15 March – 19 June 2019

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ABOVE THE NOISE (THE NATIONAL SCIENCE AND MEDIA MUSEUM, BRADFORD) Free

“What happens when the mainstream media doesn’t speak for a community? How do people react when they feel their home town is misrepresented? For years, people in Bradford have been recording their own histories, forming cultural networks, and creating social change. Their stories show how established media can be bypassed or adapted. Above the Noise is an exhibition bringing together 15 stories from Bradford in a variety of forms—from words and photographs to sound installations and new artworks. We’ve collaborated with people who live and work in the district to explore how communities can shape their experience of the place in which they live.”

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Read about the exhibition in the Guardian here

 

25 March 2019

EVENTS PICK 5-3-2018

GENDER BASED VIOLENCE & MENTAL HEALTH CARE: INDIA, SRI LANKA & AFGHANISTAN (UCL GREAT ORMOND STREET INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH, LONDON) Free

“The UCL Centre for the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents invites you to this lunchtime lecture, presenting the work on violence against women and mental health from NGO’s Sangath and SNEHA India, HAWCA Afghanistan, and the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. With funding from NIHR, UCL and eight collaborating partners are developing an adaptable package of care to improve the mental health of survivors of violence against women (VAW), modern slavery, and civil conflict in South Asia. Our four speakers will share their experiences and perspectives on how these conditions are and can be addressed in resource-constrained settings.

 

Speakers:

Dr Nayreen Daruwalla heads SNEHA’s Prevention of Violence against Women and Children programme. Her expertise is in building models to prevent gender violence in low-income contexts and has developed SNEHA’s convergence model, which includes capacity building and training to support institutional responses to gender-based violence.

 Dr Abhijit Nadkarni is Co-Director of the Addictions Research Group in Sangath, India. Dr Nadkarni works on projects including the burden of domestic violence related to alcohol use, and developing and evaluating technology based interventions for alcohol use disorders and tobacco use.

Dr Suhashini Ratnatunga is a Lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of Colombo, one of the main psychiatry training units for undergraduates and postgraduates and tertiary care psychiatric services providers in Sri Lanka.

Lamba Saboor received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of London and works as a lead researcher at HAWCA. Her focus includes the legal cases of gender-based violence, identifying the gaps and flaws in the laws, judicial and police processes that prevent the attainment of justice.”

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25 March 2019

BBC Arabic Festival

SPECIAL PRESENTATION AND PANEL DISCUSSION: DIGITAL PRESERVATION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE IN CRISIS (BBC ARABIC DIGITAL INVESTIGATION) – Part of BBC Arabic Festival

“In recent years, the digitization of cultural preservation has become a priority among researchers, artists, and developers at institutions ranging from the Victoria and Albert Museum to UNESCO. This special event explores the role of investigative documentary in these efforts, unearthing histories and contemporary threats – such as siege, bombing, looting and smuggling – to their remains. Using digital technology to advance their investigation, BBC Arabic have been able to capture stories in more detail than ever before, presenting an opportunity for future generations to experience, examine and study these sites. This is an active investigation. The results of this research will be revealed for the first time at this event.

Panel Discussion

These exclusive presentations will be followed by an expert panel discussion on media and technology’s role in cultural preservation. Speakers include Bettany Hughes (historian/broadcaster); Sarah Nankivell (Forensic Architecture); Vernon Rapley (Victoria & Albert Museum); Alexy Karenowska (Institute for Digital Archaeology); Rosie Garthwaite (BBC Arabic).

Explore the IS Tunnels

5’ | Namak Khoshnaw

During their occupation of Mosul, the Islamic State group destroyed the shrine of Nabi Yunis, revealing an ancient palace underneath. It was found that the palace was surrounded by tunnels, believed to be built by IS, in order to loot the antiquities and sell them. BBC Arabic was the last team of journalists allowed into the site before it was shut by the Iraqi government. The team used the latest 360 and photogrammetry technology, to create a detailed digital reconstruction. These can now be seen online in interactive and video formats.

