Culture Matters is pleased to support the international, one-day conference on the October Revolution organised by the Russian Revolution Centenary Committee, which takes place in London on 4 November 2017. The full programme has been announced and includes sessions on:
An introduction to the history of the Russian Revolution
The impact of Russian revolutionary politics on British society and the labour movement
International perspectives on the contemporary relevance of the Russian Revolution
The art and cinema of the Revolution.
Tosh McDonald – President, ASLEF
Andrew Murray – Chief of Staff, Unite the Union.
Mike Wayne – academic, educationalist, filmmaker, activist and cultural theorist.Professor in Screen Media, Brunel University.
Sarah Badcock – historian of Imperial and revolutionary Russia, author ‘A prison without walls? Eastern Siberian exile in the last years of Tsarism’
Mary Davis – women’s and labour movement historian, author ‘Sylvia Pankhurst: A Life in Radical Politics’, founder Sylvia Pankhurst Memorial Committee
Aleida Guevara – paediatrician, Cuban revolutionary, Angolan medical mission veteran, and daughter of Che Guevara
David Lane – leading academic and writer on USSR, state socialism, Marxism and class
Christine Lindey – pioneering art historian, Morning Star arts critic, author ‘Art in the Cold War: from Vladivostok to Kalamazoo’
Richard Leonard, MSP – Labour Party’s frontbench spokesperson on the economy in the Scottish Parliament
Vijay Prashad – historian, editor LeftWord Books, author ‘No Free Left: The Futures of Indian Communism’
Brinda Karat – MP for West Bengal Communist Party of India (Marxist), former student activist and trade union organiser, leading Indian women’s movement activist
Teresita Vicente de Sotalongo – Cuban Ambassador in London
Adrian Weir – labour movement historian, Asst Chief of Staff, Unite
Johanna Scheringer-Wright – MP for Thuringia and German Left Party (Die Linke) member
Vyacheslav Tetekin – veteran of Soviet solidarity with African liberation movements, former MP Russian Duma CP of Russian Federation, member of editorial board of Sovetskaya Rossiya (Soviet Russia)
Full details and tickets are available from: Russian Revolution Centenary Conference
Spark - A Festival of Revolutionary Film
As part of the centenary, the programme includes a film festival, which takes place at two of London's most renowned independent cinemas: the Phoenix and the Rio. It features classics of early Soviet cinema by Pudovkin, Eisenstein and Vertov. Beatty’s Reds will also be shown as a unique and daring Hollywood film about the Revolution.
Film's potential as a tool to explain and win support for the Revolution was recognised early on by young communist filmmakers. One hundred years on, this festival celebrates the lasting international impact of Soviet cinema.
Screenings take place on eight consecutive Sundays from 24 September. Ticket are just £10/8 and can be purchased through the host cinemas. Full listings can be found on the Russian Revolution Centenary Committee's website: Spark Film Festival. A preview of the festival by John Green is available here: Spark Illuminates Russian Revolution
Chris Guiton is a project manager, writer and Co-managing editor of Culture Matters.