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WHAT'S ON THIS WEEKEND

22.03.13

No plans yet for the weekend? Don't worry, our round-up of what’s going on in London has got it covered.

Becoming Picasso

Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, The Strand

Open until Sunday 26th May

So much can happen in a year, which is exactly what Pablo Picasso proved to the world in 1901. This was the year the ambitious 19-year-old artist held an extraordinary exhibition in Paris that kicked off his long and iconic career. Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901 looks closely at this breakthrough year in the artist’s life, reuniting major paintings from his debut exhibition with later works. A must-see for all art-lovers.

Find out more and book tickets at the Courtauld Gallery's official website.

Alien Revolution

Royal Observatory Greenwich

Showing until 8th September

Free admission

"Are we alone in this Universe? If aliens exist, would they be friendly or hostile? Have they in fact already visited Earth?" These are the questions that Alien Revolution seeks to answer, a free exhibition that kicked off at Greenwich's Royal Observatory earlier this month. Whether you're a science fiction fan or not, Alien Revolution will be a great day out for the whole family. This exhibition is really for space-enthusiasts though, so if you fall into this category get yourself to Greenwich for an experience that is truly out of this world.

Discover more about Alien Revolution.
The Chocolate Festival Southbank Centre Square (behind Royal Festival Hall), Belvedere Road Friday 22nd March to Sunday 24th March Free admission Fancy something sweet pre-Easter? Look no further than The Chocolate Festival which kicks off at the Southbank Centre Square this Friday and runs over the weekend. Here you can sample the delights of the world's best chocolatiers, talk with Britain's best artisan chocolate producers and pick up some delicious gifts for friends and family. You can also become a chocolate connoisseur at a free tutored tasting session, and learn about the many health benefits that raw chocolate has. A mouth-watering day out that's not to be missed. Find out more about The Chocolate Festival.

Kaffe Fassett – A Life in Colour

Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street

Friday 22nd March to Saturday 29th June

Tues – Sat: 11am – 6pm

Adults: £8, Students & concessions: £5.50

It hardly feels like spring outside, which is why this colourful exhibition is just what we need to lift our spirits. A Life in Colour honours the work of American artist Kaffe Fassett, who is best known for his vibrant designs in the decorative arts. Featuring over 100 works within a dramatic installation designed by Sue Timney, expect everything from extravagantly-coloured nine-foot-wide knitted shawls to patchwork fabrics displayed in a selection of colourful quilts.

Find out more and book your tickets now.