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Event: “Creating Wonderlands” online forum

This full day of online talks is organized by the V&A museum, and related to their grand “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser” exhibition that will open later this year.

The ‘Alice’ stories have provided an enourmous source of inspiration and creativity. Speakers from across creative industries will share how they have reimagined, radicalised and revitalised Alice and her world. They will also discuss the question: “What will our next ‘Wonderland’ be?”

The full programme:

Session One: Sensory and Experiential
10:00 Welcome Liza Mackenzie, Senior Producer, V&A Academy
10:05 Introduction: Creating Wonderlands, Kate Bailey, Senior Curator of Design and Scenography Theatre & Performance and Curator of Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser, V&A
10:10 Tom Piper and Rae Smith, Theatre Designers
10:40 Emma Hamilton, VR Producer
11:10 Tom Allen, Chef Heston Blumenthal
11:40 Q&A Chaired by Kate Bailey, Senior Curator, Design and Scenography, Theatre & Performance

Session Two: Translations
13:00 Simon Ings, English novelist and science writer
13:30 Dr Ida Hadjivayanis, Professor of Swahili, SOAS
14:00 Chris Riddell, Cartoonist and Illustrator
14:30 Q&A Chaired by Harriet Reed, Exhibition Research Assistant Theatre & Performance

Session Three: Image and Identity
15:00 Dr Kiera Vaclavik, Queen Mary University of London
15:30 Fox Carney, Head of Research, Disney Animation Research Library
16:00 Q&A Chaired by Kate Bailey, Senior Curator, Design and Scenography, Theatre & Performance
16:10 Keynote: Thando Hopa, activist, lawyer and model in conversation with Kate Bailey
16:45 Q&A Chaired by Kate Bailey, Senior Curator, Design and Scenography, Theatre & Performance

If you cannot participate all day, no worries: the talks are recorded and your ticket grants you 7 days of access to the V&A’s online platform with video recordings and additional resources, as well as an option to join in on the discussion with other participants.

Date: 30 April 2021
More info and tickets:
https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/ao4K4393/o21013-friday-forum-creating-wonderlands-apr-2021

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