Are you ready to get Curious?

Saturday 29th August 2015 - Sunday 30th August 2015

August bank holiday, 2015 – a two-day festival of knowledge and learning explodes all over King’s Cross!

Curious, powered by the Knowledge Quarter at King’s Cross, is a fusion of science, culture and art – a fantastic event for all the family.

All events are completely free, although a few require registration. Explore the programme and get curious.

 

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Curiouser and Curiouser

Curiouser and Curiouser

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, the British Library is offering a unique opportunity to experience the magical world of Alice.

Enjoy an unexpected audio book reading from Alice’s original manuscript on a rowing boat on the canal – replicating how the story was first told to the real life Alice by Lewis Carroll on the river in Oxford.

Limited places available. Book your tickets now here.

29th & 30th Aug - 11:00-17:00
Visualising the Knowledge Quarter

Visualising the Knowledge Quarter

BY SCRIBERIA AND THE KNOWLEDGE QUARTER

Knowledge is fuel for the brain. Get everyone connected and the possibilities are endless. Watch as the Scriberia team map the Knowledge Quarter and its partners, discover the knowledge on your doorstep.

KQ is where thinking joins up.

29th and 30th - 11:00-17:00
Demo Press

Demo Press

Ever fancied working in magazines? Join this fun, interactive event from Ladies of the Press that’s part workshop, part performance, and help create the daily festival zine. Presented by Camden Council.

Read all about it! Join the Ladies of the Press’ workshop to help create and live print our festival zine.

Got ideas, a way with words or a knack for design? Dive into our Demo Press and have a hand in making a zine in just one day, before going home with your own live-printed copy. But this ain’t all toil and trouble – as part of the Camden50 celebrations, the performance artists behind Ladies of the Press will make this no ordinary day at the presses.

2015 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the current London Boroughs. In 1965 three smaller boroughs: Holborn, St Pancras and Hampstead were united to form a new and vibrant local authority now known as Camden. To mark this anniversary the London Borough of Camden are delivering an exciting programme of arts and engagement activities for everyone from 1st April through to November 2015, which includes the participation at Curious?

The Ladies of the Press* are Ana Čavić and Renée O’Drobinak: a performative press duo that re-imagines the role of the publisher and the publicist into a theatrical persona. Their decidedly multifarious practice involves mincing together print and performance in impromptu settings, often with unexpected results—in print, but not necessarily printed. Their work, on or off the page, enacts a ‘press’ through a multitude of guises, reinterpreting the act of “pressing” in an ongoing series of performances that play on the rules and roles of publishing, engage with a readymade idea of press and locate it firmly in contemporary art practice; their influences reflect this, referencing sources as disparate as Sylvia Plath, Dada and Surrealist movements, Slavoj Žižek, El Lissitzky, Gilbert and George, Sophie Calle and more.

http://camden50.co.uk
http://www.ladiesofthepress.org

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29th & 30th Aug - 11:00-17:00 Location: The Lab
Superconductor’s Orchestra

Superconductor’s Orchestra

Will you paint a piano or pluck an invisible harp? Discover music making with a difference with the help of some digital technology and a dash of creativity. Most suitable for ages 6+.

Codasign is an education company that designs technology workshops for art galleries and museums. They believe that coding and electronics are creative tools that should be taught alongside art and craft disciplines.

http://codasign.com

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29th Aug - 11:00-17:00
The Guardian Children's Book Festival

The Guardian Children's Book Festival

A feast of storytelling, performance and illustration workshops for your little bookworms, complete with dinosaurs, evil chickens and frozen pugs! Book your place here.

Paul Stickland: come and draw with Dinosaur Roar!
Come and draw a dinosaur with Paul Stickland, creator of the crazy colourful dinosaurs in Ten Terrible Dinosaurs and Dinosaur Roar! Help Paul create a unique dinosaur drawing and then create your very own monster masterpiece!

Emer Stamp: farmyard fun
Join the author and illustrator of The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig and The Super Amazing Adventures of Me, Pig, for an event full of farmyard fun and drawing frolics. Learn more about the Evil Chickens, Duck, and of course, the unforgettable Pig himself. It’s a closer look at all the mischievous schemes, friendships and fun on the farm, packed full of laugh-out-loud hilarity and insight into the world of Pig.

Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre: Pugs of the Frozen North
Join writer and illustrator double-act Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre on a magical journey with their new book Pugs of the Frozen North. You’ll be joined by brave sled-racers, noodle-eating yetis and sixty-six pugs in arran knits. Learn how to defeat a hungry Kraken, discover the secrets of the Fifty Different Kinds of Snow and draw along with Sarah and Philip.

Michael Grant: meet the author of Gone
Meet the evil genius of teen fiction, the master of dystopia, author of the wildly scary Gone dystopia series, BZRK and most lately The Messenger of Fear: Michael Grant. He’s over from the US to talk to our children’s books website editor Emily Drabble about his books, teen horror and how he manages to write so much, so creepy – and answer your questions of course.

Joseph Coelho: poetry workshop
Bring out the poet in you with CLiPPA Poetry Award Winner Joseph Coelho in a fun poetry workshop. Find out tips and tricks for writing great poems and create your very own poetic world, will it be a world of chocolate? A world of music? Or a world of glass where you can polish your good days and smash your bad days?

Limited places available. Book your tickets here.

 

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29th Aug - 11:00-17:00 Location: Studio & Park Studio
The Refurbishment of the Gasholder Triplets

The Refurbishment of the Gasholder Triplets

Ever wondered about the Gasholders that shape the King’s Cross skyline? Delve into their 150 year history with this special screening.

View the knowledge behind the iconic gas holders which are being refurbished and re-erected on-site.

http://gasholderslondon.co.uk/

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29th & 30th Aug - 11:00-17:00
Free copies of the London Review of Books

Free copies of the London Review of Books

Enjoy your free copy of the LRB. Since 1979, the London Review of Books has stood up for the tradition of the literary and intellectual essay in English. Each issue contains up to 15 reviews and essays by academics, writers and journalists.

29th & 30th Aug 11:00-17:00 Adults 16+
Scriberia Visual Minutes

Scriberia Visual Minutes

Watch as the Scriberia team illustrate the weekend’s talks live, creating a stunning visual record of the knowledge shared throughout the festival.

29th & 30 Aug - 11:00-17:00 Location: The Salon
Gamelan Workshop

Gamelan Workshop

Experience music like never before when you join a Balinese Gamelan band for a hands-on workshop. Presented by SOAS, University of London.

Feel the rhythm.

Experience music like never before when you join a Balinese Gamelan band for a hands-on workshop.

A Balinese gamelan is an elaborate percussion orchestra, from Indonesia, comprising bronze gongs and metallophones which play complex interlocking melodic and rhythmic patterns led by drums and cymbals.

The tasters workshops will be an opportunity to explore these wonderful instruments and learn to play a simple piece of Balinese music. No experience is necessary.

SOAS, University of London is the only Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East.

11am: Show (20 min.)

11:20: Workshop (45min.)

13:00: Show (20min.)

13:20: Workshop (45min.)

15:00: Workshop (45min. )

15:45: Show (20min.)

http://www.soas.ac.uk

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29th Aug - Sessions at 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 Location: Studio & Park Studio
Curious Minds Photo Booth

Curious Minds Photo Booth

What does your curious mind ponder? Share your thoughts and snap a selfie at the Curious Minds Photo Booth presented by Springer Nature.

