Museum of London | National Theatre at Home | London Short Film Festival | BalletActive | Cooking with Tom Aikens...
New Year, new lockdown! But never fear, The Week in Colour is back and bulging with inspirational things to do and fun ways to brighten up your days. This week, our cultural guide features online events from the Museum of London, the National Theatre's new streaming service and a digital dance studio from English National Ballet, and so much more.
EXPLORE the hidden treasures of the Museum of London’s collections with its online archives, short talks, digital treasure hunts, audio walks and top secret missions. The fascinating programme of events take place throughout January and kick off today. Highlights include a whistle-stop tour charting the story of refugees throughout London’s history from the Huguenots to modern displaced people, a digital treasure hunt in search of Vauxhall's queer and hedonistic past, an online conversation exploring the rise of Rock Against Racism, an imagined audio walk through the City featuring oral histories from Londoners past and present, and a celebration of London’s Dub and Reggae culture over the years including an unseen documentary on Bob Marley’s time in London in the 70s.
STREAM National Theatre at Home. Launching last month, in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, the National Theatre has created a brand new way to enjoy its world-class performances at home. Productions include the first ever National Theatre Live, Phèdre with Helen Mirren, Othello with Adrian Lester and the Young Vic’s Yerma with Billie Piper, with new titles from the NT’s astonishing archive of filmed theatre to be added to the platform every month, giving a wide range of exhilarating and critically-acclaimed performances. Viewers can choose a monthly or annual subscription to access the full catalogue and exclusive backstage content, or can opt to rent single plays during a 72-hour window. National Theatre at Home is available for streaming online through any web browser and via Apple (iOS / tvOS) and other popular platforms. It's truly a great way to support British theatre, diversify lockdown viewing habits and fall in-love all over again with the sheer passion and originality of first-class theatre.
WATCH a short film at this year’s digital edition of the London Short Film Festival, featuring an eclectic range of works from over 50 award-nominated filmmakers across the world from 15-24 January 2021. Now in its 18th year, the festival is a platform for ground-breaking new talent for film fanatics, creatives and industry professionals, and is a great place to discover some alternative cutting-edge dramas, documentaries, animations, films, and experimental works spanning horror, crime, comedy, romance and sci-fi. Opening night kicks off with a transportive visual opera from the collective, HowDoYouSayYaminAfrican?. The production, Good Stock On The Dimension Floor, explores racial strife and the multiplicity of black selfhood. This year there is also a series of new shorts exploring London Lives, capturing the highs and lows of pre-pandemic and locked down London.
MOVE with English National Ballet’s new online dance studio, BalletActive. Fancy spending lockdown learning ballet training from the world-famous experts at ENB? It’s time to pirouette in your living room with this new fitness resource, designed to bring ballet techniques and training to a wide range of abilities and fitness levels. With options for people with limited mobility and with classes ranging from beginner level with dancer Sarah Kundi, to professional standard with Tamara Rojo, there’s a wonderfully wide range to choose from. With some sessions designed also for a small space or working from a chair, the considerations of ballet at home have been taken into account. You can also explore a wealth of stunning ballet performances from the ENB archive to get you truly inspired.
COOK with top chef Tom Aikens via his new Cooking with Tom Aikens Instagram subscription service. If, like many of us, Dry January is simply not an option this year, your New Year’s resolution may be to sharpen your skills in the kitchen. And when it comes to cooking you really could do a lot worse than learning from one of London’s culinary masters. Over on Instagram, Michelin star chef, Tom Aikens, is cooking up a storm with his new subscription service @cookingwithtomaikens, where he is offering exclusive access to live and pre-recorded cookery classes streamed from MUSE, his prestigious Belgravia restaurant. The step-by-step classes are designed to improve your cooking skills, expand your recipe collection and have dinner ready to be served up by the end of the class. There are two classes featured every month and full recipes and methods are shared with subscribers following the class so you can recreate the dish in your own time. This month, Tom will be teaching subscribers how to cook succulent oven baked cabbage cannelloni stuffed with ricotta and roast tomato sauce, followed by yummy veggie burgers made from shitake mushroom patty with sundried tomato relish and a beetroot bun. Each class is priced at just £10 – mouth-watering food and recipes for mouth-watering prices!
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