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Art Night takes over King’s Cross

This year's Art Night connects Walthamstow with King's Cross - via the all-night Victoria Line

Let’s face it, the lion’s share of this year’s Art Night – London’s largest free contemporary art festival – is taking place up in Walthamstow, what with Waltham Forest being London’s first Borough of Culture. (Read more about it on our sister title here.)

But there’s a load of stuff happening in King’s Cross, too. Taking place from 5pm, the single-night festie features commissions, UK premieres and special projects across the neighbourhood, including: a large outdoor installation by Christine Sun Kim in Cubitt Square (Coal Drops Yard), and live music by Melodians Steel Orchestra UK at Pancras Square.

Meanwhile there’s performance and dance by Athena Papadopoulos at the British Library, Beth Kettle at Central Saint Martins (Granary Square), and virtual reality by Marina Abramovic in collaboration with Acute Art at Everyman King’s Cross. Phew.

Stores in Coal Drops Yard participating include Boutique by Shelter selling donated limited Art Night editions (until 11pm) and S120 hosting an event (5pm-8pm) introducing visitors to the world of aura photography and reading.


Peckish? The always fun weekly Canopy Market will be staying up late with streetfood, while cheap and cheerful Happy Face Pizza remains open until 3am, with downstairs vermouth bar Supermax hosting a late night party with DJs RAW SILK (10pm – 2am). Just down the road, Spiritland hosts a late night offering with selectors playing until 3am.

And if that’s not enough, for lots more detail on what’s happening up in Walthamstow – and where to eat and drink in E17, head to our sister title Leytonstoner here. Lest we forget, the two areas are connected all-night by the 24-hour tube.

Art Night is free in King’s Cross and E17 and runs all night long on Saturday 22nd June. A selection of projects will also be open on Sunday 23rd June for families and day-time visitors from 12pm-4pm. More info here

Main photo: Spiritland

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