Stolen Treasure

25’ | multi-media | Sarah Saey and May Abdalla

What has international law done to protect the heritage of countries in conflict? A year-long investigation across three continents reveals a lawless antiquities trade that is ultimately robbing the Middle East of its own history. BBC Arabic’s Digital Investigation team, working with award-winning research agency, Forensic Architecture, will take you on a multi-media journey tracing the stories behind the looted objects. With the help of video footage, interactive animation, stills and documents collected using cutting edge digital technology they will reveal the trail of these antiquities.”

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26 March 2019

Fragments of Nepali History

BOOK LAUNCH: FRAGMENTS OF NEPALI HISTORY IN THE UK BY SANYUKTA SHRESTHA (ROYAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL INSTITUTE, LONDON) Free

“‘Fragments of Nepali History in the UK’ is a collection of essays and reviews by Sanyukta Shrestha from 2012 to 2019. The essay section includes scholarly investigation of manuscripts and artefacts of Nepali origin and scattered around the UK in various archives, including museums and private dealers. Dated from 11th to 19th century, the items were studied with an aim to understand the sociocultural and political history of Newar community who are the indigenous inhabitants of Kathmandu valley. The review section lists some of the contemporary works of historiography, social studies, literature and filming, with notes on their significance and contribution to Nepali readers/viewers.”

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27 March 2019

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THE WINDRUSH SCANDAL: EXPLORING A SHOCKING HISTORY (INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS HOUSE, MARYLEBONE)

“What is the deeper history behind last year’s Windrush scandal? Where did it come from? Is there a more shocking history than the one we know? Join acclaimed author & historian David Olusoga for a deeper look into the forces that led the Empire Windrush to the UK and the ideology that led successive British governments to conspire to find ways of halting non-white immigration to Britain. The story of Windrush has become a feel-good part of modern British history. It’s a story we celebrate; the arrival in the Mother Country of loyal British subjects, many of whom had served the nation during war. We know that black migrants to Britain faced appalling discrimination, but we also want to believe that in the end it all worked out and we became the inclusive, diverse nation that we like to believe we are. An overly rosy version of the Windrush story risks standing in the way of us taking a real hard look at the politics of race and migration in post-war Britain. Because behind the myth is a shocking history; a scandal that implicates both Labour and Conservative governments and reveals the roots of the Windrush Scandal of 2018.”

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27 March – 4 May 2019

UK Asian Film Festival 2019

UK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2019 (VARIOUS REGIONS & VENUES)

“The UK Asian Film Festival offers an eclectic mix of films, stimulating interviews, outstanding masterclasses, workshops, live performances, visual arts exhibitions and an annual short film competition. We aim to celebrate, award and reward great films, filmmakers and artists from South Asia. The festival provides a unique platform for Asians working in film and media around the world. Our screenings and events include feature films, documentaries, short films, panel discussions, and educational and community screenings.”

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28 March to 27 April 2019

Bush Theatre

GOING THROUGH (BUSH THEATRE, LONDON)

“By Estelle Savasta and translated by Kirsten Hazel Smith. A Bush Theatre co-production with the Institut français du Royaume Uni as part of its Cross Channel Theatre and En Scène! Programmes. “It’s not always children’s stories that happen to children.” When the men come to drive her away, Youmna cuts off Nour’s hair. And so begins one girl’s journey. By bus, by lorry, into the sound of gun-shots, through adolescence and across borders. From Omar Elerian, director of the acclaimed West End hit Misty, Going Through is a bold and visually daring production about the realities of child migration. The production is equally accessible to hearing and deaf audiences and combines English, BSL and Creative Captioning. Going Through is the UK premiere of Estelle Savasta‘s critically acclaimed French play Traversée and is translated by Kirsten Hazel Smith.”

