What’s on in Oxfordshire this February

Oxford City & Oxfordshire | Magazine 

What's on in oxfordshire this February

As the winter chill slowly gives way to the promise of spring, Oxfordshire is buzzing with excitement this February. While the days may still be short, the county is long on opportunities for culture, entertainment, and family fun. From spectacular musical performances that will transport you back in time to captivating workshops that invite you to explore new talents, there’s something for everyone. This is just a small selection of the remarkable events happening across the county.

The Budapest Café Orchestra

Thursday 1st February 2024
The Mill Arts Centre Banbury

The Budapest Café Orchestra is anything but ordinary. This boutique orchestra, known for its unconventional approach to music, will transport you to a world of gypsy and folk-inspired melodies like you’ve never experienced before. From traditional Balkan and Russian pieces to creative interpretations of masterworks by Romantic composers and Gaelic folk anthems, their music is infectious, captivating, and unforgettable.

A Symphony of Surprises – The Budapest Café Orchestra promises an evening filled with surprises, immense skill, and profound musicianship. It’s a musical journey that will leave an indelible mark on your soul and make you dream of a Danube adventure.

Four Remarkable Musicians – Despite their modest number, the Budapest Café Orchestra’s talent knows no bounds. With just four players—Christian Garrick on violin and darbuka, Eddie Hession on accordion, Kelly Cantlon on double bass, and Adrian Zolotuhin on guitar, saz, balalaika, and domra—they create a musical alchemy that rivals much larger ensembles. Their synergy is awe-inspiring and promises a night of musical brilliance.

Whether you’re a seasoned music enthusiast or just looking for a unique and delightful evening out, this is an experience you won’t want to miss.

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Witney Jazz Club : Tim Whitehead in Concert

Friday 2nd February 2024
Witney Corn Exchange, Market Square, Witney OX28 6AB

On 2nd February 2024, the Witney Corn Exchange are hosting an enchanting evening of jazz as they proudly present Tim Whitehead in Concert. Doors open at 19:30, with the performance commencing at 20:00. Tim Whitehead’s musical journey began as a gifted classical clarinettist in his youth. While pursuing a law degree at university, his passion for music, especially jazz, beckoned irresistibly. He made the bold choice to follow his musical calling, and it has led him to remarkable heights.

Tim has graced stages across the USA alongside the renowned American pianist Phil de Greg. He was an integral part of the ground-breaking ’80s jazz ensemble ‘Loose Tubes,’ and in 2009, he received an esteemed nomination as Artist In Residence at Tate Britain. These are just a few of the highlights from his illustrious career.

The Corn Exchange are thrilled to have Tim Whitehead perform at Witney Jazz, accompanied by a hand-picked ensemble of exceptional musicians. Joining him on stage are the talented pianist Jonathan Taylor, the skilled bassist Paul Jefferies, and the dynamic drummer Alex Goodyear.

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That Take & Motown Tribute Night!

Friday 2nd February 2024
The Spread Eagle Hotel, Thame

The Spread Eagle Hotel are hosting an unforgettable evening of music and entertainment that will chase away those mid-winter blues. Get ready to dance the night away with a Take That Tribute Trio and world of Motown.

Tickets for this event include a three-course dinner, two sets of 45 minutes each from the Tribute Act, bringing the magic of Take That and the soul of Motown to life.
Dance the night away until 1:00 am with DJ Smokey Haze, who will keep the party vibes going strong.

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Life Drawing Workshop

Saturday 3rd February 2024
The Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, OX16 5QE

Join tutor Chrissie Borland at The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury on Saturday, February 3, 2024, for a popular one-day event that’s perfect for art enthusiasts. The Life Drawing Workshop offers a unique opportunity to hone your artistic skills by drawing from a live model. Whether you’re a seasoned artist looking to refine your technique or a beginner eager to explore the world of life drawing, this workshop caters to all skill levels.
Led by the talented tutor Chrissie Borland, this workshop provides a supportive and creative environment for artists of all backgrounds. All materials needed for the workshop are thoughtfully provided, so you can focus on your craft without any hassle.

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the captivating world of life drawing and explore your artistic potential. Whether you’re seeking to improve your skills or simply enjoy a day of artistic expression, this Life Drawing Workshop is the perfect choice.

