The world knows nothing of these women. Their stories have never been told. They suffer and die in silence. In The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo these brave women finally speak.
Emmy Award winning producer/director Lisa F. Jackson spent 2006 in the war zones of eastern DRC documenting the tragic plight of women and girls in that country’s intractable conflict. She was afforded privileged access to not only the grotesque realities of life in Congo (including interviews with self-confessed rapists) but also to examples of resiliency, resistance, courage and grace.
Lorna Windham: Deaths, Disasters and Dastardly Deeds of the
25th November, 13:45 - 14:45
The City Library, Room 7
Tinseltoon, or One Night in Newcastle: Christopher Goulding
25th November, 11:30 - 12:30
The City Library, Room 4
Fright Write: NSU Writers’ Society and Stage Right Society
24th November, 19:00 - 21:00
Sheree Mack: Reminiscence Workshop
24th November, 14:00 - 16:00
The City Library, Room 4
The Humours of Haiku
24th November, 11:30 - 13:30
The City Library, Room 4
Graham Pears and Rebecca Jenkins: Crime in the North
23rd November, 14:30 - 15:30
The City Library, Room 7
Barry Norman’s Favourite Films
22nd November, 19:30 - 21:30
The City Library, Bewick Hall
Russ Litten and Michael Stewart
21st November, 18:00 - 19:00
20th November, 14:00 - 15:00
19th November, 18:30 - 19:30
Hazel Osmond Fan fiction
19th November, 14:00 - 15:00
Denton Burn Library
There will be two panel debates, open to a wider audience of all ages, each introduced by a panel of experts. Participants will be given plenty of opportunities to ask questions and make points from the floor:
Equality, Equity and the dispossessed
The notions of equality and equity are widely used and yet people's understanding of their meaning differs hugely. This can make it difficult to know what people are talking about when they argue for greater equality - is it equal rights? Equal access to education? Equal opportunity? Equal pay? All of the above? This session will interrogate these differences and ask in what contexts is a more equal society a better one?
Dr Vikki Boliver, Durham University
Dr Geoff Payne, Newcastle University
Christopher Snowdon, author, The Spirit Level Delusion
Equality versus Difference
Why has difference replaced equality as the central theme of feminist and anti-racist politics over the last three decades? What has been lost and gained by this shift of emphasis?
Dr Davina Cooper, author, Challenging Diversity: Rethinking Equality and the Value of Difference
Dolan Cummings, Associate Fellow, Institute of Ideas
Max Wind-Cowie, Head of the Progressive Conservatism Project, Demos
Film-workshop participants will video the debates and interview speakers and audience members. A closing session will encourage them to reflect on the discussions and ideas to which they have been exposed; they will record final interviews with each other, capturing new thoughts resulting from the day’s events, and a demonstration of how to upload material to the web will be given.
Please note this event is
BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL
FREE and OPEN TO ALL. Suggested donation £1
The screening will be followed by a discussion with Dr Janet Townsend. Janet is a feminist who engages in participatory research with poor women in low income countries. She is concerned with issues of poverty, power, self-empowerment and the (dangerous) power of academics, particularly those in prosperous countries. Her present research is with Professor Diane Richardson, Professor Nina Laurie and Dr Meena Poudel, with women in Nepal who have been trafficked to Mumbai (India) for sexual purposes and have subsequently returned to Nepal, where most are rejected by their families, their communities and the state.
18:00 - Doors open
18:30 – Film
20:00 – Discussion with Dr Janet Townsend
20:30 – Ends
FREE and OPEN TO ALL. Suggested donation £1
The 2011 Ganesh festival included a taste of all the values Kalapremi hold dear, beginning with the Pooja and including a group of multicultural poets, a disabled former trumpeter, Indian dance and a band composed of refugees and asylum seekers. We held origami and rap workshops and offered a sumptuous Indian buffet lunch.
This insight into how south Asians celebrate with the Ganesh festival is something that has gained national prominence, not just local significance, and now we have extended the programme to include ALL kinds of diversity it is becoming a very special day. At all times, and with all of our projects, we encourage active participation and welcome questions.
For 2012 we have booked a performer who we are sure are going to make the day that little bit more special. We will be pleased to welcome Aneesh Vidyashankar, a 21-year-old prodigy on the violin, to the Lamplight Centre. Vidyashankar has brought bliss to a wide variety of audiences, from spiritual gurus tosoftware giants, corporates to connoisseurs, for the last 12 years. Vidyashankar regularly performs for diplomats, foreign delegates, and leading hospital groups. Doctors consider Aneesh’s music to have a relaxing and therapeutic effect. In December 2011, at the Global Meditation Conference in Vizag, India, nearly 35,000 souls meditated through Aneesh’s violin melody for 2 hours – generating vibrant positive energy.
