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Open House 2018

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FREE WEEKDAY ENTRY & ACTIVITIES

BST HYDE PARK 2018 OPENS ITS DOOR FOR FREE TO EVERYONE!
Monday July 9th, Tuesday July 10th & Thursday 12TH July 2018

DUE TO THE NEWLY ANNOUNCED FOOTBALL SCREENING (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO), CONTENT ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY 11TH JULY HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED WHERE POSSIBLE.

Free Themed Movie Nights, Live Music and Entertainment, Street Food, Pop Up Bars, Tennis Screenings, Aerial Circus, Comedy Bingo, Family Theatre, The Royal Parks Showcase, Birra Moretti Bar & much more 

Enjoy the long days and warm summer nights with 3 days of activities and free entry in the heart of Hyde Park!

Check below for full listings (click on each listing for more info) + our 2017 Open House gallery!

FREE OUTDOOR CINEMA / MONDAY, TUESDAY & THURSDAY (2.30PM, 5.30PM AND 8.30PM)

Following the ever-growing demand over the past five years, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is hosting four evenings of themed movie nights at one of the biggest outdoor screenings in London. Whether you fancy a night of sing-along musical tunes such as 'The Greatest Showman' and 'Grease', or are a Wes Anderson fan, or maybe want to reminisce with an 80s classics like 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure', Hyde Park has got you covered.

Two films will be shown each evening at 5.30pm and 8.30pm, with an extra showing at 2:30pm on Tuesday and Thursday. Entry is free on a first-come-first-served basis, and we have an amazing 2000 capacity! Headphones are provided. 

MONDAY = FAMILY FAVOURITES
5.30pm: The Lego Movie (U)
8.30pm: Matilda (PG)

TUESDAY 
CRITICS CHOICE

2:30pm: Lion (PG)

MUSICALS
5.30pm: Grease (PG)
8.30pm: The Greatest Showman (PG)

THURSDAY
CRITICS CHOICE

2:30pm: The Grand Budapest Hotel (15)

80S CLASSICS
5.30pm: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (PG)
8.30pm: Flash Gordon (PG)

FREE YOGA IN THE PARK WITH LULU LEMON / THURSDAY 6PM

As part of this year's OPEN HOUSE you can join in and experience the unique Yoga sessions with luluemon on Thursday, 12th July (Doors open at 5:30pm).

 

Pre-book your free place click here.

 

Join the festival crowd and lululemon yoga ambassadors Sanchia Legister, Sam Burrows and Steffy White for a free unique yoga class from the Great Oak Stage at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park. 

 

From a badass hip-hop playlist, to superhuman strength, to a smile as big as the stage, these ambassadors will totally change your perception of what you thought yoga could be. 

 

Teaching together for the first time ever, this is way more than a standard yoga practice. Set in the incredible surroundings of Hyde Park, the yogis will take the main stage to teach this one-off class. Sticking with the festival vibe, the music will set the tone for an energising vinyasa, followed by Animal Flow to tap into your primal side. A grounding flow and uplifting meditation will close the practice, guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

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FREE TENNIS SCREENINGS @ WIMBLEDON SCREEN / MONDAY, TUESDAY & THURSDAY (12PM – END OF PLAY)

Want to watch the tennis outdoors this summer without the hassle of a crowded bar? Join us for FREE Wimbledon Championship screenings from 12pm onwards during Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park’s OPEN HOUSE. Just bring a picnic blanket, grab a spot on the grass and you're ready to catch all of the action.

FREE LIVE MUSIC @ THE BARCLAYCARD STAGE / MONDAY, TUESDAY & THURSDAY (3.30PM – 10.00PM)

On the Barclaycard Stage from 3.30pm - 10pm, let ITV’s Arielle Free host your FREE evening of live music at OPEN HOUSE. Scottish TV Presenter and Radio DJ Arielle Free is one of the industry's rising stars. With her passion for new music and music festivals, Arielle spends most of her summers hot footing between the UK's biggest festivals including live hosting at Glastonbury and Bestival to name but a few.


Monday 9th July - Karina Ramage, Mister Kanish, Daytoner

Kicking off the festivities and new to OPEN HOUSE is University of Westminster's very own Karina Ramage. With her teenage years spent busking around Europe, she has become accustomed to performing and sharing her music to perfect strangers!

Following on is Mister Kanish, a band who mix 90s style hip-hop with Mumford and Sons folk, UK garage with rock riffage. An unstoppable force on the party scene since 2008 smashing sets all over the UK with their unique arrangements of all your favourite songs.

Up next, Daytoner’s 6 piece line-up of baritone & tenor sax, flute, keys, bass, drums and DJ, fronted by the soul powerhouse that is Lucy Richards always fills the dance floor.


