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Until 29 June 2018

FESTIVAL OF DEBATE (VARIOUS VENUES, SHEFFIELD)

“Founded in 2015, Festival of Debate is a series of panel discussions, debates, Q&As, artistic responses, keynote speeches and other public events in Sheffield, exploring politics, economics and society in 2018. Festival of Debate is coordinated by not-for-profit company Opus Independents in collaboration with over 40 partner organisations across the city. This year’s programme takes place in April, May and June and features over 70 events of all shapes and sizes. Browse events by month (April, May and June) or download our Festival 2018 brochure here. This year’s Festival strands are Culture, Self & Identity, Democracy & Activism, Fairness & Equality, Futures, and Science & Environment.”

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19 April 2018

MUSEUM: THE HISTORICAL AND HIDDEN CARIBBEAN TOURS (V&A, LONDON)

“Join this fascinating tour across the Museum to discover stories that have shaped the Caribbean today. For 90 minutes immerse yourself in a tour across six galleries, eight objects, and 300 years of hidden histories and discover the Caribbean’s natural resources, trade and commerce, design and crafts, makers and collectors. From Colonialism to Modernity, we uncover hidden stories, sensibilities, culture, and the impact of this on these island nations.”

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VA AFRICAN TOURS

20 April 2018 & 21 April 2018

AFRICAN HERITAGE TOURS IN EUROPE 1600 – 1815 (V&A, LONDON)

“Explore the new Europe 1600 – 1815 galleries through the lens of African Heritage. Come and join our guides and share in their passion and pride as they reveal the extraordinary Afro-European narratives within the new Europe 1600 – 1815 galleries.”

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FRAMES OF REPRESENTATION

20 April 2018 – 28 April 2018

FILM: FRAMES OF REPRESENTATION: NEW VISIONS FOR CINEMA 2018 (ICA, LONDON)

Frames of Representation (FoR) embraces the possibilities offered by the cinema of the real, showcasing films that approach complex material contexts through innovative forms of storytelling…The films navigate places marked by political borders, trace rapidly changing environments and imagine new geographies of sound, affect and aesthetics. Investigating landscape from different angles, they imagine it as a matrix where various social issues, constructs and positionalities are illustrated, made tangible and experienced in—and through—the physical environment…”

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20 April 2018 – 6 May 2018

2018 SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS EXHIBITION BY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY ORGANISATION (SOMERSET HOUSE, LONDON)

“Experience the best in contemporary photography this Spring. Over 600 talented photographers on display. See inspiring and thought-provoking images from around the globe.”

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20 April 2018

THEATRE: SISTERS (NATIONAL THEATRE WALES, CARDIFF)

“Created by Kully Thiarai, Sameera Iyengar, Shanaz Gulzar and other female artists from the south Asian diaspora, including Sudha Buchar, Emma Daman, Sushama Deshpande, Choiti Ghosh, Tejashree Ingawale, Tina Pasotra, Hussina Raja, Sapan Saran and Sita Thomas. This all-female work-in-progress by leading British-Asian and Indian artists aims to hold a mirror up to life as a south Asian woman today, wherever she lives; the echoes and the contradictions, the (in)visibility and the comradeship, all told with playfulness, honesty and humour. Sisters is us at our best, our worst, our strongest, our weakest. Unadorned and visible, we just are. Sisters is part of India Wales, a major season of artistic collaboration between the two countries to mark the UK-India Year of Culture and is supported by British Council Wales, the Arts Council of Wales and Wales Arts International. Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. Age guidance: 12+. Running Time: 80 minutes.

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20 April 2018

GALLERY TALK: INDEPENDENCE, PARTITION AND THE SOUTH ASIAN DIASPORA (THE BRITISH MUSEUM, LONDON)

“A gallery talk by Imma Ramos, British Museum. Gallery talks last 45 minutes. They are given by Museum staff or guest speakers and are suitable for all levels of knowledge.”

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21 April 2018 – 25 April 2018

FILMS: BBC ARABIC FESTIVAL 2018 (BBC RADIO THEATRE, LONDON)

“The BBC Arabic Festival screens bold and diverse short films and documentaries about the social and political changes taking place in the Arab world today. Now in our fourth year, we have a new focus on digital journalism to explore the changing landscape of our media. Our unique and timely programme includes special talks and exclusive presentations by award-winning journalists and filmmakers as well as music and comedy from the Arab world. The festival takes place at the iconic art-deco BBC Radio Theatre in central London, between Friday 20 April and Thursday 26 April 2018.

Please take a look at our 17 screenings and events that make up the BBC Arabic Festival week. Tickets are free and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Visit the individual listings for more details about each one. You can apply for tickets to as many sessions as you like. Admission to these screenings and events is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that as not everyone who asks for tickets uses them, to make sure we have a full house we send out more tickets than there are places. We do our best to get the numbers right, but unfortunately we occasionally have to disappoint people so please arrive early.”

