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It's time to start filling your 2020 calendar

Circus 1903

Preview by Jack Foley

AS A new decade is dawning, it may be difficult to see past New Year’s Eve. However, 2020 will be here before you know it, so it’s time to start thinking about how you will spend the first few months of the year.

The new decade will kick off with a variety of entertainment options overtaking the city. From winter to spring, here are a few London events to consider attending after the fireworks end…

Through Jan. 5: Circus 1903

Cost: Starting at £20

Circus 1903, which takes place at London’s Royal Festival Hall, begins on Dec. 19 and runs through Jan. 5. The performance features a thrilling experience, where spectators watch real-life daredevils in action. Witness elephants, strong men, contortionists, acrobats, musicians, knife throwers, high wire acts and more.

Jan. 12: Cirque du Soleil

Cost: Starting at £28.50

The world’s largest contemporary circus production will put on a vibrant performance at Royal Albert Hall in London. Cirque du Soleil, which is French for “Circus of the Sun,” takes a theatrical, performer-driven approach. Enjoy circus styles from around the world with a central theme and storyline incorporated. The London show is titled Luzia: A Waking Dream of Mexico. The show will feature live music and acrobatics as part of an unforgettable night.

Jan. 28-39: AmericanaFest UK 2020

Cost: £27.50

The line-up has been announced for AmericanaFest UK 2020, which will feature 75 of the genre’s top artists. The showcases will be held at Oslo, Moth Club, Paper Dress Vintage and Empire Bar. The venues are located within a 5-minute walking distance of each other. An award ceremony will conclude the festival and will be held at The Troxy.

Jan. 26-Feb. 15: Madonna

Cost: Starting at £80

Now is your chance to see a true American pop icon. Madonna will perform at The London Palladium a total of 15 times, from Jan. 26 to Feb. 15. While known as the “Queen of Pop,” Madonna is also noted for performing electronica, dance and disco at her concerts. She is the

best-selling female recording artist of all time and has sold more than 300 million records worldwide.

Jan. 31-Feb. 1: London Remixed Festival

London Remixed

Cost: £11.19 – £16.49

Join a celebration of emerging musical talent at Rich Mix. More than 25 bands and DJs will play multiple genres, including afrobeat, Latin grooves, vintage remix, tropical bass, desert remix, Balkan beats, acoustic soundclash, brass band remix and urban roots. The London Remix Festival will include four stages in an energetic atmosphere.

March 10-12: The London Book Fair

Cost: Starting at £50

The annual London Book Fair, taking place at Olympia London, celebrates its 49th anniversary in 2020. The event is the world’s leading marketplace for print, TV, film, audio and digital content. The fair draws more than 25,000 publishing pros to the city to network and learn. The happening is taking place as part of the London Book & Screen Week that runs March 9-15.

March 17: The AI and Big Data Expo

Cost: Free-£899

The leading artificial intelligence and big data conference/exhibition will draw thousands to the Olympia London this spring. It will showcase next-generation technologies and strategies and provides an ideal opportunity to explore how AI and big data can be put to work in your business. Forward-thinking brands, market leaders and host start-ups will be among the more than 300 exhibitors. Keynote speakers will cover topics such as business intelligence, deep learning, machine learning, AI algorithms, data and analytics, virtual assistants and chatbots.

March 21: Ultimate Fighting Championship 147

Cost: £90-£540

The UFC will return to London’s O2 arena on March 21. The main card is expected to feature a match between the UK’s own Darren Till and New Zealand native, Robert Whittaker. Whether you are a long-standing fan or are still learning about the sport, live events are an exhilarating experience for fans of all levels.

London is a bustling city with an abundance of art and culture, which is why it attracts so many coveted happenings. These events will help you get your new year – and decade – off to a memorable start.