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What's on in Plymouth - November

To make sure you don't miss a thing, we've put together a guide of some of the best arts and culture events to see, do, and attend in our city this month.

Christmas is just around the corner, but that’s no excuse not to get involved in some winter activities across the art and cultural scene in Plymouth. There’s plenty to do in the run up to Christmas, so let the festivities begin!

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Join Real Ideas this November at the Market Hall to celebrate all things immersive! Whether you’re a tech expert or just fancy trying out some VR equipment, there is something for everyone. From award-winning fulldome films to immersive experiences, book your tickets now and make the most of the opportunity to get up close and personal with a range of different technologies.

4 - 13 November @ The Market Hall

Remember, remember the fifth of November! Plymouth’s spectacular Bonfire Night celebration is a safe and free way to enjoy the most explosive night of the year. Watch as the huge bonfire is lit, then gaze in awe at the brilliant firework display, have a go on the fairground rides or warm up with a bite to eat from one of the food stalls.

5 November @ The Hoe

Grab a bag on your way in and pick and mix vintage clothing, all for just £20 a kilo! The organisers bring nine tonnes of handpicked vintage stock to the event, pick from mens and womens’ vintage clothing from the 60s all the way to the 90s including all your favourite branded names!

5 November @ Plymouth Guildhall

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Abigail Reynolds, Image of artist’s studio door, 2020. © The artist

‘Tactics for Togetherness: Artworking in the regions (together we are stronger)’, will interrogate the issues and opportunities for artists in Southwest England through the lens of the British Art Show 9. Presentations will respond to the local theme of ‘Tactics for Togetherness’ and Visual Arts South West’s (VASW) regional ‘Together We Will’ campaign. The symposium will use propositions, provocations and case studies from Plymouth and its surrounding areas to propose positive future actions.

11 November - 2.30pm to 10pm @ Crosspoint, Roland Levinsky Building

In this Hitchcockian noir thriller from Park Chan-wook, a detective gets too close to the murder he’s trying to solve. When a climber’s body is found, suspicious photos on his phone lead to an investigation, and Busan Detective Hae-Joon to the man’s young wife and a stakeout of her home. But even as her alibi clears her, Hae-joon finds himself unable to end his surveillance.

11 to 17 November - various times @ Plymouth Arts Cinema

Celebrating creativity, sustainability and community, Plymouth’s Eco Market is a day filled with eco-friendly market stalls, delicious vegan food, creative mindful activities, taster workshops and more! Come and show your support for your local planet friendly small businesses and get involved in local projects and initiatives!

12 November - 10am to 3pm @ Devonport Guildhall

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Plymouth’s Christmas holiday calendar officially kicks off with the switch on of the Christmas Lights, marking the start of festive late night shopping every Thursday evening in the lead up to Christmas. Enjoy live music, with performances of carols and popular Christmas songs from local groups and choirs and don’t miss the big switch-on moment, due to take place between 6pm and 6.30pm!

17 November - From 6pm @ Plymouth City Centre

The choir was formed as part of Rhy’s Give & Takeover comission exploring queer motfis within seafaring history and collective performance in marginalized communities through the tradition of shanty singing. Over recent months, the choir have used their lived experience to rework existing shanties and inspire new ones, continuing the tradition of these folk songs being adapted time and again through generations.

19 November - 3pm @ Minerva Inn

Join in the fun on the Barbican and Sutton Harbour, for the Christmas lights switch-on with an afternoon of festive fun with free activities, rides and entertainment from 12pm to 6pm. Soak in the festive atmosphere with Christmas themed street performers, stilt walkers, baby reindeer and the mischievous Grinch!

19 November - From 12pm @ The Barbican

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Than Hussein Clark, A Little Night Music (And Reversals), 2020, installation view. Photo: Aurélien Mole. © the artist. Courtesy of Galerie Crèvecoeur.

Join Than Hussein Clark (B. 1981) in the discussion of his presentation of paintings by Dehodencq, Delacroix, and Gros in the Plymouth iteration of British Art Show 9, as part of the artist’s continued engagement with queer theory, gossip and the decorative arts.

24 November - 6pm to 7pm @ Plymouth Arts Cinema

Enjoy a free performance by artist, dancer and choreographer Florence Peake. ‘CRUDE CARE’ is a new body of work that references the exploitation of care worker and the Earth. Devised in dialogue with caregivers, spoken words sound like an oracle emerging from cavernous spaces and deep geological time.

26 November - various times @ The Box

Before deciding where and what to study, it is important that you find out as much as you can about the place and the course you are interested in. At our Open Day, we'll have everything you need to know about our BA (Hons) Degrees, Extended BA programme, Postgraduate Study and Foundation Diploma.

26 November @ Arts University Plymouth

Shop small this winter at the two day Native Makers Christmas Market at Ocean Studios. With over 40 of the best indie businesses in the South West, selling everything from jewellery and ceramics to plants and doggy cupcakes, there will also be kids crafts, live music, delicious food and more. It’s also free entry and dogs are welcome too!

26 & 27 November - 10am to 4.30pm @ Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard

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Neil Rose will be responding to key ideas by Oliver Beer's sound installation 'Household Gods' at MIRROR as part of British Art Show 9

Join Neil Rose, Senior Lecturer in Sound Arts and Lecturer on Pre-Degree’s Film, Animation and Media Production course, as he responds to key ideas in Oliver Beer’s sound installation ‘Household Gods’ at MIRROR as part of British Art Show 9. Neil will talk about acoustics and how sounds behave in the installation along with broader theoretical ideas within the meaning of the artwork, he’ll then contextualise the work by presenting sound works with similar concerns.

30 November - 1pm to 2pm @ Plymouth Arts Cinema