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The Weekend Edit; 20.9.12

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The Weekend Edit; 20.9.12

Events, exhibitions, openings and tips... The Weekend Edit is our weekly what's on guide for the creative epicurean...

Festivals aplenty: food, drink, films, music and art… you’d think it was the height of summer. Here’s our weekly creatively-minded what’s on guide…

Encounters;  Short Film and Animation Festival

© Umshini Wam by Harmony Korine

Until 23 September

Encounters; Short Film and Animation Festival

Animated Encounters and Brief Encounters present the 18th Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival taking place this weekend. Showcasing 188 of the best in contemporary short film and animation from 36 different countries, this is one of Bristol’s leading cultural events. Both new and established international talent is represented and contenders will be in the running for nomination for the top short film and animation accolades. Highlights include Harmony Korine’s internet sensation Umshini Wam (an off the wall collaboration with South African rapper duo Die Antwoord), a touring solar-powered cinema which will tour the parks of Bristol, and a pop-up Cine-sauna.

Encounters; Short Film and Animation Festival, at a variety of venues in and around Bristol; Running 18th to 23rd September. Passes and ticket prices vary

Brighton Art Fair

Sophia Lindsay Burns

Until 23 September

Brighton Art Fair

Returning for its 9th year – Brighton Art Fair – the South Coast’s largest art exhibition will see around 130 of the most talented national painters, printmakers, photographers and sculptors come together to explain and sell their works to some 5,000 visitors. Run by artist Sarah Young and organiser Jon Tutton of MADE12; Brighton’s Design and Craft Fair and MADE LONDON, such is the popularity of this fair, high quality Giclee Reproductions of prints will be sold to keep up with customer demands.

Brighton Art Fair, Corn Exchange, Church Street Brighton, BN1 1UG; Running until 23rd September. Tickets £6.00 on the door, £5.00 in advance

Pop-Up Screens

22 & 23 September

Pop-Up Screens

We featured Pop-Up Screens at the beginning of the season (seems such a long time ago now), and as the long evenings draw in and the air starts to turn rather autumnal, it seems only right to preview their final pop-up weekend for 2012. Choosing leafy South Park as their venue, a fully stocked bar will help keep the chill at bay (though you may want to take along a jumper too) whilst Van Dough will serve up tasty pizzas from their wood-fired oven. Toy Story 3 and The Dark Knight are the movies of choice for the weekend and, as no trip to the cinema is complete without popcorn, London Kettle Popcorn will be on hand to tantalise your tastebuds further.

Pop-Up Screens, South Park, Fulham, London, SW6 3AA; Running 22nd and 23rd September. Doors open at 7:00pm the movie will start at 8.30pm. Single tickets £8.00

Playgroup Festival

21 – 23 September

Playgroup Festival

Situated between London and Brighton in an ancient deer reserve, Playgroup Festival has grown from an intimate affair – 500 guests attended its debut 4 years ago – to over 2,000 attendees last year. Now with music, cabaret, activities and children’s events over 4 stages, this has established itself as a real festival. There’s a theme – Lost Toys – and you’re encouraged to join one of 8 lost toy tribes, maybe you’ll be a Puppet, Doll, Monster under the Bed or Toy Soldier? Either way; by accepting the challenge of your assigned character you’ll be privy to extra entertainment for your weekend. A bunch of toys and deers wandering aimlessly around a park? This could get messy!

Playgroup Festival, Eridge Park, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 9JT; Running 21st to 23rd September. Tickets £101.00 for 3 day pass including camping. Weekend and day tickets can be purchased too

Manchester Food and Drink Festival

21 September – 8 October

Manchester Food and Drink Festival

Celebrating all things foodie and drink(ie?), the Manchester Food and Drink Festival is back for its 15th year. Open over three weekends, this years programme is packed to say the least as well as the most ambitious one yet. There’s pop-up pubs, local ale, wine, whiskey and the city’s first ever cider festival. An independent food market and feast markets will ensure you’re in optimum condition to ‘taste test’ all the booze. John Torode will lead a cookery masterclass and then there’s the other bits – chilli eating competition, oktoberfest style shenanigans, a happy hut and silent disco – what a way to see in the beginnings of autumn…

Manchester Food and Drink Festival, at a variety of locations throughout Manchester although the festival hub will be at Albert Square. Open 12:00pm to 11:00pm daily with free entry

London Oktoberfest 2012

Until 30 September

London Oktoberfest 2012

Oktoberfest is both Germany’s most famous event and the world’s largest fair, held over 16 days in Munich, Bavaria from late September to early October. If you can’t be in Germany, with the other 5 million people who flock to drink large quantities of beer, get yourself over to Kennington Park for London’s very own Oktoberfest. The tent – blue and white in appearance with rows of long tables – is traditional (tacky but brilliant), whilst the waitresses and waiters dressed in Dirndl and Lederhosen – and serving you specially made 1 litre beers – will have you thinking you’ve stepped off a budget airline and into the heart of the action in no time. Sing-a-songs and good times guaranteed, oh and vast amounts Bavarian sausage and sauerkraut.

London Oktoberfest 2012, Kennington Park, Lambeth, St. Agnes Place, SE11 4BU; Running 20th to 23rd September and 27th to 30th September. Open 4:00pm – 11:00pm Thursday to Saturday and 12:00pm to 7:00pm Sunday. Tickets £34.00 (Saturday £39) per person

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