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Migrations Season

The Migrations season celebrates diversity by showcasing the journeys made across cultures and discovering what it means to call somewhere home. It features a selection of workshops, talks and performances such as Rogues and Vagabonds (14 May) and Labels (4 June).
Visitors can explore various displays including Around the world in (almost) 80 fruits and Humans of JW3, based on the inspirational blog Humans of New York, where you’ll be able to listen to incredible stories of migration. From our Lit Café events Grand Hotel Abyss (27 April) and Refugee Tales (27 May) to The Tale of One City walk (6 June) there’ll be something for everyone, so journey with us and join the discussion. With a focus on Sunday 4 June, the theme will spread throughout the summer.                                                                                                                                                


Thursday 27 April


Grand Hotel Abyss

£10

8pm

In 1923, a group of young radical German thinkers, among them Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno and Herbert Marcuse, came together to form what came to be known as the Frankfurt School. Their ideas, like their lives, profoundly reflected and shaped the shattering events of the twentieth century and forever changed the way we think. In conversation with Naomi Gryn, Guardian journalist Stuart Jeffries discusses his new book, Grand Hotel Abyss which combines biography, philosophy, and storytelling to reveal the personalities behind the Frankfurt School and show how influential and still relevant their ideas proved to be.


Sunday 14 May


Rogues & Vagabonds

£12

7.30pm

1881. A travelling Yiddish theatre company performing the works of Shakespeare encounter a series of obstacles as they journey through the Russian provinces on their way to Minsk: the death of their horse, the theft of their box office takings and constant in-fighting amongst the actors. This staged reading of Bernard Kops’ 2005 play is directed by Pamela Howard and woven through with live klezmer music by Don Kipper.


Thursday 25 May


Refugee Tales

£10

8pm

A Canterbury Tales for the modern age, Refugee Tales works with renowned authors to retell the stories of individuals caught up in the Kafka-esque systems of asylum and detention in Britain today. Offering intimate glimpses into an otherwise hidden world, poet and critic David Herd, novelist Kamila Shamsie and poet, playwright and performer Inua Ellams join Anna Pincus, co-founder and coordinator of the Refugee Tales project to read and discuss the stories they have heard and recorded. In association with Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group and Comma Press.


Refugee Tales (Stagetext)

£10

8pm

This event will have live subtitles. If you are d/Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing, please click to book your tickets. A Canterbury Tales for the modern age, Refugee Tales works with renowned authors to retell the stories of individuals caught up in the Kafka-esque systems of asylum and detention in Britain today. Offering intimate glimpses into an otherwise hidden world, poet and critic David Herd, novelist Kamila Shamsie and poet, playwright and performer Inua Ellams join Anna Pincus, co-founder and coordinator of the Refugee Tales project to read and discuss the stories they have heard and recorded. In association with Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group and Comma Press.


Sunday 4 June


An American Tail

£8, £6 web advance

11.30am

A Russian-Jewish family of mice emigrate to America in this classic animated family film.


Everything you need to know about the refugee crisis

£12, £10 web advance

3pm

This panel discussion, featuring experts in the field Gulwali Passarlay, Brad Blitz and Dr Edie Friedman, aims to give a coherent outline of where we are with the refugee crisis and what more we can do to help.


Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber

£15, £12 web advance

6pm

Documentary in tribute to foreign correspondent and photojournalist Ruth Gruber. Followed by Q&A with Executive Producer Patti Kenner.


Labels

£15

7.30pm

Worklight Theatre’s multi-award winning show is a funny, moving and honest tale of mixed heritage and immigration. Moving from a childhood in 90s Devon through shifting political landscapes to the global refugee crisis, the show uses comedy, storytelling and spoken word to tell a human story from multicultural Britain..


Monday 5 June


London Refugees

£20, £16 web advance

10.30am

Patrick Bade explores the ways in which immigration has enriched the cultural life of this country.


Who Do You Think They Were

£8

2pm

Over 35,000 case files have been newly digitised in the archives held by World Jewish Relief (WJR). Mike Levy, writer, educator and researcher of the Jewish refugee crisis, delves into the history of these files and what they can tell us about refugees from that era.
In partnership with AJR and WJR.


Tuesday 6 June


Migrating - An Eternal Human Reality

£8

2pm

With Clive Lawton. This session will consider several great migrations through the ages and, in so doing, help to place current concerns in perspective. There'd be no-one in the British Isles if it hadn't been for migration. Jews celebrate a huge migration every year at Pesach. The Vikings ended up in Russia and the Normans in Sicily, the Dutch in South Africa and the British all over the place. Japan might be just about the only place on earth to be able to claim any kind of consistent presence over many millennia.


The Tale of One City

£25

10.30am

Starting in Westminster and ending at Liverpool Street Station, educator Maureen Kendler leads a fascinating walk looking at the story of London’s Jews through the ages.


Wednesday 7 June


Reinventing Ritual: Amulets

£20

7.30pm

Travel in the ancient world was fraught with danger, and was considered a great risk to life. This workshop will explore the traditional travellers’ prayers and amulets, and we will create our own amulets that express our desire for safety in the contemporary world. Led by artist Jacqueline Nicholls, who uses art to explore traditional Jewish concepts.


Sunday 11 June


Lit Cafe Book Club: The Emigrants

£5

6pm

In the second of our book club series celebrating 40 years of the JQ Wingate Literary Prize, we’ll be reading W G Sebald’s The Emigrants, which won the prize in 1997. Documenting the lives of four Jewish émigrés in the 20th century, this highly original work is a stunning evocation of exile and loss.


Tuesday 13 June


Crossing Borders

£10

7.30pm

On a map, borders appear as solid boundary markers, but in landscape their presence can be more nuanced. Whether solidly defended or softly permeable they shape our lives, politics and histories. Author Nick Hunt, artist Susan Stockwell and Professor Jerry Brotton, all of whom use, explore and comment on maps in their work, discuss the implications of borders on ideas, culture, and those who seek to cross them.


Thursday 15 June


The Turbans

£15

8pm

The Turbans is a global musical collective mixing the traditional with the contemporary, to create a modern and energetic performance with reverence for its ancient roots.


Thursday 29 June


Renaissance One presents The Venus Papers

£10

8pm

What if Venus, the Roman Goddess of love and beauty, washed up on a beach at this moment in time? Writer/performer Lydia Towsey’s theatrical poetry show is one of landscapes, journeys and the tales of 21st century women in our tumultuous times. Followed by a talk by poet and director Nick Field and performances by guest poets.


Wednesday 15 July


Maps

£12

7.30pm

When we look at a geological map, we see rock and water. The topographic map shows everything that man and nature has amassed on it. The political map defines the borders of our countries, states and cities.