Written by Hannah Dolan


The Weekend’s Top 5

Want help filling your diary over the weekend? Here’s Hannah Dolan to do just that.

mime artistsWhat: London International Mime Festival
Where: Various locations, London
When: All weekend (ends 4 February)
Cost: Various
If you think mime is just an overly expressive guy pretending to be in a box then THINK AGAIN, YOU MORON. This festival is oozing contemporary mime all over London like there’s no tomorrow.
For example, this weekend you can watch a cast of taxidermy animal puppets in Elizabethan attire take part in a Shakespeare debate. I have no idea how that is mime but it is, so I’m going to shut my trap and stop questioning it. Go for the terrifying puppets, stay for the terrifying puppets.
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What: Glasgow Sculpture Club (for children aged three to 13)
Where: Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Glasgow North
When: Every Saturday, 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
Cost: FREE
Your little arty bunnies will get to work alongside some really interesting artists and can learn a different skill every week. In recent sessions the kids made wearable paper sculptures, worked on clay and wire modelling and turned their old toys into Victorian sculptures. What’s not to love? WHO DOESN’T WANT TO MAKE FANCY PAPER CLOTHES, DAMN IT?
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angela carter exhibition
Strange Worlds: The Vision of Angela Carter
Where: Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
When: All weekend (ends 19 March)
Cost: FREE-£6.95
The life and work of author Angela Carter take centre stage in the RWA 25 years after her death and this is one IMMENSE exhibition. Some of Carter’s own belongings will be staged in among artwork from her books and work from contemporary artists who took inspiration from her themes of feminism and fanaticism. This includes Anna Maria Pacheco’s unnerving-as-fuck installation, The Banquet. This exhibition pays homage to Carter’s delightfully dark imagination. Get your magic realism on.
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trapeze artistWhat: Youth Circus Aerial Taster Day
Where: Greentop Community Circus Centre, Sheffield
When: Sunday, 12.30pm-2pm
Cost: £9
For eight to 16-year-olds who would like to get some training in before they run away to the circus. They’ll be taken through warm-ups and conditioning on and off the equipment before learning the basics of trapeze and silks. Super cool fun. Where’s the learning how to be shot out of a cannon safely though? BOOOOO. Health and safety bastards.
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What: REQ’s Brighton Street Art Tour
Where: Various locations, Brighton
When: Date and time of your choice
Cost: One person £15, two people £10 each, children £5
Get to know all the ins and outs of Brighton’s immense street art with Req, Brighton’s only old-school spraypaint artist. Let him be your own personal fountain of knowledge: which artist was responsible for which piece, why some use stencils while others use stickers and what the difference is between graffiti and street art. Message him through Facebook to organise a tour for a minimum of three people.
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Written by Hannah Dolan

Hannah Dolan is getting better at making eye contact but only just. She likes biscuits and knitwear, even in summer, and quietly sings to herself if she forgets where she is.