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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].




Monday 18 January

Panorama: I Can’t Breathe: Black and Dead in Custody, 7.35pm, BBC 1.

Yemen: Coronavirus in a War Zone, 11.30pm, BBC 2. 

Handmade in Mexico, midnight55, BBC 4.

* How To Vaccinate the World, 11.30am, BBC Radio 4.

Crossing Continents, 8.30pm, BBC Radio 4.


Tuesday 19 January

Til Kingdom Come: Trump, Faith and Money, how US evangelists send money to an influential Israeli philanthropic organisation, 9pm, BBC 4.

South Africa with Gregg Wallace, food series, 7.30pm, ITV.


Wednesday 20 January

Bulletproof: South Africa, two British policemen on holiday in South Africa get involved in a kidnapping plot, 9pm, Sky One.

* James Baldwin and Race in the USA, 10pm, BBC Radio 3.


Thursday 21 January

Outbreak: The Virus That Shook the World, 11.15pm, ITV.

Til Kingdom Come: Trump, Faith and Money, how US evangelists send money to an Israeli philanthropic organisation, 00.10am, BBC 4.

Timbuktu, outstanding drama set during the Islamist occupation of the city, 1.50am, BBC 2.

Panorama: I Can’t Breathe: Black and Dead in Custody, 3.20am, BBC 2.

Crossing Continents, 11am, BBC Radio 4.


Friday 22 January

Three Pounds in My Pocket, series about South Asian lives in UK11am, BBC Radio 4.




Monday 18 January

Why China Should Democratise (and sooner rather than later)Joseph Wong, 5pm, School of Oriental and African Studies.


From Monday 18 January

* Gobeshona Global Conference on Locally Led Adaptation, hosted by the International Centre for Climate Change and Development, online for the first time, free, until 24 January.


Tuesday 19 January

* Fuelling Poverty: Energy, society and inequality, Caitlin Robinson, free, hosted by the Royal Geographical Society.

* Reluctant Reception: Refugees, Migration and Governance in the Middle East and North Africa, Kelsey Norman, 5.30-7pm, hosted by the School of Oriental and African Studies.


Wednesday 20 January

* Resisting Lawfare on Campus, Dima Khalidi, Giovanni Fassina, Lewis Backon, 6pm, hosted by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

* Resisting the Hostile Environment workshop, 6.30-8pm, hosted by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants.


Thursday 21 January

* Insider's Guide to the UN, Polly Trustcott, 6-7pm, hosted by Amnesty International.

Overdraft: Saving the Indian Saver, Urjit Patel, 1-2.15pm, hosted by the London School of Economics.

* Leaving No-one Behind, Besinati Phiri Mpepo, Martin Evans, Rachel M Gisselquist, Ricardo Fuentes Nieva, 1-2.30pm, hosted by the Overseas Development Institute.


Sunday 24 to Monday 25 January

* #LearningPlanet Festival, grassroots celebration of new ways of learning, teaching, researching and mobilising collective intelligence to solve the world’s most pressing issues together, free.


Monday 25 January

* Yinka Shonibare in Conversation with Gus Casely-Hayford, the artist discusses his career path in the UK and internationally, 5pm, hosted by SOAS.

* Comparisons of a New Sino-US Cold War with the Old Soviet (Sino)-US Cold War, Gilbert Rozman, 5pm, hosted by SOAS.

Violence Against Women and Health, Heidi Stöckl and Charlotte Watts, 5.15-6.15pm, hosted by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

* Covid-19 and its impact on gender, justice and society, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Nelson Camilo Sanchez, Josephine Ahikire, 2-3.30pm, hosted by the London School of Economics.


Tuesday 26 January

Rethinking war and terror after Operation Desert Storm, Carool Kersten, 6.30-8pm, hosted by King's College London.

* A Virtual Talk: New works on British Colonial Violence, Michelle Gordon and Michael Taylor, 7-8pm, free, hosted by the Wiener Holocaust Library.

* Imperial Intimacies: A Tale of Two Islands, Hazel V. Carby, discusses her prize-winning book, 5pm, hosted by the British Academy.

* Andean bears and people: coexistence through poverty reduction, 6-7.30pm, free, hosted by Royal Geographical Society.


Wednesday 27 January

Africa in 2021: Covid, Climate and Democracy, 4-6pm, free (£10 donation welcome), hosted by the Royal African Society.


Thursday 28 January

Displacement: Global Conversations on Refuge, David Fitzgerald, Irit Katz, Shahd Seethaler Wari, Silvia Pasquetti, 4-5.30pm, hosted by the  London School of Economics.

* Inclusion of Gypsy, Traveller and Roma histories in the school curriculum, Chelsea McDonagh, Oliver Petrovich, Marko Pecak, Natalie Stables, Sherrie Smith, Suzanna King, Rainer Schulze, Terezia Rostas, 10am-12.30pm, hosted by Diverse Histories.


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; the latest is Maidens' Voyage, the largely hidden perspective of women in the history of early English 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. 




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.

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.

* 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, Black Cultural Archives.




A History of Water in the Middle East, British-Egyptian Sabrina Mahfouz, who has two passports, speaks two languages and has a cultural understanding of both countries, explores who holds the power in and over the Middle East, pay what you can, Royal Court Theatre, until 31 January.

S-27, "inspired by stories of those who survived the Khmer Rouge ... a blistering account of the things that we will do to save our own skins, and the way the human heart betrays us", free to view video, Finborough Theatre YouTube, until 31 January.

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.

* 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”.

* Between two islands: Poetry workshops for Bahrainis in Britain, Sundays at 11am, hosted by the Arab British Centre.




French Film Festivaluntil 21 January.

69 Minutes of 86 Days, a three-year-old Syrian refugee makes the journey through Europe with her family to find comfort and a fresh start in a new home, 7-day rental or monthly subscription with True Story.

Shingal, Where Are You?, the dramatic story of a group of Yazidis in northern Iraq, stream via True Story.

Crossing Bordersdocumentary about a Syrian refugee family learning to adapt to US life, stream via True Story.

* 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. 

Mayor, a portrait of Musa Hadid, the Christian Mayor of Ramallah and his struggles to govern a city without a country.

Palestinian portrait of offices and occupation

Sing Me a Song, charts the impact of the Internet arriving in Bhutan and follows a young monk who seeks to find love and fulfil his dreams online. 

+ A Bhutanese WeChat romance

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.

+ Q&A with director Zeina Durra

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


Monday 18 January

Black People of Iran: The Lives of Afro-Iranians in Iran, docuemntary plus Q&A with director Farhad Varahram, 5-7pm, hosted by SOAS. 


From Friday 22 January

76 Days, documentary charting the first Covid outbreak in Wuhan, harrowingly filmed in four intensive care units, and without music, commentary or talking heads.


From Monday 25 January

Document Film Festival, £15/£10 festival pass, hosted by the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, until 31 January.


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

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Email: [email protected]

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