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Folklore, Myth and Romance

In this talk, just in time for Valentine's Day, we delve into romantic tropes of folklore and myth to derive a rich symbolic and cultural meaning from tales beloved and unknown. We will explore common story patterns and symbols to see what the tales we were told as children can tell us about the world we have come to inhabit. 

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Multiculturalism vs interculturalism
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Multiculturalism for the Past and Interculturalism for the Future

Join us to understand the history of British multiculturalism.  What did the term mean, how has it changed over time and is utilised now. Learn how interculturalism differs and could offer a more sustainable way forward when we consider better representation engagement and understanding of difference in the arts sector. 

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Pine tree - Japanese print
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Japanese Calligraphy: 松 Matsu

The 2nd winter session will focus on character 松 Matsu (Pine tree) and explore The Art of Matsu. Matsu is a Japanese auspicious tree and iconic symbol that represents longevity, youth, eternity and power. Matsu is especially used at the beginning of the year as a New Year decoration.

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Art as Political Protest
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Art as Political Protest

Spanning from Picasso's iconic Guernica to the works of contemporary artists like Georg Baselitz and Adrian Ghenie, we will look at how key political events of the 20th century have shaped art.

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Celebrating Chinese New Year and Culture
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Celebrating Chinese New Year and Culture

Each culture has its unique expressions through symbols. What are the must-know symbols when it comes to understanding Chinese culture? In this talk, you will be introduced to a number of Chinese symbols, their history and meaning and how they still influence Chinese life and art.

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Poetry Reading Pop-up: Hope and Renewal
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Poetry Reading Pop-up: Hope and Renewal

In collaboration with Book Club Bunch we are excited to announce new events: poetry pop ups! As before, join us as we delve into literary works and enjoy masterpieces read out loud by amazing actors!

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Language of Anti-Racism
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Language of Anti-Racism

Language is a living thing and an important element of social activism.  It is utilised to adhere to the social codes by cultural organisations, supposedly representing the people it serves. However, that representation of language needs further interrogation, because anti-racist terminology is often utilised for different reasons and overtime, shifts in meaning. 

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theatre and utopia
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Theatre and Utopia: Imagining Better Worlds

Are we as audiences drawn into idealistic worlds and stories because they can provide a blueprint for how best to undo oppressive structures in our own worlds? Do such performances serve as an optimistic and educational benchmark of culture or can utopia, if it is ever to be achieved, only exist on the stage or page rather than in the outside world? In this talk we explore the ways in which Utopia and Utopian ideals have been presented in performance and ask what the impact and effect of such performances has had upon us.    

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    We design unique, socially relevant talks: no data overload, no Wikipedia style. We believe that in our days ‘knowledge for knowledge’s sake is a waste of time; knowledge must lead to better understanding’. With that in mind, we craft every event.

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    Culture is a wonderful mirror of people’s minds and society in general. Using artistic forms of expression and cultural practices allow us to enter into dialogue without prejudices, norms or agenda.

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    We live in a global world. In order to collaborate, build relationship (business or private) and create peaceful and inclusive future, we need to learn to see different perspectives and respect them.

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Red lantern for Chinese New Year celebration
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Chinese New Year Symbols and Traditions

Every year between January 21st and February 20th, the Chinese celebrate the beginning of a Lunar New Year with a festivity called the Spring Festival. The celebration that marks the beginning of spring, starts on the first new moon every year and lasts for 15 days, ending with a Lantern Festival. As we approach the Chinese New Year of 2022 let's take a look at some of the traditions, iconography, and decorations that have both festive and symbolic role. 

The Practices and Principles of Shintoism
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The Practices and Principles of Shintoism

Shinto emphasizes worshiping and thankfulness to the land, and natural elements, simultaneously reminding us that we are a part of nature and that we can elevate our spirit only if we reconnect to our surroundings. 

Multiculturalism vs interculturalism
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The Transition From Multicultural to Intercultural Society

In order to explain the changing conditions in today's society, two different but complementary terms were created: multiculturalism and interculturalism. In this blog post, we will dig into the differences between multiculturalism and interculturalism, and how they have both affected the world of art.

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