The Cable Street Group celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street on Sunday 2 October 2011 at Wilton's Music Hall, Grace's Alley E1 8JB from 12noon to 10pm. Admission Free.
Programme (pdf 2MB download)
One of those attending the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street was veteran Harold Rosen. He made the point that the further the event receded into history, the larger the commemorations seemed to grow. The current series of events during the 75th anniversary prove him correct.
The story of the Battle has been told time and time again because we find in it a resonance with continuing struggles in Britain and elsewhere. Different people from all over the world have identified with the spirit of the East Enders who saw off Mosley and his Blackshirts through their solidarity and a shared ideal.
Each subsequent generation have discovered a new facet of the events of the day and those leading up to it. There are still veterans here to tell us about it and to encourage newer voices to interpret their experience in word and image and song.
Presented by the Cable Street Group & Alternative Arts
WILTON’S MUSIC HALL 020 7702 9555
1 Graces Alley E1 8JB www.wiltons.org.uk
Aldgate and Aldgate East tube, Shadwell station
SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER 2011 12noon-10pm Admission Free
A programme of events and exhibitions to celebrate and commemorate the Battle of Cable Street and the continuous struggle against racism, fascism and all forms of hate crime.
12noon – 6pm
STALLS all along Graces Alley by campaigning groups, local organisations and supporters with street theatre and music by La Columna, The Lost Marbles, The Fairly Fresh Fish Co, Klezmania and The Cockney Awkestra.
PROTEST & SURVIVE
Exhibition specially commissioned by the Cable Street Group with photography documenting the actual Battle of Cable Street on 4 October 1936, posters from the Spanish Civil War, images by Phil Maxwell recording the past 25 years of protest against racial discrimination and portraits of the diverse communities of the East End today by documentary photographers Mauro Bottaro, Kalin Coromina, Ned Dyke-Coomes, Zane Mellupe, Lydia Polzer, Ben Speck and Neil White.
This exhibition was first shown at the 70th Anniversary celebrations on Sunday 8 October 2006.
‘Protest and Survive’ will be transferred from Wilton’s to the Tower Hamlets Local History Library during October and exhibited as part of Photomonth East London – International Photography Festival. www.photomonth.org
GRAND UNION YOUTH ORCHESTRA OF EAST LONDON
Specially commissioned concert by a group of 30 diverse talented young musicians who play an amazing range of instruments under the leadership of Tony Haynes, director of the Grand Union Orchestra. Immersed in elements of music that span the globe this ensemble is outfitted with instruments from all cultures, blending Indian ragas and Turkish melodies with Latin rhythms and African drumming, a pinch of Jazz and European harmony.
BOOK LAUNCH and Reception attended by Cable Street veterans Max Levitas, Beattie Orwell and Bill Fishman.
Five Leaves is publishing or republishing five books to celebrate the 75th Anniversary.
Originally published by The Cable Street Group as a pamphlet, now being published as a small book.
A reprint of a long-forgotten novel by Frank Griffin, with a new introduction by Andy Croft, an expert on the literature of the period.
David Rosenberg’s new book on Jewish responses to home-grown fascism in the 1930s.
A new title by local author Roger Mills bringing the history of Cable Street up to date and covering everything from the Maltese gangs of the 1950s to films based around Cable Street such as To Sir, With Love and Tunde’s Film.
There will be readings and signings followed by a panel discussion about relevant literature of the 1930s and beyond. All the books will be on sale directly from the publisher and the authors present will be available to sign copies. www.fiveleaves.co.uk
REBELS IN THE 1930s – working class writers
A panel discussion with Andy Croft author of Red Letter Days, Ken Worpole author of Dockers and Detectives, Mary Joannou author of Ladies, Please Don’t Smash These Windows: Women’s Writing, Feminism and Social Change 1918-1938 and chaired by Ross Bradshaw of Five Leaves Publications.
SONG & DANCE
With Sandra Kerr, Leon Rosselson and Udichi Shilpi Gosthi.
