Grab a Little Culture this Summer

If sitting in the sunshine seems a waste of your precious time this summer, then grab a bit of culture instead. There are just so many great shows and exhibitions happening over the next few months that it would be a real shame to miss them. So, with school almost out, in the words of the immortal TV show that seemed to haunt my childhood summers, why don’t you switch off your tv set (and computer, but read this first) and do something less boring instead?

Such as…

Booking some tickets to see a classic operetta.

The English National Opera is staging a version of the classic Strauss operetta Die Fledermaus, re-imagined in an Art Deco setting. The comic story of revenge and seduction promises to be a visual spectacle, and anything that includes a song with a chorus praising Champagne is alright by me.

Checking out a Pop Art Exhibition.

Pauline Boty is one of the most enigmatic figures of the British Pop Art movement, and her work is worth a revival. Beautiful, super talented, and gone far too soon, Pauline’s work, including her tribute to Marilyn Monroe, ‘Colour her Gone’, is the subject of a fascinating exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery entitled Pauline Boty: Pop Artist and Woman. Much of the work on show has not been exhibited for 40years, so is definitely worth a look.

Relive the 1980s fashion and club culture.

Hot off the heels of the amazing David Bowie exhibition, the V&A is staging another must visit exhibition. ‘Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s‘ has over 85 outfits to showcase the coolest designs of what is usually considered a pretty uncool decade, from the likes of including Betty Jackson, Katharine Hamnett and John Galliano. If you love club culture, or are a fan of reactionary fashion, this is something you should not miss.

Remember a legend.

The Jewish Museum in London is hosting a moving tribute to the greatly missed Amy Winehouse. Entitled ‘Amy Winehouse – A family Portrait’ this exhibition features many personal items that belonged to the late, great singer, who died 2 years ago this month at the age of 27.  Family photographs and items from Amy’s onstage wardrobe are all on display, offering a warm and moving tribute to a much -loved and talented artist.