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Origami boat flotilla by Steve Messam

This week: 19 – 25 March

19 March 2018 Suzanne Frost

Apparently it’s spring! This week marks the equinox on 20 March and the official beginning of springtime. With all of London’s spring blooms currently covered in snow again, we need to get our mood boosters from somewhere else. There are some gorgeous art works to be admired for free in the streets of London, or if you are thinking about a new look for your own walls, why not visit The Other Art Fair in Bloomsbury over the weekend? Here are some more tips to keep you culturally inspired:

The Paper Cinema's Macbeth

The Paper Cinema's Macbeth. Photo: jamesallanphoto.com

Founded in 2004, The Paper Cinema creates unique, magical performances that combine the languages of animation, music, film and theatre. Accompanied by a live soundtrack, intricate pen and ink illustrations are skilfully manipulated in real-time in front of a video camera and projected onto the big screen. Sitting in full view of the audience, the puppeteers and musicians work to a precise choreography that is as engrossing to watch as the story being played out above them. Macbeth takes its audience on an imaginative journey through rugged Scottish landscapes, bringing alive Shakespeare’s tragedy as beautifully drawn puppets, evocative music and cinematic projection combine in a captivating silent film created before your eyes.
 
The Paper Cinema's Macbeth is at Battersea Arts Centre 20 March - 4 April. Tickets from £15
 
The Other Art Fair

Presented by Saatchi Art, The Other Art Fair returns to Central London's historic Victoria House to present 130 of the best emerging artists handpicked by a committee of art industry experts. Overflowing with creative talent, The Other Art Fair is a great opportunity to meet and buy art directly from the very best emerging and undiscovered artists. Maybe this is your chance to pick up the work of a future Young British Artist? If you are not in the market for buying, the fair inspires art lovers with a tightly curated and distinctive programme to ensure a unique visitor experience.
 
The Other Art Fair is at Victoria House, Southampton Row, WC1A2 QP from 22-25 March 5 – 9.30 pm. Tickets are £6.82 – £16.50
 
 
Right Now Film Festival

Film still from Whose Street?

Dalston’s iconic Rio cinema will be hosting the Right Now Festival featuring six much-needed documentaries that take a deeper look at global power structures and inequalities. Featuring more young filmmaking talent than ever, with half of the directors in the programme under 35, Festival director Tom Vaughan created a programme that brings together some of today’s biggest talking points, from the beginning of vital movements such as Black Lives Matter to the future of welfare and of course, the UK’s very own Brexit.
 
Right Now Film Festival is at Rio Cinema 21-27 March. 
 
 
Art Installations in London
If you are out and about in the capital this week, there are some beautiful art works to be admired in public spaces completely free. St Christopher’s Place will celebrate the arrival of spring with the launch of an art installation by Flora Starkey called ‘Spring Rites’, projected from 2.4 x 1.8 metre screens in the piazza. The multi-dimensional digital installation will run from 20th- 25th March, showcasing a time-lapse video of flowers in bloom. Rainbow prisms will be a theme throughout as the stunning film documents the magic and enhancement of flowers from seedlings to bloom, accompanied by a poignant soundtrack. 


 
The world-famous Carnaby Street arch has received a makeover in support of WWF’s Earth Hour. Turtles, polar bears, puffins and elephants are adorning the arch to mark the two-week countdown to the world’s largest event to protect the planet on 24 March.


 
A flotilla of 180 illuminated origami boats, created by artist Steve Messam, is installed in the canal at Paddington Basin to launch ‘Mindfulness at Merchant Square’, a series of well-being events taking place until the end of April in West London. By day, the installation will be a tranquil fleet of pure white ‘paper’ boats, and by night the internally lit vessels will be a mesmerising pattern of slow-changing colour floating on the canal.
 
 
Girl from the North Country

Shirley Henderson in Girl from the North Country. Photograph: Tristram Kenton

The very well received Bob Dylan musical is closing this week so if you were thinking about it or indeed want to experience again what critics called a 'magnificent' and 'piercingly beautiful' production, you need to hurry up. Award-winning playwright Conor McPherson weaves the iconic songbook of Bob Dylan into this powerful show full of hope, heartbreak and soul, brought vividly to life by an exceptional company of actors and musicians. With a story set in Duluth, Minnesota (Dylan’s birthplace, on the shores of Lake Superior) during the Great Depression, the dramatist preserves the inherent mystery of Dylan’s work while giving it a new and enriched setting.

Girl from the North Country is closing on 24 March

 
 
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