Last year people were digging out their bicycles for one hour of exercise just to have some time outdoors, but this year, after a long time of hiding ourselves away, people will be rooting around in their attics for camping chairs and beach balls as live events make a return in the UK. The sun cream will have to be factor 50 after our vampiric stint of hibernation. Not everybody will be immediately ready to jump back into the social world, but I think all will be delighted by the many events that are coming up this summer.
Wordplay & Flow are pleased to be hosting their first upcoming event following this long and unwanted lockdown trilogy – The Women’s Poetry Brunch on the 26th June at the Mercure Hotel in Paddington. The brunch will be a time for women to convene and share their interest for poetry after a fantastic line up of female poets. The event promises great food, great poetry and great conversation for all budding creatives.
If you’ve missed the live event buzz as much as we have, then you should check out the Creative Folkestone Triennial. This is an art event held every three years and has seen huge talents in the art world such as Lubaina Himid, Tracey Emin, Yoko Ono and an unofficial entry from Banksy. This festival is followed up by the Creative Folkestone Book Festival in November. A day full of visionary exhibitions, and talks on big contentious topics from big names in literature, such as the headliner Samuel Beckett, as well as Laura Bates, Luke Harding, David Lammy, Nick Bryant and Natalie Haynes.
If you’re easing yourself back into the world slowly and feel for something more light hearted, the Bristol Comedy Garden should be the right event for you to start off the season. With a star studded line-up of comedians including Joel Dommett, Jamali Maddix, and Sophie Duker, you’ll be sure to leave filled with more laughter than you can handle. You might want to be quick, because tickets are selling out fast. The event runs from the 2nd-6th June at The Downs in an open setting.
One thing that is clear about the return of live events is that venues, event organisers, and creatives are going to extreme lengths to ensure that event attendees are safe. Although the pandemic has shown great signs of improvement, it is important for us to remember to comply with event guidelines so we can enjoy our new found freedom for the long-term.