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Guys & Dolls Launch Party
Sisters in Law
A Child From Everywhere
Afro Cup Festival
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Tribute to Michael Jackson Open Mic
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A Word From The Editor 27 You know the sun is out when you see drivers with their tops down. Hair blowing in the wind; elbow on door. It kind of warms the heart. As much as I like to enjoy the sun, I love to see others enjoying it that much more. Maybe that’s why I get such a kick out of Life In Colour. These pages are your window to the best London has to offer culturally, and in the form of entertainment.
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When those car tops are down, the most noticeable thing is the music you hear. From Dance to R&B to Portuguese Pop; I’ve heard it all. Sometimes I feel like tossing a mag on their back seats when they’re at the traffic lights — I know they’ll get a kick out of our live music listings! Speaking of which, check out our feature on London songstress Terri Walker, who will be performing at the Jazz Café next month; there’s even a chance for you to win tickets to the show. I thank London for being the cultural hub it is. Just like the music from the cars in summer, there’s something in the air in this city. Our new writer Minna Salami captures a part of it perfectly in her new fixture Afropolitan. Don’t worry, you’ll find a definition in the feature, so I’ll say no more.
London’s First Multicultural Listings Guide Over 250,000 Monthly Readers
Issue 23 • June 2010
Entertainment L i s t i n g s
Guys & Dolls Launch Party
Furthermore, we’ve got the full listings for the Afro Cup Festival being held at the Rich Mix. Let’s face it, there’s no getting away from the football. Phew. The thought of it all makes me want to take a seat!
Sisters in Law
A Child From Everywhere
(Not really, I’m off to the theatre! Maybe I’ll see you there…)
Afro Cup Festival
WRITTEN & SPOKEN
Tribute to Michael Jackson Open Mic
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Jun Purcell Room O Shakuntala! with Debashish
With a Grammy nomination and BBC World Music Award under his belt, Indian slide guitarist Pandit (master) Debashish Bhattacharya’s remarkable virtuosity is winning international critical acclaim. O Shakuntala! is a sublime interpretation of the immortal Indian masterpiece of eternal love and features three slide guitars designed and developed by award winning virtuoso Debashish Bhattacharya himself. He’ll take you on a musical adventure fusing two great Indian musical traditions: Carnatic music from the South of India and Hindustani music from the North. Debashish is accompanied by the wonderful Subashish Bhattacharya (his brother) on tabla, Chitrangana Reshwal on pakhawaj and Charu Hariharan on mridangam and ganjira. Cost: £12 – £15 Time: 7.45pm Location: Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Info: 0844 875 0073
A Moving Sound
Traditional Taiwanese and Chinese music forms are fused in new and original song compositions. Instruments like the Chinese erhu (a vertically held, bowed instrument) and the zhong ruan (Chinese guitar), alongside an assortment of western instruments and the vocals and dance of lead singer Mia Hsieh, transport listeners on a Global journey without them having to leave their Rich Mix seats. Cost: £8 - £11 Time: 8pm Location: Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Info: 020 7613 7498
Trey Songz brings his exciting and soulful brand of R&B swagger to London this June. Those in the know have been championing Trey Songz since his 2005 debut, but due to his successful career performing, acting and producing; most have only seen him once on these shores in a sell out show with J Holiday in 2009. Well that’s about to change; now he’s back to make his mark. He’ll be performing material from his two previous albums, I Gotta Make It, Trey Day and the latest set Ready. Cost: £19.75 - £27.75 Time: 7pm Location: IndigO2, The O2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX Info: www.theo2.co.uk, 0844 856 0202
12, 14, 16 & 18 Jun
Global singing sensation Leona Lewis announces her first ever UK arena tour. Hot on the heels of Leona’s first ever concert performance at London’s Hackney Empire, Britain’s most successful female musical export will embark on her first ever UK arena tour. Forget bad behaviour, this good girl is a true diva of the vocal variety. Experience her amazing voice and moving lyrics at the O2 this month. Leona Lewis will be supported by Gabriella Cilmi on all of her performances. Cost: £30 – £52.38 Time: 6pm; 6.30pm 16 & 18 Jun Location: The O2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX Info: www.o2.co.uk, 0844 856 0202
George Benson & Marti Pellow
Who’d have thought it? George Benson and Marti Pellow… From hard bop guitarist to R&B pop superstar, George Benson has worn a wide variety of hats over the years. While he’s responsible for such hits as Give Me The Night and Turn Your Love Around, the jazz world continues to treasure his classic instrumental albums of the 60’s and early 70’s — his million-selling Breezin’ album of 1976 practically defined contemporary jazz radio formats. From his early success as the voice and face of Wet Wet Wet to his successful career as a
solo artist, and acting debut in the West End show Chicago, Marti Pellow has earned a place as one of the UK’s favourite entertainers. Both are stars in their own right; the pair will perform together at The O2. This will be interesting… Cost: £51.25 - £56.25 Time: 6.30pm Location: The O2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX Info: www.o2.co.uk, 0844 856 0202
02 – 03
Jun Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder - Tribute Show
The legendary Stevie Wonder celebrated his 60th birthday at the end of May this year. He has often been seen at Ronnie
MUSIC Scott’s — and has been known to sit in with the house band for a song or two — so what more fitting a place to celebrate his birthday? That said, he won’t be there; the party will be in his honour and he’ll certainly be invited! Now it’s our turn to pay homage to one of the greatest living musicians. The night will be brought to you by top vocalist Natalie Williams and her Soul Family, who regularly bring the house down at Ronnie’s with their Sunday Sessions, along with support from the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars. Cost: £15 - £27.50 Time: 6pm - 3am Location: Ronnie Scott’s, Location: 47 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 4HT Info: www.ronniescotts.co.uk
Singer, composer, pianist, producer Xantoné Blacq makes his live shows sonic adventures fusing Jazz-Funk, Soul, Afro and Latin music. Think Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Herbie
Unsigned and Happening
GIFT Her flamboyant and show-stopping
performances, elegant and vibrant personality, honey-sweet and delectable vocal delivery, helped create the artist and entertainer known to the world as Gift. Her love for music led to the formation of girl band La Infinite and her determination took the group to countless performances around the country. La Infinite shared a stage with the late Michael Jackson at the World Music Awards in 2006 and reached the finals of 2007 Hugo Urban Rules competition. In 2008 she decided to carve her own solo career. Gift is currently working on her first untitled EP, which will feature her own assortments of songs.
Jun In the Mix
This is the last of the Sunday Jazz sessions at the Rich Mix bar. See artists like Shabaka Hutchings, Jay Phelps and Femi Temowo taking Jazz to the next level one last time with a selection of guest artists and performers. Cost: Free Time: 2pm - 5pm Location: Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Info: 020 7613 7498
Every second Wednesday of the month Brassroots hit the Rich Mix stage with the sole aim of blowing your mind, ears and eyes wide open, solely
NU BRAND FLEXXX Nu Brand Flexxx (NBF) was founded by Richie Montana with the help of Sas Killa. The group members include Boya Dee, Sas Killa, Likle P Striver (Striver Productions), Vener Remah and Darq e Freaker. As a collective, the group started hitting most underground radio stations as well as BBC 1Xtra. NBF’s style is like no other, their dress sense colourful and funky. Nu Brand Flexxx’s style is a big influence on their music, which is why they are so interesting to watch and worth seeing live. Nu Brand Flexxx are notorious for their energy; all of their videos and gigs are full of dances, jokes and enough talent to show kids, teenagers and adults the fun side of music!
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Jun Chris Brown - Fan Appreciation Tour
Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist and actor Chris Brown brings his UK Fan Appreciation Tour to London in June to thank his fans for their on going support. You’ll have the chance to hear music from his current album Graffiti as well as fan favourites, such as Gimme That, With You, Forever, and Kiss Kiss. Chris will also debut new choreography. Cost: £36.50 – £51.75 Time: 7pm Location: HMV Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, W6 9QH Info: venues.meanfiddler.com/apollo
Electro House, cheeky lyrics and fire-like performances, Party Dark will soon be taking the music and clubbing industry by storm. This highly likeable House Rap duo by the name of Randy & J-Rock have been keeping their heads and hearts busy in the studio and rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest underground Electro, Fidget and Dubstep names this side of 2009. Party Dark’s debut single, Is That You? is a bouncy and highly infectious Electro House track that will have you wondering what the world was like pre-Party Dark.
Jun Aesthetic Sounds ‘Live’ featuring Xantoné Blacq
Hancock and Roy Ayers playing Future Soul for pop radio. This is a must for all soul music lovers. Cost: £7 Time: 7pm – 11pm Location: Vibe Bar, 91-95 Brick Lane, E1 6QL Info: 020 7247 3479
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CLOSE UP with STACEY SKEETE
Malaysia’s most successful group ever, Raihan, have sold over 3.5 million copies of their debut album Puji-Pujian and toured the world to international acclaim, as well as collaborating with artists such as Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens). Specially invited by Meltdown Director Richard Thompson for their unique perspective on Islamic Pop, this is a very rare opportunity for UK audiences to experience a true Malaysian phenomenon. Cost: £30 - £50 Time: 7.30pm Location: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Info: www.southbankcentre.com, 0844 875 0073
with their instruments. Led by American trombonist Jerome Harper, Brassroots is a 9-piece powerhouse group of horn players and drummers; they’re packed with boundless energy and a musical concept that catapults the brassband genre into another dimension. Special guests will be handpicked each month to join the jamboree, and Rich Mix will be opening up the stage for one new jazz act to get involved each month too. Cost: Free Time: Various Location: Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Info: 020 7613 7498
Jun Billy Ocean - 2010
Billy Ocean will be taking his infectious blend of Caribbean Soul, Funk, Pop and R&B to indigO2. As the biggest black recording star Britain has ever produced, shifting over 30 million albums, the award winning R&B and Pop singer has enjoyed a stunning career filled with dozens of hugely popular albums and hits. His appearance at the indigO2 marks a hugely anticipated return to London for one of the country’s best loved artists.
Hear the amazing sounds of Stacey Skeete at this luxurious live music venue. DJ Rhodium from Phat Kontrolaz and Playvybz.com will be spinning for the after party. Catch this if you can. Cost: £6 - £8 Time: 7.30pm - 12am Location: The Old Queens Head, 44 Essex Road, Angel, Islington, N1 8LN Info: 07944 090 805
May Richard Ashcroft and the United Nations of Sound
The Ex Verve frontman is taking Europe by storm with his new band, United Nations of Sound. This is a great night opportunity to see them before they hit the festival circuit.
Cost: £23.50 Time: 7pm Location: O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8TT Info: www. o2shepherdsbushempire.co.uk
20 – 21
Jun Ronnie Scott’s Blues Experience
The Blues Experience is a new band specialising in Blues music, blending varieties ranging from Chicago to Delta to West Coast to British. They’ll cover Blues classics from the likes of Eric Clapton, BB King, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Albert King, Peter Green, Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Cray...and many more greats of the genre. The band is led by the superb Tony Remy, one of the world’s most exciting guitarists – inspiring, soulful and inventive on stage. Tony plays regularly with Annie Lennox, In Cognito
Cost: £16.75 – £43.50 Time: 7pm Location: IndigO2, The O2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX Info: www.theo2.co.uk, 0844 856 0202
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Jun The Nina Simone Songbook presented by Gill Manly
Experience a night which re-creates the Nina Simone’s legendary performances at Ronnie Scott’s. Her performances at the club are often the most talked about, with the amazing singing and a slightly idiosyncratic performance style. For these performances, the incredible Gill Manley will present her personal tribute to Nina Simone. Gill herself has an amazing voice and is a truly talented artist. She is a soulful and blues diva that has been on the UK scene for 20 years. Those in attendance are in for a real treat. Cost: £20 - £41.50 Time: Various Location: Ronnie Scott’s, Location: 47 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 4HT Info: www.ronniescotts.co.uk
Jun Strictly Swing
Set in a smoky New York bar, don’t miss this upbeat celebration of swing! The show beautifully encapsulates the best-loved music of legendary artists – Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby. Cost: £6.50 - £9 Time: 2pm Location: The Broadway Theatre, Catford Broadway, SE6 4RU Info: www.broadwaytheatre.org.uk, 020 8690 0002
On 25 June 2009, we heard news that rocked the entertainment world. The nations cried when they heard that Michael Jackson was gone. Since his untimely passing, Michael Jackson has had somewhat of a resurgence. One year on, we look at the impact his music continues to have on us. Throughout his life, Michael seemed like an unstoppable vessel for great music and entertainment. When possibility of more from Michael came to an abrupt end, people hit the high street and digital stores for all they could get. Around 2.3 million albums were sold in the 3 weeks after his death while the world mourned, but sales didn’t stop there, with around 25 million records being sold in the 5 months after his death. In fact, MJ sales dominated the iTunes sales chart. On the Friday following his death, 41 songs on the iTunes Top 100 singles chart featured contributions from Michael Jackson, either in lead or backing vocals. Furthermore, 24 of the Top 100 albums were either from Michael’s solo career or from his Jackson 5 days. With sales like these, it’s fair to say that Michael gained a horde of new fans amidst the mania of his passing. Hardcore fans would have already had much of his work already. We all have that kid in the family who wasn’t even born for Bad let alone Billy Jean, but who now knows every word to their top 10 MJ tracks. For once, they heard all the good things Michael had to offer, and not just the crazy negative press. As bittersweet as it may be, Michael’s death gave us the opportunity to celebrate his life and remember the massive contribution he made to music and entertainment. Though it’s yet to be seen, Mohammad Al Fayed said he would even erect a statue of the icon outside of his Knightsbridge store Harrods.
