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Rich Mix exhibition & event 2015

The Ottomans returned to London!

The Book of Travels reopened in Rich Mix, Shoreditch from Thurs 3rd December 2015 - Sun 3rd January 2016. More info at: richmix.org.uk/whats-on/event/the-book-of-travels/

Find out more information about how schools can get involved here.


As part of the exhibition we held an event:

REBELS! Rethinking 'radical' - lessons in dissent

Wednesday 9th December, 2-4pm at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA

Government policies such as Prevent are shutting down freedom of thought and freedom of speech. Muslim communities remain under surveillance and are stigmatised on a daily basis, while many opportunities to think critically are being curbed. 

This event explored why we need radical thinking more than ever, learning from Ottoman and English rebels, and how different forms of dissent play a practical role in shaping and changing societies. 


  • How can unheard or alternatives narratives and stories be a form of dissent? Are there different forms of rebellion? - A conversation with renowned historians and academics Caroline Finkel and Martin Rose, Islington councillor Caroline Russell and Dr. Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor, research fellow in faith and education, on how preventing critical thinking halts exchange between societies, referencing historical and present-day examples
  • Can puppetry challenge power? - School pupils from Walthamstow in partnership with artist and puppeteer Ellyn Stokes perform their own short pieces in the style of Karagoz shadow puppetry
  • Why did coffee help bring about revolutions? - Actor and storyteller Alia Alzougbi of HEC Global Learning takes on different characters to tell the story

Click here for a photo gallery. 

Photos by Amena Amer


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Read more about The Book of Travels on display in East London, December 2015