Watch... a documentary – the Stuart Hall Project. Hall created what we now know as cultural studies. No, not about studying Coronation Street, but about the way in which culture influences and shapes society. It is not easy nowadays to see the effect that Hall, a Jamaican, had in the black community in Britain and in creating the concept of multiculturalism. His book Policing the Crisis (19780 attacked the moral panic of the Government which stereotyped young black men as inherently criminal rather than understanding the estrangement they felt as part of British society. In this new documentary by John Akomfrah we find out why Hall became such an important intellectual beacon on the British left. Akomfrah uses a mixture of segments from the television, family photographs and film and specially filmed material with an underlying Miles Davis soundtrack. Hall was a man of ideas and it is great to see a film that will hopefully inspire more people to ask questions about the kind of society we live in. Director Akomfrah will attend a Q&A session after the screening. Highly recommended.
Go see... And still they dance.. a film by Musheir El-Farra. From cultural theory to one of the most vibrant political movements; the Palestinian struggle. In 2005 a group of young Palestinian folk dancers from the northern refugee camp in Jabalia toured the north of England. It was not just about entertainment but they educated audiences about their lives in a refugee camp under Israeli occupation.
Musheir El-Farra is Chair of Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign and
director of And Still They Dance. He will introduce the film and take
questions after the screening. Proceeds from selling the DVD will go to supporting children’s projects in Gaza, Palestine.
Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS.
7pm, Thursday 21st November 2013
For more information contact Linda on 07985 624968 or see
Look at…. Archive City an exhibition about: “the showing of a selection of images as a way of thinking about urban spaces”. This sounds a bit pretentious for a collection of photographs and films about cities but the most interesting aspect of the exhibition for me was the stunning photos by Edith Tudor Hart. She escaped 1930s Austria as a political refugee and ended up living in the Rhonda Valley in Wales. A Communist, her photos of the miners and their families in the Rhonda valley showed a proud community marching for their right to work. From Wales she moved to London and again she documented the lives of the poor as shown in these images of unemployed men wearing medals won in the First World War as they trudged through the streets of London seeking work…women at East End markets searching through the clothes for a bargain…and a glimpse of Vienna where she fled from..a man selling fruit on a street with barbed wire and maybe policemen/soldiers guarding the peace. And what a setting, the Manchester School of Art building is an architectural gem. Find out more see
Oppose blacklisting... …. TUC Day of Action on Blacklisting, 20 November. The Blacklist Support Group (BSG) is calling on all supporters, Trades Councils and trade union branches to organise local events for the TUC Day of Action on Blacklisting. In Manchester it starts at 7:15am – Manchester Town Hall protest against NG Bailey – organised by BSG – speakers include blacklisted workers: Graham Bowker, Colin Trousdale, George Tapp.
What does blacklisting mean? See my post at
Buy ethically for xmas…….at the Manchester Peace & Craft Fair on Saturday 30th November at the Birch Community Centre, Brighton Grove, Manchester – opposite Platt Fields Park. Buy Nepalese treasures; exquisite Palestinian glass and ceramics; handmade jewellery and much more. There will be music and refreshments and the opportunity to browse the campaign stalls.
Go and see a xmas show.... with a difference… Burjesta Theatre in The Poisoner’s Progress ” A bittersweet romance of all things sugary… …As the night unfolds in the style of an advent calendar!!”The Casa Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BQ Friday 29th and Saturday 30th November, Sunday 1,t and Monday 2nd December
All shows start 7.30pm – Adults only –
£5 – reserve tickets on 07913 449 396 or pay on the door
* Please note after the show on Monday 2nd December there will be a Q & A with writer/director Mikyla Jane Durkan who will have just completed 120 days of ‘sugar-free living’ to speak about the effects of sugar on our western diets and its promotion by the food industry.
And finally don’t forget….Women’s History Conference 23 November at 3Minute Theatre. Organised by the North West Labour History Group. Join in the discussions about what is our history as women, historians, singers, writers….speakers include Alice Nutter, Claire Mooney, Lindsey German, Louise Raw, Sonja Tiernan, Michael Herbert, Rae Street and Nick Wilding. Further details see...