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Don’t Suffer In Silence - Why It’s Important To Continue The Conversation Around Mental Health

City Lit recently hosted its 3rd annual Mental Wealth Festival (12-14 September), exploring the human face of wellbeing. Over the three days of the festival, we heard real life stories from various mental health ambassadors and experts, as well as personal reflections from those who have encountered mental health issues. During the last three years, it’s been encouraging to see a noticeable cultural shift in attitudes towards discussing mental health issues. From royalty, to sporting icons, to politicians, it’s fantastic to see we are becoming more comfortable as a society in openly discussing....

How to get the mental edge in competitive sport

Congratulations! You won the evolutionary lottery! You are the lucky owner of the most evolved biological system on planet earth: your amazing body - human brain and nervous system. When do you EVER feel like that? And how do athletes use their amazing neurology to gain the competitive edge in elite sport?

Choosing a singing class at City Lit

This post aims to guide you through the process of choosing a singing course that’s right for you.

City Lit tutor Gustav Milne releases new book

Eminent archaeologist and City Lit London walks tutor Gustav Milne has released a new book.

Drawing and the art of mindfulness

An introduction to drawing and the art of mindfulness, by Clare Barton-Harvey, City Lit drawing and painting tutor

Tasters, experience days, lectures and workshops this autumn

We've got some great tasters, experience days, lectures and workshops to help you get inspired this autumn...

Rodin: the father of modern sculpture

For historians, 1917 can be considered one of the most significant years of the 20th century. It was the year the USA officially declared war on Germany, a key turning point in the First World War. It was also the year of the Russian Revolution, with Vladimir Lenin’s rise to power ending over 300 years of Tsarist rule. For sculpture enthusiasts, however, the year 1917 is significant for another reason: as the year the legendary Auguste Rodin sadly passed on – although not without leaving a significant legacy to the world.

The Auteur Rises: Christopher Nolan and Dunkirk on Film

 City Lit film tutor Mary Wild on the rise of the film auteur in modern cinema 

Listen up: How do you find the best recording of a piece of music?

When I was an undergrad, studying music at the University of Nottingham, I remember becoming aware for the first time that certain recordings of famous musical works were prized rather more highly by older students, and staff, th

Grayson Perry Exhibition Review – The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!

Just over thirty years ago I was teaching ceramics classes at the Central London Institute – an adult education centre near Euston station, which closed in the late 1980s. One of the students enrolled in my class was a man called Grayson Perry. He had just left art school and had moved to London and wanted to learn to make ceramics! Here we are over thirty years on and I am reviewing his latest one man show at the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park...

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