DINNER WITH A SIDE ORDER OF REVOLUTION

Join us for the next Kitchen Revolution supper club – an intimate evening of dinner, debate and dissent, curated by Belarus Free Theatre.

On Wednesday 6 June, Belarus Free Theatre and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London will host a special Kitchen Revolution supper club.

Part of the Arts in Mind Festival, the evening’s discussions will be along the theme ‘Mental health and trauma: what can we do to support refugees?’  It will be chaired by Natalia Kaliada, co-founder and Artistic Director of Belarus Free Theatre, and Dr Stephani Hatch of King’s College London.

The speakers will be the IoPPN's Sohail Jannesari, who is currently researching the impact of the UK asylum process on mental health, and Majid Adin, a filmmaker, a writer and an artist who was forced to flee his home in Iran because he criticised the government on his blog. 

Last year, Majid won a global competition run by Elton John and YouTube to create the first-ever music video for the 1972 hit 'Rocket Man.'  His beautifully animated video interprets the iconic song as the story of a refugee separated from his family as he journeys across the Middle East and Europe in hope of a better life in the UK.  It has now bee watched over 15 million times. You can view the video here.

Arts in Mind is a week-long celebration of innovative collaborations between academics at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and the creative and cultural sector. It will include a variety of exhibitions, performances, screenings and workshops.

Kitchen Revolution is a series of evenings that combine supper and secrecy, all served with a dash of sedition. Guests will enjoy a feast of home-cooked Soviet food and wine, served at a secret location in SE15.

In the dark days of the Soviet Union, dissidents and intellectuals would gather in each other’s homes to talk, argue and dream about one thing – freedom. These whispered conversations, which would have been deemed treasonous if held in public, ultimately coalesced into actions that helped overthrow the repressive Soviet system. This was nicknamed the ‘kitchen revolution’.

Decades later and a world away, Britain’s hard-won freedoms are being eroded, as too many of us sink into political apathy, and a stultifying conservatism envelops the creative arts. It’s time for a new and more public kitchen revolution, time to turn up the volume on the kitchen table whispers of the past, and to encourage everyone to consider how artists should respond when democracy comes under threat.

Natalia Kaliada said: “I spent my childhood under the Soviet regime, and I still remember my parents' kitchen reverberating with the fierce whispers of dissent. Even when everything is suppressed, it is very difficult to crush that human desire to keep talking, to keep challenging lies, defending truth, and hoping for change. With Kitchen Revolution, we want to remind people how precious and important the freedom to speak really is, and to look at how we might start translating words into real action.”

Belarus Free Theatre presents Kitchen Revolution 

Theme: 'Mental health & trauma: what can we do to support refugees?'

Date: Wednesday 6 June 2018.

Time: 19:00 – 22:00

Location: SE15. Guests will be given a meeting point, from where you'll will be escorted to the secret venue.

Price:

£30 including a Belarusian feast, home cooked to our family recipes and complimentary wine. 

£0: limited free tickets are available for refugees and asylum seekers – please contact [email protected] to arrange.

Please let us know if you have any allergies or special access requirements, by emailing [email protected].

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