Summer 2011 – Media Release

A packed programme of music and dance

Those looking to make the most of the long summer evenings should pay a visit to the iconic Canary Wharf for some of the best music and dance performances in the Capital.

This dynamic and cosmopolitan destination has an array of world-class cultural events over the summer months, ranging from the ever-popular Twilight Delights outdoor concerts and Dancing City performances to a series of exciting collaborations with the Royal Opera House, Barbican Blaze, the City of London Festival and some of London’s top West End shows.


Celebrating its tenth year at Canary Wharf, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival’s annual outdoor Dancing City returns with leading British and international dance companies and artists. This year features the acclaimed Spanish Producciones Imperdibles performing La Mirada Transparente from Thursday 30 June to Saturday 2 July. The audience sits on reclining seats beneath a transparent stage drawing them into the heart of the performance framed by the Canary Wharf skyline.

On Saturday 2 July the international flavour continues with performances from leading French dance company Compagnie Pied en Sol, the English National Ballet and a UK premiere from an Italian contemporary dance company, Ballo Publico.


Opera enthusiasts can indulge at The BP Summer Big Screens live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden series at Canada Square Park. On Monday 4 July Madam Butterfly, brings the drama, musical richness and sheer enjoyment of this great opera to the heart of Canary Wharf. Then for the first time ever, The Royal Opera presents the story of Cinderella as told in Massenet’s opera on Wednesday 13 July.


July and August welcomes Canary Wharf’s free annual Twilight Delights concert series. Canada Square Park hosts a stellar line-up including the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra performing The Magic of the Movies. Other Twilight Delight concerts include Baroque by Candlelight, Ultimate Motown and A Night at The Opera (presented by Classic FM’s John Suchet), with the series culminating in the Proms Spectacular Finale.


Brand new for 2011, The Magic of Musicals brings highlights from some of London’s top West End musicals including Mamma Mia, Chicago, Zoo Nation and Priscilla Queen of the Desert on Monday 11 July and 1 August.


Canary Wharf welcomes back the annual world music celebration with the City of London Festival @ Canary Wharf this year featuring a three-day celebration of New Zealand and Australian music, dance and film. This year’s festival includes amongst others, Best Female Vocalist at the 2010 Pacific Music Awards, Bella Kalolo; contemporary New Zealand dance company, Footnote Dance; a special evening screening of Whale Rider and Australia’s premiere violinist Julian Ferraretto.


Barbican Blaze at Canary Wharf performs three world-class outdoor performances in July. The World of Brass on Friday 8 July features Brazilian band Orquestra Contemporanea Da Olinda performing their Latin grooves and rhythms and East London’s jazz and ska inflected Hackney Colliery Band. Storming New Orleans brass outfit Soul Rebels mixes funk, soul, jazz and the spirit of Mardi Gras on Tuesday 19 July.

Extraordinary Voices of the World presents Anda Union with their Mongolian traditions and Louisiana’s Grammy-nominated Feufollet fusing Cajun roots with a contemporary edge on Thursday 28 July. All performances are produced by the Barbican Centre in association with the Canary Wharf Arts & Events.


In August the annual Canary Wharf Jazz Festival celebrates all that is jazz with performances from the 2010 Mercury Prize nominees Kit Downes Sextet; London’s party band of the moment, Ska Cubano; critically acclaimed rising star Sarah Gillespie and British singer songwriter Gwyneth Herbert. Along with the Jay Phelps Big Band and Clare Teal, The Herbaliser, Aquarium and others – this year’s Jazz festival is set to be the best yet.

The big screens of Canada Square Park will also pay homage to the sultry sounds of The Deep South with Rich Mix’s Jazz on the Square screenings of Monk (Friday 12 August), Jazz on a Summer Day (Saturday 13 August) and Monk in Europe (Sunday 14 August).


The London Symphony Orchestra returns to Canada Square Park on Tuesday 16 August for a special one-off performance of music featured in the film ‘The King’s Speech’ led by the LSO’s Assistant Conductor Clemens Schuldts.

Sian Astrop, Arts & Events Manager at Canary Wharf Group plc comments: “This summer’s programme of free outdoor events is set to be the most engaging and dynamic to date. We cannot wait to welcome in the summer at Canary Wharf with this thrilling line up of events, including new concepts based on emerging popular trends, ground-breaking collaborations and fresh twists to some of the annual favourites. Making the most of our beautiful outdoor spaces, this programme rightfully places Canary Wharf at the heart of London’s cultural scene.”


For further information, please contact:

Rosie Kempson/Caroline Parrish
The Communication Group
T: 020 7630 1411

Hamish McDougall
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2326
M: 07779 888 075



• Dancing City previews…
La Mirada Transparente by Producciones Imperdibles
Thursday 30 June 2011 1pm & 4pm and Friday 1 July 20111pm & 6:30pm
Cabot Square, Canary Wharf, E14

• Dancing City
Saturday 2 July 2011 1–5pm
Throughout Canary Wharf

• The BP Summer Big Screens live from the Royal Opera House
Madam Butterfly – Monday 4 July 20117.30pm
Cinderella – Wednesday 13 July 20117.30pm
Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, E14

• West End at The Park
Monday 11 July 2011& 1 August 20116.30pm
Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, E14

• Twilight Delights
RCPO performs Magic of the Movies – Wednesday 6 July 20117pm
Baroque by Candlelight – Wednesday 20 July 20117pm
Ultimate Motown – Wednesday 27 July 20117pm
A Night at The Opera – Wednesday 17 August 20117pm
The Bootleg Beatles – Wednesday 24 August 20117pm
Proms Spectacular Finale – Wednesday 31 August 2011 7pm
Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, E14

• Barbican Blaze at Canary Wharf
World of Brass on Friday 8 July 2011 7pm
Soul Rebels on Tuesday 19 July 2011 7pm
Extraordinary Voices of the World on Thursday 28 July 2011 7pm
Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, E14

• City of London Festival @ Canary Wharf
Friday 15 July 2011 7-9pm
Saturday 16 July 2011 1-7.30pm
Sunday 17 July 2011 12-4.30pm
Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, E14

• Canary Wharf Jazz Festival
Friday 12 August 7-10pm
Saturday 13 August 2011 1.30-10pm
Sunday 14 August 2011 1.30-8pm
Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, E14

• A evening with the London Symphony Orchestra
Tuesday 16 August 2011 7pm
Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, E14

• Light Lunch with Trinity College of Music
Monday 8 August  2011
Canada Square Park