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Looking at a melting world

'Meltdown: Visualizing Climate Change' features work in three chapters - The Importance of Glaciers, Current Issues and Meltdown Consequences.
from Horniman Museum on Nov 10, 2019.

The matriarchal maker of Marcosworld myths

'The Kingmaker' is a disturbing documentary about former Philippines First Lady Imelda Marcos – which argues that the former dictator‘s son is being groomed as the next president.
from Daniel Nelson on Nov 16, 2019.

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Tara Arts founder Jatinder Verma is stepping down as artistic director after 40 years. Verma said it was an “exciting time for a new generation of artistic leaders” to continue Tara Arts’ work.

“The past 40 years have seen British theatre take on the challenge of embracing difference, with a host of new writers, directors, performers and designers. I feel privileged to have played a part in changing the landscape of modern theatre,” he said, adding: “While cultural diversity has increasingly become an accepted norm, the challenge of diversity, sadly, remains as acute as ever." Story in The Stage.


Portraits of black British actors including Idris Elba, Adjoa Andoh, Adrian Lester and Kwame Kwei-Armah are set to be reinstalled in Peckham Hill Street after a three-year break. The reinstallation is part of the celebration of Black History month. Full story in The Stage. And in another Stage story Young Vic artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah argues that black creatives are working in “one of the best times ever” in UK theatre’s history.


“It’s one of the most exciting times […] People are listening in a way they didn’t 10 years ago, 20 years ago and history has taught us that they certainly didn’t listen any time before that ... we have to say there are so many young brilliant black women writers talking about things that we didn’t even think white people would allow us to talk about on their stages.”


He added: “We have wonderful artistic directors who are black and female and Asian and female, males who actually listen with a cultural ear, not just an ear of cultural tourism.”


The Royal Court Theatre (below, right) has committed to transitioning to carbon net zero throughout 2020. It also announced that audiences attending the Spring and Summer season will support and collaborate in the theatre’s transition into a Carbon Net Zero Arts Venue. From energy to food, cleaning to materials, air quality to working hours, transport to waste, the theatre says it will push every part of its practice into a circular economy that reduces, offsets and neutralises their climate impact.

Crowd at opening night show, RFoyal Court

Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone said, that many of our writers and artists are already writing through the lens of the climate emergency and it is represented in many ways in our programme ... We will make mistakes, we will move fast and change as the technology and information changes." 


* Tate Modern (below, right), the country’s most visited tourist attraction (almost 5.9 million people in 2018) has initiated a migration trail, which takes visitors through a series of artworks about migration or by migrants. It also offers an online tour of illustrations of paintings and sculptures with accompanying comments by the artists of Tate staff members.

Tate Modern“Migration is a prevalent theme throughout the artworks on display,” says an introduction to the initiative on the Tate website. “Artists either address it directly, or we can bring it to a work through our own interpretations.”

The work on which they comment covers an array of topics, including colonial migrants and the damage they wrought, the Mexico-US border, and the British Library, which inspired a piece by Yinka Shonibare showing hundreds of books with the names of people with direct experience of or involvement in the discussion around migration on their spines. Full story. 



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Tuesday 19 November

* War and the modern world, Margaret MacMillan, 5pm, City University, Rhind Building, St John Street, EC1. Info: 7040 5060

* Contested Politics in Tunisia: Civil Society in a Post-Authoritarian State, book launch with Edwige Fortier,  5.30-7pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info:

* Resisting Religious Nationalism from Below: Gender and Caste, Borders and Boundaries, Navtej Purewal & Virinder Kalra, 5-7pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info:


Wednesday 20 November

* Journalism With Chinese Characteristics, Isabel Hilton, 6.30pm, City University, Tait Building, Northampton Square, EC1. Info: 7040 8037/

* Mental health in Africa: Innovation and Investment, £80/£40, 215 Wellcome Trust, Euston Road, NW1. Info: Eventbrite.

* ICWS@70: Zimbabwe: The State We’re In, Violet Gonda, Alex Magaisa, 6-8pm, Mary Ward House, 5-7 Tavistock Place, WC1. Info: 7862 8871/

* Strengthening the voice and agency of disadvantaged adolescents, Nicola Jones, Phil Hanks, Helen Stawski, Faith Mwangi-Powell, Silvia Gugleimi, Sarah Alheiwidi, miday-1.30pm, Overseas Development Institute, 203  Blackfriars Road, SE1. Info: 922 0300/

* The Fight for China’s Future: Civil Society Vs the Party, Willy Lam, 5-6.30pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: 7898 4823


Thursday 21 November

* Labor, Global Supply Chains and the Garment Industry in South Asia: Bangladesh after Rana Plaza, Sanchita Banerjee Saxena, 4-6pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, 21-22 Russell Square, WC1. Info:

