London 2022 Cultural Calendar: Art Music Sports Theater Events

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The struggle is real for many of us today as we turn on our computers for the first time this year, but the year ahead in London is shaping up to be bright and full of fun. From sporting events and festivals to arts, theater and culture, here’s a roundup of The Resident’s fun activities coming up in 2022..

Photo: Photo London

Theater, Performance & Stand up

Cirque du Soleil – Luzia; January 12-February 27
Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington; royalalberthall.com

Dirty dance; February 2 April 16
Dominion Theater, West End; Pays-Bas.fr

Corn is green; April 7
National theater; nationaltheatre.org.uk

Kill a mockingbird; From March 10
Gielgud Theater, West End; tokillamockingbird.co.uk

English National Ballet, The Forsythe Evening; March 31-April 10
Sadler’s Well, Clerkenwell; sadlerswells.com

Dance for the Life of Peter Kay; friday 29 april
Alexandra Palace; alexandrapalace.com

Fat; May 3, October 29
Dominion Theater, West End; Pays-Bas.fr

Alan Partridge Live; May 31-June 3
The O2 Arena, Greenwich; theo2.co.uk

Madame Papillon; June 14-July 6
Royal Opera; roh.org.uk

LIFT; July 1-December 9
Various places; liftfestival.com

An evening with David Sedaris; July 20-21 & July 30-31
Cadogan Hall Chelsea and Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Center; davidsedarisbooks.com

Alan Carr: Regional Trinket; October 7-8
Eventim Apollo, blacksmith; eventimapollo.com

Art design

Francis Bacon: The Man and the Beast; January 29-April 17
Royal Academy, Piccadilly; royalacademy.org.uk

Self-portraits of Van Gogh; February 3 May 8
The Courtald Gallery, Somerset House; courtauld.ac.uk

Beatrix Potter: drawn to nature; From February 12
V&A, South Kensington; vam.ac.uk

Surrealism beyond borders; February 24 August 29
Tate Modern; tate.org.uk

Shaping masculinities: the art of men’s fashion; Opening March 19
V&A, South Kensington; vam.ac.uk

The Credit Suisse exhibition: Raphaël; April 9-July 31
The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square; nationalgallery.org.uk

Photo London 2022; May 12-15
Somerset House; photolondon.org

Weird Sensation Feels Good: The World of ASMR; Opening May 13
the Design Museum, Kensington; designmuseum.org

Yinka Ilori; open in summer (dates to be confirmed)
the Design Museum, Kensington; designmuseum.org

Hallyu! the Korean wave; Opening September 24
V&A, South Kensington; vam.ac.uk

The EY: Cézanne exhibition; opening on October 6
Tate Modern, Bankside; tate.org.uk

Objects of desire: surrealism and design 1924 – today; opening October 14
the Design Museum, Kensington; designmuseum.org

Frieze London; dates to be confirmed
The Regent’s park; frize.com

Music

Damon Albarn: The closer the fountain, the purer the stream; February 21-22
Barbacane Center; barbican.org.uk

Hans Zimmer Live – European tour; March 22-23
The O2 Arena, Greenwich; theo2.co.uk

Elton John; April 1-17
The O2 Arena, Greenwich; theo2.co.uk

ABBA Voyages; from May 27
ABBA Arena, Stratford; abbavoyage.com

the Grace Jones Meltdown Festival; different dates in June
Center of the south shore; Southbankcentre.co.uk

Lorde – The solar energy tour; June 1-3 & June 28
Roundhouse and Alexandra Palace; roundhouse.org.uk alexandrapalace.com

Diana Ross; June 23-24
The O2 Arena, Greenwich; theo2.co.uk

BBC Proms; July-September (dates to be confirmed)
Royal Albert Hall; royalalberthall.com

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in concert with the London Symphony Orchestra; September 23-25
Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington; royalalberthall.com

EFG London Jazz Festival; November 11-20
Various places; efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk

Culture

Lewisham: London Borough of Culture 2022; January 1-December 31
Various places; wearelewisham.com

London Short Film Festival; January 14-23
Various cinemas; shortfilms.org.uk

Bridgerton Secretcinema; Starting from February
To confirm ; secretcinema.org

Margaret Atwood: Burning Questions; Thursday March 24
Center of the south shore; Southbankcentre.co.uk

Wimbledon Book Festival; June 9-15 & September 22-25
Various locations around Wimbledon; wimbledonbookfest.org

Pride parade; September (dates to be confirmed)
prideinlondon.org

Visits to Buckingham Palace; July 22-October 2
Buckingham Palace, Westminster; rct.uk

The month of black history; October
Various places; visitlondon.com

BFI London Film Festival; October (dates to be confirmed)
Various cinemas; bfi.org.uk

London Literature Festival; October 21-31
Center of the south shore; Southbankcentre.co.uk

sport

Six Nations Rugby England v Ireland; saturday 12 march
Twickenham Stadium; guide-des-six-nations.co.uk

the Oxford and Cambridge boat race; Sunday April 3
River Thames between Putney and Mortlake (best vantage points include Putney Bridge, Craven Cottage, Hammersmith, Barnes and Chiswick Bridge); theboatrace.org

FA Cup 2022 Final; saturday 14 may
Wembley Stadium, thefa.com

the 135th Wimbledon Championships; June 27-July 10
The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club; wimbledon.com

UEFA Women’s EURO 2022; July 6-31
Wembley Stadium; uefa.com

The classic strong man 2022; Saturday July 9
Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington; royalalberthall.com

LGBT HERO & Royal Vauxhall Tavern Sports Day, August (date to be confirmed but usually bank holiday)
Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens (behind Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Vauxhall); lgbthero.org.uk

England-South Africa test match, August 17-21
Lord’s Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood; lords.org

Laver Cup London 2022; September 23-25
the O2 Arena in Greenwich; lavercup.com

London Marathon; sunday 2 october
tcslondonmarathon.com

Festivals

Festival of the Women of the World (WOW); March 11-13
Center of the south shore; Southbankcentre.co.uk

RHS Chelsea Flower Show; May 24-28
Royal Chelsea Hospital; rhs.org.uk

Hampton Court Palace Festival; different dates in June
Hampton Court Palace; hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com

Pub in the park; June 24-26 & September 2-4
Dulwich Park & ​​Chiswick House & Gardens; pubintheparkuk.com

Hampton Court RHS Palace Gardens Festival; July 4-9
Hampton Court Palace; rhs.org.uk

British summer time; July 9-10
Hyde Park; bst-hydepark.com

all points to the east; August 19-28
Victoria Park; allpointseastfestival.com

Notting Hill Carnival; last week of August (dates to be confirmed)
Around W10 and W11; nhcarnival.org

Meatopia; September 2-4
Tobacco Dock, Wapping; meatopia.co.uk

totally the Thames; September (dates to be confirmed)
Along the Thames, South Bank and Bankside; thamesfestivaltrust.org



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