Dulwich Picture Gallery will host a ‘Moomin Winter Weekend’ from 15-17 December in celebration of its major retrospective of Tove Jansson. Featuring a special Friday Late for adults and fun-filled family weekend, it will bring to life the magical tales of the Moomin characters and provide the alternative festive experience.

Friday 15 December: A Moomin Winter’s Eve

The evening programme includes:

•    Moomin personality tests with Sirke Happonen, Moomin expert, author and lecturer at University of Helsinki.

•  A collaborative photo booth run by London Animation Studio, where visitors will create a Moominvalley-inspired landscape using collage techniques then act out poses in front of a green screen to create a digital image.

•    Sinéad Moriarty and Anne Malewski (doctoral researchers at the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature at the University of Roehampton) will present a talk exploring the ideas of home and home spaces in Tove Jansson’s Moomin novels.

•    In the Gallery’s Mausoleum, lit by candlelight, storytellers and performers will present readings of the Moomin stories.

•    Exclusive after-hours entry to the Tove Jansson exhibition.

•    Moomin-inspired food and drink, including Moominpappa’s whisky and traditional Finnish dishes.

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 December: A Moomin Winter’s Day

Over the weekend, families can enjoy a variety of Moomin-themed drop-in activities:

•    Ten beautifully crafted puppets from the Polka Theatre’s critically acclaimed production ‘Moominsummer Madness’ (2014) will make an appearance across the weekend. Visitors will have the chance to say hello and meet their favourite Moomin characters.

•    Sunday only – a live performance by the Freshwater Theatre Company exploring the work and life of Tove Jansson.

•    The opportunity to write a letter to Father Christmas taking inspiration from Tove Jansson’s 1963 illustrated letter to children around the world.

•    Based on Jansson’s Christmas memoirs, a glass bauble-making workshop led by artist Davina Drummond, which visitors can fill with a personalised message to family and friends.

•    Interactive storytelling inspired by Scandinavian folklore performed by local storyteller Debbie Guneratne. There will also be the opportunity to settle into the Gallery’s snug Mausoleum to read from a selection of Jansson’s books.

•    Exclusive entry to Tove Jansson, with a free family trail and special labels with activities to enjoy together.

More activities will be announced shortly. Please check the website for details. (Source: Dulwich Picture Gallery press release)


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