Come and join the #BrufordCommunity and join us for our Upcoming Theatre and Social Change Open Talks series at Lewisham College and Rose Bruford.

The next talks we have are:

Wed, 20 October 2021

  • Ben Smoke – a journalist and activist from London. Rowdy from a young age, he became involved in activism through the student fees movement. In 2015, he helped found Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants before taking part in a blockade of a deportation charter flight at Stansted airport in March 2017 along with fourteen other people. The action saw the group charged and convicted of terror-related offences, before narrowly avoiding prison in February 2019. As a journalist, Ben is the Politics Editor at Huck Magazine and has written for The Guardian, The Independent, Vice and Dazed. He regularly appears on LBC and other radio and broadcast platforms commentating on current affairs and politics. Ben is writing his first book about the Stansted 15 trial.

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Wed, 3 November 2021

  • Joon Lynn Goh – working across art and culture, migrant movements and community economies, I am interested in how we can creatively shift from extractive to regenerative ways of living. In organising, I am inspired by communities of colour and diaspora as protagonists of social change; experiment-orientated art practices that create the conditions for collective research and rehearsal; and community economies that enrich rather than extract from our relationships.I embrace the work of organising as science-fiction; work that enables us to shape the future. I organise to build community infrastructure including skills, networks and assets that enable communities to self-determine and resource their futures. I am the founding organiser of Migrants in Culture, a network of migrant culture workers organising towards open border futures. Since 2018 we have produced a national survey and report on the Impact of the Hostile Environment on the Culture Sector, hosted Migrants Make Culture: An Activation Day for migrant organisers, and advocated for a Culture Sector Recovery for migrants. With Annie Kwan, I am co-founder of Asia Art Activism, a network of South East/East Asian diasporic artists, educators and organisers in the UK.

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Previous talks include:

Wed, 13 October 2021

  • Travis Alabanza – an award-winning writer, performer and theatre-maker. Their writing has appeared in the BBC, Guardian, Vice, Gal-Dem and previously had a fortnightly column in the metro. After being the youngest recipient of the artist in residency program at Tate Galleries, Alabanza debut show Burgerz toured internationally to sold out shows in Southbank Centre, Sao Paulo Brazil, HAU Berlin & won the Edinburgh Fringe Total Theatre award in 2019. Their writing has appeared in numerous anthologies including Black and Gay In the UK. In 2020 their recent theatre show Overflow debuted at the Bush Theatre to widespread acclaim and later streamed online in over 22 countries. For their work in LGBT+ conversation, they have been listed in the dazed100 as well as the ForbesUnder30 list.