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Diverse City Season, October - December 2005

Experience a season of fantastic free cultural events for all ages to celebrate the ethnic diversity of multicultural Britain. Enjoy demonstrations, workshops, Darwin Centre Live events and family activities that highlight the important role that many cultures contribute to our understanding of the natural world. Black History Month events are included in Diverse City Season and will be indicated by (BHM). All of the events listed below are free and age-range suitability is also specified.

October
Drawing Together: The Big Draw meets Carnival (BHM)
Join in the carnival as the Big Draw comes alive on Exhibition Road. Unleash your creativity as this year's Big Draw launches with a colourful and lively programme of drawing events taking place in seven cultural venues on Exhibition Road, culminating in a carnival procession at the end of the day. The Natural History Museum's workshops will look closely at animal design, colours and patterns and use them to create a larger than life carnival costume and lively masks. There will be something for everyone: bold drawing, careful study and flamboyant interpretation. This event is suitable for adults and children of all ages.
Date and times:  Sunday 2 October, 11.00-17.50

The Botany of Brixton Market (BHM)
Join us in the Darwin Centre to discover the colours, smells and tastes of south London's Caribbean and African market. Explore the natural history of foods sold there - where they come from, what they are and how they are used. This Darwin Centre event is suitable for adults and children aged 10 and over.
Date and time:  Monday 3 October, 14.30

Schistosomiasis
Schistosomiasis is a parasitic disease that occurs in 76 countries of the tropics and sub-tropics. It's estimated 250 million people are infected by Schistosomiasis, with 600 million people at risk of infection. Join us to discuss the role of Museum researchers in improving our understanding and developing strategies for the control of this debilitating disease. This Darwin Centre event is suitable for adults and children aged 10 and over.
Date and time:  Thursday 6 October, 14.30

Crafty Nature workshops
Join our artists for exciting craft workshops using interesting materials. Make fun creations on theme of Make a Maharajah's Crown. Best suited to children under seven, no booking required.
Dates and times:  Saturdays 8 and 15 October, 11.00-13.00 and 14.00-16.00

 Mosquitoes, Malaria and Molecules
Malaria kills around three million people each year in the tropics and subtropics, and most are children under five. The disease is caused by a parasite transmitted by mosquitoes. Find out how researchers at the Museum are studying the DNA of these insects to learn more about how malaria is transmitted, with the aim of finding ways of controlling its spread. This Darwin Centre event is suitable for adults and children aged 10 and over.
Date and time:  Saturday 8 October, 12.00 and 14.30, Monday 17 and Friday 30 October, 14.30

The Milky White Ocean       
Come and see Anusha Subramanyam of Beeja dance company perform The Milky White Ocean, an Indian creation myth, using Bharatnatyam dance and storytelling. Bharatnatyam is a classical dance style from the south of India that uses rhythmical footwork, eloquent hand gestures and intricate movements of the eyes, head and neck. This event is suitable for adults and children of all ages.
Date and times:  Saturday 15 October, 11.00, 12.30 and 14.00

Tackling Diseases Together
Scientists from around the world are collaborating to improve understanding, awareness and treatments of such medical conditions as malaria, schistosomiasis, and intestinal worms. Join scientists in the Darwin Centre to explore how they are working together to reduce the spread of tropical diseases and improve public health. This Darwin Centre evening event is suitable for adults and children aged 15 and over.
Date and time:  Thursday 27 October, 19.00

Sounds from the Earth (BHM)     
The steel drum originates from Trinidad. It started with the 'Bamboo Taboo' - a length of bamboo that is pounded on the ground to produce a distinctive rhythmic sound. People subsequently used bin lids, old car parts and even biscuit tins to produce this music. Dented steel barrels were introduced in the 1930s. Come and hear Metronomes Steel Orchestra demonstrate the unique sound of the steel drum. This event is suitable for adults and children of all ages.
Date and times:  Saturday 29 October, 11.30, 12.30 and 13.30

Rap, Rhythm and Rhyme (BHM)
The Natural History Museum has teamed up with poets from Apples and Snakes to create a series of workshops using musical instruments and performance to explore words and worlds of nature. These sessions are suitable for 7-12 year olds.
Dates and times:  Sunday 30 October, 12.30, 14.30 and 15.30

November:
From Gourds to Grasses (BHM)
Find out how plants and other natural materials like mud, banana and fig tree bark, seeds, pods, clays and plant dyes are used all over Africa to make traditional artefacts and adornments.  This Darwin Centre event is suitable for adults and children aged 7 and over.
Date and times:  Saturday 5 November, 12.00 and 14.30

The Milky White Ocean      
Come and see Anusha Subramanyam of Beeja Dance Company perform The Milky White Ocean, an Indian creation myth, using Bharatnatyam dance and storytelling. Bharatnatyam is a classical dance style from the south of India that uses rhythmical footwork, eloquent hand gestures and intricate movements of the eyes, head and neck. This event is suitable for adults and children of all ages.
Date and times:  Saturday 5 November, 11.00, 12.30 and 14.00

African Drumming       
African drums are made using a variety of natural materials. Find out more about how these drums are made and used by joining Global Fusion Music and Arts for a lively performance of African drumming. This event is suitable for adults and children of all ages.
Date and times:  Saturday 19 November, 11.30, 12.30 and 13.30

Rap, Rhythm and Rhyme
The Natural History Museum has teamed up with poets from Apples and Snakes to create a series of workshops using musical instruments and performance to explore words and worlds of nature. These sessions are suitable for children aged 7-12.
Dates and times:  Sunday 27 November, 12.30, 14.30 and 15.30

December:
African Drumming
       
African drums are made using a variety of natural materials. Find out more about how these drums are made and used by joining Global Fusion Music and Arts for a lively performance of African drumming. This event is suitable for adults and children of all ages.
Date and times:  Saturday 3 December, 11.30, 12.30 and 13.30

Crafty Nature workshops
Join our artists for exciting craft workshops using interesting materials, and make fun creations on the theme of Making a Maharajah's Crown. This event is best suited to children under seven, no booking required.
Dates and times:  Sundays 3 and 17 December, 11.00-13.00 and 14.00-16.00