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14 October 2016
Late-night parties, artist’s commissions, live performances and secret bars will form part of week-long series of events happening at the Museum of London at the end of October.
Coinciding with Museums at Night, The Night Museum explores the hidden, the illicit, and the lost, bringing voices, music and parties inside the walls of the museum like never before.
Lauren Parker, Senior Commissioning Curator at the Museum of London, said: “As the sun sets, The Night Museum will bring lost parts of London’s nightlife back to life. We’ll be paying homage to London’s club culture in the ‘Museum of Last Parties’ and inviting visitors to eavesdrop on some of London’s lost sounds. London’s night economy is a hot topic: with the uncertainty around Fabric’s future, and the arrival of the Night Tube, a lot is changing. We’re opening our doors after hours and want the city’s night owls to come and join the party.”
Event line-up (all free)
The Museum of Lost Sounds
Saturday 29th October – from 7.30pm
This late night public event will explore the dark and lost borders of music, sound, art and film, in partnership with Illuminations Festival. Contributors include Cosmo Sheldrake, Forest Swords, Yuri Suzuki, Sarah Angliss, School of Noise, Nick Luscombe and more.
The Museum of Dark Places
Wednesday 2nd November – from 7.30pm
The Night Museum will break out of the museum and invite nocturnal visitors to accompany us on a programme of night walks, readings and performances – a journey of discovery into the dark heart of the city, curated by Jes Fernie. With performances by Nicky Deeley and Tazelaar Stevenson, and Musarc, a programme of talks and readings with Matthew Beaumont, Caroline Edwards, and John Price, secret bars, and walking tours of the city at night by Rosie Oliver and Dotmaker Tours.
The Museum of Last Parties
Friday 4th November - from 7.30pm
For one night only we will revive London’s lost nightlife in this mass public event. At the Museum of Last Parties, the end of the night at iconic clubs and nightspots will never quite be reached - the bands play on, the dancers keep dancing, time has been called but the bars are still serving. Visitors will dress up, dance on, and step back in time, paying homage to London’s club culture. Curated by Shunt cofounder Andrew Rutland and Martin Green, cocreator of the infamous 90’s nightclub Smashing, The Museum of Last Parties celebrates the history, diversity and excitement of nightclubbing.
Join Wayne Hemingway and a host of DJs in the last nightclub on earth ‘The Disco Apocalypse’, visit Jonny Trunk’s Space Age chillout room, sip cocktails at the Candlelight Club’s 1920’s soiree, or dare to explore the dark and illicit music hall in the Victorian Walk. The event also features a talks and debates programme by the Night Time Industries’ Association on the past, present and future of London’s nightlife.
The week-long mini-season will be accompanied by its own specially commissioned Guidebook to The Night Museum – featuring specially commissioned writings by Matthew Beaumont, Frances Morgan and Joanna Walsh alongside the full Night Museum programme.
Visitors to The Night Museum will have the museum to themselves, including the permanent galleries and Punks, a temporary display celebrating the 40th anniversary of punk crashing its way into the London scene.
Further information: www.museumoflondon.org.uk/nightmuseum
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The Night Museum has been made possible by the Arts