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RA Lates: Summer Pleasure Garden at the Royal Academy of Arts

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Time 20:00
Date 21/07/18
Price £35

Inspired by the fantasylands of Georgian London - a magical space for entertainment, art and music, the RA transforms into a re-imagined pleasure garden for a spectacular summer’s night.

Georgian pleasure gardens were extraordinary spaces for entertainment, art and music. These magical gardens with tree-lined avenues glowing with lanterns, music concerts in elegant rotundas, masquerade balls, al fresco dining and natural spring water believed to have healing properties, gave ordinary Londoners a chance to escape city life for the night.

Explore the RA’s historic spaces, gardens and newly unveiled building at Burlington Gardens to discover spectacular illuminations, live music, DJs, soundscapes, moonlit dancefloors, gin grottos, artist installations, creative activities, secret bars and a summer ball.


Illuminated Garden
Step into the wild outdoor garden to ind luminous installations, live performances and activities, including:
The Promenade
Stroll down our plant-filled avenue and encounter pleasure garden characters and secret dens.
Misted Tea-House | Loop.pH
Experience this large scale mist-installation, a futuristic bath meets tea-house.
Pop Art Parachute | Flora Bradwell and Chris Ilankovan
Multi-Sensory Summer Ball | Alice Phelps, Shelley James and Bittersuite
Join this magical summer ball complete with live music, ballroom dancing and light shows underneath a moonlit sky.

Pavilion and Galleries
Explore the RA’s historic town-palace to discover pleasure-garden inspired performances and games:
Cabaret Party | Pecs Drag Kings
Bringing their latest performances and workshops to the RA including a “mansformation workshop”, DJs and dancing.
Parlour Games | Georgian Dining Academy
Take part in a series of after-dinner games, from cards, paper games and lively conversations.
Gin Grotto
Discover a hidden gin bar underneath the Royal Academy for surprise performances and secret immersive experiences.

Lodges and Parklands
In the historic life-drawing room in the RA Schools and hidden Courtyard, discover more creative activities including:
Garden Creature Sketching | Wild Life Drawing
Sketch garden animals from rabbits to butterflies at our outdoor drawing activity, inspired by the ecosystems of gardens.
Theatrical Marionettes | Art Macabre
Draw uncanny characters as marionette puppets come to life.

Temple and Amphitheatre
The RA's newly renovated site in 6 Burlington Gardens plays host to a lively programme of DJs, parties and film screenings.
Voguing workshop and party | Jay Jay Revlon
Light and Dark (Park) | collective-iz
Expanded cinematic screenings and performances
Flora-escence | Light and Sound Installation
Espresso Martini coffee-house

Street Food and Cocktail Bars
Rum Runner
The Libation Station

Street food stalls:
Oyster Boy
Club Mexicana
Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen
…and more to be announced