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We're delighted to invite you to the UCL Festival of the Arts 2015. Now in its third year, the Festival showcases the rich diversity of our world-leading research through a programme of over 30 free events, ranging from talks and hands-on activities to exhibitions, performances and guided tours. UCL has a proud history and an ambitious future. We work across traditional academic boundaries and around the world, and we are committed to the creation and sharing of knowledge for the long-term benefit of humanity. The UCL Festival of the Arts is intended to inform, challenge, entertain and inspire, and we look forward to welcoming you.

Professor Jonathan Wolff, Dean of Arts & Humanities

Programme Highlights

Diagram of a Renaissance maze

Mon May 18


Unwinding the Labyrinth: Exploring the 'Eights in the Octagon' Exhibition

Why was the number 8 was so significant in Medieval and Renaissance times?...>>

Pigment Timeline Project (© Danny Treacy & Sarah Pickering)

Mon May 18


Slade Salon

The Slade School of Fine Art hosts short taster presentations on current research projects...>>

Felix Mendelssohn

Tues May 19


The Battle Near Prague! Grand Duet for Sweet Dumplings & Cream Strudel

In 1832 Mendelssohn asked the Carl and Heinrich Baermann, to bake his favourite dish: sweet dumplings and cream strudel. In return the Baermanns requested a duet...>>

Behold The Sea

Tues May 19


Behold the Sea!

With Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony from 1910 as a temporal, musical and ideological focal point, join us on a voyage in words and music to explore the relationship between Britain and the sea...>>

UCLOrk (© Samer Abdallah)

Weds May 20


UCLOrk: Laptops, Orchestra, Music!

Join us for a presentation of the history and practice of laptop orchestras and the performance of three or four new works composed for UCLOrk by its members...>>

The Enraged Musician (1741) - William Hogarth

Thurs May 21


William Hogarth: Shakespearean Genius or Limited by Satire?

Hear the debate, and make up your own mind, in the company of Dr Gregory Dart, Senior Lecture in English at UCL...>>