Special event
Moving stories

Saturday 22 April 2017,
Great Court and galleries
Free, just drop in, limited seating

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A day of free drop-in performances and activities inspired by the themes in the current Asahi Shimbun Display Moving stories: three journeys – in Room 3 until 30 April 2017.

Édouard Glissant: One World in Relation (2010)
12.00–12.50, BP Lecture Theatre
In 2009, Manthia Diawara filmed philosopher and writer Édouard Glissant on the Queen Mary II in a cross-Atlantic journey from Southampton to New York. This poetic meditation continued in Martinique, where Glissant was born. The extraordinary voyages resulted in the production of an intellectual biography in which Glissant elaborates on his theory of relation and the concept of ‘Tout-monde’.
50 minutes

Mamlambo: an ode to movement
11.00–11.45, 13.30–14.15 & 15.15–16.00, Great Court
Join musician Eugene Skeef and guest artists in a participative performance honouring the natural flow of human movement throughout time, framed around the story of Mamlambo – the deity of flowing waters, oceans and the rivers.

Participatory workshop
Sadik Kwaish Alfraji
11.00–16.00, Great Court (south east)
Work with Iraqi artist Sadik Kwaish Alfraji to create a drawing or a story relating to his work Ali’s Boat diary 1, on display in Room 3. Your boat artwork will be used to create a future piece of art by Sadik. Born in Baghdad in 1960, Alfraji lives and works in Amersfoort, Netherlands. He was named Artist of the Year at the Esquire Middle East Awards in 2012.
Suitable for all ages.

Footprints around the world
11.00–16.00, Great Court (south west)
Inspired by a million-year-old journey told in footprints discovered at Happisburgh in Norfolk, draw round your feet and leave your footprint behind to add to our artwork.
Suitable for all ages.

Paper boats
11.00–16.00, Great Court (south east)
Working with artist Daniel Wallis, create a paper boat inspired by the display in Room 3. Use it as inspiration for the Sadik Kwaish Alfraji workshop or take it home with you.
Suitable for ages 6+

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Sadik Kwaish Alfraji (b. 1960), a page from Ali’s Boat 1. Indian ink and charcoal on notebook paper, 2014. © Sadik Kwaish Alfraji. Reproduced by permission of the artist.