Join us for Kitchen Revolution – an intimate evening of dinner, debate and dissent, curated by Belarus Free Theatre

In the dark days of Soviet Russia, dissidents and intellectuals would meet in each other’s homes to talk, argue and dream about one thing – freedom. Their whispered conversations, which would have been deemed treasonous if held in public, were nicknamed the “Kitchen Revolution”.


The friction between public repression and private freedom frequently sparked moments of creative brilliance, and ultimately coalesced into the overthrow of the creaking Soviet system.


Decades later and a world away, many of us in the U.K are wondering how best to repair a society fragmented by divisions of wealth, race and religion, in an increasingly unstable political landscape.


At Belarus Free Theatre, we believe it’s to turn up the volume on the kitchen table whispers of the past: time for a new and more public Kitchen Revolution. This summer we’re hosting a series of events that recreate the heady atmosphere – and home cooking – of the Soviet-era kitchen, and we invite you to join us.


Responding to recent political events, our second evening will focus on human rights in Northern Ireland, looking at the progress of LGBTQI rights, the campaign for marriage equality, and the movement for abortion rights both north and south of the border, and the future of these rights in the UK in light of recent political developments.


Hosted at an undisclosed location by Belarus Free Theatre’s Artistic Directors Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin, it will feature food for the soul – made to our home-cooked family recipes – as well as food for the mind.


Conversations will be provoked by representatives from Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A., a direct action feminist performance group best known for ‘knicker-bombing’ the then Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, political commentator and director of Knock the Vote (North Ireland's campaign for Yes Equality during the Republic of Ireland's marriage referendum) Jordan Whiteand guided by Soviet-born British journalist, author and TV producer, Peter Pomerantsev.  Diners will be more than just passive observers, but active participants in an invigorating evening of debate that will leave them energised and engaged.


It will be a true Kitchen Revolution with one important difference – those who attend won’t just want to talk about it the next day, they will be warmly encouraged to do so!


“If we are to change our world view, images have to change.” Vaclav Havel

Belarus Free Theatre presents Kitchen Revolution 

Theme: What does the future hold for LGBTQI and abortion rights in Northern Ireland and the UK?

Date: Tuesday 4 July 2017

Time: 19:00 – 22:00

Location: King's Cross, WC1. Guests will be given a meeting point, from where you'll will be escorted to the secret venue.

Price: £45 per head.  Under 25?  We have a limited number of £25 tickets available.   Tickets include a three-course dinner of fine Belarusian cuisine, home cooked to our family recipes, and complimentary wine.

Please let us know if you have any allergies or special access requirements, by emailing info@belarusfreetheatre.com.

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