Trafalgar Studios | To Sat 27th Aug 2016
‘No, Alice, I don’t want to become a man, I just want to stop trying to be a woman.’
A bittersweet comedy about gender, sexuality and being a long way from home.
It’s New Year in Rotterdam, and Alice has finally plucked up the courage to email her parents and tell them she’s gay. But before she can hit send, her girlfriend reveals that he has always identified as a man and now wants to start living like one.
Now Alice must face a question she never thought she’d ask, does this mean she’s straight?
Tickets from £32
0844 871 7632
The Olympic Minds
JW3 | To 29 Aug
There are, it seems, myriad ways of proving your prowess – and winning gold, silver or bronze medals – that don’t involve getting sweaty. This annual festival of the mind will feature sedentary tournaments in more than 60 board games. Classics such as chess, draughts, Scrabble and Monopoly all feature alongside more recent hits such as Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne. Card games; an amateur poker world championship, computer-programming, mental calculations contests, a general knowledge quiz and even a Tetris tournament are also on the schedule.
Sign up, get involved entry fee from £10
Jewish Community Centre
341-351 Finchley Road
020 7433 8988
#HOW TO FIX NIGERIA – Dismantling Patriarchy
BFI Southbank | 31 August 2016
This is Nigeria’s struggle to overcome sexism in Africa’s most populous country.
The Royal African Society presents this special Africa Utopia edition of its popular #HowToFixNigeria panel series. Chaired by Funmi Iyanda – producer, broadcaster, and CEO of Oya Media – the panel discusses gender inequality in Nigeria and looks at the ways in which women and men are fighting back against patriarchal oppression.
Has the focus on gender in development projects made any progress towards dismantling the country’s patriarchy? What are the hopes, approaches, and challenges that have defined the movement to empower Nigerian women? And what can we learn from Nigeria about the struggle for gender equality across the continent as a whole?
Performance 18:30 – 20:00
The Clore Ballroom at
Royal Festival Hall
London SE1 8XT
020 7960 4200
Muhammad Ali: I Am The Greatest
o2 | To 31 Aug 2016
This exhibition explores the life of probably the greatest sportsman of all time, Muhammad Ali. It is a chance to experience a taste of the ‘Muhammad Ali Center’ the museum in Louisville dedicated to the six core principles of Ali’s life and inspired by his story which transcends boxing with its humanity and diversity.
The story includes Ali’s rise from humble beginnings in Kentucky where he was known as The Louisville Lip, to becoming the three times heavyweight champion of the World and known as The Greatest.
Weekdays: 10.00 – 16.00 last ticket entry (clear by 17.30)
Weekend: 10.00 – 17.30 last ticket entry (clear by 19.00)
Adults £18:00 plus booking fee
Children £09:00 plus booking fee
Royal Festival Hall | 31 Aug – 03 Sept 2016
The life of Nelson Mandela is brought to the stage in an epic operatic tribute. It follows Mandela from tribal initiation rites on the banks of the Mbashe River and heady and rebellious jazz-fuelled days in Sophiatown, to incarceration and reflection on Robben Island and finally freedom and liberation.
Peter Louis van Dijk: Mandela Trilogy, Act 1
Mike Campbell: Mandela Trilogy, Act 2
Peter Louis van Dijk: Mandela Trilogy, Act 3
Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra
Tim Murray conductor, 31 Aug, 1 & 3 Sep
Alex Fokken’s conductor, 2 Sep
Cape Town Opera Chorus
Michael Williams director, librettist
Tickets from £15
Royal Festival Hall
London SE1 8XX
020 7960 4200
The BBC Proms @ Peckham Car Park
Bold Tendencies Multi-Storey Car Park | 3 September 2016
Proms at Peckham. Really! More than 100,000 tickets for this year’s festival will be available for £12.50 or less, although the price of the cheapest ticket has risen from £5 to £6.
The event costs £10 million to stage, half of which comes from the licence fee, with the rest raised via ticket sales.
Doors: 11:00am Starts: 12:00pm
Reserved Seats: £12.00
Unreserved Seats £06.00
Standing Tickets: £06.00 (booking fees apply).
Tickets can only be bought in advance from the Royal Albert Hall Box Office.
A limited number of standing places will also be available at the venue.
11.00am (for the first performance)
12.00pm (for the second performance)
95A Rye Lane,
London SE15 4TG
Young Vic | 03 – 24 Sept 2016
“His Majesty knew that a joke was a dangerous form of opposition.”
Master of transformation Kathryn Hunter brings to life an extraordinary fable of corruption, avarice and the collapse of absolute power – from the team behind the international success Kafka’s Monkey.
A world premiere based on the astonishing book about Ethiopia’s Haile Selassie by legendary journalist Ryszard Kapuściński.
Performances Monday – Saturday: 7.45p
Tickets from £10
66 The Cut
Waterloo SE1 8LZ
020 7922 2922
Travel Photographer of the Year
University Of Greenwich | To 04 Sept
A favourite of mine are exhibitions for Photographers of the year. This exhibition is for the winning entries of the Travel Photographer of the Year 2015.
Visit the world without getting on a plane or ship. These photographs are breathtaking, awe-inspiring, beautiful and educational.
The closing date for this year’s entry is 01 October 2016. Entry details here.
University Of Greenwich
10 Stockwell Street
Afripedia + Discussion
BFI Southbank | 04 Sept 2016
Part-documentary, part-e-zine, this screening covers music, performance art and other taste-makers from Africa.
Discussion with Eliza Anyangwe, journalist and founder of The Nzinga Effect, Johny Pitts, founder of Afropean, and Gabrielle Smith, founder of The:nublk
On the cusp of a historical shift brought on by technology and economic development, creative movements are thriving. Part-documentary, part-e-zine, this dynamic series visits cultural hubs and artists in Ghana, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Angola who are producing real and challenging images of Africa. Afripedia contributors include: outspoken androgynous musician Wiyaala; extraordinary trick-bikers Bikelordz; performance artist and illustrator Serge Attukwei Clottey; Titica, a trans superstar and Nástio Mosquito – the Mavericks behind Kuduro (Angolan electro music). Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire are represented in the eyes of photographer Omar Victor Diop, afrofuturist fashion designer Selly Raby Kane and beatsmith Fanny.
Tickets from £8.50
London SE1 8XT
020 7928 3232
Father Comes Home for The Wars Part 1,2, & 3
Royal Court Theatre | 22 Sept -22 Oct 2016
“Seems like the worth of a colored man, once he’s made free, is less than his worth when he’s a slave.”
Three short plays performed together
West Texas, 1862. Hero, a slave, is promised his freedom if he joins his master in the ranks of the Confederacy against the Union. In a nation at war with itself, he must work against those striving to abolish slavery.
The family he leaves behind debates whether to escape or await his return, and they fear that for Hero, freedom is an empty promise that may come at a great cost
Performances 7.30 pm
Tickets from £10
Royal Court Theatre
London SW1W 8AS
020 7565 5000
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