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African soldiers in the First World War

John Akomfrah's multimedia installation remembers the millions of Africans and people of colour from across the globe who fought and took part in the First World War.
from Imperil War Museum on Oct 14, 2018.

Love and hate in Kenya

Kenya’s film classification board initially banned 'Rafiki' “due to its homosexual theme and clear intent to promote lesbianism in Kenya contrary to the law and dominant values of the Kenyans”.
from Daniel Nelson on Oct 14, 2018.

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Theatres may be obliged to disclose the pay gap between employees of different ethnicities, under new plans announced by Theresa May. Full story in The Stage.

London's Natural History Museum has defended its decision to host an event by the Saudi embassy on Thursday, amid rising concern about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. TheNewArab reported activists accusing the museum of accepting "blood money", to which the museum responded: "We hold a wide variety of commercial events and it is made clear to any host that doing so is not an endorsement of their product, service or views".



* Somalia gets into the spotlight this month, with a week-long festival of Somali culture, starting at the British Library on 19 October, Michael Scott-Moore talks about his five-month kidnap by Somali pirates on 22 October, and there's a featured spot on Somali women poets at the London Literature Festival on 25 October.



* Plenty of interesting talks in the next few days, including Syria’s People: Lessons for the Future?; Do The Migrations of the Past Have Lessons for Today?The End of Famine? Prospects for the elimination of mass starvation by political action; and  The Nile and the Niger: a comparison of Africa's greatest rivers and their surrounding cultures.



* Below, right: Marsel van Oosten has won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 title for this image, The Golden Couplewhich frames a pair of golden snub-nosed monkeys in the temperate forest of China’s Qinling Mountains, the only habitat for these endangered primates. The photgraph is part of an exhibition of the winners in various categories at the Natural History Museum. Marsel van Oosten won the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 title for his image, The Golden Couple



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Friday 19 October

* Looking Forward, Looking Back: Somali Week Festival Launch, Harun Maruf, Mohamed Adow, Bashir Goth + reading by poet Sagal Gabay, Somali dance group Qooran and VR experience exploring Somali culture, 7-9pm, £8/£6/£5, British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1. Info: (0)1937 546546/

* On the frontlines of mining conflict in the Americas, UCL, University of London. Info: Facebookand Twitter


Friday 19-Saturday 20 October

National and Transnational Dimensions of Corruption and Anti-corruption Responses in the BRICS, conference, King's College, Strand Campus, WC2. Info: Conference


Saturday 20 October

* Lahore Literary Festival, Ahmed Rashid, Aphra Shemza, Sameen Rushdie, Sanam Maher, David Lascelles, Charles Allen, Osama Siddique, Sonia Faleiro, 9:30am-6pm, £32-£40, British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1. Info: (0)1937 546546/

* Striking the Empire, Akala and David Olusoga dissect the making and unmaking of civilisations and cultures by tracing the roots of modern Britain, 8pm, £10-£30, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1, part of London Literature Festival. Info: 3879 9555/

* Extractivism, resistance and alternatives, 11am-6pm, Bargehouse Gallery, Southbank,  part of Gaia Foundation’s We Feed the World 10-day exhibition. Info:  Facebook and Twitter


Sunday 21 October

* Richmond & Kingston and West London PSC Fundraising Walk: Thames Path Putney to Richmond, Palestinian guest walkers incude Omar Mofeed and Ayman Abuawwad, 10:30am-3pm, £15, Putney Embankment, 1 Embankment. Info: 7700 6192

Monday 22 October

* Syria’s People: Lessons for the Future?, Dawn Chatty, author of 'Syria: The Making and Unmaking of a Refuge State' and Diana Darke, author of ‘The Merchant of Syria: A History of Survival’,present their books, 6.39-8pm, free, British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. Info:
* Some Myths About Somali Piracy, Michael Scott-Moore and Ben Rawlence discuss the former’s five-month kidnap by Somali pirates aboard an abandoned fishing vessel, 7pm, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940
* Dead Reckoning, commemorate the people behind migration statistics by helping to sew an ambitious temporary artwork with visual artist Bern O’Donoghue, 11am, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1, part of London Literature Festival
* Do The Migrations of the Past Have Lessons for Today?, Chris Minns, 6:30-8pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7405 7686


