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imjussayin’s guide to what’s on recommends Press Photographer of the Year, Telling Her Story and Man Up projects.

Allan Harris
Royal Festival Hall | 18 November 2016

whatson man up Allan HarrisBrooklyn-born, Harlem-based vocalist, guitarist, bandleader and composer Allan Harris has reigned supreme as one of the most accomplished and exceptional singer of his generation.

As he says himself: ‘I’m a storyteller through the genre of jazz.’

Admission 3:00pm – 14:00pm
Free Event

Central Bar
Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Rd
London SE1 8XT
020 7928 3232

Beyond Nollywood
BFI Southbank | 18 – 20 Nov 2016

A 3-day programme of Nigerian international cinema showcasing a new crop of filmmakers who are revolutionising the industry – beyond Nollywood! More info here under the previous listing.

BFI Southbank
South Block
Belvedere Rd
London SE1 8XT
020 7928 3232

Cultural Compounds
SOAS | 19 November 2016


The Cultural Compounds conference is asking ‘Who are we when we talk about black?’ At a time when terms such as ‘the black spectrum’ and ‘peoples of colour’ are popular it is a timely question. In a society made up of people with multiple cultural references and hybrid identities, how do we name ourselves? Who is doing the naming?

Keynote Speaker: Ben Okri

Admission 9:00 – 21:00pm
Tickets £16.22

SOAS, University of London
Senate House
Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT),
London WC1H OXG

The Red Barn
Lyttelton Theatre | To 19 Nov 2016

A psychological thriller set in a New England farmhouse.

On their way back from a party, two couples struggle home through the snow. Not everyone arrives safely…

Performances: 19:30 & 14:15

Tickets £26 – £60

National Theatre
Upper Ground
South Bank
020 7452 3000

Dream Girls
Savoy Theatre | 19 Nov 2016 – 11 March 2017

Inspired by R&B music acts in 1960s America, Dreamgirls transports you to a revolutionary time in American music history. Dreamgirls charts the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio, from Chicago, Illinois called ‘The Dreams’. They learn the hard lesson that show business is as tough as it is fabulous.
Features the classic songs ‘And I Am You I’m Not Going’, ‘I Am Changing’, ‘Listen ‘and ‘One Night Only’.

Tickets from £15 plus £3 booking fee

Savoy Theatre
Savoy Court
Strand WC2R 0ET

*World Press Photo
BFI Southbank | To 21 Nov 2016

whats on man up world press photographyBe moved, be inspired by the images from the world’s most talented press photographers

The World Press Photo of the Year competition honours the photographer whose visual creativity and skills made a picture that captures or represents an event or issue of  journalistic importance in the last year.

Admission 10am – 11pm
Entry Free
Level 2 Foyers
Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX
Tel: +44 (0)20 7960 4200

*Telling Her Story
Royal Festival Hall | 22 Nov 2016

whats on man up Rachel LongPoet Rachel Long curates an exclusive space for women of colour who want to read, write and grow creatively.

In this new series of workshops, women of colour will have their voices not only heard but celebrated, nurtured and developed. Themes across the workshop series will include; Place/Displacement – The Personal as Political
– Growing Up: Girl into Womanhood – Ekphrasis – Writing from Art.

Tuesday 22 November 2016
Tuesday 13 December 2016
Tuesday 31 January 2017
Tuesday 28 February 2017
Tuesday 14 March 2017

Age 18+
Admission 18:30 – 20:30
Tickets £8

Level 3 Function Room
Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Road
Tel: +44 (0)20 7960 4200

Pigeon English
Ambassadors Theatre | To 22 Nov 2016

Pigeon English looks at the sometimes harsh reality of adulthood in modern-day Britain. Inspired by one of the most compelling events in modern history.

In the shadows of concrete, high-rises, eleven-year-old Harri is walking a tightrope towards manhood. Events quickly spiral out of his control and the world will never be the same again.

Running time 90 minutes
Performances 19:30 & 14:30

Tickets from £17.50

Ambassadors Theatre
West Street
020 73955

*Man Up – Being A Man School Day
Southbank Centre | 25 Nov 2016

Explore what it means to be a man, at a day for male students aged 11 to 18.

whats on man up school boys on the cusp of adolescenceWho are the modern day heroes young men look up to and what does it mean to be a hero? What does masculinity look like today and how do you embrace your true identity in the 21st century?

The day begins with a keynote in conversation with rapper and actor Ashley Walters (aka Asher D), followed by a range of thought-provoking, high-energy workshops led by the likes of award-winning theatre company Frantic Assembly and FightKlub – a groundbreaking fitness class that is taking the UK fitness scene by storm.

