Lead image: Marcus Lyall, On Your Wavelength (part of Canary Wharf’s Winter Lights Festival)
1 London International Mime Festival
9 January-4 February
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the London International Mime Festival runs over 34 days from 9 January, where 17 companies will give 120 performances at a host of London venues including the Barbican, Southbank Centre, Shoreditch Town Hall and Soho Theatre. Founded in 1977 by producer Joseph Seelig and mime-clown Nola Rae, the capital’s longest established international theatre season with a programme spanning the spectrum of contemporary visual performance including live art, physical and circus-theatre, mask, puppetry and movement.
2 The Seedlip Terrace at Harvey Nichols
Seedlip, the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirits brand, is to takeover the Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Terrace from Monday 9 January until Sunday 5 February 2017. Perfect for Dry January, the terrace will be transformed into an immersive Seedlip space designed by Kit & Caboodle and brimming with fresh foliage, serving up non-alcoholic cocktails created with Seedlip’s distilled non-alcoholic spirits. Alongside the booze-free Sours, Martinis and Hot Toddies, you can enjoy a host of light-bites. Open Mon-Sat 8am-11pm and Sun 11am-6pm.
Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Terrace, 109-125 Knightsbridge, Belgravia SW1X 7RU; harveynichols.com
6 January-5 February
Proud Chelsea presents Bowie by Duffy, a celebration of the dynamic relationship between two of our greatest artistic innovators. This exhibition of original prints signed by the late Brian Duffy, running from 6 January-5 February, emphasise the longevity of David Bowie’s distinctive persona on the anniversary of what would have been his 70th birthday.
161 King’s Road SW3 5XP; proud.co.uk
4 Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings & Drawings at Serpentine Sackler Gallery
Now until 12 February
Opening on 8 December, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery will present an exhibition of paintings and drawings by the late, great Zaha Hadid. Widely regarded as a pioneering and visionary architect, this exhibition, first conceived by Hadid herself, will reveal her as an artist with drawing at the very heart of her work. Admission free.
West Carriage Drive, Kensington Gardens W2 2AR; serpentinegalleries.org
5 The Red Shoes at Sadler’s Wells, 6 December-29 January
Catch the end of Matthew Bourne‘s The Red Shoes at Sadler’s Wells, running until 29 January. A beloved fairytale and Academy Award-winning film, The Red Shoes has seduced audiences and inspired generations of dancers with its tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world.
6 Saint Joan with Gemma Arterton, Donmar Warehouse
Now until 18 February
Gemma Arterton will star in Donmar Warehouse Artistic Director Josie Rourke’s revival of Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan. Running until 18 February, this takes a new look at the legend of Joan: daughter, farm girl, visionary, patriot, soldier, leader, icon, radical, witch, heretic, saint… You decide.
41 Earlham Street WC2H 9LX; 0844 871 7624; donmarwarehouse.com
7 Winter Lights Festival, Canary Wharf
January’s dark evenings are set to be illuminated throughout Canary Wharf by angels, glowing graffiti and floating poetry, revealed by state-of-the-art light technology. For the third year running, the free Winter Lights Festival will bring spectacular artworks, installations and experiences to Canary Wharf, many of them interactive or responsive. As a collection the 30 pieces showcase works by some of the most inventive and exciting international artists working with Light Art today. In conjunction with the Winter Lights Festival 2017, an exhibition by artist Lillian Lijn featuring spectacular sculptural works using light will be on display in the Lobby of One Canada Square from 8 January to 17 March 2017.
8 The Collector, Greenwich Theatre
Top satire writer Henry Naylor – a leading member of ITV’s Spitting Image team – went to Afghanistan to research a hard-hitting comedy but came back a changed man to write his first serious drama, The Collector. Set in Mazrat Prison in Iraq, is a dark and challenging story about ordinary people debased by the situation in the Middle East. ‘The play is less about the politics and more about the effects of global events on ordinary people,’ said Henry. ‘The man running the prison wants to bring the West’s liberal values to Iraq but is gradually corrupted by the situation and allows guards in the camp to behave appallingly. He’s also helpless in face of the CIA and other agencies. The characters start as decent people trying to do their best but then get corrupted, and I think part of the appeal to audiences so far is people wondering, what would I do in that situation?’ Tickets £18.50.
