International Women's Month 2009

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Featured Events
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Featured Events

Soft Lights and Sweet Music: Elisabeth Welch

Photographs of Elisabeth Welch

National Portrait Gallery
3 March – 13 September 2009

ewThe National Portrait Gallery recently acquired a group of vintage prints of Elisabeth Welch from her biographer Stephen Bourne. These photographs were taken in the 1930s and 1940s by Carl Van Vechten, Humphrey Spender, Cannons of Hollywood, and Paul Tanqueray. The photographs will be displayed in Room 31.

Talk by Stephen Bourne on 19 March
On Thursday 19 March Stephen will share some of his personal memories of the singer, who defined her art quite simply as “telling a story in song” (Ondaatje Wing Theatre @ 1.15pm).

Elisabeth Welch was an important figure in the world of popular song. In 1923 she launched the Charleston, and throughout the Jazz Age she worked on stage with some of the great names of the Harlem Renaissance, including Josephine Baker and Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson. On Broadway she popularised Cole Porter’s scandalous “Love for Sale, and in 1933 she introduced “Stormy Weather” to British audiences. That year, with Cole Porter’s Nymph Errant, Elisabeth began her sixty-year love affair with English musical theatre.

Stephen Bourne’s Elisabeth Welch: Soft Lights and Sweet Music (Scarecrow Press, £15.99) will be available in the National Portrait Gallery’s Bookshop. visit NPG website

Stephen Bourne interviewed by Jenni Murray on Woman's Hour (12 March 2009) more


Black History Month event

Talk on remembering refugees at the Working Class Movement Library

To mark Black History Month, Tony Kushner will be speaking at the Library on Saturday 31 October at 2pm on the subject of “Remembering Refugees”. The event is free and open to all.
Professor Kushner teaches at the University of Southampton, where his main research area is British Jewish history in the late 19th and 20th centuries, covering the social history of British Jewry, immigration issues and responses to the Jews. He also has a strong interest in the Holocaust, refugee movements, immigration and ethnicity in modern British history and general issues of history, representation and the heritage industry.

His published work includes Traditions of intolerance: historical perspectives on fascism and race discourse in Britain, The persistence of prejudice: antisemitism in Britain during the Second World War and Remembering Cable Street: fascism and anti-fascism in British society
His book Remembering refugees: then and now was published in 2006 by Manchester University Press.
For more information contact Lynette Cawthra, Library Manager on 0161 736 3601 or email [email protected]

Celebrating Women in Jazz

17th October 2009

Featuring an array of female jazz performers that have come together to share their love and passion for jazz.

Some of the finest artistes appearing on stage will Include singer-songwriters and jazz poets: Poppyseed, Maya Sona Jobarteh, Floetic Lara Also Celebrating Women in Jazz Launches Monthly Event Soul Sistah Bernie Grant Arts Centre Town Hall Approach Road London N15 4RX
Tickets: In advance £10.00 @ Door £12.00
Enquiries: 020 7923 7658
Bookings 020 8365 5450 |

49th Nigerian Independence Comedy / Showcase

(Thursday 1st October 2009)

flyerCRT (Nigerian) Productions in association with Tharmm Equest
presents a comedy showcase to celebrate the 49th year of Nigerian Independence.

featuring star performers TUNDE EDNUT, BABATUNDE, A DOT COMEDIAN, WALE GATES, B MONI plus special guests and a wonderful show including dancing and singing.

On Thursday 1st October 2009 at The Broadway Theatre, Catford, London, SE6.

Tickets priced at £10 + b/f from Box Office 020 8690 0002

Doors open at 7.30pm and show starts at 8pm. facebook

Donation will be given to the Power Rangers Football Club of Nigeria

Back In Da Day Part 6 Comedy Show

(Saturday 3rd October 2009)

A night of fun filled Comedy...

Tharmm Equest present their sixth Comedy Show called

flyerBACK IN DA DAY - Part 6

on Saturday 3rd October 2009 @ The Broadway Theatre, Catford, London, SE6 4RU.

Featuring on the bill will be Mr. Blair, Glenda Jaxson, Wayne "Dibbi" Rollins, Teddy Bear and Sandra Bee.

Tickets £12.50 from The Broadway Theatre Box Office, Catford, London, SE6 - 020 8690 0002

Doors open at 7.30pm, Show Starts at 8pm facebook

The night will be a fun-filled event with audience participation and comedy about "Back In Da Day". At this show there will be an enforced "no swearing policy" by the come dians, so that it will be truly be a family show.


Presence and Purpose
Colin Poole photo © Nuno Santos
Phoenix photo © Kevin Hickson Laïla Diallo photo © Mélanie Demers

Seminar-debate to discuss dance by black artists and companies

Leading artists present their work followed by a panel debate. In the context of Black History Month, supported by Leeds City Council, Yorkshire Dance brings together prominent dance and arts leaders to discuss developments in dance, before opening the floor to the audience. Chaired by Eckhard Thiemann, with Jeanette Bain (ADAD) Deborah Baddoo (State of Emergency) and Sharon Watson (Phoenix) among others.

