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Revolutionary relationship

A play about revolution in Myanmar, which brought Aung San Suu Kyi to worldl attention, and the relationship between a BBC reporter and the architect of the uprising.
from Tara Arts on Aug 10, 2018.

Too many Cooks?

Last chance to see: 'James Cook: The Voyages' at the British Library. Make the effort - it's excellent.
from Daniel Nelson on Aug 17, 2018.

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* The Association of Lighting Designers has hit back at an academic from Shakespeare’s Globe who claimed traditional theatre lighting discriminates against ethnic minority actors, labelling her comments as “shocking” and “almost uneducated”. A report in The Stage says that  Farah Karim-Cooper, the head of higher education and research at the theatre, made the comments in an article in the Telegraph“Using the same lighting and stage design as you do for white actors puts actors of colour at a disadvantage. There is a danger with traditionally dark, tragic, stage settings, that actors of colour merge into the background.”  The Stage report quotes a statement by Johanna Town, the chair of ALD, the professional body representing lighting designers, as saying that choosing the right light and colour for the lighting design depends on many more features than just skin tone, including hair colour, eyes, eyebrows and facial hair. “I find this shocking coming from the Globe – a theatre that has made the choice to remove lighting from its productions. The Globe stage is illuminated simply to recreate the flat light of daylight.” Full report in The Stage.


* In early August a  group of artists checked that their work had been removed from the Hope to Nope exhibition at the Design Museum in Kensington, follows revelations that in July the museum hosted an arms industry event, timed to coincide with the Farnborough International arms fair. The event was organised by Leonardo, which is estimated to be the world's ninth largest arms company. Leonardo has armed human rights-abusing regimes around the world, including Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the Philippines.


The  40 artists came together as the Nope to Arms Collective and first demanded removal of their work in a letter to the museum on 25 July. The museum responded by announcing it was reviewing its due diligence policies and committing "not to have any arms, fossil fuels and tobacco corporate hires in the museum for the period of time during which we undertake our review". 

The artists said that the move does not go far enough: "As museum directors, you have the authority to decide immediately that arms, fossil fuels and tobacco companies are not appropriate sources of funds for the museum. It should be clear without needing a policy review that the core products and business practices of these industries are inextricably linked to death and destruction, which is why they are widely acknowledged to be unacceptable partners for cultural institutions. By being on your walls in the context of the Leonardo event, our work takes on a new meaning: of complicity in the arms trade. This is completely unacceptable to us."  The artists requested that the museum remove their work by 1 August and display an explanatory statement in its place 

Malu Halasa, who loaned work from the anonymous Syrian poster collective Alshaab Alsori Aref Tarekh (‘The Syrian People Know Their Way’), said: "I gave high-resolution files of Syrian posters to the exhibition in good faith. I had no idea that the museum would be entertaining arms dealers while showing an exhibition of resistance posters and art. For me and the artists I represent this is akin to serving cocktails on the corpses of the over 400,000 people who have died in the over eight year long conflict."

The artist Dread Scott, whose flag in support of Black Lives Matter appears in the exhibition, explained this clearly in a message to the museum:"To host an arms manufacturer while you had an exhibition that includes projects that explicitly oppose the current political direction of the world—a world where rising fascism and nationalism are leading to increasing war and threats of war—was truly shocking. It should have been an ethical red line that the Design Museum should not have crossed. If the EDL or BNP wanted to hire your facilities I hope and assume that you would reject that. Weapons dealers should be pariahs and have no business being welcomed into cultural spaces."

Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade said: "By hosting arms companies the Design Museum was giving moral and practical support to an industry that fuels war and conflict. The anger of the artists is reflective of the widespread contempt that people have for the arms trade. It's time for the Design museum to live up to its ethics and put human rights ahead of profits."
The artists  asked the following statement be placed where their work once hung: 'The artist has asked for their work to be removed because the museum recently hosted an arms trade event. The artist views this as a violation of their personal ethics and ethics that should be the norm for arts institutions. It is the artist's hope that the museum will now establish a new policy stating that they will not take money from the arms, fossil fuel and tobacco industries or use art to legitimise those profiting from war, repression and destruction.'

* August film events include The London Korean Film Festival, the programme for which incudes six free documentaries; the London Feminist Film Festival, where sessions include Keepers of Culture: African Heritage & Feminist Documentary Practices; and Alternate Realities, a week of documentaries and free VR exhibition.


Wajib: A father and his estranged son must come together to hand deliver his daughter's wedding invitations to each guest as per local Palestinian custom, in this rousing family drama* Wajib (right): a father and his estranged son must come together to hand deliver his daughter's wedding invitations to each guest in accordance with local Palestinian custom, in this rousing family drama. It is part of the Safar Film Festival in September.


