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Secret Subterranean London

Exhibition preview

ILLUMINI Event 2010 is presenting Secret Subterranean London at Shoreditch Town Hall – from September 10 to September 15, 2010.

Have you ever wondered what secret tunnels and buildings are hidden under the city streets? Now you can explore, by torchlight, the ‘secret labyrinths’ beneath the streets of London on this illuminating art journey.

The exhibition, with over 50 artists, re-creates many of London’s underground secrets, with illuminating art, props and historical information on these hidden underground gems of our city. Find out the secret doors which unfold vast vaults and tunnels.

Illumini Event 2010 will be held in an underground rustic location in London, and promises to be an exciting and historical look into the history of the secret underground city.

The old rustic subterranean dark labyrinth, with its many rooms, alleyways and cells, will be transformed by artists and prop makers into several areas of historical underground London, such as World War bunkers, disused stations, crypts, historical waterways and many more.

The event will start with a grand opening night (Thursday, September 9 from 6pm to 10pm), which includes free entertainment – stilt walkers, light shows, magicians, illuminating dancers, tarot reading and historical costumed performers. Please arrive early to avoid queues.

During the event there will be free workshops, talks about secrets that are hidden in London’s underground by a number of special guests – from authors, historians and museums – and even Subterranean tours, with venues being opened to the public for this event only.

These include The Grand entrance hall of Brunel’s Thames Tunnel, where Illumini will present Genetic Moo, the first artists to exhibit in this unique space for over 140 years, with their light installation.

Another tour will include a torch lit exploration of Shoreditch Church Crypt, known as Shakespeares church. Also included is a tour on street level, that shows hidden secret doors and entrances to underground gems. There will also be talks on the occult history of London, and ghosts that explore the vaults at night. To view the event program and book tours and talks please click here.

Illumini also wanted to provide a free service to creative individuals, by offering free artist talks and creative workshops and has invited many well known art organisations to provide informative service at Illumini. Click here for more information and booking details.

You can even take your own personal tour, by using a clever application for mobile phones, designed by Illumini Artists’ Martin Rieser and collaborating artists Ximena Alarcon and Kasia Molga. ‘Riverians’ uses GPS and QR code reading. With this application, you can discover the hidden underground world which corresponds to real underground locations in Shoreditch – aligned with the sites of past events such as the Ripper murders – and then use the Riverain’s overheard tales to map those sites and find clues and directions to others. All on your own mobile!

For a full list of artists and performers please click here

Admission: Free.

Times: Daily from 11am to 7pm.

The Basement Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LT