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The power of hip hop

Two full-day events provide an opportunity to listen to, learn from and collaborate with 14 hip hop artists from eight countries.
from Index on censorship on Jun 24, 2016.

The deadly, genocidal colonialism of Christianity and rubber

Now here’s something different. Every now and again comes a film that really stands out. 'Embrace of the Serpent' is one of them.
from Daniel Nelson on Jun 26, 2016.

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* The Young Vic has won a Theatre of Sanctuary Award from City of Sanctuary in recognition of its efforts to raise awareness of refugee communities and  include them in its activities. Its forthcoming productions include Now We Are Here, which tells the true stories of four LGBTI people, all asylum seekers and refugees living in the UK;  Queens of Syria, a multimedia production featuring an all-female cast of Syrian refugees performing a new version of The Trojan Women, to the background of the award-winning documentary of their story; and A Man of Good Hope, co-produced with South Africa’s Isango Ensemble and the Royal Opera, which brings to life Jonny Steinberg’s book about one refugee’s journey from Mogadishu to Cape Town.


* Next month the Arcola Theatre presents Cargopartly inspired by playwright Tess Berry-Hart’s experiences as a founding member of Calais Action, a grassroots collective run by ordinary people to help tackle the current refugee crisis: "Cargo builds on these real life experiences and explores the conflicted loyalties that arise when people are forced to flee their homes, to trust in strangers and confront the possibility of betrayal by those closest to them."


* On the film front, Fire At Sea examines life on the island of Lampedusa


* Talks on the issue of cross-border movements of people include Stories of Migration and Displacement; Globalisation, Migration and The Future of the Middle Classes; Iraqi Women: Between Home and Diaspora and No Way Back: The Refugee Crisis.


* Image, right: an online petition for a re-run of the UK referendum on UK membership.  Next weekend David Wilson, a lifelong political activist, co-founder of charity War Child and former press officer at Stop the War coalition; Amir Amirani, the director of the award-winning film We Are Many; and Gillian Slovo, whose latest novel,Ten Days, is a political thriller set against the backdrop of riots in London, discuss 100,00 Signatures: Protest in the Digital Age as part of the Southbank Centre's Power of Power, a series of events that "hones in on the forces that control our world today. We discuss the economic ascent of India, the power brokers behind the banking system and the role of politics in the refugee crisis."


Daniel Nelson


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Monday 27 June

* Stories of Migration and Displacement, Kayo Chingonyi, Zodwa Nyoni and Inua Ellams, 6pm, free, Houses of Parliament, Westminster, SW1. Info:  Register

Accountabilty for Mass Atrocities in Syria and Beyond, Stephen Rapp, Leslie Vinjamuri, 12-1.30pm, Kings College, The Strand, WC2. Info: 7836 5454

* Globalisation, Migration and the Future of the Middle Classes, Branko Milanovic, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7955 6043


Tuesday 28 June

* Iraqi Women: Between Home and Diaspora, The Iraqi Transnational Collective hosts a discussion through the lens of poetry, storytelling, academia and journalism, 6pm, free, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2

* ODI in conversation with Dr Carlos Lopez, 6.30-7.30pm, Overseas Decvelopment Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: Info: 7922 0300/


Wednesday 29 June

* The New War Photographers: In the Picture with David Birkin, on work that challenges elements of censorship and spectacle in the so-called War on Terror, 7pm, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, Norfolk Place, W2. Info:  7479 8945

* The Role of the Media in Reporting Climate Change, James Painter, Adam Ramsay, Rebecca Pow MP, Lord Krebs, Geoffrey Lean, 10am-noon, House of Commons. Info: 7202 8570/


Thursday 30 June

* Research showcase on clean water, 12.30-2pm, Imperial College, Royal School of Mines, South Kensingon Campus, 12-30-2pm, Imperial College, School of Mines. Info:  7589 5111

* The Hidden Wealth of Nations, Gabriel Zucman, 6.30-8pm, London School of Economics, WC2. Info: 7955 6043

* A World Without Ageism, Ashton Applewhite, 1pm, free, RSA,  8 John Adam Street, WC2. Info: 7451 6868/


Friday 1 July

* Panama Papers: The Inside Story, Frederick Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer, 7pm, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940


Friday 1-Sunday 3 July

* Africa Writes, Royal African Society’s Annual Literature and Book Festival, Nawal Al Saadawi, Yewande Omotoso, Nikhil Singh + performance of The Immigrant, Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor’s play that exploring what the world would look like if Africa was the most powerful continent in the world, British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1. Info:


Saturday 2 July

* 100,000 Sigantures: Protest in the Digital Age, David Wilson, Amir Amirani, Gillian Slovo, 12.30pm, £8, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7 960 4200

* Escape From North Korea, Yeonmiu Park on her family's flight to freedom, 2pm, £15, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7960 4200

