As part of the Goldsmiths Centre for  Postcolonial Studies Festival of Political Documentary, there is a screening on 3rd December, 7pm, of Agnieszka Piotrowska’s film, ‘Lovers in Time’, which documents the attempts to stage a controversial play about Mbuya Nehanda at the Harare
International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) in 2014. The film reveals Piotrowska’s journey through the collision between her commitment to
artistic freedom of expression on the one hand, and the real disquiet that the play raised at multiple levels within Harare society. The insightful and passionate debate within the play’s cast about whether or not to continue with the performance demonstrate the complexities of postcolonial
identity in Zimbabwe.I will be running a Q&A with Piotrowska after the screening.
A poster with full details of the event is here:

Tickets can be reserved at Eventbrite:[
There will also be a screening of Piotrowska’s film about the previous 2013 HIFA, ‘The Engagement
Party’, on 7th December at 5pm

You are invited to Women and HIV/AIDS in South Africa: Medicine, Art, Activism; an international symposium at Birkbeck, University of London, 7-8 December 2015, organised by Professor Annie E. Coombes (Department of History of Art) and Dr Hilary Sapire, Department of History.

The crisis of HIV/AIDS in South Africa is clearly not over. Women and children are bearing the brunt. Our symposium draws attention to the particular challenges facing women and young people living with HIV in South Africa and the strategies for overcoming these, in the context of rising levels of youth unemployment, increased violence against women and shrinking resources.

We believe that a new response is needed to meet continuing stigmatisation and disadvantage to those living with HIV in South Africa. Women are often most directly affected (mother and child transmission, economic necessities of sex-work with its increased risks and the economic and emotional responsibilities of family care).
We believe that this requires a greater degree of collaboration between the clinical, therapeutic and educational. Consequently the symposium aims to provoke conversations amongst stakeholders who generally address separate audiences. Although there has been a longstanding exchange between policy makers, social scientists and medical researchers, this symposium also highlights the engagement of the humanities and visual arts as a critical component of any response to HIV/AIDS.

South Africa has historically been promoted as a model for other HIV/AIDS campaigns with Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) being hailed as “The world’s most effective AIDS group”. (New York Times, 2006) Consequently another aim of our symposium is to disseminate a wider understanding of the South African campaign and to provoke a discussion with health professionals, journalists and artists about the comparative relevance of those educational, self-help and communication strategies originally devised to meet the HIV challenge in the South African context.

The symposium together with the related exhibition (curated by Coombes)
“Positive Living: Art and AIDS in South Africa” at the Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck, (13 November 2015 – 14 January 2016) is intended to stimulate conversations about the material and medical
realities of living with HIV amongst young BME groups and the wider African diaspora in London and to promote an inventive yet ethical response in the media.



Mopane Foundation International Black Tie Fundraising Charity Launch

Date: Saturday 17 October 2015

Venue: The Hilton, Hilton Sheffield, Victoria Quays, Furnival Road S4 7YA

Time: 18.00 – 23.59 pm

For full details mopaneevent_web


Na Ncube, from The Global Native will be speaking about building your wealth and investing. This will be at St Peter’s Church Hall in Portobello Road on the 26th of September – details below. The Global Native is a charity that encourages people to make a difference back home in Zimbabwe by investing in a program called Turning Matabeleland Green which works with rural farmers – see more here.

Date – Saturday 26 September 2015

Time – 5.30pm to 7.00pm

Venue – St. Peter’s Notting Hill
(Meeting in the Hall, not Church)
59a Portobello Road
London, W11 3DB

Bus 52
Nearest Tube – Nottinghill Gate


Leicester: Tuesday 4 August – Friday 14 August 2015

Flyer Leicester


Birmingham: Wednesday 1 July – Friday 10 July 2015

Flyer Bham

Thursday 2 July 2015 – Samphire Ex-Detainee Conference

Venue: Amnesty International UK, The Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA

Time: 12 – 5.30 (refreshments from 4 pm)

`Asylum and Exile: The Hidden Voices of London´ with Bidisha

Wednesday 8th July, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Asylum and Exile is the result of several months of personal outreach to refugees and asylum seekers that goes behind the headlines to reveal the humanity, tragedy, and bravery of the individuals who have left everything behind to seek sanctuary from violence in the UK.

