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Chiswick Pier Trust – An interview with Ben Aaronovitch, author of the Rivers of London Series

March 31 @ 7:30 pm BST

Born and raised in London Ben Aaronovitch had the sort of unrelentingly uninteresting childhood that drives a person to drink or Science Fiction. The later proved useful in his early career when he wrote for Doctor Who (before it was fashionable), Casualty and the cheapest soap opera ever made – Jupiter Moon. Alas his career foundered in the late 1990s and he was forced to go out and work for living. It was while running the Crime and Science Fiction…

The Arts Society Chiswick – Raphael: a Master in the Making (2020 marks 500th Anniversary of his death

April 2 @ 8:00 pm BST

Raphael is often referred to as one of the three giants of the High Renaissance in Italy, alongside Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, yet his fame and position in the canon of art history may seem hard to explain. He made no discoveries like those of his celebrated rivals: although undoubtedly a draughtsman of exceptional talent he made no great progress in the fields of anatomy, science and construction nor did he share the wide-ranging talents which Leonardo and Michelangelo…

Thursday Lectures with Ross Alley – St. John Passion by Bach

April 3 @ 2:00 pm4:30 pm BST

Join Ross Alley for the lecture on the opera St. John Passion by Bach. Ross Alley was, for many years, a music lecturer for Birkbeck College (University of London). He has also given numerous guest lectures for the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Wigmore Hall, the Wagner Society, the Gustav Mahler Society, and NADFAS. For more information contact: sara.turnbull40@gmail.com or call 07717 353183. Tickets are £10 on the door, tea or coffee and biscuits are included.

William Morris Society – The Emery Walker birthday talk & tour

April 4 @ 6:30 pm BST

Author and graphic designer Simon Loxley discusses his latest book Emery Walker: Arts, Crafts and a World in Motion, two days after what would have been Walker’s 169th birthday in Kelmscott House, the former home of his best friend William Morris. Emery Walker’s role as inspiration and facilitator for the private press movement and in the raising of standards in printing and typography is well-known among designers, bibliophiles and lovers of fine print. His influence spread to the United States…

Le Cercle Français – Talk, Simone de Beauvoir: une femme engagée

April 17 @ 7:00 pm BST

Le Cercle Français de Chiswick invites French speakers, Francophiles and students of all ages to come and listen to professionals speak on a variety of subjects. Today’s talk will be on Simone de Beauvoir: une femme engagée by Annie Kean come along at 6.30 and there’ll be time for a glass of wine and a chat before the speaker begins at 7.00pm. Le cercle Francais Chiswick Admission: Annual membership Adult £35 Couple £50 Student £25 Talk’s non-membership £8, Student £5 New members are…

Chiswick Town Hall – Chiswick Area Forum meeting

April 28 @ 7:00 pm BST

The agenda will be displayed in the week before the meeting Proposed venue: The Hogarth Hall, Chiswick Town Hall, Heathfield Terrace, Turnham Green, W4 4JN Contact: Chaspal Sandhu on 020 8583 2065 or at Email: CAF@hounslow.gov.uk

Riverside Studios, Hammersmith – Book Club

April 30 @ 7:00 pm BST
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An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Last of the month, repeating indefinitely

Literary conversations on the last thursday of each month. Go and meet like-minded book-loving souls to discuss books with affiliation to Riverside's heritage. In February there will be a discussion on The Buddah of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi who once worked there and in March the set reading is The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Attwood who held book launches there and is one of Riverside's Heritage Icons. Please bring along your own copy of the book or ebook. Book your…

Le Cercle Français – Talk: Notre-Dame de Paris

May 1 @ 7:00 pm BST

Le Cercle Français de Chiswick invites French speakers, Francophiles and students of all ages to come and listen to professionals speak on a variety of subjects. Today’s talk will be on Notre-Dame de Paris by Laurence Bish come along at 6.30 and there’ll be time for a glass of wine and a chat before the speaker begins at 7.00pm. Le cercle Francais Chiswick Admission: Annual membership Adult £35 Couple £50 Student £25 Talk’s non-membership £8, Student £5 New members are always welcome.…

Chiswick Pier Trust – Emergency First Aid Course

May 13 @ 9:30 am4:30 pm BST

One day course Join the team at Chiswick Pier to attend an emergency first aid at work tutorial which includes practical skills and is the regulated certificated course. Hilary Sutch an experienced first aid trainer will be the tutor for the day. Tickets £75.00 which includes a first aid manual and certificate. To book please call the office on 020 8742 2713 weekdays between 11.00am and 3.00pm. chiswickpier.org.uk

The Arts Society Chiswick – The Other Side: Counter Memorials – Germany’s post-WWII Culture of Apology & Atonement

May 14 @ 8:00 pm BST

In these years of World War 2 anniversaries the subject of this talk is hugely relevant. Relatively little is known in this country about Germany’s complex post-war process of remembrance and the counter memorial movement that started there in the 1980s and continues to this day. Germany’s very specific situation rendered all traditional concepts of monuments and memorials irrelevant and inappropriate. Instead of commemorating their own losses German artists looked to creating art forms that would respond to questions of…

Le Cercle Français – Talk: Manon Lescaut, sphinx étonnant!

