What’s On | March

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Compiled by: Fay Crampin and Katrina Harper-Lewis

Enjoy the plethora of events going on in the capital this month, from kung fu-inspired performance to political art and film- making. Also take a look at our night sky, discover some Nordic design icons and buy a future masterpiece


26–28 March
Following its global tour, the award-winning Sutra returns to Sadler’s Wells to celebrate its 10th anniversary. This high-energy collaboration between choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and 19 Buddhist monks from China’s Shaolin Temple also features 21 wooden boxes created specifically for the show by sculptor Antony Gormley and is set to a specially commissioned score by Polish composer Szymon Brzóska. The breath-taking athletic spectacle, incorporating kung fu, explores the philosophy and faith behind the Shaolin tradition. Tickets £12–£40. sadlerswells.com

Charles-Alexis Grenier – Promenade du Dimanche

Affordable Art Fair

8–11 March
Looking to dip your toe into the world of art-buying? Head to the Affordable Art Fair at Battersea Park to find a carefully selected collection of works, including sculpture, painting, photography and print, from over 100 galleries, by new and emerging artists. Gallerists will be on hand to help you choose the right pieces and there will be workshops, talks and tours throughout the day. Tickets from £10 in advance, from £12 on the door, free for under-16s accompanied by an adult. affordableartfair.com

The Cinema Travellers – Amit Madheshiya

Unorthodocs at Somerset House

12 March–21 May
Celebrate documentary making at its most ground-breaking this month, as the fifth annual series of Unorthodocs comes to Somerset House. This specially curated series of award-winning documentaries includes: The Work, which follows a four-day group therapy retreat with convicts at Folsom Prison; Machines, which observes workers at textile factory in Gujarat; and 2016 Sundance Film Festival hit Gleason, which charts former NFL football player Steve Gleason’s life with ALS. Each screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with members of the films’ production teams. Tickets £10. somersethouse.org.uk

Chris Wiliams Zoeica Images

Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008–2018

28 March–12 August
This thought-provoking exhibition at the Design Museum explores the way that graphics and technology – from protest placards to internet memes – have shaped and challenged public opinion on some of the world’s major political events over the past decade, from the financial crash to Brexit and Trump. More than 160 exhibits and installations will be on display, including real-time social media conversations about political leaders. Tickets £10.90 for adults, £5.50 for children aged 6+. designmuseum.org

© John Walter. Photograph Jonathan Bassett

Somewhere Inbetween

8 March–27 August
What happens when art and science collide? This exhibition at The Wellcome Collection explores this very idea, with four immersive installations on subjects that are central to human life – from our food sources to the limitations of the human body. Contemporary artists Martina Amati, Daria Martin, Maria McKinney and John Walter collaborated with scientists in the fields of physiology, neuroscience, immunology and genetics to create the works, which explore the connections that lie between us. wellcomecollection.org; 020 7611 2222

Marino Thorlacius/ Vík Prjónsdóttir

Century of the Child

30 March–2 September
We’ve long admired the minimalist yet functional aesthetics of Nordic design, but this exhibition at the V&A’s Museum of Childhood looks specifically at some of the most iconic Nordic designs for children throughout the 20th century. It features designs from BRIO and LEGO to the Moomins, as well as looking at the worldwide influence of brands including IKEA and BabyBjörn. There will be a host of interactives for families to explore, too. Admission free. vam.ac.uk

© National Maritime Museum, London

Jon Culshaw’s Guide to the Night Sky

15 March
You’ll know him first and foremost as an impressionist and comedian, but Jon Culshaw is also a keen astronomer and one of the judges for Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year, as well as a regular contributor to the Sky at Night. Take a visual trip around the cosmos at Greenwich Royal Observatory, guided by Jon, who will talk you through his knowledge of our galaxy and all its celestial delights. From 6.30–7.30pm. Adult tickets £10, children £7. rmg.co.uk

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