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Issue 28 • November 2010





Entertainment L i s t i n g s


Mary J Blige


Gorgeous Party

THEATRE Balé de Rua


Choice FM Comedy Club


Out The of Ashes


World Press Photo’s 2010


Cologne Christmas Market




Contemporary Dance Classes



A Word From The Editor So the month is November, and if you look through the pages of this edition of Life In Colour you’ll see there is a lot to look forward to. But before we do that I think it’s important we take a little time to look back.























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Tony Watts, John Hoang


Katherine Bing

Counsellor Mike

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We don’t have to go too far, we just need to refresh our memories of the four weeks past. October was a very special month, highlighting many causes and celebrating many things. In particular, we celebrated Black History Month. Hopefully you flicked through the pages of your Life In Colour and saw the myriad of activities we had in store for you, from exhibitions to workshops, and maybe you even learned a few things at some of these events. But now it’s November. So why am I talking about last month’s edition? Because I want to highlight that it’s ok to continue talking about Black History Month after 31 October. It’s ok to talk and think and learn about Black History. Just because the month is over doesn’t mean we put our curiosity back in a box until next October comes around. Go out and seek Black History every day of the year. History if OUR story, we are all involved in it, and I ask you, without knowing where you came from, how can you possibly know where you are going? To help you on your life-long journey of discovery, we have paid homage to a legendary African musician and political activist in this edition of Life In Colour. Fela Kuti is known for his music and outlandish ways, and his life story is out of this world. This month the musical Fela! reaches the National Theatre, so what a fitting time to give you his life timeline, , a little explanation as to why he has been immortalised in this way. Whatever you choose to do this month, I hope you enjoy doing it. There’s plenty of fun to be had this month, just flick through these pages. Try to learn something new at all you attend.

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MUSIC 02 Nov

Mary J Blige


This is not to be missed! The Queen of R&B, Mary J Blige, comes to The O2 for one night only. The tickets are sure to sell out quick given the number of classics she has in her iternary, so move fast! If you do manage to get your hand on one of these hot tickets, know that the night will be emotional - everybody has their Mary J song, one that defines a moment and takes you back to a special time… ahh the memories! With support from Lemar and Gyptian. Tickets are on sale now. Cost: £45 Time: 6.30pm Location: The O2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX Info:, 0844 856 0202


Nov Rick Ross

Get ready for the Teflon Don to tear up the HMV Apollo. Rick Ross (real name William Leonard Roberts II) is undoubtedly one of the biggest US rappers of 2010. Since arriving into the rap scene in 2006 He’s had three big albums, ‘Port Of Miami’ (2006), ‘Trilla’ (2008), and ‘Deeper Than Rap’ (2009) respectively, and now he has the much-acclaimed ‘Teflon Don’ (2010). This night will be a Rick Ross’ fan’s dream. Cost:£30 - £40 Time: 6.30pm Location: HMV Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, W6 9QH Info: venues.meanfiddler. com/apollo

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Nov Creole Choir of Cuba

Be prepared to hear something completely fresh and new from Cuba, full of passionate melodies, harmonies and richly textured arrangements with jubilant movement and deep spirit. The Choir’s Cuban name ‘Desandann’ means literally ‘descendants’ and they tell the stories of their Haitian ancestors who went to Cuba to work in the plantations. This show will take you on an journey through history and soul. Cost: £12.50 - £20 Time: 7.30pm Location: Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, E15 1BN Info: 020 8534 0310


Nov Public Enemy

Seminal Hip-Hop group, Public Enemy are set to play London - with their original line up. Public Enemy exploded onto the scene in the mid 80’s with hits such as ‘Don’t Believe The Hype’ and of course, the track regarded as one of the most popular and influential songs in hip hop history, ‘Fight The Power’. Chuck D, Flavor Flav, and Professor Griff, along with security taskforce S1W (Brother Mike, James Bomb, Pop Diesel) and DJ Lord will be performing live for one night only, bringing the noise and reminding us how they changed pop culture forever. This promises to be one of the most talked about shows to take place in London in years. Cost: TBC Time: 7pm Location: IndigO2, The O2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX Info:, 0844 856 0202


Nov Geri Allen

Pianist Geri Allen effortlessly blends the hard swing of the jazz tradition with angular modern flourishes. Here in a solo setting she lets her creativity run free as she performs a live soundtrack to images by acclaimed photographer Carrie Mae Weems. Surreal and poetic, this work explores what it means to be an African-American woman, daughter and teacher in a deeply personal narrative. This event is part of the London

MUSIC Jazz Festival 2010. Cost: £10 - £20 Time: 7.45pm Location: Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Info: 0844 875 0073

Chucho Valdés & The AfroCuban Messengers with Ibrahim Maalouf

18 Nov Soweto Kinch — The New Emancipation with Femi Temowo Trio MOBO award-winner and Mercury Prize nominee Soweto Kinch premieres his latest album The New Emancipation, which draws inspiration from work songs and early blues and explores the modern resonances of an essential history. From debt/wage slavery, to creative oppression in the music industry and ideas of race in the Obama age, it revisits this rich musical inheritance with a stellar jazz ensemble and hip-hop production. Eska Mtungwazi, Byron Wallen, Shabaka Hutchings and Femi Temowo add solo fire to the mix. Femi Temowo also opens the evening with a short trio set, featuring his fluent and fast-fingered guitar playing. This event is part of the London Jazz Festival 2010. Cost: £10 - £20 Time: 7.30pm Location: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX Info:, 0844 875 0073


Cuba’s greatest pianist graces the stage once more at the Barbican, this time with his Octet the Afro Cuban Messengers performing tracks from their much anticipated new release Chucho’s Step (Harmonia Mundi). Opening the evening is French/Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf, who uniquely combines jazz and classical Arabic music. This event is part of the London Jazz Festival 2010. Cost: £15 - £27.50 Time: 7.30pm Location: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS Info:, 020 7638 4141


Nov Soweto Kinch - The New Emancipation with Femi Temowo Trio


Nov Donae’o Unplugged Plus Guests

Guests Sit back, relax and chill as Urban Development and Stratford Circus bring you this UK funky supremo in unprecedented form. Donae’o and guests get stripped back and unplugged at the latest offering of Unplugged Sessions as part of the London Jazz Festival in association with BBC Radio 3. Also completing the stellar line-up will be sophisticated RnB songstress Kele Le Roc, eclectic hip-hoppers, Speakers Corner Quartet and fresh on the London scene, the five-strong female beatbox phenomena, The Boxettes which includes Bellatrix, the Female Beatbox World Champion. Add to the mix Ed Sheeran, with his acoustic soul, grime infused rap and loop station wizardry and you definitely have an unbeatable line up. Unplugged promises to be the premier event for the quintessential live music lover. This event is part of the London Jazz Festival 2010. Cost: £12; £8 conc Time: 8pm Location: Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, Stratford, E15 1BX Info: 0844 357 2625


Nov Skunk Anansie


With five million album sales, one of the most forthright, iconic, and confrontational female lead singers in modern musical history, and a six-year back catalogue to make you quiver, Skunk Anansie are back. Watch them take the O2 Academy Brixton, if you’re brave enough…! Cost: £20 Time: 7pm Location: O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL Info:

19 Nov

Louis Moholo-Moholo Seven for Seventy & No Gossip with Keith Tippett

A founding member of legendary South African jazz groups the Blue Notes and Brotherhood of Breath, and still a vital musical force today, drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo celebrates his 70th birthday with a special two-part concert. The first set features a rare reunion with pianist Keith Tippett, and in the second half Moholo brings a powerful band of contemporary improvisers together, including saxophonist Jason Yarde, pianist Alexander Hawkins and bassist John Edwards. This event is part of the London Jazz Festival 2010. Cost: £10 - £20 Time: 7.45pm

Location: Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Info: 0844 875 0073


Nov Arun Ghosh’s Afrocoustics & Indo-vations Iconoclastic clarinettist Arun Ghosh presents Afrocoustics & Indo-vations – a visceral, fiery, pan-cultural mix of multiple horns, koras and percussive drive. West Bengal meets West Africa in powerful contemporary musical narratives that traverse the world jazz terrain whilst remaining firmly rooted within the best of eclectic and eccentric British tradition. With special

guests Sona Jobarteh, UK-based kora player, singer, guitarist and composer firmly rooted in the griot tradition as a member of one of the core West African griot families. Sona is the first female kora player to come from this prestigious musical family. This event is part of the London Jazz Festival 2010. Cost: £10; £8 conc Time: 8pm Location: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG Info: 020 8692 4446

Strayhorn The Songwriter - Frank Griffith Nonet with China Moses and Alexander Stewart The genius of Duke Ellington’s arranger and co-composer,

Billy ‘Sweet Pea’ Strayhorn, is celebrated in a concert specially curated by Frank Griffith and Alex Webb. New arrangements of classics like Take the A Train and Lush Life, are complemented by rarely heard songs that evoke the spirit of this most sophisticated of jazz composers. Featuring two stellar vocalists, the sumptuous voicings of a specially assembled nine piece band and a fascinating narrative from Serena Riley. This event is part of the London Jazz Festival 2010. Cost: £10 - £20 Time: 7.45pm Location: Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Info: 0844 875 0073




Nov Sonny Rollins at 80

In an unprecedented move, the original saxophone colossus returns to the London Jazz Festival this year to celebrate his 80th birthday The last of the great bebop saxophonists, Sonny is still on incredible form as he proved at last year’s triumphant sold-out Festival show, when he played with the energy of a man half his age. Here with a new band playing material selected from his astonishing six decades in jazz, this will undoubtedly be another night of Rollins’ soaring saxophone magic. This event is part of the London Jazz Festival 2010. Cost: £10 - £75 Time: 7.30pm Location: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS Info:, 020 7638 4141


Nov Adventures in Sound: Zed-U & Matthew Bourne & Barre Phillips Diving into the unknown is the name of the game with this ever-morphing line-up of unflinching improvisers who move through dub, electronica, skittering beats and fractured jazz sounds. Keyboardist Matthew Bourne joins avant-funk trio Zed-U and experimental US bassist Barre Phillips on this thrillingly unpredictable session. This event is part of the London Jazz


Festival 2010. Cost: Free Time: 2pm Location: The Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Info: www.southbankcentre. com, 0844 875 0073

AfroCubism Featuring Eliades Ochoa, Toumani Diabate, Bassekou Kouyate, Djelimady Tounkora, Kasse Mady Diabate. The legendary ‘lost’ project that became Buena Vista Social Club© is finally realised. Some of the finest Cuban and Malian musicians collaborate In Nick Gold’s newest and most eagerly awaited project for years. This is an album that throws the elements of Cuban and African music in the air and lets them fall in entrancing new patterns. Cost: £15 - £30 Time: 8pm Location: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS Info:, 020 7638 4141


Nov Femi Kuti & The Positive Force with Sound of Rum

Hot off the back of performances at South Africa’s World Cup Opening Ceremony, Glastonbury, Damon Albarn’s Africa Express and a recent Grammy nomination, Femi Kuti’s take on afrobeat is one of the most explosive sounds to emerge from Nigeria in years. Femi’s powerful saxophone style and his mighty stage presence combined with the funky grooves and driving horns of The Positive Force radiate pure, raw energy. Son of legendary afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, Femi brings the thrill of the Lagos Shrine Sunday Jump night to the Barbican. Support comes from London-based Jazz-poetryhip-hop urchins Sound of Rum. Cost: £10 - £25 Time: 7.30pm Location: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS Info:, 020 7638 4141

CLUBS 03, 10, 17 & 24 Nov Guys & Dolls


Check this out each and every Wednesday for the biggest mid-week party in the West End. With DJ Slick and DJ Krisis on the decks, you’re sure to set your Wednesdays on fire. Furthermore, ladies are free all night. Now that’s what we call recession busting. Cost: Free - £15 Time: 10pm - 3am Location: Jet Lounge A.K.A Pep-C 11 Haymarket, Picadilly Circus, SW1Y 4BP Info: 07960 362 294

04, 11, 18 & 25 Nov Addiction

This is event will have your Thursdays on lock! Ladies, get

to this event before midnight and entry is a measly £1. We’re talking top quality R&B, Hip Hop and more for less than a portion of chips! For those that can’t make it by the alloted time, there’s also a less than budget busting £5 on the door, and are £10 all night. See? Now there’s no excuse for not living the high life and partying hard. Cost: £1 - £10 Time: 9pm - 2am Location: Bar Rumba, 36 Shaftsbury Avenue, W1D 7EP Info:

06 Nov


It’s time for another Gorgeous party at Abacus. Three dance areas, three bars, and 30 VIP areas… 100% 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

06, 13, 20 & 27 Nov XS EVERY SATURDAY

This is most definitely one of the sexiest R&B nights in the heart of London city today. For the slick and suave, XS will be playing the best party classic, bashment, funky house and old school garage. Expect top name DJs like Rampage (1Xtra), Firin Squad (Choice FM), DJ Spoony (Radio 1) and DJ NG (Rinse FM). XS is held every saturday. Cost: £10 Time: 9pm - 2pm Location: Rainforest Cafe, 20-24 Shaftesbury Avenue,

W1D 7EU Info: 07811 962 664

14 Nov CDR

CDR is your ‘night of ideas and tracks in the making’ and it’s hitting on the second Sunday of every month. Check for details and all things worthwhile reading about the CDR community, and beyond. Residents on the decks will be your usual heroes of the new digital music forms, Tony Nwachukwu and Gavin Alexander. Plus, Mr Beatnick, Semtek and Simbad each spin a discography set of releases past, present and not too distant future. Submit your track to be heard on the mighty Plastic People soundsytem before 9.30pm during the legendary Open CDR segment. All those who want to submit tracks for Open CDR need to do so before

06 Nov

Spanish Harlem

Spanish Harlem is a great event that features an optional dinner at a mere £15, a free Salsa Lesson and both an RnB and Salsa Room to boogie down in. This sexy and playful night is perfect for birthdays, hen nights and most other special occasions. DJs on the night are DJ Maurice of Soul2Street and DJ Marvin. To be a part of the salsa lesson, you’ll have to be there by 9.30pm. Cost: £6 adv, more on the door Time: 8pm - 3am Location: APT Bar, 10-15 Queen Street, EC4N 1TX Info: bookings@ukfridays. com

CLUBS 07, 14, 21 & 28 Nov Roller Motion

Roller Motion is Choice FM’s unique clubbing experience. Join in every Sunday in Vauxhall for the night that everyone talks about. Can you endure 5 hours of fun on skates in two arenas with Choice FM DJ’s playing the coolest party anthems? Test your will power — and leg muscles! Where whatever you like as you’re likely to end up on your bum at least once in the night. This event is for over 18s and photo ID is required. Cost: £8.50 - £11.50 Time: 7pm - 12am Location: The Renaissance Rooms, Wandsworth Rd, Vauxhall, SW8 1RZ Info: 0207 054 8852


05, 12, 19 & 26 Nov Groove Lineage

Keep The Faith’s Paul Aaaron takes Hobgoblin in Angel N1 on a weekly Friday night Soul journey migrating through different era’s, tempo’s, sub genres and regional styles of Soul and Roots music. Live instruments and the occasional live appearances or launch party from visiting USA Neo Soul acts are not uncommon. Check this one out, it’s a mainstay on the London soul scene. Cost: Free Time: 9pm - 2am Location: Hobgoblin, 73 White Lion Street, Angel, N1 9PF

9.30pm. Cost: Free Time: 7pm - 11pm Location: Plastic People, 147-149 Curtain Road, EC2A Info:


Nov Kisstory - the next club night

Kisstory returns for it’s 3rd club night at indigO2 after throwing down some of the very best 90’s music — not to mention star performances from the likes of Urban Cookie Collective, Baby D, Artful Dodger’s Robbie Craig, Liquid and Sweet Female attitude. Expect more great artists to hit the indigO2 stage this November, including Livin’ Joy who brought us the great

hits including ‘Don’t Stop Movin’ and ‘Dreamer’, J X known for the massive hit ‘Son of A Gun’ and SL2 ‘On A Rigga Tip’. Kisstory is about those tunes that just stand the test of time and put a big smile on your face anthems, classics or just those tunes that make you remember where you were and what you where doing. If you’re a lover of the 90’s be sure not to miss the next event.

Cost: £14.25 - £16.75 Time: 10pm - 3am Location: IndigO2, The O2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX Info:, 0844 856 0202



01 Nov - 09 Dec

Move: Choreographing You

Use your mind and body to gain a new understanding of perception this autumn. Move: Choreographing You invites you to become a participant - and in some cases a dancer - in installations and sculptures by internationally renowned visual artists and choreographers from the last 50 years. Move: Choreographing You explores how dance has been a driving force in the development of contemporary art since the 1960s. Among sculptural works, set pieces and installations, encounter dancers from Laban Contemporary Dance on their own journeys through the galleries. Pick up a hula hoop on the outdoor terrace, watch impromptu performances and go for a spin in the digital archive. Featured artists include some of modern and contemporary art’s most celebrated artists and choreographers: Tania Bruguera, William Forsythe, Isaac Julien, Mike Kelley, La Ribot, Wayne McGregor, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Yvonne Rainer, Simone Forti and Trisha Brown. Cost: £11; £8 conc Time: Various Location: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Info:, 0844 875 0073’

17 - 20 Nov

To The Ones I Love Compagnie Thor Take the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, throw in an international cast of nine male dancers performing classical ballet mixed with contemporary and African dance, martial arts and capoeira - light the fuse and watch it burn! This exquisite piece of contemporary dance by controversial Belgian choreographer Thierry Smits is a thank you to his audience, friends and family who have supported him over his 20 year career. At the heart of his work lies our relationship to sex, the sacred and the human body. To The Ones I Love is no exception,

celebrating beauty, passion and male sexuality. Cost: £16 - £26 Time: 7.45pm Location: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS Info: www.barbican., 020 7638 4141

20 - 21 & 27 - 28 Dec Blue Mountain Theatre presents… Young, Gifted & Phat

This is sure to be another riotous affair with the Blue Mountain crew. Bringing the essense of everyday life and drama to the stage with hilarious effect, Blue Mountain Theatre have created

a storm amongst theatre goers - and may have in fact generated a brand new theatre audience too! To see what it’s all about, check out Young, Gifted & Phat… you won’t be disappointed! Cost: £14 - £26 Time: 8pm Location: The Broadway Theatre, Catford Broadway, SE6 4RU Info: www.broadwaytheatre., 020 8690 0002


Nov Showcase London Improvisation & Visual Arts Richmix sees for the very first

time a clever integration of improvised comedy and visual art from some of London’s brightest emerging creative talents. Like Impro?... Watch our Impro masters cook up delightful portions of improvised comedy, expect to see some fantastic musical theatre too! We take the most engaging, most enjoyable elements of live theatrical performance and present you the public with the first show in history guaranteed to stimulate all 5 senses and probably engage a 6th! Cost: Free Time: 7.30pm Location: Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Info: 020 7613 7498


Nov Balé de Rua


A high energy mix of hip hop, African dance, samba and capoeira, hit Brazilian dance show Balé de Rua makes its debut at the Peacock Theatre after a triumphant international tour. As colourful as the streets from which they hail, the cast of 15 dancers and two vocalists deliver a joyful celebration of life, love and the Brazilian way. Choreographed by Marco Antônio Garcia, a self-taught dancer, in collaboration with the French director Paul Desveaux, Balé de Rua (which literally translates as ‘street ballet’) traces the country’s history from its African roots to contemporary Brazil. A lively backdrop of percussion sets the scene for this sun-soaked spectacular - exhilarating rhythms and breathtaking body movements ensure this dynamic and engaging show will have you on your feet, dancing in the aisles! Cost: £15 - £40 Time: Various Location: Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, Holborn, WC2A 2HT Info: 0844 412 4322

THEATRE 16 Nov - 04 Dec



A provocative and wholly unique hybrid of dance, theatre and music, FELA! explores the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Using his pioneering music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), FELA! reveals Kuti’s controversial life as an artist and political activist. Featuring many of Fela Kuti’s most captivating songs and Bill T. Jones’ visionary staging, FELA! – an original new creation – comes via Broadway to London and the National Theatre. Produced in association with Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, Ruth & Stephen Hendel, Roy Gabay, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Edward Tyler Nahem, Slava Smolokowski, Chip Meyrelles/Ken Greiner, Douglas G. Smith, Steve Semlitz/ Cathy Glazer, Daryl Roth/True Love Productions, Susan Dietz/ Mort Swinsky, Knitting Factory Entertainment and with Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson. Cost: £10 - £44 Time: Various Location: The National Theatre, Southbank, SE1 9PX Info:, 020 7452 3000



THEATRE 12 27 Nov



Philip Osment’s powerful play about manhood, self-knowledge and growth hits The Roundhouse this November. Looking for relief from boredom and a chance to get off the wing, seven young fathers in prison sign-up for an education programme. They try to use the workshops to settle scores and to rise up the prison pecking order. But they’re confronted with more than they’d bargained for, as they face up to their relationships with their children and their own fathers. Self-deceptions, vulnerabilities, and failed hopes and dreams are revealed, unleashing anger and violence that the workshop leaders struggle to contain. Researched in Rochester Prison with a young fathers group, the pilot project was devised at the National Youth Theatre in 2008 and was presented as Fathers Inside at Cookham Wood Young Offenders Institute and at the Soho Theatre to critical acclaim. Written by Philip Osment Directed by Jim Pope and Philip Osment Cost: £10; £8 conc Time: Various Location: The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH Info:, 0844 482 8008

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Nov A Night on the Tiles Welcome to a seedy spoken word underworld where gangsters, high-rollers and conmen compete in a high stakes Scrabble game to end them all. A Night on the Tiles fuses tightly woven wordplay, screwball comedy and theatre in an epic tale of violence, revenge and Devonshire cream teas. Devised by pioneering young company, Pen-ultimate, with a script from the sharpened pen of US Hip Hop Theatre pioneer Will Power. Directed by Montserrat Gili of the internationally acclaimed Dende Collective. Fast, fun and furious! A thrilling glimpse into the emerging genre of spoken word theatre. Cost: £10; £7 conc Time: Various Location: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG Info: 020 8692 4446

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Nov Raise The Roof This performance choreographed by Nevin Aladag features female dancers individually moving to different songs that cannot be heard by the viewer. The amplified sound of their steps unites their isolated movements. The piece deals with notions of control, liberation, isolation and resistance. Cost: Free (with Move: Choreographing You ticket) Time: Various Location: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Info:, 0844 875 0073

Th e at re Pro d uc t i o n

About Tell Tarra Theatre

Established to celebrate and promote Britain’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 Writers’ 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. E. W.

Fela Kuti is probably the most prolific musician West Africa has ever seen. As the father of Afrobeat, the singer and multi-instrumentalist has influenced artists all over the world and even inspired major American artists and actors like Jay-Z and Will Smith to immortalise him on the Broadway stage. As a political activist, he won the hearts of the politically minded the world over for his Nigerian warrior spirit. This was a man who danced to the beat of his own drum; literally. For those that don’t know, here is a timeline of his incredible life. 15 October 1938 — Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria, into a middle-class family. 1958 — Fela is sent to London to study medicine but decides to study music instead at Trinity College of Music.

1960 — Fela marries his first wife Remilekun Taylor and they have three children. 1963 — Fela moves back to Nigeria and trains as a radio presenter at the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation. He also plays with Victor Olaiya and his All Stars. 1967 — Fela travels to Ghana for musical inspiration and direction. He decides to call his sound Afrobeat. 1969 — Fela takes the All Stars to the US. There he discovers the Black Power movement through Black Panther Sandra Smith. This heavily influences his politic views and he renames the band Nigeria ’70. His lyrical content changed from love to social issues. 1970 — Fela is deported from the US. When he returns to Nigeria, he forms the Kalakuta Republic — a commune, a recording studio and a home for those connected to the band. He later declared Kalakuta Republic independent from the Nigerian state. He renames the band again, this time to Africa ’70. 1971 — Fela changes his middle name from Ransome to Anikulapo a he feels Ransome is a slave name. He sets up a nightclub in the Empire Hotel named the Afro-Spot and then the Afrika Shrine, where he regularly performs his politically charged songs and recordings. He performs and records in pidgin to reach more Africans. The nightclub is raided regularly. 1977 — Fela and the Afrika ‘70 release the hit album Zombie. It’s a scathing attack on Nigerian soldiers, which infuriates the government. This sets off a vicious attack against the Kalakuta Republic, where one thousand soldiers attacked the commune. Fela is severely beaten, and his mother is thrown from a window to her death. The Kalakuta Republic is burned to the ground, destroying Fela’s studio, instruments, and master tapes. The official inquiry claimed the commune was destroyed by an ‘unknown soldier’. Fela responds to the attack by delivering his mother’s coffin to the Dodan Barracks in Lagos, General Olusegun Obasanjo’s residence. He also to writes two songs: “Coffin for Head of State” and “Unknown Soldier”.

1978 — Fela marries 27 women to mark the anniversary of the attack on Kalakuta Republic. Many of the women were members of the band, singers and composers. At a concert in Accra, riots break out during the song Zombie. Fela is banned from re-entering Ghana. After a concert at the Berlin Jazz Festival, Fela’s musicians desert him due to whisperings that he was planning to use all the proceeds to fund his presidential campaign.

he is released. In this year he divorced is remaining 12 wives claiming ‘marriage brings jealousy and selfishness’.

1979 — Fela forms the political party, Movement of the People. He tries to enter the presidential race — Nigeria’s first in more than 10 years — but is refused. He forms a new band, Eygpt ’80, and infuriates the establishment again with another hot political track, ITT (International Thief-Thief ).

1993 — Fela faces yet more corruption from the military and the establishment. This time, he and three members of Africa ’70 are arrested for murder.

1984 — Fela is jailed on a dubious charge of currency smuggling. Several human rights organisations weigh in and after 20 months

1989 — Fela and Egypt ‘80 released the anti-apartheid album, ‘Beasts of No Nation’. On the cover, then US President Ronald Reagan, UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, South African Prime Minister Pieter Willem Botha are depicted with fangs dripping with blood.

2 August 1997 — Fela Kuti dies from Kaposi ‘s Sarcoma, which had be brought on by AIDS. More than one million attended his funeral, which was at the site of the old Shrine compound.

COMEDY 03, 10, 17& 24 Nov

Comedy @ Cottons


03, 10, 17 & 24 Nov Comedy @ Cottons There’s nothing like a spot of comedy after a great caribbean meal, and that’s exactly what Cotton has to offer. Expect to be entertained by top comedians like Kojo, awardwinning Canadian Jag Ghanges and Kane Brown. Cost: Free Time: 7pm Location: Cottons, 70 Exmouth Market, London, EC1 Info: 020 7833 3332


Nov Comedy Roast

Mohammed George, aka Eastenders’ Gus must be quaking in his boots right now because he’s in the hot seat this November at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. That’s right, you guessed it, Kojo, Slim, Kevin J, Felicity Ethnic, Babatunde, Jason Lewis, Kane Brown, Kayleigh Lewis and Richard Blackwood take to the stage this month for the ‘roast’ of Mohammed George, aka Eastenders’ Gus. Mohammed, it’s going to be a loooong night! Cost: £25 - £35 Location: O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8TT Info:


Nov Choice FM Comedy Club

The Choice Comedy Club is the alternative way to spend your Monday evenings with colleagues, friends and family. Have rip-roaring fun with host Miss London as she wheels out top funny men and women. This month expect top laughs from JAg Ghankas, Babatunde, Donna Spence and Felix Dexter. Music provided by Sean Slimm Firin’ Squad. Over 18s only. Cost: £14 Time: 7pm - 12am; 7pm doors, 8.30pm show, doors close at 9.45pm Location: Highlight, 11 East Yard, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8AB Info: 020 7054 8852;

SCREEN 22 - 24 & 28 - 31 Oct The Stoning of Soraya M.

Set in 1986, during the early days of Khomeini-era Iran, this adaptation of Freidoune Sahebjam’s bestselling book tells the story of a young woman who is accused of adultery and subsequently stoned to death. Seen through the eyes of a French journalist (Thin Red Line’s Jim Caviezel), The Stoning of Soraya M captures the traditions of the village and the tensions between those involved, making for a complex and unforgettable film.


Dir: Cyrus Nowrasteh, 2008, USA, subtitles, cert 18, 116 min Cost: £6 - £9.50 Time: Various Location: ICA, 12 Carlton House Terrace, SW1Y 5AH Info:, 020 7930 3647

29 31

Oct Out of the Ashes

This is a documentary following the Afghan cricket team in their quest against the odds to qualify for the World Cup. Backed by BBC’s Storyville and executive produced by Sam Mendes, the film follows the squad over two years as they progress from playing in their shalwar-kameezes on rubble pitches all the way to a World Cup qualifier in South Africa where they face their greatest test. Dir: Tim Albone & Lucy Martens, 2010, UK, documentary, cert PG, 85 min Cost: £7 - £9 Time: Various Location: ICA, 12 Carlton House Terrace, SW1Y 5AH Info:, 020 7930 3647



28 Nov Slackistan

Islamabad, Pakistan. A group of privileged and westernised twenty-somethings spend their days and nights driving around town, partying and smoking shisha pipes without a care for the world around them. But as this world starts to crack, Hasan and his friends must face up to their true feelings and make some serious life choices before it is too late. Dir: Hammad Khan, 2009, Pakistan, drama, cert 18, 85min Cost: ÂŁ5.50 - ÂŁ8 Time: 2pm Location: Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Info: 020 7613 7498


08 22


Nov Wiggly Jigglers! Creative Movement for Babies and Toddlers Children are full of vitality and vigour and leave us in no doubt that they need to move, and that we need plenty of energy to keep up with them. At these creative movement sessions they will get the space, the freedom and the time to move in ways that support their development and stimulate their imaginations. Cost: Free Time: 1pm - 3pm Location: Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Info: 020 7613 7498

19 Nov

Harlem Gospel Choir & Golden Gate Quartet See the return of one of the world’s great black choirs for their only British date. Since their debut 31 years ago at the Harlem Cotton Club, the choir has built a reputation as a truly awe-inspiring vocal ensemble. The choir is 11 singers - each a soloist in their own right - underpinned by a tight band that rocks and rolls. With a repertoire that ranges from the highlights of a classic black gospel to sanctified soul, the Harlem Gospel Choir is a powerful spectacle and a great show - truly uplifting and universally inspirational. This event is part of the London Jazz Festival 2010. Cost: £10 - £25 Time: 7.30pm Location: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Info:, 0844 875 0073

EVENTS 19 Nov - 23 Dec

Cologne Christmas Market

29 Nov

Short Film Sessions The theme for the November Short Film Sessions night is ‘poetic nostalgia’, and it promises to present a display of some aesthetically unique and poignant pieces of short

Location: Festival Riverside Level 1, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Info: www.southbankcentre. com, 0844 875 0073

25 Nov

East Meets West: Fashion Crosses Continents An illuminating look at the enormous impact that Japanese aesthetics has had on western fashion and culture – and vice versa. Panel discussion with Barbara Vinken, author of Fashion–Zeitgeist!, scholar Nicolas Cambridge, Brooke Hodge , Director of Exhibitions and Publications, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and Toshio Watanabe , Director of

narrative. You’ll sit back and return to some of your long lost memories, to the seaside, to your childhood and to a place you once called home. As well as the usual programme of short films, there will be Q&A’s with most of the film-makers throughout the night, plus a free programme on arrival. Doors 7.30pm, films begin at 8.00pm Don’t miss the opportunity to see some truly exclusive work. Cost: Free Time: 7.30pm Location: Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Info: 020 7613 7498


The Cologne Christmas Market evokes a festive German atmosphere when the area between the London Eye and Royal Festival Hall turns into a promenade for the young and the young-at-heart. Up to 60 traditionally decorated wooden chalets sell a wide range of unique hand-crafted gifts, unusual Christmas presents, food and drink. Younger visitors can visit Santa’s grotto or ride the carousel whilst parents relax, listening to traditional Christmas music. Cost: Free Time: 11am - 8pm; Fri & Sat 10am - 10pm

the Transnational Arts, Identity and Nation research group. Organised with the University of the Arts’ research group TrAIN. Ticket does not include admission to exhibition. Cost: £7 - £9 Time: 7.30pm Location: Cinema 1, Barbican Art Gallery, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS Info: www.barbican., 020 7638 4141


Nov The Paper Washi Wish Wish Rabbit lives on the moon with the Moon Goddess, and he’s invited all of his friends to his birthday paper party. They play a game of hide and seek…but suddenly, Rabbit is nowhere to be found! This is a charming, vibrant show for younger audiences, complete with a hands-on papermaking experience and featuring traditional Japanese storytelling, Kamishibai. For ages 3 to 7 years. Cost: £5.50 Time: 11am; 1pm; 3pm Location: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG Info: 020 8692 4446



Nov Jawdance


Haven’t you heard? Shoreditch is where it’s at. It has everything – beautiful people, happening hotspots, major engineering works, and now – poetry! That’s right – every third Wednesday, the Rich Mix bar pulsates with poems, vibrates with verbs, and spills over with spoken word courtesy of Apples & snakes, England’s leading organisation for performance poetry. And they’re inviting you to sprawl out on the sofas and soak it up. Hosted by that irrepressible king of footstomping pavement–poetry Pete The Temp, or one of the other equally formidable comperes, the sessions have included such guest artists as: John Challis, Jonas McCloud, Danni Antagonist, Bridget Minamore, Lady de Bavardage, Ant Smith, Hannah Osaguona, Lovelife and Mark ‘Mr T’ Thompson. Cost: Free Time: 7.30pm Location: Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Info: 020 7613 7498


Nov RAP: Rhythm and Poetry Party

Inua Ellams, London’s hottest new spoken word talent, is having a party... Chill out and get nostalgic with a night of hip hop inspired poetry and retro beats featuring a stellar line-up of friends. Featuring an uber line-up of poetry heavyweights, on the night expect to see Charlie Dark, Jacob Sam La Rose, Nii Parkes, PolarBear, Breis, Gemma Weekes, Musa Okwonga, Joshua Idehen, Zena Edwards and Kate Tempest. Albany Associate Artist, Inua Ellams is a poet, writer, teacher and performer, whose work is known for its musicality, beauty and attention to detail. His best selling first book, Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales was published in 2005 and his first theatre piece The 14th Tale was commissioned by BAC and The London Word Festival. Influenced by classic lit and hip hop, Inua’s work crosses 18th Century Romanticism and West African tradition of storytelling with contemporary diction, loose rhyme and rhythm. Cost: £6 Time: 8pm Location: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG Info: 020 8692 4446


Nov Tongue Fu


Nov Word 4 Word with Kat Francois

This poetry veteran takes you on a journey through word and expression with her team of performers. This monthly night is a real gem in the heart of East London. All should attend at least once, but I promise you, if you do you WILL go again. Cost: Free Time: 8pm Location: Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, E15 1BN Info: 020 8534 0310

Tongue Fu has become one of the liveliest, most talked about and best attended poetry nights in London. The brightest stars of performance poetry mix it up with the Tongue Fu Band (UNKLE, Nostalgia 77, Graham Coxon) who conjure sublime soundtracks in every style imaginable. The night is built around improvisation and risk taking, coaxing poets, band and audience to take the leap into unchartered territories. Intimate, profound and often hilarious, Tongue Fu is hosted by Chris Redmond, and features Shane Solanki (Last Mango in Paris) as poet in residence. Cost: ÂŁ7, ÂŁ5 conc Time: 8pm Location: Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Info: 020 7613 7498

The Yoga Show 2010

by Samera Owusu Tutu

When people think of yoga, they think of a relaxing exercise that gives them ROI on their gym membership with minimum effort. Thy soon find this misconception to be wrong when they are asked to defy gravity and laws of nature in some of the postures. place. Some focused on breathing while others were rigorous routines with swinging legs and arched backs. I chose to stand back and watch and still gained insight into the world of yoga.

The moment I walked in a felt a sense of calm. There was the smell of incense in the air and no bustling through the isles. Despite being in one of London’s main exhibition halls, it was‌ cosy. Dotted around the periphery of the hall were areas where classes were taking

There were plenty of yoga clothes on sale. As I said, this is a lifestyle, so not all garments were meant for the classes. Some of the harem pants would be good for nipping into town in, as well as for breathing exercises and medication.

In fact, yoga is more than a great way to develop good posture, it’s a lifestyle, with it’s own clothing, equipment and prevailing mindsets. I went down to Kensington Olympia for the Yoga Show 2010 to get a taste of what yoga is about and what the UK community has to offer. The food and drink stalls were to die

sit on a cushion, close your eyes and

for — and everything tasted that much

meditate. If you preferred, you could

better with the knowledge that it was

keep your eyes open and watch the

doing the body good.

people passing by — all ages, all races, men, women and even the odd child.

Yoga mats were the other big seller. Available in so many different colours,

Just visiting the Yoga Show 2010 was

the mats set the scene for the whole

refreshing experience. If this show

event, giving the hall a vibrant zing. You

doesn’t inspire you to roll out your mat

couldn’t help but be uplifted.

and strike a pose, I don’t know what

And when you wanted a moment, you


could go to the Sacred Circle. A domeshaped hut made of bamboo, much like a giant birdcage. You could walk in,

HEALTH & WELLBEING 05, 12, 19 & 26 Oct Belly Dance - tuesdays


This is a graceful middle eastern dance that works out the whole body. All you ladies in relationships will have pretty pleased partners if you practice your moves at home. Not to worry if you don’t have someone to show your new skills to -- you can feel proud of your toned torso instead! Cost: £8 Time: 7pm – 8pm Location: Danceworks, 16 Balderton Street, (Opposite Selfridges Clock) W1K 6TN Info: 020 7629 6183, info@

01, 08, 15 & 22 Nov Jamaican Dancehall Dance Class - Mondays So dutty whining to Sean Paul and the likes can loose you inches — who knew! This has got to be one of the most fun ways to shake off the pounds. Give it a go, it won’t even feel like

05, 12, 19 & 26 Oct 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,

exercise! Taught by Paradigmz. Cost: £6 Time: 8pm-9.30pm Location: Danceworks, 16 Balderton Street, (Opposite Selfridges Clock) W1K 6TN Info: 020 7629 6183,

HEALTH & WELLBEING 02 Nov 02, 09, 16, 23 & 30 Nov Run Dem Crew Formed by Charlie Dark in the winter of 2007 the Run Dem Crew or RDC for short is a running club based at the Nike 1948 in shoreditch. Currently 50 strong and growing, the RDC is a collective of creative heads with a passion for running who meet every Tuesday and

well as exploring the streets of London the Run Dem Crew also celebrates the diverse urban environment that surrounds the 1948 space with post run workshops, films and talks. The Run Dem Crew is split into four groups according to fitness and pace. Groups are named after animals Cheetahs, Greyhounds, Hares and Tortoises. Each group is led by a front and rear pacer

05, 12, 19 & 26 Oct Capoeira Palmares - Tuesdays Have fun, become more flexible and learn about Brazilian history and percussion. Capoeira is the beautiful Brazilian dance artform that mixes dance and martial arts. Watching the coach show you the moves will feel like a treat in itself. Cost: ÂŁ8 Time: various Location: various Info:

to ensure safety and no one is left behind. They run different routes through City, Central and East London ranging in distance from 2 to 7 miles. To take part, just turn up on Tuesday, or send an email. Cost: Free Time: 7pm; departure at 7.45pm Location: 1948, Arches 477-478 Batemans Row, Shoreditch, EC2A 3HH Info:


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Nov Famous For the Wrong Reasons Famous For The Wrong Reasons is a moving photographic exhibition that aims to educate and deter those vulnerable to gun and knife crime. Created by acclaimed photographer Sal Idriss, it is inspired by the artist’s own experience of this form of crime; it is a tribute to his brother Nassirudeen, who died in 2007 as the result of an unprovoked knife attack in Islington, a few days before his 17th birthday. The grieving experience drew Sal’s attention to the many families throughout London, dealing with the devastating loss of a loved one through knife or gun crime. Their personal stories are the impetus for this poignant project, which aims to educate and deter people from across London and beyond. Individual portraits, many taken on location, show families not as names, numbers or headlines that disappear, but as people who are coping with loss, pain and immense sadness, every day. As a result of knife and gun crime activity, so many families across London have become Famous for the Wrong Reasons. This significant project, developed with the support of young people across London’s boroughs, shows their raw emotions and portrays them with honesty and compassion. Cost: Free Time: 10am - 6pm Location: Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Info: 020 7613 7498


Nov Fabric of War

01 Dec

Twenty Palestinian and Israeli women bereaved by conflict, all members of the Parents Circle Families Forum, have together made paper out of materials associated with their lost ones. From this fabric of shared experience they have created works that testify silently amid the words and walls that seek to divide them. This is a collaborative project with the Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House (across Waterloo Bridge), where more of

01 Nov - 31 Dec

Jain Manuscripts

Created to accompany the launch of JAINpedia - an ambitious project digitising Jain manuscripts in the UK - this small display shows finely illustrated Jain manuscript pages from the 15th to 19th centuries. Manuscripts were preserved in temple libraries, however the V&A’s collection includes examples in a range of styles, some never displayed before. Cost: Free Time: 10am - 5.45pm Location: South Asia, Room 41, V&A South Kensington, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL Info: 020 7942 2000

the exhibition is on view. Cost: Free Time: Tuesday - Sunday, 11am - 8pm Location: Saison Poetry Library, Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Info: www.southbankcentre. com, 0844 875 0073



Nov Jan Elegant Accomplishments: The Art of Noh Performance This small display from the V&A’s collection of superb Nō robes and masks, together with prints illustrating performance, is shown in the Museum’s gallery dedicated to the arts of Japan. It complements the tour of Nō performance and associated events being presented across the UK this autumn. The V&A has been collecting Nō masks - worn by performers of this form of Japanese musical drama - since 1876, a time when the fate of Nō hung in the balance. That same year saw the ban on wearing swords by the samurai - who had been the traditional patrons of Nō for centuries. Many Nō families were forced to sell off their family treasures and western museums were then fortunate enough to acquire many fine examples of these crafts. Cost: Free Time: 10am - 5.45pm Location: Japan, room 45, V&A South Kensington, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL Info: 020 7942 2000

The World in One City

This is an exhibition of unique images linking together Londoners from every one of the Olympic list of nations. This exhibition is by Phillippe Sibelly and was unveiled as part of Rich Mix Live. Cost: Free Time: Various Location: Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Info: 020 7613 7498

01 Nov - 06 Feb

Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion is the first exhibition in Europe to comprehensively survey avantgarde Japanese fashion, from the early 1980s to the present. Japanese fashion made an enormous impact on the world fashion scene in the late 20th century and designers such as Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto redefined the very basis of fashion. Curated by the eminent Japanese fashion historian Akiko Fukai, Director


01 Nov - 31 Dec

of the Kyoto Costume Institute, the exhibition explores the unique sensibility of Japanese design, and its sense of beauty embodied in clothing. Cost: 8pm Time: 11am 8pm Location: Barbican art Gallery, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS Info: www.barbican., 020 7638 4141



Nov Feb Impressions of Africa Money, Medals and Stamps Find out about African history and identity through money, medals and stamps. This small display looks at the images of Africa presented on the coins, banknotes, medals and stamps made for the continent during the past 100 years. These miniature art works reflect changing national identities, and celebrate the cultures and heritage of Africa and its people. In 2010 the world’s attention is focused on Africa, as 17 countries celebrate the 50th anniversary of independence from colonial rule. The display features a series of case studies from across time and regions,

including Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, French West Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Looking closely at these fascinating objects shows how national identities have been constructed and reinforced through the images on them, as well as changes in the representation of Africa and Africans during the 20th century, from colonial rule to independence and beyond. Cost: Free Time: 10am 5.30pm Location: Room 69a, British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG Info: 020 7323 8299


Nov Look Closer

08 Dec

This November the Tricycle Gallery presents its first visual arts commission, Look Closer, by the London-based artist K Yoland. Taking place in two halves, the exhibition explores the richness and diversity of Kilburn and the nearby area as expressed through the people and architecture that help define it. Working

with individuals and local community groups, ranging from youth clubs and basketball teams to sea cadets and boxers, K Yoland has created a social study of the area through a personal, artist-led approach. Navigating the grey areas between performance, portraiture and documentary photography, she has created a powerful and engaging series of images that connect to wider dialogues around youth representation and the influence of media, whilst capturing the fundamental essence of life in Kilburn and its neighbourhoods. The two-part exhibition will be hosted by the Tricycle Gallery, with a video presented off-site in a temporary space located at 288 Kilburn High Road. The first part of the exhibition will focus on the themes of architecture and place, explored through a series of large-scale panoramic images. Part two will look at notions of identity and the significance of social groups and teams - questioning ideas of intimacy, the relationship between subject and camera and the role of the artist within



socially-engaged practice. K Yoland is a multi-media artist who has exhibited and performed internationally since leaving the Slade School of Fine Art as a post-graduate. Working in video, photography, performance and installation, she has recently been awarded the Acme Southwark Studio Residency for 2010-12. Cost: Free Time: 10am - 6pm Location: The Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR Info: 020 7328 1000



Nov Dec Photomonth Photo-Open Extra Photomonth East London photography festival presents images from this years PhotoOpen exhibition demonstrating the diversity of contemporary photography. Photo-Open photographers include:- Chris Atkinson, Claire Barthelemy, Marcus Bastel, Mustafa Batibeniz, Anthony Beck, Valerio Berdini, Sonal Kantaria, Hayley Kirton, Marta Kowalska, Raakhee Lakhtaria, Douglas Lander, Faruque Miah, Robert Moye, Rishi Mullet-Sadones, Roland Serani, Andrew Scriven, Alexandra Serrano, Haya Sheps, Andrea Siegl, Jane Skinner, Hannah Slaney, Malgorzata Sobieszek, Sisi Xiong and many others. The Photo-Open will also include images from the five finalists in the Photomonth Youth Photography Award sponsored by The World Photography Organisation. Cost: Free Time: 10am - 6pm Location: Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Info: 020 7613 7498



Nov Mar Welcome to Our World... Living with Autism The Museum’s Welcome to Our World... series of small displays explores some of the more challenging aspects of contemporary childhood, bringing them to greater attention. Living with Autism is a thought-provoking new display taking a look at life through the eyes of children with autism, in collaboration with The National Autistic Society. Cost: Free Time: 10am - 5.45pm Location: V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA Info: 020 8983 5200



Since 1955, World Press Photo has invited press photographers of the world to participate in the premier annual international competition in press photography. The exhibition provides a platform for creative developments in photojournalism and provides a unique eyewitness record of world events. This year’s exhibition showcases 167 winning photographs, selected from over 100,000 entries, submitted by photojournalists, picture agencies, newspapers and magazines throughout the world. As well as the World Press Photo of the Year by Italian photographer Pietro Masturzo portraying women shouting on a rooftop in protest at the presidential election results in Tehran, the exhibition includes work by seven photographers from the UK. The winning photographs encompass the horrors of war, natural disasters, sporting endeavours and the beauty of the natural world. Cost: Free Time: 10am - 11pm Location: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Info:, 0844 875 0073



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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


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B: 1957

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D: 2000

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 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.

Colin Powell

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.”

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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