The Mandrake launches post-lockdown festival – a homage to Burning Man to support the arts
The Mandrake, the imaginative boutique hotel in Fitzrovia London, which reopened on 4 July, is launching an all new in-hotel festival which will run from 30 August – 10 September to welcome back its creative community.
Following the recent easing of restrictions on live music and indoor performances, The Mandrake has curated a festival programme of music, art and cultural happenings, one of which strongly supports multidisciplinary artists who have suffered financial hardship over lockdown.
The line-up kicks off with Burning Man Week – a special showcase from 30 August – 6 September, coinciding with the postponed festival that would have taken place this Summer, featuring a Philip Volker’s Dust to Dawn photography exhibition, screenings of Burning Man Art on Fire, and live conversation with the film’s producer Sophia Swire and Arthur Mamou-Mani, the architect of the festival’s iconic Galaxia Temple in 2018.
This is a series of fundraising events as part of an effort to fund an installation by a POC artist at the next event held in Black Rock City.
An Artist In Residence series follows Burning Man Week, with live performances from two of electronic
music’s distinct voices, Jo.Ke and M.A.N.D.Y. The Mandrake is also announcing an exclusive dance performance on Jurema terrace by London-based contemporary choreographer, Alexander Whitley, known to push boundaries with productions that incorporate artificial intelligence, code and moving lights to respond to the movement of dancers.
For the grand finale, the hotel is launching the new Mandrake Music Nights, offering local DJs and musicians the opportunity to perform at the five star hotel on the stunning Jurema terrace or Waeska bar, on a complimentary basis, with the option to live stream in the theatre space. Complimentary meditation sessions will also be offered for musicians to unwind following lockdown stress.
BURNING MAN WEEK
30 August- 6 September
● Exhibition | Dust to Dawn by Philip Volkers – 2 September & 5 September, 10am-8pm; *30 August
opening night Q&A with Philip Volkers.
The Mandrake is launching a photography exhibition, with a guided tour by Philip Volkers, in the
hotel’s antechamber and staircases documenting the visual adventures of Volkers at Nevada’s
notorious festival, Burning Man. Each year 75,000 people descend on a blisteringly hot alkaline lake
bed in Nevada, to let loose and make art. Volkers travels the world with his camera, achieving total
immersion in both modern and ancient festivals. The Mandrake’s unique exhibition features epic
vistas and stunning natural light contrast playfully with dystopian installations. Volker’s beguiling
portraits of unearthly characters toy with readers’ preconceptions, while his landscapes honour the
festival’s remarkable natural setting. The art and photography book by Philip Volkers will go on sale
to raise funds for the cause.
The week wouldn’t be complete with a chance to be a virtual participant at Burning Man Multiverse.
Virtual Reality glasses will be provided to take part in the official virtual reality world of Burning Man
To further celebrate the activation, The Mandrake will host a MINI BURNER EVENT at Waeska Bar on
Friday 4 September, 9pm-1am, showcasing the talent from official Burning Man DJs.
● Film screening | Burning Man: Art On Fire – 3 September – 6 September
An inspirational insight into the spectacular art at the centre of this annual celebration, the film
follows the unpredictable journey of the artists who defy reason to bring their massive installations
and sculptures to the Nevada desert. Filmed just after Burning Man’s legendary founder suddenly
died, the community of artists is challenged by impossible timing and blinding dust storms. This richly
cinematic, multi-character narrative unfolds over months as they imagine, build and ultimately burn
the extraordinary main structures in this temporary city of dreams.
The Mandrake exclusive screening is available exclusively for hotel guests.\
● Film screening and Q&A | Burning Man: Art on Fire + conversation with producer Sophia Swire – 4
Sophia Swire is an award-winning social entrepreneur and gender-lens investor; a creative innovator
with a track record as a thought leader and changemaker. Sophia is the producer of Burning Man: Art
on Fire, a 90-minute documentary film on the struggles and triumphs of the artists and makers behind
the annual event. She is in stealth mode with a major new investment platform which will back ‘jedi
women’ changing the world. The Mandrake exclusive screening is available exclusively for hotel guests.
● Film screening and Q&A | Burning Man: Art on Fire + conversation with architect Arthur
Mamou-Mani, 6 September, 6.30pm-10pm
Mamou-Mani is the French architect of the Galaxia Temple at the 2018 festival. Galaxia was shaped
like 20 timber trusses converging as a spiral towards one point in the sky. The triangular trusses form
different paths towards a central space holding a giant 3D printed mandala, the heart of Galaxia. The
timber modules started large enough to hold small alcoves in which people can write in peace. As
participants walked through the path, the timber modules lifted up and became thinner and thinner
towards the sky as people reached the central mandala. The meaning of the Temple to the Burning
Man Community is a neutral, non-denominational spiritual space where everyone can gather to share
in the experience of remembering the past, honouring or cursing the present, and pondering the
future to come. It is the heart of the festival.
