Samurai History and Legend

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Cambridge Arts Round Up Episode 47

In this edition Simon Bertin encounters the Art of the Samurai at Cambridge University library’s ‘Samurai History and Legend’ Exhibition with curator Dr Kristin Williams; Award winning author Patricia Fara talks on her book on electricity in the enlightenment  ‘An entertainment for angels’ which holds some shocking and incredible tales; Playwright Sue Bevan previews her new play ‘Hiraeth’on the Aberfan disaster of 1966; Cambridge University’s  Ukranian Society’s Olenka Dmtryk talks on the destruction of artwork of Maryia Pryimachenko by the Russians; and Polish Artist Izabela Imiolczyk opens a new exhibition with some natural impressionist zing in it.  

Dr Kristin Williams Head of Japanese and Korean section Cambridge University Library

Dr Patricia Fara Historian of science at Cambridge University Emeritus Fellow of Clare college talks on her book ‘An entertainment for angels, electricity in the Enlightenment’

Sue Bevan Writer, Theatre maker and Workshop leader  and winner of the Alpine Fellowship international Theatre Prize 2020 and the Yoevil Literary prize in 2021 for her play ‘Hiraeth’ about the Aberfan disaster of 1966 which she witnessed as a young first aider.

Through poetry, narrative storytelling, original documentation and theatrical dialectic Hiraeth explores questions thrown up by the Aberfan tragedy and persisting to this very day.
Present and past collide in a Welsh nomansland. When a tip five times the recommended height pours onto the local junior school and claims 116 children’s lives, fundamental failings of late modern capitalism are laid bare, issues that will arise again at Flixborough, Hillsborough, and Grenfell. Some lives really don’t matter and, when it’s a question of profit versus people, the ordinary man, woman and child rarely come out on top.

So when is it time to let go of the rage at past wrongdoings? Fifty years on? A hundred? Or does a man-made, predictable and above all a predicted tragedy like this so change the DNA of the individual, the community, and the body politic, that it’s never possible to heal or restore a sense of equilibrium. Should we strive to ‘forgive and forget’, or must we instead ‘forgive and remember’? Are we compelled to carry our pain forever, each day dying another death until our last breath? Or can we somehow own our agency, employ it, and start to live once more?

Olenka Dmtryk 

Fighting has meant 25 works by Maryia Pyrichenko have been destroyed and the society is protesting in Kings Parade.

Pryimachenko’s work was admired by Picasso

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Artist Izabela Imiolczyk exhibits at 11 Norfolk street

Recently she has extended her interest in the conservation of one arts and arrangement of sacred spaces by completing further postgraduate studies in this field in Krakow. This has served to heighten her awareness of the significance of art and beauty in our most precious public and private spaces. Her paintings aim, not only to be an expression of her creativity , but of her spirituality and appreciation of inner space.