TOP 5 SUMMER ART FESTIVALS + ACTIVITIES

Posted by Charlotte Broomfield on 26th June 2013

WILDERNESS FESTIVAL (THURS 8TH - SUN 11TH AUGUST 2013) 

With live music and dancing, Theatre De Rue and Cirque de Traditionnelle, Tented Theatre and Promenade Performances, and on top of this, a beautifully designed website by our very own Kristjana S Williams, Wilderness is the one to watch if fairy garden parties filled with aesthetic pleasures are your thing. Family weekend tickets are now sold out, however a limited number of weekend camping tickets are still available, which will set you back around £146.50.

Photo from Wilderness Gallery

Creative setting from Wilderness 2012.

LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA (1ST JUNE - 24TH NOVEMBER 2013)

Eclipsing it's peers, ever since Biennale's foundation in 1895, it has been in the avant-garde, promoting new artistic trends and organising international events in contemporary arts. Alongside serious prestigious and ground-breaking art exhibitions, Biennale also presents itself as the pinnacle of international film and international architecture. On top of this, Biennale continues it's great tradition of the Festival of Contemporary Music, the Theatre Festival and is now flanked by the Festival of Contemporary Dance. Tickets valid for the two venues (Giardini and Arsenale) on two consecutive days cost €30, with permanent passes available for around €80.

haegue yang: 'condensation' at the venice biennale 09

Haegue Yang: 'Condensation' at the Venice Biennale 2009.

EDINBURGH ART FESTIVAL (1ST AUGUST - 1ST SEPTEMBER 2013) 

Head to Scotland's capital to experience it's coveted Artistic jewel. Edinburgh Art festival presents itself as Scotland's biggest festival of the visual arts and, showcasing the best contemporary art in the context of some of the most important artists and movements of modern and historical periods, Edinburgh Art festival bleeds culture and fun. There are Artist talks, Art late and guided tours alongside family activities and film screenings. If you're not already convinced, unless otherwise specified, exhibtions are free! 

Art Late South

Art Late South.

SERPENTINE GALLERY PAVILLION (OPEN NOW-OCTOBER 2013)

The Serpentine Gallery Pavillion designed by multi-award winning Japanese architect, Sou Fujimoto is the perfect way to spend a Summer's day. As put by the Serpentine, the delicate, latticed structure of 20mm steel poles occupying some 350 square-metres of lawn in front of the Serpentine Gallery, will have a lightweight and semi-transparent appearance that will allow it to blend, cloud-like, into the landscape and against the classical backdrop of the Gallery's colonnaded East wing. Designed as a flexible, multi-purpose social space - with a café sited inside - visitors will be encouraged to enter and interact with the Pavilion in different ways throughout its four-month tenure in London's Kensington Gardens. Oh and another benefit, it's totally free!

Serpentine Gallery Pavillion

Serpentine Gallery Pavillion.

SOUTHBANK'S FESTIVAL OF NEIGHBOURHOOD (OPEN NOW - SEPTEMBER 8TH 2013) 

The Festival of neighbourhood sees the Southbank Centre aim to replicate the highlights of typical community living. It's family friendly - with a sandy urban beach, an imaginary neighbourhood - Beanotime and Jeppe Hein's Appearing Room's Fountain to keep the children occupied. As for adults, there is a selection of community-spirited art installations alongside pop-up shop's selling fresh, local produce from vendors borrowed from London's favourite street food markets. If you find yourself with time to kill, why not also nip into the Tate and attend the acclaimed Patrick Caulfield exhibition.

'Luke's Cafe' pop-up cafe at the Southbank centre's festival of neighbourhood

'Luke's Cafe' pop-up cafe at the Southbank centre's festival of neighbourhood.

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