Remember back in January how you said this would be the year you learned some new skills? Remember googling ‘how to knit’ and then getting distracted by a video of a cat? Don’t worry – Londoners’ lives are busy, and you’re not the only one whose good intentions fell at the first hurdle.
Thankfully, with City Lit it’s easy enough to learn something new at any time of the year. From their home in Covent Garden, they run short courses in everything from Japanese to jazz, stand-up comedy to sculpture, with a huge choice of courses available at any one time. So whether you're looking to boost your CV, take your passion to the next level or simply learn something new, you'd have to be a real know-it-all not to find something you can get stuck into.
On Friday April 6 and Saturday April 7, City Lit is holding open days where anyone can drop in and find out a bit more about what goes on there, and get hands-on in some classes, too. Here’s a taster of what’s in store.
Got a thirst for knowledge, but not particularly picky about what flavour? Sign up for a mystery session that could quite literally be about anything. Think of it like Secret Cinema, except you come away cleverer, and there’s no need to dress as a wookiee.
£5 one hour, £10 two hours, Friday evening.
For those with a particular skill in mind, these short preview sessions give an insight into what City Lit offers and the way it teaches. Options range from the practical – photography and jewellery-making – to the fantastically frivolous – drumming and stand-up comedy.
£5 one hour, £10 two hours, Friday daytime and evening and Saturday daytime.
Walks, talks and more
There’s plenty more going on outside the classrooms, too. On Friday night there’s a quiz in the City Lit café, plus live performances from City Lit’s music and comedy students. There are also free talks, demonstrations and open studios, and, for a fiver, a history walk on the Friday, revealing the rich and varied past of Holborn and St Giles.
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