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Ultimate Floyd

Saturday 3rd February 2024
The Theatre Chipping Norton, 2 Spring St, Chipping Norton OX7 5NL

Experience the Magic of Pink Floyd with Ultimate Floyd at The Theatre Chipping Norton. Journey through the timeless classics of Pink Floyd as Ultimate Floyd takes the stage at The Theatre Chipping Norton. If you’re a Pink Floyd fan, this is an event you simply can’t miss.

From the haunting melodies of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” to the anthemic “Another Brick in the Wall,” and the soul-stirring “Comfortably Numb,” Ultimate Floyd promises to deliver the greatest hits that have defined Pink Floyd’s legacy.

An authentic tribute, this show is more than just a concert; it’s a full-fledged Pink Floyd experience. Featuring top-flight musicians who have mastered the nuances of the band’s music, you can expect a performance that stays true to the original, capturing the very essence of Pink Floyd.

With over two hours of incredible music, this show promises an unforgettable evening for Pink Floyd enthusiasts and music lovers alike. It’s not just a tribute; it’s a celebration of the band’s enduring legacy.

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Pink Mac

Saturday 3rd February 2024
Fat Lils, 64 Corn Street, Witney, OX28 6BS

The brilliant Pink Mac will be performing at Fat Lil’s on Saturday 3rd February. Get ready for a remarkable celebration of the iconic sounds of Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac, all brought to life by one phenomenal live band.

Pink Mac is not your typical tribute act; they’re the UK’s first Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac tribute ensemble. This promises a unique musical experience as they flawlessly blend the legendary repertoires of these two iconic bands into one unforgettable performance.

Prepare to be transported back in time as Pink Mac takes you on a musical journey through the timeless hits of Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac. From the melodies of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” to the enchanting rhythms of Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way,” the evening of nostalgia and musical brilliance is not to be missed!

Grab your tickets and get ready for a night of unforgettable rock ‘n’ roll!

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Romesh Ranganathan: Hustle

Wednesday 14 February & Thursday 15 February 2024
New Theatre Oxford, 24-26 George St, Oxford

Prepare for a night of laughter and contemplation as Romesh Ranganathan returns to the stage at New Theatre Oxford with his brand-new show, “Hustle.” Following his sell-out tour in 2022, Romesh is back to delve into the intricacies of the human condition.

In “Hustle,” Romesh navigates a maze of questions. Are people inherently good? Does charity always bring positivity, or is it a complex web of intentions? Is hustling the ultimate path to success, or is it just a societal construct that keeps us tirelessly striving without a clear purpose?

Why should you attend this thought-provoking comedy event? Romesh Ranganathan, renowned for his appearances in “The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan,” “The Ranganation,” “Rob & Romesh Vs,” “A League of Their Own,” and more, brings his trademark wit and incisive humour to dissect these profound questions. Yet, be prepared – Romesh provides no definitive answers, leaving you to ponder life’s complexities long after the laughter subsides.

Critics hail Romesh’s vivacious comedy as a “masterclass in spinning life’s frustrations into comedy gold” (EVENING STANDARD) and describe him as “deceptively sharp and utterly disarming” (THE TIMES).

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Jo Whiley’s 90s Anthems

Friday 16 February 2024
O2 Academy Oxford,190 Cowley Road, Oxford

A Nostalgic Journey Through the Decade of Dance.

The Ultimate 90s Party – Join Jo Whiley, the queen of the 90s, for an unforgettable night of music and memories. From the anthemic sounds of Oasis to the Britpop brilliance of Blur, from the mind-bending beats of The Chemical Brothers to the explosive energy of The Prodigy, Jo Whiley’s 90s Anthems promises to be a thrilling journey through the musical landscape of the 90s.

Relive the magic of the era when superstar DJs ruled the airwaves, and dancefloor classics became anthems of a generation. Whether you were a raver, rocker, or simply a music lover, this event will transport you back to the heart of the 90s music scene.

Hey Girl, Hey Boy: It’s time to dust off those neon outfits, embrace the nostalgia, and dance like it’s 1999. Whether you’re reliving your youth or discovering the 90s for the first time, this event promises an electric atmosphere, incredible tunes, and a night of non-stop dancing.

It’s going to be a night to remember, so mark your calendar and get ready to relive the decade that defined a generation!

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Family Workshop – Bollywood Dancing

Saturday 17th February 2024
The Mill Arts Centre Banbury

If you’ve ever wanted to dive into the colourful world of Bollywood dancing, here’s your chance! Join ‘The Mill Arts Centre Banbury’ for an exhilarating Family Bollywood Dance Workshop that promises to get the whole family moving to the vibrant beats of India.

