Online Art & Culture Channel

Welcome to our luxury online arts and culture channel! Art & Culture in Europe has never been more important – sod Brexit, we say! Art and cultural exchanges know no borders, but should be inspiring us to want to learn more about each other, our origins and celebrate our different edges! So, have fun exploring our definitive guide to theatre, dance, opera, exhibitions in the performing arts and film, as well as classic and contemporary music festivals, cultural and folklore festivals, social happenings and charity events throughout the whole of Europe. Enjoy browsing through our catalogue of art and culture trips that we have curated especially for you!

Culture-Tripping: Venice Biennale 2020 round-up

Curtain call: ‘Message In A Bottle’ dance show – performers sizzle in the spot light at the Peacock Theatre, London

‘Sizzling, uplifting, invigorating and completely an utterly fizzing with physical power and grace’ – that’s what Claudia Peifer says about the stunning performance by famous dance company ZooNation. Created to the music of Sting, it was one of the last shows to be seen in London’s West End before theatres closed due to CV-19, and boy was it worth it! Award nominee Kate Prince’s choreography was insane, the performers wildly talented and the whole show and absolute joy from start to finish.

Beethoven’s 250th anniversary – celebrate in Vienna with the Beethoven 250 Musik Festivals on 19 June & 11 July 2021

With so many music events cancelled in 2020, Beethoven’s true anniversary year, the much loved ‘Vienna Musikverein’ will stage several concerts at it’s world-renowned, historic and utterly glorious, building in his honour in 2021 – and what difference does a year make?!? None, whatsoever…the Musikverein has also organised a fully planned tour from the 16 – 21 June 2021, with a different agenda every day (beethoven250.org)

Munich – Bayrische Staatsoper Season 2020/21 Preview

Having celebrated 200 years in 2018, the Bayrische Staatsoper has chosen its seasonal programme under the topic of ’The Point of Inflection’ – ‘Der Wendepunkt’! Caroline Wettergreen, Kent Nagano, Charles Workman, Luca Francesconi, Dmitri Tcherniakov, Antonello Manacorda and many more will all contribute to this being an exceptional season to come. staatsoper.de

Salzburger Festspiele – Whitsun (Pfingsten) 2021 from 21 – 24 May

The Salburger Festspiel starts its 2021 season with 4 days of opera (Händel, Mozart & Puccini), concerts with sacred music (Dixit Dominus), as well as music by composer Scarlatti. One highlight is the gala dinner on Sunday 23 May, held at the beautiful Felsenreitschule. What a wonderful opportunity to start the concert season in style (salzburgerfestspiele.at)

Paris Opera Season 2020/21

The new season kicks off with Carmen at the Opéra Bastille on the 12 Sept – what a classic! Watch and discover what else is in store (operadeparis.fr)

In rehearsal with Crystal Pite at the Paris Opera Ballet

World class choreographer Crystal Pite is back at the Paris Opera Ballet with a new show at Palais Garnier until 23 November

Dutch National Ballet Season 2021

The Dutch National Ballet will be performing again  from the beginning of 2021, so watch this video to find out what to look forward to (operaballet.nl)

Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon Season Preview 2020 > 2021

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2020 season has been moved in its entirety to winter’21 (rsc.org.uk)

Hamburg – Elbphilharmonie und Laeiszhalle Hamburg

Home to some of the greatest musical performances already, since its fabulous new building on the Grasbrook peninsula

Italy – Arena di Verona from 19 June – 4 September 2021

Attending one of the most famous operatic events in the world, means making memories of a lifetime! Ticket sales are open now (arena.it)

Spain – Corteo by Cirque du Soleil, Pamplona: 25 Dec – 3 Jan 2021

Watch this fantastical, gravity defying and utterly dreamy show in either Mallorca or Pamplona from August onwards (cirquedusoleil.com)

Ehrlich Brothers Magic Show – Berlin: 13 Nov, Frankfurt: 27 Dec, Nürnberg: 15 Jan’21

You gotta see it to believe it – the best magic show ever to come out of Germany. Visit their website for more tour dates (ehrlich-brothers.com)

Austria – Bregenzer Festspiele from 22 July – 22 August 2021

The Bregenz Festival boasts the only stage built into water in the world for a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Tickets are on sale now (bregenzerfestspiele.com)

News Flash

London – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre Summer Season 2021: 15 May – 18 Sept

It’s one of London’s best kept secrets in theatre land, and a wonderful outdoor experience too. This summer season takes out all the stops by showing a brand new musical, a Shakespeare classic, some Roger & Hammerstein music in Carousel and an interactive show with large puppets for the whole family to enjoy…al fresco! We just love it… (openairtheatre.com)

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ART EXHIBITIONS & FAIRS

London – Tate Modern Bruce Nauman until 21 February’21

Over 40 works, this show explores the incredible Bruce Nauman’s body of works over a 50yr career (tate.org.uk)

Bilbao – Guggenheim Museum: Lee Krasner ‘Living Colour’ until 10 Jan’21

Also watch our report of this show, being Lee Krasner’s first exhibition in Europe for over 50 yrs (guggenheim-bilbao.eus)

Paris – Centre Pompidou: Matisse, Comme Un Roman until 22 February’21

This show is a huge celebration of Matisse’s 150th birthday, paying homage to one of the greatest colourists of the 20th century (centrepompidou.fr)

