Following a joyful run of Christmas-themed screenings last year, Pop Up Screens returns to Notting Hill later this month with a ‘spooky’ series of films…right in time for Halloween!

Their 2014 Halloween Fright Fest takes up residency at The 20th Century Theatre on Westbourne Grove from 30th October to 2nd November. The Theatre will be transformed into a creepy space…but one that’s also got plenty of treats! To help you get through all the scariness at each screening, there’ll be special hot chocolates, delicious Drum & Kernel popcorn and a selection of sweets for you to buy.

Pop Up Screens

The films shown during Pop Up Screens’ Halloween run are:

  • 8.30pm, Thursday 30th October – Friday 13th
  • 8.30pm, Friday 31st October – Poltergeist
  • 1pm, Saturday 1st November – Ghostbusters
  • 5.30pm, Saturday 1st November – Pet Sematary
  • 8.30pm, Saturday 1st November – Nightmare On Elm Street
  • 1pm, Sunday 2nd November – Dark Crystal
  • 5.30pm, Sunday 2nd November – Candyman
  • 8.30pm, Sunday 2nd November – Nightmare on Elm Street

Times above indicate film start times; doors open one hour before the time shown for each screening.

Tickets to all screenings cost £20 and can be purchased now at Availability is limited, so make sure you snap up tickets quick!

Pop Up Screens founder David Leydon says:

“We’re going to be doing something special this Halloween and creating a very unique environment for everyone to enjoy (or endure) their favourite scary movies.  Last year was our first foray into a scary immersive Halloween cinema experience and this year we’re taking that ball and running with it even further.  I’m genuinely excited by what we’ve planned, so hopefully our guests will be too.”

Pop Up Screens
30th October – 2nd November 2014
20th Century Theatre
291 Westbourne Grove
W11 2QA

Aspect Foundation for Music & Arts recently revealed its line-up of Autumn 2014 concerts, the first of which will take place on Wednesday, 1st October.

Titled Alma Mahler: Muse or Monster, this first concert explores the enigma of Alma Schindler Mahler Gropius Werfel – married three times and with a litany of lovers, what was it about her that fascinated and attracted a small army of gifted men? The evening will also explore the impact she had on culture and music of her time, with music by the lady herself featuring in the programme of chamber music and songs.

Aspect Foundation for Music and Arts

With performances by mezzo-soprano Olivia Ray, violinist Ania Safonova, cellist Oleg Kogan and pianist Ronan O’Hora, the programme of music during the evening will be:

Alma Mahler ‘Laue Sommernacht’ from 5 Lieder; ‘Der Erkennende’ and ‘Lobgesang’ from 5 Gesänge
Zemlinsky ‘Irmelin Rose’ from Irmelin Rose und andere Gesänge, Op. 7
Gustav Mahler ‘Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht’ and ‘Ging heut’ morgen über’s Feld’ from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Zemlinsky Three Pieces for cello and piano (1891)
Korngold Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 1

An illustrated talk will also be given by art historian, writer and Christie’s Education lecturer Patrick Bade.

Other concerts this autumn will be:

15th OctoberParis: The Age of Enlightenment featuring harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and historian Philipp Blom
5th November – Prague: Czech Romantics featuring broadcaster and pianist Iain Burnside and the Zemlinsky Quartet
4th December – Schumann and Fauré: Kindred Spirits with Philippe Graffin, David Waterman and Alasdair Beatson

Tickets for each concert cost £25 (including wine and refreshments) and can be booked online on the Aspect Foundation website or by calling the box office on 07799 090 826.

Aspect Foundation for Music and Arts presents its novel concert format of ‘Music in Context’ by expanding a traditionally auditory experience into something more – one that fuses performance, lecture and discussion to present an evening of music, art history and social culture. They seek to support and promote artists as well as enlightening and inspiring audiences.

Aspect Foundation for Music and Arts presents Alma Mahler: Muse or Monster
7.30pm, Wednesday 1st October 2014
20th Century Theatre
291 Westbourne Grove
W11 2QA

This year’s InTransit arts and culture festival in Kensington and Chelsea kicks off on Friday 18th July (running until the 27th July) – and what a better way to celebrate than at the official launch party, hosted by Shotgun Weddings!

