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15-17 November


Cornwall Film Festival returns for its 18th year to The Poly – a hotbed for talent discovery and a key annual event for emerging filmmakers to meet alongside eminent personalities from the world of media. The festival attracts passionate film audiences with an International film programme, masterclasses, speakers, director Q&A’s, as well as homegrown Cornish talent (15 – 17 Nov).


Cornwall Rocks in pretty Looe. Acts include The Quireboys, Diamond Head, JOANovARC (below) and Massive Wagons, with accommodation included in the price too (15 – 17 Nov).


Brontë Tavonians, a detective story about the Brontë sisters (16 Nov) Sterts Theatre, Liskeard.  Meanwhile at Regal Theatre in Redruth, you can see ROAST theatre company’s West Side Story, 40 years after the company first performed the musical – expect songs, romance and awesome choreography (13 – 15 Nov).

And finally, for kids there’s Devon-based children’s theatre experts Soapbox Theatre’s Robin Hood packed with puppetry, physical theatre and everyone’s *favourite* – audience participation (16 Nov).


Healing the nation, Launceston Town Hall, Fri 15 Nov

Comic, writer and Mock the Week regular Andy Parsons is on tour again. This time, he is trying to bring some happiness to heal raw wounds in this currently divided country.


The Etsy Local Christmas Market moves into a bigger venue for 2019, moving from St Ives where it’s been for the last three years to Penryn, meaning there will now be 70 makers, designers and illustrators (30 more than last year) selling quirky Christmas gifts and handmade goods (15 – 17 Nov).

Seaside Saturday, Perranporth, 16 Nov

Plenty of bargains to be enjoyed from some of Cornwall’s finest online businesses, a great way to start the Christmas gift-buying and keep your spend local.

If you’re up towards Launceston, Cowslip Workshops (think crafts, makers workshops, etc washed down with a caring vibe and organic coffee) are holding their annual Christmas fair where there will be 40 stalls selling vintage, homewares and, of course, handmade items.

The annual Cornish Winter Fair is on at the Royal Cornwall Showground on 16 Nov, celebrating all that is great about Cornwall farming and food. Perfect for those with animal mad kids as you can spend hours looking at all the perfectly groomed animals, as well as browse the food, drink and produce stands.

SKATING: Indoor ice rink, Eden Project, until 23 Feb 

Christmas may be a way off (we haven’t even had Halloween yet!) but the Eden Project is getting festive early with its indoor ice rink, the only one found in Cornwall.


At the Tate St Ives you can see the ongoing exhibition of Nigerian-born artist Otobong Nkanga‘s work, From Where I Standwhich showcases the performance artist’s vast portfolio as well as pieces created especially for the Tate (until 5 Jan). Over in St Just-in-Penwith at the Jackson Foundation there’s a collection of contemporary artist Kurt Jackson’s work titled Frenchman’s Creek, a collection of paintings of the Helford River that famously inspired Daphne du Maurier’s 1941 novel of the same name (until 22 Feb).

Elsewhere at Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange you can see an unusual collaboration between surgeon Dr Grace Pailthorpe and artist Reuben Mednikoff entitled Tale of Mother’s Bonesabove, which explores duo’s experimentation with surrealism and psychoanalysis through 90 works (until 4 Jan).

Artist and former illustrator Stephen Lavis has his first major public show of work at the Far & Wild Gallery in Perranporth from 9 – 30 Nov alongside Henrietta Dubrey.


Unbounded at the Eden Project opened last week. An interesting new exhibition which showcases work created by 15 artists, exploring Cornwall’s social and environmental landscapes and how humans impact on it (until 26 Jan).

And finally, it’s last call for Creative Tensions: The Penwith Society of Arts 1949-1960at Penlee House, Penzance, an examination of the tension between the St Ives Society of Artists and the Penwith Society of Arts (until 16 Nov).


INTERIORS: Country Living Christmas Fair, Business Design Centre, London, 13 – 17 Nov

It’s Christmaaaaas! Well, not just yet, but head London’s Business Design Centre this month and you’ll find heaps of festive stalls from hundreds of British designers, makers, food artisans and crafters. As well as shopping there’ll also be live workshops and talks, plus Prue Leith will be chatting to Country Living’s Editor about all things food at Christmas time on Wed 13.


Vogue fashion and portrait photographer Tim Walker‘s enchanting, fantastical, frankly insane work is the subject of a new V&A exhibition (until 8 March). Tilda Swinton (below), Björk and, er, Sir David Attenborough are among his subjects and he’s also created 10 new works for the show.

Meanwhile this autumn’s big-hitter is William Blake at Tate Britain, below, (until 2 Feb 2020). The visionary painter and poet’s work will be imaginatively displayed – some of it blown up to enormous scale using digital technology, other works in an immersive room that recreates the space in which Blake first showed his art in 1809.

Elsewhere Into the Night: Cabarets & Clubs in Modern Art at the Barbican (4 Oct – 19 Jan) is probably the nearest I’ll get to clubbing this autumn. It’s such a cool concept – a history of cabarets, clubs, dancefloors and party spaces that inspired artists from the 1880s to the 1960s, including the Berlin cabaret scene in Weimar Germany and Harlem’s jazz clubs and lifesize recreations of some of the hotspots.

Then there’s a major retrospective of 88-year-old Bridget Riley‘s life’s work at the Hayward Gallery (23 Oct – 26 Jan), taking in her famous monochrome, makes-your-eyes-go-funny Op Art paintings from the 1960s among its 70 year career span.


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