Friday Arts Diary

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

Music Festival

Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park Oxfordshire, until Sunday

The people that brought you Lovebox and Secret Garden Party have prepared a festival of all things arty this weekend in Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire. Musical headliners this year include Empire of the Sun, Noah and the Whale and Rodriguez. Wilderness offers much more than just music however. Far from the back-of-the van burgers of other festivals, this weekend is a foodie’s dream, offering several gastronomic delights from chefs such as Mark Hix and Yotem Ottolenghi. They’ll also be dancing, art, debating, theatre and more, in a festival packed full of weird and wonderful surprises.

Film Festival

Shuffle Festival, Now until 18 August, St Clements Social Club, Mile End Road, London

Still buoyed by the critical acclaim that the Olympic opening ceremony received last year, Danny Boyle has his teeth stuck into something new. His Shuffle film festival opened on Thursday and is hosted by St Clements Social Club, a former Victorian psychiatric hospital. Trainspotting, Trance and other Danny Boyle favourites will be screened, while showings of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ruby Wax’s stand-up show Out of Her Mind and a series of other screenings will look to challenge perceptions regarding mental health. Other delights will include a Bollywood dance workshop, the National Theatre’s performance of Frankenstein, and open-mic poetry, in a festival brimming with creativity and flair.


Regent’s Park outdoor ballroom, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August, £10

Get on your dancing shoes because Regent’s Park’s outdoor ballroom is drawing to a close this Sunday. You and a partner can take part in Latin and Argentine tango dance parties safe in the knowledge that the money you are paying for them goes straight towards the Royal Parks Foundation and will be used to plant trees in Regent’s Park. Whatever your dancing ability, Kele Baker, the event’s choreographer, caters to all needs, so head down and tango the afternoon away.


Bristol Balloon Fiesta, 8 – 11 August 2013

Up, up and away: Bristol Balloon Fiesta is the largest hot-air-ballooning event outside America. 150 balloons take off from the Ashton Court Estate at dawn and dusk each day. Closer to earth there are range of activities to keep the whole family entertained in the inbetweeen hours, such as a series of giant sculptures designed by Quentin Blake, Cath Kidston, Paul Smith, Philip Treacy, Celia Birtwell and Peter Blake. Other things to keep you occupied include fairground rides, delicious food stalls and bars, face painting, arts and craft fair, dance stage, arena entertainment, the world famous Red Arrows and a local talent music bandstand.

Bristol Hot-Air Balloon Fiesta will run 8-11 August. Photograph: Getty Images.
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SRSLY #90: Girls / The Knowledge / My Favorite Murder

Caroline and Anna discuss the final episode of Girls, the black cabbie documentary The Knowledge and the true crime podcast My Favorite Murder.

This is SRSLY, the pop culture podcast from the New Statesman. Here, you can find links to all the things we talk about in the show as well as a bit more detail about who we are and where else you can find us online.

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SRSLY is hosted by Caroline Crampton and Anna Leszkiewicz, the NS’s assistant editor and editorial assistant. We’re on Twitter as @c_crampton and @annaleszkie, where between us we post a heady mixture of Serious Journalism, excellent gifs and regularly ask questions J K Rowling needs to answer.

The Links

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Anna’s piece on whether the girls in Girls were ever friends.

The Vulture piece we mention comparing the end of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life with the end of Girls.

Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow on the ending.

The Knowledge

The trailer.

A good (if short) review.

My Favorite Murder

The podcast.

For next time:

We’re playing Lumino City.

If you’d like to talk to us about the podcast or make a suggestion for something we should read or cover, you can email srslypod[at]

You can also find us on Twitter @srslypod, or send us your thoughts on tumblr here. If you like the podcast, we’d love you to leave a review on iTunes - this helps other people come across it.

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See you next week!

PS If you missed #89, check it out here.

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