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5th July 2012

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Making a trip to London this summer? If you're up for investing some time in culture, you're in luck - the capital is once again a hive of artistic activity. Here are the top events you should check out:

National Theatre’s Inside Out Festival

Taking place on the Southbank from June – 9th September, the iconic National Theatre brings its arts outside to the public. With a packed festival programme including workshops, backstage tours and specially created performances, it offers something for everyone.

Lift 2012 Festival

The London International Festival of Theatre is one of the most talked about theatrical events this year. Running from 12th June – 15th July, it encompasses theatre of every style with well-known companies such as Forces Entertainment to DreamThinkSpeak. It promises to be an exciting period: a must for theatre loves of all ages!

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Perfect for families, Rupert Goold has created an adorable summer show. Based on the classic children’s tale and located in the superb Kensington Gardens with the palace as its backdrop, it tells the classic story with stunning visual effects and would be ideal for a summery evening out (as long as the weather holds out).

The Queen: Art and Image

A truly historical and inspirational exhibition currently on at the National Portrait Gallery is a must for those interested in history. To mark the Diamond Jubilee, it brings together portraits from the Queen's reign and showcases an artistic flair to a monumental time in British History. The Exhibition runs until the 21st October 2012.

World Shakespeare Festival 2012

From the 21st June – 9th September, the world pays tribute to one of the greatest playwrights in history. The Shakespeare festival includes brand new performances, international collaborations and brings to life unique and original interpretations of some of his most classic work. Not to be missed by dedicated Shakespeare fans, but also for those wishing to see a new take on classic literature.

Damien Hirst: Tate Modern

An artist exhibition like no other, located in one of the most influential and iconic art buildings in the country, this exhibition is full of delights that may seem shocking to some- but are also imaginative and thought provoking. You can experience more than 70 of his most iconic and famous pieces, running until 9th September.

Out of Focus: Photography

Currently running at the Saatchi Gallery, it showcases all types of photography at its best. You will experience contemporary photography from over 40 artists and will get a glimpse into varying stories where the image fully controls the narrative. It is an interesting and engaging exhibition that ends on the 22nd July.

Wild Planet

Currently running at the Natural History Museum which is a great day out for kids and adults alike, this exhibition includes images from the archives of the  Wildlife Photographer of the Year and it showcases 80 award winning images that capture the beauty of the natural planet we inhabit.  

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