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Coldtype – Haiti The Face of Disaster

Coldtype – March 2010

Haiti The Face of Disaster – Rebecca Solnit and Jess Hurd

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Save Our A&E

Maternity service workers demonstration to save their department and Whittington Hospital A&E department from closure. London.

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International Women’s Day

Monday 8 March is International Women’s Day, it was one hundred years ago in 1910 that the idea was first suggested by German socialist Clara Zetkin. This year TUC are putting on a huge celebration, organised by the pioneers of mixing up ideas and entertainment, Philosophy Football’

Featuring comedy from Josie Long described by The Guardian as ‘ a figurehead for a new way of doing things in alternative comedy’ . The night will open with the soulful vocals o Zena Edwards plus the hip-hop and spoken word duo Poetic Pilgrimage. Introduced by TUC Deputy General Secretary Frances O’Grady with author Bonnie Greer, the show is compered by the brilliantly funny Lorraine Bowen. A visual display of international women’s day will be provided by photographer Jess Hurd.

The show begins at 7pm, the venue is Congress Centre, 23-28 Great Russell Street, London WC1
Tickets can be booked here or call 020 8802 3499

Cirque du Soleil

Artists perform at the Cirque du Soleil – Varekai – Royal Albert Hall, London.

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Capital of Culture?

I’ve just returned from a work trip to Istanbul. I was there two years ago with Mark Thomas working on his book exposing the crimes of Coca Cola.

Whilst I was there I visited Sulukule, the oldest gypsy community in the world and a community facing forced eviction and demolition, the story appeared as eyewitness in the Guardian newspaper.

The Roma residents, famous for their traditional gypsy music, were fighting the ‘gentrification’ of their historic community, which was only to leave a handful of houses as museum artifacts and re-house the gypsies in anonymous blocks some way outside the city.

The community is now dispersed, destroyed and impoverished and as Istanbul celebrates its European Capital of Culture status it represents exactly the opposite in my opinion.

See Sulukule slideshow here

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The Usurp Art Gallery opens in a classic 1930’s former butcher’s shop with a group exhibition titled “Naissance” (birth of a movement or organization). Usurp has been inspired by the writings of Jean-Richard Bloch (1884–1947), playwright, political thinker, poet and anti-fascist. In his essay “Naissance d’une Culture” (“Birth of a Culture” 1936) he called for an art that would associate the democratic tradition with mass culture.

Contributing Artists include: Mona Hatoum, Disinformation, Chila Burman, Jess Hurd, Matt Jordan, Dulari Summaria, Alia Syed, Jeremy James Wood & Nazneen Ayyub-Wood, Sousan Luqman, Vista Mundi, Steve Beresford, The Pardhan Gond Collective, Usurp, Tokyo Rinpa Eshidan.
Performances by Dr Das, Emergency Bass Sound System, Najma Akhtar and Russell Martin.

Launch event: 12 Feb 2010 6.30 to 9.30pm
Exhibition continues until 31st March 2010

Opening times: Thursday to Sunday 2 to 8pm & by appointment

Usurp Art Gallery & Studios

Concert for Haiti

TUC Aid Haiti Earthquake Appeal – donations please click here

A slideshow of my images from Haiti will be showing at the Concert for Haiti and in the event programme

See more coverage and images here

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