FESTIVALS & EVENTS
Africa on the Square
15 Oct: Get a taste of African culture in Trafalgar Square at this annual family-friendly event. Catch live music, DJs, dance performances and a fashion show on the main stage. Browse the market stalls and experience African cuisine at the food stands. Plus there are many free cultural activities for all the family. The procession on the square with African drumming and dancing takes place at 1.15pm. The event is part of Black History Month. Free. Noon- 6pm. www.visitlondon.com. Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN. E7. Station: Charing Cross.
19-23 Oct: Performances and live music celebrating Bloomsbury’s heritage. This year’s theme is ‘language’, explored through computer code and Morse code to the language of food, music and dance. Among the events taking place are a street party with a twist, breakfast talks, classical concerts, sound and visual art installations plus artistic, scientific and literary collaborations (p. 24). www.bloomsburyfestival.org.uk. Various locations. T: 07964-272219. E7. Station: Tottenham Court Road/Goodge Street.
London Bridge City Summer Festival
To 31 Oct: Make the most of the last dregs of summer with theatre and live music in Hays Galleria every Wednesday and weekends, DJ sets on Fridays and Saturdays and live Brazilian bands outdoors every Sunday. The London Riviera serves summer cocktails, street food and craft beer. Daily 10am-10pm. Free. www.lbcsummerfestival.com. Potters Fields Park between Tower Bridge and London Bridge and around The Scoop, SE1 2DB. E11. Station: London Bridge.
7-22 Oct: International choreographers create original performances in a packed programme of world, European and UK premieres (p. 42). Please check for times and prices. www.danceumbrella.co.uk. Various locations. T: 020-7257 9380.