Footloose and Fancy Free?

LONDON

If you are in the city, we urge you to take a trip to the ever beautiful National Portrait Gallery. Lots of fantastic exhibitions on.

In particular we recomment the (FREE!) BP Portrait Award 2012. We look forward to it every year, and this time round it exceeded all expectations.

The BP Portrait Award showcases the very best in contemporary portrait painting from around the world. For thirty-three years, of which the last twenty-three have been sponsored by BP, the exhibition has presented outstanding and innovative new work in a variety of styles and approaches, and it continues to be a highlight of the annual art calendar.”

Here are a couple of our favourites…Hard to believe they are actually paintings…

(1st Prize Winner – Auntie by Aleah Chapin)

(3rd Prize Winner – Richie Culver by Alan Coulson)

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This next event is location-less. Yes, strange.

It is called the LEAP SECOND FESTIVAL 2012

Firstly what on earth is a leap second?!! Here is what Wikipedia says.

Get it? Instead of trying to explain the festival ourselves and confusing everyone, read this:

“The leap second is approaching… The coming Saturday at midnight, 30th June 23:59:60 (UTC), the first Leap second festival will take place. It will last until the 1st of July 00:00:00 (UTC). Within this leap second all the works of the festival are exhibited and performed.

There are more than thirty participants exhibiting and performing works of different types – video, audio, text, poem, visual, visual text, animation, conceptual, instructional, narration, dedication, musical score, polemic (if we want to categorize them as such).

Most works are shown in digital format and using the net as their venue, though their content might as well refer to other formats, venues and domains – whether online, offline, outline, site, on-site, non-site (or how we prefer). The festival is a distributed event coordinated on the net.

Most works last one second. Though some are time-independent (in format), the basic idea of a miniature work that can be exhibited/performed within one second is followed.

Since the festival only lasts one second, everything has to be shown simultaneously. So, Saturday at midnight, 30th June 23:59:60 (UTC), people going to the Leap second festival site will be able to see all the works executed, exhibited, and performed (or what it takes).

In reality, the festival is an event that happens in a particular time, and not in any particular place. And since we all share the same time living on this free oscillating ball, disregarding relativity theory for the moment, the festival will actually take place everywhere and at the same time. We earthball-people operate with timezones, so take care to check when 30th of June 23:59:60 (UTC) is likely to happen in your temporary zone (autonomous or not).

 With this in mind, proceed to the festival program, and have a look at what will happen during the leap second.”

Definitely crazy, but very inventive and surely worth a look! How will you spend your leap second?!

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Belfast

Heading over to the MAC? We are.

“Sounds of the City is a community project and exhibition commissioned by the MAC and led by artists from the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), Queen’s University Belfast.

The project explores the relationship between sound and community, uncovering the sounds of everyday life and the ever-changing Belfast soundscape.

Over four months, the SARC artists worked with two intergenerational groups in Belfast to capture the unique sonic qualities of our city’s places, events and stories.

The project has been brought to life via five sound installations that you can hear throughout the MAC.  The installations explore daily life in Belfast, drawing on identity and memory; from the sounds of our industrial heritage, to the local family home.

The exhibition is shaped by past and present experiences of workshop participants from Dee Street Community Centre in East Belfast and Tar Isteach in North Belfast.

Stroll throughout the MAC and where-ever you see the Sounds of the City badge, listen out.

To find out more about the background of the project visit the Sounds of the City Blog.”

The Incredible Book Eating Boy

Also this and yes we know November is very far away but how annoyed would you be if we hadn’t told you that tickets are already on sale. We simple love this story.

“Say hello to Henry. He loves books. Books for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Yes, Henry loves books so much that he EATS them. Henry gobbles and gorges on all sorts – hardbacks, paperbacks, storybooks, dictionaries, joke books, atlases and even maths manuals – and the more he eats, the cleverer he gets. But, just as Henry is turning into a real smarty-pants, things start to go awry…

This fantastical, family show is based on the book by award-winning children’s author Oliver Jeffers.”

What’s happening near you soon or in the future that we simple must know about?

Please let us know, we don’t want to miss out.

Handsome and Pretty

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