LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Celebrating its thirteenth year, the London Short Film Festival is most recognised for showcasing the most cutting edge and up-and-coming directors. Becoming a significant date in the UK film calendar, these are a real treat to see just ahead of an Awards season which will be celebrating the big blockbusters of last year. Most of the events and screenings are at the ICA theatre and cinema, though head over to East London for venues like the Hackney Picturehouse.
From 8 January to 17 January 2016, ICA, 12 Carlton House Terrace, London
SW1Y 5AH and others.
COSMONAUTS: BIRTH OF THE SPACE AGE
With all the excitement surrounding Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space station, and Star Wars exploding in the Box Office – the Cosmos is back in everyone’s minds. Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space age tells the story of the soviet mission with soviet art and posters, there’s also the more intimate detail of space (going to the loo in zero gravity) all feeding the long held fascination with our need to explore the final frontier.
Until 13 March at Science Museum, Exhibition Road SW7 2DD
Marking the Saatchi Gallery’s 30th anniversary is it’s first exhibition of All-female artists. With a showcase, both well-known names such as Jenny Saville and Tracey Emin, alongside lesser known artists such as Sigrid Holmwood and Alice Anderson. The exhibition, titled Champagne Life, takes its name from one of the works on display in an exhibition that aims to celebrate the fantastic diversity and richness of work by contemporary female artists, though without making a feminist point.
From January 13 until March 6 2016 At the Saatchi Gallery, Duke Of York's HQ, King's Rd, London SW3 4RY
The latest offering from the spectacular Cirque du Solei performed in the UK for the first time. Celebrating its 20th year at the Royal Albert Hall with a story inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ – Amaluna takes place on an island governed by Goddesses, which is disrupted when a storm washes up a group of men. With an all-female band, and the majority of cast being female performers has been described as ‘a tribute to the work and voice of women’. The title, Amaluna, combines "Ama" which refers to mother in many languages, and "luna" or moon which is a symbol of femininity.
Cirque du Soleil's 33rd production, written and directed by Tony Award-winning director, Diane Paulus.
16 January to 3 March 2016 at The Royal Albert Hall
A celebration of the Spielberg Classic ‘ Jurassic Park’, this spin on the classic cautionary tale takes place in the unlikely setting of Lyme Regis Community Centre, where the Park Family – Terry, Jade and Noah – must embark on a journey to a misty past, facing family feuds and DIY dinosaurs.
A laugh-out-loud epic adventure that also aims to act as a powerful reminder of the ones we love.
2 January until 23 January 2016 at St. James Theatre, 12 palace St, London SW1E 5JA
Le Corsaire (The Pirate) opens with a pirate ship captained by the dashing hero Conrad and his faithful pirate crew as they embark on a mission to rescue the beautiful Medora, Conrad’s love, from the notorious slave trader Lankendem.
In a classic swashbuckling fantasy tale of love and betrayal filled with action, passion and romance, has been reinvented by English National Ballet, the only UK company to perform the complete work.
Staged by Anna-Marie Holmes, with the breath-taking sets by Hollywood designer Bob Ringwood (Batman) and English National Ballet Philharmonic.
18 Nov 2015 – 25 Jun 2016 at the London
Coliseum St Martin's Ln, London WC2N 4ES
THE ELECTRONIC SUPER HIGHWAY
The title Electronic Superhighway is taken from a term coined by South Korean video artist Nam June Paik in 1974 , who foresaw the potential of global connections through technology. Spanning 50 years, from 2016 to 1966 The Exhibition travels back in time, beginning with works made between 2000 – 2016, and ending with Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T), an iconic moment that took place in 1966.
The exhibition seeks to illustrate, how the Internet has provided material for different generations of artists whilst reflecting on issues surrounding the use of digital image manipulation, the rapid commercialisation of the web and the Dark Web.
29 Jan to 15 May 2016 at the Whitechapel Gallery
PAINTING THE MODERN GARDEN: MONET TO MATISSE
Trace the emergence of the modern garden in its many forms as seen by the eyes of some of our most renowned artists with some of the most important works from Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Avant-Garde artists of the early twentieth century. From masterpieces we know and love such as the ‘Water Lilles’ series by Monet to masterpieces by Renoir, Cezanne, Pissarro, Manet, Sargent, Kandinsky, Van Gogh, Matisse, Klimt and Klee.
Co-organised by the Royal Academy of Arts and the Cleveland Museum of Art. This exhibition has over 120 works on show, and is an unmissable look at how gardens shaped art from the 1860’s to 1920’s.
30 Jan to 20 April 2016 at the Royal Academy of Arts
FIVE FINGER EXERCISE
A new production of the taut family drama set in 50’s Britain from the writer of Amadeus and Equus. When The Harrington family welcome handsome young German in the position of tutor, his arrival prove to be a catalyst that reveals underlying family tensions
Five Finger Exercise written by Peter Shaffer was first presented in 1958 under the direction of John Gielgud at the Comedy Theatre, London, where it won the Evening Standard Drama Award. It also follows a stint in New York where it took home Best Foreign Play at the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.
18 January - 13 February at print room at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3LB
NEW SHOP: BELLA FREUD
We’re delighted that our favourite designer of witty knitwear has at last opened her own boutique in the Marylebone Village.
49 Chiltern Street, Marylebone W1
Image Credit l-R: Cosmonauts, Five Finger Exercise at the Print Room, Champagne Life, Le Corsaire at the Royal Ballet