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This Week 27 March - 2 April
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This Week 27 March - 2 April

27 March 2017 Belphoebe New

The days are getting longer and (very gradually) getting warmer, so it’s time to go outside! Follow along the path of nature to discover Moomins and butterflies this week, or do the walk of shame with presenter turned comedian Eleanor Conway. Otherwise, tuck up inside with your favourite video games and learn about the music that shaped them, or visit the spectacular Flaming June in its very last week of being exhibited in the UK.

Moomin Adventures at Kew Gardens
 
If the immersive Southbank Centre exhibition dedicated to these charming little creatures wasn’t enough for you, Kew Gardens are bringing you an adorable interactive trail filled with Moomins this month. These iconic characters will be hiding in the hidden depths of the gardens, culminating at the Moomin Festival Camp in the wild woodland of the natural area. There’ll be craft workshops, pancakes (a Moomin favourite) and the chance to learn more about your favourite spring flowers and plant conservation.
 
Moomin Adventures runs 1 April –17 April at Kew Gardens, standard admission fee applies. Find out more here.


 
Video Games and Music at Museum of London 
 
This engaging talk will explore how video games have influenced popular music. From the simplicity of the sounds featured in early video games to the elaborately sophisticated soundtracks of the latest game releases, the relationship between music and video games has undoubtedly developed and strengthened over the years. Digital Curator Foteini Aravani will be joined by Dr Tim Summers of Royal Holloway University, gaming writer Jack Gosling, and game designer Jon Hare, of Sensible Software, to discuss how music has revolutionised the process of gameplay.
 
Video Games and Music happens on 27 March at Museum of London. Find out more and book tickets here.
 
Walk of Shame by Eleanor Conway

Ferocious clubber, party girl, former presenter and now comedian Eleanor Conway has always been a woman of extremes. She’s interviewed some of the world’s biggest popstars, ran off to Asia and Tinder’d her way around London. This reflective and hilarious show will explore modern-day addiction, whether it’s alcohol, substances or swiping on dating apps. Walk of Shame is an acclaimed Edinburgh smash hit about sex, sobriety, Sambuca and the modern addict that lies within us all.
          
Eleanor Conway will perform her Walk of Shame at The Albany on 30 March. Find out more and book tickets here.


 
Sensational Butterflies at Natural History Museum
 
There’s no better way to bring in the long-awaited spring season than being surrounded by colourful butterflies at the Natural History Museum. Featuring species from Central and South America, Africa and Asia, you can discover them all by following the trail through a tropical pathway of flowers, vines and foliage. Whilst the butterflies flutter above you, you’ll be able to spot caterpillars and chrysalises amongst the leaves. The perfect family day out for spring, kids can learn fantastic butterfly facts and use a magnifier to see the detail of these stunningly detailed creatures.
 
Sensational Butterflies runs 31 March - 17 September at The Natural History Museum. Find out more and book tickets here.


 
Flaming June: The Making of an Icon
 
This week is your last chance to see the iconic Flaming June work at the home of its creator, Frederick Leighton. Not only is it a vibrantly colourful painting that you can barely take your eyes off of, it’s had a fascinating history. Largely disregarded at the time it was created, it ended up in a junk shop and was nearly bought by a young Andrew Lloyd-Webber, before going completely awol for a number of years. Returned to the home of Frederick Leighton and exhibited alongside some of his other seminal works from the late 19th century, this is a rare chance to see his spectacular body of work and his most treasured masterpiece.
 
Flaming June: The Making of an Icon runs until 2 April at Leighton House Museum. Find out more and book tickets here.


Photo credit: Kevin Moran photography

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