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Arts Weeks 2020: Online (18 May-19 June)

This year, Birkbeck Arts Week looks a bit different - we're moving to the virtual sphere for five weeks of specially curated events and experiences. You can receive each week's online programme in your email inbox on Mondays during the festival by signing up to our mailing list, and you can book live events below.

Read more and book in advance below. 

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By the end of Arts Weeks 2020: Online, the whole festival will have been revealed. Join us for as much or as little as you wish - all our events are free.

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Past Arts Weeks

Week 1

  • Birkbeck Writers Read: Katherine Angel
    A sneak preview: Katherine Angel reads from Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again (forthcoming from Verso, 2021). NB contains adult themes. 
  • Dissolving the Secret
    Discover the magic of the film ‘dissolve’ in Catherine Grant’s beautiful short exploring The Secret of Roan Inish (directed by John Sayles, 1994).

  • …The Secret Life Of Manchester, 1876
    Take a break with Mark Crinson, and a story of an engraving of Manchester, 1876: the ‘shock city’ of the industrial revolution.

  • Jarman Lab Scrapbook Pages 
    Take flight with Lily Ford’s film about aviator Ella Pilcher in the first Jarman Scrapbook of Arts Weeks.

  • A week in the Life: Joanne Leal
    The first of our weekly culture diaries, from Birkbeck’s Joanne Leal (Cultures & Languages).

  • Murray Seminar
    Learn about Filippo Calandri's Aritmetica, a lavish maths textbook created from Renaissance Florence that forever changed education, at Birkbeck’s Murray Seminar on Medieval and Renaissance Art. 

  • Make-Your-Own Wheel of Fortune
    Make your own volvelle (a moving paper wheel) and receive some medieval philosophy to help you manage Fortune’s unpredictability in tumultuous times.

  • From the Arts Week Archives
    A podcast gem from previous Arts Weeks: how can we reconstruct the lives of Renaissance people from the archives?