* No Way Back: The Refugee Crisis, Gulwali Passarlay and journalist Charlotte McDonald-Gibson, 4pm, £8, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7960 4200

* Western Sahara Festival, performance, film, discussion, music + launch of Run the Sahara 2017, 4-10pm, 13 Pearson Street, E2. Info: 3802 7973/


Sunday 3 July

*  How Poetry Shapes Power, Anthony Anaxagorou, 1pm £8, St Pauls Roof Pavilion, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7960 4200

* Genocide and Power, the origins and human cost of mass violence, A L Kennedy and Philippe Sands QC, £3.30, £8, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7960 4200

* Google, Government and the Death of Liberal Democracy, James O’Malley, 11am-1pm, £2/£3, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, WC1.  Info:  7405 1818

* Refugee Picnic, 4-5.30pm, Boundary Gardens, Arnold Circus, E2. InfoAmnesty UK


Monday 4 July

* How Big Is Africa, Carlos Lopes, 6pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info:

* Understanding Salafi-Jihadism: The History of an Idea, 7pm, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940

* England and the English after the Referendum, Simon Heffer, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, John Denham, 6-7.30pm, British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. Info: 


Tuesday 5 July

* Global Adolescent Health: Reducing Storm & Stress, Helen Weiss, 5:15pm, John Snow Lecture Theatre, LSHTM, Keppel Street, WC1. Info:

* Development Impact Bonds: paying for success,Paddy Carter, Phyllis Costanza, Safeena Husain, Donald Menzies, 9:30-11am, free, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road. SE1. Info: 7922 0300/

* Ancient Worlds – A Meeting of East and West, Michael Scott, 7pm, £30/£15, Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, W1. Info: Event












In the Future, They Ate From the Finest Porcelain, Larissa Sansour’s film and installation that examine the contemporary politics of present day Israel/Palestine, Tues-Sat, 11am–6pm, free, The Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5, until 20 August. Info: 7370 9990/


*  Existing City/ New Resource, the work focuses on the social, cultural, and spatial qualities of Seoul – and how the city’s dynamic mix is a rich eco-system that cultivates urban transformation, Korean Cultural Centre, Grand Buildings, 1–3 Strand, WC2 until 16 July. Info: 7004 2600/


Razed: Syrian Ruins, Arthur Laidlaw revisits classical architecture in Europe and the Middle East, proceeds  going to the White Helmets, a small group of Syrian civilian volunteers, free, gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street SE1, until 23 July. Info:


Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862-1948, photos of life in Britain, free, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, WC2, until 11 December. Info: 7306 0055


* Brazil: A Powerhouse of Plants,  artists and works inspired by Brazilian flora,  £13.90/£11.90, children free, Kew Gardens, until 29 August. Info: 8332 5655


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


* Rapid Response Collecting, small but fascinating display of recent acquisitions showing aspects of contemporary life, from a 3D printed gun to Indonesian-made eyelashes and tWestyern designers' realisation that the pink colour "nude" did not apply to all the world's population, free, V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, until 15 December

+ Printed guns, nude shoes and Indonesian eyelashes


from Monday 4 July

* Arabella Dorman, the war artist’s work from Iraq, Afghanistan and Lesbos

* Keymea Yazdanian, photographs of women in private spaces in Iran

* Alison Baskerville, photographs from areas of conflict

All three exhibitions are on show at The So and So Art Club, EC2, until 31 July. Info:


from Friday 8 July

* Miss Black and Beautiful, photographs by the late Raphael, cultural promoter and photographer of black beauty pageants in west London from the late 1960s to the 1980s, Rivington Place, EC2, until 24 September. Info:  7729 9200/

* Unsterile Clinic, Aida Silvestri’s sculptural photo-works that feature beads stitched onto layers of vintage leather to resemble her subjects’ skin colours, as a way of focussing on female genital mutilation, free, Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, EC2, until 27 August. Info: 7729 9200/


* Photo: Foreign correspondent Heidi Kingstone, author of Dispatches from the Kabul Cafe, (belowis part of Afghanistan Day at the forthcoming Women and War festival (

Dispatches from the Kabul Cafe










Embrace of the Serpent, adventure set in the Colombian Amazon that centres on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists - separated by half a century - who build a friendship with him, Curzon Bloomsbury, Picturehouse Central, ICA, Prince Charles Cinema, Brixton Ritzy, Barnes Olympic Studio, Brentford Watermans, Clapham Picturehouse, Crouch End Picturehouse, East Dulwich Picturehouse, East Finchley Phoenix, Greenwich Picturehouse, kensal Rise Lexi, Richmond Curzon, Styratford Picturehouse

+ The deadly genocidal colonialism of Christanity and rubber

+ Embracing another world

+ Last of the tribe


* Fire At Sea, quiet but fascinating documentary that looks at traditional life on the island of Lampedusa and at the new migrants, ICA, Curzon Bloomsbury, Curzon Soho, Brentford Watermans Arts Centre

