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 Migrant Voice - Online events

Here is our list of online only events and programmes related to migration and international development, accessible to anyone anywhere. Please tell us about anything we've missed at [email protected]. In-person events can be found here.



Monday 8 August

* Treasures of the Indus, the artistic legacy of the Mughal empire, 8pm, BBC 4

* Dangerous Borders: A Journey Across India and Pakistan, Babita Sharma and Adnan Sarwar explore, 9pm, BBC 4

* Asian Network Comedy: Birmingham 2022, Shazia Mirza, Noreen Khan, Tej Dhutia, Preet Singh, hosted by Nikita Kanda and Mistah Islah, 10.10pm, BBC 3

* Inheritors of Partition, Kavita Puri examines the impact of the division of the Indian subcontinent, 9am, Radio 4

* Becoming British Chinese, young and ethnically Chinese in contemporary Britain, 8pm, Radio4

* Crossing Continents, spotlight on aspects of life around the world, 8.30pm, Radio 4

* China’s Stolen Treasures, 9pm, Radio 4 

* New Generation Thinkers, Tom Smith on the pioneers of Berlin’s club scene and arguments about whiteness, 10.45pm, BBC 3

Tuesday 9 August

* Tom Daley: Illegal To Be Me, the British champion diver spotlights Commonwealth countries, notably Pakistan and Jamaica, where homosexuality is illegal, 9pm, BBC 1

* Seven Days in Summer: Countdown to Partition, look-back at the week before the break-up of India, 9pm, BBC 4

* From Kabul to Manchester, Afghan refugee families’ lives in Britain, 8pm, BBC 4

* Daliso Chaponda: Citizen of Nowhere, Malawian comedian, 11pm, Radio 4

Wednesday 10 August

* My Family, Partition and Me, four British families who lived in India at the time of Partition, 9pm, BBC 4

* Big Oil vs The World, midnight5, BBC 2

* Becoming British Chinese, young and ethnically Chinese in contemporary Britain, 11am, Radio 4

* Coming Out Crip and Acts of Care, experiences of migrant domestic workers in UK and Lebanon, 10.45pm, Radio 3

Thursday 11 August

* Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie’s novel about India is brought to the screen - partially, 8pm, BBC 4

* Arena: Tall Story, How Salman Rushdie Pickled All India, Midnight’s Children analysed,10.15pm, BBC 4

* Tom Daley: Illegal To Be Me, the British champion diver investigates Commonwealth countries, including Jamaica and Pakistan, where homosexuality is illegal, 10.40pm, BBC 1

* Handmade in the Pacific, midnight30, BBC 4

* The Climate Tipping Points, 9.30am, Radio 4

* Crossing Continents: Honduras under President Hernandez, 11am, Radio 4

* Your Place Or Mine, Taipei, Ching He Huang, 11pm, Radio 4



See here for online and in-person talks and discussions.



* Behind the Algorithm: Migration, Mexican Women and Digital Bias, Mexican-British artist Mónica Alcázar-Duarte examines the role of search engine algorithms in society, and the impact of digital bias and discrimination in shaping cultural ‘truths’.

 * Borderings: Displacement, Gender and Health, eight commissioned artworks by migrant and refugee artists as part of a University College London public engagement programme on migration and health.

* Our Journey Our Story: History and Memory of Sickle Cell Anaemia in Britain, the first such exhibition in the UK. Hosted by the Black Cultural Archives

* Portraits from Tower Avenue, Jamaica, by Jamaica-born photographer Dexter McLean, who moved to UK when he was 9. Hosted by Autograph

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.

+ Hearts of Gold

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.

* Ridley Road Stories, Part 2, photos of African and Caribbean locals on Ridley Road and Gillett Square, Hackney. Hosted by Autograph

* Shadow Shame Again, during lockdown in South Africa, many people have protested against ‘the other pandemic’ - the proliferation of gender-based violence. Penny Siopis’ video response uses footage from her collection of home movies acquired from flea markets and charity shops), with added words and sound. Pelz Gallery

* Contagion: Colour on the Front Line, Aida Silvestri’s experimental body of work exploring the impact of Covid-19 on frontline workers of colour, linking the present with the past. Hosted by Autograph

+ Aida Silvestri in Conversation



* Foxes, streaming of play exploring masculinity and homosexuality within London’s Caribbean Community and black street culture, £10, Theatre503

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.

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. 

+ Roll the Asylum Dice

* Things I Am Not, a series of 10 original audio monologues written and performed by a female theatremaker who has migrated to the UK. Hosted by LegalAliens Theatre



* Love Letters to Cinema in Nairobi, seven films by East African and UK-based Black filmmakers, free.

* Beirut Dreams In Colour, 'One good song can do more than 5,000 protests': the queer revolution in the Middle East. Mashrou’ Leila were one of the biggest bands in the Middle East, with a lead singer, Hamed, who is the most prominent openly gay rock star in the Arab world.

* Shasha Moviesindependent streaming service for South-West Asian and North African cinema.

* Unsafe Passage, an overcrowded ship with asylum seekers leaves Libya bound for Europe, triggering a showdown between a Doctors Without Borders vessel wanting to escort it to safety and the Libyan Coast Guard fighting to turn it back, Guardian documentaries

* Of Land and Bread, a series of vignettes about Palestinian daily life under state violence and the whims of Israeli settlers.

* 10 Films to Understand China: Documentaries, subcultures, the legacy of '“opening up”, migrant workers and other aspects of life. Hosted by Radii China

* Celebrating Arab Cinema, hosted by BroadcastPro Middle East.


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

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