From Candice Carty-Williams’ new highly anticipated release to the return of the Chelsea Flower Show, May is bringing with it some really exciting cultural events and releases.
The Culture Fix is an edit of our favourite new launches, TV releases and events happening in London. It’s a space to inspire the month ahead, whether you’re on the hunt for new exhibitions or a new show to binge through. Read on to find out our May favourites.
The Book Everyone’s Talking About: People Person by Candice Carty-Williams
If you were a fan of Candice Carty-Williams’ hilarious debut novel Queenie, then you’ll want to get your teeth into her latest release. Titled People Person, this new release tells the story of the Pennington’s, a family filled with chaos and a little too much drama.
It follows Dimple Pennington, one of five children from her father, and her life as an aspiring lifestyle influencer with a terrible boyfriend. Her life feels stagnant, until her half siblings Nikisha, Danny, Lizzie and Prynce come crashing back into her life, and the forced reconnection with their father, Cyril Pennington, the absent father who left them all to grow up without much help or affection.
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The New Podcast To Listen To: Run, Bambi, Run
In this new Apple TV+ Original podcast series, host Vanessa Grigoriadis investigates the world of Laurie ‘Bambi’ Bembenek, a 21-year-old Milwaukee police officer who was convicted of killing her new husband’s ex-wife. And if that isn’t enough of a pipeline to get you interested, she goes on a year-long quest to clear her name…
The type of podcast where each episode will leave you gripping at your seat, listeners get a fresh look at Diane Sawyer’s case, known as the ‘most glamorous murder case of the 1980s.’
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The New TV To Binge: Conversations With Friends
The long awaited arrival of the BBC’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends finally comes to an end this month. The 12-part series will follow the same narrative and timeline as the original book, following Frances, a 21 year-old student living in Dublin, as she navigates her way through her early twenties through a series of relationships. Alongside her the whole way is best friend and former lover, Bobbi.
The pair have a love affair with spoken word and often perform on stage in the city. At one of their shows they meet Melissa, a writer, who becomes fascinated with them and introduces them to her husband, Nick.
A series of evenings unveil that the group of friends’ relationship isn’t as easy to understand as it looks at first glance. Sparks begin to emerge between Frances and Nick, and this ultimately tests the bonds of all four of them.
Expect the series to be gritty, intimate and full of raw emotion that’ll tug on your heartstrings.
Release Date: 15.05.2022
The New Theatre Show To See: My Fair Lady
Arriving at the London Coliseum for a limited 16 week run is My Fair Lady, the lovable musical that tells the story of Eliza Doolittle.
Arriving in London in May, the production will follow the young cockney lass who happens to meet Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who thinks he can teach anyone to speak in the proper way. As they get to work, we soon wonder who it is that’s actually doing the teaching…
Opens 07.05.2022 – 27.08.2022
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The Event To Book: Chelsea Flower Show
If there’s some flower festival to go to at least once in your life, it’s the Chelsea Flower Show. Renowned for its jaw-dropping floral displays, the flower show is a royal favourite and will be returning this May for another season.
There’s so much to see and explore, from wandering in awe around the show gardens, highlighting cutting edge trends and innovative landscaping, to making your way through the retailers and food and drink offerings too.
This year sees Jardin Blanc with Raymond Blanc show off their expertise set against a backdrop of stunning horticulture and art, as well as English classics at The Ranelagh Restaurant and seafood delights at the on-site Champagne & Seafood Restaurant.
Runs 24.05.2022 – 28.05.2022
The Film We’re Excited For: Everything Everywhere All At Once
If you’re a real film head you’ll already be using Letterboxd to rate every movie you watch, but if you don’t, just know that Everything Everywhere All At Once becoming the highest-rated movie on the app is a big deal, because it’s not even out in the UK yet.
The blockbuster, directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniela Scheinert, is one of the most anticipated films of the year, and sees parallel worlds collide in a whole new way. It stars Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn Wang, an unlikely protagonist who adopts powers and somehow finds herself fighting unusual dangers in order to save the world…
Release Date: 13.05.2022
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The Must-See Exhibition: Mexican Geniuses: A Frida & Diego Immersive Experience
There seems to be an influx of large-scale exhibitions popping up around the capital. And no we don’t just mean exhibitions with a hefty collection of work, we’re talking works that are being ballooned onto the walls to create an inspiring, immersive environment.
The next instalment to arrive on the scene is Mexican Geniuses: A Frida & Diego Immersive Experience, a dive into the vibrant works from Mexico’s most renowned artists of the 20th century.
Displayed through the latest video-mapping technology, digital displays of Frida and Diego’s works will come to life in giant form.
On Display from 28.05.2022