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Winter of Culture

January 13th, 2022 | by Tom Harrow-Smith

Winter of Culture

January is here and whilst it may seem like the depths of winter with little to give us cheer, there's a whole new season of cultural events taking place across South Bank's iconic venues this January and February.

Southbank Centre have announced new acts as part of their Purcell Sessions programme of weekly live music, whilst there is no short supply of classical concerts either in the Royal Festival Hall. Plus, this half-term, Imagine Children's Festival returns for the first time since 2020, with a range of free events to keep the kids entertained. And that's not all, Hayward Gallery are hosting a major Louise Bourgeois retrospective beginning in February.

There are several new plays launching at The National Theatre including the return of the acclaimed Small Island, which was last performed back in 2019. New shows include an adaptation of Wuthering Heights and Alecky Blythe's new play Our Generation.

David Bowie is crash landing into BFI Southbank this month, with a whole season dedicated to his work on film as well as the cinema which inspired him. You will also be able to catch selected titles from the London Short Film Festival as well as a season dedicated to exploration and endurace on film in To the Ends of the Earth.

And as usual, there will be plenty of free exhibitions taking place across Oxo Tower Wharf each week. Highlights include the Derwent Art Prize and Exhibit Here's Art Maze taking place in both gallery@oxo and Bargehouse.

  • David Bowie: Starman and the Silverscreen

    When? 

    Multiple screenings and events throughout January.

    Where?

    BFI Southbank

    What?

    A celebration of the Starman himself and his accomplishments on the silver screen. Screenings of Labyrinth and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me are amongst the cult favourites showing. Plus look out for additional Q&A events too.

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  • LOUISE BOURGEOIS: THE WOVEN CHILD

    When? 

    9 February to 15 May

    Where?

    The Hayward Gallery

    What?

    The first major retrospective of this legendary artist to focus exclusively on her work using fabrics and textiles. Rarely have UK audiences been given the opportunity to see Bourgeois' work in such detail before now.

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  • Wuthering Heights

    When? 3 February to 19 March

    Where? The National Theatre (Lyttleton)

    What? Shot through with music and dance, Emma Rice (Bagdad CafeWise ChildrenBrief Encounter) transforms Emily Brontë’s masterpiece into a passionate, powerful and uniquely theatrical experience.

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  • A Number

    When?

    24 January to 19 March

    Where?

    The Old Vic

    What?

    Lennie James and Paapa Essiedu play father and sons in Caryl Churchill’s gripping two person drama about what it costs to start again.

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  • Exhibit Here's 'Art Maze'

    When?

    23 - 27 February

    Where?

    Bargehouse Gallery, Oxo Tower Wharf

    What?

    Exhibit Here is a leading arts organisation with a passion providing opportunities for artists, founded by fine artist, Leila Bibizadeh in 2013. Art Maze will be an atmospheric, haunting, and immersive group exhibition.

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  • LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2022

    When?

    14 - 13 January

    Where?

    BFI Southbank

    What?

    BFI Southbank are playing host to a selection of featured films for this years festival, which is its19th edition. To see what's on offer, click the link below.

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  • Classical Music

    When?

    Throughout January, February and beyond!

    Where?

    Across the Southbank Centre complex.

    What?

    Tune in to Southbank Centre's expansive and diverse line up of classical music this Winter. Discover exceptional orchestras, artists and ensembles from around the world with the International Series, or introduce the whole family to classical music with the Family Series.

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  • Small Island

    When?

    24 February to 30 April

    Where?

    The National Theatre

    What?

    The acclaimed, five-star production of Andrea Levy's prize-winning novel returns to the NT after performing in 2019. Following the lives of Hortense, Gilbert and Queenie through the Second World War until the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush at Tilbury, hopes for the future soon meet the stubborn reality of post-war Britain.

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  • To the Ends of the Earth

    When?

    Running throughout January 2022.

    Where?

    BFI Southbank

    What?

    Journey from peak to Pole with BFI Southbank's epic ode to exploration and endurance on film to mark the 100th anniversary since the death of Ernnest Shackleton and the end of 'heroic age' of Antarctic exploration.

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  • Derwent Art Prize

    When?

    26 February to 6 March

    Where?

    gallery@oxo in Oxo Tower Wharf

    What?

    Created in 2012 by Derwent, the Derwent Art Prize is a global art competition and exhibition celebrating excellence in contemporary graphic art that celebrates excellence in contemporary graphic art. Featuring 80 exceptional artworks created in pencil by artists around the world.

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  • Purcell Sessions

    When?

    Running all through this winter.

    Where?

    The Purcell Room in Queen Elizabeth Hall

    What?

    Purcell Sessions is a space that gives creators the freedom to push boundaries and forge connections across art forms – and you're invited to see the unexpected happen.

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  • Our Generation

    When?

    Running from 9 February into early April

    Where?

    The National Theatre

    What?

    Created from five years of interviews with 12 young people from across the UK, Our Generation is a captivating portrait of their journey into adulthood. This is the astonishing new play  from the writer of London Road, Alecky Blythe.

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