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 Migrant Voice - Online events

Here is our list of online only events and programmes related to migration and international development, accessible to anyone anywhere. Please tell us about anything we've missed at [email protected]. In-person events can be found here.



Monday 23 May

* Troy Deeney: Where’s My History?, the footballer continues his search for Black history, 10pm, Ch4

* The Untold, an aid worker whose assistance to refugees risk imprisonment, 11am, Radio4

* Crossing Continents, correspondents’ reports , 8.30pm, Radio4

* Love Marriage, Meera Syal reads Monica Ali’s novel about a British Asian-White British relationship, 10.45pm, Radio4

Tuesday 24 May

* The Amazing Life of Olaudah Equiano, who escaped slavery and became a writer and 18th century abolitionist, 4pm, Radio4

* Love Marriage, Meera Syal reads Monica Ali’s novel about a British Asian-White British relationship, 10.45pm, Radio4

Wednesday 25 May

* Love Marriage, Meera Syal reads Monica Ali’s novel about a British Asian-White British relationship, 10.45pm, Radio4

Thursday 26 May

* Art That Made Us, final programme in the excellent history of British art series gets contemporary, which obviously includes Black artists, 9pm, BBC2

* From Our Own Correspondent, 11am, Radio4

* Love Marriage, Meera Syal reads Monica Ali’s novel about a British Asian-White British relationship, 10.45pm, Radio4

Friday 27 May

* Love Marriage, Meera Syal reads Monica Ali’s novel about a British Asian-White British relationship, 10.45pm, Radio4

from Friday 27 May

* Afrobeats: The Backstory, series that film-maker Ayo Shonaiya describes as “a history lesson with a musical soundtrack”, Netflix



Tuesday 24 May

* Financing primary health care; putting people at the centre, Kara Hanson, Adriano Massuda, Eugenia Amporfu, Leizel Lagrada-Rombaua, Tom Hart, 12-2pm. Info: Overseas Development Institute

Wednesday 25 May

* Online rally: End the Hostile Environment! #10YearsTooLong #SolidarityKnowsNoBorders, Ahammed Hussein, Andrea Martinez, Asad Rehman, Ed Wong, Erfan, Gracie Mae Bradley, Harpreet Paul, Loraine Mponela, Mariam Yusuf, Marissa Begonia, Mary Atkinson, Maya Goodfellow, Magda Fabianczyk, Nanou, Rossana Leal. Simba Mujakachi, Veeca Smith, Zita Holbourne, Zrinka Bralo, 6pm.

* Bob's Back From London: Music, Power, and Decolonization in Jamaica, Matthew J. Smith, 5:30–7pm.

Thursday 26 May

* Innovation and productivity for export-led growth in Pakistan, Azam Chaudhary, 1-2pm, Institute of Development Studies

* Sustaining existing social protection systems in crises: How can we know more?, webinar, 1-2pm, Institute of Development Studies



 * Our Journey Our Story: History and Memory of Sickle Cell Anaemia in Britain, the first such exhibition in the UK. Hosted by the Black Cultural Archives

* Portraits from Tower Avenue, Jamaica, by Jamaica-born photographer Dexter McLean, who moved to UK when he was 9. Hosted by Autograph

Heart of the Nation: Migration and the Making of the NHS, stories and experiences of people who have come to Britain to work in the National Health Service in the past 72 years. Migration Museum.

+ Hearts of Gold

Shanti Panchal: A Personal Language of Painting 2007-2018, born in a village in Gujarat, India, the artist studied at the Sir JJ School of Art, Bombay, before arriving in England on a scholarship: he has now lived and worked in London for more than 40 years, Ben Uri virtual museum.

* Ridley Road Stories, Part 2, photos of African and Caribbean locals on Ridley Road and Gillett Square, Hackney. Hosted by Autograph

* Shadow Shame Again, during lockdown in South Africa, many people have protested against ‘the other pandemic’ - the proliferation of gender-based violence. Penny Siopis’ video response uses footage from her collection of home movies acquired from flea markets and charity shops), with added words and sound. Pelz Gallery

* Contagion: Colour on the Front Line, Aida Silvestri’s experimental body of work exploring the impact of Covid-19 on frontline workers of colour, linking the present with the past. Hosted by Autograph

+ Aida Silvestri in Conversation



* Foxes, streaming of play exploring masculinity and homosexuality within London’s Caribbean Community and black street culture, £10, Theatre503

Nine Livesmonologue by Zodwa Nyoni (born in Zimbabwe, grew up in Yorkshire) about a gay Zimbabwean who seeks asylum in the UK.

Tales From the Front Line... and other stories, stories of the contribution of Black workers in the Covid-19 crisis, Talawa Theatre.

Have Your Passport Ready, short film-meets-video game that puts the audience directly in the world of the UK's hostile environment, hosted by Stand and Be Counted Theatre. 

+ Roll the Asylum Dice

* Things I Am Not, a series of 10 original audio monologues written and performed by a female theatremaker who has migrated to the UK. Hosted by LegalAliens Theatre

Wednesday 25 May

* Theatre as Defiance, Sophie Kayes, Amrou Al-Kadhi, Khulood Basel discuss theatre as a means of defiance and galvanisation, 4-6pm, free Zoom event, Young Vic, Info: 7922 2922 / [email protected]



* Shasha Moviesindependent streaming service for South-West Asian and North African cinema.

* Unsafe Passage, an overcrowded ship with asylum seekers leaves Libya bound for Europe, triggering a showdown between a Doctors Without Borders vessel wanting to escort it to safety and the Libyan Coast Guard fighting to turn it back, Guardian documentaries

* Of Land and Bread, a series of vignettes about Palestinian daily life under state violence and the whims of Israeli settlers.

* 10 Films to Understand China: Documentaries, subcultures, the legacy of '“opening up”, migrant workers and other aspects of life. Hosted by Radii China

* Celebrating Arab Cinema, new collection of Arab films including films from well-known filmmakers such as Nadine Labaki, Annemarie Jacir, Elia Suleiman, Hany Abu-Assad and Ziad Doueiri, as well as titles such as The Present, Lift Like a Girl  and White Helmets. Hosted by BroadcastPro Middle East.


Thanks to volunteer Daniel Nelson (editor of Eventslondon.org) for compiling this list.

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