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Friday Late at the Victoria and Albert Museum

How about visiting the original late night museum opening?

An ever-changing, curated programme of live performances, cutting-edge fashion, film, installations, debates, special guests and DJs, with bars, food, and late-night exhibition openings.

From 6.30pm the late begins, but unlike other museums entry is limited to ensure it doesn't get too crowded hence we meet early.

Topic of this late: Crowdfunding: Produced by the People

"Crowdfunding has changed the landscape of design production and dissemination, making the most unexpected projects and products a reality. Celebrate the culture of the sharing economy, fuelled by viral internet campaigns and self-motivated individuals pooling their resources on platforms like Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Crowdfunder. Meet the entrepreneurs behind urban projects, new technological widgets and subversive performances, learn how to crowdfund your own project and experience the Museum as it’s transformed into a marketplace  of creative start-ups."

Food & Drink

Drinks are available in the Grand Entrance throughout the evening and in the John Madejski Garden (weather permitting). Food and drinks will be served in the Café until 21.00.

Full programme is available here:

Where your host will be going (pending crowds of course):

Zombies, Run!

Room 48a

Can you walk, jog, or run? We need you to preserve the human race from the zombie apocalypse! Join us for the top crowdfunded videogame of 2011: Zombies, Run! - an audio adventure and running game with over a million players worldwide. We need your help to keep the last humans alive for a few more precious hours!

Peek Retina

Gallery 64b

Peek is a low-cost smartphone system enabling professional eye examinations anywhere in the world. Raising over £110k with an Indiegogo campaign to support the manufacture of PeekRetina, the ophthalmoscope adapter that turns any mobile phone into a retinal camera. Stewart Jordan will go through lessons learned and give you the chance to examine some retinas.


Lydia and Manfred Gorvey Lecture Theatre

We all know about crowd funded products and apps, but what about a bridge? The Luchtsingel is a 390 metre pedestrian bridge in Rotterdam built out of 17,000 timber planks each ‘sponsored’ by local residents and entrepreneurs. Each donor has their name carved into a plank, turning the bridge into a giant index of its supporters. Creators ZUS Architects will present the project.

And later by the Grand Entrance where there will be music and drink available.

Where your host will not be going but which you may wish to check out alone:

Beyond Clueless: Lydia and Manfred Gorvey Lecture Theatre 18.30 (89 mins)Made possible by more than 500 Kickstarter backers, Beyond Clueless is a dizzying journey into the mind, body and soul of the teen movie, as seen through the eyes of over 200 modern coming-of-age classics. Part adolescent fever dream, part roving visual essay, the film puts Hollywood’s high school under the microscope, on a quest to lay bare the genre’s beating heart. Narrated by Fairuza Balk and featuring an original score by pop duo Summer Camp.

Making Issue Two: Crowdfunding and Independent Publishing:

National Art Library 19.00 (Please note coats and bags are not permitted in the Library. Please leave these items in the cloakroom.) As the internet has thrown publishing's traditional financial, advertising and distribution models into question, crowd funding has been responsible for a resurgence of independent publishing. But what happens after a new magazine is launched with help from the crowd? The Dirty Furniture team chairs a discussion about the sustainability of independent publishing with the editors of some of today's most exciting magazines.

The end of the evening is scheduled for 10pm, as there is both food and alcohol involved throughout the evening and it is scheduled to last up to 4 hours there is no separate follow on event/pub/bar visit planned. Usually people form smaller groups on the evening and head to locals pubs and restaurants if they wish to stay out later, this is not part of the event but I encourage you to participate while also asking you to not comment about it so we don't have too many email notifications.

Price: £FREE and open to all

Any questions please message me directly.

Your organiser 

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  • Konrad

    Great venue. Great company. Just a slight fail with the zombies though not through lack of trying.

    1 · January 31, 2015

  • Rana

    Lovely event will definitely be going again, met some really nice people! Thanks Banjamin for organising.

    2 · January 31, 2015

  • David B.

    Thanks Ben for organising another great event really enjoy it.

    1 · January 30, 2015

  • Benjamin H.

    Ok guys, we meet at 6pm and go inside at 6.10pm. If late can you please read the description above to find out where we are at different times, if you have a bit of a wait between these times you have a huge museum to explore. I hope you understand we don't want an email notification every few mins asking where we are. Thank you, your organiser Benjamin

    January 30, 2015

  • Olga P

    I suppose to be doing tax returns on that day, but visit to V&A sounds much better plan !!! hahaha

    5 · January 14, 2015

    • Lynn C

      Definitely sounds more fun anyway

      1 · January 20, 2015

    • Olga P

      good news - tax returns are done 99%, and its only 29th jan. well done me !! definitely coming 2mor !!

      1 · January 29, 2015

  • Zahid

    Will you guys be going anywhere for drinks afterwards?

    January 26, 2015

    • Benjamin H.

      Hi Zahid, I will write the full agenda tomorrow and add it to the event, it will include plans for the end of the event. Kind regards Benjamin

      1 · January 26, 2015

  • Soraia

    Hi Ben, chances are I will get there around 6:30- will it still be ok to come along?

    January 17, 2015

    • Shelley

      Same here

      1 · January 17, 2015

    • Benjamin H.

      We will already be queuing/entering so you won't be able to join us as you won't be able to jump the line. Depending on the detailed programme there may be a meeting point and time later in the night, I'm awaiting confirmation of the event details from the museum and will update the event shortly after I receive this.

      January 20, 2015

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