Friday Late: Baroque to the Future @ Victoria and Albert Museum, London [29 April]

Friday Late: Baroque to the Future

18:30 - 22:00

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Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 2RL London, United Kingdom
Baroque to the Future
Friday 29 April
18.30 – 22.00

April’s Friday Late celebrates the newly-opened Europe 1600 – 1815 galleries, and explores the influence of European culture in Britain as the referendum on EU membership looms. Listen in on courtly gossip, marvel in encyclopaedic knowledge of revolution, take part in a Versailles dance-off, sing-along to Napoleonic pop songs, and enter the V&A's very own Eurovision song contest.
Presented by The Amy Grimehouse with Late Night Library Club.

All events are free and places are designated on a first-come, first-served basis, unless stated otherwise. Filming and photography will take place at this event.

Please note, if the Museum reaches capacity we will allow access on a one-in, one-out basis.


DJ Jacqui Potato
Grand Entrance
Drag superstar Jacqui Potato spins the best in euro-pop. Expect the finest in disco, euro-trash and pop classics.

The Amy Grimehouse presents: Eurovision
Grand Entrance
Hosts John Sizzle and Lazy Susan present a special Grimehouse version of the Eurovision song contest. From ABBA’s triumph Waterloo, modern sing-along classics, to the campest dance-off on the continent, Eurovision represents Europe at its best.

Black History Tours
Meeting Point
19.00, 19.30, 20.00
Take a guided tour through the Europe 1600 – 1815 galleries and discover objects relating to slavery and plantation life, to colonialism and biblical representations, and to black women’s histories and experiences.

The Silhouette Take Away
Outside Porter Gallery
Have your picture taken in this 18th-century photo booth by London Animation. Select from a range of frames and fashionable hair styles worn by high society of the day. Get snapped and leave with a silhouette printed portrait.

The Court of Versailles
Room 5, Europe 1600 – 1815
19.00, 19.50, 20.40
20 minute timed performances
The Court of Versailles has taken over the Europe Galleries and the foremost actors, dancers and musicians have been called upon to perform at the court supper. You are invited to join the throng as one of their most exalted guests and share in the extraordinary entertainments laid on for your pleasure.

La Belle Danse
Raphael, Room 48a
18.45, 19.15, 20.00, 20.30
Two-step back in time with dancer Lasana Shabbazz and learn the rituals of courtly dance. Taking period influences from fashion, trade and entertainment, this dance workshop will explore European dance fused with a twist of Caribbean heritage.

Lunchroom, Learning Centre
Demonstrate your ‘fandom’ by creating a colourful paper fan in homage to your favourite celebrity. Then use your charming fan-shaped fashion accessories to show where your true affections lie in our 17th-century speed dating extravaganza. Learn all about communicating your attraction via a slight of hand and a flutter of an eyelid.

Cookie Cameos
Lunchroom, Learning Centre
Inspired by Judith Klausner’s edible artworks, this workshop will teach you how to carve a portrait in cookies and cream. Whether a self-portrait or a study of your love, whatever you create it’ll be good enough to eat!

Eurovision and the Soft Power of Culture
The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre
Nations have always used culture to boost their global image, but who does it best? And how has it changed since 1600? A panel of art historians and experts discuss the soft power of culture, from the early days of opera to Eurovision 2016.
Chaired by Steve Bloomfield, Monocle Executive Editor

Drink, Love and Loyalty in Europe
National Art Library
In this lecture, Dr Angela McShane explores the role of intoxicating drink in church, state and society in the history of Europe secular and religious drinking rituals drew on both classical and Christian traditions using beautiful vessels to enact, commemorate and display declarations of love and loyalty through drinking games.
Please note coats and bags are not permitted in the Library. Please leave these items in the cloakroom.

Sippets and Syllabubs: Eating in Style in Georgian Europe

National Art Library
The 18th century had the best food in history, eaten in a style which has never been bettered. Food historian Dr Annie Gray explains why the 18th century was so great, and puts the food-related material trappings of the Europe galleries in a truly delicious and enthralling context.
Please note coats and bags are not permitted in the Library. Please leave these items in the cloakroom.

Pocket-guides to Good Living
National Art Library
The National Art Library will display a small selection of books from 1600 – 1815 providing a glimpse inside the Georgian kitchen.
Please note coats and bags are not permitted in the Library. Please leave these items in the cloakroom.

Wayne Chisnall
Sculpture, Room 25
Artist Wayne Chisnall’s work involves the reworking and assemblage of found objects.
Made up of fragments, found objects and curios, the exhibited piece calls to mind 17th century collectors’ cabinets and their intention to provoke curiosity and wonder. The use of tiny display cases and cabinets elevates these oddities to the status of artefacts, giving the sculpture the overall appearance of a nightmarish, mobile museum.

By Uandnonu

Drinks are available in the Grand Entrance throughout the evening and in the John Madejski Garden (weather permitting).
Food and drinks will be served in the Café until 21.00.
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Until 3 July 2016
Sponsored by Societe Generale

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Sponsored by Agent Provocateur and Revlon

Paul Strand: Photogrpahy and Film for the 20th Century
Until 3 July 2016
Supported by the American Friends of the V&A

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