From the LGBTIQ+ film festival to the hit book-turned-TV series everyone’s already talking about, read on for our edit of the best cultural events and happenings this month.
The Culture Fix is an edit of our favourite new launches, TV shows and pop-up events happening in London. It’s a space to inspire the month ahead – read on to find out our March favourites.
The Event You Need To Book: BFI Flare Festival
For those looking for the cultural event to book this month, get your fix at the BFI Flare Festival, London’s leading LGBTQIA+ film festival celebrating queer cinema.
Spread across 11 days, the festival is jam packed with leading names and rising stars. The opening night gala kicks off with The Stroll, the Kristen Lovell and Zackary Drucker award-winning documentary telling the history of NYC’s Meatpacking District from the perspective of trans women of colour.
Other festival highlights include 1980s high-school dramedy Before I Change My Mind, the moving HIV narrative How To Tell A Secret and the closing coming-of-age film from Hannes Hirsch.
New for 2023 will be a selection of immersive storytelling works, including the ‘We Are Here Because Of Those That Are Not’, an archive of Black trans existence that posts existential questions around collective memory and self-expression.
Running 15.03.2023 – 26.03.2023
The New Theatre Show: Syliva
Katie Prince’s Sylvia has returned to the stage, bringing to life the story of Sylvia Pankhurst, the lesser-known Pankhurst spearheading the Suffragette movement.
On stage at The Old Vic until April, this revolutionary tale charts the life of the feminist, activist, pacifist, socialist and rebel Sylvia, one of the women who aided and changed the lives of working women and men around the world.
It’s a story of inspiration, enhanced thanks to dance and hip hop, funk and soul at the centre, with original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde.
Running until 08.04.2023
The Must-See Exhibition: The Queen and her Corgis
Britain’s longest-serving monarch is celebrated in a brand new exhibition opening this month. Titled The Queen and her Corgis, it’s no secret what the subject of this one is about. It takes a look at some of the photographs from Queen Elizabeth’s reign and the corgis who were always in tow alongside her.
This collection coincides with The Wallace Collection’s major exhibition, Portraits of Dogs: From Gainsborough to Hockney, a unique look at the relationship between dogs and humans. Opening on March 28th, expect plenty of pooch portraits to explore, showcasing different canines from breeds to shapes and sizes. Find out more about The Queen and her Corgis here.
Running 08.03.2023 – 25.05.2023
The New TV Series To Binge: Daisy Jones & The Six
Fancy living out your rockstar dreams? Buckle in for a raucous ride to the 70s in the latest book-to-screen adaptation landing on our screens this month.
Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Daisy Jones & The Six has been given a TV series treatment, starring Riley Keough (The Girlfriend Experience), Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) and Suki Waterhouse (Love, Rosie). Inspired by Rumours (Fleetwood Mac), the series follows a fictional 1970s rock band at the rise and fall of their career, with Daisy Jones as the headrunner.
Expect a whole lot of rock and roll dramas and music from Blake Mills, a song-writing collaborator known for working with Lana Del Rey.
Release Date: 03.03.2023
The New Podcast Season To Listen To: Table Manners with Jessie and Lennie Wares
A favourite for any foodie, Jessie Ware’s award-winning podcast Table Manners with Jessie and Lennie Wares has returned for its fifteen season. The podcast sees Jessie and her chef mum Lennie tackle everything from food to family. It brings together guests from across the world of music, culture and politics for a good ol’ weekly natter.
Released each week, season 15’s first episode featured superstar musician P!nk, chatting all things from live shows to her love of Kugel & Matzo Bal Soup, all while tucking into Lennie’s ‘pink’ themed meal of pink salmon with salsa verde and raspberry and Champagne possets. Heartwarming and loveable, this is the podcast you can’t help but smile through.
The Book Everyone’s Talking About: Old Babies in the Wood – Margaret Atwood
The latest release from the award-winning author of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments lands this month.
Margaret Atwood’s Old Babies in the Wood is a series of fifteen short stories covering a host of lives and challenges, from a daughter trying to uncover whether her mum really is a witch to the right way to stop someone from choking.
Expect Atwood’s signature literary personality come to life in every page, along with some rather illuminating stories and some rather the opposite.
Release Date: 07.03.2023
The FIlm We’re Excited For: Rye Lane
Having gained critical attention at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, Rye Lane is the romantic comedy to see on the big screen this March.
Directed by up-and-coming talent Raine Allen Miller, Rye Lane follows two 20-somethings Yas (Vivian Oparah) and Dom (David Jonsson) as they come to terms with their bad break-ups. The unlikely pair find one another in a moment of despair, kindling up a budding romantic friendship over the course of a day.
Release Date: 17.03.2023