What does your curious mind ponder?

Join Springer Nature to share your deepest curiosities in our Curiosity Photo Booth. And why? Researchers at Springer Nature have discovered it’s the dedication of curious minds that push the frontiers of learning and discovery.

Springer Nature is a major new force in scientific, scholarly, professional and educational publishing – was created in 2015 through the combination of Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, Macmillan Education and Springer Science+Business Media.

http://www.springernature.com

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29th & 30th Aug - 11:00-17:00
Crick Science Buskers

Crick Science Buskers

It’s busking, but not as you know it! Madcap science experiments to amuse and intrigue from the Francis Crick Institute.

Is this the future of busking?

From the laboratory to the streets, our science buskers from the Francis Crick Institute bring a whole new take on experiments you know and love – and some that may surprise you. The biomedical discovery professors from The Crick help doctors understand disease to find new ways to treat and prevent illnesses like cancer, heart disease, stroke and infections.

http://www.crick.ac.uk

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29th Aug - 11:00-17:00
Citrus Saturday

Citrus Saturday

A masterclass on the basics on entrepreneurship for young people, providing the tools to set up a lemonade stand or perhaps something a little bigger. Presented by UCL.

Citrus Saturday is an experiential learning programme developed by UCL (University College London) aimed at teaching entrepreneurship and enterprise skills to young people around the world.

Our Citrus Saturday Toolkit equips young people with the skills to start their own business and make a future for themselves. Participants create a lemonade product, brand it and sell it to the public, then keep the profits from their work.

https://www.ucl.ac.uk
http://www.citrussaturday.org

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29th & 30th Aug - 11:00-17:00 Age 10 - 16 Location: The Lab
Tree of Knowledge

Tree of Knowledge

Tree of Knowledge: Come share your nuggets of knowledge in this participatory installation.

29th & 30th Aug - 11:00-17:00
Creative Idleness Lounge

Creative Idleness Lounge

A quiet corner to rest over-stimulated minds and bodies. Reflect on the knowledge absorbed while relaxing in hammocks.

29th & 30th Aug - 11:00-17:00
The Screening Pod

The Screening Pod

A selection of videos and digital archive images from some of the most intriguing Curious? partners including Central Saint Martins, Wellcome Trust and Doc House.

Programme:

  • The Knowledge Quarter: Welcome to the Knowledge Quarter
  • King’s Cross: The refurbishment of the Gasholder Triplets
  • Global Generation: Being a Bee Bertha Doc House: A Different Angle
  • British Library: A Curious Commission (a specially commissioned series of three videos by Mario Klingemann)
  • Wellcome Trust: Show reel (a curated selection from the Wellcome Image and Sound Library, plus content from Mosaic) CSM: Show reel (a selection from the 4D pathway of the BA Fine Art)

 

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29th & 30th Aug - 11:00-17:00
The Bee Trail App

The Bee Trail App

Download the app and follow the Bee Trail! Learn all about bees and their environment in the heart of buzzing King’s Cross.
Download the app here.

With embedded state-of-the-art technology, experience a 7 stops and 45 minute long walking trail. As you go from one stop to another, you’ll learn about bees, their environment and their relationship to people, you’ll be able to take part in a citizen science project and become bee-spotters for a few minutes, as well as get to know one of London’s fastest growing and coolest new areas.

Should you need a break, the app offers discount vouchers to local restaurants and cafes.

http://www.globalgeneration.org.uk
http://beetrail.co.uk
http://honeyclub.org

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29th & 30th Aug - 11:00-17:00
KXplorer

KXplorer

GET ON THE HERITAGE TRAIL
Try out the new King’s Cross digital heritage trail! You’ll find great pictures, films, memories and stories from the past, present and future of London’s newest postcode, N1C.

DISCOVER KING’S CROSS THE DIGITAL WAY
With a heritage that stretches back to Queen Boudicca and the Romans, King’s Cross has developed a truly 21st century way of telling its story – a digital heritage trail!
King’s Cross is experiencing dramatic change and is set to be London’s newest postcode N1C at the heart of the Knowledge Quarter. Working with digital specialists City-Insights, we’ve created a multimedia trail through you can access on you smartphone or tablet. For free!
A map, available at the Visitor Centre, guides you around 11 hotspots. At each spot you will discover stories about the place where you are standing. Uncover the past through memories, images and video, or glimpse what the future has in store through architects’ renders. There is even a kids Quiz Trail with a small prize for finishing.
Whether you are just passing through, spending the day splashing through the fountains in Granary Square or relaxing in Lewis Cubitt Park you can uncover the 2,000 years of history, or look into the future, all with the power of your phone or tablet.
Get your trail map at the Visitor Centre of go to www.KXplorer.com/Past to get started.

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29th & 30th Aug - 11:00-17:00
A Curious Commission

A Curious Commission

Code artist Mario Klingemann creates his own tools to generate digital art. Watch as he works his magic on the British Library’s vast digital collections.

Mario Klingemann is a code artist and a tinkerer trying to create or discover things that are beautiful, interesting or simply undiscovered. For that purpose he builds his own tools with code or uses machines like laser cutters, 3D-Printers or the Arduino to turn his ideas into tangible objects.

The special commission by Curious? was created using a visual engine  programmed by the artist which is particularly catered for turning still images into an constantly changing stream of abstract moving imagery. The style is between glitch and Ken-Burns-effect and it’s reacting to music, which is also derived from the British Library’s commons archive.

The three resulting videos are:

#1: “Circular Composition” shows 4099 circular objects found in the British Library collection. It is using “Spring Song” by Hugh Davies;
#2: “Multilayer Perceptron” uses the Anavision engine to make a moving collage with the British Library materials. It uses “Sounds Heard” by Hugh Davies
#3: “Everlasting Love”, using Hugh Davies’ “Essay for Magnetic Tape”

The British Library’s collections on Flickr Commons offer access to millions of public domain images, for exploration and re-use. The release of these collections into the public domain represent the Library’s desire to improve knowledge of and about them, to enable novel and unexpected ways of using them, and to work with researchers to explore and interpret large scale digital collections.

http://www.bl.uk/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary
http://www.quasimondo.com

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29th & 30th Aug - 11:00-17:00
Longplayer

Longplayer

This bank holiday weekend, King’s Cross is the temporary listening post for Longplayer – a one thousand year long composition that challenges our perception of the nature of time itself.

Longplayer is a one thousand year long musical composition. It began playing at midnight on the 31st of December 1999, and will continue to play without repetition until the last moment of 2999, at which point it will complete its cycle and begin again. Conceived and composed by Jem Finer, it was originally produced as an Artangel commission, and is now in the care of the Longplayer Trust.

Longplayer is composed for singing bowls – an ancient type of standing bell – which can be played by both humans and machines, and whose resonances can be very accurately reproduced in recorded form. It is designed to be adaptable to unforeseeable changes in its technological and social environments, and to endure in
the long-term as a self-sustaining institution.

The composition of Longplayer results from the application of simple and precise rules to six short pieces of music. Six sections from these pieces – one from each – are playing simultaneously at all times. Longplayer chooses and combines these sections in such a way that no combination is repeated until exactly one thousand years has passed.

While Longplayer is often described as a musical composition, the preoccupations that led to its conception were not of a musical nature; they concerned time, as it is experienced and as it is understood from the perspectives of philosophy, physics and cosmology.

