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BLACK HISTORY MONTH OCTOBER 2013


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Black History Month is back and once again we have a wonderful line-up of events to mark this month-long celebration of Black culture and heritage in Britain today. Tower Hamlets is particularly proud of its historically diverse population and significantly, 2013 is the 65th Anniversary of the SS Windrush docking at Tilbury. An interesting and insightful exhibition marks the Windrush legacy as well as other exhibitions which cover 20th Century popular culture, Africans in 18th Century Limehouse, African Ceramics and Prints, as well as fashion and textiles. Aside from exhibitions, there’s also a panoply of drama and dance events, film screenings of urban life as grittily portrayed in Hood Loyalty, and vibrant music from song to saxophone. In the run up to the World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the influence of Brazilian culture with its diverse ethnic mix is present at Capoeira workshops and through new variations of Bossa Nova. The spoken word is prevalent at the Black Women’s Oral Histories event and throughout the month via slam poetry, storytelling and comedy. The links between the Bangladeshi and Afro-Caribbean communities are explored through drama and other highlights include the thoughtful and all-encompassing Somali Week Festival with a focus on current affairs and literature. As well as a huge number of exhibitions and shows to see, there are a range of activities to take part in, including dancing, theatre, making mosaics, taking photographs and more. I hope you will take time out with family and friends to enjoy what’s on offer this October. Finally, I would like to thank all those who have helped deliver such a great programme for Black History Month 2013.

Lutfur Rahman Executive Mayor of Tower Hamlets

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CONTENTS p.1

Mayor’s welcome

p. 3 Contents p. 5 Article: PRATCHAYA PHINTHONG: Broken Hill p. 9 Article: WINDRUSH VOICES: INSPIRING HEALTH SECTOR HEROES p.13 Article: I HAVE A DREAM... p.15 Events in date order p.37 Calendar by Category p.43 Venues

Images on left: Installation by Georgina Evans, History, Attitutde, Identity and Respect (H.A.I.R)

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The Chisenhale Gallery presented a fascinating exhibition earlier this summer with integral input in situ from a member of staff from the Lusaka National Museum in Zambia. Though too early to coincide with Black History Month, we are delighted to include the gallery’s report below in order to showcase some of the great arts-focussed events and attractions which happen thoughout the year and across the borough. This also provides an intriguing insight into how interpretations of works and items on display can be subjective and yet can influence how histories and narratives are created.

PRATCHAYA PHINTHONG:

BROKEN HILL

Image: Pratchaya Phinthong, 2013. Photo: Cathy Hattersley

26 July – 1 September 2013

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This summer Chisenhale Gallery presented a new commission by Bangkok based artist Pratchaya Phinthong for his first solo exhibition in the UK. Broken Hill explored the status of the replica ‘Broken Hill’ skull in the collection of the Lusaka National Museum, Zambia and the displacement of the original to the Natural History Museum in London, examining how historical narratives are performed through objects. The ‘Broken Hill’ skull is the first early human fossil found in Africa and provided the primary evidence to support Darwin’s theory of evolution, proposing humans as the natural descendants of primates. Discovered by Zambian miners in 1921, the skull was taken to London by the British colonial authorities.

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At the Natural History Museum it has been instrumental in the development of contemporary theories of human evolution. Phinthong’s interest lies in the replica skull, whose status as a fake is revealed to visitors to the Lusaka National Museum by one of the museum’s guides, who, as part of his tour of the collection, narrates the story of the original skull’s discovery and its subsequent removal. For his exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, Phinthong loaned the replica skull, replacing it with an identical model purchased online. He additionally invited the museum guide, Kamfwa Chishala, to travel to London for the duration of the exhibition in order to relay the complex history of the skull to Chisenhale Gallery visitors, as he does in Lusaka. By inviting the participation of Kamfwa Chishala, the Zambian museum guide, Phinthong opened the work up to the influence of Chishala’s own biography and personal subjectivity.

Images: Pratchaya Phinthong, Broken Hill, 2013. Photos: Mark Blower.

PRESS QUOTES

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Time Out

August 2013

“Every visitor is given a fascinating explanation about virtually the only object in the gallery – a fossilised fragment of the so-called ‘Broken Hill’ human skull”  We Make Money Not Art

August 2013

“Kamfwa Chishala is thus the only genuine participant to this exhibition. He was invited by the artist to bring his own subjectivity and perspective to the story of the Broken Hill skull. Something he certainly does with passion. I’d recommend that you get to the gallery, listen to his presentation and have a chat with him. He’s a lovely man.”

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Image top: From left to right; Sam King MBE, Patron Baroness of St Davids OBE, Nora Parker, Cher, Co Founder Phillips and Founder Bob Foster. Photo: Alastair Fyfe . Bottom:ŠIWM (FL 9448)

Howells Sandi

WINDRUSH VOICES:

INSPIRING HEALTH SECTOR HEROES By Bob Foster and Sandi Phillips

In this, the 65th year of the National Health Service, and the 65th year since the arrival of the SS Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks; the Windrush Nurses & Beyond Foundation has set about a course of action to raise the profile of health sector professionals who originated from the Caribbean and African continent during the Windrush era and beyond. Between 1948 and 1973, for a period of 25 years, as many as 100,000 nurses from the Caribbean and Africa came to work and train as nurses in the NHS. The average age of the Windrush nurses was 19, many of whom would go on to dedicate over 40 years to the health service. These nurses worked tirelessly to ensure the health and wellbeing of our citizens, whilst making the NHS the envy of the world; yet there has been little recognition or acknowledgement of their outstanding contribution – which the Foundation aims to change. Established in 2012, the idea of setting up the foundation came about when founders Bob Foster and Sandi Phillips heard an inspirational speech by Dr. Nola Ishmael, which focused on her

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journey from Barbados in the 60s to become a nurse and her subsequent rise to Director of Nursing in the UK. After careful research and interviewing over 60 nurses, it became obvious that these journies and achievements needed to be celebrated. In addition, the Foundation sought to create a legacy to capture the experiences of past nurses. In short the Foundation aims to inspire, encourage and connect with past, present and future health sector heroes so that the legacy will live on. Under the patronage of Baroness Howells, with the support of some exceptional mentors, the Foundation produced the UK’s first Awards to celebrate these pioneering men and women. The award categories were chosen to reflect both professional achievement as well as work in the community.

