A Culture Guide (for any emotion you might be feeling) – LDN, September 2015


😰💔 Disheartened by the ongoing refugee crisis and growing anti-immigrant sentiment?

Adopting Britain at the Southbank Centre

This highly topical, interactive exhibition at the Southbank Centre delves into the contribution and experiences of immigrants in the UK’s recent history. Subject matter spans from exploring the music of former asylum-seeker M.I.A, to dispelling the myth that Britain’s Polish community is only a recent phenomenon. Closing this weekend and free to all!


🎺💃🌍 Groovy?

Tony Allen Review at the Southbank Centre

The Southbank Centre’s Africa Utopia festival is refreshing in its celebration of the music and art of a continent whose culture is often eclipsed by its socio-economic struggles. With a vibrant and varied programme, the highlight is a performance by the legendary Tony Allen – drummer to the late Fela Kuti, who also boasts collaborations with Jarvis Cocker, and being a longtime inspiration to Damon Albarn, demonstrating his versatility and artistic longevity. In addition to Allen’s funk and highlife, Toumani Diabaté will be performing traditional music from Mali (the little-known genre is impressively, but rather poignantly, the forerunner to Southern American blues) and French rapper Oxmo will provide a contemporary aspect with his socially-conscious rap music.

Sunday 13th September. Tickets from £15. Concessions available.


💸 Strapped for cash?

The Colour of Money Film Season at the Barbican

This film season at the Barbican is dedicated to the contentious topic of money, with films and debates discussing themes such as inequality, bonded-labour, greed, and crime. Screenings range from classics such as American Psycho to lesser-known films like Hyenas by Senegalese master of cinematography Djibril Diop Mambety. At £5 per ticket for under-26s the price is pretty reasonable too.

7th-20th September. Tickets start at £5.


🎬🇫🇷 Like an introduction to urban French cinema?

Screening of La Haine and Girlhood at Oval Space

La Haine and Girlhood, two instant-classic, art-house films, which provide an insight into the gritty reality of Paris’ suburbs, will be screened back-to-back next Friday. Released 20 years apart, both follow a tight-knit group of emotionally-detached youths, while discussing a myriad of social issues as diverse as their cast.

Friday 11th September. £8. French with subtitles.


Abiba, 18 is your culture guru


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