Tuesday 23 October

* Modi's India, Erdogan's Turkey, and the Crisis of the Secular State in the Non-Western World, Sumantra Bose, 6:30-8pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. info: 7405 7686

* Global leadership challenges, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Lord Stern, Andres Velasco, 6:45-8pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. info: 7405 7686

* Anti-Corruption in Adverse Circumstances: Policy Folly or Tempered Possibilities?, Pallavi Roy, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: 7637 2388

* Migration and Labor Mobility: What are the Benefits and Costs of Free Mobility of Labor?,  Christian Dustmann, Ian Preston, 1.10—1.55pm, University College London, Malet Place, WC1. Info:


Wednesday 24 October

* The Rohingya crisis: voices from the field, Akke Boere, Mark Bowden, Nurul Islam, Caroline Nursey, 2-5.30pm, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info:

* Africa's economic growth in a new global context, Victor Harison, Mario Pezzini, Rachel Turner, 5pm, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info:


Thursday 25 October

* The End of Famine? Prospects for the elimination of mass starvation by political action, Alex de Waal and Peter Piot, 5.30pm, free, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, WC1. Info: 

* Immigration: Beyond the Headlines, Rosie Carter, 1pm, free, RSA, 8 John Adam Street, WC2. Info: 7930 5115/

* The Nile and the Niger: a comparison of Africa's greatest rivers and their surrounding cultures, Andrew Jaggs, 1pm, British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1. Info: 7323 8181

* Deglobalization: how is it happening?, Harold James, 6:30-8pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7405 7686 

* Somali Women Poets: the Next Generation, Mina Shoots, Suhaama Elmi, Fatima Diriye, Sagal Farah, Aisha Nuri and Deeqa Abd, 7pm, £10, Royal Festivall Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1, part of London Literature Festival. Info: 3879 9555

* Journalists and International Criminal Tribunals, Lord Justice Adrian Fulford, Wayne Jordash QC, Wendy Betts, Ed Vulliamy, 7pm, Frontline Club, 13 Nofolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940/









* We Feed the World, 47 photograohers on six continents celenrate the small, family farmers who produce over 40 per cent of the world's food, free, Bargehouse Gallery, Oxo Tower Wharf, until 21 October. Info:


10,142,942 (though the number will change by the time you go), the title of Cuban artist Tania Brugera's response to the crisis in migration is an ever-increasing figure: the number of people who migrated from one country to another last year added to the current number of migrant deaths recorded since the beginning of the project (data supplied by the IOM's Missing Migrants Project), Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1, until 24 February. Info:  7887 8888

+ Migration and neighbourliness at Tania Brugera's Turbin Hall commission


* Turner Prizeincludes two films by Naeem Mohaiemen, on the failure of socialism in developing countries and a man trapped in a disused Greek airport (based on his father's experience of losing his passport); a detailed work by the Forensic Architecture collective that dissects the shooting of a Bedouin villager by Israeli police; and Luke Willis Thompson's films on the shooting of black men in UK and the US, Tate Britain, Millbank, SE1, until 6 January. Info: 7887 8888


We Feed the World, photographic portrait exhibition celebrating the small-holder farmers who feed the world, free, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, SE1, until 21 October. Info: 7021 1686


Women on Aeroplanes, Lungiswa Gqunta, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum and Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa on the role of women in struggles for  African independence struggles, Showroom Gallery, 63 Penfold Street, NW8, until 26 January. Info: 7724 4300/


* Athi-Patra Ruga: Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions, work from the South African artist that's an allegory of post-apartheid political, cultural and social systems, and a shimmering vision of a more humanist future, free, Somerset House, Strand, WC2, until 3 March. Info: 7845 4600


* Mimesis: African Soldier, John Akomfrah's nmultimedia installation remembvers the millions of Africans and people of oolour who fought and took part in the First World War, free, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 31 March.  Info: IWM


* Liberty-DiasporaSenegalese artist Omar Victor Diop recasts history and the global politics of black resistance, free, Tuesdays-Saturdays, Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, EC2, until 3 November. Info:


Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land, why did people come? What did they leave behind? And how did they shape Britain?, British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1, until 28 October. Info: (0)1937 546546/


* From Kabul to Kolkata: Of Belonging, Memories and Identity, photographs by Moska Najib and Nazes Afroz tells the story of a century of social transformations among the Afghan community in Kolkata, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1, until 15 December.  


* Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, personal clothing and objects owned by the Mexican artist, £15-£6.50, Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7, until 4 November. Info: 7942 2000


* Beyond Timbuktu: Preserving the Manuscripts of Djenne, Mali, small photographic display, British Library, Euston Road, NW1, until 6 January. Info: 01937 546 546/


* Oceania, the arts of the region, Royal Academy of Arts, £20, Picadilly, W1, until 10 December. Info: 7300 8000


* Salon 008: Forests and Spirits: Figurative Art from the Khartoum School, Salah Elmir, Kamala Ishaq, Ibrahim  El-Salahi, free, Saatchi Gallery, Kings Road, SW3, until 25 November. Info: 7811 3070


Hard Truths: An exhibition of prize-winning photography from the New York Times, crises, conflicts and transitions from Venezuela, Iraq, Syria, The Philippines, Cuba and Iran, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2, until 26 October


* Data Use, Misuse, and Innovation, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1, part of the Bloomsbury Festival, until 20 October. Info: Bloomsbury festival


* Fashioned From Nature, explores the relationship between fashion and nature since 1600, £12, V&A, Cromwell Road, SW7, until 27 January. Info: 7942 2000/


* World Gallery, human creativity, imagination and adaptability in over 3,000 objects from the museum's internationally important anthropology collection, Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, SE23. Info:  8699 1872/ Horniman


* Rapid Response Collecting, tiny but fascinating exhibit 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


* Data Use, Misuse, and Innovation, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1, part of the Bloomsbury Festival, until  20 October. Info: Bloomsbury festival


Thursday 18 October

* Greenovate, showcase of the green tech of tomorrow, 6-9pm, Imperial College, Exhibition Road, SW7. Info:  Registration


from Friday 19 October

* Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition, £13.50/£10.50, children £8, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7. Info: 7942 5000


* 14-year-old Amal ends up on Tahrir Square during the Egyptian revolution. During the protests, she is beaten and dragged across the square by her hair. In the years that follow, Amal’s rapidly developing fearless persona cross cuts with political events as she fights for respect and the right to participate in a country in transition. Amal will be part of the Africa Film Festival at the beginning of November.Amal






The London Film Festival,  225 features, 77 countries, 14 cinemas, until 21 October. Info: Films and events.

Africa, Asia and Latin America at the LFF

+ Servitude and Joy: the world of Nigerian prostitutes in Austria

Adnan, Absi, Lena and an AK-47 in a civil war romcom

+ How a Libyan women's soccer team replaced boundaries with touchlines

+ 'He's 80 but he's very lively': matchmaking in Iran

+ Love and hate in Kenya

+ Falklands/Malvinas vets jaw-jaw about war-war

Banned filmmaker Panahi investigates an iranian hillbilly mystery


* Tehran Taboo, clever animation that dishes the dirt on sexual mores, hypocrisy and misogyny in Tehran,  ICA, Curzon Bloomsbury, Kilburn Kiln

+ A bleak view of Tehran's underbelly


* Matangi./Maya. MIA, documentary about the politically aware Sri Lankan singer, ICA, Peckhamplex


* Wajib, gentle film about a Palestinian father and son delivering hand-written wedding invites, Curzon Bloomsbury, ICA


* The School in the Clouds, physicist Sugata Mitra pioneers a form of education where children in under-privileged areas of the world with few schools can teach themselves a curriculum through computer-based learning (+ 19 Oct, director Q&A, 6.30pm, £12.50/£10), Curzon Bloomsbury, until 25 October.

