EVENTS PICK 5-3-2018Thursday 8 March 2018

FILM: WOMEN IN REVOLT: DAUGHTERHOOD (REGENT STREET CINEMA, LONDON)

“Shorts On Tap’s award-winning series Women in Revolt is back with Daughterhood, an exploration of female filmmaking. This extraordinary selection of shorts depicting, describing and challenging the very essence of daughterhood will be followed by a panel discussion with the directors and special guests.”

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Thursday 9 March 2018

TALK: NO MORE. PART OF WOW – WOMEN OF THE WORLD

“WOW London brings together women on the front line of global movements who are transforming the future by demanding ‘No More’. No more violence. No more harassment. No more silence.

The #BlackLivesMatter movement continues to mobilise activists from across the world to protest against continuing violence towards people of colour. The Women’s March on Washington in 2017 was close to being the largest single-day demonstration in recorded U.S. history, with a worldwide participation estimated at five million. And in the same year, women have openly come forward to unravel historic sexual assault allegations sweeping Hollywood, Westminster, and almost every sector, artform and industry globally. In the centenary of women’s suffrage, where some women got the right to vote after a long campaign of direct action, come and hear what’s next for these global campaigns.”

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Saturday 10 March 2018

TALK: WHO OWNS HISTORY? DAVID OLUSOGA AND DAN SNOW IN CONVERSATION (BRITISH MUSEUM, LONDON)

“Almost half a century since Kenneth Clark’s original 1969 BBC television series “Civilisation”, the role of history in our society has profoundly changed, with a multiplicity of new stories, voices and perspectives emerging in how it is researched and told. In this special event, David Olusoga, acclaimed historian and co-presenter of the BBC’s new TV series “Civilisations”, joins broadcaster and historian Dan Snow to discuss the question of who owns history, and the role of marginalised histories in reshaping a singular narrative of history with a pluralistic one. Presented in collaboration with History Hit as part of the BBC Civilisations Festival.”

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Monday 12 March 2018 – 24 March 2018

THEATRE: HANDLOOMS (ALANKAR HOUSE OF SAREES, MANCHESTER)

Written by Rani Moorthy. Directed by Alan Lane

“A love of saris leads a man to discover himself within the folds of the sensuous fabric. “Handlooms” explores the generational conflict between Rajesh and his mother who are both seeking conflicting solutions to a crisis in their sari business. An exciting and immersive theatrical experience set in a real sari shop in the heart of Curry Mile. The show challenges simplistic and stereotypical assumptions about an aspect of migrant life, the sari.”

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Tuesday 13 March 2018

TALK: EAST GHOUTA: ARE WE BLIND TO SYRIA’S LATEST TRAGEDY? (FRONTLINE CLUB, LONDON)

“With IS’s foothold removed from most of the country, and US Coalition-supported Kurdish forces tied up in a conflict against the Turkish army and its sponsored militias in the north-western Afrin region, it seems that the forces of President Bashar al-Assad and their Russian and Iranian backers are now concentrating on eradicating the last pockets of resistance by Syrian opposition forces. One such area, the Damascus suburbs of East Ghouta, is the target of renewed violence, with over a hundred civilians dying daily to chemical weapon attacks and regime airstrikes. Compounding these attacks, the state of siege East Ghouta faces has prevented food or medical supplies from entering the region, leaving hundreds of thousands malnourished and vulnerable. Finally, reports are surfacing that the Syrian regime forces are pursuing a policy of targeting doctors, nurses and other medical workers, denying treatment to an already beleaguered population. All of these crises raise troubling questions about the nature of East Ghouta’s previous designation as a “de-escalation zone” by the Russia-sponsored Astana peace negotiations, and what this seemingly-inevitable eradication of the last bastions of Syria’s popular opposition means for the shape of a potential peace outcome. The Frontline Club has invited a panel of experts to dissect what the events that have transpired in East Ghouta reveal about a pattern of human rights violations that have come to define the Syrian civil war.”

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Tuesday 13 March 2018

TALK: NLSF PANEL DISCUSSION: INDEPENDENT REPUBLIC OF LONDON

(FACULTY OF ARTS AND CREATIVE INDUSTRIES, MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY, LONDON)

“The Independent Republic of London? Buzzfeed recently put up 13 charts showing why London is Basically Another Country. The evidence included: London is much richer, Londoners come from everywhere; which means that they speak all sorts of languages; and London is far less white than the rest of Britain; Londoners are much better qualified; and much younger. With Independence the defining political issue of the era, we provocatively ask our panel: is it London’s turn?”

