is a series of cultural experiences showcasing artists from all disciplines in unusual locations across London

Urban Tales #2, The Lighthouse

23 September 2015

For its second chapter Urban Tales partnered with Mahogany Opera Group and took the audience on a river-inspired cultural journey to London’s only lighthouse at Trinity Buoy Wharf for an electrifying show ‘Folie à Deux’. Part staged performance, part concept album, the piece was written by award-winning British composer Emily Hall and Icelandic lyricist and long-time Björk collaborator Sjón. The show featured groundbreaking lighting technology and a specially-created instrument: the electro-magnetic harp. The journey started with a boat ride from central london offering the guests an opportunity to enjoy unrivalled views of the Thames and rediscover the Docklands area. Urban Tales 2 The Lighthouse received the support of Arts Council England and was part of the programme of Totally Thames 2015.

Urban Tales #1, The Bank

28 May 2015

Urban Tales’ opening chapter The Bank was a dialogue between contemporary art and urbanism, distorting the original purpose of a heritage site that once epitomised the power and clout of London. The event, staged in the imposing building of former bank, vacant for years, took participants on a journey celebrating the nocturnal city. Curated by Louise Chignac, The Bank had been conceived as a script that progressively unfolded throughout the evening, including live performances and art works by established and emerging artists such as Francis Alÿs, Erin Shirreff and Laure Prouvost amongst others.