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Arts Exhibitions Events * Africa Writes

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This week’s round-up of most do events from Oracle

Africa Writes
In association with the Royal African Society

The British Library | 01 – 03 July

Africa Writes is a celebration of contemporary African literature from across the continent and the Diaspora.

It is the fifth year of the Africa Writes Festival. Every year they showcase established and emerging talent from the African continent and its diaspora.  It is the UK’s biggest celebration of contemporary African writing. The festival features book launches, readings, performances, author appearances, panel discussions, youth and children’s workshops, and other activities.

There is something for everybody. These caught my eye –

Africa in Translation: Memory and Re-membering
01 July @ 10:00 – 13:00 (free)

A look at the meaning of ‘the African body’ across time and space, and into the role of literature in cross-cultural understanding.

On Being a Woman Writer: Nawal El Saadawi in Conversation
Sat 2 Jul 2016, 18:30 – 20:00 (ticketed from £7)

The internationally renowned writer reflects on the question of gender and the challenges posed for women within traditional and religious societies.

The Immigrant – A performance

Set in 2116, Oliver, a Brit seeking asylum in the African Union is in detention. Here he pleads his case to Usman, an African border official, who isn’t fond of immigrants. What ensues ???

The British Library
96 Euston Rd
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546

A View From Islington North

Arts Theatre | To 02 July

This is politics as only theatre can do it: inventive, irreverent and entertaining.

This is an evening of political satire: David Hare explores the cult of the free market, Caryl Churchill imagines a world where even language is privatised and Mark Ravenhill weighs the cost of our military adventures.

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes, including interval
Performances     Tuesday – Saturday: 7.45pm
Saturday Matinees: 2.45pm
Running Time: 1 hour 30 mins

Tickets from £10
Arts Theatre
6-7 Great Newport Street
London WC2H7JB
020 7836 8463

Reinstating Matriarchy

Swedenborg Hall | 07 July 2016

The Proposed Motion

Reinstating matriarchy is key to social progress and repairing the African family? 

Though we all hail from “Mama Africa,” with regards to respecting our women, black society seems to have lost its way. Popular black culture consistently denigrates women and black men consistently leave them lonely.

It’s commonly stated that black societies were matriarchal headed by strong powerful women who ran empires and families with might and grace, if this is true patriarchy hasn’t done them any justice. Now black women are in the lowest echelons of society, suffering from sexism and racism, and branded as only good for the “the struggle” in a sort of perverse quasi-patriarchal structure.

Supporting the motion is Brother Hru and Brother Toyin
Opposing the motion is Nefertiti Ife and Maeve Crawford

Performance       18:30

Tickets                 £15

Swedenborg Hall
20 Bloomsbury Way
London, WC1A 2TH
020 7405 7986

Feferity: Funky Four Play Rave Party

Upstairs @ The Ritzy | 09 July 2016

A special, and rare line-up of London’s biggest radio and club DJs will be in action bringing the best party tunes to the Ritzy terrace.

Elayne Smith from the beat 103.6FM is one of the most versatile female DJs.
The legendary Keith Lawrence (MI-Soul) a truly unique and legendary DJ joins
DJ joins Mastakut, a great collector and selector from Back2back

DJ Freestyle is the host and master selector of African music.

Doors         20:00 – 01:00
Tickets       £5

Upstairs @ The Ritzy
Brixton Rd
0871 902 5739

Happy To Help

Park Theatre | To 09 July
An acerbic new comedy about how we’ve become a nation of shop assistants.
A destitute farmer sells his land to the supermarket chain that drove him out of business.

Fifteen years later and a bustling supermarket stands on the same spot. UK managing director Tony is coming to work undercover at the store for a week. Branch manager Vicky is determined to give him a more grimly authentic experience than he’d ever dared wish for. Shelf-stacker Josh dreams of escape and rock stardom. Union organiser Elliot dreams of Josh. By Friday, nothing will ever be the same for them again.

Performances     Tuesday – Saturday: 7.45pm
Matinees:        3.15pm
Duration:        1 hour 50 minutes, including interval

Tickets  £18

Park Theatre
Clifton Terrace,
Finsbury Park N4 3JP
020 7870 6876

Queens of Syria
Young Vic | 05 – 09 July

“I have a scream…. I want the world to hear it.”

A group of Syrian women, now refugees exiled in Jordan, create an extraordinary modern retelling of Euripides’ Trojan Women.

In film and on stage, the women courageously explore parallels between the ancient Greek tragedy and the catastrophe of today’s civil war. Their first-hand experience of a country in turmoil mirrors the Trojan women they portray, displaced and enslaved by war.

The show is performed in Arabic with English surtitles.

Performances     Tuesday – Saturday: 7.45pm
Saturday Matinees: 2.45pm
Running Time: 1 hour 30 mins

Tickets £10

Young Vic
66 The Cut
Waterloo SE1 8LZ
020 7922 2922

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

The O2
Peninsula Square
SE10 0DX

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