UK Events for October 2022

Belfast International Arts Festival – Belfast, 05 October – 06 November, 2022

From October 5 to November 6, over 320 imaginative, inspiring and intriguing events spanning the artistic disciplines of music, theatre, dance, film, visual arts and discussion will be hosted throughout the city of Belfast for all to engage with and enjoy.

It will address the current and future nature and role of arts and culture in society, the contemporary issues that are influencing our international artists, and Northern Ireland’s place in the global world.


Manchester Literature Festival 2022 – Manchester, 07 – 23 October, 2022

Manchester Literature Festival provides unique and imaginative opportunities for audiences to experience high quality live literature via an annual festival format and associated project activities – presenting spoken word from across the globe.


Cultural Walking Tours of Belfast – Belfast, 08 October, 2022

The best way to explore the city is by foot. So, follow in the footsteps of Titanic’s builders on this tour of the Titanic Quarter, formally known as Queen’s Island, where Titanic was designed, built, and launched.

During this guided tour you will learn about Titanic’s tender ship the Nomadic, Harland and Wolffs HQ including the drawing offices where draughtsmen drew the scaled drawings of Titanic.


Public Discussion: The Future of Climate Justice – Reparation and Equality – Edinburgh, 10 October, 2022

The first Future of Climate Justice conversation will take place in the University of Edinburgh’s Playfair Library.

This panel event opens the third in the University of Edinburgh’s Futures Conversations series – and features Adrienne Buller, Elizabeth Cripps, Tasneem Essop, Arunabha Ghosh, AC Grayling, Vanessa Nakate, Patricia Scotland, chaired by Dr Hermione Cockburn.

The in-person event will be live streamed and is open to all.


Iris Prize Festival – Cardiff, 11-16 October, 2022

Over its 16-year history, Iris Prize has become a leading voice in championing LGBT+ short films, and a significant event in the British film festival calendar.

Let’s celebrate and enjoy the Iris Prize Festival.


Lecture: The Politics of Fabric and Fashion in Africa 1960-Today – London, 20 October, 2022

Dr Christine Checinska is the V&A’s inaugural senior curator of African and African diaspora fashion and lead curator of the Africa fashion exhibition, July 2022 – April 2023.  Before joining the V&A, Dr Christine worked as a womenswear designer, academic, artist and curator. Her creative practice and research explores the relationship between fashion, culture, and race.

Using objects in the V&As ‘Africa Fashion’ exhibition, Dr Christine will explore how fibre and fabric carried meaning in the moment of independence – and carries meaning now in the cutting-edge work of Africa’s contemporary fashion creatives, Aphia Sakyi, Thebe Magugu and Artsi Ifrach.

You can register to attend this lecture in person or online.


The Shining in the Angel Hotel – Cardiff, 23 October, 2022

This Halloween season, Darkened Rooms celebrates its 10th anniversary by returning to the site of its very first event. Join for a very special screening of Stanley Kubrick’s terrifying classic in the perfect setting: the ballroom of Cardiff’s historic Angel Hotel. You’ll want to stay there forever … and ever … and ever …


Exhibition: Jupiter’s Song – Liverpool, 15 July – 30 October, 2022

Jupiter’s Song is a creative intervention exploring perspectives and experiences inspired by the Earle Collection of documents at the International Slavery Museum. Focussing on these documents, international artist Khaleb Brooks, hopes to bring a new perspective and greater visibility of the Liverpool history archive.

The installation will explore perspectives, exchange and humanising experiences, confronting narratives to consider identity and how the experiences of the past manifest today.


Tramway Gallery, Norman Gilbert Exhibition – Glasgow, 03 September – 05 February, 2023

Norman Gilbert (1926-2019) lived and worked on Glasgow’s southside for over sixty years, painting intimate, domestic scenes of his wife Pat, their four children and an extended family of friends and neighbours who frequented their home on Shields Road – not far from Tramway – and enriched and shaped their lives.


Moseley Bog Nature Reserve – Birmingham – Open all year round

Moseley Bog was the childhood playground of the Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien, who lived nearby. The site inspired the ‘old forest’ in his books, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.


Nigeria60: 60 Years of Independence, Horniman Museum – London – October, 2022

Nigeria60: 60 Years of Independence contains the Horniman’s collection from 1960s Nigeria and objects collected by designer and artist Alafuro Sikoki-Coleman from the same period.


Leeds Mindfulness Festival, Kirkstall Abbey – Leeds – 11-21 October, 2022  

Leeds Mindfulness Festival returns to the atmospheric setting of Kirkstall Abbey. Join in free taster mindfulness sessions to mark World Mental Health Day (10 Oct). No prior experience of meditation or mindful practice is necessary.

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