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Wednesday 14 March 2018 – Sunday 25 March 2018

UK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (EDINBURGH, MANCHESTER, LEICESTER AND LONDON)

“This year, the “UK Asian Film Festival” will be celebrating 20 years of championing independent South Asian cinema by hosting a 12-day season of film screenings and events in Edinburgh, Manchester, Leicester and London. To commemorate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which enabled women in the UK to vote for the first time, the theme of UK Asian Film Festival 2018 is F-Rated. The certification is used to denote films that have been cinematically classified as representing women on film, behind the camera and/or are female-centric in subject matter.”

FILM FESTIVAL BROCHURE HERE

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Thursday 15 March 2018

TALK: NO PROBLEM HERE: UNDERSTANDING RACISM IN SCOTLAND (BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH SOUTH BRIDGE, SCOTLAND)

“Does Scotland have a problem with racism? Join Neil Davidson, Nasar Meer and Minna Liinpaa, editors of No Problem Here, in debate. About the Book: With its ‘civic nationalism’ and ‘welcoming’ attitude towards migrants and refugees, Scotland is understood to be relatively free of structural and institutional racism. As the contributors to this book show, such generalisations fail to withstand serious investigation. Their research into the historical record and contemporary reality tells a very different story. Opening up debate on a subject that has been shut down for too long, No Problem Here gathers together the views of academics, activists and anti-racism campaigners who argue that it is vital that the issue of racism be brought into the centre of public discourse. Scotland’s role in maintaining and extending slavery across the British Empire is finally beginning to receive the attention it deserves. Yet there is much more that needs to be said about racism in Scotland today.”

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Thursday 15 March 2018

TALK: IS THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO CLOSE TO BREAKING POINT? (FRONTLINE CLUB, LONDON)

“Armed conflict and long-term political insecurity have created one of the world’s most entrenched humanitarian crises in modern history in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Last year alone 1.7 million people were forced to leave their homes (5,500 people a day) and the UN documented more than 12,000 reports of human rights violations. Adding to the problem was a delay in Presidential and legislative elections in the Congo as Joseph Kabila refuses to step down despite the Catholic Church in December 2016 reaching a deal to deny him a third term. This compounded with the death of long-standing opposition leader Étienne Tshisekedi has created a political deadlock whereby violence in the Kasai region has intensified. Some speculate that the violence in Kasai is threatening to overshadow the fighting in 2012 when the M23 rebel movement took over the city of Goma. Aid agencies claim it is the worst-affected area of conflict displacement in the world. Yet in a Thomson Reuters Foundation survey, it was named the most neglected conflict in the world in 2017. Civilians bear the brunt of the violence in the fighting and displacement. Is 2018 a year without hope for the country? Have the media and aid agencies neglected the brewing conflict turning instead to the Syrian Civil War and the Rohingya exodus from Myanmar? Our panel discuss and report on the ongoing catastrophe.”

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Until 18 March 2018

EXHIBITION: APNA HERITAGE ARCHIVE

“Over a period of two years Black Country Visual Arts has brought together an exciting collection of 2000 photographs exploring Punjabi migration to Wolverhampton from the 1960s to the1980s. In this inaugural exhibition, visitors will get a rare glimpse of 30 years of life captured by Punjabi families across the city from their own photographs and family albums. Also on display will be a series of present day portraits from within the Punjabi community, and visitors can even take a family selfie in our mock ‘70s photographic studio!”

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Tuesday 20 March 2018 – Saturday 14 April 2018

THEATRE: SANKARA: THE RISE & FALL OF AN AFRICAN HERO (COCKPIT THEATRE, LONDON)

“Produced and presented by Kernel Live Ltd. Written & Directed by Ricky Dujany.

“Homeland or death we will win!” Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” inspires the unforgettable epic story of African hero Thomas Sankara, President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987. Sankara brought an unprecedented change in the mentality of his country, refused foreign aid (under the slogan “he who feeds you, controls you”), nationalised all land and mineral wealth, promoted work for everyone to reach food self-sufficiency and build the first railway. He was also the first African leader to favour women’s rights and to appoint them as key Ministers. He started an ambitious plan to fight desertification by planting thousands of trees, promoted mass vaccination, and overtly denounced the dark mechanisms behind Africa’s odious debt (namely World Bank and IMF) which are the cause of today’s World crisis, despite the silence of mainstream media about it. Fully aware of his tragic destiny, and just days before his assassination, Thomas Sankara pronounced the famous words “while revolutionaries as individuals can be murdered, you can’t kill ideas”.”