* China-Africa and an Economic Transformation, book discussion with Arkebe Oqubay,  5-7pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info:

* Cargo of Limbs, book launch of a long poem by Martyn Crucefix, which centres on a journalist covering the plight of migrants fleeing their countries across the Mediterranean, accompanied by photos by Amel Alzakout, who recorded her journey on a migrant boat with a camera attached to her wrist + Iraqi poet Adnan al-Sayegh, 6.30-8.30pm, P21 Gallery, 21-27 Chalton Street, NW1. Info: 7121 6190/

* Conversation on Conflict Photography, Shahidul Alam, Lauren Walsh, Marion Mertens, Alaxandra Fazzini, 7pm, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8960/


Monday 25 November

* The Friendship Bench: Breaking the wall of depression with grandmothers, 5.15-7pm, an overview of a scheme piloted in Zimbabwe, 5.15-7pm, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, WC1.

* Out Of The Box Thinking: Addressing The Climate Change Emergency, 6:30-8:30pm, £5, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1. Info:  7405 1818/

* Migrants Mean Business, Karen Blackett, 6–8pm, Migration Museum at The Workshop, 26 Lambeth High Street, SE1. Info:

* Sexual exploitation of girls in Tanzania, Ana Maria Buller, Marjorie Pochon, 12.45-2pm, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, SHTM, 15-17 Tavistock Place, WC1

* Culinary Cultures: Cooking in a Hackney Estate, Fozia Ismail, Jojo Tulloh, Sahra Hersi, Mukta Das discuss food in cultural identity, strengthening community cohesion and encouraging civic participation and explore the role our culinary cultures in our sense of belonging and as a means by which to reconnect with our heritages and pasts, £5, redeemable against a copy of 'Cooking in a Hackney Estate', 7-8pm, Tate Modern, SE1. Info:  Tickets.








 * Wildlife Photographer of the Year,  £8.25-£13.95, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7, until 31 May. Info: 7942 5000

Wildlife in the viewfinder.

+ Chinese photographer wins major prize.


Modern Slavery, large-scale portraits by London-based Syrian artist Sara Shamma, Bush House Arcade, until 22 November. Info: Exhibition.


Some Are Born to Endless Night - Dark Matter, Lina Iris Viktor’s first major solo UK exhibition, infused with cultural histories of the African diaspora and preoccupied with notions of blackness, free, Autograph, Rivington Place, EC2, until 25 January. Info: 7729200/ 


I  Came Apart At the Seams, photographs and sculptures by South African artist Mary Sibande, free, Thursdays & Fridays, Somerset House, The Strand, WC2, until  5 January. Info: 7845 4600


* Prix Pictet, 12 prominent photographers on the them of 'Hope", including pictures from Bangladesh, South Africa, Ivory Coast, Namibia and Iraq, free, V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, until 8 December.

+ Joana Choumali is the winner.


China: memories, reflections and dreams, photographs by Mandarin learners in UK, 10am-4pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, until 6 December.


Negotiating Borders, Korean artists Dongsei Kim, Heinkuhn Oh, Joung-Ki Min, Jung Heun Kim, Kyungah Ham, Lee Bul, Minouk Lim, Seung H-Sang, Seung Woo Back, Seungman Park, Soyoung Chung, Suntag Noh, Kyong Park and Zoh Kyung Jin / Cho Hye Ryeong, look at the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea, Korean Cultural Centre, Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, WC2, until 23 November. Info: 7004 2600/


* Hyundai Commission: Kara Walker, "explores the interconnected histories of Africa, America and Europe. She uses water as a key theme, referring to the transatlantic slave trade and the ambitions, fates and tragedies of people from these three continents. Fantasy, fact and fiction meet at an epic scale", free, Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1, until 5 April.  Info: 7887 8888/

+ 2 December, Reflecting on Histories, poets and spoken word artists respond to Walker’s work, 6.30-8pm, £8/£12


* Indian Nobility in Britain, display celebrating the interlinked history between India and Britain in the early years of the twentieth century. Photographs of celebrated Indian cricketer Prince Ranjitsinghji (1872-1933) feature alongside portraits of Indian nobility, who visited London during the 1910s and 1920s and were photographed in the capital’s fashionable studios, free, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, WC2, until 15 December. Info: 7306 0055


Beast Type Song, Sopia Al-Maria's installation exploring colonialism, free, Tate Britain, SW1, until 26 January. Info: 7887 8888


Culture Under Attack, season of three free exhibitions, live music, performance and talks that explore how war threatens not just people’s lives but also the things that help define us. It shows how some try to erase or exploit culture, while others risk everything to protect, celebrate and rebuild it, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 5 January. Info: 74165000

+ Rebel Sounds: Songhoy Blues.


