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UNTIL APRIL 21 FREDERIC LEIGHTON 1830-1896 Exhibition of paintings, sculptures and drawings at the Royal Academy, Piccadilly, London W1, to mark the centenary of the artist's death. As well as his grand mythological and historical paintings, it will include portraits of family and friends and oil sketches of Mediterranean and North African landscapes. Group bookings: 0171 494 5733. Details: 0171 494 5615.

MARCH 1-16 BRADFORD FILM FESTIVAL Highlights at the Pictureville Cinema and Bradford Playhouse and Film Theatre include the inaugural Lumi re lecture (Sir David Puttnam on Sir Michael Balcon), a season of films produced by Sir Michael Balcon, a tribute to Donald Pleasance, and from March 4-8, 1.30-4.30 pm, Shakespeare screenings for schools with talks and notes, tickets Pounds 1, and the 10 films teachers voted the most important of the last 100 years. Details: 01274 770000.

MARCH 2,9 AND 30 MAKE YOUR WRITING SPEAK Arts Council of England funded training days to help writers improve their live performance skills at Central Library, Bradford, Abbey Community Centre, Westminster, London SW1, and Central Library, Birmingham, respectively. Trainers: Joan Barr, storyteller, Roz Comins, voice teacher, and Anjum Malik, performance poet and dancer. Admission: Pounds 18.50, Pounds 8.50 concessions. Details: Ingrid Wilson, Voice in the Crowd, 01633 267367 (telfax).

UNTIL JUNE 2 THE IMAGE OF THE SITTER The importance of background and its contribution to the image of the sitter is explored in a free exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London WC2, organised in association with The World of Interiors. There are accompanying free lectures on Thursdays and Saturdays. Details: 0171 306 0055.

MARCH 7 BRILLIANCE OF YOUTH Concert celebrating the 125th anniversary of the National Union of Teachers at the Royal Festival Hall, 7.30 pm. Organised by Music for Youth, the programme will include: guest appearances from Wayne Sleep and Kenny Baker, the Kent Schools' Chorus performing Richard Stilgoe's specially-commissioned School Song, as well as the Northamptonshire County Youth Orchestra, National Youth Ballet, and Ashford Youth Jazz Orchestra. Details from Nicola Russell on 01865 511065.

MARCH 12 (6-7 PM) THE INFLUENCE OF TELEVISION MAY 24 (12.15-1.15 PM) AIDS AND INDIA: BACK FROM THE FRONT Two lectures in the Paul Hamlyn series at Thames Valley University, St Mary's Road, London W5, to be given by Michael Grade and Robert Pratt respectively. Michael Grade is the chief executive of Channel 4 and a TVU honorary professor and Robert Pratt is professor of nursing in TVU's Wolfson School of Health Sciences. Free admission by ticket only from: Sue Marsh, 0181 231 2065.

MARCH 21 EARLY YEARS SEMINAR Organised by OMEP (the World Organisation for Early Childhood Education), London Institute of Education and the National Children's Bureau's Early Childhood Unit at 8 Wakley Street, London WC1. It will cover working with parents, positively valuing children's ethnicity, and building intimate relationships with young children. Fee: Pounds 10. Details: Kim Vernon, Institute of Education, 0171 612 6588.

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