100 things to do for free

Celebrate our centenary year by joining us at some of our '100 things to do for free'


September 2019 marks 100 years since we opened our doors.

Our Centenary affords us the opportunity of looking back and commemorating moments from our history. To say thank you to Londoners for a century of support we have free places on several events throughout the year. Join us to celebrate our diverse community of students, staff and partners.

Free places include performances, shows, talks and courses that span the breadth of subjects at City Lit. From the Schools of Humanities and Science, Languages, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Communities.

Where places are limited you will need to book a free space via Eventbrite where indicated below, places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. So that more people can enjoy the free spaces on courses we have limited courses to one booking per person across all courses.

Check back for more free things from City Lit from July - December 2019

May 2019

City Lit Drama Auditions, 1 May 2019, 13:00-14:00, City Lit
Audition for Level 3 acting courses at City Lit. This year we have five free audition places: email drama@citylit.ac.uk for more details. Book via Eventbrite >

Learning Disabilities Visual Arts Exhibition, 1 May, 17:00-19:30, City Lit
The annual exhibition of students with learning disabilities unique artworks

'Here to Havana', The Sara Dhillon Band, Friday 3 May 2019, Recital room 101
Join us on Friday 3 May for an open rehearsal of the 15 piece Afro-Cuban Big Band who perform a wide range of material from Cuban classics of the 1940s through to contemporary salsa repertoire. 

Start bookbinding, 4 May, 10:30-16:30, City Lit
Discover the art of handmade books! Three days of progressive projects will guide you through core techniques and prepare you to experiment, design and craft your own unique books. Places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. So that more people can enjoy the free spaces on courses we have limited places to one booking per person across all courses. Sorry - sold out!

Four day taster course in ceramics, 5 - 27 May 2019, 10:30-17:00 (4 sessions over 4 weeks)
Ideal if you are a beginner and would like to experience and explore the major ways of making pottery - throwing and hand building. Pots will be decorated, glazed and fired during the course. Places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. So that more people can enjoy the free spaces on courses we have limited places to one booking per person across all courses. Sorry - sold out!

Nature Talk: London National Park City - what it means and how you can make a difference
13:30-14:30, 9 May 2019, City Lit, Room 106
London is about to become the first National Park City to cover an entire metropolis. Find out more about the vision about this movement to improve life in London, to make it greener, healthier and wilder. This free talk will explain how you can enjoy being part of a pioneering movement to protect, conserve and enhance London's network of open natural and cultural spaces. Book via Eventbrite >

Piano Recital > 16 May 2019, 13:00-14:00, St Paul's, Covent Garden
Virtuoso pianists from City Lit's Advanced piano workshop play works by composers from The British Isles in the beautiful setting of St Paul's church, Covent Garden 

Massage Day at City Lit, 16 May 2019, City Lit
Join our City Lit Complementary Therapy tutors and graduate students for a day of free massage taster treatments and workshops to de-stress your day.  Sessions will be held throughout the day to celebrate The City Lit National Massage Day. More info>

Lunchtime piano recital: music of the British Isles > 16 May 2019, 13:00-14:00, City Lit Recital, students from City Lit's Advanced piano workshop

Big Bands concert, Saturday 18 May 2019, City Lit Cafe
A collection of arrangements by staff & band members, past & present; Simon Henry, Andy Robinson, Mark Bassey, Paul Bartholomew, Terry Loane, Nigel Stanley & David Bishop on Saturday 18 May 2019.

Introduction to jewellery making, 21 May, 10:00-13:00
Learn fundamental skills for making jewellery, through creating pieces such as a pendant, ring and personal project e.g. earrings or bracelet etc. Places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. So that more people can enjoy the free spaces on courses we have limited places to one booking per person across all courses. Sorry sold out!

Blogging: write your own blog using WordPress, 26 May 2019
WordPress allows you to interact, share ideas, and collaborate with others from home, at work, or in a classroom. Create a blog using the free web-based tool called WordPress.com, and learn how to start blogging effectively. Places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. So that more people can enjoy the free spaces on courses we have limited places to one booking per person across all courses. Sorry - sold out!

Lev’s Lounge returns to City Lit, Recital room 101, City Lit, 
Lev's Lounge are a pop/cabaret-style collective formed of former and current City Lit students and friends, this year they celebrate 10 years of gigs  together - join us to celebrate on Wednesday 29 May 2019.

Robert Puzey Trio, 30 May 2019, 10:00-20:30, City Lit Recital Room
Classical music from this much-loved chamber music ensemble led by City Lit tutor: Robert Puzey. Please visit our website for programme details in advance.

June 2019

Retouching your photographs for beginners, 1 June 2019, 10:30-16:30
Learn how to use Photoshop to enhance your photographs. Explore basic retouching techniques including enhancing colour, removing unwanted items, clearing skin imperfections and reshaping objects and people. Places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. So that more people can enjoy the free spaces on courses we have limited places to one booking per person across all courses. Sorry - sold out.

