Cheltenham Science Festival
This five-day festival across a variety of venues in Cheltenham is now in its fifth year, attracting thousands of people to a mixture of debates, talks and workshops, designed to explain and explore scientific issues to a general audience.
The environment and global warming figure prominently in this year’s festival, with debates over issues such as the weather, sustainable development and James Lovelock’s controversial “Gaia” thesis.
Other highlights include Steven Rose and Robert Winston on the use of anti-depressants to medicate children, a debate on whether the public trusts science, and a seminar on Islam and astronomy.
Abhijan (The Expedition)
Directed by Satyajit Ray
DVD released 29 May
This 1962 film by the great Indian director Satyajit Ray, one of his most popular films in his native Bengal, is released on DVD next week.
The plot revolves around a proud but honest taxi driver who clashes with the police and is drawn into the orbit of a dubious businessman. It skillfully explores themes of class, caste, religion and sexual politics in Indian village society.
NO2ID art exhibition
Activists against ID cards in Brighton and Hove are calling on artists across the country to submit work for an art exhibition on the theme of identity, the implications of ID cards and what it means for us to be entering the “database state”.
The exhibition will open in Brighton this autumn. The panel welcomes entries from professionals, students, adult amateurs and under 18s. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org