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Guerrilla gardening

An unexpected view on gardening - as a tool used in aggressive state expansion, territory marking and occupation.
from The Mosaic Rooms on May 15, 2015.

We Are Many – but we weren’t enough

'We Are Many' is a film that celebrates a Glorious Failure – the February 2003 anti-Iraq war rallies around the world, claimed as the biggest demonstration in human history.
from Daniel Nelson on May 20, 2015.

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*  Theatrical contrast:  World Factory at the Young Vic is basically an interactive team game, with the audience sitting at tables in groups of five and running their own Chinese clothing factory. Another piece of "immersive theatre"  is No Feedback,which encourages participants to think about the social dynamics that enable genocide to yake place. At the Park Theatre, two plays in an evening look at two sides of British extremism - a British Pakistani bus bomber and a White racist thug, and tries to present both as recognisable human beings rather than simple hate figures.


* Exhibitions include the Southbank Centre's  Adopting Britain, 70 Years of Migration, an absorbing display of Chinese Photobooks at the Photographers' Gallery, Ketaki Sheth's Photographs of Indians of African Descent and at the Southbank Centre The Singh Project (photographs of British Sikh men);  3 x 4, in which audiences in Delhi and London experience, perform and play in a shared digital space; Pother Golpo - Street Stories of Bangladesh, and Dil Phaink, Pakistani street culture.


* Below, right: Alchemy, the Southbank Centre's annual festival of theatre, comedy, literature, dance, music and fashion runs unril 25 May

Dil Phaink: an installation by Peaceniche

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Friday 22-Saturday 23 May

* Staying Power Conference: Narratives of Black British Experience, conference with Barbie Asante, Jennie Baptiste, James Barnor, Pogus Cesar, Stella Dadzie, Paul Goodwin, Paul Halliday, Neil Kenlock, Renée Mussai, Ingrid Pollard, Syd Shelton, Mark Sealy and The Islington Twins, free, Friday - V&A Museum, Saturday - Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton. Info: 7942 2211


Saturday 23 May 

* Surviving the 21st Century - Global Challenges, Threats and Prospects for Peace, conference with Frank Jackson, Moeen Yaseen, Anthony Russell, Anna Lubelska, Vijay Mehta, Shuja Shafi, Mohsin Abbas, Rev. Brian Cooper, Shuja Shafi,3pm, free, Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road, EC1. Info:  

* Making Progress or Losing Ground, Anato Chowhury, Raisa Kabir, Rose neeland, Abhi Shetty and Bobby Tiwana discuss LGBT issues and British Asian communities, 6pm, £10, Royal festivall Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 0844 847 99100844 847 9910/


Sunday 24 May 

* India’s Culture Wars: One Year On, Salil Tripathi, Chandrahas Choudhury, 2-3.30pm, £15 £10, Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Belvedere Road


Tuesday 26 May
* The Point is to Feel it: A Night of Creative Responses to Climate Change, George the Poet, Alice Oswald and Ruth Padel, 6pm, free, RSA, 8 John Adam Street, WC2. Info: 7451 6868/
* The role of mobile operators in M4D, 5pm networking drinks; 6-7:30pm panel and presentations; 7:30-8:30pm, networking drinks, The Walbrook Building, 25 Walbrook, EC4. Info:
* Negritude, Decolonization and the Future of the World, Gary Wilder, 6pm, London School of Economics, New Academic Building, WC2
* The Genetics of Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma, Judit Gervai, 7-9pm, Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, WC1. Info: 7636 7247

Crossing Borders, Shifting Boundaries, lecture on Chinese cities by Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, photography exhibition, and roundtable, exploration through architectural photography of how migratory movements have influenced fabric, identity and people within the urban environment, Valeria Carullo, Pedro Gadanh, Marco Iuliano and Alnis Stakle, 4-8pm, free, Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, W1. Info: 7580 5533/


Wednesday 27 May

* Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East needs a Sexual Revolution, Mona Eltahawy, 6pm, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1. Info: 7324 2570/

* The World in 2015: What Went Wrong?, Dominique Moisi, 6.30-7.30pm, Kings College, The Strand, WC2. Info: Eventbrite

* Insurgent Margins, Jeremy Lind, Aden Abdi, 6:30-8:30pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: Meeting

