Urban Tales 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. 

Urban Tales 2, The Lighthouse received the support of  London City Island by Eco World Ballymore, a new development on the Leamouth Peninsula, who actively supports performing arts in the area and will be home to the English National Ballet.