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A new Asia-Pacific film festival hits the screens

'Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival' is "a new film festival dedicated to screening some of the boldest, most daring, challenging, and striking films from the Asian and [...]
from Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival on Jun 21, 2018.

Unveiling the secrets of Baba Segi's wives

If you want a touch of Nigeria go to the Arcola Theatre and watch the 'Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives'.
from Daniel Nelson on Jun 17, 2018.

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The Royal Shakespeare Company has once again become the target of environmental activists, who have staged their largest protest to date against the company’s ongoing sponsorship deal with oil and gas giant BP. A report in The Stage said that "Campaign group BP or Not BP? carried out a ‘protest festival’ at the RSC’s Stratford-upon-Avon home on June 16 featuring more than 70 performers, the largest it has aimed towards a theatre company.

"It accused the RSC of hypocrisy for staging plays about freedom of speech as part of its annual Mischief Festival, while continuing to accept money from BP, which campaigners say is “deeply complicit in the repression of protest around the world.” Full Stage report.


* ice&fire ("exploring human rights through performance") is preparing a July show about the war in Yemen, and an upcoming tour of a show about the burning themes of freedom of movement versus the politics of exclusion, with clowns….an airplane….and possibly a turf war between a brown owl and a parakeet. #ArmingtheWorld will also be back on the road this summer and members of a support group run by Scottish Detainee Visitors are helping devise a new script. 


* The Migration Museum has extended its No Turning Back: Seven Migration Moments that Changed Britain exhibition until 9 September and also says it plans to stage a series of events during Refugee Week, 18–24 June.

Based on the gritty world of global human trafficking, Love Sonia (below, right), shot in three continents, opens the London indian Film Festival on 21 June.

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Monday 25 June

* How Xi Jinping is Changing China and the World, Rowan Callick, 5pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: 7898 4823

* Windrush Women: Past and Present, poetry and readings by Jay Bernard, Maria del Pilar Kaladeen, Alison Donnell, Hannah Lowe, Catherine Ross, Susheila Nasta, Valerie Bloom, 7-8.30pm, £10/£8/£7, British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1. Info: (0)1937 546546/


Tuesday 26 June

* The NHS and Windrush at 70: Gary Younge on Race, Migration and the Health of the Nation, 7.30-9.30pm, £10/ £5, Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, SW2. Info: 3757 8500/ INFO@BCAHERITAGE.ORG.UK/

* To End A War, documentary about the Colombian Peace Process + discussion with Lord Alderdice, Annick Hiensch, Marc Silver, 6.30-9pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7405 7686/ 


Tuesday 26-Thursday 28 June

* Queer Asia Conference 2018: Bodies X Borders, free, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1 and University College London. Info: 7898 4823/ A film festival is jointly hosted at SOAS and The British Museum on 24-29 June. Info:


Wednesday 27 June

* Colombian Elections Analysis: what next?, Maria Luisa Puig, Néstor Castañeda, 6-7.30pm, £15/£7.50, Canning House, 126 Wigmore Street, W1


Saturday 30 June-Sunday 1 July

* Arica Writes, festival of contemporary literature and thought from Africa and the diaspora, British Library, Euston Road, NW1. Info: (0)1937 546546/ Programme includes 30 June, Africa Writes Party 2018/ The Year of Womxn, £10/£8, Rich Mix; Why African Literature Matters, 12-1.30pm, free; British Library; 1 July, Warsan Shire in Conversation, 5.30-6.45pm, £15/£12, British Library; The Making and Re-Making of Zimbabwe, 11.30am-12.45pm, British Library.


