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Women At War Festival

A month-long festival gives voice to the experiences of women from across the centuries and the world before during and after war.
from The So & So Arts Club on Jul 22, 2016.

Africa’s open secret: boy-wives and female husbands

Mugabe, Zuma, Museveni, Jammeh, Winnie Mandela: all get name checked in 'Pigs and Dogs', a 14-minute production at the Royal Court.
from Daniel Nelson on Jul 24, 2016.

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Not surprisingly, Brexit is increasingly a topic in the Talks and Meetings section. They include Combatting post-referendum hate crime People, politics and the planet: any questions?; Britain in a changing Europe; Brexit: What’s next for EU nationals living in the UK?; and Brexit Britain: a day of discussion and debate.


* We've had an extraordinarily varied and powerful run of plays set in or about Africa, Asia and Latin America since April, including Love, Bombs & Applies, Palestine and also Scenes From 68* Years; MinefieldThe Falklands/Malvinas; Cuttin' It, Somalia/ Britain;The Invisible HandPakistan; After Independence, Zimbabwe; Stowaway, migration and also Labels; The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie, China; Les Blancs, AfricaQueens of Syria featuring an all-female cast of Syrian refugees; and Workshop NegativeZimbabwe. Now we have the 14-minute  Pigs and Dogsan anti-anti-gay polemic about sexual intolerance in Africa; Cargo, a thriller about unaccompanied children trying to get into Britain that "builds on 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"; and Shangri-La, Tibet. What a feast.


* 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; 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. 


* On the film front, Fire At Sea examines life on the island of Lampedusa and Embrace of the Serpent draws on the historical accounts of two European explorers in the Amazon to create a fascinating and highly distinctive tale of adventure, colonialism and the clash of civilisations. 



* Image, below: Unsterile Clinic at the Rivington gallery marks the second anniversary of the Girl Summit, organised in 2014 by the UK government in collaboration with DFID, UNICEF and the Home Office to mobilise domestic and international forces to end FGM globally within one generation.

AIDA SILVESTRI: Unsterile Clinic, Rivington Gallery

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Tuesday 26-Wednesday 27 July

The Green Economy Coalition's 2016 Global Meeting, Honourable Artillery Company, Armoury House, City Road, EC1. Info:


Thursday 28 July

* Preventing bacterial disease in The Gambia, Anna Roca, 12.45-2pm, Londin School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, WC1 Info:


Friday 29 July

* Voices of War, Heidi Kingstone, Frank Ledwiidge, Max Arthur, 3pm, The So and So Arts Club, Frederick’s Place. Info:


Sunday 31 July

* A Night of Hope: Art In An Humanitarian Crisis, Joe Murphy, Joe Robertson, Mojisola Adebayo and Wissam Boustany, followed by music from the Palestinian Youth Orchestra, 6.30-9.30pm, free, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7960 4200


Tuesday 2 August

* Changing Attitudes to Refugees and Asylum Seekers, with Christine Bacon and Tim Finch, followed by music from Bashir Al-Gamar, 6.30-9.30pm, free, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7960 4200


Thursday 4 August

* Why Women Refugees Are Often Unheard and Unseen, Marchu Girma, Rahela Hashim Sidiqi, and Jade Amoli-Jackson, 6.30-9.30pm, free, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7960 4200













The Calais Jungle, exhibition that tries to capture the needs, culture and hopes of its residents, 10am-11pm, free, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, until 2 October. Info: 7960 4200


* The Blue House by Alpha Diagne, the artist on her home in the Calais Camp, along with her paintings and sculptures, 10am-10pm, Royal Festival House, Southbank Centre, SE1, until 28 September. Info: 7960 4200


Miss Black and Beautiful, photographs by the late Raphael Albert, 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/


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:


Metatextile, contemporary textile and fabric work that challenges social hierarchies, free, Edel Assanti, 74a Newman Street, W1, until 12 August. Info: 7636 8537


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/


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


* Made You Look: Dandyism and Black Masculinity, £3/£2.50, free before noon, Photographers Gallery, Ramillies Street W1, until 25 September. Info: 7087 9300


* Edmund Clark: War on Terror, photographs on the themes of hidden experiences of state control, free, Imperial War Museum, SE1, until 28 August. Info: 7416 5000


* 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 Saturday 30 July

* An Exhibition of Art by Residents of the Calais Refugee Campa space of welcome and expression housing a daily programme of events to reinvigorate the dialogue on displacement and asylum, free, Southbank Centre, until 7 August. Info: 7960 4200


* Photo: An Exhibition of Art by Residents of the Calais Refugee Camp - work that resulted from artist Sue Partridge’s art sessions at Calais. She says of the experience: "People want to see beauty. It is what they draw the most. Nature, flowers, birds. I showed them how to use colour freely. To enjoy colour for colour’s own sake. It became an explosion of creativity. Total immersion in the excitement of what paint can do, an exploration into the very nature of paint. There were butterfly paintings everywhere. But it’s not a ‘swarm’ of butterflies, it’s a kaleidoscope." From 30 July

Calais refugee camp artists










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, ICA, Picturehouse Central, Prince Charles Cinema  

The deadly genocidal colonialism of Christanity and rubber

+ Embracing another world

+ Last of the tribe


* Fire At Sea, documentary that looks at traditional life on the island of Lampedusa and at the new migrants, ICA

