To celebrate Maggie’s Culture Crawl this week, iconic London buildings will offer night-time access as they’re lit up in aid of the event
This Friday 18 September, the 2015 Culture Crawl will take place to raise money for Maggie’s, a charity that offers support to people with cancer and their family and friends.
This year, the 15-mile walk will begin at Paternoster Square by St Paul’s Cathedral and will pass some of the capital’s most iconic buildings before it finishes alongside Charles Petillon’s ‘Heartbeat’ balloon installation and a new interactive artwork from artist Rebecca Louise Law in Covent Garden’s Market Building.
To coincide with Open House London on 19-20 September, buildings along the route will be lit-up throughout the evening. Curated by former director of the National Portrait Gallery Sandy Nairne, the itinerary will also give walkers the chance to experience culture, art and architecture as nine carefully selected locations open their doors.
HMS President, the National Theatre, Chelsea Physic Garden and the Serpentine Pavilion will all be lighting up while the V&A and Foster + Partners Studio will provide late-night access to walkers on the route.
The Royal Ballet will perform exclusively for walkers at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and there will be an exclusive pop-up screening of a Maggie’s film in the chapel at Brompton Cemetery courtesy of Nomad Cinema.
There’s an opportunity for a sneak peek at the Royal Academy of Arts too, where participants will get the first look at the brand new Ai Weiwei sculpture before the retrospective opens to the public on 19 September.
Sight-seeing and fund-raising for a brilliant cause? What better way to enjoy London’s thriving cultural scene.
It’s not too late to get involved! The event takes place on Friday 18 September starting at 6.30pm. Registration costs £40 and there is a £200 fundraising commitment. Find out more at maggiescentres.org/culturecrawllondon