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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Knowledge of Ayurveda enables you to understand how to create the balance of body, mind and consciousness according to your own individual constitution and how to make lifestyle changes to bring about and maintain this balance. This balance includes proper diet, right thinking, lifestyle and use of natural herbs.
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.
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.
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.