A week-long celebration, starting on 27 February, will pay tribute to the heritage of the University of Westminster with a series of events that showcase the work of staff, students, alumni and friends of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.

The festival will present lunchtime programmes, taster sessions and evening talks each day which cover cultural, political and educational topics, will be led by prominent speakers and open to students and the general public. The events range from academic debates, to cultural explorations and even includes a screening of the 1919 silent film, Broken Blossoms, shown in the Regent Street Cinema accompanied by a live organ.

The festival will open with The Chinese Experience in London: Depiction and Reality on 27 February at the Regent Street Campus, where Derek Hird, a Research Fellow at the Contemporary China Centre, will give a brief history of the Chinese in London, focusing on some of the human stories of the Chinese presence in London over the centuries.

A panel discussion, analysing the impact of Brexit on London and what young Londoners can expect from life after Brexit will be held on 1 March at the Little Titchfield Street campus. The panel will be made up of five speakers, including Stephen Kinnock, MP for Aberavon and Catherine Barnard, a Senior Fellow of The UK in a Changing Europe.

Babak Anvari, Director of BAFTA-winning film Under the Shadow and an alumnus of the University, will be among the key speakers on the last day of the Festival taking part in Q&A session. Under the Shadow has been selected as the UK entry for the 2017 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. The event will take place on 3 March from 1-2 pm at the Regent Street Campus.

A variety of other events, covering religion, literature, languages and current affairs will be available throughout The Difference Festival week.

See and register for all events here.

Read the story about Babak Anvari’s BAFTA award.

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