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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 Oct 17, 2017.

A witch's tale

Welcome to a new talent on the Zambia-Wales film scene: Rungano Nyoni.
from Daniel Nelson on Oct 11, 2017.

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* The Royal Court Theatre is holding a Day of Action on 20 October "to confront the abuses of power that have been occurring in our own industry for years."  Artistic director Vicky Featherstone said there will be two events - an industry-wide Town Hall session, "to pass on what we have learnt [from the company's own discussions last year] and the policies we agreed on from it, and to learn best practise from our peers",  and a sharing - "where those of you who wish to have your stories heard can have a space for them to be told."


Featherstone said "the Royal Court exists to tell the stories that are otherwise unheard. We have therefore created an online forum where you can safely, and (if you choose), anonymously tell us your stories. Whether you consider it a big or small thing, if someone in a position of power over you has made you feel sexually compromised, or at all uncomfortable, then be brave, tell us what happened. We will take care of your story."

#speakout #greyareanomore

For more details and to tell your story see


* The Shubbak Festival, which connects London audiences and communities with the best of contemporary Arab culture, is exploring how to develop its community engagement work to increase participation and audiences in the arts: "Collaborating with artists and our partners in the field, we hope to closely engage London and UK-based Arab communities in a range of artistic projects. We would be interested to hear from local artists, community groups, schools, and anyone wishing to contribute." Contact Reem Akl at



* The winner of the award for the most original and imaginative frst feature at this year's London Film Festival (which ended Sunday) is The Wound, "a powerful exploration of masculinity and unspoken queer desire set in the remote mountains of South Africa’s Eastern Cape."

The jury said: “We found ourselves enamoured by the urgency, vitality and originality of The Wound and director John Trengove and his terrific cast have created a dynamic and inimitable coming-of-age story that takes a heart-breaking look at masculinity and sexuality." The film will open FilmAfrica.on 27 October.

+ Wounds too deep to heal


Winnie Madikizela Mandela is one of the most misunderstood and intriguingly powerful contemporary female political figures. Her rise and seeming fall from grace, bear the hallmarks of epic tragedy. Winnie, right, below, is part of FilmAfrica.





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Tw: @EventsNelson










London Literature Festival, includes a reading of Nelson Mandela's memoirs, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1, until 1 November. Info: Festival


Friday 20 October

* Commonwealth Conference: The UK and the Commonwealth Summit 2018, day two, Royal Over-Seas League. Info:

* Home and Displacement: Somali Week launch, 7pm, £8/£5, British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1. Info: 01937 546546/

* Dark Water Burning World: The island of lesbos & The Boats of Syria, Ruth Padel reads a poem on Lesbos and gives an illustrated talk of her visit; Issam's Kourbaj gives an illustrated talk about his life and work in Syria, 7-8.30pm, King's College, The Strand, WC2. Info:

* 10th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Conference to review progress and challenges, Sheryl Lightfoot, Federico Lenzerini, Albert Barume, 9am-5.45pm, Third Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1. Info: 7040 5060


Saturday 21 October

Netanyahu's New Normal: Ramping Up israel's Racist AttacksDavid Sheen, 6.45-9.15pm, £4 recd, Bolivar Hall, Grafton Way, NW1. Info:


Sunday 22 October

* Who Said What About EU Migration?, exhibition from the British Library collection made during the referendum debates and  drop-in conversations with Alexandra Bulat, 11am-5pm, free, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1. Info: 7405 1818

* Modern Slavery in the UK, Kathryn Cronin, 11.30am-12.45pm, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1. Info: 7405 1818

* Viewing Post-Independent India from the Outside, Sanjukta Ghosh, Rani Singh, Gary Raymond and Janine Shroff, 1-3pm, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1. Info: 7405 1818

* Why is my Curriculum Colonial? Decoloniality as Education, Simmi Dullay, Oana Parvan, Gitanjali Pyndiah & Nydia Swaby, 1:30-3pm, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1. Info: 7405 1818

Monday 23 October

* Book Launch: The Fearless Benjamin Lay, Marcus Rediker on "the extraordinary story of one of slavery’s earliest and most redoubtable opponents", 6.30pm, 1 Bloomsbury Street, WC1. Info: 7637 1848/ Bookmarks

