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Cultural Highlights in October

The weather is getting bitter out there so our amazing Corinne has delivered us many cultural treats this October that you can enjoy from the comfort of your couch!

6 and 22 October at 4.00 pm BST.

Virtual Drawing Workshop

Discover your inner artist in this live virtual drawing workshop. Facilitated by artist Jill Galloway, each program will highlight a Portrait Gallery exhibition or portrait from the collection. Open to all skill levels, ages 18 and up.

11 October at 2.00 pm

Anthony Burgess, Manchester

Visit the Town Hall, the Free Trade Hall, the Opera House, what was Central Station and many more – all places with Burgessian associations.

An online event via Zoom.

11 October 6.30 pm.

Black History Month Part One

As part of our Black History Month celebrations, this is first in a two part presentation focusing on the history of the Black Superhero. How they were created and how they impacted on the stereotypical perceptions of Black people in the media.

12 October at 7.00 pm

A closer look at Mahjong

Take a closer look at the history behind one of the most iconic and enduringly popular games in China. When you wander through the parks of any Chinese city, you'll undoubtedly be greeted by tables of local people playing mahjong. What you may not realise, however, is that this game does not have the long and storied history you might expect.

15 October at 9.45am.

Honolulu Pride 2022

Rooted in Pride is the theme for 2022 Honolulu Pride, Hawai‘i’s largest and most colorful parade, with the first in-person celebrations since 2019. The parade, kicking off at 10 am from Magic Island, follows a route along Ala Moana Blvd. and Kalākaua Ave. to Kapiʻolani Park. The theme Rooted in Pride expresses Hawai‘i’s culture of diversity and inclusion. Learn more about what makes Honolulu Pride unique!

18 October. 1.00 to 2.00 pm.

Fight against Slavery

From the 1780s, the national campaigns for the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, and the emancipation of slaves in the West Indian colonies and elsewhere began to reach increasing sections of the population, despite persistent opposition. Join Ian Smith as he discusses Norfolk and Norwich's contribution to this struggle.

This free talk will take place in person at the Vernon Castle Room, Norfolk Heritage Centre (on the second floor of the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library) and will also be livestreamed.

19 October at 7.00

Firefighting in Oldham

Mark Beswick is a retired fire officer who served in Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service for 31 years with almost half of those at Oldham Fire Station. It was there where he saw that previous fire officers had put up some old photos on the wall and it got him interested in Oldham Fire Brigade. Mark had collected such a lot of information from a number of sources such as retired firemen, Oldham Local Studies and Fireground the Fire Service Museum at Rochdale that he published a book entitled "Iron Men And Wooden Ladders". This is also the title of the presentation.

Watch either the 21 October from 4.45 to 5.30

Or 29 October from 2.45 to 3.30

The Festival of Lights. Diwali

Every year in the months of October & November, the celebrations for Diwali happen in India. Do not miss this Experience where you get a rare chance to virtually participate in the Diwali Festivities from the comfort of your couch in your pyjamas. The Experience is planned, in chronological order, as below - 1. The Guests shall be welcomed by the Host in a traditional way together with dance on a Diwali Song. 2. Detailed information on Diwali shall be given, including the why, how, when and what of Diwali. 3. Take a tour of the entire home beautifully decorated for the Diwali Festive Season where the Guests shall get to see traditional lamps, candles, flowers, sweets, crackers, gifts etc. 5. See a Rangoli (artwork on floor using coloured sand, rice, flowers and lamps) being made by the Host’s wife. 6. Cook delicious Nariyal Ladoos (Coconut Balls) in the kitchen with the Host’s wife. The Recipe shall be shared with the Guests during the tour. 7. Participate in a Diwali prayer together with bell & lamp at a Hindu Temple. The session shall be very interactive with ample of opportunities for the Guests to ask all their burning questions about Diwali or Indian culture or traditions either during the online session itself or towards the end of the Experience.

25 October 6.30pm

Black History Month Part Two

As part of the Black History Month celebrations, this is the second in a two part presentation focusing on the creation and history of Afrofuturism.

Presenting this often overlooked genre will be, Ayesha Nembhard(RBKC) with guest speakers Isis and Junior Tomlin.

In recent years he has explored themes around Afrofuturism, taking inspiration from African iconography, design, fashion and culture which has lead him to creating astounding images of African and Caribbean people in futuristic scenarios.

27 October from 5.00 to 6.00pm

Haunted Moscow

If you're ready for a walk around the oldest area of Moscow to find out a few mysteries - welcome to the Halloween Moscow tour. During this tour you will discover the darker side of Moscow. You will see mysterious places and you will learn nerve-tingling myths and blood-chilling legends. And to top if off we'll find places where you may face a ghost in Moscow.


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