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Events at City Lit

Upcoming events

Between the Lines - launch, 26 November 2021

Join us for the online launch of Between the Lines 2021, this year's anthology of work by City Lit creative writers. The evening will feature readings from contributors to the anthology.

City Lit Theatre Company presents Animal Farm, 2-4 December 2021

City Lit Theatre Company are back in the John Lyon's theatre with a new production Animal Farm. This dramatisation by Ian Wooldridge sticks closely to the book and allows a new generation to access a work approaching its 80th anniversary but just as urgent as ever, in the year we witnessed the Capitol Hill attack. Vernon Thompson directs an ensemble of actors in a show featuring songs and music. 

Past events

In conversation with City Lit Fellow Ed Balls, 11 November 202

As part of this year’s Lifelong Learning Week, we are delighted to invite you to an in conversation event with City Lit Fellow Ed Balls and City Lit Principal Mark Malcomson CBE to discuss Ed’s life, career, politics and the importance of lifelong learning. There are three ticket options for this event; at City Lit, online and with a copy of Ed's new book Appetite. 

A Mile in My Shoes, London Literature Festival, 23-31 October 2021

Empathy Museum’s unusual shoe shop invites visitors to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, literally, and hear the global stories of their owners. The collection features a selection of refugee voices collected in collaboration with Choose Love and stories from ESOL students at City Lit. The stories showcased in this installation are specially curated to tie in with Good Chance Theatre’s The Walk and London Literature Festival’s theme of friendship.

Mental Wealth Festival, 10-15 October 2021

This year’s Mental Wealth Festival will take place from 10 – 15 October 2021 to incorporate with World Mental Health Day on Sunday 10 October.  The focus will be ‘adapting to change’, exploring how we have managed, coped and adapted in a period of extraordinary change and uncertainty, and the impact this has had on our mental health and wellbeing.

City Lit Flicks Film and Animation Festival, Wednesday 22 September 2021

We're excited to announce the 9th flickering Year of the City Lit Flicks Film and Animation Festival. This year the festival will be held online on Wednesday 22 September and will showcase not only the talent of current film making, moving image and animation students but also alumnae. 

To Be Continued... Exhibition, 7-10 July 2021, in the Espacio Gallery

Don’t miss your chance to see the amazing artwork by our City Lit Foundation Diploma in Art and Design students on Wednesday 7 July until Saturday 10 July at the Espacio Gallery in Bethnal Green. Find out more on our blog or book your ticket here >

Classics Week, 21-25 June 2021

Classics Week runs from 21-25 June 2021 and takes inspiration from the British Museum’s current exhibition Nero: the man behind the myth.  Join us for a programme of online talks, discussions, and taster courses exploring the subject of power in ancient Rome.

City Lit Ambassador Lecture Series with Ms Melinda Simmons, Thursday 18 February 2021

City Lit Ambassador Lecture Series with Ms Melinda Simmons, Her Majesty's Ambassador to Ukraine. This event took place on Thursday 18 February 2021. You can watch the recording here.

City Lit Perspectives with Sir Vince Cable, Tuesday 2 February 2021

City Lit Perspectives: Money and Power - The World Leaders Who Changed Economics with Sir Vince Cable. This event took place on Tuesday 2 February 2021. You can watch the recording here.

City Lit Perspectives with Professor Dame Mary Beard, Friday 6 November 2020

In Celebration of Lifelong Learning Week, we are hosting a special City Lit Perspectives: How Classical Cultures Speak to us Today with Professor Dame Mary Beard. This event took place on Friday 6 November 2020. You can watch the recording here.

The John Lyon's Theatre

As well as showcasing the work of our talented students, The John Lyon's Theatre is hired by some fantastic organisations including ITV Studios, London Short Series Festival, FeSTeLõn Festival of Spanish Theatre of London and Deafinitley Theatre. Find out what's coming up.

Events at City Lit

City Lit is much more than just an educational venue. Our events programme provides a wealth of cultural experience and entertainment. From showcasing the talents and achievements of those who have studied with us, to offering taster workshops for you to come along and try something new. 

Throughout the year we host a programme of visual arts exhibitions, drama productions, musical performances, book launches, creative writing performances, stand-up comedy, festivals, talks, lectures and much more...

Our events are held both online and here in Covent Garden, and also offsite in locations all across the city. Our partnerships with iconic institutes allow us to immerse ourselves in these new areas, from The National Gallery to The British Museum, and a whole host of art galleries. 

Venue hire

Please note, that we are currently not taking any bookings.

City Lit also offer flexible venue hire in the heart of London.  We have the newly refurbished John Lyon’s Theatre and over 60 classrooms of differing sizes, all available to hire out on a day/half day basis. With great on-site facilities and versatile spaces on offer, City Lit is an ideal venue choice for not only attending an event but to host your own events too. 

'The weekend went really well, tech was fantastic and the whole event went very smoothly. The space was fantastic, it’s a brilliant little theatre and was just perfect for everything we needed. The location is also great!'
Ian Street, Project Manager from Deafinitely Theatre

For more information please email

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