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An Evening with Julian Lloyd Webber

Julian Lloyd Webber talks about his distinguished musical career, with musical support from Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (cello) and Pam Chowhan (piano).

Alban Arena, St Albans

Sun 24 May

Prices to be confirmed / 01727 844488

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Tue 5 May

Prices to be confirmed / 01284 758000

Assembly Hall, Worthing

Sat 25 Apr

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01903 206206

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…and at 11 other places

Animated Nightmares: Films & Talk with Robert Morgan

Robert Morgan presents and talks about a programme of his films, together with a selection of international animation which has inspired and excited him.

Norwich Puppet Theatre

Tue 3 Feb

£8 / 01603 629921

Part of Manipulate.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Fri 6 Feb

£8 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Manipulate.

Game Masters

Massive touring exhibition celebrating the varied history of computer gaming. With more than 125 playable games to work your way through, get stuck into arcade games, physical games (think Dance Battle et al), consoles, PCs and many more. On top of this, there's also displays of concept art, interactive displays and…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Mon 26 Jan

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

Tue 27 Jan

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

Wed 28 Jan

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

…and 82 more dates until 20 Apr

Illustrated Menagerie

Student illustrations of the animal kingdom.

University Of Portsmouth

Mon 2 Feb

Free / 023 9284 8484

Tue 3 Feb

Free / 023 9284 8484

Wed 4 Feb

Free / 023 9284 8484

…and 17 more dates until 27 Feb

Power and Puppets: Small Stories in a Big World

A programme of films from Claire Lamond, along with a selection of international animation which has inspired her.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Thu 5 Feb

£8 (Film Pass £25) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Manipulate.

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Winter Astronomy Evenings

Find out about the history of the Royal Observatory Edinburgh and discover more about the night sky. Booking is essential.

Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

Fri 30 Jan

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

Fri 6 Feb

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

Fri 13 Feb

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

…and 10 more dates until 24 Apr

Oppressed Creatures: Films and Talk with Ülo Pikkov

Ülo Pikkov presents and talks about a programme of his films, together with a selection of international animation which has inspired and excited him.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Tue 3 Feb

£8 (film pass £25) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Manipulate.

£8 ; £25 with film pass / 0131 228 1404

Part of Manipulate.

2015 Heriot-Watt Chaplaincy Annual Public Lecture

Professor Alister McGrath gives a talk on 'God, Science and Faith: Richard Dawkins versus CS Lewis on the Meaning of Life'; given that Prof McGrath is the author of The Dawkins Delusion, no prizes for guessing whose side he's going to come down on. Booking is essential.

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Mon 9 Feb

Free / 0131 449 5111

Attendees must arrive before 6.15pm.

Bright Club: Glasgow

Bright Club features its usual intoxicating blend of comedy and academia as lecturers from the city's universities turn their studies into entertaining stories.

The Stand, Glasgow

Wed 25 Feb

£5 / 0844 335 8879

Elegies and Inspirations: Martyn Bennett

An evening of films and conversations centering around the world of music, and the notion of finding the right images to work alongside it.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Mon 2 Feb

£8 (Film pass £25) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Manipulate.

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Gordon Buchanan: Lost Adventures

Gordon's tales of his adventures, expedition and wildlife experiences.

Gala, Durham

Mon 2 Mar

£17.50 (£13.50; £13) / 0191 332 4041

The Place, Oakengates Theatre, Telford

Tue 3 Mar

£17.50 (£13.50) / 01952 382382

Pleasance Theatre, London N7

Tue 17 Mar

£10 / 020 7609 1800

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Experiments and Explorations: Thomas Hicks

A programme of films from Thomas Hicks, along with a selection of international animation which has inspired him.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Sat 31 Jan

£8 (film pass £25) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Manipulate.

Saturday Evening Lecture Series

A series of key debates in modern medicine, politics and the environment.

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Sat 7 Feb

Free / 01382 385108

Professor Ioan Fazey – 'Winds of change: rethinking the way we respond to a changing climate'

Sat 7 Mar

Free / 01382 385108

Jocelyn Bell Burnell – 'Tapping all our talents: Women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics'

West End Festival

Taking over the West End of Glasgow each year, the festival treats the ears to a great musical line-up, tantalises all the senses with a carnival and delves into the creative depths of local studios and exhibitions with the Hidden Lane open days.

Various venues: West End, Glasgow

Fri 5 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

Sat 6 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

Sun 7 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

…and 21 more dates until 28 Jun

American Civil War

A talk exploring the evolution of the American Civil War's contested memory and legacy, led by Dr David Silkenat.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Wed 4 Feb

Free / 0131 623 3734

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Artists@Work: Ubu Roi

A demonstration of the 3D mapping being used in the forthcoming production of Ubu Roi, from Director Phillipos Phillipou and dramaturgist Vangelis Makriyannakis.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Sat 31 Jan

Free / 0131 228 1404

Part of Manipulate.

Australian and New Zealand University Open Day

Want to head Down Under to do your learning? Now's the chance to learn a bit more about what it'd be like and the requirements to get yourself there. Register to attend using the website. Booking is essential.

