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The Festival of Ideas at the Fitz

The Fitzwilliam Museum is joining in with the University of Cambridge’s Festival of Ideas 2015. From pre-schoolers to grandparents, there will be free thought provoking events for everyone at the Museum.

2015 marks the eighth year of the Festival of Ideas. This year’s theme is power and resistance, and in the Greek and Roman gallery (21) find out how Greek colonies changed the life and languages of the native peoples of ancient Italy in the display Power and Resistance in pre- and early Roman Italy.

There will be two free lunchtime talks. On Wednesday 28 October join Spike Bucklow from the Museum’s conservation team to explore the topic of colour and power. On Saturday 24 October Dr Nina Lübbren (Art Historian, Principal Lecturer in Film Studies, Deputy Head of Department of English and Media, Anglia Ruskin University) discusses power and resistance in sculpture in the aftermath of WWI.

2 to 5 year olds and their grandparents or great grandparents will be exploring ideas and looking at objects together at the sell-out Grand Total workshop on Wednesday 21 October.

The Museum’s festival finale will be a day of drawing activities for families in half-term. Exploring abstraction a Big Draw special, will have morning sessions for ages 8 to 12 and afternoon sessions for young people ages 11 to 14. Families will be invited to see how artists in the Kettle’s Yard display and the Fitzwilliam collection use shapes, colours and gestural marks to create abstract art. There will then be a workshop for each group with artist Isabella Martin.

For more information about all the Festival of Ideas events across the city, visit

Tuesday 20th October 2015

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