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 Migrant Voice - In-person events

Many events are now both in-person and online. Check venues for attendance details and time changes. Online events are listed here.



Monday 3 October

* Insecure Guardians: Enforcement, Encounters and Everyday Policing in Postcolonial Karachi, Zoha Waseem. 5-6.30pm, King’s College, Strand campus, Strand, WC2R 2LS.

* China after Mao: A History, Frank Dikötter. 5pm, SOAS, Russell Square, WC1H 0XG. Info: 07637 2388

Wednesday 5 October

* Unfree: Migrant domestic labour in the Middle East, Rhacel Salazar Parreñas, Lina Abou-Habib, Rothna Begum, Steffen Hertog, Shalini Grover. 6.30-8pm, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE. Info: 7405 7686

* The Windrush Compensation Scheme – is justice finally being served?, Martin Forde, Grace Brown, Van Fergusson, Jeremy Bloom, Anna Steiner. 6.30-8pm, King’s College, Bush House, 30 Aldwych, WC2B 4BG.

* Is there a new ‘red-green’ tide in Latin America?, Cassia Bechara, Landless Workers’ Movement, Brazil; Yasna Tapia, Commons Party, Chile; Tatiana Garavito, Colombian climate justice organiser. Online, 6.30pm.

* A Second Pink Tide? Prospects and challenges for the Latin American left, Mariano Feliz, Rhaysa Ruas, Camila Vergara. 4-6pm, King’s College. Info: [email protected]

Wednesday 5 - Thursday 6 October

* LSHTM pre-COP27 climate & health symposium: moving from evidence to action, online, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Info: 7636 8636

Thursday 6 October

* How climate migration will reshape people and planet, Gaia Vince. 1-2pm, online via YouTube, Royal Society of Arts. Info: 7930 5115 / [email protected] 

* Where is home? Mapping the mental health impacts of the Windrush Scandal, Rochelle Burgess. Online, 1-2pm, UCL. Info: [email protected]

* Raizal Writing: Cristina Bendek on Colombian, Caribbean and Creole Literature, Cristina Bendek. 1-2pm, online, and room G35, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU.

Friday 7 October

* Alia Farid: Chibayish, presentation of two recent short films engaging with different landscapes and communities based in remote regions of the Arabian Gulf, 6.30pm, £10/£7/£5, Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1. Info: Tate

Monday 10 October

* An Evening with Paterson Joseph, talking about his book, The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho, a man born on a slave ship who became the first black Briton to vote. 7.30pm, £26, Amazing Grace.

* The PEN Pinter Prize 2022: Malorie Blackman, 7-8.30pm,  £13, British Library, Euston Road, NW1. Info: 01937 546546 / [email protected] 


* Reciprocity - Photography by Refugees and Asylum Seekers, an accompaniment to the Bush Theatre’s current production, The P Word, (see: Performance), about a gay Pakistani asylum-seeker in the UK. Free, Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, W12 8LJ, until 22 October. Info: 8743 5050

* Africa Fashion, spanning mid-20th century to contemporary creatives through photographs, textiles, music and visual arts, the exhibition explores the vitality and impact of a dynamic and varied fashion scene. £16, V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL, until 16 April. Info: 7942 2000 / [email protected]

+ 7 October, four free fashion shows by South African designer Thebe Magugu, his first catwalk shows outside Johannesburg, inspired by a visit to Dunuza - a centre for second-hand clothes discarded by Europe and the US - to examine and gather materials which he reinterpreted into a collection, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 8pm.

+ Africa comes into fashion

+ African fashion as industry and art

* Shattered Glass of Beirut, “glass vessels, shattered by the 2020 Beirut explosion and put together again, telling new stories through the scars they bear”. British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG, until 23 October.

* Sokari Douglas Camp at the V&A, the British-Nigerian artist’s monumental sculptural group addresses the legacies of slavery, issues of power and gender, and the climate crisis. Free, V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL, until 14 May.

* Migration Museum: exhibition Taking Care of Business: Migrant Entrepreneurs and the Making of Britain + Migrant Makers Market + Window showcase: Himani j Weir and RV Duong. Free, Wednesdays to Sundays, 11am-5.30pm, Lewisham Shopping Centre, SE13 7HB.

+ Migrants mean business

+ 23 October, Ugandan Asians – A Living History, readings, dance, storytelling, films, food and art. 11am–4pm, free.

