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'Let’s occupy the schools. Let’s occupy the theatres. Let’s occupy everything'

A Brazilian students' protest performance - and a mass sleepover occupation in Battersea.
from Battersea Arts Centre on Jan 8, 2020.

‘To keep Nigeria one is a task that must be done’

The first part of Inua Elliams' Nigerian re-working of Chekhov's Three Sisters is s barnstorming success.
from Daniel Nelson on Dec 12, 2019.

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* Leïla Slimani was the first Moroccan woman to win France’s Prix Goncourt for her novel, Lullaby. Her latest book, Sex and Lies, departs from fiction to explore the lives of and give a voice to the young women of Morocco, struggling to survive and thrive in a deeply conservative, patriarchal culture. In February, Slimani will be in conversation about her work with Amia Srinivasan, tutorial fellow in philosophy at Oxford.


* For some people, the Imperial War Museum retains its old reputation as a place to look at tanks and planes, but it's long been far more imaginative than that, with an interesting art collection and peace as well as conflictwithin its remit. So next year's exhibtion on Refugees: Forced to Flee (from 2 April) should not surprise: it will explore how and why conflict has forced people to leave their homes and seek to build new lives elsewhere.  It will present "contemporary material, cutting-edge research and newly commissioned artworks to reveal the personal stories of refugees and displaced people from the First World War to the present day."


At the same time a new display, History of Bombs, by artist Ai Weiwei (right) will explore international migration, conflict as a root cause of human flow, and the relationship between the individual, society and the state. 


* On stage in February, in Autoreverse at the Battersea Arts Centre, Florencia has an old box full of cassette tapes from her family home in Chile.  As she starts listening to them in her room in London, she travels back in time and space, to when her family fled Argentina’s dictatorship and started recording audio letters to stay in touch with their loved ones. Spanning four decades, the play "is a moving and uplifting audio-visual experience that asks what it means to remember: as an individual, as a family, and as a country." Also in February, Bush Theatre will present The High Table, in which Tara and Leah's marriuage plans are threatened by Tara's Nigerian parents' refusal to attend because "this kind of love is unheard of - it’s not African ... High above London, suspended between the stars, three of Tara’s ancestors are jolted from their eternal rest. Stubborn and opinionated, they keep watch as family secrets are spilled and the rift widens between Tara and her parents. Can these representatives of generations passed keep the family together? And will Tara’s decision ever get their blessing?"


* "After a fantastic two-and-a-half years" the Migration Museum says it is moving to Lewisham in February: "We will be staging an exciting series of exhibitions, events and activities from our new home in the middle of Lewisham Shopping Centre next year – more details to follow soon," it promises.




Daniel Nelson


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Wednesday 15 January

* The World in 2020: Beyond Hong Kong, panel discussion about the future of Hong Kong, China and the almost simultaneous uprisings that have been taking place around the world, 7pm, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8960/


Thursday 16 January

* Decolonising African Knowledge Systems, Akosua Adomako Ampofo, Wangui Wa Goro, 6.30-8pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7405 7686


Saturday 18 January

* Windrush Public Meeting, 2-3pm, Black Cultural Archives, 1 Lambeth Town Hall, 1 Brixton Hill, SW2 (+ free legal surgeries every Wednesday and Saturday from 22 January until the end of February). Info:  BCA.


Monday 20 January

* The Pharmaceutical Industry: private wealth or public health?, Panos Kanavos, 6.45pm, £3£2, Friends of Le Monde, 70/77 Cowcross Street, EC1. Info:

* Latin America webinar: 2019 Lookback & 2020 Milestones, organised by Canning House and  LatinNews, 2-3pm. Info: Registration

* UK-Africa Investment Summit, hosted by the UK Government. Info: Conference.


Tuesday 21 January

* Migration Museum lecture, Sayeeda Warsi in conversation with Shami Chakrabarti, 7.30-9pm, free, King’s College, Waterloo Bridge Wing, Stamford Street, SE1. Info: Reservations.


 Wednesday 22 January

* What is the Green New Deal?,  Noga Levy-Rapoport, David Powell, 6.30pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2. Info: 7405 7686

* Meritocracy and Democracy: the social life of caste in India, Ajantha Subramaniam, 5pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thjornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: 7898 4390/


Thursday 23 January

* A New Roadmap for Ecopolitics?, Jonathan Bartley, Franziska Brantner, 1pm, free, RSA, 8 John Adam Street, EWC2. Info: 7451 6868/


Saturday 25 January

* Palestine Solidarity Group AGM, 9.30am-5pm, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1. Info:











 * 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.