Also, all students will participate in speed mentoring sessions with a difference. Join special guest compere, writer and hip-hop artist Jonny Wright, as he facilitates conversations between your pupils and 150 inspiring male role models. Students have the opportunity to gain new insight, explore careers, seek advice or just have fantastic conversations with male role models.

Schools are invited to bring groups of up to 10 students and one teacher.

To book contact our Group Bookings line on 020 7960 4225 or email groups@southbankcentre.co.uk.

If you have any questions, you can email schools@southbankcentre.co.uk

£4 for under-18s. Free for accompanying adults

A limited number of bursaries are available for school groups who would not otherwise be able to access Southbank Centre’s schools programmes. Please contact schools@southbankcentre.co.uk for more information.

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
Tel: +44 (0)20 7960 4200

The Royale – A Bush Theatre Production
The Tabernacle | To 26 November 2016

Based on Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion of the world.

Jay “The Sport” Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But it’s 1905 and, in the racially segregated world of boxing, his chances are as good as knocked out. Told in six rounds and set in a boxing ring, The Royale is inspired by the often overlooked story of Jack Johnson, a boxer who–at the height of the Jim Crow era–became the most famous and the most notorious black man on Earth.

Performance 19:00
Saturday Matinees: 12, 19, 26 Nov
Tickets from £15

The Tabernacle
35 Powis Square
off Portobello Road
London W11 2AY
Tel: 0207 221 9700

Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds
British Museum | To 27 Nov 2016

Vanished beneath the waters of the Mediterranean, the lost cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus lay at the mouth of the Nile. Thonis-Heracleion was one of Egypt’s most important commercial centres for trade with the Mediterranean world and, with Canopus, was a major centre for the worship of the Egyptian gods. Their surprising discovery is transforming our understanding of the deep connections between the great ancient civilisations of Egypt and Greece.

Preserved and buried under the sea for over a thousand years, the beautiful objects in the exhibition range from great colossal statues to intricate gold jewellery. Sacred offerings and ritual objects reveal the cult of Osiris – the god of the underworld who held the promise of eternal life. They tell stories of political power and popular belief, myth, and migration, gods, and kings. Journey through centuries of encounters between two celebrated cultures, meeting iconic historical figures such as Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, Hadrian and Antinous on the way.

Entry 10.00 – 17.30
Adults £16.50, under 16s free

Tickets £16.50

44 Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG

One Night In Miami…(Reviewed)
Donmar Theatre | To 03 Dec 2016

Before they were icons, they were friends.

25 February 1964: 22-year-old Cassius Clay (soon to become Muhammad Ali) has just won the world heavyweight boxing title. Instead of hitting the town, he chooses to celebrate in a Miami hotel room with three close friends – activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke, and American football star Jim Brown.

This fictional account of a real night imagines what might have happened in that tiny hotel room. As the Civil Rights movement stirs outside, and the melody of ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ hangs in the air, four men will emerge from that one night ready to define a new world.

Performances: 19:45 & 14;30
Running time 70 minutes – no interval
Tickets £10 – £40

Donmar Theatre
41 Earlham Str
0844 871 7624

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Royal Observatory | To 23 Dec 2016

Come and be inspired by the annual free exhibition of stunning space photography

Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year is the biggest international competition of its kind, annually showcasing spectacular images shot by astrophotographers worldwide.

For a taste of past exhibits and a preview of this year’s contestants click on the link

Opening hours: Daily 10am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm)
Free Event

Blackheath Avenue
SE10 8XJ

Samson Kambalu
Whitechapel Gallery | To 08 January 2017

whatson | www.imjussayin.com/whatsonIn a new work for the Project Galleries, London-based artist Samson Kambalu (b. 1975) draws inspiration from early cinema and watching films as a child in Malawi. Flickering images, appropriated footage, improvised projections, unexpected power cuts and a lively audience made every screening a joyful live event, one that also made visible the mechanics of film.

Turning the gallery into a magazine spread, Kambalu projects his black and white films of visual slapstick alongside his writings. Influenced by Situationism and psychogeography, as well as by the Gule Wamkulu rituals practiced among the Chewa people, Kambalu embraces the subversive potential of non-productive time, gift economies and play.

Performances Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 – 18:00

Whitechapel Gallery
Galleries 5 & 6
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
E1 7QX

TATE MODERN | To 08 January 2017

Wifredo Lam sought to portray and revive the enduring Afro-Cuban spirit and culture.

Wifredo Lam’s distinctive style shook the assumptions of Western Modernism. His unique paintings introduced the symbolism of his Cuban roots and defined a new way of painting for a post-colonial world. As he travelled in Europe and North and South America, he was a witness to twentieth-century political upheaval – including the Spanish Civil War, the evacuation of artists and intellectuals from France with the onset of World War II, and the new Cuba borne of the Revolution.

Throughout his long career, his work addressed themes of social injustice, nature, and spirituality, that challenged prevailing attitudes held by western artists about other cultures.

Tickets £14.50 FREE for Members

Tate Modern
020 7887 8888
email visiting.modern@tate.org.uk

The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures
Hampstead Theatre | To 10 Jan 2017

New York, 2007. Gus Marcantonio, a retired longshoreman, former trade union organiser, renaissance man, feels that the world has turned its back on everything he has fought for in life. With his sister, he summons his three grown children home, trailing the appendages of their chaotic lives, to their Brooklyn brownstone for the most unusual family reunion yet…
Performances 19:00 Matinee 14:00

Tickets from £10 – £35

Hampstead Theatre
Eton Avenue
Swiss Cottage
020 7722 9301

Malick Sidibé
Somerset House | To 15 January 2017

The eye of modern Malie.

Sidibé is celebrated for his black-and-white images chronicling the lives and culture of the Malian capital, Bamako, in the wake of the country’s independence in 1960.

At a time when the West was fretting about whether photography was even an art form, Malick Sidibé was taking pictures of young people in Bamako which contain all the issues in that debate: authenticity, imitation, control of the image. Not because he was a theorist, but because all of those issues were also central to the newly emerging country. We see teenagers doing the twist, showing off their record collections, rocking drainpipes, then flares, then pimp suits. Friends relax by a river: everyone is young and carefree. But there are questions in these images too.

Doors 10:00 – 18:00
Entry Free

Somerset House
Terrance Rooms
South Wing

Bedlam: The Asylum
Welcome Collection | To 15 Jan 2017

Asylums are a thing of the past in Britain, whether they helped the patients is debatable.

Named after the South London Royal Bethlem Hospital, Bedlam a new exhibition at the Wellcome looks at the tensions between biomedical and psychosocial therapy for mental illness, the imperative to protect patients, and how integration benefits patients and the public.

Doors: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 Sunday 11:00
Entry Free

Welcome Collection
83 Euston Road
020 7611 2222

South Africa – The Art Of A Nation
British Museum | To 26 Feb 2016

See the history of a nation from a new perspective

From some of the earliest examples of human creativity to cutting-edge contemporary works, discover the fascinating history of South Africa through art.

In this exhibition, a diverse range of art from across the ages tells a story that stretches back 100,000 years. From rock art made by the country’s earliest peoples to works by South African artists at the forefront of contemporary art, the exhibition features beautiful and important objects, which illustrate South Africa’s rich history.

The exhibition features a selection of significant objects, including some of the world’s oldest art objects and striking contemporary pieces responding to the country’s recent past. See the history of a nation from a new perspective and celebrate the artistic accomplishments of the many peoples that have contributed to the story of South Africa.

Admission 10:00 – 17:30
Tickets £12.00 | Members/under 16s free | Booking fee: £1.00 per ticket

Great Russell St
Ticket booking: +44 (0)20 7323 8181

Guerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe?
Whitechapel Gallery | To 05 March 2017

Do women have to be naked to get into a Museum?

whatson1-www-imjussayin-comwhatsonThe Guerrilla Girls are probably the art world’s most creative complainers. For over 30 years they have been successfully showing the hypocrisy of American galleries and museums. Now they are turning their attention to Europe.

Guerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe? explores diversity in European art organisations. It presents responses to questionnaires sent to 383 directors about their exhibitions programme and collections. The questions were formulated to critically look at the narratives that are produced by cultural institutions.

Curator’s Tour Thu 8 Dec, 6.30pm | Free

Admission 10:00 – 18:00
Tickets Free Entry

Whitechapel Gallery
Gallery 4
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
E1 7QX

What’s on Wildlife Photographer of the Year*
Natural History Museum | To 10 Sept 2017

From intimate portraits to dramatic landscapes, see how photographers’ passion for the natural world produces startling images.  Visit the exhibition to see 100 exceptional images, revealing the astonishing diversity of life on our planet.

Admission 10.00 -17.50
Tickets Adults from £10.50 | Child & concs from £6.50 | Family from £27.00

The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road

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