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FOCUS Favourites October 2018

September 27, 2018









If you like art, October is your month! London fills up with art fairs where the most important galleries from all over the world exhibit works by famous and emerging artists. Frieze, The Other Art Fair, PAD London, 1-54 London and Moniker are some of them.

Nevertheless, there is so much more going on, just check what we have selected for you.




Diwali in Trafalgar Square

28th October

The Festival of Lights is celebrated in Trafalgar Square with heaps of food, music, activities and fun. There will be traditional religious performances and contemporary Asian music and dance. Market stalls will offer arts, crafts and vegetarian Southeast Asian food and there'll be workshops and activities for all ages.




art: Frieze and Frieze sculpture

4th - 7th  October


London’s best known contemporary art fair, Frieze, returns to Regent's Park with over 160 contemporary art galleries.

During the art fair visitors are able to enjoy exceptional sculptures in the beautiful English Gardens by 25 artists from all over the world. Selected and placed by Clare Lilley, Frieze Sculpture is London’s largest display of outdoor artwork and turns Regent's Park into a huge sculpture garden.

The highlights include flags by Larry Achiampong, a 14-metre-high needle woman tower by Kimsooja and a work by Tracey Emin, as well as works by John Chamberlain, Urs Fisher and many more.





theatre: The sweet science of bruising

3rd - 27th October


Based on historical research into 19th century women’s boxing, The Sweet Science of Bruising, is a fascinating new play by Joy Wilkinson at the Southwark Playhouse. Directed by Kirsty Patrick Ward, the play is an epic tale of passion, politics and pugilism. It is about four very different Victorian woman, who are dawn into the dark underground world of female boxing.

Controlled by men and constrained by corsets, each finds an unexpected freedom in the boxing ring. As their lives begin to intertwine their journey takes us through grand drawing rooms, bustling theatres and rowdy Southwark pubs where the women fight inequality as well as each other. But with the final showdown approaching, only one can become the Lady Boxing Champion of the World. 






dance: Porgy and Bess

Coliseum 11th October -17th November



Set in 1920s South Carolina, George Gershwin, who composed Porgy and Bess, explores the relationship between members of a close-knit community. The powerful story of love and betrayal infuses an operatic score with jazz, gospel and blues influence. Written for a large cast and full orchestra, Porgy and Bess contains many unforgettable melodies, including the well-known "Summertime". Leading the cast are Eric Greene and Nicole Cabell in the title roles, and Latonia Moore as Serena in a return to the ENO following her memorable performance as Aida.






music: O Duo

13th October

Oliver Cox and Owen Gunell formed "O Duo" in 2000 while studying at the Royal College of Music. With their show "Bongo Fury“ in 2002 they played to sell out crowds and critical acclaim. Twice winning 'Best Music Act of the Fringe' at the Edinburgh Festival, "O Duo" joined the Young Concert Artists Trust in 2005-2007. O Duo is a mixture of classics arranged for tuned percussion, vibrant drumming from across the globe, and accessible contemporary works. Saturday 13th of October is organised by Holmes Chapel Music Society. 

On the official website you can download an audio guide and find out more about the artworks.





festival: London restaurant festival

1st-31st October


Over 350 restaurants across the city take part in the London Restaurant Festival. Try one of 60 events in the capital’s best restaurants throughout the month including Tasting Menus, Restaurant-Hopping Tours, Gourmet Odysseys, Chef-Hosted events and Ultimate Gastronomic Weekends. Weather you like family-friendly dining, a special local favourite, or a spectacular Michelin-starred venue. With over 250 festival menus to choose from, there is something for every budget. Browse the Festival Menus and find what you like.






day trip: Liverpool Biennial 2018

until 28th October


Liverpool Biennial is the largest celebration of contemporary art in the UK with free exhibitions across the city’s public spaces, galle