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PHOTOGRAPHY

Tomorrow marks the fifth anniversary of the death of Freddie Mercury, former lead-singer with Queen and legendary showman. London's Royal Albert Hall is marking the occasion with the first public showing of more than 110 photographs, drawn from both private and public collections. The images chart Frederick Bulsara's childhood days in Zanzibar, the extravagance of his career with Queen, and the very last photo he allowed to be taken. In addition, the display also offers fans a preview of sculptor Irena Sedlecka's original 3ft 6in clay sculpture of Freddie which will eventually be transformed into a larger-than-life, 9ft-tall memorial in Montreux. Following its opening in London, the exhibition will transfer to the National Theatre in Paris in January, move on to Cologne in February, and subsequently embark on a world tour. What a way to mark what would have been Freddie's Golden Jubilee year. Open to the public: 25-28 Nov, 30 Nov, 1 Dec, 6-11 Dec. Tickets free, voluntary donations to the Aids support organisation, the Mercury Phoenix Trust. Booking: 0171-589 8212

ART

Head for the bright lights of Sheffield next week as the first biennual festival of site-specific lightworks looks set to transform the winter gloom. The Quarterlight project offers artists an unprecedented opportunity to work with light to create innovative public art works in a range of venues (from rooftops to swimming pools), and mediums (candlelight, strobes and image projections). Among the highlights: Henrich and Palmer's Float and Forced Entertainment and Hugo Glendinning's Ground Plans for Paradise. Whatever the weather, Quarterlight is bound to be an illuminating experience. Venues around Sheffield, 25-30 Nov

FILM

Short is beautiful if the line-up at Bristol's Brief Encounters film festival is anything to go by. The second annual event boasts an international line-up of short films, together with homespun offerings from the likes of Bristol's very own Aardman Animations (Wat's Pig, pictured, left).

Other highlights include a programme of archive commercials, a Laurel and Hardy day, screenwriting workshops and a seminar on writing for short films, hosted by Stephen Frears, director of Dangerous Liaisons and My Beautiful Laundrette. The

`Brief Encounters' film festival is at the Watershed Media Centre, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 (0117-925 3845), to 1 Dec

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