Leicester City anti-racism exhibition
An anti-racism campaign has been instigated by the CWU postal and telecommunications union. Posters produced by Leicester College students are on display at Leicester City’s home ground to raise awareness of the damage discrimination can cause. The students won a national competition organised by the CWU.
The Skies are Weeping, A Cantata for Rachel Corrie
by Philip Munger
Hackney Empire, London
Tuesday 1 November
This controversial anti-Zionist classical cantata in memory of US human rights activist Rachel Corrie, killed in Gaza in March 2003, will have its world premiere at the Hackney Empire.
The evening will feature choral settings of Palestinian poems, traditional Palestinian dance and Israeli music fused with jazz. Rachel’s mother Cindy Corrie will introduce the concert.
Composer Philip Munger believes that artists have to take an active part in society and his music addresses environmental and social issues.
1001 Nights Now
The Academy, Newcastle College Rye Hill Campus,
Go to www.northernstage.co.uk
Eight performers play migrant workers in a British factory making Christmas decorations, in this new play based on the real life experiences of asylum seekers.
Because they are bored with their work they use their breaks to tell stories, using the factory and its products to illustrate their tales.
Comedian Shazia Mirza stars in the play. It is a powerful evocation of the struggles of life.
Paul Robeson Live At Carnegie Hall 1958
Ace records £13.99
Paul Robeson was a fighter against war and oppression. The US authorities declared Robeson “enemy number one” and took his passport.
In 1958 aged 60 he returned to the US stage in a concert captured here. It is one of the great concert recordings and gives a real sense of the breadth of Robeson’s talent and politics.