David Bowie exhibition, Akunin’s new project and St. Patrick’s Day: What to do in London in March

04.03.2024Ksenia Batyshkina

What can be seen in an exhibition dedicated to David Bowie? Where to watch the rowing competition between Cambridge and Oxford? What's the new feminist audio guide at Tate Britain about? - "Winter" has put together a poster of events and activities taking place in London in March. Read more in our next piece.

Angelica Kauffman Retrospective

March 1 – June 30, 2024
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

The Royal Academy of Arts will host an exhibition celebrating the life and work of Angelique Kauffman. Painter and graphic artist, representative of neoclassicism, she began painting when she was 6 years old, and received her first commercial order to create a canvas at 11. Kaufmann became one of the founders of the Royal Academy, and contemporaries called her “the most cultured woman in Europe.” A major retrospective will showcase her journey from prodigy to respected artist and feature celebrity portraits and groundbreaking historical paintings painted by Kauffman.

David Bowie: A London Day” exhibition (David Bowie: A London Day)

March 1-20, 2024
Fitzrovia Chapel, 2 Pearson Square, London W1T 3BF

An exhibition of photographs by Kevin Davis capturing the iconic musician over the course of a single day in 1992. Curated by journalist, cultural historian and huge Bowie fan Dylan Jones, this collection provides a rare glimpse into the legendary musician’s life as he prepared for the release of his album Black Tie WhiteNoise. Housed in Fitzrovia’s exquisite chapel, the exhibition showcases 20 carefully selected images that emphasize Bowie’s timeless presence and meticulous attention to detail.

Women’s Day Auction “Art On a Postcard” (Art On a Postcard)

February 27 – March 12, 2024
Bomb Factory, Covent Garden, London WC2

“Art on a Postcard” returns with its fifth annual International Women’s Day auction. The event will showcase the collections of eight female curators, featuring original postcard-sized works by established and emerging female artists. All proceeds will go to the Hepatitis C Trust. This year’s auction will run for two weeks, including International Women’s Day, March 8 , and will consist of eight parallel mini-auctions. A pre-show of all the works will be held at Bomb Factory, where visitors will be able to see all the works before bidding.

Exhibition “Tropical Modernism: Architecture and Independence”

March 2 – September 22, 2024
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

The exhibition focuses on the Tropical Modernist architectural style that was founded by Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew in West Africa and India after World War II. The trend gained popularity and was adopted by the newly independent states as a symbol of progress and departure from colonial culture. The collection includes photographs and illustrations that showcase architecture that combines minimalism with solutions for tropical climates. The exhibition explores how tropical modernism expressed newfound freedoms and shaped identities in postcolonial societies.

Reading of Alexey Zhitkovsky’s play “The Mountain”

March 6, at 7:30 p.m.
ZIMA Russian Restaurant, 45 Frith Street, London, W1D 4SB
Admission is free upon registration, the event is strictly 18+

ZIMA Restaurant and the theater company SYSTEMA.LONDON invite you to get acquainted with plays by contemporary authors. First we will read Alexey Zhitkovsky’s play “Gorka”. And the beginning of spring will be greeted with a final farewell to all things winter and new year.

How often do we choose a job over ourselves? Do we prioritize the interests of some other people? Don’t have time to think about what’s interesting and good for ourselves? For example, Anastasia Shmarina, a teacher at the Sibiryachok kindergarten, lives like this. But one by one, the strange events of the passing year knock her out of her usual mode and force her to finally shift her focus to herself and take a fresh look at what’s going on around her. A play about the importance of being able to live your life and not see yourself as a function.

Meeting Ekaterina Shulman and Maxim Kournikov

March 7, 7:00 p.m.
Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St. John’s Wood Road 28, NW8 7HA London

Ekaterina Shulman, political scientist and teacher, and Maxim Kurnikov, historian and journalist, will talk about how the process of writing, discussing and adopting the constitution under Stalin was organized, how elections were held and what resistance there was to all these processes. How and for what purpose Stalin’s constitution was written, why there are legal documents in non-legal states and what ways voters found to express their disagreement in elections at the height of the Great Terror, as well as analyze the parallels with today.