Images top:Teanne Andrews – Black History Month Outreach Worker Windrush 65th Anniversary National Celebration at The Tilbury Docks Images bottom: Photo displays, Windrush celebration.

In over a year the Foundation has had a number of milestones: gaining charity status, endorsement from the NHS, central government and, more recently was awarded the ‘Sprit of Windrush Award’ by Thurrock Council in celebration of the arrival of SS Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks in 1948.

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The pinnacle thus far was the presentation of The Queen Medal. These were bestowed onto the Windrush Nurses & Beyond Foundation facilitated by the West India Committee to recognise those who had contributed to the community during the rein of HM The Queen – as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebration. Twelve recipients, of whom eight were honourees from the original Foundation awards, accepted their medals on July 18th at the Dorchester Hotel in front of an esteemed audience of MPs, High Commissioners and peers. Remembering the past with nod to the future the Foundation will be hosting a series of inspiration road shows, starting at St Mark’s Church, Hackney in October this year the 16th to 19th. The aim will be to showcase the professional and social times of those nurses who arrived during the Windrush era and beyond! Further information can be found on www.windrushnursesandbeyond.com

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Image: Martin Luther King

MARTIN LUTHER KING 28 August 1963:

I HAVE A DREAM... A key anniversary is marked in 2013 with the passing of half a century since the “The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” took place. This was organised in order to demonstrate wide ranging support for the civil rights legislation proposed by President Kennedy and became one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United States history, otherwise known as ‘The Great March on Washington’. This event is where Martin Luther King delivered his legendary “I have a dream” speech at the Lincoln memorial in Washington DC. He began by referring to the freedom from slavery brought about by the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 but noting that even a century later, ‘the Negro is still not free”. Famously, he departed from his prepared wording when, towards the end of his speech, possibly in response to Mahalia Jackson’s cry, “Tell them about the dream, Martin”, he went on to describe his dreams of freedom and equality in one of the most celebrated pieces of American oratory. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!” Both the march and this historical public address fuelled the unstoppable momentum of the civil rights movement which eventually resulted in seminal changes to nationwide legislation with far reaching impacts around the world.

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EVENTS All events are listed here in date order. Category key: Arts, Crafts & Exhibitions Current Affairs Dance, Drama & Music Film Heritage Literature, Spoken Word & Storytelling

AFRO SUPA HERO Saturday 14 September – Sunday 9 February

10am – 5.45pm

V&A Museum of Childhood

Afro Supa Hero is a snapshot of a childhood, shown through a personal collection of pop cultural heroes and heroines of the African diaspora. Jon Daniel’s action figures, comic books and games offer an insight into the experience of a boy of African Caribbean heritage growing up in 1960s and 70s Britain. V&A Museum of Childhood 020 8983 5200 www.museumofchildhood.org.uk FREE | Everyone

CAPOEIRA: AFRO-BRAZILIAN DANCE MARTIAL ARTS Tuesday 1 – Thursday 31 October

6.30 – 11pm (Mon – Fri), 1 – 5pm (Sun)

Cultural Centre a Casa Do Caboclo

Fusion of contemporary capoeira with native Afro-Brazilian rhythms. Learn movements to enrich your physical and mental well-being in an enriching environment. 07740 685 139 |www.capoeira-ceara.co.uk besouroCDC@ gmail.com facebook.com/events/719640024729501/ £10 | Everyone

AFRICANS IN 18TH CENTURY LIMEHOUSE AND RATCLIFF Throughout October

See website for opening times

ldea Store Canary Wharf

Using historical maps and archival sources, this exhibition illustrates the little-known presence of Africans in 18th Century Limehouse and Ratcliff. Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives 020 7364 1290 | www.ideastore.co.uk localhistory@towerhamlets.gov.uk FREE | Everyone

Image: Capoeira Ceara

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THE BENGALI EAST END Throughout October

See website for opening times

ldea Store Watney Market

This exhibition uses the extensive archive collection of Tower Hamlets Council to tell the history of Bangladeshi people’s journey to Tower Hamlets. The first lascars arrived in the East End via colonial ships centuries ago but how did more recent migrants fare when they arrived here after the 1971 War of lndependence? Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives 020 7364 1290 | www.ideastore.co.uk localhistory@towerhamlets.gov.uk FREE | Everyone

STORYTIME: AFRICAN STORIES Throughout October

Monday – Friday, 10.30 – 11.15am

ldea Store Canary Wharf

Join in to hear a sprinkling of stories from Africa during our regular under 5’s story time sessions. Tower Hamlets Libraries and Idea Stores 020 7364 4332 | www.ideastore.co.uk ideastore@towerhamlets.gov.uk FREE | Under 5s

FILM SCREENING OF ’HOOD LOYALTY’ Wednesday 2 October 7pm

ldea Store Canary Wharf

WINDRUSH 65 Throughout October

See website for opening times

ldea Store Bow

An exhibition charting the history and impact of the Empire Windrush which docked 65 years ago at Tilbury. The ship’s arrival came to symbolise postwar immigration from Caribbean countries to the UK – a cultural moment which helped to establish Britain as a multicultural society. Tower Hamlets Libraries and ldea Stores 020 7364 4332 | www.ideastore.co.uk ideastore@towerhamlets.gov.uk FREE | Everyone

This short film written and produced by two young film makers covers the life of young people growing up in an inner city, with drugs, gangs, unemployment and discrimination. Will history repeat itself? Tower Hamlets Libraries and ldea Stores 020 7364 4332 | www.ideastore.co.uk ideastore@towerhamlets.gov.uk FREE | Adults and young people

YOUNG BLACK POETS Thursday 3 October 6.30pm

Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives

Calling all young poets in Tower Hamlets! Somali, Bangladeshi, African-Caribbean – if you’re a Black Londoner under 30, you are invited to perform at this showcase event. You can read in English or other languages, and first-timers are welcome. Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives 020 7364 4332 | www.ideastore.co.uk ideastore@towerhamlets.gov.uk No booking required. Contact Hamud Duale to participate (qanbarl@live.co.uk) FREE | Everyone

CARIBBEAN FAMILY HISTORY WORKSHOP Saturday 5 October

2 – 5pm

Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives

Explore your Caribbean family history in this free drop-in session, with expert Sharon Tomlin on hand to help guide your research. Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives 020 7364 1290 | www.ideastore.co.uk localhistory@towerhamlets.gov.uk FREE | Everyone

