It’s not unusual for there to be a festival or two going on in London, but it seems you can’t move in the capital during October without stumbling across a celebration of something. From poetry and literature to international film and Chinese culture, there’s a festival to suit all tastes this month.
BFI London Film Festival
London’s answer to Cannes, its celebration of the film industry is back for the 61st year and full to bursting with interesting events. Whether you’re keen to see Andy Serkis’ directorial debut Breathe, or the restored silent movie Shiraz from 1928, there’s something to tempt all film lovers.
The BFI London Film Festival is staged across various venues from October 4th to 15th.
London Literature Festival
Philip Pullman will be gracing the Southbank Centre the day after his new book, La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One, is published. Acting as a prequel to His Dark Materials, the volume does more to explore the world of Lyra Belacqua, as well as some interesting themes. Also to take to the stage during the festival with be Hillary Clinton, Tom Hanks and authors shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize.
Events for the London Literature Festival run from October 13th to November 1st.
The biennial festival that was started by Ted Hughes in 1967 before he became poet laureate is still going strong. In fact, Poetry International, which is held every two years, is celebrating its 50th birthday. This year its theme is cultural sustainability, with a strong focus on languages that are in danger of becoming extinct.
Poetry International opens the London Literature Festival from October 13th to 15th.
China Changing Festival
Proof that the world comes to London can be found at this celebration of Chinese culture. From a retelling of the tale of Mulan through the medium of wu-shu martial arts to a conversational event with Hung Huang – the woman dubbed China’s Oprah Winfrey – there’s something for everyone.
The festival with be held on the South Bank on October 7th.
Travelling to London
Take the hassle out of a trip to London to visit one of these festivals by hiring a coach. It’s a great way to avoid driving, parking, the congestion charge or navigating the Tube, leaving you and your party free to experience the best of the capital’s events in a relaxed manner.