To Do List: HELLO!'s pick of events and new releases

This time, HELLO!'s pick of this week's events and new releases includes not only the return of the annual dragon boat festival, a bright and lively celebration of Chinese culture, but also the return of three lovable and bright yellow Minions...



Bridget Christie, A Book For Her

A stand-up comedian and proud feminist, Bridget Christie's new book, A Book For Her, brings together Bridget's years toiling away on the stand-up comedy circuit to the sudden epiphany that led to her becoming of the most critically acclaimed British stand-up comedians of the decade. Discussing everything from Peter Stringfellow, advertising, and Emily Bronte, A Book For Her is must-read for any young women, or man, interested in comedy and feminism.

On sale 2 July, nationwide



London Dragon Boat Festival 2015

Europe’s most prestigious dragon boat event is back for another year running. The free, family-friendly event is now a significant date in London’s cultural calendar, promising to be as spectacular as ever this year with 40 teams battling it out for top honours. Organised by London Chinatown Lions Club, the day also includes a food festival offering the tastes of South East Asia, live music, martial arts displays and traditional Chinese lion dancing.

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Lights! Camera! Action!

As the summer holidays approach, it's time to start thinking about ways to entertain the children. The National Museum of Scotland has a summer scheduled lined, perfect for youngsters with a keen eye for photography. From June to August, your children can discover more about light, making their own periscopes and discovering all there is to know about night-time vision. Those who enjoy acting can take themselves back to the Victorian era and discover how the first portraits were taking, or discover more about the Battle of Waterloo, where youngsters can create their own medals.

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The lovable minions, small, yellow creatures who have existed since the beginning of time, are back in their own animated adventure. Minions, starring Stuart, Kevin and Bob - first seen in the 2010 hit film Despicable Me - takes viewers back to the beginning of their story. Minions have one purpose - to serve history's most despicable masters, but after accidentally destroying all their masters, including a T-Rex, an Egyptian pharaoh, a medieval king, Napoleon, and Dracula, they decide to isolate themselves and start over again in Antarctica. The isolation soon becomes too much for the Minions though - leading to Kevin to come up with a plan to find a new master...



Kopparberg Urban Forest

One of summer’s most loved pop-up festivals returns to London until the 12 July. The Kopparberg Urban Forest will see a mix of DJs and live music, street food and delicious drink come together in London's trendy Hackney Wick. With delicious street food vendors sitting alongside the woodland bar and Frozen Fruit Cider Bar, wile the sunny days away listening to a a line-up which so far includes the likes of Katy B, Miss Dynamite, Slow Club, Trevor Nelson, more.

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Rocky Horror Picture Show

Ever wanted to do the Time Warp in the Royal Albert Hall? Now's your chance, as the Hall, one of the UK's most treasured concert halls will be holding a 40th anniversary gala screening of the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show in October. As well as the compulsory audience participation, there will be a live Q&A session, and the whole thing will also be beamed live to 600 cinemas, the first time the Royal Albert Hall has done this in its 144-year history.

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