The original contemporary late night event
Live performances, cutting-edge fashion, debates, one-off displays and installations, special guests, bar and food, guest DJs, late-night exhibition opening.
Held on the last Friday in every month (except December) from 18.30 - 22.00. All Friday Late activities are free.
Friday 28 June
18.30 - 22.00
Dalston in Hackney is one of London’s most celebrated and yet notorious neighbourhoods. Feted as a hub of creativity, it is also an area undergoing tremendous change, as gentrification follows in the wake of its creative renaissance.
Join the first in a series of Friday Lates that will invite London’s creative communities to take over the Museum for an evening, presenting a range of music, art, design, architecture and more.
All events are free and places designated on a first come, first served basis, unless stated otherwise. Filming and photography will be taking place at this event.
* Please check back for the full programme nearer the time.
Dalston Eastern Curve Garden
Get a warm Dalston style welcome as Eastern Curve takes over an area of the Museum. Enjoy handmade objects created by Dalston and Hackney residents and get involved with workshops inspired by the V&A collections.
Stunt Dolly/Illustrated Nails
Nestled in the heart of Dalston, one of London's most eclectic and creative salons comes to the V&A to deliver buzz cuts, nail art and fringe trims – all with their own unique and somewhat macabre identity.
Mystical Kebab - OPEN Studios
Enter OPEN studios’ takeaway kebab shop for the evening and create your own skewer from their illustrated designs. Watch artists in action and get a taste of Dalston based studio life.
Bringing Dalston Roof Park to the V&A, listen to short talks by artists and designers, connect to East London via live streaming, and explore a showcase of the work of artists connected with Bootstrap and the Dalston area.
Music and Performance
Reggae beats by Newton Dunbar, founder of the legendary Four Aces Club in Dalston.
Tunes and live visual sets from the JustJam team, including Tim & Barry, DJ Barely legal, Skinny Macho and Crack Stevens.
Join Jack Rollo from Kristina Records as he spins a curated selection of vinyl from his Kingsland Road based record shop.
Arcola Theatre Live
Housed in a converted paint factory in Dalston and founded in 2000, the Arcola runs one of the most extensive multi-cultural community and youth programmes in East London. Arcola will present work from across the theatre, including their acclaimed Ala Turka Turkish & Kurdish Theatre Group.
Café OTO presents lll人
Dancing in a foundry where they're casting sculptures. Freedom and molten iron. Experience a sound sculpture that will both respond to and clash with the architecture of the building, spilling and spreading through the Museum.
Bringing their Ridley Road based market stall to the Museum, photography gallery Fishbar present artist Lorenzo Vitturi’s Dalston Anatomy project, accompanied with poetry performances by AngrySam.
Sean and Stephen
Playing with space, experience an immersive walk through of collaged projections from real Dalston streets.
Explore an LED light sculpture by Dalston based design studio Haberdashery in collaboration with photographer Julian Abrams.
Over the next two weeks, look out for muf’s updated cultural map as they populate Dalston’s streets – add your own thoughts and sketches. Discover the updated map at Friday Late as a result of your additions.
What We Wore – Live Archive!
Creating a people’s style history of Britain from 1950 to the present day, ISYS invite you to bring along personal photos and ephemera of yourself. It’s about people and their personal stories: why you wore what they did, and what it meant to you. Contributions will be scanned and archived on the night, and considered for inclusion in the ‘What We Wore’ book. Every participant will receive a professional quality digital scan of their image.
Talks and Film
Aesthetica Film Festival
Aesthetica presents a reel of short films exploring Dalston and its wider context, including Kingsland #1: The Dreamer which draws on the experience of the Kurdish community in Dalston.
Dalston Kingsland Panoramas
Walk through Antony Cairn’s photographic panorama, consisting of over 650 black and white images of both the east facing and west facing sides of Kingsland Road.
Value in Dalston - Creatives or Nandos?
V&A Senior Curator Kieran Long, Liza Fior from muf architecture/art and guests discuss how you measure the influence of creativity in an area. What more do the creative industries offer to an area over Nandos for example?
Join V&A Curator Marta Weiss in a show and tell of some of the Museum’s recent collection of seminal photos from 'Staying Power - photography reflecting the Black British experience 1950s - 1990s' - a partnership project with the Black Cultural Archives (BCA).
Read more about Staying Power
Forthcoming Friday Lates
- Peckham Takeover (26th July)
- The World of Minecraft (30th August)
View images from some of our previous Friday Late events on our Flickr photostream
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MasterCard is delighted to be partnering with Friday Late at the V&A, where each month we will be hosting the MasterCard Cocktail Bar exclusively for cardholders. There will be discounted drinks and other fantastic offers to redeem on the night when you use your MasterCard. If you haven’t already, you can sign up on www.pricelesslondon.co.uk and take advantage of all the latest London offers and special events. Come see us in gallery 116 accessed by the staircase beside the main entrance.