If you’re looking for ways to get out of hibernation mode this February, we’ve got you covered with our edit of the best ways to get your culture fix. From exploring the Global Poster Gallery at the London Transport Museum to catching Succession’s Sarah Snook on the West End stage, read on to inspire your month ahead. 

The New Podcast To Listen To: Varnamtown

Varnamtown podcast - Global Poster Gallery

One for the Twin Peaks fans, this month sees star Kyle MacLachlan enter the true-crime podcast world in an all-new release centred around a small, remote town called Varnamtown.

When Kyle first heard a rumour that Pablo Escobar did a deal in the early 1980s in this small coastal town, he was instantly hooked. Home to just 300 residents, Pablo was supposedly allowed to land planes and ships in the area in exchange for wealth and limitless cocaine. 

Teaming up with investigative journalist Joshua Davis, over the last two years Kyle and Joshua have looked into the rumour to see what really happens when a shed load of money and cocaine comes knocking on the doors of a tight-knit community.

Listen on Spotify

Those looking to get their art fix this February should head over to London Transport Museum’s new gallery, in Covent Garden, which is dedicated to all things poster art and design. 

The Global Poster Gallery’s inaugural exhibition, How to Make a Poster, explores the significance of the poster and its influence on mass communication. Sponsored by Global, the Media & Entertainment Group, it brings together a brilliant lineup of historical pieces, journeying from the 1900s through to the present day. More than 110 poster artworks and posters will be on display. 

It’s a chance to see creations that pre-date digital designs too, including the Underground’s first pictorial poster titled ‘No need to ask a p’liceman’ by John Hassall, dating from 1908.

Running until 2025

www.ltmuseum.co.uk

The Film We’re Excited For: Perfect Days

Evocative of Jim Jarmusch ’s Paterson and the power of simple pleasures, Wim Wenders ’ new release will reignite your love for the everyday. Perfect Days follows Hirayama (Koji Yakusho), a cleaner in Tokyo, who outside of his work life has a strong admiration for life. 

From burrowing away in books and escaping into music to photographing the world around him, we follow this heartwarming protagonist as he comes faced with his past and seeks out the best in the world we live in.

Out in cinemas 23.02.2024

www.picturehouses.com

The New Theatre Show: The Picture Of Dorian Gray 

If you loved Succession, you’ll want to get a piece of a new West End production, starring none other than Sarah Snook, that’s landing this February. 

Running for a limited 14-week run, this new production of The Picture of Dorian Gray will see Snook take on a whopping 26 different roles within one show. It’ll take Oscar Wilde’s classic novel in which a young man has a portrait painted of himself and becomes intoxicated with the idea of staying young forever, living a liberated lifestyle, and bring its colourful characters to live on the stage. 

As well as Dorian, Snook will play a whole host of different roles within the show, including Basil, a man who adores Dorian’s beauty, to the influential Lord Henry Wooton.

Running 06.02.2024 – 11.06.2024

WWW.DORIANGRAYPLAY.COM

The Book Everyone’s Talking About: Grief is for People – Sloane Crosley 

Global Poster Gallery

A deeply saddening and tear-jerking memoir, Sloane Crosley’s Grief Is for People sees the author come to terms with the loss of one of her long-time friends. 

One month before her friend Russell dies, Sloane’s NYC apartment is broken into and the thief not only ups with her possessions but also her sense of control and security. Exactly a month after the event, Russell takes his own life and the accounts that proceed force Sloane to explore what family and possession mean as she tackles life without her friend amidst the pandemic. 

It offers an honest look at grief, slotted alongside darkly humorous moments and heartwrenching loss. 

Out 29.02.2024 

www.waterstones.com

The Experience To Visit: Kew Orchid Festival 

Kew Gardens’ giant orchid festival returns this month, boasting a month-long calendar of events celebrating the colourful flora. 

This year’s festival showcases Madagascar, its natural beauty and ever-expanding biodiversity. From spiralling forests to succulent woodlands, Kew Gardens will be transformed with a vibrant array of installations. 

Throughout the month, there’ll be a series of ‘After Hours’ events, giving you exclusive access to this tropical festival as you wander the displays at nightfall. The installations will be lit up to showcase the striking orchids and there’ll be a mix of music, talks and food and drink options to go alongside.

Running 03.02.2024 – 03.03.2024

www.kew.org

The New TV Series To Binge: One Day 

If you loved Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess’ 2011 release, you’ll be excited to hear that Netflix has decided to reinvent David Nicholls’ novel One Day in an all-new series adaptation. 

Following Emma Morley (Ambika Mod ) and Dexter Mayhew (Leo Woodall), you’ll see the two students who after spending a night together spark up a friendship that goes on to span over 20 years. 

Though they go down different paths, something always brings them back together and we see them repeatedly question whether their friendship can last a lifetime or not.

Out 08.02.2024

www.netflix.com

The Masterclass To Book: Juergen Teller Photography Class

Dame Maggie Smith, Loewe Pre-Collection Spring/Summer 2024 campaign, London 2023 Photographer: Juergen Teller

If you were as obsessed with the Dame Maggie Smith campaign with Loewe last year as we were, you’ll be equally as excited about this photography masterclass running this month. World-renowned photographer Juergen Teller will be hosting a special class in photography at the prestigious fashion and design school, Istituto Marangoni, on Friday 2nd February. 

Best known for his candid portraits of celebrities and innovative fashion editorials, Teller rose to fame in the early 1990s for his iconic worlds. This masterclass will feature a presentation of fashion photography and Juergen’s work, and offer students the chance to speak to Teller during the session to gain insight into the industry and world of photography.

02.02.2024, 4PM at Istituto Marangoni, E1 6PX

www.istitutomarangoni.com


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