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The Festival of Ideas

Hundreds of free events over two weeks, the Cambridge Festival of Ideas is one of the most exciting and dynamic occasions in the Cambridge cultural calendar.

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Wed 16 May 9:00AM - 6:00PM

Adam King - New Suburbia Flowers

Adam King's whimsical sculptures try to come to terms with the rapid changes to the Norfolk landscape he grew up in.

9:00AM - 6:00PM

Renee Spierdijk - Imposed Transitions

Renee Spierdijk's paintings deal with the experience of imposed identity and migration.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Designed to Impress

Focussing on key objects from the 15th to the 21st centuries, this exhibition will feature a selection of some of the Fitzwilliam’s most spectacular prints, and gives visitors an insight into the extraordinary breadth of the collection.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Matt Smith's Flux: Parian unpacked

Exploring themes of mass production, celebrity, colonialism and our notion of history, this impressive installation by ceramic artist and curator, Matt Smith, features over 100 sculptural parian busts from the Glynn collection of parian.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Sampled Lives: Samplers from the Fitzwilliam Museum

Showcasing over 100 samplers from the Museum’s excellent but often unseen collection, this display highlights the importance of samplers as documentary evidence of past lives.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

The Object of My Affection: stories of love from the Fitzwilliam collection

Love is very much in the air in this exhibition, which contains objects alive with the range of emotions that it commands; from admiration and affection, joy and passion, longing and despair, to insults, indifference, grief and remembrance.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Highlight Things of Beauty Growing: British studio pottery

Things of Beauty Growing is the largest exhibition of its kind in recent times, displaying over 100 historic and contemporary ceramics by potters including Bernard Leach, Lucie Rie, Edmund de Waal, Alison Britton, Grayson Perry and Julian Stair.

10:00AM - 6:00PM

Highlight Stephen Chambers: The Court of Redonda

The Heong Gallery is delighted to announce the UK presentation of The Court of Redonda – a major solo exhibition by Stephen Chambers RA, following its highly acclaimed unveiling as a Collateral Event of the 2017 Venice Biennale.

5:15PM - 7:00PM

CRASSH Impact: Reni Eddo-Lodge and Heidi Mirza in Conversation

On 16 May 2018, Reni Eddo-Lodge will be in conversation with Heidi Mirza, Professor of Race, Faith and Culture at Goldsmiths, University of London. The event is free and open to the public. No booking required.

6:30PM - 8:00PM

Dambusters: Building the Bouncing Bomb, a documentary with Dr Hugh Hunt

By recreating the audacious Second World War raid, the Channel 4 documentary, Dambusters: Building the Bouncing Bomb, reveals the complex engineering behind Barnes Wallis' spinning bomb and the skill and bravery of RAF 617 Squadron aircrew.

7:30PM - 9:45PM

Endellion String Quartet

2017-18 season: Barber and Brahms