Events
Cannabis Cup
Amsterdam, Netherlands
23 -27 Nov
Thousands of budding horticulturalists descend on the city of Amsterdam to attend what is widely renowned as the world's preeminent drug fest. The festival was founded in 1987 by Steven Hager, an American writer, activist, and strong proponent for the legalization of marijuana. Festival activities are not limited to the expo. With more than 400 coffeeshops in the city there is a lot to see and do.
Krampusnacht Festival
Klagenfurt, Austria
Nov 24
Austria is where Krampus celebrations evolve from village parade to full on festival. The festival is so popular here that psychologists and schools are considering banning the creature because it's so ubiquitous and scary to children. Some say Krampus is a holdover from pre-Christian pagan nature spirits turned into a devil by the Catholic Church. Many of those who take the pre-Christian origins of the event seriously do their best to evoke the fear Krampus originally inspired.
The Monkey Buffet Festival
Pra Parng Sam Yot Temple, Lopburi, Thailand
25 Nov
Lopburi was once the country’s royal capital. More than 4,000 kilograms of fruit and cakes are laid out among the temples for Lopburi’s 3,000 resident monkeys, to thank them for bringing tourists to the town. Music, dance, people dressed in monkey costumes and donning monkey masks, plus monkey sculptures
UCL Academy Level 3 (6th form) Open Events
The UCL Academy, Adelaide Road, London, NW3 3AQ
T0207 449 3080, uclacademy.co.uk
Tues 4 Nov
Sat 15 Nov
Come and discover our successful Level 3 (6th form). Your chance to experience the UCL Academy and see why 80% of our ‘A’ level students achieved A* to C grades in 2014. See website for further information, including timetable for the day- no appointment required
Door> 4 Nov 5pm-7pm, 15 Nov 10am-12pm
Private Peaceful
Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London WC2H 9ND 0844 811 2334 theambassadorstheatre.co.uk
Until 21 Nov
This compelling love story and touching account of the First World War is not to be missed. The play follows young soldier Private Thomas 'Tommo' Peaceful looking back over his life as a young boy. It covers his upbringing in rural Devon, falling in love with his childhood friend Molly and the cruel injustices of war that brought him to the battlefields. This poignant tale explores love, loss, war and courage, leading to a dramatic and heartbreaking conclusion.
Door> Varies Entry> £17.50-£25
Selfie  
Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London WC2H 9ND
0844 811 2334 theambassadorstheatre.co.uk
Until 26 Nov
The National Youth Theatre presents an electrifying world premiere of Selfie, inspired by Oscar Wilde's iconic tale of deception, youth, and vanity. In an age of self-obsession and advancing technology, everyone is capable of becoming an artist of his or her own life. This new staging by the National Youth Theatre brings literature's most conceited anti-hero back to contemporary theatrical life in true decadent style.
Door> 7.30pm Entry> £17.50-£25
Green Street Arts – No Thyself
22 Green St, Digbeth, Birmingham, B12 0NB
Friday 14th Nov 2014
No Thyself – Drawing from thousands of years of history and culture, hundreds of years of artistic expression and decades of experience in the study, practice, execution and exhibition of the arts. The experience is the sum of many parts – There is no thy self, only synergy. Acclaimed artist Glenn Anderson and Green Street Arts Collective embark upon a remarkable collaborative project. Featuring – The midlands graffiti veteran Chu. Lighting and visual artist Liam d'Authreau and Swedish band, the theatrical sound artists known as 'GOAT'. With support from Beware Soul Brother & The Midland Sound Professors. Post event, viewers are invited to share the experience online at www.nothyself.co.uk. The public are enabled to view the installation via an interactive 360° image.
Doors> 7pm
GRAD SHOW - LIVE
Birmingham City Council House, Banqueting Suites, Victoria Square, Birmingham City Centre
Friday 14th Nov 2014
WhatsOn Media are proud to present GRAD SHOW- LIVE: An unmissable event for all jobseekers, ambitious bright sparks and brilliant employers. This unique event will not only be a crucial networking opportunity for job hunters and potential employers, who are just waiting to find eachother, but also a chance to take advantage of on-the-spot assessments, real time CV feedback and continuing career development through our specialist online support. So, struggling to find your dream job or simply can't get the staff? Either way, drop the dull conferences and job fairs and join the revolution with GRAD SHOW - LIVE. Stall holder enquires warmly welcomed. Please email pam@whatson.uk.com or call 0121 636 0830 for more information.
Entry> Free Doors> 9.15am - 5.00pm
The Marriage of Figaro
London Coliseum, St Martin's Lane, WC2N 4ES
0871 911 0200.eno.org
Until 23 Nov
The actress Fiona Shaw returns to the London Coliseum to direct the first revival of her production of Mozart's comic masterpiece. Jamie Martin conducts, while Mary Bevan and David Stout play Susanna and Figaro. Set over one day, the count's valet Figaro tries to wed the Countess's maid before their philandering master beds her first. The events that follow have ensured its title as one of the greatest comic operas ever written.
Door> 7pm Entry> £12-£99, £6-£49.50 concessions
White Christmas
Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7AQ
0844 847 1775 dominiontheatre.com
8 Nov – 3 Jan 2015
Welsh singer Aled Jones and Strictly Come Dancing winner Tom Chambers star as Bob Wallace and Phil Davis in Irving Berlin's musical White Christmas. It is the story of two ex-army friends who put on a show to help out their former general. The tunes are aplenty - from 'Let Yourself Go' and 'Sisters' to 'The Best Things Happen When You're Dancing'. This toe-tapping show, based on the much-loved film classic, will give you that festive feeling in no time.
Door> Varies Entry> £37.50-£67.50
La Soirée

