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Jane Wildgoose installation at the Sir John Soane's Museum
Jane Wildgoose's installation to complement the Mrs Delany and her Circle exhibition

Arts & Culture

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Central London will be transformed to celebrate Chinese New Year on Sunday 21 February, although the date on which Chinese New Year fell was actually 14 February.

Visitors to Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square and London Chinatown will be able to celebrate the Year of the Tiger in spectacular style with Chinese arts and entertainment from international and homegrown artists, plus food, firecrackers and fireworks.

In Trafalgar Square, two groups from China will perform world-class dance, music and acrobatics.

In a specially decorated Chinatown, there will be cultural stalls, food and lion dance displays. Shaftesbury Avenue will become 'Hong Kong in London Chinatown', with a stage featuring performances by local Chinese artists.

In Leicester Square visitors can enjoy a fireworks display to close the day's events in the capital.

Time: Everything kicks off at 12pm and finishes at 6pm.

The crazy 77s

We Love 77 exhibition

For many, 1977 was the definitive era of Punk and a new exhibition at WW Gallery called We Love 77 shows 77 paintings by artist duo Sardine & Tobleroni, chronicling the the evolution of Punk.

There will be special appearances from the legendary Don Letts and punk rock icon Poly Styrene of X-ray Spex, plus screenings of major punk documentaries and surprise gigs at the London launch.

To launch the exhibition Don Letts will play a set and Poly Styrene, often described as the voice of '77, will introduce her film x-ray Spex Live At The Roundhouse 2008.

We Love 77 - Launch Friday 19 February (attendance by rsvp only to rsvpwwgallery@gmail.com ) and the exhibition runs to 21 March 2010.

For more information: http://www.wilsonwilliamsgallery.com

Fun for the kids

IMAGINE is the Southbank Centre's annual children's festival consisting of poetry, story-telling, stand-up comedy, magic and music.

The festival is aimed at children aged between five to 11 and has been running since 11 February.

This weekend children can enjoy a Beatbox Concerto for Kids featuring Shlomo, Julian hepple's Story Time and Kathak Stanzas.

For all the information go to: www.southbankcentre.co.uk or call the ticket office on 0844 847 9910.

Merry widow

Mrs Delany and her Circle is a fascinating new exhibition at the sumptuous Sir John Soane's Museum, which as ever enables you to walk back in time to a world of art, literature and fashionable 18th century life.

Edmund Burke described Mary Delany as 'a woman of fashion for all ages' and this can be seen clearly with a black satin court dress she embroidered with hundreds of delicate cascading flowers, panels of which can be seen at the exhibition for the first time in 200 years.

Mrs Delany was married off at 17 to a many 40 years her senior and when he died eight years later, she used the freedom of widowhood to attend court and concerts and enjoy the company of 'blue stocking' feminine companions.

She rubbed shoulders with Jonathan Swift, the Duchess of Portland and even King George lll was an admirer of her work.

The exhibition helps you explore this fascinating world through the prism of Mrs Delany's life.

Mrs Delany and her Circle; Sir John Soane's Museum 19 February to 1 May.

For more information: Sir John Soane's Museum or visit the museum at 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A.

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