May 29 @ 7:00 pm BST

Le Cercle Français de Chiswick invites French speakers, Francophiles and students of all ages to come and listen to professionals speak on a variety of subjects. Today’s talk will be on Manon Lescaut, sphinx étonnant by Emilie Capulet, come along at 6.30 and there’ll be time for a glass of wine and a chat before the speaker begins at 7.00pm. Le cercle Francais Chiswick Admission: Annual membership Adult £35 Couple £50 Student £25 Talk’s non-membership £8, Student £5 New members are always…

Watermans – Darkfield: Coma

June 3June 7

DARKFIELD presents extraordinary immersive work at the forefront of technology and theatre. Over 30 minutes, the audience is invited to take part in a mass experiment, to lie down together and imagine a new collective reality. Imagine the moment of waking up is actually the moment when your dream begins. In light of this new and strange reality, how can we save you from the unspeakable horrors which lurk in the dark recesses of your mind? The only cure we…

The Arts Society Chiswick – From Garbo to Garland – the magical art of Hollywood

June 11 @ 8:00 pm BST

Lights, Camera, Action! – inside stories of the art and artifice of the early decades of Hollywood. This lecture covers the work of stills photographers, costumiers, publicists, actors, actresses and the movie moguls who made it all happen. Dr Geri Parlby, who will be hosting this talk, is a former Fleet Street journalist and film PR. She has a first-class honours degree in History and Theology, a Masters in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute and a Theology doctorate from Roehampton…

Bedford Park Festival opening weekend site for Green Days fete, showing tents and seating and microphone

Bedford Park Festival

June 12June 28

2020 Bedford Park Festival – Friday 12 – Sunday 28 June The Bedford Park Festival is a two week arts and community festival which takes place early in June. A celebration of the arts, with music concerts, theatre productions, art and photography shows, walks and talks, the festival raises money for St Michael & All Angels Church and three church charities. It has an excellent reputation for high production standards, particularly for its Classical music concerts, which are a staple…

Watermans – Lifepanel Talkshow

June 27 @ 1:15 pm5:00 pm BST

Lifepanel Talkshow  is a celebration of Jesus Christ where people of all ages come together to discuss and encourage one another in who they are in Christ. It is for anybody who desires more, who is hungry for God, For Jesus, who desires to learn more about who they are, why they are here and desires to preach the gospel with their gifts and talents. Our aim is to Introduce you to JESUS & to learn about the love of…

The Arts Society Chiswick – Turner vs Constable: the great British paint-off

July 9 @ 8:00 pm BST

This is the story of the epic rivalry between the two giants of British art, J.M.W. Turner and John Constable. As unlike in background and temperament as their paintings were in style, these two creative geniuses transformed the art of landscape. This lecture sets them head-to-head and examines their differences, their similarities, their battles and their shared triumphs. But who will ultimately be crowned star painter? As well as giving an overview of Turner and Constable, the subject provides an enjoyable…

Chiswick Book Festival

September 10September 14

The 12th Chiswick Book Festival will take place across the long weekend from September 10th to 14th 2020, with a few events in the days before and afterwards. It will be marking the 60th anniversary of the first production of The Caretaker – which Harold Pinter wrote while living in Chiswick, based on events at his flat in the Chiswick High Road. Lady Antonia Fraser and his biographer Michael Billington will share their memories of Harold Pinter with Festival director…

The Arts Society Chiswick – Mr Barry’s War: rebuilding the Houses of Parliament

September 17 @ 8:00 pm BST

A highly topical lecture, given the current arguments about the multi-billion pound restoration planned for Westminster! The Houses of Parliament is one of the most famous and staggering buildings in the world. It rises serenely from the Thames at Westminster, on a site which has been the centre of power and government in England from the earliest times. It is a masterpiece of Victorian architecture and a spectacular feat of civil engineering: but from the beginning, its design and construction…

The Arts Society Chiswick – Art Transported: How did it get here from where it was made? Who owned it before?

October 8 @ 8:00 pm BST

We love standing in a museum gazing at a painting by Titian or Caravaggio, but we rarely question where it was before it came to be in that museum or who, in earlier times, stood in front of it and gazed nor by what practical means it got there. When Napoleon invaded Europe he had the best of Europe’s works of art sent back to Paris for his new Musée Napoleon. But how did they get four life -size bronze…

The Arts Society Chiswick – Pompeii: Digging Deeper with the Muddy Archaeologist

November 12 @ 8:00 pm GMT

The tragedy of Pompeii’s burial by Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in AD79 provided an archaeological miracle that enables us to see how Roman villas were richly decorated with stunningly beautiful frescoes. It also gives us a glimpse into how luxury villas reflected their owner’s aspirations. They were also used as working estates for business and industry. Yet, even here, there is art in abundance.Their preserved remains and contents show us aspects of Roman life that archaeologists could never have guessed at…

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