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FOCUS Favourites November 2019

October 28, 2019


The winds are chill and pumpkins are quickly taking over the streets, but don't get bogged down by the weather this harvest season! Take the time to see more of what the UK has to offer, and read on for our favourite exhibits, festivals and more.




Art: Olafur Eliasson-In real life

Until 5 January

Olafur Eliasson has long used his art as a social commentary, but this exhibition at the Tate Modern is exceptional in its variety and beauty as Eliasson explores light, color, movement and pattern. “Issues of climate change, energy, migration as well as architecture” are laid bare in this poignant exhibit, and viewers even have the opportunity to speak with people from Eliasson’s team online every other week. Eliasson’s dedication to sustainability is clear as he even provides a 20% discount on his T-shirts sold at Tate Modern if buyers bring old T-shirts of their own for recycling. Purchasing tickets ahead of time is advised, so come see Eliasson’s work in person before the exhibition closes.





Book Ahead: Wimbledon Application

1-30 November

If you registered for the Wimbledon ballot in September or October, November brings the next step toward reaching your coveted tickets! Submit your Wimbledon application before the end of the month to complete the ballot process. Ballots for the championship will begin in January, so don’t miss your chance to attend one of the most exciting sporting events of 2020. If you missed the registration window, keep your eyes peeled for the next opening date.




Book Ahead: London New Year's Eve Fireworks

31 December

 Admire one of the world's biggest New Year's Eve fireworks shows this December by purchasing your tickets in advance! Tickets are alread selling out, so snag your spot in one of six viewig zones while they last. Be sure to select a zone on the same side of the river on which you will begin as many bridges will be closed and traffic will be difficult, and remember that no tickets will be sold on the night of the show.




Dance: Hemantika Dance Festival

2-3 November

The Sujata Banerjee Dance Company (SBDC) will host its fourth annual dance festival celebrating the rich variety of Indian dance. Founded in 1985 by the company’s namesake, the SBDC strives to promote South Asian dance on an international scale through its many tours, workshops, educational programs and dance school. For two days in November, a varied programme including performances, workshops, film and debate will amaze attendants and teach them about the beauty of both traditional and nontraditional Indian dance. Purchase tickets online for one or both days to experience the wonder brought to you by the SBDC.




Theatre: & Juliet

2 November-28 March

This exciting and fascinating new take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet will leave you dazed and amazed in the wake of & Juliet’s musical production. In this twist, Juliet swerves off the beaten path and travels to the big city instead of meeting a pointy end at her own hand. Music will feature the back catalogue of Swedish songwriter Max Martin, including songs like 'Baby One More Time', 'Love Me Like You Do' and 'Can't Feel My Face.' Full of girl power messages, this pop musical will move to the West End's Shaftesbury Theatre in November. Buy your tickets now, and try to resist the urge to break out into song during this epic performance.




Music: Music of the Night

6 November

Ever wish you could express your love for both Phantom of the Opera and Mama Mia! at the same event? This show is for you. As part of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Series, Music of the Night is coming to London to celebrate some of the most notorious songs in famous musicals. This show will be conducted by Richard Balcombe and performed by artists including Louise Dearman and Celinde Schoenmaker. Purchase tickets online, and check out the other facets of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Series while you’re at it!





Festival: Egyptian Cultural Festival

9-11 November

Experience ancient and modern Egyptian culture at the Egyptian Cultural Festival in London. The first of its kind to make the rounds in Europe, this festival strives to highlight some of the most famous and talented Egyptian creations and minds today. Promoting Egyptian culture and pride is the goal, and this festival surely hits the mark with its live shows, music, food, and fashion. Buy tickets online for a weekend of fun, and be sure to check for discounts on the website!





Sport: Chase the Moon Olympic Park 5k and 10k

13 November

Race your heart out for a personal best at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 13 November. Participants can choose to register for either a 5k or a 10k race, and each person will be provided with a chip that will record your running times throughout the trek. Clear signage and plenty of marshals will guide and encourage you on your fast-paced journey through the park, and the entry fee includes the tracking chip, free official photographs, a newly designed medal and fuel to get your heart pumping.




