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Heller Glendinning Duo

Vocal and guitar duo exploring the musics of Billie Holiday and Kurt Weill.

The Globe, Newcastle upon Tyne

Thu 20 Jun

£6 (Students £3)

  • 19:30 – 23:00

How to Be a Battle Rapper with Shuffle-T

Shuffle-T, who has amassed nearly six million views on his Battle Raps, teaches others how to get there too.

The Chapel Playhouse, Kings Cross, London WC1X

Thu 11 Jul

£12.50–£15

Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin is the multi-million copy worldwide bestseller of over thirty novels and creator of John Rebus. His books have been translated into thirty-six languages and have been adapted for radio, the stage and the screen. Here Ian talks about his new Rebus thriller, the widely praised 'In A House of Lies'. *'This is a…

Simpson & Marwick Spiegeltent, North Berwick

Sat 10 Aug

£10

Part of Fringe by the Sea.

In Person: Nick Broomfield

One of the most influential British documentary filmmakers, Nick Broomfield’s easy charm and self-reflexive style has seen him at the forefront of the documentary world. His films cover a wide range of subjects, reflecting the way his filmmaking style has changed over the years. His early work in the 1970s was very much…

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Fri 28 Jun

£12 (£9) / 0131 623 8030

Part of Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Iolo Williams: Life Before The Lens

Straight from a live TV broadcast from The Dell of Abernethy, the well known presenter Iolo Williams will be joining us with his Welsh flair, charm and enthusiasm for wildlife.Iolo describes with humour and wit the adventures he had and the people he met as a Species Officer for the RSPB - from a farmer who held an egg…

Aboyne Academy

Sat 2 Nov

£5–£15 / 01339 887722

The Japanese manga comic helping Syrian refugee children dream

Where do dreams go when you are displaced? Kassoumah Obada grew up with his friends in Syria watching the popular anime Captain Tsubasa and dreaming of becoming a professional football player.

British Museum, London WC1B

Thu 20 Jun

BP Lecture Theatre

Free / 020 7323 8181

Jimmy Tarbuck OBE - Sharing 50 Years of Memories

Tarby, as he is known to millions of TV viewers, is one of the country’s most evergreen performers and a master of light entertainment. Having successful spent more than 50 years in the notoriously fickle world of show business, Jimmy Tarbuck has hosted numerous television shows, variety shows, chat shows and games…

The Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham

Sun 22 Sep

£23 / 01242258002

  • 19:30 – 22:00

LEAP Sports Festival Fortnight

Festival that aims to raise awareness of LGBTI issues within sports.

Various venues: Scotland

Mon 17 Jun

Times vary

Tue 18 Jun

Times vary

Wed 19 Jun

Times vary

…and 11 more dates until 30 Jun

Learn Buddhist Meditation

Learn how to meditate at weekly Buddhist meditation classes.

Quaker Meeting House, Leeds

Thu 20 Jun

Free / 0113 242 2208

  • 19:15 – 21:30

Thu 27 Jun

Free / 0113 242 2208

  • 19:15 – 21:30

Thu 4 Jul

Free / 0113 242 2208

  • 19:15 – 21:30
…and 130 more dates until 30 Dec 2021

Lecture · Tell Me A Story… Shahrzad ‘In Analysis’ In Contemporary Persia With Dr Gohar Homayounpour

In this lecture, psychoanalyst Dr Gohar Homayounpour presents One Thousand and One Nights, a superb example of Bakhtinian, carnivalesque literature, and of marginalized, subversive Persian literature, as a means of searching for lost or repressed images of women within contemporary Iranian discourse.

Parasol Unit, London N1

Tue 2 Jul

£6–£8 / + 44 (0)20 7490 7373

  • 19:00 – 20:00

Magnum Symposium: Documentary Now full-day

This compelling all-day symposium hosts four panel discussions with Magnum photographers and invited guests, and two keynote presentations by speakers from the worlds of journalism and the arts. Join our speakers as we explore ideas of contemporary agency through four strands: Speakers include: Moises Saman, Carolyn…

Barbican Centre, London EC2Y

Wed 26 Jun

£25 / 020 7638 8891

Manaf Halbouni: Artist Talk

German-Syrian artist Manaf Halbouni’s sculpture Rubble Theatre is a highlight of this year’s Refugee Festival Scotland. It recreates a scene of destruction in Syria, featuring the rubble of a bombsite and an abandoned car. Join us for a conversation with Halbouni, who studied at art school in Syria and then moved to…

Scottish Youth Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 24 Jun

Free / 0141 552 3988

Part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

MARG 2019 Lecture series "Comparaison in the Cold War: Thinking Third World Urbanisation Through the Second World" by Dr. Lukasz Stanek

MARG 2019 Lecture series "Comparaison in the Cold War: Thinking Third World Urbanisation Through the Second World" by Dr. Lukasz Stanek

The University Of Manchester

Wed 26 Jun

Manchester Architecture Research Centre

Free

Marischal College and the Edwardians

Illustrated talk and discussion on the 1906 royal opening of a Marischal College extension.

