We went off on one a couple of weeks ago about how we kind of resent New Years resolutions and are choosing instead to make 2016 a Happy You Year. Of course, it’s very easy to spout inspirational pep talks like that, but it’s hard to imagine what a Happy You Year might really look like. Well, not any more, folks. Community Manager Nicola is here. In the last couple of weeks she’s given us examples of what a Happy You Spring and a Happy You Summer might involve, and today she is imagining how a Happy You Autumn might look:
We went off on one last week about how we kind of resent New Years resolutions and are choosing instead to make 2016 a Happy You Year. Of course, it’s very easy to spout inspirational pep talks like that, but it’s hard to imagine what a Happy You Year might really look like. Well, not any more, folks. Community Manager Nicola is here. Last week she gave us an example of a Happy You Spring, and today she is imagining how a Happy You Summer might look:
The new year is full of opportunities. It’s all about new starts and getting shit done. And, on top of that, it’s a new month, which means it’s time for a January roundup. There are loads of cool things happening all over the city, and we very much hope to run into you at some of them.
There’s no better thing to do on New Year’s day than to people watch at the New Year’s day parade – the audience is made up on half fresh-faced, admirable people launching into their resolutions with enthusiasm. The other half are pasty, hungover, and willing all of the loud music and screaming children to stop. On top of the amusement there’s also a sense of celebration, community spirit, and all that good stuff. The perfect start to the year.
We don’t know about you, but a couple of weeks into January we definitely start to suffer from Christmas light withdrawal. After all, we spent the previous month with access to super-pretty displays everywhere we went, and January is pretty grim in contrast. Luckily the Lumiere festival is here to change that. Using traditional displays and projections onto buildings, it’ll be brightening up London’s streets and making us all feel twinkly again.
London has been following Broadway’s example lately in making theatre tickets horrifically expensive. Fortunately that’s where Get Into London Theatre comes in. For the whole of the month of January they’re giving Londoners the chance to get their hands on affordable tickets to most of the top shows in the West End. It’s a perfect distraction from the grim weather and lack of jazz hands in everybody’s lives.
This is the perfect event for anyone who made a resolution to be more cultured in 2016. The London Art Fair gives loads of galleries a chance to showcase a variety of different work. On top of that there are talks, workshops, and networking events. We also can’t ignore the fact that you’ll sound extremely highbrow to anyone who tries to make small talk about what you did over the weekend.
It’s a scientific fact* that everyone starts daydreaming about having some kind of travel-based adventure every January. The Adventure Travel show will have exhibitors offering all manner of trips from those for people who aspire to take after Bear Grylls, to those for people who like things a little more comfortable. There’ll also be talks, and workshops and a chance to brush up on essential skills like photography and writing.
Whether you’re a fan of creepiness or comedy the London International Mime Festival will probably have something to suit you. Running for a month you’ll have the opportunity to see established artists and newcomers to the scene. You’ll also be able to attend discussions and film screenings, meet some of the artists, and try out some of the skills you see on show. We see a career in clowning in your future.
January 25th will see restaurants across the city offering up Scottish delicacies to celebrate Burns Night. It’s a very exciting time of year that – if you’re doing it right – is bound to feature haggis, neeps and tatties, and no small amount of whiskey. It’s the ultimate comfort food and – provided you’re not on a 2016 healthy eating kick – will fix what ails you in no time at all. Yum.
*Not really a scientific fact.
January is a month of opportunities. With the new year comes a whole new load of cool stuff happening in London. We put together a list of some of the stuff we’re particularly looking forward to. Maybe we’ll see you there?
There’s nothing quite as amusing as people watching at the new year’s day parade. If you look closely you’ll see half of the crowd are bright-eyed, bushy tailed, and raring for the new year. The other half – who possibly overindulged the night before – are pale, in need of a fry-up, and quite obviously willing all of the loud music and screaming children to stop. Add to that the fact that it’s a genuinely fun day, and you have a perfect start to the year on your hands.
Just when you thought the lights at every turn were over for another year, the Lumiere London festival came along to change your mind. Several locations in the West End and Kings Cross are being brightened up for four days with projections and more traditional light installations. We humbly request that you pardon the pun when we say that this is going to – ahem – brighten up some of those dreary mid-January days.
The West End is following Broadway in becoming super-expensive, which isn’t really ideal for anybody, especially the month after you haemorrhaged most of your bank account into buying gifts (for other people, or for yourself – we’re not here to judge), but Get Into London Theatre is here to provide a solution to that. For the whole of January there are tons of shows available at a reduced price and we suggest you get in on this action ASAP.
Perfect for the people who have decided 2016 is their year of being more cultured, or for people who are looking for a little bit of creative inspiration or, indeed, for people who just want to look a bit fancier when they make small talk about what they did at the weekend. The London Art Fair gives a wide range of galleries a chance to exhibit work, and also has a range of talk, events, and performances on offer.
If you don’t have any big adventures planned for 2016 this might just provide you with the solution. There’ll be loads of travel companies available to chat to you about where you should be heading next, as well as talks, photography workshops, and films. Whether you take after Bear Grylls or prefer something with a little bit less urine-drinking, there might well be something there to bring out the traveller in you.
Spanning nearly the whole of January, the International Mime Festival is an arts event that’s perfect for anyone. Whether you’re interested in something comedic or creepy, and highbrow or a little bit less intellectual, there’s bound to be something to suit you. There’s also films, loads of workshops (especially good for those of you whose new years resolution was to learn to clown or become a puppeteer, which we’re sure is, like, everyone), and the chance to meet some of the artists involved.
January 25th is a night to glory in amazing stodgy food and bagpipe music, and is, therefore, basically perfect. And no, before you ask, this is not being written by a Scottish person. I’m just a hardcore haggis fan from London who does not have enough haggis in her life. And that’s about to change for one night only – restaurants all over London are holding Burns Night events, so wherever you’re located you should be able to find something. And by ‘something’, I specifically mean ‘neeps and tatties’. Yum.