The Found Archive of Hani JawheriehThe Art of Accessing Forbidden Archive, the personal archive of films and photos of Hani Jawherieh, which survived Israel’s1982 invasion of Lebanon, P21 Gallery, 21-27 Chalton Street, NW1, until 30 November. Info: 7121 6190/

Surpassing the Eternally Mysterious Afro-Surreal, Cameroonian artist Adjani Opku-Egbe's work  "addresses  issues regarding climate change, patriarchy, hate, racism, 'occupation' and the struggles for independence in Ambazonia, West Papua and West Sahara, the Israel Palestinian conflict, the wars in Syria, the Central African Republic, and the genocide carried out on the Rohingyas in Myanmar", Sulger-Buel Gallery, the Lofy, 51 Surrey Row, SE1, until 26 December. Info:


London’s Theatre of the East, the largely hidden histories of trade and migration, their impact on society and culture, and the subsequent ripples into the present day, Dr Johnson’s House, Gough Square, EC4, until 14 February. Info: Arab British Centre.


Being Human, new permanent gallery on environmental breakdown, minds and bodies, infection and genetics, including Yinka Shonibare commission, 'Refugee Astronaut'; the Zimbabwe Friendship Bench; and anti-climate change posters, Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, NW1. Info: 7611 2222   

+ Humanity, from Artworks to Zebrafish.


* World Gallery, human creativity, imagination and adaptability in over 3,000 objects from the museum's internationally important anthropology collection + Turn It Up: On ParadoxesJide Odukoya’s photographic series shows Nigeria abuzz through the lens of traditional Nigerian weddings, Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, SE23, until 21 June. Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, SE23. Info: 8699 1872/ Horniman


* Cairo Streets, 19th century life in Cairo through the V&A's collection, free, Victoria and Albert Museum, untill 25 April. Info: Exhibition


* 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


Atlantic Worlds, transatlantic slave trade gallery, National Maritime Museum, Park Row, SE1. Info: 8858 4422


atmosphere: exploring climate science, free, Science Museum, South Kensington. Info: Museum


* London’s Theatre of the East, the largely hidden histories of trade and migration, their impact on society and culture, and the subsequent ripples into the present day, Dr Johnson’s House, Gough Square, EC4. Info: / Arab British Centre.



from 23 November

* Meltdown: Visualising Climate Change, Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, SE23, until 12 January. Info: 8699 1872

+ Meltdown: chilling proof of global heating.



* 'Liu Xiaobo: the man who defied Beijingis one of the films in the 'We The Peoples Film Festival'  on several separate days this month. The festival has screened more than 200 films on human rights, development, security and the environment in the last 13 years. 

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* London Korean Film Festival, features and documentaries. The latter include The Night Before the Strike - banned on release, it depicts the struggles of factory workers against their hostile employers, and The Narrow Margins: Revisiting the 1980s Korean Film Collectives, until 24 November. Info:


* Hidden Figures: Ha Gil-jong, retrospective including The Pollen of Flowers, a businessman brings a male lover into his personal life with cataclysmic results; The March of Fools, a college comedy under dictatorship; The Ascension of Han-me, Barbican Cinemas, until 20 November.


* UK Jewish Film Festival, until 21 November. Info: Festival.


* Official Secrets, in the lead up to the Iraq War, British intelligence specialist Katharine Gun learns that the US is enlisting Britain’s help in collecting compromising information on UN Security Council members to blackmail them into voting in favour of an invasion of Iraq: she makes the gut-wrenching decision to defy her government and leak the memo to the press, varioius cinemas


* The Report, drama about the US senator charged with producing a dossier on the CIA's "enhanced terrorism" methods, Barbican, Finchley Road JW3, Peckhamplex, Curzons Aldgate, Bloomsbury, Mayfair, Soho, Victoria and Wimbledon HMV


* Borders and Boundaries, 19 Nov, The Hand of Fate; made a year after the Korean war;  22 Nov, Wall, the dividing wall between Israel and Palestine; Barbican cinema, until 27 November.

 + Barbican.


* Palestine Film Festival, features and shorts including It Must Be Heaven, Stranger At Home, Barbican cinema, until 21 November. Info: Palestine Festival.


Tuesday 19 November

* We The Peoples Film Festival – tales from refugee camps, hope and despair, Lost and Found, Amina My Sister, Survive, Home Stream, 7.30pm, £5 and free, Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road), SE1. Info: 7840 2200/


Wednesday 20 November

* Oh, The Sanxia, studies the completion of China's Three Gorges dam and the damage it has caused, 6.30pm, £12.50/£10, Curzon Bloomsbury

* We The Peoples Film Festival, ‘The people WILL stand up’, four films including two from Palestine and Pakistan, 7-9pm, £5/free, Hackney Picturehouse. Info: Programme


Monday 25 November

* We The Peoples Film Festival, Nelson Mandela: The Rivonia Trial, £5/ free, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: Festival.


