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Online events

Online events


 Migrant Voice -
 Migrant Voice - Online events

During the Covid-19 pandemic, we've been publishing a single list of online/broadcast events related to migration, culture and international development - events accessible wherever you are. See below for this list. In August 2020 we have restarted our list of specifically London events, as some galleries and exhibition spaces have reopened. You can see this list here. Please tell us about anything we've missed at [email protected]




Monday 21 September

Things Fall Apart, serialised adaption of Chinua Achebe's novel, 10.45am, 7.45pm, BBC Radio 4.


Tuesday 22 September

Amazon: Earth's Great Rivers, 8pm, BBC4.

Things Fall Apart, serialised adaption of Chinua Achebe's novel, 10.45am, 7.45pm, BBC Radio 4.


Wednesday 23 September

Things Fall Apart, serialised adaption of Chinua Achebe's novel, 10.45am, 7.45pm, BBC Radio 4.

The Impact of Being Multilingual, 10pm, BBC Radio 3.


Thursday 24 September

From Our Own Correspondent, 11am, BBC Radio 4.

Things Fall Apart, serialised adaption of Chinua Achebe's novel, 10.45am, 7.45pm, BBC Radio 4.


Friday 25 September

Things Fall Apart, serialised adaption of Chinua Achebe's novel, 1045am, 7.45pm, BBC Radio 4.




Wednesday 23 September

An Army like No Other: How the Israel Defence Forces Made the State, book launch with Haim Bresheeth, Gilbert AchcarDina Matar, 5-8pm, SOAS.

Decolonising malaria research, Shunmay Yeung, Alfred Ngwa, Janet Midega, Eleanor Hutchinson, 5-6.30pm. 


Thursday 24 September

* Foreign Correspondents On the Frontline, Jeremy Bowen, Lindsey Hilsum, Nina Elbagir, online discussion about world conflict hotspots and the effects of the pandemic on their profession, 7pm. 


Tuesday 29 September

Whose Voices Are Still Being Censored?, online panel discussion with Sharmaine Lovegrove, In partnership with the Black Writers’ Guild, 2pm, free.


Wednesday 30 September

Resisting Self-censorship, Rachel Long, Elif Shafak, Jacqueling Woodson, 7pm, £5, part of Banned Books Week.

Digital China: COVID-19 and Emerging Tech Trends, webinar, 1-2.25pm.


Listen now online:

Literature and the Refugee Crisis, Nick Makoha and Khaled Hosseini discuss migration, civil war and the power of literature to teach, enrich and transform, Southbank Centre podcast. 

Liberating Languages: A conversation with Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Damian Le Bas and Kola Tubosun, hosted by Free Word.  

Revisit Motherland, podcast guided by the voices of Black creative pioneers featured in Somerset House’s 2019 exhibition Get Up, Stand Up Now, celebrating the past 50 years of Black creativity in the UK, hosted by Somerset House.

China & The Other, Nixi Cura looks at the country’s minorities, hosted by Asia House. 

Ottoman Complexities, using the Ottoman Empire as a case study, Edhem Eldem reflects on multiculturalism, orientalism and history, hosted by Asia House. 

The Funambulist Podcast: A Moment of True Decolonization, in each episode a guest responds to the question: ‘What is for you a moment of true decolonization?’ Answers range from historical events to something they have personally experienced. 

Update on COVID-19 in Latin America, recommendations by Canning House.

The Canning Agenda - 10 Years On, new Canning House report on UK-Latin America bilateral relations. 

Coronavirus in Africa Tracker: How many cases and where?

Migrants’ contribution to the Covid-19 response, a new data visualisation showcasing reforms, initiatives and campaigns from around the world, by Overseas Development Institute.




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.

A window into our lives, digital exhibition of asylum-seeking women's photography documenting their experiences of living destitute in London, with Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, Noma Dumezweni and Sheila Atim, hosted by Women for Refugee Women. 

Stories of Black Leadership 11: Breaking Barriers, the second chapter of a three-year project to make visible the journeys of pioneering Black British women – Linda Dobbs, Doreen Lawrence, Maggie Aderin-Pocock , Margaret Casely-Hayford and Shirley Thompson, hosted by Black Cultural Archives. 




* The Protest: Black Lives Matter, work by six Black British writers, made available online by Bush Theatre.

* But everything has an ending, Phosphoros Theatre’s anthology of performances in response to COVID-19, “told by those who have had their lives interrupted before”.


From 1am Tuesday 22 September

We Are Many, virtual screening about the worldwide demos against the Iraq war + music, special guests, until 1am on 24 September. 




Available any time online…

In Between, three young Arab-Israeli women share a flat in Tel Aviv, caught between two cultures, £2.49.

* Second Run, specialising in sharing lost gems of World Cinema, has launched a video on demand service. The catalogue includes works from admired and adventurous filmmakers including V?ra Chytilová, Pedro Costa, Andrzej ?u?awski, Ildikó Enyedi, Kim Longinotto and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

* Celluloid Man, tribute to obsessive cinephile P. K. Nair, and his fight to preserve India's precious film heritage.

* Open City Documentary Festival, online archive of 289 non-fiction films.

* Bertha Dochouse has named five of its favourite films from the past year and where you can download them. They include The Look of Silence, the astonishing story of Indonesian optometrist Adi who confronts the men who killed his brother in one of the most deadly massacres of the 20th century (ITunes and GooglerPlay); and Under the Wire, the riveting story of the fatal Syrian assignment of war correspondent Marie Colvin and photographer Paul Conroy (ITunes).

Documentaries: Real Stories is uploading at least four full-length documentaries a week, from around the world. 

Arab Cinema Online, a personal watch-list of films and where they can be viewed - some of them free.

* aflamuna, Contemporary Arab cinema, a group of Arab filmmakers and institutions aim to deliver “thought-provoking and independently-minded works”, free for a limited time. A new issue will be released every 15 days. Films include A World Not Ours, “intimate, and often humorous, portrait of three generations of exile in the refugee camp of Ein El-Helweh, in southern Lebanon”.

* Over 200 films are available to stream on the Korean Film Archive's Korean Classic Film YouTube channel. These include Ticket  (1986)The Age of Success  (1988) and North Korean Partisan in South Korea (1990).

* ‘Coming of age’ films, picked by Barbican Young Programmers includes Persepolis, an adaptation of Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novel on the trials of an outspoken Iranian girl, and the much heralded Atlantics, a Senegalese “ghost/love story”.

* Sheffield Documentary Film Festival, 115 films from 50 countries, including 31 world premieres. Indian films: Breaking Barriers: The Casteless Collective, Shut Up Sona and the 1957 classic, Mother India.


Thanks to volunteer Daniel Nelson for compiling this list.