For lunch we are delighted to offer a sumptuous south Indian banqueting experience courtesy of Chef Vijay and his team: www.chefvijay.co.uk
Further entertainment will come courtesy of dance Guru Mrs Pani – performing herself for the first time in recent years to give a true taste and flavour of Indian dance.
Please come and support this important event in our calendar. September 2012
Tickets: £8.50 per head
Children 5-12 yrs: £5.00 per head
Family of 2 adults and 2 children: £20.00
Tickets only available from the Lamplight Box Office: 01207 218899
For more information contact Richard via: email@example.com
A lunchtime workshop focussing on learning from recent
participatory action research in the India and the UK.
With Tom Wakeford
Blood in the Mobile is a documentary by director Frank Piasecki Poulsen.
We love our cell phones and the selection between different models has never been bigger. But the production of phones has a dark, bloody side.
The main part of minerals used to produce cell phones are coming from the mines in the Eastern DR Congo. The Western World is buying these so-called conflict minerals and thereby finances a civil war that, according to human rights organisations, has been the bloodiest conflict since World War II: During the last 15 years the conflict has cost the lives of more than 5 million people and 300.000 women have been raped. The war will continue as long as armed groups can finance their warfare by selling minerals.
If you ask the phone companies where their suppliers get minerals from, none of them can guarantee that they aren’t buying conflict minerals from the Congo.
The Documentary Blood in the Mobile shows the connection between our phones and the civil war in the Congo. Director Frank Poulsen travels to DR Congo to see the illegal mine industry with his own eyes. He gets access to Congo’s largest tin-mine, which is being controlled by different armed groups, and where children work for days in narrow mine tunnels to dig out the minerals that end up in our phones.
After visiting the mine Frank Poulsen struggles to get to talk to Nokia, the Worlds largest phone company. Frank Poulsen wants them to guarantee that they are not buying conflict minerals and thereby is financing the war in the Congo. Nokia cannot give him that guarantee.
Blood in Mobile is a film about our responsibility for the conflict in the Congo and about corporate social responsibility.
Roadsworth: Crossing the Line details a Montreal stencil artist's clandestine campaign to make his mark on the city streets. As he is prosecuted at home and celebrated abroad, Roadsworth struggles to defend his work, define himself as an artist and address difficult questions about art and freedom of expression.
We'll explore all these questions through four fascinating and award-winning films:
7:30 p.m, Wednesday 4th July 2012:
The Economics Of Happiness
+ Q&A With Robin Stott Of Medact (2011)
7:30 p.m, Wednesday 11th July 2012: Koyaanisqatsi (1982)
7:30 p.m, Thursday 12th July 2012: Happy (2011)
7:30 p.m, Wednesday 18th July 2012: Manufactured Landscapes (2006)
Biomedical engineer turned live-performance sensation Girl Talk, has received immense commercial and critical success for his mind-blowing sample-based music. Utilizing technical expertise and a ferocious creative streak, Girl Talk repositions popular music to create a wild and edgy dialogue between artists from all genres and eras. But are his practices legal? Do his methods of frenetic appropriation embrace collaboration in its purest sense? Or are they infractions of creative integrity and violations of copyright?
In partnership with North East Strategic Migration Partnership and Platforma North East
Crossings’ activities involve weekly music sessions, a cross-cultural band and a programme of ‘celebrating diversity’ workshops promoting the value of multiculturalism, targeting hard-to-reach young people.
With special guest appearance by Stewart Hardy; Crossings Choir; Crossings Members; and the Crossings Band
All proceeds go towards Crossings’ weekly activities:
Following the film we will have a discussion with our special guest, Prof Mary Mellor. Mary's current research focuses on the financial crisis, money systems and financial exclusion. Her research interests include the social economy and alternative economics; co-operatives and other alternative economic structures; ecofeminist political economy, ecological political economy and feminist economics; ecologically sustainable and social just ‘sufficiency’ economics.
What infrastructure do we need to prioritise to develop the region's potential?
Is the North East's infrastructure fit for purpose? The North East has a proud industrial heritage which has shaped the infrastructure of the region, but does it suits our needs now and will it in the future? Providing the right infrastructure requires investment and vision and we need to think now about where the region is going and which infrastucture we need to prioritise to get us where we want to go.
