Do Something Different Weekend 2010 @ Barbican Centre (Sat 6 – Sun 7 March)

March 6, 2010toMarch 7, 2010

Do-SomethingThis weekend, why not visit the Barbican and their Do Something Different Weekend

Watch, hear, make and play with your family and friends as the Barbican’s annual arts extravaganza returns for a fun-packed, intellectually stimulating weekend of theatre, dance, music, film, food, visual art and spoken word.

Do Something Different Weekend is hosted by Dot Comedy’s News Desk who will keep you updated with the top stories over the weekend from the FreeStage – the two day fun fest is set to surprise and excite Londoners, kids and adults alike in seven special activity areas – Move, Watch, Craft, Noise, Make, Eat and Play.

The following is just a short review of the activity at Do Something Different Weekend.
Find out about all the events and how to get there, by clicking here

What’s On
Watch, hear, make and play with your family and friends as the Barbican’s annual arts extravaganza returns for a fun-packed, intellectually stimulating weekend of theatre, dance, music, film, food, visual art and spoken word.  The fourth Do Something Different Weekend coincides with EAST a festival led by the Greater London Authority championing the best of East London.

Move
Try Yoga or learn new moves in our Bollywood or Rajistani Folk Dance classes.

  • Akademi’s Bells – Akademi aims to bring people into contact with the creativity of South Asian dance in Britain and is currently celebrating its 30th birthday.  The cast of international dancers provide a dazzling and colourful contemporary performance, honouring the traditions of Rajasthan and lighting up the Barbican foyers with its modern interpretation of Kathak and Indian dance styles.  Bells coincides and complements the musical spectacle The Manganiyar Seduction, showing in the Barbican Theatre from 5 – 7 March.
    14:30 (Sat), 14:00 (Sun) / Tickets: Free / Running time: 30mins
  • Kathak & Percussion – One of the eight forms of Indian classical dances, come and watch this impressive combination of dance and percussion in the beautiful setting of the conservatory.
    6 March @ 15:00 / Running time: 45 mins / Tickets: Free, but please call the box office to book tickets / Age guidance 5+
  • Rajistani Folk Dance – Be inspired by Akademi’s performance of Bells to try this evocative, rhythmic dance style. Beginners welcome. Please wear comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear.
    6 March @ 15:30 / Tickets: £3 / Age guidance 7+ / Running time: 60 mins
  • Bollywood Dance – Ever fancied being a bollywood star? Come and have a go with dancers from Akademi. Beginners welcome. Please wear comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear.
    7 March @ 15:00 / Tickets: £3 / Age guidance 7+ / Running time: 60 mins

Watch
Enjoy a whole host of performances for your family, including LSO, Barbican Young Poets and percussion ensemble Sankorfa.

  • Family Poetry Performance – Interactive poetry performances from some of the nation’s best loved writers. A lunchtime treat for all the family! Bring your picnic and relax on a cushion in the magical Barbican conservatory to be transported to other worlds filled with rhythm and rhyme.  On Saturday Paul Lyalls brings comic verse for all the family! On Sunday the talented Francesca Beard will be performing some of her brilliant pieces!
    6 – 7 March @ 12:15 / Running time: 30mins / Tickets: £1 / Age guidance 5+
  • Barbican Young Poets – Meet the up and coming young stars of London’s poetry scene. These extraordinary and diverse poets aged 14-22, have been working with acclaimed poet Jacob Sam-La Rose for 6 months at the Barbican, writing and performing new work. Come and hear their latest pieces at this not to be missed event.
    6 – 7 March @ 16:30 / Tickets: Free, but please call the box office to book tickets / Age guidance 5+ / Running time: 30 mins
  • Sankorfa – Four percussionists perform for you and your family in an interactive concert. From marimba to snare drum discover new sounds, instruments, rhythm and melody.
    11:00 (Sat), 13:30 (Sun) / Tickets: Free, but pease call the box office to book tickets / Age guidance 5+ / Running time: 45 mins

Play
Take on your friends and family in Come Along, Ping Pong and go on an interactive adventure around the centre in Captain Barbican.

