We pick out some of the best events in Hertfordshire during March
Multi award winning autistic artist Stony, also known as Anthony Russo, is 57 and living with a terminal brain tumour. In February 2019, he was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Grade 4 Brain Tumour. He has undergone two surgeries, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, immunotherapy, participated in a clinical trial and is currently having Avastin treatment alongside chemotherapy. His artwork today is massively influenced by his illness, positively and negatively. But reading his paintings, you can see that he puts his whole life on the canvas, in all aspects. You get a piece of history, a piece of someone’s life. His is a story we all need to look up.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Until 5 June
National History Museum, Tring
In February’s Absolutely Hertfordshire we promoted the National History Museum’s hugely popular Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition – and now the votes from the public have been counted and the winners of the People’s Choice Award have been announced. From frozen lakes and lions sheltering from the elements, to an image full of hope, it’s yet another excuse to go and check out the images at the Tring sight as well as these award winners in London.
The 9th Festival of Film
This is a truly great day out for fans of British film and TV from the 1940s, 1950s & 1960s. The event at the Alban Arena in St Albans includes a variety of films, shorts and celebrity guests from the world of film and the eras we all love, on stage throughout the day, plus a selection of stalls selling film memorabilia, special book signings and DVDs.
Until 1 May
Warner Bros. Studio Tour
Brand new for 2022, Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Watford is set to reveal the filmmaking trickery behind the Harry Potter film series as it shines a spotlight on magical pranks and mishaps in the new feature, Magical Mischief. Demonstrations throughout the Studio Tour include how clever camera trickery created the disappearing effect of the invisibility cloak and visitors will also be able to get hands on to make their own origami howler, just like the one Mrs Weasley delivered to her son in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
The Book of Dust
Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar
If you don’t fancy travelling into London, why not watch National Theatre or Royal Opera House productions on the big screen at Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar? The Book of Dust is the thrilling first volume in Philip Pullman’s latest trilogy, filmed live from The Bridge Theatre. Future offerings from the Royal Opera House include screenings from Rigoletto and La Traviata.
Arriving & Belonging
Until 15 May
St Albans Museum & Gallery
In this exhibition, Jewish community members with roots from around the world welcome visitors into their lives, telling some of their stories through personal objects and family photographs. Connect with the individual experiences of Jewish people in Britain and see how they became part of the vibrant city of St Albans. Their fascinating stories bring to life the universal themes of sanctuary, courage, compassion, work and community. Explore the timeline of Jewish life in St Albans and England and take a virtual stroll around St Albans to see where the Jewish community settled. See how its members have contributed to the wider community and listen to their stories.
Outdoor Living Exhibition
Visit Bridgman’s beautiful Enfield showroom on 17 March to discover this year’s garden design trends and innovations at their Outdoor Living Exhibition. Explore their award-winning furniture collections showcased alongside premium outdoor products such as external shading systems, outdoor technology and delightful drinks from their local partner brands.
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