We’re crazy about Alice in Wonderland: How the cultural sector is celebrating her 150th year
This year marks 150 years of the publication of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The original manuscript is in the British Library (see the image below) and includes some stunning illustrations. It's going display in London in autumn 2015. I can't wait! In the meantime, you can see a digital version (including hand drawn illustrations) online.
So who else is celebrating Alice this year? In no particular order…
Southbank’s Alice’s House of Cards performance
In mid-February 2015, the Southbank is putting on an immersive theatre experience for kids called Alice’s House of Cards. It’s part of the Imagine Children’s Festival. The set is inspired by pop-up books and playing cards.
They're also running 'The Imaginarium of Alice' - an adventure of dance, music and fantastical exploration. The Southbank describes it as "an outdoor, interactive performance-trail full of creative design, dance, music and multimedia interactive technologies created and choreographed by Average Height Ladies, and inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll."
V&A Museum of Childhood exhibition: The Alice Look
To mark the anniversary, this exhibition brings together garments, photographs, rare editions and illustrations to show Alice as both a follower of fashion and a trendsetter. They're also running an Alice and Fashion conference in May 15.
Barbican's Unsuk Chin: Alice in Wonderland
in March 2015, look out for the Barbican's multimedia staging by Netia Jones. It combines the dark, imaginative illustrations of gonzo-artist Ralph Steadman with live action, interactive animated projections, eye-popping costumes and choreography.
British Library’s Alice’s adventures Off the Map competition
The Library has launched a new competition for coders, designers and gamers in partnership with GameCity, inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Applicants will create 3D and 2D worlds and Interactive Text inspired Alice.
Vintage Classics and Vivienne Westwood's new book
Vintage Classics is releasing a 150th anniversary gift edition, with a cover and introduction by designer Dame Vivienne Westwood. It includes end papers by the designer and the original Tenniel illustrations. Stunning! Westwood's Red Label Autumn-Winter 2011/12 catwalk show was inspired by Alice.
Liberty’s Alice-inspired fabrics
This season’s Liberty Art Fabrics collection is inspired by Alice, from the chapter 'Curiouser and Curiouser'. There's lots to choose from, but this was my favourite.
Royal Mail’s Alice in Wonderland stamp collection
At the start of January, Royal Mail released a new set of Alice inspired stamps depicting ten wonderfully iconic scenes and characters.
BBC: The Secret World Of Lewis Carroll
A new Saturday night programme on BBC TWO which delves into the biographies of both Carroll and of the young girl Alice Liddell.
Sanderson Hotel’s Mad Hatter's Tea party
I love this idea. Sanderson has has created a Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea, where guests are invited to "tumble down the rabbit hole" and enjoy the wonderful world of tea. Yes please!