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March Events 2024

Having trouble deciding on the best spots for photography in London?

Then check out the amazing events in the London and Watford area this month. These events are more geared towards photography and art.

Spring has arrived, and the days are getting longer, so there is more time to enjoy events around London. There is plenty to see and immerse yourself in. Highlights for me this month are the Photography Show in Birmingham, where I will stay up there for the weekend. It’s great that it has returned to its usual time of the year, which doesn’t clash with significant events. But in London, the St Patrick’s Day parade is on the 17th.

Last Updated: 1st March

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Cedar Cafe Opening at Cassiobury Park – 1st
Get ready to sip, savour, and socialize! The grand opening of Cedar Cafe is from 10.00 am onwards for a delightful gathering with complimentary tea, coffee, and cake. Located in the Cassiobury Park Hub in Watford.
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London Comic Con Spring – 2nd to 3rd
Bringing the stars of Film & TV for you to meet, get their autographs & have your photo taken with them! All this will be taking place at the historic Olympia London.
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Literary Footprints 2024 – 1st till 27th
A collection of literary London walking and virtual tours in the annual Literary Footprints Festival in March 2024.
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Angelica Kauffman at RA – 1st till 30th June
Angelica Kauffman RA was one of the most celebrated artists of the 18th century. In this major exhibition, we trace her trajectory from child prodigy to one of Europe’s most sought-after painters. Known for her celebrity portraits and pioneering history paintings, Angelica Kauffman helped to shape the direction of European art. 
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Tropical Modernism: Architecture and Independence – 2nd till 22nd September
Tropical Modernism was an architectural style developed in the hot, humid conditions of West Africa in the 1940s. After independence, India and Ghana adopted the style as a symbol of modernity and progressiveness, distinct from colonial culture.
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Silent Writings Barbara Kruger – 4th  till 22nd April
Outernet Arts and Serpentine continue an innovative partnership, presenting a digital artwork, Silent Writings, by American artist Barbara Kruger that explores how we communicate and connect with each other. In Silent Writings, 2009/2024, Barbara Kruger explores how we communicate and connect with global events and with each other. The piece weaves images and words in an attempt to engage issues of control, power and dominance. 
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Kinoteka Polish Film Festival – 6th till 8th
Organised by the Polish Cultural Institute and supported by the Polish Film Institute, the KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival will return to cinema screens for its 22nd edition.
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Affordable Art Fair, Battersea – 6th to 10th
Discover the joy of collecting art at the Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Spring, hosted in London’s beautiful Battersea Park. Find your perfect piece from our hand-picked selection of galleries showcasing 1,000s of original contemporary artworks, priced between £50 and £7,500.
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The Other Art Fair at Trueman Brewery – 7th to 10th
Art isn’t confined to convention or rule, and how you enjoy it shouldn’t be either. Combining affordable and original artworks and 120 independent artists with immersive installations, performances, DJs – and a fully stocked bar.
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South Asian Sounds at Southbank Centre – 7th to 10th
A series of unforgettable concerts brings together some of the biggest names in South Asian music with cutting-edge new voices and cross-genre collaborations. South Asian Sounds spotlight contemporary and classical music from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, as well as ambitious UK-based artists and collectives working at the intersection of cultures and genres, from bhangra to jazz and Qawwali to club music.
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Love Lates at the Science Museum – 7th
From the intimate bonds of friendship to the pursuit of passions and pleasure, we navigate the landscape of human connection like never before. What does the latest neuroscience tell us about the strongest human emotion? Has increased digital interaction changed how we express affection.
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Trip the Light exhibition at The Muse Gallery – 7th to 24th
This exhibition of dreamlands and inner worlds, representation, symbolism and abstraction. Works by six artists share their subjective and fantastical experiences of worlds as they visualise them. The nature of the triptych form allows multiple perspectives to exist simultaneously in one moment. There is a Private View on the 7th in the evening.
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International Women’s Day – 8th
There are events around London, from walking tours to art galleries and exhibitions. 
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Women of the RNLI – 8th
Lifesavers, fundraisers, trailblazers: discover women’s vital roles in saving lives at sea. Women of the RNLI at the National Maritime Museum celebrate women’s work in the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
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Colour Walk Meetup at Spitalfields Market – 14th
It is an informal gathering of colourful, creative souls who meet, dressed in their finest, to walk, talk and strut their stuff. Excellent for photography.
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Human Rights Watch Film Festival – 14th to 22nd
Human Rights Watch Film Festival (HRWFF) bears witness to human rights violations in direct storytelling and exposé form. It creates a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference. In 30 years we have showcased over 720 films at our global festivals.
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St Patrick’s Day Parade in London – 17th
Come and celebrate London’s St Patrick’s Day Festival in Trafalgar Square. There’ll be the best of Irish arts, culture, food, music to enjoy, and more, including the spectacular annual parade.  The Mayor’s yearly shindig has become a highlight of London’s cultural calendar, as Londoners and visitors unite to celebrate the tremendous contributions Irish people have made to the city.
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The Photography Show in Birmingham – 16th to 19th
take the next step on your creative journey, whether you’re an absolute photography beginner or a fully-fledged professional creator. The show is back at The NEC, Birmingham, in March 2024, offering the perfect day out for anyone passionate about image creation. 
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Photographic Nature Walk in Cassiobury Park – 20th
