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Time to talk peace

A series of events is taking place this autumn around International Peace Day on 21 September..
from International Alert on Aug 31, 2014.

What goes on in the eye of the immigration needle

The second play in a month about aspects of the UK’s immigration procedures not only shows that successful asylum applicants must squeeze almost as hard as the proverbial camel to get into British heaven, but takes a lacerating look at what goes on In the 'Eye Of A Needle'.
from Daniel Nelson on Sep 2, 2014.

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* This was always going to cause a row: the Barbican is facing criticism over a planned installation (23-27 September) by the white South African playwright Brett Bailey, which features live models including a black man in a cage and a semi-naked black woman with a slave shackle around her neck.


* A 3 September event discussing media coverage of the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza has been cancelled, because, says the Zionist Federation, of the organisation's plan to protest outside the venue, the Shaw Theatre on Euston Road. The ZF said the three speakers - Jeremy Bowen, Jon Snow and Martin Bell - had "failed to hold the terrorist group to account for the conflict [so] it seems unlikely that they would be able to identify anti-Israel bias in the media". ZF director Alan Aziz said it would have protested because the event "it would have simply been another forum for Israel-bashing, and we hope a mkore balanced panel can be found if the event is re-scheduled."


*  The V&A museum has three interesting shows about protest: Disobedient Objects, featuring objects from around the world created by grassroots movements as tools of social change; the small but innovative Rapid Response Collecting, in which objects such as Indonesian-made false eyelashes and a pair of Bangladesh-made trousers tell us something about our world today; and  A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution, from the votes for women campaigns of the early 20th century to the Occupy movements,

The Rubbish Collection at the nearby Science Museum is now in its second phase.Having captured every item thrown out by museum staff and visitors over the previous month, artist Joshua Sofaer showcases the value and beauty that can be found in the mountain of waste.


*  Two fascinating theatre productions are promised at the National Theatre for later this year. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by David Hare is based on Katherine Boo's book about a group of Indians in a Mumbai shantytown. Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house. Sunil, 12 and stunted, wants to eat until he’s as tall as Kalu the thief. Asha seeks to steal government anti-poverty funds to turn herself into a ‘first-class person’, while her daughter Manju intends to become the slum’s first female graduate. But their schemes are fragile; global recession threatens the garbage trade, and another slum dweller is about to make an accusation that will destroy herself and shatter the neighbourhood.

The other is Here Lies Love, a musical that traces the astonishing journey of Imelda Marcos, former First Lady of the Philippines, from her meteoric rise to power to descent into infamy and disgrace. The theatre "will be transformed into a pulsating club for an immersive theatrical event which combines heart-pounding beats with adrenaline-fuelled choreography and 360-degree staging." Audiences are advised to dress comfortably and those in the pit performance area will stand and dance with the actors.


* Another play about Britain's immigration system has opened at the Southwark Playhouse: Eye of A Needle: "Laurence loves to go out, get wrecked and rave to dubstep. He pays for it with a job at UK Immigration Control. Deciding who does or doesn’t get to stay in the country is hard enough without a hangover. Ugandan gay rights activist Natale Bamadi finally makes it to the coveted shores of the United Kingdom but neither she nor Laurence can be prepared for what happens when her high profile case is dropped onto his desk." 


* Below, right: Karnataka Farmers Association sign - part of a V&A exhibition on 'Disobedient objects' that have been designed, made and used by protesters around the world: 

Karnataka farmers sign


Daniel Nelson







Tuesday 2 September

* The Green Economy Coalition Global Meeting Joan, Joan Walley MP, Ed Conway,  Hunter Lovins, Simon Zadek, ICAEW Chartered Accountants Hall, Moorgate Place. EC2. Info: 7920 8100/


Tuesday 2-Thursday 4 September

Annual Conference of the Association for Contemporary Iberian Studies,  Instituto Cervantes, 102 Eaton Square, SW1. Info: 7235 0353


Friday 5 September

* Global value chains in Asia: Is everyone benefitting?, Ganeshan Wignaraja, Yurendra Basnett, Frans Lammersen, 1pm, free, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300

* Uncommon Grounds: New Media and Critical Practices in North Africa and the Middle East, book launch, 6.30-9pm, Delfina Foundation, 29/31 Catherine Place, SW1/ Info: 7233 5344/ 