Leeds is a dance city – a city which produced a generation of pioneering black dance artists and companies, who became internationally renowned for their work. But where are we now? With today’s access to instant global communication and with more presentations by international artists in the UK, what are the opportunities and challenges for artists, presenters and audiences? How can we nurture and appreciate today’s artists? What is motivating artists to create? How are notions of identity, ethnicity and diversity addressed?

Date: Fri 6 Nov, 2009
TIME: 4.00pm – 6.30pm
BOX OFFICE: Yorkshire Dance, 0113 243 8765
VENUE: Yorkshire Dance, 3 St Peter’s Buildings, St Peter’s Square, Leeds LS9 8AH

International Events

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Ongoing Events

Every Sunday 2 – 5pm Rich Mix Bar - FREE

Rich Mix is proud to present its continued partnership with jazz and hip hop artist Soweto Kinch. A selection of guest artists and performers, including Femi Temowo and
Shabaka Hutchings, take residence in the Rich Mix Bar to create laid back
sessions that are fast making Rich Mix the place to be on a Sunday afternoon.

The Women’s Library, London Metropolitan University

'Between the Covers: Women's Magazines and their Readers'
Open until 29 August 2009 Admission free
To find out more about the Library, visit our website at

London’s Burning
The Great Fire of London 1666

Please note that this exhibition is open until Winter 2009

Explore the Great Fire, the most famous disaster in London 's history, and find out how it shaped the city we know today.

imageHear the real stories of how Londoners lived through this tragedy. What was it like to live through the terror of having your home and livelihood destroyed? How did people cope? And why did a fire which claimed less than a dozen lives end up changing London ’s cityscape forever?
Be transported back to September 1666, with interactive displays and a wide range of objects, including archaeological finds and 17th century fire-fighting equipment and see the Great Fire through the eyes of those who survived it.

Museum of London is changing; our lower galleries will be closed while they undergo a major new development. Visit to find out more.
Londons Burning explore how the Great Fire of London shaped the city we see today

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Tuesday Afternoons & Thursday Evenings
London - E1

The Women’s Library Reading Group

The Women’s Library is launching a Reading Group. The Tuesday afternoon sessions include tea and biscuits, Thursday evenings a glass of wine or soft drink; both sessions promise lively discussion in a relaxed and informal environment – book for the time that suits you best.

Tickets: £5 per session or £20 for all five – must be booked in advance as places are limited. Please read the book in advance, and come prepared to share your views.

To book: Book instantly by credit or debit card on 020 7320 2222. £1 fee per transaction, including postage, or in person at The Women’s Library reception desk.
By post: Send details of the tickets you would like including talk/event, date and any concession details, and a cheque payable to The Women’s Library to the address below.

The Women's Library, London Metropolitan University, Old Castle Street, London E1 7NT, t: 0207 320 2222 or visit

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Cambridge Women’s Lunch Club
The Cambridge Women's Lunch Club takes place every month in Central Cambridge. It's a relaxed and informal way to make new business contacts and friends. The group is open to all self employed women and there is no joining fee, just the cost of the lunch.
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Every Thursday
London - Willesden


The pen is more powerful than the sword. Venue: Willesden Green Library Centre, 95 High Road, Willesden , London NW!0. 8pm- 10pm. Adm: £3 per session attended, with facilitator Dale Arndale. Info, Anne Mullane: 0208 937 3485.

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First Saturday of the month, 2.30pm - 4.30pm
London - Wembley


Asian Readers & Writers Group. The group meets on the first Saturday of every month, Venue: Town Hall Library, Forty Lane, Wembley, HA9.

Info: Shefali Patel 0208 937 3560

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Thursdays London - Stratford

Midi Music Company is currently running the following for 11 - 16yr olds;
Budding Musicians Club for 11 - 15 yr olds: 10 week short courses in MIDI Technology, Vocals, Drums & Keyboards
Thursdays 4.30 - 6pm
(Run on a regular termly basis)
Price: £20 per term. We also run CICAS (Creative Industry Careers Advice Service, formerly known as CATS) for 16 to 30 yr olds interested in developing careers in the cultural & creative industries; film, tv, music, theatre, fashion, radio, dance, visual arts etc.

CICAS is currently available at MMC and we hope to expand the service pan-London by the autumn, working in partnership with WAC Performing Arts & Media College, YCTV, Theatre Royal Stratford East and Raw Material. (Awaiting results of LDA application!) FREE service.

We are also hoping to develop a Budding Musicians Club Band workshop programme for 11 to 18 yr olds from the autumn (Application made to the Big Lottery Fund).
For more information on our programme check out our website www.themidimusiccompany

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