Top events you need to know about in 2019
Get planning your 2019 calendar with these hotly anticipated events, London-wide and local
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams
With an impressive empire of designer clothing spanning back to the midst of World War Two, this unique exhibition at the V&A looks at the history of one of the most influential couturiers of all time, Christian Dior. Visitors will be able to see exclusive behind the scenes photographs, sketches and see some of the clothing first-hand, with a selection of incredibly lavish ball gowns and glitzy dresses in the jewel-like tones Dior loved best, royal reds and pale blues. Dates available from February until July.
Van Gogh and Britain
Bringing together 45 works from landmark artist Van Gogh, the premise of this highly anticipated exhibition at the Tate is to show the way the painter impacted on British art and how Britain and its landmarks inspired the post-impressionist painter. Art-lovers will be flocking in their thousands to see the likes of Starry Night on the Rhone and Sunflowers with their own eyes – a rare chance to see up close the iconic thick swish of Van Gogh’s brushstrokes, the vibrant use of his famous colour wheel and that hue of yellow so closely associated with the Dutch artist. Dates available until August.
All About Eve
All About Eve comes to the Noel Coward Theatre this year, with the talent of Gillian Anderson and Mamma Mia songstress and Surrey-born Lily James playing the two lead roles. The story is directed by Ivo Van Hove and promises to be a razor-sharp insight into showbusiness as the two Hollywood stars portray Bette Davis and Anne Baxtor. There is also original music from PJ Harvey to give the 1950s classic a real modern twist. Viewings available until May.
Cirque du Soleil – Totem
The Royal Albert Hall will be hosting the talented acrobats from Cirque du Soleil from mid-January onwards, with mind-blowing signature acts. The theme of the production is the evolution of mankind, from our original amphibian state to the quest for flight. TOTEM will be exploring the evolutionary process with the iconic walls of the Royal Albert Hall providing an awe-inspiring setting. On until 26 February.
Edvard Munch at the British Museum
The news of Edvard Munch’s seminal pieces and a lithograph of ‘The Scream’ coming to London will undoubtedly provoke a reaction in art fans that mirrors the piece itself – shock – because it’s the biggest UK exhibition of Munch’s work in 45 years. The haunting face that leaps out of this iconic painting has puzzled art historians for decades, but the loneliness, isolation and raw emotion captured in the print is unmistakable, and something that makes more sense when you get to know its painter and his traumatic life, plagued with mental illness. This exhibition will explore the pioneering and somewhat enigmatic Norwegian artist and his complex upbringing. The exhibition opens until April and is on until July.
Hair the Musical at New Wimbledon Theatre
The much-loved musical, Hair, comes to Wimbledon this year with its 50th anniversary. The onstage performance will throw you back to the 1960s, where hippie flower power was on the rise and youngsters in New York’s East Village were yearning to change the state of the world in the shadow of the highly controversial Vietnam War. Enjoy all the colour and vibrancy of the fabulous costumes, stage sets, the tracks that have made the musical so famous, like Aquarius and Let the Sun Shine In, and, of course, the hairstyles. Hair comes to the stage from 21 – 30 March.
Orchids: Celebrate the colour of Colombia
As the second largest exporter of flowers in the world, Colombia is a tropical hive of biodiversity. This will be celebrated at Kew from early February through until March with a spectacular orchid display. Not only will the kaleidoscopic colours help you escape the dreary winter weather, but a trip to this unique exhibition will be sure to give you a serious case of wanderlust, as the bold colours perfectly mimic the vibrancy and tropical colour of Colombia, home to incredible Caribbean beaches, incredible desert and jungle-covered mountains. The exhibition will take place from 9 February – 10 March.
Lambeth Country Show
The 45th Lambeth Country Show will be heading back to take up residency at Brixton’s Brockwell Park at the end of July, with a typically family-fun line-up. The two-day summertime event celebrates the best of this inner city urban expanse and brings the countryside to the city, with traditional country and horticulture shows, bird displays and home-grown vegetable and flower competitions. Music is also a massive part of the festival and visitors can expect to hear a bit of everything from afro-beat to disco to jazz. Open to all, this festival is a particular favourite among families and there is plenty of opportunity for children to get in touch with nature and the environment. This year’s show takes place from 20 – 21st July.
Wandsworth Arts Fringe
Championing artistic talent and creativity in Wandsworth, the annual fair will be back this May with local pubs, restaurants, shops, churches and outdoor spaces transforming into arts venues. Sponsored by the local council, the festival brings together over 700 creatives in an array of nooks and crannies across the borough. Last year’s fringe saw some spectacular acts exploding onto the scene, with dramas, theatre performances, dance shows, magic, crafts and spoken word performed by talented Londoners. This year’s fringe will take place from 3 – 19 May.
Year on year, Barnes transforms, awash with locals and those coming from further afield, to celebrate local community and the arts in a beautiful south London setting. The event is the largest community fundraising event in the Richmond borough, with over 300 stalls selling an array of home-baked goods, and hand-crafted gifts. Visitors can also expect to hear live music from local talent, a children’s funfair and a grand parade. Keep your eye out for celebs, with last year’s fair welcoming the likes of Rick Stein. This year’s fair will take place on Saturday 13th July.