Cultural Wednesday Wishes

Welcome to Wednesday Wishes. Curiously this week my world has expanded.  Even though I am no longer straying further away from my house than I can walk I have spent time in Malaysia and discovered how to explore deep space.  We start with a glimpse of Epsom Racecourse where there thousands of people are being injected with Covid vaccine.

Wednesday Wishes cultural guide to what to do in lockdown this week

Festival of the Week

Head on over to the South Bank, well virtually not in person, for the Inside out Festival.  Poetry, Music and talks will be streamed from late January to March.  Events kick off with the T S Eliot Poetry prize.  I’m really looking forward to the Cinematic Orchestra which promises electronic jazz with a light show.  Details and tickets are available on the Southbank website

Exhibition of the Week

A couple of years ago the V&A staged Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up that melded art, textiles and myth all things that I love.  Now over on the V&A YouTube Channel you can watch a film about how the mannequins were made and designed.  I confess that I assumed that they were just regular models with rather natty heads. Turns out that they were painstakingly designed and built using the very latest technology. 

Chance to be in an Exhibition of the Week

Every year the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich host the Astronomy Photographer of the Year award and an exhibition of the winning photographs it is always a stunning show.  This years competition has just opened for entries and there are two new categories Newcomer of the Year and Image Innovation.  Pop over to the  museum website for tips on how to take out of this world pictures.  For the Annie Maunder Prize for Image Innovation you don’t need to take you own original image but do need to be a whizz with image manipulation. 

Book of the Week

Fragile Monsters by Catherine Menon tells the tale of Durga coming home to spend Diwali with her grandmother.  Over the course of the weekend fireworks and floods bring to light long buried family secrets.  Love and a small bit of lust underpin the story that takes in the brutality of war and of independence struggle.  Most of all it made me want to go to Malaysia.

When I was sent Fragile Monsters the publication date was last week this has now moved to April 8. Still a fantastic book but one to pre-order for now. Need more lockdown reading inspiration? Check out my Best Books of 2020

Congratulations to Linda Curtis who won last week’s giveaway of The Surplus Girls’ Orphans by Polly Heron

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Where will you wander with Cultural Wednesday Wishes this week?



  1. April 1, 2020 / 12:32 pm

    Kettle’s Yard is my fav museum of all time. x

    • Catherine
      April 1, 2020 / 1:15 pm

      Love it too, haven’t been since its revamp that was scheduled for Easter but will have to wait

  2. April 1, 2020 / 5:23 pm

    Ooh, weekly suggestions! Every cloud… and love that the V&A are (virtually) spoiling their members still

    • Catherine
      April 1, 2020 / 5:26 pm

      It was a lovely surprise on Monday

  3. April 15, 2020 / 4:24 pm

    You’re too kind, thanks Catherine. And as always, you manage to highlight new and exciting things to see which I didn’t know about. I’ve never managed to make it to Wagner’s Ring Cycle, so thanks for the Opera North tip.

    • Catherine
      April 15, 2020 / 5:06 pm

      Hopefully the seats should be comfier

  4. May 20, 2020 / 9:12 am

    Giverny is a dream! It was the inspiration for many a decorated room.

    • Catherine
      May 20, 2020 / 9:14 am

      I really do need to visit

  5. Jane Ayres
    May 20, 2020 / 1:24 pm

    Great blog as always. So much good info.
    We visited Monet’s beautiful home. The gardens are stunning and the house had a wonderful feeling of peace…at least it did before the guide blue his whistle at us when Ed,aged 12, touched a sofa😩😩

    • Catherine
      May 20, 2020 / 1:25 pm

      I can see that an officious whistle would destroy the peace

  6. May 20, 2020 / 9:00 pm

    So many of the things I love in this post. The Garden museum is such London Gem, the Dutch House is a fabulous read, and who doesn’t love Kew. We should have been going to Giverny in June. I’ve wanted to go for so long, this is one of the cancellations I’m saddest about

    • Catherine
      May 20, 2020 / 9:25 pm

      Hopefully next year xx

  7. May 23, 2020 / 7:37 pm

    I went to the Chelsea Flower Show when I lived in London and had such a great time! It’s a gorgeous show, and I’m in awe of your dad visiting or judging every year bar two.

    • Catherine
      May 23, 2020 / 7:38 pm

      He was a Plantsman to his fingertips

  8. Lena Hartl
    June 9, 2020 / 9:45 am

    Oh I hear you about Epsom! My husband is born on Derby day and we always got as a couple to the Oaks and then on the Saturday we get tickets for the Hill enclosure and meet up with family, friends and their kinds to enjoy a picnic. It’s the one thing I really really missed during lockdown…

    • Catherine
      June 9, 2020 / 10:08 am

      They will run it later behind closed doors but it is the picnics and gathering of people that make it special.

  9. November 18, 2020 / 12:51 pm

    Loving those lights. Another great blog as always.x

  10. November 23, 2020 / 12:57 pm

    We are looking forward to seeing Tate Britain’s glorious light installation, fits so well 2020 brave new world and all that mix of Hindu mythology, colonial history and Bollyood feels very topical Xo

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