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Of all the lines included in this collection - a collection which spans almost 20 years, from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s - the one that for me most tellingly sums up The Last Poets comes from the chorus to Suliaman El Hadi's Blessed Are Those Who Struggle: 'Bet­ter to die for a noble cause than to live and die a slave'.  A recurring theme in the Poets' work is expressed in the celebrat­ory Ho Chi Minh, where the frail guerrilla leader…


Created : Friday, January 13, 2017 - 16:46
Updated : Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:09


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This was the first of two visits by the iconic group The Last Poets to the Blackie - the 2nd being in 1988 as part of the Blackie's 20th Birthday Celebrations. The Last Poets since their inception in 1968 have had various line-ups. Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin and Suliman El-Hadi  have worked and recorded together under the name The Last Poets since the early 70s. A review of their work by Chris May can be accessed by clicking here. They also…


Created : Friday, January 13, 2017 - 14:44
Updated : Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 22:50


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Created : Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 11:06
Updated : Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 21:13


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 The seeds of creativity - what are the conditions for their growth?" On February 6th 1985, about 50 people attended a talk on cultural policy by Dr Jurgen Marten, Head of the Research Institute for Cultural Policy in the German Democratic Republic Ministry of Culture.  Dr Marten had particular responsibility for the theoretical basis of culture, and for the infrastructure of the GDR's Ministry of Culture and its organisations through their…


Created : Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 12:30
Updated : Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 07:11


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The Birds Works came out of The Flower Works, originally a Gallery Game played in staff games sessions and then played with young people in playschemes both at the Blackie and on tour. The basis of the game remained the same, players were given coloured paper and a range of material relating to a specific area of activity or place (bike parts, office items etc.) and with this material a they made a bird on the coloured paper.  On tour the …


Created : Monday, September 16, 2013 - 19:37
Updated : Monday, March 23, 2020 - 10:59


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