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EVENT DIARY It’s summer and the living is easy. Matchbox makes it even easier with recommendations for enjoying the wide range of culture, music – and shopping – on offer this June. Edited by Scarlett Kilcooley-O’Halloran

Swan Lake The Royal Albert Hall | 9–19 June The tragic love story that is Swan Lake pirouettes its way through the doors of the Royal Albert Hall this month. English National Ballet performs Derek Deane’s critically acclaimed production in the round as the auditorium is transformed into a magical lake. Tragic and compelling, book a lakeside seat and allow yourself to be entranced by this timeless ballet. (royalalberthall.com)

SWAN LAKE Swan Lake in-the-round (Photo: Daria Klimentová © English National Ballet)

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Sucker Punch The Royal Court | 11 June–24 July Leading playwright Roy Williams returns to the Royal Court to showcase his latest play, an examination of what it was like to be young and black in 1980’s London. Former friends – British boxing champion Leon and American Troy – step into the ring, but tensions rise as their past and present collides, bringing contentious and provocative issues to the fore. (royalcourttheatre.com)

Serpentine Sessions Hyde Park | 28 June–1 July Looking to continue the success of its 2009 debut, this year’s Hyde Park event has a cracking line up with symphonic-pop quartet Grizzly Bear, acoustic folk-pop crooner Laura Marling and the much-celebrated rock ’n’ roller Patti Smith each headlining over the three-day festival. With a capacity of only 3,000 and featuring some of the most pioneering musicians of our time in a stunning setting, 2010’s Serpentine Sessions promises to be an unforgettable affair. (serpentinesessions.com)

Superdry, Religion, Elemis and Benefit, there’s also a live fashion show, a manmade beach and a champagne bar – perfect for taking the weight off your feet at the end of the day. (clothesshowlondon.com)

Pam Hawkes Flying Colours Gallery | 30 June–23 July Flying Colours welcomes Pam Hawkes in her first solo exhibition with the gallery this month. Inspired by myths and religious iconography and working in wax, copper leaf and oil paint, her figurative portraits offer an ethereal, innovative take on traditional imagery. (flyingcoloursgallery.com)

Wireless Festival Hyde Park | 2–4 July One of the best things about London in the summer is that, thanks to festivals such as Wireless, the city’s parks come alive in a fusion of creativity. LCD Soundsystem, JAY-Z and Pink will be headlining this year’s event, joined by the best of British talent including I Blame Coco and the fabulous Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip. (wirelessfestival.co.uk)

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Chelsea Old Town Hall | 24 June If the credit crunch has forced you to tighten your purse strings then head to Chelsea Old Town Hall for DSUK’s designer One Day Flash Sale. With brands such as Vivienne Westwood, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada all up for grabs, you’d better get your designer skates on – entrance is free but be sure to register in advance online for your personal invitation to the event. (designersales.co.uk)

Clothes Show London Earls Court Exhibition Centre | 25–27 June The Clothes Show comes to town for a weekend packed with beauty, fashion and fun. Featuring over 70 concessions, including big name brands such as

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Art 41 Basel

Basel | 16–20 June Over 300 of the world’s most influential and esteemed art galleries, from New York’s Gagosian Gallery to White Cube London, gather in Switzerland to exhibit their collections of modern and contemporary art in what remains the international art scene’s most influential fair. Set in the cultural hub of Basel, with its medieval town and cutting-edge architecture providing its own aesthetic juxtaposition, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a week of artistic expression. (artbasel.com)

Blues on the Farm

Chichester | 17–20 June Now in its 19th year, this laid-back festival has become something of a West Sussex institution. This year highlights include dynamo blues guitarist Popa Chubby and five-times voted Best British Blues Band, The Hoax. Dubbed the friendliest festival in the UK, come to soak up the atmosphere and see some of the best R&B bands around. (bluesonthefarm.co.uk)

[BOOKS] Alex’s Adventures in Numberland

Alex Bellos | Bloomsbury Publishing | £18.99 In a beguiling concoction of maths, religion and philosophy, Alex Bellos explores the world of numbers, examining and explaining patterns in nature, the formulaic predictability of peculiar behaviour and how maths underpin just about everything. Written in a charismatic and accessible way, the author reveals numbers to be not only fascinating but fun. (bloomsbury.com)

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POPA CHUBBY (PHOTO: PATRICIA DE GOROSTARZU

Tayou Princess & Princes, Pascale Marthine, 2009 (Galleria Continua, COURTESY OF Art Basel)

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Out of Town

Phaidon Press | £39.95 Photojournalist Steve McCurry presents a portfolio of his best international work from Africa and Southeast Asia to Europe. His powerful colour photographs capture the magnificent landscape of places such as Cambodia, India and Afghanistan alongside moving portraits of the people he has encountered along the way. (phaidon.co.uk)

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