Easter Events in London

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Sadler's Wells Family Weekend
Easter Rising 2016
Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse
Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art
Botticelli Reimagined
The Clangers, Bagpuss & Co
The BNY Mellon Boat Race: Oxford vs Cambridge
 

 

The Oxford vs Cambridge Boat Race takes place on the Easter weekend in 2016 while major exhibitions on during the holiday include Painting the Modern Garden at the Royal Academy, Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art at the National Gallery, and Botticelli Reimagined at the V&A. The centenary of the 1916 rebellion by Irish nationalists is also marked at the Photographers' Gallery.

 
 

Easter Rising 2016

The centenary of the 1916 rebellion is marked with a free photography exhibition.

Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, Soho, London, W1F 7LW

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 22nd January - 03rd April 2016

 

The Easter Rising of 1916 , when Irish nationalists proclaimed staged a rebellion against the British government in Ireland, is marked on its centenary in an exhibition drawn from Sean Sexton's collection, curated by Luke Dodd at The Photographers' Gallery. This free display of eighty photos and souvenir postcards shows the role photography played in the path to Irish independence. Though the 1916 rebellion itself was largely undocumented, images were taken in the immediate aftermath in and around the General Post Office on O'Connell St. Later, those transformative years, from the 1840s to 1930s, were also visually documented in portraits of executed leaders, scrapbooks, collages and images of rebellion sites, collected as memorabilia and shown here.

 
 
 

Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

This exhibition charts the emergence of the garden as a major subject in art.

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 30th January - 20th April 2016

 

Claude Monet's garden at Giverny is the jumping off point for the Royal Academy's first exhibition of 2016, Painting the Modern Garden. Charting the emergence of the garden as a major subject in art, there are stunning works by Monet, Matisse, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Bonnard, Kandinsky and Klee among others. More than 120 works - including the monumental Agapanthus Triptych, reunited specifically for the exhibition, Renoir's Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil and Kandinsky's Murnau The Garden II - bring the outdoors in, revealing Monet as a pioneer of modern gardening and bathing the main galleries in colour and light.

 
 
 

Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art

This landmark exhibition is the first presentation of Delacroix's art in Britain for over 50 years.

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 17th February - 22nd May 2016

 

In this landmark National Gallery exhibition, the first presentation of Delacroix's art in Britain for more than 50 years, the influence of Delacroix on his contemporaries shows how he transformed the art of French painting in the 19th century. Arguably the most influential artist of his era, Delacroix inspired artists such as Chasseriau, Courbet, and Gericault and later all the greats - Manet, Cezanne (who admitted, "We all paint in Delacroix's language"), Van Gogh, Gauguin, Renoir, Matisse and Kandinsky. His impact was so great that, on his death in 1863, he was the most revered artist in Paris, described by Baudelaire as, "A poet in painting". Arranged by theme, Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art explores Orientalism; religious, literary and historical narratives; and animals, flowers and aestheticism.

 
 
 

Botticelli Reimagined

The largest Botticelli exhibition in Britain since 1930.

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 05th March - 03rd July 2016

 

Hard to believe it now but Botticelli was largely forgotten for more than 300 years until his work was rediscovered in the 19th century. Botticelli Reimagined, the largest Botticelli exhibition in Britain since 1930, examines his appeal to artists from the Pre-Raphaelites to modern times. Over 50 original works by Botticelli are positioned alongside works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, Rene Magritte, Elsa Schiaparelli, Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman. Divided into three major sections: Global, Modern, Contemporary; Rediscovery and Botticelli in his own Time, the exhibition shows how Botticelli's imagery became so widely admired. 'Rediscovery' traces the impact of Botticelli's art on the Pre-Raphaelite circle during the mid-19th century. The final section arrives at Botticelli in his Own Time, showing not only the supreme skill of the artist but also as a designer who ran a highly successful workshop.

 
 
 

The Clangers, Bagpuss & Co

The first major retrospective of Smallfilms production company.

