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This Week October 23-29
Image Credit: Silk River Scrolls (c) Silk River project

This Week October 23-29

23 October 2017 Katie Da Cunha Lewin

It’s the last week of October, it’s definitely colder and it’s just before Halloween. If you aren’t sure what to do, we’ve found a mixture of weird and wonderful stuff happening all over town. Bram Stoker’s novel is given a new lease of life, Kew Garden hosts a new installation and Hampstead Heath hosts a John Keats walk, to name a few…

Dracula
 
Tea Break Theatre presents Dracula, an immersive thriller at Sutton House, as part of the National Trust’s ‘Queered Season.’ This production is based on Bram Stoker’s classic text from 1897, but explores the idea of forgotten identities through their haunting promenade staging.  After a sold out run in 2016, make sure you catch this electrifying interpretation.
 
Dracula is at Sutton House from Tuesday 17 October – Saturday 4 November 2017. Tickets £16.
 

Dracula at Sutton House courtesy of John Wilson

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew - Silk River
 
Kew Gardens hosts a new installation as part of their new Silk River project.  Made in collaboration with acclaimed international outdoor arts organisation, Kinetika, the Silk River project, connects 20 communities along the Thames Estuary and India’s Hooghly River, aiming to explore the unique relationship between London and Kolkata through community artistic exchange.  The fruits of this collaboration are twenty stunning six-meter, hand-painted silk scrolls, ten created in India and ten in the UK. All twenty hand-painted silk scrolls will be on display in the Nash Conservatory at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew from 22-27 October 2017.
 
Silk River is at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew until the 27 October.  Free with Kew admission.


Making the silk in Kolkata - courtesy of Silk River
 
Museums at Night – ‘Blitzed at the Palace’
 
Fulham Palace hosts a special themed 1940s jazz event, an evening of vintage cocktails, swing dancing, live music and performance.  This is an opportunity to put on your finest 1940s clothing and dance to some swing supplied by the Night and Day Collective and Swing Patrol. You can also try some artisanal gin cocktails provided by Sacred Spirits. Explore the palace, hang out at the bar, and take some pictures in their photo booth.
 
Museums at Night – ‘Blitzed at the Palace’ is at Fulham Palace on Friday 27 October. Tickets £15.50.


Musuems at Night - Blitzed at the Palace

Keats in Hampstead Guided Walk

This Saturday you can see Hampstead Heath through one of its most famous resident’s eyes: John Keats. Follow the story of Keats’s life in this walk around Hampstead village, with readings from his poetry and letters. Explore locations that inspired Keats, including the Vale of Health, Well Walk and the Heath itself. We finish at Keats House, where entry is free to walkers. Remember to bring your walking shoes!

Keats in Hampstead Guided Walk is on Saturday 28 October. Tickets £12. Booking essential.


Old Wells Walk
 
Young Adult Literature Weekender
 
As part of the London Literature Festival, the Southbank Centre hosts the Young Adult Literature Weekender.  Taking place over the weekend, this festival sees an exciting programme of Young Adult authors, talks and discussions. The line up includes Youtuber Hannah Witton on her book Doing It! On Sunday, Nikesh Shukla, Tanya Byrne and Inua Ellams discuss an anthology by BAME writers entitled A Change Is Gonna Come, chaired by blogger and reviewer Mariam Khan.
 This is a great weekend of literature for keen readers, or a way to get unenthusiastic readers off the computer and into the world of books.
 
Young Adult Literature Weekender is part of the London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre on Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 October 2017. Tickets from £10.


Nikesh Shukla will be at the Young Adult Literature Weekender
 
 

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