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Legacy of empire to be explored as part of Coventry Belgrade Mela this weekend

Spoken wordA University of Warwick project is being featured during a celebration of South Asian culture and cuisine taking place in Coventry this Saturday, 21 July.

Coventry’s Belgrade Mela will include an exhibition put together by the Department of Politics and International Studies called Colonial Hangover. This explores the legacy of the British Empire and picks up on an increasing sense that the British Empire might well have been formally disbanded, but that assumptions about empire continue to shape everyday experiences.

The free exhibition includes photographic work showcasing the academic research of Dr Aya Nassar, Dr Marijn Nieuwenhuis and Dr Lisa Tilley, and will be accompanied by a talk from Professor Mathew Watson and Shahnaz Akhter, which will examine issues of colonial legacies and which encourages participants to share stories of the Partition and Windrush.

The University of Warwick contribution will be rounded off with the performance of a spoken word piece by Nikita Shah (pictured) which speaks to the migration experience of three generations in one family spanning across Kenya, India and the UK.

Other events on the day, hosted by the Belgrade Theatre, include opportunities to make some noise with Dhol drums and take part in Bollywood and Fusion dance workshops. A South East Asian take on afternoon tea called Afternoon Chai will be served.

Visit the Belgrade Theatre event page for full details.

19 July 2018


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