Events Issue 8 April 2018

 

Thursday 12 April 2018 – Wednesday 25 April 2018

Cat Japanese ManPHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION: AKIKO DUPONT: JIJI AND KINAKO ON WASHI

“The world of Jiji and Kinako through photographs printed on Japanese traditional paper, washi. One day, at 94, Jiji’s life was turned “down-side-up” by Kinako the Cat. Until Jiji was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he was a very outgoing man, but he gradually lost interest in life and became grumpier than ever. Kinako the Cat turned that around. This exhibition shows how the border between animals and humans melts. Although Alzheimer’s is a disease that brings sadness and loneliness because of its hollowness, in that hollowness there are points of light that are moments of pure joy, no matter how ephemeral they may be. Akiko hopes that through this exhibition, the viewers will be filled with Jiji and Kinako’s love, joy, and warmth.

Opening Hours : Mon – Fri 11am – 7pm, Sat (21 April only) 12pm – 6pm

Opening Reception: 12 April : 6 – 8pm; to book you place, please click here

About Akiko DuPont: Documentary photographer based in Tokyo and London. She is interested in how people experience the world and focuses on allowing the subjects’ messages to shine through the photographs she takes. Her works have appeared in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post Japan, metro.co.uk, and so on. Part of the sales will be donated by Akiko to the Alzheimer’s Society (https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/).”

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Thursday 12 April 2018 – Sunday 15 April 2018

LONDON BENGALI FILM FESTIVALFILM: LONDON 3RD BENGALI FILM FESTIVAL (VARIOUS VENUES, LONDON)

“Join us for an eye opening selection of films from Bengal and the Indian sub-continent. The four day festival will be attended by international film stars, directors, producers, distributors and film / media personalities. Our 2018 programme will be taking place from the 12th – 15th of April at our partnering screens and venues in London. In addition to the great line up of films, there will be other activities benefiting film makers from special talks to networking lunches and tours. Please see the programme details below for more information.”

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Until June 2018 in the UK

FILM EVEN WHEN I FALLFILM: EVEN WHEN I FALL BY SKY NEAL AND KATE MCLARNON (VARIOUS VENUES, NATIONWIDE)

“Sheetal and Saraswoti met as teenagers in a Kathmandu refuge, both survivors of child trafficking to Indian circuses. They had been rescued and brought back across the border to Nepal, but what does the future hold for these young women returning to a home they barely remember? “Even When I Fall” traces their journey over 6 years, as they reclaim their breath-taking skills as circus artists and begin to build a future against all the odds. Along with 11 other young trafficking survivors, they form Circus Kathmandu – Nepal’s first and only circus – creating a livelihood for themselves and simultaneously working to educate and challenge the deep-seated stigma against trafficked women. This intimate, beautiful film harnesses the visual power of circus to give a unique perspective into the complex world of human trafficking. 95 mins | 12A | UK. Nepalese with English subtitles A Satya Films and Postcode Films Production Produced by Elhum Shakerifar”

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Until Sunday 29 April 2018

suspect-objects.jpgEXHIBITION: FAISAL HUSSAIN PRESENTS SUSPECT OBJECTS SUSPECT SUBJECTS (RICH MIX, LONDON)

“A collection of works which question, highlight and respond to the victimisation of Muslim communities. In a time of increased societal racism; xenophobia against migrants, attacks against Muslim people and stereotyping of those who simply appear Muslim, these views are freely expressed through media misrepresentation, hate-filled terminology, exploitative political strategies and sensationalist headlines. The artworks reflect on this fear and racism as contemporary social factors, political currency and cultural memes that alter how people navigate reality and memory. Targeting and immersing the viewer echoes the persistent attacks which surround Muslim communities. The use of advertising, installation, painting, sculpture, still and moving image explore the multi-faceted channels used to influence and fuel prejudice. Juxtapositions question the surreal ‘validity’ of suspicion and evoke humour, personal memory, and the experiences of duality and difference. Who’s involved: Birmingham based artist Faisal Hussain creates work that questions perceptions, undermines lazy stereotypes and highlights missing histories and overlooked facts. Whether in music, in a gallery or a sign outside a kebab shop, his cross-disciplinary practice is often presented in varied environments to engage with diverse audiences. Using archive and personal memory as starting points, his work explores the representation and understanding of South Asian culture and identity through the media, government, communities and individuals. The BBC, The Guardian, and Dazed and Confused have cited his work.”

