Weekend Events Round Up: November 9 2012

Whether it’s music, literature or contemporary art that interests you, here are some events happening this weekend in London:

Sounds and Colours: Book and CD Launch

Front cover of Colombia by Sounds and Colours

Colombia is a country whose reputation is too often dominated by stereotypes, but a new project seeks to present a different perspective to the country, focussing on the country’s music, film, art and culture, while also taking into account the political and social issues it faces. Sounds and Colours now presents a new book that brings together this lively research, complete with articles, photos and illustrations, as well as a 16-track compilation of new Colombian music—an opportunity to discover Colombia’s music and culture.

On Friday, Arriba La Cumbia, one of London’s best events for all things tropical and Latino, is hosting the launch of the book with a night of Latin music and culture, bringing you live music, DJ sets, Peruvian cocktails and more. The event will also mark the launch of the Tiger’s Milk record label for Cumbian music. The event is at Passing Clouds in Dalston, from 8pm to 3am and free for those who arrive before 9pm. More information available on the Facebook page.

Ed Atkins: Us Dead Talk Love

Chisenhale Gallery presents a new commission from British artist Ed Atkins in his largest solo exhibition to date. This is the closing weekend, so it’s your last chance to see this intriguing and affecting installation, rich in ideas of life and death, the digital and the material world. Read a review of the show by Tristam Vivian Adams for Litro here.

John Berger: Art and Property

John Berger

Sunday is the last chance to see this show at Somerset House, celebrating the art and archives of the author, critic, poet and historian John Berger. In 2009, Berger donated sixty years’ worth of his papers, accumulated in his stables in the French Alps, to the British Library. Now the King’s Cultural Institute and the British Library present this exhibition as a chance to see highlights from that archive along with artworks connected to his life as a storyteller, artist and critic, from his 1940s drawings to the 2009  collaboration with Artangel and Alan Kane, Life Class: Today’s Nude. More information and opening times are available through the King’s College website.

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