This wasn’t the only tribute of this sort to Michael: a giant plastic sculpture of the late singer was erected in a village outside Zurich, Switzerland. The 12-metre high statue was made of four tonnes of grey and gold plastic. The man behind it, Andreas Grassman, described himself as a huge Jackson fan and had spent five days restoring it. Harper’s Bazaar paid tribute in their September edition by highlighting the impact Michael had as a style icon. Brit model Agyness Deyn channelled her inner Michael for an amazing Terry Richardson photo shoot where she re-enacted moments from the star’s life in replicas of his iconic outfits. Her looks ranged from the red Thriller outfit to his black ankle-revealing trousers and studded glove. Work on a museum dedicated to the star’s legacy could also commence construction very soon in his hometown. It’s hoped the project, expected to cost $300m (£204m), will draw 750,000 visitors a year to Gary, Indiana — much like Elvis’ Graceland. The plans come with endorsement from his father, Joe Jackson. Michael actually had a hand in the plans before his death and last visited the town to talk about the plans in 2003. Clearly, the contribution Michael made to music and entertainment has resonated throughout the world and continues to do so. Despite the negative press that dogged his life, he is being remembered for his talents and the great music he made. When all is said and done, he is a legend. Michael Jackson will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Apollo Theatre in New York. The Jackson 5 first performed there in 1967, and it’s where thousands of fans remembered the icon at his memorial event. One thing’s for sure, Michael will undoubtedly live on through the amazing musical works he left behind. Samera Owusu Tutu
Win a pair of tickets to see TERRI WALKER at the Jazz Café!
Terri Walker returns to London with a new album — with a little help from her friends at Roc-A-Fella — and you could be one of the first to hear it! She’ll be performing live at the Jazz Café on 1 August and Life In Colour is giving you and a friend the chance to see her. To win a ticket for you and a friend, just answer this simple question:
Where did Terri Walker record her new album? Hint: you might find the answer in our feature on the UK soul singer, which you’ll find in the music section.
Email your answer and contact details to: email@example.com The winner will be picked at random and informed on 1 July 2010.
MUSIC and Craig David amongst others. If you want the very best of the Blues...this is not to be missed! Cost: £20 - £31.50 Time: Doors 6pm Location: Ronnie Scott’s, Location: 47 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 4HT Info: www.ronniescotts.co.uk
Jun Uprising Festival
Witness these Legendary Reggae Icons performing decades of classic and timeless anthems. Uprising Festival is an exclusive live concert featuring Freddie McGregor, Cocoa Tea, Barrington Levy and Stevie Face. This event is a must for all reggae lovers. Cost: £35 – £40 Time: 7.30pm Location: O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL Info: www.o2academybrixton.co.uk
Jun Broken Bells
Broken Bells, the new project from frontman of the Shins James Mercer and producer extraordinaire Danger Mouse, play a much-anticipated London show. Cost: £15 - £25 Time: 7.30pm Location: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Info: www.southbankcentre. com, 0844 875 0073
23 – 25
Jun Nnenna Freelon, Support: The Ronnie Scotts All Stars
Six-time Grammy Award-nominee Nnenna Freelon is hailed as the “international voice of Jazz.” She has shared the stage and studio with the likes of Jessye Norman, Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Take 6, Al Jarreau, and the Count Basie Orchestra, and she has been seen and heard in feature films like What Women Want. Check out this phenomenal artist at Ronnie’s this June — it will definitely be a night to remember. Cost: £15.00 - £37.50 Time: Various Location: Ronnie Scott’s, Location: 47 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 4HT Info: www.ronniescotts.co.uk
Jun Al Green & Michael McDonald
Living legend Al Green joins forces with Michael McDonald for one night at the O2. Butter-smooth vocals and soul classics; could you ask for more? Cost: £51.25 – £67.25 Time: 6.30pm Location: The O2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX Info: www.o2.co.uk, 0844 856 0202
Terri Sets the Record Straigh UK soul singer Terri Walker has kept a low profile in the of late. But she talks to Life in Colour editor, Samera Owusu Tutu, and let’s us know what she’s been up to whilst out of the limelight, who she’s worked with, and what is next for in 2010. Hi Terri How’s things? I’m great been getting my creative juices flowing! You’re a bit of a music veteran right now, is it true you’ve worked with the likes of Paul Weller, Shanks & Bigfoot, Brand New Heavies and the Young Disciples? (Laughs) Well you could say that. The only thing is I’ve never worked with Paul Weller and I just had one session with the Brand New Heavies. It makes me laugh every time I get asked that. But yes I’ve been in this game for a minute and have been very blessed to work with some people I respect and admire. While you’ve clearly made your mark on the industry, commercially you’ve had less of an impact despite major collaborations on your albums (Mos Def featured on your first album correct?) and much critical acclaim. Why do you think this was? Do you think the British public was harder to crack? I don’t think the British crowd is that hard to crack. All you have to do is let them get to really know you. I never really got that
chance as I was under the critical acclaimed category and was kinda kept in that bracket. For example, I never got to perform on Top of the Pops, CD UK etc. Those were the outlets that got to the masses. I kinda understood that at the time, as I wasn’t really doing what everyone else was doing. I do think that now there are so many outlets to get your music heard that it doesn’t really matter if you crack any country. People will find what they want to hear somehow. I know I do! Would you say things are getting easier for British R&B/ Soul singers like yourself or harder? I think it’s getting easier for me personally. The reason I say that is because my goal isn’t to be crazy successful but to make the music that represents me. I don’t have the restrictions of somebody telling me I don’t look the part or have to make a certain sound to be in trend. The Internet is the best thing to have happened for us. Now you just need to promote the pants out of it and do as many live shows you can to get your fan base up. I’ve been away for a minute and need to get back in touch with people. To some it seemed like you were having a bit of a hiatus after your third album, I AM, in 2006, but actually you’ve been quite busy right? I did kind of take a Hiatus I just needed to find the love for it again and not get caught up in the politics. I found myself second-
guessing all the time and that’s when I knew I had to step back and just focus on me. Of course I still sang, because that’s my passion. In the time I was gone I have been lending my vocals to various projects. “The Champagne Flutes” produced by Salaam Remi [Amy Winehouse; Ms Dynamite] should be coming out in the next few months. I’ve also been helping Salaam out vocally on the Sex and the City soundtrack and managed to get one song on the first Soundtrack Vol 2. ‘The 24 hour Karate School” mixtape produced by Skibeatz also has my helpings on it. It features Mos Def, Jay Electronica and Cool Kids, among others. So yeah, I’ve been busy! It looks like exciting times ahead for you; I hear you’re signed with Damon Dash’s newly reformed Roc-A-Fella label…? Nobody is signed to Roc-A-Fella; we are just being distributed through there. It could be Blu Roc too. Dame is amazing like that as he doesn’t want to tell any artist what to do, he just wants it to get out and be heard. I got involved with the whole Creative Control TV situation through a friend of mine, Naheem Kassan, who Tour manages Mos Def and is his right hand man. Will your music/sound be taking a new direction? Yes I would say it’s going to be more hard-hitting. I’m going for a Hip Hop theme on this one. I
have the privilege of working with Salaam and Skibeatz [Jay Z, Camp Lo]. I consider them veterans in the game if you listen to what they have produced. This Album is all about the feel for me.
currently in New York with Skibeatz working on an album at the moment right? Who are you working with on that? I did a smoker with the Apple Juice Kid [Wale, Camp Lo] the other day. I am very excited about how it’s turning out so far and I’m three quarters of the way through. Where do you want to go from here? I really just want to touch the people that want to be touched by
me. Nothing more or less. I know what I’m like when it comes to music. Just because millions of people like something doesn’t mean I have to and I feel the same about my music. So I’m aiming for success in people that have their own mind and like to embrace all. You’ll be performing at the Jazz Cafe this summer; will you be showcasing any new material? Oh yes I definitely will! I can’t wait to perform some of the new stuff I’ve been doing. When is the album due to drop? Any names in the pipeline? There isn’t a deadline for the album yet and yes there are some features but I’m not spilling anything yet (laughs)! However if you want to keep in the loop follow me on Twitter @therealmzwalker or join me on Facebook where I have a Terri Walker fan base set up and not to forget my blog www. theterriwalker.com where you can also be updated with my shenanigans.
Jun Guys & Dolls Launch Party
This is the launch of a brand new weekly event, to be held every Wednesday at Pep-C, formerly known as the Electric Birdcage. The prestigious event brings that electric musical vibe back to the West End with elegant surroundings, sophisticated party people and an all night policy of nothing less than fun. With top industry names from music to fashion to comedy passing through on a weekly basis, it’s definitely the brand new hot spot. Tim Westwood (BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra) and DJ Slick are resident DJs every week, and you’ll have special celebrity guest DJs thrown in too. Cost: £10 - £15; Free for ladies Time: 10pm - 3am Location: Pep-C, 11 Haymarket, Piccadilly Circus, SW1Y 4BP Info: 07960 362 294
Jun The First Friday Club::Gemini Jam
Geminis are widely known for their dual personalities and ability to change mood from one moment to the next. One thing they’ll be sure about though is the fact that they want to celebrate their birthdays in style and The First Friday Club is as good a place as any. Expect three floors of pulsating music spun by top DJs in a beautiful and sophisticated city location. Whatever your star sign, be a part of the party atmosphere and have yourself some fun! Cost: £10 - £15 Time: 10pm - 4am Location: The Wall Bar, 45 Old Broad Street, EC2N 1HU Info: 07976 684 093
CLUBS 4AG Info: 020 8692 4446
Jun Aroop Roy & Robert Strauss
Hands On Music presents Aroop Roy and Robert Strauss; these two funkateers will slam down the beats and treats at this one-off event! With major anthems on the broken beat scene coming from Robert Strauss and all the rumblings and mutterings about the too-cool-for-school dude from Tokyo by the name of Aroop Roy, this night is bound to get your neck snapping. Make sure you wear your dancing shoes… Cost: Free Time: 7pm - 11pm Location: Marketplace, 11 Market Place, W1W 8AH Info: www.marketplace-london.com
This is the Groove Lineage Nu and Old Soul mix up. For those who don’t know, this night has one of the broadest music policies in the city, including Soul, Neo Soul, Raregroove, Funk, Nu Jazz, Credible Hip Hop & R&B, Latin, Afrobeat, Reggae, Soca, Samba, Salsa, Roots and other beats from across the globe. This definitely makes for a great night. Cost: Free Time: 9pm - 2am Location: Hobgoblin, 73 White Lion Street, Angel, N1 9PF Info: keepthefaithful@gmail. com
Valerie Etienne at UKSOULJAM
This is a great UK Soul show with a live performance from some of the best the city has to offer — along with a few guests from across the waters. This month’s headliner is Valerie Etienne, who has collaborated with MJ Cole, Roots Manuva and Jamiroquai. She’ll have support from the UK’s own Kevin Mark Trail and Urban Voices Collective among others. After the show, enjoy the sounds of resident DJs Paul Aaron (Keep The Faith / Groove Lineage) and DJ Kay (Keep The Faith / UKSoulJam). Cost: £8 - £10 Time: 7pm - 1am
Location: Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, Camden, NW1 7PG Info: 0870 4000 700
The phenomenally popular underage nightclub RAR! returns to the Albany for another night of eclectic artists, fresh music and packed dancefloors. Recent lineups for the 14+ crowd have included Tinie Tempah, Dan LeSac vs Scroobius Pip and Pendulum. Cost: £5 Time: 7pm Location: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8
Jun Soulsonic presents: The Canal Party
London’s Wild West outdoor party takes to the city with a short run of dates. Check it out in June and be treated to Phil Asher, Stuart Patterson, Si Kurrage and Mr Shiver out on the terrace. Inside, playing funky, disco and reggae, you’ll find Andy Blake, Dave Jarvis, Richio Suzuki and Taka. Cost: £7 – £9 Time: 9pm – 2am Location: Grand Junction Arms, Canal Bridge, Acton Lane, Park Royal, NW10 7AD Info: Ticketweb.co.uk
Jun GORGEOUS PARTY
It’s time for another Gorgeous party at Abacus. Three dance areas, three bars, and 30 VIP areas. It’s truly party central. Playing the best in R&B, Hip Hop, Funky, House, Naija Beats, Bashment, Soca and more. The dress code, as ever, is gorgeous and sexy - that means no trainers, hats or t-shirts. Get in contact about the guestlist and you might get in for £5. Cost: £10 Time: 10pm - 4am Location: Abacus, 24 Cornhill, E3V 3ND Info: 07958 552 838
If you want a sophisticated night out in opulent surroundings, head to the plush, grade 2 listed, Bloomsbury Ballroom. With a free drinks reception and hot buffet before 11pm, you’ll be wined and dined. Plus there’ll be music from four top London DJs to set you twinkle toes a-tappin’. Cost: £17.50-£22.50 Time: 9pm – 3.30am Location: Bloomsbury Ballroom, 37-63 Bloomsbury Square, in Holborn,London WC1B Info: 020 3301 6501, michaelsimonpromotions@ googlemail.com
Jun AnyGivenSunday Garden Party
This is an old skool all-dayer with a modern up-market twist. It starts at 1pm so arrive as early as possible to get the best seats in the beautiful garden. On the day they will be a delicious selection of barbecue favourites and Players Posses’ award winning DJ Danny Tammuz will be spinning the tunes. Cost: TBC Time: 1pm - 7pm Location: rubyGrand, 225 King Street, Hammersmith, W6 9JT Info: 07985 338 916
Jun Summer Ballroom & Dinner Party
Th e at re Pro d uc t i o n About Tell Tarra Theatre
Established to celebrate and promote Britainâ€™s most talented writers this exciting company was the brain child of playwright/ singer/ songwriter JB Rose who elicited the help and expertise of the highly respected director/actress Angela Michaels. Tell Tarra exploded onto the theatrical scene in 2004 and has fast become renowned for its Writersâ€™ Festivals, showcases, networking events and high quality theatre productions. 2010 will see the full scale production of the musical The Next Big Thing by JB Rose and directed by Angela Micheals - an insightful, witty play about the highs and lows of the music industry and centered around two female characters determined to reach the top whatever it takes.
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The contemporary character and the ancestor challenged each other, pointing out failings and hypocrisies as they travelled back and forth between the centuries looking at how their lives turned out. Desert Man appeared to the stabbed Soldier Boy on Deptford Beach in response to his cry for help. Like two Ghosts of Christmas Past, they time travelled, reliving significant moments, learning about each other until they finally returned to the bank of the Thames. The audience were taken with Soldier Boy to Desert Manâ€™s home in Mali. We followed them both as Man and Boy were captured and enslaved, transported to labour in one of the southern states, ran away to fight for the British in the
Civil War who promised the Africans liberty of they were victorious. Upon defeat they were shipped to England where they worked in servitude, a petty misunderstanding saw them in court facing charges of theft, then sentences to be shipped to Botany Bay in Australia. Do not think that this is just a historical piece; it is very relevant to the modern day because it tackled issues such as knife crime, racism, absent fathers. It did not seem preachy, both characters chastised each other as they both had flaws. And there were comedic moments; at one point Boy instructed Man how to approach and seduce a woman with hilarious results. Felix Cross, the director, took the idea of exploring the story of the African convict settlers of Australia to the playwright, Mojisola Adebajo. Femi Ogunbanjo shone as Desert Man. Emanuel Idowu was an excellent Soldier Boy, and the ensemble cast were brilliant, playing all the other parts, with spot-on
accents and mannerisms. The play is similar in its premise to Crossings by Julie McNamara and Nina and Shaz by Laura McCluskey in which the young protagonists are taught lessons by ghosts of a ship and the musician, Nina Simone, respectively. They were great plays however Desert Boy seemed more coherent, because there was a stronger link between the lives and experiences of the youth and the ancestor. The production was also an unconventional musical with a cappella singing from the whole cast. They are two souls lost in limbo, and by the end of their journey they have helped each other to understand the world and their places in it a little bit more. Try to catch it on tour. Desert Boy played at the Albany Deptford between 29 April and 15 May.
This play was excellent. As a dramatic production, it entertained. As a historical piece, it educated. As a story, it informed. Gritty modern day reality blended effortlessly with historical reality.
THEATRE 02 12
– Jun Central Lines
Following last year’s successful studio season Stratford East, in association with Soho Theatre, bring back Central Lines — new plays in development that explore contemporary life. Performed by a company of actors in the Stratford East studio space, Central Lines delivers two weeks of new writing at its freshest, funniest, most moving and most thought-provoking.
02 – 03 Jun
Orgy of Outrage
by Chris Lee - 2 & 3 June, 7.30pm A gripping and horrifying tale of two women haunted by the choices they made in the past. As child welfare once again hits the news, Chris Lee’s daring new play examines how the unthinkable can happen.
– Jun If you know your history
by Jo Shoop - 4 & 5 June 7.30pm It’s nearing the end of the Premiership and four Spurs fans hatch an audacious plan to see their team win. They swear to do anything, but will they go as far as murder?
– Jun Estate Walls
by Arinze Kene - 9 &10, June 7.30pm Obi, Cain and Myles are 20 years young. More like brothers than friends, they spend their time hatching plans on the walls of the estate. When Cain returns from prison they all must decide where they’re heading.
11 – 12 Jun
by Tash Fairbanks and Toby Wharton - 11 & 12 June 7.30pm Everyone in Fog’s life leaves: his mum; his sister; and now his best mate is heading for university. But his Dad is back and trying to make up for his past decisions. Book for 2 shows and get the third for free! Cost: £5; £3 conc Time: 7.30pm Location: Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, E15 1BN Info: 020 8534 0310
04 15 Jun
Kabuki superstar Ebizo Ichikawa XI returns to Sadler’s Wells following his hugely acclaimed performances in 2006. He brings with him both long tradition, as a direct descendant of the 17th century Ichikawa acting dynasty, and a thoroughly modern glamour that has helped win new audiences for this highly stylised art form. The programme is taken from the epic play Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura (Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees), in which Ebizo takes on the dual role of Yoshitsune’s loyal aide and the enigmatic fox spirit, performing the dazzling sequence of stage tricks — along with 40 other dancers — that has made this one of the most popular works in all of Kabuki. Simultaneous translation headsets are included in the ticket price. Cost: £12 - £52 Time: 7.30pm Mon - Sat; 4pm Sun Location: Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TN Info: 0844 412 4300
01 – 06 Jun
The Lost Voice — A Beatboxing show for 4 to 8 year olds
Whisper is a shy little girl with hardly enough voice to be heard in the classroom, at home, or anywhere else! Encouraged by a cryptic note from her doctor and a page from the Book of Everything, she sets off on a wild journey to find her voice. Could it be on the Zoo Express, or shipwrecked on an island even? It must be somewhere! Full of noise and songs created by live beatboxing, plus the chance to join in, The Lost Voice is perfect for kids aged four to eight who love storytelling — and adults who haven’t quite grown up! Cost: £12;. £9 conc. Time: 4.30pm Location: Uddderbelly, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Info: www.southbankcentre. com, 0844 875 0073
Jun Fuel presents Inua Ellams’ Knight Watch South’Story This is a tale from a world where tower blocks are stone
mountains and city walls are urban tapestries retelling epic fights. Michael keeps away from the warring tribes until a passerby saves him from a tight situation…Knight Watch is the first of four South Stories. In this ‘work in development’, new Albany Associate Artist Inua Ellams will perform the first two tales and share ideas for the overall story. Spaces are limited, so book with the box office early. Cost: Free Time: 7.30pm Location: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG Info: 020 8692 4446
15 Jun - 18 Aug Welcome to Thebes
a new play by Moira Buffini Set in the present day, but inspired by ancient myth, Moira Buffini’s Welcome to Thebes offers a passionate exploration of an encounter between the world’s richest and the world’s poorest countries set in the aftermath of a brutal war. Faced with an impoverished population, a shattered infrastructure and a volatile army, the first democratic president of Thebes, Eurydice, promises peace to her nation. Without the aid of Theseus, the
leader of the vastly wealthy state of Athens, she doesn’t stand a chance. But Theseus is arrogant, mercurial and motivated by profit. A swaggering opposition circles, impatient for insurrection. The body of the former dictator lies unburied. A boy soldier is carelessly murdered... Cost: £10 - £30 Time: 7.30pm Location: The National Theatre, Southbank, SE1 9PX Info: www.nationaltheatre. org.uk, 020 7452 3000
22 26 Jun
Unwelcome visitors. Unwelcome news. A family wake up to a normal day. By lunchtime one random act has changed everything. An urgent and powerful play by Debbie Tucker Green about the effects of fatal crimes. Cost: £10 - £12; £7 - £8 conc. Time: 3pm & 7.30pm Location: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG Info: 020 8692 4446
26 – 27 Jun
THEATRE Big Dance Open House
Jun Insanity Isn’t...
Insanity Isn’t... is the story of Acey Sickly. While trying to sleep through the American dream, Acey wakes to an American nightmare. He finds himself plagued with financial burdens, media propaganda, religious beliefs, and keeping up with the Joneses. B-Boy movements, rhyme, beatbox and live music weave together in his journey back to insane sanity. Written and performed by New York hip hop artist Rudi Goblen, who has toured with the likes of The Roots, Mos Def and De La Soul, this play was originally commissioned by Miami Light Project and the Adrianne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Cost: £10; £7 conc.; £6 school and youth groups Time: 7.30pm Location: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG Info: 020 8692 4446
Politics: Now ACTING LEADER
by Joy Wilkinson After the sudden death of John Smith, Margaret Beckett finds herself hurled into the position of Acting Leader of the Opposition, and the sole female candidate in the race to lead the party. She embarks on her campaign with the support of Clare Short in the contest that saw the birth of New Labour.
LAYING THE GAME
07 - 17 Jun
Women, Power & Politics: Then Part of the Women, Power and Politics Season
Now and Then is a two part series of plays exploring women and power as part of the Women, Power & Politics Season at the Tricycle. The two parts can be seen separately, and not necessarily in chronological order if you do intend to see both. Then starts on 7 June, while Part Two - Now begins on 8 June. Expect new plays by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Marie Jones, Moira Buffini and Lucy Kirkwood with Verbatim Accounts edited by Gillian Slovo.
THE MILLINER AND THE WEAVER
by Marie Jones Henrietta, from Belfast and Elspeth, from Dublin are unlikely comrades. The Suffragette movement binds them together, but as the question of Home Rule divides Ireland, will national politics tear them apart?
by Rebecca Lenkiewicz Elizabeth I described herself as Queen, King and Prince, thriving in a male world and saving the country from debt and wars. Self-proclaimed wife and mother to England, her virgin status was part of her myth, as she consistently refused marriage citing herself as already taken. Here we see
Elizabeth as both a woman and a leader and follow her encounters with two men, John Knox, the ultimate misogynist and Essex, her favourite.
by Moira Buffini For over a decade Margaret Thatcher met the Queen for a weekly audience. With all her previous Prime Ministers the Queen enjoyed a fairly informal relationship, but with Mrs Thatcher, things were different. Handbagged speculates on the relationship between these two very powerful and private women.
by Lucy Kirkwood The protests at Greenham Common were a political landmark of the eighties. But how much did Greenham impact the fight for nuclear disarmament, the progress of the women’s movement and the culture of protest itself? What is the legacy of Greenham Common?…‘It’s very easy to laugh at passion’.
by Gillian Slovo From leading politicians, edited from interviews she has recently conducted. Cost: £8.50 - £15 Time: Various Location: The Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR Info: 020 7328 1000
08 Jun – 17 Jul Women, Power &
by Bola Agbaje Election time. The Students’ Association needs a new President, and Akousa’s achingly cool flatmates are certain she is perfect for the position. How can they persuade her, and how much is she willing to compromise?
by Zinnie Harris The last candidate has just left the room and the door is shut. The clock is ticking, there’s a train to catch, and the panel must decide who to appoint. But what is really motivating them, and whose agenda will prevail?
by Sam Holcroft Two careers hang in the balance. Self-made millionaire Kim Keen is one of the most successful businesswomen in the country. As she prepares to launch her latest range on national television an unexpected visitor arrives in her dressing room with a different set of priorities to promote.
YOU, ME AND Wii
by Sue Townsend In a council house in a small Leicestershire town, Vincent’s skiing on the Wii, Sheila’s feeding her granddaughter McKenzie, and Kerry’s getting on with the ironing. None of them are planning on voting in the election, but when Selina Snow rings the doorbell to canvas, perhaps she can change their minds, or they can change hers.
by Gillian Slovo From leading politicians, edited from interviews she has recently conducted.
