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Climate change love story

'The Edge' explores climate change and migration, Inspired by narratives from England and Bangladesh and developed in collaboration with coastal oceanography expert Ivan Haigh.
from LondonTheatre1 on Jul 29, 2015.

Hip hop science communication for the next civil rights battle

You know it will be different as soon as the first image appears on the screen behind Baba Brinkman: it’s a quote from ‘Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics’ – probably the journal’s first theatrical citation.
from Daniel Nelson on Aug 3, 2015.

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* We've hit the summer desert, when the number of talks, films and shows from or about developing countries dries up. So it's a good time to catch up on exhibitions you've been meaning to see or didn't know about. They include the Southbank Centre's  Adopting Britain, 70 Years of Migration, On Belonging: Photographs of Indians of African Descent;  No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990; and Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience, 1950s- 1990s.


Battlefield, a new work inspired by Peter Brook’s legendary production of The Mahabharata, will play at the Young Vic next FebruaryThe theatre's artistic director, David Lan, commented: “Peter Brook’s staging of The Mahabharata is acknowledged as one of the seminal theatre works of the 20th century. Now, in Battlefield, he and his longtime collaborators, Marie-Hélène Estienne and Jean-Claude Carrière, explore the contemporary immediacy of just one of its many stories: the moment when the heroes of the epic face each other before a great battle." 



* Below, right: A 3D printer gun is part of a tiny but fascinating exhibit at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum that aims to illustrate how design reflects and defines how we live together today. It also features Indonesian false eyelashes, nude shoes, a Vietnamese app and a pair of Bangladesh-made Cargo trousers.

3D printer gun

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Monday 3-Friday 7 August

* Shake, free five-day course with Zena Edwards, Sai Murray, Paula Serafini, Jinan Golley, Farzana Khan, Ian Solomon Kawall, Maia Kelly, Ian Solomon Kawall, Emma Hughes, Michel Patrick, organised by the Voices That Shake, on art, race, media and power to explore the idea that resistance is fertile, 30 Hay Currie Street, E14. Info: Voice that Shake


Sunday 9 August
* The Big Ride Palestine – End Of Tour Rally, welcome riders after their 435-mile capital-to-capital ride to raise funds for Gaza’s children, or cycle the last 2 miles with them from Wellington  Arch, Hyde Park at 1pm, rally at 1.30pm at Carlisle Lane with Mona El Farra, Len McCluskey, Grahame Morris MP, Info:


Thursday 13 August
* Feed the world: The Challenges of Global Food Security,  Tim Benton, 6:30pm, free, Royal Society Of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly,  W1. Info:

Tuesday 18 August
* The National Memorial Event for Humanitarian Aid Workers, 5pm, Westminster Abbey. Info:


Wednesday 19 August
* Borderlines, launch of novel that probes the motives underlying Western engagement with Africa, questioning the value of universal justice and exploring how history itself is forged, Michela Wrong, Georgina Godwin, 6:30-8:30pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Russell Square, WC1. Info: Booking


Thursday 20 August
* Abraham Lincoln, Adam Smith marks Slavery Remembrance Dayby reassessing President Abraham Lincoln’s role in the abolition of slavery in the US, 7pm, free, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, WC2. Info: 7306 0055


Friday 21 August
* Jesse Jackson in Conversation, on the state of equalities and rights in the world, 6.30pm, British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1. Info: (0)1937 546546/


Saturday 22 August
* Palestine & Latin America: Building solidarity for national rights, Guillaume Long, Jorge Luis Garcia, Pedro Charbel, Andrew Murray, Lian Papper, Roberto Calzadilla Sarmiento, Jeremy Corbyn, Philipa Harvey, Wadah Khanfer, Nur Masatha, Arlene Clemesha, Mohsen Saleh, Francisco Domingues, Dima Khatib, Pedro Brieger, 9:30-6pm, Methodist Central Hall Westminster, Storeys Gate. Info:








* Rapid Response Collecting, small but fascinating exhibition of objects recently acquired in response to major moments in history that touch the world of design and manufacturing, including Christian Louboutin shoes in five shades of 'nude'; a cuddly toy wolf used as an object of political dissent; and the world's first 3D-printed gun: each acquisition raises a different question about globalisation, popular culture, political and social change, demographics, technology, and regulation or the law, Gallery 74a, V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, Sw7, until 15 December

