Our August 2019 highlights
The world's favourite sunflower-painted returns to London with 2019's EY exhibition at Tate Britain. A lesser-known fact about the Dutch painter is that he was a bit of an Anglophile. Admire his artworks alongside those by British artists who, in turn, owe a debt to Van Gogh.
Six weeks is a long time to keep anyone entertained, let alone your toughest critics. Don't panic though, we've got this year's school summer holidays totally sorted.
On a balmy London evening, nothing beats watching a movie under the stars. Whether you want to shriek-along to ‘The Shining’ in a graveyard or catch a romcom in a gorgeous Royal Park or palace, add these events to your fair-weather bucket list.
Move over, Glastonbury: the world’s biggest music festival is coming to town. The BBC Proms 2018 takes place at the Royal Albert Hall, which has hosted the series of classical concerts since 1941 and every year you can expect to see the world’s greatest orchestras and classical performers come to London. Get it in your diary.
It’s here – that final gasp of the season: the August bank holiday. There are bucketloads of offbeat ways to spend your three days of freedom and make those 72 hours count with our alt August bank holiday guide.
Make the most out of the last – and longest – weekend in August. You’ve gained a day off work, so make it count.
The wild artist brings colour to her dazzling life. They're works of pain and heartbreak: awful, heart-wrenching and brilliant paintings. See Lee Krasner in full flight.
Head to the National Theatre to see Githa Sowerby's landmark drama about a tyrannical glassmaker. Expect ravishing atmospherics and a great cast led by Roger Allam.
Get an eyeful of Frank Bowling's unique style fusing abstraction with elements of figurative art at this much-deserved major exhibition. Don't miss the opportunity to see these gorgeously-coloured artworks in all their glory.
Catch this biographical jukebox musical tracing the life and times of Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Having already enjoyed a two-year-stint on Broadway, this is a night of uplifting Latino-pop and kinetic choreography.
Pioneering artist-activist Ringgold combines storytelling and painting to stitch together narratives about black American history and the fight for equal rights. This is art for changing society, and it’s a pretty worthwhile cause.
In her lifetime, Russian artist Natalia Goncharova helped found avant garde modern art movements, worked with Sergei Diaghilev at the Ballet Russes and much, much more. This exhibition is overdue and should help to resurrect her reputation as a major artist you should know about.
See complex, politically minded art by Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz. This show is full of complicated ideas, histories and perspectives.
Don't miss this spin-off from the beloved stripper comedy that made Tatum a household name, which is co-directed by the man himself (alongside choreographer Alison Faulk). It's billed as ‘a 360-degree dance and acrobatic spectacular’, which we're guessing means ‘stripping’.
Eliasson is back at the Tate Modern (following his famous Turbine Hall installation in 2003) with a big exhibition and an outside artwork. He's even taking over the Terrace Bar, turning it into a vegetarian canteen.
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