Venice – Biennale until 29 November 2020

Postponed due to CV, but not cancelled, this huge art event for Europe has been given a new lease of life this autumn (labiennale.org)

Frieze Sculpture London – Frieze Sculpture New York, Rockefeller Centre from 1 Sep – 2 Oct 2020

Take a walk-about with Claudia Peifer to view the latest Frieze Sculpture London outdoor exhibition (frieze.com)

Frankfurt – Lee Krasner ‘Living Colour’ at the Schirn Kunsthalle

This is her first exhibition in Europe for 50 years! Curated by London’s Barbican Centre, this show bears witness to an extraordinary woman & artist

Art Cologne at Messe Köln has new dates: 19-22 November

Visit this art fair if modern and contemporary art from the 20th & 21st century is your thing (artcologne.com)

Meet Javier Melus – Spain’s leading pop artist

Javier Melus creates utterly unique & vibrant pieces – one of Spain’s finest in contemporary pop art

American contemporary artist Richard Jackson showing at Frankfurt’s Schirn Kunsthalle

The American contemporary artist Richard Jackson knows how to push things to the limit #mustsee

Frankfurt – Schirn Kunsthalle: Gilbert & George from 12 Feb – 16 May’21

The eccentric duo’s show is moving to the Schirn with a huge retrospective from 1971 – 2019

Banksy – ‘The Art of Protest’ exhibition at La Térmica in Málaga/ Costa del Sol

Known around the world for his acid humour, street artist Banksy was honoured with yet another ‘unofficial’ exhibition.

The Hague – Escher In Het Paleis, permanent exhibition

This extraordinary exhibition is dedicated to one of the most extraordinary artists of our time: MC Escher! Another must-see: Hans van Bantem’s crazy chandeliers (escherinhetpaleis.nl)

Fashion Photography Exhibition: Tim Walker’s ‘Wonderful Things’ at the V&A

Join Claudia Peifer on a walkabout of Tim Walker’s hugely imaginative exhibition. (vam.ac.uk)

The Affordable ONLINE Art fair from 6 -30 Nov 2020

Since Amsterdam has been cancelled, all efforts have been moved into creating an online portal for 50 hand-picked artists (affordableartfair.com)

Rafa Abdon – Glass Sculptor Valencia/ Spain

His glass sculptures of skulls are Rock-star famous – watch to see  how it’s done.

Art Review: Robert Rauschenberg Tate Modern by Charlie Porter

Fashion & Art critic Charlie Porter gives us his take on the massively successful Rauschenberg retrospective at Tate Modern.

EVENTS - EUROPE

Venice – Venice Carnival from 6 -16 Feb 2021

Must go to Venice to enjoy the spectacle and life itself with boat parades, operas, best masked costume awards & more (visit-venice-italy.com)

European Beer Festivals 2020

Europe is awash with beer festivals throughout the year, click on the title to find out what’s happening where

Klagenfurt/Austria – World Body Painting Festival 2021 from 15 – 17 July

Fascinating stuff, this as every body painted is pure art! Part of the huge party are DJ acts, live bands, workshops & art installations (bodypainting-festival.com)

Carnival Street Parade – Wiesbaden/Germany

February is carnival season and Germany loves a good parade and Mickey-taking. We caught up with the madness in the city of Wiesbaden

Anne Sophie Mutter European Tour dates 2020

She is world famous and plays in the world’s best houses! Check her tour dates to see where she plays near you

Reykjavik – 33rd European Film Awards on 12 Dec 2020

This all-European film awards ceremony at the spectacular Harpa Conference & Concert Hall has been turned into an online event (europeanfilmawards.eu)

Jamie Cullum Live – European Tour dates 2020

He is a gem live – check his tour dates by clicking on the title link

Lang Lang Tour dates Europe 2020

He is an incredible guy to watch live! To give you a flavour of how crazy and how incredibly talented he is! Click on the title for tour dates

Michael Bublé tours the the UK’s grandest castles & outdoor settings: 9 – 27 July’21
His 2020 UK tour has been postponed due to CV-19, but click on
the link for the dates of his visit in 2021
Amsterdam Light Festival 2020 from 10 Dec – 3 Jan’21

Head to the city centre for the 9th edition of this spectacular street event and join the LIGHT WALK (amsterdamlightfestival.com)

Global Gift Gala Paris on 13 Feb’12: Four Seasons GeorgeV

Eva Longoria-Baston & Maria Bravo know how to throw a classy bash and raise millions for charity at the same time. (globalgiftgala.com)

Sotogrande Charity Gala at Santa Maria Polo Club

The Arturo Darch Foundation has pulled out all the stops to raise money in support of the José Carreras Int’l Leukaemia Foundation, fighting cancer in adults&kids

55th Montreux Jazz Festival from 2 – 17 July 2021

Another victim of CV-19, this world-renowned music festival has been postponed until next year! See you in 2021…(montreuxjazzfestival.com)

4th Int’l Gibraltar Jazz Festival Christmas Concert featuring José Feliciano & Friends – Jazz band malFUNKtion

The location for this jazz fest is Gibraltar’s famous St. Michael’s Cave, and what a night it was!

London Christmas Markets: Leicester Square & Southbank feat. The Duchess of Candles

London during Xmas gets very merry indeed – we’ve visited the best markets

Frankfurt – Christmas Market

One of the most magical locations for a Xmas market is the Römerberg in th  city Frankfurt! With its medieval buildings, you could be on the film set of  Beauty & The Beast.