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Setting the stage for a Middle East peace agreement

A new play about the Middle East peace process opens at the National Theatre in September.
from National Theatre on Aug 3, 2017.

This should have been a slicker city

You pick up some fascinating facts in the new Museum of London exhibition about cities, but overall it feels like a missed opportunity.
from Daniel Nelson on Aug 19, 2017.

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* Almost Heaven is a documentary that chronicles the life of 17-year-old Ying Ling who, like many teenagers of her generation, has moved from a small village to one of China’s booming industrial cities to find work. Despite being afraid of ghosts, Ying Ling has taken up an apprenticeship as an undertaker at a large funeral home in Hunan Province’s capital Changsha. It's part of the Open City Documentary Festival, that opens on 5 September.                                                                

Almost Heaven


* Playwrights from Argentina, Chile and Syria are among those featured in a forthcoming season of new work at the Royal Court in Sloane Square. They include Lola Arias' extraordinary Minefieldin which six Falklands/Malvinas war veterans who once faced each other across a battlefield face each other across a stage, sharing memories, films, songs and photos as they recall their collective war and embody the political figures that led them into it.

Syrian playwright and documentary filmmaker Llwaa Yazji's Goats is set In a small Syrian town where soldiers are celebrated as heroes and grieving families are nourished on propaganda. As the coffins pile up, the local party leader decides on a radical compensation scheme: a goat for each son martyred. The New Yorker magazine described Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón’ as "an authentic genius of the theatre", and his play, B, is part of the season: "Alejandra and Marcela are planting bombs in the middle of the night.They don’t want violence. They just want to be heard. Prison’s not much of a threat when most of your friends are inside. But José Miguel is from another generation, and he’s committed to change by any means possible."


* A political thriller about  the peace negotiations that led to the 1993 agreement between the Palestine Liberation Organisation and Israel is coming to the National Theatre in September, followed by a run at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Oslo has been a hit on Broadway, and focuses on the roles of a Norwegian diplomat, who is now the ambassador to the UK, and her husband.


The BBC’s first period drama with an entirely non-white cast will begin filming later this year. Vikram Seth’s novel A Suitable Boy, set in post-partition India, will be adapted into an eight-part series by screenwriter Andrew Davies. Davies has previously penned several major literary adaptations for the BBC, including Bleak House in 2005 and 2016’s War and Peace. Full story in The Stage.


An "adventurous programme of exhibitions, events and education workshops telling stories of movement to and from Britain" is promised by the Migration Museum, in a space just off Albert Embankment. It has started with three exhibitions: Call Me by My Name: Stories from Calais and Beyond, 100 Images of Migration and Keepsakesa display of personal items that keep memories of migration and identity alive. 



Photo, The London Feminist Film Festival features a session on Indian films, including a documentary on Anju, a traffic constable in the north-eastern state of Sikkim, and Where To, Miss?, about another taxi driver, in Delhi, which follows the story of a courageous young woman over three years as she navigates the roles traditionally assigned to women whilst trying to maintain a sense of her own identity; Nesaa Alhoria (Women of Freedom)the stories of women murdered in the name of ‘honour’ within Arab and Palestinian communities in Palestine and Israel; and Ouaga Girls, which follows a group of trainee car mechanics in Ouagadougou.

  London Feminist Film festival

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Saturday 19 August

* Africa Centre's annual Summer Festival, African and black British music, food, fashion, art and kids activities, Great Suffolk Street


Tuesday 22 August

* Science of Melanin and Black Genetics, Joe Dash, 6:30-9:30pm, £11.21, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1. Info:  Booking


Wednesday 23 August

* International Slavery Remembrance Day, workshops, tours, performance, song "to mark the uprising in Haiti that led to the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade", 11am-5pm, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, SE10. Info: 8312 6565/


Tuesday 29 August

* Naji al-Ali: A Tribute, the life, work and legacy of the Palestinian cartoonist, with Steve Bell and others, 7-8.30pm, £10/£7, British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1. Info: (0)1937 546546/


Tuesday 29 August-Friday 1 September

* Decolonising geographical knowledges: opening geography out to the world, annual international conference, £108-£322, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7. Info: 7591 3000 


Thursday 31 August

* Amit Chaudhuri: Friend of My Youth, in conversation with Deborah Levy, 7pm, £10/£7, British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1. Info: (0)1937 546546/











Somnyama Ngonyama: Hail the Dark Lioness, South African visual activist photographer Zanele Muholi presents her self-portrait series of more than 60 photographs in which she uses her body as a canvas to confront the politics of race and representation in the visual archive, Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, EC2, until 28 October

+ 'I'm Scared. But tthis work needs to be shown': Zaneli Muholi's 365 protest photographs 


* Indian Treasures, earliest photographic views of the Subcontinent, free, Getty Images Gallery, 45 Eastcastle Street, W1, until 7 October. Info: 7291 5380/ Exhibition


Sergey Ponomarev: A Lens on Syria, more than 60 photographs on life in Government-controlled areas in 2013-2014. and on the plight of people seeking refuge in Europe in 2015-2016, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 3 September. Info: 7416 5000. 

