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From Independence Day to Victory Day, check out a fantastic array of free events to mark this significant anniversary. 

26 March 1971 ushered in the birth of a nation with a declaration of independence for Bangladesh. This marked the beginning of the Bangladesh Liberation War. It culminated in the victory against Pakistan on 16 December 1971.  

We are managing and supporting a range of events throughout the year including talks, exhibitions, public art, storytelling and more.  If you are organising an event to mark the 50th anniversary of the independence of Bangladesh, and would like to be included in our listings page, please contact artsandevents@towerhamlets.gov.uk 

Community projects share a series of personal interpretations of the war of independence and its legacy. Keep an eye on these listing pages as details emerge of this diverse and rolling programme.  

We are delighted that the Bangladesh@50 programme is being launched with a series of events delivered by Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives Team and partners.

Bangladesh 50 Years is a strand of Citizen UK in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The team also have been exploring the connections between the War of Independence in 1971 and the local community here in the East End. 

Grand Union Orchestra have produced 28-minute film to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence by telling the story of the build-up to this event and the war that followed. It does this through the eyes and voices of people involved or caught up in its aftermath, entirely in music and song, by British and Bengali composers, writers and performers.

 

 

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BD50: Tree of Life Narratives - Session one

BD50: Tree of Life Narratives - Session one
Date
15/05/2021 (10:30-16:00)
Location:
Online event
Description
Storytelling is a powerful tool in Bangladeshi culture. The workshop aims to support participants to tell their story in a way that makes them stronger.

BD50: Tree of Life Narratives - Session two

BD50: Tree of Life Narratives - Session two
Date
16/05/2021 (10:30-15:00)
Location:
Online event
Description
Storytelling is a powerful tool in Bangladeshi culture often used to explore family histories. The workshop aims to support participants to tell their story in a way that makes them stronger.

Whose image is it anyway?

Whose image is it anyway?
Date
19/05/2021 (17:00) - 19/06/2021 (18:00)
Location:
Online event
Description
Join photographers Kois Miah and Phil Maxwell alongside Magda Keaney, Senior Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, to discuss the ethics of ownership.

BD50: What next for Bengali archives?

BD50: What next for Bengali archives?
Date
20/05/2021 (18:00-19:30)
Location:
Online event
Description
The last twenty years have seen a surge of interest in British Bengali history and the establishment of Bengali community archives.

My Great Uncle, Ayub Ali Master

My Great Uncle, Ayub Ali Master
Date
29/05/2021 (14:00-16:00)
Location:
Online event
Description
A pioneer of the Bengali East End, Ayub Ali Master opened the Shah Jalal Restaurant and Coffee House in Spitalfields in 1920.

Home, Sweet (Squat) Home: Housing struggles in 1970s Tower Hamlets

Home, Sweet (Squat) Home: Housing struggles in 1970s Tower Hamlets
Date
05/06/2021 (14:00-15:30)
Description
In the1970s, hundreds of Bengali families squatted properties in Tower Hamlets. Discover some of their stories.
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