Summer Showcase Late

Fri 21 Jun 2019, 18:30 - 21:00

The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH

Come along to a special after-hours view of the British Academy Summer Showcase. Alongside 15 interactive exhibits, enjoy spoken-word poetry from Jaspreet Kaur, talks by Nikesh Shukla and Nikita Gill, a ‘Neolithic nibbles’ tasting by food historian Tasha Marks of AVM Curiosities, music from Afro-fusion jazz and funk band Nelson & Friends and more. We have something for everyone, so drop in to explore, or simply relax with a cocktail at our robo-cat themed bar.

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Anti-suffrage waxworks
Join performer and suffrage historian Naomi Paxton for a special demonstration of an Edwardian parlour entertainment, featuring six exceedingly life-like figures with hidden clockwork mechanisms inside. Come and be amused by the delightful anti-suffrage waxworks
7:00–7:20pm & 8:00–8:20pm

Period poetry
Join poet and activist Jaspreet Kaur, founder of the Behind the Netra blog and YouTube channel, in a spoken-word exploration of period poverty and stigma.
7:20–7:30pm & 7:45–7:55pm

Reinventing literature
How are writers redefining literature for YA audiences? From fairy tales to political fiction, we ask award-winning author Nikesh Shukla and leading poet Nikita Gill to discuss how reinvention, modern re-tellings and fresh perspectives are empowering a new generation of readers.

Food and drink

‘Cat’ café
Project Soothe is on a mission to find out what kind of photographs help us to relax. So, if you spend hours looking at photos of animals, this robo-cat café is for you! Drink cat-themed cocktails, discuss what photos make you happy, or take a selfie for the project. What meow could you want?

Neolithic nibbles
Channel your inner hunter-gatherer and taste your way back to BCE with our limited-edition prehistoric treats. A taste of history, brought to you by food historian and artist Tasha Marks, founder of AVM Curiosities


Nelson & Friends
Wind down with a performance by London-based Afro-fusion collective Nelson & Friends, serving a soulful blend of native Mozambique music, jazz and funk.

Balamii Radio feat Wussah
Join Wussah, resident Balamii DJ for a very special friday night installment that will bring Peckham-based community radio station to SW1. Balamii broadcasts some of South London's finest young DJs across the world 24/7.

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