Events

2013 Events for Linton Kwesi Johnson

23 February 2013

Linton Kwesi Johnson talks to Indian filmmaker Anand Patwardhan at the British Film Institute, London

STATE OF THE NATION: ANAND PATWARDHAN’S PORTRAITS OF INDIAThe BFI presents the work of India’s foremost film essayist.

Jai Bhim Comrade – Anand Patwardhan investigates the systematic exploitation of ‘untouchables’ by upper-caste Indians.

Saturday 23 February 2.30; and in conversation with Linton Kwesi Johnson 6.20pm

Other films being shown in this retrospective are In the Name of God, Father Son and Holy Ghost and War and Peace on 24 and 25 February.

BFI, Southbank – for tickets, further details, etc go to BFI website or telephone 020 7928 3232

Anand Patwardhan, born in 1950, is the leading Indian documentary filmmaker of his generation. If Bollywood, ever gaudier and more mechanical in its productions, trades in faux-populism, Patwardhan offers a cinema, at once humanistic and radical, dedicated to chronicling the struggles of real people – fishermen, millworkers, slum dwellers, untouchables – who are marginal, almost ghostly presences across the contemporary Indian mediascape. Fiercely independent, and never afraid to take on the television networks and governmental bodies that have sought to censor him, he has always operated outside the mainstream, not just writing and editing his own films, but finding alternative distribution networks for them. India is the subject of Patwardhan’s films, but his political formation was international. He was deeply affected by the Civil Rights struggles and anti-Vietnam war protests he witnessed at first hand as a student at Brandeis University, Massachussetts, in the early 1970s. He was also drawn to militant cinema of the period, notably the ‘imperfect cinema’ and ‘Third Cinema’ movements of Latin America which saw the camera as a crucial weapon in the service of revolutionary activism. The turbulent India of the 1970s, placed in lockdown following Indira Gandhi’s declaration of a State of Emergency in 1975, intensified his desire to provide a corrective to the lies of ideologues and their lackeys in the press and on television. Patwardhan’s films are distinguished by their patience: he does not cut fast, nor does he treat his subjects as mere talking heads or purveyors of vivid soundbites; he allows his interlocutors space and time to express themselves. Discursive rather than agenda-driven, edited in a manner that is patient and inquisitive rather than finger-poking or sloganeering, they can also be viewed as first-rate examples of a genre more typically associated with European or American artists: the cine-essay. They can usefully be viewed alongside the recent burgeoning of India-focussed reportage exemplified by writers such as Aman Sethi, Sudeep Chakravarti and Katharine Boo. This is a rare opportunity to watch a body of work that is passionate and probing, timely and timeless.

2012 Events for Linton Kwesi Johnson

11 May 2012

Linton Kwesi Johnson Poetry Reading in Sheffield, UK

A solo poetry reading at St Georges Church Lecture Theatre, Sheffield University

8 June 2012

LKJ and the Dennis Bovell Dub Band Gig in Goteburg, Sweden

A gig as part of the Clandestino Festival

23 June 2012

LKJ and the Dennis Bovell Dub Band Gig in the USA

A gig as part of the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival

29 June 2012

LKJ and the Dennis Bovell Dub Band Gig in London

A gig as part of the Back to Black Festival

7 July 2012

LKJ and the Dennis Bovell Dub Band Gig in Barcelona, Spain

A gig in Cruilla

20 July 2012

LKJ and the Dennis Bovell Dub Band Gig in France

A gig in Payzac

21 July 2012

LKJ and the Dennis Bovell Dub Band Gig in France

A gig in Nuits du Sud

26 July 2012

LKJ and the Dennis Bovell Dub Band Gig at Womad, UK

A gig at Womad. See http://www.womad.co.uk

7 August 2012

LKJ Poetry Reading in Cornwall

A reading at The Asylum, Tywarnhale Farm, Cornwall. See http://www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

18 August 2012

LKJ Poetry Reading in Wales

A poetry reading at the Green Man Festival. See http://www.greenman.net

15 September 2012

Linton Kwesi Johnson Poetry Reading in Guernsey

A poetry reading at the Guernsey Literature Festival. See http://www.arts.gg/index.php/guernsey-literary-festival/

21 September 2012

Linton Kwesi Johnson Lecture in Cambridge

LKJ gives a lecture as part of the Conference on Caribbean Poetry at Cambridge University. See http://caribbeanpoetry.educ.cam.ac.uk/

 

2011 Events for Linton Kwesi Johnson

Wednesday 22 June

Linton Kwesi Johnson Poetry Reading At the Music Box, Lisbon, Portugal

Linton Kwesi Johnson reads poetry in Lisbon at the Festival do Silencio (Literature and Spoken word festival) – see http://www.musicboxlisboa.com

Saturday 9 July 2011 at 7.45pm

Colin Grant and Linton Kwesi Johnson – Trench Town Rock at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX

Cultural historian Colin Grant and poet, musician and activist Linton Kwesi Johnson discuss one of the biggest and most influential groups of the 20th century, the Wailers.
For more information and to book tickets go to http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Friday 15 July

Linton Kwesi Johnson Poetry Reading at the Latitude Festival, Henham Park, nr Southwold, Suffolk, UK

Linton Kwesi Johnson is a headline act in the Poetry Tent for the Latitude festival. See http://www.latitudefestival.co.uk for more information.

Tuesday 19 July from 6.45pm

Linton Kwesi Johnson introduces the new book by Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze at the George Padmore Institute, 76 Stroud Green Road, London N4 3EN

Join LKJ at the George Padmore Institute, where he is a Trustee, to celebrate the latest publication by acclaimed poet and LKJ Records artist Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze. See http://www.georgepadmoreinstitute.org for more information.

Saturday 30 July

Linton Kwesi Johnson and the Dennis Bovell Dub Band Gig

In Oslo, Norway – check http://www.mediacom-agency.com for more information.

Friday 5 August

Linton Kwesi Johnson and the Dennis Bovell Dub Band Gig

In Cissac, near Bordeaux, France – check http://www.mediacom-agency.com for more information.

Sunday 7 August

Linton Kwesi Johnson and the Dennis Bovell Dub Band Gig

In Aulnoyes, near Maubeuge, France - check http://www.mediacom-agency.com for more information.

 

Wednesday 24 August

Linton Kwesi Johnson and the Dennis Bovell Dub Band Gig

For the Rottotom Festival in Benecassim, Spain - check http://www.mediacom-agency.com for more information.

Thursday 24 November

Linton Kwesi Johnson and the Dennis Bovell Dub Band Gig

For the Brussels Freedom Festival in Belgium.