Published on May 4th 2013
May 4th Events-Geek Festivities in London
This year, May Day Bank holiday coincides with May 4th (Star Wars day if you like). To celebrate the two glorious occasions, there will be a ton of events tailored to the geeks, nerds, dorks, fan boys and girls dotted around London.
You can read the event summaries over on the Urban Pundit. They list some cool things but after digging a bit deeper, I found out Sci-Fi London is also running this weekend. It’s a Sci-Fi film festival put together by the folks of the London Film Festival and there a TON of stuff going on!
If you’re like me you’ll want to go to them all but there are some clashes and not to mention, we all have a limited amount of energy to expend (being amazed is quite tiring really). So what’s a girl to do? Well I’m going to put together a list of my top picks, a more realistic itinerary for the weekend:
May 4th - Saturday
23:30 – 7:00, Anime All-Nighter, Stratford Picture House, £25 (omg so much)
I’m in two minds about this as I’ve never really had an interest in Sci-Fi anime. I’m just more into the gorey stuff and Shonens. But it’s probably a good idea to try new genres and you get a free goody bag:
“LICK – Frozen yogurt, an ice-cold of Mad Dog Energy Lemonade, a bag full of DVDs, books and other lovely things. Tea and coffee flows all night and we have a few extra goodies from Manga UK… some are signed :)”
So I’m going to give it ago, it’s been ages since I last marathoned anime and I’ve never seen anime in a cinema before so there’s lots to enjoy if I don’t make peace with the films!
May 5th- Sunday
12:00 – 14:00 Super Dogs!!, Stratford Picture House Theatre Square, Free
Who doesn’t like dogs? Stop reading here if you said yes…Just go.
Who doesn’t like cosplay? Stop reading here if you said yes…We could have been friends…
Still reading? Well Super Dogs!! Is the event for you my friend! This is meant to be the Comic con for dogs, where pet owners will be dressing their dogs up as the cutest/coolest Sci-Fi characters and parading them in front of other animal lovers (who probably don’t have pets, but would totally dress them up too if they did) and professional photographers.
14:00 – 15:00- Travel, London Underground
At Stratford-take Central line to Bank
At Bank-take Northen line to Angel
15:00 – 20:00- Make Believe Market, Torrens Street Angel, Entry Fee
I see some really cool stuff on Etsy but never feel fully comfortable buying from the shops despite the infinite coolness and the amount of effort the seller has put into the item. You just don’t know how it will look when it arrives. Strong apologies guys!
I also love markets (but never able to get up for 6am in the morning…seriously who does this…) looking at the list of market traders who are going to be at Make Believe Market, it looks like I’m going to be able to see the Etsy stuff in real life at a reasonable human time as it’s on from 12pm-8pm! Nik naks and clothes here I come! I’m expecting lots of Dr Who stuff and I’m interested in seeing some of the Steampunk related gear.
6th May- Monday
13:00 – 15:00 Sci-Fi Shorts Programme 1, Stratford Picture House, £8.50
I’ve not seen many short films before but I have a feeling this collection of short films are going to be awesome! The way that the blurbs are written are super enticing:
“In a world where time flows backwards, an old man will meet his wife for the first time as she comes to life, while his 7-year granddaughter contemplates her looming mortality…”- EMIT a 9min short film directed by JS Mayank
A few tips:
- You will have to pay for most of the film viewings at the cinema but there are lots of free events and workshops at festivals you can enjoy. Don’t be bummed if you can’t afford to watch all the films in the programme!
- It’s probably a good idea to map out your route so you don’t run late and miss out on the events you really want to go to.
- Try and sign up to event blogs if you don’t want to miss out on half the festivals like I did!
- Be prepared to go alone to most of the events listed in your itinerary. You and your friends are not all going to have the same amount of interest for the same events. Separate off and do the stuff you like and meet up again for mutual interests.
Sci-Fi London Full programme: http://www.sci-fi-london.com/festival/2013/programme
Make Believe Festival Events: http://www.makebeliever.info/events.html
A Google map I made: May 4th Weekend Event Locations
Stratford Picture House Show Listings: http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Stratford_London/
BFI Southbank Show Listings: https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/default.asp