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Culture Vultures 18.03.21

It’s Shakespeare week 15th to the 21st March, having started to enjoy Shakespeare for the last few years I love looking at different ways of showing his plays, such as Odd Socks, Handlebards and various amateur dramatic groups in Liverpool. Question for the Chat in the Brolly Cafe this week is: Have you seen a Shakespeare play or adaption for film that you have enjoyed ?

This weeks suggestions:

Does tech discriminate?

Book a free place for the 20th March at 7.30pm with the Science and Industry Museum. Discrimination continues to have a serious, measurable impact on everyday life in the 21st century, but while conscious and subconscious human decisions were historically the major driver of discrimination, increasingly, the technology we rely on so heavily is becoming part of the problem. Facial recognition systems, online search algorithms and social media echo chambers are just some examples of technology that has the potential to amplify discrimination, and as machine learning and AI systems become more advanced, how do we ensure they are free of their curators' prejudices? How can we create technology that works for everyone?

Meiji Jingu Shrine celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2020 and continues through to 2021. The special event "Meiji Jingu Forest Festival of Art" is a celebration of art and culture, set in the Meiji Shrine's sacred forests. Through the exhibitions and programs held in the forests, it is hoped the festival will help promote a reconsidering of the relationship between Japanese arts and culture and nature to the world. While looking toward to a sustainable future for forests over the next 100 years, it is also hoped to extend the support to regional promotion and revitalization activities in disaster-struck areas, and send a message of prayer to the world :

Celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival with the Smithsonian American Art Museum

20th March at 2.00pm

Celebrate the start of spring and the National Cherry Blossom Festival with the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Join us for a virtual program full of springtime fun for the whole family. Enjoy a lively performance of traditional Japanese Taiko drumming by the group Nen Daiko. Then learn more as the group demonstrates how they plan their performances and design their own instruments.

National Cherry Blossom Festival opening in Japan.

This doesn’t start to 10.00 pm British time on Saturday night 20 March but sounds fab. You book on link below:

From the Archives - At Liberty by Tennessee Williams

From the 24th to 28th March the Tennessee Williams and New Orleans literary festival and on Friday 26 March Happy birthday to Tennessee Williams, some free events going on through the week. The link will take you to the whole festival, some events cost but a lot are free including the two below:

11 - 11:30 AM —Theatre, Free

Filmed as part of the 2017 Festival, the setting is the beautiful Beauregard-Keyes House in the French Quarter. You’ll find yourself on the front porch in Blue Mountain, Mississippi, late one night to witness a showdown between a concerned matriarch and her firebrand daughter. Gloria, an actress.

Merseyside Polonia are holding an event for European day of Artistic Creativity

Via CreArt on Sunday 21st March, they days events will remain on line until 11th April, free to join for all ages

Join a Met conservator

20th March at 3.00 pm (British time) to learn how X-rays, microscopy, and other advanced imaging techniques help tell the stories of textiles in The Met collection. Discover how The Met's Department of Textile Conservation uses new scientific discoveries to understand historic textiles. This event is live on Facebook and you tube just click on link for further information. The event also includes captions:

How to Plant a window box from BEE friendly

24th March 4.30 to 5.30pm free to book

Presented by the RBKC Community Gardeners, this event is part of the Bee Superhighway project - an initiative to provide more pollination hotspots for pollinators. We all like fresh herbs to add a little zest to our kitchen dishes or to make a tea from. Many herbs have small flowers that pollinating insects like too. Learn how to plant-up a small window box with five different plants and get some tips to keep them going throughout the spring and summer for you and our pollinators to enjoy!

BEE friendly highways

25th March from 6.30 to 7.30pm

Bees and flowers have evolved together over the course of 150 million years. They are extraordinary, they go together and we depend on them - we cannot survive without them. Presented by Richard Glassborow, Chair of the London Beekeepers Association, this talk will propose that pollination is arguably the most important example of how life on earth depends on ecosystems.

Frozen the musical coming to London, behind the scenes part one and two

Hidden history and a replay from the National History Museum from the Great Exhibition road festival.

A replay of a recent talk on behind the scenes at the museum:

Lady Lever gallery virtual guide

Discover the internationally renowned collections of the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Wirral, recognised as one of the finest art galleries in the UK. Your virtual guide will be Dr Gina Muskett, Honorary Research Fellow in History, and formerly Curator of Classical Antiquities National Museums Liverpool. Gina will introduce you to the highlights of the collection:

Thanks for listening and see you all next week.


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Mar 24, 2021

Thanks Gill that’s lovely of you really appreciate your kind words.

Mar 24, 2021
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You are very welcome as always Corinne


Mar 24, 2021

Hi Corinne love the Textiles Revealed,also the Cherry blossom sounds great

very interesting.Love all the great array of finds you put on here

Corinne they are fab.What would we do without you.You put so much effort in.

Many thank,s


Mar 18, 2021

Thanks Bev, I’m looking forward to the Cherry blossom event as well.


Mar 18, 2021

National Cherry Blossom in Japan sounds lovely Corrine, I'll be booking & looking at that, and a few others sound interesting. I've tried to enjoy Shakespeare many times, reading & plays but he's a bit too full on for me 🌝. Thank's again for all your great finds and selection

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