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 Migrant Voice - In-person events

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



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

+ Africa comes into fashion

+ African fashion as industry and art

* In the Black Fantastic, 11 contemporary artists from the African diaspora, who draw on science fiction, myth and Afrofuturism to question our knowledge of the world, £13.50,  Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 until 18 September. Info: 3879 9555 / [email protected]

+ Join the Black Fantastic

+ Ekow Eshun on the film programme

* Art around the Southbank Centre, audio and visual installations respond to the themes of the Hayward Gallery exhibition In the Black Fantastic, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1, until 4 September.

* 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, Cromwell Road, SW7, until 14 May 2023.

* Museum of Migration exhibition Taking Care of Business: Migrant Entrepreneurs and the Making of Britain + Migrant Makers Market + Window showcase: Himani j Weir and RV Duong; Lewisham Shopping Centre, entrance in Central Square, SE13.

Migrants mean business

* Alternative Museum of The Sudan, work by Amado Alfadn, who uses postcards, photographs and oral archives to reveal the complex relationship between colonialism, Black Africa, Egypt and North Africa, Sulger-Buel Gallery, 51 Surrey Row, Unit 2 La Gare, SE1, until 31 August.

* The Radical Imagination: Seven International Women Photographers, including Maryam Wahid, reconnecting with her Pakistani heritage; and Silvia Rosi’s exploration of migration and diaspora through self-portraits and symbolism, free, King’s Cross Outside Art Project, until 31 August.

* The Lebanese House: Saving a home, Saving a City, installation by French-Lebanese architect Annabel Karim Kassarity, recreating the façade of a 19h-century home in Beirut + films on the effects of the 2020 explosion on the city’s buildings and inhabitants, free, V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7, until 21 August.

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

* Postcards from Kilifi, Tommie Ominde’s photographs of a Kenyan coastal town, Doyle Wham, 91A Rivington Street, EC2, until 13 August. Info:  940352103

* British Library, installation of 6,328 books celebrates the ongoing contributions made by immigrants to Britain, Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1. 

* London, Sugar and Slavery, permanent gallery at the Docklands Museum, No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, E14. 

* Ridley Road Stories, Part 2, outdoor display of photos of African and Caribbean locals on Ridley Road and Gillett Square by Hackney Central Bridge, Mare Street, until September 2022.

* Lubaina Himid, career-spanning exhibition of artist known for her contributions to the British Black arts movement, £13, Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 until 2 October

* Akram Zaatari: Dance to the End of Love, 22-minute video installation composed of YouTube clips of Arab youths from countries across West Asia and North Africa who have filmed themselves and uploaded their films on the internet, free, Tate Modern, Millbank, SW1.

* Surrealism Beyond Borders, spans 80 years and 50 cities including Buenos Aires, Cairo, Mexico City and Seoul, Tate Modern, until 29 August. Info: 7887 8888

* Fighting Antisemitism from Dreyfus to Today, the individuals, organisations and campaigns that have fought back against antisemitism in France, Britain and Germany, Wiener Holocaust Library, 29 Russell Square, WC1, until 9 September.

* Earth Photo, shortlisted entries for the annual international photography competition, free, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7, until 26 August. Info: [email protected] / 7591 3000

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

* HOME: Aesthetics from the Windrush Generation, nostalgic look back at the well-remembered homes of the Windrush Generation, £5/£3, Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, SW2, until 10 September.

* The Island, Angolan Portuguese artist Mónica de Miranda looks at the complexities of Afrodiasporic lives and Europe’s colonial past, Autograph, Rivington Place, EC2, until 22 October.

* Devonian, Monira Al Qadiri, outdoor sculpture, the second Bagri Foundation Commission, reanimates the ancient sea creatures that form today’s fossil fuels, Riverside Terrace, Level 2, Southbank Centre, until 6 November.

* Children of Partition: An Oral History of Potharis, The Nehru Centre, 8 South Audley Street, W1, until 12 August.

+ 8 August, Children of Partition: An Oral History of Potharis, documentary screening at exhibition opening, 6pm



Tuesday 9 August

* Barclays: Banking on Apartheid, campaign launch webinar with Ben Jamal, Boudoir Hassan, Asad Rehman, Fionas Ben Chekroun, 6pm. Info: Palestine Campaign

* The Last White Man, Mohsin Hamid on his new book, London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, WC1. Info: 7269 9030

Wednesday 10 August

* After the Fiasco: One Year Later, What Next for Afghanistan and the West?, Madiha Afzal, Paul Mason, Shabnam Nasimi, 6-7pm, free.

Saturday 20 - Sunday 21 August

* LatinoLife in the Park, from midday, Finsbury Park, N4.

Thursday 25 August

* Poet and Businessman: Abd al-Aziz al-Babtain, book launch with Leif Stenberg and Walid Ghali, 5.30-7pm, Aga Khan Centre, 10 Handyside Street, N1.

from Wednesday 31 August

* Diaspora Remittance Flows: Restitution, Culture and Capital, online conference, until 2 September.



* The Darkest Part of the Night, Shirley and Dwight remember their upbringing in 1980s Leeds differently. At the height of racial discrimination, police brutality and poverty, the struggle for survival ripped through their family. Now they need to bring together the fractured pieces of their past to move forward together, Kiln, 269 Kilburn High Road,  NW6, until 13 August. Info: 7328 1000

+ Darkness and love for a British Caribbean family

* Chasing Hares, Sonali Bhattacharyya’s play is about a West Bengal factory worker who is given the opportunity to expose workplace conditions and child exploitation. But is he ready to risk his future, his family and even his own life?, £50-£12.50, Young Vic, The Cut, SE1, until 13 August. Info: 7922 2922

+ Brave enough to tell the truth?

