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!
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.
Salzburger Festspiele from 1 – 30 August 2020
The organisers were determined not to cancel this year’s festival, celebrating 100 years of the Salzburger Festspiele. So they moved heaven and earth to put on a festival this year in a somewhat modified and shortened form. We congratulate them for their incredible determination and effort, so please watch the ‘Best of 2019’ post-season video…
London – Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing from 6 July – 4 October 2020
Theatre will open again in London, but this gem has extra benefits post-CV19, as it’s open air AND offers an unforgettable night out! Apt in it’s theme of ‘healing after trauma’, audiences will feast on this heartfelt and vibrant show of love, courage and rebuilding your life after war. Here’s a quote to prep you: ‘When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live until I were married’ – Act II, scene 3. Get your culture fix after lockdown and book your tix now (shakespearesglobe.com)
World class choreographer Crystal Pite is back at the Paris Opera Ballet with a new show at Palais Garnier until 23 November
Check the season’s preview of this hugely progressive dance company, which has toured the world with immense success! Watch the video and you’ll see why (ndt.nl)
The Royal Shakespeare Company is indeed part of the British institution…
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, Palma de Mallorca: 7 – 16 Aug, 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 – Düsseldorf: 19 Sept, Cologne: 20 Sept, London: 26 Sept’20
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)
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)
ART EXHIBITIONS & FAIRS
London – Tate Modern: Andy Warhol from 12 March – 6 September
This exhibition portrays a whole new look to the extraordinary life and work of the superstar that is Andy Warhol (tate.org.uk)
Watch our report of Lee Krasner’s first retrospective in Europe in 50 years, now on at the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern/ Switzerland (zpk.ch)
Bilbao – Guggenheim Museum: In Real Life by Olafur Eliasson until 4 April 2021
Catch Danish-Ocelandic artist Olafur Eliasson’s exhibition ‘In Real Life’, bringing today’s issues of today to the fore (guggenheim-bilbao.eus)
Check out the incredible works of abstract expressionist Jessica Darch, pop artist Javier Melus & modern etchings by Eleanor Taylor
The American contemporary artist Richard Jackson knows how to push things to the limit #mustsee
Zurich – Gilbert & George at Kunsthalle Zürich until 12 July
The Kunsthalle Zurich opened again in May, so check out the work of the ever challenging G&G (kunsthallezurich.ch)
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)
Javier Melus creates utterly unique & vibrant pieces – one of Spain’s finest in contemporary pop art
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)
Join Claudia Peifer on a walkabout of Tim Walker’s hugely imaginative exhibition.
Brussels – Affordable Art Fair from 11 – 13 September
Check out the latest artistic trends in Brussels from fresh talent to household names (affordableartfair.com)
His glass sculptures of skulls are Rock-star famous – watch to see how it’s done.
Fashion & Art critic Charlie Porter gives us his take on the massively successful Rauschenberg retrospective at Tate Modern.
EVENTS - EUROPE
Marbella – Starlite Festival from from 29 July – 29 August
Visit this boutique festival in sunny Marbs to experience your favourite stars under the stars (starlitemarbella.com)
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)
February is carnival season and Germany loves a good parade and Mickey-taking. We caught up with the madness in the city of Wiesbaden
She is world famous and plays in the world’s best houses! Check her tour dates to see where she plays near you
Italy – Chianti Classico Wine Festival from 10 – 13 Sept
With Italy open for tourists again, this wine festival in Greve will be welcoming Chianti lovers with open arms (expochianticlassico.com)
He is a gem live – check his tour dates by clicking on the title link
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
Click on the title to find out where he’ll be playing when
2020 San Sebastián Int’l Film Festival from 18 – 26 Sept
Woody Allen’s film ‘Rifkin’s Festival’ will open this year’s 68th SSIFF. Filmed in San Sebastián itself, it proves to be another exciting curtain-raiser (sansebastianfestival.com)
Eva Longoria-Baston & Maria Bravo know how to throw a classy bash and raise millions for charity at the same time.
The Arturo Darch Foundation has pulled out all the stops to raise money in support of the José Carreras International Leukaemia Foundation, fighting cancer in adults & children.
54th Montreux Jazz Festival 2020 has been cancelled
Another victim of CV-19, this world-renowned music festival has been postponed until next year! See you in 2021…
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 during Xmas gets very merry indeed – we’ve visited the best markets
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.