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PHL in UK: What's On This Spring

From art exhibits to foodie meet-ups, we've got you covered this spring! Tag your best mates along because Philippine culture is best experienced in the company of great friends.

Motions of this Kind
12 April - 22 June 2019
Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Hosted by the Philippine Studies Center, SOAS University of London


A group exhibition featuring the works of 11 contemporary Filipino artists in an examination of the latency of knowledge between Europe and Southeast Asia.  The exhibit charts the historical and contemporary forces linking the Philippines with other key spheres of global power. 

Motions Of This Kind
 has been initiated and generously sponsored by Mercedes Zobel, partner of Outset Contemporary Art Fund, with support from Philippine Studies, SOAS, and The Office of Senator Loren Legarda. The initiative has been made possible by the kind assistance of The British Council, The British Academy, The Department of Anthropology at University College London, Gasworks, The Delfina Foundation, and Philippine Airlines.

Informal Empire: Philippine-British Entanglements until the 19th Century

12 April - 22 June 2019
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Late night Thursday until 8:00 p.m.
Foyle Special Collections Gallery
SOAS University of London
Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0XG
Hosted by the Philippine Studies Center, SOAS University of London


History books tell us that the British occupied Manila for two years in the 18th century.  However, Philippine-British interactions stretch as far back as the 16th century.  Informal Empire: Philippine-British Entanglements Until the 19th Century sheds light on the ties that bind the Philippines and Great Britain together--beyond sugar and cloth.

Art in the Philippines | Eisa Jocson and Yason Banal
08 April 2019
Doors from 6:30 p.m.
Talk starts at 7:00 p.m.
ArtReview Bar, 1 Honduras St, London, EC1Y 0TH
Hosted by ArtReview

FREE ADMISSION (rsvp@artreview.com)

Manila-based artists Eisa Jocscon and Yason Banal will discuss
the changing face of the contemporary art scene in the Philippines with ArtReview Asia’s editor-in-chief Mark Rappolt. The talk will anticipate the opening of Motions Of This Kind: Propositions & Problems of Belatedness at SOAS’s Brunei Gallery (12 April – 22 June), London, a group show of artists from the Philippines.

Jocson’s work explores body politics as manifested in the service and entertainment industries. Banal works in a range of media to explore the associations and refractions between seemingly diverse systems of knowledge.

Motions of this Kind: Colloqium
12 April 2019
09:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wolfstone Lecture Theatre
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Hosted by SOAS University of London


Take part in a day of talks, roundtables, and lecture performances with the artists, curators and invited academics and speakers behind Motions of This Kind.

Motions of this Kind is a two-day interdisciplinary colloquium and performance programme taking place alongside an attendant exhibition of the same name, the first institutional exhibition in the UK dedicated to recent contemporary art practices from the Philippines.

War is a Tender Thing
15 April 2019
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Genesis Cinema
93-95 Mile End Road
London E1 4UJ
Hosted by Filikino

Mindanao, southern Philippines: a war has been waging for over half a century between Muslims and Christians over claims to ancestral land. A government land resettlement program from the 1930’s saw the relocation of Christian settlers from Luzon, the country’s largest island and the seat of government power, to its southernmost islands of Mindanao, displacing its Muslim and indigenous populations. Over the past fifty years, government forces and Muslim cessationists have come together, fighting and attempting peace in equal measure.

In her documentary film, War Is A Tender Thing (2013), director Jaja Arumpac traces the history of this conflict through her personal family history. Interviewing members of her family, she uncovers stories of struggle, survival, betrayal and violence.

“I am Muslim. I am Christian. How does one retell the story of a war so firmly entrenched in the quotidian it has become the norm? How does one redefine a war through one’s kin, one’s skin? One begins with what one holds dearest. I begin at home.”Director Jaja Arumpac will be there to interact with the audience after the screening.

ASEAN Film Festival
21 to 25 May 2019
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Hosted by the ASEAN London Committee in
 collaboration with the SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies


(Due to limited seating, tickets are required.  Tickets will be available on Eventbrite from 15th April)

Join us for a week-long festival showcasing South East Asian contemporary feature films from each of the ten member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN): Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, London Committee (ALC) in collaboration with the SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies, has put together a programme of recently released, critically-acclaimed studio films for the general viewing public. All films are subtitled in English.

Screening events will be followed by Q and As and a reception.

Supper Club, Baboy Club
8 April 2018
The Social, 5 Little Portland St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7JD

Supper Club, Food with Mae
26 April 2019, 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
24 May 2019, 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Drink Do Shop, 9 Caledonian Road, King's Cross, London N1 9DX

Supper Club, Adobros
27 April 2019
(Location to be disclosed upon confirmation of booking)

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