Children: Disney on Ice

13 November-5 January

Celebrate your love for Disney with your family as Disney on Ice comes to London for the holiday season. Watch over 50 of your favorite characters spin and slide during their best musical numbers, and feel free to sing along! If your little ones loved Toy Story 4, they will be thrilled to see Forky burst out on stage for the first time ever, joined of course by his friends, Buzz, Woody and Bo Peep. Get in the holiday spirit this winter and join us at the SSE Arena, Wembley for a magical evening your children will adore. Tickets can be purchased online.





Good Cause: All Dogs Matter 10 Year Anniversary Event

14 November

All Dogs Matter is a charity dedicated to finding homes for unwanted or abandoned dogs in London, and they are hosting an anniversary event this year at the British Film Institute to celebrate a decade of service. This organization also works with other countries such as Egypt, Italy, China, Romania and South Korea in an international effort “To transform the lives of dogs and their owners.” This anniversary event will feature comedian Sara Pascoe, actor Peter Egan, a celebrity auction, film, photography and much more. All ticket proceeds will be used to support the work of All Dogs Matter, so be sure to buy one before they sell out.






Not to Be Missed: E17 Winter Night Market

22 November

Don’t miss out on the E17 Winter Night Market! A tease for their later Christmas markets, this event will be held at One Hoe Street until 10:00 p.m. You can simultaneously meet the creators of some of the most interesting artistic pieces in London and complete your Christmas list before December at this fascinating market. Come out for a late night of cocktails, cakes and affordable, original art made by E17’s designers. If you like, you can even check out some of E17’s designers on their website to see the types of work available. From ceramics to stationary to accessories, E17 has you covered. 





Daytrip: Chislehurst Caves

Explore the Chislehurst Caves for a spooky day out in Chislehurst, Kent. The caves were created from the mid-13th to early-19th centuries and intertwine for over 60 hectares 30 metres below the forest. This hidden gem has a long history that stretches from chalk mines and smuggling sites to air-raid shelters and concert venues. The caves were also used to film many of the underground scenes in the hit TV series Merlin. Tours are conducted from Wednesday to Sunday every week, and they are also available during most bank holidays. You may book ahead online if you prefer, but it is not necessary unless you are bringing a large group.





Glasgow: Country Living Christmas Fair
21-24 November

Kick of the Christmas season with the Country Living Christmas Fair at the SEC Glasgow! This fair is something of a tradition and has been making the rounds in the UK for years. This year will include workshops, exhibitions, theatre, champagne, and more shopping than you could ever complete. More than 300 of the UK’s craftspeople will be available to speak with you and sell you their wares. With so many options, you might even be able to find something for the person who has everything! Check online for ticket prices as they vary by event and location.





Glasgow: Danny Elfman Gala

30 November

Pay tribute to Danny Elfman’s hugely successful partnership with Tim Burton and other artists at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 30 November. Elfman’s Gothic composition is full of heavy brass, percussion and haunting vocals as he creates entire musical worlds for his friends and directors. Music from Alice in Wonderland, Edward Scissorhands,  Serenada Schizophrana, and more will be conducted by John Mauceri and played on the violin by Sandy Cameron in this UK premiere of his Violin Concerto. Vocals will be provided by the RSNO Chorus. Purchase tickets online to ensure that you receive your seats of choice.





Cambridge: Illustration and Print Fair

9 November 

Come to Cambridge for the Illustration and Print Fair at the Guild Hall to celebrate new graphic artists and creators. The fair will display innovative contemporary print makers, illustrators and designers working in the fields of Zines, Linocuts, Risographs and Screen Prints, as well as work from degree students of local universities. There will also be opportunities to buy 20th Century art from specialist dealers if history is more to your taste. Over 70 exhibitors of print and illustration will be present, and doors open at 11:00 a.m. on both days. Join us for a weekend of fun by purchasing your £2 tickets on site.