Longplayer can be heard at several public listening posts around the world, as well as its flagship location at the Lighthouse in Trinity Buoy Wharf, London. For the bank holiday weekend, King’s Cross will proudly become a temporary listening post: Longplayer will be playing in the leafy corner of Granary Square, a space devised to offer an immersive experience of quiet reflection and contemplative meditation.

www.longplayer.org

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29th and 30th - 11:00-17:00
Alice Digital Console

Alice Digital Console

One of the best-loved pieces in the British Library is Lewis Caroll’s original illustrated manuscript of the Alice in Wonderland story. The fragile document has now been digitised for you to experience first hand.

The manuscript of ‘Alice’s Adventures Under Ground’ is one of the British Library’s best-loved treasures and without a doubt one of the most famous ones in its archives.

Reverend Charles Dodgson (AKA Lewis Carroll) was a mathematics tutor at Christ Church, Oxford in 1856 when he first met Alice Liddell and her siblings, who were the children of the Dean of the college. Dodgson’s friendship with the children would lead him to create one of the most famous and enduring children’s stories, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The story, which began life as ‘Alice’s Adventures Under Ground’, was first told to Alice and her sisters, Lorina and Edith, on a trip down the river on 4 July 1862. The children enjoyed the story so much that Alice asked Dodgson to write it down for her. Written in sepia-coloured ink and including 37 pen and ink illustrations (and a coloured title page) the manuscript was presented to Alice as an early Christmas present on 26 November 1864. It was dedicated to ‘a dear child, in memory of a summer day’.

Dodgson was later encouraged by friends to publish his manuscript,  and the story was published under the new title Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865.

Many years later, Alice was forced to sell her precious manuscript at auction. It was bought by an American collector, but returned to England in 1948 when a group of American benefactors presented it to the British Library in appreciation of the British people’s role in the Second World War and it has been on display ever since.

The famous original manuscript for Alice In Wonderland is a precious and fragile document so access has always been limited for its preservation. But now the British Library are excited to share the handwritten words that spilled from his incredible imagination in the form of a digitised manuscript as part of the Virtual Books project. Curious? is pleased to present its visitors with an interactive mobile console containing the digitised manuscript, which will allow visitors to leaf through this great book and magnify its details and illustrations as if they were handling the original.

http://www.bl.uk/

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29th and 30th - 11:00-17:00
CSM Show reel

CSM Show reel

An exciting selection of the 4D Pathway students short films that were presented as part of CSM’s Strangelove Moving Image Festival 2015.

An exciting selection of the 4D Pathway students short films that were presented as part of CSM’s Strangelove Moving Image Festival 2015.

The films are by:

 

ALICE COURTIS

REBECCA COURTIS

KIRSTEN BERTELSEN

JOURDAN MAZOURIS

JULIA KARPOVA

GLORIVEL ORPILLA / CHIARA BAGTAS

CHARLES VERNI

CHRISTIAN WHRIGHT

http://www.arts.ac.uk/csm/

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29th and 30th - 11:00-17:00
Bertha DocHouse presents: A Different Angle

Bertha DocHouse presents: A Different Angle

‘A Different Angle’ Bertha DocHouse, the documentary cinema, showcases a short selection of films which exemplify how the sharing of information and knowledge via documentary filmmaking can instigate great change in our world.

The Bertha DocHouse screen is the UK’s first cinema dedicated solely to documentary films and events. They select the best docs out there and bring them along with discussion, masterclasses and unique learning opportunities. Their Online Hub is a digital space of resources, tools and opportunities, essential for doc lovers and doc makers alike.

http://www.dochouse.org

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29th and 30th - 11:00-17:00
Wellcome Show reel

Wellcome Show reel

Delve into Wellcome’s vast digital library of thrilling medical science footage, including brain surgery from 1929 and a leg amputation dating back to 1901.

The Wellcome Library at Wellcome Collection is one of the world’s major resources for the study of medical history, contemporary medicine and biomedical science. One of their most exciting collections is the Library’s film, video and audio collection, which is one of the largest of its kind, covering all aspects of medicine, health and welfare throughout the 20th century and beyond. Enjoy a curated selection of films from this breath-taking digital library.

Wellcome Collection is part of the Wellcome Trust.

Films include:
Four female acrobats – 1894
Amputation of the lower leg – 1901
Craniectomy – 1929
Modern aseptic operating technique -1938
The ears and hearing – 1949
Help! : A first aid film by Elastoplast – 1952
The human factor – 1959
The EMI scanner (prototype MRI scanner)
Quest for the code of life – 1997
Full circle
Book of life
The Five (fun animation about choosing the right shoes)

But that’s not all. There will be also another exciting selection from the Wellcome Trust / Mosaic channel, the home for all film and multimedia content for telling in-depth stories about the science of life, including:

Insects in the city (20min)
A film exploring researchers’ quest to determine how we and insects can live together better

How to make a prosthetic eye (6min)
http://www.wellcome.ac.uk
http://wellcomelibrary.org/collections/about-the-collections/moving-image-and-sound-collection/
https://www.youtube.com/user/WellcomeFilm

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29th and 30th - 11:00-17:00
KX Big Drop

KX Big Drop

In the Big Drop, adrenaline junkies are hoisted to a height of 50 metres before being dropped from a crane, soaring through the air for 25 seconds. Not for the faint hearted! Suitable for ages 6+.

Imagine calmly falling out of the sky as all your friends watch on in wonder, feeling the wind in your hair and the rush of adrenalin as you descend. Using highly engineered technology, intrepid daredevils can now experience the drop adventure of a lifetime, in safety and without needing to deploy a parachute or strap yourself by the ankle to a bungee cord!

Fearless thrill seekers will be hoisted up to 50 meters and dropped from a 60 ton crane for 25 seconds. This ride is certainly not for the faint-hearted but as we all know, fortune favours the brave!

Visitors over 30kg and not over 120kg can have a go!

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29th and 30th - 11:00-17:00
Brain-training games

Brain-training games

Join  the very theatrical ‘brain scientists’ in a range of games designed to sharpen the mind, and learn a little about the intriguing world of brain chemistry.

There is a popular myth that we only use 10% of our brains, however scientists now know that we actually use 100%, but like the muscles in our bodies if we don’t exercise our brain it becomes unfit and lazy.

Performers framed as brain scientists, will encourage people to play self-guided, collaborative and competitive games, helping players to get the most out of their mind. And alongside the fun they’ll discuss a bit of brain chemistry too!

These games will draw on some of the elements of brain training: memory, challenge, increasing difficulty, and observation utilizing the surrounding environment. We will design the games to respond specifically to elements of their location, helping to make sure that players look at it and see it in new ways.

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29th and 30th - 11:00-17:00
The masters of delight: Gideon Reeling's Academic Masters

The masters of delight: Gideon Reeling's Academic Masters

Forget stuffy university lectures, enrol with the Gideon Reeling University of Total Hilarity – learning with a dose of silliness, Tommy Cooper jokes, and the odd magic trick for good measure.

Gideon Reeling’s Academic Masters will be hosting in robes and mortar boards.
Welcoming all you new students to the proceedings with boxes of tricks up their gowns and activities up their sleeves for all ages to take part in
Think University Dons crossed with Harry Potter’s teachers armed with Tommy Cooper’s Jokes
Roll Up to enrol Up Students, Pupils, Bachelors, the learning starts here.

