Waltham Forest has nabbed the accolade of being the first ever London Borough of Culture, which means it’s throwing a year-long programme of celebratory events. The opening spectacle, ‘Welcome to the Forest’ (Friday January 11-Sunday January 13), is fronted by former Mercury Prize winner Talvin Singh, who will tell the story of the borough in an original audiovisual piece. Also look out for Walthamstow Jazz Festival, a performance from Damon Albarn with Africa Express and a major exhibition marking the centenary of the Bauhaus movement. It’s the biggest thing to happen to E17 since ‘Stay Another Day’ got to Number One. Alexandra Sims
Grab your cultural diary (pretend you’ve got one) and add these unmissable events for the next year, all guaranteed resolution-free*. We’ve rounded up the most exciting art and museum exhibitions (like the biggest Manga showcase ever held outside Japan), blockbuster London theatre shows, and new venue launches to look out for in 2019.
There’s some pretty left-field additions to the London cultural calendar too. Keep an eye out for an arty party dedicated to the power of the moon, an electronic music festival inside a selection of London’s iconic brutalist buildings and an Abba-themed dining experience at the 02. The future might be uncertain, but we’ll always have one thing to rely on: there’s no such thing as a dull week in London.
* Okay, one of them might be exercise-related, sorry!
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