Sadler’s Wells opens its doors for a whole weekend, where the dance curious can turn up and have a go at a host of workshops in dance styles ranging from Bollywood to Tango. Participants are welcome regardless of age or experience, in a weekend where everyone can satisfy their desire to dance. While workshops are open to all ages, participants under 16 must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult. No dance experience necessary, all workshops are open level. Participants should wear loose comfortable clothing. On Saturday, there will be workshops in Contemporary, Flamenco, African Contemporary, Street Dance and Brazillian Samba. On Sunday, there will be workshops in Modern Ballet, Flamenco, Bollywood, Salsa, Tango, Breaking, English Folk Dance, African Contemporary, Contemporary and African Drumming. Cost: £5 per workshop Time: Various Location: Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TN Info: 0844 412 4300
Jun Bounce’s Insane in the Brain
Bounce’s explosive hip hop version of Ken Kesey’s classic novel and Dale Wasserman’s play, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, is fast becoming a classic piece of hip hop theatre, transforming the dance form into real drama on an epic scale. In the confines of a psychiatric hospital, breakdance becomes a way of expressing freedom and rebelling against the iron rule of Nurse Ratched – who happens to be a ballet fan… Using slick production techniques, spectacular sets and a brilliant soundtrack, Insane in the Brain brings the story of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest bang up to date, giving the wellknown characters a refreshing new slant and infusing them with infectious hip hop attitude. Think bungee-jumping b-boys and krumping nurses. This is a fast-paced show that has all the elements of a great night out - great music (you’ll recognise Missy Elliot, Dizzee Rascal, Gotan Project, Cypress Hill and many more), moments of pure comedy and plenty of high-octane dance energy. Cost: £10 - £36 Time: Tue - Sat at 8pm; Sat Mats at 2.30pm; Sun at 4pm Location: Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TN Info: 0844 412 4300
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Being the UK’s only openly gay, Asian, medically qualified stand-up comedian, Paul Sinha is a magnet for all things niche. He’s even been accused of coming out with ‘extreme anti-white vitriol’ by none other than the deputy leader of the BNP. It’s a quirky life, but he’ll explain everything. Cost: £12, £11 conc. Time: 9pm Location: Uddderbelly, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Info: www.southbankcentre. com, 0844 875 0073
Sunday Night Live
Jun The Comedy Takeaway
Affinity Arts Entertainment, the team behind Credit Crunch Comedy and Touch Of Class, return with its number one event: the UK’s only live comedy game show. At this event the audience get the chance to take part in hilarious games to win prizes such as a holiday for two to Spain and a 32” flat screen TV plus much more. This event is full of shocks and surprises, you never know whats gonna happen next. There’ll be stand up comedy on the night from seven of the UKs best comedians, including Slim, Richard Blackwood, Mr Cee, Toju, Kat, Wayne “Dibbi” Rollins and Little Man. This is an event
Jun Comedy Roast UK Live Ashley Walters
They’re back and they’re getting ready to take another celebrity to the comedy cleaners! This June, in the Comedy Roast spotlight is all-round entertainer Ashley Walters. Lining up to land those punch-lines are Eddie Kadi, Richard Blackwood, Curtis Walker, Miss London, Mr Cee, Wayne “Dibbi” Rollins and Kevin J. Over 18s only. Cost: Time: 7pm Location: O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8TT Info: www. o2shepherdsbushempire.co.uk
Jun Curtis Walker One Man Comedy Show called “Who’s the Daddy?”
Curtis Walker “The Don of Comedy” will be on stage at the Broadway Theatre Catford in his long awaited one man comedy show called “Who’s the Daddy?” on Father’s Day. The evening will be filled with hilarious stand up comedy and sketches brought to you by one man with one mic
– Jun Best In Stand-up - Louis Ramey
This month at the Comedy Store, Altanta-born comedian Louis Ramey will grace the stage as part of the Best In Stand-Up lineup. The award-winning Ramey found his feet on the comedy circuit while still at college. Since then, he has clocked up some serious airmiles, performing in South East Asia, the Caribbean, Australia, and across Europe. While there’s an 8pm show and a 12am show on both nights, Louis will only be performing at the 8pm show on Friday. Cost: £20 Time: 8pm & 12am Location: The Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon Street, SW1Y 4EE Info: 0844 847 1728
with one mission. This night is a must for your comedy calendar as you will be guaranteed laughter and humour and of course a few surprises from our celebrate guests. Cost: £15 Time: 8pm Location: The Broadway Theatre, Catford Broadway, SE6 4RU Info: www.broadwaytheatre. org.uk, 020 8690 0002
Jun The Bad Boyz of Comedy Heartbeat Entertainment
present The Bad Boyz of Comedy, starring The King of New York Drew Fraser live and direct from the USA. Drew is the star of P.Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy, DEF Comedy Jam and the Chris Rock Show. Hitting the stage with Drew will be the UK’s finest comedy Bad Boyz; Richard Blackwood, Slim, Eddie Kadi and Special P. Cost: £22 Time: 8pm Location: The Broadway Theatre, Catford Broadway, SE6 4RU Info: www.broadwaytheatre. org.uk, 020 8690 0002
SMC Live presents the biggest and best comedy line up of 2010. The night will be hosted by Three Non-Blondes star Tameka Empson as her loveable character, Mrs Aphrodite. Comedians on the night include Richard Blackwood, Felix Dexter, Curtis Walker, award winning Eddie Kadi, Leo Muhammad, Slim, Miss London and Kevin J. The show starts at 7.30pm Cost: £28.25 Time: 6.30pm Location: HMV Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, W6 9QH Info: 08448 444748, www.ticketmaster.co.uk
not to be missed! Cost: £17.50 - £20 Time: 7pm Location: The Broadway Theatre, Catford Broadway, SE6 4RU Info: 020 8690 0002
Her bombastic delivery, infectious personality and cheeky observations have turned this British comedienne into one of the America’s hottest comics. Miss at your peril this rare chance to see award-winning Gina Yashere in London for an hour of uncompromising hilarity from one of the country’s most recognisable comedy stars. Not suitable for under 16s. Running time 60 minutes. Cost: £13 Time: 9pm Location: E4 Uddderbelly, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Info: 0844 875 0073
Jun Exclusive Preview: Bhutto
As the first woman to lead an Islamic nation, former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s life story unfolds like a tale of Shakespearean dimensions. Educated at Harvard and Oxford, Bhutto evolved from pampered princess to polarising politician battling tradition and terrorism in the most dangerous country on Earth. Her father, the first democratically elected president of Pakistan, chose Benazir over his eldest son to carry his political mantle. Accused of rampant corruption, imprisoned, then exiled abroad, Bhutto was called back in 2007 as her country’s only hope for democracy. When she was struck down by an assassin, her untimely death sent shockwaves across the world, transforming Bhutto from political messiah to a martyr in the eyes of the common people. With exclusive interviews from the Bhutto family and never-before-seen footage, filmmakers Duane Baughman and Johnny O’Hara have crafted a sweeping epic of a transcendent, yet polarising, figure whose legacy will be debated for years to come. There will be a Q&A with director Duane Baughman and producers Glenn Aveni and Mark Seigel who was also Benazir Bhutto’s US political adviser. This film is part of the Women, Power and Politics Festival Dir: Duane Baughman and Johnny O’Hara, 2010, US, Pakistan & UK, documentary, cert PG, 115min Cost: £9 - £11 Time: 5.30pm Location: The Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR Info: 020 7328 1000
Jun When China Met Africa
Marc Francis’ latest feature documentary, When China Met Africa is a timely film about China’s foray into Africa told through the lives of Chinese adventurers and Zambian power brokers. This film was shot over two years, with intimate access to the Chinese community and the Zambian government. There will be a Q&A with the film directors afterwards. Dir: Marc Francis, 2010, China & Zambia, documentary, cert PG, 75min Cost: £8.50 Time: 7.30pm Location: Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Info: 020 7613 7498
Jun Sisters in Law
This is a fascinating and often hilarious look at the work of a small courthouse in Cameroon where two women, determined to change a village, are making progress that could change the world. The doggedly determined state prosecutor Vera Ngassa and Court President, Beatrice Ntuba, are working to help women in their Muslim village find the courage to fight often-difficult cases of abuse, despite pressures from family and their community to remain silent. With fierce compassion, they dispense wisdom, wisecracks and justice in fair measure—handing down stiff sentences to those convicted. Inspiring and uplifting, Sisters In Law presents a strong and positive view of African women—and captures the emerging spirit of courage, hope and the possibility of change. This film is part of the Women, Power and Politics Festival Dir: Kim Longinotto & Florence Ayisi, 2005, Cameroon, documentary, cert PG, 104min Cost: £5 - £7 Time: 6.30pm Location: The Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR Info: 020 7328 1000
Jun Rough Aunties
Fearless, feisty and resolute, the Rough Aunties are a remarkable group of women unwavering in their stand to protect and care for the abused, neglected and forgotten children of Durban, South Africa. Neither politics, nor social or racial divisions stand a chance against the united force of Thuli, Mildred, Sdudla, Eureka and Jackie, as they wage a daily battle against systemic apathy, corruption and greed to help the most vulnerable and disenfranchised of their communities. This film is an intimate portrait of change in post-apartheid South Africa, a nation being transformed with hope and energy into a new democracy. After the film, there will be a Q&A with Kim Longinotto: Women, Power & Grassroots Politics. This film is part of the Women, Power and Politics Festival. Dir: Kim Longinotto, 2008, UK, documentary, cert PG, 103min Cost: £8 – £10 Time: 8.30pm Location: The Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR Info: 020 7328 1000
In 1968, Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman elected to Congress. By 1972, she was the first black woman to run for president. 1972 was an extraordinary year. Richard Nixon was president, running for his second, ill-fated term. The voting age had just changed from 21 to 18, and millions of new voters were expected at the polls. The Vietnam War was in full swing, as were anti-war protests, a burgeoning women’s movement, and the rise of the Black Panther Party. Into the center of this maelstrom — shocking the conventional political wisdom — stepped Shirley Chisholm, a determined, rather prim and unapologetically liberal black woman with a powerful message: exercise the full measure of your citizenship and vote. “I ran for the presidency, despite hopeless odds, to demonstrate sheer will and refusal to accept the status quo.” Shirley Chisholm There will be a discussion after the film on Women, Race & Politics. This film is part of the Women, Power and Politics Festival and is screened in collaboration with Images of Black Women. Dir: Shola Lynch, 2004, US, documentary, cert PG, 76min Cost: £8 - £10 Time: 8.30pm Location: The Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR Info: 020 7328 1000
Jun La Hija Del General
This is the story of Dr Michelle Bachelet and her surprising journey along the road to the presidency of Chile. Despite being a socialist, a single parent and an agnostic, Dr. Bachelet succeeds in becoming the first woman President of Chile, one of South America’s most conservative nations, and captures the attention of the world’s press with her singularly female way of engaging with politics. Chilean filmmaker María Elena Wood spent one year following this once anonymous doctor and socialist militant as she travelled through Chile on the campaign trail, discovering some of the forces motivating Dr. Bachelet and examining the high points in her personal and family life. This film is part of the Women, Power and Politics Festival. Dir: María Elena Wood, 2006, Chile, documentary, cert PG, 59min Cost: £5 - £7 Time: 3.30pm Location: The Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR Info: 020 7328 1000
Jun Chisholm ‘72: Unbought & Unbossed
EVENTS 03 Jun
Out of the shadows and into the spotlight. Members of the National Theatre lighting team will show you some of the different lighting effects that bring their shows to life. The handson workshop will take place in the studio and also include a demonstration of lighting on a large scale in the Olivier Theatre. Age 8+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults must be accompanied by a child. Cost: £10; £7 children Time: 10.30am; 2.30pm Location: John Lyon Education Studio, The National Theatre, Southbank, SE1 9PX Info: www.nationaltheatre.org.uk, 020 7452 3000
06 – 10 Jun
Graduate Fashion Week
Have a look at some of the designs from soon-to-be stars of the fashion world. Graduate Fashion Week will stage an exhibition showcasing the work of some graduates from 50 universities across 52 courses, and there will be around 22 university fashion shows. The prestigious Gala Show and Awards presentation takes place on the penultimate night. The last day of the event is the Education Day. The aim is to promote and nurture the talents of today’s young, creative innovators. So go on, support new British designers. Cost: £5 - £10 exhibition; £25 – £50 gala show Time: Various Location: Earls Court Two, Warwick Road, SW5 9TA Info: 020 7385 1200
Dye Shop workshop
Their dye experts will show you how they break down costumes to make actors look like they’ve been through the wars. There’ll be mud, blood, sweat and tears. Some trade secrets will be revealed behind the scenes at the National Theatre. Age 8+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults must be accompanied by a child. Cost: £10; £7 Children Time: 10.30am; 2.30pm Location: Backstage Rehearsal Room, The National Theatre, Southbank, SE1 9PX
Info: www.nationaltheatre.org. uk, 020 7452 3000
01 - 06 Jun
The Lost Voice Beatboxing Workshops
A small group of children will be able to join the cast of The Lost Voice after the show and take part in a beatboxing workshop specially designed for children to learn the skills which they have enjoyed during the performance. Go and join in, find your voice and see what amazing sounds can be made!
