As appeared in Portsmouth View, 13 January 2017
According to Google, Carmentalia was the two feast days of the Roman goddess Carmenta celebrated on 11th and 15th January. She was celebrated for her power of looking back into the past and forward into the future.
Looking back there are many events in 2016 that people would rather forget. However, there is a lot of hope pinned to a better year ahead.
Let us start with a little bit of Stargazing Live and celebrate Stephen Hawking’s 75th birthday. The man is responsible for the public fascination with the universe.
A team of scientists from the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth are going to show the public their research into the universe at the event to be held in the Historic Dockyard on 31st January.
Cosmologist Professor Claudia Maraston will be leading the Café Scientifique session on Tuesday 24th January at Le Café Parisien.
The free event starts at 7.30pm and the topic of discussion will be the formation and evolution of galaxies.
Another cosmologist Professor Kazuya Koyama will be giving his inaugural public lecture on Wednesday 25th January at the University. He will discuss his work on gravity and Einstein’s theory.
Also at the University, on 17th January, James Thomas will be speaking on Hampshire Shipping 1790-1914 in the Newcomen Society series. More information on the Newcomen Society can be found on their website www.newcomen.com
Head along to the Innlodge Executive Suite for a night of professional jazz in an intimate setting on Monday 16th January provided by flautist extraordinaire, Gareth Lochrane, and his quartet.
On 18th January the Lord Mayor, David Fuller, and Lady Mayoress, Leza Tremorin, will host their monthly coffee morning in the Banqueting Hall of Portsmouth Guildhall, raising money for charities.
The Australian Ballet will bring David McAllister’s The Sleeping Beauty to the King’s Theatre on 19th January.
Singer songwriter Dennis Ellsworth will be performing in my favourite café, The Teatray, on 20th January and tickets are selling fast.
Fan of the fast footwork of Irish dancing would love the Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games to be performed at Portsmouth Guildhall from 20th-22nd January.
On 30th January we welcome back Ensemble 360 to the Guildhall for two performances. In the afternoon they will face hundreds of school children for a special concert, followed by an evening performance of music by Brahms.
So much to look forward to this year!