Event 30 Oct 5 Nov 2017

27 October 2017 – 5 November 2017

FILM AFRICA – THE ROYAL AFRICAN SOCIETY’S ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL

“Film Africa is an annual London film festival celebrating the best African cinema from across the continent and diaspora brought to you by The Royal African Society.”

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Festival Programme (PDF) here

28 October 2017

FESTIVAL OF LIGHT & FIRE

“London Mela presents Festival of Fire and Light at Wembley Park is inspired by two different traditions – a very British celebration, Guy Fawkes Night, and a South Asian one, Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. Historically Brent has paid host to both and Festival of Fire and Light brings the two traditions together over a one- day event, that will feature the Tastes of Asia Food Market, a lantern and carnival processions as well as street theatre and music.”

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31 October 2017

A TRIBUTE TO DARCUS HOWE – HIS LIFE AND LEGACY

“A tribute to the life and legacy of an anti-racist campaigner and political activist Darcus Howe (1943-2017). Darcus Howe who died earlier this year was outspoken in promoting black self-determination. An activist, writer and broadcaster, he inspired many of his generation. He organised against racism and police brutality and inspired a whole generation of black radicals. His life and legacy will be celebrated with a presentation by Patrick Vernon OBE and a new generation of organisers in the black community such as Deji Adeoshun, youth programmes manager at Hackney CVS and local reggae singer and community activist Stushie, who has led a number of projects with local black youth. The panel will be chaired by local community organiser Andrea Enisuoh. Dalston C.L.R. James Library. No booking required. Suitable for all ages.”

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31 October 2017

INDIAN RESPONSES TO BRITISH WOMEN’S SOCIAL ACTIVISM IN THE INTERWAR PERIOD

“In this talk, Dr Sumita Mukherjee will draw upon the LSE Library and Women’s Library archives of British women who were involved in social reform activities in India. These women were interested in issues of birth control, child marriage and suffrage, and engaged with a number of Indian women’s associations as well as notable Indian nationalists. Sumita will explore these networks and some of the Indian responses (positive and negative) to British interventions in social reform, in the lead up to Indian independence.”

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31 October 2017

NARRATIVE EYE PRESENTS YOUNG OTHELLO

“Young Othello is a drama set within an ancient African kingdom untouched by slavery or colonialism. It explores the natural and the mystical world to highlight human strength and weakness, and emphasises the uncontrollable passage of time. As the story unfolds, greed, jealousy and the thirst for power bring about the destruction of a nation and provide us with a deeper understanding of one of Shakespeare’s most maligned characters. Writer: Onyeka. Director: Khareem Jamal. Please note this performance will be filmed.”

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1 November 2017

HEART OF DARKNESS: JOSEPH CONRAD’S COLONIALISM

“Join Harvard professor and historian of the British Empire, Maya Jasanoff and V&A Director Tristram Hunt for a discussion about Jasanoff’s ground-breaking new book The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World, and how Conrad’s work resonates today.”

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2 November 2017

PALESTINE: THE REALITY

“The Mosaic Rooms present a world premiere of a new documentary by Karl Sabbagh. Palestine: The Reality is a very personal documentary on the document which left devastating consequences in the Middle East. Sabbagh describes the film as an attempt to reveal the truth, as set out in official documents, memoirs and writings by the people involved… The event will conclude with a post screening Q&A with Karl Sabbagh.”

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3 November 2017

AN EVENING WITH JOHN BLANKE – THE LIFE OF A BLACK TRUMPETER IN TUDOR ENGLAND

“John Blanke, a black trumpeter to the courts of Henry VII and Henry VIII, is considered to be the first person of African descent in Britain for whom we have both an image and a written record. His image appears twice in the 1511 Westminster Tournament Roll currently in the College of Arms collection. He is noted in the court’s accounts of the day as having being paid wages, other records have him successfully petitioning Henry VIII for a wage increase and receiving a gift from the king. This event explores and commemorates the life of John Blanke and showcases how the archival records have influenced the work of the project’s artists, poets, and historians. The John Blanke Project is a work in progress which celebrates the life of John Blanke through a variety of media and art forms – writing, drawing, poetry, and music.”

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4 November 2017

COLONIALS IN THE METROPOLE: MIGRANT BLOOMSBURY BY NADIA VALMAN

“In the 1920s and 30s Bloomsbury was London’s most diverse neighbourhood, populated by writers and intellectuals from all over the world. Some came to put down roots; others felt permanently unrooted; some produced acute observations of a modern commercial city, a city of new freedoms and old prejudices; and for others London appeared dreamlike and unreal. This walk brings together some unexpected perspectives on Bloomsbury from the work of émigré writers from British colonies — C.L.R. James from Trinidad, Mulk Raj Anand from India, Christina Stead from Australia and Jean Rhys from Dominica, as well as from beyond the British Empire (for example Lao She from China).”

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4 November 2017

NATIONAL MARCH AND RALLY – JUSTICE NOW: MAKE IT RIGHT FOR PALESTINE

“For the past 100 years Palestinian rights have been disregarded. As we approach the centenary of the Balfour Declaration – on the 2nd November – which built the path for their dispossession, we are demanding justice and equal rights for Palestinians now.”

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Related Guardian article here

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