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FOCUS Favourites January 2018

January 8, 2018


As days get shorter and the temperature drops, it's not uncommon for the winter blues to set in. A few suggestions from FOCUS on how to beat them!




Lumiere Light Festival, London 2018

8 Jan 18 – 21 Jan 18, 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM


40 UK and international artists transform London into a vast nocturnal outdoor exhibition, offering new and surprising perspectives on the capital’s boroughs, streets and iconic architecture.  Free to visit and taking place north and south of the river Thames.





Amadeus (National Theatre)

from 11 January


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy it.

Michael Longhurst's acclaimed production of Peter Shaffer's iconic play features live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.







Music of Exile: Genesis Suite & Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra

13 Jan 2018, 19:30, Barbican Hall, EC2Y 8DS



Sir Simon Rattle conducts two works from the 1940s, including a rarely-heard collaboration between some of the biggest composers of the day, with visual projections from director Gerard McBurney.





London Art Fair 2018

Business Design Centre, N1 0QH

17 – 21 January


Presenting leading British and international galleries alongside curated spaces Art Projects and Photo50, the Fair invites collectors and visitors to discover works by renowned artists from the 20th Century to today.

Don't forget FOCUS members offer.




The French Show

Olympia Exhibition Centre, London, W14 8UX

26 - 28 January


The place to be to savour the flavours of France in January. Fill your basket in the authentic French market, watch live cookery demonstrations, attend tutored wine tastings, visit the language and travel theatre and you even have a chance to play pétanque!





The Ferryman (Gielgud Theatre)

until May 2018



Northern Ireland, 1981. The Carney farmhouse is a hive of activity with preparations for the annual harvest. A day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebrations lie ahead. But this year they will be interrupted by a visitor.

Directed by Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes and designed by Rob Howell, The Ferryman opened to five-star reviews





A World inside a Book: Gruffalos, Dragons and other Creatures

Discover - Children's Story Centre, London, E15 4QZ

until September 2018



Creep into a magical world of forests, miniature houses, dragons and other creatures with a trip into the brilliant 3-D technicolour world of the best loved children’s author, Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler, with the UK’s first immersive exhibition of their wonderful work.