10 Cultural Happenings In 2019 To Get Excited About

We’ve got a feeling 2019 is going to be a good year. We’re not just wishful thinkers, however, our predictions are backed up by the hard evidence of an abundance of great releases, from the biggest films of the year to the must-binge Netflix series. So whatever else the year holds for you, you can rest happy in thought that viewing, reading and visiting-wise, you’re sorted.

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The boxset

Look out for The Umbrella Academy (15 February, Netflix), a comic book adaptation about a dysfunctional superhero family, and dark comedy Russian Doll (1 February, Netflix). This year also holds the third series of Stranger Things (4 July, Netflix), GLOW (TBC, Netflix) and The Crown (TBC, Netflix)…. need we say more?

The film

We’ve already got our eyes on Avengers: Endgame (26 April), the Star Wars sequel trilogy finale (19 December) and the two X Men films (Dark Phoenix, 7 June; The New Mutants, 2 August). But we’d be lying if we didn’t admit we’re also pretty excited for Toy Story 4 (21 June), coming as part of a load of children’s films we reckon we’ll love: the second Lego Movie (8 February), live-action The Lion King (19 July) and Frozen 2 (22 November).

The restaurant

Tempting our taste buds this year are Arros QD (early 2019, London), the first UK restaurant of three Michelin-starred chef Quique Dacosta, Eggslut (2019, London), an outpost of the breakfast chain that has triumphed in California, and locally-focused Pensons on the Netherwood Estate (January, Herefordshire).


The book

We’re going to be well satisfied for reading material this year. Case in point is Margaret Atwood’s sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, The Testaments (around September), released more than 30 years later. Also look out for We Cast a Shadow, by Maurice Carlos Ruffin (29 January), a powerful, hotly anticipated debut novel, and Where Reasons End, an extraordinary portrait of grief by Yiyun Li (7 February).

The exhibition

Put a note in your diary for Van Gogh and Britain, one of the largest collections of the artist’s work to be exhibited in Britain for almost a decade (27 March - 11 August, Tate Britain), Tracy Emin’s new work (6 February - 7 April, White Cube), and Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams (2 February - 14 July, V&A).

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The event

Make sure you catch the ICC Cricket World Cup, hosted in England for the first time in 20 years (30 May - 14 July), the return of Glastonbury (26 - 30 June) and the almost unmissable Rugby World Cup (20 September - 2 November).

The destination

There are plenty of exciting launches in the UK, from Soho House’s outpost in Brighton, two new additions to Pig Hotels (early 2019 and late 2019) and a BrewDog craft beer hotel in Edinburgh (early 2019). Further afield, new direct flights will be launching to Osaka, Japan (March), and Charleston, US (April).

The brand

Heritage Stockholm-based fashion house, Tiger of Sweden, has now launched at House of Fraser. Expect minimalist, hardworking staples with a dose of Scandi cool. Similarly just launched are Box Underwear, for great essentials, and Swedish shirt-maker Eton.

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The food

2019 is set to be a tasty one with faux meats, such as king trumpet mushrooms and jackfruit, taking to the stage, along with snacks of kelp and algae, fermented drinks like kefir, and ice cream made from avocado and tahini bases.

The show

Tipped to be the most anticipated Broadway arrival since Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen is going to be a must-see (autumn, Noël Coward Theatre). Similarly, Cate Blanchett in When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other (16 January – 2 March, National Theatre) and the musical homage to Only Fools and Horses (9 February - 3 August, Haymarket Theatre Royal) are going to be hot tickets.

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