Around the World: what to get up to in 2024

Around the World: what to get up to in 2024

by Juliette Eleuterio
7 min

We’re halfway through the first week in January, so give yourself a pat on the back. Whether you’re doing dry January and looking for new things to do with your mates or just looking for inspo for the month ahead, there’s a load going on. Whether you’re enjoying a Shanti Celeste residency in Paris, a Paul McCartney exhibition in Tokyo, or catching the tail end of Sarah Lucas’ latest exhibition at Tate Britain, keep reading to see what’s happening around the world. 

There’s a Naomi Campbell retrospective on its way

Yes, you read that right. The queen of 90s runways and PhD-holder Naomi Campbell is being honoured at the V&A in London. Starting in June of this year, the exhibition titled “Naomi” will be the first of its kind, acting as a retrospective look into the fashion icon’s career and life through the eyes of photographers and designers. And don’t forget her activism and overall cultural impact, which will also be highlighted in the exhibition.

Catch “A World in Common: Contemporary African Photography” at Tate Modern
Atong Atem / Tate Modern ©

Closing on January 14, you’ve got just enough time to catch “A World in Common: Contemporary African Photography” at Tate Modern, an exhibition that will address how photography, film, audio and more are used to tell cultural narratives. It explores how images traverse cultures, telling the story of urbanism and climate emergency. If this is a bit of you, grab your tickets here.

Get ready for the fashion-lympics in Paris
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There’s only one thing we’re looking forward to more than the Olympics: the Olympic fashion. With the global sporting event securing an LVMH sponsorship, we know those athlete fits are going to be fly. If you wanted to get in the mood pre-Olympics, Paris Galliera is showing “Fashion on the Move” an exhibition that features over 200 pieces, retracing the steps from the 18th century to modern-day fashion and how it has aided movement and sports people throughout history.

Paul McCartney heads to Tokyo
Paul McCartney ©

The English singer-songwriter, musician, and one-quarter of the Beatles, Paul McCartney, is a legend in his own right. Roppongi Hills Tokyo City View is taking a look at this legendary status, with an exhibition opening in July of this year. Expect over 250 photographs of McCartney, taken between the defining years of 1963 and 1964, when the Beatle-mania took full craze around the world.

Discover Latin American modernity at the MoMA
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Opening in March this year, New York City’s Museum of Modern Art is celebrating modern art, highlighting artists hailing from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Venezuela. The exhibition will showcase designs that came from the 1940s til the 1980s, with artworks such as Clara Porset’s Butaque chair, Lina Bo Bardi’s Bowl chair, and Roberto Matta’s Malitte Lounge Furniture.

It’s your last chance to catch “Happy Gas” at Tate Britain
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Since bursting onto the scene in the 1980s, Sarah Lucas has challenged the notions of gender, class, and sex through visual puns and tongue-in-cheek takes on everyday objects. “Happy Gas” presents this exploration across sculpture, installation and photography, looking at what it means to be human. This was a standout exhibition for 2023 and runs until January 14, so be sure to grab your tickets now. 

Watch Nabiha Iqbal Down Under

If, like us, you’re obsessed with Nabihah Iqbal, this will be – literally – music to your ears. Following the success of her belter second album, Dreamer, Iqbal is heading Down Under this January, performing across Australia and New Zealand. This Friday, 5 January, you can catch the London-based artist at the Night Cat in Melbourne. Grab your tickets here and head to her Instagram for more information on upcoming live shows.

Dive into the world of British icons at Blenheim Place

This spring, Blenheim Place is throwing its biggest exhibition to date, titled “Icons of British Fashion.” It will celebrate clothing from the past and present, presenting pieces from brands including Barbour, Bruce Oldfield Stephen Jones Millinery for Christian Dior, Vivienne Westwood, and Stella McCartney. This is set to be a good one, so register your interest here

LACMA makes abstract light of textiles
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Textiles are the backbone of fashion, but in recent years of celebrity-driven campaigns and front row, textiles have taken the back seat. Still open this month, the LACMA re-highlights textiles through an abstract lens in an exhibition titled “Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction.” It weaves art and fashion history with abstractism, looking at the how, where, when, and why. With over 150 works by an international roster of artists, this exhibition will be one to get lost in.

Shanti Celeste is playing in Paris
Shanti Celeste ©

If you’ve recovered from your New Year’s Eve festivities and are ready for more, Shanti Celeste is playing at Dylan Dylan in Paris on Friday, 12 January. Expect an eclectic mix of house, techno and anything on the electronic spectrum to get your legs moving. If this is a bit of you, dust off your dancing shoes and grab your tickets

Main image credit: Peter Knapp

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