Windrush Time Capsule
Oct
26
to Oct 28

Windrush Time Capsule

This immersive and energetic theatre piece begins with a Timeline Exhibition with coctails and looks at African and Caribbean legacies and their future beyond the arrival of The Windrush generation through drama, movement and visual art. The play is directed by David Gilbert, features Fowokan George Kelly and includes music by Amrit Kaur.

The Exhibit starts at 6pm

Embark on a journey between the future and the past. Two scientists realise the unfortunate transition the world is about to take and begin the journey to save the message of The Wise One for the generations to come.

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Windrush Time Capsule -  A Forum Theatre Play by David Gilbert & Connie Belle
Jun
23
to Jun 24

Windrush Time Capsule - A Forum Theatre Play by David Gilbert & Connie Belle

WINDRUSH TIME CAPSULE is an excerpt from an original play written by Connie Belle. This immersive and energetic forum theatre piece looks at African and Caribbean legacies and their future beyond the arrival of The Windrush generation through drama, movement and visual art. The play is directed by David Gilbert, features Fowokan George Kelly and includes music by Amrit Kaur.

Embark on a journey between the future and the past. Two scientists realise the unfortunate transition the world is about to take and begin the journey to save the message of The Wise One for the generations to come. Forum Theatre asks the audience to get involved, choose the ending of the play and question the cast shape the performance in real-time.

PERFORMANCES:

SATURDAY 23RD JUNE
3.30PM MATINEE PERFORMANCE
6.30pm EVENING PERFORMANCE

SUNDAY 24th JUNE
3.30PM MATINEE PERFORMANCE
6.30pm EVENING PERFORMANCE

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About the Director: 
David Gilbert is a young Director and Participation Manager at the S&K Project. He has consistently developed work with young actors and a range of other creatives for the past five years. The S+K Project is a theatre and performing arts company with the objective to make the arts for everyone. 

David is also a freelance director and theatre-maker from Zimbabwe. He participated in the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme 2017, a three-month placement at Cambridge Junction working on a range of productions. He was also awarded a bursary by TYA England in 2017 as Research Artist and visited Assitej World Summit in Cape Town – The Cradle of Creativity – a Children and Young Peoples’ Festival. 

David has directed a site-specific R&D performance of new play Yellowbone by Samantha Dube at the award-winning Josh Hair & Beauty Salon in Croydon. He is a recent Frantic Assembly Learn and Train Associate and in August 2018 will directe a new play, Dyseny Disfunction at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018.

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Caribbean Futures: Windrush Film Series
Jun
16
12:00 PM12:00

Caribbean Futures: Windrush Film Series

The so-called 'Windrush Generation', Africans and Asians via the Caribbean who helped build this country (waaaayyyyy before they even reached these shores), have been on a long journey which continues as far as we can see into the future.

Today we explore the history, recognise the legacy and vision the future...


2:30 PM : POP-UP AFRICAN-CARIBBEAN MARKET (Book Stalls here https://bit.ly/2J5OLpj )

4:00PM DI JOURNEY Socio-historical documentary exploring race relations through the chronicles of the African-Caribbean community in Britain, It's also a story about the resilient spirit and important cultural contributions made by the African-Caribbean community to a uniquely vibrant and diverse London. Director Bogdan Histrov not only narrates the chronology of events, but seeks to challenge racism and the othering of London's African-heritage communities. Includes Director Q&A and post-film insights from panellists Fowokan George Kelly and Dr.Lez Henry.


Trailer:

6:30 PM : POP-UP AFRICAN-CARIBBEAN MARKET

7:30PM BROWN GIRL BEGINS: African Caribbean Futurism! Director Sharon Lewis draws a map of what history has taught us and what we have chosen to forget. Past, Present, Future.  Brown Girl begins questions our acceptance of our rightful legacies. Somewhere in the near future, all the wealthy are living in domed cities whilst the poor are moved to a small island. A young Caribbean girl carrying the dormant power to save her people is encouraged to take the spiritual journey to reconnect to her ancestral roots. 
Includes panel discussion with NEEMA GITHERE, INXSANIXTY & EBUN SIDOPA


Trailer:

Market Stalls are available for purchase @ :info@blackhistorystudies.comhttps://bit.ly/2J5OLpj

LIMITED SEATS GET YOUR EARLY BIRD/TICKETS HERE!!!

 

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Epigenetics: Chi Gong as Time Travel
May
19
12:00 PM12:00

Epigenetics: Chi Gong as Time Travel

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DESTINY OR MASTERS OF OUR DESTINY?

