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Kilburn Film Festival – Five Continents in North London

Wednesday, 20 June, 2012

28 June to 8 July

Kilburn Film Festival features film from Nigeria, India, Ireland, Brazil, France, Senegal, Japan, Australia and more, plus classics and films by artists, by older people, by children. With talks refreshments and music.

One highlight is the Films by Artists evening on 5 July.

TIME CLIPS THE WINGS OF LOVE: Si Sapsford / 2012 . Evoking the innocence of old Hollywood films and inspired by a woman’s memory of her first sexual awakening as she reflects on the passage of time.

HOPE AND GLORY: Si Sapsford / 2012 . A boy running in snow is juxtaposed with conversation between former crew members of Steve Fosette’s multihull Cheyenne reflecting on the politics and bureaucracy of the Jules Verne 2004 non-stop round the world race.

IN PROGRESS: Noemi Lakmaier /2012. Femininity, disability and the expectations and stereotypes associated with both are explored through filming a woman’s face as she performs ambiguous yet seemingly private tasks. http://www.noemilakmaier.co.uk

DOUBLE PENDULUM: Faisal Abdu’Allah / 2012 Faisal teamed up with scientists to show how polluted air in East London could threaten athletes at the Games and how pollution shortens the lives of the people living near them, the poor, who are often from ethnic minorities. Features athlete Jeanette Kwakye and footballer Anthony Grant. http://www.faisalabduallah.com

Tin Tabernacle, 12-16 Cambridge Rd., NW6 5BA

www.kilburnfilms.co.uk

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Spirit of Rio, at Battersea Arts

Tuesday, 19 June, 2012

Part of LIFT and the London 2012 Festival. 8 July 3-10pm

This summer the spirit of Rio will be landing on the streets of London as the Rio Occupation London rolls into town.

Marking the link between London 2012 and Rio 2016, 30 of the city’s most exciting artists will be turning up the Brazilian heat in London in the run up to the Olympics with an eye-watering series of performances, parties, pop-up films and music events presented across the city.

This month-long occupation kicks off with a big Brazilian party thrown at Battersea Arts Centre featuring film, theatre, music and DJs including João Brasil . So grab yourself a caipirinha, explore the building and enjoy the best Rio has to offer all wrapped up in one long party.

www.bac.org.uk

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Chortle’s Fast Fringe

Monday, 18 June, 2012

Leicester Square Theatre, Tues 26th June

28 of the best comedy and variety acts heading to Edinburgh perform extracts of their festival shows on one amazing – if ridiculously busy – bill.

With  Rhys Darby, Nina Conti, Boy With Tape On His Face, Thomas Nelstrop, Late Night Gimp Fight, Dana Alexander, Hal Cruttenden, The Beta Males, Pete Johansson, Eddie Lizzard, The Noise Next Door, John Robins, Chris Dugdale, Luke Benson, Sean McLoughlin, Wes Zaharuk,  Jim Campbell, Up & Over It, Jonny & The Baptists,  Danny McLoughlin, Catriona Knox, Paul F Taylor,  Chris Stokes, David Trent, Funk Rocket 5000, Liam Mullone, Adam Hess,  Four Screws Loose and MC Susan Calman.

www.leicestersquaretheatre.com

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Cabaret Award at Edinburgh Fringe

Friday, 15 June, 2012

Time Out and Soho Theatre are delighted to announce that they are joining forces to present the first cabaret award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; TO&ST launching for the 2012 festival.

TO&ST will celebrate quality and brilliance in cabaret. With one award given to the show the judges believe is the best cabaret show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. As well as the industry recognition the winner of the award will be offered a two week run at Soho Theatre and will have a full feature about their show in Time Out.

There are three judges for the award, they are Time Out Cabaret Editor Ben Walters, Soho Theatre Comedy & Cabaret Producer Steve Lock and Artistic Director of the Glasgow Cabaret Festival Frodo McDaniel; they see all eligible shows and decide the winner of the award.

There will be a maximum of six shows shortlisted for the award; this shortlist will be announced on Wednesday 15 August 2012 with a celebratory show for the shortlisted shows the weekend of Saturday 18 August. The winning show will be announced on Thursday 23 August 2012.

Follow the awards on twitter @TOASTAward and at facebook.com/TOASTAward

Further information from Amy Belson: amybelson@sohotheatre.com

 

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Halifax Festival – Starts 6 July

Friday, 15 June, 2012

Here are some of the events from the first day.

MUSIC
Let’s Celebrate!
Friday 6 July, 7.30pm. Tickets: £7, Concession £5, Under 21s £3
A musical celebration by Calderdale Music Service and guests AT Halifax Minster.

THEATRE
Before Bedlam Theatre Company
A Bowl of Bedlam
Friday 6 July, 7.30pm.  Tickets: £27.50 inc. 3 course meal. (pre-booking essential)
Grand Salon, Le Metropolitain
Enjoy a night of fantastic food and engaging theatre in the beautiful and historic Grand Salon.

MUSIC
Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers
Friday 6 July, 7.30pm.  Tickets: £15, Concession £12, Family £45
Piece Hall
Thundering rhythms on huge taiko drums in a spellbinding display of fluid grace, precise choreography and sheer athleticism.

THEATRE
A One Night Stand with Barrie Rutter
Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough
Friday 6 July, 7.30pm.  Tickets: £11, Concessions £9
An intimate and entertaining choice of readings, memories and anecdotes from someone who will always have the gob for it.

www.halifaxfestival.co.uk

 

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UK Premiere, The Coming Storm

Thursday, 7 June, 2012

19 – 23 June. At Battersea Arts Centre. Part of LIFT Festival

Employing devices from puppet theatre, song and naive dance, Forced Entertainment tell an epic story that (they say) is resolutely too big for the stage. In a style as inventive as it is absurd, wrong-headed theatrical tricks take their place alongside an increasingly preposterous narrative, and for the first time in the Forced Entertainment’s work, live music. This darkly comic and haunting tale promises to explode audience expectations.

www.forcedentertainment.com

 

 

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Mysteries of Puppetry. A full day at the Wellcome Collection

Wednesday, 30 May, 2012

Objects of Emotion 16 June 2012, 10.30 – 17.00

A performance of The Table, by Blind Summit is included in the day

As humans, we have an ability to empathise with one another. Reading emotions and sharing them are integral to our survival and social cohesion. But why is it that objects can also spark these feelings in us? When we watch puppets, what triggers our emotions? Is it their movement or is it simply the stories they tell? And can we be just as moved by everyday objects?

None of these questions have straightforward answers, but this unique event tries to uncover the latest science exploring the mysteries of empathy in puppetry and elsewhere in culture.

The morning will start with an extract of Blind Summit’s critically acclaimed performance The Table, followed by discussion about the relationship between puppeteers and puppets. Satellite performances will happen over lunch, followed by a discussion about the ways humans relate to objects in the afternoon.

£20 full price/£15 concession including a full day of discussion and performance as well as lunch and refreshments.

To book, please call 020 7611 2222.