December 2017 Friday
Carla Bruni in Union Chapel
Carla Bruni, one of the most sought after European supermodels throughout the 90s and the wife of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, will be performing a selection of her finest songs in Islington this Saturday. Singing in a mixture of French, Italian and English, she’ll be bringing her gorgeously Gallic folk and soft rock to audiences at London’s Union Chapel in promotion of her latest album, French Touch. On her second album, No Promises, Bruni set poems by Yeats, Emily Dickinson and Christina Rossetti and others to music while her latest, Little French Songs, was devoted to bluesy chansons in her mother tongue. The venue, the Grade I-listed Union Chapel, has long been home to some of London’s greatest gigs and is often called one of London’s best live music spots. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear an utterly charming concert in a unique space. You can find tickets here.
December 2017 Thursday
Peckham Levels, car park turned community project, opens on Friday 8th December with a weekend of free events to celebrate. Aiming to 'build a new creative workshop and cultural destination', the concrete block has been redesigned to provide studio spaces for local artists and a public platform for independent entrepreneurs. Carl Turner Architects and Make Shift, the team behind Pop Brixton (another space supporting small businesses), proposed the restructure in 2015 when the Southwark Council asked the community for ideas about what to do with the underused multi-storey car park. The first four floors of Peckham Levels are privately rented by local artists, whose talents range from violinmaking to 3-D printing. The workshops allow jewellers (like Ella Bull), designers (like Playdate), writers (like the staff of gal-dem), and producers (like Brother Film Co.) to focus on their craft in a communal setting. Levels five and six of the reimagined car park, in contrast, will be open to the public on a regular basis. The 'shared space' is available for community events. Visitors can take a yoga class or get a blow dry overlooking the panoramic views of Peckham from Cahoona's Hair Hub before feasting on the scrumptious street food available at this bustling hub of talent. peckhamlevels.org