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Guerrilla gardening

An unexpected view on gardening - as a tool used in aggressive state expansion, territory marking and occupation.
from The Mosaic Rooms on May 28, 2015.

Never again, again

Writing a play about the Rwandan genocide – about any genocide – is not easy. Nor is watching it. But write and watch we must because it’s part of remembering.
from Daniel Nelson on May 25, 2015.

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*  Theatrical contrast:  World Factory at the Young Vic is basically an interactive team game, with the audience sitting at tables in groups of five and running their own Chinese clothing factory. Another piece of "immersive theatre"  is No Feedback,which encourages participants to think about the social dynamics that enable genocide to take place. Genocide - or the difficulty of finding the truth about a specific act within a genocide, in this cazse, Rwanda - is the subject of Sense Of An Ending at Theatre 503. And at the Park Theatre, two plays in an evening look at two sides of British extremism - a British Pakistani bus bomber and a White racist thug, and tries to present both as recognisable human beings rather than simple hate figures.


* Exhibitions include the Southbank Centre's  Adopting Britain, 70 Years of Migration, an absorbing display of Chinese Photobooks at the Photographers' Gallery, Ketaki Sheth's Photographs of Indians of African Descent .at the National Portrait Gallery and a new display of rare Indian photographs from a private collectiion, at thle Royal Opera Arcade in Pall Mall..


* Below, right: Abderrahmane Sissako's Timbuktu, a moving feature film about a Malian family drawn into confrontation with Islamists who had taken over parts of the country. The scene of boys playing football without a ball is alone worth the price of admission.


Daniel Nelson


Tw: @EventsNelson








Thursday 28–Sunday 31 May
* Web We Want, final weekend of the year-long festival, with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Julian Assange, Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Shumon Basar, Naomi Alderman, Gaia Vince, Tom McCarthy, James Bridle, Mark Titchner, Bleep43, Gaggle, Gwilym Gold, Drake Music, James Veitch, 11am-11pm, £20/£10/£5, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road. Info: £20/£10/£5

Friday 29 May
* México20: New Voices, Old Traditions, Laia Jufresa, Brenda Lozano and Daniel Saldana Paris discuss their writing, part of the official Year of Mexico in the UK and the UK in Mexico, 7—8pm, £5/£4, Free Word Centre, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1
* An Evening with Nuruddin Farah, 7.30-9:30pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info:


Friday 29-Sunday 31 May
* Fear of Missing Out, three-day event to discuss post-digital anxieties and the social condition, ICA, The Mall, SW. Info:

Saturday 30 May
* Darcus Howe, Race Today and Black Power in Britain, book signing, screening of 1973 documentary Mangrove Nine, social gathering, and a viewing of the exhibition Staying Power at Black Cultural Archive, 1pm-4pm, £7, Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, SW2


Sunday 31 May

* The Decline of the Honey Bee and the End of Human Kind?, Luke Dixon, 11am-1pm,  £3/£2, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1. Info: 7405 1818/


Monday 1 June

* Stand Up For Truth rally, 6.30-9pm, Birkbeck main building, Room B35, entrance on Torrington Square, WC1. Info: 07826 541 05207826 541 052

* Three ways to ensure a zero-carbon future, launch of a new World Bank report with Kevin Watkins, Stephane Hallegatte, Amal-Lee Amin, Ilmi Gronoff and Michael Jacobs, 2-5.30pm, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300/

* Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect: When, where and how?, Aidan Hehir, 6.45pm, £3/£2, Friends of Le Monde, The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street. Info: 

* The Forcible Displacement of Palestinian Arab Bedouin citizens of Israel, Khalil Alamour, Jeff Halper, 6:30-8pm, Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincolns Inn Field. Info:  PSO

* Magna Carta's American Adventure, A E Dick Howard, 6.30-8pm, £10/£7, British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1. Info: 01937 54654601937 546546/

* Loving Jamaica, Diana McCaulay, 7pm, free, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1. Info: 7324 2570/

* Addressing the Air Quality Science and Policy Challenges in China and India, Daniel Greenbaum, 5-6pm, Imperial College, South Kensington Campus. Info:

* How might we reduce the ‘carbon footprint’ of concrete on a global scale?, llis Gartner, 5.30-7pm, Imperial College, South Kensington Campus. Info:


