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Cultural Highlights – October

Updated: Oct 31, 2023

This October we are in the mood to unlock some secrets behind the world’s most famous masterpieces! What lies behind the Mona Lisa’s smile? And what’s the real story behind Da Vinci’s famous Last Supper? Two fascinating online events this month will deliver all the answers!

It’s the month of Halloween and all things creepy, but how about creepy crawlies? If you’re a lover of bees and ladybirds then fly online to join the Bee Chat on the 5th October and a Ladybird Chat on the 7th.

4th October at 8pm, National portrait gallery

Join Dr. Taína Caragol, Curator of Painting and Sculpture and Latino Art and History, and Historian Dr. Kate Clarke Lemay, both of the the National Portrait Gallery, to discuss their exhibition, 1898: U.S. Imperial Visions and Revisions, This conversation will be moderated by CENTRO Research Associate, Matthew Nicdao, who is researching 1898 and the connections between the colonization of Puerto Rico and the Philippines.

5th October at 7pm, Bee chat

This talk is a video recording which will be followed by live bee chat. Adrian Horridge lives in Australia where the time difference makes it difficult for him to join us live. He is assisted in his presentation by two previous speakers from Somerset BKA's lecture series and he answers questions from our host Lynne Ingram making the talk interactive and incredibly interesting.

Adrian Horridge sets out the revolutionary conclusions from more than 50 years of scientific research.

12th October 7pm, Ladybirds

Come to this talk to learn more about ladybird species and their ecology with Helen Roy who was awarded the 2012 Silver Medal by the Zoological Society of London for her contributions to the scientific understanding of ladybird ecology and conservation.

17th October at 2pm. Sir Christopher Wren

This talk by City Guide and Lecturer Jill Finch is on the life and extraordinary time of Christopher Wren. From Wiltshire to Oxford and Cambridge and eventually to London where he became a Professor at Gresham College, a founder of the Royal Society and, of course, architect of St Paul’s Cathedral.

17th October 7pm. Folk tales of the Cosmos

Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of folk tales as we celebrate the release of Janet Dowling's captivating new book. From mystical creatures to celestial wonders, these tales will transport you to the far reaches of the cosmos. Same Stars: Different Stories.

During the online book launch, Janet Dowling will share insights into her creative process, inspirations, and the fascinating stories behind her collection

20th October at 7pm, Secrets of Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa - Art History 1:1

Join Dr Lillian Cespedes González, PhD historian an exciting online event, Mona Lisa - Art History 1:1, where we delve into the captivating world of art and explore the enigmatic masterpiece, the Mona Lisa. Get ready to embark on a virtual journey through time as this tals unravel the secrets behind this iconic painting.

24th October at 8pm, Black Victorians

Beyond the vision of Victorian Britain traditionally advanced in our textbooks, there always existed another, more diverse Britain, populated by people of colour marking achievements both ordinary and extraordinary. from leading medic George Rice to political agitator William Cuffay to abolitionists Henry ‘Box’ Brown and Sarah Parker Remond; from pre-Raphaelite muse Fanny Eaton to renowned composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

26th October at 6pm. The last supper

Da Vinci & The Last Supper

Join an extraordinary online event, Da Vinci & The Last Supper, where this session delves into the genius mind of Leonardo da Vinci and his iconic masterpiece. Discover the secrets and symbolism hidden within The Last Supper, as we explore the historical context and artistic techniques used by this legendary Renaissance artist.

Watch on Youtube

The film is based on the famous short story by the renowned modern Japanese writer Ryuunosuke Akutagawa. It tells the story of a cold-hearted sinner called Kandata who is in Hell because of his past monstrous life. One day, Buddha looked down from Paradise into Hell and he saw that Kandata had done one good deed in his past life – he had saved the life of a spider.

Frida Kahlo

A collection of her beautiful painting with music

Plus actual footage of Frida and Diego

Thanks for listening and best wishes!


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