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Top 10 Cultural Anniversaries

 From the publication of Mary Shelley’s  Frankenstein to the release of Stanley Kubrick’s landmark film 2001: A Space Odyssey, we take a look at some of the cultural anniversaries coming up in 2018


1. Mary Shelley’s masterwork Frankenstein is published, 1 January 1818 – 200 year anniversary

“I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life, and stir with an uneasy, half vital motion…”
Mary Shelley describing her “waking dream” which inspired the story in the introduction to the 1831 edition of Frankenstein

FRANKENSTEIN, 1931 Boris Karloff as the monster. / Granger / Bridgeman Images


2. Russian ballet dancer and choreographer Rudolf Nureyev dies, 6 Jan 1993 – 25 year anniversary

“You live as long as you dance…” – Rudolf Nureyev

Dancers Rudolf Noureev and Carolyn Carlson in Ballet “Tristan” at The Opera De Paris on November 12, 1974 (b/w photo) / Photo © AGIP / Bridgeman Images


3. Ida Lupino – actress, singer, director and producer – is born, 4th February 1918 – 100 year anniversary

“I never wrote just straight women’s roles. I liked the strong characters. I don’t mean women who have masculine qualities about them, but something that has some intestinal fortitude, some guts to it.”- Ida Lupina

Ida Lupino smoking with cigarette holder c. 1947 / Bridgeman Images


4. Claude Debussy – composer of Clair de Lune – dies, 25th March 1918 – 100 year anniversary

“Works of art make rules. Rules do not make works of art.” – Claude Debussy

Fantoches. (Marionettes) from Debussy’s Fêtes Galantes, Scaramouche and Pulcinelle. Man embracing a naked woman. Two figues in silhouette against the moon. / British Library, London, UK / © British Library Board. All Rights Reserved / Bridgeman Images


5. Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey is released, 2nd April 1968 – 50 year anniversary

“I’m sorry Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that..” – HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey, by Stanley Kubrick 1968 / Bridgeman Images


6. The fashion designer Issey Miyake is born, 22 April 1938 – 80 years anniversary

“I do not create a fashionable aesthetic. I create a style based on life.”, Issey Miyake

Black wrinkled organza zip-up jacket, probably Issey Miyake, 1990s (photo) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images



7. Emily Brontë – author of Wuthering Heights – is born, 30th July 1818 – 200 year anniversary

“I wish I were a girl again, half-savage and hardy, and free.”
– Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

Emily Bronte (1818-1848), English novelist, painting by Patrick Branwell Bronte c. 1833 / PVDE / Bridgeman Images



8. Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, 20th October 1968 – 50 year anniversary

“The first time you marry for love, the second for money, and the third for companionship.“, Jackie Onassis

Wedding of Jackie Kennedy and Aristote Onassis October 20, 1968 on Skorpios island (Greece) / Bridgeman Images


9. John Steinbeck, author of Of Mice and Men dies, 20th December 1968 – 50 year anniversary

“Try to understand men. If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and almost always leads to love.”
– John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck (1902-1968) american novelist, Litterature Nobel Prize in1962, here in a parisian restaurant c; 1950 / Photo © Rene Saint Paul / Bridgeman Images


10. Italian director Federico Fellini dies, 31st October 1993 – 25 year anniversary

“There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.“, Federico Fellini

FEDERICO FELLINI (1920-1993) Italian film director. Photograph by Walter Albertin, 1965. / Granger / Bridgeman Images

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