eNews: December 2010 and New Year

Welcome to The Fitzwilliam Museum's eNews: keeping you in touch with the very latest information about exhibitions, events, displays and more. Admission to the Museum is FREE, and a wide-ranging programme of activities is on offer.

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 To book an event, telephone 01223 332904 or email

 

ENJOY CHRISTMAS AT THE FITZWILLIAM

If you're planning to pay us a visit this festive period, please take note of our opening hours:

24, 25 & 26 Dec: Museum CLOSED
27 & 28 Dec: Open 12.00-17.00
29 & 30 Dec: Open 10.00-17.00
31st Dec and 1 Jan 2011: Museum CLOSED
2 & 3 Jan: Open 12.00-17.00

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Seasonal shopping at the Fitz

Escape the city centre crowds this year and do your festive shopping at the Fitzwilliam's Courtyard Shop! Discover our exclusive Christmas cards featuring works from the Museum's collections, as well as books, calendars, posters and gifts for all ages.

Family First Saturdays

Sat 4 December 2010 | 14:00-16:00
Get in the festive mood with activities themed around Christmas! Visit our Fitz Family Welcome Point and collect drawing materials, activities and trails.
Free, no booking required

Christmas Concert: 'Stille Nacht'

Thurs 16 December | 19:30
Enjoy this ever-popular concert of Christmas music with the New Cambridge Singers, set in the atmospheric surroundings of Gallery 3.
£12 (£10 concessions), booking essential  via Cambridge City Centre Box Office: 01223 357851

 

MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO LOCAL CHILDREN THIS CHRISTMAS

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Can you help our fundraising challenge? Give online on Monday 6 December and help us inspire a community through art, history and culture.

The Fitzwilliam is partnering with Soham Schools to bring objects and experts to young people aged 3 -16 in rural East Cambridgeshire, and to enable classes in Soham to get 'behind the scenes' themselves. The funds to start the partnership are being raised through the Big Arts Give, a national fundraising challenge to encourage support for the arts.

Donate from 10am on 6 December and the Big Arts Give will double your donation.  This event is timed: the faster donations come in, the more money you can help us win from the challenge pot.

For more information and to donate visit our Big Arts Give webpages

 

PERSIAN EVENINGS AFTER DARK AT THE FITZWILLIAM

Tara Kamangar, Piano

Sat 11 December 2010 | 18:30-20:30

"A huge talent" - Evening Standard

Don't miss your chance to see internationally acclaimed US composer and pianist Tara Kamangar on the final date of her four-week tour of Europe, showcasing music inspired by the Persian Book of Kings. 

£12 (£10 concessions), booking essential via Cambridge City Centre Box Office: 01223 357851

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Writing Lives: Nick Jubber

Wed 5 January 2011 | 18:30-20:30
Join author Nick Jubber for this talk about his recently published travel adventures through Iran and Afghanistan, Drinking Arak off an Ayatollah's Beard.

Tickets include a glass of wine and a chance to view Epic of the Persian Kings after hours.

£8 (£6 concessions), booking essential, email: dawn.coleman@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or telephone 01223 703520.

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NEW PRINT EXHIBITION FEATURES CHAPMAN BROTHERS & MORE

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Afterlife: Recent prints by Jake & Dinos Chapman, Paul Coldwell, Mat Collishaw, Jane Dixon, Paul Morrison, Hughie O’Donoghue and Marc Quinn

14 December 2010 - 8 May 2011
Shiba Gallery (14)

Exploring themes of mortality, preservation and regeneration, this exhibition brings together a selection of recent work by some of the most renowned artists working in the print medium today.

(Image Mat Collishaw, Insecticide, 2010
© Mat Collishaw.)

 

FINAL EVENTS FOR EPIC OF THE PERSIAN KINGS

All talks and lectures are free, no booking required.

Free evening lectures

Held at the Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA

The Shahnameh: Mirror of destiny
Wed 1 December 2010 | 17:00-18:00
With Dr Souren Melikian-Chirvani, CNRS Paris

The Shahnameh and Persian poetry
Wed 8 December 2010 | 17:00-18:00
With Professor Richard Davis, Ohio State University

Lunchtime talk: Ancient coinage of Persia

Wed 1 December 2010 | 13:15-14:00
With Dr Adrian Popescu, Dept of Coins & Medals

Debate: The Shahnameh and Modern Iranian Identity

Thurs 9 December 2010 | 13:15-14:15
With author and journalist Azadeh Moaveni

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EVENTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILIES

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Dreams of Kings and Heroes

Sat 4 December 2010:
Performances at 11.30 and 14.30  

Sat 11 December 2010:
Performance at 11:30

Ages 5 +: Watch magical adventures from the Shahnameh unfold before your eyes with this enchanting theatrical experience from award-winning Indefinite Articles Theatre Company.
Free but booking essential

Persian Kings and Princesses

Tue 21 December 2010
Stories at 11.00-12.00 & 12.30-13.30

Ages 8 +: The strongest fighter, the fastest horse, the saddest princess... come and discover the stories hidden in the extraordinary manuscripts of Epic of the Persian Kings.
Free but booking essential

To book, telephone 01223 332904 or email


For full details of all events and workshops, visit our website at www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

 

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