Camden Migration Festival
Thursday 25th September – Sunday 5th October
Comprising eleven days of live music and art, talks and bird-
Camden Migration is a family-
The carefully chosen programme of live music reflects some of the main bird migration routes around the world as well as showcasing some of the best multi-
The Ghost of Gone Birds Exhibition will take place in the Foundry Room at The Forge, with a series of artists working at break-
Thursday 25 September
7pm: Ghosts of Gone Birds Exhibition
Resurrecting extinct birds can be hard work; and now you can see for yourself. The Forge have invited 11 very different artists to dedicate a day to breathing creative life back into the birds we have lost. But they’re not just setting up a special pop-
Expansive landscapes of ear-
We know so little about migration. Many of us still equate migration to simply being the swallows heading south for the winter to return the following spring. But there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. Yes it is north and south, but it’s also east to west, uphill to downhill and even into cities and out of them. David Lindo, also known as The Urban Birder, has studied birds in urban areas for many years and he believes that you don’t have to go to some remote coastal headland to witness the wonders of migration. It can be seen in your local park!
4pm: Ruth Padel reading and book signing Ticketed Free Event
Children of Storm -
The internationally acclaimed poet Ruth Padel reads and talks about her haunting meditation on migration, of birds, animals and human beings, throughout history and in today's world of asylum-
“The Mara Crossing is the story of migration. I felt I had barely understood the word before.” Countryfile.
“A magical mix of prose and poetry,” Independent.
7.30pm: Clube do Choro £8/£5
Clube do Choro UK is spreading traditional Brazilian Choro and traditional samba throughout the land, providing opportunities for the British to immerse themselves in the wonder of this unique style.
The Caged Byrd: A migration through time: Mozart was one of music's great travellers -
7.30pm: Kanda Bongo Man £12.50/£10 The man who single-
A project founded by Ganga Thapa. It aims to raise the profile of Nepalese music, unite people and cultural awareness in a creative and global context.
An evening of talks, performance, comedy, poetry and music inspired or shaped by migrations from East Asia. Diana Yeh presents her new book The Happy Hsiungs: Performing China and the Struggle for Modernity about Shih-
This fiery Balkan band in fact surpasses itself in doing exactly what it says on the tin. Rapid-
Saturday 4 October
1pm: 'Ghosts' by Nick Broomfield £5/ £4
1pm: Talk and Short film -
2pm: Ghosts (2006)
Nick Broomfield’s 2006 film drama Ghosts, about the Morecombe Bay disaster which saw 21 people lose their lives. Preceded by a talk and short film screening with Dr Diana Yeh, commemorating ten years since the disaster.
7.30pm Shaanti £10/£8
Shaanti works with the arts and cultural sectors to provide events promoting British Asian contemporary culture for the community, and giving people access to great arts experiences.
With Nathan ‘Flute Box’ Lee & Biscuit (Clinic) Live, Rita Mora, Sharnita & Support DJs.
Sunday 5 October
11am: Pole to Pole: The Epic Journey of an Arctic Tern. With Tom McKinney. £12/£10 This recital by BBC Radio 3 presenter, guitarist and birder Tom McKinney traces the route of an Arctic Tern from the Orkney islands to Antarctica.
1pm onwards: Reggae Roast Free Entry
Reggae Roast presents the return of Sunday Skank! The full reggae roast crew plus special guests play the best in roots, reggae and dancehall.
3pm: Family Bird Spotting, a walk with Tom McKinney. Free Ticketed Event
Tom McKinney will lead a family bird walk to Regent’s Park and canal as part of Camden Migration. Meet in Delancey Passage at 2:45pm. All ages welcome.
Drift takes you on a journey through time and space, where languages mix, where live percussion meets live voice, where the ancient cohabits with the present. Ancient tales of exile and love re-
Internationally renowned performer Caroline Bergvall teams up with experimental Norwegian percussionist Ingar Zach and Swiss visual artist Thomas Köppel, and together they invent a language of extremes: from the ancient pool of English and Nordic poetry to the lyrics of pop songs and damning human rights reports into contemporary sea migrants’ disaster.
10 day pop-
At the Jewish Museum – Abram Games Exhibition Monday 29 September, 2pm: Designing the 20th Century. A curator talk, free with museum entry but booking essential.