SUNDAY NIGHT AT WILTON’S MUSIC HALL
The Cable Street Group proudly presents ‘They Shall Not Pass’.
A star spangled evening presenting a great variety of performers in a show celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street with poets, singers, choirs, comics and bands including Billy Bragg, Shappi Khorsandi, Michael Rosen, Ninia Benjamin, Ignacio Lozano & Jesus Olmedo, Raised Voices and The Men They Couldn’t Hang (acoustic).
Programme subject to alteration and addition.
Produced by Alternative Arts for The Cable Street Group www.alternativearts.co.uk
AND MORE EVENTS celebrating and commemorating the Battle of Cable Street.
230 Bishopsgate EC2M 4QH
020 7392 9200 www.bishopsgate.org.uk
Saturday 1 October 11am
ANTI-FASCIST FOOTPRINTS: A walk through the 1930s East End from Gardiners Corner to Cable Street Led by David Rosenberg this walking tour tells the story of the Battle of Cable Street which took place on 4 October 1936, 75 years ago. It explains how and why Sir Oswald Mosley’s fascists targeted the East End and retraces the steps of the Jewish and non-Jewish people of the East End who joined forces to resist Mosley’s attempt to set them against each other. Duration of walk approx 2 hours. Tickets £8/£6 concs. Booking essential.
Wednesday 23 November 7.30pm
PROTEST AND RADICALISM in Bishopsgate Library
Library tour by Stefan Dickers. Free admission. Advance booking required
Tuesday 13 December 7.30pm
THE JEWISH EAST END in the Radical 1930s
Talk by Rachel Lichtenstein and Ken Worpole
Tickets £8/£6 concs. Booking advisable.
CABLE STREET 75
Sunday 2 October
THEY DID NOT PASS! 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street.
March and Rally Assemble 11.30am Aldgate East (junction of Braham Street and Leman Street) Rally 1pm in the recreation ground behind St George’s Town Hall, Cable Street E1.
On 4 October 1936 the people of London’s East End took to the streets and stopped Oswald Mosley’s fascist Blackshirts from marching through its then largely Jewish district.
Come and join the march and rally to remember that historic victory and to send a powerful message of unity against the forces of fascism, racism and anti-semitism today. Then celebrate our diversity at Wilton’s Music Hall with a day of cultural activity.
5 Caledonian Road N1 9DX www.housmans.com
Wednesday 5 October 7pm
CABLE STREET THEN and NOW David Rosenberg (Jewish Socialist Group) author of Battle For The East End and Roger Mills (Cable Street Group) author of Everything Happens in Cable Street discuss their new books, just published by Five Leaves Publications, in the context of the current anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street. £3 on door, redeemable against purchases on the night.
INTERNATIONAL BRIGADES MEMORIAL TRUST
Keeping alive the memory and spirit of the men and women who volunteered to defend democracy in Spain from 1936 to 1939.
Friday 30 September
EDINBURGH TO CABLE STREET cycle ride 2011
The National Clarion Cycling Club 1895 (NCC) start their ride on 19 September to mark the 75th anniversary of the International Brigades and the Battle of Cable Street. They will arrive in Cable Street at the IB memorial plaque on the wall of St George’s Town Hall on Friday 30 September (at 5pm approx) at the start of activities in London including the IBMT’s AGM and the commemoration of the Battle of Cable Street in which many future Brigaders took part, along with NCC members.
NO PASARAN! From Cable Street to Spain 7.30pm
Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley E1 8JB. An IBMT evening of poetry, music, drama and films.
