21 August 2017 – 8 April 2018

Exhibition: Ink and Blood Stories of Abolition – International Slavery Museum, Liverpool 

“Ink and blood: stories of abolition explores the personal stories of previously enslaved people and the lasting legacies of, and contemporary responses to, abolition. The exhibition brings together a fascinating private collection, iconic documents from leading museums and archives in Britain, and rare objects from both the Anti-Slavery International library and those collected as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund Collecting Cultures project. The exhibition tells the stories of those affected by abolition (the ending of slavery) and later, freedom. It is an opportunity to see abolition up close through ink (paper) and blood (people).

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26 August 2017 – 31 August 2017

Film: Hotel Salvation – Picturehouse Central, London

“…this affecting comedy-drama from debut feature director and co-writer Shubhashish Bhutiani. Rajiv (Hussain, Life Of Pi) is a stressed-out accountant obliged to journey to the holy city of Varanasi with his sprightly 77-year-old father Daya, who is determined to spend his final days there. The enforced intimacy of the city’s teaming alleyways and their cramped hotel room brings father and son closer together, and at the eponymous hotel where he hopes to die, Daya instead finds a new lease of life. Much of the gentle if edifying humour in this tender tale of life and relationships revolves around Daya’s acceptance of impending death and Rajiv’s anxiety to get it over with and get back to work.”

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30 August 2017 – 2 September 2017

Listen: Giving a Voice to Refugees – Goldsmiths College, London

“Listen is a pop-up sound installation exhibition that will transmit the personal stories of refugees through 20 suspended headphones and is dedicated to giving refugees a voice.This event has been organised by Dami Hope Lawal, who is studying on the MA in Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship: Design Programme at Goldsmiths. Listen is supported by The Annual Fund, and is dedicated to giving a voice to refugees whose voices are not heard, by allowing the community to listen to the individual stories of why people are migrating from a migrant’s perspective. The purpose of the exhibition is to help change the consciousness of people who are xenophobic towards refugees.”

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30 August 2017

Hidden Figures Screening followed by a panel of Women of Colour in STEM – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London

The Vagina Museum is pleased to present a film screening of the award-winning film Hidden Figures followed by a panel of women of colour in STEM to discuss issues that still surround WoC in STEM today. Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) — brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

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30 August 2017

Film: Disaster: The Common Enemy by Conciliation Resources – Frontline Club, London

“Over the past 40 years, South Asia has experienced more than 1,300 natural disasters. These have been particularly severe in the region of Kashmir, which is divided by the Line of Control (LoC) into Pakistani and Indian administered territories. However, there is currently very little work being done across the LoC to prepare for and respond to these disasters. Despite not being able to meet in the region, a team of four filmmakers from both sides of the LoC have produced Disaster: The Common Enemy (2016) to raise awareness of the importance of working across the divide to improve disaster management.”

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31 August 2017

Panel Discussion: Amit Chaudhuri in conversation with Deborah Levy – British Library, London

“Celebrated author Amit Chaudhuri, ‘one of the most remarkable novelists writing today’ (Nadeem Aslam), launches his latest novel, Friend of My Youth, in which a novelist called Amit Chaudhuri returns to his childhood home of Bombay and surveys his few remaining connections with the city he once called home.”

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31 August 2017 – 9 September 2017

Theatre: The Suitcase – Hull Truck Theatre, Hull

Adapted and Directed by James Ngcobo from a short story by Es’kia Mphahlele

Featuring Live Music composed and written by Hugh Masekela

“It’s 1950s South Africa. A young, newly married couple leave their rural village and disapproving family, for the city of Durban. Their goal to return home, rich and free. But, alienated in the city, unemployed and poor, Timi starts to lose his moral compass. Desperate to provide for his pregnant wife he steals a suitcase left on a bus not knowing what might be inside; an act which brings frightening consequences, dramatic twists and unexpected turns.”

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3 September 2017

Festival: Zee London Mela – Gunnersbury Park, London

“The Zee London Mela is a cultural festival inspired by South Asia, which hosts a wide variety of activities for the whole family. It is one of the only melas in the country to champion new work, and it provides a platform for emerging British artists as well as bringing traditional and classical art forms to a wider audience.”

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3 September 2017

Film: The Caged Bird  (I Will Tell Festival) – Islington Vue Cinema, London

“Discover the fascinating life of Florence Price, the first African American woman to have her work conducted by a major orchestra. A lesser known moment of the Civil Rights movement in early-30s America is the story of Florence B. Price, a talented composer and musician. Blending Juba dances and spiritual music with classical discipline, Florence Price created a selection of scores that are nothing short of enchanting, and which went on to set the classical music world on fire. After living and working in Arkansas where she began to make a name for herself, the area became too dangerous due to lynching’s by white supremacists, which forced her to relocate to Chicago. There, Florence became a key player in the Chicago Black Renaissance, which eventually leads to her music being performed by Marian Anderson at the seminal 1939 Lincoln Memorial concert.”

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Now – 29 October 2017

Exhibition: Comics and Cartoon Art from the Arabic World, Treasures Gallery – British Library, London

“Explore the art, history and significance of Arab comics from the 19th-century Egyptian satirical press and children’s comics of the mid-20th century, to the contemporary graphic novel and comics scene. This small display highlights a vibrant visual archive that illustrates and engages with issues concerning everyday life, politics and society across the Arab world and beyond.”

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