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Friday 23 March 2018

FILM: SAJJAN SINGH RANGROOT (NATIONWIDE)

“As the country celebrates the Centenary of the end of conflict of World War I, a remarkable new film honours the involvement of Sikh soldiers in the British Army. Sajjan Singh Rangroot, which releases nationwide on 23rd March 2018, is based on the true story of the Lahore Regiment of the British Indian Army. It follows the regiment and the challenges faced through the eyes of soldier Sajjan Singh Rangroot.”

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Thursday 29 March 2018

THEATRE: SHAZIA MIRZA: WITH LOVE FROM ST. TROPEZ (ARTSDEPOT, LONDON)

“Following her critically acclaimed 2016, 103 date sell-out international tour “The Kardashians Made Me Do It”, Shazia Mirza presents her new stand-up show “With Love From St. Tropez”. After starving to death on a desert island, she’s changed her mind about a few things. She knew nothing about men before, she knows an awful lot now. Men versus women, survival, and is anyone really an atheist in the middle of a Tsunami? Oh, and the answers to everything are in The Periodic Table. A show about lies and truth – or is that the same thing? Nudity and the Periodic Table, these things hold the key to the future. How much do you wear? What do you look like, and will they let you in? Oh, and don’t you dare wear more than dental floss on a French beach.”

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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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Saturday 31 March 2018 – Sunday 1 April 2018

BENGALI SPRING FESTIVAL (MUSEUM OF LONDON DOCKLANDS)

“Join us for a colourful festival weekend celebrating spring through Bengali art, culture and heritage. Highlights of the festival: Live music and dance performances, curated by Yoused Ali Khan; Free henna tattooing; Arts and crafts children’s activities; Storytelling and writing classes; Poetry workshops with Shamin Azad; Chanachur snack making sessions. Throughout the weekend a number of cultural events will take place:

– Shahida Rahman, author of the award-winning novel “Lascar” will give a talk about the historical links between Bengali travellers and London’s docks.

– The Swadhinata Trust, an organisation which works to promote Bengali history and heritage amongst young people, will discuss the cultural impact of the Bengali community on East London.

– There will be film screenings of the 2017 short documentary ”The Legend of the Loom”, which follows the journey of Bengali fabrics for the community to the world of international fashion and clothing.

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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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17 April 2018 & 24 April 2018

TALK: A HISTORY OF SCIENTIFIC RACISM BY THE CENTRE OF PAN AFRICAN THOUGHT (SWEDENBORG SOCIETY, LONDON)

“Over two evenings of ground-breaking lectures, dynamic historian and author Onyeka Nubia helps us to meet that challenge. In four powerful lectures he will lay out an untold history of the pseudoscience that created classifications around colour. Helping us understand how they became erroneous sociological constructions and built into the modern world. If we are to overcome the ideological myth of white superiority and black inferiority that’s deeply embedded in our society and consciousness, then we must start with and understand its history. If you think live untainted or free from the doctrine of colourism and racism? This series will make you think again, this is the silver bullet.”

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Until 28 April 2018

THEATRE: BLACK MEN WALKING (VARIOUS LOCATIONS)

Directed by Dawn Walton. Written by Testament. An Eclipse Theatre Company and Royal Exchange Theatre co-production.

“We walk. Though we are written into the landscape you don’t see us. We walked England before the English.”

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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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Until 20 May 2018

EX: SLAVES OF FASHION – NEW WORKS BY THE SINGH TWINS (WALKER ART GALLERY, LIVERPOOL)

“Slaves of Fashion: New Works by The Singh Twins” explores the history of Indian textiles, Empire, enslavement and luxury consumerism, and the contemporary relevance of these issues in the world today.”

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Until 31 December 2018

EXHIBITION: GLASWEGASIANS (SCOTLAND STREET SCHOOL MUSEUM, GLASGOW)

Working in partnership with Colourful Heritage, ”GlaswegAsians” traces the influence and heritage of South Asian Communities across Scotland and throughout Glasgow. The exhibition marks the start of a relationship between Glasgow Museums and Colourful Heritage, a community group based in Glasgow that has developed an online archive of material recording the migration of people from South Asia to Scotland. The exhibition will run for an extended period at Scotland Street School Museum allowing Glasgow Museums to explore how people came to Glasgow and how the city grew and changed as a result. Among the exhibits are the copy of the Quran Mohammed Sarwar used as he was sworn in as the UK’s first Muslim and South Asian MP and the kilt and sherwani worn by Humza Yousaf MSP as he was sworn in at the Scottish Parliament in 2011. The exhibition explores entrepreneurship and working life, politics, war, family and social life and schools.

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