Six inspiring autumn events
As the gentle pace of the cooler months sets in, treat your curious and contemplative side with our curated picks of what’s happening. From immersive art experiences and literature festivals to the world’s biggest horse racing prize, there’s an exciting range of cultural events to experience this autumn.
London Literature Festival
This year’s London Literature Festival presents talks, debates, readings and book launches from popular contemporary literary figures, such as Heather Morris, Elif Shafak, Louise Doughty and Elizabeth Day. This 11-day festival explores the theme of folk, fairy tales and storytelling. Poetry International (begun by Ted Hughes in 1967), kicks-off the event in true literary style.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
+44(0)20 3879 9555
Image © Gokhan Celem
Robert Morris, Momentum
American minimalist sculptor, Robert Morris, is honoured in a solo exhibition, Momentum, 40 years after his work was first displayed at the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art. The exhibition, the first retrospective following the artist’s recent death in November 2018, shows work never before seen in Europe, including MOLTINGSEXOSKELETONSSHROUDS (human-like sculptures made from Belgian cloth soaked in resin) and Boustrophedons (similar sculptural shapes in carbon fibre).
Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Viale delle Belle Arti 131, 00197, Roma
T +39 06 322981
Image © Estate of Robert Morris by SIAE 2019
Milan Linate Airshow
For two days, Milan Linate Airport is home to street food stalls, performers and musical entertainment, as guests are treated to a spectacular celebration of all things aeronautical. Historic, military and stunt aircrafts provide astonishing spectacles and performances, including a display from the world’s largest acrobatics patrol, Frecce Tricolori, and music from ROCKIN’1000, the largest rock band in the world.
Viale Enrico Forlanini, 20090 Segrate MI
+39 02 232323
Image © iStockfrankpeters
W|ALLS: Defend, Divide, and the Divine
Walls have been central to the history of a diverse range of civilisations since ancient times. W|ALLS: Defend, Divide, and the Divine: Exploring Barriers, Real and Perceived examines the varied and changing role of these man-made barriers. The work of over 70 artists and photographers explores the artistic, social, political, and historical significance of this familiar, but divisive, structure.
The Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, CA 90067, Los Angeles
Image © Ami Vitale
Immersive Art Festival
Paris’s world-class digital art space, Atelier des Lumières, presents an immersive experience like no other this autumn. The Immersive Art Festival showcases the digital artwork (audio, visual and motion-based design) of 11 leading digital artists and collectives – prepare to embark on a modern aesthetic journey like no other.
Atelier des Lumières, 38 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris
+33 1 80 98 46 00
Image © Spectrelab
QIPCO British Champions Day
This late October QIPCO British Champions Day meet is billed by many as the ultimate raceday. The finale of the British flat racing season sees the best horses and jockeys from across the globe race for the series titles. Head to the enclosures for the best views and hospitality options and don’t miss the after party, featuring a DJ set from Basement Jaxx.
Ascot Racecourse, High St, Ascot SL5 7JX
+44 (0)344 346 3000
Image © iStockwebphotographeer
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