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Bookings open for Curating Cambridge on 22 September

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On Monday 22 September 2014 bookings will open for Curating Cambridge: our city, our stories, our stuff, a five  week festival of fun and creativity across the city. Join a celebration of Cambridge’s culture and heritage by booking your place at one of many exciting events taking place at a variety of venues across Cambridge between 20 October and 23 November.

Presented by the University of Cambridge Museums with the Festival of Ideas, cultural partners and community organisations, Curating Cambridge is a city wide cultural celebration with an exciting mix of exhibitions, workshops, music, talks and performances for all to enjoy. Activities and events will not only take place at the University of Cambridge Museums but across the city at a range of popular and well known venues including the Grand Arcade, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse and Ross Street Community Centre.

Curating Cambridge officially opens on 20 October and the launch event, from 6pm at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, is open to the public. The evening, which also celebrates the launch of the University’s Festival of  Ideas, will include music, meandering and creativity; internationally acclaimed poet and spoken word artist Hollie McNish will kick start the following five weeks of exhibitions and activities. The event is free to attend, open to all and places can be booked through the Cambridge Festival of Ideas website.

If pub quizzes are your thing don’t miss Things of Cambridge: A Pub Quiz presented by Cambridge Junction. Questions will range from trivia to hypothetical and the whole evening – part show, part quiz – will question the usefulness of knowledge and the values we give to things. It’s hosted and performed by Tom Roden of the hilarious New Art Club, (“Physical comedy with brains, I laughed ‘til my face hurt.” The Observer,) and takes place on 3 November at 8.30pm.

Curating Cambridge has several events that commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War including !Remember! 1914: It was Their Time 2014: It gave Us Ours which combines heritage activities and a newly devised performance by Theatre Matters, a Cambridge-based production company. The event, supported by a Heritage Lottery Grant, will take place in the special surroundings of Great St. Mary’s Church and incorporates poetry and songs from the period interwoven to tell the story of call up, leaving home, life in the trenches, the aftermath of war and peacetime at home. Suitable for ages 12+, bookings can be made through and tickets are only £8.50.

Talks, dialogues and discussions are key to the Curating Cambridge programme; join Andrew Nairne, Director of Kettle’s Yard, David Wright from Commission Projects, Andy Robinson from Futurecity and Fabienne Nicholas from Contemporary Art Society at a debate about public art in Cambridge. The new (public) art in Cambridge: a panel discussion takes place on 15 November at Kettle’s Yard, places are free but limited so book your spot now.

Cambridge Arts Picturehouse hosts a screening of Metropolis with live piano accompaniment on 17 November at 6pm. The film, directed by Fritz Lang in 1927, coincides with the Fitzwilliam Museum’s exhibition Silent Partners: Artist and Mannequin from Function to Fetish (14 October – 25 January); book your place through

If you’re looking for something a bit more family friendly book a place on Ocean Song: Sounds of the Sea workshop, it’s suitable for ages 8+ and is the first workshop for the Museum of Zoology’s project collecting voices to create a soundscape of the sea for its new Whale Hall when it reopens in 2016. The workshop is free and takes place at The Polar Museum due to the current redevelopment taking place at the Museum of Zoology, and booking is required; throughout the whole day free drop-in activities will be available at The Polar Museum at their Whale of a Time: family day, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Elly Wright, Events Coordinator, University of Cambridge Museums said, “We’re excited to be offering a rich and varied programme of events across the city in Curating Cambridge: our city, our stories, our stuff, made possible through our partners and with funding from Arts Council England as part of its Major Partner Museums programme, and from Cambridge City Council. Bookings open on Monday 22 September, the same day as the Festival of Ideas; with such a broad range of events, many of which are free, we are sure there’s something to excite and intrigue everyone. Cambridge will be a hub of culture this autumn with so much going on at so many venues, it will be really exciting to see and the atmosphere is sure to be buzzing.”

Bookings open by phone and online from 10am on Monday 22 September, many events are free. The full programme can be viewed at

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