* Hew Locke: The Procession, large installation that addresses various contemporary issues including refugees, Black Lives Matter, climate change and Guyanese architecture. Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG, until 22 January.

* Collecting and Empire, trail making connections between archaeology, anthropology and the British Empire, British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG.

* British Library, installation of 6,328 books celebrates the ongoing contributions made by immigrants to Britain. Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG. Info: [email protected] / 07887 8888

* Akram Zaatari: Dance to the End of Love, 22-minute video installation of YouTube clips of Arab youths from West Asia and North Africa who have uploaded films of themselves to the internet, free, Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG. Info: 7887 8888 / [email protected]

* Alter, movable sculptures by Paria Goodarzi and Francisco Llinas Casas, born in Iran and Venezuela respectively, who draw inspiration from experiences of migration and diaspora. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX.

* The Island, Angolan Portuguese artist Mónica de Miranda looks at the complexities of Afrodiasporic lives and Europe’s colonial past. Autograph, Rivington Place, EC2A 3BA, until 22 October.

* Painting our Past: The African Diaspora in England, six historic figures from the African diaspora: Emperor Septimius Severus (145-211) by Elena Onwochei-Garcia, Abbot Hadrian (640-710) by Clifton Powell, James Chappell (c.1648-1730) by Glory Samjolly, Dido Belle (1761-1804) by Mikéla Henry-Lowe, Sarah Forbes Bonetta (1843-1880) by Hannah Uzor, Arthur Roberts (1897-1982) by Chloe Cox. Free, the Africa Centre, Arch 28, Old Union Yard Arches, 229 Union Street, SE1 0LR, until 28 October. Info: 8004 6436 / [email protected]

* Hampi: Photography and Archaeology in southern India, display of photographs taken between 1857 and 1970, capturing the Southern Indian archaeological site. Free, British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB, until 22 January. Info: (0)1937 546546 / [email protected]

* William Kentridge, powerful, entertaining show by South Africa’s most celebrated living artist, £22-£24.50, concessions available. Royal Academy, Burlington House, W1J 0BD, until 11 December. Info: 07300 8090 / [email protected]

+ The Head & the Load (the trumpets we used to blow)

+ A beginner’s guide to William Kentridge

* Hallyu! The Korean Wave!, showcasing South Korea’s dynamic popular culture and its global impact on cinema, drama, music, fandom, beauty and fashion. £20, V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 3RL, until 25 June.

+ The Korean Wave that spread around the world

+ The Korean Wave: From war to cultural powerhouse

from Friday 7 October

* Kamala Ibrahim Ishag, the Sudanese artist studied in London but has worked most of her life in Khartoum and is a champion of women’s rights and cultural freedom. Free, Serpentine South Gallery, Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA, until 29 January. Info: 7402 6075

+ 7 October, Artist’s talk, Ishag discusses her work, teaching career and the exhibition. 7pm, free, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, SW7 2EU.



* Hit The Road, Panah Panahi’s banned-in-Iran film about a road trip by an Iranian family. Picturehouse Central

+ Jafar Panahi’s film-maker son on Iranian censorshiper.

* In Front of Your Face, Hong Sangsoo’s story of two Korean sisters offers a new take on the extraordinary within the ordinary of everyday life. ICA, BFI Southbank, Ciné Lumière.

* Midwives, doc about two women in Myanmar who defy strict ethnic divisions to treat Rohingya women where no-one else will. Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick Centre, London, WC1N 1AW, until 6 October.

+ Myanmar: Tough love in a time of strife

* Patricio Guzman Chile Trilogy, the Chilean director’s new film, The Cordillera of Dreams, from 7 October, plus the first two parts of his Chile trilogy, from 2 October, Nostalgia for the Light & from 5 October The Pearl Button. These documentaries traverse time, history and memory through the landscapes of Chile. Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick Centre, London, WC1N 1AW.

Monday 3 October

* Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, an affair between an Arab immigrant and an older German women shocks friends and family. The Garden Cinema, 3pm, 39-41 Parker Street London WC2B 5PQ.

* A Story of Bones, an official on St Helena fights for recognition of an unmarked mass burial ground of an estimated 9,000 formerly enslaved Africans, one of the most significant traces of the transatlantic slave trade on earth + Peggy King Jorde and Sue Onslow. 6-8pm, Institude of Commonwealh Studies, Woburn Suite, G22/26, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU. Info: [email protected]

* The Territory [+ Thursday 6 October, 4.20pm] a clash in the Brazilian rainforest between the last of the indigenous Uru-eu-wau-wau tribe and farmers who are slowly eating into their otherwise protected territory. 8.30pm, Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick Centre, London WC1N 1AF.

