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Dash Cafés

Dash Cafe

Dash Café: The Cosmonaut's Party, April 2014

Dash Cafés are events featuring conversation, live performance, film and music that have run monthly since 2010, featuring over 700 leading artists, academics and journalists to audiences of over 10,000. Dash Cafés are a deeper exploration of the extraordinary and often lesser known ideas, films, books, music or performance that emerge through Dash Arts’ international research with experts in their fields along with the diaspora communities in the UK.

A shopfront for Dash Arts: cross-disciplinary, international, and carefully walking a fine balance between professional production and informally participative; asking difficult questions, confronting generalisation, and searching for new insights through brilliant artists and open conversation with audiences. Follow the links below to read about the over 80 cafes we have held since 2010.

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Upcoming Events

Dash Cafés are open to all, but please book in advance on Eventbrite

Songs of the Migrant Worker

Wed 23 January | 7.30pm | Pay What You Can
Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

Kicking off 2019, we look at Europe through the eyes of its migrant workers. We’ll be joined by Berlin-based German-Turkish novelist Imran Ayata and artist, director and composer Bülent Kullukçu, co-curators of Songs of Gastarbeiter, which features music by guest workers and pays tribute to the cultural contribution made by the first wave of migrants to Germany.

We’ll also delve into the legacy of the Windrush Generation with poet Hannah Lowe and Artistic Director of Windrush 70 Zerritha Brown, and explore its impact on contemporary UK culture with conversation, music and a DJ set.

With support from the Goethe-Institut London.

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Destination Europe

Wed 27 February | 7.30pm | Pay What You Can
Rich Mix
35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

Continuing our exploration of migration to Europe and its impact, February’s Dash Café focuses on questions of contemporary European identity. We’ll premiere short films by the phenomenal Swedish actress and filmmaker Bahar Pars, who alongside Nanna Blondell, starring in one of the shorts, actor, writer and translator Houda Echouafni, and Tom Green of Counterpoints Arts will delve into European migration today – is their experience different to previous generations, and what defines a European identity for artists and migrants born outside of it? 

With support from the Embassy of Sweden in London.

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Previous Events

Beats From A Vanished World

5 December 2018 | Rich Mix, London | FREE

Our last Dash Café of 2018 explored Jewish culture in Lithuania and traced the impact left by disappearing European cultures. Collaborating with our partners, Lithuanian Art and Culture in the UK and Lietuvos Respublikos Ambasada Londone / Lithuanian Embassy in London's Litvak Days, we explored specifically how Lithuania’s almost entirely lost Jewish community continues to inspire contemporary culture today. There was film and conversation from Paulina Pukyte, artist and curator of the 2017 Kaunas Biennial on the (im)possibility of memorials, and Ben Lunn - Composer and Conductor, on the impact of Jewish composers on Lithuanian music, and the wonderful Dj collective Baltic Balkan wrapped up 2018 in a frenetic dance whirlwind of Balkan Beats, gypsy punk and klezmer.

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The Myths of Europe

24 October 2018 | Rich Mix, London | FREE

The rape of Europa, 12 gold stars and Turks at the gates of Vienna...Behind the present lies the past and behind the past lie the myths. In our October Café we looked beyond nations, politics, culture, history, and geography to explore the legends and stories that gave us our sense of Europe today. Illuminating conversation and surprising music, all delivered with the usual Dash Arts swagger. The event featured special guests Timothy Garton Ash, Katie Ebner-Landy and Margherita Laera and musical guests Bonnendis

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Art on the Brink of Brexit

26 September 2018 | Rich Mix, London  | FREE

Kicking off the autumn series, our Café in September focused on UK-based international artists and Brexit. We explored their current work and what impact Brexit is having on their practice and their relationship to Europe featuring theatre-maker, producer and dramaturg Miriam Sherwood, ThereThere theatre and performance artist and writer Bojana Janković, stand-up comedian and co-founder of EE Com Fest Victor Pătrășcan. The evening included excerpts of music and performance from Miriam Sherwood’s autobiographical contemporary cabaret piece “Rendezvous in Bratislava”.

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27 June 2018 | Rich Mix, London | FREE

Our Café in June explored the impact of the independence movement and increased attention on the complex Catalan political situation on contemporary art and identity in Barcelona today. Artists, filmmakers and academics joined us in conversation, including Barcelona-born actor Bea Segura, Camera Catalonia (Cambridge Film Festival) curator Ramon Lamarca, photographer Pau Ros and Professor Duncan Wheeler, Chair of Spanish Studies at the University of Leeds. We also screened award-winning short film Los Desheredados by Laura Ferres. 

Sámi - First Nation Culture in Northern Europe

23 May 2018 | Rich Mix, London | FREE

Joined by Sami artists, activists and musicians, explored contemporary Sámi culture, a growing awareness of Sámi first nation culture across the Nordic countries and the complexities of these relationships and their impact on the cultural and environmental landscape today. Finnish Sámi musician Hildá Länsman from Utsjoki and musician & Helsinki-based sound designer Tuomas Norvio created ethereal soundscapes over thick and sampled electronic beats. We were also joined by Nilla Lansman and academic and writer Neil Kent (author of The Sámi Peoples of the North) for an evening of conversation, art and performance. We thank the Finnish Institute in London for their support and award of the TelepART Mobility Support grant.

Europe's Kitchen Table

25 April 2018 | Rich Mix, London | FREE

Together with Italian chef and cookery expert Silvia Nacamulli and Tallinn-born food writer and anthropologist Katrina Kollegaeva, we explored heritage, recipes and food stories. We also tasted the delicious food our fantastic chefs prepared. Our in-house accordion and fiddle duo, Josh Middleton and Favid Lasserson, brought us live Parisian hot-club jazz and East European klezmer music.

Broadcasting Live from the Prague Spring

28 March 2018 | Rich Mix, London | FREE

In partnership with the Czech Centre London, our March café honoured the remarkable bravery and tenacity of Czech Radio and its journalists throughout the Prague Spring of 1968, and particularly during the Soviet invasion that ended it in August of that year. We explored the stories through conversation, film and sound recordings featuring radio journalists from the time, film-makers and activists focusing on the power of media to ferment protest back in 1968 and still today. The event was kicked off by sound artists Langham Research Centre who used a selection of Czech radio broadcasts and other 'sounds' of 1968 to create a new work of modern sounds.


28 February 2018 | Rich Mix, London | FREE

February's cafe featured the screening of Tomasz Wolski’s extraordinary documentary The Palace, about the Palace of Culture and Science - a building both loathed and admired -- and a way into a discussion to explore the physical and cultural impact that communism, followed by 25 years of life in Europe have had on Warsaw today. We’ll be joined by guests including artist Kaja Pawelek and Owen Hatherley, author of the brand-new Trans-Europe Express, a searching, timely account of the condition of contemporary Europe, told through the landscapes of its cities.

Lviv: On the Borders of Europe

24 January 2018 | Rich Mix, London | FREE

For our first café in January, we are bringing into focus Lviv in today’s Ukraine. Joined by academics and artists, amongst others Dr Uilleam Blacker from the School of Slavic and East European Studies, University College London, Philippe Sands, author of City of Lions and East and West Street, artist Asya Gefter and musician Olesya Zdorovetska (creators of multimedia project Fragments of Memory), we will explore the past and present of this city of multiple names and identities  - a city on the cultural and physical borders of Europe throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.