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Upcoming Events at City Lit

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Visual Arts - Artist Talks

Next Talk: Wednesday 18 October 2023

The School of Visual Arts is pleased to launch its new artist talk series. Over the course of the year, we’ll welcome an established speaker from the world of Visual Arts to speak about a subject passionate to them. Our October talk is led by Helen Beaumont, an award winning political cartoonist, graphic novelist and creator of ‘Disappearing Women.’ 

Mental Wealth Festival

9-14 October 2023

The Mental Wealth Festival returns on 9-14 October at City Lit and across other venues in central London. This year's theme is connections, and we’ll be exploring ways that connection supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing and celebrate the numerous ways in which we connect with others, ourselves, and the world around us through a series of talks, panel discussions and short courses. 

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

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Deaf Day 2023

Saturday 15 April 2023

Over 2,000 people came together on Saturday 15th April for the 25th annual Deaf Day at City Lit. The event was a fantastic occasion and an opportunity for the Deaf community to meet, socialise and network with organisations and charities from across the UK.

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

Our eighth Mental Wealth Festival has drawn to a close and what a week it’s been. There were highlights galore, and you can read more on our blog. And don’t worry – if you missed the festival, you can join us next year or have a look at our upcoming health and wellbeing courses...

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

We were 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. 

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

 This year we brought you 9 days packed with interesting City Lit seminars as well as the main event, Classics Day at The British Museum. We had an amazing day 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. 

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. 

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 art exhibitions, drama productions, musical performances, book launches, creative writing performances, festivals, talks, lectures and much more...

Our events are held both online and here in Covent Garden, and also offsite in locations all across London. 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.

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