Spiegeltent, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX020 7960 4200 southbankcentre.co.uk/i>

5 Nov - 11 Jan 2015
The whole audience is treated to a breathtaking melée of burlesque, vaudeville and circus sideshow. Some performers astound with feats of physical nerve and endurance, while others charm with character sketches and slapstick. This seamless production allows no time for you to pick your jaw up from the floor before the next act takes to the stage. La Soirée is endearing and exhilarating, but it is also pure adrenalin-fuelled entertainment at its best. The perfect Christmas cracker.
Door> Varies Entry> £15-£67.50
War Horse
New London Theatre, 166 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5PQ 0844 412 2708 warhorselondon.com
Until 14 Feb 2015
War Horse, based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, is a powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and magnificent artistry. South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company brings breathing, galloping, full-scale horses to life on the stage - their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables. Experience the emotional journey that charges through the battlefields of history straight to hearts of audiences around the world.
Door> 2.30pm or 7.30pm Entry> £24-£89

The Snowman

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HT 0844 412 4322 sadlerswells.com

26 Nov – 4 Jan 2015
A perennial family favourite, The Snowman has transported a generation of children and their families into the wonderful wintery world of a boy and his magical snowman. With music and lyrics by Howard Blake, including the beautiful 'Walking in the Air', performed by a live band, choreographed by Robert North and directed by Bill Alexander, The Snowman is the perfect Christmas treat for all the family.
Door> Varies Entry> £15-£35/div>

Sleeping Beauty

Churchill Theatre, High Street, Bromley BR1 1HA 0870 060 6620 atgtickets.com/venues/the-churchill-theatre-bromley

28 Nov - 4 Jan

Here's a soap opera star-tastic panto for you, this year's Christmas knees-up at Churchill Theatre has Coronation Street's Marc Baylis as the prince. Not only that but pop princess Sonia is starring as the good fairy. There's also a Pop Idol winner and an Opportunity Knocks winner onboard. Get your 'he's behind you!' shouts at the ready.

Door> 7pm Entry> £16.90-£29.40

Not About Heroes
Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY 0844 871 7632 atgtickets.com/venues/trafalgar-studios
 
10 Nov - 6 Dec
A tour of Stephen Macdonald's drama featuring World War One poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. Based on true events, the play looks at the two men's friendship which was founded during their time at Craiglockhart War Hospital. Feelgood Theatre's production visits the hospital itself, alongside several other places of historical importance in their lives throughout the UK before arriving at Trafalgar Studios. This is an exploration of courage, humanity and friendship which is not to be missed – giving audiences a look at real diary extracts and letters from the talented pair.
Door> 3pm or 7.45pm Entry> £15-£25

Urban Food Fest

Euro Car Parks 162-167 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6HU W: urbanfoodfest.com

Until 20 Dec

A revolving cast of dozens of food stalls and trucks serve a frankly intimidating variety of global cuisine at the Euro Car Parks in Shoreditch. Jerk chicken, wood-fired oven pizza, pad thai, halloumi souvlaki, sushi, schwarma, fried chicken, burritos and the amazing deep-fried frog legs. Organiser Jessica Tucker has ensured second and third visits are well worth the effort..

