BBC London’s Robert Elms will be hosting and interviewing the biggest and best loved names from the worlds of art and entertainment to help celebrate London life in a truly awe- inspiring venue. It’s your chance to get ‘up close and personal’ with entertainers who normally perform in much bigger arenas.
Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei, the design team responsible for the celebrated Beijing National Stadium built for the 2008 Olympic Games, are creating the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012. It is the twelfth commission in the Gallery’s annual series, the world’s first and most ambitious architectural programme of its kind. The Pavilion is presented as part of the London 2012 Festival, the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad. The Pavilion will be Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei’s first collaborative built structure in the UK
This year’s Pavilion will take visitors beneath the Serpentine’s lawn to explore the hidden history of its previous Pavilions. Eleven columns characterising each past Pavilion and a twelfth column will support a floating platform roof 1.5 metres above ground. Taking an archaeological approach, the architects have created a design that will inspire visitors to look beneath the surface of the park as well as back in time across the ghosts of the earlier structures.
Thursday Night Live will be one of the best times to visit the Pavilion as the long summer days recede into night. The stars of stage, screen and the arts will truly be out for your entertainment
The series opens on Thursday 5th July with special guest Gary Kemp, who this month received The Ivor Novello Songwriting Life Time Achievement Award. Gary will discuss his work and play some of the songs that are synonymous with his band Spandau Ballet.
tickets are on sale today at www.eventim.co.uk £ 10 and £ 37.50
Tickets will also be available at The Serpentine Reception from 10am – 5pm ( No booking fee charged )