The Role of Rights Activism, Academia and Performing Arts Practices: A conversation

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By Molly Andrews

Yesterday UEL sponsored a wonderful event at the Arcola Theatre, in partnership with Nine Lives Production. Organised by our PhD student, Alice Mukaka – who holds a UEL PhD studentship – the afternoon symposium brought together activists, academics and artists who work on refugee issues. The presentations ranged from poetry readings, to artists talking about their installations, to academic research, an unusual and extremely rich mixture.
Following the event – and a wonderful light dinner – the audience was treated to a most powerful performance by Lladel Bryant in his one man show, Nine Lives. (As part of her PhD, Alice has been touring Nine Lives around the country, gauging the affect performance has on (re)shaping people’s attitudes to the refugee crisis.) The show is on for 4 more days at the Arcola, and if you haven’t seen it, you really should not miss it. Exceptional.
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