Been meaning to pick up that book you’ve had since New Year’s day? Still not got round to writing that journal you swore you’d do? This month open up your mind and spark your creativity once again with our top arts and culture events. From breath-taking outdoor sculpture at Kew Gardens to fascinating talks with your favourite historians, expose yourself to a world full of inspiration. Whether you’re going alone, taking the family or hanging out with your friends – we have an event perfect for all.
Read on to find out more about our best arts and culture events for this year so far!
BBC History Magazine’s History Weekend
Celebrate history with BBC History Magazine at their autumn History Weekends taking place in Chester Town Hall 25-27 October and Winchester Guildhall 1-3 November 2019. BBC History weekends bring together Britain’s finest historians, authors and broadcasters all covering a diverse range of fascinating topics. Speakers include Dan Jones, Lucy Worsley, Suzannah Lipscomb, Michael Wood, Janina Ramirez, Thomas Penn and Tracy Borman. As well as engaging talks you can also partake in walking tours, book signings and Q&A’s with your favourite historians.
The Enchanted Forest
October – November 19 // Pitlochry
Explore the cosmos this Autumn at Faskally Wood with The Enchanted Forest. This year the team are encouraging you to look up and be inspired by the magnificence of the night sky. This year, the creative team are planning a jaw-dropping event that will combine breathtaking visuals, state-of-the-art technologies and an inspirational soundscape. Visitors will follow the winding trail past mysterious Loch Dunmore, deeper into the woods, to explore the sights, sounds and scents of the cosmos. A brilliant place to take the family, and expand your cosmos knowledge!
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
July 19 – January 20 // York St Mary’s
Following successful runs in both Brussels and Naples, this new immersive event is set to make its UK debut this summer in York city centre. Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience will open in York St Mary’s on Castlegate on 5 July, enabling visitors to step inside the paintings, world and mind of the 19th-century impressionist painter.
The event will showcase Van Gogh’s life and his creations through projections, recreations and interactive elements of his artworks around the historic exhibition space, allowing you to see through the eyes of Vincent Van Gogh. Over 200 of his works are featured, but rather than remaining static, the vast projections of paintings come alive with digital animation and an emotive soundtrack.
Chihuly at Kew Gardens
13 April – 27 October 19 // Kew Gardens
Contemporary modern glass artist, Dale Chihuly returns to Kew Gardens this year to showcase his art, described as the perfect marriage of art, science and nature. This striking display is included with your admission to the Gardens! Set within one of the most biodiverse places in the world, these unrestrained ruptures of colour will transform the Gardens into a modern outdoor gallery space like no other. Discover the unique and colourful installations in and around the iconic Gardens and glasshouses at Kew. There’s even a specially illustrated and engaging trail for the little ones!
Find out more about Kew Gardens and our visit to the grounds here.
Royal Shakespeare Company 2019 Season
October 19 – January 20 //Barbican Theatre, London
Educate yourself on the wonderous writings of Shakespeare with The Royal Shakespeare Company who return with three productions in an electrifying season that sparks with striking resonance. Featuring a company of 27 actors, they boldly explore the themes of morality, love, power and gender. Measure For Measure, As You Like It and The Taming of The Shrew will be at the Barbican Theatre from 26th October – 18th January.
British Art Fair
3 – 6 October 19 // Saatchi Gallery, London
British Art Fair is the only fair dedicated to modern British art. In 2018, under new ownership, it moved to Saatchi Gallery whose magnificent museum quality galleries provide the perfect setting for exhibiting the best of British art. You will find over fifty leading dealers exhibiting paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures showcasing all the important artistic movements of the past 100 years. Britain’s key 20th and 21st-century artists are represented by galleries alongside a curated series of special exhibitions and events.
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