* The Birth of South Africa's Military-Industrial Complex: Pre-Apartheid Public and Private Sector Development, Sumaiya Aboo, 5-6.30pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info:


Thursday 28 May
* The Africans of Georgian Britain, historian Onyeka tells the story of Africans in 18th-century Georgian Britain and their role in the development of British society and the Empire, 7pm, £7/£6, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, WC2. Info: 7306 0055

Thursday 28–Sunday 31 May
* We We Want, final weekend of the year-long festival, with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Julian Assange, Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Shumon Basar, Naomi Alderman, Gaia Vince, Tom McCarthy, James Bridle, Mark Titchner, Bleep43, Gaggle, Gwilym Gold, Drake Music, James Veitch, 11am-11pm, £20/£10/£5, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road. Info: £20/£10/£5

Friday 29 May
* México20: New Voices, Old Traditions, Laia Jufresa, Brenda Lozano and Daniel Saldana Paris discuss their writing, part of the official Year of Mexico in the UK and the UK in Mexico, 7—8pm, £5/£4, Free Word Centre, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1
* An Evening with Nuruddin Farah, 7.30-9:30pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info:


Friday 29-Sunday 31 May
* Fear of Missing Out, three-day event to discuss post-digital anxieties and the social condition, ICA, The Mall, SW. Info:

Saturday 30 May
* Darcus Howe, Race Today and Black Power in Britain, book signing, screening of 1973 documentary Mangrove Nine, social gathering, and a viewing of the exhibition Staying Power at Black Cultural Archive, 1pm-4pm, £7, Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, SW2







* The Singh Project, one year's photographs of British Sikh men by Amit and Naroop, foyer, 10am-11pm, Royal Festivall Hall, 10am-11pm, level 2 foyer, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, until 25 May. Info:  7960 4200 


3 x 4, two identical installations measuring 3 x 4 metres are draped in special fabric that creates a live mixed-reality video connection: audiences in Delhi and London experience, perform and play in a shared digital space, 10am– 4pm, free, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1, until 25 May. Info: 7960 4200


* Pother Golpo - Street Stories of Bangladesh, interactive installation of work by graphic novelists Karrie Fransman, Syed Rashad, Imam Tanmoy and Asifur Rahman that recreates a Bangladeshi street scene, with 2D buildings, street furniture, cars, bikes and pedestrians, 10am-11pm, foyer spaces, Royal Festival Hall, level 2, Belvedere Road, until 25 May


* Dil Phaink, audiovisual showcase presents Pakistani street culture, cult cinema, visual memory and matters of the heart – in one galli (street), 10am-10pm, The Front Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Belvedere Road


Garden State, Corinne Silver’s  sound and photographic installations on the politics of gardening in the context of Israel’s colonisation of the Palestinian territories, until 20 June, The Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5 . Info 7370 9990

+ 28 May, Photography, Colonialism and the Politics of Planting, with Brenna Bhandar, Jennifer Gabrys, Uriel Orlow, 7pm, free

+ Guerrilla gardening


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

+ 70 Years of migration on show


* The Chinese Photobook, exhibition on the largely unexplored history of photobook publishing in China, from 1900 to 2014, Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, W1, until 5 July. Info: 7087 9300/

+ Nudes fight back against propaganda in China


* 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


* Endangered Species 20 artists respond to the challenge to depict one animal under threat of extinction, free, MYA Gallery, 150 Commercial Street, E1, until 12 June. Info: 7247 2434/


* Lee Karen Stow: Images from 42 Women of Sierra Leone, free, Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, SE23, until 27 September. Info: 8699 1872


* Deutsche Börse, annual photography prize finalists, including Zanele Muholi's tender, unflinching portraits and testimonies of the South African LGBTI community, and Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse's collaborative ‘photo/graphic’ album of images and text on the history of a once elite, now abandoned high-rise apartment block in Johannesburg, Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, W1, until 7 June. Info: 7087 9300/

+ 28 May, award ceremony


* The Dangerous Frontier, Laila Essaydi challenges Western representations of Arab female identity, free, Kashya Hildebrand, 22 Eastcastle Street, W1, until 6 June. Info: 73588 1195


* World Civil War Portraits, paintings by Sara Shamma, free, Unit 8, Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery, E1, until 24 May. Info: 7247 2684/


