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Culture Vultures 13.05.21

Hello fellow Culture Vultures!

Today is Stevie Wonders' 71st Birthday! I love his music and the song that really stands out for me is 'For Once in My Life'.

So the question for the chat page is : What is your favourite Stevie Wonder song?

Head over to the brolly cafe page to get involved with our chat forum discussions.

Links to this weeks Culture Vulture suggestions - enjoy!

Steel Band Experience

13th May 7.00 to 8.00pm

In this event host John ‘Soca Johnny’ David, will be interviewing Andrew Facey of Mangrove Steelband. They will provide you with a brief insight into Mangrove’s origins as a community organisation before going into details about their participation in Notting Hill Carnival, UK Panorama and more. The Mangrove Steelband is one of the most prominent in Europe. Formed in 1980 from a ‘Pan Round Neck’ group of the traditional type they have established theirselves as a fully-fledged modern orchestra. Book via link:

Filmmakers and Photographers

May 18th from 6.00 to 8.00pm

In the 1970s the photographic and cinematic practices put the means of image production and distribution into the hands of ordinary people. London in particular became a live and contested site for work which dealt with the conditions of contemporary civic life. Fifty years on, what should be drawn from the socially enmeshed practices of filmmakers and photographers who worked in London towards the end of the twentieth century?

From Atoms to Galaxies, the Circus Act of Gravity

18th May 7.00 to 8.00pm

Part of the Pint of Science 2021 festival. The invisible and mysterious force of gravity is all around us and affects everything from atoms to galaxies. Join a trip of scientific discovery with an application scientist through the medium of circus! Watch and perform circus acts in the name of science and see how various scientific subjects can be conveyed through aerial acrobatics:

Imaging the Black Cook in Victorian England

19th May 4.00 pm

Dr Caroline Bressey’s work focuses on the historical and cultural geographies of the black presence in Britain. She is Reader in Cultural and Historical Geography at UCL founded the Equiano Centre (2007-2017) to support research into the the black presence in Britain:

A Comedic Decoding of a Greek Vase

May 14th 8.00pm

Join associate curator of antiquities Mary Louise Hart and theater director Jon Lawrence Rivera as they decode a comedic scene on a fourth-century BC Greek vase. They reveal how ancient parody takes on new life through the lens of Filipino comedy and pageantry. Book via link:

Chinese Dance Exercise

14th May 5.30pm to 6.30pm

Workshop Leader Annie will guide participants through Chinese dance exercises, steps and techniques. By the end of the lesson, you'll have learned a beautiful Chinese folk dance, based on traditional dances performed by the Miao group! The dance steps will be easy to follow, and you'll have a taste of Chinese culture while having fun. Book via link:

Bishopsgate Debate

15th and 16th May various times

Join the Gay Liberation Front and Bishopsgate Institute for a livestreamed "Bishopsgate Debate". Over two days, enjoy and participate in online Q&A and a series of radical presentations and performances. Free to book, book via link:

The National Space Centre will be hosting a FREE online weekend of talks, Q&A sessions, workshops and family science fiction experiences.

14th to 16th May

Join us for a celebration of Doctor Who, Blake’s 7, Sapphire and Steel, Thunderbirds, The Prisoner, The Tomorrow People and many other iconic science fiction films, tv programmes, books, comics, games and art.

Magic in Shaping Civilisations

May 18th at 6.00pm

A free event from the British Academy, three great strands of practice and belief run through human history: science, religion, and magic. But why has magic – the idea that we have a connection with the universe – developed a bad reputation? In this event, Chris Gosden explores the role of magic in shaping civilisations and how we might use it today to rethink our understanding of the world.

Join Paul Morley to discuss his new insightful biography of one of the world’s greatest musicians, Bob Dylan, who has enriched the American song tradition for over 50 years.

May 18th 7.00 to 8.00pm

With a talent that has been proven in the worlds of music, radio, art and poetry, Dylan is a man of many personas. From defying pop music conventions with protest songs such as “The Times They Are a-Changin’” to releasing three of the most influential rock albums of the 60s.

Book tickets via:

Quick Draw Game

I Love this - it’s a challenge game where you have to draw an image they suggest in 20 seconds and the app has to guess what it is.

Also Paul from the Uke group that I attend, has kindly recommended a programme called 'Mindful Escapes, breath, release, restore'. It’s guided mindfulness and stunning nature go hand in hand to produce a series of immersive relaxing films. Each 30 mins long. They are shown on BBC4 and as it's already at week three the best way to catch up would be to watch the series on an the BBC IPlayer.

Many thanks for listening best wishes to all and see you next week!


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May 15, 2021

Steel band looks great Corinne.The Black cook interesting in Victorian

England. Always fantastic you spoil us Corinne

May 15, 2021
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Very welcome Corinne


Dave W
May 14, 2021

Going to have a go at the quick draw as sounds good fun. The Circus Act of Gravity sounds very interesting. Thank you so much Corinne for all your suggestions

May 14, 2021
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I’m somewhat addicted to the quick draw one, am waiting to see if anyone can beat the app


Nikki G
May 13, 2021

Steel Band Experience tonight! Sounds fab :)

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