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From Austen to French cinema: UCL celebrates the arts

15 April 2013

Join UCL in a ten-day celebration of the arts that will give the public a chance to experience, explore and engage with the latest research.

UCL Festival of the Arts

Running from 7 - 17 May, the festival includes film screenings, lectures, debates and exhibitions highlighting the breadth and depth of the work which takes place across the UCL faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social & Historical Sciences.

The festival also includes 'Something Else for the Weekend', which gives festival-goers the chance to get up close and personal with UCL research with four days of participatory, hands-on activities. Themes for the programme include: seeing the city through foreign eyes, crime fiction, art and anatomy and fairy tales. 

Over 40 free events will take place on the UCL Bloomsbury Campus, including highlights such as:

  • 'A Jane Austen Quiz', which sees Professor John Mullan (UCL English) invite members of the audience to answer quiz questions on Austen's fiction, leading to the unravelling of some of her cleverest tricks and puzzles. May 15, from 6.30 - 7.30pm
  • 'Chronique d'un Été', the first ever UK screening of the remastered, digital version of the original film, released last year by the Comite de Film Ethnographique and this year in England by the BFI. May 7, from 6.30 - 9.30pm
  • 'Risk, Safety and the Price of Life', a lecture from Professor Jonathan Wolff (UCL Philosophy), exploring how many aspects of ordinary life, such as work and transport, pose small risks of death to people who use machinery or services and some of the thorny moral issues involved. May 8, from 1-2pm
  • 'Self-Exposed: The Intensity & Variety of Self-Portraiture', in which artist Liz Rideal (UCL Slade School of Fine Art) examines the artist as model is constantly available but forever mutable and focuses on some eminent Slade School of Fine Art alumni. May 9, from 6.30 - 7.30pm

A variety of other high-profile speakers, lecturers and public figures are set to participate in events, including artists Susan Collins and Jo Volley (UCL Slade School of Fine Art), poet Mark Ford (UCL English Language & Literature), Professor John Dickie (UCL Italian), Dr Peter Swaab (UCL English Language & Literature), Professor Iwan Morgan (UCL Institute of the Americas) and Professor Mary Fulbrook (UCL German).

UCL Festival of the Arts runs from the 7 - 17 May, 2013 at various locations around the UCL Bloomsbury Campus. Entry is free, but registration is required via eventbrite


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