19 Jun, 2010

This week’s new events

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London Festival Of Architecture, London

This family-friendly, cerebral celebration of the built environment in the capital encourages everyone to uncover new city nooks and dig out fascinating facts about the buildings they might simply walk past most days. The event begins with a paean to London’s very own Ramblas, which, in case you did not realise, is John Nash’s Regent Street. You can download an iPhone guide to the area, though further afield you can also find out a huge amount by attending special events in Stratford, the City and even on the Thames. Walks and talks are to the fore in this informative festival and you may even discover a new urban forest as you traverse a new artistic route through Bankside.

Various venues, Sat to 4 Jul, visit lfa2010.org

Iain Aitch

CREATE10, London

This six-week long event could provide a distraction from sport this summer, even if it is set in London’s five Olympic boroughs. CREATE10 starts today with Young London: Into Music, an eight-week course for aspiring young musicians, culminating in live sets from artists including Rising Tide. Other highlights include Roam (5-21 Jul), set in a renovated library van. With presentations on bird watching and map-making during the day and acoustic and DJ sets in the evening, this should be the smallest, most diverse attraction in the East End. Also featured are numerous FutureHistories events, where two strangers are given “conversational menus” of 25 popular topics.

Various venues, Sat to 1 Aug, visit createlondon.org

Euan L Davidson

Africa Oyé, Liverpool

Sefton Park’s trees can fool you into thinking you’re far away from Liverpool city centre, not to mention the aroma of African, Caribbean and Indian food. The country’s largest free world music festival, Africa Oyé attracts a cross-section of society to its markets and huge outdoor stage that’s replicated at too few summer festivals. Haitians Boukman Eksperyans and Latin-influenced folk-blues man Victor Démé are among today’s live acts. You’ll need a few quid to enjoy the masseurs and exotic instrument stalls but local teens can just as easily wander down and have a cracking free day out.

Sefton Park, Sat & Sun, 12.30pm-9.30pm, free, visit africaoye.com

Marc Rowlands

Out & About

Home Of Metal Open Day, Wolverhampton, Saturday

Get your photo taken in your favourite metal T-shirt by Steve Gerrard and bring memorabilia to add to the first digital archive of metal music.

City-10, Queen Square

Team Green Britain Bike Week, Nationwide, Saturday to 27 Jun

“The UK’s biggest mass participation cycling event”, with a massive list of events for cyclists of all ages and experience levels.

Various venues

Exhibition Road Music Day, London, Sunday

With English songwriter Emily Maguire, grime artists Manga and Target and DJ Rob Da Bank among the folk, electronica, funk and classical acts appearing at various cultural institutions.

Exhibition Road, SW7

Vauxhall UK Beatbox Championships Grand Final, London, Friday

Twelve finalists compete, plus PAs from judges Tyte, MC Zani and Bellatrix, and a showcase from all-female crew the Boxettes.

O2 Academy Islington, N1

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