Dance Like a Bollywood Star – Led by the talented Ranjini Mohan, a trained Kathak dancer with a passion for Bollywood rhythms, this workshop is designed for all abilities. From classic to contemporary moves, you’ll learn the art of Bollywood dance in a fun and engaging way.

Bollywood dance is all about embracing the joy, vibrancy, and light-heartedness of Indian cinema. Families are encouraged to participate together, making it a fantastic bonding experience. It’s a perfect opportunity for parents, grandparents, and children to come together, have fun and learn the move….how to ‘change lightbulbs’!

Groove, Move, and Perform: The workshop will conclude with a thrilling performance where you can showcase your newfound Bollywood dance skills to friends and family. Get ready to shine on stage and experience the thrill of a live performance.

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Glitterball 2024: An Enchanted Forest

Friday 23rd February 2024
Oxford Town Hall, Oxford

Prepare for a night of enchantment and celebration as Glitterball, Oxford’s only LGBTQ+ ball, makes its grand return! This event is open to everyone in the Oxford community who’s ready to dance, mingle, and have a fantastic time. On February 23rd, Oxford Town Hall will be transformed into an Enchanted Forest, setting the stage for an unforgettable evening filled with music, captivating performances, delectable food, free-flowing drinks, and unabashed queer joy.

For those who’ve had the pleasure of attending Glitterball before, you already know it’s a party unlike any other, and this on promises to take the excitement to even greater heights. It’s an evening where you can be your authentic self, celebrate diversity, and create cherished memories with friends old and new.

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Ivo Graham – Organised Fun

Tuesday 27 February 2024
Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford

Get ready for a night of motormouthed finesse and uproarious laughter as Ivo Graham, the comedy virtuoso known for his appearances on Taskmaster, Off Menu, and University Challenge, takes the stage at Oxford Playhouse.

Ivo’s comedic prowess is undeniable, and he’s no stranger to chaos, having dismantled a barge and even doxxed himself in the infamous Doubletree incident. Now, with his unique brand of humour, Ivo invites you to join him for a whirlwind of hilarity against the clock.

“Is humiliation your thing?” his brother once asked him, and with that existential question in mind, Ivo is crafting a show that promises more risks and even bigger laughs (previous shows, as low-risk as they were, have left audiences in stitches).

Prepare for quizzes, delightful tangents, and some good-natured flustering as Ivo Graham explores the world with his witty perspective. In 2019, he was nominated for both the Edinburgh Festival Best Show and Best Joke, and he’s been hailed as “confident, exquisitely crafted, and satisfyingly funny” by the Evening Standard.

As The Times aptly describes him, Ivo Graham possesses “motormouthed finesse.” The Telegraph adds, “I could watch him natter all day.” Don’t miss your chance to witness this comedic genius live at Oxford Playhouse.

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Varna International Ballet – The Nutcracker

Wednesday 28th February 2024
Oxford New Theatre, 24-26 George St, Oxford

Varna International Ballet presents the timeless classic, “The Nutcracker,” at the Oxford New Theatre.

A Magical Christmas Eve – The story unfolds on a Christmas Eve bathed in the soft glow of an open fire, casting dancing shadows on the beautifully adorned Christmas tree and the gifts nestled beneath it. As the snowflakes gently fall outside, the stage is set for a night of wonder and imagination.

A Midnight Adventure – When the clock strikes midnight, the audience is transported to a world of fantasy where reality blurs with dreams. Toy dolls come to life, the Mouse King and his army engage in an epic battle with the valiant Nutcracker Prince, and the journey takes us through the mystical Land of Snow.

A Dance Extravaganza – Founded in 1947, Varna International Ballet is renowned for its exceptional soloists and amazing corps de ballet. With a history of delivering performances of unparalleled quality, this company promises to bring “The Nutcracker” to life in a way that will leave you spellbound.

A Breath-taking Debut – After a remarkable debut tour, Varna International Ballet returns to the UK, ready to captivate audiences once again. Prepare to be transported to a world where the boundaries between reality and fantasy blur, and where the magic of dance and storytelling unite to create an unforgettable experience.

For an evening of timeless beauty, captivating storytelling, and the artistry of ballet at its finest, join the Oxford New Theatre and be part of the magic that has delighted audiences for generations. “The Nutcracker” by Varna International Ballet is a celebration of wonder, imagination, and the enduring power of the holiday season.

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