+ Masterly and moving account of the migrant crisis


* East End Film Festival, until 3 July. Programme includes 28 June, National Bird, in which the people damaged by helping to conduct America’s drone war speak out; 29 June, Shepherds and Butchers, about the murder trial of a South African death row guard that led to a change in the law; Flag Without A Country, an ode to the resilience of the Kurds; 30 June, As I Open My Eyes, a Tunisian feature about rebellious youth and rock n’ roll; 2 July, Undocument, an incredibly personal drama that bears witness to the complex daily dilemmas faced by illegal immigrants; 3 July, Transit Havana, Odette, Juani and Malú are awaiting gender realignment but nevertheless face the difficulties of bigotry, poverty and prostitution. 


Friday 1 July

* Born in Gaza, 8pm, documentary about the devastating effects of war on child and adolescent mental health + panel discussion, 6pm, £5, Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, W1. Info: 7290 2980/


from Friday 1 July

* The Father, The Son and the Holy Jihad, documentary about ta French Muslim family from Aix-en-Provence who traded their peaceful lives for revolution and jihad in Syria, Curzon Bloomsbury

Saturday 2 July

Toussaint Louverture (Parts I and II), drama-doc that tells the story of key figure in the abolition of slavery + introduction by Tony Warner, 2pm, £6.50, National Film Theatre, Belvedere Road. Info: 7960 4200


from Monday 4 July

* Women and War Festival, 16 shows documenting, exploring and giving voice to the experiences of women from across the centuries and the world before during and after war, The So and So Arts Club, 13 Pearson Street, EC2, until 31 July. Info:

* The Marvellous Adventures of Mary Seacole, the story of the Jamaican/Scottish woman who braved the Crimean War to tend to wounded soldiers, The So and So Arts Club, 13 Pearson Street, EC2, until 31 July. Info:


from Tuesday 5 July

* Face The Camera and Smile, four characters united by conflict -  a woman photojournalist, the soldier she’s embedded with, an actress reconstructing the story and the soldier’s wife, The So and So Arts Club, 13 Pearson Street, EC2, until 31 July. Info:











The Invisible Hand, US banker Nick Bright is confined to a cell in rural Pakistan: who will decide his fate? His captors, or the whims of the market?, Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6, until 2 July. Info: 7328 1000/ 7372 6611/

+ Big bucks and small potatoes on a political thriller in Pakistan


* Cuttin' It, FGM in Britain, through the lives of two young girls, until 13 July, Royal Court; 26-30 July, Yard Theatre

Cut-price operation


Monday 27-Tuesday 28 June

* Olu, a London girl is sent to a Nigerian boarding school, Plesance Theatre, N7. Info: 7609 18900 


Wednesday 29 June

* Home Is…, , Tolu AgbelusiTshaka Menelip Imhotep Campbell, Russenї Fisher, Jemilia Wisdo and Belinda Zhawi create poems which will be developed into work by visual artists, 6:30pm, Free Word, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1. Info: 7324 2570/


Thursday 30 June- Friday 1 July

* Silence, stilts, fire, unusual staging, puppetry and music tell a story of refugees and migrants caught up in a spiral of war, fences and the dream of escape, 10pm, £7 and free seats, Bethnal Green Gardens, Tower Hamlets, E2. Info: Info:


from Monday 4 July

* Women and War Festival, 16 shows documenting, exploring and giving voice to the experiences of women from across the centuries and the world before during and after war, The So and So Art Club, 13 Pearson Street, EC2, until 31 July. Info:

* The Marvellous Adventures of Mary Seacole, the story of the Jamaican/Scottish woman who braved the Crimean War to tend to wounded soldiers, The So and So Art Club, 13 Pearson Street, EC2, until 31 July. Info:


from Tuesday 5 July

* Face The Camera and Smile, four characters united by conflict -  a woman photojournalist, the soldier she’s embedded with, an actress reconstructing the story and the soldier’s wife, The So and So Art Club, 13 Pearson Street, EC2, until 31 July. Info:










Monday 27 June

* Orangutan Diary, 7pm, BBC4

* Analysis: The Charitable Impulse, 8.30pm, R4

* Natural Histories: Oyster, 9pm, R4


Tuesday 28 June

* The Wonder of Animals, anatomy research  explains how species survive in particular circumstances, 7.30pm, BBC4

* One Day In Entebbe, 8pm, R4


Wednesday 29 June

* Iraq: The Final Judgement, 9pm, BBC1

* The Wonder of Animals, bears, 7.30pm, BBC4

* Giant Otters  of the Amazon: Natural World, midnight, BBC4


Friday 1 July

* Witness: The Trial of Saddam Hussein, 12.04pm, R4