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Issue No. 2491

Concert to Calais

Concert to Calais is a seven-day music tour to raise awareness about the refugee crisis as well as supplies for refugees in Calais.

It features a range of local artists in each area from alternative rock bands to techno. After the tour kicks off in London on Monday

20 March, it will head through Reading, Southampton, Portsmouth, Brighton and Dover. It will finish up in Calais itself on 26 March.

Rather than paying money for entry into the gigs, the organisers are asking people to bring supplies instead.

They will take the supplies and distribute them to the refugees in Calais. In the meantime they need your help to reach their £1,000 target to put the tour on.

Touring across the south of England from 20-26 March For more information got to

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Red Africa season

This soviet propaganda poster from 1953 contrasts racism in the West with the supposed equality of the Eastern bloc.

It is part of the Red Africa season exploring Soviet influence on Africa during the Cold War.

Immediately after the Russian Revolution the Bolsheviks pushed for international revolution.

But after the rise of Stalin, the decision on supporting liberation movements was conditioned by whether it would help Russia’s competition with the West.

Calvert 22, London E2 7JP Until 3 April,

Cirque Berserk

Cirque Berserk

Circuses are meant to make you gasp. That’s the idea behind Cirque Beserk

No back story to get the way rather a ride that sets the stage alight with relentlessly loud music.

There’s a pick ’n’ mix of wild and wonderful acts, some traditional, some novel.

No elephants but a giant robot; no lions but roaring motorbikes; no trapeze artists but a lot of aerial tricks.

The second half in particular rushes past from one impressive routine to another.

Tumblers dance under a blazing limbo pole and jump through hoops. Another acrobat builds and then balances on a tower of chairs. On to the foot archer and the chair balancing.

Acrobat jumps from a height onto a seesaw springboard, sending another somersaulting as high as the lighting rig before his associates catch him.

A motorcycle team is racing around a circular cage called the Globe of Terror.

Cirque Berserk Peacock Theatre London until February 24, then touring

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Tue 16 Feb 2016, 16:07 GMT
Issue No. 2491
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