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Tongues on Fire goes for revolution

This year's theme for the world’s longest-running South Asian film festival outside India, the UK Asian Film Festival, is ‘Revolution’.
from UK Asian Film Festival on Mar 11, 2019.

Everything Must Fall as students rise up

If, as an activist says in 'Everything Must Fall', “protest must be seen as part of learning experience”, South African university students derived enormous benefit from their #FeesMustFall campaign.
from Daniel Nelson on Mar 21, 2019.

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* Film festivals to look out for in March include Flare, festival of LGBTQ+ films at the BFI Southbank;  the BBC News Arabic Festival, which offers free Everything Must Fallscreenings of documentaries and shorts about social and political changes; the Chronic Youth Film Festival exploring the concept of youth cinema and the coming of age genre, through the lens of ‘escape’; and the UK Asian Film Festival, which claims to bethe world’s longest-running South Asian film festival outside India”, has adopted ‘revolution’ as this year's theme.


A new online exhibition, Women Artists After Empire, shines light on the legacy of imperialism and colonialism, incorporating the voices and perspectives of nine contemporary female artists. It's been set up by the Richard Saltoun Gallery, which says "The legacy of imperialism is oftentimes confined to the period of decolonisation of Western empires from the late 1940s, when countries around the world began to gain independence from imperialist powers, yet its effects more broadly encompass the impact of colonial activities since the 18th Century – effects are still felt widely today."

Curator Lynda Morris commented, “The British were everywhere. Madhusree Mukerjee’s book Churchill’s Secret War reported Churchill’s 1943 diversion of Australian food shipments to Bangladesh to the Mediterranean. Between 1 to 3 million died of starvation as a result. Between 1760 and 1943 it is estimated 1.5 billion died in famines in India under British rule and an un-quantified number in China. Since 1947, when the country gained independence, there have been no famines in India. Churchill was put on the £5 note in 2016.”

'With such vast reach," adds the gallery, "no contemporary artist can escape the reverberations of empire, whether through contemporary manifestations like Brexit or socio-political effects of intergenerational gender, racial and sexual oppression."


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Wednesday 27 March

* The Castes of Nature: Dalit and Ecological Politics in India, Mukul Sharma, 5pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: 7898 4390


Wednesday 27-Thursday 28 March

* The Egyptian Revolution of 1919: The Birth of the Modern Nation, £10/£5, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info: Egyptian Revolution


Thursday 28 March

* How to Make the Humanitarian System Fit-for-purpose?: A bottom-up approach, seminar, 6-8pm, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1. Info: 7862 8668


Saturday 30 March

* Rally opposite the Israeli Embassy, High Street Kensington, 1pm, part of National Day of Action: Exist, Resist, Return, organised by Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Info: Rally  

Monday 1 April

* Saudi Arabia & The West: the Future of a Toxic Relationship, David Wearing, 6.45pm, £3/£2, Friends of Le Monde, 70/77 Cowcross Street, EC1. Info:

Tuesday 2 April

* Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life: A Tar Sands Tale, Matt Hern, Am Johal and Joe Sacco, 7pm, £12.50/£10, Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W1. Info: 7479 8950


Wednesday 3 April

* South Africa's election and the media, Golden Neswiswi, Justin Adams, Desne Masie, 608pm, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1. Info: 7862 8871/


* India’s Foreign Policy, book launch with Harsh V. Pant, Avinash Paliwal, Thorsten Wojczewski, 1pm, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1. Info:


Friday 5 April


* You Will Be Safe Here, Damian Barr on his novel aet in two time frames, contemporary South Africa and the height of the Boer War, 6.30-8pm, £8-£20, Waterstones Piccadilly, 203/206 Piccadilly, St James's, W1. Info: 7851 2400/









A Breath of Fresh Air, collaboration on air pollution between the Nirmal Bhartia School in New Delhi and The Village School and UCL Academy in London, on show in New Delhi as well as here, Nehru Centre, South Audley Street, W1, until 29 March. Info: Nehru Centre


The New Londoners, Chris Steele-Perkins’ photographs of families living in London who come from every country in the world, free, British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1, until 7 July. Info: 01937 54654


Deutsche Burser Photography Prize, Susan Meisela’s project Kurdistan/akaKurdistan is one of four contenders for the prize that are on show at the Photographers’ Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, W1 until 2 June,  £5/£2.50/ free before midday. Info: 7087 9346/


