Schedule of events

Community Engagement: An Open Space DiscussionCommunity engagement

Time: 12.30 – 2.30pm
Location: Room 250, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2HT

Our University is defined by a tradition of community engagement and investment from its inception to today, on a local and global stage. Join us as we bring together our students, staff and external communities to explore the
challenges ahead.

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Frogs and Snails: Soho’s Restaurants of the Past and PresentCommunity engagement

Time: 6 – 8pm
Location: Fyvie Hall, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2HT

For centuries Soho has been home to a wide range of culinary culture – from fine dining to cheap eats, from imperial chefs to the bars and cafés of political refugees. Join us as we celebrate this thriving multi-cultural community with a viewing of the 1956 short film, Sunshine in Soho.

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Found Theatre and Lost GemsCommunity engagement

Time: 12.30 – 3pm
Location: Foyer, University of Westminster, 4–12 Little Titchfield Street, London, W1W 7BY

Visit the site of London’s Soho Poly theatre – the famous subterranean venue and a radical pioneer of lunchtime theatre in the 1970s – 80s. In collaboration with Unfinished Histories.

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Soho Journeys: Zine Making WorkshopCommunity engagement

Time: 6 – 9pm
Location: Fyvie Hall, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2HT

Join our crash course in creating zines and discussion on the history and importance of zines today. Led by graphic designer Matt Sidebottom, creator and contributor to several zines including Snap, Rhubarb Bomb, and OWT.

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Soho Walks: Law, Sex and the StreetsCommunity engagement

Time: 1 – 2.30pm
Location: Foyer, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2HT

Role-play different Soho characters as you encounter shady characters and seedy corners, puritans, transgressors, law enforcers and seductive bodies. Comply with and disobey the demands of the Soho ‘Lawscape’ – the law of the space and the space of the law. Led by Law and Theory Professor Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, who is also an artist working under the name picpoet, and Law Lecturer Victoria Brooks

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The Changing Spaces of Soho: Lived Experiences and Sexual HistoriesCommunity engagement

Time: 6 – 8pm
Location: UG05, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2HT

The Queer London Research Forum hosts a roundtable on the changing spaces of Soho and their impact on both lived experiences and sexual histories. Led by Kate M. Graham, Senior Lecturer in English Literature (Theatre) and Co-Director of the Queer London Research Forum in the Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies and Simon Avery, Reader in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture and Co-Director of the Queer London Research Forum.

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Soho Walks: The Streets of Swinging Soho – The Heart of Swinging LondonCommunity engagement

Time: 12.30 – 2pm
Location: Foyer, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2HT

Explore the streets that defined London’s social revolution of the 1960s. Discover the history of Soho, from Carnaby Street’s Mod fashion to the glamorous night clubs frequented by the Beatles and the seedy underworld of prostitution and vice. Led by Peter Speiser, Senior Lecturer in History in the Department of History, Criminology and Sociology, who recently published Soho - The Heart of Bohemian London (2017).

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Battle of Soho: Film Screening and Q&A with Director Aro KorolCommunity engagement

Time: 6 – 8.30pm
Location: Regent Street cinema, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2HT

Aro Korol’s 2017 documentary film Battle of Soho explores how gentrification has changed the heart of London’s bohemian quarter. Taking place at the historic Regent Street Cinema, the film screening is followed by a Q&A with the director Aro Korol, Margherita Sprio and members of The Soho Society.

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Soho Walks: Conflicted Spaces and the Battle of StylesCommunity engagement

Time: 12.30 – 2pm
Location: Foyer, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2HT

Discover the development of Regent Street in the 19th century, built to showcase Britain’s power and wealth, and double as a barrier between the West End and the riff-raff of Soho. Explore how these ideas were challenged, and learn about the area’s history through its varied and conflicting architectural styles. Led by Alan Morrison, Principal Research Fellow at the University of Westminster and Coordinator of teaching programmes between the University and London, national and international museums and galleries, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.

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Happiness and Health in Chinese Propaganda PostersCommunity engagement

Time: 12.30 – 2.30pm
Location: Room 250, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2HT

Access rarely seen posters from our Archives and learn about happiness and health in China under high socialism. Meet our Archivists who will be on hand to talk about the work, and learn about our research on Chinese conceptions of happiness and Chinese migrants’ mental health conducted in Soho.

Led by Anna McNally, Senior Archivist at the University of Westminster, Gerda Wielander, Reader in Chinese Studies and Cangbai Wang and Derek Hird, both Senior Lecturers in Chinese Studies, in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.

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Queer Activism TodayCommunity engagement

Time: 11am – 6.15pm
Location: Boardroom, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2HT

This workshop will explore and consider concepts, practices and issues in contemporary queer activism.

Organisers: Dr Daniel Conway and Olimpia Burchiellaro, Gender and Sexuality Research Group, Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster.

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Soho Walks: A Queer Tour of Soho

Time: 1 – 2.30pm
Location: Foyer, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2HT

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The Making of Memories and Stories of SohoCommunity engagement

Time: 2 – 6pm
Location: Fyvie Hall, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2HT

Explore the history and memories of Soho through creative ceramics. Learn a new creative skill and take home your own piece of personalised ceramic jewellery at the end of the day. No prior experience necessary and all ages welcome.

Led by Denise Kwan, artist and doctoral researcher in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures and Stephanie Jong, a ceramics artist and cultural producer in London.

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Difference Festival 2018

Difference Festival

Explore and celebrate Soho at this year’s Difference Festival, taking place from 26 February–3 March 2018. Discover a week of free talks, walks, workshops, film screenings, plays and more.