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London events


 Migrant Voice -
 Migrant Voice - London events

We're gradually restarting our lists of physical events relating to migration and international development. Here are some events going on in London this month. Watch out for similar lists for Glasgow and the West Midlands coming soon! And here's our list of online events, accessible to anyone anywhere.



A Countervailing Theory, the first UK exhibition by Nigerian-American artist Toyin Ojih Odutola explores an imagined ancient myth, with an immersive soundscape by artist Peter Adjaye, free, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2, until 24 January.

library of exileinstallation by artist and writer Edmund de Waal, housing more than 2,000 books in translation, written by exiled authors, British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1. 

7 September, Writing experiences of migration and exile, Edmund de Waal, Elif Shafak; Hisham Matar; Hamid Ismailov, Kavita Puri, 6.30pm, £12/£10, British Museum.

Collecting and Empire, new trail making connections between archaeology, anthropology and the British Empire, British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1.

History of Bombs, Ai WeiWei takes over the Imperial War Museum’s 1,000 square feet atrium - the first time space has been given to a single artist. He draws his investigation into politics and power, international migration and the relationship between the individual, society and the state, free. 

+ Ai Weiwei’s bombing mission

Rendered Reality, multi-media works by London-based Korean artists Joonhong Min and Shinuk Suh, Korean Cultural Centre, Grand Buildings, 1 - 3 Strand, WC2, visits to be booked in advance.

Blueprints, Beijing-based multi-media artist and filmmaker Cao Fei’s  science fiction world, free, Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, W2, until 13 September.

Seoul Unfolded, collection of architecture drawings, media, and models by National University of Arts students and faculty members, Korean Cultural Centre, Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, until 26 September.

* Travel the World Trail, plants from 10 countries (including China, South Africa, Argentina and the Himalayan region) in six continents + specially commissioned prose, poetry and illustrations, Kew Gardens, Richmond, Surrey TW9 until 16 October

* The Krios of Sierra Leone, includes contemporary objects from the collections of Krio Londoners as well as 19th century objects related to British colonial rule from the museum’s collections, free but advance booking required, Docklands Museum, West India Quay, Hertsmere Road, E14, until March 2021.


From Thursday 17 September

Camouflages, Steve Bandoma’s work refers to the D R Congo as a “vaguely disguised war zone” and depicts the gust of underbelly terrorism further consolidated during electoral periods, Sulger-Buel Gallery, The Loft, 51 Surrey Row, Unit 2 La Gare, SE1, until 17 October.

Permanent Transience, Jumanah Bawazir focuses on a Somali woman’s journey “illustrating how her narrative is one of 3.3 million in a state of limbo after fleeing a country and before resettlement, P21 Gallery, 21-27 Chalton Street, NW1, until 10 October.


From Thursday 24 September

Refugees: Forced to Fleeexplores a century of refugee experiences, from Nazi Germany’s persecution of Jews to the Calais Jungle and the treacherous Mediterranean crossings. The exhibition includes installations Life in a Camp and A Face to Open Doors and an artwork, Ai Weiwei’s History of Bombs, Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1, until 24 May 2021.

Cry, the beloved country, Israeli-British artist Gil Mualem-Doron presents a “series of room installations, documenting the links between Great Britain, Apartheid South Africa, Israel and Palestine, P21 Gallery, 21-27 Chalton Street, NW1, until 17 October




Love You Forever, Chinese romcom, Odeon Haymarket, Cineworld Leicester Square, Vue Westfield Stratford, Vue Westfield White City, Vue West End.

Inner States: Allah Tantou, lost gem of first-person filmmaking explores the story of UN ambassador to Guinea, Marof Achkar, who was recalled, charged with treason and disappeared in 1968, online, Barbican Cinema on Demand, until 24 September.


From Monday 14 September

La Haine, 1995 French classic that takes place in the 24 hours after the police shooting of a young man, showing the world through the eyes of three friends, Arab, Jew and Black, frustrated at politicians and the media excusing police brutality, Arthouse Crouch End, BFI Southbank, Cine Lumiere, Riverside Studios, Catford Mews, Genesis. Castle & Picturehouses Clapham, Gate, Greenwich , Hackney, Central, Ritzy and West Norwood.


Tuesday 15 & Friday 24 September

* Dheepan, a makeshift family of Tamil refugees escape civil war only to end up in a virulently xenophobic France. It’s thoughtful and moving until the final bloody showdown that’s pure Western hero, 8.45pm, BFI Southbank. 


From Friday 18 September

White Riot, charts the Rock Against Racism (movement of the late 1970s, Cine Lumiere, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2, until 24 September.


Wednesday 23 September

Amateurs, two immigrant girls make a homemade movie uncovering the other side of their Swedish homeland, 6.10pm, BFI Southbank.


Saturday 25 September

Persepolis, award-winning animation traces the Iranian director’s search for revolutionary self-expression, 2.45pm, BFI Southbank.




From Friday 18 September

An Evening with an Immigrant, Inua Ellams tells his story of escaping fundamentalist Islam in Nigeria, experiencing prejudice and friendship in Dublin, performing solo at the National Theatre, and drinking wine with the Queen of England, all without a country to belong to or place to call home, £29.50/ £22.50/ £15/ £10, Bridge Theatre, 3 Potters Fields Park, SE1, until 15 October


Thanks to volunteer Daniel Nelson for compiling this list.


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