In our race to achieve our goals, we often overlook the importance of maintaining the vehicle which brings us to success. The healing work we engage in now has far-reaching benefits; for ours, and FUTURE generations.

Our body is an Archive. Epigenetics explores how our past and present environments influence which of our genes are expressed.  Its findings suggest that attention to our wellness now projects effects far into the transgenerational future.

Chi Gong is an ancient system of energy cultivation which is often thought of as a Chinese invention but has an interesting connection with the African continent. Increasingly, modern scientific experiments are proving the efficacy and principles upon which ChI Gong is based' proving once again the wisdom of 'traditional' practice.

In this one-day programme Decolonising The Archive will be offering :

12:00pm CHI GONG AS TIME TRAVEL: A MASTERCLASS WITH CHI GONG MASTER AND HOMEOPATH DR TAU NAPATA. An introduction to Dr Tau Napata's Nu Shu Ra energy cultivation system which he has developed over 30 years of intense Chi Gong study and practice. Use the energy of the present to heal the past and shape the future! (Wear loose clothing and carry a towel/mat)

1:45 - 2:45pm  MOVING IMAGES PT1: Explore breakthroughs in the fields of energy medicine and genetics, the biochemistry of emotions and the power of the mind. See how conventional healthcare models, which have relied on surgery and prescription drugs, are being challenged by a wave of non-invasive healing techniques.

3:00 - 3:30pm: TUINA MEDICAL MASSAGE DEMONSTRATION WITH MERIT HERUT URR SENBISA. Tuina is an ancient form of deep tissue body massage. NO NEED TO GET UNDRESSED! TuiNa as muscle therapy speeds up the bodies’ ability to heal itself and removes toxins that cause stagnation. It increases mobility by stimulating oxygenated blood flow.

4:00 - 5pm:  MOVING IMAGES PT2:  The current medical paradigm that says you have no control over your genetic inheritance. Epigenetic science suggests that the choices and experiences of your ancestors are reflected in which of your genes are expressed (or not) in your lifetime. Recognise the importance and far reaching consequences of your choices in this film exploring modern breakthroughs in Epigenetics. 

5:00 - 6:00pm: KEYNOTE LECTURE: CHI GONG AS TIME TRAVEL by Chi Gong Master and Homeopath Dr Tau Napata. In this groundbreaking lecture, Dr Napata explores and explains the benefits of Chi Gong with the idea of epigenetics in mind; shedding some light on the form's historic connections with the African continent.

6:00 - 6:30pm: QUANTUM SCIENCE AND HERBAL MEDICINE. Dogon initiate and Medical Herbalist Marion Kandake Makonnen introduces the elements of her wholistic healing practice. 

6:30 -10:00pm: RELAX, RELATE, RELEASE. A chance to connect with your people and sample the healing opportunities offered by the practitioners and vendors at our ALL DAY ALTERNATIVE MARKET. Choose your pathways to wellness with TUINA MASSAGE, NATURAL TONICS, ACUPUNCTURE, DIGITAL MERIDIAN IMAGING and POWERFUL HERBAL REMEDIES. Healing is a wholistic activity, so eat, read and wear your way to wellness with vendors offering DELICIOUS PLANT-BASED FOODS, READING FOR MIND BODY & SPIRIT and ETHICAL FASHION. 

THIS EVENT IS PART OF THE SIRIUS B: DETOXIFICATION STATION PROGRAMME.

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Money, Finance and African History: Linking our Financial Past to Present Day Financial Freedom
May
9
6:30 PM18:30

Money, Finance and African History: Linking our Financial Past to Present Day Financial Freedom

This fascinating presentation by Black History Studies looks at economic empowerment; focussing on the past economic successes of people of African and Caribbean descent and how this can inspire us today.


We will explore the lives, work and legacy of remarkable men, women, organisations and structures that advanced the Black Community such as Dyke & Dryden, the Nation of Islam, Marcus Mosiah Garvey and more. This presentation will also encourage you to address your own financial situation with practical steps and tips on how to improve your financial literacy and achieve your goals.

THIS EVENT IS PART OF THE SIRIUS B: DETOXIFICATION STATION PROGRAMME.

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Remembering Winnie
Apr
27
4:00 PM16:00

Remembering Winnie

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has been variously viewed as the wife of South Africa’s most revered leader, the mother of her nation and a revolutionary force in her own right. 

When Nelson Mandela was imprisoned in 1964,  Winnie was pushed into the spotlight. To some, she was a radical who deserves the persecution directed her way; to us, she was a beacon of strength in a space where few have the courage or the opportunity to stand for what is right. 