* Culture in Crisis: At Home in Syria, Diana Darke and Syrian artist and archaeologist Zahed Tajeddin talk about their links to Syria, the challenges facing the population and the destruction of historic monuments and sites, 7-8:45pm, £15, V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7. Info: 7942 2000/

* Mobilising Through Messaging: Democracy and the Digital Space in Kenya, Duncan Mainye Omanga, 7pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info:  RAS


Tuesday 24 October

* Unpacking accountability in education, William Smith, Mike Treadaway, Susan Nicolai, 10-11.30am, free, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300/

* Lake Chad Basin: An overlooked crisis, Toby Lanzer, David Miliband, Joe Read, Jon Beloe, 3-4.30pm, free, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300/

* Tusk Traffickers, Julian Newman and Mary Rice on the Environmental Investigation Agency's three-year project exposing the world's biggest ivory trafficking syndicate, 7pm, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: / 7479 8940


Wednesday 25 October

* Galapagos day: a sustainable future for the archipelago, 7–10pm, £30, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7. Info: 7399 7440/

* Does Protest Really Work?, Steve Cranshaw, 6:30-8pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7405 7686


Thursday 26 October

* Climate Control, Fiona Harvey, Simon Faithfull, Mike Hulme and Jasmijn Visser discuss the relationship between geopolitics, conflict and climate change, 7pm, £9.50/7.50, Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1. Info: 7522 7888/

* Season of Migration to the North, Banipal Book Club discussion, 6:30pm, free, The Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, EC4. Info: 7832 1310/

* Adventures from African Women’s Bedrooms: Blogging Sex and Sexuality in Africa, Nana Darkoa-Sekyiamah, 5pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info:


Thursday 26-Friday 27 October

* Criminal Justice and Accountability in Africa - National and regional developments, £20 day, £35 two days, £5 students, Queen Mary University.Info:


Saturday 28 October

* SOAS African Literatures Conference – 55 years after the first Makerere African Writers Conference, Wole Soyinka, J P Clarke, Sefi Atta, Cameron Duodu, Moses Kilolo, Ivor Agyeman-Duah, Sylvester Onwordi, Xasan Daahir Weedhsame, Chege Githiora, Alena Rettová, Kwadwo Osei-Nyame Jnr, Martin Orwin, Louisa Egbunike + launch of the The ghost that whispered, an anthology of short stories from writers across the continent, 9.30am-9pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info:

* Lahore Literary Festival, Syed Ibne Abbas, Ved Mehta, Madhur Jaffrey, Sayeeda Warsi, Kamila Shamsie, Salima Hashmi, cShezad Dawood, Christina Lamb, Maleeha Lodhi, free, British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1. Info: 01937 546546/

* Conflict Café: Do we live in an age of terror?, "join conversations with, and put questions to, experts with specialist knowledge in security; social and community work; healthcare; government; architecture; academia; and the arts, about terrorism and security in the UK", 11am-5pm, free, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1. Info: 7416 5000

* Meet VSO London, find out more about volunteering overseas and hear from returned volunteers, 10am-midday, free, The Foundry, 17 Oval Way, SE11. Info: . 








Wall of Dreams, projection onto the Royal Festival Hall, produced in collaboration with poets working with refugee communities in London, Greece and Italy to discover their dreams and aspirations, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1, until 1 November. Info: Info: 3879 9555/


John Akomfrah: Purple, immersive six-channel video installation addressing climate change, human communities and the wilderness, free, Barbican, Silk Street, until 7 June. Info: 7638 8891/ Purple


* No Turning Back: Seven Migration Moments that Changed Britain, art, photography and personal stories, Migration Museum at the Workshop, free, 26 Lambeth High Street, SE1, until 25 February. Info:

+ Migration moments to remember


Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane, the British-Moroccan artist's "blend of the glossy aesthetic of a fashion shoot with Moroccan tradition and street culture ...  witty and poignant images, although outwardly light-hearted, challenge Western perceptions of the hijab and female disempowerment", free, Somerset House, Strand, WC2, until 7 January. Info: 7845 4600/


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 


* lluminating India, season of exhibitions and events that celebrate India's contribution to science, technology and mathematics, free. Includes Photography 1857-2017, and 5,000 Years of Science and Innovation. Science Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7, until 31 March. Info: 7942 4000