Image: 2012 Screening of Muhammad Ali’s Bangladesh I love You

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BLACK WOMEN’S ORAL HISTORIES Thursday 10 October 6.30pm

Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives This year Tower Hamlets Archives is capturing oral histories from Black women who have made their lives in the borough. Project worker Majeda Begum will discuss her work so far with Dr. Suzanne Scafe, co-author of ‘The Heart of the Race’. Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives 020 7364 1290 | www.ideastore.co.uk localhistory@towerhamlets.gov.uk FREE | Everyone

FILM SCREENING OF ’HOOD LOYALTY’

ADRIANO ADEWALE & BENJAMIM TAUBKIN

2.30pm

7.30pm

Saturday 5 October ldea Store Bow

This short film written and produced by two young film makers covers the life of young people growing up in an inner city, with drugs, gangs, unemployment and discrimination. Will history repeat itself? Tower Hamlets Libraries and ldea Stores 020 7364 4332 | www.ideastore.co.uk ideastore@towerhamlets.gov.uk FREE | Adults and young people Images above: Adriano Adewale & Benjamim Taubkin at Rich Mix Top right: London Liming at Rich Mix Bottom right: Afro Supa Heroes © Jon Daniel

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Tuesday 8 October Rich Mix

Piano star Taubkin has been making waves with his mix of traditional arrangements laced with cutting edge technique and contemporary harmony. For this tour he is joined by innovative percussionist Adewale. Their work together evolves around the tension between two instruments which are often considered the backbone of bossa nova. Making Tracks 020 7613 7498 | @makinqtracks_uk www.makinqtrackslive.org.uk www.facebook.com/makinqtrackslive £10 advance / £13 door | Everyone

LONDON LIMING MEETS CHILL PILL Thursday 10 October 7.30pm

Rich Mix

Tilt’s London Liming returns for a Chill Pill special. With the founding Chill Pill poets, London Liming’s John Agard, plus special guests. London Liming is a spoken word party transporting the vibe of Trinidad ‘liming’ culture to London – a chilled-out carnival vibe where people can mix, drink and dance. Tilt 020 7613 7498 | www.ontilt.org facebook.com/tilt.spokenword @TiltspokenWd £l0 full / £8 concs | Over 18s

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CARIBBEAN FAMILY HISTORY WORKSHOP Saturday 12 October 12 noon – 2pm

Idea Store Bow

Explore your Caribbean family history in this free drop-in session, with expert Sharon Tomlin on hand to help guide your research. Idea Store Bow 020 7364 4332 | www.ideastore.co.uk localhistory@towerhamlets.gov.uk FREE | Everyone

of a native artisan from Punjab”. Artist Tajender Sagoo presents a visual essay in response to the book India by Design Colonial History and Cultural Display by Saloni Mathur. Popsamiti www.popsamiti.org FREE | Everyone

CHOIR GROUP PERFORMING AFRICAN SONGS & POETRY Saturday 12 October 2.30pm

ldea Store Bow

STORYTELLING, POETRY & CRAFT EVENT Saturday 12 October 2pm

Idea Store Watney Market

Shamim Azad is a bilingual poet and storyteller. Join her while she takes you on a journey of Bangladeshi to European folktales. Tower Hamlets Libraries and ldea Stores 020 7364 4332 | www.ideastore.co.uk ideastore@towerhamlets.gov.uk FREE | Everyone

THE RADCLIFFE LINE

Saturday 12 – Sunday 27 October

12-6pm (Saturdays and Sundays Only)

Frank Brazil Studio

In 1947 Sir Cyril Radcliffe drew a line of partition across British ruled India. This is an exhibition of textiles from the partitioned regions of Punjab, Gujarat, India and the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh. And with a “living display

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A community choir performance by the Victoria Park Singers. Led by Hannah Brine. Tower Hamlets Libraries and ldea Stores 020 7364 4332 | www.ideastore.co.uk ideastore@towerhamlets.gov.uk FREE | Everyone

MWALIMU EXPRESS Sunday 13 October 2pm

FABRICS IN SLAVERY… AND STAND UP COMEDY Sunday 13 October 2 – 9pm

Rich Mix

2 – 6.15pm: Half day conference and exhibition on the history of Bengal textiles and how they influenced fashion and culture in the UK 6.15 – 7pm: Fabrics in Slavery: short performance exploring the connection between Bengal (and Indian) textiles, Africa and the Slave Trade – Led by artists Rez Kabir and Mushtak Chowdhury. 7 – 9pm: Stand-up comedy show by Naveed Mahbub and Crew (Best Male Comedian at the 2007 Original Las Vegas Comedy Festival). “Engineer turned CEO turned comedian (by choice) and host of The Naveed Mahbub Show in Bangladesh. Brick Lane Circle 07574 224 891 |www.bricklanecircle.org bricklanecircle@yahoo.co.uk FREE | Everyone

Rich Mix

London’s finest free monthly Pan-African family adventure! Each month features a live artist and a film from an African country. And of course we have all of our regular Mwalimu family favourites including poetry performances, DJ’s, parent & toddler dance sessions, market stalls and Awale with the Oware Society. Rich Mix www.richmix.org.uk boxoffice@richmix.org.uk FREE | Everyone

Images top: Yousuf Ali Khan, Bengal to Bethnal Green MIddle: Mwalimu Express at Rich Mix Bottom: The Radcliffe Line, Photo: Tajender Sagoo

Arts, Crafts & Exhibitions Current Affairs Dance, Drama & Music Film Heritage Literature, Spoken Word & Storytelling

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BENGAL TO BETHNAL GREEN FILM SCREENING OF Sunday 13 October ‘HOOD LOYALTY’

MUSIC MOVEMENT ORACLE

Rich Mix

Rich Mix

3pm

A free monthly event directed by Grand Union’s well-known tabla player Yousuf Ali Khan, including talks and discussions by famous writers, and a concert featuring popular singers. Grand Union Orchestra 020 7613 7498 | www.grandunion.org.uk www.facebook.com/grandunionorchestra www.twitter.com/grandunion FREE | Everyone

WE LIVE THE DREAM Sunday 13 October 8pm

Rich Mix

‘We Live the Dream’ will celebrate Martin Luther King’s legacy through words and music, featuring original compositions from leading UK artists including the Trinity Band aka TTB, Dancehall toaster & Radio 1 resident MC Serocee, lyrical Maveriik Paigey cakey and much more, supported by inspiring art, media and graphics. Punch Records 020 7613 7498 | @punchrecords www.punch-records.co.uk FREE | Everyone Arts, Crafts & Exhibitions Current Affairs Dance, Drama & Music Film Heritage Literature, Spoken Word & Storytelling

