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Friday Arts Diary

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Exhibitions

Design Museum, SE1, Designs of the Year 2012, until 15 July
The Design Museum’s annual exhibition and awards celebrate the most innovate design from the past year. The shortlist encompasses designs from architecture, graphics, fashion, furniture and transport including  the royal wedding dress designed by Sarah Burton and the Olympic torch.

Books

Queen Elizabeth Hall, SE1, World Book Night, 23 April

An evening of readings, music and performance as well as a book give away to celebrate World Book Night. The line-up includes readings by Iain Banks, John Ronson, Meg Rosoff and Elif Shafak.

Film

Various locations, Marley, opens 20 April

Mixing interviews, archive material, concert broadcasts and new footage, Kevin Macdonald’s warts-and-all biopic of reggae star Bob Marley is finally released this Friday. Born into poverty in Jamaica in the 1940s, Marley went on to be one of the world’s most enduring artists and Rastafarian voices.

Music

The King’s Head Theatre, N1, Carmen, until 12 May

The Olivier Award-winning company, OperaUpClose, perform a new version of Carmen with updated language and contemporary north London setting.

Theatre

Barbican Theatre, EC2Y, Gross und Klien (Big and Small), until 29 April

Botho Strauss’s 1978 portrait of Lotte, a woman whose erotic, romantic and ideological misadventures, see her not quite fitting the world around her, is brought to dazzling life by screen star Cate Blanchett.