What’s On in January 

As The Castle Quarter moves into a New Year, there is still plenty of events to enjoy – Take a look below.

RETREAT FROM HOME: Yoga and Life Drawing Online
Sunday 24 January 2021 from 14:00
Hosted by The London Drawing Group

London Drawing Group are pleased to welcome back guest tutor Lily Holder for “FROM LIFE” – a series of online life drawing classes.

For our first session of the year, we have invited the exquisitely talented life model and yoga teacher Vanessa Abreu to join us for a mini retreat – at home! We hope this will be an opportunity for our students to relax, be playful and enjoy an escape from daily stresses for a couple of hours.

For more details and to register for this event click here

Light, Land, and Water: Native and non-Native Visions of New England
Monday 25 January 2021 from 17:00

by The Research Forum

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Light, Land, and Water: Native and non-Native Visions of New England

Museums in the United States like the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston have long represented the Anglo-American tradition of landscape painting. But what about artists who used different techniques to explore the natural world? This lecture will attempt to honour diverse definitions of “landscape” by examining Wabanaki baskets and bead work alongside canvases by New England painters such as Fitz Henry Lane and Martin Johnson Heade. It will raise questions about depictions (or embodiment’s) of natural resources, relationships between humans and the environment, and entanglements of Native and non-Native histories.

Layla Bermeo is the Kristin and Roger Servison Associate Curator of Paintings in the Art of the Americas department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Before joining the MFA in 2016, she co-curated the Black History/Art History Performance Art Series at Harvard University, held curatorial fellowships at the Williams College Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and served as a guest curator at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and graduate degrees from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art and Harvard University. At the MFA, Layla co-organised Collecting Stories: Native American Art, curated Frida Kahlo and Arte Popular, and mentored a team of youth curators who developed the current exhibition, Black Histories, Black Futures. Last year, WBUR, a National Public Radio News Station, named Layla as one of the 25 millennial’s of color impacting art and culture in Boston.

Free Monday Meditation Evenings
Monday 25 January 2021 at 20:30

During this difficult time Elizabeth from Positively Empowered is offering Free Meditation sessions to help with anxiety, calmness and other things.

Just head over to her Facebook page and take a look and join in https://www.facebook.com/Positivelyempowered1

Virtual Tour – The Thames Estuary
Tuesday 26 January 2021 from 20:00

A journey along the Thames from East London to the Sea in the comfort of your own living roomThis fifty minute virtual tour explores the fascinating Thames Estuary , starting in East London and following the river to the sea. Along the way, your guide Rob Smith will tell you some of the stories from the history of the area, and tell you about places to visit in real life.
Hear about forts built to defend London from invasion, the container ports that bring goods to our shops today, hidden places for wildlife, genteel Georgian towns that have grown up a bit today, Saxon settlements and World War Two sea forts.
London has always relied upon the Thames Estuary but the place is a mystery for many Londoners, this virtual tour will whet your appetite for further exploring

Find Tickets Here

Witch Hunting Old & New – Ron Hutton – Zoom Lecture
Tuesday 26 January 2021 from 20:00

Join Professor Ronald Hutton to find out why the notorious medieval and early modern European witch-hunts took place. Discover what made them different from witch-hunts elsewhere in the world, why they stopped and the impact have they had on witchcraft beliefs and human rights in the present world.

Find Tickets from £20.00 Here

Pup Painting with Clementina Zegna – Free Event
Wednesday 27 January 2021 from 13:00

Explore the magical world of watercolour in this crafty class dedicated to dogs.

Giving insights into the beautiful and spirited breed of Dachshunds (also known as the sausage dog), Clementina will also give you insights into her own watercolour techniques and advice on painting anything of your favourite four-legged friends.

Clementina has prepared a mini watercolour kit for you to paint with her colours, brushes and paper of choice that you can get here. To be able to get it on time for your class please purchase by 21st January for UK orders, and by 18th Jan for the rest of the world.

You join along, you will need:

– A pencil (6H and 4H are best)

– An eraser

– A tissue for cleaning brushes

– A glass of fresh tap water

– 1-2 sheets of watercolour paper (Clementina will be working on A5 size)

– Watercolour palette

– Watercolour brushes of different small size

– Small plate

This event is free to attend but you will have the option to give a voluntary donation to African Parks charity to help continue to counter poaching, protect more wild landscapes, and secure a future for Africa’s wildlife.

