April festival comes into view: let’s power through March!

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”

Inspirational words from Marie Curie. Whilst we may currently be experiencing the “wrong kind of spring”, it’s March and so it’s the month of the Marie Curie daffodil appeal. Which means that the New Paths music festival (5th – 8th April) is now only one month away.

Until then let us strive to enjoy a month which includes Lambing Sunday, Ear Muff Day*, and World Women’s Day.

During the month ahead New Paths will be profiling some of the incredible women musicians performing in the festival (including Caroline MacPhie, Carris Jones, Clare McCaldin, Cara Berridge, and our own artistic director Libby Burgess) and some of the superb female composers whose music is featured in the festival (including Rebecca Clarke, Judith Weir, Diana Burrell, Elizabeth Maconchy, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, and Nicola LeFanu).

To rouse you for the journey through March, we leave you with some further quotes from Marie Curie (and also a list of some of the wacky days which fall during March in case you feel like marking any of them to shrug off the wintry gloom).

Marie Curie quotes

“Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood.”

“I am one of those who think like Nobel, that humanity will draw more good than evil from new discoveries.”

“I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale.”

“One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.”

“Have no fear of perfection; you’ll never reach it.”

“Humanity also needs dreamers, for whom the disinterested development of an enterprise is so captivating that it becomes impossible for them to devote their care to their own material profit.”

“You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.”

“I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.”

“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.”

*Wacky days in March

1 Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day
2 Old Stuff Day
3 I Want You to be Happy Day
3 If Pets Had Thumbs Day
5 Multiple Personality Day
6 Dentist’s Day
6 National Frozen Food Day
8 Popcorn Lovers’ Day
9 Panic Day
10 Middle Name Pride Day
11 Worship of Tools Day
12 Plant a Flower Day
13 Ear Muff Day
13 Jewel Day
14 Learn about Butterflies Day
14 National Potato Chip Day
14 National Pi Day
15 Dumbstruck Day
15 Everything You Think is Wrong Day
16 Everything You Do is Right Day
16 Freedom of Information Day
17 Corned Beef and Cabbage Day
17 National Quilting Day
17 Submarine Day
18 Supreme Sacrifice Day
19 Poultry Day
20 Extraterrestrial Abductions Day
20 Proposal Day
21 Fragrance Day
22 National Goof Off Day
23 Melba Toast Day
23 National Chip and Dip Day
23 National Puppy Day
23 Near Miss Day
24 National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day
25 Pecan Day
25 Waffle Day
26 Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
26 National Spinach Day
27 National “Joe” Day
28 Something on a Stick Day
28 Weed Appreciation Day
29 Smoke and Mirrors Day
30 I am in Control Day
30 Take a Walk in the Park Day
31 Bunsen Burner Day
31 World Backup Day

See more wacky days which fall in March here.

Tickets and passes to the festival are on now sale from the East Riding Theatre box office. Get yours today.