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/ 


* Eco-Visionaries, responses to eco-crises by artists, architects and designers, £10, Royal Academy, Piccadilly, W1, until 23 February. Info: 7300 8000/

+ 17 JanEarth, documenating about the world of monumental earth-moving sites + Q&A, 6.30pm, £15/£9

+ 19 Jan, Family workshop, 11am-3pm, free

27 Jan, Designing from a depleted world, 6.30-8pm, £15


* 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/


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


London’s Theatre of the Eastnew work by four Arab British artists and writers that uses Samuel Johnson's 1749 Ottoman play, Irene, as a springboard for exploration into the historical connections between the eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East and London, and covers themes including the printing of the first Qu'ran in England, and the influence of the Silk Road on Elizabethan trends, £7 (some concessions), Dr Johnson’s House, Gough Square, EC4, until 14 February. Info: Arab British Centre.

+ 17 Jan, open day, free

+ 6 Feb, Women Writing Backexploring the significance of ‘women writing women’, from 18th century travel writers to 21st  century retellings of Irene, with Saeida Rouass, Hannah Khalil and Ros Ballaster, £7/£4.

+ 12 Feb, Meet the Artist, 6-8pm, free


* Mariannita Luzzati, work on the Brazilian landscape, Brazil embassy, 14-16 Cockspur Street, W1, until 26 January. Info: 7747 4500


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, until 25 April. Info: Exhibition


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



from Wednesday 22 January

* Homeland Under My Nails, prints by Mohammad Omar Khalil from 1964 to the present day. He trained in Sudan and Italy and has lived in the US and Morocco since the early '70s, free, Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5, until 26 April. Info: 7370 9990/



+ The Kingmaker (photo below) is an entertaining, disturbing documentary about former Philippines First Lady Imelda Marcos which argues that the former dictator ‘s family is inexorably positioning Ferdinand “BongBong” Marcos Jnr as the next president.

The Kingmaker









* The Kingmaker, coruscating documentary about the widow of the former dictator of The Philippines, now in her 90s and determined to push her uncharismatic son into the palace vacated by his father, Curzon Bloomsbury until 23 January.

+ The matriarchal maker of Marcosworld myths.


* So Long My Son, absorbing intergenerational Chinese family drama set in motion by the one-child policy,  Curzon Bloomsbury, Dalston Rio, French Institute, 17 Queensberry Place, SW7, until 18 January. Info: 7871 3515/


* For Samadocumentary by 26-year old female Syrian filmmaker, Waad al-Kateab, who filmed her life in rebel-held Aleppo through five years of the Syrian uprising, 14 January, 8.45pm, Regent Street Cinema; 15 January, 7pm, Everyman Broadgate


* London Short Film Festival, until 17 January. Programme includes two films by Berlin-based Palestinian filmmaker Kamal Aljafari, One reflects on the systematic erasure, colonial violence, and ethnic cleansing of Jaffa, part fiction, part documentary; the other bears witness to the destruction, repopulation, and gentrification of Jaffa through repurposing footage of the city found in Israeli and US films made in Jaffa between the 1960s and 1990s. Info:


* Advocate, doc about an Israeli lawyer who refuses to let Palestinians go unrepresented, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 23 January.


Friday 17 January

* Earth, the awe-inspiring world of monumental earth-moving sites + Q&A, 6.30pm, £15/£9, Royal Academy, Piccadilly, W1. Info:


from Friday 17 January

* Midnight Traveller, documentary about the flight from Afghanistan of documentary maker Hassan Fazili (with a Taliban price on his head), his wife Fatima and their daughters, filmed on their cameraphones, Curzon Bloomsbury until 23 January, Institute francais, until 23 January.

* Buddha in Africa, documentary about a Chinese Buddhist orphanage in Malawi that raises questions about education as indoctrination, charity with strings, and opportunity and identity, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 23 January.