Monday 2 July

* Anita Rani In Conversation, 7-8.15pm, £7, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7. Info: 7591 3000/

* The “People’s War on Terror” in Xinjiang, Adrian Zenz, 5-6.30pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh street, WC1. Info: 78984823

* Ratnaboli Ray and Meenakshi Ganguly, discussion with the founder of Anjali and the South Asia director at Human Rights Watch, 5pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh street, WC1. Info:

* Climate Change and the Cost of Capital in Developing Countries, Charles Donovan, Victor Murinde, Ulrich Volz, Simon Zadek, 5.30pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh street, WC1. Info: 7898 4721

* Decolonial Judaism: Jews, Antisemitism and the Global South, Santiago Slabodsky, 6.30—8pm, Birkbeck, Clore Management Centre, Torrington Square, WC1. Info: 7631 6881/ Decolonial Judaism










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/


* Maqdala 1868, on 13 April 1868 the fortress of Emperor Tewodros II at Maqdala was besieged by British troops. 150 years later this display presents a selection of Ethiopian objects, Victoria and Albert Museum, until 30 June.


* Fragmented Dialogues: Art and Identity in 1980s ChileChilean artists Mario Fonseca and Mauricio Valenzuela explore the fragmented and silenced memories of the years under the Pinochet dictatorship, Austin/Desmond Fine art Gallery, Pied Bull Yard, 62/68 Great Russell Street, WC1, until 30 June. Info: 7242 4443/

+ Fragmented Dialogues 


* 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:

12 july, 23 August, Curator's talks, 7-8.30pm

+ Full Black Cultural Archives events programme


* No Turning Back: Seven Migration Moments that Changed Britain, art, photography and personal stories,  Migration Museum, 26 Lambeth High Street, SE1, until 9 September + A Polaroid for a Refugee, a project by photographer Giovanna del Sarto depicting points of transition in the lives of individual refugees, until 21 July.Info:

Migration moments to remember


+ 24 June, Literary Natives: Literature, Art and .Transnational Identities discussions, readings and performances by authors, poets and storytellers, including Saeida Rouass, J. Anthony Vassel and MS Karamat. 12.30-4.30pm

+ 30 June, 'Arrival': boat-making workshops, free, 10am–8pm, City Hall, SE1.  


Choose Love, Lakwena’s mural of the Help Refugees slogan, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1, until 4 July. Info: 3879 9555


Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-2018free, Design Museum, W8, until 12 August. Info: 3862 5900


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


* In Search of Frankenstein, Switzerland’s 1816 ‘year without a summer’, which provided the backdrop for the conception of Frankenstein, was part of a three-year period of bad weather. Chloe Dewe Mathews' photographs explore current environmental and social issues through the themes of Mary Shelley’s novel, free, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1, until 1 July. Info: (0)1937 546546/ 


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

+ All exhibition events.


* 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/


* Lee Bul: Crashing, painting, sculpture, performance and installation by the South Korean artrist, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1, until 19 August. Info: 3879 9555    


* Splendours of the Subcontinent + A Prince's Tour of India 1875/6, £12/£10/£6, The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, until 14 October.


from 17 July

* Nelson Mandela: The Centenary Exhibition 2018, exhibition about his fight for equality, 10am-11pm daily, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1, until 19 August.



* Join former residents of the Calais Jungle in the camp's Afghan café at the Playhouse theatre, where The Jungle has moved after its sell-out run at the Young Vic last year. The play  is about nationality, community and identity,  and shares the migrants' stories of loss, hope and fear. 

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* The Breadwinner, animation drama in which 11-year-old Parvana’s father is taken by the Taliban and she cuts her hair and passes herself off as a boy in order to help the family survive, Curzon Bloomsbury, Brixton Ritzy, until 26 June; 27-28, Kensal Rise Lexi


* London Indian Film Festival,  programme includes

27 June, Village Rockstars, a 10-year-old girl from a poor village family dreams of forming a band + Q&A with director Rima Das, 6.20pm, BFI Southbank Centre

Hva vil folk si (What Will People Say), the happy double-life in Noway of a Pakistani teenager, Nisha,  is torn apart when her father discovers her with her white Norwegian boyfriend, Picturehouse Central

Up, Down and Sidewaysethnographic portrait of a community of rice cultivators and their memories of love and loss created from working together on the fields, Watermans


* The Milk System, documentary about modern milk production, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 28 June.


* Stronger Than A Bullet, documentary that follows war photographer Saeid Sadeghi as he retraces zones of the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988), which he photographed throughout its duration, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 26 June.