Tuesday 4 October

* Queen of Glory, a Ghanaian-American looks set to give up her education by following her married lover. 6.15pm, Picturehouse Central, Corner of Great Windmill Street and Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly Circus, W1D 7DH.

from Tuesday 4 October

* The Woman King, drama about an anti-colonial uprising by an all-woman military unit in Dahomey, now Benin.

Wednesday 5 October

* Under The Fig Trees, young Tunisian women and men working the summer harvest develop new feelings, flirt, try to understand each other and find - and flee - deeper connections. 8.50pm, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XT.

From Wednesday 5 October

* BFI London Film Festival, until 16 October. Programme includes many films about migrants and migration, including Nanny, a Senegalese woman working undocumented for a New York family; The Swimmers, true story of a teenage Syrian refugee who dreams of taking part in the Olympics; Nezouh, drama about a displaced Syrian family; Saint Omer, reinvention of the courtroom drama focussed on a writer and a young African woman whose fate fascinates her; The Future Tense, a meditation on being Irish in England; Name Me Lawand, a deaf Iraqi Kurd boy heads to Derby and is threatened with deportation; Tori and Lokita, two teenage African migrants struggle to survive in Belgium.

+ The Global South at the London Film Festival

Thursday 6 October

* Under the Fig Trees, Tunisian drama - young women and men working the summer harvest develop new feelings, flirt, try to understand each other, find - and flee - deeper connections, 8.50pm, Curzon Soho, 99 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 5DY.

Saturday 8 - Sunday 9 October

* A Story of Bones, documentary about the struggle to memorialise an unmarked mass burial ground of an estimated 9,000 formerly enslaved Africans St Helena, one of the most significant traces of the transatlantic slave trade. Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick Centre, London WC1N 1AF.



* Dido’s Bar, retelling of Virgil’s Aeneid, the classic myth of migration, love, and assimilation, through the eyes of refugees today: inspired by director Josephine Burton’s encounter with Kurdish Iranian refugees including cast members from Morocco, Madagascar, Germany, Finland, and Eritrea. £7.50-£25, Unit F, The Factory, Factory Road, Royal Docks, E16 2HB, until 8 October, then 14 & 15 October.

* The Band’s Visit, in a quiet Israeli desert town a band of Egyptian musicians arrive lost. As they wait for the next bus out, the unexpected visitors bring the town to life in surprising ways, proving that even the briefest visit can stay with you forever. £60 to £10 standing, Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, WC2H 9LX, until 3 December. Info: 3282 3808 / [email protected]

* Yellowman, revival of play about a couple in 1960s southern US who can’t escape the legacy of racism and community tensions. £15-£34, Orange Tree Theatre, 1 Clarence Street, TW3 2SA, until 8 October. Streamed online 11-13 October. Info: 8940 3633

* The P Word, moving through casual hook-ups to the UK’s hostile environment, Waleed Akhtar’s play charts the lives of two gay Pakistanis. Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, W12 8LJ, until 29 October. Info: 8743 5050

+ When the P Word meets the G word

* The Apology, Seoul, 1991: Priyanka is beginning the UN investigation into the “comfort women” of World War Two and the subsequent cover-up. Yuna is about to learn the family secret her father has shamefully concealed. And Sun-Hee is on the brink of speaking out after 40 years – an act that will ignite worldwide controversy. From £12, Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL, until 8 October. Info: 07503 1646

+ No apology needed for putting the spotlight on an international crime

+ Uncomfortable truths about sexual violence against women

* Jews, In Their Own Words, exploration of antisemitism in Britain through verbatim interviews, songs and satire. Royal Court, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS, until 22 October. Info: 7565 5000

+ Anti-anti-semitism takes to the stage

* Sus, set on the election night of Margaret Thatcher’s 1979 landslide victory, this revival focuses on a young black father arrested under Stop and Search and subjected to police brutality as they try to force a confession from him. Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4 3JP, until 15 October. Info: 07870 6876

* The Doctor,  “whirlwind of gender, race and identity”. Duke of York’s Theatre, 104 St Martin's Lane, WC2N 4BG, until 11 December.

Friday 7 October

* Arabs Are Not Funny, Hilal Kassem, Farah Sharp, Sezar Alkassab, Elie Maalouf. 7.30pm, £16, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA.


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

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