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What’s Going On – The Dirty Dozen Brass Band | The Corporation

16 December 2006
What’s Going OnThe Dirty Dozen Brass BandCD out now It is testament to the power of Marvin Gaye’s album What’s Going On that its songs have been covered by hundreds of artists, almost from the moment it was released in 1971.

Benjamin Britten's anniversary is a chance to celebrate one of the best British composers

16 December 2006
Benjamin Britten was the greatest of the British classical composers of the second half of the 20th century. He ranks among the greatest British composers ever.

Spike Lee’s When The Levees Broke – the lost voices of New Orleans

16 December 2006
All respect to Spike Lee. After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, he felt he had a political duty to make a documentary about it, to make it long – and to make it for television so as many people as possible saw it.

Street art 5: Banksy and guerrilla art

16 December 2006
In recent years there has been a renewed interest in street art, coinciding with the rise of the anti-capitalist movement. One element of this is "culture jamming" or "adbusting", where activists use guerrilla art techniques to subvert the advertising that pervades our society.

Street art 4: Posters as weapons in Paris 1968

16 December 2006
In 1968 France was brought to a standstill by a huge movement of students and workers. This movement paralysed the French state and also saw an explosion of experimental street art.

Street art 3: Diego Rivera and the Mexican Revolution

16 December 2006
Mexico was rocked by a revolution between 1910 and 1919. The post-revolutionary government attempted to harness art to its cause.

Street art 2: Russia 1917 – public festivals

16 December 2006
The creative flowering that followed the Russian Revolution of 1917 is an extraordinary example of how art can play a major part in the struggle for a better society.

Street art 1: The art of the streets

16 December 2006
A basic feature of capitalism is that aspects of life that should be accessible to everyone become controlled and restricted to a privileged elite – the ruling class. Works of visual art, such as paintings or sculptures, are no exception to this general rule.

Video clips of Cultures of Resistance concert, Friday 8 December 2006

16 December 2006
Sam Beste Presumption of Innocence performed at the Cultures of Resistance concert in London on Friday 8 December 2006

World Saxophone Quartet's Political Blues - blowing George Bush away

09 December 2006
The extraordinary new jazz album Political Blues by the World Saxophone Quartet is a howl of rage at the state of the US.

Living History | Kneehigh plays | Stray Dogs | Voices For Bethlehem | Marx

09 December 2006
Living HistoryTate Modern, central Londonuntil 28 JanuaryFree Living History explores the response of artists to major political events of the past 100 years. Highlights include Chris Ofili’s No Woman No Cry, a moving painting about the racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence.

Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? by Caryl Churchill

09 December 2006
A new play by Caryl Churchill is a genuine cultural event. The author of such acclaimed plays as Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Cloud Nine and Top Girls, is one of the most distinctive, intelligent and (both artistically and politically) radical playwrights of her generation.

Politics in store at Cultures of Resistance concert

02 December 2006
"I like the idea of artists from different musical traditions and from all corners of the world coming together to oppose racism, to demand world peace and support the Socialist Worker appeal."

German Film Festival | Blood Wedding | Watership Down

25 November 2006
German Film FestivalGoethe-Institut and Curzon Soho, London23 November to 1 December This is a great chance to see a few films that will most likely not make it to general release.

They Won’t Kill You - a dystopian Team Britain

25 November 2006
This political satire imagines a future where Britain has been rebranded as Team Britain, and a Team Leader has taken the place of the prime minister.

Pan’s Labyrinth: a fantastic exploration of fascism’s horror

25 November 2006
Pan’s Labyrinth is the second film in which Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro has confronted the theme of fascism.

In The Face of History | Firsts 2006 | We Shall Overcome | Innocent Voices

18 November 2006
In The Face of HistoryBarbican, central Londonuntil 28 January Emmy Andrisse’s Girls Hanging Onto Shop Railings taken just after the liberation of Amsterdam from the Nazis in 1945 is part of the In The Face of History exhibition at the Barbican in central London. The exhibition charts the history of European photography from 1900.

The Seduction of Almighty God: a wonderful example of ‘theatre of catastrophe’

18 November 2006
The Great English playwright Howard Barker has been marginalised by the London theatre establishment - none of his dramas have been staged by the National Theatre in London.

Braintax: a panoramic, hip-hop view of a turbulent world

18 November 2006
It’s not every day that you come across a hip-hop album that deals explicitly with the thoughts going through the mind of a suicide bomber, or talks frankly about how scaremongering over refugees fuels the growth of the Nazi British National Party.

Accidental Death of an Anarchist | Failed States

11 November 2006
Accidental Death of an AnarchistWritten by Dario FoHackney Empire, LondonUntil 9 December <a href="http://www.anarchistplay.com" target = "_blank">www.anarchistplay.com</a> Dario Fo’s most famous play has become a classic. It combines wit and slapstick comedy with a devastating and chilling critique of the abuse of institutional power.

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