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Culture Club: October's Must-Sees

01/11/2010 15:58 | Updated 22 May 2015
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October's culture must-sees

As the art world's glitterati descend on London's Regents Park for their annual shopping and schmoozing frenzy, Frieze also offers the public a chance to get up-close-and-personal with over 1000 works under one roof, from modern masterpieces to up-and-coming young artists. This year there are also free films in a specially-built cinema, and some very arty music gigs under the arches at London Bridge and in a Shoreditch church. October 14-17

October's culture must-sees

Ireland's biggest international arts festival, the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's, will see venues across the city open their doors for theatre, music, dance and art. Take a nighttime architectural tour of the city, absorb some Rush Hour Chopin (with live performances in Central Station), or book tickets for one of our favourite young singer-songwriters - Grammy award winner Imogen Heap. October 15-30

October's culture must-sees

From one alpha female to another, Sex and the City's Kim Cattrall returns to her Liverpudlian roots to play Cleopatra in Shakespeare's epic tragedy about the Egyptian Queen's love affair with her Roman general. The legendary tale of passion, war and intrigue is sure to be a highlight on the autumn theatre calendar. October 8–November 13

October's culture must-sees

Eat your way through London at this two-week celebration of all things foodie. Events include the deliciously named Eat Film – where you can watch a film and eat a meal inspired by it, including an all-American Sideways dinner (Merlot included) at the Covent Garden Hotel. Catch the Street Kitchen – a travelling restaurant serving sustainable food from a vintage airstream caravan - or if money is no object, bid for a table at the celebrity chef-catered10-seat pop up restaurant in a London Eye pod.October 4-18

October's culture must-sees

October is being unofficially dubbed culture month in Manchester, kicking off with The Manchester Weekender - a veritable cultural feast crammed into 48 hours – from midnight film screenings and hidden art bike tours, to foodie boat trips, art picnics and late-night gigs in museums. Then there's the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, a must for any keen crafter, showcasing ceramics, jewellery and textiles. Also on the calendar is the Buy Art Fair, where you can browse contemporary art from over 900 artists and attend one-off talks (including how to start an art collection on a budget).

The Manchester Weekender, October 1-3

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, October 22-24

Buy Art Fair, October 28-31

October's culture must-sees

This year's BFI Film Festival is promising a blockbuster edition, with two-weeks of hotly-anticipated new British and international film screenings. Our top picks include Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go, starring Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield, Danny Boyle's 127 Hours, starring James Franco and Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman. Alongside screenings, there will be a whole roster of special events including masterclasses, director talks and, of course, a good smattering of celebs to spot on the red carpet. October 13-28

October's culture must-sees

The V&A's autumn exhibition is always a treat, and this year is no exception. A feast for all the senses, the show explores the early 20th century world of the enigmatic Serge Diaghilev and his influential Russian dance company that wowed Europe and America. The energy of the ballet's Golden Age is brought to life with rich, exotic costumes, beautiful art deco illustrations, recreated set designs and giant film projections. September 25-January 9

October's culture must-sees

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