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29th and 30th - 11:00-17:00
Animal Anatomy Workshop

Animal Anatomy Workshop

Fun and informative workshops from the Royal Veterinary College, where kids can learn animal anatomy and how to properly patch up Peter the toy Panda.

If you want to learn how to bandage Billie the bear or put a put a plaster on Peter the Panda you’ve come to the right place. The Royal Veterinary College, which is the largest and longest-established vet school in the English-speaking world, is running workshops for kids, teaching about animal anatomy and how to patch up an injured cuddly toy or two.

http://www.rvc.ac.uk

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29th and 30th - 11:00-17:00 Location: The Lab
Secrets of the Knowledge Quarter tour

Secrets of the Knowledge Quarter tour

King’s Cross is one of the greatest concentrations of knowledge anywhere in the world. Uncover the secrets of literature’s finest works, landmark historical events and cutting edge scientific discoveries in this unique tour. Book your tickets here.

The new Knowledge Quarter at the heart of London is the focal point for one of the greatest concentrations of knowledge anywhere in the world. Clustered around King’s Cross, the Euston Road and Bloomsbury, you can find an incredible range of knowledge resources, ranging from the world’s earliest books and manuscripts to the latest fashion and creatives designs and cutting-edge medical research.

On our walk this morning we will pass many of the locations of the Knowledge Quarter partners, learn about their participation and discover the hidden secrets of this fascinating quarter of London. We will discover that knowledge is not confined to institutions and we will hear about the lives of people who have generously shared their knowledge and ideas over the centuries.

Let us show you where you can control public fountains from your mobile phone, where The National Olympian Association held the indoor events of the first Olympic Games in 1866 and where the author of Frankenstein was born. We’ll visit a living wall and discover why there’s a wall of old books in the British Library. Join us on our walk and we’ll share these secrets with you! All this as well as world-leading scientific research, world-beating art and design and an outdoor self-cleaning swimming pool!

http://camdenguides.com

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29th August - 11:00-12:15
Poetrics

Poetrics

In a joint collaboration with Google UK and Central Saint Martins, enjoy Poetrics, where words spoken into microphones are transformed into randomly-created poetry and displayed on special LED panels.

In 2014, Google UK held a design competition with Central Saint Martins. Students on the MA Narrative Environments course were briefed to create an interactive experience for the King’s Cross community. The intention is to bring together an otherwise transient population that use King’s Boulevard every day through a fun use of technology.

Poetrics is a winning design from the competition. The installation utilises Google Speech API and LED panels. The words spoken into the microphones encased within the tubing are randomly sorted into a poem formation across the 17 LED panels.

www.google.co.uk
www.csm.ac.uk

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29th and 30th - 11:00-17:00
Curiosities

Curiosities

Check out the Window Gallery at Central Saint Martins to see the artistic talents of students aged 14 – 19 from Camden Summer University, Cubitt Young Artists & A Team Arts.

Experience the first WP@CSM exhibition- ‘Curiosities’- in the Window Gallery at Central Saint Martins. Designed and curated by Studio Hyte, graduates of BA Graphic Design and part of the wider WP@CSM team, the show will bring you nearer to the summer schools it has and will continue to run this year for students 14-19 yrs old.

Come on down and you just might find in our cabinet of curiosities drawings from Camden Summer University, super size font and screen prints from Cubitt Young Artists, architecturally inspired textiles from A Team Arts or atmospheric footage from the Stages promenade performance.

www.csm.ac.uk

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29th and 30th - 11:00-17:00
Granary Squirt

Granary Squirt

Did you know the fountains at King’s Cross are secretly a giant game of arcade classic Snake? Download the app and challenge your friends to a game – addictive fun!
Download the app here.

Granary Squirt is a world first!
Granary Squirt, the app that turns your smartphone into your very own fountain remote control unit is now ready to download and play at King’s Cross.

To make it even more fun, we’ve developed games. The first to be released is the 70s arcade classic, Snake. And if you weren’t playing video games in the 70s, you might remember it from the 90s, when it came pre-loaded on the first Nokia mobile phones.
Up to eight people can play the game  at any one time, allowing players to take control of a line of jets as they make their way across the fountain bays, dodging the sides, other snakes and taking care not to run into their own tails as they get longer.
This takes the idea of playing with the fountains at Granary Square to a whole new level.

https://www.kingscross.co.uk/granarysquirt

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29th and 30th - 20:00-22:00
Visitor Centre Information Hub

Visitor Centre Information Hub

King’s Cross Visitor Centre is the official hub for all your festival information – head down and see what’s on.

King’s Cross’ Visitor Centre will become the official hub for all information regarding the King’s Cross development and the Knowledge Quarter partners for the festival weekend. It is also the meeting point for all the exciting walking tours program.

https://www.kingscross.co.uk/visitor-centre

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29th and 30th - 11:00-17:00
Being A Bee

Being A Bee

Watch ‘Being a Bee’, a film following young people as they explore the plight of the bees and the meaning of environmental stewardship. In partnership with Global Generation.

Through Heritage Lottery Funding this year, and with the help of several partners partners, Global Generation created a project in which young people explored cultural creation stories alongside the Universe Story, using the plight of the bees as a catalyst for growing meaningful narratives of environmental stewardship.

www.globalgeneration.org.uk

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Park activities

Park activities

Get active and enjoy a programme of exciting family fun in the beautiful Lewis Cubitt Park presented by Fusion.

At Curious? Festival Fusion will offer a programme of exciting activities designed to be captivating, healthy and above all FUN. Meet us at Lewis Cubitt Park.

 

http://www.fusion-lifestyle.com/

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29th and 30th - Various times throughout the day
Pond activities

Pond activities

A veritable smorgasbord of fabulous family fun, all themed around King’s Cross’s very own Pond Club, with everything from a mini-jet ski duck catch to stand-up paddleboard yoga. Book your free swim here.

At Curious? Festival Fusion will offer a programme of exciting activities designed to be captivating, healthy and above all FUN. Meet us at the beautiful Pond in KX.

Stand up paddle board yoga
Stand up paddle board taster
Mat-based pond yoga
Watt bikes
Beat the goalie for kids (with prizes)
Mini jet skis & ducks
Animal/nature themed face painting
Fitness demos

SATURDAY / SUNDAY In the Pond Zone A (by reception) Zone B (grass area) Around the premises
10.00 – 11:00 Free Swim
11.00 – 12:00 Aqua Physical WATT BIKES / FI classes BEAT THE GOALIE SHOW AND TELL
12.00 – 13:00 Aqua Physical WATT BIKES / FI classes BEAT THE GOALIE SHOW AND TELL
13.00 – 14:00 Junior Jet Ski WATT BIKES / FI classes BEAT THE GOALIE SHOW AND TELL
14.00 – 15:00 Paddle Board Yoga WATT BIKES / FI classes BEAT THE GOALIE SHOW AND TELL
15.00 – 16:00 Free Swim TUG OF WAR TUG OF WAR SHOW AND TELL
16.00 – 17:00 Junior Jet Ski WATT BIKES / FI classes BEAT THE GOALIE SHOW AND TELL
17.00 – 18:00 Free Swim

Book your free swim here

 

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29th and 30th - 13:00-17:00
OF SOIL AND WATER Swimming Sessions

OF SOIL AND WATER Swimming Sessions

Still haven’t tried dipping a toe into King’s Cross’ famous Pond Club? Take the plunge and experience outdoor swimming in the UK’s first ever man-made fresh water public bathing pond. Book your ticket here.

