Laugh with Mam Sham, party with The Blues Kitchen, & more in this week’s Around the World

Laugh with Mam Sham, party with The Blues Kitchen, & more in this week’s Around the World

by Robyn Pullen
8 min

If you’re not enjoying 2024 yet, don’t worry: this week’s Around the World will make sure that you do. With options to get cultured at Brooklyn Museum in NYC, be immersed in art in Singapore and Brussels, party to afrobeats in Brixton, or sit back and watch some comedy for a good cause, we’ve compiled a list of all the major events, exhibitions, and parties happening this week that’ll have you feeling more optimistic about 2024. Why not make your New Year’s resolution to get out the house more? It’s that easy.

Mam Sham wines and dines in London
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Mam Sham, the duo curating some of London’s most exciting high concept events is taking over HERE at Outernet this week, stirring up belly-filling food with belly-aching laughs, all in the name of a good cause. From organising events with Nike to Nando’s, this time Rhiannon Butler and Maria Georgiou of Mam Sham will be joined by three renowned comedians (Ed Gamble, Rose Matafeo and Crybabies) for its “Very Ready” event. With food from a variety of collaborators, including FKA Black Axe Mangal, Ling Ling’s x Mambow and Supa Ya Ramen, all profits will be donated to the charity Choose Love. Join the waiting list to get tickets for the event, happening next Thursday 18th, by hitting this link.

Florence’s Polimoda presents a new fashion exhibition
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Kicking off this week in Florence, Polimoda – the city’s prestigious fashion school – is opening a new exhibition, titled AN/ARCHIVE EVENT ONE, a preview of the future research centre dedicated to fashion studies. Open from January 9th to 21st at the Manifattura Tabacchi in Florence, EVENT ONE will offer a multidisciplinary experience to visitors looking to explore the relationship between fashion and the human body. Touching upon how fashion shapes and is in turn shaped by our fixed forms, EVENT ONE features garments from the A.N.G.E.L.O. Vintage Archive and works by William Forsythe, Minna Palmqvist and Sissel Tolaas. Find more info here

The Blues Kitchen blasts hip-hop, R&B, and afrobeats at LiVE in Brixton
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The Blues Kitchen, everyone’s favourite music destination, is hosting LiVE in Brixton every Friday, an event featuring music from iconic hip-hop, R&B, and afrobeats artists. The best of Brixton when it comes to music will perform old and new school tracks from artists you already love, including Kendrick Lamar, J Hus, WizKid, and Lauryn Hill, with DJs continuing the party in between live sets. Taking place in the Club Room, from 8pm till 2:30am, beats will be accompanied by cocktails served late. Downstairs, there’s also an opportunity to escape into neo-soul, motown, and funk, with Southern-style food, if that’s more your vibe. Find tickets to LiVE in Brixton kicking off this Friday at 8pm, here.

Guess Jeans celebrates “The Next 40 Years of Denim” in Italy
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This week Guess Jeans is presenting “The Next 40 Years of Denim”, an immersive experience that aims to redefine the narrative of denim. The exhibition highlights Guess Jeans’ history, innovation, and dedication to a sustainable future. Located in Florence, the location that Guess Europe debuted in 1993, the project explores the past and future of denim, and Guess as a brand, presenting iconic archival pieces at the same time as shedding light on the sustainable methods Guess Jeans uses to create its garments. “The Next 40 Years of Denim” exhibition stays open until January 12th, so don’t miss it.

Print isn’t dead at Brooklyn Museum’s zine exhibition
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Brooklyn Museum is celebrating print with its “Copy Machine Manifestos: Artists Who Make Zines” exhibition. WIth a forewarning that the exhibition contains “graphic content and language”, you know what to expect from the start: a showcase of the rich, vibrant, and freeing history of zine creation over the past five decades. Zines have played a huge role since the 1970s in communicating complex thought, controversial opinions, and developing communities outside of the mainstream. They’ve given a voice to movements, subcultures and avant-garde practices from punk and street culture to queer and feminist artists. Brows over a-thousand zines and artworks at the “Copy Machine Manifestos: Artists Who Make Zines” exhibition from now until the end of March, with tickets available here.

Selfridges is calling all “LOUIS VUITTON LOVERS”
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Louis Vuitton lovers should head to Bond Street this week to see its new installation within The Selfridge’s Corner Shop. A celebration of Pharrell Williams’ first collection as Creative Director for Louis Vuitton’s Mens, the installation is titled LOUIS VUITTON LOVERS, a pretty accurate description if you ask me. Over the next five weeks, closing on February 7th, Selfridge’s installation will showcase a curated edit of Pharrell’s debut collection for SS24, exhibiting the pixelated Damoflage & Damier Pop prints throughout the space. Immerse yourself in Louis Vuitton and get excited for FW24 Paris Fashion Week.

Enter art’s new “Age of Innocence” in Singapore

Singapore is enjoying the “Age of Innocence”, with a new duo exhibition hosted by Japanese anime and manga inspired artists Yumiko Igarashi and Takeru Amano. Featuring their iconic art styles, innocent renditions of sugar sweet, ‘70s-style hallmark pieces by Igarashi, and pop-art inspired depictions of big-eyed girls by Amano, the “Age of Innocence” exhibition is an escape into a softer-focused world. If you’re a fan of anime, manga, or expertly curated paintings, make sure to hit up this exhibition while it’s still open, from January 18th till April 20th. Admission is free, and you can find more information here.

Belgium welcomes “Small is Beautiful,” the biggest smallest art exhibition
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An art exhibition on a smaller scale is taking over Belgium from today, showcasing some of the world’s best miniature art. Having already toured through Paris, London, and New York, “Small is Beautiful: Miniature Art Exhibition” has now flown over to Brussels on a very tiny plane. The exhibition might be small but its range of art is far from it, featuring a-hundred reduced-scale artworks from eighteen international artists, some as small as 1/200th of their actual size. And it might sound like an oxymoron, but “Small is Beautiful” is also the biggest-ever exhibit celebrating miniature art in all of Europe. Find tickets available here from today.

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