Book your place here and we’ll send you details on how to join this live Zoom event.

Register Here

Bedford Music Club Presents Music on Thursdays
Virtual Concert series live from the 1901 Arts Club 
Thursday 28 January 2021 at 18:00

Tonight Mathilde Milwidsky & Joseph Havlat

Kreisler Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice

Ysaÿe Sonata No.4 in E minor, for solo violin, Op.27 No.4 (see trailer)

Beethoven Violin Sonata No.1 in D, Op.12 No.1

Wieniawski Fantasie brillante on Themes from Gounod’s Faust

To watch click Here

Mindfulness Made Easy – with Shamash Alidina Free Event
Thursday 28 January 2021 from 10:00

Want to feel calmer and find ways to bring mindfulness into your daily life?

Messages telling us to be mindful or appreciate what we have can leave us feeling that we’re falling short, especially in challenging times. There are so many demands on our attention and simply not enough hours in the day to start new habits!

At this timely event, mindfulness expert and best-selling author Shamash Alidina, will share the power of small steps and self compassion in helping you live more mindfully – in a way that is achievable and with a sense of playfulness, rather than overwhelm or pressure.

About The Speaker

Shamash Alidina is the international bestselling author of “Mindfulness For Dummies” and “The Mindful Way through Stress”. He runs workshops and speaks at conferences all over the world and now uses webinars to show others how to teach mindfulness, too. Shamash also co-founded the Museum of Happiness in London. More recently, Shamash has been training practitioners in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. This cutting edge approach skilfully combines acceptance, flexible mindfulness, values and committed action to help people live a rich and meaningful life.

The event will be hosted by Dr Mark Williamson from Action for Happiness.

Free Event Register Here

Baby Bonding Sessions
Friday 29 January from 10:00

Hosted by Massage for You and Your Child 

These popular Baby Bonding Sessions are continuing in 2021! We are planning to run them face-to-face again! But until mid-Feb they will have to stay on Zoom unfortunately!

The sessions are great mix of baby massage, baby yoga and story massage. We always have time for a chat and questions as well of course.There are 2 groups:
– younger group (babies 8+ weeks) @10am
– older group (babies 16/20+ weeks)
@11am

Please ask for your first FREE taster session. Afterwards sessions are £5 each. Please prepay 4 sessions and use within 5 weeks.

Find Tickets Here

LIVE Story Massage & Relaxation for babies & toddlers
Friday 29 January 2021 from 14:00

 Hosted by Massage for You and Your Child

These popular sessions are for babies on the move and younger toddlers and their adults. We were hoping to run them face-to-face again but for now (during lockdown) they will continue on Zoom! UWe will have a fun packed 30 minutes, activities and story massage on a different theme each week. We will explore sounds and colours, rhyme and sing/listen to music and play together.

Please ask for your first FREE taster session. All following sessions are £5 each. Please prepay 4 sessions and use within 5 weeks.

Find Tickets Here

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical Live stream
Saturday 30 January 2021 from 19:30

Ticket prices: Full price: £10, £15, £20 plus booking fees Concessions: £7 plus booking fees

All tickets offer the same show and the same view, however if you feel able to – and only if – please do consider paying closer to what you normally would for a night at the theatre. Thank you for your support.

Olivier Award winners The Showstoppers are back on your screens this year following a series of smash hit live streams in 2020!

Your ideas will be taken live from you watching at home and transformed on the spot into a brand new musical comedy that is guaranteed to have you in stitches one minute and gasping at the sheer brilliance of these incredibly talented performers the next!

So whether you fancy Six on a ski lift or Hamilton in Huddersfield, you suggest it and The Showstoppers will make it happen and stream it straight to your sofa!

The show is available to purchase and to watch for 7 days after the live event so if you can’t join us on the night, you can always catch up afterwards.

This is an online event. The link to the livestream will be live 2 hours prior to the performance start time and for the following 7 days. Please log in to your Eventbrite account from this time to access the livestream via the Access The Event button above.

To comment on the live stream and make suggestions for the show you will need to have a YouTube or Google account and be logged in. If you are not, and you try to comment, you will be asked to log in or to register if you don’t have an account already – it only takes a moment to create an account and you can do so here: https://bit.ly/3ePcOng

If you’d prefer to just watch the show and not make suggestions, you don’t need a YouTube/Google account!

★★★★★ ‘Achingly funny… Worth seeing again and again.’ Time Out