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November 2020

The People’s Palace of Possibility

November 12 - November 22
Postal and online: The University of Sheffield, Broomhall
Sheffield, Yorkshire and the Humber S10 2TG

This is an interactive activity that you can take part in from home. Dear concerned citizens, This is an urgent invitation to help build 'The People’s Palace of Possibility'. Take part in an act of collective imagining and fight against the belief that change is impossible. As Palace Citizens you will be a part of a vital resistance movement, designed to take down ‘The Consensus’ and their tyrannical regime of enforced happiness and unquestioning conformity. You will receive a series…

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COVID-19 in 2020: Apart but Together

November 12, 10:00 am - November 22, 5:00 pm
Online: Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road
London, London E1 4NS
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Activities will be taking place both in person (socially distanced) and online. COVID-19 fundamentally changed our world in 2020. It has forced us to create distance from each other. This event will use art, creative writing and storytelling to bring people together to share experiences of how COVID-19 has impacted us and how we have adjusted to the new socially-distanced world. A physical magnet exhibition will be held outside at Queen Mary University of London for those that want to…

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The Spice of Life: Opening up New Worlds Through Taste

November 12, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online: Waldegrave Drawing Room, Strawberry Hill House, Waldegrave Road
Twickenham, London TW1 4SX United Kingdom

This is an online event. A simple meal of pitta, crackers, chutney, daal, rice and spices virtually served by three actors: a sailor; an East India Company man; and an Indian traveller who each deliver a monologue on trade, empire and culinary crossings. The scene: an 18th century Mogul court complete with live Indian music - vocals, instrumental and tabla. The music and monologues unveil the seasons and emotions of the time through the Raga and the song lyrics. New…

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Who’s Zoomin’ Who? Music, Copyright and Precarity

November 12, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online: University of Glasgow, University of Glasgow
Glasgow, Scotland G12 8QQ United Kingdom

This is an online event. If you’ve ever wondered how music is created, where copyright fits in, and the impact that Covid-19 has had on musicians and the music industry, this event is for you. Part gig, part debate, this session brings together music and legal scholars, musicians and policy makers to tell the story of a song – from composition and collaboration through to recording and live performance. In doing so, it explores how copyright supports the industry and…

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New World, New Beginnings

November 12, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Road Swansea SA1 5DZ United Kingdom

This is an online event. Come along to an evening of poetry celebrating human resilience and connectivity as humanity prepares for a newly ordered world. Critically-acclaimed poet Owen Sheers will be joined by award-winning poets Natalie Holborow and Eric Ngalle Charles as they share new work on new beginnings. Members of the public, who have attended free workshops running in October, will also have the opportunity to share their poems on the topic. Suitable for ages 16+. This event is part…

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It’s Not All Pol Pot!: Cambodian Arts in the 21st century

November 13, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Road Swansea SA1 5DZ United Kingdom

This is an online event. Discover how contemporary Cambodian dance is being used by a young generation of artists to showcase new identities, expressions and experiences beyond the narrative of the Killing Fields. The event will include a pre-recorded dance performance and a Q&A with the artists involved and Dr Amanda Roger. This very special exploration of contemporary dance in Cambodia will bring together the Being Human festival and the Cambodian Living Arts cultural season. Suitable for ages 16+. This…

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Tales from the Moon: After School Stories and Craft

November 13, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

This is an online event. Pop online for some out-of-this-world storytime as we head to the moon and back! Hear all about the thrilling adventures of astronauts, young and old. Delight in the lives of space creatures, great and small. We will also show you how to make your own moon-themed crafts, using materials found around the home. Collect your “make and take” bags ahead of time from the city library or request a home delivery. With Children’s Literature educator…

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Memory is a Weapon

November 13, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Online: Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street
Glasgow, Scotland G40 1BP United Kingdom

This is an online event. Drawing inspiration from the Adinkra symbol of the Sankofa bird, which means ‘reach back and get it’, this event invites Black female artists and activists from Scotland and across the world to reimagine new futures during and post-COVID19. Hosted in partnership with Africa in Motion and Glasgow Women’s Library, join this launch of a unique, collaborative video essay intertwined with spoken word, storytelling, and musical performances. This event is part of the hub series organised…

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Many Hands

November 14, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online: Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road
London, London E1 4NS

This is an online event. In this online interactive workshop, working with poets and historians, weavers and dancers, unravel the histories of weavers in Bengal and their treatment under British rule. Learn about the complex interwoven Bengali and UK histories of craft and manufacture from Dr Lipi Begum from the London College of Fashion. Try your hand at some weaving and experience first hand the techniques and technologies. Allow poet Laila Sumpton to lead you in expressing your response to…

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November 14, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Online: University of Aberdeen, King's College
Aberdeen, Scotland AB24 3FX United Kingdom

This is an online event. In this streamed online performance, Ensemble Thing will present Systems_Theory, a meditation for cello, electronics and video performed by Emily De Simone. This performance will reflect upon the physical self and our connections to nature through music and video and includes work by composers Thomas Butler, Shona Mackay, Emily De Simone and John De Simone. The programme also includes a screening of Hannah Imlach's artist film Fieldwork, which documents a series of sculptural "instruments" inspired…

