Announcing Last Night of the Pleasure Fair

Following on from We The People (of Culture Mile), we’re thrilled to announce we’ll be back in Culture Mile on 23 November for Last Night of the Pleasure Fair – a new Coney project as part of Culture Mile Nights.

Drawing crowds from all classes of English society, The Bartholomew Fair was both a trading event for cloth (and other goods) but more notably a pleasure fair featuring sideshows, prize-fighters, musicians, wire-walkers, acrobats and wild animals. It was closed down in 1855 by the City authorities after being labelled a “school of vice which has initiated more youth into the habits of villainy than Newgate itself!”

Join Coney in a pub just down the road from where the fair once took place for an evening of entertainment, interactivity and games around the theme of London’s counter culture, responding specifically to the history of Smithfield & the surrounding area. The event will be inspired by elements of historical research and explore how counter culture in London is now under threat.

Last Night of the Pleasure Fair is part of Culture Mile Nights, a three-day festival taking place from Thursday 21 – Saturday 23 November to explore and celebrate the nightlife and night-time economy of West Smithfield. Through the festival there will be interactive performances and events popping up in pubs, cafes and clubs across the area connecting and celebrating the people, places and stories that come to life after dark, as well as an exploration of the history of the area. 

Culture Mile Nights is inspired by and in response to the Barbican’s Into The Night exhibition, based on the history of cabarets, cafes and clubs in modern art (4 Oct 2019 – 19 Jan 2020) and the Museum of London’s Sound Clash Season (Nov 2019 – Sep 2020)

We hope you can join us at The Rising Sun Pub, EC1A 7JQ, 8pm until midnight on 23 November – find out more and book tickets here.

Representing Coney are Georgina Bednar, Ellie Browning, Michael Cusick and Naomi Stafford

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