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Our part in creating those we label ‘monsters’

Three characters flee Libyan shores; while a tabloid reporter awaits them in Greece, seeking stories to fit a cynical narrative about the Syrian refugee crisis.
from Tara Theatre on Jan 15, 2019.

Mourning and merriment in a slice of Jamaican-British life

'Nine Night' is hyphenated, double-barrelled fun because it’s about a Jamaican-British family. So that’s two cultures to treasure and mock.
from Daniel Nelson on Dec 20, 2018.

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Autograph in Shoreditch is inviting artists, photographers, writers, performers, musicians, curators and collaborators to propose an event or activity that explores cultural diversity, human rights and/or disability through creative practice. It will provide space at its Rivington Place building and up to £500 plus a £250 curatorial fee. More information 


*  A campaign is underway to stage a special performance of The Jungle (below), the play about the Calais refugee camp, for Home Secretary Sajid Javid. Good Chance Theatre, The Jungle, Playhousewhich works with refugees and asylum seekers, has sent a formal invitation to the MP and his Home Office colleagues. The invite was provoked by Javid's remarks questioning whether people risking their lives to cross the channel in order to reach the UK are “real, genuine asylum seekers”. Full story in The Stage


* 2019: TV programmes to look out for include Gurunder Chadha's Beecham House. Named after the mansion owned by a British soldier-turned East India Company official, it peers into th lives of residents of the 19th century edifice. On stage, Scottish Opera will launch Anthropocene in Glasgow in January, in which researchers make a startling discovery under the Arctic ice; in the same month Northampton will see the premier Our Lady of Kibeho, about a Rwandan girl who has visions of impending genocide; and Stratford-upon-Avon gets South African actor-writer John Kunene's Kunene and the King, looking at a quarter-century of dramatic change. Unless they bomb, thee productions will presumably all make their way to London. In February, Palestinian-American  Mo Amer and Guz Khan open a UK tour at the Leicester Square theatre. Also in February Tate Britain puts on an exhibition of Don McCullin's work, including photographs of Biafra, Vietnam and Syria; and from April Newcastle's  Side Gallery will feature Yan Wang Preston's Forest, an exploration of China's huge conservation and urbanisation programme. 


* The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is to provide a £200,000 cash injection to support Black Cultural Archives in Brixton, to help ensure its survival. Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said: "The Black Cultural Archives does incredibly important work in preserving and promoting the history of African and Caribbean communities in the UK. This £200,000 funding is a crucial step in securing its future. We are working closely with the Archives to put it on a long-term sustainable footing so that it can continue to educate the public and celebrate black history in Britain."Black Cultural Archives

Founded in 1981, the Archives documents the lives of black British people from the Roman period to the present day "and are an important resource for supporting the community and promoting the teaching, learning and understanding of the contribution that African and Caribbean people have made to our society."



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Thursday 17 January

* Are Remittances the Silver Bullet to Tackle Vulnerability in Somalia?, Nisar Majid, 6-8pm,  £5/£8, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1.

* The Great Delusion: liberal dreams and international realities, John Mearsheimer, 6:30-8pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7405 7686

* Apartheid, Guns and Money: Exposing a Global Network of Profit, Mark Czellar, 5pm, School of oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info:


Friday 18 January

* Africa and World War Two, conference, 9.30am-6pm, free,Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, E. Info:


Monday 21 January

* W E B Du Bois, Liam Bright, Brian Kelly, Meera Sabaratnam, 6:30-8pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7405 7686

* The Threat of Surveillance in an age of Technology, Silkie Carlo, 6.45-8.30pm, £3/£2, 70/77 Cowcross Street, EC1. Info:


Tuesday 22 January 

* Understanding pathways to urban settlement: Developing networks and research agendas on urban forced displacement, Robert Hakiza, Samer Saliba, 6pm, IIED, 80-86 Gray's Inn Road,WC1. Info: Tickets

* Tribes and Politics in Yemen: The History of the Huthi Conflict, Marieke Brandt, 5:30pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: 7898 4330


Wednesday 23 January

* The IMF and the Politics of Austerity, Ben Clift, 3pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh street, WC1. Info:

* Europe's Response to the Challenge of Migration and  Dimitris Avramopoulos, 6:30-8pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7405 7686


Thursday 24 January

* Pentecostal Republic: Religion and the Struggle for State Power in Nigeria, Portia Roelofs, Wale Lawal, Ebenezer Obadare, 7-8.30pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info:  Booking

* Censorship and Survival in Egypt, 7pm, Lobna Monieb, Omar el-Ghazzi, Ghias al-Jundi, 7pm, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940

* The Left in Latin America: Mexico, Jo Tuckman, 6:30-8pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7405 7686


Friday 25 January

* Food, Water and the Consequences of Society Not Valuing the Environment, Tony Allan seminar, 1:15pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. 









