Double Bill: Our Journey from Vietnam to Tower Hamlets and Mukti

Location
Brady Arts Centre 192-196 Hanbury Street London E1 5HU
Category
Bangladesh at 50, Drama, Dance and Performance
Date(s)
Saturday 20th November 2021 (19:30-20:30)
Description
double bill

Community of Refugees presents Our Journey from Vietnam to Tower Hamlets

 

The Community of Refugees from Vietnam will showcase a new short play and dance called Our Journey from Vietnam to Tower Hamlets. This chronicles how refugees escaped from Vietnam by a small fishing boat during the 1980s. It documents how they came to the UK where the community had no connections, and how they navigated a new life in this country.

They would like to introduce Vietnamese culture to residents in Tower Hamlets. The community have resided here for over 40 years and have kept a low profile. They are a small group within the myriad diverse communities of Tower Hamlets. They are keen to tell the wider world that they are here and share their experiences.

Rokeya Project presents Mukti

Mukti tells the stories of the several women who played a huge part in the Liberation War of Bangladesh.  As we celebrate Bangladesh at 50, Mukti reflects upon the ordinary women who took on extraordinary roles. They were both soldiers and civilians. They became victims of war crimes. They sacrificed themselves and their families for their motherland, and so much more. Mukti means freedom, which is what we celebrate today. But some of these women will never be free of their experiences and sufferings. They live to tell their stories as freedom fighters, Birongonas, or just Women. Mukti focuses highlighting and celebrating these unsung heroines including. Many are still regarded as outcasts though they played a pivotal role in the liberation war.

Bangladesh has become independent but what about these women, have they tasted independence?  A cast of Bangladeshi women use the mediums of dance, music, poetry and theatre to tell these true stories. 

 Book your tickets via Eventbrite £10/£8 concessionary

Part of the Freedom and Independence Theatre Festival, in partnership with A Season of Bangla Drama.

About the company 

The Community of Refugees from Vietnam (CRV) was established in 1983. This was to support Vietnamese refugees with settling into east London. They were ethnically both Chinese and Vietnamese.  The majority came from rural backgrounds, with limited formal education. Moving to the UK was a radical change and they struggled to adjust to a new language and culture. CRV have organised a range of different activities and services to support this community.

Rokeya Project is a non-profit initiative. They produce performances and workshops based upon and inspired by the principles of humanist Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain. The company profiles issues of feminism, extremism, global warming and conflict. They aim to raise awareness about how to improve communities and society in the present day.