Events to ear-mark for winter 2012/13…
BP National Portrait Award – Now until 27 January
For the 33rd year, the National Portrait Award (sponsored by BP) is showcasing work by the world’s best contemporary portrait painters. The 55-piece exhibition is as intense as it is thought-provoking. Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh.
Chocolate Festival, Bristol – 14 – 16 December
Lick your lips and head south to sample goodies from some of England’s best artisan chocolatiers. Stock up on original treats, like a chocolate portrait or chocolate greetings cards, too. Cabot Circus, Bristol.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – 14 December
Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to recover the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the formidable dragon Smaug. We can’t wait to see what Peter Jackson’s got in store for us. Or Richard Armitage, for that matter. In cinemas nationwide.
Ice at the Palace – Now until 13 January
Hampton Court Palace has to be one of the most dramatic settings for outdoor skating this season. We’ll be dressed for the chill in our best Moncler. Hampton Court Palace, Surrey.
Les Misérables – 11 January
We all know the story of Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) the prisoner who escaped parole and ends up taking care of a child called Fantine, while being hunted by unforgiving policeman Javert (Russell Crowe). [Breathe] Now the stage production hits the big screen. It’s been a long-time coming, but we anticipate it will have been worth the wait. In cinemas nationwide.
Life of Pi – 20 December
Time has already described Ang Lee’s film of Yaan MArtel’s Life of Pi as “the next Avatar” – expect an epic. In cinemas nationwide.
Light from the Middle East: New Photography – Now until 7 April
The works of artists from 13 different countries highlight a range of creative responses to the Middle East’s social and political challenges and, as the first major exhibition of contemporary photography from the Middle East, it is well worth a visit. Admission’s free. The V&A Museum, London.
Mid Century Modern – Now until 13 January
Celebrating the influence Mid Century Modern style had on architecture, interiors and urban design, this exhibition includes original G plan pieces by Danish designer Ib Kofod-Larsen, photography by acclaimed artist Andrew Lanyon, ceramics by Chris Keenan, Ikuko Iwamoto, and more. New Craftsman Gallery, Cornwall.
Six Nations Rugby – 2 February–16 March
The England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France and Italy teams play to win the Six Nations Championship. Save us a front-row seat at Twickenham.
Valentino: Master of Couture – Now until 3 March
View a collection of over 130 exquisite Valentino designs worn by the likes of Jackie Onassis, Grace Kelly, and Sophia Loren. This fantastic exhibition at Somerset House also features photographs from Valentino’s personal archive, and films giving behind-the-scenes access to the Valentino atelier. Tickets £12.50. Somerset House, London.