Spaces of Internationalism, exhibition examines the history of internationalism, with particular reference to RGS’ international role, free, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7, until 22 January. Info: 7591 3000


* The Rohingya Crisis: A People in Exile, photo exhibition on the lives of Rohingya refugees who have fled to Bangladesh, The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1, until 19 January. Info: Exhibition


Room to Breathe, an immersive journey into the lives of migrants in Britain, Migration Museum at The Workshop, 26 Lambeth High Street, SE1, until 28 July. Info:


Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition, £13.50/£10.50, children £8, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7, until 30 June. Info: 7942 5000


10,142,942 (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 number of migrant deaths recorded since the beginning of the project, Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1, until 24 February. Info: 7887 8888

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


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 multimedia installation remembers the millions of Africans and people of colour who fought and took part in the First World War, free, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 31 March.  Info: IWM


Via Arts Prize, works by the 30 finalists under the theme of ‘Dialogues with Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese art’, Sala Brasil gallery, Brazilian embassy, 14 Cockspur Street, W1, until 31 January. Info: 7747 4500/


* Black Is The New Black, photographic portraits by Simon Frederick, free, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, WC2, until 27 January. Info: 7306 0055


Giving Peace a Chance: from the League of Nations to Greenham Common, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2, until 17 April. Info:  7405 7686/ Exhibition


* Artist and Society how artists engage with social ideals and historical realities, free, Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1


* 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



from Saturday 19 January

* Jewelled Tales of Libya, explores the country's diversity and historical identity of a country through its tradition of fine jewellery, The Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, EC4, until 27 January. Info:

+ 24 Jan, talk by Hala Ghellali, 6:30–7:30pm. Info:



Twenty-three-year-old Nadia Murad (below) survived the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in northern Iraq and escaped the hands of ISIS to become a relentless beacon of hope for her people. The documentary On Her Shoulders also looks at her subsequent work—including giving testimony at the UN, visiting refugee camps, soul-bearing media interviews and one-on-one meetings with  government officials. On Her Shoulders







* Island of the Hungry Ghosts, documentary about would-be asylum-seekers detained on Christmas island, an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 24 January.


* Chinese Arts Now Festival, over 60 events across London, until 2 February. Films include 21 Jan, Turtle Rock, documentary about a village in a mountainous region, 6.30pm; 23 Jan, A Way Out,doc charting the lives, hopes and fears of three Chinese teenagers from contrasting social backgrounds, 6.30pm; 25 Jan, Men on the Dragon, feel-good Hong Kong comedy about a group of middle-aged men who rediscover their lust for life, 6.20pm


Friday 18 January

* Nambugun, rarely seen aspect of the Korean War, focusing on the North Korean side and lending humanism to the characters, 7pm, free, Korean Cultural Centre, 1-3 Strand, WC2

The Man Behind the Microphone, portrait of Hedi Jouini, the most popular music star in Tunisian history whose songs strike at the heart of the country's post-colonial social and political upheaval and its continuing search for identity in the wake of the Arab Spring, £7/£8, Draper Hall, Draper Hall, 1 Howell Walk, SE17. Info:


Tuesday 22 January

* Zama, an 18th-century administrator in the service of imperial Spain who appears to have covered himself in military glory is posted to a colonial backwater. Blighted by bureaucratic setbacks, he brings to mind Kafka's Joseph K as his increasingly frantic efforts to escape his colonial prison lead to nought, The Exchange Twickenham. Info: 8893 3503

Thursday 24 January

* Turn Up The Archive: Black British Sitcoms, memories, films and stand-up around The Fosters,   Desmond’sThe Real McCoy and No Problem!, 7.30pm, £7/£9, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, N15. Info: 8365 5450/


