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Black Georgians: the shock of the familiar

'Black Georgians: The Shock of the Familiar' presents a surprising, sometimes shocking, and inspiring picture of Georgian Britain.
from Black Cultural Archives on Sep 23, 2015.

'If you take music away, Mali is dead'

Banning “Satan’s music” in Mali was like stopping the flow of blood to and from the heart.
from Daniel Nelson on Oct 5, 2015.

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* Booking is open for the London Film Festival: check out the films from or about Africa, Asia and Latin America. 


* Talks and discussions coming up include Sustainable Development as Climate Injustice, Activism in the Niger Delta: Reflections on the past, present & future, Jeremy Leggett on We're winning the carbon war and Sustaining Peace - What Does It Take? Learning Lessons From Peace Operations. Plus speakers on the International Day of Action against trade deals.


* Below, right:  The title, 'He Named Me Malala', points viewers of this documentary to Malala’s father, who named his now internationally famous daughter after the Pashtun hero said to have rallied troops at a battle-turning moment in a clash with a British colonial force. It's showing at the Londion Film Festival, which opens this week.

He Named Me Malala

Daniel Nelson


Tw: @EventsNelson








Wednesday 7 October
* Sustainable Development as Climate Injustice, Sam Adelman, 7pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info:
* The European Jewish Experience of Migration, Michael Berkowitz and François Guesnet, 6.30-8pm, Institute of Jewish Studies, University College London, Pearsion Building, Giower Street, WC1. Info: 7679 3520
* Gaza-Israel: The Legal and the Military View, Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, 6pm, Barnard’s Inn Hall, Barnard's Inn Hall, Holborn, EC1. Info: 7831 0575/
* Activism in the Niger Delta: Reflections on the past, present & future, 7.30-9pm,  School of Oriental and African Studies, Russell Square, WC1


Thursday 8 October
* World Disasters Report 2015: local actors, the key to humanitarian effectiveness, Mo Hamza, Joanna Macrae, Alexander Matheou, midday-6.30pm, free, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info:  7922 0300
* We're winning the carbon war, Jeremy Leggett, 6:30pm, £5, Impact Hub Islington, 5 Torrens Street (4th floor), EC1. Info: Tickets
* The elephant in the room: Parallels between Martyr and Homegrown, Rev Giles Fraser, Moazzam Begg, 7pm, Free with ticket to Martyr, or, Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley St, SE1
* Women, Peace and Security: tackling the cycle of violence against women, Christine Chinkin, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 7602


Saturday 10 October

* No TTP rally, John McDonnell MP, Natalie Bennett, Juliet Stevenson, organised by Global Justice Now, War on Want and Friends of the Earth, 6:30-9pm, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1. Info: 7405 1818/


Monday 12 October

* Oil Justice Now: Stop Corporate Impunity, Colombian activists Gilberto Torres and Francisco Ramirez Cuellar, 6–9pm, Unite House, 128 Theobalds Road, Holborn, WC1. Info: Oil Justice Now

* Diao Dou: Surreal Short Stories from China, a reading plus discussion about the changing face of China with Diao,  Brendan O’Kane, Samantha Clark and Eva Xu i, 7pm, £5/£3, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1. Info: 7324 2570/

+ launch of book, Time of the Bullet and the Salamander, by Vladimir Carillo Rozo, and entertainment by Expresión Inka 

* Protection of Civilians - Rhetoric or Reality in UN Peace Operations and the Case of South Sudan, Hilde F. Johnson, 1.30-3pm, King's College, Strand, WC2. Info: 7836 5454

* Sustaining Peace - What Does It Take? Learning Lessons From Peace Operations, 5-7pm, King's College, Strand, WC2. Info: 7836 5454

* Is Africa Rising: a personal perspective from Winnie Byanyima, Winnie Byanyima, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 7602


