Welcoming a new decade: 10 key events in 2020

2020 signifies not just a new year but also the start of a new decade. From the iconic London Eye turning pink each night due to new sponsorship to the Tokyo Olympic Games set to become the most sustainable in history, all noteworthy news, events and announcements can be found in our Forward Planner.

We’ve compiled some of next year’s major events to help you begin your communications and marketing plans accordingly.

Golden Globes – 5th January

Ricky Gervais hosts the 77th awards show for a record fifth time. On the night, Tom Hanks will be presented with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his lasting impact on the film industry. Meanwhile, Ellen DeGeneres is the recipient of the second Carol Burnett Award for her outstanding contributions to the TV industry and beyond.

92nd Academy Awards – 9th February

Early front-runners in the Oscars race for Best Director include Martin Scorsese (‘The Irishman’) and Bong Joon Ho (‘Parasite’). Both directors could also see their films nominated in the category for Best Picture.

The BRIT Awards – 18th February

The British Phonographic Industry's annual awards return for a 40th year with lots of alterations to the show. Changes include the number of awards being reduced to nine in order to make more room for live music, while also imposing no creative limitations on the artists performing at the ceremony, with all winners now chosen by an Official Voting Academy of music industry experts instead of the fan vote. The regular Lady Britannia statuette returns after a decade.

Sport Relief night – 13th March

The biennial charity event culminates with an evening of fundraising variety broadcast on BBC One, encouraging people to get active and raise money for worthwhile charities. Over £38 million was raised last year.

Disney+ launches in the UK - 31st March

The streaming service is made available in the UK following its U.S. launch in November, offering content from brands including Pixar, Marvel, and National Geographic. Highlights include 'The Mandalorian', the first ever scripted live-action 'Star Wars' series.

London Mayor election - 7th May

Candidates include incumbent Sadiq Khan (Labour), Shaun Bailey (Conservative), Sian Berry (Green Party) and Siobhan Benita (Liberal Democrats).

Glastonbury – 26th June

This year’s event celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first festival in 1970 and we can expect a line-up ‘as close to’ 50/50 gender-balanced as possible. Performers include Paul McCartney, headlining the Saturday night; and Diana Ross, playing the Sunday afternoon Legends slot.

Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony – 24th July

The Summer Olympics kicks-off with the official opening ceremony, hosted at New National Stadium. The Games take place across nine prefectures in Japan, with the majority held in two areas of Tokyo: the Heritage Zone, using venues from the 1964 Olympics and Tokyo Bay Zone which represents the link between past Olympic legacy and that of the present and future.

Five new sports included for the first time are: baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing. The closing ceremony is on 9th August, with the Paralympic Games taking centre stage from 25th August.

U.S. presidential election - 3rd November

Frontrunners in the race to become the Democratic challenger to Donald Trump include Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker. Read more about the political advertising landscape in the run up to the election.

MOBO Awards – 12th November

Returning after a two-year hiatus, the awards which have celebrated music of black origin since 1996 will be hosted at Wembley Arena in Brent (London Borough of Culture 2020). Dubbed #TheHomecoming, Kanya King who established the MOBOs 25 years ago in her Kilburn home, promises it to be the most memorable event to date.

Alice Clarke is an Entertainment Researcher at Kantar (Forward Planning Services). Key dates above are from Kantar’s 12-month forward news and events calendar that also includes reports, results, legislation, surveys, launches, awards, conferences and other key dates in current affairs, business, and entertainment and lifestyle.

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