London in November is special in its own kind of way. When the nights get longer and the need to warm up gets stronger. A time of the year that is not quite a holiday but still has a festive air about it. And after what has been a year like no other, many Londoners are looking forward to the start of a merrier season! We’ve rounded up what to expect in the incoming month.
EFG London Jazz Festival
The annual EFG London Jazz Festival has a different face this year. Amid the ongoing pandemic and social distancing requirements, this year’s festival will be a mix of stage and online events, with some live streams as well as prerecorded content in the form of webinars and podcasts. Aptly named ‘Living in Two Worlds’ the event promises to be a tribute to the very unprecedented circumstances of 2020, and how music experiences have had to be adapted to increase accessibility and transcend borders in the new normal.
Bonfire Night Firework
Guy Fawks or Bonfire Night is always keenly received by Londoners and tourists around November 5th. Unfortunately, many of the biggest and best displays have been cancelled this year, including the most popular Alexandra Palace and Victoria Park shows. We still expect to see small displays across the city so keep an eye out!
The London Coliseum will be reopening early in November with a special performance of Mozart’s Requiem. The opera’s artistic director has identified this performance as an opportunity to reflect on the past few months, citing Requiem as the perfect musical background for this process. The now sold-event is expected to be followed by more performances over the course of the month, including [title of show]- A unique musical adventure: writing a musical about writing a musical!
With hybrid events now all the rage, the London Festival of Korean Music returns to the capital with two live performances and a number of online broadcasts. The festival spans the first two weeks of the month, with the two live shows ending the festivities on 16th November. Artist Kit Downes will be joined by experimental drummer Soojin Suh in what can only be described as one of the most unique collaborations of the year. Catch these talented individuals at PizzaExpress Live, Holborn.
Christmas Lights Switch on Events
While the details around this is still to be confirmed, we hope to see a number of opportunities to view the Christmas lights in and around London. Whether it’s the twinkle of Regent Street, the glory of Covent Gardens or the magnitude of Kew Gardens, seeing the lights come on is a magnificent sight, and one that marks the beginning of the festive season and the ending of yet another year. Although social distancing measures remain in place, we're hoping a few of the popular locations will still partake in this annual ceremony, albeit with certain safety measures. In the worst case scenario we will be sure to catch the event streaming online!
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