In The Diary: A Festival of Peace, Love and Music At The V&A

The Revolutions Weekender: A Festival of Peace, Love and Music will see the V&A host free events and activities including live music, theatrical performances, talks and film screenings from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 November. Highlights will include a new stage adaptation of John Lennon’s first book and poetry and song from legendary poet Michael Horovitz and visual artist Vanessa Vie. Plus the culmination of the Levi’s® Music project, with 12 young people mentored by grime artist Skepta as part of a partnership with Levi’s® to establish a community youth music space giving a special performance (tickets are available to win this week via the V&A’s social media channels). 

Afro-American Solidarity poster by Emory Douglas, 1969, Photo (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Afro-American Solidarity poster by Emory Douglas, 1969, Photo (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Across the weekend the diverse programme of events take inspiration from the current exhibition You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966- 70, exploring the era-defining significance and impact of the late 1960s upon life today: 1960s inspired DJ sets; discussions ranging from contemporary political activism to 1960s fashion and psychedelia; intimate live gigs from the Royal College of Music and Beatie Wolfe, and screenings and readings of revolutionary film and literature.  

'White Rabbit' poster, 1960s, designed by East Totem West, Photo (c) V&A

'White Rabbit' poster, 1960s, designed by East Totem West, Photo (c) V&A

Jean Shrimpton, King's Road in Chelsea, London, 1963 (c) Iconic Images Terry O'Neill

Jean Shrimpton, King's Road in Chelsea, London, 1963 (c) Iconic Images Terry O'Neill

The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, ‘Revolution’ 1968 by Alan Aldridge © Iconic Images, Alan Aldridge

The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, ‘Revolution’ 1968 by Alan Aldridge © Iconic Images, Alan Aldridge

You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966 – 1970 investigates the upheaval, the explosive sense of freedom, and the legal changes that took place resulting in a fundamental shift in the mindset of the Western world. Tickets £16 (concessions available). V&A Members go free. 

Friday 4 – Sunday 6 November 2016 vam.ac.uk/revolution