Museum takes on Syria and the war sparked by graffiti


Syria: Story of a Conflict, intimate display exploring the origins, escalations and impact of the Syria conflict through objects and video, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 3 September. Info: 7416 5000


* Call Me by My Name: Stories from Calais and Beyond, multimedia exhibition  + Images of Migration,+ Keepsakes (all until 20 August), Migration Museum at the Workshop,  26 Lambeth High Street, SE1. Info: [17 August, open until 9pm, members of the museum team will be on hand to discuss the exhibitions and future plans, including its upcoming exhibition No Turning Back: Seven Migration Moments that Changed Britain, which will open on 20 September ]

+ Mud on our feet: exhibitions fit for a migrant nation


Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the best of 50,00 entries from 95 countries, Natural History Museum, South Kensington, until 10 September. Info: 7942 5000/

+ Wildlife photography judges bark up the right tree


Sephardi Voices: Jews from North Africa, the Middle East and Iran, exhibition that looks at their lives in Britain, Jewish Museum, Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert Street, NW, until 7 September. Info: 7284 7384


* Afghanistan: Reflections on Helmand, examines the British arrival in 2006 and the decisions that shaped the way the conflict escalated, exploring the impact on those who were there and the lessons learned, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 26 November. Info: 7416 5000


* Edmund Clark: War of Terror, the artist-photographer's work on hidden aspects of state control during the "Global War on Terror", free, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 28 August. Info: 7416 5000


* Comics and Cartoon Art From the Arab World, free, British Library, Euston Road, NW1, until 29 October.  Info: 0843 208 1144


* The Place Is Here, race, gender and sexual politics in the 1980s by 25 Black artists and collectives, South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Road, SE5, until 10 September. Info: 7703 6120


Double Take, Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari presents portraits from the studio of Hashem el Madani in which two people of the same sex kiss or embrace, exploring their specific cultural and political histories, free, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, WC2, until 3 September. Info: 7306 0055


* Rapid Response Collecting, tiny but fascinating exhbit of new acquisitions that ranges from a Ghanaian "power bank phone" to shoes that show Western designers' belated realisation that the pink colour 'nude' did not apply to all the world's population, free, Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road

+ Burkinis and bullets at the V&A


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


* People Power: Fighting for Peace, exploration of how peace movements have influenced perceptions of war and conflict from the First World War to the present day, £10/£5/£7, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 28 August. Info: 7416 5000/

+ Britons and the fight for peace 

+ People Power


* I Am, peacebuilding exhibition promoting the work of 31 contemporary women artists from the Middle East, free, St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Aquare, until 30 August. Info:


* The City Is Ours, global challenges, local innovations, Museum of London, 150 London Wall, EC2, until 2 January. Info: Exhibition

+ This could have been a slicker city


* This is (not) the time to (get up) and walk away, work by Johanna Magdalena Guggenberger after a visit to Karachi that explores migration between high and low culture, Western and Eastern perception of art and social contextualisation, Belmacz,45 Davies Street, until 28 September. Info: 7629 7863


from Thursday 31 August

* I Swear To Tell The Truth, the  ANAGRAM collective invites visitors to think about how to make sense of what we hear from Syria and asks: whether confusion a weapon being used to stop the international community from acting, part of Syria: a Conflict Explored season, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 3 September. Info: 7416 5000  

* Listen: Giving a Voice to Refugees, pop-up sound installation exhibition that will transmit the stories of 30 refugees through 20 suspended microphones, Goldsmiths, University of London, 310, New Cross Road. SE14, until 2 September.


Photo: In November 2015, Islamist rebels kidnapped 15 Western tourists from a resort near Mombasa, Kenya. Reports about the Mombasa hostages, who disappeared without trace, were overshadowed by news of the Paris attacks at the same time. In Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom's new play, Out Of Africa (at the Arcola at the end of the month), the hostages’ struggle for survival inspires a gripping and powerful story about human conflict across and beyond borders.

