June Culture Fix

The top 10 things to do and see this month around the world

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Words by Lisa Hughes
June 1st, 2016

June is set to be a magical month for fans of the Chosen One, Harry Potter. Returning to our lives once again in the eight unexpected installment of the series, ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ opens in London’s West End while music lovers have plenty to satisfy their ears with both the acclaimed Primavera Sound and Body & Soul festivals taking place. Read on to find out exactly what June has in store for us.

1. BOOK – Shrill by Lindy West

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Former Jezebel blogger and comedy writer Lindy West first came to our attention back in 2010 with her hilariously blistering review of ‘Sex and the City 2’. Since then we’ve been avid fans of her writing, which has stormed through rape jokes in comedy to the fat acceptance movement. Her first book ‘Shrill’ packs the punch you’d expect, with equal laughs and tearjerking moments, while the chapters dealing with online abuse and trolling should be compulsory reading. Lindy West, we salute you.

2. MOVIE – The Shallows

On paper, shark thriller ‘The Shallows’ sounds a bit 127 Hours-meets-Jaws. A young surfer (Blake
Lively) is attacked by a great white shark just metres from the shore forcing her to cling to a rock while the predator circles. Whether Lively (she’ll always be mumbling-but-gorgeous Serena Van Der Woodsen to us) can carry a whole film on her own remains to be seen but one thing’s for sure, the dramatic trailer has us gripped. The Shallows hits theatres in the US on June 29th and will be released in the UK and Ireland in August.

3. EXHIBITION – Leonardo da Vinci: Ten Drawings from the Royal Collection, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin

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We all know Da Vinci was a genius so when the chance comes along to see it first hand, you better grab it. An exhibition of ten of the finest drawings by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) is currently on fine display in the National Gallery until next month. Although he trained as a painter, Leonardo was keenly interested in architecture, engineering, botany and anatomy and the choice of drawings here reflects these interests. If you haven’t been yet, hang your head in shame and get booking. The exhibition is on throughout the month of June and while admission is free, pre-booking is essential. To find out more, visit nationalgallery.ie.

4. ART – Live Art Supper Club, G2 Gallery, Los Angeles, June 4th

A feast for the eyes and the tastebuds, Venice’s Live Art Supper Club promises to be a night of droolworthy grub and live art. For one night only, LA gallery Art Unified takes over the Venice Pop Up Park while chef Vince Howard whips up a five-course meal. At the same time two soon-to-be-revealed LA artists will create a masterpiece before your very eyes. To find out more visit artunified.com and check out the video below.

5. THEATRE – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Palace Theatre, Soho

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The most hotly anticipated theatre opening of the year? You bet. Officially confirmed as the eighth Harry Potter adventure, ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ picks up on Potter’s story nineteen years later. An epic two-part stage play by none other than J.K. Rowling, the West End production follows a middle-aged Harry and his son Albus who is now at Hogwarts. While the play officially opens in July, preview screenings start on June 7th and the play runs until May 27th 2017. Tickets are like gold dust for the initial run but there will be a daily ticket lottery so keep your fingers crossed or book well in advance. To book tickets visit harrypottertheplay.com.

6. FILM – Sundance Film Festival London, 2nd – 5th June

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The UK offshoot of Robert Redford’s highly respected film festival in Utah swings back to London for a long weekend of celluloid glory. The four day indie film fest takes place at Picturehouse Central Cinema on Shaftesbury Avenue and this year film fans can look forward to eleven new feature films (plus three Sundance classics including ‘The Usual Suspects’ and ‘Blood Simple’) and four special events with guest appearances from industry bigwigs. Tickets cost £15 (£12 for Picturehouse Members). To find out more visit picturehouses.com.

7. FESTIVAL – Body & Soul, Ballinlough Estate, Co. Westmeath, June 17th-19th

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A magical woodland explosion of music, arts and wellbeing, Body & Soul has rapidly become one of Ireland’s must-do experiences. Set in the 15th century walled gardens of Ballinlough Estate, punters are treated to everything from organic food to seaweed baths and an eclectic line up of artists from Santigold to Bitch Falcon. With performance artists, holistic therapies and a surprisingly family-friendly vibe, you can bet there’s something for everyone during this three day event. To book tickets visit bodyandsoul.ie.

8. NETFLIX – The Fundamentals of Caring

Based on the novel by Jonathan Evison, Netflix original film ‘The Fundamentals of Caring’ premiered as the Closing Night Film at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Starring Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts and Selena Gomez, the story follows Ben, a retired writer who becomes a caregiver. After 6 weeks of training, Ben meets his first client, Trevor, a foul-mouthed 18-year-old with muscular dystrophy. One paralyzed emotionally, one paralyzed physically, Ben and Trevor take an impromptu road trip, picking up a sassy runaway on the way. The Fundamentals of Caring premiers on Netflix on 24th June.

9. PHOTOGRAPHY – HEROES: Steve Schapiro, Atlas Gallery, London

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A visual feast of over 20 photographs of iconic heroes plucked from the worlds of film, politics, art, sport and music by renowned American photographer Steve Schapiro. For music fans, the highlight of this exhibition is the selection of rarely seen portraits of the late, great David Bowie taken in Los Angeles in 1974. This meeting of creative minds between Schapiro and Bowie would produce some of the most iconic album art and shoots including art for ‘Station to Station’ and ‘Low’. This exhibition opens on June 9th and runs until August. Don’t miss it.

10. FESTIVAL – Primavera Sound, 1st – 5th June, Barcelona

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Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, PJ Harvey, Tame Impala, Sigur Rós, Last Shadow Puppets, Animal Collective… The list of impressive acts at this year’s Primavera goes on and on and it’s a no-brainer why 190,000 punters flock to the Catalonian event each year. Now celebrating its fifteenth year, Primavera Sound is firmly set in stone as a lesson in how to do urban festivals. Plus, you can even pack in a trip to the beach. Win win.