Whip it Good: Spinning from History's Filthy Mind, exhibition of action paintings based on the performances by Danish-Trinidadian artist Jeannette Ehlers that retraced the footsteps of colonialism and mapped the contemporary reverberations of the triangular slave trade, Rivington Place, EC2, until 20 June. Info: 7749 1240


Gone Tomorrow, Nikki Stevens' animal paintings "that highight our obsession with data, its collection and the unravelling of the natural world", free, Cricket Fine Art, 2 Park Walk, SW10, until 30 May. Info:


* Coral Reefs, Secret Cities of the Sea, £10/ £4.50, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7, until 13 September. Info: 7942 5000


In Black and White: Prints and Posters From Africa and the Diaspora, free, V&A, South Kensington, until 6 July. Info: 7942 2000


* Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience, 1950s–1990s,  photographs drawn from the V&A’s collection,  part of the Staying Power project to increase the number of Black British photographers and images of Black people in Britain, Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, SW2, until 24 May. Info: 3757 8500/

+ The black experience: portraits of a community


The William Morris Family Album, a Morris-inspired photographic exhibition by Turner Prize nominee Yinka Shonibare that encourages viewers to reflect on Morris’ political views by connecting his socialist ideals with the history of Empire, 10am-5pm Wednesday to Sunday, free, William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park House, 531 Forest Road, E17, until 7 June. Info: 8496 4390


* Thomas Struth, photographs taken in Israel and Palestine in 2011-14: ‘a particle of the conflict of the region’, free, Marian Goodman Gallery, 5-8 Lower John Street, W1, until 6 June. Info: 7099 0088


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


* Indigenous Australians, British Museum, WC1, until 2 August. Info:


* 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 526 574/ 


* Photo London, international photography fair, including Sebastião Salgado’s Genesis in Platinum, plus extensive events programme, £20/£17/£14, Somerset House, The Strand, WC2. Info: Somerset House Trust - Strand London WC2, until 24 May. Info: 7845 4600/


* Identity, stillness and extremism, work by photographer Robert Goldstein and 10 young artists, runs alongside the double-bill of plays Hurling Rubble (until  6 June), free, 10.30am–5.30pm, Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4. Info: 7870 6876 


London, Sugar & Slavery , permanent gallery at the Museum of Docklands, No 1 Warehouse, West Inbdia 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/


from Wednesday 27 May
* 53 Echoes of Zaire: Popular Painting from Lubumbashi, DRC, collection of popular paintings by several Congolese artists that depict 1970s Zaire, The Loft, Unit La Gare, 51 Surrey Row, SE1, until 30 June. Info: 203 268 203 268 2101


Image:  Four newly-trained film-makers show their Karachi Stories at the Southbank Centre on 15-25 May:  films include The Lost Jewish Garden by Fahad Shaikh, Urgent Photo by Danial Shah, Not Out by Ali Ahad and Graveyard for Giants by Madeeha Syed.

Karachi Stories






Around Town


* We Are Many, the story of the biggest demonstration in human history, which took place on 15 February 2003, against the impending war on Iraq

+  We Are Many - but we weren't enough

Girlhood, 16-year-old Marieme navigate the disruptive onset of womanhood alonside the inequalities of being black and living in the underprivileged suburbs of Paris, Barbican, Brixton Ritzy,Curzons Bloomsbury and Soho,  Cine Lumiere, ICA, Odeon Covent garden, Shortwave, locals


* I/Eye in Conflict: Personal Stories From The Middle East, the insiders' perspectives on recent wars, revolutions, uprisings, and occupations, plus film-makers talks, Barbican Cinema, Beech Street, until 27 May. Info: 7638 8891


* Chinese Visual Festival, 40 films (half of them documentaries) inc 'Vision Taiwan' strand,directors'  guest appearances, King’s College, British Film Institute Southbank, Bertha DocHouse and Chelsea College of Arts, until 22 May Info:

+ Camera-eye-views of the Chinese-speaking world


* Karachi Stories, Filmmakers tell stories of the city, including The Lost Jewish Garden by Fahad Shaikh, Urgent Photo by Danial Shah, Not Out by Ali Ahad and Graveyard for Giants by Madeeha Syed, 10am–11pm, free, level 2 Foyer (Blue Side), Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, until 25 May

* The Man Who Saved the World, doc about Stanislav Petrov, the man with his finger on the button in 1983 when Russian radar intercepted what appeared to be five US nuclear missiles heading straight for Russia, Curzon Bloomsbury


Friday 22 May

* The Salt of the Earth, documentary about photographer Sebastião Salgado who is currently engaged on the discovery of pristine territories, wild fauna and flora, and grandiose landscapes + Q&A with Salgado, 6.15pm, Chelsea Curzon. Info: 0330 500 1331/

* Five Nation Film, see how filmmakers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan explore the theme of social justice, 7-11pm, free, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1


from Tuesday 26 May

* Timbuktu, Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his family and their 12-year-old shepherd, while back in the city the people suffer from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith, Cine Lumiere, 17 Queensberry Place, SW7, until 28 June. Info: 7871 3515 

+ screening and discussion with writer and producer Kessen Tall, 8.50pm, ICA, The Mall, SW1

+ A beautifully observed Timbuktu story 


Wednesday 27 May
* Food Chains, documentary exposure of the abuses facing farmworkers and the $4 trillion global supermarket industry + Q&A with director Sanjay Rawal and producer Eric Schlosser, 7pm, £10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8940/
* Strawberry & Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate), film about changing attitudes in Cuba to homosexuality, 7.30pm, free, Cinecuba, The Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Road, WC1. Info:


Wednesday 27–Saturday 30 May
* 9/11 Trilogy and Selected Shorts, by Laura Poitras, ICA, 12 Carlton House Terrace, SW1. Info: 7930 3647/
+ 30 May, Trilogy + Citizen Four, doc about Edward Snowden, followed by Q&A with Poitras


Friday 29 May
* Timbuktu, Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his family and their 12-year-old shepherd, while back in the city the people suffer from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith, 2pm seniors screening, £7.45-£8.20; 6.20pm £8.35-£11.75, BFI, Belvedere Road, SE1. Info: 7255 1444
+ A beautifully observed Timbuktu story







* Sense of an Ending, play about the Rwandan genocide, focusing on questions of journalistic truth, morality and the possibility of forgiveness, £15/£12/ pay what you can Sundays, Theatre 503, until 6 June. Info: 7978 7040 + after-show talks with speakers including Phil Clark and Linda Melvern


* World Factory, tells  the stories of people connected to the garment industry in the past and present with an interactive team game in which audiences run their own clothing factory. The show puts the ethics and politics of fast fashion in England and China under the microscope.  At the end, teams are invited to revisit the decisions they’ve made: the effects on workers, environment and profits, £10/£19.50, conc available, Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, SE1, until 6 June. Info: 7922 2922/

+ When the audience is boss


* Hurling Rubble At the Sun/ Hurling Rubble At the Moon, two plays look at the human story behind contemporary British extremism, from Blackburn-born writer Avaes Mohammad,  £15-£25, Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, N4, until 6 June. Info: 7870 6876  

+ 22 May, 27 May, 2 June, 5 June, post-show discussions, 10.30-11.15pm

+ A Muslim extremist and a White British racist thug walk onto a stage...

+ One story, two plays - through White and Brown British eyes


* The Siege, show inspired by the story of the Palestinian fighters who took refuge in the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, during the second Intifada in 2002, 7:30pm (and 2:30pm on 23 May), £15/£12, Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, SW11, until 23 May. Info: 7223 2223


* No Feedback, immersive theatre experience that encourages participants to think about the social dynamics that enable genocide, organised in partnership with the Aegis Trust, Genocide Watch and the Anne Frank Trust, £12, Theatre Delicatessen, 119 farringdon Road, EC1, until 6 June. Info: 7278 7694 


* Nirbhaya, dramatic performance based on the rape and murder of a young woman in Delhi in December 2012, £22.5/ £10, Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1, until 24 May

+ A bold attempt to break the silence


Wednesday 27-Saturday 30 May

* Cinema, an act of terror that sparked a revolution: who will remember the 422 dead?, £17/£12/£10, Arcola, 24 Ashwin Street, E8/ Info: 7503 1646  



from Wednesday 27 May
* Political Drama at the National Theatre, three week course, 11am-12.30pm, free, National Theatre, South Bank, SE1. Info: 7452 3000





Friday 22 May
* Unreported World, 7.35pm, C4
* Incarnations, Indian history series, 1.45pm, R4