Events 12-18 February 2018

13 February 2018 SHROVE TUESDAY/PANCAKE DAY! It’s Pancake Day on Tuesday and London’s restaurants are flipping up a feast of creative crêpes to mark the occasion.

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14 February 2018 VALENTINE’S DAY!

15 February 2018 FILM: SHADOWPLAY: DECOLONISING OUR MINDS & KHIDR COLLECTIVE (TOYNBEE STUDIOS, LONDON) “Decolonising Our Minds and Khidr Collective host the next instalment of Shadowplay – an evening showcasing the work of both established and aspiring artists across all artforms. This month they focus on film, in particular short film-makers.

SURVIVING SCHOOL is a film by Sky Caesar, Georgia Moona-Sam and Dhelia Snoussi. From shame around free school meals, to school exclusion, to racism from teachers, the film explores the issues plaguing the education system from the perspectives of young, BME and working class students. Dhelia to discuss the film and her work after the screening.

AND THEY KNEW LIGHT by Caleb Femi (Young People’s Laureate) merges Caleb’s touching poetry with the hopeful and joyous soundtrack made by Rui Da Silva. The film follows a group of South London young people in an estate in Peckham. Rui will host a discussion of his music, the making of the film and his work as co-director of organisation, Decolonising Education.”

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18 February 2018 CHINESE NEW YEAR OF THE DOG 2018 (LONDON, VARIOUS LOCATIONS) “The theme of the festivities for this year is “celebrating the Golden Era for UK-China relations”, honouring the friendship between the two countries.”

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ChineseUntil 28 October 2018 EXHIBITION: CHINA’S FIRST EMPEROR AND THE TERRACOTTA WARRIORS (WORLD MUSEUM, LIVERPOOL) “Showcasing objects from one of the world’s greatest archaeological discoveries, this unmissable exhibition spans almost 1,000 years of Chinese history; from the conflicts and chaos of the Warring States period, to the achievements and legacy of the Qin and Han dynasties.”

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Until 25 February 2018 MUSEUM WALK: A MILE IN MY SHOES (EMPATHY MUSEUM, LONDON) “A Mile in My Shoes is a shoe shop where visitors are invited to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes – literally. Housed in a giant shoebox, this exhibit holds a diverse collection of shoes and audio stories that explore our shared humanity. From a Syrian refugee to a sex worker, a war veteran to a neuro surgeon, visitors are invited to walk a mile in the shoes of a stranger whilst listening to their story. The stories cover different aspects of life, from loss and grief to hope and love and take the visitor on an empathetic as well as a physical journey. We now have a collection of over 150 stories/shoes and have welcomed over 10,000 visitors since September 2015.”

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Until 3 March 2018 THEATRE: OTHELLO (UNICORN THEATRE, LONDON) A Unicorn Production  – By Ignace Cornelissen – Inspired by William Shakespeare Directed by Ian Nicholson. “Is Being Yourself Enough? Othello, the bold, brash, confident solider, and Desdemona, the Senator’s daughter, are truly in love – but not everyone is happy about it. And that is where the problem begins and tolerance ends. Ian Nicholson directs an all-black cast in this cleverly distilled production inspired by Shakespeare’s great tragedy that explores love, power and prejudice. This is a modern, fast-paced and funny play especially written for young audiences by Belgian playwright Ignace Cornelissen (Henry the Fifth, The Hunting Lodge). With a light touch, the play reflects on the nature of relationships, what ‘being a man’ really means, and how our flaws and feelings can blind us to the truth.” FIND OUT MORE HERE

Until 10 March 2018 EXHIBITION: HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT: CELEBRATING NURSING DIVERSITY (RCN LIBRARY AND HERITAGE CENTRE, LONDON) “An exhibition at the Royal College of Nursing in Marylebone, London, aims to showcase the stories of nurses who may have been overlooked in the past, having faced challenges of racism, homophobia and other discrimination in their profession. Hidden in plain sight: Celebrating nursing diversity includes letters, photographs and personal items from RCN members, detailing their diverse experiences.”

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Until 29 March 2018 THEATRE: NAZANIN’S STORY (UK TOUR) “Nazanin’s Story” is the play based on the true and ongoing story of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe after she and her baby daughter were taken by the Revolutionary Guards in Iran on the 3rd April 2016. Long listed for the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award, given 4 stars by the Independent “Nazanin’s Story is “political theatre at its best” and is constantly evolving as her story changes.”

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Until 15 April 2018 EXHIBITION: DESIGNS ON BRITAIN (JEWISH MUSEUM, LONDON) “Discover how much of the most iconic British design was produced by immigrants to this country. 20th century design in the UK was profoundly shaped by the arrival of pioneering Jewish émigré designers from continental Europe. They brought with them a knowledge of modernism and radically transformed the practice and language of British design. Don’t miss iconic posters for London Underground, the General Post Office and the War Office created by designers including Dorrit Dekk, FHK Henrion and Hans Schleger. See the classic designs that have been embraced by generations – a ‘70s Raleigh Chopper bike, an early Marble Run toy, and the London Transport bus stop sign.”

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Until 21 April 2018 THEATRE: SHOWTIME FROM THE FRONTLINE (UK TOUR) By Mark Thomas, Faisal Abu Alhayjaa and Alaa Shehada; Directed by Joe Douglas. “Name the comedian who might say ‘I wonder if I can set up a comedy club… in a refugee camp… in Palestine?’ Of course, it’s Mark Thomas. And that is exactly what he tries to do. Dodging cultural and literal bullets, Israeli incursions and religion, Mark and his team set out to run a comedy club and put on two nights in the Palestinian city of Jenin. Only to find that it is not so simple to celebrate freedom of speech in a place with so little freedom. Jenin refugee camp, a stronghold for the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade during the Second Intifada, is not a place synonymous with laughs. But it is also home to the Jenin Freedom Theatre and to people with a wealth of stories to tell. Mark tells this story alongside Faisal Abu Alhayjaa and Alaa Shehada, two performers, actors and now aspiring comics from the Jenin Club. This is a story about being yourself in a place that wants to put you in a box. Funny, moving and necessary. Mark says, it’s the nearest he will ever get to Alan Parker’s ‘Fame’.”

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Until 10 May 2018 DANCE: WINDRUSH: MOVEMENT OF THE PEOPLE (UK TOUR) “Audiences will glimpse what the first generation of Caribbean immigrants experienced when they came to England 70 years ago, in the major new Phoenix Dance Theatre production: Windrush: Movement of the People.”

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