6 February 2020

AN INDIAN ABROAD (ARTSDEPOT, LONDON)

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Image Credit: ArtsDepot

Written and Performed by Pariah Khan. Directed by Manga Theatre’s Eduardo Gama.

“Stifled by life in middle-class India, Krishnan is desperate to see more of the world, so he visits the exotic island of Great Britain to learn about life and who he is. What does Krishnan’s journey teach him about the world? What might he learn about himself? And what happens when he falls in love with one of the natives?”

Pariah Khan is a writer, performer, filmmaker and professional wrestling manager. He was named one of Bristol’s most influential young people for his work in theatre and comedy. He was selected by BBC Three and The Latimer Group as one of the UK’s top 50 creative young people and he was selected by Channel 4’s Random Acts to write and direct his first short film Slice.

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6 February 2020

ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM IN THE UNITED STATES (BRITISH ACADEMY, LONDON)

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“This event is part of the British Academy’s season on Sustainable Futures. Environmental racism is on the rise in the United States, with minority and impoverished communities much more likely to live near polluters and breathe polluted air. In this event, Lucy Bond and Jessica Rapson will draw on their recent research to highlight how the tourist and heritage industry in the American Gulf States (Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas) is helping to conceal environmental racism as well as being complicit in the air and water pollution crisis that is blighting predominantly African American neighbourhoods.”

Speakers: Dr Lucy Bond, Principal Lecturer in English, University of Westminster
Dr Jessica Rapson, Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Creative Industries, King’s College London

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6-23 February 2020

THEATRE: THE GREAT EXPERIMENT (VARIOUS VENUES/MUSEUMS)

The Great Experiment Border Crossings

Image Credit: Border Crossings Twitter @BorderCrossings

Slavery may have been abolished in 1833, but in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries over 2 million Indian migrant labourers were indentured to work in plantations around the world. The workers boarded ships that would take them thousands of miles from home in search of ‘a better life’, while the abolitionists, and Indian nationalists, called this a ‘new system of slavery’ and the ‘international shame of the Indian’. The roots of our Mauritian, Asian-Caribbean, Malaysian & Asian-African communities are all buried in this history, known as THE GREAT EXPERIMENT.

As award-winning theatre-makers Border Crossings create their new play about these indentured migrations, the company of actors from Mauritius and the UK begin to feel the weight of history in their own lives and their responsibility to the past. Join them as together they question who has the right to tell a story and who has the right to be heard.

Explore this hidden history further with our programme of wraparound events and experiences: arrive early to look around the interactive exhibition which forms the show’s set; attend a post-show discussion with cast members, researchers and historians; come along to a Collection Day where audiences will be invited to share and discuss items from their family history.”

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8 February 2020

MY FRIEND FELA + Q&A WITH DIRECTOR JOEL ZITO ARAÚJO (BFI, LONDON)

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Hosted by Kunle Olulode, film historian, cultural critic and broadcaster (more guests TBA)

“An engaging, award-winning documentary about the influential and outspoken musician Fela Kuti.”

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12 February 2020

SLAVERY, ABOLITION AND THE UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW (UCL, LONDON)

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“Glasgow became the first British university to declare historical income derived from transatlantic slavery on such a scale. The report’s findings effectively balanced out the institution’s glorious abolitionist narratives. The University of Glasgow has long championed itself as a leader of the movement for the abolition of slavery in the British West Indies, exemplified by the eighteenth-century critiques and actions of its scholars, Francis Hutcheson, Adam Smith and John Millar. In response to the report, the institution launched a nine-point programme of reparative justice, also the first British university to launch a project on such a scale. This lecture provides insights into the role of the historian in the process: the archival work in the records of Old College – as the University was known in the 18th and 19th century – in order to understand more about two key stages: a) bequests donated by individuals involved with chattel slavery, and b) the capital campaign which allowed the University to move to the Gilmorehill campus in 1870. This lecture, and the report on which it was based, offers a model that assesses how contemporary institutions profited from transatlantic slavery.”

About the Speaker

Dr. Stephen Mullen is a historian at the University of Glasgow. His research focuses on Scotland and Glasgow’s connections with the Caribbean in the 18th and 19th centuries. A monograph, The Glasgow Sugar Aristocracy in the British Atlantic World, 1776-1838 is forthcoming with the Royal Historical Society.

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7 December 2019 – 4 September 2020

EXHIBITION: BIRMINGHAM REVOLUTIONS – POWER TO THE PEOPLE (BIRMINGHAM MUSEUMS)

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“This display will explore Birmingham’s vibrant and varied history of protest and activism, and the role the city has played in some of the most important campaigns and movements in British history.”

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8 November 2019 – 1 March 2020

EXHIBITION: W.E.B. DU BOIS: CHARTING BLACK LIVES (HOUSE OF ILLUSTRATION, LONDON)

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Image Credit: Black Lives 1900: W.E.B. Du Bois at the Paris Exposition Book (2019) by W E B Du Bois (Author), David Adjaye (Foreword), Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Contributor), Jacqueline Francis (Introduction), Stephen G Hall (Introduction)

“Pioneering infographics that challenged racism in turn-of-the-century America.”

Revered by everyone from Martin Luther King Jr. to Beyoncé, W. E. B. Du Bois stands as one of the most important and influential African American activists and intellectuals of the 20th century. As co-founder of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and author of the seminal book The Souls of Black Folk, Du Bois is celebrated for his profound and prolific writings. But alongside his famous essays, Du Bois produced an astounding – yet little-known – body of infographics to challenge pseudo-scientific racism, making visual arguments every bit as powerful as his textual ones.”

WEB du Bois's Data Portraits Visualizing Black America

Image Credit: W. E. B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America Book (2018) by The W.E.B. Du Bois Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (Author), Whitney Battle-Baptiste (Editor)

“W. E. B. Du Bois: Charting Black Lives displays the complete set of 63 graphics shown at the 1900 Paris Exposition, produced by Du Bois and a team of African American students from his sociology laboratory at Atlanta University. These visually innovative graphs, charts and maps formed a radical new approach to refuting racism, using strikingly presented facts and statistics to counter contemporary white supremacy.

Alongside reproductions of Du Bois’s graphics, the exhibition presents original artwork by Mona Chalabi, Data Editor at The Guardian, repurposing his distinctively clean lines, arresting shapes and bold primary colours for the 21st century. Chalabi’s work demonstrates the enduring relevance of Du Bois’s data visualisation methods and the racial inequalities he fought against.”

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Exhibition Review by DesignWeek here

Related Review by the New Yorker here

29 January – 15 February 2020

THEATRE: THE GIFT (STRATFORD EAST, LONDON)

The Gift Theatre Royal Stratford East

Image Credit: Theatre Royal Statford East

“Clever and complex vision of black Britons, then and now. Full of sharp, stinging dialogue… filled to the brim with great writing.” The Guardian

The Gift 2 Theatre Royal Stratford East

Image Credit: Theatre Royal Statford East

A subversive comedy drama about imperialism, cross-racial adoption, cultural appropriation… and tea. Brighton, 1862. A day in the life of Sarah, an African girl, adopted by Queen Victoria and raised in the Queen’s circles. Today is the eve of her having to return to Africa but will she go? The Present. A day in the life of Sarah, a black middle-class woman staying in a Cheshire village with her husband and small child. They are paid a visit by well-meaning neighbours who have something to confess… The two Sarahs meet Queen Victoria for tea. This won’t be your regular tea party…Written by Bruntwood Prize-winning playwright Janice Okoh and directed by Dawn Walton”

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