For this event, we remember Mama Winnie though film and discussion; screening perhaps the only film that enabled Winnie Mandela to tell her own story in her own words. 

About 'Winnie':

Earning documentarian Pascale Lamche the World Cinema (Documentary) directing award at the Sundance Film Festival, Winnie peers behind the conflicting public perceptions, endeavouring to reconcile the rhetoric with the reality. Featuring an extensive array of archival footage as well as historical and contemporary interviews with Madikizela-Mandela herself, this probing film asks audiences to cast fresh eyes on Mama Winnie's story. 

THIS EVENT IS PART OF THE SIRIUS B: DETOXIFICATION STATION PROGRAMME.

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Levels: Africa in the Dancehall
Mar
25
12:00 PM12:00

Levels: Africa in the Dancehall

Slack and Spiritual?
Dancehall culture has always been under fire for its raw expression, but there are other levels to the Dancehall. Behind uncompromising lyrics and x-rated movement lies a hidden language of music, rhythm, movement and culture connecting the dancehall to African and Caribbean spiritual traditions.

LEVELS: Africa in the Dancehall is an immersive exploration of the African roots of Jamaican Dancehall through film, image, music and movement. Its a space to make connections, raise objections and create progressions. 

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Forward Ever
Jul
1
11:30 AM11:30

Forward Ever

Will we ever be free of imperialism? How can we turn lemons into lemonade and use the traumas of the past to heal in the present? Following on from the House on Coco Road screening a week earlier, this workshop is a safe space for people of colour to work through the issues the film raises. 

Learn more and reserve your place via eventbrite here

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The House On Coco Road
Jun
24
12:00 AM00:00

The House On Coco Road

When Maurice Bishop and the New Jewel Movement staged a coup and took control of the caribbean island of Grenada in 1979, people of African-heritage across the world caught a glimpse of an alternative social and political reality - one that flew in the face of the capitalist, imperialist, neoliberal one they had become accustomed to. 

Bringing together personal, national and community narratives of this event Damani Baker's 'The House on Coco Road' deftly connects the dots between the Black Power movement of 1960s/1970s America, the maturation of socialism in Cuba, revolution in the Black Caribbean and the race struggles African people continue to be engaged in today. 

This UK premiere screening will be followed by a Director Q&A and panel discussion bringing together older an emerging perspectives on revolution, neocolonialism and the psychological work necessary to overcome. Participants are also invited to a follow-up workshop to be held one-week later (venue tba) 

Tickets for the screening are available on the Rio Cinema's website here.

Places for the follow up workshop can be reserved here

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Peckham Glow Up
Apr
10
to Apr 14

Peckham Glow Up

Psychological healing and entrepreneurial protest come together on Peckham High Street. We will be exploring how personal and communal histories are affected, lost and reimagined in the face of social cleansing. 

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Dubbing the Archive
Oct
26
6:30 PM18:30

Dubbing the Archive

Through immersion in Dub, Dub poetry,  film, archive and performance, this workshop invites you to lay things bare and re-imagine futures. Paying tribute to the lineage - highlighting poets like Linton Kwesi Johnson, Mikey Smith and Jean 'Binta' Breeze alongside activists like CLR James and Leonard Howell - DTA reveal, remix and reimagine live in the space, working with live musicians to create and re-vision. 

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Anansi Rebooted #4: African Echo
Oct
22
to Oct 23

Anansi Rebooted #4: African Echo

African cultural retentions have taken many forms; sustaining the story and the science. African music and dance are codes which have survived colonialism, slavery and years of bare-faced appropriation. In this session we trace the roots and routes of Reggae and Highlife through film, discussion and live, interactive performance. A Black History Season special!!!

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Anansi Rebooted #3: Yemoya, Rise of the Orisha
Aug
20
7:00 PM19:00

Anansi Rebooted #3: Yemoya, Rise of the Orisha

One of the most damaging legacies of colonialism and enslavement is the contempt with which many people of African heritage treat their traditional spiritual practices. We are screening Nosa Nedion's second short focussing on the Yoruba deity Yemoja in order to open up a conversation about African religion and its place within the lives of African people. Joining us on the night will be Michelle Yaa Asantewaa who will provide a deeper insight into the Ifa tradition in which she has been initiated.  

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Radical Histories/Histories of Radicalism: (Re)Actions in Dub
Jul
1
1:00 PM13:00

Radical Histories/Histories of Radicalism: (Re)Actions in Dub

In this workshop we make an invitation for the collective exploration of ideas of lineage, memory, archive and action using Dub and 'Dub' poetry as our catalyst. What are our collective interpretations of what these forms communicate? What kinetic potentials might they hold for contemporary actions?

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