The Cultured Activist – art & events roundup

1. Les Blancs at the National Theatre

Penned by the same author as A Raisin in the Sun, this relatively unknown classic tells the tale of a young black intellectual who reunites with his father in Africa, just as his hometown Zatembe teeters on the edge of revolution. Plays at the National usually deliver quality, and this promises to be no exception. 


Running at the Olivier Theatre from March – May 2016

2. ‘Blood Oil: tyrants, violence and the rules that run the world’ at the LSE Centre for the Study of Human Rights

Distinguished professor and speaker Leif Warner discusses his new book Blood Oil, examining the power held by natural resource-providing authoritarians and the petrol-buying consumer. The book also explores how the West can end its dependence on oil and so lead a peaceful international revolution. One of several excellent events held at LSE. 

Tuesday 1 March 2016, 6 – 8.30pm

3. Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Bringing together a series of films poignantly highlighting human rights abuses around the world, this annual event comes to London in March and is not to be missed. It’s screened in London at the Barbican, Curzon Soho, Picturehouse Central and Ritzy Brixton. Past festivals have included hard-hitters such as Rosewater, which covered Iran’s general elections, and Virunga, a story of park rangers versus gorilla poachers.


Coming to London 9th – 18th March 2016

4. Poem, ‘Todesfuge’ by Paul Celan

Read poem in original German and translation, and listen to Paul Celan recording here

This is a beautiful, lyrical poem published in 1948 by Jewish-born Romanian poet Paul Celan. It describes the horrors of concentration and work camps, beginning with the ominous ‘Black milk of daybreak’. With its haunting refrains and unusual structure, this is an historical masterpiece that should not go unheard.

Written by Jayna Devani

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