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St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival 2014
Sunday, 16 March, 2014 - 12:00 to 18:00
The London St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival is now in its 13th year and attracts over 100,000 people. It has become a destination event, which showcases the best of Irish music, song dance, culture and arts. Accessible to all audiences, the festival aims to transfer the experience of Irish culture to all Londoners and visitors. Organised by the Mayor of London with the support of many Irish businesses, the festival works closely with many Irish cultural organisations, musicians and artists.
Held on the Sunday closest to 17 March, the 2014 event will take place on Sunday 16 March in the iconic Trafalgar Square. The parade celebrates both the deep roots of Irish communities in London and also the present-day energy and vibrance of Irishness in London and beyond. The theme for this year’s parade is ‘World of Dance’ and we invite all London dance groups to come and help us celebrate the rich heritage of dance within Irish culture.
The parade will feature spectacular pageantry, wonderful floats, marching bands from across the UK, sports clubs and Irish dancing schools.
Your chance to Run a Mile! Sport Relief 2014 is coming to a venue near you.....
The first ever Sainsbury's Sport Relief Games will be taking place at venues all across the country - including landmark events at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Sport Relief 2014 is your once-in-a-lifetime chance to take part in one of three events at the Park: the Mile, the Swimathon or the Cycle.
With a route through Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, enter the Mile and relive the inspiring atmosphere of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Alternately, the Cycle consists of challenging 25 and 50-mile routes (for over 16s only), plus a three-mile Family Cycle for all ages - all starting and finishing in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. There will also be a Swimathon at the Aquatics Centre.
Events take place on the Park on 23 March. See the Sport Relief website below for more details.
Head of the River Race, 29th March
Over 400 crews of eights take part, making it one of the highest participation events in London.
Community Music Day at The Horniman Museum
Sunday 30th March - 12 to 5pm. Join us for a day of music and dance performances, including African dance and drumming, jazz and classical concerts, Balinese Gamelan workshops, a capella singing and more.
In the Conservatory 12-12.45pm: National Youth Jazz Orchestra London
NYJO London is a jazz training and performance orchestra aimed at helping young musicians who live in or attend schools in Greater London. Come along and hear the most gifted of the next generation of British jazz musicians.
1.30-2.15pm: Raise the Roof - Enjoy songs from around the world with the Raise the Roof Choir. The Horniman community choir has a wide repertoire, from jazz to gospel, from old crooners to contemporary pop.
2.45-3.30pm: Nzinga Dance Ensemble - Move your feet to rhythms from Africa and the Caribbean. Nzinga students and professionals will dazzle you with their drumming and dancing in this uplifting concert.
4.15-5pm: London Consort of Winds -The London Consorts of Winds are a group of about 30 amateur brass and woodwind players based in South London. They play a wide range of repertoire – from arrangements of early music, through to cutting edge contemporary compositions.
In Music Gallery Performance Space: 12-5pm: Youth Panel Acoustic Stage -Join us for afternoon of music performances programmed by the Horniman Youth Panel: from rock to pop, hip hop and indie, come and listen to some of most talented young people from the local community.
In the Hands on Base: 12-12.45pm: South East London Arts Network Animation Showing. SELAN have been working at the Horniman recording some of the instruments in the handling collection and creating a group composition and animation. Come and see the results of their hard work and have fun trying out some of the instruments. SELAN is a charitable organisation offering holistic arts and crafts based activities for people living in South East London who have mental health support needs.
2-2.45pm & 3-3.45pm: Gamelan drop in sessions - Be part of a Balinese musical ensemble for a day. A gamelan is a traditional Indonesian ensemble featuring bronze gongs and metallophones. These play interlocking melodic and rhythmic patterns, led by drums and cymbals to create a uniquely rich sound. The Horniman has its own beautiful gamelan angklung from Bali.
Discover Children's Story Centre
Calling all Secret Agents to Discover Children’s Story Centre's spy themed interactive family exhibition
The Secret Agents exhibition opens 15 Feb with a free day, and runs to 31 August 2014. This exhbition is the start of the centre’s spring programme of snooping and sleuthing and top secret activities and a visit from Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola author Lauren Child.
Discover commissioned illustrator Peter Mac and hollywood screenwriter and author of the new Tarzan books Andy Briggs to create the exhibition. Children aged 6+ will be briefed on the mission at hand, to stop the evil Dr.Iscove from stealing the pocket money of everyone on the planet. Children will attend an exclusive Secret Agent training academy, to try and stop the villain in his tracks. They will master surveillance techniques, unlock codes, dodge laser beams, learn how to make themselves invisible and all the special skills to complete their mission.
Sarah Dance, Discover’s Interim Chief Executive said, ‘This brilliant experience for children, it blends together excellence in art, design and storytelling to inspire children to make up incredible stories. It’s been a pleasure for us to work with such talented artists as Peter Mac and Andy Briggs.’
Opening times: Tuesday – Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am – 5pm, every day during the school holidays
Per child/adult: £5, Family of four: £18, Concessions/Newham Residents: £4.50, Under 2s FREE
Pre-booking for Secret Agents is available. To book please call 020 8536 5555 Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm or go online www.discover.org.uk
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