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Your February arts and culture hit list

From awe-inspiring art to glowing light installations, these are the most memorable moments happening across The Bicester Village Shopping Collection this month.

Sure, there’s the world’s most exciting designers to shop, savings to enjoy and delicious restaurants to sample – but these latest art installations are reason enough to visit.

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Parma 2020 launches in Fidenza Village

Launching with an extravaganza of light and colour inspired by the traditional lighting ceremonies of Sicily, Fidenza Village has kicked off its celebrations for ‘Parma, Italian Capital of Culture 2020’. And with creative direction from Davide Rampello, former president of the Milan Triennial, the Village has been vibrantly illuminated by lighting specialists L’artistica Luminaria Badami.

From there, the Village takes its inspiration from the stars as it pays homage to the oldest of sciences in an astrological-themed celebration for Lunar New Year. “The language of the stars is universal,” Rampello explains. “For the merchants of old, it was the night sky that provided navigational direction when making the perilous journey from east to west.”

Don’t miss your shopping tips and tricks, all personalised to your astrological sign, now in the Village.

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Straker takes over La Vallée Village

Street art goes chic at La Vallée Village this month with a bold, retro-inspired takeover by muralist Straker. For his first exhibition in France, the Australian artist – best known for his work on the streets of New York and Hong Kong – has covered the boutique windows and facades with his vibrant drawings, all inspired by neon lights.

While his spray-painted artworks deceive the eye with optical illusions (trompe-l'œil is Straker’s technique of choice), his multi-dimensional creations will help you celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Village’s Art Gallery. Transformed into ‘The Love Room’, this unusual space combines romantic messages from television and film with a realistic heartbeat to create a swoon-worthy backdrop for Straker’s illustrations.

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Philipp Geist lights up Wertheim Village

This dynamic 100-square-metre installation from Philipp Geist, one of the world’s leading pioneers in video mapping, is not to be missed. Inside the Berlin-based artist’s ‘Let Yourself Glow’ art space is a 20-minute light show blending music, texture and glowing colour to celebrate various occasions including Lunar New Year, where greetings appear in Chinese and Korean.

From mid-February to 31 March, the installation will be transformed to reflect the artist’s ‘Ariadnes Nacht’ project, an initiative staged in the historic ramparts of Frankfurt’s famous Bethmann Pavilion and Pond as part of the city’s Luminale festival. As part of the celebrations, Wertheim Village will effectively build a bridge of light to the city as it plays host to this world-renowned spectacle of contemporary lighting art from 12 to 15 March.

Visit The Bicester Village Shopping Collection to see these incredible works of art for yourself.