Festival of Ideas takes centre stage at Anglia Ruskin

Published: 30 September 2011 at 15:13

Musicians, artists and academics are getting ready for Cambridge-wide event

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Poet and painter Frieda Hughes and violinist Mifune Tsuji will be among the musicians, artists and academics taking part in a special series of free events staged by Anglia Ruskin University during October’s Festival of Ideas.

The Festival of Ideas, coordinated by the University of Cambridge in conjunction with local partners including Anglia Ruskin, runs from 19-30 October and features a variety of workshops, performances, talks and demonstrations at venues across the city.

Frieda Hughes, the daughter of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, will combine her paintings and poetry in a performance specially created for the Festival. Hughes, who has published four collections of poetry – Wooroloo (1999), Stonepicker (2001), Waxworks (2002) and The Book of Mirrors (2009) – as well as seven children’s books, will be appearing at Anglia Ruskin’s Mumford Theatre on 29 October (2pm).

Mifune Tsuji, a world-renowned violinist, concert master of the Dutch-based Xenakis Ensemble and lecturer at Anglia Ruskin, will join pianist Paul Jackson (Head of Music and Performing Arts) to present a selection of pieces specially composed by Anglia Ruskin lecturers. A prize winner at the first Reina Sofia International competition in Madrid, Tsuji will be performing on 22 October (7pm) in Anglia Ruskin’s Helmore Building.

Imagining the Past involves exhibits and treasures from the Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology being used as part of two special creative workshops. An event for children aged eight and above is being held on 22 October (11am-1pm) while a workshop for adults will be on 24 October (7.30-9pm).

Dr Mick Gowar, Senior Lecturer in Contextual Studies at Anglia Ruskin, said:

“The artefacts on show should prove to be a great inspiration. Imagining who used them, how they were lost and who discovered them can be a wonderful starting point for stories, poetry, drawings or even comic strips.”

The Language on Film workshop at Comberton Village College on 22 October (10am-4pm) will give sixth formers the chance to learn the skills needed to make a short foreign language film with English subtitles. The day will involve pitching, script writing, storyboarding, editing and subtitling.

Sarah Schechter, the Routes into Languages East Project Manager, said:

“We’re sure that the project will enhance the students’ language learning while equipping them with industry-standard film-making skills. These skills will allow them to go away and, over the next few months, make a five minute film in a foreign language with English subtitles which they can then enter for the Routes East Language on Film competition.”

Other events include an exploration of essays written by children of the British Empire, a film screening and discussion of DH Lawrence’s Women in Love, and a talk focusing on how to adapt homes to reduce energy costs. For the full programme of Anglia Ruskin’s events within the Festival of Ideas and to book tickets, visit www.anglia.ac.uk/communityengagement or phone 0845 271 3333.