Of Soil and Water: King’s Cross Pond Club is a new art installation in the form of a natural bathing pond – right in the middle of the King’s Cross development site. It is the UK’s first ever man-made fresh water public bathing pond.

The Pond was designed by architects Ooze (Eva Pfannes and Sylvain Hartenberg) and artist Marjetica Potrč as part of the King’s Cross public art program RELAY.

The installation aims to make us think about the relationship between nature and the urban environment – the permanence of buildings and the changing nature of undeveloped spaces.

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29th and 30th - 11:00-13:00
The Old Curiosity Churchyard: From Boadicea to the Beatles

The Old Curiosity Churchyard: From Boadicea to the Beatles

Take a tour of St Pancras Gardens guided by local experts, and uncover a history that takes in everything from Boudicca to the Beatles.
Book your tickets here.

29th and 30th August - 30mins sessions on the hour 11:00-16:00
GRUB Tasty Bites

GRUB Tasty Bites

University of the Arts London present GRUB Tasty Bites, a vending machine with a twist. As population increases, farms will have to develop and evolve. Insects could hold the answer and these yummy tidbits are here to introduce you to the idea of eating insects.

You probably know that entomology is the study of insects, but did you know that entomophagy is the practice of eating insects?

This project by UAL London College of Communication students looks at the practice from a pragmatic angle:

As population increases, farms will need to develop and evolve. Insects could hold the answer and these yummy tidbits are here to introduce you to the idea of eating insects.

Each delectable morsel was handmade by the artists. They sourced the insects from UK distributors and then taking inspiration from other recipes along with inventing their own they began baking the snacks. On the back of each packet a small info sticker explains the project and why eating insects is great.

Some of the treats include:

Chilli, lemon and garlic-flavoured crickets – crunchy and scary, yet surprisingly tasty
Ant cookies – chocolate cookies with ants
Mealworm cake pops – a soft caramel centre, covered in pink icing and mealworms
Cricket rice crackers – a crunchy savoury snack

 

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29th & 30th August - 11.00-17.00
Crick Stand

Crick Stand

Take part in a Cell Quiz, watch the Crick Science Snappers or find out more about the incredible work at Francis Crick, one of the world’s leading medical research institutes.

29th August 11:00-17:00 Location: The Lab
Curious Food and Drink

Curious Food and Drink

Savoury
– Pulled Food http://www.pulledfood.com
– Pizza http://www.tomattos.co.uk
– Beef Wagon www.onlyconnect.london/thebeefwagon
– Hot Dogs http://www.dogtown-london.co.uk
– Finest Fayre Scotch Eggs and salad boxes
– Les Deux Amies French crepes and galettes http://lesdeuxamies.co.uk
– The Soup Dept https://www.facebook.com/thesoupdept
– Italian Tapas https://www.facebook.com/italiantapas
– Hao Chii http://haochii.com/about

Sweet
– BluTop Ice cream http://blutopicecream.com
– Caddy & Candy http://www.caddyandcandy.com

To drink
– Notes Coffee notes-uk.co.uk
– Craft Beer Bus http://www.craftbeerbus.co.uk
– London Glider Cider http://www.londonglider.com
– 58Gin Cocktail Bar with a slushy machine and seasonal kegged sodas by Square Root Sodas!

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29th and 30th 11:00-17:00 Location: Lewis Cubitt Square
King's Cross Lost

King's Cross Lost

Take part in a family-friendly ‘walkshop’, Kings Cross Lost, which looks at how the area around King’s Cross has transformed over the last 200 years. Limited places available, please book your tickets here.

Over the last 200 years, Kings Cross has experienced some marked periods of growth and vitality, as well as decline and neglect. It was the “Dead Centre” of London, with more burials per day at the turn of the 18th to 19th centuries, than anywhere else in the known world. The creation of the canal network was the beginning of a significant boom in the area -­‐ unbeknownst to many, these canal routes were heavily policed and the public had no access to them.  Later, engineers who would become world renowned excavated and built the railway and the terminals; and novelist and poet Thomas Hardy has a connection with the railway development. The 20th Century marked significant turning points too for the area -­‐ a target for enemy attacks, post-war housing and a marked decline in the area, caused many of the Victorian buildings to be abandoned and fall into dereliction.  The whole area is a treasure trove of ‘Lost Property’.

Kings Cross Lost is a walkshop that circumnavigates the KQ area, looking at how the neighbourhoods and street patterns have changed over the last 200 years. It takes the notion of Lost Property as a trigger for exploration of a number of key destinations; the route between these being chosen by the participants of the teenage walkshop. This is a 90-minute activity aimed at adults, families and accompanying children.

The walkashop will go past places of interest in King’s Cross such as St. Pancras Old Church, Camley Street Natural Park and the London Canal Museum.

This walkshop has been devised in collaboration between Rethinking Cities / Museum of Walking with author and UCL researcher, Tom Bolton (author of London’s Lost Rivers and London Vanished City), and will being led by Walking Creative expert Andrew Stuck. Book your ticket here.

http://www.rethinkingcities.net

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29th Aug - 11:30-13:00
Crick Chat

Crick Chat

A chance to engage with the researchers of the Francis Crick Institute on some fascinating topics, including molecular imaging, in an informal setting.

These fascinating Science talks aim to give the public the opportunity to engage with the Francis Crick Institute researchers in a relaxed and informal environment. Confirmed speaker: Scientist Dr Daniel Burnham (Research Fellow – Single Molecular Imaging)

http://www.crick.ac.uk

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29th Aug - 11:30-13:00 Location: The Salon
Language Workshops

Language Workshops

Twist your tongue around a range of languages with taster classes from SOAS including Japanese and Persian. Presented by SOAS, University of London.

 

11:45 – Japanese

12:30 – Arabic Calligraphy

13:15 – French

14:00 – Chinese

14:45 – Persian

15:30 – Arabic

SOAS, University of London, is the only Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. SOAS Language Centre provides language learning opportunities for London’s diverse, multi-lingual and multi-cultural population in its highly regarded programme of evening and weekend classes throughout the year. The Centre was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2009 for the excellence, breadth and depth of its language teaching. Our highly qualified and experienced native-speaker teachers know how to make the learning of any language practically useful, highly enjoyable and accessible to people from all walks of life.
We are delighted to be part of the first Curious? Festival in the exciting Knowledge Quarter and invite you to sample some of our languages in short (45-minute) “Taster Classes”.

All our language classes are based on the latest communicative methods of language teaching that will soon get you using the language for practical communication in a range of everyday contexts. We teach all levels for complete Beginners up to Proficiency. Don’t afraid if you’ve never learned a language before; it’s much easier that you might think. Come and give it a try at our Festival ‘Language Tasters’.

http://www.soas.ac.uk

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29th Aug
Curiosity Quest Show

Curiosity Quest Show

Join award-winning children’s poet Joseph Coelho in an exciting interactive performance, and watch the magic of words come to life before your very eyes. Most suitable for children between 3 and 8. Presented by Poet in the City.

Kings Cross is a treasure trove of ideas, secrets, science and arty wonders….and it all belongs to you!

Come and share the magic of discovery through poetry. Award winning children’s poet Joseph Coelho invites you to join him in a fantastic interactive family performance of poems from his award winning collection ‘The Werewolf Club Rules’. Play your part in a giant group poem, go on an imaginary bug hunt, and watch the amazing possibilities of words come to life before your very eyes.