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Saturday 14 April 2018

FILM: AFRICAN HISTORY OF SPORT DOCUMENTARY (ST ANN’S LIBRARY, LONDON)

“Today, few education systems in the world; if any, treat sport as a product of thought; for example, the British National Curriculum introduces sport to children, as physical education, or PE. Ironically, sport involves all intellectual properties or characteristics; but has never been treated respectfully by any ‘modern’ education system. Why is this?!! Perhaps, this is because the “Grand Philosophy of Sewetwet” invented by Black Africans, did not survive invasion and colonisation by Greeks; or colonization and enslavement by Romans, Arabs and Western Europeans; all of whom destroyed the philosophical and spiritual premise of Sewetwet; and reduced it to physical activities for the brawny. This film revisits scenes of ancient glory. “This Event Is Not To Be Missed!! Bring Your Children To Learn About African History Not Taught In Schools!!”

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Saturday 14 April 2018 – Sunday 15 April 2018

TELL ME THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE

OPERA: TELL ME THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE (SAGE TWO, SAGE GATESHEAD)

“Tina has never been in love. Now she’s the bridesmaid at her sister’s wedding and can’t move for relatives asking: ‘When is it going to be you?’. But Tina insists she’s better off on her own. If you haven’t got love, you can’t lose it, right? Yet as the wedding day unfolds, her determination not to let anyone in starts to falter… Streetwise Opera and Royal Northern Sinfonia present “Tell Me The Truth About Love”, a Tyneside #LoveOpera, featuring a range of classical, folk and modern music: from Mozart to Stevie Wonder, including Geordie favourites Big River, Blaydon Races and The Water of Tyne. This lively music experience will make you laugh, sing along and shed a tear or two, as we celebrate 100 years of life and love on Tyneside. The opera takes its title from one of Benjamin Britten’s Cabaret Songs, and includes new music by Will Todd and Anna Appleby. The world premiere is directed by Olivier Award winner Bijan Sheibani and designed by Linbury Prize winner Samal Blak, with story and text by Meriel Sheibani-Clare, and additional text by Streetwise Opera performers. Tell Me The Truth About Love will be performed by adults from Streetwise Opera Newcastle Gateshead who have experienced or are at risk of homelessness, with critically-acclaimed mezzo-soprano Anna Huntley as Tina, and musicians from Royal Northern Sinfonia, and is produced by Streetwise Opera in partnership with Royal Northern Sinfonia, Sage Gateshead, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, Recovery College Collective, Changing Lives and media partner BBC Newcastle. The show lasts 75 minutes and there is no interval.”

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Monday 16 April 2018 – Saturday 21 April 2018

EXHIBITION: SHIFTING IDENTITIES, NEW STORIES: GOVERNMENT ART COLLECTION WORKS LINKED TO THE COMMONWEALTH EXPERIENCE (GOVERNMENT ART COLLECTION, LONDON)

“A new exhibition, curated especially to coincide with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, featuring selected works from the Government Art Collection, explores ideas of identity, history and place, by artists with cultural or personal links to Commonwealth nations. Join a curator-led tour to discover paintings and sculptures by artists working from the late 1930s to the 1970s; and more recent works by contemporary artists including Yinka Shonibare, Runa Islam and Lubaina Himid, winner of the 2017 Turner Prize. Tours are free and last 1 hour.”

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