Saturday 1 October
INTERNATIONAL BRIGADES MEMORIAL TRUST Annual General Meeting at Unite the Union, 128 Theobalds Road WC1X 8TN. More information from email@example.com www.international-brigades.org.uk
INTERNATIONAL BRIGADES 75th anniversary fund raising Gala 7.30pm New Red Lion Theatre, 271-273 City Road EC1V 1LA with poet Jackie Kay, writer Jeanette Winterson, and featuring Call Mr Robeson, a one-man show from Tayo Aliko who dramatically revives the songs and speeches of the great Paul Robeson, one of the Spanish Republic’s strongest supporters and inspirational anti-fascist. Plus special guests. Tickets with or without paella supper at www.philosophyfootball.com
JEWISH EAST END CULTURAL SOCIETY (JEECS)
Sunday 25 September 10.30am
SEMINAR – The Battle of Cable Street and the International Brigade
St George’s Town Hall, Cable Street E1
JEECS will be commemorating the 75th anniversary of these two iconic events with a whole day of talks by well known historians including Dr Cesarani and Richard Baxwell.
There will also be a screening of a documentary on the Battle of Cable Street commissioned by JEECS. £30 (£25 members of JEECS) includes beigel lunch. Booking recommended 07941 367882 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 2 October
WALK – The Battle of Cable Street 2pm Tower Hill tube Clive Bettington discusses the events of the iconic battle and whether some of the myths that have arisen are true. £10 (£8 mems of JEECS) Booking essential. 07941 367882 / email@example.com
Tuesday 4 October
WALK – The Battle of Cable Street 11am Tower Hill tube
Clive Bettington discusses the events of the iconic battle and whether some of the myths that have arisen are true. £10 (£8 mems of JEECS) Booking essential
07941 367882 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert Street, NW1 7NB
020 7284 7384 www.jewishmuseum.org.uk
Thursday 6 October 7pm
IMAGES OF RESISTANCE – 1936 in Film An evening screening of The Battle of Cable Street and No Pasaran by Yoav Segal and Madrid before Hanita by Eran Torbina with Spain and Cable Street veterans + Q&A. £10 inc free entry to galleries.
Sunday 9 October 11am
FAMILY WALK: How the East End was won with tour guide David Rosenberg £15 for adult + child, £6 for any additional group member. Meeting point provided when booking.
Monday 10 October 7pm
FIGHTING FOR A BETTER PAST: the story of Cable Street Join Professor Tony Kushner Dr Nadia Valman and David Rosenberg in discussion about the place Cable Street has taken in our collective memory. Chaired by David Fieldman. Free with museum admission.
Sunday 16 October 3pm
BERNARD KOPS: Battle of Cable Street In conversation with Ross Bradshaw of Five Leaves Publications. Kops will read from his short play and other works. Followed by Q&A.
£10 including free entry to the galleries.
Tuesday 18 October 7pm
75 YEARS ON: The British Far Right Today
Journalists James Montague (Sunday Times) Rebecca Taylor (Time Out) and Nick Lowles (Searchlight) discuss activism, nationalism and political memory. £10 inc free entry to galleries.
Wednesday 26 October 7pm
THE REAR-VIEW MIRROR: Art and remembering Public art often provokes hostility and, as in the case of the famous Cable Street mural, is often subject to attacks. This illustrated talk based on the exhibition about the mural at Studio 1:1 Gallery will reflect on these issues. £10 inc free entry to galleries.
Thursday 27 October 7pm
GOODBYE BARCELONA Set during the Spanish Civil War, this original musical by Judith Johnson and Karl Lewkowicz tells the story of Sam, who left London to join the International Bridgades and fight Franco’s Fascists. Staged reading with live music. Directed by Karen Rabinowitz. £15 inc free entry to the galleries.
MARX MEMORIAL LIBRARY
37A Clerkenwell Green EC1R ODU
020 7253 1485 www.marx-memoriallibrary.org
26 September – 7 October
EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS by International Brigader Clive Branson and his daughter Rosa Branson.
57a Redchurch Street E2 7DJ 07952 986696
Wed-Sun 12noon – 6pm
15 September – 2 October + 3 & 4 October, the anniversary of the Battle.
RESTORING THE PAST: The Cable Street Mural Today
The mural is a major piece of political public art, and allowing for periodic damage by the elements and political opponents, its completion effectively took fifteen years. The exhibition will chart this history, with preparatory drawings, photographs from the past and the present, and a commemorative booklet. Featuring the work of artists David Binnington who began the project in 1976 and Paul Butler, Desmond Rochfort and Ray Walker who completed it. Photography by David Hoffman.
