4th February 2019

This Friday 8th February sees the launch of Nelson Mandela: The Official Exhibition at Leake Street Arches. Celebrating Mandela’s life and legacy, this global museum tour is the only exhibition to be presented in collaboration with the Royal House of Mandela. Lawyer. Revolutionary. Political prisoner. World leader. Elder statesman. Symbol of the struggle against oppression. Nelson Mandela has been all these things to so many people across the world in the past 50 years and five years after his passing, he continues to remain a human rights icon and to be seen globally as an advocate for change. Nelson Mandela: […]
11th January 2019

What better way to start the new year than with the return of VAULT festival to Leake Street Arches?! Now in its seventh year, VAULT Festival, is one of the largest curated arts festivals in the world and in 2019 will welcome more than 400 shows to Waterloo. Running from 23rd January to 17th March with the best in new writing for theatre and comedy, immersive experiences, cabaret, live performance and late night parties, the exciting and diverse programme features shows from more than 2,000 artists. This year, performances will take place across Waterloo with multiple spaces located underground in […]
24th August 2018

It’s no secret that interest in ‘Urban Art’ has grown exponentially in recent years. Describing a style of art that relates to cities and which is often done by artists who have a passion for city life, urban art encompasses both graffiti and street art as well other visual art found in urban areas, often inspired by the architecture. Whilst urban art started at a neighbourhood level, it is now an international movement, with many artists travelling from city to city working in collaboration with contacts from across the world. Urban art is now (for the most part!) well respected […]
11th June 2018

If you’ve visited the newest resident at Leake Street Arches, the brilliant Banh Bao Brothers, you might have noticed the fun and unique illustrations used both within the space and throughout their marketing collateral. These animated cartoons merge creativity with delicious offerings such as Purple Pork Broth, Sticky Wings and Chicken Croquettes on the food front, and a too-good-to-choose choice of drinks, with a Chocolate Confucius cocktail, T-Total Jackfruit Fizz and Vietnamese Coffee. So before you sample the lip-smacking fare, here’s some impressive dinner chat about how cartoons came to the fore…. Cartoons began their life in the eighteenth century […]
21st May 2018

It was church services at Easter in the tenth century that popularised theatrical entertainment in Britain, and by the fourteenth century, it was standard practice to perform Bible stories. From the mid-fifteenth century hundreds of indoor and outdoor theatres were emerging in London, the most famous being the Globe, well-known for staging Shakespeare’s works. Experimental theatre (also known as avant-garde theatre) began in Western theatre in the late 19th century with Alfred Jarry and his Ubu plays as a rejection of both the age in particular and, in general, the dominant ways of writing and producing plays. The term has […]