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Diary Dates: This month’s hottest tickets

The cultural calendar is filling up nicely for summer across both Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds. Here are four of Velvet’s top things to do

Take a trip into space

An epic 10km sculpture trail is bringing space to Earth this summer, giving families the chance to journey right through the solar system. Beginning at Midsummer Common in the heart of Cambridge and wending its way to Waterbeach, Our Place in Space is a collaboration between children’s author Oliver Jeffers and astrophysicist Professor Stephen Smartt.

Developed with the aim of “sending us soaring into the stars to find new perspectives and reconsider what it means to live life on Earth,” the 3D installation, which is transferring to Cambridge from two hit runs in Northern Ireland, reflects the size of and distance between planets at scale, starting with the Sun, and is accompanied by an augmented reality app.

Our Place in Space runs July 30 to August 29. Full details at ourplaceinspace.earth

Have a conversation on canvas

Jamie Ashman (58184641)
Jamie Ashman (58184641)

With a background in fashion, which he studied at famed London art school Central Saint Martins, artist Jamie Ashman is showcasing his colour-saturated canvases at Cambridge’s Thrive this month.

With an opening night party taking place on August 5, when DJs Short & Sweet will also take to the decks, Jamie’s work will be on both show and sale at the vegan restaurant on Norfolk Street.

Describing his work as “looking to project a vision of peace and love on the planet as a cultural trend”, Jamie creates conversations on canvas, addressing issues from fashion and climate change to sexual stereotyping and racial and gender prejudice. “The ethos of my paintings is resurrected from the Hippy era,” he adds, “but dressed up in contemporary - but never fast! - fashion.”

The opening night party begins at 7pm, entry is free and all are welcome. For more see facebook.com/events and jamieashman.com

Hear Vivaldi on the harp

The Four Seasons, Keziah Thomas (58184570)
The Four Seasons, Keziah Thomas (58184570)

Acclaimed harpist Keziah Thomas - credited with paying “scrupulous attention to the harp’s rhythmic and dynamic possibilities” by The Times - is bringing her new Four Seasons tour to Cambridge this week.

Playing live at Little St Mary’s Church on Thursday, 28 July, Keziah released the first ever complete arrangement of the iconic Vivaldi concertos for solo harp last month with Convivium Records.

Billed as “a fresh, innovative yet familiar version of Vivaldi’s masterwork”, the project was sparked by an arrangement of Winter for a Christmas concert, a video of which swiftly clocked up more than 23,000 social media views. Keziah then decided to work her way through all four seasons, a challenge it took her a year to complete.

The concert begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £10 for adults, £3 for under-18s, and can be booked via Eventbrite HERE.

See flowers in a new light

Capturing the lifespan of flowers, from first unfurling bud through to final falling petal, a retrospective of the work of Cambridge fine art photographer David Chow has just opened at Bury’s Guildhall Studio.

Running until end of September, it showcases David’s skill as both photographer and printmaker; prior to his untimely death in 2014, he’d made a name for exquisite cyanotypes, a number of which can be seen in the exhibition.

Featuring blooms provided by his mother, Joy, a floral designer, David’s luminous, naturally-lit images convey the transience and transcendence not only of flowers, but of life itself.

Pictured: Elegance (detail) by David Chow. Guildhall Studio is at 7 Guildhall Street, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1PR and guildhallstudio.com

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