* International and Interdisciplinary Conference: Pentecostalism and Development, School of Oriental and African Studies, Russell Square, WC1


Saturday 6 September
* Right to Remain Conference, Frances Webber, Saira Grant, Rita Chadha, 12-5pm, Praxis Community Projects, Bethnal Green, E2. Info: Booking
* ECO Fair - MADE in Europe, 12pm-5pm, free, Regents Park Mosque courtyard, 146 Park Road, NW8. Info: Climate Coalition


Monday 8 September

* How disruptive technology changes everything: A new approach to energy markets, Tim Yeo MP, Caroline Flint MP, Jeremy Leggett, Colin Calder, Michael Leibreich, 5-6.30pm, Committee Room 11, Palace of Westminster, SW1. Info:

* Peace Talks Party: Peacebuilding With Pitta Bread, Punchlines and Performance Art, Arieb Azhar, James O’Brien, Claudia Roden, Salman Siddiqui, Dan Smith, 6-10pm, free, Shoreditch Village Hall, 33 Hoxton Square, N1. Info: Booking  


Tuesday 9 September

* Mass Lobby of Parliament for Gaza, 2-4pm; rally, 6-7.30pm, House of Commons, Westminster. Info: Palestine Solidarity Campaign


Wednesday 10 September

* How developing countries view climate change, David Nussbaum, Carl Wesselink, Pippa Heylings, 2-5.30pm, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: Info: 7922 0300

* New Frontlines of Development: Private Security Companies and Corporate Extraction, 6–7.30pm, The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. Info: 7969 5200/

* Launch Of Green Impact 2014-2015, an environmental accreditation scheme that helps staff at universities and colleges improve their working environments, 10-11.30am, free, 309 Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths, New Cross, SE1. Info: 07872839358/


Wednesday 10-Thursday 11 September

* After 2015: Development and its Alternatives, Kate Bedford, Amitabh Behar, Carl Death, David Hulme, Wendy Harcourt, Sophie Harman, Nora Mckeon, Philip McMichael, Ashwani Saith, James C Scott, Frances Stewart, Bob Thomson, Karen Tucker, Jan Vandemoortele, Heloise Weber, Aram Ziai, Carlos Zorrilla, £50/£20, The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. Info: 7969 5200/


Thursday 11 September

* Tackling trade-offs in the food-water-energy nexus: lessons for the SDGs, Peter Newborne, Andrew Scott, 10.20am, free, Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 7922 0300


Thursday 11-Sunday 14 September

* Africa utopia, how African art and ideas can change the world and lead the way in thinking about culture, community, technology, fashion, sustainability and ethical wealth creation. Highlights include talks by Edna Adan Ismail, former Somaliland Foreign Minister who set up the first maternity and teaching hospital in Somaliland; Ola Orekunrin, founder of  Nigerian Flying Doctors; Mariemme Janne, technologist and founder of Africa Gathering; anti-FGM campaigner Nimco Ali; and  Anver Versi, editor of African Business and African Banker, Southbank centre, Belvedere Road, SRE1. Info: 0844 847 9910





Disobedient Objects, exhibition that looks at the role of objects in movements for social change, including banners, changing designs for barricades, political video games, experimental activist bicycles and textiles bearing witness to political murders,  V&A Museum, South Kensington, until 1 February

Objects that help change the world


A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution, a century of posters agitating for political change drawn from the V&A collection, including acquisitions gathered from recent outbursts of protest, free, Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington, SW5, until 2 November. Info: 7942 2000


Rapid Response Collecting, small, stimulating display of 11 contemporary objects collected in response to major moments in history that touch the worlds of design and manufacturing, Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington, SW5, until 15 January.

Printed guns, nude shoes and Indonesian eyelashes


South Africa's Democracy — Mandela's "Cherished Ideal", photographs, documents and artefacts, 10am-8pm Monday-Friday, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2, until 26 September. Info: 7849 4909


* The Rubbish Collection, waste generated by visitors and staff has been scrutinised by artist Joshua Sofaer - with the help of visitors - before it's recycled  or converted to electricity; after 15 July some of the waste will be brought back and you will be able to see hos it's being processed; part of the museum's climate change programme, Science Museum, Exhibition Road, SW7, until 14 September. Info: Museum

* Nice idea, but it's a waste of waste

+ This exhibition is rubbish

+ What does one month of rubbish look like?


* Syria in Transit,  photograph and sound installation which explores the voices of some of the three million Syrians who have fled in the last three years, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, until 7 September. Info: 7613 7498


Whose Gaze Is It Anyway?, exhibition that looks at the history of Arab pop culture through printed matter – posters, notebooks, diaries and book covers, as well as film and video, ICA, The Mall, SW1, until 5 October. Info: 


Wetiko, Cowboys And Indigenes, Egyptian artist Nermine Hammam'd exploration of the media manipulation of news, free, Rose ISSA Projects, W1, until 3 October. Info: 7602 7700


* Omer Fast, using carefully edited video footage, Fast examines the conventions of media reportage, storytelling and historical representation, Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1, until 30 November. Info: 7887 8888/ 


* Syria's Apex Generation, work by artists who emerged before the civil war got underway, free, Ayyam gallery, W1, until 12 September. Info: 7409 3568


Burmese Days, Karl Ingar Roys' video installation on cultural production in Yangon, free, Thursdays and Fridays, John Jones Project Space, N4, until 27 September. Info: 7281 5439


* Re-Imagine: Black Women in Britain, Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6pm, Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, SW2, free, until 30 November. Info: 3757 8500/

London, Sugar & Slavery , permanent gallery at the Museum in Docklands, with new display that gives a snapshot of those who received compensation when slavery was abolished in the 1830s, No 1 Warehouse, E14. Info: 0870 444 38520870 444 3852/ 0870 444 38510870 444


* Mark Veville's Afghanistan photographs, slow motion films and large photographic portraits of young Afghan children and British soldiers, free, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1 until 25 September. Info: 7416 5000/ 


* Empire, Faith and Wire: The Sikhs and World War One, Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC2, until 28 September. Info: 7898 4259/ 


* 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/


from 3 September

Omar Ba: State of Emergency, solo exhibition by Senegalese artist, Hales Gallery, E1, until 4 October. Info: 7033 1938


from Thursday 4 September 

* Karokoa, Verdon-Roe's photographs of life in Kiribati, free, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, until 28 September. Info: 7613 7498


from Friday 5 September

* Watermark, Edward Burtynsky photographs, which coincides with the release of the film Watermark, Flowers, 21cCork Street, W2, until 4 October. Info: 7439 7766/


from Monday 8 September

* People in London: One photographer. Five years. The life of a city, exhibition of over 400 photographs and video shorts on the ethnic, social and religious diversity in London by Richard Slater, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7.



Image: Comng in September:  Africa Utopia, what can be learnt and celebrated from Africa and the African diaspora.

Africa Utopia



* Black Cultural Archives film season, Ritzy Picturehouse, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, SW2, until 5 September. Info: 0871 902 57390871 902 5739/ Season includes:

5 September, Race, Resistance, Renaissance, shorts and docs + Q&A, 6.30pm


* Charulata, the beautiful, brilliant and bored heroine Charulata is brought to life by Satyajit Ray,  ICA, The Mall, SW1, until 2 September. Info:


* Night Movesmoody thriller about a plan by US eco-activists to blow up a dam that has unexpected consequences, Rio Dalston, Barbican


The Internet’s Own Boy – The Story of Aaron Swartz, his fingerprints are all over the Internet, from his help in the development of the basic Internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, but Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice combined with his aggressive approach to information access ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare, with fatal consequences, ICA, The Mall, SW1, until 4 September. Info:


Tuesday 2 September

* Soy Cuba, Mikhail Kalatozov’s 1964 classic intended as a propaganda piece glorifying the achievements of the Cuban revolution, ICA, The Mall, SW1. Info:


Thursday 4 September

* Finding Fela!, documentary about the Nigerian star + introduction by Fela’s manager and long-time collaborator Rikki  Stein, 6.20pm, BFI, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7928 3232

+ Search for the singer with death in his pouch


Friday 5 September
* Shorts from around the world, 7pm, £10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940

* Watermark, cinematic documentary featuring water-related projects around the world, ICA, The Mall, SW1, until 11 September. Info:

Saturday 6, Monday 8 September
* In Search of Oil and Sand, documentary featuring home movie footage of the Egyptian royal family in the '50s, plus In Search of a City, which merges real accounts with a fictional narrator to relate the story of Cairo. 8.50pm, BFI, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7928 3232


Thursday 11, Sunday 14 September

* The Lebanese Rocket Society, little-known account of group of students and researchers who joined the space race in the '60s, 8.40/ 6pm, £8.15/£11.50, BFI, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7928 3232

+  Lebanon’s space oddity

* Miners Shot Down, documentary about the events in August 2012, when 34 miners workers were shot dead and scores injured in a strike at one of South Africa’s biggest mines owned by British company Lonmin + Q&A with Rehad Desai, 8pm, £7/£5, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road. Info: 7613 7498


Thursday 11-Sunday 14 August

* Young African Voices: Shorts Programme, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1; 10–11.30am & repeated at 3.30–5pm, Afronauts, the Zambia Space Academy hopes to beat the US to the moon in short based on true events; When They Slept, an eight-year-old defies tradition and spends the night with her dead grandfather; Mwansa the Great, an eight-year-old boy aspires to be a hero with unexpected consequences; Umkhongo, fantasy thriller about an orphaned child with supernatural powers who is ‘adopted’ by a violent but empathetic tsotsi from the streets of Johannesburg

+ Nelson Mandela: The Myth & Me, meditation exploring the South African’s legacy and reflecting on the country’s 20 years of freedom and democracy, 11.30am–1pm

+ 1pm–2pm, panel including June Givanni and Tendeka Matatu on changes in African cinema 

£12 for day ticket. Info: 0844 847 9910. Part of Africa Utopia festival





* Eye of A Needle, the ads describe it as a "provocative, topical and savagely funny ... [that] gets under the skin of a system branded by both Left and Right as ‘not fit for purpose’, £16/£18, previews £10, Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, SE1, until 20 September. Info: 7407 0234

+ What goes on in the eye of the immigration needle

+ Tuesday 2 September, The UK immigration system and its treatment of gay asylum-seekers, post-show Question Time discussion with Simon Hughes MP, Patrick Strudwick, Paul Dillane and Ghada Rashid

+ Tuesday 9 September, writer Chris MacDonald, director Holly Race-Roughan and the cast answer questions about the show


from 8 September
* Burq Off!, autobiographical one-woman show written and performed by Nadia P. Manzoor, £8/£12 Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth Street, NW8. Info: 7258 2925/


10 September

Little Stitches, an evening of four plays each tackling the subject of female genital mutilation, performances followed by post-show featuring Leyla Hussein, Gate Theatre, 11 Pembridge Road, W11. Info:  7229 0706/

Playwrights explore trauma and psychological damage of FGM


from 12 September

* Albion, new play set in an East End boozer that examines the turbulent rise of the new far right in modern-day Britain:  when it embraces diversity, just how far can the far right go?, Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, W12. Info: 8743 5050


Sunday 14 September

* War and Peace: Gaza - London, a new Arabic version of Tolstoy’s War and Peace in Gaza, with contemporary responses by Hassan Abdulrazzak, Caryl Churchill, Ahmed Masoud and Haifa Zangana, proceeds to work in Gaza, 4pm, £15, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road. Info: 7613 7498





Monday 1 September

* Panorama; The War of the Tunnels, underground Gaza, 8.30pm, BBC1

* Pakistan's Streets Of Shame, sexual abuse of streetchildren in Peshawar, 10pm, C4

* Crossing Continwents: Guatemala's Compulsory rehabilitation centres, 8.30pm, R4


Tuesday 2 September

* Super Senses: The Secret Power of Animals, 9pm, BBC2

* Human Planet, grassland peoples, 11pm, BBC4

* Worst Place To Be A Pilot, 9pm, C4

* Hotel India, 11.20pm, BBC2

* Shared Planet: Belugas, 11am, R4


Wednesday 3 September

* Horizon: Inside the Dark Web, 9pm, BBC2

* Hotel India, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, 8pm, BBC

* Super Senses: The Secret Power of Animals, 11.20pm, BBC2

* Agree to Differ: Jerusalem, 8pm, R4

* Costing the Earth, 9pm, R4


Thursday 4 September

* Horizon: Inside the Dark Web, 11.20pm, BBC2

* Panorama; The War of the Tunnels, underground Gaza, midnight20pm, BBC2

* Worst Place To Be A Pilot, midnight, C4


Friday 5 September

* The Reunion: Zimbabwe, 9am, R4