UNTIL JULY 16
CITY OF LONDON FESTIVAL
Classical music, dance, jazz, drama, literature, visual arts, film, a youth education project, street theatre and lots of City walks are on offer this year. Highlights include: Verdi's Requiem in St Paul's Cathedral, July 13, 7.30pm; and The Tempest, a concert dramatisation of Shakespeare's play to the accompaniment of the joyful Restoration music of Purcell and his contemporaries, Guildhall Great Hall, July 16, 7.30pm. Details: 0171 377 0540.
UNTIL OCTOBER 4
CHAGALL: LOVE AND THE STAGE
Mural paintings created in the 1920s for the auditorium of the State Yiddish Theatre in Moscow are getting their first British showing at the Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London W1. They will be complemented by some of Chagall's costume and set designs and paintings which reflect his great love for his wife. The exhibition focuses on the eight years Chagall spent in Russia at the time of World War I and the October Revolution. Details: 0171 300 8000.
FOR COMPASSION, NOT GAIN
The tale of St Thomas's from medieval sanctuary to Victorian hospital will be told at the Old Operating Theatre, Museum and Herb Garrett, 9a St Thomas's Street, London SE1, 2.30pm, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Health Service. Admission: #163;1.50-#163;2. 90. Details: 0171 955 4791.
SHREWSBURY SCIENCE FESTIVAL
Take an imaginary space flight from Earth to the outer edges of the solar system in the Astrodome mobile planetarium, visit an exhibition on "Women into science and engineering" featuring hands-on technological activities for girls and check out the scientific trade fair and careers convention. For schools there is a Rainforest Roadshow, starring stick insects, beetles, tropical moths and tarantulas. Details: 01743 243424.
VISUAL ARTS AT THE GROVE
Sixth-formers from The Grove School, St Leonards-on-S ea, East Sussex, are exhibiting their work in the town's Utopia Gallery. Disciplines covered include: printmaking, photography, fashion, sculpture, drawing and painting. Details: Roger Talbot, 01424 431691.
BROWSE AND PLAY
The Association of Woodwind Teachers invites you to browse through an extensive stock of music for winds, and enjoy a party at June Emerson's, Ampleforth, Yorkshire. The AWT is also running a conference for general and specialist woodwind teachers at Little Benslow Hills, Hitchin, September 25-27. Details: Bernard Parris, 01502 723493.
CITY LEAP '98
A spectacular evening lantern parade through Regent's Park featuring stilt walkers and jugglers and a free giant shadow-puppet performance in the open air kicks off this youth arts festival. Other events at venues across North Westminster include: three original plays written and performed by local youth theatres, tickets #163;1 (details: 0171 723 4400); and "Musical Madness" with rappers, Chinese musicians and girl choristers, tickets #163;1 (details: 0171 258 2920). Hotline: 0171 641 3032.
SHORT FILM DIRECTING
JULY 25,30,27 AND AUGUST 29
INTERNET FOR BEGINNERS
At a creative video workshop, John Dower, who directed the acclaimed Electric Frank in the BBCChannel 4 series Brief Encounters, will show his films and discuss the art of directing. Tickets: #163;3. The second course, on how to surf the World Wide Web, costs #163;5. Venue: Croydon Clocktower. Details: 0181 253 1030.
TAUNTON SUMMER SCHOOL
Composer, Leighton James House, is leading a "Let's Make a Musical" course for children aged eight upwards, August 3-7. They will "set his music to words" and perform the show on the last day. Other courses include character reading from facial expressions, Wessex walks, Somerset villages and "In search of Hunkypunks" (the intriguing world of churches, churchyards, stained glass window designs and clasping buttresses). Details: Diana Atkinson, 01823 349243.
WRITING BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
Leicestershire children's authors and experienced adult education tutors, such as Jana Novotny Hunter and Rose Impey, will give tips to budding children's writers at Leicester Adult Education College's Writing School. Sessions include a "Writing for Schools Day" (August 5), especially for teachers and a masterclas s on writing film scripts led by children's scriptwriter, Andrew Melrose, director of an MA course on the subject. Accommodation available. Details: 0116 2334343.
BROADENING HORIZONS: READING FOR LIFE
Philip Pullman, Adele Geras and Geoff Fox are among the speakers at this Arts Council children's literature summer school at Westminster College, Oxford. Seminar topics include: poetry; translated literature; illustration as ways of telling; and experimenting with form. Plus readings and storytelling by Liz Weir and Patrick Ryan. Fee: #163;195 residential. Details: 01865 253331.
A total of #163;4,000 to fund innovative secondary geography teaching is available from The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers). Project proposals should be submitted by July 17 in these categories: map work, information technology, individual target setting, the use of literature in geography, school links and Eastern Asia.Grants of #163;150-#163;1000 will be made, funded by HSBC Holdings. Details: Alison Glazebrook, 0171 591 3006; e-mail: a.glazebrook@rgs. org
REX BEDDIS TRAVEL BURSARY
The sum of #163;1,000 is available for the promotion of UKoverseas school linking (but not to fund pupil exchanges) together with the production of education materials related to environment and development issues. Details: Sarah King, World Wide Fund for Nature, 01483 426444.
CHILDREN OF THE STORM
"In Britain the push for better exam results and league table placings has meant that the needs of refugee children are often ignored," says Children of the Storm, a charity running a nationwide campaign to get the Office for Standards in Education to recognise the need for schools to support refugee students. Other projects include: "Distribution of Square Fish", a free welcome and awareness-raising pack for refugee children and those working with them (send SAE for #163;1.50); a small grants scheme; and a study support club.
Details: 61 Oak Grove, Cricklewood NW2 3LS, telfax 0181 450 0223.
The summer issue of Trentham Books' new journal, Improving Schools, contains a hard-hitting critique of Dr Peter Robinson's work on Excellence in Schools at the London School of Economics by Michael Barber, head of the standards and effectiveness unit, Department for Education and Employment. It costs #163;10 or the annual subscription is #163;30. Details: 01782 745567844699; e-mail: