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 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. A few in-person events in London, West Midlands and Glasgow are available here. Please tell us about anything we've missed at [email protected]




Tuesday 1 December

The Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans, book reading, 9.45am, midnight30, BBC Radio 4.

Costing the Earth, 3.30pm, BBC Radio 4.


Wednesday 2 December

The Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans, book reading, 9.45am, midnight30, BBC Radio 4.

* Costing the Earth, 9pm, BBC Radio 4.


Thursday 3 December

* Aung San Suu Kyi: The Fall of an Icon, 3.05am, BBC2.

The Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans, book reading, 9.45am, midnight30, BBC Radio 4.

Crossing Continents, 11am, BBC Radio 4.


Friday 4 December

Waterhole: Africa’s Animal Oasis, observing a purpose-built watering hole in a Tanzanian animal reserve (perhaps next year they’ll build an entire national park just for TV), 9pm, BBC2.

The Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans, book reading, 9.45am, midnight30, BBC Radio 4.


Sunday 6 December

Alex Wheatle, the latest in Steve McQueen’s series about London’s Caribbean community, follows the true story of an award-winning writer who spends his childhood in a mostly white institutional care home but finds a sense of community in Brixton, an identity and an opportunity to grow his passion for music and DJing, 9pm, BBC1.

+ London's Caribbean community: then and now




Tuesday 1 December

Dana Dajani, in conversation with the award-winning Palestinian writer, performer and activist, 5.30-7.30pm.

* Africa and the US: Past, Present and Future, Johnnie Carson, 6pm, £5-10, hosted by the Royal African Society.

* Seeing China Through Its Media, Hugo de Burgh, 6pm, hosted by Gresham College.


Wednesday 2 December

* Making Us and Them: Constructing Migrants and Migration in the Media, Rob McNeil, 4-5pm, free, hosted by the Centre for Access to Justice and Inclusion.

* Virtual Lobby Day for Palestine, 10am-5pm, hosted by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.


Thursday 3 to Friday 4 December

* From Alexandria to Tokyo: Art, Colonialism and Entangled Histories, Fusako Innami, Helena Capkova, Sanathanan Thamotharampillai, Maria Mileeva, Zeigam Azizov, Nobuo Takamori, Ho Tzu Nyen, Hiroki Yamamoto Ma Jung-Yeon, Nodoka Odawara, Ana Bilbao, Pamela Corey, Fiona Amundsen, Wenny Teo, 9am-12.30pm both days, hosted by Tate.


Friday 4 December

* Migrants in Theatre: Making the Case, Making the Space, 3.30-5pm, free, hosted by Utopia Theatre.

In, on, around, across the Mediterranean: Challenging representation, Silvia Caserta, Mariangela Palladino, Rita Sakr Meritxell, Joan-Rodríguez, 4-6.30pm, free, hosted by Goldsmiths, University of London.


Sunday 6 December

* Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, ‘Winner of Winners’ of 25 years of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, 7-8pm, £10 (or £25 with a special edition copy of Half of a Yellow Sun), hosted by the Women’s Prize for Fiction.


Tuesday 8 December

* Migration and the Pandemic - gender, race and diasporic connections, Bashair Ahmed, Maggi Leung, Mary Grace Labasan and Sarah Scuzzarello, 10-11am, free. 

* The Resistance in Colour: Resisters from the colonies in France, 1940-44, non-white resisters from the colonies in mainland France during the Second World War. Ludivine Broch, 7-8pm, hosted by the Wiener Holocaust Library.

* The importance of memory in exile, Edmund de Waal, Alia Trabucco Zerán, Selma Dabbagh. 5.30pm, free, hosted by English PEN. 

* Sustainable Development: Cities & Water, Latin America's urban planning and sustainable water solutions, Pablo López, Elkin Velasquez, Rodrigo Perpétuo, Marina Robles, Sara Candiracci, Franz Rojas, Maria Manidaki, Breno Silva, Karen Dingley, Luz Gonzalez, Cristina Cortes, Rose Trigg, 2-6pm, hosted by Canning House.


Wednesday 9 December

Amnesty LIVE! - Black Activism in the UK: From the Battle of Lewisham to Black Lives Matter, Sophie Kabangu, Tamika Green and Trevor Sealy, 6-7pm.

Migrant Writesbook launch, 7.30-8.30pm, free, in partnership with Migrants Organise.


Thursday 10 December

Assisting trafficked women, seminar with Dalia Leinarte, Tatyana Kotlyarenko, Simona Lanzoni, 9am-12pm, free, hosted by the European Network of Migrant Women. 

* Dismantling the Border Industry, interactive workshop by People & Planet and Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants, 5-6.30pm, £0-£5. 


Friday 11 December

* Conflicting Responses to Refugees and Migrants in Covid-19 Europe, Elspeth Guild, Madeline Garlick, Tineke Strik, Valsamis Mitsilegas, Maria Gavouneli, Vincent Chetail, Lilian Tsourdi,, Fracesca Ippolito, Giuseppe Cataldi, 9-3.45pm, hosted by Queen Mary, University of London. 


Saturday 12 December

* The Palestinian Right of Return: The 72nd Anniversary of UNGA Resolution 194, Abdel Razzaq Takriti, Ussama Makdisi, Anne Irfan, Ardi Imseis, Nimer Sultany, Sahar, Francis, Gilbert Achcar, Mezna Qato, Mayssoun Sukariah, Rafeef Ziadah, Akram Salhab, 1-7pm, hosted by SOAS Centre of Palestinian Studies.


Monday 15 December

* Supporting Newly Arrived Migrants During Lockdown: School Responses, for teachers, teaching assistants, head teachers and EAL coordinators, first event in a series, 2.30-5pm, free, hosted by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.


Tuesday 16 December

* Dialogues on the Art of Arab Fashion – Mowjood (I Am here, I exist), Waleed Shah, 2-3pm, hosted by the Arab British Centre.


Wednesday 17 December

* Refugees, migrants, memories and identities, what impact did the Second World War have on the identity of refugees and migrants to Britain?, 6-7pm, hosted by the Holocaust Learning Centre.


Friday 18 December

International Migrants Day, online events going on all day around the world.


Listen anytime:

* 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. 

+ Departures, fortnightly episodes of podcast about British emigration, by Migration Museum.

* A Call to Care: Pamela Franklin, the creation of the Caribbean Social Forum, and how it reimagined exchanges between elderly members in a bid to fight the isolation of lockdown, hosted by Autograph.

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

* Update on COVID-19 in Latin America, a collection of recommended reading regarding the current Covid-19 situation in Latin America. 

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. 



* Lessons from the Lockdown: learning from the pandemic, exhibition addresses decolonising culture, imaging the pandemic and lockdown experiences in the Global South, until 18 December.

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.

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

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 the Black Cultural Archives.



* I Wish to Die Singing - Voices From the Armenian Genocide, documentary drama, Finborough Theatre, until 31 December.

* 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”.



Luxor, when a British aid worker returns to Luxor she comes across an Egyptian archaeologist and former lover and struggles to reconcile the choices of the past with the uncertainty of the present, £9.99, hosted by Arab British Centre.

* The Price of Democracy, looks back at 40 years of democratisation in Taiwan through the experiences of two old-timers, until 5 December

* Love Child, heart-breaking portrait of an Iranian couple forced to flee to avoid death for a secret affair and illegitimate child and to follow their quest to be safe together as a family, £4.99, Betha Dochouse, until 11 December.

* Frames of Representation, annual film festival, including films from Angola, Argentina, China, Colombia, Equatorial Guinea, France, Hungary, Panama, Russia, Ukraine and the US, ICA, until 13 December.

* French Film Festival, includes Honey Cigar, feature about an Algerian-French teenager moving between mores and countries and dealing with a variety of men.

* Overseas, documentary about a school for Filipino domestic workers heading overseas and often towards exploitation and abuse.


Tuesday 1 to Thursday 3 December

* Art and the Toxic Politics of Waste, how politics and art shapes the handling of waste in Lebanon and Palestine, two short films and discussion with Bassem Saad, Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins and Elizabeth Saleh, free.


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