Chinese London, 1 June 2019, off-site - Chinatown
This walk provides you with an opportunity to practise your Mandarin Chinese by visiting different Chinese cultural spaces. The walk will include visiting a Chinese community centre, a Chinese grocer, a casino to learn mah jong and eating dim sum in a Chinese restaurant! The tutor will use a mixture of English and Mandarin. Sorry - sold out!

Arabic Walk and Talk, 7 June 2019, 10:00-12:00, Off-site - North Kensington
On this walk you will visit a Muslim cultural heritage centre in Kensington and sample North African & Moroccan cuisine as well as  visit the community group behind " Together, Our Community cookbook". North Africa meets West London! In English & Arabic. Sorry - sold out!

Spanish: Al-Andalus: crucible of cultures in medieval Spain, 15 June 2019, City Lit
Come and explore the intercultural relations that formed among the Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities as the geographical and political character developed and changed. This is suitable if you have an intermediate level of Spanish.

Final Production from City Lit acting students on the Access Diploma Programme, 15 June 2019, 14:30-16:30, Off-site - Union Theatre, Southwark Students from City Lit's Access Diploma programme perform their final production in the Union Theatre. Book via Eventbrite >

Percussion Orchestra at The Royal Academy of Music, 17 June 2019, 19:00
To celebrate Learning Disabilities Pride Week, Percussion Orchestra perform at the Royal academy of Music. Bookings coming soon. Book via Eventbrite >

Namaste London! Celebrate International Day of Yoga with City Lit, 21 June 2019, City Lit
Salute the Sun: Surya Namaskar, 10:00-10:45 (Bram Williams)
Explore the ‘Right’ Triangle in different schools of yoga, 11:00-12:15 (Bram Williams)
The Hidden gem - Yoga Nidra, 12:30-13:30 (Sarah Scott)
Open your heart with beautiful Chants, 14:00-15:00 (Renate Lalloo)
Strong and soft energies: Yin/Yang in asana, 15:30-16:45 (Caroline Ings-Chambers)
Book via Eventbrite >

Piano Recital: Southwark Cathedral, 18 June 2019, matinee, Southwark Cathedral
Pianists from City Lit's Piano repertoire workshop play works by Brahms in the beautiful setting of Southwark Cathedral

Year of Figure Portrait - end of year show, 24 June 2019
Espacio Gallery, 139 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 7DG

Late Lines Summer, 26 June 2019, Off-site
Join us for a night of spoken word featuring City Lit writers and special guests performing a mix of poetry and prose. Bookings >

Graphic design: collage with text and image, 26 June 2019
This fun and experimental course will enable you to explore the dynamic use of collage. Artists and designers throughout history have used collage from Kurt Schwitters and Saul Bass and Alan Fletcher to Pop artist Peter Blake. A practical course aimed at enlivening the creative process for artists and designers alike. Places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. So that more people can enjoy the free spaces on courses we have limited places to one booking per person across all courses. Sorry - sold out!

City Lit Ceramics Diploma Shows
The Ceramics Diploma course at City Lit will be having two exhibitions in June and July 2019. The graduating students will be exhibiting at the leading graduate showcase - New Designers - at the Business Design centre in Islington, 26th - 29 June 2019 and they will also be having their final graduating exhibition at the Menier Gallery, 10-13 July 2019. 16 students will be showcasing their work after two years of intensive study. Each student will be exhibiting work from their final personal project and the work will span all aspects of ceramic practice from utilitarian studio pottery to fine art ceramic sculpture. Come and see the stars of the future!. 2019 also marks 30 years since the course was started by the current course leader, so 2019 is a special year for marking a major achievement for City Lit in it's centenary year.
26-29 June 2019, Business Design centre, Islington.
10-13 July 2019Menier Gallery 51 , Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU

Textiles: waxed surfaces, 30 June 2019. 10:30-16:30, City Lit
Investigate the different ways wax can be used on paper and fabric; create surface decoration using a range of resist techniques or alter the structure of a surface and experiment with translucency, structure and stitch. Places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. So that more people can enjoy the free spaces on courses we have limited places to one booking per person across all courses. Sorry - sold out!

Photographs for beginners, 1 June 2019, 10:30-16:30
Learn how to use Photoshop to enhance your photographs. Explore basic retouching techniques including enhancing colour, removing unwanted items, clearing skin imperfections and reshaping objects and people. Places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. So that more people can enjoy the free spaces on courses we have limited places to one booking per person across all courses. Sorry - sold out!

