The Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 competition portrays some of the most extraordinary animal behaviour to the wildest landscapes and this month is your last chance to catch the exhibition before it moves onto one of 60 other countries across the world. Now in its 49th year, the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has showcased some iconic photos and is regarded as the most prestigious wildlife photography contest in the world. Esteemed wildlife photographer, film-maker and chairman of the judges panel, Jim Brandenburg, says the judges are “seeking out the most powerful images of the natural world, which stir within the viewer a sense of awe, wonder and emotion”. The competition comes to end on 23 March so don’t miss out!
The Vikings are coming…the first major Vikings exhibition at the British Museum for over 30 years starts in March at the new Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery. Showcasing new archaeological discoveries and objects never before seen in the UK, alongside Britain’s most important Viking artefacts, the display illustrates what Viking-life was like; violent, oppressive and tough. Among the pieces on display is a late 8th – early 9th century sword, a shadow of what it once was, is just one of many weapons on display that show the deep role that warfare played in the Viking age. The Vale of York hoard will also be shown in its entirety for the first time at The British museum since its discovery in 2007. The collection of over 600 coins, 6 arm rings and a large quantity of bullion and hack-silver is one of the most significant finds in Viking-related history.
Any fan will tell you that the cars in James Bond are as much a part of Bond lore as the women and villains. Bond in Motion is set to bring that lore to life and transform the London Film Museum into James Bonds fan heaven. This March the museum will host the official collection of James Bond vehicles for the first time ever in London! It is the largest collection of James Bond vehicles and will include, for the first time in the UK, the 1/3 scale model of Agusta Westland’s AW101 helicopter used whilst filming 2012’s Skyfall. Iconic cars that have featured in the all action Bond vehicle chases will also be on display, including ‘Wet Nellie’ Lotus Esprit S1, from The Spy Who Loved Me, the Rolls-Royce Phantom III from Goldfinger and the iconic Aston Martin DB5 from GoldenEye. It will also feature a wide range of vehicles, miniature models, action sequence boards, vehicle concept art and props from all of the James Bond films. The exhibition runs from 21 March till 2014. You can buy tickets at the venue but to avoid disappointment or long queues it is recommended that you book your ticket in advance.
The Head of the River Race was first held in 1926 to give crews something to train for at the end of the winter training period. Raced over 4 ¼ miles from Mortlake to Putney, the race is always held on the 3rd or 4th Saturday in March and attracts crews from around and beyond the British Isles including Germany, Australia, Belgium, France and the USA. The average time for the race is about 16 minutes with the fastest time being 16 minutes 37 seconds which was set in 1987 by the Great Britain National Crew. The race is processional and starts with the previous year’s winning team. The crew with the best time, wins. The race is festive and good-natured and welcomes spectators to head down and cheer on the competitors.
The catalogue of work touched by the hand of Dónal Lunny over five decades is something vast. To summarise the significance and underlying narrative of the work would be a monolithic task in itself. From his work with The Emmet Spiceland, Planxty, The Bothy Band, Moving Hearts, Coolfin, Mulligan Records and as a producer and collaborator right across the spectrum of genre, Lunny is widely considered perhaps the most proactive trailblazer working in the traditional Irish music field since the late 1960s. But he is a rare breed amongst innovators. He doesn’t just change music, he is unafraid to face up to its unknown possibilities. He is an explorer of music. Yet he stills displays a dedication to the role of accompanist and producer and ultimately understands the importance of collaboration, the ongoing conversation that occurs amongst musicians of a kindred spirit. In this concert, our host examines his past, present and future. Joining him to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Festival will be long-time co-conspirator Andy Irvine. Together Lunny and Irvine gelled in the folk clubs of Dublin and joined Christy Moore and Liam O’Flynn in the early 1970s for the culture-shifting band that was Planxty. From there they simultaneously furrowed their own paths but a musical magnetism drew them back together intermittently to work with Paul Brady and projects such as Mozaik and LAPD. Tickets are available from the National Concert Hall website.
A celebration of Irish cuisine, brewing and whiskey. The Irish Craft Beer and Food Market has recently moved to its new location inside the CHQ Building and, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. This five-day celebration, ending on St. Patrick’s Day, is a part of the St. Patrick’s Festival and a cultural mix of traditional Irish music, brewing, whiskey and artisan food. Ten local breweries (including nano and microbreweries) from around Ireland are coming together to showcase their brews and surely create lifelong fans of a uniquely Irish beer. Last year over 11,000 locals and tourists visited the festival, supporting the booming microbrewery industry. And, it’s even something for all the family to enjoy with face painting and fun activities for kids on offer, too. The event will be on rain or shine as it’s fully indoors.