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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