Play the Mile
Various venues, 18 May-25 Aug
Culture Mile presents its first ever summer season of events, Play the Mile, which explores the value of play and creativity in everyday life. Taking place from Farringdon to Moorgate, Play The Mile includes family friendly festivals, boundary-pushing installations, pop-up play sessions, games, trails, concerts and a huge street party. There is something for everyone and it is free to all: come and experience inspiring events in unexpected places this summer.
Smithfield Street Party: A Beastly Adventure
Smithfield Market and Rotunda, Sun 25 Aug
The animals of London’s past, present and future are in charge at this free, family-friendly street party, based on the theme of the Museum of London’s exhibition Beasts of London, which runs until January. Featuring puppetry, music, games, performances and play, you’ll discover the City’s long association with animals from the peacocks and pigeons to foxes, fleas, bees and dragons.
Sound Unbound 2019
18-19 May 2019, Barbican Centre
This free music festival celebrated unexpected sounds in unexpected places.
Bursting out from the Barbican and across Culture Mile’s architectural gems, Sound Unbound featured a line-up of artists who blurred the boundaries between classical and contemporary, experimental and jazz.
Visitors got to enjoy the music of Steve Reich on the Barbican Lakeside, watched the Academy Award-winning film The Artist with music performed by a live orchestra, and listened to the music of Philip Glass reimagined by electronica producer Max Cooper.
From authentic medieval sounds to hypnotic minimalist masterpieces, there were over 100 sessions, installations – all of them free.
Smithfield 150: London's Biggest Birthday Party
To mark the market's 150th anniversary, Culture Mile threw a free celebration of the iconic Victorian Smithfield Markets. Taking inspiration from the original Bartholomew’s Fair through to everyone who works and lives in Smithfield now, the area was transformed into an outdoor street party.
Smithfield 150 was rooted in the local community, celebrating the history of the markets and the people who now live, work and enjoy the area.
Tunnel Visions: Array
Part of Barbican OpenFest
We transformed one of the City of London’s busiest streets, the Beech Street tunnel, into a free, spectacular light and sound installation. Array used digital projections to transform the tunnel into a stunning visual realisation of a piece of music. Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Karawane, recorded by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, provided the glistening soundtrack, as vivid colours and images flickered across the walls in response to the music, constantly re-shaping the tunnel’s interior.
Created by the Tony Award-winning 59 Productions, the team behind artistic commissions at Edinburgh Festival, Sydney Opera House and the London 2012 Olympics, 'Array' was the latest in a series of installations within Culture Mile that uses public spaces in unusual and exciting ways, letting you see the City in a new light.
Play The Mile: a summer of culture and creativity in London
A preview of Play The Mile: 100 days of free events over summer 2019, set in the beating heart of London. Culture Mile brings culture, creativity, learning and play, stretching from Farringdon to Moorgate.
Our Managing Director Sir Nicholas Kenyon introduces a new initiative in the north-west of the City, Culture Mile.