RA Summer Lates: The Other Paradise

19 Aug 2017

Regular opening hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 22:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

Cost of entry


Royal Academy of Arts

London, United Kingdom


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Come and experience art, music, cocktails, mermaid life drawing, performance art, tropical funk DJs, craft activities, talks and more at the RA’s end of summer party on Piccadilly.


The RA becomes your playground for the night at this boutique arts festival inspired by ideas of paradise.

Wander through our courtyard, nomadic yurt and gilded Fine Rooms to discover mermaid life-drawing, tropical disco dancing, an immersive production of Milton’s Paradise Lost, palm trees, secret bars, Egyptian holographic fairy tales, mermaid crown-making, talks on Greek mythology and utopia, Persephone-inspired performance art, and much more to be revealed …

Dress code: otherworldly sublime
Think fantastical creatures, mermaids and mermen, bewitching underworld inhabitants and mythical characters.

Tropical paradise

Step into an outdoor tropical Arcadian paradise bedecked with palm trees, sculptures and creative activities, including:

Mermaid crown-making workshop led by headdress designer and artist Caroline Young

African drumming performances by Henri Gao Bi

Tropical garden photobooth and costumes by Lova Avedian and Ciara Monahan

Plus games, soundscapes, sculptures and artist installations to be announced

Nomadic yurt

Enter our yurt to discover:

Mermaid life drawing with Art Macabre

Tropical funk DJ set by DJ Kobayashi

'Paradise Lost' experience

Immersive production company Wilson & Hart present a reimagining of Milton’s Paradise Lost epic. Enter into the purgatorial airport and choose your route through the RA’s gilded Fine Rooms. The choices you make will lead you to Heaven or Hell, where communal salvation or an isolating nightmare await…

Mythical theatre

Lose yourself in live performances inspired by myths and fairy tales

Holographic visuals and live music performances by artist Adeline Rozario, inspired by Egyptian fairytales

Live performance art by artist Lia Ikkos, a retelling of the Persephone myth incorporating opera, dance and electronic music

Underworld, Utopia and sci-fi lectures

Join a series of discussions and informal talks led by historians and academics, about Utopia, sci-fi, mythical cults and ancient festivals.

Matisse's Paper Garden

Take part in this drop-in workshop creating paper flowers and foliage inspired by our forthcoming exhibition Matisse in the Studio

Plus exclusive after-hours private view of the RA's exhibitions

Summer Exhibition 2017
Matisse in the Studio
Second Nature: The Art of Charles Tunnicliffe RA

note that entry is subject to exhibition capacities on the night


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