New London multi-arts festival launches

Sarathy Korwar, Bambooman and Larry Achiampong (pictured) are among the music-makers confirmed for Nocturnal Creatures, a new multi-arts festival in London.

The free event takes place on 21 July and will bring together performance, video, sculpture and sound in the heart of the East End.

Cultural and historic venues within walking distance of the Whitechapel Gallery will open their doors late into the night to showcase a string of innovative events and performances.

Presented by Whitechapel Gallery, in association with Sculpture in the City and Broadgate, it will offer artist tours and new audio compositions to celebrate the history of the local area.

Korwar, Bambooman and Komachi are all joining the Sculpture in the City x Musicity strand, creating site-specific work in response to the East End’s landmarks and historic venues.

The music will range from modern classical and electronic to eighties’ inspired electro-pop and global soundscapes.

The strand forms part of a wider programme delivered by Whitechapel Gallery in association with Sculpture in the City and Broadgate across various sites.

Music-maker and visual artist Achiampong will present a multimedia experience at the White Chapel Building on the same day, bringing together performance and film, accompanied a beat-drive live soundtrack.

The full programme also includes works by established international visual artists including Marina Abramovi?, Sarah Lucas, Tracey Emin and Sean Scully.

Iwona Blazwick, Whitechapel Gallery Director, said: ‘Demand for accessible, night-time arts and culture in London is ever-increasing. Last year, we participated in the momentous Art Night, and we were truly inspired.

‘So we’re hugely excited to be launching a new, free, late-night arts festival for the East End. A celebration of London’s creativity and resilient contemporary art scene, it will be a coming-together of practitioners, new spaces and audiences. Come and join us.’

For more info, see http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/nocturnal-creatures/