July 2019

City Lit A capella, City Lit Choirs, 2 July 2019 (evening)
City lit choirs are joined by the A Cappella ensemble for a presentation of favourite songs in a variety of styles. Tutors: Richard Hartley Wilson & Della Rhodes. Pianist, Gabriel Keen)

Extended Drawing and Makers (EDAM) show, 2 - 4 July 2019, 10:00-17:00
RK Burt Gallery  57-61 Union St, London SE1 1SG

Discover Polish, 8 July 2019, 18:00-21:00
Get a flavour of a new language and its basic sentence structure. Learn some useful phrases and some pronunciation guidelines. A fascinating introduction for complete beginners and those who might like to take it further. Bookings >

City Lit Ceramics Diploma Shows
The Ceramics Diploma course at City Lit will be having two exhibitions in June and July 2019. The graduating students will be exhibiting at the leading graduate showcase - New Designers - at the Business Design centre in Islington, 26th - 29 June 2019 and they will also be having their final graduating exhibition at the Menier Gallery, 10-13 July 2019. 16 students will be showcasing their work after two years of intensive study. Each student will be exhibiting work from their final personal project and the work will span all aspects of ceramic practice from utilitarian studio pottery to fine art ceramic sculpture. Come and see the stars of the future!. 2019 also marks 30 years since the course was started by the current course leader, so 2019 is a special year for marking a major achievement for City Lit in it's centenary year.
26-29 June 2019, Business Design centre, Islington,
10-13 July 2019Menier Gallery 51 , Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU 

Lunchtime Recital: Bartok and folklore, 11 July. 13:00-14:00, City Lit Recital Room, City Lit, Keeley Street Students from City Lit's piano repertoire class (Tutor: Petros Moschos)

Sunday afternoon Piano Recital, 14 July, 15:00-16:00, Foundling Museum
Pianists from City Lit's Piano repertoire workshop play Beethoven sonatas on the antique Broadwood piano of The Foundling Museum. This concert is free but museum entrance fees apply.

Discover Hindi, 16 July 2019, 18:00-21:00
Are you thinking about studying Hindi? Enjoy a short introduction- from greetings and personal information to cultural insights- and decide whether you'd like to take the language further. Bookings >

City Lit Fine Art (CLFA) Show, 16-20 July 2019, Menier Gallery 51 , Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU, Tuesday – Friday 11.00 – 18.00 / Saturday 11.00 – 16.30

Discover Swahili, 18 July 2019, 18:00-21:00
Get a flavour of a new language and its basic sentence structure. Learn some useful phrases and some pronunciation guidelines. A fascinating introduction for complete beginners and those who might like to take it further. Bookings >

Twist and Turn; our journey in basketry
City Lit basketry course show, 23-27 July 2019, 11:00-19:00

An exhibition based on assessment pieces following a two-year basketry course. On show will be a wide variety of pieces in both traditional and experimental materials and techniques.

Discover Spanish, 24 July 2019, 18:00-21:00
Get a flavour of a new language and its basic sentence structure. Learn some useful phrases and some pronunciation guidelines. A fascinating introduction for complete beginners. Bookings >

Introduction to Facebook, 25 July, 10:00-17:00
Learn more about Facebook, the social networking site that allows you to find and communicate with friends and common interest groups. Keep in touch with family and friends or get in touch with long lost relations or school friends. Bookings via Eventbrite >

Discover Korean, 26 July 2019, 18:00-21:00
Get a flavour of a new language and its basic sentence structure. Learn some useful phrases and some pronunciation guidelines. A fascinating introduction for complete beginners which will help you decide if you would like to take your study of Korean further. Bookings >

Discover German, 29 July 2019, 18:00-21:00
Are you thinking about studying German? Enjoy a short introduction- from greetings and personal information to cultural insights- and decide whether you'd like to take the language further. Bookings >

Discover French, 29 July 2019. 18:00-21:00
Get a flavour of French and its basic sentence structure. Learn some useful phrases and some pronunciation guidelines. A fascinating introduction for complete beginners and those who might like to take it further. Bookings >

Discover Italian, 29 July 2019, 18:00-21:00
Get a flavour of a new language and its basic sentence structure. Learn some useful phrases and some pronunciation guidelines. A fascinating introduction for complete beginners and those who might like to take it further. Bookings >

 

August 2019

Discover Icelandic, 1 August 2019, 18:00-21:00
Get a flavour of a new language and its basic sentence structure. Learn some useful phrases and some pronunciation guidelines. A fascinating introduction for complete beginners and those who might like to take it further. Bookings >

City Lit Flicks, 1 August 2019, 18:30-22:30
The Cinema Museum 2 Dugard Way, Lambeth, London SE11 4TH
The 6th year of City Lit Flicks Annual Film festival at the wonderfully atmospheric Cinema Museum in Kennington surrounded by the film paraphernalia of the 40’s and 50’s. The films and photos are selected from the best of the year and include challenging and entertaining  documentary, experimental and narrative films and photos and witty and dynamic animations.  Beer and snacks are available throughout the evening and there’ll be plenty of opportunities to discuss film making and Photography with the film makers and photographers themselves and the course tutors. So, for a great night out at the flicks, grab your friends and come along to The Cinema Museum.