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The opening of Fora signals the emergence of Central Street. It’s now the place to be, says Katy Salter

 

TOP 10 DON’T MISS, YOUR FESTIVAL CHECKLIST:

1. Darth Vadar and Stormtrooper helmets
2. Spacesuits worn by John Hurt in “Alien”, Sam Rockwell in “Moon” and Leonard Nimoy as Spock
3. 1920s magazine covers by artist Frank R Paul
4. Jules Verne manuscripts
5. Vintage Soviet space postcards
6. “Sunspring”, a short film written via artificial intelligence
7. The “Gallery of aliens” – a big display of costumes from films
8. Jukeboxes offering sci-fi- themed music
9. US artist Trevor Paglen’s sculpture “Prototype for a Nonfunctional Satellite”, which is designed for launch in space, where it would be visible from Earth
10. Special outdoor screenings over the August bank holiday

 

This summer, aliens are landing in EC1. As the Barbican gets ready to transform itself into a mothership of a tribute to all things sci-fi, Melissa Crowther highlights what to have on your radar.