Sunday 29th April 2018 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM @ The Migration Museum, The Workshop, 26 Lambeth High Street, London SE1 7AG
On Sunday 30 April 1978, 80,000 people gathered in Trafalgar Square, and danced their way through the East End to Victoria Park in Hackney for the first big ‘Rock Against Racism Carnival Against the Nazis’. Rock Against Racism (RAR) had emerged in reaction to an alarming rise in racist attacks on the streets, and to oppose support for Neo-Nazi National Front candidates at the ballot box.
The first RAR gig took place in 1976, with black and white musicians performing together, and soon people were organising their own local RAR gigs and clubs throughout the country.
The RAR magazine (‘Temporary Hoarding‘), justly famed for its provocative articles, memorable photos and groundbreaking design, joined the dots between radical politics and culture. Musicians and fans, armed only with imagination, courage and tenacity, gave birth to a movement which inspired a generation.
Fabulous posters, photographs, copies of the RAR fanzine, letters from supporters, leaflets, badges, stickers and other Rock Against Racism artefacts are currently displayed in a major exhibition, ‘No Turning Back’, at the Migration Museum in London.
This exhibition closes on Sunday 29 April 2018, which is by coincidence (almost exactly) the 40th anniversary of the Victoria Park carnival.
At a time when immigration and migrants are again under attack (click here to read my views on the current ‘Windrush Saga’: Social Commentary No. 13 “CHILDREN OF THE WINDRUSH GENERATION – RUSHED OUT OF THE UK”) and racism is surfacing in various ugly forms across Europe, please come along to our special anniversary event to look at the exhibition, see and hear what RAR achieved, discuss how the movement grew and spread across the UK, consider RAR’s legacy, and talk about the forces of cultural resistance today.
Join us on this special 40th anniversary – where you will see, hear, and discuss what Rock Against Racism achieved over the years!
Come along and find out:
- How did the movement grow and spread across the UK?
- How Rock Against Racism inspire people today?
What you can expect?
- Live Acts
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