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Thursday 02 November 2017

Being Human Festival: As Waves Of One Sea Will Inspire & Enrich Our Everyday Lives In Brighton

Experience the whisper of stories, speaking of the Black Atlantic, singing of jazz and Harlem and the African American literary renaissance in As Waves of One Sea. 


The programme is a series of events, discussions, screenings and performances taking place at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts later this month, drawing on materials and ideas from deep in the archives of the University of Sussex, and as part of the nation-wide Being Human Festival.

Treasures from the Rosey Pool Library:

How much can you tell about a person by looking at their bookshelves? Introducing non-specialists, via a series of show and tell talks to the University of Sussex"s Rosey Pool collection, Treasures from the Rosey Pool Library (21 November, 12.30pm) explores Dutch academic and Holocaust survivor Rosey Pool's exceptional life and her relationships with prominent black writers including Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes, crime writer Chester Himes, and poet and playwright Owen Dodson. 


They Taught Me Laughing to Keep from Crying:

Meanwhile, another event -  part traditional talk, part experimental performance - sees Dr Joanna Pawlik, Dr Doug Haynes, Dr Diarmuid Hester, Jamal Johnson and celebrated performance artist Harold Offeh gather to present They Taught Me Laughing to Keep from Crying (November 20, 8pm). The event will bring together the University of Sussex"s rich archival holdings in African American culture in unique and inspiring ways.
 
Isaac Julien's Looking for Langston:

As Waves of One Sea closes with a screening of Turner Prize-nominated artist Isaac Julien's seminal film Looking for Langston (21 November, 8pm), introduced by the director, and with a Q&A afterwards. A powerful, personal meditation on the life and loves of African American poet Langston Hughes, the screening will be introduced by Langston Hughes expert Shima Jalala Kamali and Eyes Wide Open"s Jacob Engelberg.
 
As Waves of One Sea at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts - November 20 - 21, 2017. Visit www.attenboroughcentre.com for more info.

by: Mike Cobley




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