Limited availability for 4 to 8-year-olds, accompanied by an adult. This free event requires a ticket. Tickets reserved online attract a £1.45 transaction fee. Tickets reserved by phone (0844 847 9910) have a £2.50 transaction fee. You can avoid the transaction fee by visiting the Southbank Centre Ticket Offices in person. See the music section for the associated Lost Voice show. Cost: Free Time: 5.20pm Location: Uddderbelly, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Info: www.southbankcentre. com, 0844 875 0073
Design and propmaking workshop
How do designers and prop makers create different worlds onstage? See how National Theatre production sets are made, from miniature models to full-size scenery. Their designers and prop makers will explain the processes they go through. Age 8+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults must be accompanied by a child. Cost: £10; £7 children Time: 10.30am; 2.30pm Location: Backstage Rehearsal Room, The National Theatre, Southbank, SE1 9PX Info: www.nationaltheatre.org. uk, 020 7452 3000
Music and sound used in productions can evoke a variety of locations and emotions. This workshop in the Cottesloe Theatre will look at some of the effects and equipment used to enhance a play and will be run by members of the National Theatre sound team. Age 8+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults must be accompanied by a child. Cost: £10; £7 children Time: 10.30pm; 2pm Location: Cottesloe Theatre, The National Theatre, Southbank, SE1 9PX Info: www.nationaltheatre.org. uk, 020 7452 3000
09 – 10 Jun
The Summer Graduate Fair
The Summer Graduate Fair is an event where you can meet employers, find jobs. The fair gives soon-to-be graduates the opportunity to make meet a wide range of recruiters, attend a variety of free career development sessions, take part in “Insight” talks, plan a Gap Year, explore Postgraduate Study options, and improve CVs. Register online for fast track entry. Cost: Free Time: 11am - 4pm Location: Brompton Hall, Earls Court, Warwick Road, SW5 9TA Info: 020 7385 1200
Party in the Park - Live Music Festival Haringey Green Fair 2010
This year the stage line up is being prepared in partnership with Alexander Jackman. Host and North London author, Alexander Jackman hopes to bring a fresh approach to the Haringey Green Fair 2010. Alexander was born in Haringey and began writing whilst studying at university some of his influences includes Paulo Coelho, James Redfield and Eckhart Tolle. When he is not writing Alexander Jackman spends his time working with disaffected young people hoping to inspire them to fulfil
EVENTS their great potential. Cost: TBA Time: 11.30am - 7.30pm Location: Ducketts Common, Willoughby Road, N8 0JE
Harlem Globetrotters Concert Tickets
The audience of the Harlem Globetrotters has included Popes, Presidents, and American GI’s. And you can join that distinguished list if go and see these ballers in action. With comedy, ball juggling and spinning tricks and theatricality, this show promises to provide world-class entertainment. Cost: £12.50 - £40 Time: Doors 6.30pm, Show 7.30pm Location: Wembley Arena, Arena Square, Engineers Way, London, HA9 OAA Info: www.livenation.co.uk/wembley
11 Jun – 18 Jul Brazil! Brazil!
South American circus, football fever and sizzling samba combine in this spectacular global phenomenon. Witness capoeira - the rare and beautiful Brazilian fusion of dance and martial arts - as its masters leap, flip and spin at breathtaking speed. Experience unstoppable rhythm, indescribable feats of acrobatics and a breathless display of football magic from the world champions of the beautiful game. Accompanied by the stunning singers, dancers and musicians of Rhythm Carnival, Brazil’s hottest samba band. Cost: £14 - £20 Time: Various Location: E4 Uddderbelly, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Info: www.southbankcentre.com, 0844 875 0073
Running parallel to the theatre’s focus on women in British politics, the Tricycle Cinema screens international documentaries with discussions, debates and Q&As celebrating politicised women and the grassroots campaigns that have united them in their struggles for change globally. Prior to a four day festival there will be exclusive screenings including a special preview of Bhutto. This event is part of the Women, Power and Politics Season. Cost: TBA Time: Various Location: The Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR Info: 020 7328 1000
Two hundred brands - including fashion, hair, beauty, and accessories - and countless boutiques will give you ample opportunity to satisfy your shopping urges. Plus you can relax at the Corona Extra Designer Beach and see models and dancers perform at the Fashion Theatre. For tickets call 08444124650. Cost: £26 - £38 Time: 9am - 6.30pm; 11am 6.30pm Fri Location: Earls Court One & Two, Warwick Road, SW5 9TA Info: 020 7385 1200
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Rapture | Good Hair
See Good Hair in the company of Angie Le Mar and other members of the Rapture Film Club. There will be a panel discussion with special guests as this month’s theme is ‘image’. The film stars Chris Rock, Eve, Maya Angelou & Nia Long. It’s a investigative documentary that looks at the African American hair industries in terms of beauty and identity. Entertaining and moving, comedian Chris Rock’s awardwinning film was inspired by his four-year-old daughter’s question, “Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair?” CERT: 12A Cost: £10 Time: 6pm - 9pm Location: Stratford Picturehouse, Salway Road, Stratford, E15 1BX Info: www. rapturefilmclub.com
25 – 27 Jun
Clothes Show London
There will be the Style Stage where you can get your fashion and beauty queries answered.
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AFRO CUP FESTIVAL LINE UP 2010 11 June
Hackney Empire with AJ Holmes
The Hackney Empire is Holmes’ unique blend of African and European Pop. “Africa and Europe meet again with such an original freshness; my tip for album of the year„: DE:BUG
Hackney Globe Trotter with Zing Zong and DJ Russ Jones
11 Jun – 11 Jul Afro Cup Festival
Russ Jones, aka The Hackney Globe Trotter, and Rich Mix presents a festival celebration of African music, arts, culture, independence and World Cup football. We’re talking 25 days and nights of live music, DJs, film, art, food and football. Celebrate the 50th year of independence of 17 African countries, see photographs and documentaries about Cape Town’s street children, listen to music from the best of London’s afrocentric bands and DJs and savour African food, and best of all, watch the games on a giant 15x10ft screen. Cost: Free Time: Various Location: Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Info: 020 7613 7498
Soukous Music from London’s finest resident Soukous Band, The Zong Zing All Stars. Soukous is music from The Democratic Republic of Congo, closely related to Rumba, which draws its influences from Cuban music....enjoy!
DJ session with Aficathy
Next Stop Soweto album launch party with DJ Duncan Brooker
For this one-off night DJ and ŒNext Stop Soweto series cocompiler Duncan Brooker spins an unmissable selection of rare township jive, Soweto soul and swinging South African jazz.
South African Funk Experience album launch with DJ John Armstrong and live South African Funk Experience band Launching his album and accompanied by a handpicked township funk band specially put together for this night only, DJ John Armstrong gives a taster of South African Funk Experience‚ 70s and 80s vinyl rarities.
DJ session with Sofrito
Bringing the heavy sounds of the Sofrito Tropical Discotheque
AFRO CUP FESTIVAL LINE UP 2010 to the Afro Cup Festival blending rhythms from Africa, the Caribbean and South America
Headshigh with Monkfish DJs Cal Jader and Duke Etienne
Monkfish rock driving Congolese rumba to Cuban son, original tropical party dance floor hits all saturated with African pop sensibilities with an urban South London twist.
Afrikokoa with We Are Benin
DJ Cliffy presents Batmacumba with Eri Okan An Afro Brazilian special with the legendary club night Batmacumba and live Eri Okan representing the best of African inspired north eastern Brazilian roots and samba.
12 Tone with United Vibrations
12tone, 12Time, Afro-Punk, an Anglo-Afro hybrid, 12tone is the 21st Century re-incarnation of 2-Tone.
An evening of Africa-themed film screenings including Dolce Vita Africana and a selection of short films.
Lake Of Stars with Afrikan Boy Afrikan Boy, hot from
Hotplate Sessions with Kasai Masai and DJs Dudu Sar and DJ Magrelo Kasai Masai Live, playing vintage Congolese rhythms with a modern twist + DJs Magrelo & Dudu Sarr mixing deep African grooves.
Afrogroov presents Ntoumos, Muntu Valdo and DJ Eric Soul Afrogroov presents an exclusive collaboration fusing live Sawa Blues, Hiphop and Jazz + DJ with Ntoumos Lead by trumpeters Dominic Ntoumos (Radio3 World Music Awards 2004 Think Of One) and Muntu Valdo who toured last autumn with Congolese superstars Staff Benda Bilil.
Chillie Fried with El Andolous and DJ Jamie Renton El Andolous provide soul-stirring sounds from North Africa and beyond.
Wormfood presents AFRICAN ROOTMASTER: Afrik Bawantu + Bobby Gandolf Eight piece high-energy hilife + afrobeat plus sweet African, reggae and dancehall sounds.
A special with live performance from the extraordinarily funky WeareBeninCityâ€š Supported by Afrikokoa DJs AJ Kwame and Baggy playing a fine selection of highlife, makossa, soukous, afrobeat, hiplife, broken beat, afrofunk and more.
collaborating with M.I.A and opening for Prince, returns to Rich Mix to headline a night of live music and DJs curated by award winning Malawian festival vinspired Lake of Stars
Afropolitan By Minna Salami
A combination of the words African and cosmopolitan 1. A multidimensional African influenced by the Diaspora 2. Someone who identifies with Africa, but also other regions and cultures of the world 3. A person of African descent who is passionate about changing perceptions of Africa Afri-Kokoa - Launch of Richy Pitch Album BBE Records Mixing East African poetry with Nigerian cuisine, Angolan nightclubs with Ghanaian arts exhibitions, London offers a rich diversity of Afropolitan culture to explore. If you’re experience of Afropolitan London is limited to the Notting Hill Carnival, then you’re in for a surprise. London’s arts and entertainment scene is catering for the African cultural renaissance, which is happening globally, with exciting events, and Life in Colour is going to make sure you don’t miss a beat. Every month we’ll be highlighting a must-attend Afropolitan event taking place in the city. We kick off the month of June with the AFRI KOKOA launch party of Richy Pitch’s Ghanaian Album Ye Fre Mi Richy Pitch (which translates at ‘They Call Me Richy Pitch). Producer and DJ Richy Pitch moved to Ghana to record an LP with local talent and fuse the classic sounds of Ghanaian music with his own production skills steeped in London swagger. Two years later and back in London, Richy knocked on BBE Records’ door for help delivering Ye Fre Mi Richy Pitch. Needless to say, they obliged. His creation gives the listener a taste of the many styles of Ghanaian and West African music, such as Highlife, Hiplife, Afrobeat and traditional percussion music, combined with a fresh production twist. The launch Party at the Rich Mix, hosted by AFRI KOKOA, will be an exclusive event featuring debut live performances from the LP. Ghanaian rapper extraordinaire M3NSA, singer NDIDI, M.ANIFEST (US), live percussionists and a live DJ are guaranteed to keep your Afropolitan feet grooving this June. We asked Baggy, one of the founders of AFRI KOKOA, what the term Afropolitan means to him? He told us, “To seamlessly mix the best of organic African culture with European culture is what creates a unique Afropolitan culture.” Ye Fre Mi Richy Pitch is fitting testimony to this. I’m sure the launch event will also shine the torch. 5 Jun Cost: £5; £7 after 11pm Time:8pm – 1am Location: Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Info: 020 7613 7498
WRITTEN & SPOKEN SPOKEN WORLD & BOOK REVIEW
Jun Writing Your Life: Women’s Autobiographical Voices
Five voices — some poetry, others prose — explore the experience of displacement, from their decades of living in bittersweet exile. Featuring Ivy Vernon from Iraq, Valbona Ismaili Luta, an Albanian from Kosova, South African, Annie Crozier, Rahila Khalwa from Japan, and Maria Eugenia Bravo Calderara from Chile. And there’ll be music. £2 discount for members. Cost: £4 Time: 7.30pm Location: Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, WC2H Info: www.exiledwriters.co.uk
Poet in the City
This event explores the oral traditions in poetry with epics from Homer to the Zulus. Featuring Oxford classicist Professor Edith Hall, expert on the Xhosa and Zulu poetry, SOAS Professor Jeff Opland, African Language Literature specialist, and the journalist Isabel Hilton, who made a
Jun Tribute to Michael Jackson Open Mic
Hosted by Adelaide Mackenzie, the MAC band, and guests. Hit the mic or just chill or throw some Bad-esque moves at this big MJ remembrance fest. There will be food available Cost: £7 Time: 8pm – 1am Location: The Greyhound Pub, 151-153 Greyhound Lane, Streatham Common, SW16 5NJ Info: 07825 604 339
programme about the epic poetry of Tibet. Cost: £9.50/£11.50 Time: 7pm Location: Hall One, Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 Info: 020 7520 1490 email@example.com
want it to. Cost: £5 Time: 8pm – 11.30pm Location: Blag Club Ladbroke Grove, Canalot Studios, 222 Kensal Road, W10 5BN Info: 07825604339, firstname.lastname@example.org
Blessed Souls Presents Open Mic With a loyal following and a tranquil atmosphere, this Blessed Soul Open Mic event will put you in a great mood. Catch some jokes and enjoy the talent on stage. This event features Sharone Benjamin, Dyzna-B, Naomi Elliot, FLOetic Lara, Jamie Leo, Rebel Soul KD, Lisa Crawford, IDMC and you, if you
Poet in the City
Deciphering the Alhambra: The Music and Poetry of Ibn Arabí, is presented by Professor Stephen Hart of University College London, and hosted by the Instituto Cervantes, the official Spanish language and cultural organisation. English translations will be provided. Cost: £6; £10 Time: 6.30pm
Location: Canning House, 2 Belgrave Square, SW1X Info: 020 7201 0753, info@ cervantes.es to book email email@example.com
Jun Underground Platform
This live music and open mic night offers the chance for established and newly emerging artists, comedians, dancers, spoken word poets, singers and musicians to perform in a warm, friendly atmosphere. What’s stopping you? Cost: £5 Time: 6pm Location: Walkabout, 136 Shaftesbury, Avenue, Leicester Square, W1 Info: 07984 792 955
JO FROST IS LOOKING FOR PARENTS IN NEED OF EXPERT ADVICE… …to take part in her second series of
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Is home life a battle ground of picky eating, sleep problems, tantrums or sibling rivalry? Perhaps you live with extended family, or grandparents are helping with your kids. Do you always agree on how you should parent? Maybe your kids are aggressive, back-chatting and defiant?
If you feel you need help, whatever the issue with your child 2-16yrs we would like to hear from you. For more information call: 0207 424 7606 firstname.lastname@example.org You can also text us your details to 07791 286825 & we will call you back.
Scottsboro by Ellen Feldman Format: Paperback Published by: Picador ISBN: 9780330456142 RRP: £7.99 In 1931, nine black boys sit on death row in Alabama falsely accused of raping two white girls. Their chances look slim but journalist Alice Whittier takes up the story. Told from the perspective of fictional Whittier and “victim” Ruby Bates, Feldman has created a thorough and detailed narrative based on the facts of the trials. This is a gripping page-turner that serves bring the circumstances of a high-profile miscarriage of justice to a wider audience.
Singleholic Sarah Looking for Love in London www.singleholic.com ‘Basta, basta Sarah… Why do you only ever think of marriage? Why not have some fun instead?’ Manuele laughs. ‘Because “fun” is lying in on a Sunday morning, sharing out the newspaper, and laughing together over an article.’ ‘Yes, exactly. I did that last Sunday with Sophie. Tomorrow I’ll do it with Katya.’ Manuele grimaces. ‘That way the sex always stays good.’ ‘Noooo… The whole point is that it’s meant to be with the same person every week. Forever and ever.’ I bang the table. ‘Sex with the same person doesn’t have to be boring. There are lots of different positions you know.’
Format: Paperback Published by: Flamingo ISBN: 0006550681 RRP: £7.99 Rahel and Estha are seven-year-old twins growing up, relatively happily, in Ayemenen, in Kerala, India. But as adults they are pained and hollow. Resentment, bitterness, love, rivalry, abuse, lies and death all play a part in their transformation. The chronology of the story flits between the present and past, leading up to the tragic events that blew the family apart and left its members emotionally wounded. Roy has produced a captivating, haunting, evocative, and beautiful story.
No Place Like Home: A Black Briton’s Journey Through the American South by Gary Younge Format: Paperback Published by: Picador ISBN: 0330369814 RRP: £6.99 Guardian journalist Gary Younge grew up in Thatcher’s Britain. He looked to the States for a stronger sense of cultural identity and decided to follow the trail of the Freedom Riders, from Washington DC to New Orleans, interviewing figures from the civil rights movement along the way. This book is part travelogue and part documentation of self-discovery. His observations are perceptive, his writing candid, and his appeal is broad. It is definitely worth reading.
Manuele nods in agreement. ‘Sure there are. Just like you can feel in touch with your moral side when reading the Guardian, but when your revolutionary impulses are crying out, you can read the Independent and on days when you’re feeling pissed off with the high rate of taxation, you can read the Telegraph.’
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
‘Yes, exactly, Manuele!’ I clap my hands gleefully. ‘You can stay faithful to the quality broadsheet newspapers without getting bored!’ ‘Problem is, Sarah, sometimes men have a deep desire to take a peek at GQ and other times we want to get dirty with Playboy. And as much as The Times may try to imitate the tabloids, it’s never going to be a substitute for the real thing.’ ‘Oh, you’re insufferable! Don’t you want to fall in love?’ ‘Love? It doesn’t exist. Hollywood made it up so that it could sell more blockbuster movies.’ He rolls his eyes. ‘You will spend the rest of your life looking for this “love”, never find it.’ POW! Upper cut into the ribs. Is he right? What if love really doesn’t exist? Several world religions don’t believe in love. Maybe these billions of people have it right. ‘No! You’re wrong! Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds or bends with the remover to remove. Oh no, it is an ever fix’ed mark that looks on tempests and is never shaken…’ ‘You’re quoting Shakespeare now?’ Manuele taps his head. ‘Bella, I worry about your sanity. You need to relax. You are only thirty. Look at me, I am thirty-three!’ Bastard. It really bugs me the way men who are older than me claim to be in a worse position age-wise. As if anyone could care less what age a man is. In fact, the older he gets, the more attractive he gets. WE GALS on the other hand, just get wrinklier and wrinklier. Remember how in Sense and Sensibility, Emma Thompson played opposite Hugh Grant as his love interest? Seven years later, Love Actually cast Hugh as the romantic lead, but poor Emma was demoted to middle-aged wife whose husband no longer found her attractive. Let’s face it, the older men get, the larger their pool of choice women. We girlies however, have a much harsher deal…. Will Sarah ever find her man? Find out in Singleholic! Singleholic is available in bookshops and at www.amazon.co.uk.
COMMUNITY about her new romantic novel The Very Thought of You. If only you could bring you jammies and a face pack. Time: 7pm-9pm Cost: Free – tickets available from all Brent libraries Location: Willesden Green Library Centre, 95 High Road, Willesden, NW10 2SF Info: 020 8937 3400
June Bermondsey and Rotherhithe Carnival
12 Jun – 13 Jun
Bike and Kite Festival Blackheath
Wheels will be spinning and kites will be buzzing in SE3. The festival will feature kite displays, professional and amateur competitions, bike displays and fun activities, including BMX racing, art workshops and bike skills sessions. Cost: Free Time: 12noon-7pm Location: Blackheath Common, Shooters Hill Road, SE3 0QS Info: 0845 505 0605
01 – 04 Jun
West African Wonders
Bring the kids to these half term activities. The whole family will enjoy exploring West African culture through music, storytelling, craftwork and games. Listen to beautiful music played on a kora (traditional harp); hear tales of animal antics; challenge your family to a game of Oware; and take part in some arts and crafts. Cost: Free Time: 11am-4pm Location: Great Court, British Museum, 44 Great Russell St, WC1B 3DG Info: 020 7323 8000
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, , , & Jun African Drumming Classes
Learn to play an African drum and get some cultural rhythms in your body from this weekly class for beginners and improvers. Instruments are provided for use in class. Experience intensive tuition in a
friendly atmosphere. Complete beginners are welcome. Cost: £7, Children/Concs. Free Time: 8pm-9.30pm Location: The Synergy Centre, 220 Farmers Road, Camberwell, SE5 Info: 020 8314 5498
Jun Hidden Herstories: Women of Change
With help from SERTUC film, 20 young people from West London have created a documentary profiling four women overlooked by traditional historians. Go down to the TUC to find out more about Octavia Hill, Amy Ashwood Garvey, Claudia Jones and Jayaben Desai. There is even a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers at the end. Cost: Free - booking essential Time: 7pm-9pm Location: TUC Congress House, Great Russell Street City, WC1B 3LS Info: 020 7467 1220
Jun The Camden Green Fair and Bikefest
Learn how to be more ecofriendly and make your carbon footprint smaller at this fair. There will be a Village Green, a Green Children’s area, ‘Your Camden Green Fair’ area and a Sustainable Fashion Zone. There will also be prizes awarded by Miss Earth Girls — the Mother Nature-loving, beauty queens. Plus there is the BikeFest and Transport Zone. Time: 12noon-7pm Cost: Free Location: Regents Park, Marylebone Road, NW1 Info: 020 7324 4639
Jun Girls’ night in!
Make sure you head to the library because you can enjoy free pamper and fitness sessions, and wine, chocolates and treats will be on offer throughout the evening! Plus, debut author Rosie Alison will be talking
This festival has something for everybody. There are ‘make and parade’ workshops for those who like all things sparkly, the Home Front exhibition for history heads, a high jump, a ballroom, beer and food tents, a children’s funfair, AND a Rumble in the Jumble sale for the credit crunched. Plus music from Stacey Solomon and Andy Abraham from the X-Factor. Phew! Cost: Free Time: 12noon - 6pm Location: Southwark Park Bandstand, 345 Southwark Park Road, SE16 2JN Info: 020 7525 2000
Jun Coin Street Festival – Celebrating Sanctuary
Celebrating the start of International Refugee Week, the festival features music, dance, spoken word, food, drink and craft from cultures around the world. Celebrating Sanctuary will bring together refugee musicians, artists and dancers demonstrating the positive cultural impact they are making. Cost: Free Time: 2pm – 7pm Location: in and around Bernie Spain Gardens, adjacent to Oxo Tower Wharf, Southbank, SE1 Info: 020 7021 1600
Here you’ll get a colourful, noisy carnival procession, and a Carnival Village with foods from around the world, arts and crafts activities, expert capoeria players, AND drummers and dancers. All this in a beautiful
COMMUNITY Location: Powerleague, regents Place, 26 Euston Centre, NW1 3JL Info: 020 7346 6733
Boat parties are tricky events to move around in. Trying to dance when the dancefloor is rolling underneath you takes special skill and calves of steel. Knowing that proceeds are going to help the tri-island nation of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique acquire more healthcare provisions will make it worthwhile. The ticket includes your meal. Cost: £25 Time: 8.30pm – 1am Location: Festival Pier, South Bank, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XZ Info: www.gvhc.org.uk
Could you pass the British Citizenship test?
When did all 18-year-olds get the right to vote? What is the Magna Carta? Have a pop at answering questions like these. It’s like a pub quiz for a good cause as the event is in aid of the Refugee Council Day Centre. Cost: £25 per person or £150 for a team of 6-8 Time: 6pm – 9pm Location: Refugee Council, Brixton, SW9 8BB Info: Melanie 020 7346 1200
So you think you can strictly dance? If you think you or a young acquaintance can, head down to Dance Challenge. In this national dance competition, youngsters aged 5 – 26 years old share the stage with professionals. See them battle it out to win awards and free dance tuition for their performance and creativity. Time: 1pm – 3pm & 7.30pm – 10pm Cost: Free (Eliminatory); £5 – £15 (Finals) Location: Cadogan Hall, Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ Info: 020 7730 4500
Jun Alternative World Cup Football Tournament
Never mind about South Africa; you can watch people from all over the world have a kick about right here in London. Thirty teams will take part in the five-a-side tournament with the aim of bringing together people from refugee and non-refugee backgrounds. Each team will represent a country selected at random. Cost: Free Time: Kick off 11am
Grenada Voluntary Hospital Committee Boat Cruise Party
Get warmed up for the carnival season. There are five stages, a spurs zone, kids zone, Latin American zone, pensioners zone, youth zone, comedy tent, funfair, and a dance performance specially choreographed by Sadler’s Wells and Siobhan Davies Dance. But let’s not forget the actual carnival parade. All together now: jump up and wave! Cost: Free Time: Parade starts at 11am, Festival 12pm-7pm Location: Parade - Eade Road, Tottenham E4; Festival – Bruce Castle Park Info: Sheila Peacock, 0208 801 4824, Sheila@ tottenhamcarnival.co.uk
London Festival of Architecture — John Siblon
Go and listen to writer John Siblon discussing the Black and Asian presence in the London landscape as part of the London Festival of Architecture. Cost: Free Time: 1pm ¬– 2pm Location: Museum of London Docklands, West India Quay Canary Wharf, E14 4AL Info: 020 7001 9844
BlakFriday Special – An Audience with Dr. Lez Henry
Dr Henry, the investigator of hidden truth, will discuss his new book “Whiteness made simple: Stepping into the grey zone”. Along with Bro Andrew Muhammad and special guests, he will help the audience understand the issues behind the education system, Blackon-Black youth crime and the sexualisation of children. Mindbroadening stuff. Cost: £10 Time: 7.30pm-11pm Location: The Nettleford, West Norwood Library, 1-5
Norwood High Street, SE27 9JX Info: 020 8480 8068,
Jun Under One Sky 2010
There will be six activity zones at this community celebration; as well as a colourful parade, a busy market place and tantalising food, there will be an exciting array of sports and activities for all ages. Go on and have a good time. Cost: £3; conc. Free – £1 Time: 12noon-8pm Location: Zoom Leisure, Harrow View, HA2 6QQ Info: 020 8424 1803
Jun BHF London to Brighton Bike Ride
Pedal power! Be one of the 27,000 cyclists who will meet on Clapham Common and set out to ride the 54-mile route to Brighton as part of the British Hear Foundation (BHF) Charity cycling event. The Bike Ride will raise money for a good cause and get your quads toned — those hills around Brighton are no joke! Time: 6am – 9am Cost: tbc Location: Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, Clapham, SW4 9DE Info: 01225 428452
For all you twinkle toes out there, Portobello Dance presents a competition open to groups and individuals for performances in Ballet, Tap, Street and Jazz. The competition will feature Portobello Dance students, local school children, professional dancers and guests. First prize is a year of free dance classes. Cost: £6 Time: 12.30pm Location: The Tabernacle, Powis Square, W11 2AY Info: 07947 484 021
riverside location… the only things missing are sunshine and you! Cost: Free Time: 1pm – 5pm Location: Twickenham Riverside, TW1 3DJ Info: 020 8831 6000
Meditation for Beginners
Try out meditation at a taster evening. They are designed to introduce beginners to three simple meditation techniques. They are not specifically Buddhist and can be used by anyone. The evenings will be a mixture of information sharing on how to use the technique, practice and group feedback with discussion. Cost: Free Time: 10am-5pm Location: Jamyang Buddhist Centre, The Old Courthouse, 43 Renfrew Road, SE11 4NA Info:020 7820 8787
Central London Rathayatra 2010
Rathayatra is a huge festival for Lord Krishna and His devotees. It originated on the east coast of India, dates back over 2,000 years. The procession will go from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square where there will be a festival featuring; talks, Bhajans (devotional songs), performances, books and merchandise, and a free vegetarian feast for all. Cost: Free Time: 11.30am-5pm Location: South Carriage Drive, Hyde Park, SW1X and Trafalgar Square, WC2 Info: http://www.rathayatra.co.uk/london
Restoration 2010 ‘I’m Calling’ LONDON
This event is presented by Jman Productions in conjunction with LMC Youth. On the night there will be ministering from Inkrease, Mighty, Husky, Curtis Shekoni & Undiluted Praise, and Riccardo ‘Dreamz’ Mitchell. There will also be apparel on sale by God is Good clothing and I Do Not Conform. Plus MCs and rappers can enter the talent search by sending a track and lyrics to jmanproductions@ hotmail.co.uk. Cost: Free before 6pm, £5
after Time: Doors open 5:20pm, event starts at 6pm Location: The Dome, LMC, Marsh Lane, N17 0UX Info: 07984 865 783 or 07899990372, jmanproductions@hotmail. co.uk
The Multi-faith Pilgrimage for Peace
This annual event is organised by Westminster Interfaith. It will begin with Mass at Westminster Cathedral, followed by visits to West London Synagogue, Battersea Park Peace Pagoda a Mosque and a Gurdwara
(Sikh Temple). All religions are represented, either in the groups of pilgrims or in the places of worship we visit, where we stop for prayer, conversation and refreshments. Time: 9am Cost: Free Location: Start point, Westminster Cathedral, 42 Francis Street, SW1P 1Q Info: Jon Dal Din 020 8457 6532 / 075 2775 8729, email@example.com
Catholic Miracle Rally
There will be inspirational preaching, joyful praise and intimate worship, Adoration, Holy Mass, and prayer for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the Catholic Miracle Rally. The focus on Saturday will be on physical healing while Sunday, the emphasis will be on spiritual and emotional restoration. Time: 9am-5pm Cost: £5 Location: Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, NW1 2BJ Info:01932 565747, info@ cor-lumenchristi.org
Rachid Koraichi: Ecstatic Flow
This exhibition will give visitors an insight into the Islamic tradition of Sufism, the science of repairing the heart and turning it towards God. Koraichi is a Sufi by familial practice and his work is devoted to the expression of the mystical elements of this tradition. The theme of his work is the lives and teachings of 14 Sufi masters. Cost: Free Time: Tue-Sat 12.30pm5.30pm Location: October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, Bloomsbury, WC1N 3AL Info: 020 7242 7367
Pedal Against Poverty
Join CAFOD for a sponsored
bike ride to help raise funds for CAFOD’s poverty-fighting work overseas. The family-friendly, sponsored bike ride has two routes; 10 miles or 19 miles. Hundreds of cyclists of all ages will be pedalling away to help CAFOD reach its £15,000 target. Cost: Sponsorship Time: 10.15am Location: Lee Valley Country Park Pindar Car Park, Windmill Lane, Cheshunt, EN8 Info: westminster@cafod. org.uk, 020 8449 6970
Islam’s Relation with other Religions
This modern exhibition will seek to draw on textual references and historical milestones to establish how the fundamental teachings of the Islamic faith promote religious freedom, justice, tolerance and mercy amongst all societies. Cost: Free Time: Mon-Sun 11am-9pm Location: The Islamic Cultural Centre & The London Central Mosque, 146 Park Road, NW8 7RG Info: Shahid Munir 07901 687 979, shahid.munir@ exhibitionislam.com
Caribbean Annual National Pilgrimage to Walsingham
All are welcome to join in celebrating the National Annual Caribbean Pilgrimage to Walsingham sponsored by Catholic Association for Racial Justice. There will be music from the Birmingham Caribbean Choir and, a procession along the Holy Mile to the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, followed by a Caribbean Mass. Cost: £16 Adults, £8 Children under 12 Time: 8am Location: One coach will leave Lambeth Town Hall, Acre Lane side, SW2. For other pick-up points please contact CARJ Info: Doreen 020 8674 4044, Lena 020 8673 7909, CARJ 020 8802 8080
Caribbean Cuisine Tour 2010 Featuring
Tricia Jadoonanan International award winning chef
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HEALTH & WELLBEING 02 & 09 Jun
Free Fitness Classes at the Scoop: Boot Camp
16, 23 & 30 Jun
Jun Practical Meditation Course
Pilates. Cost: Free Time: 7.30am-8.30am Location: The Scoop
Cost: tbc Time: 6pm - 7pm Location: Innerspace, Templeton House, 33-34 Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4SB Info: 020 7836 6688
Free Fitness Classes at the Scoop
Jun Bollywood Groves Dance Class Monday
Course 4 weeks, taught by Nileeka. Cost: £6 Time: 7pm-8.30pm Location: Danceworks, 16 Balderton Street, (Opposite Selfridges Clock) W1K 6TN Info: 020 7629 6183, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamaican Dancehall Dance Class Monday Taught by Paradigmz. Cost: £6 Time: 8pm-9.30pm Location: Danceworks, 16 Balderton Street, (Opposite Selfridges Clock) W1K 6TN Info: 020 7629 6183,
Once a week for 4 weeks
Have fun, become more flexible and learn about Brazilian history and percussion. Cost: £8 Time: various Location: various Info: www.capoeirapalmares. co.uk
Hot Bikram Yoga
Sweat with having to work one up. Cost: £13 Time: various Location: Hildreth Street Mews, SW12 9RZ and Ground Floor Studio, 25 Heathmans Road, SW6 4TJ Info: 020 8673 8980, 020 7384 4454, info@hotbikramyoga. co.uk
Jun Basketball Legends…The Harlem Globetrotters
The world famous Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition team that combine the best of basketball with a bit of athleticism, theatre and comedy. This is no mere basketball game: it’s an eye-popping piece of family entertainment that has been thrilling fans young and old for 84 years. Cost: £14.25 - £44.75 Time: 7.30pm Location: Wembley Arena, Arena Square, Engineers Way, Wembley Info: www.ticketmaster.co.uk
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, , , & Jun Contemporary Dance Classes
Get your body moving to African drum-beats and rhythms at this class. All levels are welcome. Taught by Akosua Boakye. Cost: £6 Time: 8.30pm-10pm Location: Danceworks, 16 Balderton Street, (Opposite Selfridges Clock), W1K 6TN Info: 020 7629 6183, email@example.com
Naked London Bike Ride
Hot Bikram Yoga
The 17th London World Naked Bike Ride will return to the streets of the capital, allowing riders to see the city sights from the comfort of a bike or skates. The ride is easy and upbeat, and riders decorate their bodies and bikes with messages of protest against oil dependency and car culture. Cost: Free Time: 3pm assembly, 3.30pm departure Location: Hyde Park Info: www. worldnakedbikeride.org
Wimbledon’s centre court is world famous and for the last two weeks in June the whole of London goes tennis mad. Tickets are available on the day and discount tickets are available for the afternoon session. Cost: £5 - £104 Time: various Location: The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Church Road, Wimbledon, SW19 5AE Info: www.wimbledon.org
Jun Dream Workshop
Explore Fritz Perl’s method for working with dreams. Apparently everything in your dream — people, objects, surroundings — represents a part of yourself (which makes sense because it is you who has dreamt them). The workshop is taken by author and psychotherapist Philippa Perry. Cost: £20 Time: 7pm – 9pm Location: The School of Life, 70 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AB Info: 020 7833 1010, info@ theschooloflife.com
HEALTH & WELLBEING Ask Counsellor Mike...
If you are in a relationship and have a question for Counsellor Mike to answer, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. To see all our Private Therapies and Personal Development Programmes - visit: www.theinstituteofwellbeing.com or call 0700 2222 700 for more information. Dear Counsellor Mike
Dear Counsellor Mike
I am an 18 year old girl experiencing lots of peer pressure. I am a
I have been in a relationship with my husband for nine years
sociable person with many friends and have a loving boyfriend,
but recently I feel as if the relationship is stagnant. I no longer
but feel that I am being pressured by them to lose my virginity.
love him anymore. For the first five years our relationship was
My ex boyfriend insisted that we should ‘do it’ because all his
great, but then he lost his job and has been unable to get
friends were which put a strain on our relationship and we
another one as they keep saying that he is over qualified. His
eventually split up. I have a new boyfriend and love him deeply.
confidence went and he is resentful of the fact that I am the
We have talked about marriage and children, but when it comes
sole bread winner and we are still financially stable. I feel very
to sex, I feel that when I’m ready to lose my virginity it will be
lonely and have since fallen out of love with him. I am thinking
very special and intimate for both of us - something my friends
of leaving him but am concerned of the effect it will have on
have said their experience was not. I feel stressed and feel
our seven and five year olds. Please help me make sense of these thoughts
Peer pressure is a common thing but the key is not to give into it.
From what you have said you sound very supportive of your
Don’t be discouraged by the stories of your friends’ experiences,
husband but your unhappiness cannot be healthy for you or
yours does not have to be the same. Allow yourself the time to grow and when the time is right you will be know and feel more satisfied in taking the next step. You must also speak to your boyfriend and let him know how you are feeling. I am sure he will appreciate your honesty. Counsellor Mike
Dear Counsellor Mike I have a 14 year old daughter and think that she may be pregnant. She was seeing a boy for six months but they have recently split. She has always been a bubbly child but seems to have been pulling away from friends and family. On top of that she is not eating properly and vomiting. I don’t know how to approach her about this. Samantha Dear Samantha Your observations of your daughter are good. I’m sure she will appreciate the fact that you have noticed these changes in her. It would be a good idea for you to sit her down and have ‘heart
your family. There are many things that you could do to help your relationship. You can seek couples counselling as well as going for counselling individually. It is important to talk about how you both feel and see if there is any way you can change your current situation. If you are going to leave, then you need to make sure that you have thought of all the implications. For example, the children – who would take the children, where you would live, visitation rights etc. This can all prove to be very stressful. Be open-minded and realise that your feelings are what are important, but also consider how your children may be affected. Counsellor Mike
Dear Counsellor Mike After being a single parent for six years I found a partner (we’ve been together for two years) and have recently had a baby. My older daughter who is nine is very jealous and her she has an attitude. As a result her school work is also slipping and I don’t know what to do. Dionne
to heart’ and air your concerns. Try to make it a comfortable
surrounding for both of you and allow her to express her
As your older child has been used to getting all the attention
feelings. What she might have to say, may or not come as a
from you, the arrival of the new baby and shift in balance must
shock so make sure that she knows that you are supporting her.
be very different for her. To make things work for you and your
It would also be a good idea to have a pregnancy test so that if
family you should sit her down and ask her what is bothering
she is unsure of the answer you can be certain. If she is pregnant
her. It is also important to give the child one-on-one time so
you may want to get in contact with the father’s parents. Also
her importance to the family is encouraged and reaffirmed.
suggest that she goes for a check at a GUM clinic. Remember
You could also give her duties or get her to help out with the
that as a young girl she will probably be scared of your response
baby so that she feels part of the family unit and it may make
so go easy with her.
her feel important.
embarrassed to let him know how I feel in case he leaves me.
GALLERY accompanied by a soundtrack by Neville Watson. Hedonism, love, music and drugs are the themes and subjects of this nostalgic and melancholy display. Cost: Free Time: Fri 10am-5pm Location: SPACE, Mare Street, Hackney, E8 Info: 020 8525 4330
01 - 06 Jun
A Child from Everywhere
This fascinating and enlightening exhibition features photographs of children from 185 countries who were tracked down and photographed and interviewed by photographer Caroline Irby over one year. A true celebration of diversity in the UK, this display will give adults a different perspective on migration and globalisation, which rarely discussed from a child’s pint of view. Cost: Free Time: Mon-Sun 10am-5.45pm Location: V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA Info: 020 8983 5200
01 – 23
Jun Modern Masters: Matisse, Picasso, Dali And Warhol Prints
01 - 04 Jun
Rhythmic urbanism photography exhibition
In 2006, Leon Cato — a New York-born, London-based portrait, music and fashion photographer — started taking photographs of UK urban artists. Cut to the present and he is exhibiting an impressive collection of images of artists and producers including Roll Deep, Shonanis, Mz Fontaine. Cost: Free Time: 11am-9pm Location: Gallery 1885, 16 Bowden Street, SE11 4DS Info: 020 7587 1809
01 - 05 Jun
Nuno Ramos: fodasefoice
Sculpture, drawing and performance are the media of Nuno Ramos’ works. The Brazilian artist has also included video in his exhibition presented by the Embassy of Brazil. Ramos uses the shape and symbolism of the sickle as inspiration for his drawings and sculptures. See how Ramos intertwines physicality and identity in this thought-provoking display. Cost: Free Time: Tuesday to Friday11am - 6pm, Saturday 11am - 5pm
Location: Gallery 32, 32 Green Street, W1K, 7AT Info: 020 7399 9282, email@example.com
Location: The Photographers’ Gallery, 16 Ramillies Street, W1F 7LW Info: 0845 262 1618
01 - 06 Jun
Kingdom of Ife: Sculptures from West Africa
Gloria Ojulari Sule exhibition: Cas Sava
UK-born, Bristol-based Gloria Ojulari Sule’s work includes drawing, painting, mixed media installation and video. Her work is influenced by themes culture, identity and race. Go and see her work, which rejects stereotypes and draws on themes of race, identity and culture. Cost: Free Time: Mon–Fri 9am-11pm, Sat and Sun 10am-11pm Location: Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Info: 020 7613 7498
Fresh Faced & Wild Eyed
A showcase of the work of recent visual arts graduates is on display. All 28 artists and photographers use photography as their main format and cover a wide range of themes. Take the opportunity to see the pics of dynamic and burgeoning UK photographers. Cost: Free Time: 11am-8pm
In what is now southwest Nigeria stood a rich, powerful and cosmopolitan city-state between the 12th and 15th centuries AD. The artists of the Kingdom of Ife produced sculptures in brass, copper, stone and terracotta. The style of these artists was naturalistic and unique in Africa at the time. Don’t miss your chance to see some intricate African masterpieces. Cost: £8, Conc £7 Time: Sun-Wed 10am5.30pm, Thu and Fri 10am8.30pm Location: Room 35, British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1 Info: 020 7323 8299
01 – 19
Jun Gavin Watson: Raving ‘89
Take a look at how a celebrated British photographer, Gavin Watson, depicted the rave and acid house scene of the late eighties and early nineties. Presented as a slideshow and
Prints by four of the 20th century’s greatest artists are on display: Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol. Over 50 works, spanning 75 years, are on view taken from the museum’s collections. Make sure you get down to South Ken to see the works of the artists whose names you know so well. Cost: Free Time: Sat – Thu 10am5.45pm, Fri 10am-10pm Location: Julie and Robert Breckman Prints and Drawings Gallery, room 90 and Paintings, room 88a, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 Info: 020 7942 2000
01 - 30 Jun
South Africa Landscape Kew at the British Museum
Kew and the British Museum have collaborated to put some African colour into the heart of London. Take a look at the vegetation, which is part of the rich biodiversity of the Cape region. Visitors can see reproductions of rock art and get a feel for the desert as well as seeing and sniffing the African lily, the blue marguerite daisy and the South African geranium. Cost: Free Time: Mon-Sun 10am-5.30pm Location: West Lawn, Museum forecourt, British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1 Info: 020 7323 8299
David Adjaye: Urban Africa, A Photographic Journey
Leading architect, David Adjaye became a shutterbug and
GALLERY 19 – 30
1 - 6 Jun
Irving Penn: Portraits
There are only a few days left to see vintage portraits of cultural icons of the 20th century by one of the great photographers of our time. Gaze upon portraits of Truman Capote, Salvador Dali, Edith Piaf, Pablo Picasso, Alfred Hitchcock and many more. Marvel at Penn’s innovative use of composition, light and printing techniques. Advance booking is recommended. Cost: £11/£10 Time: Sat-Wed 10am-6pm, Thu and Fri 10am-9pm Location: National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, WC2 Info: Book online at www.npg.org.uk or call 0844 579 1924
The Other Britain Revisited: Photographs from New Society
It is definitely worth seeing this visual history of multicultural Britain. Photography of Britain from 1962 to 1982, originally published in the magazine New Society, show a country coming to terms with a new vision of itself. The documentary photographs by Brian Griffin, Martin Parr, and Chris SteelePerkins, among other things captured social issues. Cost: Free Time: Sat-Thu 10am-5.45pm, Fri 10am-10pm Location: Photography Gallery 38A, The V&A Museum, Cromwell Road Info: 020 7942 2000
London, Sugar & Slavery
In the setting of this historic sugar warehouse, challenge long-held beliefs that abolition was initiated by politicians and
be touched by the real objects, personal stories and vibrant art and music that have left their legacy on the capital today. Cost: Free Time: Mon-Sun 10am-6pm Location: Museum of London Docklands Info: 020 7001 9844
Impressions of Africa: Money, Medals and Stamps Looking at the artwork on stamps, medals, coins and banknotes from the past 100 years, this small display shows African images in a different format. These miniature canvasses reflect the changing national identities and give us an insight into the African psyche in the 20th century. Cost: Free Time: 10am-5.30pm Location: Room 69a, British Museum, 44 Great Russell St, WC1B 3DG Info: 020 7323 8000
2 – 30
Jun Whose map is it anyway?
Nine contemporary international artists question the underlying structures and hierarchies that inform traditional mapmaking. They provide individual insights that inscribe new, often omitted perspectives onto the map. Film, installation, print and audio are used. Nine international artists including Emma WolukauWanambwa, Otobong Nkanga and Bouchra Khalili pose the questions. Cost: Free
Time: Tues, Weds, Fri 11am 6pm, Thurs 11am-9pm, Sat 12noon-6pm Location: Iniva, Rivington Place, EC2 Info: 020 7729 9616
Jun Ife Sculpture Workshop
Chloe Leaper will lead a practical sculpture, which will start with an introduction to Ife art works. Participants will then be able to you produce their own clay head, working from a life model. Over 16s only. All materials will be provided. Wear old clothes or bring an apron. Tickets must be booked in advance at www.wegottickets. com Cost: £15 Time: 10am – 5pm Location: Museum of London Docklands Info: 020 7001 9844
1 - 30
Jun Tuareg: People of the Veil
Tuareg, which means ‘People of the Veil’, is the name given to a diverse group of people from north west Africa, spread across Algeria, Libya, Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso. They share the same language, religion and dress code. Go and see the clothing, jewellery, amulets, veils and slippers that reflect the culture of this fascinating people. Cost: Free Time: Sat-Fri 10.30am-5.30pm Location: Horniman Museum and Garden, London Road, SE23 Info: 020 8699 1872
Commissioned specially for the Hayward, Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto’s new sculptural works will transform the upper galleries and outdoor sculpture terraces. Neto, who lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, has established an international reputation for his work over the past 20 years. (Tickets for Ernesto Neto include entry to The New DÈcor in the Lower Galleries.) Cost: £10 plus £1.45 booking fee, Seniors £9, Concessions/ students £8; Young people 12-18 £6 Time: Sat-Thu 10am - 6pm, Fri 10am-10pm Location: The Hayward, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX Info: 0871 663 2519
25 – 30
Jun LFA: Swarming Futures
As a part of the ‘International Showcase’ of the ‘London Festival of Architecture’ the Embassy of Brazil presents ‘Swarming Futures’. This exhibition looks at the theme ‘Welcoming City’ theme. Go and have a look at how innovation city planning can come about through partnership between mainstream and underground forces. Cost: Free Time: Tue-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm Location: Gallery 32, 32 Green Street, W1K, 7AT Info: 020 7399 9282
created a visual documentation of major Africa cities. Africa is shown in a different light, which acknowledges underdevelopment and poverty but does not focus on them. Adjaye shows the building and spaces that have a special meaning to him and thus visitors can see the growth and visualise the potential of urban Africa. Cost: £8.50, Concessions £6.50, under 12s free Time: Sat-Fri 10am-5.45pm Location: Design Museum, Shad Thames, SE1 Info: 0870 833 9955
Jun Ernesto Neto: The Edges of the World
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is an exciting informative, publication highlighting the achievements of people of African descent. Published by Seven Media this unique Glossy A4 historical book promotes the achievements of people of colour particularly focusing on trail blazers and noted people who are the first in their field to have made recognisable achievements within government, the arts, business, industry and community sectors.
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Baroness Valerie Amos
One of Britain’s First Black Female Recorders
B: 1954 - Georgetown, Guyana Baroness Valerie Amos was created a life peer in 1997. She is a British Labour Party politician and life peer, formerly serving as Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council. When she was appointed Secretary of State for International Development on 12 May 2003, following the resignation of Clare Short, she became the first black woman to sit in the Cabinet of the United Kingdom. A distinctive element of Baroness Amos’ political career is that she has never actually been elected to any public office as every office held has been
an unelected appointment. Following positions in Equal Opportunities, Training and Management Services in local government in the London boroughs of Lambeth, Camden and Hackney, she became Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission 1989–94. After resigning from the cabinet, Baroness Amos took up a directorship with Travant Capital, a Nigerian private equity fund launched in 2007 and is involved with the 2012 Olympic Committee.
Barrister Constance Briscoe was one of six children born to two Jamaicans who settled in the UK in the 1950s. Briscoe studied Law at the University of Newcastle, financing her studies through various weekend and holiday jobs including working at a hospice with the terminally ill. After completing her MA at the University of Warwick she was called to the Bar in 1983, and became a Recorder, a part time
judge in 1996 - one of the first black women to sit as a judge in the UK. Briscoe’s legal practice focuses on criminal law and fraud, principally defending. She is also known for her books ‘Ugly’ and ‘Beyond Ugly’ in which she recounts tales of abuse as a child and she often talks about her experiences publicly.
The First Black Female Attorney General
Dame Linda Dobbs
B: 1955 - Commonwealth of Dominica In 1999, Scotland was appointed Parliamentary UnderSecretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She was responsible for introducing the Bill to ratify the International Criminal Court in the United Kingdom. She also set up a panel of British-based lawyers who provided pro bono services to UK nationals imprisoned overseas. In 2001 she became Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor’s Department, and was made a member of the Privy Council. Scotland was a contender for a
The First Black Judge Appointed To the High Courts of Justice
cabinet position at a time when Tony Blair is reported to have considered appointing her Leader of the House of Lords. In 2003, Lady Scotland of Asthal, as she is also known, was made Minister of State for the Criminal Justice system and Law Reform at the Home Office. On 28 June 2007, Baroness Scotland was appointed Attorney General by the new Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. She is the first woman to hold the office since its foundation in 1315.
B: 1951 Dobbs’ mother was from Sierra Leone, and her father was an English lawyer who became a High Court judge in Sierra Leone. She studied Linguistic and Regional Studies (Russian and Law) at the University of Surrey, graduating with a BSc in 1976. She received an LLM from the London School of Economics, and a PhD for research on criminology and penology in the Soviet Union. Dame Linda Penelope Dobbs was the first non-white person to be assigned as judge of the High Court of justice of England and Wales. She was appointed a High Court Judge in September
Bernard Grant MP
One of Britain’s First Black MPs
B: 1944 - Georgetown, Guyana
2004. She received a DBE, and was assigned Queen Bench Division, the Administrative Court, and the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal. At the time of the appointment, Dobbs said: “It is a great honour to have been invited by the Lord Chancellor to become a High Court Judge… I am confident, nevertheless, that I am the first of many to come”. She has subsequently been appointed as Chairman of the Magisterial Committee of the Judicial Studies Board.
Bernard Grant was one of many West Indians who took up the British government’s invitation to the colonies to move to the UK for blue-collar employment in 1963. He was for a period a member of the Socialist Labour League. He quickly became a trade union official, and moved into politics, becoming a Labour councilor in the London Borough of Haringey in 1978. As council leader during the Broadwater Farm riot of 1985, in which a policeman, PC Blakelock, was killed, he was thrown into the public eye, when he was widely quoted as saying “The police got
a bloody good hiding”. Grant claimed had been taken out of context, but offered an apology to the family of PC Blakelock. The controversy did not prevent him from becoming MP for Tottenham in the 1987 election, one of only three black MPs at the time. As an MP he backed demands for black sections in the Labour and was recognised as a staunch voice against Police racism. In September 2007 in Tottenham, London, Haringey Council opened the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in his name.
Dawn Butler MP The first Black Female Minister in the House of Commons
B: 1969- London, UK
First African-American Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
B: 1937 - New York City, California, USA Colin Luther Powell, KCB, MSC, is an American statesman and retired as a four-star general in the United States Army. He was well known for his tremendous popularity among the American people. He was the first African American appointed to the position of 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under President George W. Bush. During his time within the military, Powell also served as National Security Advisor, as Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Army Forces Command and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, holding the latter position during the Gulf War. He was the first, and so far the only, African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs
of Staff. Colin Powell announced his resignation as Secretary of State on Monday, November 15, 2004. The following day, George W. Bush nominated National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice as Powell’s successor. In 2007, Powell donated the maximum amount to John McCain’s campaign with his name listed as a possible running mate in 2008 for Republican nominee McCain’s presidential election bid however, on October 19, 2008, Powell declared his backing of Barack Obama during a Meet the Press interview, citing “his ability to inspire, because of the inclusive nature of his campaign’ additionally referring to Obama as a “transformational figure.”
Dawn Petula Butler is a British Labour politician, Member of Parliament for Brent South and an Assistant Chief Whip for Gordon Brown’s government. She worked as a GMB Union Officer, including time as a national race and equality officer. She was also an advisor to former London Mayor Ken Livingstone on employment and social issues. She is the first Black female minister in the House of Commons. She was born in London into a large family of Jamaican immigrant parentage with a sister and four brothers. She has said, “It is important to me that government is reflective of our diverse community and ordinary hard working individuals are given the opportunity to have their voices heard.” Interest in youth services has continued as one of her main interests in Parliament. On 24 October 2006 she was appointed Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Youth Affairs, and she is an Honorary Vice President of the British Youth Council. After Gordon Brown became Prime Minister, on 27 June 2007, Butler was made one of the Labour Party’s six Vice Chairs, with particular responsibility for Youth issues. on
She was appointed to the Select Committee on the Modernisation of the House of Commons shortly after her election, and has also served on standing committees (notably on the Violent Crime Reduction Bill 2006). In November 2007 she was appointed to the Children & Families Select Committee. Earlier (in November 2005), she had been promoted to Parliamentary Private Secretary to the health minister Jane Kennedy, but decided to stand down from this post in early 2006. On 6 November 2007, Butler was chosen to second the Queen’s Speech. Her voting record shows she has largely been loyal to the government. She was promoted to Assistant Whip on 12 September 2008.
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