Birmingham Council House

Fri 13 Mar

Free / 020 7353 7200

Chelsea Old Town Hall, London SW3

Sat 14 Mar

Free / 020 7353 7200

Craigie Aitchison: A Life in Colour

Cate Haste talks about her new book on Craigie Aitchison.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 3 Feb

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Edinburgh Iranian Festival Opening Ceremony

The festival opens with an introduction to the programme, a reading by Rab Wilson of his translation into Scots of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, together with a reading of the original Persian, plus contemporary Iranian music from the Azeroo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Amin Keshmiri, all rounded off with a drinks…

St John's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh

Fri 6 Feb

£5 (under 10s free but must be accompanied) / 0131 229 7565

French Conversation with Yakety Yak Language Cafe

Improve your French conversation in a small group with an experienced tutor.

28 York Place, Edinburgh

Mon 26 Jan

£8 / 07826 555134

Mon 2 Feb

£8 / 07826 555134

Mon 9 Feb

£8 / 07826 555134

…and 24 more dates until 27 Jul

Henderson's Vegetarian Restaurant, Edinburgh

Wed 28 Jan

£8 / 07826 555134

Wed 4 Feb

£8 / 07826 555134

Wed 11 Feb

£8 / 07826 555134

…and 24 more dates until 29 Jul

The Royal Dick Bar & Bistro, Edinburgh

Wed 28 Jan

£8 / 07826 555134

Wed 4 Feb

£8 / 07826 555134

Wed 11 Feb

£8 / 07826 555134

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MCofS Winter Lecture Series

Get some expert outdoors advice on traversing the Scottish terrain in winter. The lecture covers navigation, avalanche awareness, route choice, equipment and weather.

Mountain Café, Aviemore

Wed 11 Feb

Free / 01479 812473

Presented by Mountaineering Instructor Di Gilbert.

Wed 18 Feb

Free / 01479 812473

Presented by Heavy Whalley

The Scotch Whisky Training School

An intensive one-day course in the tasting, blending, serving and history of scotch whisky, with a 'Certificate of Expertise' at the end.

Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh

Tue 31 Mar

£195 Includes lunch and refreshments / 0131 220 0441

Thu 16 Apr

£195 Includes lunch and refreshments / 0131 220 0441

Thu 14 May

£195 Includes lunch and refreshments / 0131 220 0441

…and 7 more dates until 8 Dec

The Anatomy of a Building: Denys Lasdun and the Royal College of Physicians

An examination of the Royal College of Physicians building, one of the most striking and imaginative works of post-WW II architecture.

Royal College of Physicians Museum, London NW1

Mon 26 Jan

Free / 020 3075 1649

Tue 27 Jan

Free / 020 3075 1649

Wed 28 Jan

Free / 020 3075 1649

…and 12 more dates until 13 Feb

Bangor Music Festival

Music festival covering everything from jazz to prog-rock to electronica. 2015's festival features Decibel, Heather Roche, Graham Fitkin, The Muffin Men and a special Zappa Day celebrating musical maverick Frank Zappa,

Bangor

Wed 4 Mar

Times vary / £5–£10

Thu 5 Mar

Times vary / £5–£10

Fri 6 Mar

Times vary / £5–£10

…and 2 more dates until 8 Mar

Black Plays

A six week series of talks and discussions exploring plays by dramatists of African or Caribbean heritage.

National Theatre: Clore Learning Centre, London SE1

Sat 31 Jan

£12; £65 for six week series / 020 7452 3000

Black Woman Time: This session examines the development of black women playwrights and black theatre companies with a gender specific remit. With guest speaker Adjoa Andoh.

Plays covered: Money to Live by Jacqueline Rudet, Running Dream by Trish Cooke, A Rock in Water by Winsome Pinnock, Fishing by Paulette Randall.

  • 10:30 – 12:30 Black Plays National Theatre: Clore Learning Centre, London

Sat 7 Feb

£12; £65 for six week series / 020 7452 3000

Post-colonial Beginnings: This session engages with issues of decolonisation in Africa during the late 1950s and 60s. Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya are the focus of the plays in question and, whilst these nations have different political, linguistic, and cultural concerns, the plays shed a light on aspirations amongst African and African diasporic communities in the mid-20th century. The plays in question give voice to the brutality of imperialism and bring to light the suffering and resistance of the African communities.

Plays covered: A Season in the Congo by Amie Cesaire, Foriwa by Efua Sutherland, The Trial of Dedan Kemathi by Nguigi wa Thiong’o / Micere Mugo and Death and the King’s Horseman by Wole Soyinka.

  • 10:30 – 12:30 Black Plays National Theatre: Clore Learning Centre, London

Sat 14 Feb

£12; £65 for six week series / 020 7452 3000

Coups and Calypsos: This session focuses on the position of the Caribbean Carnival, which since the 1960s has emerged as one of the primary influences on Caribbean drama. With guest speaker Joan Anim-Addo.

Plays covered: Play Mas by Mustapha Matura, Black Jacobins by CLR James, Maskarade by Sylvia Wynter and The Dragon Can’t Dance by Earl Lovelace.

  • 10:30 – 12:30 Black Plays National Theatre: Clore Learning Centre, London
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