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21 April 2018

LEILA AND THE WOLVES (15*), PART OF: NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED (BARBICAN CINEMA, LONDON)

“This beautiful and visionary film by Heiny Srour tells the story of Arab women through several decades of the 20th century, from a distinctly feminist perspective. Srour’s film is a masterpiece of filmmaking, mixing together archival footage, fairy-tale storytelling, aesthetically bold imagery, and dramatisations of situations faced by women in Lebanon and Palestine, from early twentieth century to the beginning of the 1980s. Women’s history, politics and voices are placed within Arabic culture, political struggles and traditions, providing a counterbalance to narratives that all too often are told only from a male perspective, relegating women’s part in history to the margins, if acknowledged at all. The stories told here are fierce and wry and shocking sometimes; they are essential viewing. Screened none too often, this is an opportunity to see an artistically complex, rewarding and unabashedly feminist piece of filmmaking.”

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23 April 2018

FILM: MACHINES + Q&A (SOMERSET HOUSE, LONDON)

“With rare access to the guarded world of sweatshops, Rahul Jain brings us into one of the thousands of textile mills in heavily industrialized Sachin, India. Moving through the corridors and bowels of an enormous and disorientating structure, the camera takes the viewer on a descent down to a dehumanised place of physical labour and intense hardship. This gigantic textile factory in Gujarat, India might just as well be the decorum for a 21st century Dante’s Inferno. In his mind-provoking yet intimate portrayal, director Rahul Jain observes the life of the workers, the suffering and the environment they can hardly escape from. With strong visual language, memorable images and carefully selected interviews of the workers themselves, Jain tells a story of inequality, oppression and the huge divide between rich, poor and the perspectives of both.”

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23 April 2018

FILM: ENEMIES OF HAPPINESS (15*) + SCREENTALK WITH HEATHER BARR, HAMEED HAKIMI & HORIA MOSADIQ, PART OF: NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED (BARBICAN CINEMA, LONDON)

“Eva Mulvad follows Malalai Joya, a young outspoken Afghan woman, during the last weeks of her political campaign as she risks her life to speak out for democracy. In December 2003, Malalai Joya, then only twenty-five years old, floored the Loya Jirga (a traditional assembly) with a three-minute incendiary speech denouncing the presence of ‘criminals’ at the assembly, and the power of these warlords in Afghan society. Two years later, during Afghanistan’s first democratic elections in over 30 years, Joya launches a remarkable campaign, conducted for the most part in hiding, dodging the daily death threats she receives. Danish filmmaker Eva Mulvad joins Joya in the last weeks of this seemingly impossible campaign. Awarded the Grand Jury Prize for World Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007, this revelatory portrait celebrates an extraordinary freedom fighter who won the hearts of voters, as well as a snapshot of life and politics in war-torn Afghanistan. We’re pleased to host Heather Barr, Senior Researcher on Women’s Rights for Human Rights Watch, to join us for a ScreenTalk alongside Hameed Hakimi and Horia Mosadiq.”

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25 April 2018

THEATRE: OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD (THEATRE ROYAL STRATFORD EAST, LONDON)

“2018 marks 30 years since the premiere of Our Country’s Good at the Royal Court, now recognised as a modern classic exploring themes of crime, punishment and rehabilitation. Set in 1787, Our Country’s Good tells the extraordinary true story of a group of convicts transported to Australia as a punishment for their crimes. Survival is by no means certain in this strange, unfamiliar world, yet an officer inspires them to rehearse and perform a play. Facing opposition, supply shortages, abuse and the threat of hangings, the odds are seemingly stacked against them.”

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25 April 2018

BOOK LAUNCH: “STRIKING WOMEN – STRUGGLES AND STRATEGIES OF SOUTH ASIAN WOMEN WORKERS FROM GRUNWICK TO GATE GOURMET” (SOAS, LONDON)

“Sundari Anitha (University of Lincoln) and Ruth Pearson (University of Leeds). This event is jointly organised by the SOAS Department of Development Studies and the SOAS Department of Economics. Join the SOAS Feminist Political Economy and Development Research Cluster and the SOAS Centre for Gender Studies to launch ‘Striking Women – Struggles and strategies of South Asian women workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet’ by Sundari Anitha and Ruth Pearson. We will be joined by the Authors for an introduction to the book and an open discussion. Speaker biographies: Sundari Anitha is a Reader in the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lincoln. She has written extensively about the experiences of South Asian women in the UK labour market, and on violence against women and girls in the UK and India, including forced marriage and transnational abandonment. Ruth Pearson is Emeritus Professor of International Development at the University of Leeds. She is a feminist economist, best known for her work on women’s employment in the global. Much of her research has been carried out in Latin America and the Caribbean, though recent research on migrant workers and gendered globalisation has included a study of Burmese migrant workers on the Thai-Burmese border. Organiser: Hannah Bargawi. Contact email: hb19@soas.ac.uk Contact Tel: 020 7898 4496”

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