Free events in London Sunday 23 June

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Free events in London on Sun 23rd June

Our guide to free events in London on Sunday 23 June 2013.

 at Trafalgar Square, London
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West End Live! — in Trafalgar Square

to Trafalgar Square Get down to Trafalgar Square for "West End Live" -- a free event which will showcase some of the best shows in the capital. Last year, more than 25 West End shows performed at the event, and this year promises to be even bigger and better than before. The stellar line-up of talent includes performances from some of London's biggest shows including "Les Miserables", "Billy Elliot", "Jersey Boys", "Mamma Mia!", "The Lion King", "The Bodyguard", "Spamalot", "War Horse" and "We Will Rock You".
 at National Portrait Gallery, London
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BP Portrait Award 2013

to National Portrait Gallery The BP Portrait Award is worth a hefty £25,000, and is open to artists all around the world. More than 2,000 artists are expected to enter this year, and fifty-five of the most outstanding and innovative new portraits will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery.
 
 at Wallace Collection, London
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The Discovery of Paris, in Watercolour

to Wallace Collection "The Discovery of Paris" focuses on the period between 1802 and 1840, and features more than 60 watercolours, preparatory drawings and associated prints by early 19th-century British artists. The exhibition include works by Turner, Girtin and Bonington, and less familiar artists like Thomas Shotter Boys and William Callow.
Michael Caine at Museum of London, London
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Michael Caine exhibition — His life and career

to Museum of London The Museum of London will be celebrating Michael Caine's 80th year with a special exhibition celebrating his life and career. The photography exhibition will trace Sir Michael's beginnings as a Cockney rebel, through to his Hollywood years and later life, using a selection of photographs, iconic portraits, and film and audio footage from some of his best-loved movies -- "Get Carter", "Educating Rita", "Alfie" and "The Italian Job".
 
 at National Portrait Gallery, London
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George Catlin: American Indian Portraits

to National Portrait Gallery During the 1830s George Catlin documented the Native American peoples and their way of life. His portraits have become one of the most evocative and important records of indigenous peoples ever made. This exhibition will showcase more than fifty of his portraits, and will be the first time that they have been seen together outside America since the 1850s.
 at Royal Observatory, London
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Alien Revolution — Are We Alone?

to Royal Observatory Are we alone? Have aliens already visited Earth? And if they did, would they be friendly or hostile? Beginning with the writings of 16th-century astronomer Copernicus and ending up with the modern-day SETI program, "Alien Revolution" will take a whistle-stop tour of our on-going fascination with aliens, exploring everything from HG Wells, crop circles and ET, to Betty and Barney -- an American couple who claim to have been abducted by aliens.
 

We don’t have any more free events, but how about these other events in London on 23 June?

London Wonderground23 JuneThe London Wonderground is a fantastic playground of wonders and curiosities, all sitting in the shadow of the London Eye. You can enjoy everything from circus acts and cabaret, to bars, sideshows and music gigs. The Udderbelly Festival (you can’t miss it, it’s housed inside a big inflatable purple cow!) is super-strong in big name comedy stars, whilst the headline show “Cantina” has delighted audiences all around the world.

Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 201323 JuneThe annual Deutsche Borse Photography Prize awards £30,000 to the photographer who has made the most significant contribution to the medium of photography over the previous year. The four shorlisted artists are: Broomberg & Chanarin, Mishka Henner, Chris Killip and Cristina De Middel.

Explore the City’s gardens and churchyards23 JuneThis two-hour tour will explore some of the best and most historic gardens and churchyards in the City of London. The walk will start at the City Information Centre opposite St Paul’s Cathedral (on St. Paul’s Church Yard). There is no need to book, just introduce yourself to the guide outside who will be wearing his or her official badge.

Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake”, at the Royal Albert Hall23 JuneExperience the spectacle of the Royal Albert Hall being transformed into a magical lake for this spectacular ‘in the round’ production of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake”. Boasting 120 performers from the English National Ballet and some spectacular sets and costumes, this romantic ballet will be sure to captivate your senses.

Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum23 JuneIn AD 79 Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried two cities in the Bay of Naples. When they were rediscovered nearly 1,700 years later, covered in rock-solid ash, Pompeii and Herculaneum provided historians with an unparalleled glimpse into the daily life of the Roman Empire.

Paul Gauguin exhibition — Courtauld Gallery23 JuneThe Courtauld Gallery is putting together a special exhibition of works by Paul Gaugin, collected together by Samuel Courtauld in the 1920s. The Courtauld holds the UK’s most important collection of works by the Post-Impressionist master.

Lebanese artist, Saloua Raouda Choucair23 JuneThe Tate Modern is putting on an exhibition of works by Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair. The artist’s extraordinary body of work uses painting and drawing, textiles and jewellery, as well as her famous sculptures, to pursue her interests in science, mathematics and Islamic art and poetry. Her art combines elements of both western abstraction with Islamic aesthetics, making her one of the most significant figures in the history of 20th-century art.

Guided tour of Spencer House23 JuneBuilt a short distance from Buckingham Palace with magnificent views of Green Park, Spencer House is one of the finest aristocratic town houses in London. It the city’s only great 18th-century private palace to survive intact. The restoration is complimented by a magnificent collection of paintings and furniture, including five Benjamin West paintings graciously lent by Her Majesty The Queen.

The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion23 JuneThe Queen’s Gallery’s new exhibition “In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion” will use paintings from the Royal Collection to explore the sumptuous costumes of the British court in the 16th and 17th-century. The exhibition will feature more than 60 works, including pieces by Hans Holbein the Younger, Nicholas Hilliard, Van Dyck and Peter Lely.

 
 

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