Sophie Eastaugh looks at London’s week ahead and picks the best of the bunch for our weekly events guide, dated Monday 17th-24th February and online every Monday lunchtime![divider]

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Young Filmmaker’s Studio: Exploring Identity through Film

[divider] 1. Handa’s Surprise[divider]

Tues 18th, Wed 19th, Thurs 20th & Sun 23rd, varying times

JW3, Drama Studio 1 & 2

£6 standard, £3 conc

Treat the kids to this magical blend of puppetry, physical performance and live music inspired by Eileen Browne’s charming picture book Handa. Travel to Kenya, where Handa is journeying to see her best friend Akeyo and collecting seven delicious fruits as a surprise. Could you resist the sweet-smelling guava or the tangy purple passion fruit? Suitable for 2-6 yrs. Click here for more information.[divider]

2. Imagine Children’s Festival[divider]

Daily 10am-11pm until Sunday 23rd February

Southbank Centre

Variety of free and ticketed events. £12 in advance, £15 on the door

This annual children’s festival takes half-term by storm with a fantastic array of fancy dress days, singing workshops and appearances by top children’s writers. Highlights include Grandpa Joe’s Giant Storytelling Bed, story performances inspired by Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (various times daily) and a reading by treasured children’s author Jacqueline Wilson (Tues 18th Feb). Click here for more information.[divider]

3. 12 Years a Slave [divider]

Mon 17th, Tue 18th, Wed 19th & Thurs 20th, various times

JW3 Cinema

£12 standard, £6 conc

Winning Best Picture at Sunday’s BAFTA’s, Steve McQueen’s violent slavery biopic comes to JW3. Set in pre-Civil War United States, the film tells the incredible true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man who is sold into slavery and must battle the odds for his freedom. Exceptional cast starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt. Click here for more information.[divider]

4.   Young Filmmaker’s Studio: Exploring Identity through Film[divider]

Thursday 20th February, 10:30am-12:30pm, booking essential

Jewish Museum London

Free with museum entry, Ages 12-16, £3.50

Ever wanted to make a film but don’t know where to start? UK Jewish Film’s Hackney Roots team will work with you to explore films from Jewish Hackney and help you create your own shorts. Kickstart a film project and enter it into the Hackney Roots filmmaking competition, the winners of which will have their films screened at the Hackney Picturehouse in May. Click here for more information.[divider]

With The Kids…
5. Half Term Family Fun Day[divider]

Tuesday 18th Feb, Different sessions between 10am-3pm

Jewish Museum London, NW1 7NB

£5 including museum entry

Complementing the end of the Four Four Jew exhibition, bring the kids to this packed workshop day that includes sessions on cartooning, how to be a football journalist and designing your own football shirt, materials included. Click here for more information.[divider]

6. The Jewish Legacy in Modern British Architecture [divider]

Wednesday 19th Feb, 10am – 12pm

LJCC, NW11 7SX

£10 in advance, £12 on the door

In the early 20th century, many Jewish artists and architects left mainland Europe for a better life in Britain. Architect Ittai Frank reveals the rich legacy of the Jewish architect émigrés that settled here, bringing radical ideas that have shaped contemporary design. Click here for more information.[divider]

7. Operation Mural[divider]

Wednesday 19th Feb, 8pm – 10pm

Holland Park Synagogue, 8 St James Gardens, W11 4RB

This 55-minute award-winning documentary film reveals the forgotten story of how hundreds of Jewish children were smuggled out of Morocco to Israel in the 1960s. Mural was the code name for David ‘Gerald’ Littman, who posed as an English gentleman to carry out this risky mission. Click here for more information.[divider]