Joseph Coelho, Performance Poet, Playwright. . His plays have received special note from The Verity Bargate Award and The Bruntwood Playwriting Competition. He has written plays for young people for Theatre Royal York, Polka and The Unicorn Theatres. His debut poetry collection Werewolf Club Rules is published by Frances Lincoln and was the winner of the CLPE CLiPPA Poetry Award 2015.

Curated by Poet in the City in collaboration with CLPE.

http://www.poetinthecity.co.uk

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29th Aug - sessions at 12:30 and 15:00 Under 5s
Enormous History Walk

Enormous History Walk

A chance to walk not just through King’s Cross but the entire history of the Universe with Global Generation. All welcome, most suitable for children over 6. Reserve your place here.

Starting by the Big Tree at the Bottom of Kings Boulevard with the original flaring forth and finishing with the discovery of seeds and horticulture at The Skip Garden.

Global Generation uses land-based activities and the metaphors of ecological and cosmic processes to support building community between each other and the natural world. They primarily work with local young people, businesses and families. Their city base is the Skip Garden, a moveable urban food growing garden in the middle of the King’s Cross development site. Amongst the rise of glass and steel buildings, it is an urban oasis in which herbs, chilies, apples, sweet potatoes and cabbages grow out of skips and planters made out of scaffold boards and other reclaimed materials. Book your place here.

http://www.globalgeneration.org.uk

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29th Aug @ 12:30 & 14:30
Crafts Council  -  Maker's Talk

Crafts Council - Maker's Talk

Presented by the Crafts Council, hear from a number of highly skilled contemporary crafts artists as they discuss their approach and practice, and view some fascinating artwork.

Crafts Council – Makers Talks and Q&A
Chair – Grant Gibson, Crafts Council
Speakers – Gareth Neal and Lucy Johnston

Two 30 minute presentations on how makers combine old and new technologies in their practice.

Introduction by Grant Gibson – 1pm
Gareth Neal – 1-1.30pm
Lucy Johnston – 1.30-2pm
Q&A with Grant Gibson and both panelists – 2-2.30pm

Lucy Johnston

Artisanship in the New Industrial Revolution

While the industrial revolution of the nineteenth century diminished the role of the craftsman in the manufacturing process, the maturing digital revolution is empowering the creative industries in exciting new ways – giving rise to new working methods and extraordinary new relationships between technology and craft.
In her new book, DIGITAL HANDMADE, author Lucy Johnston explores the impact of the New Industrial Revolution on craftsmanship and the process of making, and introduces the story of a vibrant new era of artisanship.
Offering a taster of some of these ideas, her talk will explore how the evolution of the global ‘digital artisan’ movement will increasingly inspire and influence the consumer world we live in.
DIGITAL HANDMADE is out now, published by Thames & Hudson.
BIO:
Lucy Johnston is an author, curator and journalist, with a 15-year background in global consumer trend analysis and brand strategy.
She is author of the new book DIGITAL HANDMADE, published by Thames & Hudson, which offers the first global survey of the evolving ‘digital artisan’ creative movement, exploring the impact of the ’new industrial revolution’ on craftsmanship and the value of artisanship for a new era of consumers.
After gaining a degree in architecture, Lucy began her career in design journalism and PR, before spending 8 years as a commercial trends analyst, travelling extensively – from Europe and the US to Brazil, India, Japan and China – and studying innovations in worldwide consumer culture, seeking out new creative talent, and delivering briefings, conference keynotes and workshops for global brands.
Since 2009 she has worked as a consultant and runs the boutique curation studio, The Neon Birdcage, which produces events, exhibitions and pop-ups that champion technological, industrial and creative innovation, and explore the exciting future of our consumer culture.
Over the years, clients have included Jaguar/Land Rover, Apple, LVMH, Samsung, Telefonica, CISCO, Accenture, Pan Macmillan, Levi’s, Ford, WIRED magazine, Virgin Atlantic, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Diesel, Target, Department for Culture, Media & Sport, and the British Council.
Lucy is a Fellow of the RSA, sits on the Superbrands judging council, and was a founding media ambassador for The Future 500 network.
Gareth Neal
“Traditionally a craftsman was trained in a material and was the master of it. The modern designer is still the true essence of this, with an inherent understanding of materials, process and function, but more is required of him, he needs the ability to see the whole picture, his holistic approach will have the ability to communicate and reinterpret more than just process. From heritage to context, from education to environment, from preservation to reinvention, the whole picture needs to be described within his work. Using the pallet of techniques within his specialisms he rebrands his process for a contemporary audience to ensure it’s survival and to inspire the modern audience”
BIO:
Gareth Neal has a unique approach to design, through material inventiveness, curiosity, and reinterpretation; he has helped to shape a new era within the context of design and craft.
The studio’s varied spectrum of business ranges from individual pieces for the international collector’s market; to bespoke commissions for private clients, to the design of production pieces for industry.
His work engages with his own personal research into traditional processes and digital manufacture, with designs that intuitively engage with the tacit qualities embedded within the materials, processes and function.
“My designs endeavor to adhere to these principles and create lifelong relationships for a more sustainable future”
Gareth’s work has been sold and exhibited internationally, from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, to the Museum of Art and Design in New York.
http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk

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29th Aug - 13:00-14:30 Location: The Salon
The Dance WE Made

The Dance WE Made

You are the choreographer in this record-breaking interactive pop-up dance performance – no experience needed. Presented by the Place.

The Dance WE Made is the Record Breaking interactive dance performance that invites YOU to be the choreographer – no experience required! The project roams public spaces, inviting members of the public to devise original choreography in collaboration with UK based dancer and choreographer Tim Casson. These newly created dances are then performed by Tim in each location, filmed, and posted online for the world to see – and now it’s coming to King’s Cross!

Curated by The Place – the UK’s premier centre for contemporary dance.

http://www.theplace.org.uk
www.thedancewemade.co.uk

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29th Aug - 13:30 & 16:30 and 30th Aug - 13:00 &16:00 Location: The Observatory
Curious Capers

Curious Capers

Get involved in an exciting site-sensitive choreography experience featuring 15 young dancers from Shift, The Place’s youth dance company.

Get involved in an exciting site-sensitive choreography experience led by Hilary Stainsby and featuring 15 young dancers from Shift, The Place’s senior youth dance company, for young people aged 14-19 years.

Curated by The Place – the UK’s premier centre for contemporary dance.
http://www.theplace.org.uk

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29th Aug - 14:40 & 16:40 and 30th Aug - 14:15 & 16:05 Location: The Observatory
How to find a job you love

How to find a job you love

A thought-provoking class designed to demonstrate the factors that shape your career, and how to get what you really want from your working life.
Book your tickets here.

We all know what the perfect job is. It’s highly-paid, well-respected, high-profile, intellectually stimulating and emotionally rewarding. We also know that isn’t our job.
We read the career biographies of famous musicians, actors, sports stars, charity crusaders, politicians, celebrities and all-conquering entrepreneur CEOs. We watch people fight for a dream job on The Apprentice. We see people energetically and passionately overcoming obstacles and achieving their ambitions and dreams. And yet we never seem to get to do any of this.

