Black and Banned: Free Speech Punch Up

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When: Thursday 06 September 2018 19:00
Where: Blue Room, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank London SE1 8XT (Directions)
Tickets: Free. Registration required via BFI


To 1 Aug: Road Block – Reflections on Bahrain (Partner Event)


Bilad Alqadeem, 30.12.14 – protest calling for the release of Shaikh Ali Salman ©Sayed Baqer

The Road Bloc Collective are a group of artists and activists who explore how power inscribes itself in urban space through architecture and images.

As parts of Bahrain transform into territories of dissent, where roundabouts become ‘squares’ and spaces for political speech and action, graffiti is visible like never before and road blocks and marches are part of everyday life – the scenography and spectacle of revolution.

Featuring photography, sound works and installation, Road Block enacts the ongoing battle for space and claims for ‘the right to the city’, that provoke and challenge us to reconsider the relationship that we have to space and power.


When: 9 July  – 1 August, daily 10am to 11pm.
Where: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London, E1 6LA (Map/directions)
Tickets: Free


Presented in partnership with the Road Bloc Collective as part of Shubbak Festival 

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