+ 5,000 years of Indian science history on display

Associated events include 29 Nov, India In Space, Moumita Dutta in conversation


* Living Histories, recent acquisitions of work on paper by contemporary Arab artists, including many from post-2011 Syria, free, British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1, until 22 October. Info: 7323 8181/


* 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


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


Trop Comprendre, group exhibition with Slimen El Kamel (Tunisia), Vivien Kohler (South Africa), Christine Dixie (South Africa), Catherine Ocholla (Kenya/South Africa), Nú Barreto (Guinea Bissau), Georgina Maxim (Zimbabwe) and Soly Cissé (Senegal) Sulger-Buel Lovell, 51 Surrey Road, SE1,  until 18 November. Info: 203 268 2101/ 


* Power Figures, Alexis Peskine's exploration of the representation of the African diaspora, October Gallery, Old Gloucester Street, WC1, until 21 October. Info: 7242 7367


The Show Has A Long Title That I Don't Recall Any More, Lebanese artist Pascal Hachem "interrogates his experiences of his home city of Beirut", free, The Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5, until 2 December. Info: 7370 9990


Influencing the World, Listening to the World, 10am-6pm daily, King's College, Bush House Arcade, until 20 October. Info:


Constitutions and Law: Making Pakistan, exhibition celebrating the role of Quaid-i Azam M A Jinnah, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2, until 3 November. Info: 7405 7686


* 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/ 8312 656


* 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


Wednesday 25 October

* Slavery & Satire: Revealing Black History, tour revealing objects relating to Black History and Black Jewish History in the collection, 2-2.45pm, Jewish Museum, Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert Street, NW1. Info: 7284 7384/



Photo: Earth-Ball, India, 1571 - part of Illuminating India, a celebration of India's contribution to

science, technology and maths, at the Science Museum. The programme also incudes

photographs and films

Bhogola or Earth-Ball by Ksema Karna, India, 1571 [Inv.50703]









I Am Not A Witch, when eight-year-old Shula turns up unannounced in a Zambian village, the locals are suspicious. Zambian-Welsh director Rungano Nyoni's first feature is full of spellbinding storytelling with flashes of anarchic humour, ICA, until 26 October; BFI Southbank

A witch's tale


* In Between follows the lives of three independent-minded Israeli-Palestinian women sharing an apartment in Tel Aviv, away from the constraints of their families and tradition, ICA (until 26 Oct) Barbican Centre, Curzon Bloomsbury, Everyman Baker Street, Everyman On the Corner, Picturehouse Central, Prince Charles, Brixton Ritzy, Crouch End Picturehouse, Hackney Picturehouse

+ The struggle of free spirits trying to fly


* Tawai: A Voice from the Forest, explorer Bruce Parry travels the world to learn from indigenous peoples, ICA (until 26 Oct)


* Native Spirit Film Festival, until 21 October.  Info: 


* Ouaga Girls, a group of young women tweak machines and hammer away at a school for auto mechanics in Burkina Faso in a poetic story about life choices and sisterhood, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 23 October.


* London East Asia Festival, until 29 October. Info: uk


* Earth: One Amazing Day, tracks a baby zebra desperate to cross a swollen river, a penguin undertaking a death-defying daily commute to feed his family, a family of sperm whales who like to snooze vertically and a sloth on the hunt for sex, 6.20pm, £9/£5 offpeak, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 25 OctoberWatermans Arts Centre, until 26 Oct.


Saturday 21 October

* South Social meets Chile Los Perros, a study of the past Chilean dictatorship though the eyes of a female protagonist + Chilean music and food, 6.30-10.30, The Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road) , SE11. Info: Tickets


from Tuesday 24 October

* John Akomfrah Presents… to coincide with his exhibition Purple , artist John Akomfrah selects a series of films that have influenced him, including Far From Vietnam (24 Oct), Salvatore Giuliano, Memories of Underdevelopment, and The Night of Counting the Years, Barbican. Info: 0845 120 7511/