+ Printed guns, nude shoes and Indonesian eyelashes


The Fifth Pan-African Congress, photographs + a Film Lounge screening a programme of films exploring pan-African history and ideals, Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, EC2, until 12 September. Info: 7729 9200/


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

+ 70 Years of migration on show


* Women of Sierra Leone,  Lee Karen Stow's photographs, free, Horniman Museum, SE23, until 27 September. Info: 8699 1872


* Take Me To Rio, an open archive, a mobile recording studio, documentation site, curriculum and inter-generational conversation, free, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, until 20 August. Info: 7613 7496


* 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


* No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990:, with a special focus on the establishment by Guyanese activists Eric and Jessica Huntley of a bookshop and publishing house in London in 1969, free, Guildhall, Gresham Street, EC2, until 24 January. Info: 7332 1313 /


* Coral Reefs, Secret Cities of the Sea, £10/ £4.50, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7, until 13 September. Info: 7942 500


* Focus on the Wild, Roger Hooper's animals photographs, gallery@oxo, oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, SE1, until 16 August. Info: 7021 1686


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


* Echoes and Reverberations, six contemporary artists from the Arab region examine oral history and aural traditions and their roles in shaping and recalling history, free, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, until 16 August (part of Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture


* I Spy With My Little Eye, a new generation of Beirut artists, The Mosaic Rooms, A.M Qattan Foundation, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5, until 22 August. Info:


* Dream to Change the World Exhibition, on the life and legacy of John La Rose, Islington Museum, 245 John Street, EC1, until 29 August


* RE·THINK Migration, activities exploring, discovering, reflecting on and responding to migration + events and workshops in the space 10am–5pm daily, free, National Maritime Museum, Romney Road, SE10, until mid-November. Info:  UpdatesMaritime Museum


* 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 57401322 526 574


* Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma 1852-1860, V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7, until 11 October,  part of the V&A India Festival. Info: 7942 2000


* Kites from kabul, free, the V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, E2, until 3 January. Info: 8983 5200


* 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. Info: 7416 5000/


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


Eco Zone Gallery, small gallery devoted to sustainable building products and materials, The Building Centre, Store Street, WC1. Info: 7692 4000/



Tuesday 25–Friday 28 August
* Ghulam Rasool, Pakistan’s photography artist on a spiritual journey through Pakistan’s hidden landscapes, 10am-6pm, Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, W1G. Info: 7307 5454/



Image:  Jesse Jackson comes to the British Library in August to talk about the state of equality and rights in the world

Jesse Jackson poses with Occupiers




Around Town


* Dear White People, campus comedy on racial attitudes and culture-clashes that has some good lines and characters but is not as daring as it claims, Picturehouse Central, East Finchley Phooenix

* The Salt of the Earth, homage to Brazilian photographer Sebastiaõ Salgado, whose instantly recognisable black-and-white photographs have documented scenes of great suffering as well as great beauty around the globe, ICA,Regent Street Cinema, Brixton Ritzy, Richmond Curzon, Wimbledon HMV Curzon

* Timbuktu, not far from Timbuktu, Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife, his daughter, and their 12-year-old shepherd, but their quiet way of life comes up against religious fundamentalists who have taken power there, ICA, The Mall, SW1, until 4 August

+ A beautifully observed Timbuktu story



Tuesday 4 August

The Look of Silence, a family of survivors discover how their son was murdered in the 1965 Indonesian genocide and the identity of the killers ("One of the greatest and most powerful documentaries ever made. A profound comment on the human condition” - Errol Morris), 7.30pm, Croydon Clocxktower. Info: 0333 666 3366; ICA, The Mall, SW1 until 9 August

+  Smashing the silence of impunity


Tuesday 4 August, Thursday 13 August

* Soursweet, funny adaptation of Timothy Mo’s novel about newlywed Hong Kong émigrés who open a takeaway restaurant in a run-down corner of the city, 8.30pm, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, SE1.

