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Arts Exhibitions Events – West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song

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imjussayin -arts-and-eventRound up of this week’s ‘must do’ arts, exhibitions and events.

The Missing Chapter Collective: Showcase
Rivington Place
21 January 2016 @ 18:30
21 – 30 January 2016

The Missing Chapter initiates new research around public and private collections to identify, contextualise and showcase a dedicated portfolio of photography dating back to the mid 1800s. Their research implicitly traces 19th century photographic developments in relation to socio-cultural and visual accounts of the black presence in Great Britain.

The Missing Chapter Collective consists of young, aspiring cultural producers, historians and artists. They create a series of multimedia projects and events in response to the 19th century photographs unearthed as part our The Missing Chapter archive research project. Using photography, film, illustration and debate the Collective interpret issues around cultural memory, representation and the archive, locating the past in their present.

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Entry free booking recommended
Booking online ticket (eventbrite)
Rivington Place
London, EC2A 3BA
Phone 0207 749 1240
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 11am – 6pm
Thursday: 11am – 9pm
Saturday: 12 – 6pm
Closed Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays.

Animating Black Archives
The Next Ten Years: Annual Huntley Conference at LMA
27 February 2016 @ 11:00
London Metropolitan Archives

Animating Black Archives is an important interactive conference. Working collaboratively, four leading heritage organisations have created a platform to examine the future opportunities and challenges in bringing to life and revealing the hidden histories in Black archives. They are sharing their knowledge of collecting, cataloguing and curating the material from their significant archives.

The conference will examine the central question, ‘what are archives for?’ At 2:30 Charlie Phillips, renowned photographer will be making a presentation.

Entry £10

Booking online tickets (eventbrite)
London Metropolitan Archives
40 Northampton Road London EC1R 0HB
Phone 020 7332 3851

Archives into the Future
Archives care for the past, but what is their role in caring for the future?
29 February 2016 @ 10:00
British Library, London,

Orangised by the Antislavery Usable Past the ‘Archives into the Future’ seminar series provides a forum for creative debate about the issues facing archives today, and seeks to explore innovative approaches towards archives in the future.

Antislavery Usable Past’ aim is to demonstrate that applied knowledge of the antislavery past offers a way to ‘care for the future’. To that end, this workshop will offer a forum for an exchange of ideas between archivists, curators, academics, NGOs, charities and human rights organisations on the value of archives in the Third Sector and how heritage resources can be utilised in modern day campaigning.

The workshop will consist of a series of short talks and discussion sessions.

Entry Free

Booking online tickets (eventbrite)
British Library
Euston Road
London NW1 2DB

Bare Lit Festival
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.

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
Electric Brixton.

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
Tickets here

Europe’s Black History. Conference Part 2
University of Westminster
5 March 2016 10:30 – 18:00

Organised by Black History Walks, The conference will consider
The African presence in Ancient and Modern Europe. There will be a brief overview which includes Russia, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

African Soldiers in European Tribal Wars. Education via exhibition.
Black Tudor women in the National Curriculum ?

There will also be panel discussions on
Apartheid Education in the UK, the Saturday School revolution.
Disappearing education space, the racism of denied access.
Is England the least racist place in Europe ? Contributions from Africans living in Germany, Holland and Portugal

Entry free booking recommended
Booking online ticket (eventbrite)
Portland hall Lecture room, Lower Ground
University of Westminster
4-12 Little Titchfield Street
w1w 7uw London
United Kingdom

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)
To book TateTickets

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.

Tickets Adults £7.50 Children £3.00
To book Handel and Hendrix House  
0871 220 0260
Handel & Hendrix in London
25 Brook Street
Mayfair, London W1K 4HB
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7495 1685

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.

Tickets £10.00
group discount available for groups of 6 or more buying full price tickets.
Inquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546

PACCAR Gallery
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
Opening times and visitor information

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