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Moroccan Memories National Touring Exhibition

I know I’ve been out of the loop for a while, but things have begun to pick up with a project that I’ve been working on for the past year, Moroccan Memories in BritainI have previously mentioned this project before on the blog, but to refresh your memory, Moroccan Memories is an oral and visual history project, exploring three generations of British-Moroccans.

At the moment, Moroccan Memories is having a national touring exhibition, which started with a bang at the British Library, where some of the oral histories collected will be archived. The exhibition has travelled to Westminister Academy and will be at SOAS, University of London from Monday, 15th of December to Thursday the 18th of December 2008. This will be your last chance to see the exhibition of you are in London, as we will be travelling to St. Albans, Crawley, Trowbridge, Manchester and finishing on the 9th of February 2009 in Edinburgh.

If you are out and about and would like to hear amazing beats from the Harir Band and Gwana Blues, please come to a FREE concert on Monday the 15th of December 2008 at the Brunei Gallery at SOAS. The concert starts at 7:30-9:30pm.

For information regarding the Moroccan Memories in Britain National Touring Exhibition please visit out site at:

http://www.moroccanmemories.org.uk/national_touring_exhibition.html

Sanaz

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‘Borders’ Exhibit in Barcelona

Sent in by photographer Lauren Hermele, an exhibit at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

“The examination of boundaries we propose in this exhibition is an exploration of borderline territories which somehow express the contradictions of a world that moves between hypercommunication and deep schism. The closer we move together, the more labyrinthine the world becomes.”

From 4 May to 30 September 2007.

‘Borders’

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Guide to African London

The Mayor of London together with Transport for London recently published a small Guide to African London. It contains information on cultural organisations and events; radio and television programmes as well as newspapers on Africa; addresses of shops and restaurants; and contacts of community groups based in London.

The free guide is available at the bigger tube stations or can be downloaded as a PDF file: http://www.london.gov.uk/mayor/culture/docs/african-day-guide.pdf

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19 Princelet Street

To mark Refugee Week here in London, seize the chance to visit 19 Princelet Street and explore issues of immigration, inclusion and identity in one of Europe’s most extraordinary spaces.

An international historic site of civic engagement, the only one of its kind in Europe, 19 Princelet Street in London’s Spitalfields will open FREE every day 17-24 June (and Sunday 27 May) from 12-5 pm.

‘One of the most charismatic buildings in our city – it tells the tale of arrival, of moving in and moving on’
Robert Elms, BBC London

Discover shared human stories of incomers, over hundreds of years, who have shaped and continue to shape not only this city but our society.

Explore SUITCASES AND SANCTUARY, a ‘hauntingly beautiful’ show created by children, with powerful lessons for how we think about asylum seekers, for political debate, for community relations and human rights. Take a wry look at asylum in Britain today through LEAVE TO REMAIN, installed by three contemporary artists in exile.

‘Goes right to the heart of who we are today’
The Guardian

Founded by refugees, the charity is run by volunteers of all ages, cultures, religions and backgrounds working together to preserve this special kind of museum as a place where cultures meet, and raising a target of £3 million so it can be open to everyone on a regular basis in future.

‘Our visit to 19 Princelet Street was a revelation’
International Banker

Find more at www.19princeletstreet.org.uk

To arrange group visits at other times of year www.19princeletstreet.org.uk/groupVisits.html

19 Princelet Street
London  E1
Tubes: Aldgate East, Liverpool Street
Open FREE
Sunday 17 – Sunday 24 June, every day, 12-5pm (last entry 4.15pm)

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Between Worlds: Culture, Biographies, Spectacle

National Portrait Gallery, London

10 -11 May 2007

A one and a half-day interdisciplinary conference organised to accompany the exhibition Between Worlds: Voyagers to Britain 1700-1850 which opened at the National Portrait Gallery on 7 March 2007.  Drawing on some of the individuals and ideas in the exhibition, the conference aims to consider issues related to cultural exchange and entanglement, relationships forged across cultural boundaries, and different forms of portraiture and biography. It is divided into three sections:

Exhibitions and Spectacle – this will consider some of the ways in which different cultures have been presented and put on show, ranging from the “performance of gentility” enacted for a social elite in the 18th century to the public exhibition of individuals, societies and artefacts in the mid and later 19th century.

Multicultural London – this will explore aspects of the mutlicultural history of London and Londoners’ and visitors’ experiences of cultural diversity pre-1900. It will provide a context in which to consider both the individuals represented in the exhibition and the general idea of cultural exchange.

Transnational Biography – this will critique ways in which narratives about individuals from different cultures and about subjugated lives have been developed and retold in visual and textual discourses. It will also explore alternative biographies that can forefront authentic experiences and views. See more information about the conference programme here.  

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