Places to Visit

Farewell to Christmas

Saturday 6 January. Geffrye Museum, Hoxton, London. Free

Out & About 1 January to 26 January 2018

If you’re ready to wave goodbye to Christmas, head down to the traditional celebration that takes places on the twelve night after Christmas. Amongst the stories about the Epiphany, there will be carol singing, mulled wine and cake!

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Winter Lights at Canary Wharf

Tuesday 16 January – Saturday 27 January. Canary Wharf, London. Free

Out & About 1 January to 26 January 2018

Lights everywhere! From light graffiti to interactive works such as the Dazzling Dodecahedron, a 3D installation that when entered, individuals will be immersed in a rainbow spectrum of colour. Great for families, young and old, Winter Lights is a dazzling show for all.

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Lumiere London

Thursday 18 January – Sunday 21 January. Various, London. Free

Out & About 1 January to 26 January 2018

Bigger, brighter and bolder, the UK’s largest light festival is returning for a spectacular second edition. Transforming the city into a vibrant art exhibition, over 40 UK and International artists will reimagine London’s iconic scenes and buildings.

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Music

Havana Música: A Celebration of Cuban Music

Wednesday 10 January. Jazz Cafe, London. £10-£25

Out & About 1 January to 26 January 2018

For a night dedicated to Cuban Music, check out the Jazz Cafe who are presenting a performance from Latin troupe, Kalison Orquestra.

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Essential Ella

Tuesday 9 January. Jazz Cafe, London. Tickets £12-£20

Out & About 1 January to 26 January 2018

If you love the smooth jazz that flows so effortlessly from the first lady of song, Ella Fitzgerald, then why not pay homage to her by attending an evening of jazz and soul sounds from the singer.

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Disco Lagos Live With Bukky Leo & Black Egypt

Tuesday 23 January. Jazz Cafe, London. Tickets £10-£40

Out & About 1 January to 26 January 2018

From Senegalese Afro-Cubanism to Nigerian disco, the Jazz Cafe are providing us with a night celebrating the diverse and vibrant musical history that hails from West Africa.

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Talks & Workshops

How To Be Confident

Friday 12 January. Bloomsbury, London. Tickets £55

Out & About 1 January to 26 January 2018

Why not start the New Year with a fierce bang? The School of Life are hosting classes to help individuals build their confidence. Learn how to master the iposter syndrome and overcome shyness.

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Afua Hirsch in conversation with Leila Slimani

Monday 15 January. Dulwich, London. Tickets £10-£30

Out & About 1 January to 26 January 2018

You don’t want to miss this event. Join in the discussion with broadcaster Afua Hirsch and French author Leila Slimani. No doubt, they will both be discussing their books; Brit(ish) and Lullaby.

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Black Heroes Soul Food Cafe

Thursday 25 January. Clapham, London. Tickets £0-£3.84

Out & About 1 January to 26 January 2018

Join Black Heroes Soul Food Cafe where Black History Month is celebrated every month. The evening will focus on the achievements and contributions of black individuals who are not only recognized in the creation of freedom and equality, but also made history.

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Art

Basquiat: Boom for Real

Until 28 January. Barbican Centre, London. Tickets £10-£16, Under 14s Free

Out & About 1 January to 26 January 2018

A pioneering prodigy of the emerging downtown New York scene in the 1980s, head on over to the Barbican for an exhibition displaying the wonderful work from artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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The Black King. Power, Magnificence and the Epiphany

Saturday 6 January. National Gallery, London. Tickets £10

Out & About 1 January to 26 January 2018

If you’re a lover of art and history then join this guided tour at the National Gallery about the Epiphany. Not only does it focus on the holy day but it will also analyze the black content of paintings and their historical context.

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Paint Jam Night: Sound and Vision

Saturday 13 January. Secret London location, London. Tickets £30-£35

Out & About 1 January to 26 January 2018

Love painting? Well Paint Jam London has got you covered. A themed painting workshop with a DJ to help you get in your flow? Sounds like a beautiful night of creativity.

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Theatre & Film

The Brothers Size

Friday 19 January – Wednesday 14 February. The Young Vic, London. Tickets £10-£38

Out & About 1 January to 26 January 2018

From the writer of Academy Award winning film Moonlight, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Brothers is a play based on two African-American brothers who reunite through Yoruba mythology.

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London Short Film Festival

Saturday 12 January – Thursday 21 January. London. Tickets Vary

Out & About 1 January to 26 January 2018

Back again for the 15th time, London Short Film Festival will be showcasing a selection of short films, international and domestic. From music to culture and politics, LSFF is not holding back.

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Another Night with James Baldwin

Saturday 13 January. Conway Hall, London. Tickets £11.15-£16.43

Out & About 1 January to 26 January 2018

A night celebrating the work of James Baldwin, what’s could be better? The night will start off with the Oscar nominated documentary, I Am Not Your Negro which will be followed by a post screen discussion.

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