Friday 25 January
* Letters from Baghdad, the extraordinary story of Gertrude Bell, the most powerful woman in the British Empire in her day, 6.30–8pm, £5/£3, British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1. Info: 7323 8181


Friday 25-Saturday 26 January

On Her Shoulders, having survived the Yazidi genocide and escaped ISIS sex slavery, 23-year-old Nadia Murad embarks on an inspiring fight for justice + director's Q&A, 6.30pm, £12.50/ £10, Curzon Bloomsbury









* Nine Night, a British Jamaican family observes the traditional nine-night funeral wake, Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, SW1, until 23 February. Info: 7492 1532

+ Mourning and merriment in a slice of Jamaican-British life


* The Convert, it’s 1896 in what is today Zimbabwe and Jekesai, a woman fleeing forced marriage finds herself working for a Catholic priest. He relishes the opportunity to mould his new convert but her salvation has a price, £10/£20/£30/£40, Young Vic, 66 The Cut, SE1, until 26 January. Info:

+ Colonialism without white people


* Approaching Empty, a British-South Asian Brit buys a company from a friend and finds that working with family and friends brings problems, Kiln Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6, until 2 February. Info: 7328 1000


* Love/Tiempo es Amor, menacing Los Angeles drama set in LA’s Latino community, Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, SW10, until 26 January. Info: 01223 357851


* Rosenbaum's Rescue, it’s time for two friends to make up, but tensions refuse to thaw as Lars’ pursuit of the truth about the flight of Danish Jews during WWII challenges Abraham’s faith, patience and memories, Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4, until 9 February. Info: 7870 6876 


* Stop and Search, Gabriel Gbadamosi's play about a driver who picks up a young man crossing Europe, two police officers working a surveillance case, and a passenger who directs her taxi to the edge of a bridge, £15-£22, Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, E8, until 9 February. Info: 7503 1646 


Friday 18 January

* Windows of Displacement, show using dance, song and spoken word from Jamaican-born Bitish citizen dancer Akeim Toussaint Buck, celebrating diversity in England today, 7.30pm, £17.50/£10, Tara Arts, Tara Theatre, 356 Garratt Lane, Earslfield, SW18. Info: 8333 4457/ TARA@TARA-ARTS.COM


from Friday 18 January

* Leave to Remain, music and movement in a production about a gay couple forced to think about marriage when of their visas becomes due for renewal, Lyric Hammersmith, W6, until 16 February.


Sunday 20 January

* No Direction Home, Nish Kumar, Tom Parry and stand-up comedians from refugee and migrant backgrounds, 7.30pm, £12/£10, Camden Peoples Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, NW1. Info: Booking


from Tuesday 22 January

* Welcome to the UK, new show + Tuesdays and Saturdays the Borderline company's original production, a satire of Calais Jungle devised and performed by an ensemble of refugee and Europeans + Q&A after each performance; £16/£12/£10, The Bunker, 53a Southwark Street, SE1, until 16 February. Info: 7234 0486/ 7234 0486

* Ghost Girl, based on the personal story of Jennifer Tang, born to Cantonese parents but raised by a white British family, the show asks what it really means to be British and Chinese, £12/£10, Camden People's Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, NW1, until 9 February. Info: 7419 4841

+ 29 Jan, Does British-Chinese identity exist?, 6pm, free (inc non-ticket-holders)


Thursday 24-Saturday 26 January
* An Indian Abroad, Pariah Khan's one-man show spins the traditional ‘gap yah’ adventure on its head to tell the story of Krishnan, a middle-class Indian, coming to Britain for his “spiritual” fulfilment, £17.50, Tara Theatre, 256 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield, SW18. Info: 8333 4457/







Wednesday 16 January
* Revolution in Ruins: The Hugo Chavez Story, 9pm, BBC2
* Life on Earth, David Attenborough, 11pm, BBC4
* Washington Black, Esi Edugyan story set on the British-owned Faith plantation in Barbados in the 1830s, 12.04pm, 10.45pm, R4

Thursday 17 January
* Washington Black, Esi Edugyan story set on the British-owned Faith plantation in Barbados in the 1830s, 12.04pm, 10.45pm, R4
* Crossing Continents, 11am, R4

Friday 18 January
* Washington Black, Esi Edugyan story set on the British-owned Faith plantation in Barbados in the 1830s, 12.04pm, 10.45pm, R4