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Friday 18 October

Thursday 17 October

7.30pm

ldea Store Chrisp Street

This production, in collaboration with Union Dance, is a newly composed work by legendary saxophonist and composer, Steve Williamson. The work encompasses a broad palette of musical and movement styles, ranging from contemporary and jazz to modern Hip-Hop and Dub Step. Music Movement Oracle visually evokes an imaginative mystical experience. Union Dance 020 7613 7498 | www.uniondance.co.uk facebook.com/uniondance £10 full / £8 concs | Everyone

7pm

This short film written and produced by two young film makers covers the life of young people growing up in an inner city, with drugs, gangs, unemployment and discrimination. Will history repeat itself? Tower Hamlets Libraries and ldea Stores 020 7364 4332 | www.ideastore.co.uk ideastore@towerhamlets.gov.uk FREE | Adults and young people

SOMALI WEEK FESTIVAL: LAUNCH: JOURNEYS SEEN THROUGH ART Friday 18 October 6 – 10pm

Oxford House

Somali Week Festival will be launched by the internationally-acclaimed novelist Nuruddin Farah. Accompanied by renowned poet Hadraawi, and writer and playwright, Said Salah Ahmed, Nuruddin will introduce the festival theme of ‘Journey’ by sharing his own personal adventures, and reflecting on the impact of migration on his literary works. Kayd Somali Arts & Culture 07903 712 949 | www.kayd.org ayan_mahamoud@kayd.org £5 | Everyone

WORMFOOD NIGHT WORMEX! Friday 18 October 8pm

Rich Mix

Top London Afro/Global/Festival/Fusion promoters Wormfood bring best a selection of the bands and DJs in the world right now to Rich Mix for a special show warming up for world music conference WORMEX in Cardiff the following weekend. Could it be called anything else but WORMEX? Time to get a wriggle on! Wormfood 020 7613 7498 | @wormfoodlondon £8 advance I £11 door | Everyone Images top: Union Dance at Rich Mix Bottom: Middle: Somali Women’s Book Group, 1989 Courtesy of Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives for Black Women’s Oral Histories

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STORYTELLING, POETRY & CRAFT EVENT Saturday 19 October 2pm

ldea Store Chrisp Street

Shamim Azad is a bilingual poet and storyteller. Join her while she takes you on a journey of Bangladeshi to European folktales. Tower Hamlets Libraries and ldea Stores 020 7364 4332 | www.ideastore.co.uk ideastore@towerhamlets.gov.uk FREE | Everyone

POETRY EVENT Saturday 19 October 2.30pm

ldea Store Bow

Somali Folk Tales reading session with families. Tower Hamlets Libraries and ldea Stores 020 7364 4332 | www.ideastore.co.uk ideastore@towerhamlets.gov.uk FREE | Families and children

shared a stage for many years. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity! Kayd Somali Arts & Culture 07903 712 949 | www.kayd.org avan_ mahamoud@kayg.org £5 | Everyone

NUMBI FAMILY WORKSHOP Sunday 20 October 11am

Rich Mix

Creative live photography workshops. Learning the fundamentals of photography and exploring still-life photography in the city. Numbi monthly workshops take place on the 3rd Sunday of every month and are suitable for young people 13+. Parents and carers welcome. Numbi 020 7613 7498 | www.numbi.org facebook.com/Numbiarts

£10 regular /£5 concs / £10 family of four

Families and children, young people

Saturday 19 October 6 – 10pm

Oxford House

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ART ATTACK: AFRICAN ART: A magical world

2pm

2.15 – 3.30pm

Sunday 20 October

ldea Store Chrisp Street

SOMALI WEEK FESTIVAL: SOMALI CULTURE IN FLUX An exciting blend of Somali poetry, theatre, singing and entertainment. Hassan Ganey, one of the most renowned of contemporary playwrights, song-writers and experts on Somali folklore will present his work alongside Hassan Adan Samatar, a talented musician. The two artists have not

AFRICAN MOSAIC WORKSHOP WITH DIONNE IBLE

Arts, Crafts & Exhibitions Current Affairs Dance, Drama & Music Film Heritage Literature, Spoken Word & Storytelling

Dionne lble uses the subtle earth tones of the Caribbean and Africa as well as vibrant splashes of colour. Learning to mosaic is a fun and fantastic way to learn a new skill and to develop your creativity! ‘My aim is to share my passion, inspire, motivate and educate.’ Tower Hamlets Libraries and ldea Stores 020 7364 4332 | www.ideastore.co.uk ideastore@towerhamlets.gov.uk FREE | Everyone

Sunday 20 October

ldea Store Canary Wharf

Get involved in making some vibrant and colourful African masks and explore the world of African art in our new regular Sunday art attack sessions Tower Hamlets Libraries and Idea Stores 020 7364 4332 | www.ideastore.co.uk ideastore@towerhamlets.gov.uk FREE | Ages 6 – 12

Image: Numbi Family Workshops at Rich Mix

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SOMALI WEEK FESTIVAL: DEVOTED TO SOMALI – HADRAAWI’S TRANSLATED WORKS

SOMALI WEEK FESTIVAL: OH CAASHAQ: LOVE POETRY & MUSIC

6 – 10pm

Oxford House

Tuesday 22 October

Sunday 20 October

6 – 10pm

Oxford House

An intimate evening featuring Somali musician Aar Maanta and his full band, and the Nitro Theatre Company who will showcase extracts from their upcoming theatrical production, ‘Tales from the Edge.’ Kayd Somali Arts & Culture 07903 712 949 | www.kayd.org ayan_ mahamoud@kayd.org £5 | Everyone

Hadraawi, winner of the Prince Claus Award 2012 is one of the greatest living Somali poets. This event will launch a new publication, entitled ‘Hadraawi: The Man and The Poet’. lncluding new English translations of his poems, this volume is the first in a series that aims to document his entire life and works. Kayd Somali Arts & Culture 07903 712 949 | www.kayd.org avan_ mahamoud@kayd.org FREE | Everyone