Out In Africa









* City of Ghosts, powerful documentary that follows the journey of “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently” — a handful of activists who banded together after their city was taken over by ISIS in 2014,  Curzon Bloomsbury, until 24 August;

+ The breathtaking bravery of the Syrian phone fighters


* India on Film, includes  26, 28 August, Day Shall Dawn, neorealist Pakistani film about a humble fisherman who holds on to his principles in difficult times; NFT, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7928 3232


* For an Impossible Cinema: Cuban documentaries of the 1960-70s, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1, until 31 August. Info: Programme


* London Feminist Film Festival, programme includes 20 Aug, Women of Freedom tells the stories of women murdered in the name of ‘honour’in Arab and Palestinian communities in Palestine and Israel; Ouaga Girlsa group of young women training to be car mechanics in Burkina Faso’s capital . Info: Festival


* An Incovenient Sequel: The Truth To Power, Al Gore's climate change sequel discusses the progress made in tackling climate change and convincing governmental leaders to invest in renewable energy, Barbican Cinemas, Cineworld Fulham Road, Cineworld Haymarket, Islington Vue, Rich Mix, Clapham Picturehouse, Crouch End Picturehouse, Greenwich Picturehouse, Hackney Picturehouse, Picturehouse Central (+23 August, recorded conversation with Al Gore), Curzons Chelsea, Mayfair, Soho and Victoria, Screen on the Green, Belsize Park Everyman, Brixton Ritazy


* La Soledad, engaging portrait of the effects of economic catastrophe on individuals’ lives in crisis-stricken Venezuela, ICA, until 24 August.


* Bending the Arc, the story of a small group of doctors dedicated to making high-quality healthcare available to everyone, even in the world’s poorest countries, Curzon Bloomsbury


Thursday 24 August

* La Vie En Rose, Seoul’s youth try to create and protect the place and the community they’ve come to love + conversation with director Kim Jong-hoon, 7pm, free, Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, 43 Gordon Square, WC1. Info: Birkbeck

* The Clay Bird, moving, award-winning film about a Bangladeshi family that gradually destroys itself from within, 8.30pm, £8.80-£25, NFT, Southbank Centre


Saturday 25-Monday 27 August

* On The Line, documentaries about railways including 27 August, Railway Sleepers, contemplative study of Thailand accompanied by the constant rattling of the wheels, 6.20pm; 28 August, Iron Ministry, filmed over three years on China’s railways, the film traces the vast interiors of a country on the move, 4pm, Curzon Bloomsbury


Wednesday 29 August

* Ta'ang, documentary about members of a Burmese ethnic minority in refugee camps on the Chinese border who hope they will return home one day, 8.10pm, £3/£6, ICA









* The Kite Runner, adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's novel set in Afghanistan, Playhouse Theatre, WC2 until 26 August. Info: 0844 871 7627 


* Camden Fringe, 10 shows. until 26 August. Info:


from Tuesday 22 August

* The Host, Syrian refugee Rabea finds an unlikely host in fellow 20-year-old Yasmin in her south London flat, but on the same estate Yasmin's family face struggles of their own and believe that charity should begin at home, part of National Youth Theatre's East End season, The Yard, Queens Yard, Hackney Wick, until 26 August. Info: 3111 0570


from Friday 25 August

*  Lions and Tigers, based on the true story of British Indian playwright Tanika Gupta's great uncle and freedom fighter Dinesh Gupta, Sam  Wanamaker Playhouse, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1, until 16 September. Info: 7902 1400/

+ Partition and prejudice


from Tuesday 29 August

* Out in Africa, new play by Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom about Western hostages in Kenya kidnapped by Islamist rebels, £10/£14/£7, Arcola Theatre, Ashwin Street, until 2 September. Info: 7503 1646








Sunday 20 August

How the World Made America, documentary about immigration, 9pm, History 

* The State, first of four-part drama about four young Brits who decide to join Islamic state in Syria, 9pm, C4


Monday 21 August

* Dangerous Borders: A Journey Across India and Pakistan, 9pm, BBC2

* The State, second of four-part drama about four young Brits who decide to join Islamic state in Syria, 9pm, C4

* Storyville: Silk Road - Drugs, Death and the Dark Web, documentary, 10pm, BBC4

* My Family, Partition and Me: India 1947,  midnight, BBC1

* Crossing Continents, 8pm, R4


Tuesday 22 August

* Thailand: Earth's Tropical Paradise, 8pm, 12.55am, BBC4

* India's Partition: The Forgotten Story, how Britain rapidly made a crazy plan and then ran for it, 9pm, BBC2

* The State, third of four-part drama about four young Brits who decide to join Islamic state in Syria, 9pm, C4

* Dangerous Borders: A Journey Across India and Pakistan, 11.45pm, BBC2

* My Family, Partition and Me: India 1947, 12.45am, BBC1


Wednesday 23 August

* The State, final episode of drama about four young Brits who decide to join Islamic state in Syria, 9pm, C4

India's Partition: The Forgotten Story, how Britain rapidly made a crazy plan and then ran for it, 11.15pm, BBC2

* Aleks in Wonderland: The History of the Internet, 9am, 9.30pm, R4


Thursday 24 August

* Delhi cops, midnight55, C4

* Music in Peril: The threats posed to Pakistan's Sufi music, 10.15pm, R3