6 June – 8 September 2019

FAITH RINGGOLD (SERPENTINE GALLERY, LONDON)

Faith Ringgold Serpentine Gallery Exhibition Guide

Image Credit: Faith Ringgold Exhibition Guide via Serpentine Gallery

“As an artist, activist and children’s author Faith Ringgold (b. 1930, Harlem, New York) has challenged perceptions of African American identity and gender inequality for over five decades. Growing up in the creative and intellectual context of the Harlem Renaissance and inspired by her contemporaries including writers James Baldwin and Amiri Baraka she is widely recognised for her painted story quilts combining personal narratives, history and politics ‘to tell my story, or, more to the point, my side of the story’, as an African American woman. This survey exhibition, Ringgold’s first in a European institution, is chronological and includes paintings, political posters and story quilts.”

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13 June – 27 July 2019

STRANGE FRUIT (BUSH THEATRE, LONDON)

Strange Fruit Caryl Phillips

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By Caryl Phillips. “Powerful and compelling, ‘Strange Fruit’ by Caryl Phillips (winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize) is the story of a family caught between two cultures, and the uncrossable no man’s land that can come between parents and their children. It will be directed by Nancy Medina (Persistence of Memory, Dutchman).”

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14-22 June 2019

MIGRATION MATTERS FESTIVAL (SHEFFIELD)

Migration Matters Festival 2019

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“Bringing Sheffield’s communities together through art, performance and celebration. Sheffield was the UK’s first city of sanctuary and it is a city that is made vibrant by its diversity and interconnecting cultures. This year’s eight day festival seeks to celebrate this history and culture with a vibrant and inclusive series of events.”

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16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 27, 30 June, 1, 4 July 2019

VIBRANT 2019 – A FESTIVAL OF FINBOROUGH PLAYWRIGHTS (LONDON)

Finborough Theatre

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Vibrant 2019 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights is again curated by Finborough Theatre Artistic Director Neil McPherson, winner of The Writers’ Guild Award for the Encouragement of New Writing, and twice winner of the OffWestEnd Award for Best Artistic Director.

16 June 2019 – PRISONERS OF THE OCCUPATION
By Palestinian Political Prisoners and Einat Weizman. Directed by Tommo Fowler.

“Banned in Israel where it caused a huge public controversy and could not be performed, Prisoners of the Occupation focuses on the most hidden victims of the Israeli state: Palestinian political prisoners…”

20 June 2019 – FIELD, AWAKENING

By Melis Aker. Directed by Rory McGregor. “After ten years of self-imposed estrangement from her country, Turkey, Rana reunites with three of her old friends on a soccer field in Istanbul on 15 July 2016 (the eve of the attempted coup d’Etat in Turkey), only to realize what it was that really drove them apart. Spanning across the surreal events of one evening, Field, Awakening is an anti-homecoming: a tale of a stranger in a strange land, searching in vain for a home that is lost in a landscape of fleeting familiarity and heightened political surveillance.”

30 June 2019 – THE WINNER OF THE ETPEP AWARD 2019 – FENCE

By Abigail Andjel. Directed by Liz Carruthers. “Following an aggressive incident at school, 15 year old Nico who has autism and his mother Maria now find themselves isolated in their small and worn out one-bed council flat…”

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22 June 2019

WINDRUSH TEA PARTY (BRIGHTON MUSEUM)

Windrush Day 2019

Image Credit: Brighton Museum

“Join members of the BME Heritage Network on Windrush Day for tea, cake, talks and discussion to celebrate the contribution of the Windrush Generation to British social, cultural and political life. The event includes a talk from Brighton & Hove-based Colin Grant, author of a forthcoming book: Homecoming, Voices of the Windrush Generation followed by a panel discussion with Dr Bert Williams MBE and Shirley Williams; locally-based members of the Windrush Generation who provided testimony for the book. Caribbean-inspired cakes and biscuits will be available and a DJ will play reggae during the afternoon.”

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Home Coming Voices of the Windrush Generation Coling Grant

Image Credit: Homecoming Book via Colin Grant

 

25 June 2019

OXFORD HISTORY OF THE NOVEL – SOUTH AND SOUTH EAST ASIA (MANCHESTER)

Oxford History of the Novel South Asia

Image Credit: International Anthony Burgess Foundation via Eventbrite

By the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. “You are invited to a discussion that sheds new light on some of the most dynamic and significant writers from South Asia and South East Asia. This event marks the publication of the tenth volume of The Oxford History of the Novel in English, a series which covers internationally recognised novelists and showcases under-represented writers and their work.”

