What’s On January: The Festival of Imagination at Selfridges

To kick start the new year in good spirits, famed London department store, Selfridges is hosting a festival to explore the creative mind, and the ways imagination and wonder can enable innovative thought.

“Imagination is the mother of originality, we encourage imagination in every way possible.” Harry Gordon Selfridge 

Called The Festival of Imagination, this impressive series of events, interactive talks and performances – running over five weeks, throughout January and February, 2014 – comes courtesy of Selfridges and ideas platform, The Lost Lectures, in a bid to stimulate and re-engage shopper’s minds after an indulgent holiday break.

Featuring a diverse program of talks by the likes of Scottish poet, Carol Ann Duffy, award-winning film producer, Simon Chinn, and author of The Cloudspotters GuideGavin Pretor Pinney, the proceedings will take place in a specially-commissioned space aptly called “The Imaginarium”, designed by Dutch architect and innovative thinker Rem Koolhaas. In addition, Stylesight favorite, The School of Life is adding to the line-up with a curated series of events to captivate sale shoppers and visitors to the store, including a “Dance Party” with Psychologist Dr Peter Lovatt, exploring the ways dance and movement can improve emotion and body chemistry, and an insightful workshop by artist Cathy Haynes, to encourage daydreaming and respite as a way to trigger creative thought. In addition, music and pop culture journalist, Miranda Sawyer will take a nostalgic journey through her career via music, while psychologist Susan Quilliam will discuss, and try to understand, the concept of love.

If that isn’t enough to tempt you, then an interactive workshop by Suzanne Lee of Biocouture might be, during which she will demonstrate the vast potential of bio-manufacturing for future material and consumer applications. Also, architects Magnus Larsson and Alex Kaiser of Ordinary will show visitors how to grow their own towering “crystal buildings” and contribute to their extraordinary and growing crystal cityscape – all free and courtesy of London-based, pop-science collective, super/collider.

Tickets for the talks are strictly limited, and on a first come, first served basis – visit The Lost Lectures website for more details. See you there! – Samantha Fox

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