Wake up to a midsummer's white dream

A snowman at the Royal Academy?It must be summer. Heather Neill reports.

Summer exhibition

* A snowman is making an unseasonal appearance at the Royal Academy in London. Traditionally an eclectic display, the Summer Exhibition is this year is as varied as ever, with the work of painters, sculptors, printmakers and architects on show, but focusing on sculpture. The snowman is a white-painted bronze by Gary Hume, in the newly-reopened Annenberg Courtyard. The featured painter is pop artist Allen Jones. Tel: 020 7300 8000; www.royalacademy.org.uk.

Gospel singing

* On Monday evening, 1,000 children will be singing a mixture of traditional and modern gospel songs at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The Young Disciples Gospel Concert will feature young people from the London boroughs of Enfield, Southwark, Haringey and Barnet, as well as contingents from Brighton and Norwich. Tickets: 020 7589 8212; www.royalalberthall.co.uk.


* A Prayer for Owen Meaney in the National's reconfigured Lyttelton Theatre is a stunningly staged critique of post-war America viewed through the prism of Christianity. In this adaptation of John Irving's 1989 novel, Owen is a strange force of nature from his schooling to his sacrificial death, which he foresees, saving a group of Vietnamese children. Students of stage techniques, especially lighting, will find as much to discuss here as teachers of history and religion. And it's hilarious, too. Until June 29. Tickets: 020 7452 3000.

Children's theatre

* Daisy Jones finds herself trapped inside the first edition of one of her uncle's comic books after eating a jelly bean from a packet taped to the cover. To escape, she must find the endings to all the stories begun in the book. The evil Dr Cabbagefinger, who invented the beans, is not going to make things easy for her. Daisy Jones and the Jelly Bean Conspiracy, a free outdoor show for children over five years old, comes from the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, and will tour Suffolk and Essex this summer. Information: 01473 295911.

Literary Liverpool

* The Writing on the Wall Festival in Liverpool continues this weekend, featuring writers, music and film, on the theme of the Commonwealth. Until June 23. Programme: www.writingonthewall.org.uk. The impact of new technology on writing is an important component in the festival, organised in partnership with the International Centre for Digital Content at John Moores University, and stories and histories of Liverpool people can be found at www.liverpool2007.org.uk.

Music for Youth

* Participants in the National Festival of Music for Youth, sponsored by The TES - and there are 10,000 of them - will have made all their arrangements for the trip to the South Bank in London during the week July 1 to 6, but audiences may still be able to include it in their planning. Musicians aged four to 19 will play all kinds of music, from jazz to classical and rock. Day tickets available: 020 7960 4242. Information about Music for Youth: 020 8870 9624.

Ambient music

* The BBC National Orchestra of Wales is making music in Ammanford, Camarthenshire, this week - in residential areas, pubs, schools and supermarkets. Tomorrow, Music in the Park will go on all day, and various local churches and chapels will be involved on Sunday. For information about Making Music in Ammanford: 02920 701848520.

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