The Migrant Festival
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 30 May to 2 June
The Migrant Festival celebrates Birmingham’s diverse roots, welcoming new arrivals to the city. This year’s programme includes designer Osman Yousefzada’s fashion parade, a performance by Syrian Ood Player, Rihab Azar from Celebrating Sanctuary and a tour of the Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) exhibition Handsworth Self Portrait: 40 Years On (23 March to 2 June).
Jallianwala Bagh 1919: Punjab under Siege
Manchester Museum, until 2 October
Amritsar and Manchester museums have come together to re-examine the brutal massacre that helped to bring about the end of the British Empire. As well as marking the centenary of Amritsar massacre, the exhibition links to the Peterloo massacre 100 years earlier. It includes archival and audio-visual material telling the narrative of the massacre through eyewitness accounts, photos and official documents.
Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing
The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, 24 May to 13 October and touring
Marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, this exhibition brings together more than 200 of the Renaissance master’s greatest drawings in the Royal Collection. Parts of the collection are currently on display in 12 cities around Britain, and will be brought together in London later this month (if you can stomach a trip to the palace).
Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition
Design Museum, London, until 15 September
The exhibition tells the story of film director Stanley Kubrick, exploring his notoriously perfectionist command of the creative design process of film making, from storyteller to director to editor. It includes sets, drawings, notebooks and plans, as well as objects from his best known films, from The Shining to 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Beyond Your Wildest Dreams: Weimar Cinema 1919–1933
BFI Cinema, London, May and June
Revolutionary chaos, economic turmoil, the collapse of authority: such was the shock experienced by Germans in the turbulent aftermath of WWI. In the fast-paced, unstable Weimar Republic, cinema was the latest sensation, a dream machine for a new mass audience. Catch some of the finest, most bizarre and uncanny films you’re ever likely to see at this season.