+ Masterly and moving account of the migrant crisi


* Doc/Fest Picks Comes to Bertha Dochouse, films include The Confession, Moazzam Begg's first-hand account of his imprisonment is a chronicle of the rise of modern jihad, its descent into terror and the disastrous reaction of the West, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 24 July


* Haven, drama set during the Second Lebanon War fthat ollows a young religious couple from the north, looking to escape the dangers near the border, and the secular couple they meet,  JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, NW3, until 28 July

Monday 25 July

* Sons of Cuba, doc about three young hopeful boxers that touches on life and sport in Cuba, 7pm, Calthorpe Arms upstairs, 252 Grays Inn Road, WC1. Info: 74905715


Tuesday 26 July

* This is Exile/ Hamsa, + discussion with the film-makers about the film’s coverage of Syrian children fleeing from their homeland to Britain; the second film is a short about a Syrian mother and her children settling in Germany, The So&So Arts Club, Frederick’s Place. Info:


Wednesday 27 July

* The Killing$ of Tony Blair, documentary, co-written and presented by George Galloway that examines Tony Blair’s prime ministership and his business activities since leaving office – which Galloway describes as ‘The Blair Rich Project’ + Q&A


From Wednesday 27 July

* Abbas Kiorastami Focus, ICA, The Mall, SW1, until 31 July. 27 July: Close Up; 28 July, The Wind Will Carry Us; 30 July, Ten, plus panel discussion; 31 July, ABC Africa; £11/£9/£7


Monday 1 August

* Queens of Syria, tells the story of 50 exiled Syrian women in Jordan who came together in 2013 to create and perform their own version of Euripides' tragedy The Trojan Women + Q&A with Reem Alsayyah, 6.30pm, Free, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE12. Info: 7960 4200











* Cargo thriller that reveals how much people are willing to risk in search of a better life, Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, E8, until 6 August. Info: 7503 1646/

+ Damaged in transit

Immersive theatre - in a container

Post-show Q&A:

27 July, with the Refugee Support Network and Migrant Support Network


* Shangri-La, the contradictions and private pain of cultural tourism, Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, SW10, until 6 August. Info: 7244 7439/

+ When Shangri-La is not all it seems

+ Tensions in Shangri-La


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:


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:


* By My Strength, Kat wanted to belong so she joined the army – after all, it’s the ultimate test of what you stand for. But in Afghanistan it’s not always that simple, So & So Arts Club, 13 Pearson Street, EC2, until 31 July. Info:


* Pigs and Dogs, in 2014 Uganda passed an Anti-Homosexuality Act. This startling 10-minutes, looks at what lies behind it, before performances of Unreachable, until 30 July, £5, Royal Court, Sloane Square, SW1.

Africa's open secret: boy wives and female husbands

* Now We Are Here, four refugee stories from Michael, Mir, Desmond and Tommy, Young Vic, The Cut, Young Vic, The Cut, SE1 until 30 July. Info: 7922 2922/


\* Wakaa The Musical, a play about the trials, successes and experiences of a group of Nigerian graduates, "a family-orientated two-hour stage musical extravaganza of drama, comedy, live music and dance," Shaw Theatre, 100-110 Euston Road, NW1, until Monday 25 August. Info: 0844 248 5075/ 


Tuesday 26-Saturday 30 July

Cuttin' It, FGM in Britain, through the lives of two young girls, Yard Theatre, Unit 21, Queens Yard, E9. Info: 7100 1975

Cut-price operation


from Wednesday 27 August

* A Willesden Liederkreis (A Willesden Song-Cycle), funny, provocative new work about a Muslim boy trapped in 1980s suburbia who dreams of another world, from countertenor Magid El-Bushra, £12/£10, Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, E8, until 4 August. Info: 7503 1646/


Thursday 28-Friday 29 July

* Mule, how does a seemingly innocent adventure spiral out of control and end in a Peruvian prison, £10/£8, Omnibus, 1 Clapham Common Northside, SW4. Info: 7498 4699/


Monday 1 August

* Palestine Youth Orchestra, first UK tour, 7:30pm, £15/ £35, part of Festival of Love, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7960 4200

* September 11th, play by Kuhel Khalid, an Iraqi refugee living in the UK, that follows the path of a man who grows up in an environment formed of malice, fear, perversion and constant conflict,  1.30-2.30pm, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7960 4200










Monday 25 July

* Crossing Continents: Stealing Innocence in Malawi, 8.30pm, R4


Tuesday 26 July

* The Refugee Camp: Our Desert Home, midnight15, BBC2


Wednesday 27 July

* Wild Animal Reunions, 8pm, ITV

* David Baddiel Tries to Understand: The IMF, 8.45pm, R4

* The Five Photographs That (You Didn't Know) Changed Everything, 10.45pm, R3


Thursday 28 July

* The Refugee Camp: Our Desert Home, second part of documentary on a vast refugee camp in Jordan housing 80,000 Syrians, 9pm, BBC2

* Hugh's War on Waste: the Battle Continues, packaging and polystyrene cups, 9pm, BBC1

* Crossing Continents: Syria's Secret Library, 11am, R4

* The Five Photographs That (You Didn't Know) Changed Everything, 10.45pm, R3