November 2020

FILM: 36th International Short Film Festival Berlin 2020; 11 November – 13 December

Enjoy the interfilm Festival with 270 films in 30 programmes online for €7.95 from 11 November to 13 Dezember. The 36th interfilm International Short Film Festival Berlin will take place entirely online (including Q&A's). End-O is a short comedy film about Elaine, who has Endometriosis, by UK director Alice Seabright that you can enjoy as part of interfilm festival. Check out the programme here.  

LITERATURE: Bloody Scotland presents Michael Connelly and Ian Rankin; 16 November, 8.30 p.m.

Bloody Scotland presents a global exclusive live virtual event with Michael Connelly and Ian Rankin! Join these two master crime writers for this special pop-up event on 16 November, 8.30p.m., completely free. Register here. 

LITERATURE: Some Kind of Tomorrow by Sharon Dodua Otoo on Thursday, 19 November, 6.30 p.m.

The creative writing of Black feminists is revolutionary. As an award-winning Black British author herself, Sharon Dodua Otoo will reflect on her experience of working in the UK and Germany. Honouring the visions of other Black feminist authors, from German lyricist May Ayim to Pulitzer Prize winning Toni Morrison and Booker Prize winning British author Bernardine Evaristo, Otoo will discuss their work and explore the structures that have marginalised and excluded them. Register here.

MUSIC: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival: 20 – 22 November 2020 (online)

This year’s hcmf has been developed to feel as much like the live event as it can, with full days of music to be experienced from early afternoon to late night throughout the weekend. Highlights include world premieres of works by Scottish composer James Dillon as part of a Dillon@70 celebration, plus a feature with music for clarinet and accordion, and much more. Have a look at the programme.

LITERATURE: Futures, Connecting and Faith: Leila Aboulela and Nadine Aisha Jassat; 22 November, 11.30 CET

Part of the Book Week Scotland 2020 Digital Festival, Interfaith Scotland bring you this event featuring Leila Aboulela and Nadine Aisha Jassat. Leila and Nadine will be discussing the future, connections and connectivity, and the role faith/interfaith plays in their creative processes. Register here. 


LITERATURE: Hay Festival Digital Winter Weekend 26 – 29 November

Hay Festival Digital Winter Weekend brings writers and readers together from 26–29 November in a free digital wonderland of thoughtful conversation, storytelling, comedy and family fun. Now in its 21st year, the Festival will be streamed live with a star-studded line-up of speakers and performers. Browse the programme here and register to watch events. All events are free to access and it couldn't be easier to register and watch.

PERFORMANCE: Gob Squad: Show Me A Good Time; 26 November – 28 November

Back in June, Gob Squad presented “Show Me A Good Time” as an ambitious 12 hour live-stream. From the empty stage of HAU1, a single performer reached out to global audiences, whilst others explored the streets of Berlin and Sheffield. “Show Me A Good Time” comes back as live-stream on HAU4, this time transformed into a series of three one-hour episodes. Gob Squad again try to uncover the layers of a reality that has become alien to us in order to find out how we can carry on. Join online!

EXHIBITION: BIG D@T@! BIG MON€Y! until 5 December 2020, Halle 14 Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig

We are witnessing a gigantic devaluation of money, which absurdly manifests itself in the fantastic inflating of wealth and speculation. The exhibition presents perspectives from contemporary art that shed light on aspects of digital communities and currencies. Playful art education offerings deepen artistic, political and economic aspects. With Francis Hunger, Falk Messerschmidt, Joana Moll, Gerald Nestler, RYBN.ORG, Suzanne Treister, Varvara & Mar.

MUSIC: London Sound Gallery: until 1 January 2021 (online)

Thank goodness for London Sound Gallery, a festival curated by award-winning vocal consort The Gesualdo Six featuring some of the UK’s most stellar early-career musicians. Mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston and trumpeter Matilda Lloyd feature, among others, with exciting programmes and world premieres. Not to be missed! Broadcast on Sundays at 5 p.m. from 25 Oct to 29 Nov. Ticket holders can watch live and/or on demand from the date of the broadcast until 1 January 2021. Get your tickets here.


VISUAL ART: Michael Armitage, until 14 Feb, Haus der Kunst, Munich

The young British-Kenyan painter Michael Armitage (born 1984 in Nairobi) has quickly become one of the most exciting voices in contemporary art. In his large-format, nuanced oil paintings, he combines European and East African motifs and painting traditions. He draws inspiration from political events, pop culture, folklore and personal memories, weaving these into mythically charged and dreamlike images. This exhibition in Haus der Kunst is his first show in Germany.