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What’son 10 MARCH – 7 APRIL

world and finally rock out at a grand dance contest – but not before plenty of I-need- the-toilet laughs. Packed with lo-fi technological wizardry, it’s ideal for children aged three to eight, or thereabouts. Salisbury Arts Centre;

6 APRIL HOP n Live action and animation combine (yes, like inMary Poppins!) for this fun, Easter- themed family movie: the Easter Bunny is retiring, and it’s time for his teenage son, EB, to follow in the family trade. (Naturally, EB has other ideas!) Salisbury Arts Centre; salisburyarts


10 MARCH 23RD BATH DECORATIVE & ANTIQUES FAIR n If you don’t mind the drive, the last day of this established highlight of the Bath calendar is well worth the journey: many of the antiques dealers here come every year (indeed, some have attended every event over two decades!), but others are new, making for a lively mixture. The Pavilion, Bath; bathdecorativeantiques

15 MARCH BIRDS OF WILTSHIRE n As part of the 60th – yes, 60th – anniversary celebrations of the Salisbury & District Natural History Society, Steven Oakes will present this talk (an update on one he first did 21 years ago!). Lecture Theatre, Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum;

18 MARCH IN A BETTER WORLD n All things Danish are hot, hot, hot right now, and though In a Better W

orld doesn’t

feature any jumpers quite as iconic as those inThe Killing, this film features plenty of snug woollies, nonetheless. Director Susanne Bier’s provocative drama of family relationships and world events contrasts a pleasant Scandi town with a grim African

refugee camp, as a doctor and his family find themselves torn between feelings of revenge and forgiveness. Brrr. Salisbury Arts Centre; salisburyarts

22 MARCH SWAN LAKE n The Moscow Ballet Company brings this timeless classic fairytale ballet to City Hall; with a score by Tchaikovsky (the ballet’s famous second act is a tribute to the composer, who’d died the year before Ivanov first choreographed it) and performances by world-class soloists Nadeza Ivanova, Andrey Shalin and Dmitry Smirnov. “A delight to watch,” saidThe Stage. City Hall Salisbury;

27 MARCH DANCE FRESH n The cream of Salisbury-based community and afterschool dance groups come together for a dance extravaganza, ranging from contemporary to street, and all part of the U.Dance national initiative to get the young ’uns more involved. (Fun for all, but this will be a special hoot if you have friends or family performing, of course.) Salisbury Arts Centre;

31 MARCH – 1 APRIL ON YOUR MARKS, GET SET n The city’s premier dance

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school, Salisbury Dance Studios, celebrates 2012 through ballet, modern, tap and jazz – fun, exciting, for all the family, and for charity too (in this instance, Lucy’s Days Out and Salisbury Hospice). City Hall Salisbury;


MELANCHOLIA n Often challenging, mostly entertaining, almost always unforgettable, the films of Lars von Trier (Palme d’Or-winning director and mainstay of the Dogma movement, where film-makers follow strict rules to make their work feel less constructed, more real) are art house classics. his latest, Melancholia, is a bold and beautiful apocalyptic drama, following a doomed relationship through marriage and secrets as, all the while, a mysterious planet looms larger and larger

in the sky, threatening to crash right into us. Kirsten Dunst, never colder or sexier, stars: she won the Best Actress award at Cannes 2011 for her turn here. Salisbury Arts Centre;

6 APRIL KEN DODD n The comedy legend – more than 50 years at the top of his game – returns to City Hall. You know his act, of course: loads of energy, silly voices, bizarre catchphrases, plenty of songs, laughs guaranteed. Which awards has he won? Which hasn’t he: endless ‘Lifetime Achievement’ and ‘Living Legend’ gongs from his peers, plus his home city of Liverpool voted him ‘Greatest Merseysider of All Time’, presumably beating a couple of guys called John and Paul. City Hall Salisbury; SL


EXBURY GARDENS n Children under 16 will be welcomed free of charge into award-winning Exbury Gardens throughout 2012, the idea being that it will help make sure every child knows the basics about nature – such as the fact that conkers come from horse-chestnut trees! Nicholas de Rothschild, whose family established the collection of azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias, rare trees and shrubs along the banks of the Beaulieu River, said: “We hope more people will be able to enjoy this wonderful woodland garden.” Exbury Gardens, near Southampton;

n Dance meets animation in Beyond the Stars at the Salisbury Arts Centre

n Apocalyptic drama Melancholia, courtesy of Lars von Trier, showing at the Salisbury Arts Centre

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