Tuesday 10th July - The Bench, Freddie & Freeloaders, London Gay Big Band

4:30pm - The Bench
5:30pm & 7:45pm - London Gay Big Band
6:30pm & 9:00pm - Freddie & The Freeloaders

 

Another University of Westminster act, The Bench offers a raw, ever-evolving sound of pop funk with ear snatching hooks and upbeat groove. They'll be sure to give a bit of rhythm and spice when opening the stage on Tuesday.

Freddie & Freeloaders have achieved national acclaim for their live shows and interpretation of golden era Soul & Motown modern soulful dance and pop classics. They've worked alongside acts such as Sly and The Family Stone, Roy Ayres, De La Soul, Guru, Chase and Status, to perform regularly at Glastonbury Festival - and this year they'll be gracing Hyde Park for OPEN HOUSE!

BST Hyde Park is delighted to welcome back the London Gay Big Band to OPEN HOUSE. The band, founded in the summer of 2011, is a sensational twenty piece jazz orchestra made up of predominantly - but not exclusively - LGBT musicians and vocalists. They'll be bringing their fresh and fabulous vibe back to the midweek festivities!


Thursday 12th July - Van Susans, Casey Lowry, House Gospel Choir, Old Dirty Brasstards, London Gay Men's Chorus

3:45pm - Van Susans
4:30pm - Casey Lowry
5:15pm & 7:45pm - Old Dirty Brasstards
6:00pm - London Gay Men's Chorus
6:45pm & 9:00pm - House Gospel Choir

 

BIMM London are bringing London based alternative folk-rock outfit, Van Susans to BST Open House this year. Renowned for creating powerful, upbeat and hook-laden songs, packed full of soaring guitars and anthemic melodies they are sure to bring a bit of noise.

Swiftly following will be BIMM London's Casey Lowry. With his infectious 'California Bruch Pop' tunes, Lowry will be bringing the crowd down on Thursday afternoon.

Britain's biggest boy band, The London Gay Men’s Chorus return for a fourth year to entertain and inspire through their diverse and impressive repertoire. With music including Britney Spears, Rag’n‘Bone Man and Eric Whitacre, gems by Sondheim and Sia and vibrant settings of work from Brel to Björk, the concert promises to be another unique LGMC experience in Hyde Park.

Also new to the midweek festivities is the House Gospel Choir. Even when the midweek is drawing to a close, there will be no slowing down with HGC's electrifying House meets Gospel experience that never fails to get audiences singing, dancing and raving along!

Old Dirty Brasstards are a 10-piece drum and brass outfit made up of some of London’s top freelance Brass and percussion musicians, playing an eclectic mix of tunes from the Beatles through to Lady Gaga and Basement Jaxx by way of En Vogue. ODB aims are quite simple; to leave audiences smiling, singing and make them dance - get ready, Hyde Park!

FREE COMEDY BINGO WITH BOGAN BINGO & HIP HOP BINGO @ CARNIVAL STAGE / MONDAY, TUESDAY & THURSDAY (7.45PM-8.45PM)

Strap in and prepare to experience the simmering chaos of the comedy gameshow, Bogan Bingo. An undeniably unique night of entertainment mixing classic 80s anthems, spectacular prizes, appalling choreography and two mulleted Aussie bingo callers - all tentatively held together by an eye watering version of the classic game of bingo.

Forget everything you know about bingo, as The Carnival Stage will also be bringing you Hip Hop Bingo! Hosted by the charming New Yorker Grandma Flash and her 87 year old lover, they call the numbers and drop the beats old school style in this brilliantly fun night out.
Expect phat prizes, lip sync battles, dance offs and gold plated everything all wrapped up in a night of bingo, breakin' and booty shakin'.

FREE DANCE WORKSHOPS WITH DANCEWORKS @ BARCLAYCARD STAGE / THURSDAY (1:30PM AND 2:30PM)

Opening our Barclaycard stage on the final day of Open House will be Danceworks free and all inclusive dance workshops!

Since 1982, Danceworks has been providing a friendly and inclusive environment for all forms of dance and fitness of the highest quality. They attract renowned teachers from across the UK and internationally, with a wealth of experience and teaching expertise. Many are working professionals in the dance and entertainment industry. In our classes, you will benefit from the same high standard of instruction whether you are a beginner, professional or in between.

 

Classes:

Street Dance / Commercial @ 13:30 - 14:00

Release your inner Beyoncé or Justin Timberlake! Street Dance/Commercial is a fun-filled class. Choreography is influenced by a mixture of street dance styles and music to push you to your energetic and rhythmic boundaries. The class will have a mixture of influences, and choreographer Sophia aims to motivate you to reach your full dance potential!

 

Dance Blast @ 14:30 - 15:00

Dance Blast consists of High-octane, dynamic dance fitness. Using the fundamentals of Ballroom and Latin American dancing as inspiration, Dance Blast augments those principles with a focus on fitness and most of all FUN! Expect to dance to your favourite styles such as Cha cha, Samba and Salsa, plus many many more. Teacher Matt has a wealth of experience, from performing on Strictly Come Dancing, coaching Emma Watson and Dan Stevens and doubling as the Beast in the feature film 'Beauty and the Beast'. 

