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FROM MARCH 27: VE DAY 50TH ANNIVERSARY PROJECTS

Age Exchange Reminiscence Centre, Blackheath, London SE3 is recreating a VE Day street party with bunting, flags, raucous singing, jelly, fairy cakes, Spam sandwiches and "When the Lights Go On Again", an audio-visual exhibition, on how families "made do". Age Exchange's play, Back Home, will premiere during the Greenwich Festival, June 13-17, 2 pm, and a book of the same title will be launched on June 13 in the Bakehouse, the centre's new arts building. Details: 0181 318 91053504.

MARCH 30 AND APRIL 1

ROBERT STEADMAN'S 30TH BIRTHDAY CONCERTS

Robert Steadman is marking his birthday with concerts of his own music at the British Music Information Centre, Stratford Place, London W1, 7.30 pm, tickets Pounds 3 on the door; and Holywell Music Room, Oxford, 8 pm, tickets Pounds 6. The first will be performed by the Holywell Ensemble, the second by the Rob Steadman Band. The composer can be booked to visit schools. Details: Robert Steadman, 01737 210226.

MARCH 31

AFRICA '95 FESTIVAL EXHIBITIONS - TEACHERS' EVENING

Introductory talks at the Scientific Societies Lecture Theatre, New Burlington Place, London W1, 6 to 8.45 pm, about the exhibition, "Africa - the Art of a Continent", at the Royal Academy and related exhibitions at the Museum of Mankind. Reception and private view of Museum of Mankind exhibitions included. Free tickets from: RA education department, 0171 494 5733.

APRIL 8-23

SCIENCE ON THE MENU

Easter holiday events at the Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London SW7 include: food demonstrations; dramas about Clarence Birdseye and his early food-freezing techniques, and the life of a 1920s Lyons Food Hall "nippy" (waitress); and "the gastronomic gameshow". At Easter egg race workshops, participants will make and race their own balloon-powered vehicles. Details: 0171 938 8000.

APRIL 8-23

MUSIC FOR A WHILE

A festival of London's 17th-century music, at the Museum of London, London Wall EC2, to celebrate the Purcell tercentenary. Families (children should be seven and over) can create and play music inspired by the galleries alongside London Symphony Orchestra members (Pounds 1.25 bookable in advance); or recreate "300-year-old pop music" (free but bookable in advance). Over Easter the Broadside Band will "sing the news" - funny and bawdy street songs - and visitors will be able to shake a leg with Baroque n'Roll dancers. Details: 0171 600 3699 ext 200.

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