+ A love letter to organisers, activists and dreamers

* Daniel Fernandes: Alive and Vaccinated, a leading Indian English-speaking stand-up, 7.30pm, from £12, Soho Theatre, Dean Street, W1, until 13 August. Info: 7478 0100

from Tuesday 9 August

* Take the Rubbish Out/ Pussy Cat in Memory of Darkness, Ukrainian double bill, Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, SW10, until 3 September. Info: 7244 7439

Friday 12 August

* India Gate, a historic chapter of Indian British history in which Indian soldiers sacrificed their lives to save the British Crown, 6.30pm, The Nehru Centre, 8 South Audley Street, W1. Info: 7493 2019

from Monday 15 August

* Azeem Banatwalla: Minor Celebrity, 7.15pm, from £15, Soho Theatre, Dean Street, W1. Info: 7478 0100



* Thirteen Lives, a rescue mission is assembled in Thailand where a group of young boys and their soccer coach are trapped in a system of underground caves that are flooding, Curzons Aldgate, Bloomsbury, Camden, Soho, Victoria, Wimbledon.

+ Going underground: inside explosive movie about the Thai cave rescue

* Hit The Road, Panah Panahi’s banned-in-Iran film about a road trip by an Iranian family, Act One,  Arthouse Crouch End, BFI Southbank, Barbican, ICA, Everyman Belsize Park, Lexi, Chiswick, Genesis, Phoenix, Rich Mix, Rio, Riverside Studios + Curzons   Bloomsbury, Hoxton, Wimbledon; + Picturehouses Central, Clapham, East Dulwich, Finsbury Park, Fulham Road, Gate, Greenwich, Hackney, Ritzy, Stratford East, West Norwood.

+ ‘You cannot imagine how crazy the system is’: Jafar Panahi’s film-maker son on Iranian censorship

* Fadia’s Tree, doc in which a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon is determined to find her family’s ancient ancestral mulberry tree + Q&A, 6.30pm, ICA, The Mall

* Rebellion and Recollection: Representations of Latin America, 2.15pm, Rio.

* Charulata, a lonely woman finds a soul companion when her brother-in-law arrives to stay, part of Satyajit Ray season, BFI Southbank, periodic screenings, until 31 August.

* The Harder They Come, influential 1970s cult film that thrust reggae music and Jamaican cinema on to the global stage, BFI Southbank, until 18 August. + Castle, The Garden, ICA; Picturehouses Central, Crouch End, Finsbury Park, Fulham Road, Gate, Hackney, Ritzy, Stratford East, West Norwood.

* Fadia’s Tree, a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon challenges the director, to find an ancient mulberry tree that stands as witness to her family’s existence – with only inherited memories, a blind man and a two-headed dragon as her guides, Arthouse Crouch End, Barbican, ICA, Curzon Bloomsbury, Lexi.

Monday 8 August

* The Big City, Satyajit Ray’s drama about a woman who overcomes her husband’s resistance to take a job to help the family, Riverside Studios, W6.

Tuesday 9 August

* Kanchenjungha, 6.20pm, part of Satyajit Ray season, BFI Southbank.

Wednesday 10 August

* The Expedition (Abhijan), a rough and reckless Indian turns to crime and fails to recognise the possibility of redemption, 8.10pm, BFI Southbank.

Thursday 11 August

* Soup and Ideology, director Yang Yonghi pieces together her mother’s troubled past while taking care of her, 7pm, Korean Cultural Centre, WC2N.

* Kapurush (The Coward) + Mahapurush (The Holy Man), in Kapurush a screenwriter has an unexpected meeting with his ex and her husband, while Mahapurush sees a group of friends expose a phony godman and his assistant, 6pm, part of Satyajit Ray season, BFI Southbank.

* Blind Ambition, doc that profiles four refugees-turned sommeliers as they travel to France for the World Wine Tasting Championship + Q&A, 7.45m, Riverside Studios.

* Abortion Helpline, This is Lisa, short film + discussion with Mike Attie, Marah Lange, Mara Clarke, available online 7pm-11.59pm.

From Friday 12 August

* Where is Anne Frank?, reimagination of the story of the Jewish German girl’s story is not only about the past, but about our future, Riverside Studios, until 18 August.

Saturday 13 August

* Teen Kanya, triptych of stories adapted by Ray from his beloved Rabindranath Tagore, 2.50pm, part of Saryajit Ray season, BFI Southbank.

* Sprinter, a young Jamaican is torn between family commitments and the hope of success on the track, 8.40pm, BFI Southbank.

* Better Mus’ Come, 1970s Jamaica comes alive in this portrait of political coercion and gang life, 6.15pm, BFI Southbank.

Sunday 14 August

* Children Of Las Brisas, doc that follows the lives of a group of children from the Venezuelan barrios, as they struggle to become professional musicians in a country on the verge of collapse + Q&A, 3.30pm, Curzon Bloomsbury.

Monday 15 August

* Kanchenjungha, a wealthy family’s vacation turns out to be less relaxing than planned, following a series of revelations, 8.50pm, part of Satyajit Ray season, BFI Southbank.


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

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