Difference Festival – Wednesday 27 February

Banner up! a radical take-over

Location and time: 12-5pm, Old Gym and Regent Street Foyer

As you walk through into our Regent Street entrance, drop by and become an activist in our two-day ‘take-over’ using our workshops and activity stations set up there. Make a cartoon or a political placard in our workshops, or your own badge at our activity station. Your creation will feature in our installation of placards and banners to celebrating this year’s Difference Festival radical theme.

Led by students and alumni of our MA Museums, Galleries and Contemporary Culture with the Cartoon Museum and Peter Ride, Principle Research Fellow, School of Humanities.

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Radical voices: poetry matters   

Location and time: 12-1pm, Soho Poly Basement; meet in the foyer of 4-12 Little Titchfield Street

Drawing on previous radical Soho Poly Project experiments disrupting time and space with our lunchtime theatre, found sounds and ghost gigs projects, we return to Poetry Matters and the history of poetry at the Polytechnic offering two radical takes. First, Mike Garry, Writer in Residence at Westminster Law School, offers his own radical take on poetry. Second, we offer a further radical take, again disrupting time and space and streaming this lunchtime performance live. Expect surprises.  

Led by Mike Garry, Associate Fellow of Centre for Law, Society and Popular Culture; organised by Guy Osborn, Professor of Law and Matt Morrison, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, School of Humanities, working with Anna McNally, Senior Archivist.

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The radical in popular culture: alternative theatre in Westminster, a virtual tour

Location and time: 1.30-3pm, Soho Poly Basement; meet in the foyer of 4-12 Little Titchfield Street

Take a virtual visit of sites and venues in the borough of Westminster to discover why it became a centre of innovative theatre. Tour includes: Inter-Action’s Ambiance lunchtime theatre club in Queensway, their staging of Britain’s first Black Theatre and their time at the Almost Free Theatre in Rupert Street, scene of Britain’s first women’s theatre season in 1974 and first gay theatre season in 1975; the ground-breaking Soho Poly (later the Soho Theatre); the ILEA’s Cockpit Theatre; and the ICA’s controversial socialist theatre season. Find out also about the Cartoon Archetypal Slogan Theatre (CAST), and writing initiatives such as Foco Novo and Joint Stock.

Led by our guest Susan Croft, playwright, historian and curator, and Unfinished Histories; organised by Guy Osborn, Professor of Law and Matt Morrison, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, School of Humanities, working with Anna McNally, Senior Archivist.

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Radical film: voyeurism in documentary filmmaking on migration

Location and time: 6-9pm, Fyvie Hall

Together with a screening, we invite you to sit at our Long Table and take part in discussions with filmmakers, protagonists, curators and activists sharing their work and radical strategies to resist voyeurism in film-making on forced migration. Explore our positions as storytellers, curators and media consumers, think about the responsibilities of those who create visual narratives based on another’s experience and engage with some of those to whom these stories belong. Everyone is welcome to take a seat at the Long Table, breaking down hierarchies of ‘spectator’ and ‘expert’; come and go between table and audience and help the conversation outside on leaving the table.

Led by Alternative Fictions, a collective of visual anthropologists and documentary makers, and Migration Collective; organised by Federica Mazzara, Senior Lecturer in Intercultural Communication, School of Humanities and Lily Parrot, School of Law and co-founder of Migration Collective.

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