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Weekend Guide: London’s gone weird for midsummer

Please, come, say how-do

Short films, secret squares, pop-up witches and singing along to The Wicker Man. You can tell we’re close to the solstice

Royal Academy of Arts

Psychedelic Piccadilly

Don’t accuse the Royal Academy of Arts of being stuffy: they’re throwing a summer solstice party this weekend, turning the courtyard into an enchanted forest, erecting a psychedelic temple inside and hosting an immersive sing-a-long of weird horror classic The Wicker Man. 17 Jun; 7-11.45pm; £45; Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J

The Shortest Nights Film Festival

Short out

The Shortest Nights is an annual celebration of short film. Choose from sessions dedicated to documentaries, the wilderness, relationships, the power of words, comedy and horror. Pick one theme or settle in for the whole day. 18 Jun; from 12pm; session passes from £6, day passes from £30; The Yard Theatre, 2A, Queen’s Yard, Hackney Wick, E9

The Open Gardens

The secret gardens

It’s Open Garden Squares Weekend and, much like Open House Weekend, it’s designed to let you into places you’d never normally get to. Tickets are all gone for the more exclusive ones (10 Downing Street anyone?), but there’s still a huge list of spaces to discover. 17-18 Jun; passes from £13; locations vary

Stuart McKenzie workshop

Paint ladies

Are you a fan of fashion illustration? Handy with a sketch book? Stuart McKenzie, author of Creative Fashion Illustration and former Vivienne Westwood studio employee, is running a workshop focusing on drawing in fashion advertising. 17 Jun; 11am-4pm; £21.59; The Museum of Brands, 111-117 Lancaster Road, W11 copy

Pop-up witch

Shop and event space She’s Lost Control have turned themselves over to Mama Moon, aka Semra Haksever, maker of potions and candles. Browse the wares for sale or book a one-to-one appointment with Semra. 16-18 Jun; free to browse, appointments £50 for one hour and a bespoke spell; She’s Lost Control, 42 Valentine Road, E9

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