Given the uncertainty that haunts our everyday right now (hello Covid-19), why not give in to the pull of nostalgia just for a weekend?
Sign up (it’s free!) for a movie night, music evening, and more. The schedule is as follows.
Friday, 3rd July: (Throw)back to the Future
This Friday evening, pick a film of your preferred culture/language that makes you feel nostalgic and watch it with your family or lockdown company. The idea is for all participants to watch a film that reminds them of a bittersweet, feel-good time, before we all come together at 20.30 BST on Zoom. We then have a relaxed evening chat over popcorn (and your choice of beverage) about what film we saw, how it made us feel, why it made us feel that way, and more.
Movie suggestions (but not restricted to): Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, When Harry Met Sally, Lord of the Rings, E.T, Lion King, Forrest Gump, and of course, Back to the Future.
Saturday, 4th July: The Recollection Collection
For 19.30, dress up (or don’t!) in your choice of themed costume (80s bandanas, fun disco sunglasses, Britney-inspired outfit, etc.) and get on a Zoom call with the others to listen to the music that takes you way, way back. Here is a collaborative Spotify playlist to which you can add the songs that make you feel most nostalgic and you can view other participants’ songs as well. Wine, pets and succulents are encouraged to be a part of this little party. Feel free to accompany the listening with activities that typically make you feel nostalgic too — knitting, painting, doing a puzzle?
Those who are still in the mood can join us for a short chat at 20.30 to talk about their choice of music, era, that particular beat that really tugs at your nostalgic chord, and more.
Sunday, 5th July
11.00 – 12.00: Lattes and Literature
Why is it that we are drawn to certain kind of books from our past? Or why is it that we avoid certain books from our childhood? Over a nice cup of tea or coffee, we’ll have a laid-back and relaxed Sunday morning chat about the books that make us feel nostalgic.
18.00: Short talk by Dr. Pamela Thurschwell (University of Sussex)
Dr. Thurschwell writes about music, TV shows and lots more, and is currently working on her book on adolescence. She is a reader in the School of English at Sussex and her full bio can be found on the university website.
Will she speak about Watchmen? BoJack Horseman? Music? Come find out!