Wednesday 25 October

* The Rohingya People: A Slow Burning Genocide, short doc on the plight of Rohingya Muslim women as they reach Bangladesh +  discussion with Shafiur Rahman, Azeem Ibrahim, Anastasia Taylor-Lind, 7pm, £15/£12, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940


from Thursday 26 October

* London Korean Film Festival, includes 29 Oct, Goodbye My Hero, labour relations and workers' rights through intimate video interviews and diary excerpts; 30 Oct, Candle Wave Feminists, the defiance of feminist organisations who dare to subvert society and re-tell women’s history + Q&A with Treasa O’Brien, Ania Ostrowska, and Kangyu Garam; 31 Oct, Two Doors, doc following the ‘Yongsan Tragedy’ when a sit-in rally in Seoul against an eviction resulted in the deaths of five protesters and a police officer; 1 Nov, The Remnants, focuses on the personal accounts of the rally; 5 Nov, A Dream of Iron, film essay on the financial and emotional investment in the steel industry in 1960s South Korea. Festival ends 8 November. Info:








* CASA Latin American Theatre Festival, Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, SE1, until 28 October. Info: Playhouse


* What Shadows, drama about Tory politician Enoch Powell's infamous 1968 Rivers of Blood speech, Park Theatre, N4, until 28 October. info: 7870 6876


* B, "We used to kill kings. We used to kill millionaires. And now all we do is make threats on the Internet. That’s why I’m offering you the chance to start a war", by Chilean playwiright Guillermo Calderón, Royal Court, Sloane Square, SW1, until 21 October. Info: 7565 5000

+ The B that doesn't go off


* My Name is Rachel Corrie, in March 2003 Corrie stands between a Palestinian house and an armoured bulldozer, £15/£20, Young Vic, The Cut, until 21 October. Info: 7922 2922/


* Latinx Feminist Festival, free series of feminist talks, workshops and events in Spanish, Portuguese and English, Feminist Library, 5a Westminster Bridge Road, SE1, until 4 November.  28 Oct, Peruvian film, 2-5pm


* Oslo, the true story of two maverick Norwegian diplomats whose quiet heroics led to the Oslo Peace Accords, Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, SW1, until 30 December. Info: 0844 871 7627

+ The Oslo agreement: when the personal became political


* Vibrant 2017 - A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, includes 22–26 Oct, The Good Minister From Harare, inspired by the massacre of at least 20,000 Ndebele in Zimbabwe 30 years ago, 23 Oct, Outcaste, a Hindu girl struggles to adapt to her adopted Muslim faith but becomes a fearsome adversary; 26 Oct, We Struggle, Jihad's girlfriend has left him - an urgent exploration of how London life is pushing people to extremes, The Finborough Arms, 118 Finborough Road, SW10, until 26 October. Info:


* Incoming/Exodus, interactive drama challenging immigration attitudes, £12/£10, Camden People's Theatre, NW1, until 21 October. Info:  7419 4841


Friday 20 October

* Dark Water Burning World: The Island of Lesbos & the Boats of Syria, through poetry and art, Ruth Padel and Issam Kourbaj explore the loss scorched into escaping Syrians by the separation from their homeland, 7pm, free, King's College, The Strand, WC2. Info:  Register


Sunday 22 October

* Nelson Mandela: The Presidential Years, cast including Lemn Sissay, Adjoa Andoh and Gugu Mbatha-Raw bring to life reflections of Mandela and a reading from the  memoirs that Mandela began writing in the last days of his presidency but was unable to finish + panel discussion with Mandla Langa, 7.30pm, £20-45, Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 3879 9555/ Southbank Centre

* Whither Would You Go?, Martin Freeman, Lee Evans, Bertie Carvel, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Wunmi Mosaku, James Norton, Jack Whitehall, Olivia Williams, Jay Abdo and others perform scenes from Shakespeare to raise funds for UN Refugee Agency, £50-£200, Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, SW1. Info: 0844 871 7627


Tuesday 24 October

* Sea Migrations: British-Somali Women Poets, on womanhood, nature, migration and seeking refuge, 7.30pm, Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 3879 9555/

* Asylum Monologues,  + responses from invited artists and discussion with charities and activists, 7pm-8:30pm, free, Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Road, E1. Info: Tickets







Thursday 19 October

* The Ganges with Sue Perkins, first of three. Pity about the absurd title, 9pm, BBC1

* From Our Own Correspondent, 11am, R4

* Film programme: I Am Not A Witch, (new film by a Zambian-Welsh director), 4pm, R4


Friday 20 October

* Unreported World, India's cow vigilantes, 7.30pm, C4