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Mon 24 Jun

Free / 03000200293

Martin Gayford: A History of Pictures

Martin Gayford, the art critic for The Spectator and author of Man with a Blue Scarf, Rendez-vous with Art and A Bigger Message gives a lecture on A History of Pictures, his collaboration with David Hockney.

King Edward VI School, Southampton

Mon 24 Jun

£5

Masterclass with Guillaume Gallienne

Hosted by journalist and critic Matt Trueman, Guillaume will discuss the production, his career, and his work with the legendary Comédie-Française. This Masterclass is suitable for students, emerging or mid-career actors, directors and theatre-makers, ages 18+. Duration: 1 hour 30 mins

Barbican Centre, London EC2Y

Fri 21 Jun

£8 / 020 7638 8891

Morningside Makers Market

A boutique market held on the first Saturday of every month with artists, crafters and designers offering ceramics, jewellery, glassware, photography, textiles and art.

Columcille Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 6 Jul

0131 447 7404

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Sat 3 Aug

0131 447 7404

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Sat 7 Sep

0131 447 7404

  • 11:00 – 16:00
…and 3 more dates until 7 Dec

National Youth Film Academy: Interviews

Interview for a place at the National Youth Film Academy.

Jurys Inn Southampton

Thu 27 Jun

Nicholas Parsons' Happy Hour

The Pleasance and Nicholas Parsons Join Nicholas Parsons, comedy actor and legendary host of Radio 4's Just a Minute, for an unmissable hour of fun and laughter in the company of some very special guests. Celebrating a magnificent 19 years on the Fringe, this sell-out comedy and chat show has previously featured Jason…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Fri 2 Aug

Cabaret Bar

£15 (£14) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

Cabaret Bar

£15 (£14) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Cabaret Bar

£15 (£14) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 5 more dates until 11 Aug

Osborne Reynolds Lecture - Climate’s holy trinity: how cogency, tenacity & courage could yet deliver on our Paris commitments

It is over twenty-eight years since the UN’s first major climate report and over a quarter of a century since the 1992 Rio Earth Summit – such heady days of international hope and optimism. Now, in 2019 and with the benefit of hindsight, we can look back and trace our voyage of abject failure – and with humility learn…

The University Of Manchester

Thu 11 Jul

School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering

Free

Our Shared Journey: the British Red Cross and Refugees

Join Mehzebin Adam, curator of the British Red Cross Museum & Archives for a talk on collecting and curating the history of the British Red Cross’s journey with refugees from 1897 to the present day. There will also be an opportunity to see historical and contemporary items from British Red Cross Museum & Archives…

Victoria & Albert Museum, London SW7

Wed 19 Jun

Art Studio SC

Free / 020 7942 2000

The Oxford Union Debate

The Schools Debate 16:45­18:15, Schools debating final: “Populism is a threat to democracy” 18:15­18:45, Presentations and awards Following a day of debating, the final debate of the schools competition gets this evening’s event underway. The Main Debate 19:00­20:30, “From sexting to screen­addicts: should we be afraid of…

The Oxford Union

Thu 27 Jun

£12 / 01865 241353

Paul Gauguin's painting, 'Ostre Anlaeg Park, Copenhagen'

Join Curator of European Art, Pippa Stephenson, for a short  talk as she explores this early landscape featuring a Danish park, from the notorious, Post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin. 

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow

Tue 2 Jul

Free / 0141 276 9599

Paul Harrison: Inside the Mind of The Serial Killer

Serial killer expert Paul Harrison discusses the inner workings of these killers and what drives them to commit murder.

The Glee Club, Birmingham

Tue 19 Nov

£20 / 0871 472 0400

  • 19:00

The Glee Club, Cardiff Bay

Tue 12 Nov

£20 / 0871 472 0400

  • 19:00

The Glee Club, Nottingham

Wed 3 Jul

Cancelled / 0871 472 0400

  • 19:00

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Poland is Hamlet

Why has *Hamlet *in particular and Shakespeare in general gained such prominence in the Polish imagination? The Shakespeare and Poland Festival opens with discussion about *Hamlet *and Shakespeare on the Polish page and stage, with extracts from rarely seen Polish film versions of Shakespeare’s plays. Panelists will…

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London SE1

Wed 26 Jun

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre

£5–£10 / 020 7401 9919