This class is designed to help you think about what you really want from your working life and what you want to do for a living. We start by looking at the factors that shape our career choices – from family background to personality tests – and whether these help or hinder our search for new opportunities. We’ll explore what a meaningful job would really look like – one that does more than just pay the bills and instead expands our personal horizons. Should we be pursuing money or status? How important is it to have a job that embodies your personal values or that uses your talents? Is it better to be a generalist or a specialist – a wide achiever or a high achiever? Will your dream job really be as satisfying as you make it out to be?

The School of Life is devoted to developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture.

http://www.theschooloflife.com/london/

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29th Aug 15:30-16:30 Adults 16+ Location: The Salon
Alice 150 Years workshops

Alice 150 Years workshops

Come join the party and celebrate 150 years of Alice in Wonderland magic with themed games and fun filled activities for all the family. Presented by Macmillan.

30th August - 11:00-17:00 Location: Studio & Park Studio
Physics in the Field

Physics in the Field

The Institute of Physics presents street science around King’s Cross. Marvel as everyday objects show off mind-boggling science, and have a go yourself.

Amaze at the physics in the field from the Institute of Physics as they use everyday objects to show off mind-boggling science, and invite you to have a go too.

The Institute of Physics is a leading scientific society. They are a charitable organisation with a worldwide membership of more than 50,000, working together to advance physics education, research and application.

http://www.iop.org

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30th August - 11:00-17:00
Cuban Big Band Live music

Cuban Big Band Live music

The Canalside Steps will come alive to the rhythm of the Caribbean with live music from a Cuban Big Band. Presented by SOAS, University of London.

30th Aug - Sessions at 11:00 and 13:30
Coram’s Children: The Story of the Foundling Hospital

Coram’s Children: The Story of the Foundling Hospital

Uncover the fascinating history of the Foundling Hospital – the UK’s first children’s charity and public art gallery – with a talk from patron Jane King.

Coram’s Children: The Story of the Foundling Hospital

Jane King, a patron of the Foundling Museum, will give a talk on the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery. Founded in 1739 by Thomas Coram to care for babies at risk of abandonment, the Hospital continues today as Coram. This talk will recount Thomas Coram’s struggle to establish the Hospital and the support he received from William Hogarth and George Frideric Handel, as well as explore the lives of the children who grew up there.

http://foundlingmuseum.org.uk

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30th Aug - 11:00-12:00 Location: The Salon
Soundhoppers

Soundhoppers

An interactive sound exploration for pre-school children to encourage a greater awareness of sound and its nuances. Led by sound artist Wajid Yaseen. Most suitable for under-5s.

Soundhoppers playgroup:
Soundhoppers is a sound exploration playgroup aimed for nursery and pre-school aged children, led by sound artist Wajid Yaseen. The approach is to consider sound as a wide and rich creative medium and the sessions are a playful and direct engagement with sound generating objects and devices to encourage an awareness and sensitivity within the children to the different qualities of sound around us. The children are also engaged with games and listening exercises helping them to become more nuanced in their relationship to sound – whether that’s proximity (ie how far or close a sound is), or timbre (ie the tonality and type of sound), or volume (i.e. how loud or quiet a sound is). The intention of the playgroup is to instill within the children a sense of careful listening and sonic curiosity.

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30th August 11:00-17:00 Under 5s
Granary Square Fountains Beneath the Surface

Granary Square Fountains Beneath the Surface

Go deep underground to see first-hand the inner workings behind the incredible light and water show at Granary Square. Book your place here.

Check out our jets.
Explore behind-the-scenes of King’s Cross most mind-boggling attraction – the fountains of Granary Square.
See first-hand how the 1,080 jets of water are each individually choreographed and programmed to create our incredible light and water shows in this unexpected underground adventure.
While you will know us best for our station, King’s Cross has a whole lot more. Enjoy this burrow into our little corner of London and indulge your curiosity about the inner workings of the borough.

https://www.kingscross.co.uk/fountains

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30th Aug @ 11:30 & 14:00 Adults 16+
Cuban Big Band Workshop

Cuban Big Band Workshop

Cha Cha Cha! Move to the rhythm of Caribbean sounds and feel the thrill of playing in a Cuban Big Band in this fun hands-on workshop. Presented by SOAS, University of London.

Here’s your chance to play some classic Cuban styles: Son, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, Latin Jazz… Experience the thrill of playing in a Cuban Big Band. Suitable for all levels of experience, this fun workshop gives you ‘hands-on’ playing experience and helps develop your improvising skills in this highly rhythmic music.

This workshop is open to all, we will provide some percussion and piano, instrumentalists bring your instruments, singers bring your voices. Elpidio Alegria and Sara McGuinness will show you how this glorious music is put together. We will work on some classic Cuban tunes together, learning the rhythms and harmony. Who knows – we may even dance.

SOAS, University of London is the only Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East.

http://www.soas.ac.uk

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30th Aug - Sessions at 11:30, 14:00, 15:00 Location: Studio & Park Studio
Meeting Mr. Boom

Meeting Mr. Boom

Bounce along with the Mr. Boom! Dance and music show aimed at the little ones, performed on a bouncy castle. Most suitable for children aged 2 – 6. Presented by The Place.

An out of this world dance show that will inflate before your eyes taking you on a journey of discovery, creating a new world but who knows what we might find in this magical bouncy land?

A fun filled show for all the family performed on an inflatable set that explores how we build relationships and overcome challenges as we adapt to changes in life. Meeting Mr Boom! is presented by Darren Ellis Dance and Ronan Kozokaro.

Curated by The Place – the UK’s premier centre for contemporary dance.

www.theplace.org.uk

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30th Aug @ 11:30, 13:30 & 15:30 Under 5s
Hargreaves Foundry One Pancras Square Talk

Hargreaves Foundry One Pancras Square Talk

The iconic One Pancras Square building is flanked by 396 cast iron columns, made with traditional techniques. Learn how this incredible project was achieved.

The history behind the project to cast the impressive columns which form part of the development at One Pancras Square using sustainable and traditional casting techniques.

Hargreaves Foundry has manufactured the cast iron columns for the already iconic building, designed by the international award-winning David Chipperfield Architects.

The use of cast iron columns on the building is a response to the Victorian heritage of the site. From the 1850s this area was home to many cast iron gas holder guide frames and both railway stations have large roof structures made using cast and wrought iron. All of the columns have an intricate weave design to their exterior surfaces which can best be realised by casting in iron. There are a total of 396 columns.

All the castings were made from 100% recycled iron, supplied from the automotive industry, construction waste and returns from the foundry.

Cast iron is one of the few materials which would allow for the specific  weave design to be created on the surface area of the columns, whilst still providing a useful function in the construction of the building. The weave design itself was designed by the architect, Mattias Kunz, an associate of David Chipperfield Architects.
Hargreaves Foundry is probably the only foundry left in the country who could cope with this project in terms of the size and volume of the castings.

https://www.kingscross.co.uk/one-pancras-square
http://www.hargreavesfoundry.co.uk

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30th August 12:00-13:00 Location: The Salon
Geodesic Dome Workshop

Geodesic Dome Workshop

Geodesic domes are fascinating spherical building structures, such as the Eden Project in Cornwall. Find out how they work and get stuck in building your own.

The Epcot Centre (Disney USA) and the Eden Project are examples of Geodesic domes – structures originally designed by the inventor and visionary Richard Buckminster Fuller. Learn all about these fascinating structures and get stuck in building large models. Led by British physicist Dr Jonathan Hare.

