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Forty years on from the tragic and untimely death of Altab Ali in 1978, a series of events will take place to mark this significant turning point in east London’s race relations. His senseless and racially motivated murder in a park in Whitechapel that now bears his name, mobilised both the Bengali and wider communities to take a stand against hatred and intolerance.
Ceremony at Altab Ali Park 6pm, 4 May
A ceremonial event will be held by Tower Hamlets Council at 6pm on Friday 4 May to mark Altab Ali Day and this will include poetry and a site-specific performance by ‘A’ Team Arts in celebration of protest, alongside wreath laying and speeches in Altab Ali Park.
1978: Hope not Hate, 4-29 May
An exhibition at the Brady Arts Centre entitled 1978: Hope not Hate will open on 3 May as part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s First Thursdays programme and run until 29 May. This incorporates a striking selection of photographs, posters and prints which document the strength of the anti-racist movement in subsequent years. Contributors include David Hoffman, Dan Jones, Daniele Larmarche, Tom Learmonth, Phil Maxwell, Syd Shelton, Alice Sielle, Paul Trevor and Raju Vaidyanathan.
Saturday 5 May – Brick Lane 78 performed by Purbanat CIC 2pm and 7.30pm
Purbanat CIC’s play ‘Brick Lane 78’ at the Brady Arts Centre. This is a powerful drama which captures the spirit of 1978. It will run at 2pm and 7.30pm with the evening performance being followed by a panel discussion hosted by Urmee Mazhar. The evening event will include the book launch of ‘Battle of Brick Lane 78’ by A K Azad Konor. Tickets are £8/£10.
For further details and to book tickets, please go to www.bricklane78.eventbrite.co.uk
Sunday 6 May – Purbo Pictures: South Asians on Film, 4.45pm + Panel discussion: Diaspora through the lenses at 7.30pm
Sunday’s short films include South Asian Britain, Credo and Purbo London, all of which are poignant portrayals of Asian life in the UK. Screenings begin at 4.45pm at the Brady Arts Centre, followed by a panel discussion with a distinguished line-up of film-makers and artists that include Farrukh Dhondy, Imruh Bakari, Tom Learmonth and Ruhul Amin . This will be hosted by Clelia Clini at 7.30pm. Free, but booking essential. For further details and to book tickets, please go towww.south_asians_on_film.eventbrite.co.uk