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Events at City Lit

Upcoming events

In Conversation with Lord David Puttnam, Thursday 6 October at City Lit

We are delighted to welcome award-winning British film producer, educator and environmentalist, Lord David Puttnam, to discuss his life and career with City Lit Principal, Mark Malcomson CBE

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Mental Wealth Festival, 10-14 October 2022 at City Lit

We're delighted to announce that this year's Mental Wealth Festival will be taking place from 10-14 October at City Lit. More information including the programme will be announced soon. 


City Lit Student Bursary - giving everyone the chance to learn

We are a charity, you can make a difference

Each year, over 1000 students apply for help with course fees, materials, and assistance with travel and family care. Your gift makes sure that financial need isn’t a barrier to education. 

Your gift can allow a single parent to discover a new skill, which will transform their lives. It can support our work with the deaf community, ensuring people across the UK can acquire sign language and lip reading provision. It can help us to further develop the UK’s only orchestra led by people with learning disabilities. In short, it will mean that City Lit is there for all Londoners for years to come. 


Past events

Classics Week (1-8 July 2022) & Classics Day (9 July 2022)

Classics Week is back for 2022. This year we bring you 9 days packed with interesting City Lit seminars as well as the main event, Classics Day at The British Museum. We have an amazing day planned celebrating the Citi exhibition Feminine power: divine to demonic at the British Museum with guest speakers Dame Mary Beard, Bettany Hughes, Belinda Crerar, Chris Naunton, Rosalind Janssen and David Stuttgart. 

The City Lit Theatre Company presents Macbeth, 14-16 July at City Lit

The City Lit Theatre Company are back in the John Lyon's Theatre this July with a production of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Directed by Jayne Denny. Tickets are now on sale. 

An evening with Dame Evelyn Glennie, Thursday 26 May 2022 at City Lit

We were delighted to welcome international solo percussionist and composer, Dame Evelyn Glennie to City Lit on Thursday 26 May 2022 to discuss her life and career and celebrate her latest achievement of becoming a City Lit Lifetime Fellow. 

City Lit Deaf Day, Saturday 23 April 2022

Deaf Day is a free annual one-day event organised by City Lit’s Centre for Deaf Education.  Deaf Day is a celebration of Deaf culture, an opportunity to see friends and a forum to try something new.  This year we celebrated Deaf Day with a variety of workshops and taster sessions as well as a special exhibition in the City Lit Gallery by former photography student Stephen Iliffe. 

City Lit Theatre Company presents Road, 7-9 April, in the John Lyon's Theatre at City Lit

City Lit Theatre Company are back in the John Lyon's Theatre with a new production of Road, by Jim Cartwright and directed by Gary Grant. 

Night Shift, Thursday 10 March 2022 at the Southbank Centre

Embark on a musical adventure with the London Sinfonietta in Night Shift by Cathy Milliken. Featuring our very own City Lit Inclusive Choir, this concert guides you through a relaxed evening of sound and play.

In conversation with City Lit Fellow Ed Balls, 11 November 2021

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.

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.

For more information please email johnlyonstheatre@citylit.ac.uk