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Thursday 23 August

* Crashed: how a decade of financial crises changed the world, Adam Tooze, 6:30-8pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7405 7686

* Potato, Daniella Valz Gen on spuds in a global economy, 1pm, free, Serpentine Pavilion, Kenington Gardens, W2.Info: 7402 6075/


Monday 20 August 

* Dancing Through History: Manipuri in Colonial India, Debanjali Biswas, 5.30-7pm,  British Library, Euston Road, NW1. Info: (0)1937 546546/


Friday 31 August

* Pan-Africanism: A History, book launch, with Hakim Adi, 6.45-8.30pm, £3, Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton, SW2. Info: Tickets


Wednesday 5 September

* Prostitution, Pimping and Trafficking, Stacy Banwell, Kevin Brown, Jane Jordan, Julia Laite, Siobhán Hearne and Roger Matthews, 7-8:30pm, £6/£4, Conway Hall, Red Lion square, WC1. Info: 









* Tints of Resilience, visual artworks, photography, poetry and film by 11 international artists exploring the potential of art in developing resilience in zones of conflict, P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton Street, NW1, until 6 SeptemberInfo: 7121 6190/ 


* ExpectationsThe Neil Kenlock Archive, photographs of the Black British leadership experience in the 1960s and 1970s, free, Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, SW2, until 28 September. Info: @bcaheritage #ExpectationsProject


Lingering Ghosts, exhibition by Sam Ivin about how the UK migration system treats arrivals seeking safety, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, WC2, until 31 August.


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/


* The Adamah Papers exhibition that follows a British-Ghanaian family’s journey in which they rediscover their rich heritage and connection to royalty, and which gives insight into Ghana’s history, British occupation,  resistance to colonialism and many generations of family history, free, Black Archives, Windrush Square, Brixton, SW2. Info:

23 August, Curator's talk, 7-8.30pm, £7

+ Full Black Cultural Archives events programme


* 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


* No Turning Back: Seven Migration Moments that Changed Britain, art, photography and personal stories,  Migration Museum, 26 Lambeth High Street, SE1, until 9 September.Info:

Migration moments to remember

+ 30 Aug, 8 Sept, exhibition tours exploring themes of memorialisation, commemoration and representation, 6-9pm

+ 6 Sept, Journeys - Stories of Immigration, 1948-71, screening of oral history documentary exploring mmigration in the Tooting area. The film is made by children from Furzedown Primary School and young people from Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers


* Earth Photo50 photographs and films that document the diversity of earth, 10am–5pm daily, Saturdays: 10–4pm, free, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7, until 21 September. Info; 7591 3000/

+ 29 Aug, introduction to the exhibition, Alasdair MacLeod, plus opportunity to view photos from the Society's own collection


* Empire, Faith and War: The Sikhs and World War 1, the launch event of a three-year project to reveal the untold story of how one of the world's smaller communities played a disproportionately large role in the ‘war to end all wars’, Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1, until 28 September. 4046


Splendours of the Subcontinent + A Prince's Tour of India 1875/6, £12/£10/£6, The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace Road, until 14 October Info: 7766 7301


James Cook: The Voyages, British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1, until 28 August. Info: (0)1937 546546/

+ All exhibition events.

+ Too many Cooks?


* 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/


* 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 30 August

* Changing Lenses: London stories of integration, a group of migrants explore their experience of integration, 10am-6pm daily, entrance, The Guardian, King's Place, 90 York Way, N1, until 21 September.



* What happens to Syrian refugees given haven in a Western country? This Is Home (at the Open Documentary Film Festival in September) paints a fascinating picture of the US through the eyes of four families going through the country’s refugee self-sufficiency resettlement programme. The journey towards acculturation includes buying hijabs featuring the stars and stripes; discovering 12-hour working days; and beginning to confront the challenging gender expectations of their new home. This Is Home gives a novel portrait of America, whilst conveying the resilience of its shipwrecked subjects.This Is Home








Tuesday 21, Thursday 23 August

* Dragonfly Eyescreated entirely from hundreds of hours of downloadable Chinese surveillance footage,  this film's unsettling fictional narrative tells the story of a young woman who leaves a Buddhist monastery to begin a new life, working in various jobs until she ultimately finds fame online, ICA, The Mall, SW1. 


* El Mar La Mar, experimental doc of the Sonoran desert that peers at life on the Mexico-US border, ICA, until 21 August.

* Las Sandinistas, the story of the female vanguards who fought and led in the Nicaraguan 1979 revolution, and are still fighting for equality, £9/£7/£5, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 22 August.