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30th Aug - @ 12:00 & 14:30 Age 10 - 16 Location: Studio & Park Studio
Miriam Margolyes reads Alice

Miriam Margolyes reads Alice

Award-winning actress and voice artist Miriam Margolyes reads excerpts from Alice In Wonderland – simply unmissable! Presented by the Bristish Library

Those lucky enough to have listened to the British Library audiobook version of Alice In Wonderland featuring the incomparable Miriam Margolyes, will know how much of a treat it will be to hear her read excerpts from this visionary book.

Miriam Margolyes OBE is an award winning English-Australian character actress and voice artist. She lends her voice to the British Library audio book version of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, won a BAFTA Award for her role in The Age of Innocence and went on to play the role of Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter film series.

http://www.bl.uk/

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30th August, 12:00
Curiosity Quest Tour

Curiosity Quest Tour

Let children’s writer Kathy Henderson guide you on a poetry-filled adventure through King’s Cross. Where will your imagination take you? Most suitable for children aged 3 to 8. Book your place here.

Kings Cross is a treasure trove of ideas, secrets, science and arty wonders….and it all belongs to you!

In her poetry tours, acclaimed children’s poet Kathy Henderson will lead you on an amazing adventure into Kings Cross. What kind of city can you see? Where does your imagination take you? Join Kathy as she performs some of her wonderful poems on a special walking tour, and prepare to become star poets yourselves as we explore the magic lurking around every corner.

You can record it all in your special Curious? Notebook!

Kathy Henderson is a writer, poet and illustrator with many published titles for children. She has won many awards for her titles including The Kurt Maschler Prize. She is also an artist and printmaker and as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow has been teaching writing to university students. Her book The Dragon with a Big Nose was shortlisted for the 2014 CLPE Poetry Award.

Curated by Poet in the City in collaboration with CLPE.

Limited places available. Book your tickets now here.

http://www.poetinthecity.co.uk

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30th Aug - Session at 12:30 and 14:30 Age 5 - 10
I talk in class: why social is the future of learning

I talk in class: why social is the future of learning

FutureLearn’s thought-provoking talk explores how combining learning principles with the internet’s compelling social experience is transforming online education.

Speaker: Matt Walton, Head of Product at FutureLearn

People learn better when they learn together.

As more and more people turn to free online courses to meet personal and career objectives, Matt will illustrate how online education is being transformed by combining the principles of learning through conversation with the internet’s strength at delivering compelling social experiences.

FutureLearn offers a diverse selection of free, high quality online courses and content from some of the world’s leading universities and other outstanding cultural institutions.

Connecting learners from all over the globe with high quality educators and with each other, courses are delivered one step at a time and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop.

https://www.futurelearn.com

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30th Aug - 13:00-14:00 Location: The Salon
King's Cross Energy Centre Tour

King's Cross Energy Centre Tour

Did you know King’s Cross is one of the most green-forward places in the UK? Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Energy Centre to see exactly what powers the development. Suitable for ages 13+. Book your place here.

You’re standing on one of the most green-forward initiatives in the UK.
Learn all about King Cross’ on-site Energy Centre and see first-hand how its Combine Heat and Power Plant is being used to bring heating and hot water to the whole area.
While you will know us best for our station, King’s Cross has a whole lot more. Enjoy this burrow into our little corner of London and indulge your curiosity about the inner workings of the borough.

Limited places available. Book your tickets now here.

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30th Aug at 13:00 & 15:00 Adults 16+
Bon Voyage

Bon Voyage

Experience the captivating pocket show of the pop-up opera “Bon Voyage: A summer flash-mob” presented by Tête à Tête. Register to be part of it here.

Experience the captivating pocket show of the pop-up opera “Bon Voyage: A summer flash-mob” by composer Catherine Kontz.
An invitation to bring your rolling suitcase along and embark on a musical journey of boisterous wheels and beatific voices in sunny King’s Cross. Prepare for a dose of flip-flopping holiday fun!

Tête à Tête is a company committed to exploring the future of opera. Tête à Tête itself has produced over 70 stage works by more than 50 different composers, for audiences throughout the UK and abroad.

In addition, for the last seven years the company has created a platform for the work of over a hundred other companies and many hundreds of artists in Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival.

http://www.tete-a-tete.org.uk

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30th Aug @ 14:00 & 15:45 Location: The Observatory
How to choose a partner

How to choose a partner

How do you choose a partner? How do you move forward to commitment? The School of Life class explores these big questions. Book your tickets here.

Looks, humour, kindness, reliability, intelligence – what do you look for in a partner? In a world of online dating and endless match-making services we’re sold the promise of limitless possibility. In reality our choices are more limited and less under our conscious control than we might like to think.
This session takes us through the key influences which affect the decisions we make about love. Placing partner choice in its cultural context, we’ll then trace our personal histories, and discover how our attachment styles shape who we’re attracted to and who we attract. We’ll also consider what we are looking for in a partner, the crucial steps we need to take to make our search more effective, and ways to move forward to commitment – or not.
Join us for a tryst with your unconscious desires and make a date with your deeper self in the company of ideas from philosophy, psychology and culture. This class will help you engage more fully with yourself and with that special someone you’d like to meet.

The School of Life is devoted to developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture.

Limited places available. Book your tickets now here.

http://www.theschooloflife.com/london/

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30th Aug 14:15-15:45 Adults 16+ Location: The Salon
Opening Gambit

Opening Gambit

Be captivated  by the Richard Alston Dance Company’s fast-paced and energetic short dance work performance, set to a percussion score by Julia Wolfe. Presented by The Place.

Curated by The Place – the UK’s premier centre for contemporary dance.

http://www.theplace.org.uk

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30th Aug- @ 14:30 &16:30
Poetry Parliament

Poetry Parliament

Poet in the City bring poetry to the public square. Join Dean Atta, Caroline Bird, Deanna Roger and Anthony Anaxagorou as they throw a poetic spotlight on the issues of today.

Politicians watch and learn – this is public debating with a difference!

Dean Atta is a writer and performance poet. He has been commissioned to write poems for the Damilola Taylor Trust, Keats House Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Atta won the 2012 London Poetry Award and was named as one of the most influential LGBT people by the Independent on Sunday Pink List 2012. His debut poetry collection I Am Nobody’s Nigger was published in 2013 on The Westbourne Press.

Caroline Bird is an award-winning poet and playwright. She was short-listed for the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2008 and 2010 for her second and third collections, Trouble Came To The Turnip, and Watering Can. Her fourth poetry collection, The Hat-stand Union, was published in 2013. Her new version of Euripides’s The Trojan Women premiered at the Gate Theatre in 2012 and Chamber Piece premiered at the Lyric Hammersmith in 2014.

Deanna Rodger made a name for herself after winning the UK Slam Poetry competition, touring Germany and performing commissions in places such as, Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing street and 2012 Olympic Team Welcome Ceremony. She acts, facilitates workshops and is a co founder of Chill Pill.

Anthony Anaxagorou is an acclaimed poet, prose writer, playwright, performer and educator. He has published eight volumes of poetry, a spoken word EP, a book of short stories as well as writing for theatre. Anthony is the founder of Out-Spoken – one of London’s premier monthly events for poetry and live music held at The Forge, Camden. He also founded Out-Spoken Press in 2012.

http://www.poetinthecity.co.uk

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30th Aug 16:00-17:00 Adults 16+ Location: The Salon

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