Venue: Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, King´s Cross, London, N1 9DX tel: 020 7837 4473

Stevenage – Saturday 11 July 2015

Bunyan Baptist Church in Stevenage are holding a ‘Zim Night’ on Saturday 11th July where you can experience a taste of Zimbabwean culture, eat together, enjoy music and take part in an exciting auction (other activities still to be announced).

Bunyan Baptist Church is setting up a church link with Kadoma Baptist Church in Zimbabwe. In August a team from Bunyan are going out to visit Kadoma to establish the link, so `Zim Night´ will be a great chance to raise awareness (and funds!) for Bunyan’s projects with the people of Kadoma in their town. Tickets are £5. For more information please contact Dave Martin on

** Enaleni Celebration and AGM
Date – Saturday 6th of June 2015
Venue – Ebor Court, Skinner Street, Leeds, LS1 4ND
Time – 11.00am till 4.00 pm
Contact – 07876 086110
Over a year ago we started issuing shares to invest in Turning Matabeleland Green – and what a year
we have had! Join us in celebrating a year of blessing and hard work, hear about our plans for the
future, and buy shares in TMG! This is an open invitation, and you do not need to be a shareholder
to come and celebrate with us – so bring your friends!
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. Isaiah 60:1

18 June 2015 – Stella Chiweshe – London

Saturday 20 June 2015 – Britain Zimbabwe Society Research Day – Oxford

BZS RD15_programme_update_31May15 – for full details

The Agro-Processing Compliance & Trade World Forum – UK

Millennium Hotel, Mayfair, London – 28-29 May 2015

The meeting addresses several issues geared towards ensuring that local producers of processed food would be complaint in the agro processing food chain, taking into consideration pertinent issues that would allow their products to be accepted on the international market

2015 THEME :Agro Processing Compliance: A catalyst for national prosperity: Becoming competitive domestically, regionally and globally.


  •      Boosting local production
  •      Sustaining economic growth and development
  •      Rapid socio-economic transformation

The forum details are attached and tickets listed on eventbrite –

Torture Bus Slide

Note: Oxford House will be closed on Monday 4 May 2015

Oxford House Opening Times. Monday to Friday 9am to 10pm. Weekend 10am to 2pm … London E2 6HG

Reception Phone: 020 7739 9001. Email:  …


National Churches Refugee Conference  

Date: Saturday 21 March 2015

Time: 11.00 – 3.30 pm

Venue: Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants, Cross Street, London N1 2BG

2015 CRN Conference programme-booking form-1

Shalom Update  – St. Peter’s Church, Nottinghill, Kensington Park Road, London, W11 2PN

Saturday 7th March 2015 3.00pm to 5.00pm

Join us for an update and prayer for Shalom Campsite and Ebenezer Agricultural College where the Turning Matabeleland Green program is hosted. Everyone welcome.


Boi Boi is Dead is written by Zodwa Nyoni, a Leeds-based playwright, poet

and performer. It’s set in Bulawayo and tells the story of the family left
behind following the death of Boi Boi, a ‘legendary’ Afro-jazz trumpeter.

Performances start at West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds 14 February and
continue until 7 March. Here is the link:’s-on/2015/boi-boi-is-dead/

The show then moves to Watford Palace Theatre for a run from 18-28 March.

The trailer for the production is here:

Bristol – Friday 6 March 2015 – Ending Asylum Destitution Conference 2015 Invitation

Dr Heike Schmidt: Obi Igwara Memorial Lecture at LSE on Wednesday 4 March 2015 on new research about Zimbabwean nationalism , see details below:

lse – poster

Parliamentary Meeting to discuss the current situation in Zimbabwe

Date and time: 4 – 6 pm on Monday 19th January 2015
Venue: Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House. Bridge Street, London SW1A 2LW

Map Link:
Nearest Station: Westminster

The meeting has been arranged by Alok Sharma, MP for Reading West at the request of the Reading branch of the Zimbabwe Vigil’s sister organisation Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe (ROHRZ). It is an open meeting for
all Zimbabweans and a chance to discuss Zimbabwean issues with UK MPs.

We suggest you arrive early (around 3.30 pm) so you can clear security by the start of the meeting

2014 – EVENTS

Saturday 5 December – Birmingham

Zimbabwe Association – Annual General Meeting – Saturday 1 November 2014

Venue: Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London E2 6HG

Time: 5.30 – 9.00 pm

6 September 2014 – Right to Remain Annual Conference, see link for details