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8th annual George Brown Commemoration Weekend in Co Kilkenny includes wreath-laying and tree-planting, talks by Harry Owens, Conor McCabe, Davy Kettlys and Tom McDonnell and music from Graiguenamanagh Brass Band: www.georgebrowninistioge.com.

 

Marking the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany, the Belfast-based International Brigade Commemoration Committee is organising a talk by Dr Connal Parr (Oxford University) ‘The Battle for the Future: Spain’s Ongoing Civil War’ from 11am-1pm at Unite, 26-34 Antrim Rd, BT15 2AA; and from from 7.30pm at the Sunflower pub, Union St, BT1 2JG ‘A Time of Heroes: Songs of the International Brigades’, £5.

Will Chislett talks about Arturo Barea (author of ‘The Forging of a Rebel’ and Spanish Republican exile) at the Oxford Literary Festival in the Divinity School of the Bodleian Library (Broad Street, OX1 3BG)

2pm-3pm in the Function Room, Laing Art Gallery, Bridge St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AG: ‘Picasso’s Weeping Woman in Context’, talk by Barbara Morden (author and art historian); £2; part of the exhibition ‘Conscience and Conflict: British Artists and the Spanish Civil War’ (see above), which is at the Laing Art Gallery until 7 June; www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing-art-gallery

6pm-late, Laing Art Gallery, Bridge St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AG: ‘Ink & drink’: celebrate Spanish art and culture with live music, talks, demonstrations and create your own artwork; £10; includes entry on the day to the exhibition ‘Conscience and Conflict: British Artists and the Spanish Civil War’ (see above), which is at the Laing Art Gallery until 7 June; www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing-art-g

2pm-3.45pm in the Function Room, Laing Art Gallery, Bridge St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AG: ‘To Make the People Smile Again’,  BBC radio drama/documentary on the Spanish Civil War and the British contingent of the International Brigades, including interviews with survivors, plus talks by drama producer Steve Chambers (University of Northumbria) and Martin Ellis (Zymurgy Publishing); free; part of the exhibition ‘Conscience and Conflict: British Artists

2pm-3pm in the Function Room, Laing Art Gallery, Bridge St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AG: Ysanne Holt (Professor of Art History, University of Northumbria ), talks about ‘Visual Culture and Class: Britain in the 1930s’; £2 (students free); part of the exhibition ‘Conscience and Conflict: British Artists and the Spanish Civil War’ (see above), which is at the Laing Art Gallery until 7 June; www.twmus

International conference organised by the KFSR German International Brigades memorial association on the theme “Spanish fighters and guerrilleros in the fight against fascism after the end of the Spanish war” (www.internacionalismo21.org/wp) More information here: 

The Marx Memorial Library (37a Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU) opens its doors for May Day tours from 10am; among its many historic artefacts is the oldest surviving banner of the British Battalion in Spain. www.marx-memorial-library.org

Dr Lewis Mates (Durham University) talks about the International Brigade volunteers from the North-East; 6.30pm-7.30pm at Newcastle City Library, Charles Avison Building, 33 New Bridge St West, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AG. To book a place, phone Newcastle City Library on 0191 277 4100 or visit www.newcastle.gov.uk/libraryeven

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