“Diafilm.” Boris Akunin’s new project

March 12, 7 p.m.
Marylebone Theatre, 35 Park Rd, London NW1 6XT, UK

Boris Akunin presents and shows a new project “Diafilm”. “This is a project that is difficult to describe in words. It has to be seen. But I warn you: it will be scary,” says the writer about the upcoming evening. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session where the audience will have the opportunity to ask their questions to the author.

After the keynote address, the second part of the event, Meet & Greet, will take place. Guests will be able to personally communicate with Boris Akunin and continue the discussion started in the hall. Ticket is purchased in addition to the main meeting ticket and includes a reception with light drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Only 15 seats are available.

Soufiane Ababri exhibition (Soufiane Ababri)

March 13 – June 30, 2024
The Curve, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Moroccan-born artist Soufiane Ababri will present an exhibit that explores themes of LGBT and one’s own identity. As a gay man of Arab descent, Ababri’s work draws on challenging personal experiences and explores his chosen subject through world culture, including film, music and history.

Exhibition “Jean-Marie Toulgouat: Gardening Giverny” (Jean-Marie Toulgouat: Gardening Giverny)

March 13 – April 24, 2024
Garden Museum, Lambeth, 5 Lambeth Palace Rd, London, SE1 7LB

Jean-Marie Tulgua is the great-grandson of the iconic impressionist Claude Monet. He was born in Giverny in 1927 and returned to the city in the 1960s to restore his great-grandfather’s gardens. While the restoration work was underway, Tulgua painted a series of vivid oil paintings of the landscapes of the site. In addition to the oil paintings, the exhibit will feature archival photographs by Andrew Lawson that depict all of the same gardens. The exhibition will not only shed light on the great artist’s (Claude Monet) unusual outlook on life, but will also provide insight into how his works – some of the most famous images in the world – were created.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

March 17, 2024
Trafalgar Sq, London WC2N 5DS

St. Patrick is the patron saint of the Irish and on the day of his death, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually in Irish communities around the world. The holiday symbolizes the adoption of Christianity in Ireland.

This year’s festivities will take place on Sunday, and Trafalgar Square will traditionally be the main venue for the various activities. A ceremonial costumed parade with band (as well as individual performances within the columns) will follow a route from Hyde Park Corner along Piccadilly, St. James Street, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street and Whitehall. The procession will be followed by performances by music and dance groups. Food lovers will find a variety of specialty food corners with national Irish cuisine.

Golda. A musical story of love, loss and resilience

March 17, 2024
Theatre Royal Haymarket, 18 Suffolk St, London SW1Y 4HT

“It’s a play about hope, which always shows up wherever music lives.” Funny and sad, full of explosive energy and meaning, the mini-musical ‘GOLDA. A Musical Story of Love, Loss and Resilience’ returns to London’s West End to the stage of the legendary Royal Haymarket Theater for one night. Starring the phenomenal Ukrainian-Israeli singer Golda.

The annual “Icons of Ballet” gala.

March 17, 2024
London Coliseum, St Martin’s Ln, WC2N 4ES

The program of the annual gala includes performances of classical masterpieces, works by recognized geniuses of contemporary choreography and several world premieres. The performances will be accompanied by the English National Ballet Philharmonic Orchestra.

The event will conclude with an exquisite gala dinner at the five-star Corinthia Hotel. The audience will have the opportunity to interact with the dancers performing in person, hear backstage stories and get photos and autographs as a keepsake. Also, for the first time in the history of the project, an awards ceremony will be held during the dinner. Who exactly will be awarded will be a surprise to all present.

The Dream of A Ridiculous Man.

