A fascinating combination of 19th century Russian music and art kicks off the new season of Dulwich Decorative & Fine Arts Society (DDFAS) lectures in October. Many of the artists and composers deserve to be better known in this country, as the lecture will demonstrate. It's unusual for DDFAS events to include a piano recital, but this one - entitled Frenzied Gaiety or Else Bitter Tears - will be different!

DDFAS is the Dulwich branch of NADFAS, a national organisation which encourages interest and appreciation of the arts. Members enjoy 10 illustrated evening lectures a year (in JAGS lecture theatre), study days and visits to places of artistic merit, all at very reasonable cost. Among the subjects in the new programme are the Arabs before Islam; painting and family life in 18th century England; Amish history and culture; Minoan art; spirituality in 20th century art; and Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Full details of DDFAS events can be found on the society's website, www.ddfas.org.uk or by contacting Carolyn Reeves on 020 8673 8499 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a programme and membership pack.