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A mixed bag of events spread across this weekend range from the all-out madness that comes with Winter Pride and the Six Nations, to the more serene prospects of a David Hockney exhibition in the Dulwich Picture Gallery or admiring orchids at Kew Gardens.

David Hockney, Printmaker at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

The lovely Dulwich Picture Gallery opens its latest exhibition this weekend as Hockney, Printmaker celebrates the career of one of Britain’s most loved artists. The exhibition features over 100 carefully chosen works concentrating on two of Hockney’s favoured techniques: etching and lithography. Classics such as A Rake’s Progress (1961-63) and Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm (1969) are included in this must-see collection. Opens 5 Feb

“Though she be but little, she is fierce!”

From the creative team that brought the spectacle that is War Horse to the London stage (Bristol’s Old Vic artistic director Tom Morris and the Handspring Puppet Company) comes this innovative adaptation of Shakespeare’s much loved comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Expect a combination of puppetry and general stage wizardry alongside the bard’s fantastical prose when this opens for a short run at the Barbican Centre. 6-15 Feb

Flying the flag (indoors)

This year marks the first ever indoor Winter Pride event, hosted at the Tobacco Dock. As many as 3,000 revellers from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community can party away from the elements, with music coming from big LGBT club brands and international DJs, including Bear Necessities, East Bloc, MINT, One Love and Popstarz. Also inside will be fairground attractions, cultural and charitable stands and a Victorian marketplace. 8 Feb

Keep dancin’! at The O2

Cue that catchy tune from the opening credits, as there are still tickets available for the four live Strictly Come Dancing shows at The O2 this weekend. Confirmed stars for this live version of the much loved BBC show include the model Abbey Clancy, former Dragon Deborah Meaden, Westlife’s Nicky Byrne and rugby World Cup winner Ben Cohen. 8-9 Feb

The season of beer and bruising tackles is upon us

The Six Nations returned last weekend, as rugby fans descend once again upon the best pubs and bars across the city (or mostly south of the river really). The rivalry between the Six Nations (England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales) is fierce but this makes for a great atmosphere as fans watch shoulder to shoulder and banter the afternoon away under a haze of Guinness and pride, the only thing to do is join the scrum. 1 Feb – 15 Mar

A tropical treat at Kew Gardens

For an altogether more tranquil weekend activity head to the warmth of the Princess of Wales Conservatory at Kew Gardens for the annual celebration of Orchids. Explore the tropical plants and orchids inside the conservatory and witness some of the rarest specimens in the world at this botanical wonderland. 8 Feb – 9 Mar

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What’s On This Weekend: 8-10 February 2013 Mon, 04 Feb 2013 10:43:13 +0000

London will be awash with colour this weekend: not only does Sunday see the vibrant Chinese New Year celebrations taking over Trafalgar Square, but Kew Gardens will also be filled with a rainbow of orchids. Elsewhere, you can see some of the world’s oldest art, take the whole family dancing or watch James McAvoy star in the Scottish play.

Ice Age Art: Arrival of the Modern Mind at the British Museum

Learn about the beginnings of art at this fascinating exhibition, which brings together works of Ice Age art from across Europe. Created more than 20,000 years ago, the works of portraiture and sculpture demonstrate the evolution of figurative art and humans’ enduring ability for creative expression. Not only does the exhibition contain striking works of ancient art, but modern masterpieces by artists such as Picasso, Henry Moore and Matisse are also displayed to demonstrate themes that span millennia. Adult tickets are £10. Until 26 May

Orchids at Kew Gardens

Kew’s Princess of Wales Conservatory is filled with an unseasonal burst of colour this month, as it hosts a four week long celebration of orchids. The glorious plants are arranged in a variety of captivating displays, with a centrepiece that pays tribute to the majestic giant water lily. Adult tickets are £14.50; children 16 and under are admitted free of charge. Until 3 Mar

Chinese New Year in Trafalgar Square

Celebrate the Chinese Year of the Snake on Sunday with a colourful parade and celebrations that will light up the West End. London’s Chinese New Year celebrations are the world’s largest outside China and centre around a lively stage in Trafalgar Square, from which fireworks will be released at the end of the day. Don’t miss the parade to Chinatown’s Rupert Street, which leaves the square at 10am. 10 Feb

Macbeth at Trafalgar Studios

Bafta-winning actor James McAvoy, famous for starring in films such as Atonement, Wanted and X-Men: First Class, takes to the stage as Macbeth in a new production of Shakespeare’s renowned tragedy. The play follows the Scottish Lord Macbeth in his murderous quest for power, and is considered one of the bard’s darkest plays. Tickets start at £10. Until 27 Apr

Family Barn Dance at Cecil Sharp House

Deal with your children’s half-term high spirits at this energetic afternoon of British country dancing. Commencing at 3pm, the barn dance features live music and a caller to guide you through the lively steps. Tickets start from £3 and adults must be accompanied by children, see the website for full details. 10 Feb

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