SOMALI WEEK FESTIVAL: ANGLO-SOMALI SOCIETY MEETING Monday 21 October 6 – 9pm

Oxford House

Hosted by the Anglo-Somali society, the evening will begin with a presentation on recent Somali affairs by Matt Baugh, the former UK Ambassador to Somalia. He will be followed by Mary Harper, the Africa Editor of BBC World Service News, who will deliver a presentation entitled ‘The Turkish-Somali Love Affair’. Anglo-Somali Society www.anglosomaIisociety.org.uk £6/ £5 | Everyone

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SOMALI WEEK FESTIVAL: NEW JOURNEYS: YOUTH, IDENTITY, BELONGING AND FUTURE ASPIRATIONS Tuesday 22 October 6 – 10pm

Oxford House

What does it mean to be a young Somali artist in Britain today? British artists of Somali heritage, including Prince Abdi, Ali Goolyad and Fahmi Kastello will be invited to share their art, their experiences and their aspirations for the future. Kayd Somali Arts and Culture 07903 712 949 | www.kayd.org avan_ mahamoud@kayd.org £5 | Everyone

SOMALI WEEK FESTIVAL: TACKLING FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION: TRAINING FOR PROFESSIONALS

SOMALI WEEK FESTIVAL: EXPLORING RIGHTS, CITIZENSHIP & MINORITY ISSUES

2 – 5pm

5pm

Wednesday 23 October Oxford House

An afternoon training session aimed at professionals working with children and young people. lt will introduce participants to the health, child protection, human rights, implications of FGM and address practical ways in which teachers, social workers, nurses, GPs and midwives can support girls and young women affected by the practice. Ocean Somali Community Association 07787 336 919 | www.oceansomali.org.uk qiulia@oceansomali.org.uk FREE | Professionals working with young women and children

SOMALI WEEK FESTIVAL: WOMEN’S TRAJECTORIES

Thursday 24 October

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

ln this workshop we will explore how the unfolding politics of the Somali territories and changing notions of home, belonging and citizenship shape the construction of minority identity, and the situation of the most marginalised social groups. lnspired by the academic and activist work of the late Dr. Virginia Luling, the aim is to bring together insights from research, policy and practice on these issues. SOAS Kayd Somali Arts & Culture dt37@soas.ac.uk FREE | Everyone

Wednesday 23 October 6 – 10pm

Oxford House

An evening of women’s voices. Nadifa Mohamed, an internationally acclaimed young British writer will launch her second novel ‘The Orchard of Lost Souls’ and Hibo Nuura will close the evening with her powerful lyrics and captivating voice. Kayd Somali Arts and Culture 07903 712 949 | www.kayd.org ayan_ mahamoud@kayd.org £5 | Everyone

Arts, Crafts & Exhibitions Current Affairs Dance, Drama & Music Film Heritage Literature, Spoken Word & Storytelling

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HIJAB FASHION WEEK SUPER BLOGGERS CATWALK

POETRY EVENT WITH PATIENCE AGBABI

SITA’S STORY

6pm

7.30pm

Rich Mix

Thursday 24 October Rich Mix

Hijab Fashion Week celebrates the concept of the veil in an ever increasing fashion conscious world. Packed with catwalk shows, creative events and inspirational workshops this is set to be an exciting week dedicated to promoting influential women who wear the veil and deserve recognition in mainstream media. Hijab Fashion Week 020 7613 7498 | @hijabfashionwk www.hiiabfashionweek.wordpress.com www.facebook.com/HiiabFashionWeek

£10 door / £8 advance / £7 concs Everyone

FILM SCREENING OF ‘HOOD LOYALTY’ Thursday 24 October 7pm

ldea Store Whitechapel

This short film written and produced by two young film makers covers the life of young people growing up in an inner city, with drugs, gangs, unemployment and discrimination. Will history repeat itself? Tower Hamlets Libraries and Idea Stores 020 7364 4332 | www.ideastore.co.uk ideastore@towerhamlets.gov.uk FREE | Adults and young people

Images top: Hijab Fashion Week at Rich Mix Bottom: Sita’s Story at Rich Mix

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Saturday 26 October

Thursday 24 October

11am & 2pm

ldea Store Whitechapel

How did Sita become Queen? Why did the demon Ravana steal Sita? How did King Rama win her back? Tara Arts’ production draws children into the adventure. Using scarves, masks, dance and song, the performers create a vibrant show for children and adults alike. Based on the Ramayana. Suitable for ages 5 – 11. Tara Arts 020 7613 7498 | @Tara_ Arts www.facebook.com/pages/Tara-Arts £6 full/ £5 LBTH residents | Everyone

Patience Agbabi is a British poet and performer with a particular emphasis on the spoken word. Although her poetry is hard-hitting in addressing contemporary themes, her work often makes use of strong formal constraints, including traditional poetic forms. Tower Hamlets Libraries and Idea Stores 020 7364 4332 | www.ideastore.co.uk ideastore@towerhamlets.gov.uk FREE | Adults and young people

SOMALI WEEK FESTIVAL: LITERATURE AND POETRY EVENING Friday 25 October 6 – 10pm

Oxford House

An opportunity to browse and purchase the latest publications relating to Somali issues and written by contemporary Somali writers. Kayd Somali Arts & Culture Rift Valley lnstitute | RedSea Cultural Foundation 07903 712 1949 | www.kayd.org avan_ mahamoud@kayd.org £5 | Everyone Arts, Crafts & Exhibitions Current Affairs Dance, Drama & Music Film Heritage Literature, Spoken Word & Storytelling

SOMALI WEEK FESTIVAL: A 5O-YEAR JOURNEY: ART, CULTURE AND LITERATURE AT HOME AND IN EXILE Saturday 26 October 2 – 5pm

Oxford House

Said Salah, esteemed playwright, poet and teacher will launch his latest play, which revolves around his own experiences and journeys as an artist at home and in exile abroad. Kayd Somali Arts and Culture 07903 712 949 | www.kayd.org ayan_ mahamoud@kayd.org £5 | Everyone

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POETRY EVENT WITH JAY BERNARD Saturday 26 October 2.30pm

ldea Store Bow

Jay Bernard is a writer/poet from London. Listen to her read some of her poetry from her first collection of poems entitled Your Sign is Cuckoo, Girl which was recently selected as the Poetry Book Society’s pamphlet choice for summer 2008. Jay is the recipient of a Foyle’s Young Poet of the Year Award and has read her work on various radio and television shows including ‘The Verb’ and ‘The Culture Show’. Tower Hamlets Libraries and ldea Stores 020 7364 4332 | www.ideastore.co.uk ideastore@towerhamlets.gov.uk FREE | Everyone