STREET FOOD MARKET AND POP UP BARS / MONDAY, TUESDAY & THURSDAY (12PM – 10PM)

Whether you are a pizza lover, prefer a sushi wrap or have a sweet tooth for a chocolate brownie, the OPEN HOUSE street food market has it all. You will be spoilt for choice with the finest traders on offer all week long. You can also cool off in the summer sun with a draft & craft beer, wine, spirits or event a cocktail at OPEN HOUSE's pop up bars – serving from 12pm onwards.

BIRRA MORRETTI / MONDAY, TUESDAY & THURSDAY (12PM – 10PM)

Back for a second year at British Summer Time Hyde Park, Birra Moretti will once again be serving up the very best in Italian culture. Join us to make time for what matters, traditional Italian beer, authentic Italian food all enjoyed with your loved ones.

During OPEN HOUSE, we’ll take you on a taste tour of Italy. Try your hand at creating some regional Italian light bites to be shared with your chosen family. Savour the tastes of each region and learn how they have inspired the Birra Moretti range. If you aren’t hungry you can try your hand at Bocce, take in some live music and dance to our DJ as the sun goes down over Hyde Park.

FREE AERIAL CIRCUS AND WORKSHOPS WITH UPSWING / TUESDAY & THURSDAY (4:30PM – 9PM)

Have a go at aerial and acrobatics with Upswing… if you dare! Aerial circus company Upswing arrives at BST Open House to share how they blend aerial circus, theatre and dance together in a wonderful jumble that’ll have the audience gasping. Come along to see our free performances throughout each evening, then have a go in one of the free open workshops with professional circus artists.

16:30 - 17:30 Aerial & Juggling Workshop
17:45 - 18:00 Aerial performance
18:15 - 19:00 Aerial & Juggling Workshop
19:15 - 19:30 Aerial performance
19:45 - 20:30 Aerial & Juggling Workshop 
20:45 - 21:00 Aerial performance

 

THE ROYAL PARKS SHOWCASE / TUESDAY & THURSDAY

Summer is perfect time for budding and experienced gardeners alike to get their green fingers out, and OPEN HOUSE is the perfect place to do so.  The Royal Parks Showcase features a plant sale manned by horticultural experts, visitors will be able to get tips and advice as well as buy flowers and plants grown at the on-site Hyde Park Nursery. There will be daily talks including 'Growing food in London’s small gardens', educational activities for all the family, a photography display which features the winners from the Parks’ 2018 competition and a summer games area. There will also be opportunities to support The Royal Parks charity by signing up to run, cycle or swim in major events such as the London Marathon.

The Royal Parks Showcase daily programme:

Tuesday and Wednesday:

Plant sale – 10am to 8pm
Talk – 6pm, Growing Food in Small Gardens
Educational activities – 10.30am to 6.30pm, including: Botanical tea tasting, Paper potting, Pond world, Meadow Madness and Speakers’ Corner speaks up.

Thursday:

Plant sale – 10am to 8pm
Educational activities – 10.30am to 3.00pm, including: Botanical tea tasting, Paper potting, Pond world, Meadow Madness and Speakers’ Corner speaks up.

 

FREE FAMILY THEATRE WITH CHICKENSHED @ BARCLAYCARD STAGE / TUESDAY (10.30AM – 2PM)

Returning to the festival, Chickenshed’s Tales from the Shed continues to grow and grow. This year will be the biggest performance of them all as Tales is teaming up with Brit School’s Community Arts Practice students who, as part of their course, study Chickenshed’s inclusive approach to theatre making

This collaboration will make the music livelier, the dance more spectacular and the acting considerably. Taking the whole experience to another theatrical level. The show will incorporate stories, both traditional and original told using puppets, full body suits, physical theatre and with constant input from the audience. This approach means no show will ever be the same, meaning it will be a truly unique theatre experience in a unique. And what’s more amazing is that it’s free!

Let’s tell some Tales as the Shed door is ready to open.

Timings

Tuesday 10th July (10.30am, 11.45pm and 12.45pm)
Wednesday 11th July (10.30am, 11.45pm and 12.45pm)

Each show lasts 50-60 minutes

BARCLAYCARD PERK PARK / MONDAY, TUESDAY & THURSDAY

Inspired by the shape of the main stage, Perk Park is an exclusive space for you to escape the festival crowds and enjoy some true rockstar treatment - from panoramic views on the 12m terrace, to fast-track bars and free Wi-Fi.

Plus, this Summer, we’re giving you the chance to leap like a legend at Barclaycard presents BST Hyde Park and complete your own stage dive. With the cameras rolling and a full band playing behind you, you’ll get to channel your inner rockstar and leap into the mosh pit... (actually a pit of super soft springy foam - safety first).

Then all that’s left to do is share your video and watch your fans go wild.

The Barclaycard Perk Park will be free to use for everyone attending BST Open House. 

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