Forthcoming events from rukus!

Rukus! has a busy calendar of forthcoming events. In addition to the Black History Month event ‘Lambeth’s Black Queer Pulse‘, here are the details of two forthcoming workshops. Title: Open Space 2 Location: Museum of London, London Wall, EC2Y 5HN Description: From rukus!

An event to explore and share the histories of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities connected to Soho and the West End. OPEN SPACE 2 aims to uncover Soho and the West End’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans histories.

We want to learn more about individuals, events, activists, scientists, artists, dancers and musicians who have visited Soho from the early 19th Century up to the present day. This will be an ideal opportunity for you to share your knowledge, stories and memories – bring photos, newspaper articles, books if you have them. OPEN SPACE 2 is the second part of a unique collaborative project between Kairos in Soho and Ajamu X, photographer, and co- founder of the rukus! Black LGBT Archive. If you are interested in this project and would like to know more about this ground-breaking project, please feel free to contact Ajamu X or David Spence or telephone the office on 020 7437 6063 Claire Andrews and Ajamu XThe first part of this project saw Ajamu X interview lesbian activist Claire Andrews, recording some of her inspiring contributions to the LGBT community. Excerpts of the interview will be available on the website soon. It is hope that the histories gathered from this project will enhance current archive materials and highlight the important contributions of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic LGBT people.

Start Time: 14:00 Date: 2008-10-19 End Time: 17:00 Title: Personal Archives for Beginners: Workshop series led by Ajamu from rukus! Location: Positive East, Stepney Green, 159 Mile End Road, E1 4AQ Description: The workshops are free, and are open to gay and bisexual men of all ethnic backgrounds, regardless of HIV status. From Workshops on Thursdays

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Map your own history by revisiting some of the letters, photographs, stubs, journals and other memorabilia you’ve saved over the years. The workshop will encourage you to explore your lived history in stimulating, exciting and unusual ways. You’ll learn how to work with collage, photos, oral testimonies, walking tours, scrapbooks and memory boxes and whatever it takes to create your own personal (or family and community) archive for posterity.

Start Time: 18:30 Date: 2008-10-23 (first workshop) End Time: 21:00

UPDATE Rukus press release for event on 21 October .

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