March 21 – April 20, 2024
Marylebone Theatre, 35 Park Rd, London NW1 6XT

Marylebone Theatre is launching a production based on Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky’s classic story, The Dream of A Ridiculous Man.

The adapted play will tell the story of a man from a dreary east London neighborhood. Upon waking up one day, the main character (played by Greg Hicks) realizes that life has no meaning. As in the original work, he decides to commit suicide. But before the man accomplishes his plan, he dreams of an alternative version of Earth – where there is no anger and envy, and people live in harmony with nature and each other. Upon awakening, the enthusiastic hero sets off to share a new vision of a happy planet with the world.

This one-act play is directed by acclaimed theater director – Lawrence Boswell and is a funny yet serious story about the hope that we have the power to build a better world.

Francesca Woodman & Julia Margaret Cameron: Portraits to Dream In exhibition

March 21, 2024 June 16, 2024
The National Portrait Gallery, St. George’s, St. George’s and St. George’s. Martin’s Pl, London WC2H 0HE

The exhibition will focus on the innovative approach of these influential portraitists and will feature over 160 rare vintage images that span the careers of both artists, inviting viewers to explore their non-trivial methods of working with photography. The exhibition will demonstrate the evolution of photographic portraiture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and explore the contributions that Francesca Woodman and Julia Margaret Cameron have made to the history of photography.

The London Book Fair (The London Book Fair)

March 12-14, 2024
Olympia London, Hammersmith Rd, W14 8UX

The London Book Fair (LBF) is an event that brings together representatives of the publishing community from around the world, new and established authors and readers on one platform. In 2024, the event will host more than 100 workshops. The main topics of discussion will include sustainable publishing, the future of creative content, literary translation, diversity and inclusion of authors’ works and more.

Although the event is geared more towards industry professionals, regular book lovers will also find much to enjoy. At open public talk sessions, you can learn about how creative content is created, understand book trends, meet new writers, and listen to bestselling authors discuss their careers.

The launch of a feminist audio guide at Tate Britain

as of March 25, 2024
Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG

Tate Britain Gallery is launching a feminist audio guide that will allow visitors to discover the work of unknown women artists, represented in many galleries around the world but little publicized to the general public. In total, the guide will include 7 masterpieces created by women and gender-variant artists. And the initiative itself is based on art historian Kathy Hessel’s book, Museums Without Men. The author of the book emphasizes the importance of addressing the gender imbalance in the arts and highlighting the work of artists regardless of their gender identity.

The exhibition “Enzo Mari: A Retrospective Celebration” (Enzo Mari: A Retrospective Celebration)

March 29-September 8, 2024
Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High St, London, W8 6AG

This major exhibition celebrates the extraordinary life and work of Enzo Mari, one of the most influential Italian artists and furniture designers of the 20th century. Marie’s simple yet brilliant work has inspired (and continues to inspire) generations of creatives from a wide variety of fields. The retrospective will span six decades of the designer’s career, showcasing his diverse creations including furniture, children’s books, product design and installations. Focusing on Marie’s commitment to social responsibility in design, the exhibition will offer a glimpse into the artist’s process of creative and moral inquiry reflected in her work.

Rowing competition between Oxford and Cambridge

March 30, 2024
Putney Bridge (south side), River Thames, London SW6 3JL

The famous historic rowing competition between the two oldest universities (Oxford and Cambridge) in the United Kingdom will take place on March 30, 2024 for the 169th time. Started in 1829 for boys and in 1927 for girls, the competition attracts around 250,000 spectators each year in southwest London. The four-and-a-quarter-mile course follows the Thames from Putney Bridge to Mortlake and takes between 16 and 18 minutes to complete (the race record, set in 1998, is 16 minutes 19 seconds and is held by the Cambridge men’s team).

Spectators can watch the rowing broadcast on BBC big screens in two riverside fan zones in Hammersmith and Fulham. Locations will offer a variety of street food, bars and cafes.

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