Monday 1-Sunday 7 June

* 2 Degrees Festival: Art, Climate, Action, with Brett Bloom, Natalie Jeremijenko, the Labofii, Steve Lambert, Stacy Makishi and Steve Waters, sessions and activities include What can we do together to create a sustainable future?; Imagining the Impossible; HackCop21: A Laboratory of Art Activism to Co-design Creative Resistance for Climate Justice; Does capitalism work for you?;.Info:  Programme


Tuesday 2 June

* 'Accountability': what do crisis-affected people think?, Margie Buchanan-Smith, Jonathan Corpus Ong, Nicholas van Praag, 2-3.30pm, free, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300/

* Return of a King, William Dalrymple, 7pm, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940/

* The Blue Between Sky and Water, Susan Abulhawa reads from and answers questions about her new book, free. Info: 7700 6192/ 

* What does it mean to have a right to free speech, and who has the right to curtail it?, Lisa Appignanesi, Rae Langton, Stephen Law, Peter McDonald, 6.30-8pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: or 0207 955 6043. 

* Above the Parapet – Women in Public Life, Sylvia Tamale talks about her journey to be a prominent Ugandan academic, reflecting on obstacles faced and dynamics that enabled her progress, 6.30-8pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043


Wednesday 3 June

* Climate change migration & the role of professionals, Illan Kelman, Hugh Montgomery, Hugh Grant-Peterkin, Baroness Jones,Alex Randall, 6:30-8pm, free, Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, NW1. Info:

* Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change, Lord Stern, 6.30-8pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043

* When Home Is Far Away, Hassan Blasim, Hamid Ismailov and Ribka Sibhatu, 7—8:30pm, free, Waterstones Piccadilly, 203/206 Piccadilly, W1. Info:

* First Wednesday, current affairs discussion, 7pm, £12.50/ £10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940/

* Speaking rights to power, Alison Brysk, 11:30am-1pm, UCL, Gower Street, WC1. Info:

* 20 Years of the World Trade Organisation, David Collins, 6.30pm, Cikty University, Northampton Square, EC1. Info: 7040 5060

Train to campaign, 1.30–5pm, £20/£40/£60/£80, Raindance Film Centre. Info: 


Thursday 4 June
* #StopG4S!, G4S annual general meeting, ExCel London Centre, Royal Victoria Dock, E16. Info:
* Africa – Why Economists Get it Wrong, Morten Jerven, Tunde Zack-Williams, 6pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: 7898 4370

Friday 5 June
* Mobile identities? Perspectives on gender and migration, Zrinka Bralo, Hana Asfour, Bani Gill, Mariska Jung, Vahid Valizadeh Khaghi, Médina Ina Niang, Nicola Pocock, Giorgia Prati, Tanti Noor Said, Nefeli Stournara, Tommaso Trillo, Denise Venturi, 9am-6pm, £5, UCL, Gower Street, WC1. Info:






Saturday 30 May
* Peace blooms: Cattle, conflict and the roses of Lake Naivasha, photography exhibition at the RHS Rose Show, RHS Lindley Hall, Elverton Street, SW1, 10am-5pm, £5 in advance; £8 on the day


* Rare Indian Photographs, private collection, free, 5b Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, Pall Mall, SW1, until 30 May. Info: 7930 8069/


Garden State, Corinne Silver’s  sound and photographic installations on the politics of gardening in the context of Israel’s colonisation of the Palestinian territories, until 20 June, The Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5 . Info 7370 9990

+ Guerrilla gardening


* Adopting Britain, 70 Years of Migration, free, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1, until 6 September. Info: 7960 4200

+ 70 Years of migration on show


53 Echoes of Zaire: Popular Painting from Lubumbashi, DRC, collection of popular paintings by several Congolese artists that depict 1970s Zaire, The Loft, Unit La Gare, 51 Surrey Row, SE1, until 30 June. Info:203 268 203 268 2101203 268 2101

* The Chinese Photobook, exhibition on the largely unexplored history of photobook publishing in China, from 1900 to 2014, Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, W1, until 5 July. Info: 7087 9300/

+ Nudes fight back against propaganda in China


* On Belonging: Photographs of Indians of African Descent, Ketaki Sheth's portraits of the Sidi people, an Indian community of African descent - previously seen at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi, free, National Portrait Gallery, WC2, until 31 August. Info:7312 2463/ Exhibition


* Endangered Species 20 artists respond to the challenge to depict one animal under threat of extinction, free, MYA Gallery, 150 Commercial Street, E1, until 12 June. Info: 7247 2434/


