From fun runs to orchestra performances and outdoor theatre, here’s our pick of exciting events happening in the coming months that you won’t want to miss
Settle into a comfortable beanbag, a movie director’s chair or a picnic blanket under the summer night sky and watch modern film classics on London’s largest outdoor screen as Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House returns. Catch the U.K. premieres of Spanish drama film Pain And Glory and reggae documentary Inna De Yard, along with a list of older and recent favourites each night, from Marvel superhero flick Black Panther to sci-fi action classic The Matrix, critically acclaimed biographical drama Straight Outta Compton, award-winning horror flick Get Out and Quentin Tarantino classic Reservoir Dogs. Enjoy live DJ music at the venue and tuck into a tantalising array of street food, snacks and drinks sold at the event.
- When: 8 – 21 August
- Where: Somerset House, Central London, England, U.K.
Having attracted its biggest crowd yet with over 15,000 runners participating last year, the Great Eastern Live Great Run is back this year. Take part in the signature 12-kilometre run or the five-kilometre Triple Fun Run, which brings runners through its Bubble Zone, Colour Zone and Water Zone. Stay for the fun as the post-event carnival starts when the sun goes down. Families will love the giant inflatables and carnival games that they can play at the event. Hungry runners will be spoiled for choice with a wide array of food stalls to patronise. Commemorate every special moment with family and friends by taking photos at the event’s most Instagrammable hotspots, such as the giant snow globe and tunnel of fairy lights.
- When: 17 August
- Where: Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Rock The Stage
The 2003 comedy flick School of Rock has made its way into musical theatre with School Of Rock – The Musical. Wannabe rock star Dewey Finn is forced to earn a side income as a teacher at a prestigious prep school, but being the rebel that he is, he decides to transform his strait-laced students into pint-sized rock stars and lead them to conquer the Battle of the Bands, all while avoiding his strict peers among the teaching staff and overbearing parents. With a new score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater and book by Julian Fellowes, the Auckland musical stars talented Australian performers Brent Hill and Amy Lehpamer, together with a rotating cast of 24 children in an electrifying two-and-a-half-hour show.
- When: 3 – 21 September
- Where: The Civic, Auckland, New Zealand
For the month of August, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) presents elegant classical pieces led by two of the most talented Malaysian musicians. On 17 and 18 August, MPO Youth Brand Ambassador, pianist Tengku Irfan will dazzle audiences with Ravel’s Piano Concerto and two Schumann works, together with the MPO under the direction of conductor Jun Märkl. Märkl and the MPO return the following weekend for French Portraits with Malaysian harpist Tan Keng Hong, featuring five pieces by some of the most prominent French classical composers in history – Fauré, Pierné, Ravel and Debussy. Both concerts begin at 8.30pm on Saturdays and at 3.00pm on Sundays.
- When: 17 – 18 and 24 – 25 August
- Where: Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
Feel the adrenaline as some of the fastest cars in the world race through the streets of Singapore with the return of the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix. While the world’s best drivers push their skills to the limit on the circuit, ticket-holders can enjoy the rest of what the event offers, including exclusive hospitality zones, fine dining experiences and international music acts such as Swedish House Mafia, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, Fatboy Slim, Toots and the Maytals, as well as Hans Zimmer. There are two new experiences this year for those who want the best VIP treatment: The Cube, an elevated viewing deck near the concert stage serving drinks and canapés, and Upper Deck, an exclusive upper level zone offering the best view of the race track, fine cuisine and a list of extra, specially curated activities.
- When: 20 – 22 September
- Where: Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore