Round up of this week’s ‘must do’ arts, exhibitions and events.
26 – 28 Feb 2016
Betsey Trotwood and Freeword Centre London.
The first UK festival dedicated to black and minority-ethnic writers debuts over three days in Farringdon, London. Writers include the celebrated Sudanese-born novelist Leila Aboulela, winner of the Caine prize for African writing, Courttia Newland, author of Snakeskin and co-founder of the event, Jane Yeh, Selina Nwulu, Zen Cho and others.
The Festival will cover a variety of genres including fiction, poetry, politics and sci-fi/fantasy.
26th February opening night launch party which includes readings.
27th February full day programme 10am – 6pm.
28th February features readings and conversations between writers’
Donations and entry perks starting at £1and all in a good cause can be found here.
David Rodigan’s Ram Jam London
Friday 26th Feb Saturday 27th Feb 2016
Love reggae, love David Rodigan. He hosts a special evening joining the dots across all the UK sounds. Taking it back to the roots before bringing it right up to date.
Entry from £20
Artist and Empire
25 November 2015 – 10 April 2016
Tate Britain: Exhibition
In 21st century Britain, ‘empire’ is highly provocative. Its histories of war, conquest and slavery are difficult and painful to address but its legacy is everywhere and affects us all. The show raises questions about ownership, authorship and how the value and meanings of these diverse objects have changed through history, it also asks what they still mean to us today.
Adult £14.50 with donation £16.00
Concession £12.70 with donation £14.00
No booking fee for this exhibition
Under 12s go free (up to four per parent or guardian)
Family tickets available (two adults and two children 12-18 years)
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Visit Jimi Hendrix’s Mayfair Home
Handel & Hendrix in London
10 February 2016 Advanced booking available
The flat at 23 Brook Street, Mayfair is to open as a permanent museum for the public to visit from 10 February 2016. The Mayfair apartment has undergone a £2.4m restoration with the help of money from the Heritage Lottery Fund and private donors. Hendrix bought the third-floor flat in 1968 at a time when he was considering the next phase of his career and that summer he released his Electric Ladyland LP.
West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song
The British Library
Fri 16 Oct 2015 – Tue 16 Feb 2016
An exhibition of literature and music – from the great African empires of the Middle Ages to the cultural dynamism of West Africa today. It is a unique insight into a profound and engaging literary culture with centuries-old written heritage existing alongside ancient oral traditions.
Fascinating stories from the region’s 17 nations show how West Africans have harnessed the power of words to build societies, drive political movements, sustain religious belief and fight injustice.
group discount available for groups of 6 or more buying full price tickets.
Inquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
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