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The Renaissance of Venus (1877), Walter Crane, © Tate, London, 2015

This Week 29th February - 6th March

29 February 2016 Lydia Cooper

Spring has sprung in the form of a food festival in a Shoreditch car park. This week, you can also catch exhibitions at the V&A and South London Gallery, as well as some popular comedy with Shazia Mirza. For people with kids, don’t forget it’s World Book Day this Thursday!

Botticelli Reimagined at the V&A

The V&A’s blockbuster exhibition opens this Saturday 5 March. It will explore the enduring impact of Botticelli’s art, ranging from the Pre-Raphaelites to the present day. Sandro Botticelli, the 15th century Florentine painter, is recognised as one of the greatest artists of all time: his influence seeps into myriad cultural forms, from fashion to film, art to architecture. The V&A’s show will be the largest Botticelli exhibition in Britain since 1930, and will include over 50 original works by the artists. It will explore how artists and designers have reinterpreted Botticelli, from Rossetti and Burne-Jones to Magritte and Warhol.

Botticelli Reimagined is at the V&A from 5 March - 3 July 2016.

 

The Kardashians Made Me Do It

Comedian Shazia Mirza is bringing her hit Edinburgh show to the Soho Theatre this week.  The show explores life, love, and Jihadi brides: Mirza’s material is inspired by the three girls who left Bethnal Green to join ISIS.  The comic piece also draws on a BBC radio appearance by Mirza that sparked a record number of complaints. Mirza looks into the nature of offence and the dangers of politically correct liberalism, contrasting them with the sinister and terrifying intrusion of ISIS. Her topical work also draws on social media trends and popular culture, and you can read our interview with Shazia Mirza for more information about her work.

The Kardashians Made Me Do It is on at the Soho Theatre from Tuesday 1 March - Saturday 5 March. More dates have been added from 21 - 25 March due to phenomenal demand.

 

Urban Food Fest in Shoreditch

This Saturday 5 March a new celebration of street food will open in Shoreditch, running until December 2016.  The weekly Saturday night market is open from noon until midnight, with free entry. The pop-up stalls will serve dishes from all over the world in a Shoreditch car park: options range from flowery cocktails and craft beers to gourmet global street food. They have live music and seating areas, so you can easily spend a whole evening there, and the event has become massively popular over the last couple of years. The food festival is expected to be extremely busy during the summer - who wouldn’t want to while away an afternoon in the sunshine with cold drinks and street food? - so we recommend heading down there this March if you want to sample its delights before it becomes packed.

Find out more about what’s on offer at the Urban Food Fest.

 

Sarah Hughes at the South London Gallery

Sarah Hughes will present One Dozen and Zero Units at the South London Gallery for this week only. Her interest in the history of the SLG, which has been present in her earlier work for them, is manifest in this new show, including reworked drawings of a lecture hall that once stood on the current site of the SLG’s Clore Studio. The exhibition will present combinations of found, adapted and hand-made objects which reference the history of the Arts and Crafts movements and the gallery’s connection to it, as well as the more modern programme of art. Sarah Hughes is the recipient of the ‘Embedded’ year-long creative residency at the gallery, and this is the final installation of her work.

The exhibition is a small show on the first-floor galleries, but while you’re there you can browse the excellent bookshop and try No67, their restaurant. On Wednesday and Thursday evenings No67 offers 3 courses for just £22.

One Dozen and Zero Units is at the SLG from Tuesday 1 March - Sunday 6 March - catch it while you can!

 

World Book Day

World Book Day takes place this Thursday 3 March. Every primary school child in the UK gets a £1 Book Token, which they can use to buy a selected title, and children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite literary character to raise money for charity. As part of this, Michael Rosen’s The Big Write Children’s Literature Festival 2016will take place at the Discover Children’s Story Centre on World Book Day. The Spine Festivalwill kick off on World Book Day, and run until Saturday 5 March. They will hold interactive group sessions for children across London libraries, with music, dance, drama, poetry and storytelling (tickets are free, but booking is essential).

Find out more about events on World Book Day, Thursday 3 March.

 

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