Door> 5pm Entry> Free

King Charles III
Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Rd WC2H 0DA
T 0844 482 5120 delfontmackintosh.co.uk
2 Sep – 29 Nov
King Charles III isn’t a Republican play or a monarchist play, but rather a thrilling working-through of ideas about modern Britain. Including, perhaps, the things that the exaggerated, media myth versions of the Royal family – ‘our’ Kate, ‘our’ Harry etc - might do. There’s a Cameo from Diana’s ghost too!
Door> Varies Entry> £10-£57.50

The Art of the Brick

Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London E1 6QL 020 7770 6100 trumanbrewery.com

Until 4 Jan 2015
It's quite likely that you spent hours playing with Lego as a child. Former lawyer turned master of tiny bricks, Nathan Sawaya is touring with his show The Art of the Brick which is making its way to Brick Lane for a UK debut. Sawaya's colourful large-scale sculptures include recreations of famous artworks such as Da Vinci's Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo as well as many original pieces.
Door> 10am Entry> Varies

The Comedy Store Players

Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon Street, London SW1Y 4EE
08448 717699 thecomedystore.co.uk
Until 23 Nov
The most famous comedy improv outfit in town perform off-the-cuff games and tomfoolery at the world famous Comedy Store twice a week. Regular Players include Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Neil Mullarkey, Andy Smart, Richard Vranch and Lee Simpson, but the line-ups change for each show.
Door> Varies Entry> £17, £12 concessions
Family Sundays at the Royal Opera House
Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London WC2E 9DD
020 7304 4000 www.roh.org.uk
Until 30 Nov
These regular family days are an opportunity to explore the Royal Opera House, its artists and the world of opera and ballet. Sessions will involve different creative activities as well as live musical performances including live make-up and stage combat demonstrations, costume dressing up, creative activities led by set designers and informal performances from Royal Ballet dancers. The sessions are aimed at kids aged six and over but children of all ages are welcome to join in.
Door> Noon Entry> £5, £3 under 16s
 
Tracey Emin: The Last Great Adventure is You
White Cube Bermondsey, 144-152 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ
020 7930 5373 www.whitecube.com
Until 15 Nov
This could be Tracey Emin’s most opaque work yet. The nudes are immediately Emin-esque. She recently returned to life-drawing classes, and it shows in self-assured pictures that appear at odds with familiarly angsty titles such as ‘Crying’ and ‘I Wanted You Too Much’. Perhaps mindful of what she’s famous for, Emin has called one of them ‘Too Relaxed’.
Door> 10am Entry> Free
EFG London Jazz Festival: Dr John – A tribute to Louis Armstrong
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
020 7638 8891 www.barbican.org.uk
15 Nov
Funky, voodoo gris-gris gumbo from New Orleans' totemic figure, who burst back into his late-60s mode with 2012 album 'Locked Down'. He has a new album due for a summer release, followed by this show at London Jazz Festival, in which he pays tribute to another New Orleans great, Louis Armstrong.
Door> 7.30pm Entry> £20-£40
 
Dawn Breakers International Film Festival

San Diego, California, USA dbiff.com

25-28 Nov
Dawn Breakers International Film Festival aims to discover, recognize and showcase films and filmmakers of all backgrounds who have a world-embracing vision and incorporate, discuss or reflect on themes that are somehow inspired.
The International Spirit of Women Awards and Gala Concert

O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX

4 Dec
This December, you’ll see some amazing sights – but would you expect to see Peter Andre sharing the stage with The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, conducted by Charles Hazlewood? As well as Sarah McLachlan, Gabrielle and The Overtones, plus more celebrity guests to be announced? You will at “The International Spirit of Women Awards and Gala Concert” organised by iconic grant-making breast cancer charity Walk the Walk. The charity is most famous for its flagship event, The MoonWalk London, which sees thousands of women and men wearing brightly decorated bras Power Walk the streets of the capital at Midnight. All funds raised by the Gala Concert will be granted to further the support of the charity to vital breast cancer causes. Tickets available via www.axs.com or call the O2 Box Office on 08448 24 48 24. The MoonWalk London 2015 is open for entries at www.walkthewalk.org
Entry> £55-£250
Great British Bioscience Festival

Museum Gardens, Bethnal Green, London
bbsrc.ac.uk/news/events/1411-gb-bioscience-festival-london.aspx

14-16 Nov
Not many scientists look like Doc from Back to the Future but many are just as exciting. Discover how much we depend on biology at this free festival with more than 20 displays and workshops run by real-life scientists. Become a vet or farmer of a virtual farm, journey through a giant gut, learn about new inventions such as pain-free injections and remarkable replacement limbs and visit the flight arena to see the invisible electrical world of bees. The event is free and suitable for all.
Door> 10am Entry> Free
Foodies Festival Christmas

Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London E1 6QL020 7770 6100 trumanbrewery.com

28-30 Nov
Christmas comes early for all food fanatics this year in east London. The Foodies Festival is hosting their first ever Chrimbo special, which promises to be three days of festive culinary fun including live cooking demonstrations, drinks masterclasses and a life-sized gingerbread house where you'll find ginger cider and toasted marshmallows. Plus real reindeer will be chilling in the courtyard.
Door> 11am Entry>Varies

Greenwich Lantern Parade and Christmas Lights

Pepys Building, King William Walk, London SE10 9LW
020 8269 5093
26 Nov
Greenwich school children help to bring Christmas into town with a procession featuring handmade lanterns from the Old Royal Naval College to Greenwich Market. CBeebies presenter Sarah Jane Honeywell and characters from the Greenwich Playhouse's panto will then switch on the Christmas lights, and the market will host a round of Christmas carols that everybody is welcome to join in with.
Door> 4pm Entry> Free
Nour Festival of Arts
Various Venues around London
www.rbkc.gov.uk/subsites/nour.aspx
20 Oct - 30 Nov
This celebration of the Middle East and North Africa's arts and culture will feature a huge range of events, from an Egyptian woodcraft workshop to a performance by Algerian singer Souad Massi in the Royal Albert Hall. There are also food tastings, film screenings, discussions, exhibitions and plenty more music and craft in the calendar, and many of the events are free.
Door> Various Entry> Free
Designers in Residence
Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, Bankside, London designmuseum.org
10 Sept – 4 Jan
This annual exhibition, which celebrates new and emerging design talent, will open 10 September 2014 and feature the designers selected by a distinguished panel.This year’s theme is disruption.
Entry> Free
Oslo World Music Festival
Various venues in Oslo
www.osloworldmusicfestival.no
The Oslo World Music Festival is a six-day festival that presents world music of all kinds. In the course of the festival more than 200 artists from all corners of the world play different concert venues in the centre of Oslo. Oslo can be quite cold and dark at this time of the year, but at Oslo World Music Festival you can get the feeling of being in more exotic places: Go to the Arabic countries with great raï artists, or let intense yoiking take you to Arctic regions. Move your feet to tabla techno, or swing your hips to afro salsa. Follow the stars of world music and go to wherever you want. 
Intelligence Squared: We've overdosed
Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore
intelligencesquared.com
12 Nov
Drug pushers. We tend to associate them with the bleak underworld of criminality. But some would argue that there’s another class of drug pushers, just as unscrupulous, who work in the highly respectable fields of psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry. Come and hear the impassioned arguments on either side…
Entry> £30
Day Of The Dead
Oaxaca, Mexico
visitmexico.com
1–2 Nov
Mexico’s Carnivalesque remembrance of departed souls is one of the world’s most universally familiar festivals. Everyone’s invited to the party, even the dead. In a belief system inherited from the Aztecs, Mexicans believe their dead are lurking in Mictlan, a kind of spiritual waiting room, and they can return to their homes at this time of year. Families thus begin preparations to help the spirits find their way home and to make them welcome.  Stores and markets fill with miniature coffins, skulls and skeletons made of chocolate, marzipan, paper, cardboard or clay.
Made in Dagenham
Adelphi Theatre, Strand, WC2
madeindagenhamthemusical.com
9 Oct – 28 Mar 2015
Inspired by a true story and based on the hit movie, Made in Dagenham is the uplifting new West End musical comedy about friendship, love and the importance of fighting for what is right. Gemma Arterton stars as Rita.
Door> 3pmEntry> £25-£69.50
Seosan Chrysanthemum Festival
Gagu-ri area in Seosan-si, Korea
1 Nov- 9 Nov
The Seosan Chrysanthemum Festival offers an opportunity to see chrysanthemums of rich fragrance and various colors. Chrysanthemums are one of the most popular autumn flowers in Korea. At the exhibition hall, visitors can see various chrysanthemum artworks, harvest edible chrysanthemums, and enjoy a street performance and traditional performances.
Entry> Free
The Scottsboro Boys
Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0HH
020 7922 2922 youngvic.org
4 Oct – 21 Feb 2015
Step right up and jump on board for this sensational musical which brings to life the extraordinary true story of nine young men, in a case&
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