* Mandela, "a revolutionary immersive experience", £15/£13.50, 26 Leake Street Gallery, SE1. Info:


Don McCullin retrospective, includes his photographs of conflict in Vietnam and Syria, £18/£17/ children £5, Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1, until 6 May. Info: Exhibition


Room to Breathe, an immersive journey into the lives of migrants in Britain, until 28 JulyNowhere People UK, UNHCR presents a selection of works by photographer Greg Constantine exploring the impact of statelessness on individuals in the UK, 12–8pm Thursday, 12–6pm, Fri–Sun, until 31 March. Migration Museum at The Workshop, 26 Lambeth High Street, SE1. Info:

+ 3 April, Touching Home, sensory theatre piece celebrating the everyday stories of London’s migrants, 7-8pm, £10

+ from 5 April, The New Londoners, images from photographer Chris Steele-Perkins’ series documenting and celebrating the city's cultural richness, until 26 May.


* Dressing/Undressing the Landscape“rethinking the current cultural landscape of the Middle East”Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1until 29 March. Info: Exhibition

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition, £13.50/£10.50, children £8, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7, until 30 June. Info: 7942 5000


* Mimesis: African Soldier, John Akomfrah's multimedia installation remembers the millions of Africans and people of colour who fought and took part in the First World War, free, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 31 March.  Info: IWM

+ Mimesis


The Museum of Emotion,  offering a trenchant post-colonial perspective, Kadia Attia’s work explore the ways in which colonialism continues to shape how Western societies represent and engage with non-Western cultures, £15.50  £12.50 (includes entry to Diane Arbus exhibition). Hayward Gallery, Southbank, SE1, until 6 May.


* Haegue Yang; Tracing Movement, the South Korean artist’s ongoing exploration into ideas around identity politics and migration, alienation and difference, South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Rd, SE5, until 26 May. Info: 7702 6120/


Giving Peace a Chance: from the League of Nations to Greenham Common, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2, until 17 April. Info:  7405 7686/ Exhibition


Bearing Witness: The ethics and practice of conflict reporting in South SudanLondon School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2, until 29 March. Info: 7405 7686


* Artist and Society how artists engage with social ideals and historical realities, free, Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1


Tonight the World, Daria Martin stages a series of intimate encounters, enveloping viewers in an exploration of the curious and traumatic history of her grandmother, who fled the fled the imminent Nazi occupation of her country, Czechoslovakia, free, Barbican centre, Silk Street, EC2, until 7 April. Info: 7638 8891


* World Gallery, human creativity, imagination and adaptability in over 3,000 objects from the museum's internationally important anthropology collection, Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, SE23. Info:  8699 1872/ Horniman


* 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


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



from Tuesday 2 April

* Portraits of Iran, photographs exploring the paradoxes of life in Iran where many citizens navigate between a culture of tradition and a globally connected, technology-driven modern world, Bush House Arcade, South Wing, Aldwych, WC2, until 26 April. Info: 7836 5454

* Capernaum: forced to live by his wits in order to survive, a young Lebanese boy asks to sue his own parents for giving him life. The circumstances that have brought him to this point take us on a journey through his poverty-stricken upbringing in Beirut where he lives with his family.









* Flare, London LGBT+ Film Festival, BFI, Southbank Centre, SE1, until 31 March. Films include Rafiki, two young Kenyan women attempt a relationship, despite the illegality of their love; Leitis in Waiting (Tonga); Shelter: Farewell to Eden, a trans asylum-seeker; The Silk and the Flame (China); Men of Hard Skln and Roman (Argentina); Socrates (Brazil); Call Her Ganda (Philippines); Cassandro, The Exotico (Mexico). Info: Festival.


Capernaum, forced to live by his wits in order to survive a young Lebanese boy asks to sue his own parents for giving him life. The circumstances that have brought him to this point take us on a journey through his poverty-stricken upbringing in Beirut where he lives with his family


* Welcome to Sodom, documentary about the largest electrical waste dump in the world, in Ghana, Curzon Bloomsbury, until 26 March.


