5 Cultural Events for Students to Attend in Early 2015

January 5, 2015 3:34 pm

Long gone are the days in which we expect student events coverage to be exclusively comprised of budget club nights. Here are the best of cultural events for students in early 2015.

I like to think that we’ve all moved past that. Students – and those at the top London universities particularly – have evolved to the point that their extra-curricular activities support their chosen work and career at university. Most institutions support this movement, and residencies such as the Urbanest student accommodation in London often compliment the events with their nearby locations.

While these events may not hit that nail right on the head, they are a cut above the Carnage nights and 70p shots, leading to a more intelligent year ahead!

Theatre: The Hard Problem

The Hard Problem comes from Czech-born British playwright Tom Stoppard. It’s his first play since Rock ‘n’ Roll and promises to be just as well received. The story follows a psychology researcher, her boss and a billionaire medical founder, and raises questions of whether medical technology will soon overtake the ability of human psychology.

Showing: Feb 2015

Great for: Science students, drama students.

Dance: Bayadère – The Ninth Life: Shobana Jeyasingh

Shobana Jeyasingh is a Mumbai-born choreographer that aims to bring Indian influence into ballet, reimagined from the 1877 La Bayadère. Shobana will investigate the West’s ‘fascination with the myth of the orient.

Bayadere

Showing: 25-28 Mar 2015

Great for: Dance, cultural studies, art history.

Festivals: London Short Film Festival

This festival is in its twelfth consecutive year and will commence from the 9th till 18th January. Over 1500 submissions were sent for the 2015 festival, and the selections shown promise the best of British love, horror, comedy, documentary, music and even low-budget gems.

LSFF2015 Trailer

Showing: 9-18 Jan

Great for: film, cultural studies, events

Art: Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden

Marlene Dumas’ artwork is not for the faint hearted. Her portraits convey villains as much as they do heroes. The Dumas exhibition has recently left the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, which was the first time I saw it, and thought it was excellent. Expect eerie watercolours and abstract sketches.

marlenedumas

Showing: Tate Modern, 5 Feb – 10 May

Great for: Art students, everyone!

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