* Offside, Iranian film about a group of women who want to attend a soccer World Cup qualifier but are legally barred, 6.30pm, ICA, The Mall, SW1


from Friday 7 August
* Warriors From the North, follows the stories of a group of disillusioned and ostracised Danish youth who leave everything behind to join the ranks of al-Shabaab, with devastating consequences, Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick, WC1, until 13 August. Info:


from Saturday 8 August
* Queens of Syria, an all female cast of Syrian refugees in a camp in Jordan prepare to stage Euripides’ The Trojan Women. The cast incorporate their own stories of war and exile into the performance, adding a layer of poignancy to an already deep, Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick, WC1, until 13 August. Info:

Saturday 8-Thursday 13 August
* Those Who Feel the Fire Burning, perspective ('poetic realism') on the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean - a portrait of the grim reality of a life lived constantly in limbo, Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick, WC1. Info: 


Sunday 9 August
* Crazy Castle, follows a number of young people who get to know each other on the internet and after joking and making bets with each other, they find themselves on a daunting and complex path, Holland Park, 8pm, Info:


Tuesday 11 August

* Black Coal, Thin Ice, fascinating Chinese thriller about tracking down a gruesome serial killer, 6.30pm, East Dulwich Pictrehouse, Brixton Ritzy

+ Coal, crime and ice in northern China


Thursday 13 August
* The Great Elephant Walk, follows the story of ex-London city worker, now eco-lodge owner Tim Edwards, who needs to relocate four elephants and their mahouts between two national parks in southern Nepal, across one of the most densely populated regions on Earth, 7pm, £8/£6/£5, Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, W1G. Info:  7307 5454/
Soursweet, funny adaptation of Timothy Mo’s novel about newlywed Hong Kong émigrés who open a takeaway restaurant in a run-down corner of the city, 8.30pm, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, SE1.


from Friday 14 August
* Theeb, the world’s first Bedouin-Western, a  story of brotherhood and betrayal, set in Wadi Rum 1916, Curzon Bloomsbury, ICA until 20 August,
An Arab Western hits the trail - on camels











from Tuesday 4 August
* My Children! My Africa!, Athold Fugard's apartheid-era play about a student attracted to radicalism, Trafalgar Studios, SW1, until 29 August. Info; 0844 871 76270844 871 7627


Wednesday 5-Saturday 8 August
This Language, follows a group of students from different parts of the world thrown together into the melting pot of contemporary multiculturalism, 7pm, plus Saturday matinee, 3pm, £7/£5, The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, NW8. Info: 7258 2925 (part of the Camden Fringe)


Thursday 6 August
* Urban Mash-up UK/SA, a sharing of work in progress with South Africa’s Brighton Players, 7:45-8:45pm, £5/£10, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1. Info: 7405 1818/


Wednesday 12-Thursday 13, Sunday 23-Wednesday 26 August
* Kaleidoscope, interactive poetic, physical and musical exploration around the concepts of freedom and oppression in an environment bound by rules which must be strictly followed at all costs, inspired by the story of Tahireh Quratulain, a 19th century Iran who paid the ultimate price for speaking her voice, Rabbit Hole NW3 Theatre, via The Duke Of Hamilton, 23-25 New End, NW3. Info: 7794 2068 (part of the Camden Fringe)


from 30 August
* This Heaven,  European premiere of new play by Australian Aboriginal playwright Nakkiah Lui that tells a universal story of an indigenous Australian family at breaking point, evoking recent events in Ferguson, Baltimore, and the 2011 London riots, Finbororugh Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, SW10, until 15 September. Info: 0844 847 16520844 847 1652/








Monday 3 August
* Panorama: Fighting Terror With Torture, 8.30pm, BBC1
* Women of Terror, female terrorists, 8pm, R4
* Crossing Continents: Mediterranean rescue, 8.30pm, R4

Tuesday 4 August
* Climbing Everest With A Mountain On My Back; The Sherpa's Story, 10pm, 2.30am, BBC4

Wednesday 5 August
* The Buddha: Genius Of The Ancient World, 9pm, 3am, BBC4
* Natural World: The Real Jungle Book Bear, sloth bears in Karnataka, 10pm, BBC4

Thursday 6 August
* Panorama: Fighting Terror With Torture, midnight05am, BBC1
* Crossing Continents: China's Ketamine Fortress, 11am, R4

Friday 7 August
* Animal Super Parents, 7pm, BBC1