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Springtime events at Bishopsgate Institute

As January draws to a close, we look forward to the beginning of our East End in Focus series, plus more wonderful music in our Great Hall, and dance events guaranteed to put a spring in your step.

See all the events in our spring season here.

Download our cultural events literature here.

Book online or call 020 7392 9200.

East End in Focus

This spring season sees us focusing on the intriguing history of the East End, bringing places and characters to life in a series of walks and talks. Hear the memories of those who lived in the local Jewish community in Synagogue Stories, get another perspective of the East End in Tales Less Told or unravel the truth behind the notorious Old Nichol slum with author Sarah Wise.

Look out for our event with Linda Wilkinson, exploring the colourful world of Columbia Road. The Guardian recently published a showcase of her book.

East End in Focus is inspired by photographs C. A. Mathew took one spring day in Spitalfields in 1912. You can see the images yourself in an exhibition at Eleven Spitalfields Gallery from 7 March to 25 April 2014.

Modern Magic Lantern Shows

Working in collaboration with East End culture blog Spitalfields Life, we return to the glory days of Magic Lantern Shows that were such a popular feature of the Institute in its early years. Three photographers, who have documented the East End over the years, share their favourite images and stories with our Library and Archives Manager, Stefan Dickers.

Read Phil Maxwell's comments on his favourite C. A. Mathew image as well as one of his own East End images in our blog.

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Our evening concerts and free lunchtime concerts feature a selection of the classical world’s most talented musicians. Also look out for a unique session with innovative trio The Necks, as part of the Vortex City Sessions.

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Our dance events have got off to a fantastic start this season, with our first Ballroom and Swing dances being enthusiastically received. Happily, we have two more dances to look forward to!

Come and dance with friends old and new in our gorgeous Great Hall. You don’t need to bring a partner. You can wear whatever you like. And all events are open to everyone.

See pictures of the first Swing Pit this season.

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Other events at Bishopsgate Institute

This season we take a look at the lives and work of some of London's great thinkers in a series of free philosophical open discussions, led by Anja Steinbauer, Richard Baron and Rick Lewis. There's no need to book but please note that places are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Also this season, in celebration of LGBT History Month, filmmaker Adrian Goycoolea introduces his short film about his Great Uncle Denis – better known as Quentin Crisp. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and will take place at Birkbeck, University of London.


From our friends

The Royal Society of Literature
The Chronicler of Ferrara
Monday 17 March, 7.00pm
Somerset House

Giorgio Bassani, novelist and poet, was one of Italy’s most significant 20th-century writers. His major work, a collection of novels and short stories gathered under the collective title Il Romanzo di Ferrara is an indelible portrait of Ferrara’s Jewish community and what happened to it when Mussolini’s Racial Laws were introduced in 1938. The writer Peter Parker chairs a conversation between novelist Paul Bailey, who wrote and presented two BBC radio documentaries about Bassani, and poet Jamie McKendrick, who is translating Il Romanzo di Ferrara for Penguin Modern Classics. More information and booking.

Whitechapel Gallery – Careers in the Visual Arts

Whitechapel Gallery presents a range of four, specially developed courses designed to help people get a foothold in their ideal visual arts career. Each session covers a specific area including: film and events (14 March), exhibition organising and programming (21 March), development (28 March), communications (4 April). To book your place and for more information visit the website or contact 020 7522 7888.

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