Canary Wharf set to host four months of outdoor sport, music, dance and film this summer.
This summer, discover a sizzling programme of events at Canary Wharf, most of which are completely free! From June till September, Canary Wharf’s parks and open spaces will be brimming with culture. Visitors can enjoy an array of events and exhibitions on offer, including open-air cinema, music concerts, al-fresco theatre and an eclectic range of art and photography exhibitions.
Below you can find an outline of events and exhibitions in July.
Wimbledon: Serving up Summer – Cabot Square, Monday 1 – Sunday 14 July 12-7pm
Tennis fans can enjoy watching in style as Cabot Square is transformed into a Wimbledon haven. Featuring the big screen at the heart of the action, pop-up tennis tables and mouth-watering street food, they’ll be no better place to catch the matches. Street food market Monday – Friday 12-3pm.
Butch Heroes, an exhibition by Ria Brodell – Crossrail Place Roof Garden Tuesday 2-Sunday 28
Celebrating London Pride 2019, Canary Wharf welcomes “Butch Heroes” to Crossrail Place Roof Garden, a remarkable exhibition unearthing a history of women who, although assigned female at birth, spent their lives living out of the confines of their gender. The stories told in Brodell’s paintings stretch back over 500 years to Katherina Hetzeldorfer, who lived as a man and married a woman in Germany, 1477, to Clara aka “Big Ben”, a woman known for her robust size, masculine mannerisms and “attention to other women” in 1926 New York.
Lunchtime Classicals– Jubilee Park, Fridays 5, 12, 19 & 26 July, 12:30-2pm
Friday lunchtimes are being given a classical twist throughout July as the Docklands Sinfonia brings a series of pop-up gigs to the leafy setting of Jubilee Park. Whether it’s a jazz trio or a string quartet, this series will be sure to delight all ears this summer.
IT IS IS IT Silvia Ziranek – Lobby, One Canada Square, Monday 8 July– Friday 16 August
This exhibition celebrates Silvia Ziranek, the highly regarded Performance Artist who emerged on the London art scene in the late 1970s. Ziranek, who in effect is her art, is portrayed through a selection of the badges that accompany her performances and events. Here the badges are reproduced larger-scale in the form of an installation, accompanied by originals and other objects that describe and hint at her deceptively eccentric practice.
Movie Nights – Canada Square Park, 7pm
Swap the red plush seats for picnic blankets as Canada Square Park is transformed into an atmospheric outdoor movie theatre, featuring a plethora of films from this summer’s theme, “Other Worlds”.
Tuesday 9 July – Galaxy Quest (PG)
Wednesday 24 July – Ghost (12)
Wednesday 31 July – E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (U)
Bloom – Crossrail Place Roof Garden
Returning for its fifth year at Crossrail Place Roof Garden, Bloom showcases an array of exciting family-friendly performances including comedy, dance, drama and more created and lead by local up-and-coming artists.
Sexy Lamp – Thursday 11 July, 7pm
Presented by Katie Arnstein, Sexy Lamp brilliantly combines comedy, original songs and storytelling to shed a bright light on how ridiculous the arts industry can be and why Katie is refusing to stay in the dark.
Bric a Brac Presents, Mustard Doesn’t Go With Girls – Saturday 20 July, 2-4pm
When the children of Bow-on-Tie start mysteriously disappearing, Abigail decides to investigate further. She embarks on a music-filled adventure to uncover the town’s secrets, topple the cabinet of treacherous animals in charge and prove that girls are made of more than just sugar and spice. Using an original score, slick movement and strong characters, this production seeks to poke fun at fairy tales from the past whilst creating new storylines for the young generation of today. Recommended age 7+
Outdoor Theatre and Open Air Opera – Westferry Circus
Bite-Sized Opera with Lunchbreak Opera – Monday 15 July, 1pm
Ever wondered what on earth opera was all about? Well, Lunchbreak Opera is coming to the rescue. Taking the audience on a whistle-stop tour of the weird and wonderful world of opera in its many forms and eras, this performance will have you singing soprano in the office all afternoon.
“The Barber of Seville” Arias with the Scherzo Ensemble – Monday 15 July, 7pm
Presented by the Scherzo Ensemble in an al-fresco concert performance, enjoy the story of Bartolo and Almaviva’s battle for the beautiful Rosina’s hand in marriage. Sung in Italian but featuring helpful English narration to help everyone follow along.
The Legend of King Arthur by Boxtree Productions – Monday 22 July, 7pm
Inventive staging, original songs and magical storytelling brings the classic tale of Arthur and the sword in the stone to life in Westferry Circus.
Much Ado About Nothing by The Handlebards – Monday 29 July, 7pm
Be whisked away on a trilling journey to the most magical of forests and meet star-crossed lovers, playful fairies and hilarious travelling players in Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy.
Cabot Street Bites – Thursdays 18 & 25, July Cabot Square, 11am-3pm
Get ready for your mouth to water at the new lunchtime market to arrive this summer, tempting Canary Wharf with a whole new set of flavours and dishes. Grab a seat on a picnic bench and enjoy a plethora of traders, ranging from classic pastas from Homemade Passion, to Chinese bao buns from You Bao and freshly grilled souvlakia from 3 Little Pigs.
Summer Family Festival
Ready Steady Lift Off! – Jubilee Park, Saturday 20 July, 12-4pm
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of man’s first landing on the moon with this interactive space-based workshop. Help create a giant rocket sculpture then create your very own rocket, flying saucer or astronaut to take home (4-10 years)
Over the Moon: Opera for Babies – Crossrail Place Roof Garden, Sunday 21 July 12, 1 & 2pm
Enjoy an interactive musical adventure for babies and toddlers, offering a calm, playful and creative first experience of opera. (0-2 years).
Crossrail Creatives: The Poetry Lab: Writing the Summer – Crossrail Place Roof Garden, Tuesday 23 July, 1-2pm
This inventive course weaves together elements of memory, the city and the senses through a series of low-pressure writing exercises. The class will look at some brilliant poets who explore heat and light, then have the chance to bring the summer into their own poems. This taster is for writers of any experience – total beginners welcome! £15 seetickets.com
Surround Sounds – Canada Square Park, Thursday 25 July, 12:30-2pm & 6-9pm
Whether you like to toe tap, head bop or simply sit back and listen, Surround Sounds has something for you. A selection of the most exciting up-and-coming artists from East London and beyond are set to perform their original music and covers of your favourite songs, with an offering including soul, jazz, pop and RnB
Nashville Meets London – Canada Square Park, Saturday 27 July, 2-10pm
It’s come to that time of year where Londoners pull on their cowboy boots and practise their southern drawl for a day of the best country music this side of the Atlantic. Nashville Meets London brings you the finest in emerging musical talent, showcasing both established artists and budding stars, from both the UK and US in a day guaranteed to get you wishing you could jump on a horse and ride into the sunset.
Enjoy a picnic on the grass, grab a drink from the Grandstand Bar or head to one of our family friendly restaurants to round off the day.
For the full summer programme, visit canarywharf.com.
For further information, please contact:
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2166