Top five things to do in Hampstead and Highgate this week

PUBLISHED: 07:30 26 January 2015 | UPDATED: 13:59 29 January 2015

Dame Janet Suzman

Dame Janet Suzman


A special screening of documentary The Act of Killing, a sunday market and a muscial evening to commemorate the Holocaust are just some of the things featured in our top five this week.

1. Tuesday 27 - Act of Killing screening and Q&A

The JW3 in Finchley Road hosts a special screening of the award-winning documentary The Act of Killing, followed by a Q&A with its executive producer Professor Joram ten Brink. The 2012 film, directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to re-enact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers. The critically acclaimed documentary was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and won a BAFTA last year for best documentary. Its screening is timed to coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day, which this year has a theme of Keeping the Memory Alive, ensuring the events of the Holocaust “are not lost to history”. Prof Brink studied musicology and visual anthropology in Holland before moving to England to study film and TV in London. He has worked since as a director and writer of film and TV in the UK, Holland, Israel, Austria and other European countries. He is now the director of the Centre for Production and Research in Documentary Film at the University of Westminster. Starts 6.15pm. Tickets £6 to £12. Visit to book.

2. Tuesday 27 - Memories from The Ukraine

To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, the London Jewish Cultural Centre presents “Memories from The Ukraine” at its Ivy House in North End Road, Golders Green. Child survivor Helena Kaur-Howson will be joined by her son Nicholas who is a musician with the BBC Philharmonic. Actress Dame Janet Suzman will also be attending. Ms Kaur-Howson’s moving account of her recent trip to the Ukraine, tracing her mother’s footsteps, will be accompanied by music played by Nicholas on viola. Dame Janet will also be reading extracts from Helena’s mother’s diary. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets £15. Visit or call 020 8457 5000 to book.

3. Sunday 1 - Market

The Duck Pond Market returns to Highgate for another year where “everything you buy comes from a good place”. The market brings together a festival atmosphere with varied stalls, local and ethical food, crafts, workshops for children, music and arts. Held at Lauderdale House in Waterlow Park. Runs from 11am to 5pm. Free entry. Visit for more information.

4. Saturday 31 - Motown

Primrose Hill becomes a temporary home to the some Tamla Motown-themed fun at the community centre off Fitzroy Road. There will be a DJ, dancing and prizes for the best dressed. Motown is a US record company founded in 1959 in Detroit, Michigan. The Motown sound, as it became known, was soul music with a pop influence. The evening starts at 7pm. Tickets cost £10 and includes food and an introductory drink. Call 0207 586 8327, email or pop into the community centre to buy a ticket.

5. Wednesday 4 - Film screenings

Belsize Community Library host an evening of thought-provoking films on Sri Lanka. The country has experienced 30 years of civil war and is fresh from elections which took place earlier this month. The films will be looking at new opportunities for peace and are led by BBC producer Chris Langdon. Held at the library in Antrim Road, Belsize Park. Starts 7.30pm. Donation of £3 will include Sri Lankan refreshments.

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