Take a guided walk through Cassiobury Peace Garden to the Nature Reserve led by Andrew Lalchan (local photographer); we will explore spring in the park.
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Routes 62 & 145 Heritage Day and Barking Garage Open Day – 23rd
Ride free on old buses in service on London bus routes 62 and 145! There is no need to book; just turn up at a Route 145 or 62 bus stop and put out your hand! Buses being used will mostly be the iconic RT-type, which in the 1950s formed the largest standardised bus fleet in the world, plus their successor, the Routemaster.
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Enzo Mari at the Design Museum – 29th till 8th September
This major exhibition will celebrate the life and work of one of the greatest Italian designers of the 20th century, Enzo Mari, whose designs have inspired generations of creatives worldwide. Mari was also an artist, teacher, theorist, and more. During his prolific career, he created countless enduring and timeless designs, filling the homes and streets of the Milanese and beyond.
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Barbara Kruger: Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You at Serpentine Gallery – till 17th March
Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You. at Serpentine South is Kruger’s first solo institutional show in London in over twenty years. It features a unique selection of installations alongside moving image works and multiple soundscapes. 
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Refik Anadol : Echoes of the Earth: Living Archive at Serpentine North – 7th April 
A pioneer in the aesthetics of machine intelligence, artist and technologist Refik Anadol is known for his innovative media works and large-scale public installations. Echoes of the Earth: Living Archive, Anadol’s first major institutional solo exhibition in the UK, envelops viewers in immersive environments that utilise years-long experimentation with visual data of coral reefs and rainforests and showcases the creative potential of AI.
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Holbein at Tudor Court, Buckingham Palace – till 14th April 2024
Hans Holbein was one of the most talented artists of the 16th century.  From his arrival in England in search of work, he rose to royal favour, chosen to paint the portraits of Henry VIII, his family and leading figures, among them Anne Boleyn and Sir Thomas More. By his death, Holbein’s work was as admired by his contemporaries as it is today. His portraits inspired the next generation of artists in depicting Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I.
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Cute at Somerset House – till 14th April
A major new exhibition exploring the irresistible force of cuteness in contemporary culture. CUTE brings together contemporary artworks, including new artist commissions and cultural phenomena such as music, fashion, toys, video games and social media, in this brand-new show examining the world’s embrace of cute culture and how it has become such an influential measure of our times. It will seek to unravel cuteness’ emotive charge, revealing its extraordinary and complex power and potential.
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The Moonwalkers: A Journey With Tom Hanks – till 21st April
Tom Hanks narrates an epic experience that offers a unique new perspective on humankind’s past and future voyages to the moon.
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Shuvinai A Shoona: When I Draw, The Perimeter – till 26th April
Shuvinai Ashoona makes drawings which engage with the complexities of life, land and community in the Canadian Arctic, through fantastical motifs and modes of storytelling. The work interweaves scenes from everyday Arctic life with imagery associated with Inuit animism and shamanism. This is the first time Ashoona’s works will be shown in Europe since receiving a Special Mention by the awards jury at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022.
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Entangled Pasts, 1768 – now at Royal Acadamy of Arts – 28th April
J.M.W. Turner and Ellen Gallagher. Joshua Reynolds and Yinka Shonibare. John Singleton Copley and Hew Locke. Past and present collide in one powerful exhibition. Over 100 major contemporary and historical works as part of a conversation about art and its role in shaping narratives of empire, enslavement, resistance, abolition and colonialism – and how it may help set a course for the future.
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Zheng Bo – Bamboo As Method – 28th April
This site-specific and participatory installation creates a place for contemplation and serves as a reminder of the restorative qualities of nature within the urban landscape of Somerset House and central London. Zheng’s commission will be the newest addition to the annual Somerset House Courtyard Commission Series, which features international, contemporary artists who exemplify innovative thinking across sustainability and ecology. 
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Burtynsky: Extraction / Abstraction at Saatchi Gallery – till 6th May
This exhibition marks the largest exhibition ever mounted in the 40+ year career of world-renowned photographic artist, Edward Burtynsky, who has dedicated his practice to bearing witness to the impact of human industry on the planet. Curated by Marc Mayer, former Director of the National Gallery of Canada and Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the exhibition will feature 94 of Burtynsky’s large-format photographs as well as 13 high-resolution murals, and an augmented reality (AR) experience.
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When Forms Come Alive at Hayward Gallery – 6th May 2024
Spanning over 60 years of contemporary sculpture, this exhibition highlights ways in which artists draw on familiar experiences of movement, flux and organic growth. Inspired by sources ranging from a dancer’s gesture to the breaking of a wave, from a flow of molten metal to the interlacing of a spider’s web, the artworks in When Forms Come Alive conjure fluid and shifting realms of experience.
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Sargent & Fashion exhibition at Tate Britain – 7th July 2024
Celebrated for his striking portrait paintings, this exhibition sheds new light on John Singer Sargent’s acclaimed works. It explores how he worked like a stylist to craft the image of the sitters he painted, whom he often had close relationships with. Sargent used fashion as a powerful tool to express identity and personality. He regularly chose the outfits of his collaborators or manipulated their clothing. 
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Yoko Ono: ‘Music of the Mind’ at Tate Britain – 1st September
Delve into the powerful, participatory work of artist and activist Yoko Ono. Yoko Ono is a trailblazer of early conceptual and participatory art, film and performance, a celebrated musician, and a formidable campaigner for world peace. Developing her practice in the United States, Japan and the UK, ideas are central to her art, often expressed in poetic, humorous, profound and radical ways.
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