experiences

Header image by Magic Lantern Festival.

New year, new you, new things to see. Don’t settle for the typical start to 2017—now’s the perfect time to go exploring, settle outside your comfort zone, and learn something new (about creativity, about others, about yourself). Who knows? Maybe you’re a skilled doodler. Maybe you actually like horror films. Maybe you’re an undiscovered seamstress. Check out these top January 2017 experiences and find  out – you’ll never know unless you try!  Push your creativity to its limit. Happy New Year from the whole Zealous team!

1. Heads and Bodies
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Draw a monstrous head, fold your paper and pass it on….and on…. and on! Join at Queen of Hoxton rooftop for a game where everyone is included. All completed bodies will be displayed all nigh and winning combinations will be awarded goodies!

Tuesday, January 3. FREE.

2. The Tempest (In association with Imaginarium Studios)
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What do you get when you cross the Bard with Intel? A re-imagined story of power, wealth, isolation, magic, shipwrecks, and fantastic islands. The world’s most enduring text meets its most advanced technology (and Russell Beale returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company after 20 years to play Prospero).

In cinemas starting Jan 11. Prices vary (~£13).

3. Twelfth Night Party
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Party like it’s 1729. Listen to 18th-century songs (a la harpsichord and traditional songs, what else?). Wassail and carol your night away with games and traditional twelfth night cake (we don’t know, we’ve never had it either).

Friday, January 6. £10.

4. 1920s Boudoir Doll Workshop
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Once-fashionable bedroom accessories, these flapper dolls (also known as French/bed dolls) featured painted facse cloth bodies and beautifully-made clothing. Pay the Fashion and Textile museum a visit for this 2-day workshop in which you will design your own doll using 1920s patterned, English-made cotton! Get in the swing of things, Jazz-age style, with Sew La Di Da Vintage, a dressmaking pattern manufacturer, sewing school and fabric school from Dorest.

Friday through Saturday, January 6 and 7. £200.

5. Jurassic Park: T-Rex’s 67 Millionth Birthday Party
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Strap on a party hat and stuff your face with cake – it’s T-Rex’s 67 millionth birthday! Tickets start at £1 and let you in for a Jurassic Park screening and after party including unlimited £1 popcorn, a T-Rex Roar-Off, and prize for the best dino costume. How could you miss it? After all, a birthday like this only comes once every… year.

Saturday, January 28. Tickets start at £1.

6. Begotten + Live Score
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An experimental fantasy horror film that follows and reinvents the story of Genesis, wordlessly depicted by God, Mother Earth, Son of Earth, and a host of creepy nomads to contribute to their demise. See this $33k-budget silent film accompanied by a live score by The Begotten, a musical group that uses electronics, eerie vocals and heavy chains to enhance your overall experience of this disturbing film. Will you make it through?

Sunday, January 8. £13.50 advance.

7. Art Macabre Death Drawing Salon
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Join a slew of costumed (and otherwise) models for a night of theatrical narrative, soundtrack, and dark or deathly doodles. Artists of all levels welcome, and drawing materials are provided.

Saturday, January 21. Tickets start at £12.

8. Magical Lantern Festival London
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Experience a glowing blend of heritage, culture, and art in this massive outdoor installation of lit sculptures. This year’s festival theme is, appropriately, Explore The Silk Road – just in time for Chinese New Year! Wander outside London’s Houses of Parliament among 15-metre wide lanterns and tour designs from around the world (including VR gaming experiences, riddles, and a mini funfair).

Previews Wednesday, January 18. Tickets start at £5.90.

9. Overcoming Fear Workshop
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Use performing arts to overcome your fear of… the performing arts. Make sense? We knew it would! Attend this three-day intensive and learn a short text, song, or poem in preparation. Learn about the power of vulnerability through this meaningful and lasting creative exercise.

Friday through Sunday, January 6-8. £120.

10. Disaster Spectacular
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Celebrate diversity, creativity, and the mess of human love with this improv drag show. 10 Queens will participate with just one day of training.

Sunday, January 15. £10

11. Plastic Family Cutouts
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Get experimental and bring the whole family! Stand in colourful light, trace your body, and make giant colourful artwork as a team. Add melted oil pastel drawings in this free 2-hour workshop! Most materials provided.

Saturday, January 7. Free.

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