Tuesday 13 October
* Evaluation: beyond methods, Simon Hearn, Anna Henttinen,  Mikkel Nedergaard, Rick Davies, 4.30-6pm, Overseas Development Institute, 7-8.30pm, free, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300
* Spies, Secrets and Lies: How do Yesterday's and Today's Censors Compare, Stephen Grey, Robert McCrum, Xiaolu Guo, Ismael Einashe, 7pm, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940 / /
* Coordinating a coherent response to climate change to build growth across world markets, Peter Bakker, 9.30–11.30am, Portcullis House, Westminster. Info:
* Spies, secrets and lies, launch of Index on Censorshsip's autumn 2015 magazine, Frontline Club, 6.30pm, free, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940/ /
* Making Connections: Refugee Experience in our Archives, 1-2pm, fre, The Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, WC1. Info: 7636 724
* Unsettled resettlements: Community, Belonging and Livelihood in Rio de Janeiro's Minha Cases Minha Verda, Melissa Fernández, 5.30, King's College, Strand, WC2. Info: 7836 5454/
* Where Next for Cities, Benjamin Barber, Benjamin Barber, 6pm, Royal Society of Arts, 8 John Adam Street, WC2. 7451 6868/
* Where does the money go? Analysis of funding for malaria research, Michael Head, 4-5pm, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, WC1.  Info:
* Migration and security challenges in the Mediterranean: every country for itself or a European response?, Angelino Alfano, 3.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 7602
* Shobhana Bhartia in conversation with Suhel Seth, media and politics in contemporary India, 6.30-8pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 7602
* Jet Set Frontiers: Tourism, Hijackings, Petrodollars, and the Politics of Aeromobility from Beirut to the Gulf, Waleed Hazbun, 5pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info:
* Feeding the World: Why Malthus is Still Wrong, Elaine Graham-Leigh, 5pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: 7898 4504/ 7898 4723
* Qatar – Small State, Big Politics, Mehran Kamrava, 5.45pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: 7898 4330/4490


Wednesday 14 October

* Disaster risk reduction in action: live Nepal case study, Wendy Fenton, Jamie McGoldrick, John Twigg, 11amn-12:30pm, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300

* Our Freedom Under Threat?, Shami Chakrabarti, 7.30pm, £10, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2. Info: 7638 8891









Ai Weiwei, works from the time he returned to China from the US in 1993 up to present day, including a number of large-scale installations, £17.60, Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1 until 13 December 

He does it his Weiwei


* Syd Shelton: Rock Against Racism, photographs 1976-1981 of a movement that confronted racist ideology in the streets, parks and town halls of Britain, free, Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, EC2, until 5 December. Info: 7729 9200/


60 Untold Stories of Black Britain, photographic exhibition celebrating the lives of the ‘first black middle-class’, Atrium, Professor Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths, New Cross, SE14, until 30 October. Info: 7919 7171


* A Change in the Air, photographs by Vanessa Champion documenting the changing lives of the pastoralists in Uganda, until 16 October (closed 9,10 Oct), Calumet Photographic, 93-103 Drummond Street, NW1. Info: Facebook


African Threads, Hackney Styleexploration ofs Hackney's historic ties with Africa through fabric and fashion, Hackney Museum, Technology And Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, E8. Info: 8356 3500 


* Viva Cuba, photographs by Verner Pawlok, Luigi Visconnti and Larry Yust, free, Lumas, 57 South Molton Street, W1, until 30 October. Info: 36078 7590


* Fences Make Senses, George Barber’s exhibition rehearses and re-enacts prevailing debates at international borders, Waterside Contemporary, 2 Clunbury Street, N1, until 10 October. Info: 3417 0159


* Cambodian Recollections: an exhibition iof oral histories, collection of UK-based Cambodians' memories of the upheaval and purges from 1975 to 1979 along with the challenges of adapting to a new culture, Hackney Museum, Technology And Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lan, E8, until 7 November. Info: 8356 3500


* Doing Nothing is Not an Option, exploration of the relationship between people in Peckham and the memory of the Nigerian writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa,  free, Peckham Platform, SE13, until 22 November. Info: 7358 9645

+ 15 October, You can't kill an idea..., artists's talk; 30 October, Last Friday performance salon


* William Kentridge: More Sweetly Play the Dance, new work that includes an eight-screen installation on refugees and politics through history, free, Marian Goodman Gallery, W1, until 24 October. Info: 7099 0088/ Exhibition

+  William Kentridge considers a whole new world of influences, not least China, in his compelling new show