Edward Bentley, Northumbria University;
Richard Dawson, Newcastle University;
Stephanie Henderson, Environment Agency;
Laura O’Toole, Jacobs;
Tony Quinn, National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec);
Introduced by Richard Coackley, ICE President
A Santoor is an instrument that combines 100 strings and two curved wooden sticks that has a sound that can be mistaken for a piano or harp. (see image) The Santoor is closely related to the hammered dulcimer of North America as well.
The Santoor is an instrument with approximately 100 strings which originated in the Himalayan Valley of Kashmir. Originally known as the Shata Tantri Veena (Sanskrit for one hundred strings), it has close relatives in the British and American hammered dulcimer; the Chinese yang chin; and the Eastern European cembalom. Played with a pair of curved wooden sticks, its many strings create an immense variety of resonating sounds which fill the air like waves, and a variety of tonal effects reminiscent of the piano or harp.
Pandit Ulhas Bapat is a disciple of Sarod Maestro Smt. Zarin Sharma, Pt. K.G.Ginde and Pandit Wamanrao Sadolikar. Pandit Bapat is the only Santoor player who has adopted the technique of tuning the instrument in ‘Chromatic’ structure, and has pioneered a modification which enables him to reproduce a ‘Meend’ on Santoor. This patented innovation has helped to extend the frontiers of Santoor to make it more appealing as a concert instrument, and this unique technique brings a masterly individuality in his performances.
Ulhasji has been internationally acclaimed as an accomplished Santoor player and a versatile musician. He has kept up a steady stream of concert appearances all over India, interspersed with concert tours abroad such as in U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany Switzerland, China, Belarus, Finland, Middle East, etc.
The Sixth Form Geography Department and SCENE are holding a showcase event for all the projects linked to social, economic and environmental sustainability which the college currently runs or supports. This is being organised by students from the college’s Sixth Form and is a chance for them to celebrate their successful projects of the last year.
This will include a market place of stalls showcasing their projects. Including Environmental Awareness and Climate Week, Free runners and dance performances, information from a student projects on global maternal healthcare, fundraisers for charity projects, young entrepreneurs and their businesses, a smoothie bike (yes, a bike that makes smoothies!) and more… Please come along to celebrate and discover the sustainable work of our students.
For more information email Rachael Little or call 0191 200 4453. Or feel free to call in on the day.
What should we prioritise to manage personal mobility effectively in Tyne and Wear over the next twenty years?
Come and hear engineers present their answers to this question and help us adapt those ideas and find the best transport solutions. The event will use the Crowd Wise process designed by new economics foundation to seek a consensus: Beginning with the open question above, participants (speakers and audience) are invited to work together to create and refine possible answers. This is a collaborative process, where answers can be merged, split or refined by anyone, in order to create the most interesting, wide ranging and appealing range of possibilities. Then, instead of voting for their favourite, each participant is asked to rank each answer from best to worst. Votes are then counted to establish which option has the broadest support.
Come along, join in the discussions and take part in this fascinating experiment!
This event is FREE, but places are limited so PLEASE RESERVE YOUR PLACE.
The six worked with the camp's young people to produce (in English) a play by Peter Mortimer which premiered in Theatre Monnot, Beirut. The film then follows the production to the UK, where it was performed by the same cast in four separate venues on Tyneside, in Edinburgh and in Liverpool. The young actors had no previous experience of theatre, and spoke only a few words of English, yet their performances were hailed by critics in every venue. SHATILA THEATRE is made by Primate Productions of Whitley Bay.
Dreamland is a film about a nation standing at cross-roads. Leading up to the country’s greatest economic crisis, the government started the largest mega project in the history of Iceland, to build the biggest dam in Europe to provide Alcoa cheap electricity for an aluminum smelter in the rugged east fjords of Iceland. Today Iceland is left holding a huge dept and an uncertain future.
In Dreamland a nation with abundance of choices gradually becomes caught up in a plan to turn its wilderness and beautiful nature into a massive system of hydro-electric and geothermal power plants with dams and reservoirs. Clean energy brings in polluting industry and international corporations. It’s the dark side of green energy.
Feature length documentary directed by Þorfinnur Guðnason and Andri Snær Magnason. Produced by Ground Control Productions. Based on a book by Andri Snær Magnason, Dreamland - a Self Help Manual for a Frightened Nation.
Screening followed by talk and discussion