Prepare yourselves – a giant inflatable bowler hat pop-up is soon to arrive in Paternoster Square near St Paul’s Cathedral. At over three storeys high, the bespoke chapeau will act as a hub for the hustle and bustle of this year’s City of London Festival. With over 100 events scheduled to take place under the Oddjob-esque dome from June 22 to July 17, including children’s theatre, cabaret, comedy performances and circus acts, organisers are confident that audiences will revel in seeing entertainment within an impressively unique space.
An eclectic programme of events have been scheduled to take place within the round arena, which will seat 212 people at full capacity. From the world of puppetry to commuter hour debates allowing audiences to let off steam on city-related subjects such as crime, the economy and Boris bikes. The dome will also house a musical homage to bowler hat fans Judy Garland and Liza Minelli.
Modelled to replicate the original design of the bowler hat created in 1849 by the world’s oldest hat shop, St James Street’s Lock & Co, organisers are striving to capture the essence of a symbol that became synonymous with the City of London during the 1950s. The dome of the structure will also echo that of Britain’s most famous domed roof at St Paul’s where the City of London Festival has staged orchestral concerts since 1962.
For more info on the City of London Festival and its bowler hat pop-up, visit colf.org.