events 27 November - 3 December 2017

26 November 2017 – 9 December 2017

SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL BY THE GAP (THE GAP, BIRMINGHAM)

“As part of Birmingham’s Year of South Asian Arts The GAP is running a South Asian Film Festival, showing films from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. These films engage with a wide range of themes, covering partition, identity, family, environmentalism, asylum, education and more.”

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27 November 2017

FILM ‘BENGAL SHADOWS’ BY JOY BANERJEE AND PARTHO BHATTACHARYA (SENATE HOUSE, LONDON)

Bengal Shadows“(Duration: 48 minutes, Language: English and French) brings to light a lesser-known episode of the Second World War: the 1943 famine, during which between 3 and 5 million people starved to death in West Bengal and current days Bangladesh.”

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27 November 2017 – 2 December 2017

JUSTUS REPERTORY PRESENTS NIGHT’S END BY GOWRI RAMNARAYAN (SOHO THEATRE, LONDON)

“A tale of betrayal, loss and love set in a reserve forest in Rajasthan. Night’s End is the journey of Krishnan Nair who ran away from his native village in Kerala to become a forest guard in a tiger sanctuary. The story moves through his attempts to enlist the help of the tiger hunting Mogiya tribals to save the tiger, his friendship with Billu Mogiya the drummer, his romance with the tribal woman Chandni Mogiya, and his encounters with the poaching mafia. Night’s End is a tale of betrayal, abandonment and loss in which the actions of humans —indigenous peoples, settlers, tourists, the state, the media—powerfully affect the fragile eco-system we inhabit. It is also a love story.”

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28 November 2017

BOB MARLEY & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS BY PROFESSOR ROBBIE SHILLIAM (BOURNEMOUTH UNIVERSITY)

“What might Bob Marley have to say about international relations? Or, how might a concern for Black Liberation orient us differently towards an understanding of international relations? As calls for “decolonizing the curriculum” resonate across UK higher education, this lecture aims to demonstrate how excluded knowledge traditions might help us to more comprehensively address some of the key political questions of our times.”

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28 November 2017

BLACK IDENTITY BY EQUALITY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT (ECM) FACULTY OF DEVELOMENT AND SOCIETY (SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY)

“We are delighted to be hosting a series of events under the umbrella title “Reasonings” led by Malcolm Cumberbatch, African Centred Philosopher, Social Scientist, Writer and Activist. First in the series Black Identity. We explore the importance of identity and the process of identification. Why Black is not an appropriate term for people of African heritage (both in Africa and the diaspora). Should we give legitimacy to such imposed acronyms as BME, BAME, and BAMER? Who decided that we were black? Why are other groups not brown, yellow, and red and so on? We also explore the naming of people, places and things.”

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30 November 2017

IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT: FINISSAGE BY AUTOGRAPH ABP (LONDON)

“Join us for the finissage of In A Different Light, a temporary display showcasing recent acquisitions to develop Autograph ABP’s Archive and its permanent collection of photography…”

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30 November 2017

THE CAPE MALAYS: SOUTH AFRICA’S FORGOTTEN MUSLIMS BY YUNUS EMRE INSTITUTE (LONDON)

“The talk will examine the history, culture and Islamic ritual practice of the Cape Malay Muslim community of South Africa. This community formed by both involuntary and sometimes later voluntary migration can find its origins in several ethnic groups. Often it is described as some of the most genetically ethnically diverse people in the world. A Malay cultural and linguistic element together with a unifying Islamic element has been pervasive throughout. Though initially banned under the statutes of India, both overtly and covertly Islam and Islamic practice survived a long period of oppressive slavery under Dutch East India Company rule (VOC). Emancipation from slavery under the British in 1834 pre-empted a cultural flowering of the community, connections and influences from the Ottoman Empire and the entrenchment of Afrikaans, a dialect of Dutch with a significant Malay component, as a written language using Arabic script. The 20th Century brought new challenges in the form of Apartheid, growing Salafi influences and violent crime forcing the community to adapt again.”

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30 November 2017

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM: DERBY – BY NOTTINGHAM BLACK ARCHIVES, PROFESSOR SHARON MONTEITH AND RENAISSANCE ONE (DERBY)

“We Will Remember Them: Raising public awareness of Commonwealth Troops in WWI. An evening of Spoken Word, Archives, Visual Art and Photography. 2018 marks the centenary of WWI. Empire troops fought in the most infamous battles of the war, including Ypres and Passchendaele. This exhibition and spoken word event commemorates forgotten commonwealth troops through an exhibition that tours to venues and communities in Nottingham, Leicester, Derby and London. It brings to the fore the hidden histories of soldiers from Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia. Join us to celebrate at this public event which features original artwork from Barbara Walker and Keith Piper and performances and speeches from Professor Sharon Monteith, Dr Irfan Malik, Panya Banjoko and a newly commissioned poem and performance by Michael Brome.”

View the full tour dates at www.nottinghamblackarchive.org.

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30 November 2017 – 5 December 2017

LONDON MIGRATION FILM FESTIVAL (VARIOUS LOCATIONS, LONDON)

“The goal of London Migration Film Festival is to portray the diversity, nuance and subjective experience within migration – including and beyond the refugee experience – in order to restore the dignity and humanity inherent within it. We hope to challenge the rhetoric that reduces migrants to simplistic categories: active enemies or passive victims. LMFF 2017 will take place over the course of six days from 30 November – 5 December, and will be hosted in five venues across London: Somerset House, Genesis Cinema, Migration Museum Project, Upstairs at the Ritzy and Deptford Cinema. As during its first edition in 2016, LMFF 2017 will include a diverse range of activities, such as films, live music, panel discussions, workshops, roundtables with NGOs and activists, as well as networking opportunities.”

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1 December 2017

IRELAND, THE BRITISH EMPIRE & THE CARIBBEAN BY DR. FINOLA O’KANE CRIMMINS (UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, IRELAND)

“Ireland’s role in the transatlantic triangular trade of provisions, slaves and sugar has not been broadly researched. The impact of Irish people on evolution of the Caribbean archipelago is not well understood, nor is the reverse impact of the Caribbean on Irish mentalities, networks, towns and landscapes. Little to no work has been completed on slavery and the evolution of the Irish country house and its landscape. Yet Ireland is repeatedly cited as the source landscape for concepts of plantation across the British Empire. The symposium will explore Ireland’s role in the triangular trade and the legacies that derive from it. It will also explore comparative perspectives from mainland Europe and America.”

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1 December 2017

EVENING WITH JOHN BLANKE BY THE JOHN BLANKE PROJECT (COLLEGE OF ARMS, LONDON)

“John Blanke, the 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 musicians, artists, poets, rappers 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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Ends 29 April 2018

EXHIBITION THE PEOPLE OF PARTITION IN BIRMINGHAM (SOHO HOUSE, BIRMINGHAM)

“Sampad’s new exhibition exploring how different generations living in Birmingham understand the 1947 Partition of India today has been curated by artist Tasawar Bashir, in collaboration with 20 volunteers from the West Midlands who have helped to co-curate and design the display. Championing local stories and insights, the exhibition reveals how people cope under collective displacement, turmoil and changing identities. The artistic response features new work created by the team, including a sculptural sound installation by Tasawar Bashir. Produced by Sampad South Asian Arts in partnership with Birmingham Museums Trust.

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