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Culture Vultures 21.01.21

Today the 21st January is 'National Hugging Day' ; we might not be able to do this due to restrictions but we can let everyone we know that we care about them, and give yourself a hug as well. Hugs to you all!

On the 25th January it’s Burns Night. Born in Ayrshire in 1759, Robert Burns is Scotland's national bard. Affectionately known as 'the Ploughman Poet', his verses stand as a fitting testament to Scotland's proud literary history. To celebrate Burns night the meal centrepiece of any good Burns Supper menu is the iconic haggis, or as the bard himself described it, the 'great chieftain o' the puddin'-race'.

How will you celebrate Burns Night? Let me know via the chat room.

An article about the life of Scotland’s most famous bard Robert Burns


And of course Tam O’Shanter on Burns night


Now a story from The Jacobite rebellion from Scotland’s History Tours


The Gothic Kingdom from the Church conservation trust


National Trust 27 January 1.00 - 2.15 book free via link

Paul Boniface will chart the history of the National Trust from the end of the nineteenth century to the current day, explaining the charity’s mission and how it has responded to the changing conservation challenges and concerns of different generations.


Talk and Draw from the National Gallery 29 January 4 - 5 free, book via


NAKAMURA Aya is a London-based theatre practitioner, puppeteer and puppet maker originally from Japan. The unique style she has cultivated within the field is distinctly recognisable in the productions she has been part of, including adaptations of traditional Western fairy tales such as Hansel and Gretel, as well as Japanese literary classics like AKUTAGAWA Ryunosuke’s The Spider’s Thread. Challenging our assumptions of what a puppet is, NAKAMURA works with a variety of mediums to produce puppets and even human-sized Bunraku-style dolls. Kicking off 2021 in the first of our online events in the new year, the Japan Foundation presents a special webinar during which NAKAMURA will talk about what sparked her interest in taking up puppetry and her creative influences. She will also discuss her artistic collaborations, both national and international. After her initial presentation, there will be a virtual showing of her short film production in the paper theatre style, The Spider’s Thread, followed by a discussion with the composer for the work, Verity Lane.

Taking place on 28 January at 6.30 to book a free place click link below


From the Working Class Movement Library on 30th January an event on public art, an all day art event from 11.30 to 6.00 free via Facebook, the link gives you some more information about the event and the site on Facebook is called Loiter


A selection of 5 minute meditations from the National Gallery


Article about Andy Warhol and his painting of soup cans from History.com


How to make your garden/window box/yard Bee friendly from the Eden Project


Thanks for listening and best wishes and hugs


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