Crooms Hill, Greenwich SE10 8ES; greenwichtheatre.org.uk
17 January-3 February
Land & Sea III is a group exhibition of Thackeray Gallery Artists. The annual group show, running from 17 January until 3 February 2017, features new works by Gordon Bryce RSA RSW, Vanessa Gardiner, Anthony Garratt, Iwan Gwyn Parry RCA, Michael Honnor, Eleri Mills, Lewis Noble, Ann Oram RSW, Gareth Parry RCA, Matthew Snowden and Ethel Walker. While inspired by past masters, Thackeray Gallery’s artists have their own unique interpretations of the land and sea, creating contemporary, engaging land and seascapes. Their styles are varied from impasto oils and acrylics to watercolours painted on anything from gessoed panels, aluminium sheets, paper, linen, canvas, and reclaimed timber.
18 Thackeray Street, Kensington W8 5ET; 020 7937 5883; thackeraygallery.com
10 The London Art Fair at Islington’s Business Design Centre
The London Art Fair, the UK’s premier fair for Modern British and contemporary art, returns to Islington’s Business Design Centre from 18-22 January. The 2017 Fair will see over 125 galleries showcase the very best contemporary and modern art from the UK and around the world.
11 Magical Lantern Festival London
19 January-26 February
It’s that time of year again. Time to embrace the bitter nights and head out to watch the night sky light up for the annual Chiswick Magical Lantern Festival extravaganza. Held at Chiswick House and Gardens, the Magical Lantern Festival is visually spectacular, incorporating an artistic installation of beautifully sculpted life-size and giant lanterns designed in various forms from animals and birds to buildings and abstract lantern designs of all shapes and sizes. The theme for this year is Explore the Silk Road. Adults from £16.50; kids from £10.50.
Chiswick House, Conservatory Yard W4 2QN; magicallanternuk/london
12 Watch the Trump Inauguration at Below Boondocks
For those who can bear to watch, the inauguration of President Elect Donald Trump will be screening at Below Boondocks on Friday 20 January, kicking off at 4.30pm for the 5pm start of the ceremony. The event space, located below Boondocks restaurant in The City, is the perfect hideaway to watch the horror unfold. On the night, Boondocks will be offering Drown Your Sorrows cocktails at two for £10, Eat Your Stress Away wings and beer for £10 and unlimited FREE cajun popcorn all night.
205 City Road EC1V 1JN; 020 7253 0915; belowboondocks.co.uk
13 Adventure Travel Show, Olympia London
Olympia London is hosting the 21st year of the UK’s only event dedicated to discovering the world off the beaten track – the Adventure Travel Show. With over 100 free talks to choose from, plus an adventure travel film festival, there is so much to inspire. Whatever your travel style – small group, volunteering, career break, trekking, diving, safari or cycling – you’re sure to find an adventure to suit you here. So if you love getting away from it all, then don’t miss your chance to immerse yourself in a whole weekend of adventure travel on 21-22 January.
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road W14 8UX; adventureshow.com
14 Am I Rembrandt? Dulwich Picture Galley
Now until March 2017
Am I Rembrandt? at the Dulwich Picture Galley explores how curators and conservators work together to investigate a painting’s authorship. X-ray and technical analysis of two paintings by Rembrandt – A Young Man, perhaps the Artist’s Son Titus, and the National Trust’s recently reattributed Self-portrait wearing a White Feathered Bonnet – will demonstrate how stylistically different works can be attributed to the same artist.
Gallery Road SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
15 Adventures in Moominland, Part of Nordic Matters at Southbank Centre
Now until 23 April 2017
The world of acclaimed Finnish author Tove Jansson (1914-2001) and The Moomins is brought to life in a major new immersive, interactive exhibition Adventures in Moominland. The exhibition features recreations of scenes from Moominland and over 40 original drawings and archive materials from Tove’s studio in Helsinki and her family island of Klovharu. The show is part of Nordic Matters – a year-long exploration of Nordic art and culture at Southbank Centre running throughout 2017. Recommended for ages 7+.
Spirit Level at Southbank Centre‘s Royal Festival Hall