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for 2023: Observer writers’ culture highlights for the year ahead

From Rachmaninov to pop reunions, Beyoncé’s tour to Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, Spielberg to Sam Smith, our critics guide you through the next 12 months 카지노사이트

Culture
The Factory opens in Manchester

Manchester is set to open a whopping new cultural hub in June: Factory International builds on the success of the Manchester international festival, with its team programming global artists all year round in a shiny new venue on the site of the former Granada TV studios.

Initially set to open in 2019, the venue, designed by Ellen van Loon of Office for Metropolitan Architecture, has ended up costing more than £210m, with funding largely from the public purse. But inside the fractal metal box are a hugely flexible series of spaces, which can be reconfigured to host everything from intimate plays to massive installations to live concerts. Its central warehouse is 65 metres long and 21 metres high – that’s four double-decker buses worth of headspace – and holds up to 5,000 people.

And opening seasons don’t get much more high profile: The Factory hosts Yayoi Kusama’s largest ever installation, You, Me and the Balloons, in which the Japanese artist will fill the venue with her psychedelic, polka-dotted inflatables, some more than 10 metres high (29 June to 28 August).

October sees a large-scale, immersive adaptation of The Matrix directed by Danny Boyle. Free Your Mind is written by Sabrina Mahfouz, with music and choreography from Michael “Mikey J” Asante and Kenrick “H2O” Sandy of Boy Blue and giant sculptural sets from Es Devlin. Hundreds of Manchester residents will perform alongside professionals to recreate some of the film’s most famous moments. Holly Williams

Music
Beyoncé, Lizzo and Taylor Swift tours 바카라사이트

It will be a colossal year for tours by music’s most formidable women. Rapper and flautist Lizzo’s world tour will reach the UK on 8 March at Glasgow’s OVO Hydro and will wrap up at London’s O2 Arena on 16 March. She’ll be joined by Feet Don’t Fail Me Now singer-songwriter Joy Crookes during her UK dates.

Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour has been the centre of debate in the US after ticket sales were suspended due to high demand. International dates are yet to be released, but the concert will cover her entire career. Swift has released four albums since her 2017 Reputation tour, including 2022’s Midnights, which claimed all top 10 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 in September.

Beyoncé is set to tour her critically acclaimed escapist house and disco party album Renaissance next summer. Given that it’s been five years since her famous “Beychella” performance, the Renaissance Tour will probably be another blockbuster event. Kadish Morris

Film
The Fabelmans

It’s certainly Steven Spielberg’s most personal film to date. And arguably it’s one of his very best. The Fabelmans (released 27 January) is based closely on Spielberg’s childhood as a film-obsessed youngster growing up in post-second world war Arizona. Sammy Fabelman – Spielberg’s alter ego in this drama, which spans a decade and a half – falls hard for cinema after his parents take him to see The Greatest Show on Earth. It’s not, they realise too late, an age-appropriate introduction to movies. But the fact that it’s a slightly traumatic experience only makes the illicit thrill of cinema more exciting for Sammy, who is soon staging his own disaster flicks using a Super 8 camera and his toy train set.

Cinema, for Sammy, is a means of finding a voice. It’s also the way that he discovers and processes a family secret that will lead to the breakdown of his parents’ marriage. But despite the backdrop of domestic trauma, Spielberg fills the picture with tenderness and warmth. 온라인카지노

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