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28 June 2019

BEYOND WESTERN EYES: SOUTH ASIAN WOMEN’S WRITING SYMPOSIUM (LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORES UNIVERSITY)

Chandra Talpade Mohanty

Image Credit: Feminism without Borders Book via Duke University Press

“On the 35th anniversary of the publication of Chandra Talpade Mohanty’s landmark essay, “Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses,” this Research Symposium brings together different generations of scholars to reflect on the cultural, economic and political contexts which shape the contemporary condition of writing by South Asian women. The symposium will explore three broad questions. Firstly, in what ways have varying publication practices, marketing strategies and translation trends shaped the availability, reception and reach of writing by South Asian women, both in national and global contexts? Secondly, what is the current place – and future potential – of South Asian women’s writing in canons of contemporary, feminist, postcolonial and world literature? Thirdly, what are the key questions, opportunities and challenges faced by scholars and students of South Asian women’s writing and what implications do they have for teaching and research careers?…”

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29 June 2019

BLACK SAINTS, WHITE WORSHIPERS (LONDON)

St Maurice

Image Credit: Saint Maurice via BlackPast.org

By Black History Walks. “In the 1500s Europeans had no problem venerating the images of Black people. The evidence is in hundreds of artworks still in existence across Europe today. One of the most famous Black religious figures is Saint Maurice of Germany who has an entire German cathedral dedicated to him. There are towns and churches across Europe named after him and even a US infantry order for those who have served with distinction bears his name. This richly illustrated talk will explain the history and show the art of Saint Maurice and other Black religious figures from the 13th century to the 18th century. We will cover over ten centuries of the African presence in European art.”

About the speaker: Michael Ohajuru is Senior Fellow of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and holds degrees in Physics (1974) and Art History (2008). He is a cultural art historian, academic and blogger, his specialism and passion is the black presence in Renaissance European art in particular in particular the Black Magus in Adorations images from the period. He regularly writes on these matters also speaks on those themes at the Victoria & Albert Museum (where his work is referenced), the British Library, the Tate Britain and Victoria and Albert museum.

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2 July 2019

TOWARDS EPISTEMIC ALLIANCES (UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH)

Towards Epistemic Alliances

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By Writing at the Critical Edges. “Thinking through multi-structural analyses of power and difference. The motivation follows from conversations between writers in management and organisational studies and in sociology thinking through the production and persistence of structures of power as they shape our worlds.”

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2 July 2019

THE FUTURE OF CIVIC CULTURE IN THE UK? (NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY)

Human Observer

Image Credit: Human Observer by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay

“Join us for a day of discussion about the ‘civic purpose’ of public cultural organisations in the wake of austerity. Organisations from across the museums/libraries/parks sector will discuss the way that austerity has re-shaped their civic purpose and questions will be asked about the impact that this has on wider issues of equality, diversity, inclusion and social justice. What, we ask, is the future of civic culture in the UK, given these challenges?… This event is being run by researchers at Newcastle University in collaboration with the Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums and is funded by the Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal.”

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4 July 2019

COMMUNITY SPONSORSHIP IN THE UK: CHALLENGES, OPPORTUNITIES AND SOLUTIONS (UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM)

Refugees Welcome

Image Credit: Kai Kalhh via Pixabay

“The Government announced their intention to establish a Community Sponsorship scheme (CS) in 2016 and to date over 40 groups have successfully applied to sponsor a refugee family. Since 2017, the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) at the University of Birmingham has been undertaking an independent formative evaluation of the Community Sponsorship scheme. They have interviewed over 100 refugees, volunteers, and group leaders about the whole CS process from application to the point when refugees have been in the UK for over 12 months and have been working closely with Reset Communities and Refugees, the charity who are responsible for supporting and training Community Sponsor groups as well as growing Community Sponsorship in the UK. At this event, the IRiS team will be sharing their findings from the evaluation highlighting the challenges faced and how they have been overcome, good practice in supporting refugees, the benefits of CS for refugees and volunteers and more. The event will provide an opportunity to learn more about CS, to meet volunteers from other groups and to participate in workshops focusing on the future of CS in the UK. The event is open to all CS groups whether they have yet sponsored a refugee family or not. A small fee is charged to cover some of the catering costs but any group unable to cover this cost can request a free place.”

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