* Of Fathers and SonsDamascus-born, Berlin-based director Talal Derki 's documentary unfolds in an area controlled by al-Nusra Front, an anti-government group formerly associated with al-Qaeda. Derki pretends to be a war photographer sympathetic to al-Nusra ideology and gains access to the home of al-Nusra fighter and homemade bomb specialist Abu Osama, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 30 August. Info:


* Alternate Realities, a week of documentaries and free VR exhibition, £10.50, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, until 27 August, Barbican Centre. Films include

22 August, Central Airport THF, the Berlin airport that has become a refugee centre

23 August, Who Is Dayani Cristal?, Mexican actor Gael García Bernal and director Marc Silver retrace a dead migrant's steps in an attempt to discover his identity

+ When migrants hit the road, the road hits back

* The Wound, powerful South African drama set in a male circumcision camp, Camberwell Whirled Cinema. 259-260 Hardess Street, Loughborough Junction, SE24, until 23 August. Info:  7737 6153  

+ Wounds too deep to heal


Thursday 23 August

* Yardie, Idris Elba presents his film about a gang war stretching from Jamaica to the East End with a live satellite Q&A, Rich Mix, Gate Notting Hill, Odeon Covent Garden, Picturehouse Central, Screen on the Green, Brixton Ritzy, Clapham Picturehouse, Dalston Rio, East Dulwich Picturehouse, Greenwich Picturehouse, Hackney Picturehouse, Stratford Picturehouse


from Friday 24 August

* The Cleaners, exposé on social media; where content is heavily moderated by low-paid workers outsourced by Silicon Valley to the Philippines, Curzon Bloomsbury,  until 30 August

* BlacKkKlansman, based on the true story of an African-American detective who sets out on a  mission to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan + satellite Q&A with Spike Lee, 6.10pm, £6-£10.95, Curzon cinemas


Monday 3 September

* Under the Wire, thrilling documentary about the death of Syrian war-correspondent Marie Colvin, as told by her photographer colleague Paul Conroy + director Q&A, £12.50-£10, Curzon Bloomsbury










* The Jungle, originally staged at the Young Vic in 2017, this  is  a powerful dramatic story about life in the former Calais refugee camp, based on the experience in the camp of the producton's two artistic directors who set up the Good Chance Theatre, Playhouse, Northumberland Avenue, WC2, until 3 November. Info: 0844 871 7631

* The lore of the Jungle

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


Wednesday 22 August

* Bottled Up,  solo show about plastic, 7.10pm, £10, The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, NW8. Info: 7258 2925 


Thursday 23-Friday 24 August

* The Coal Train, rehearsed reading of a play in progress about South African coal miners, inspired by music and lyrics by Hugh Masekela and Taruwona Mushore, £7/£5, Tristan Bates Theatre, 1A Tower Street, WC2. Info: 3841 6611/​


Monday 3 September

* A Far Cry From London: The Sound of the Caribbean Voice, Colin Grant, Emily Zobel Marshal, Raymond Antrobus, Khadijah Ibrahim and Philip nanton celebrate the BBC radio show Caribbean Voices (1943-58) which started a new West Indian literary tradition in the UK, 7-8.30pm, £10/£8/£7, British Library, Euston Road, NW1. Info: 01937 546 546/









Monday 20 August

* Bollywood: The World's Biggest Film Industry, second part of entertaining documentary, 9pm, BBC2

* Searching for Mum: Sri Lanka, documentary that follows adopted children searching for their birth parents, 11.15pm, BBC2

* Crossing Continents, 8.30pm, R4


Tuesday 21 August

* A Passage to Britain, second of Yasmin Khan's excellent re-telling of the stories of Indians and Brits who took the voyage to Britain after Partition, 9pm, BBC2

* Manhunting With My Mum, a Nigerian-British mother and daughter head for Nigeria in search of a husband for daughter, 10pm, C4

* Jerusalem: The Making of A Holy City, 1am, BBC4


Wednesday 22 August

* My Asian Family: The Musical, an Asian family ejected from Uganda in 1972 move to Leicester - told in song and dance, 10pm, BBC4

* Orangutan Jungle School, 8pm, C4

* Refugee Reminiscence, 11am, R4


Thursday 23 August

*  Searching for Mum: India, two women try to find their birth relatives in India, 9pm, BBC2

* Crossing Continents - "Gone to Foreign`" from Jamaica, 11am, R4


Friday 24 August

* Pump Up The Bhangra: The Sound of Asian Britain, 10pm, BBC4

* The Big Asian Stand-Up, 10pm, BBC2

* The Penguins of Cape Town, 7pm, C5