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Cultural Events for 2020

By 16th January 2020Articles, Lifestyle, News

2020 is set to be another year of exciting cultural events across the UK. From intriguing exhibitions to musical blockbusters, here is a selection of unmissable events taking place this year.

Steve McQueen. Exodus 1992-97. Video still. © Steve McQueen. Courtesy the artist, Thomas Dane Gallery and Marian Goodman Gallery.

Steve McQueen

Tate Modern, London (13 February – 1 May)

The first major exhibition of Steve McQueen’s work in London since he won the Turner Prize in 1999 will feature 14 works spanning film, photography and sculpture. Highlights include the artist’s first film shot on a Super 8 camera, Exodus 1992/97, and the recent End Credits 2012-ongoing, an homage to the singer, actor and civil rights activist Paul Robeson, on show for the first time in the UK. Spanning two decades of his career, the exhibition will reveal how McQueen’s pioneering approaches to filmmaking have expanded the ways in which other artists work with the medium, creating poignant portraits of time and place.

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© Paul McCartney / Photographer: Linda McCartney. Linda McCartney taken by Eric Clapton. 1967 & On the pier. Wirral, 1968.

Linda McCartney Retrospective

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (25 April – 31 August)

This major retrospective of Linda McCartney’s photography will feature more than 200 extraordinary images, including her iconic depictions of the music scene of the 1960s and her family life with Paul. The exhibition, which includes a selection of images taken in Liverpool and on the Wirral which have never been on public display before, aims to demonstrate what a prolific photographer McCartney was, and how her love for the natural world, surreal sense of humour and exceptional eye for capturing the spontaneous gave her work an inimitable style.

David Hockney, Self Portrait, March 14 2012, iPad drawing printed on paper Exhibition Proof 37 x 28″ © David Hockney;

David Hockney, Celia, Carennac, August 1971, coloured pencil on paper 17 x 14″ © David Hockney Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt Collection The David Hockney Foundation.

David Hockney: Drawing from Life

National Portrait Gallery (27 February – 28 June)

This exhibition is the first in over 20 years dedicated to David Hockney’s drawings and focuses on depictions of the artist and a small group of sitters close to him over 50 years. These include his muse, Celia Birkwell; his mother, Laura Hockney; and friends, the curator Gregory Evans and master painter Maurice Payne. Featuring around 150 works from public and private collections around the world, highlights include a series of new portraits, coloured pencil drawings created in Paris in the 1970s, composite Polaroid portraits from the 1980s and a selection of drawings from a period of self-scrutiny, when Hockney created a self-portrait every day for two months.

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Concept by Émilie Chen.

Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad

York Theatre Royal (10 – 25 July)

From the author of modern feminist classic, The Handmaid’s Tale, this powerful retelling of one of the oldest stories and myths follows Penelope, wife of Odysseus as portrayed in Homer’s Odyssey, who waited twenty years for her husband to return from the Trojan War, fending off the attention of hundreds of greedy suitors. Adapted for the stage by Atwood herself from her wry and witty novel, the Booker Prize-winning author presents Penelope’s side of the story; a tale of lust, greed and murder, featuring an all-female cast.

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Canes from LUZIA. Picture credit: Matt Beard. Costume credit: Giovanna Buzzi / 2016 Cirque du Soleil.

Cirque du Soleil: LUZIA

Royal Albert Hall (12 January – 1 March)

Cirque du Soleil is bringing its dazzling luminous spectacle, LUZIA, to Europe for the first time, transporting the audience to an imaginary dream-like Mexico, where light quenches the spirit and rain soothes the soul. Through a combination of grand visual surprises and breath-taking acrobatic performances, the show brings together multiple places, faces and sounds inspired by both traditional and modern Mexico.

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Elton John

Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour

Elton John has recently released the final dates for his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, which will culminate in a three-night stint at London’s O2 Arena in December 2020. Elton’s last ever tour comes after half a century on the road and will take fans on a musical and highly visual journey spanning a 50-year career of hits. Other UK dates include Aberdeen, Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester.

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