OPEN THE GATE AFRICAN MARKET Sunday 27 October 12 noon

Rich Mix

A unique alternative fair, showcasing talents from Africa. More than an exhibition and trade space, The African Market is a place of curiosity attracting a mix of people. You’ll be welcomed by the distinctive sounds of the open Drumming Circle. And to complete the atmosphere African food will be served. Open The Gate www.openthegate.org.uk @OpenTheGate_ FREE | Everyone

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AFRICAN MOSAIC WORKSHOP WITH DIONNE IBLE

ART ATTACK: AFRICAN ART: A magical world

1pm

ldea Store Canary Wharf

Sunday 27 October

Sunday 27 October

2.15 – 3.30pm

ldea Store Whitechapel

Get involved in making some vibrant and colourful African masks and explore the world of African art in our new regular Sunday art attack sessions Tower Hamlets Libraries and Idea Stores 020 7364 4332 | www.ideastore.co.uk ideastore@towerhamlets.gov.uk FREE | Ages 6 –12

Dionne lble uses the subtle earth tones of the Caribbean and Africa as well as vibrant splashes of colour. Learning to mosaic is a fun and fantastic way to learn a new skill and to develop your creativity! ‘My aim is to share my passion, inspire, motivate and educate.’ Tower Hamlets Libraries and ldea Stores 020 7364 4332 | www.ideastore.co.uk ideastore@towerhamlets.gov.uk FREE | Everyone

SOMALI WEEK FESTIVAL: DJIBOUTI RHYTHMS Sunday 27 October

SOMALI WEEK FESTIVAL: STEERING TOWARDS PEACE: IN CONVERSATION WITH MUSTAFE SHEIKH ELMI Sunday 27 October 2 – 3pm

Oxford House

As an advocate for peace and an expert on Somali literature and culture, no one is better suited to discuss the role of arts in peace building and development. Join us to hear Mustafe recite extracts form his work and provide his perspective on these pressing issues. Kayd Somali Arts and Culture 07903 712 949 | www.kayd.org avan_ mahamoud@kayd.org £5 | Everyone

4 – 6pm

Oxford House

An afternoon featuring artists from Djibouti, a key hub of Somali art since the early 1990’s, which has been actively engaged in the revival and development of Somali literature. Kayd Somali Arts and Culture 07903 712 949 | www.kayd.org avan_ mahamoud@kayd.org £5 | Everyone

Images top: Open the Gate at Rich Mix Bottom: Dionne Ible, African Mosaic Workshop

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OPEN THE GATE GIG: ABDOULAYE SAMB & MINNJIARABY ’WOUTY’ ALBUM LAUNCH Sunday 27 October

The showcase will be on Saturday 2 November, 5.30 –7.30pm Tower Hamlets Libraries and ldea Stores 020 7364 4332 | www.ideastore.co.uk ideastore@towerhamlets.gov.uk FREE | Young people (13 – 19)

8pm

Rich Mix

CELEBRATE YOUR ROOTS

LAST STOP LONDON

4 – 10pm

6 – 10pm

Sunday 27 October

St Matthias Community Centre

Afternoon to showcase talents of young people. Drummers Steel Band, young drama students and others. SPLASH 020 7987 0257 | nip65@msn.com FREE | Everyone

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Minnjiaraby was founded in 2001 by Abdoulaye Samb, guitarist singer composer from Senegal. His original music is inspired by Fula and Mandinka cultures among many others. Also featuring special guests: Diabel Cissoko, Amira Kheir, Luzmira Zerpa, Kyazi Lungagira, Noga Ritter, Maimuna Fall, DJ Koichi Sakai (Ghetto Lounge) + surprise support act! Open The Gate 020 76137498 | www.openthegate.org.uk @OpenTheGate_ £7 advance / £10 door | Everyone

Sunday 27 October Oxford House

London-based musicians meet Shay Mire Dacar, a Somali vocalist, lute player and traditional musician. This exciting event will not only bring together two continents but also blend traditional and contemporary styles. Kayd Somali Arts and Culture 07903 712 949 | www.kayd.org avan_ mahamoud@kayd.org £5 | Everyone

Image: Abdoulaye Sanb, Open the Gate at Rich Mix

INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION: WEEK LONG ART WORKSHOP

Monday 28 – Saturday 2 November 11am – 4pm daily

INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION: WEEK LONG DANCE WORKSHOP

Monday 28 – Saturday 2 November

11am – 4pm daily

Bethnal Green Library

Dance workshop: lnterpretive dance, focusing on 3 points in Black history, these include slavery, the 60 & 70’s, and current times. Students will perform their dance piece on the 2nd and will then go on to perform at their school. The workshops are a week long project with a maximum of 20 teenagers per workshop.

All three workshops start on Monday and finish on Friday, 11am – 4pm. The showcase will be on Saturday 2 November, 5.30 – 7.30pm Tower Hamlets Libraries and ldea Stores 020 7364 4332 | www.ideastore.co.uk ideastore@towerhamlets.gov.uk FREE | Young people (13 – 19)

Bethnal Green Library

Focus on African inspired art; create original work which will then be displayed on our walls for the showcase. Student’s art work will then be sent to the students schools and included in their art portfolios. The workshops are a week long project with a maximum of 20 teenagers per workshop. All three workshops start on Monday and finish on Friday, 11 – 4pm.

