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Cultural bottle rockets in your own abode

Published 13 Dec 2021 at 11:33 by We Are Public

Even during these cold winter nights, we’re here to make sure you don’t have to miss out on anything culture. We asked the We Are Public team about their favourite stay-at-home culture of the past year.  Which films, series, books and podcasts helped us personally get through 2021? Read it all in this brand-new list filled with our best culture tips to end the year with a bang.

All the binge

Both Leon and Isadora tipped Succession, Mare of Easttown and The White Lotus as the series you’re going to want to watch during the holidays. About Succession: “The most depressing yet well-written series of all time about an elitist, multibillionaire, and dysfunctional family.” Less depressing is the tragicomic mini-series The White Lotus. A sharp whodunit full of topical themes and your digital escape to a Hawaiian resort.

Film curator Inez adds the series Undone to this list: “A perfect example of how animation can enhance a story. 28-year-old Alma struggles with psychosis and finding a place for her indigenous background. A playful and moving series that shakes up the limited ‘Western’ view on mental illness.”

Films galore

Yang Yang, Tina and Inez have put together a cream-of-the-crop movie marathon for you, including Julia Ducournau’s award-winning horror thriller Titane, Passing (Netflix) and Stanly Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon. Fun fact: this costume drama is the only one of his six BAFTA nominations to win.

More films? For the duration of the evening  lockdown, you can find a new online film in our programme every night, and watch all Vitamine Cineville films for free.

Read, sleep, repeat

Feel like getting through the dark days with a good book? According to Leon, Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson is an absolute must-read. “A powerful debut by this young writer from London. A love story and societal statement in one”. On Connection by London-based spoken word artist Kae Tempest is also highly recommended; a beautiful and personal essay on creativity and how it connects us in today’s world.

One of Daniël’s favourites: “Patti Smith is not only the godmother of punk but also a very good writer. Her latest book, Year of the Monkey, is a poetic and melancholy retrospect at an eventful year in the fine tradition of a road story.”

Translator Isadora adds Detransition, Baby to this list. Smart, sexy and racy debut novel by Torrey Peters about three women – transgender and cisgender – and their deepest desires concerning motherhood, gender and sex.

Visual fireworks

Art curator Astrid: “In their Foam Talent Digital 2021, Foam presents a brand-new online exhibition of the new generation of super-talented image makers”. Daphne’s recommendation: “The It’s Nice That midweek mail is always nice. Beautiful images and short interviews with makers.”

Daniël’s tip for who to follow on insta: Shertise Sorlano, visual artist with powerful and poignant imagery. Her work was already on display in our Museum For Non-Essential Art. Lastly, our graphic designer and plant lover Liz recommends The Plant Magazine “with works by creative people who also love plants”.


Square-eyed after all that art watching? Listening about art is often just as much fun. In A Piece of Work by MoMA, New York comedian Abbi Jacobson leads you past different works and modern art movements from the MoMA collection in 10 short episodes. Also recommended: How To Fail With Elizabeth Day. British podcast that celebrates the things that haven’t gone right. With a different interviewee each week,  journalist and writer Elizabeth Day gently and humorously explores what their failures taught them about how to “succeed” better.

On repeat

If you were to take a cross section of our Spotify accounts from the past year, you’d find a massive stack of new music. From dreamy electropop to jazzy hip-hop , an atmospheric or moody mix for your Christmas dinner or New Year’s brunch. You can find our ultimate favourites here.

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For those of us who’d rather flee the house: check out the entire We Are Public programme here.

We Are Public members get unlimited access to the best culture, online and offline. Not a member? Check out how it works here.

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