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WOW Global 24

Women of the World (WOW) with the British Council presents the first ever free 24 hour online festival uniting women and girls across the world. Watch here live from 9.30 a.m. GMT, 27-28 June and all time zones.

The effects of Covid-19 pose a profound risk of reversing progress made towards achieving equality, one that must be tackled together and fast. Black Lives Matter has increased WOW’s sense of urgency. Join the WOW Global 24 sessions with women leaders, activists and artists from across South Asia and the world.

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LGBTQI+ Festivals in India

Join The Queer Muslim project and a panel of experts from the LGBTQI+ community for a panel discussion on inclusive culture festivals. Part of the PrideAtHome festival and the spotlight is on LGBTQI+ festival practitioners, leaders and artIsts in India and the UK.

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Webinar on Digital Futures

Join the next Festival Connections webinar on Fri 26 June, 4-6pm on Digital Futures and Alternate Revenue Models. Watch speakers from Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, Under 25 and British Council Sub-Saharan Africa share insights on digital creation and consumption.​

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We are celebrating LGBTQI+ artists and their queer art initiatives in India all week across social media as part of the Digital Pride Festival. Read Teenasai Balamu’s fascinating story and check the brilliance of the mural at Kannaginagar, Chennai.

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No Spring Chicken

Catch the premiere of the short queer theatre performance of No Spring Chicken. A university professor comes to terms with his public outing in a portrait session with an artist. Produced by Theatre Jil Jil Ramamani.

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We joined UNESCO for ResiliArt: on the New Paradigms on Rural Cultural Industries during and beyond Covid-19. We focused on our Crafting Futures programme and projects strengthening women’s empowerment through design with India and UK partners.

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Artists Emergency Fund

Members of the StayIN aLIVE community Kommune, Big Bang Music, Insider, OML, Tabhrasa, Shark & Ink, Kwan, Tarsem Mittal, Unmute, Art X Company, Priyanka Khimani come together to share their time and art to set up the Artists Emergency Fund for gig workers and freelancers.

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The Spreading Ink

We have partnered with St Xavier’s University, Kolkata for an online literature festival, 'The Spreading Ink' bringing together artists and academicians in the UK and India for a vibrant series of webinars. Watch the first panel discussion, 'Performing quarantine - The affective economy of a pandemic'.

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Lakme Fashion Week

Celebrating drag culture has been a great means of creative self-expression and being comfortable in one's own skin. The same creative outlook stood at the centre of Chola the Label's 2018 show. Their gender-neutral collection 'Bye Felicia' showcased a glimpse into the idiosyncrasies of drag culture.

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Small Island

National Theatre is streaming their   5-star epic production of Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel, Small Island. Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948, the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury.

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Black Cultural Archive

The Black Cultural Archive (BCA) in London is dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating the histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain. See the Windrush Waves exhibition online - part of BCA's recognition of Windrush Day which takes place yearly on June 22.

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Selector Radio

Listen to Jamz Supernova weekly mix of jazz, grime, indie or electronica playlist with conversation from the artists and labels at the centre of the music scene.

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