Sunday 21 October

* The Poetess, documentary about Hissa Hilal, the first woman to reach the finals of the Arab world’s biggest televised poetry competition, Million’s Poet, 3-5pm, £3/£2, British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1. Info: British Museum


from Wednesday 24 October

* London East Asia Film Festival, includes 14 Apples, Mandalay businessman Wang Shin-hong  is advised to spend 14 days in a monastery where he discovers that most of the village women work as illegal immigrants in China; an "intelligent and emotionally complex" family drama, Ramen Shop directed by Singapore's Eric Khoo; and section on four decades of Taiwanese cinema, until 4 November. Info:







* The Jungle, dramatic story of life in the former Calais refugee camp, based on the experience of the production's two artistic directors who set up the Good Chance Theatre in the camp, Playhouse, Northumberland Avenue, WC2, until 3 November. Info: 0844 871 7631

* The lore of the Jungle

+ 'We're bringing Calais to the West End'


* An Adventure, love story spanning seven decades and three continents, from the shores of post-Partition India to the forests of Mau Mau Kenya to the industrial upheaval of 1970s London and the present day, inspired by the experiences of playwright Vinay Patel's immigrant grandparents, Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, W12, until 20 October. Info: 8743 5050

+ India, Kenya, Britain - the grandparents' adventure


* Bullet Hole, drama about FGM, Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, N4, until 27 October. Info: 7870 6876


* The Blacktress Season, Tristan Bates Theatre, 1A Tower Street, WC2, until 22 December. The 19 plays include 19-20 Oct, #REGENERATION, the story of an Eritrean single mother, living on an estate in Brixton that is being demolished; 9-10 Nov, Can I Touch Your Hair?, £7/£5; . Info: 3841 6601/


* Freeman, people of colour, mental health and racism, Pleasance, Carpenter's Mews, North Road, N7, until 21 October. Info: 7609 1800/


Sunday 21 October 

* TERP, for Iraqi student Tawfeeq, the Second Gulf War is the chance to be a part of revolutionary change, to help set all Iraqis free from Saddam Hussein's reign. All he has to do is assist the Coalition Forces by being a terp - an interpreter. But that fateful decision is about to change his and his family's life forever; part of Vibrant 2018, a Festival of Finborough Playwrights. Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, SW10. Info: 01223 357851/ 


from Tuesday 23 October

* Forgotten, inspired by the story of the 140,000 Chinese Labour Corps who left everything and travelled half way around the world to work for Britain and its allies behind the front lines during World War One, Arcola, 24 Ashwin Street, E8, until 17 November. Info: 7503 1646 

* No Direction Home, 22 productions on the theme of what it means to be an exile – or a descendant of exiles, to whom do we owe refuge, and how do we best provide it? Who gets to feel at home in Britain in 2018 – and who doesn’t?, £12/10, Camden Peoples Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, NW1, until 11 November. Info: 7419 4841 


Wednesday 24 October

* Emirati Poets in London, Nujoom Alghanem, Ali Al Shaali & Maryam Mahyoh read their work, 8pm, free, National Poetry Library, Level 5, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1, part of London Literature Festival. Info: 3879 9555


from Thursday 25 October

ear for eye, snapshots of lives, snapshots of experiences of protest; violence vs non-violence, direct action vs demonstration, the play follows characters navigating their way through society today, Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1, until 24 November. Info: 7565 5000


from Friday 26 October

White Teeth, Rosie Jones, the Iqbal twins, their parents, their grandparents, Mad Mary and an avalanche of other characters who make up the everyday chaos of Kilburn High Road come together in an extraordinary revelry of NW6 as Zadie Smith's popular novel comes to the stage, £10-£32.50, Kiln Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, until 22 December. Info: 7328 1000/







Tuesday 16 October

* Informer, new thriller series, about a British-Pakistani man set up by counter-terrorism, 9pm, BBC1

A Dangerous Dynasty: House of Assad, part two of documentary about Syria's ruling family, 11.15pm, BBC2

* Costing the Earth: Women and Climate Change, 3.30pm, R4

* File on 4: Fuelling the Future?, 8pm, R4


Wednesday 17 October

* Dangerous Borders: A Journey Across India and Pakistan, 11.15pm, BBC2

Living with the Empiremonuments, people and contested memories, 11am, R4

Costing the Earth,  9pm, R4

* Ken Cheng; Chinese comedian, 11pm, R4


Thursday 18 October

* Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners, 12.25, BBC4

* From Our own Correspondent, 11am, R4


Friday 19 October

* Separated Children at the Border, see perhaps the worst horror of the Trump presidency, 9pm, PBS America

They've Gotta Have Us, Black stars and Hollywood, 11.35pm, BBC2