Colonial Hangover exhibition explores the legacy of Empire

Posted on 19 July 2018

A free photographic exhibition created by researchers from the University of Warwick is being featured at the Belgrade Theatre this month to coincide with the return of the Coventry Belgrade Mela on Saturday 21 July.

Put together by the Department of Politics and International Studies, the Colonial Hangover exhibition explores the legacy of the British Empire, and how it has continued to shape people’s everyday lived experiences long after it was formally disbanded.

Showcasing the academic research of Dr Aya Nassar, Dr Marijn Nieuwenhuis and Dr Lisa Tilley, the exhibition will be accompanied by a free talk from Professor Mathew Watson and Shahnaz Akhter at this Saturday’s event.

Taking place at 1pm, the talk will take the form of a Q&A, examining colonial legacies and encouraging participants to share their own stories of Partition and Windrush. It will be followed immediately by The Migrant’s Tale, a spoken word piece by Nikita Shah speaking to the experiences of three generations of one family, spanning across Kenya, India and the UK.

Other events taking place as part of our Belgrade Mela include Dhol drumming sessions, Bollywood and Fusion dance workshops, and opportunities to try your hand at calligraphy or learn a few words in another language. In the café visitors can also enjoy a tasty Afternoon Chai, a South Asian twist on a traditional British favourite.

More information about the Belgrade Mela is available here. For full details of the Afternoon Chai menu, click here.