase your work for FREE.

To enter, submit your work to

Week starting: 11 January 2021

QuaranStream with Beverley Knight MBE | London College of Creative Media (LCCM)

Monday 11 January, 7-8.30pm

Queen of British Soul Beverley Knight has been one of the UK’s most consistent artists for over two decades, selling over a million albums in the UK alone. Her most recent album ‘Soulsville’ was released in June 2016 and went straight into the UK top 10.

She was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2007 for services to British music and charity, has won three MOBO Awards, and has been nominated for Best Female at the Brit Awards three times and for the Mercury Music prize.

Find out more about the Beverley Knight QuaranStream.

The Story of Little Snow by Blue Elephant Theatre

Until Friday 15 January

A Blue Elephant Christmas Show with a difference. Little Snow is the story of a pixie who plants snowdrops, but she thinks her job is rubbish. Nobody understands her, so she runs off to start her own adventure.

With more than a pinch of pixie dust and a cast of colourful characters, this is a festive treat for all the family.

The Story of Little Snow is a mini-adventure on film which will be free to watch online until Friday 15 January.

Find out more about the show or watch the Story of Little Snow on YouTube.

Argentina CineClub – Theatre of War (Lola Arias) | South Social Film Festival & the Embassy of Argentina

Thursday 14 January, 6pm

Once a month on the second Thursday Argentina CineClub, with the Embassy of Argentina, explores famous women directors from Argentina.

Our third and final screening is Theatre of War, a film by Lola Arias. The documentary tells the story of three British and three Argentine veterans who come back together to discuss their war memories before rehearsing a re-enactment.

Book tickets for the Argentine CineClub screening of Theatre of War by Lola Arias.

The Skill of Narrative & Stitched Textiles | The Fashion and Textile Museum

Thursday 14 January, 6-7.30pm

The 62 Group of Textile Artists presents the third talk in their popular annual lecture series at the Fashion and Textile Museum.

This online lecture will provide an introduction to the 62 Group members Emily Jo Gibbs and Richard McVetis and their respective projects The Value of Making and The Potential of Stitch.

More information about The Skill of Narrative & Stitched Textiles.

Rap X Gilbert and Sullivan (for 17-19 year olds) | Theatre Peckham and English Touring Opera

Every Wednesday until 24 February, 6-7pm

Join rapper John Akinde and Opera Singer Themba Myula for this exciting new project in collaboration with English Touring Opera. Through five online workshops, and one ‘in person’ event, you will learn about Rap, and the operatic form of Gilbert & Sullivan.

Through the sessions you will work with John and Themba to learn about how to use your voice, both in rap and opera. There will be opportunities for writing and performing your own lyrics.

In the final session all your work will be recorded in a live sharing performance at Theatre Peckham.

Register for Rap X Gilbert and Sullivan with Theatre Peckham.

Portrait, hands and feet drawing sessions with Naomi | Art in the Park

Thursday 14 January, 7-8.30pm

A life drawing session focusing on drawing hands and feet in a variety of poses.

Posing live will be clothed model Naomi Wood. Naomi will do a combination of different poses which combine different hand positions with portrait poses, and some playing with perspective with her feet close to the camera.

Book your space on Portrait, hands and feet drawing sessions.

Public Domain at Southwark Playhouse

Friday 15 January – Saturday 16 January, 7.45pm (Matinée starts at 3.15pm)

A dark, funny verbatim musical about the internet that takes words spoken and typed in the last year to build a unique portrait of the digital world that is every bit as mesmerising as it is terrifying.

This high-adrenaline, electronic thrill-ride, especially conceived for multi-camera streaming, is made entirely from the words of YouTube vloggers, Instagram influencers, Facebook’s tech giants, and everyday internet users. It’s like Black Mirror but real, and set to music.

Find out more and book tickets for Public Domain.

To suggest an online activity organised by a venue local to LCC for inclusion in this weekly Canvas feature, please email: Gill Henderson, Cultural and Communities Partnerships Manager:

[Image credit Sundeep Verdi]

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