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You won’t want to miss these events happening in the coming months.

Credit: Mark Brenner

Insightful Conversations

The U.K. tour of Barber Shop Chronicles has entered its final month, with just three venues left. Get absorbed into this heart-warming, hilarious and insightful play that takes place in barber shops in five African cities – Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos and Accra – as well as London. These barber shops serve as places where African men go, not just for haircuts, but also for conversations about everything from confessions to politics, feuds, loneliness, family, jokes and sports. Barber Shop Chronicles looks at this vast collection of tales and explores the intricacies of the exchanges that take place between the men.

  • When: Until 23 November
  • Where: Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Leeds Playhouse, U.K. 


Enlightening Exchange

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The iconic Jaipur Literature Festival makes a comeback this month at JLF Adelaide, held for the second year in Australia after a successful inaugural run. The Australian edition of the festival brings together more than 60 writers, thought leaders, activists and artists from around the world to speak on a wide variety of topics at 40 free events. Jaipur Literature Festival co-directors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple are among this year’s JLF Adelaide speakers, along with Indian parliamentarian and author Shashi Tharoor, Taiwanese novelist and personality Wu Ming-Yi, Chinese novelist Sheng Keyi, Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala and many other inspiring personalities from across Australia, Asia and Europe.

  • When: 1 – 3 November
  • Where: Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, Australia 

Multimedia Festival

Clockenflap, one of Hong Kong’s most highly anticipated annual outdoor music and arts festivals, returns this month. Established in 2008, the festival attracts local and internationally renowned contemporary artists each year. This year’s headline acts include American electropop sensation Halsey, British indie group Mumford & Sons, as well as Miami rap star Lil Pump. Look forward to music in a wide variety of genres, from Taiwanese singer-songwriters Crowd Lu and Waa Wei to Japanese kawaii metal duo Babymetal, English indie-rock group The Kooks, Grammy-winning British future bass producer Mura Masa and London-based electronic duo Honne.

  • When: 22 – 24 November
  • Where: Central Harbourfront, Hong Kong

Summer Festival

Kick off the first few days of the Australian summer with the Fairgrounds Festival. This year’s exciting headliner is former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, leading a line-up that includes many homegrown Australian artists such as DMA’s, Dope Lemon, Meg Mac, Kasey Chambers and Julia Jacklin. More than a music festival, Fairgrounds has something for everyone, from stalls with fresh oysters, wine bars, rare vinyl records and vintage items to the cool festival swimming pool as well as family games at Games On The Green. Have a picnic on the festival lawn or stay at the event’s official campsite for the ultimate summer experience. The festival grounds are located just outside Berry, a town accessible by train from Sydney.

  • When: 6 – 7 December
  • Where: Berry Showgrounds, Berry, New South Wales, Australia

Unwavering Integrity

The classic Robert Bolt play A Man For All Seasons returns to the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre for the third time, 15 years after its last staging. The play tells the true story of Sir Thomas More, a 16th-century Chancellor of England who followed his conscience and refused to endorse King Henry VIII’s decision to divorce Catherine of Aragon and remarry, which resulted in his execution. Directed by Joe Hasham, the play stars a few veteran cast members – Patrick Teoh as Thomas Cromwell, Reza Zainal Abidin as Chapuys and Na’a Murad as King Henry VIII. New cast members include Qahar Aqilah, Phraveen Arikiah, Colin Kirton, Mia Sara Shauki and Omar Ali.

  • When: 7 – 15 December
  • Where: Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac), Sentul Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia