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Diverse City Season, October 2006 - March 2007

Experience a season of fantastic, free events for all ages to celebrate the ethnic diversity of multicultural Britain. Enjoy demonstrations, storytelling, nature talks, workshops and family activities that highlight the important role many cultures contribute to our understanding of the natural world.

Black History Month (BHM) events and China in London 2007 (CIL) events are included in Diverse City Season.

All the events listed below are free and suitable for different ages.

October

African Bark Art: Making Gifts with the Skins of Trees (BHM)  
Using tree bark to make art is a tradition in parts of Africa. Join our Ugandan artist to learn about the history of bark and its traditions. Also, design your own gift card, postcard or bookmark using real bark. Suitable for adults and children aged 7-12 years.
Venue:    Flett Events Theatre
Date and times:  Saturday 14 October, 12.00, 14.00 and 16.00

African Story Telling - Ananse the Spider (BHM)   
In Africa, Ananse stories are passed from generation to generation by word of mouth. Join our Nigerian storyteller as she uses African drums, songs and words to tell us the tale of Ananse the spider, and discover something new about this eight-legged creature. Suitable for adults and children of all ages.
Venue:    Creepy Crawlies
Dates and times:  Monday 23 - Friday 27 October, 12.00, 14.00 and 16.00

November

Spices of the World        
What do we really know about the chilli powder and peppercorns in our kitchen? Spices have a colourful history dating back to ancient times. They've played an important role in promoting trade, and wars have been fought in their name. Join us to discover the true variety of spices, learn about their fascinating medicinal properties and hear how people from different communities use them today. Suitable for adults.
Venue:    Marine Invertebrates
Dates and time:  Thursday 9 and Friday 24 November, 14.30

Carnival Art: Costume Inspired by Nature     
Carnival is an Afro-Caribbean tradition for self-expression and exploration. Drop in to the Central Hall and help our Trinidadian carnival costume maker create a pre-historic flying creature using our collections as inspiration. Follow the creature as we take it around the Museum. Suitable for adults and children of all ages.
Venue:    Central Hall
Date and times:  Saturday 18 November, 11.00-17.00 
December

A Day in an African Village      
African villagers use raw materials found in nature to make everyday objects. Join African musicians and drama artists to recreate a day in Africa through role-play, storytelling and drumming. Use objects made from natural materials in a village celebration. Suitable for adults and children of all ages.
Venue:    Central Hall
Date and times:  Saturday 2 December, 12.00, 14.00 and 16.00

Spices of the World        
What do we really know about the chilli powder and peppercorns in our kitchen? Spices have a colourful history dating back to ancient times. They've played an important role in promoting trade, and wars have been fought in their name. Join us to discover the true variety of spices, learn about their fascinating medicinal properties and hear how people from different communities use them today. Suitable for adults.
Venue:    Marine Invertebrates
Date and time:  Friday 8 December, 14.30

January

Islamic Art: Motifs of Nature       
Get up close to plants and minerals and look carefully at their natural patterns. Our Muslim artist will help you use these patterns to create your own motifs for Al-Hijra, the Islamic new year. Suitable for adults and children of all ages.
Venue:    Central Hall
Date and times:  Saturday 20 January, 12.00, 14.00, 16.00
 
February

Discover the 12 Chinese New Year Animals (CIL)   
The Chinese year is represented by one of 12 animals. Join our Chinese storyteller and her dragon friend for more about these animals and their symbolism and to discover in which animal year you were born. Suitable for adults and children aged 7-12 years.
Dates and times:  12, 13, 14, 21, 22, 23 February, 12.00, 14.00, 16.00

March

Rangoli: Short Lived Nature      
Rangoli is a colourful Indian design made on the floor often during a festive period. Come and join our artist and create your own rangoli for Holi, the festival of colour. Draw your favourite object from the Museum, then colour it with natural materials such as sticks, grasses, sand, petals, nuts, fruits, beans, lentils, powder and rice. Suitable for adults and children of all ages.
Venue:    Central Hall
Date and times:  Saturday 3 March, 12.00, 14.00, 16.00


Visitor information

Admission: free
Venue: The Natural History Museum
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10.00-17.50, Sunday 11.00-17.50
Visitor enquiries: 020 7942 5000 Monday-Friday, 020 7942 5011 Saturday and Sunday
Website: www.nhm.ac.uk

For further information, please contact:
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7942 5654 email: press@nhm.ac.uk