The Story of London festival celebrates the city’s past, present and future.
The Festival, which will be held across June, features hundreds of events across London, so wherever you are in the capital, you’ll find an event near you.
The Story of London festival has been organised around four ‘big weekends’ each of which is based upon a particular theme.
BFI Jazz and Film Weekender
London has been the subject of film since the late 19th century, and the BFI promises an unmissable line up of rarely seen archive footage. There’ll be opportunities to discover over 300 films and TV shows made in and around London for FREE throughout the weekend at the BFI Mediatheque. The films cover everything from Edwardian street scenes to Ealing comedies, soap operas to artists’ work.
The weekend will also celebrate 50 years of jazz excellence at the legendary venue Ronnie Scott’s with a chance to catch rare footage of Nina, Ella and other jazz greats. You can also enjoy lush John Dankworth scores in classic Joseph Losey films, enjoy live jazz, a London Film Quiz, kids workshops and competitions.
Some of the events
The Elephant in Time (BFI)
London on Film at the BFI Mediatheque (BFI)
1 to 30 June
Beautiful South: Lambeth &Southwark on Film (BFI)
The Big Smoke: Films from a Lost London (1896-1945) (BFI)
1 to 30 June
Story of London Film Funday at BFI Southbank (BFI)
Museum Store Family Fun Day: Movie Mail (British Postal Museum & Archive)
Beckenham Remembered (Bromley Libraries Archives and Museums Service)
Orpington Remembered (Bromley Libraries Archives and Museums Service)
On Film: London at War (Imperial War Museum London; Imperial War Museum)
13 June, 14 June
Painted Boats – A Historic Canal Film (London Canal Museum)
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