phone mail2 facebook twitter play
This Week 9 – 15 January 2017

This Week 9 – 15 January 2017

9 January 2017 Belphoebe New

Now the hungover daze of Christmas has cleared and you’re back into the swing of London life, some of the capital’s most exciting festivals, exhibitions and performances open this week. Marvel at the incredible Cirque Du Soleil, perfect your cinnamon buns at the Southbank Centre and learn about the man who sourced some of the V&A’s most beautiful artefacts.

Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London
 
This is the first exhibition dedicated to the work of Lockwood Kipling, a teacher, artist and father of the author Rudyard Kipling. Lockwood played a significant role in shaping the V&A, working on the foundation collection and even designing the terracotta panels that can be seen on the iconic V&A building today. The exhibition will focus on his promotion and preservation of Indian crafts, including his paintings of the Indian section of the Great Exhibition, sketches of Indian craftspeople and objects he selected in India for the V&A. There will also be his designs and illustrations from books, including some of his son’s famous novels, and furniture designed for royal residences Bagshot Park and Osborne.  
 
Opens 14 January at The Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington, free admission. Find out more here.


Image credit: The Great Exhibition, India by Joseph Nash

Art, Maps and the World: Jerry Brotton, Adam Lowe and Grayson Perry
 
As part of the British Library’s current landmark exhibition on 20th century mapping, this event will bring together three leaders in the field to discuss art, mapping, and the intersection between the two forms. Hear from cultural art historian Jerry Brotton, artists Adam Lowe and Grayson Perry. Brotton and Lowe will reveal how they re-envisaged the world’s largest medieval map, the Hereford Mappa Mundi in 3D, and used digital data of the ocean’s floor to create a completely different world map, whilst Perry will discuss his use of maps in his tapestries, ceramics and graphics.
 
Thursday 12 January at The British Library, tickets are £12. Find out more here.

Nordic Matters at Southbank Centre
 
Scandinavia is more than just Abba, tall people and IKEA. If Adventures in Moominland inspired a love for all things Nordic, then make sure to return to Southbank this week to catch the launch events from Nordic Matters, a year long events programme celebrating all things Scandinavian. This week you can learn about traditional Sami shawl making, enjoy music from Lena Anderssen, make exceptional cinnamon buns and take some time out in the hygge zone. To get yourself in the mood, read our review of Adventures in Moominland and our guide to Hygge in London.
 
Nordic Matters launches at The Southbank Centre on 13 January 2017, find out more here.


 
London International Mime Festival
 
When you think about mime, you probably imagine performers wearing all black outfits with powdered-white faces, pushing their hands against an imaginary wall. But over the years mime has advanced into a creative dance form, celebrated in London this January at the Mime Festival. It explores the entire spectrum of contemporary visual performance including live art, physical and circus-theatre, mask, puppetry, movement and object theatre. Highlights this year include a German masked comedy troupe, innovative puppetry and a cast of taxidermied animals.
 
Runs from 9 January until 4 February at various locations. Find out more here.
 
Cirque Du Soleil – Amaluna
 
Montreal’s Cirque Du Soleil performances are in incredibly high demand, and for good reason. Their productions are so dramatic and elaborate that you will struggle to take your eyes away. Returning to The Royal Albert Hall, their latest production Amaluna is a tale of castaway romance featuring their usual combination of mesmerising stunts and mind-blowing performances. This 33rd production from one of the world’s largest theatre companies includes a cast made up almost entirely of women, a tribute to the work of females in the arts. Brighten up your January with some of the most unique, vibrant and jaw-dropping theatre around.
 
Opens 12 January at The Royal Albert Hall, find out more here.

Tell us what you think

You may also like

The Treatment

The Treatment

Delve into Martin Crimp’s contemporary satire at the Almeida Theatre this Spring

A Guide to the Thames Path in London

A Guide to the Thames Path in London

Londoners, in case you hadn’t noticed there’s a river running through the centre of your city and its called the Thames – and if you’re looking for a…

The Best Places to Watch the Boat Race in London

The Best Places to Watch the Boat Race in London

The Boat Race – a contest between two of the Britain’s most elite and exclusive universities in a sport watched approximately twice a year that incomprehensibly…

Win a Pair of Tickets to Threads!

The Hope Theatre - Win a Pair of Tickets to Threads!

We're giving away a pair of tickets to see this engrossing thriller at The Hope Theatre.

Top 5 Book Releases of April

Top 5 Book Releases of April

The contemporary literary scene can bring the most delightful surprises as well the most frustrating experiences. But then how gratifying is it to discover a…

Walk of Shame – An Interview with Eleanor Conway

Walk of Shame – An Interview with Eleanor Conway

Eleanor Conway began her career as a music journalist, travelling the world and interviewing some of the music industry’s biggest names. A ferocious clubber and party…

April in London: Top Literary Events

April in London: Top Literary Events

With the Edgar-Allan Poe-esque winter days almost fully behind us - when all you wanted to do was curl up in a cosy café, buried in…

Richard Mosse’s Incoming at Barbican Centre

Richard Mosse’s Incoming at Barbican Centre

Conceptual documentary photographer Richard Mosse’s multi-panel video installation Incoming is a deeply suggestive and aesthetically striking project reflecting on the way Europe today perceives ‘the refugee’.…

Most popular

Win an Annual Family Pass

Colchester Castle - Win an Annual Family Pass

Looking for great family days out this Spring? We’re giving away an amazing Annual Family Pass to Colchester Castle Museum.
Summer of Love at Shakespeare’s Globe

Summer of Love at Shakespeare’s Globe

Feel the love with some of Shakespeare's most romantic plays this Summer.
MADE LONDON – Bloomsbury The Contemporary Design and Craft Fair

MADE LONDON – Bloomsbury The Contemporary Design and Craft Fair

Learn more about intricate design and craft and build up your collection in a beautiful setting.
Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys

Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys

This stunning exhibition introduces the viewer to the battlefields of the Western Front, once places of horror and death, now revealed as landscapes of great beauty and tranquility.
Family Fun During the Easter Break in South Kensington

Family Fun During the Easter Break in South Kensington

Great activities to keep the whole family happy during the school holidays this spring.
Annual Tulip Festival at Arundel Castle

Annual Tulip Festival at Arundel Castle

Be wowed by over 36,000 beautiful tulips in the enchanting gardens of Arundel Castle in West Sussex.
North End Road Spring Market

North End Road Spring Market

Celebrate Spring at Fulham’s buzzing North End Road Spring Market.
The Brighton Fringe 2017

The Brighton Fringe 2017

Enjoy the very best of comedy, theatre and entertainment this summer at the Brighton Fringe 2017!
Eroica by The Little Orchestra

Eroica by The Little Orchestra

The Little Orchestra return with their uniquely relaxed and unpretentious approach to classical music.
Amy Winehouse Late: Icon

Amy Winehouse Late: Icon

Delve into the life of a music, style and queer icon with a evening of creative events.

Your inbox deserves a little culture!