Independent Space

Open Arts Café

London, United Kingdom


  • 34 Upper Berkeley Street
  • London W1H 5QE
  • United Kingdom

Regular opening hours

09:30 – 16:30
09:30 – 16:30
09:30 – 16:30
09:30 – 16:30
09:30 – 16:30
09:30 – 16:30


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Open Arts Café is a monthly themed arts evening giving artists from all mediums a chance to present new and original work at various stages of development. It was established in 2008 by Maya Levy with Tyne Rafaeli to give artists a chance to present their work in developmental and/or performance stage in a non-pressurised, dynamic and constructive atmosphere.

Maya Levy has continued to run the evening as sole artistic director since 2010. She is a singer, songwriter, actor and theatre maker, creating brand new work (musical, theatrical, experimental or…amusing ) at every event, keeping the ‘developmental’ side of things very fresh (and usually joyfully leading the audience in a singalong). The evening is curated very carefully to fit the themes and the standard of the artists is extremely high.

Open Arts Café is in its seventh successful year and has emerged as one of London’s best nights out, with a fun, intimate and generous atmosphere.

Here is some feedback from audience members:

‘One month is too long to wait for the next one!’

‘Open Arts Cafe is my favourite thing ever. Please don’t ever stop.’

Open Arts Café is committed to maintaining a high artistic standard by continually challenging both the artists and the audience and creating a forum for inventiveness, experimentation and growth.

Music, theatre, film, puppetry, poetry, visual arts, dance, acrobatics…

These are donation-only events, with wine and bites provided. The donations are given back to the artists involved.

The venue, West London Synagogue, is based in Marble Arch and has vast state-of-the-art facilities including studio spaces, a screening room, and a large versatile performance space. Open Arts Café is thankful to have the support of WLS as patrons of the arts.

To read an interview with Artistic Director Maya Levy about how it all got started, click here:

To read some reviews from past shows:


Winter Season:
January 28th ‘Memento’
February 25th ‘Big Spoon Little Spoon’

Summer Season:
May 26th
June 23rd

Autumn Season:
Dates TBA

Exhibiting artists