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Arts and Science Festival 2017: The Odyssey  

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Arts and Science Festival 2017

The University of Birmingham’s Art & Science Festival returns 13-19 March 2017.

Themed 'Land and Water', the festival is now inviting proposals for talks, exhibitions, performances, workshops and screenings that showcase collaboration, research and ideas from the University of Birmingham to an ever-growing public audience.

Mon 13 Mar, 2pm | Tickets £8 (£6)

Summer, 1946. The Cousteau family - Jacques, his wife Simone and their two children Philippe and Jean-Michel - live in their beautiful house by the Mediterranean sea. By day they dive, by night they watch the stars. It's paradise on earth. But Jacques is never content. He lives and breathes adventure and believes absolutely in the virtues of progress. With his invention, the aqualung, his recently acquired vessel the Calypso, and a crew of free-spirited adventurers he is ready to cross the world's oceans. Ten years later, back from the boarding school to which he was sent with Jean-Michel, Philippe finds his father greatly altered – an international celebrity with megalomaniac dreams of grafting gills to humans and creating underwater cities. Jacques cannot see it yet, but Philippe already understands that progress and pollution have begun to lay waste to the submarine world. Despite their mutual love and admiration, violent conflict between these two passionate men is inevitable. But on their greatest adventure together aboard the Calypso, in Antarctica, they will find each other - before tragedy strikes.

Preview screening courtesy of Altitude Film Distribution.Presented by the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology as part of of University of Birmingham's Arts & Science Festival 2017, a week-long celebration of ideas, research, culture and collaboration.


12A (122 min)

Director: Jérôme Salle

Cast: Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney, Audrey Tautou

English | 2016


Join A Midlands Odyssey authors for a special workshop to mark the re-launch of their collection of short stories, transplanting Homeric epic to the contemporary English Midlands. With a range of settings – from smart canal-side apartments to late-night launderettes – these stories are wonderfully inventive and offer a down-to-earth take on one of the world’s greatest pieces of storytelling.

Channel your inner Odysseus in a series of creative writing activities designed to reflect on the practice of storytelling and to explore how existing narratives are forever renewed in their retelling. Participants will be given the opportunity to share and discuss the work that they produce during the course of the workshop in a supportive and informal environment, with prior knowledge of Homer’s Odyssey by no means a prerequisite.

Presented by the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology in partnership with Arts & Science Festival, mac birmingham and B-Film as part of Homer’s Odyssey Today, a series of events at mac birmingham focusing on the Odyssey’s afterlife from a variety of perspectives.A Midlands Odyssey was commissioned by Writing West Midlands.

Wed 15 Mar, 10.30am – 12.30pm | Tickets £10 and a free copy of the book 'A Midlands Odyssey