  • CaptainCome Along, Ping Pong – Do something different this weekend and play table tennis as you never have before. Drawing on Arad’s love of the game we invite you to play on tables designed especially for the Barbican by artists and designers. Produced in collaboration with social table tennis club Ping Pong of Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club fame.
    11:00 – 17:00, 18:00 – 23:00 (Sat)
    11:00 – 16:00 (Sun)
  • Captain Barbican – The Barbican Centre is overrun by pirates for the weekend. An interactive adventure for families, it’s a choose your-own-adventure experience where unless you lend a hand this bunch of incompetent pirates have no chance of finding the gold. Bring a comfortable pair of shoes and a sense of adventure! Experience lasts 60 minutes. By Slung Low theatre company.
    Shows at 11:15, 14:00, 15:30 (Sat), 11:15, 12:30, 14:30 (Sun) / Running time: 60 mins / Tickets: £3 / Age guidance: 6+

Make
Drop in and add to our colourful Rangoli floor installation, Animate Your City or make your own Flower Garland to wear.

  • Rangoli – One of the most popular art forms in India, make floor patterns with coloured powders, grains and petals.
    10am to 5pm (Sat) / 4pm (Sun)
  • Animate Your City – Create your own 3D models and add them to our mini metropolis. Watch the town grow as you build houses, construct cars and make the people who live there. Animate your models using stop-motion techniques and bring the bustle to the city street by street.
    10am to 5pm (Sat) / 4pm (Sun)
  • Building Bricks –  Using a variety of instruments build your own piece of music with percussion group Sankorfa.
    This workshop is aimed at those aged 8 – 12 years and their families.
    6 March @ 12:30 / Running time: 60 mins / Tickets: £3
  • Building Bricks – Using a variety of instruments build your own piece of music with percussion group Sankorfa.
    This workshop is aimed at those aged 5 – 7 years and their families.
    6 March @ 15:00 / Running time: 60 mins / Tickets: £3
  • Flower Garlands – Make and wear your own colourful South Asian flower garland.
    10am until 17:00 (Sat), 16:00 (Sun) / Tickets: Free, drop-in

Craft
Learn how to make Indian inspired Lanterns or use collage to create your own skyline in Collage the City.

  • Indian Lanterns – Make traditional Indian lanterns to take home from silks, papers and card. With Akademi.
    6 – 7 March @ 11:00, 13:00, 15:00 / Running time: 60 mins / Tickets: £3 / Age guidance 5+
  • Collage the City – Using a variety of collage and illustration techniques to create your own city skyline. With Craft Central and artist/illustrator Julie Vermeille.
    6 – 7 March @ 11:00, 13:00, 15:00 / Tickets: £3 / Age guidance 5+ / Running time: 60 mins

Noise
Turn up the volume and make some noise in our Percussion Workshops, have a go at Sounds of India or work with orchestral LSO players .

  • Konnakol – Behind every Indian rhythm there is a syllable, colourful and precise! Come and learn what you can do without even touching your instrument! This workshop is aimed at those aged between 5 – 7 years and their families
    6 March @ 11:30 / Tickets: £3
  • South Asian Song – Come and join in on a session of North Indian singing. Learn a piece, and explore the sounds of the tabla. This workshop is aimed at those aged 5 – 7 years and their families.
    6 March @ 12:30 / Running time: 60 mins / Tickets: £3 / Age guidance  5 – 7 yrs
  • LSO Concert for under 5s – How Loud? – Join presenter Vanessa King and players from the LSO in this fun-filled interactive concert for under 5s. Hear and learn about instruments from the orchestra and find out who can really play the loudest!
    6 March @ 13:15, 14:00 / Running time: 30 mins / Tickets: £1 / Age guidance Under 5s

Some activity is free and some ticketed – but all is fun!!

Find out more about these and other activities at www.barbican.org.uk