Taking place in Acklam Village under the Westway on Portobello Road, this quirky wedding themed club night will see a night full of laughter, glamour and love! Come down to be a guest at the wedding…where you might even be in with a chance of being married off to someone else!

Shotgun Weddings

That’s right – two beautiful strangers will be (illegally and unofficially) married on the hour, every hour, celebrating in style with a full wedding package – that’s with a tiara and veil, bridesmaids, cake, mother of the bride, a trophy, free drink and wedding presents.

Will it be you racing up the aisle, or will you be present at the “wedding” of your nearest and dearest? Either way, put your best frock on and experience a proper wedding party – with cake, confetti, champagne, a best man speech and weird uncle Alvis: the in-house marriage counsellor and borderline alcoholic.

Come join Shotgun Weddings this Friday to celebrate a wedding spectacular, and the launch of the InTransit Festival!

Tickets for the night cost £12 in advance (£10 concessions), or £15 on the door. Tickets can be booked in advance online at

Shotgun Weddings
8.30pm – 12.30am, Friday 18th July 2014
Salvage City at Acklam Village
3 Acklam Road
W10 5TY

As we edge ever closer to the fifth month of the year and to proper, glorious spring, we’re also soon to see the latest edition of the Notting Hill Mayfest! This month-long cultural festival will once again host a number of exciting events, from music and opera to talks, art, cinema and kid’s activities, which will take place at a number of different venues in Notting Hill.

Notting Hill Mayfest 2014

Celebrating the history and cultural life of the area, the main base of the festival will be the beautiful St John’s Church on Lansdowne Crescent. For this reason, Mayfest will pay tribute to the Church by celebrating its life and work and that of the communities that make use of the building. This includes the opening event on the 1st May which will see a performance by the Church’s choral scholars and musicians-in-residence, as well as an event on the 10th May given by the Filipino community of St John’s. An art exhibition of work by upcoming young artists will be helf in the Church’s Sacred Space Gallery, and there’s also the ever-popular village-style May Fair that takes place on 17th May.

The 2014 Mayfest will see partnerships will the Pop Up Opera – performing Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle (shown below) on 3rd May – and Pop Up Screens who will show the charming Notting Hill with a specially filmed video introduction from its writer, Richard Curtis.

Notting Hill Mayfest 2014 - Pop Up Opera
Pop Up Opera

Kids can join in the fun with the Mayfest’s two children’s days, run in association with the groundbreaking Multi-Story Orchestra. This will be a amazing opportunity for local children to learn more about and actually perform with a full orchestra and the newly restored organ at St John’s.

Musical elements of the 2014 Mayfest will see the festival once again champion young and upcoming talent. A selection of wind soloists from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama will perform on 8th May, whilst dynamic young vocal ensemble Schole will be performing Monteverdi madrigals and Britten part-songs on 7th May. On 22nd May, the St John’s musicians in residence, The Outcry Ensemble, will present a concert of established chamber music as well as a new commission from young composer and Multi-Story artistic director Kate Whitley.

Notting Hill Mayfest 2014 - Thomas Trotter
Thomas Trotter

An organ recital on 9th May by Thomas Trotter will launch the St John’s Organ Recital Series 2014; the performance will be preceded by a community film from the Video College – an organisation which offers free production-based video training to local residents – which shows the restoration of the St John’s historic organ.

The 2014 Mayfest Lecture on 12th May will see well-­known author, broadcaster, columnist, lecturer and campaigner for prison reform Jonathan Aitken discuss his journey in a talk entitled From Power To Prison To Peace.

As well as the events at Notting Hill’s churches – St Peter’s Church, St John’s Church and St George’s Church – for the first time this year, Mayfest has also teamed up with the wonderful Gate Cinema on Notting Hill Gate, which will be screening Grounded during the month of May.

The festival is generously supported by both Strutt & Parker and the Heritage Lottery Fund. All proceeds from the festival are donated to charities and charitable causes.

The Mayfest’s full line-up can be found on the official website, where you can also purchase tickets for all the events.

Notting Hill Mayfest
1st May – 31st May 2014
various locations