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INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION: WEEK LONG DRAMA WORKSHOP

GUANTANAMO BOY (OPEN REHEARSAL)

11am – 4pm daily

An open rehearsal where attendees will get the opportunity to see how directors work with the actors of Guantanamo Boy, a play that takes the audience into the heart of the ‘war on terror’ seen through the eyes of one boy. There will also be time to ask questions about the process. Half Moon Theatre 020 7709 8900 | www.halfmoon.org.uk facebook.com/halfmoontheatre @HalfMoonTheatre FREE | Young people (13 – 25)

Monday 28 – Saturday 2 November

Bethnal Green Library

Drama workshop: Silent play, narrative by the author. Students will perform their drama piece on the 2nd and will then go on to perform at their school. The workshops are a week long project with a maximum of 20 teenagers per workshop. All three workshops start on Monday and finish on Friday, 11am – 4pm. The showcase will be on Saturday 2 November, 5.30 – 7.30pm Tower Hamlets Libraries and ldea Stores 020 7364 4332 | www.ideastore.co.uk ideastore@towerhamlets.gov.uk FREE | Young people (13 – 19)

Wednesday 30 October 2.30 – 4.30pm

Half Moon Theatre

THE ART OF WELL BEING Wednesday 30 October

KAKATSITSI : MASTER DRUMMERS FROM GHANA. WORKSHOP AND PERFORMANCE Monday 4 November 7.30 – 10pm

Backyard Comedy Club

A showcase of west African traditional drumming and dance performed by some of Ghana’s finest musicians. The show will be also be preceded by a drumming workshop for those who want to try their hand at a few rhythms. Kakatsitsi’s music is an irresistible, exhilarating and exuberant mix which is hard not to dance to – we guarantee you’ll be tapping your feet! lndigenous People 07714 004 495 www.facebook.com/kakatsitsi www.indigenouspeople.org.uk www.soundcloud.com/ kakatsitsidrummers FREE | Over 18s

2 – 9pm

Rich Mix

This event will explore ideas of how belonging to a group / family / community can benefit mental well being through art-based and heritage performances and activities. It will focus on people with experience of mental health problems from African and Caribbean communities. THACMHO 020 7426 5389 | 07745 392 318 mellow@safh.org.uk | www.safh.org.uk FREE | Everyone

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Arts, Crafts & Exhibitions Current Affairs Dance, Drama & Music Film Heritage Literature, Spoken Word & Storytelling

Images top: Master Drummers from Ghana Bottom: Master Drummers from Ghana

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The Miah family, Spitalfields, 1970s. Courtesy of Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives. The Bengali East End, throughout October.

CALENDAR BY CATEGORY Arts, Crafts & Exhibitions

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Event

Date

Age

Page

Afro Supa Hero

Saturday 14 September – Sunday 9 February

Everyone

p.15

The Radcliffe Line

Saturday 12 October – Sunday 27 October

Everyone

p.20

Fabrics in Slavery and Stand Up Comedy

Sunday 13 October

Everyone

p.21

Numbi Family Workshop

Sunday 20 October

Families & children, young people

p.24

African Mosaic Workshop with Dionne Ible

Sunday 20 October

Everyone

p.25

Art Attack: African Art: A Magical World

Sunday 20 October

Ages 6 – 12

p.25

Hijab Fashion Week Super Bloggers Catwalk

Thursday 24 October

Everyone

p.28

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Dance, Drama and Music

Arts, Crafts & Exhibitions CONT.

Event

Date

Age

Page

Event

Date

Age

Page

Open The Gate African Market

Sunday 27 October

Everyone

p.30

Capoeira: Afro-Brazilian Dance Martial Arts

Tuesday 1 – Thursday 31 October

Everyone

p.15

Art Attack: African Art: A Magical World

Sunday 27 October

Ages 6 – 12

p.31

Adriano Adewale & Benjamim Taubkin

Tuesday 8 October

Everyone

p.18

African Mosaic Workshop with Dionne Ible

Sunday 27 October

Everyone

p.30

Choir Group Performing African Songs and Poetry

Saturday 12 October

Everyone

p.20

Inspiring the Next Generation: Week Long Art Workshop

Monday 28 – Saturday 2 November

Young people (13 – 19)

p.33

Mwalimu Express

Sunday 13 October

Everyone

p.20

Bengal to Bethnal Green

Sunday 13 October

Everyone

p.22

The Art of Well Being

Wednesday 30 October

We Live the Dream

Sunday 13 October

Everyone

p.22

Music Movement Oracle

Friday 18 October

Everyone

p.23

Wormfood Night Wormex!

Friday 18 October

Everyone

p.23

Somali Week Festival: Somali Culture in Flux

Saturday 19 October

Everyone

p.24

Everyone

p.34

Current AFFAIRS Event

Date

Age

Page

Everyone

p.26

Monday 21 October

Everyone

p.26

Somali Week Festival: Oh Caashaq: Love Poetry & Music

Tuesday 22 October

Somali Week Festival: Anglo – Somali Society Meeting

Everyone

p.26

Wednesday 23 October

Professionals working with young women and children

p.27

Somali Week Festival: New Journeys – Youth, Identity, Belonging & Future Aspirations

Tuesday 22 October

Somali Week Festival: Tackling Female Genital Mutilation: Training for Professionals

Everyone

p.27

Thursday 24 October

Everyone

p.27

Somali Week Festival: Women’s Trajectories

Wedsnesday 23 October

Somali Week Festival: Exploring Rights, Citizenship & Minority Issues

Sita’s Story

Saturday 26 October

Everyone

p.29

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HERITAGE

DANCE, DRAMA AND MUSIC CONT.

Event

Date

Age

Page

Event

Date

Age

Page

Somali Week Festival: Djibouti Rhythms

Sunday 27 October

Everyone

p.31

Africans in 18th Century Limehouse and Ratcliff

Throughout October

Everyone

p.15

Celebrate Your Roots

Sunday 27 October

Everyone

p.32

The Bengali East End

Throughout October

Everyone

p.16

Somali Week Festival: Last Stop London

Sunday 27 October

Everyone

p.32

Windrush 65

Throughout October

Everyone

p.16

Everyone

p.17

Sunday 27 October

Everyone

p.33

Caribbean Family History Workshop

Saturday 5 October

Open The Gate Gig: Abdoulaye Samb & Minnjiaraby Album Launch

Black Women’s Oral Histories

Thursday 10 October

Everyone

p.19

Inspiring The Next Generation: Week Long Dance & Drama Workshops

Monday 28 October – Saturday 2 November

Young people (13 – 25)

p.33 –34

Caribbean Family History Workshop

Saturday 12 October

Everyone

p.20

Guantanamo Boy (Open Rehearsal)

Wednesday 30 October

Young people (13 – 25)

p.34

Kakatsitsi: Master Drummers from Ghana. Workshop & Performance

Monday 4 November

Over 18

p.35

FILM Event

Date

Age

Page

Film Screening of ‘Hood Loyalty’

Wednesday 2 October

Adults and young people

p.16

40

Saturday 5 October

p.18

Thursday 17 October

p.22

Thursday 24 October

p.28

Literature, Spoken Word & Storytelling Event

Date

Age

Page

Storytime: African Stories

Throughout October

Under 5s

p.16

Young Black Poets

Thursday 3 October

Everyone

p.17

London Liming Meets Chill Pill

Thursday 10 October

Over 18

p.19

Storytelling, Poetry & Craft Event

Saturday 12 October

Everyone

p.20

Somali Week Festival: Launch: Journeys Seen Through Art

Friday 18 October

Everyone

p.22

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LITERATURE, SPOKEN WORD AND STORYTELLING CONT.