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28 March 2019

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ELDORADO + PANEL TALK (BATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE)

This documentary, inspired by director Markus Imhoof’s personal experience, unveils the trials taken by Europe’s refugees. An instalment of the Beyond Borders series of international art, the film is accompanied by delicious Syrian food courtesy of Mo’s Eggs, the opening of the Beyond Borders art exhibition, and a panel talk.

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28 March 2019

Black Women Rising

BLACK WOMEN RISING – THE UNTOLD CANCER STORIES (EXHIBITION AND LIVE PANEL BY THE LEANNE PERO FOUNDATION (COPELAND GALLERY, LONDON)

“Black Women Rising- The Untold Cancer Stories, is the UK’s first all-black female cancer portrait exhibition, aimed at getting more black female cancer patients connecting and talking about their cancer experiences- to aid their recovery process, spread some much-needed cancer awareness amongst their communities and educate some of the UKs leading cancer care organisations about their needs. A recent NHS publication* suggests cultural stigmas/ taboos and general myths about cancer amongst the various black communities stops individuals from talking about their experiences- often completing their treatment without giving the vital feedback the NHS so desperately need in order to successfully cater for the needs of these individuals mentally and physically.”

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Read about the exhibition in the Voice here

 

30 March 2018

Asian Woman Festival

ASIAN WOMAN FESTIVAL 2018 (THE NEW BINGLEY HALL, BIRMINGHAM)

The Asian Woman Festival is the UK’s first of its kind event smashing stereotypes and stigma to empower and celebrate Asian Women. The theme for the Asian Woman Festival 2019 is ‘Identity’. As the modern woman becomes more adventurous and ambitious than any female generation before, our platform creates an open dialogue for Asian Women to explore and express their views around navigating a dual identity coupled with cultural expectations in 21-century Britain. Join us for a programme of curated panel talks, workshops, live performances, a festival bazaar and much more. If you’re starved of the community you crave or just want to be generally inspired by other women, we’ve got an event for you jam-packed full of inspiring, likeminded and talented Asian Women. Be sure to check out our festival bazaar and enjoy delicious street food. This unique event is a space to network, connect, share and learn. We bring together artists, writers, politicians, comedians, activists and more at the UK’s first Asian Woman Festival. Further information will be updated on Eventbrite and our website www.asianwomanfestival.com in due course. Follow us on social media for the latest updates #AsianWomanFest. Everyone is welcome, you don’t have to be Asian or a female!”

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30 March – 30 November 2019

Southall Black Sisters

SOUTHALL BLACK SISTERS CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF STRUGGLE NOT SUBMISSION (VARIOUS VENUES)

“40 years ago, Southall Black Sisters (SBS) arose out of the anti-racist defence of Southall in 1979. We mapped out our political journey towards a secular, anti-racist feminism that both drew on and challenged the orthodoxies of the movements into which we were born. The challenge we set ourselves was two-pronged: we sought to address the failure of the anti-racist movement to deal with the gender question and the failure of the feminist movement to deal with the race question. In so doing, SBS emerged as one of the first black feminist campaigning groups in the UK to challenge both racism and sexism at the same time. 40 years on, and the challenges have grown. It is becoming increasingly difficult to hang on to the gains we have made in the face of inequality, austerity, racism and religious fundamentalism. We did not think that SBS would survive this long. It has been a long and arduous journey that has brought us from the margins to the centre of cutting edge activism, debates, laws and policies on race, religion and gender.”

To mark our 40th anniversary we will be holding a series of events reflecting on our history and celebrating our survival against the odds. Please join us.

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Image Credits:  Radical Sister Djing at a daytimer in Bradford in the late 1980s – Tim Smith; BBC Arabic Festival; Sanyukta Shrestha; David Olusoga at the Funzing Talks; UK Asian Film Festival 2019 at Tongues on Fire; ElDorado Film; Black Women Rising; Asian Woman Festival; Southall Black Sisters.

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