November Culture Fix

From the festive Dickensian experience to book to Paul Mescal’s new moving film, scroll on for our edit of the best cultural events happening this month. 

The Culture Fix is an edit of our favourite new launches, TV releases and pop-up events happening in London. It’s a space to inspire the month ahead – read on to find out our November favourites.

The New Immersive Experience To Book: The Great Christmas Feast 

Fancy stepping inside Dickens’ timeless tale A Christmas Carol? The Great Christmas Feast returns this month, offering Londoners the chance to travel back in time to Christmas Eve, 1843 and visit the enchanted home of Charles JH Dickens. 

Created by The Lost Estate, the team known for transforming the greatest stories ever told into immersive worlds, you are invited to enter the cobblestone streets of Victorian London and experience an all-encompassing retelling of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. 

Dickens himself will appear, leading you through this festive retelling. As Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the Ghosts of Christmas emerge, you’ll be served a yuletide three-course feast, packed with Victorian delicacies with modern twists. 

Interested? We’ve secured priority access to the final ticket drop, just for Handbook readers. These tickets will be released to a (very long) waitlist in a few days. But you can skip that queue and book in right now. So be swift and click here to book this year’s best festive feasting experience before it’s too late.

15.11.2022 – 15.01.2023

www,christmasfeast.com

Installation view of Betty Woodman
Installation view of Betty Woodman
Installation view of Klara Kristalova
Installation view of Klara Kristalova

The Must-See Exhibition: Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art 

If the impending winter months have got you wanting to curl up inside and channel your inner creativity, head over to the Southbank Centre to get inspired at their new ceramics exhibition. 

Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art, on display until 8th January 2023, is a brand new exhibition exploring how contemporary artists have used clay in unexpected ways, from architecture to lifesize human-esque sculptures.

The collection features 23 international artists working, each tackling different topics – think the body, the domestic, the organic and social justice – and take this medium to a whole new level.

26.10.2022 – 08.01.2023 

www.southbankcentre.co.uk

The Film We’re Excited For: Aftersun 

Coming to both streaming site Mubi and cinemas, Aftersun is the new Paul Mescal film that everyone’s going to be weeping over. 

The film begins on a crumbling holiday resort. Mescal stars as Calum, a young father, who is spending some much needed quality time with his 11-year-old daughter Sophie (Frankie Corio). Flash forward and twenty years have passed and their relationship has since depleted into a strained disappointment. Recalling memories of this loving holiday, Sophie attempts to piece together the father she once knew with the one in front of her. 

Charlotte Wells, creator of the film, makes her directorial debut with his powerful and moving father and daughter canvas. 

Release date: 18.11.2022 

www.picturehouses.com

The Book Everyone’s Talking About: The Climate Book created by Greta Thunberg 

We’re all in an effort to do our bit for the environment, and climate activity Greta Thunberg has crafted the perfect guide to help us on our journey. 

The Climate Book, released in October, gives advice on how to do the impossible: secure a safe future for life on Earth. The odds may not not be in our favour and time definitely is running out, but Thunberg’s book sets out to guide us into some kind of light. Armed with over 100 experts in everything from oceanographers to engineers, economists to philosophers, as well as sharing her own understanding, The Climate Book is an aid to help us strive for a better future.

The New Podcast To Listen To: The Missing Cryptoqueen 

A new podcast to add to your radar is the returning series from British author and journalist Jamie Bartlett. Titled The Missing Cryptoqueen, the series delves into the mysterious disappearance of Dr Ruja Ignatova. 

In 2014, the business savvy doctor launched a new cryptocurrency that promised to change the world as we knew it. But alas, it didn’t quite offer the financial revolution it set out to – and then she disappeared. 

Following on from his already hugely successful book, these new podcast episodes set out to delve even deeper into the search for Dr Ruja.

The Festive Light Show To Visit: Lightopia 

Lightopia returns this winter, bringing a magical instalment of mesmerising light displays, interesting trails and plenty of family-friendly fun. 

The light display takes over Crystal Palace Park every year, with a brilliant line-up of immersive installations and pretty lights to explore. Perfect for kids, teens and parents, this is the ultimate day out to book this season.

Looking for more light trails? Check out our guide here.

Runs 17.11.2022 – 02.01.2023 

www.london.lightopiafestival.com

The New TV Series To Binge The English 

This month sees the release of The English land on BBC iPlayer. Starring Emily Blunt and Chaske Spencer, the six-part series is written and directed by Hugo Blick (The Honourable Woman, Black Earth Rising). 

The series, releasing on 10th November, follows Lady Corneila Locke (Blunt), a woman of acclaim from England and an ex-cavalry scout Eli Whipp (Spencer) as they unusually come together in 1890 mid-America to embark on the crossing of a treacherous landscape, one that’s, of course, built on dreams and blood. 

Release Date: 10.11.2022 

www.bbc.co.uk


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