* Queer Asia Film Festival, 30 films from countries including China, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Palestine and Lebanon, on the theme of Bodies X Borders, visualising queer bodies that transgress norms, nations and identities in a fast-changing world + conference, British Museum and the School of Oriental and African Studies, until 29 June. Info: Festival


Tuesday 26 June

* The Workers Cup, documentary about the labour camps of Qatar, where African and Asian migrant workers building the facilities of the 2022 World Cup compete in a football tournament of their own, 7pm, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940/

+ Playing for the World Cup on a Qatar building site


* To End A War, documentary about the Colombian Peace Process + discussion with Lord Alderdice, Annick Hiensch, Marc Silver, 6.30-9pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7405 7686


Saturday 30 June

* Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival, new festival showcasing 12 features and 17 shorts, including films from Central Asia, the Himalayas, Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands, The Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road), SE11. Info: 7840 2200/











* The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, scandalous, engrossing tale of sexual politics and family strife in modern-day Nigeria. Lola Shoneyin’s bestselling novel bursts on to the stage in a vivid adaptation by Rotimi Babatunde, directed by Femi Elufowoju jr, Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, E8, until 21 July. Info: 7503 1646

+ Unveiling the secrets of Baba Segi's wives


* 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'


Leave Taking, play by Winsome Pinnock, “the godmother of Black British playwrights", about a Caribbean mother in UK who calls on the local ‘obeah’ woman for some traditional soul healing and unveils some awkward family secrets - "a moving account of a second generation immigrant family navigating the familial conflicts between generations and cultures", Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd's Bush, W12, until 30 June. Info: 8743 5050


Shebeena hot, humid summer in Nottingham, 1958. Tempers are flaring and Teddy Boys are on the march. Jamaican couple Pearl and George are helping Caribbean migrants to cut loose at their Shebeen – a forbidden party with drinks, music, food, and carefree attitudes, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, Stratford E15, until 7 July. Info: 8534  8310


from Wednesday 27 June

* Spun,  Rabiah Hussain's play looks through the eyes of two British Pakistani Muslim girls from East London, as extremes from all sides take hold of the city, Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, E8, until 28 July. Info: 7503 1646


from Thursday 28 June

* At Home in London and Gaza, using a mix of live streaming and recorded video, artists work together, sharing their everyday behaviour  and concerns and eliciting a direct and personal response to the problems in Gaza, £15/£12.50, Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, SW11, until 1 July. Info:  7223 2223


Friday 29 June

* Coat, honest and emotional story of Junior: born in Nigeria, he leaves at age 9 and heads to London, leaving behind a life that he loved and was settled in, 8pm, £12/£9.60, British Library, Euston Road, NW1. Info: (0)1937 546546/

* 'my body is / my body is not', performance poetry by  Women for Refugee Women + refreshments and chat, 12.30-1.15pm, Blue Room, Royal Festival Hall, SE1. Info: 


Friday 29-Saturday 30 June

* South Social Meets Latin America, films, music, dance, activities, food, £7 film+music+dance, £15 family tickets (2+2 kids), Elephant Park, Elephant Road, SE17. Info: South Social







Monday 25 June

* Food Unwrapped, pearl cultivation in China, 8.30pm,C4

* Turtle Nursery; Secrets From the Past, mass nesting in Costa Rica, 9.10pm, BBC4

* Journeys in Afrofuturism, behind the artistic and musical genre, 4pm, R4


Tuesday 26 June

* Africa, David Attenborough fronts southern African wildlife, 9.10pm, BBC4

* Africa's Great Civilisations, uncharismatic but solid, 10.10pm, BBC4

* The Reith Lectures: War and Humanity, 9am, R4


Wednesday 27 June

* Dan Snow's History of the Congo, how the country became poor, 9pm, BBC4

* This Is Congo, a bleak situation, 10pm, BBC4

* Morocco to Tumbuktu: An Arabian Adventure, 11.15pm, BBC2

* The British Empire; An Equivocation, 9am, 9.30pm,  R4


Thursday 28 June

* From Our Own Correspondent, 11am, R4