* BBC News Arabic Festival, free screenings of documentaries and shorts about social and political changes (including Iraq: A Nation in Trauma; The Borrowed Dress; Kooka The Butcher; Room For A Man; What Walaa Wants; Amal; and shorts), Q&As, talks and events, BBC Radio Theatre, W1, until 27 March. Info: Arab British Centre


from Wednesday 27 March

* UK Asian Film Festival, “the world’s longest-running South Asian film festival outside India” this year takes ‘revolution’ as its theme, until 7 April. Programme includes Ek Aasha (A Hope), the story of a transgender girl’s difficult journey to become a teacher in India; Chegu, a lower-middle-class boy who takes inspiration from Che Guevara; and No Fathers In Kashmir, a coming-of-age portrayal played out against the Kashmir conflict, “a tender-storm of first love and heartbreak that engages teenage and young audiences to empathise with their counterparts in Kashmir.” Info:

+  Tongues on Fire goes for revolution


Thursday 28 March

* 1000 Londoners – Goodbye Europe, an anthology of new short films about the London lives of people from each of the 28 nations in the EU + short discussion, 6.30pm, Curzon Soho


from Wednesday 3 April

* Taiwan Film Festival, Curzons Bloomsbury and Soho, until 9 April.  Topics include documentaries, drama, martial arts, horror + Tsai Ming-Liang at Tate Modern and Tsai Ming-Liang: The Deserted – VR cinematic experience. Info: Festival


from Saturday 6 April

* Soyalism, how much do you know about the impact of the food you eat? Explore how the meat and soya industries are generating a global crisis, £9/£7/£5, Curzon Bloomsbury


Sunday 7 April

* The Faces We Lost, commemorate the 25th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda with this unique perspective on how photography helps people keep the memory of those who died alive, 4.20pm, £12/£10, Curzon Bloomsbury










* Blood Knot, by Athol Fugard. It’s been a year since Morrie returned to Port Elizabeth to live with his brother Zach. They share childhood memories of their mother, yet have wildly contrasting life experiences due to their different fathers, Orange Tree Theatre, 1 Clarence Street, Richmond, TW9, until 20 April. Info: 8940 3633/

+ 28 March, post-show talk

+ When a brother breaks the law of the letter


* Under the Umbrella, Amy Ng explores the pressures of marriage for young women in China, £17.50/£10, Tara Theatre, 356 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield, SW18, until 30 March. Info: 8333 4457/


from Wednesday 27 March

* Cry Havoc, two men in present day Cairo are forced to confront their cultural identities, traditions and a repressive government in a gripping search for love and faith, Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, N4, until 20 April. Info: 7870 6876


Thursday 28 March

* Golden Tongue, poetry night with Shagufta K. Iqbal, Amani Z. Saeed, Afshan D’Souza Lodhi, Shareefa Energy, Sophia Thakur, Anjali Barot, Shruti Chauhan, + DJ Set by Manara, 7.30pm, £10, Rich Mix. Info: 7613 7498/


from Thursday 28 March

* Going Through, the story of one girl’s journey by lorry into the sound of gunshots, through adolescence and across borders, Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, W12, until 27 April. Info: 7483 3584/

+ 9 April, post-show Q&A

* Ali and Dahlia, accused of rioting, Ali waits in an interrogation room. When an old lover steps in to question him the two are forced to confront their past - a Palestinian-Israeli story of love, sacrifice, and redemption, Pleasance Theatre, North Road, N7, until 14 April. Info: 7609 1800/


Friday 29 March

* The State Between Us, two performances to mark the launch of an album triggered by Brexit, made in collaboration with over 1,000 musicians and singers in the EU, 7.15pm and 9.30pm,  £14 - £49, Royal Court Theatre, Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Sloane Square, SW1. Info:


from Wednesday 3 April

* Pah-La, an examination of the future of non-violence, based on real stories during the 2008 Lhasa riots, £15-£25, Royal Court, Sloane Square, SW1, until 27 April. Info:

+ 9 April, post-show talk with Abhishek Majumdar








Monday 25 March

* Analysis: Will China and America Go To War?, 8.30pm, R4


Tuesday 26 March

* Home, the sitcom about a Syrian asylum-seeker who enters Britain in the boot of a family car has developed into an absorbing series, 9.45pm, R4

* Costing the Earth: Fast Fashion Slowdown, 3.30pm, R4


Wednesday 27 March

* Blue Planet Live, 8pm, BBC1

* The Mekong River With Sue Perkins, 8pm, BBC4

* Costing the Earth, 9pm, R4


Thursday 28 March

* Blue Planet Live, marine migrations, 8pm, BBC1

* Crossing Continents, 11am, R4