Tuesday 26 November

* We The Peoples Film Festival, ‘The human condition: a reflection”, three shorts from India and Bangladesh and a fourth on media freedom, 7-9pm, £5/free, The Exhibit, 12 Balham Station Road, SW12. Info: Festival programme.






* Master Harold ... and the Boys, Athol Fugard play set in Apartheid South Africa, where Sam and Willie practise their steps, in a tea room where they are employees, for the finals of the ballroom dancing championship, when the white owners' son arrives..., National Theatre, until 17 December. Info: Master Harold


* When The Crows Visit, when a son returns home after being accused of a violent crime, a mother is forced to confront the ghosts of her past - Anapama Chandrasekhar's play is "inspired by true events in India", Kiln, 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6, until 30 November. Info: 7328 1000

+ post-show discussions 18 Dec, 2.30pm and 16 Jan 7.30pm

+ We need to talk about Akshay

+ Sex tapes and acid attacks: Anupama Chandrasekhar, the playwright shocking India.


* The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende's book set in an unnamed Latin American country that's a little like Chile takes to the stage, Cervantes Theatre, 279 Union Street, SE1, until 11 December. Info:



* Land Without Dreams, “a tale of hope in our age of climate dystopia”, Gate Theatre, 1 Pembridge Road, W11, until 7 December. Info: 7229 0706/


* Queens of Sheba, inspired by an incident in 2015, when four women were turned away from London's DSTRKT nightclub for being 'too black', Battersea Arts Centre, until 23 November. Info: 7223 2223/

* A Letter to a Friend in Gazatwo Palestinian and two Israeli actors read each other poems, writings and letters by Palestinian and Israeli writers and thinkers against a backdrop of news and footage from the on-stage cameras, interwoven with oundtrack from live musicians, in Arabic and Hebrew with English surtitles,  £30/£25/£15, Coronet Theatre, 103 Notting Hill Gate, W11, until 23 November. Info: 3642 6606


#WeAreArrested, personal story adapted from the book by Can Dündar, arrested for publishing footage of Turkish state Intelligence sending weapons into Syria, Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, E8, until 7 December. Info: 7503 1646


* Everyone's Mother, based on a true story, an intensely personal solo theatre work in which the main character is a woman adopted at birth in 1963 and in 2019 finds herself mothering a young girl from Nepal, 8pm, £7/£5,  Actors Centre, 1a Tower Street, WC2, until 20 November. Info: 3841 6600/


from Thursday 21 November

* The Arrival, when Tom and Samad meet for the first time, they are stunned by the similarities they share. In spite of Tom’s adoption and all the years spent apart, the two brothers are joined by an undeniable biological bond, Bush Theatre, until 18 January. Info:


Friday 22 November

* The End of Diaspora, performance piece by Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan on a world beyond origins, 7.30pm, £12/£7, Free Word, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1. Info: 7324 2570/ Writing Our Way Home season



Saturday 23-Sunday 24 November

* Mohuar Palace – The Ballad of a Riverine Land, popular Bengali opera exploring a philosophical journey of self-exploration, spiritual love and victimisation of patriarchy, with English narration, dance and folk music, Rich Mix. Info: 7613 7498/







Monday 18 November

* Storyville: One Child Nation, documentary on China's conroversial population policy, 9pm, BBC4

Bollywood: The World's Biggest Film Industry, first of entertaining two-part documentary, 11.15, BBC2 

* The Essay the life of Philip Quaque, an African priest trapped in an impossible situation, 


Tuesday 19 November

* Hindus: Do We Have A Caste Problem?, 1.05am, BBC2

* Costing the Earth, 3.30pm, R4

* The Essay, Isaac, who led a slave rebellion and whose life ended in a final act of defiance, 10.45pm, R3


Wednesday 20 November

* The Nightcrawlers, gripping documentary about President Duterte's murderous "war against drugs" in The Philippines, 10pm, National Geographic

* The Americas With Simon Reeve, midnight15, BBC2

* Costing the Earth, 9pm, R4

* The Essay, David Olusoga on the life of Sara, a princess gifted to Queen Victoria, 10.45pm, R3


Thursday 21 November

* Reggie in China, Reggie Yates looks at the glitzy side of Shenzen's breakneck modernisation, 11.15pm, BBC2

* Crossing Continents, 11am, R4

* The Essay: Legacies of 1619, reflection on 400 years of African slaves in the US, 10.45pm, R3


Friday 22 November

* Unreported World, social media stars in Iraq, 7.30pm, C4

* The Reluctant Fundamentalist, apaptation of Mohsin Hamid's lean and thoughtful novel about a Muslim academic's intellectual shapeshift after 9/11, midnight20, BBC2

* The Essay, Caryl Phillips on young African John Ocansey exercising his freedom in Liverpool, 10.45pm, R3