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Cultural Highlights – November

We may have passed Halloween but there are plenty of talks this season to tickly our intrigue about all things creepy! These captivating chats will put scoundrels and witches’ cats back on the map with captivating tales and tails!

From the scary to the sensational, take a look at how Chinese culture has left it’s mark with the art of dancing and fantastic cuisine. Our Culture Vulture Corinne Jones explains more.

7th November at 1pm. Witches and their familiars.

We all know about witches and their black cats. But why did people in the early modern period fear their neighbours’ cats? Why were they fearful of wax models? How did they protect themselves? Join historian Danny Buck as he explores these questions and more.

7th November 6.30pm. Caricature Art.

A talk featuring the caricature art from the sketch book of Sergeant Billy Watts while on active service with The Kensington Regiment in France, Egypt and Palestine during the Great War 1914-1918.

8th November 5.30pm. Royal Welsh Fusiliers museum.

Art Unlocked is an online event series brought to you by Art UK in collaboration with Bloomberg Philanthropies. Each week, different museum and gallery curators and directors from across the UK will deliver a 30-minute talk on selected works from their collection.

The 13,14,16,20 and 21st November all at 6.30pm. The London History Festival.

The London History Festival was established in 2009 with an aim to bring the work of the finest historians to the widest possible audience. They have been working hard ever since then to enable you to engage with some of today's most popular authors in the genre.

Wednesday 15th November at 2pm. Shadows and Scoundrels in Elizabethan London.

In the heart of the Elizabethan era, the bustling streets of London were not just paved with cobblestones; they were paved with intrigue, danger, and a healthy dose of audacity. As the 16th century dawned and the city expanded, the stage was set for a captivating tale of crime and cunning that would echo through history.

23rd November 6.30pm. Trees.

Trees are important. They contribute to our language, we eat bits of them, build with them, and they are invaluable for our mental health.

24th November at 6pm. Chinese Folk Dance.

Workshop leader Annie will guide participants through dance exercises, steps and techniques. By the end of the lesson, you'll have learned a beautiful Folk dance! The dance steps will be easy to follow, and you'll have a taste of Chinese culture while having fun.

29th November at 5.30pm. Women Artists.

Join Rosie Shackleton, Assistant Curator to highlight the amazing work of some of North Lanarkshire’s women artists – most of whom have been previously overlooked and forgotten.

Plus to watch at your leisure…

Join award-winning food writer and cook Fuchsia Dunlop in this exploration of Chinese culinary culture, from its mythical and historical origins, through the 19th century and up to today. Through a mouthwatering 'menu' of 30 dishes she explores the origins, ingredients, techniques and concepts of Chinese food, from field to table. What makes Chinese food Chinese and how can we appreciate it more deeply?

Arthur Szyk, Madness, 1941, Artist and soldier for Human Rights, watercolor, gouache, ink and graphite on paper. The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, University of California, Berkeley.

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