The Mandrake screening, drinks and Q&A is available exclusively for guests of the Burning Man
organisers and The Mandrake’s hotel guests.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAMMING – 9 – 14 September
Jo.Ke + M.A.N.D.Y., 8-14 September, Jurema terrace
Live performances from two of electronic music’s distinct voices, Jo.Ke and M.A.N.D.Y join forces to perform their unreleased track from their recent collaboration, as The Mandrake world exclusive.
● Jo.Ke is one of electronic music’s distinct voices. The hymn “Who Loves The Sun” (Bar25) – Nu &
Jo.Ke’s first and biggest yet – continues to make its way to listeners worldwide, from Burning Man
sunrises to small psychotropic festivals like Vodoohop’s Heliodora. His collaborations and remixes
with artists such as Acid Pauli, Nicola Cruz, Ninze & Wide Awake have given Jo.Ke a nicely assorted
catalogue of music to construct his hybrid / live set from.
● The mutual talents of childhood friends Philipp Jung and Patrick Bodmer, M.A.N.D.Y, have carved a
unique niche in electronic music by consistently selecting productions that induce their audience into
a somatic frenzy. They have achieved massive success in colluding to create music that simply makes
bodies move. Their foot stamping, hair flying passion is the ultimate expression of a dance music
phenomenon for many years. Together, they push the boundaries of dance music to compile an
enviable arsenal of electro kissing house while caressing disco and flirting with techno, utilising
infrared technology and a new mapping technique to project inverted video effects onto their
physical form as they perform.
● Jo.Ke and M.A.N.D.Y unite at The Mandrake for a unique world exclusive performance and
recording of their new single in YOPO restaurant during their September residency
– 10 September: Live music session with Jo.Ke and Q&A for hotel guests
– 12 September: Grand showcase by Jo.Ke and M.A.N.D.Y. to celebrate The Mandrake’s 3rd anniversary
– Public and guests can watch the live performances by booking a Jurema table reservation
(emailing firstname.lastname@example.org) on Thursdays and a Waeska bar reservation on Fridays
DANCE SPECTACLE BY ALEXANDER WHITLEY
● Exclusive performance by Alexander Whitley, 9-10 September, Jurema Terrace
*doors open 7.30pm for 8pm dinner bookable here
Alexander Whitley is a London-based choreographer working at the cutting edge of British
contemporary dance and has developed a reputation for a bold interdisciplinary approach to dance
making, producing technologically innovative and thought provoking stage productions as well as
exploring the creative possibilities being opened up by new digital platforms. He has created work for
several of the UK’s leading companies including The Royal Ballet, Rambert, Balletboyz, Candoco and
Birmingham Royal Ballet and is a New Wave Associate artist at Sadler’s Wells.
The Mandrake is delighted to be hosting Whitley for an exclusive performance centred around
Pattern Recognition in collaboration with digital artist Memo Akten
The dance production uses artificial intelligence to drive the latest motion sensing technology to
respond directly to the movements of the dancers, using code and a system of moving lights and
– 9 September: The Mandrake invites Fitzrovia locals to enjoy an Alexander Whitley show with
a 50% discounted dinner from their set menu
– 10 September: The Mandrake’s performance package of 3 course dinner, wine and show for
– Bookable by calling 020 3981 3033 or emailing email@example.com
MANDRAKE MUSIC SERIES – SUPPORTING LOCAL ARTISTS
● The Mandrake is offering local live musicians the opportunity to perform at the hotel on Thursdays,
and local DJs on Fridays and Saturdays. Mr Shiver will be providing a musical set at Waeska Bar on Friday 28th August with upcoming sets by Manny Panther, YOMI and Noble T and upcoming live
performances on Jurema will be by Alan Hulsey, Moyses Dos Santos, Heidi Vogel, Cherise, Alice
Zwadarowski, Trio manouche & Emilia Summers.
● Each performance will take place on the stunning Jurema terrace or Waeska bar, with the alternative
option to perform in The Mandrake’s theatre space to live stream to followers and fans.
● Artists can apply for a unique slot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
● Going the extra mile, The Mandrake is offering local creatives complimentary morning meditation
sessions on Jurema terrace – to help musicians relax and unwind following the stress over lockdown –
as well as a complimentary selected bottle of wine with their food on Jurema.
*All sessions will be incredibly intimate, to not only keep guests safe, but to ensure the most mind-expanding of experiences.
The Mandrake, 20-21 Newman St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1PG