The Friday Arts Diary

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

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Spoken Word/Poetry

Southbank Centre, SE1, Celebrating Enitharmon Press, 21 March
Stars of the British literary scene Simon Armitage, Carol Ann Duffy, Helen Dunmore, Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley gather to read poetry in celebration of Enitharmon's 45 year history of independent publishing.

 

Film

London, Various Venues, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, 21 March - 30 March
This year's festival looks at economic inequalities and the effects of the downturn across the globe. Highlights include an exclusive preview of 5 Broken Cameras (21 March) which offers a rare glimpse into the turbulent life within a Palestinian village, and the UK premiere of The Island President (22 March), the story of the former President of the Maldives.

 

Exhibitions

V&A, SW7, Island Stories: Fifty Years of Photography in Britain, until 19 September
Work from the V&A archives is brought together to tell a variety of stories which explore British culture. The photographers represented include Maurice Broomfield, Elsbeth Juda and Roger Mayne.

 

Theatre

The Maria Young Vic, SE1, After Miss Julie, until 14 April

Patrick Marber's 2003 adaptation of Strindberg's classic is brought back to the stage, setting Miss Julie's breakdown amidst the 1945 election. Starring Natalie Dormer and directed by Natalie Abrahami.

 

Music

Guildhall School of Music and Drama, EC2Y, Guildhall Jazz Festival: Improvised Music Night, 21 March
This free event features two of Europe's finest improvisational singers, Phil Minton and Maggie Nicholls, alongside students from the Guildhall School of Music.

 

Art/Talk

The Human Rights Action Centre, EC2A, Satirising the Syrian State: An Evening with Ali Ferzat, 22 March

The lauded Syrian political cartoonist, and recipient of the 2011 Press Freedom Prize for his fearless representations of corrupt authoritarians, presents and discusses a selection of his works at this free Amnesty-hosted event.