* Deutsche Börse, photography prize finalists, including Zanele Muholi's portraits and testimonies of the South African LGBTI community, and Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse's collaborative ‘photo/graphic’ album of images and text on the history of an abandoned high-rise apartment block in Johannesburg, Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, W1, until 7 June. Info: 7087 9300/


* The Dangerous Frontier, Laila Essaydi challenges Western representations of Arab female identity, free, Kashya Hildebrand, 22 Eastcastle Street, W1, until 6 June. Info: 73588 1195


Sweet Armageddon,  Joe Webb's collages comment on the way consumerism has distracted us from world problems, free, Hang Up Gallery, 56 Stoke Newington High Street, N16. Info:  3667 4550


Whip it Good: Spinning from History's Filthy Mind, exhibition of action paintings based on the performances by Danish-Trinidadian artist Jeannette Ehlers that retraced the footsteps of colonialism and mapped the contemporary reverberations of the triangular slave trade, Rivington Place, EC2, until 20 June. Info: 7749 1240


Gone Tomorrow, Nikki Stevens' animal paintings "that highight our obsession with data, its collection and the unravelling of the natural world", free, Cricket Fine Art, 2 Park Walk, SW10, until 30 May. Info:


* Coral Reefs, Secret Cities of the Sea, £10/ £4.50, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7, until 13 September. Info: 7942 5000


In Black and White: Prints and Posters From Africa and the Diaspora, free, V&A, South Kensington, until 6 July. Info: 7942 2000


The William Morris Family Album, a Morris-inspired photographic exhibition by Turner Prize nominee Yinka Shonibare that encourages viewers to reflect on Morris’ political views by connecting his socialist ideals with the history of Empire, 10am-5pm Wednesday to Sunday, free, William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park House, 531 Forest Road, E17, until 7 June. Info: 8496 4390


* Thomas Struth, photographs taken in Israel and Palestine in 2011-14: ‘a particle of the conflict of the region’, free, Marian Goodman Gallery, 5-8 Lower John Street, W1, until 6 June. Info: 7099 0088


Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014, the work of professionals and amateur photographers from around the globe, £6.30-£12.60, Natural History Museum, South Kensington, until 30 August


* Indigenous Australians, British Museum, WC1, until 2 August. Info:


* Watershed: Art, Play and the Politics of Waterwork by 15 contemporary artists including Gavin Turk, Tania Kovats, Tatsuo Miyajima and Martin Parr, £8, Bexley Hall, Nourne Road, DA5, until 6 September. Info: 01322 526 574/ 


* Identity, stillness and extremism, work by photographer Robert Goldstein and 10 young artists, runs alongside the double-bill of plays Hurling Rubble (until  6 June), free, 10.30am–5.30pm, Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4. Info: 7870 6876 


London, Sugar & Slavery , permanent gallery at the Museum of Docklands, No 1 Warehouse, West Inbdia 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/


* Peter Kennard: Unofficial War Artist, major retrospective of the political artist's work demonstrates how Kennard has confronted issues in world politics and British government policy at home and abroad, free, Imperial War Museum,  Lambeth Road, SE1 until April 2016. Info: 7416 5000/


from Tuesday 2 June

* The Tuareg, or Kel Tamasheq, people of the Sahara, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7. Info: 7591 3000


Image:  53 Echoes of Zaire: Popular Painting from Lubumbashi DRC showcases works from the 1970s by Congolese artist Tshibumba Kanda Matulu, as well as T. Kalema, C. Mutombo, B. Ilunga and Ndaie.

53 Echoes of Zaire: Popular Painting from Lubumbashi DRC






Around Town


* We Are Many, documentary about the biggest demonstration in human history, which took place on 15 February 2003, against the impending war on Iraq, Barbican, Curzon Bloomsbury, Odeon Panton Street, Brixton Ritzy, Holloway Odeon

+  We Are Many - but we weren't enough

Girlhood, a teenager navigates the disruptive onset of womanhood alongside the inequalities of being black in the underprivileged suburbs of Paris, Barbican, Brixton Ritzy,Curzons Bloomsbury and Soho,  ICA, Odeons Covent Garden and Camden Town, Shortwave, Crouch End Arthouse, Hackney Picturehouse Lexi Kensal Rise, Tricycle, 


