Preview: VAULT 2017

Established now as one of the major arts festivals in London, VAULT Festival returns from 25th January to 5th March 2017 at its original home beneath Waterloo Station and, for the first time, at satellite venues Network Theatre (just to the side of Waterloo) and Morley College (a little further away past Lambeth North). As ever, the programme features an exciting selection of shows exploring many themes via many more mediums. Full information and tickets are available now via

I'm still working out exactly what and how much I am going to see but I have got a few selections of the things that have definitely caught my eye. 

There's also a film festival premiering numerous exciting shorts and features, including are dark_net staring Johnny Vegas, Love Comes Later, a London premiere staring Sarita Choudhury, and Y Llygrgell/The Library Suicides - an offbeat thriller set in the National Library of Wales with Catrin Stewart, Dyfan Dwfor and Sharon Morgan; and lots of comedy and late night DJs should you incline that way. 

Personally, I'm particularly keen to sample the menu at Martin H Shaw's Eastern European-inspired restaurant Balkano.

‘Bitey’ size - £4
Hungary Hot Potato - Soul-warming trinity of tomatoes, potatoes and cheese
Slavic Slaw - Zested gherkins, chilli and cabbage with Balkan seasoning
Smoky Serb Salsa & Flatbread - Aubergines, peppers and tomatoes in a recipe from the hearth
Mighty’ Size - £9
Bosnian Sausage, Beets and Kajmak Cheese - A flatbread parcel of meat, beet and pomegranate molasses
Chicken Souvlaki with Labneh - The Archduke of Chicken Kebab Wraps, with smoked aubergine
Courgette Souvlaki with Labneh - The Archduke’s vegetarian brother
Super Smash Goulash - Strong, Hot, Marriage-Inducing Beef and Paprika Stew
Combo – any ‘bitey’ and ‘mighty’ dish together - £12

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