77-82 Whitechapel High Street E1 7QX
www.whitechapelgallery.org 020 7522 7888
Sunday 9 October 3pm FREE
THE BATTLE OF CABLE STREET MURAL
Meet in the entrance to Shadwell Overground Station.
To mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street, Whitechapel Gallery Archivist Gary Haines introduces the iconic Cable Street Mural painted on the west wall of St George’s Town Hall, Cable Street E1 by artists David Binnington, Paul Butler, Desmond Rochfort and Ray Walker. Booking essential.
Thursday 27 October 7pm FREE
DISCUSSION IN THE SUDY STUDIO
Paul Butler, one of the four artists who worked on the famous Cable Street mural which is currently being restored, discusses the work with Michael Keenan Director of the Studio 1:1 Gallery where Butler’s preparatory sketches for the mural will be exhibited from 15 September to 4 October.
WILTON’S MUSIC HALL
I Graces Alley E1 8JB
www.wiltons.org.uk 020 7702 9555
Wilton’s Music Hall is sandwiched between Cable Street and the little known Grace’s Alley. From Friday 30 September to Tuesday 4 October the building will be alive with free concerts, recordings, screenings, exhibitions, performances and much more to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street on 4 October 1936. Please visit the website for more information.
Friday 30 September 7.30pm
NO PASARAN! From Cable Street to Spain. An International Brigades Memorial Trust presentation of drama, music, poetry and film about the Spanish Civil War.
Saturday 1 October 7.30pm FREE
THE KREUTZER QUARTET present ‘1936’
Britten-Suite Op6, Varese-Density 2.15, Joseph Horovitz-Dybbuk Melody, Poulenc-Violin Sonata (in memoriam Lorca), Michael Alec Rose – New Work, Artur Lourie – Le Flute a travers le violin, Hindemith.-Trauermusik (in memoriam George V)
1936 was a marked watershed in all the arts. Franco’s militia executed Lorca, Charlie Chaplin released Modern Times’, Margaret Mitchell’s ‘Gone with the Wind’ won the Pullitzer Prize, and the Berg Violin Concerto was premiered in Barcelona. In London George V died, and the Crystal palace burned down. This concert provides a frame for the Cable Street events at Wilton’s – extraordinary music for extraordinary times.
Sunday 2 October
75th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF CABLE STREET
12noon – 10pm. Admission FREE.
A programme of events and exhibitions presented by the Cable Street Group and produced by Alternative Arts to celebrate and commemorate the Battle of Cable Street and the continuous struggle against racism, fascism and all forms of hate crime.
See main programme for details and visit www.battleofcablestreet.org.uk for more information.
Tuesday 4 October 7.30pm FREE
FROM CABLE STREET TO BRICK LANE
Special preview of a new film made by Phil Maxwell and Hazuan Hashim
An independent feature length documentary dealing with the fight against racism and fascism in the East End of London. The film explores how different communities came together in the 1930s, 1970s, and 1990s to challenge racism and intolerance, focussing on two iconic East London Streets – Cable Street and Brick Lane.
Programme subject to alteration and addition.
Produced by Alternative Arts for The Cable Street Group www.alternativearts.co.uk
The Cable St group are raising funds to present a great free event to commemorate the Battle of Cable Street and celebrate the 75th Anniversary. Please donate £5 or more and you will receive a special invitation.
BILLY BRAGG, SHAPPI KHORSANDI, MIKE ROSEN will all be appearing at Wiltons Music Hall in support of the 75th anniversary. Visit the Anniversary page to find out more and view the whole programme.
HOPE NOT HATE
Please sign the petition at www.hopenothate.org.uk
and read the article by Nick Lowles published in Searchlight/July 2011