V & A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 

Dates: 19th March to 9th October 2016

 

The first major retrospective of Smallfilms - Firmin and Postgate's popular and influential production company - The Clangers, Bagpuss & Co at the Museum of Childhood gives adults the chance to enjoy a bit of nostalgia and also welcome their children into the world of children's characters of the past. Oliver Postgate's voice and Peter Firman's puppets and artwork are major parts of 20th century British culture and became staples of children's television across the globe. Created before the days of CGI, the programmes were made through detailed craftsmanship and bold ingenuity. The magical worlds of The Clangers and Bagpuss, as well as Pogles Wood, Noggin the Nog and Ivor the Engine, will be explored in this exhibition through a collection of original puppets alongside archive footage, sets and storyboards, photos, scripts and filming equipment, all presented in a playful recreation of Oliver and Peter's film studio.

 
 
 

The Passion of Jesus

A free, open air recreation of the story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 25th March 2016

 

Now a regular addition to Easter in London, The Passion of Jesus is a recreation of the story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, put on for free for the public in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday. Not to be outdone by the scores of Easter egg hunts and other events across the city, Trafalgar Square hosts this special adaptation giving viewers the chance to get to grips with the story at the heart of Easter. Featuring a cast of over a hundred, all donning period costumes, a donkey and horses, the 90-minute show attracts up to 20,000 people for each of its two performances at 12noon and 3.15pm and undoubtedly has a big impact on the watching crowds as they witness the tale of Christ's betrayal by Judas and his trial before Pontius Pilate.

 
 
 

Sadler's Wells Family Weekend

Entertain all the family this Easter at Sadler's Wells.

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 25th - 26th March 2016

 

There's something for every member of your troupe at the Family Weekend at Sadler's Wells , an annual two-day dance festival aimed at audiences aged 4 to 104. For the 2016 festival there are two main shows, Snow White, a mystical adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale by balletLORENT , and Digitopia, a visually stunning integration of live dance and digital technology by T om Dale Company in partnership with MOKO Dance . These shows are complemented by fun activities taking place across the entire building including dance workshops for parents and children, a s tay and play session on stage with the performers, and free activities in the foyer.

 
 
 

The BNY Mellon Boat Race: Oxford vs Cambridge

The men's and women's races take place on the same day for the second year.

Putney Bridge, Between Fulham and Putney, London, SW6 3JD

Tube: Putney Bridge Station

 

Dates: 27th March 2016

 

The women's and men's Oxford v Cambridge boat races will be held on the same day for the second year in 2016, making it the 162nd men's race and 71st women's. One of London's oldest sporting events, first raced in 1829, The Boat Race sees England's two elite universities take to the water in a nail-biting rowing race between Putney Bridge and Chiswick Bridge in southwest London. Thousands of fans line the Thames each year to see Oxford (78 wins) battle against Cambridge, who are currently in the lead with 81 wins. For spectators, there's a great view - and some great pubs - around Furnivall Gardens on the north side of the Thames near Hammersmith Bridge. Alternatively, you might like to watch from near the start at Putney Bridge, where the big screens on both banks allow spectators to monitor the race as it heads its way around the first bend. Nearby, at Bishop's Park behind the South Stand of Fulham football ground Craven Cottage, you'll find food stalls, family attractions and a large beer tent, while the banks of the river around Barnes are another popular spot. This year the Newton Women's Boat Race will begin at 4.50pm and BNY Mellon Boat Race at 5.50pm with the reserve crew race between Isis and Goldie held before the main event but the build-up at the river bank starts well before, from 12noon at Bishop's Park and Furnivall Gardens.

 
 
 

Oxford vs Cambridge Goat Race

More popular than ever, the quirky Boat Race alternative returns for another year.

Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Street, Shoreditch, London, E1 5AR

Tube: Whitechapel Station

 

Dates: 27th March 2016

 

The stakes are high as Oxford and Cambridge once again come head-to-head in a nail-biting and highly competitive race. No, this isn't the famous Boat Race but the equally prestigious (okay, maybe not quite) Oxford vs Cambridge Goat Race. Two feisty goats - one named Oxford, the other Cambridge - embark on the annual race, which takes place at Spitalfields City Farm on the same day as the Boat Race. In the build up to the big race there's live music, food and market stalls, beer and cocktail bars, arts and crafts stands as well as a bookie and sweepstake tent.

 
 
 
 
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