* Other Americas, Sebastiao Salgado's black and white photographs of Latin America, 1977-84, "exploring it as a concept rather than a physical place", Photographers Gallery,  16-18 Ramillies Street, W1, until 1 November. Info: 7087 9300


* Rapid Response Collecting, small but fascinating exhibition of objects recently acquired in response to major moments in history that touch the world of design and manufacturing, including Christian Louboutin shoes in five shades of 'nude'; a cuddly toy wolf used as an object of political dissent; and the world's first 3D-printed gun: each acquisition raises a different question about globalisation, popular culture, political and social change, demographics, technology, and regulation or the law, Gallery 74a, V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7, until 15 December

+ Printed guns, nude shoes and Indonesian eyelashes


* No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990:, with a special focus on the establishment by Guyanese activists Eric and Jessica Huntley of a bookshop and publishing house in London in 1969, free, Guildhall, Gresham Street, EC2, until 24 January. Info: 7332 1313 /


* Sincerely Yours, work by South African artist Kemang Wa Lehulere, free, Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall Street, SE11, until 8 November. Info: 7582 6848


* RE·THINK Migration, activities exploring, discovering, reflecting on and responding to migration + events and workshops in the space 10am–5pm daily, free, National Maritime Museum, Romney Road, SE10, until mid-November. Info:  UpdatesMaritime Museum


* The Fabric of India, exploratioon of handmade textiles from the 3rd to the 21st century, free, Victoria & Albert Museum, SW7, until 10 January. Info: 7942 2000


* Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma 1852-1860, V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7, until 11 October,  part of the V&A India Festival. Info: 7942 2000


* Kites from Kabul, free, the V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, E2, until 3 January. Info: 8983 5200


* Peter Kennard: Unofficial War Artist, major retrospective of the political artist's work demonstrates how he  has confronted issues in world politics and British government policy at home and abroad, free, Imperial War Museum,  Lambeth Road, SE1 until April. Info: 7416 5000/


London, Sugar & Slavery , permanent gallery at the Museum of Docklands, No 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, E14. Info:


* atmosphere: exploring climate science, free, Science Museum, South Kensington. Info: Museum


Atlantic Worlds, transatlantic slave trade gallery, National Maritime Museum, Park Row, SE1. Info: 8858 4422/ 8312 656


Eco Zone Gallery, small gallery devoted to sustainable building products and materials, The Building Centre, Store Street, WC1. Info: 7692 4000/



from Friday 9 October

* Black Georgians: The Shock of the Familiar, the everyday lives of Black people during the Georgian period, 1714-1830, offer  historical evidence and archival materials, 1 Windrush Square, SW2, until 9 April. Info: 3757 8500



Image:  China's Gay Shock Therapy, this week's episode on Channel 4's Unreported World series, reveals how some Chinese hospitals use nausea-inducing drugs and electric shock therapy to 'cure' gay people, while gay rights activists are closely monitored by the police

Unreported World





* Cartel Land, Matthew Heineman rip-roaring documentary goes deep into the world of Mexican drug cartels by embedding himself with two vigilante groups on either side of the US-Mexico border, 6 October, Ritzy Brixton, East Dulwich Picturehouse, Hackney Picturehouse, Clapham Picturehouse, Picturehouse Central

+  Mad Max meets Mexico: hell on earth as the vigilantes take over


* Operation Sunflower, drama in which Ben Gurion, on his return from a trip to a concentration camp, gives an order to develop Israel’s nuclear option – as an insurance policy for the remainder of the Jewish people, JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, NW3, until 8 October. Info: 3176 0048/


Wednesday 7 October

* The Hostage Business, screening of Al Jazeera documentary plus panel discussion, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940


Wednesday 7-Sunday 18 October

* London Film Festival, 238 films from 72 countries. Info: Festival

+ Africa, Asia and Latin America at the London Film Festival

+ When David became Goliath

+ There's a lot in a name - when it's Malala

+ 'If you take music away, Mali is dead'

+ Rock's role in Cambodian development

+ The African boy soldier and the rebel commander


Thursday 8-Sunday 11 October
* Stories from Ecuador, Mark Donne’s short documentary on the Chevron oil pollution case in Ecuador, The Afectados, will be shown daily before each of the award-winning films from Ecuador, free, Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, W1. Info:


Friday 9 October
* The Sound Man, the story of Abdul Rahman Ramadhan, who has lived in Nairobi’s Kibera slum since he was born and who has worked with the best photojournalists from Kenya while recording for news reports featuring crisis, war, famine and genocide + Q&A with Ramadhan, director Chip Duncan, photojournalist/producers Patrick Muiruri and Salim Amin, 7pm, £12.50, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940/


from Friday 9 October

* Beasts Of No Nationa child soldier is torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an African country and a warlord (Idris Elba) takes him under his wing, Curzon cinemas

+ The African child soldier and the rebel commander

Sunday 11 October
* Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai, how planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human right, and defend democracy, and a short, Committing the Truth, documentary about Irish Red Cross whistle-blower Noel Wardick  + discussion with Greenbelt Movement speaker and international criminal lawyer Catherine Furey, 11am, £10/£8, Bolívar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, W1. Info:


Tuesday 13 August

* Just Do It, film about climate change activists, 7pm, free, HQ, 1 Doyce Street, SE1, part of The Art of Nuisance 


Wednesday 14 October 

* Deep Web, the inside story of one of the most important adigital crime sagas of the century - the arrest of enterpreneur Ross William Ulbricht who was convicted of being creator and operator of online black market Silk Road, followed by Q&A with director Alex Winter via Skype, 7pm, £10/£8, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940/








Martyr, Benjamin won't do swimming at school because he has found God and mixed-sex swimming lessons offend him. Fundamentalism and tolerance clash in funny, provocative play, Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, SE1, until 10 October. Info: 7645 0560/


Dinner With Saddam, what happens when saddam Hussein turns up on your doorstep and announces he is staying for dinner?, Menier Chocolate Factory, SE1, until 14 November. Info: 7378 1713

+ Shock and awe - and farce


* F*ck The Polar Bears, surreal, comic family drama, Bush Theatre, W12, until 24 October. Info: 8743 5050

Bearing witness to the need for climate action


* The Sweethearts, a manufactured girl band travel to Afghanistan to gig for the troops at Camp Bastion but when there's an attack on the base, band and the soldiers are thrown together and forced to wait it out in very close quarters, Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, SW10, until 17 October. Info: 0844 847 1652/


* CASA Latin American Theatre Festival, Rich Mix and the Barbican, until 11 October. Info: 3302 0660. Plays include

+ 7 Oct, The Love of the Fireflies (El amor de las luciérnagas), an irreverent comedy taking inspiration from US road movies, with a very Mexican twist.

+ 9–10 Oct, Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol (I’ll melt the snow off a volcano with a match), documentary theatre about events in 2002 when the country’s most politically active artistic collective began to investigate the policies of intimidation and violence that had sustained a single party in power from 1929 and 2000


Friday 9 October
* Bloody East Europeans, musical-satire in which untrained actors from across the former Eastern Bloc tell true stories of Eastern European immigrants in the UK, from night clubs in Stratford to Border Agency bureaucracy, 7.30pm, £15/£10, GRAD, 3-4a Little Portland Street, W1. Info:  7637 7274/


Thursday 15 October
* What Happened at the Metropole: A Play in Two Acts, dramatisation of the historic meeting of the all-Swiss members of the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1942, 6.30-8pm, the Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, WC1. Info: 7636 7247








Monday 5 October

* Edward Snowden: Spies, Terrorists and the Law, 8.30pm, BBC1

* Legends of the deep: Deep Sea Sharks, 8pm, BBC4

* Is Britain Racist?, 8pm,  BBC3


Tuesday 6 October

* World's Busiest Railway, midnight45, BBC2

* Something Old, Something New, alternative Black British identity, 11.30am, R4

* Costing the Earth, 3.30pm, R4


Wednesday 7 October

* Serengeti: Unnatural Histories, 8pm, midnight30, BBC4


Thursday 8 October

* Edward Snowden: Spies, Terrorists and the Law, midnight25pm, BBC2


Friday 9 October

* Unreported World, gay "treatment" and surveillance in China, 7.30pm, C4