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Culture Vultures 27.05.21

It’s 'World Dracula Day' today and on the 27th May 1897, the Gothic horror novel “Dracula” by Bram Stoker was first published in London.

So the chat question today is: Do you have any favourite vampire films or books?

Head over to our upbeat chat forum page and share your answers!

This weeks Culture Vulture suggestions :

Target Margin Theater presents Magic In Plain Sight

A series of performances that reflects on this unusual year, celebrates the joy of gathering, and imagines the possibilities ahead of us! The three artists in residency for Magic in Plain Sight – Leonie Bell, Kaaron Briscoe, and LubDub Theatre Co – each read excerpts of their work, present rehearsal video, and lead interactive theatre exercises as they discuss the research and development of their upcoming productions.

27th May at 7.00 to 8.00 pm

Join Dr. Sue Brunning for her lecture Respect your Elders

Old Swords in Early Medieval England as part of the Flag Fen Archaeology Lectures. Dr. Brunning is Curator of European Early Medieval & Sutton Hoo Collections at the British Museum. She specialises in early Anglo-Saxon material culture with a particular focus on research interest in metalwork, beliefs and ritual, warrior culture, attitudes and world-views, and the life-histories of artefacts.

27th May at 7.00 pm

Abandon Normal Devices Festival

Free events including The Sea collapsed into the Pleasures of sand. The name of the river Mersey originates from the Old English ‘Maere,’ meaning ‘boundary’. Boundaries and borders are sites of transition and transformation; liminal spaces where dimensions meet. Historically, in the brackish waters of the Mersey estuary—a space where fresh and saltwater meet—countless ships launched themselves toward the sea, animated by the Empire’s desire for domination and its insatiable hunger for bodies, human and non-human.

27th May – 11th July.

Photography talk with Alison Jackson

A multi award-winning artist, photographer and filmmaker who will present her recent Truth is Dead series featuring evocative photographs in which look-a-like doubles pose as public figures, celebrities and royals.

From Kim Kardashian to Donald Trump, these doppelgängers simulate intimate, and even exposed situations to raise questions about celebrity culture and the public desire for gossip. Thursday 27th May 6.30 to 7.30pm

Royal Academy : be inspired and get creative

Suitable for both beginners and more experienced artist. A free event to join artist tutors in the Royal Academy for the opportunity to be inspired and get creative, using drawing materials you’ll have at home.

Each Saturday morning session will be led by a different artist, and you’re welcome to come into as many or as few as you’d like. All you’ll need is a pencil and paper, with each session exploring different techniques and styles.

29th May 10.30 to 11.45am plus every Saturday in June.

Cooking and dining in imperial Rome

A free ebook available to anyone.

Flame Painter, have a dabble with shapes and patterns, an online experiment

Art Matters podcast: how Alfred Hitchcock created artful suspense

In the title sequence for Alfred Hitchcock’s television series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, the show opened with a sketch of the director that he drew himself. What comes to mind when you think of Hitchcock? Is it his iconic films? His status as a master of suspense? What about his love of art and design?

Beginners calligraphy

Study Van Gogh Iris’s at the Getty museum

Thanks for listening best wishes to all!


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May 28, 2021

Thanks Gail, lovely to hear your enjoying the events. Hope all goes well next week see you soon xx

May 28, 2021
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May 28, 2021

Thanks as always Corinne. I checked out the Van Gogh irises link. I'm a bit of fan. They were kicking me out of the van gogh gallery in amsterdam a few years back cos 7 hours is not enough !! Registered for a couple of the sketch classes from the link with the Royal Acadeny. Wasnt able to access Alison's photography as still having internet problems. Hence me arriving at singing yesterday late. The air in my kitchen was blue. 🥶. So glad I was able to get in though as was a lovely song and session.

Good news I followed the link you shared about the photography and was able to register for Matika Wilbur's seeds of culture, photographs,…

May 27, 2021

Oops, sorry Corinne, World Dracula Day was yesterday, on 26th May and is not today.

Best wishes,


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