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The Art of Typewriting

November 17, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Online: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace
London, London SW1Y 5AH United Kingdom

This is an online event. In this online performance and talk, learn how, with a little creativity, you can make music and art with typewriters. Delve into the world of typewriter artists and musicians who have harnessed typing technology in unique and creative ways and discover the typewriter’s early musical connections. Some of the earliest typewriter models used piano keys, and musical analogies like ‘composing text’ are still hidden in the language we use when talking about typing today. Watch…

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Paper Moons with the Wyvern Poets

November 18, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online: University of Dundee, Nethergate
Dundee, DD1 4HN

This is an online event. Join us online for an evening of poetry inspired by the ultimate blank page, the moon, in association with the Wyvern Poets Writing Group Dundee, who will read a selection of new pieces from their specially commissioned pamphlet, Paper Moons. Free printed pamphlets will be made available for attendees. There will also be an opportunity to try out your own writing in the open mic section of the evening. We’ll even write some poems together,…

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Miniatures – Live Podcast Café

November 18, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This is an online event. What can we learn from a headstrong donkey determined to drop its rider into a ditch, a WW1 soldier refusing his corporal’s order to make coffee, or an ancient scribe doodling a labyrinth on a clay tablet? On the Miniatures podcast we show that the big picture in history is best seen through a collage of such individual and local stories. In this live episode, researchers from the University of St Andrews share their favourite…

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Embrace the Base: Living Legacies of Greenham Women

November 18, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online: The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, 62-64 Eton Ave,
London, London NW3 3HY

This is an online event. What was life like at the Greenham Common Peace Camp between 1981 and 2000? Tune in to this very special interactive performance event from Cornish feminist theatre hub Scary Little Girls who'll be talking activism, direct action, and protest, and sharing the oral histories of Greenham Women through songs, games, and virtual reality.

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The Centre Cannot Hold

November 18, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This is an online event. Belfast theatre company Kabosh share an off-centre creative provocation to stimulate animated debate on global citizenship amongst artists, academia, and the public. This will lead to virtual responses by theatre-makers from across these islands and neighbouring European regions, each finding links with their own locality, creative practices and audiences. The debate will then be opened to the virtual audience, exploring how theatre and democracy can interact in the locality and in alliance across these islands…

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Vaccination Old and New Café

November 18, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Online: TORCH, University of Oxford Oxford, United Kingdom

This is an online event. Vaccines dominate the news right now. Vaccine development represents a possible exit strategy from the pandemic, conjuring up both hope and fear. But how did we get here? Featuring a mix of lightning talks and spoken word performance, come and join us for a chat about the history of vaccination. Find out about the history of infectious diseases and how vaccination was a medical tool mired in controversy from its beginning. Enter the strange world…

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Virginia Dare and the Lost Colony

November 18, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Square Tower, Broad Street
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2ND United Kingdom
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This is a socially distanced in person event. On the cobbled promenade of historic Old Portsmouth stands a bronze statue. It commemorates a group of travellers who sailed from the city to the ‘new world’ of America in the late 14th century. Among those emigres was John White, a man who would become governor and the grandfather of Virginia Dare, the first English child to be born in the ‘new world’ in 1587. Since then, Virginia Dare has become part…

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Almost Future AI

November 19, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online: Ada Lovelace Institute, 28 Bedford Square
London, WC1B 3JS United Kingdom

This is an online event. In this evening of readings, explore how our lives are increasingly shaped by algorithms, artificial intelligence and data-driven technologies. From facial recognition technology and automated decision making processes to ride-hailing apps and food delivery services, what do we make of our AI mediated world? Almost Future AI will host an evening of readings by authors commissioned by researchers at the Ada Lovelace Institute’s 'JUST AI' project to speculate about the ubiquity of AI technology. We…

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Retracing the 2020 American Presidential Election Campaign

November 19, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online: Volcano Theatre, 27-29 High St
Swansea, Wales SA1 1LG United Kingdom

This is an online event. Join this live retrospective on the ins and outs of the 2020 US Presidential Election Campaign. This event will dive into the moments and stories that shifted the campaign with Dr Matthew Wall, Dr Richard Thomas and Dr Allaina Kilby who are experts in politics and media communication. There will be dramatic recreations of major campaign moments, an audience Q&A and a Kahoot survey on the next phase of US politics. Suitable for ages 16+ This…

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Night On Earth

November 19, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rose Bruford College, Rose Bruford College
Sidcup, Kent DA15 9DF United Kingdom
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This is a socially distanced in person event. This is a story about us, the city, and the night. 'Night On Earth' is a 21st century visual poem and a post-pandemic take on a drive-in cinema. Inspired by classic American films that celebrate the city and the night in their unique beauty, this 30-minute, site specific performance can be viewed from the comfort of your car. For movie buffs and anyone interested in seeing live performance safely and imaginatively. You…

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