Written by William Dobson
Another week has gone and it rather seems as if whatever summer we had is disappearing into autumn. The Olympics are over, the Bank Holiday and Notting Hill Carnival almost are too. However, if that’s a depressing thought, fill your time by checking out some of the events going on this week! If we’ve missed any, then let us know!
Tuesday 28th August
The Changing Room - Various Locations around Central London
The Changing Room project continues this week, presenting an alternative vision of the changes that have occurred in and around the Arab region today. Realised in Italy (2011), The Changing Room formulates a contemporary compendium of histories, addressed and documented by groundbreaking artists who either live in exile, emigration, or continue to have a physical presence in their region or nation.
Set in an underground gallery, a magic shop and an office hub in central London, one of the project’s central visual statements is to bring Palestine’s Jerusalem into the heart of London.
For more information, check here
Wednesday 29th August
Norway & Morocco - ART@10GS, 10 Grosvenor Street, London
Having been running since May, this exhibition by photographer Sandra Jordan is still on until Sept 30th. Fusing together the two seemingly disparate locations of the Arctic and North Africa, she says ‘Whilst you are guaranteed complete solitude in Arctic Norway, Morocco can be somewhat different, more than 150,000 people live in Fez Medina itself, yet within the contrast of both places I was drawn to the quietness and the isolation – the remote villages of the Lofoten Islands, the quiet corners of the Medinas where locals pause for respite from the hustle and bustle.’
For more information, see here
Thursday 3oth August
Reporting from the World’s Deadliest Places – Frontline Club, London
Created in 1989 by a small group of young British men and women, Frontline News Television was a pioneering international news agency for freelance video journalists that was 20 years ahead of its time. The agency closed in 2003, by which time half of its camera-people had been killed while filming around the world.
Their successes included securing the first western media interview with Bin Laden, the first film of the stinger missiles that altered the course of the 1980s war in Afghanistan, key footage of the Romanian revolution, the only uncontrolled footage of the ground conflict in the first Gulf War and footage of the Kosovo conflict that led to British and NATO involvement.
FNTV founders Peter Jouvenal and the Frontline Club’s Vaughan Smith, in conversation with BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson, will tell the thrilling story of the agency with clips from the footage they and their colleagues recorded on the front line.
Friday 31st August
The Horse: From Arabia to Royal Ascot – British Museum, London
Running until the end of September, this free exhibition will allow you to discover the epic story of the horse – a journey of 5,000 years that has revolutionised human history. The story focuses on two breeds – Arabians, which were prized in the desert for their spirit and stamina, and the Thoroughbred which was selectively bred from Arabians for speed and is now raced at world-famous courses such as Royal Ascot.
Objects range from ancient to modern and include depictions of horses in stone reliefs, gold and clay models, horse tack, paintings by George Stubbs, and trophies and rosettes. Moreover, on Fridays the museum stays open late so no excuse not to pop along after work.
For details, click here
Persepolis Barbecue Pop-Up - Anderson & Co., Peckham, London
After the success of their Persian dinner at the Global Feast, Persepolis of Peckham, Sally Butcher’s wonderful cornershop in Peckham, is teaming up with local deli/cafe, Anderson & Co for a special barbecue. In addition to a selection of mezze, they’ll also be some jujeh kebab (chicken marinated with lemon and saffron), kebab-e-ghenjeh (tender cubes of marinated lamb), and kofte (spiced meatballs). They’ll also be plenty on offer for the vegetarians amongst you!
For more details, see here
Saturday 1st September
East Azerbaijan Province Earthquake Fundraiser - SOAS, London
The Centre for Iranian Studies at SOAS is hosting a fundraiser for victims of last year’s earthquake in Azerbaijan. The day will be filled with traditional Iranian folk music, storytelling, poetry reading and much more besides, including stalls consisting of books, CDs, and other works of art. It promises to be an exciting and fascinating day, and all for a great cause.
For more information, check here