* Timbuktu, a family living in peace outside the occupied city of Timbuktu is drawn into the terror after a dispute with a neighbour: a deeply empathetic film with mesmerising performances, ICA, Curzons Soho, Bloomsbury, Mayfair, Richmond, Victoria, Wimbledon, until 4 June; + 1-11 June, BFI, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7255 1444

+ A beautifully observed Timbuktu story 


* 9/11 Trilogy and Selected Shorts, by Laura Poitras, ICA, 12 Carlton House Terrace, SW1, until 30 May. Info: 7930 3647/
+ 30 May, Trilogy + Citizen Four, doc about Edward Snowden, followed by Q&A with Poitras


Saturday 30 May-1 June
* Summer Pasture, a couple must decide whether to raise their daughter in the Tibet pasture or send her to school - a decision with deep implications for their future, Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick, WC1. Info:
* Walking Under Water,  Alexan teaches his nephew everything he knows about ancient diving techniques to his tribe's wisdom about the underwater world, but it's a lifestyle under threat, Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick, WC1. Info:


Sunday 31 May

* Cine Liberacion, day of documentary film and discussion about Latin America, mid-day-11pm, £12/£10/£5/£4, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road. Info: 7613 7498. Programme includes Buenos Aires Rap, Resistencia:The Fight for the Aguan Valley, El Diario De Agustin


Sunday 31 May-Monday 1 June
* My name Is Salt, for eight months of the year 40,000 men, women and children trek across India to make a living harvesting salt in India's Little Ran of Kutch desert, Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick, WC1. Info:  


Monday 1 June 

* Everyday Rebellion, a story about peaceful protest in Iran, Syria, the UK, Ukraine, the US and Serbia + Q&A with director Arman Riahi, 7pm, £10/£8, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940/ 

* La Vie sur terre, Abderrahmane Sissako’s impressionistic film set in a Malian village, part of Sissako season, 8.50pm, £6.50, BFI, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7255 1444


Tuesday 2 June

* Citizenfour, documentary about Edward Snowden  + live-link Q&A with Snowden, free, Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, EC2. Info: 7033 1777







* World Factory, tells  the stories of people connected to the garment industry with a team game in which audiences run their own clothing factory. It puts the ethics and politics of fast fashion in England and China under the microscope, £10/£19.50, conc available, Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, SE1, until 6 June. Info: 7922 2922/

+ When the audience is boss


* Sense of an Ending, play about the Rwandan genocide, focusing on questions of journalistic truth, morality and the possibility of forgiveness, £15/£12/ pay what you can Sundays, Theatre 503, 503 Battersea Park Road, until 6 June. Info: 7978 7040 + post-show talk 4 June

+ Never again, again


* Hurling Rubble At the Sun/ Hurling Rubble At the Moon, two plays on the human story behind contemporary British extremism, from Blackburn-born writer Avaes Mohammad,  £15-£25, Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, N4, until 6 June. Info: 7870 6876  

+ post-show discussions 2 June,  (Hassan Mahamdalli); 5 June (Matthew Rhodes), 10.30-11.15pm

+ A Muslim extremist and a White British racist thug walk onto a stage...

+ One story, two plays - through White and Brown British eyes


* Klippies, two teenagers collide in new play by South African playwright Jessica Siân, £18/£16, Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, SE1, until 6 June. Info: 7407 0234


* Temple, fictional account of the Occupy movement's struggle at St Paul's, Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, WC2, until 25 July. Info: 0844 871 76240844 871 7624

+ My hopes for the Occupy St Paul's drama


* No Feedback, immersive theatre experience that encourages participants to think about the social dynamics that enable genocide,  £12, Theatre Delicatessen, 119 Farringdon Road, EC1, until 6 June. Info: 7278 7694 


* Cinema, an act of terror that sparked a revolution: who will remember the 422 dead?, £17/£12/£10, Arcola, 24 Ashwin Street, E8, until 30 May. Info: 7503 1646  


Saturday 30 May

* Dirty Paki Lingerie, the stories of six Pakistani-American Muslim women in post-9/11 US, 7:30pm, £10/£8, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road. Info: 7613 7498


Thursday 3–Saturday 6 June

* The Diary of a Hounslow Girl, Ambreen Razia's play about a 16-year-old British Muslim Girl growing up in West London, £5, Ovalhouse, 52-54 Kennington Oval, SE11. Info: 7582 7680/ 








Friday 29 May

* Springwatch, 8pm, BBC2

* Incarnation: India in 50 Lives, 1.45pm, R4