Monday 20 January

* 21 Miles, Kais, a 30-year-old Tunisian arrives in France’s notorious Calais Jungle with nothing more than the shirt on his back. Over 16 months, the film charts his struggles with traffickers, violent gangs, poverty, mass eviction and arrest as he tries to cross the Channel to the UK, 7pm, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2. Info: 7479 8960/


Tuesday 21 January

GardenJulia is suffering from a life-threatening disease; Awad, the film director, was kidnapped and imprisoned by the militia; stage designer Herman is plagued by nightmares; Sandu, the gardener, spent his childhood living in institutional homes; Omar fled the Syrian war with his wife and children. A garden becomes the stage for its protagonists – a nightmare, a prison and a scene of war, Austrian Cultural Forum, 28 Rutland Gate, SW7

Friday 24-Saturday 25  January

* China Love, 40 years ago marriage in China was arranged by the state, with only one black and white wedding photo allowed. Today China’s $30 billion wedding photography industry produces often extravagant symbols of love, freedom, status and money, Curzon Bloomsbury


Sunday 26 January

* Turtle Rock, Chinese filmmaker Xiao Xiao captures a stunning, black-and-white portrait of the remote, mountainous village he grew up in, £9/£7, Curzon Bloomsbury









* Three Sisters, "a new play by Inua Williams (Barber Shop Chronicles), after Checkhov - Love and longing in 1960s Nigeria": Owerri, 1967, on the brink of the Biafran Civil War. Lolo, Nne Chukwu and Udo are grieving the loss of their father. Months before, two ruthless military coups plunged the country into chaos. Fuelled by foreign intervention, the conflict encroaches on their provincial village, and the sisters long to return to their former home in Lagos, National Theatre, until 19 February. Info:  National Theatre.

+ 'To keep Nigeria one is a task that must be done'.

+ Talks and events: 31 JanThree Sisters Student Conference, 10.30am; 7 Feb, Exploring Three Sisters and Chekhov, 2pm,  7 FebWriter Inua Ellams and Director Nadia Fall, 6pm; 14 Feb, Actors in Conversation, 3pm


* Faces in the crowd (Los Ingravidos), in Mexico City, a mother begins writing her novel, in New York, a woman is haunted by the ghost of a Mexican poet, 100 years earlier, a poet is troubled by visions of a woman on the subway - three narratives linked in unexpected ways, Gate Theatre, 11 Pembridge Road, W11, until 8 February. Info: 7229 0706/


Saturday 18 January

* Azmari Bet Feat Betty Dankira, Ethiopian poetry, theatre and music in a recreated traditional club, 7pm, £13, Rich Mix. Info: 7613 6498/


from Tuesday 21 January

* The Space, when best friends Lizzy and Beth find themselves on the opposite sides of a political movement, what will they be willing to sacrifice? New play by investigative journalist Lucinda Borrell, The Space, 269 Westferry Road, E14, until 25 January. Info:


Wednesday 22-Thursday 23 January

* The Blind One & The Mad One, opening performance of the John Thaw Latin American season, 8pm, £7/£5, Actors Centre, 1A Tower Street, WC1. Info: 3841 6600/


Friday 24-Saturday 25 January

* Mad Girl’s Love Song, second production  of the John Thaw Latin American season, 8pm, £7/£5, Actors Centre, 1A Tower Street, WC1. Info: 3841 6600/









Monday 13 January

* Caribbean With Simon Reeve, Barbados and St Vincent, 8pm, BBC4

* Green Originals, James Lovelock, 1.45pm, R4

* Crossing Continents, 8.30pm, R4


Tuesday 14 January

* Nadiya's Asian Odyssey, Hussein visits Cambodia and Thailand, 11.20pm, BBC1

* Green Originals,  David McTaggart, 1.45pm, R4


 Wednesday 15 January

* Nile: Earth's Great Rivers, 8pm, BBC4

Green Originals, Jacques Cousteau, 1.45pm, R4


Thursday 16 January

* Crossing Continents, 11am, R4

* The End of the World Has Already happenedTimothy Morton, 'philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene', rethinks our psychological relationship with the climate crisis, and our place in the biosphere, 11.30am, R4

Green Originals, Sunderlal Bahufuna, 1.45pm, R4


Friday 17 January

* Humpback Whale: Birth of a Giant, 7pm, C5

* Green Originals, Margaret Thatcher, 1.45pm, R4

* Green Originals: From James Lovelock to Margaret Thatcher, 9pm, R4