Event

Date

Age

Page

Storytelling, Poetry & Craft Event

Saturday 19 October

Everyone

p.24

Poetry Event

Saturday 19 October

Families and children

p.24

Somali Week Festival: Devoted to Somali – Hadraawi’s Translated Works

Sunday 20 October

Everyone

p.26

Poetry Event with Patience Agbabi

Thursday 24 October

Adults and young people

p.29

Somali Week Festival: Literature and Poetry Evening

Friday 25 October

Everyone

p.29

Somali Week Festival: A 50-Year Journey: Art, Culture and Literature at Home and in Exile

Saturday 26 October

Everyone

p.29

Poetry Event with Jay Bernard

Saturday 26 October

Everyone

p.30

Somali Week Festival: Steering Towards Peace: In Conversation with Mustafe Sheikh Elmi

Saturday 26 October

VENUES Backyard Comedy Club 231 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 0EL www.backyardcomedyclub.co.uk info@backyardcomedyclub.co.uk

Full disabled access

Tube: Bethnal Green Local buses: 254, 106 & N253

Bethnal Green Library Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 0HL 020 8980 3902 | www.ideastore.co.uk ideastore@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Full disabled access

Tube: Bethnal Green Local buses: D3, 25, 254, 8

Everyone

p.30

Brady Arts Centre 192 – 196 Hanbury Street, London E1 5HU 020 7364 7900 www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk festivalsandevents@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Full disabled access

Tube: Whitechapel Local buses: D3, 25, 254, 106, 205

Cultural Centre A Casa Do Caboclo 5 Gales Garden, London E2 0EJ 07740 685 139 capoeiraceara@gmail.com www.capoeira-ceara.co.uk

Frank Brazil Studio Limehouse Town Hall 646 Commercial Road London E14 7HA

No disabled access

DLR: Limehouse, Westferry Local buses: 15, 115, D3

Half Moon Young People’s Theatre 43 White Horse Road, London E1 0ND 020 7709 8900 | www.halfmoon.org.uk admin@halfmoon.org.uk

Full disabled access

DLR: Limehouse Local buses: 115, 15, D3, 135

Idea Store Bow 1 Gladstone Place, Roman Road, London E3 5ES 020 7364 4332 | www.ideastore.co.uk ideastore@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Full disabled access Tube: Bow Road Local buses: 8

Idea Store Canary Wharf Churchill Place, London E14 5RB 020 7364 4332 | www.ideastore.co.uk ideastore@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Full disabled access

Nearest DLR: Canary Wharf Local buses: D3, D7, D8, 277

Contact venue re disabled access Tube: Bethnal Green Local buses: 309, 8, D6

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Idea Store Chrisp Street 1 Vesey Path, East India Dock Road London E14 6BT 020 7364 4332 | www.ideastore.co.uk ideastore@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Full disabled access

Nearest DLR: All Saints. Local buses: 15, 115, D6, D8

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square London WC1H 0XG 020 7637 2388 | gallery@soas.ac.uk www.soas.ac.uk/gallery

Full disabled access

Tube: Russell Square Local buses: 7, 68, 91, 168, 188

Idea Store Watney Market 260 Commercial Road, London E1 2FB 020 7364 4332 | www.ideastore.co.uk ideastore@towerhamlets.gov.uk

St. Matthias Community Centre 113 Poplar High Street, London E14 0DE 020 7987 0257 | nip65@man.com

Full disabled access

Full disabled access

Nearest DLR: Shadwell Local buses: 135, D3, 100, 339

DLR: Poplar Local buses: D6, D7, 15, 115

Idea Store Whitechapel 321 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1BU 020 7364 4332 | www.ideastore.co.uk ideastore@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives 277 Bancroft Road, London E1 4DQ www.ideastore.co.uk localhistory@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Full disabled access Tube: Whitechapel Local buses: 25, 106, 205, 254

Oxford House Derbyshire Street, London E2 6HG 020 7739 9001 | www.oxfordhouse.org.uk info@oxfordhouse.org.uk

Full disabled access

Tube: Bethnal Green Local buses: D8, D6, 388

Rich Mix 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA 020 7613 7498 | www.richmix.org.uk boxoffice@richmix.org.uk

Full disabled access

Tube: Liverpool Street, Old Street, Bethnal Green, Aldgate East Local buses: 8, 388

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Full disabled access

Tube: Stepney Green Local buses: 25, 205

V&A Museum of Childhood Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA 020 8983 5200 www.museumofchildhood.org.uk

Full disabled access

Tube: Bethnal Green Local buses: D6, 106, 254, 309 and 388

FURTHER INFORMATION London Borough of Tower Hamlets cannot take responsibility for any of the events mentioned in this brochure or for any incidents that may take place. Please take care of all personal belongings. It is advisable to contact the venue before you leave to check disabled access.

Log on for what’s on

To download a PDF version of this programme and find full online listings for Black History Month as well as a range of other arts based events and activities across the borough, go to: www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk You can follow us on twitter @thevents and don’t forget the hashtag #TowerHamletsBHM for all Black History related tweets! You can also become a friend of ours on FaceBook and check out upcoming programmes such as the Season of Bangla Drama in November: facebook.com/TowerHamletsEvents facebook.com/season.bangladrama

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We would love to hear your views about Black History Month events and publicity and if you take a few minutes to fill out a short survey, you could win a £25 itunes voucher. We have two up for grabs! Either scan us on your smartphone or log on to: www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk (Festivals and Events / Black History Month) Brochure information correct at the time of going to press. For further information on transport links go to: www.tfl.gov.uk or call 020 7222 1234 Images on cover – Top left: Adriano Adewale & Benjamim Taubkin at Rich Mix. Top right: Jumping Kofi, courtesy of Indigenous People Bottom right: ©IWM (FL 9448) Bottom left: Union Dance at Rch Mix Middle: Jessica Care Moore, courtesy of www.ontilt.org

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