Thu 21 Apr
No Furniture So Charming
Bethnal Green Library | 7pm | £5 adv/£7 door
A night devoted to the architecture of knowledge, and the future of book-borrowing. Much more than just bricks and mortar, the public lending library has long been considered the cornerstone of an educated and literate population. Yet, as the way we use libraries has changed, so too has their function as a physical space.
Borrowing its title from Sidney Smith’s description of books, No Furniture So Charming gathers five artists, writers and performers to present their vision for the library of the future. Be it a personal utopia, work of science fiction or a practical reimagining of the needs of the user. Guests will be pitted against each other, an audience and a crack panel of bibliophilic judges in a playful battle that pays homage to a revered space in times of change.