MAP Studio Cafe, London


Art? Or Politics? It’s a riot…

  • Date: 17th September 2017
  • Time: 16:00
  • Location: Music, Poetry, Debate
  • Venue: Art? Or Politics? It’s a riot...

Art? Or Politics? It’s a riot…’ is a monthly event exploring ideas a little and entertaining a lot.

Each event has a particular focus, from the role of art in politics, to migration and women’s issues. The idea is to have some serious fun, both looking at major issues and how they effect artists and also providing a platform for artists – and ordinary folk – to engage with ideas. This will be a curated, hosted event which features brief contributions lasting up to about seven minutes, but possibly as short as 30 seconds. The contributions will be varied, and will feature some high class music from professional performers and poets, but it also allows space for anyone to simply share ideas and make their voice heard. The brevity of the spots, and the continuous curation means that professional performers can mix easily with novices.

Contributions are invited from anyone interested, whether it’s to perform a song or poem or just to briefly tell a personal story, express an opinion or relate an interesting nugget. Anyone wishing to contribute should contact John Farndon in advance at

Hosted by author, playwright, poet and songwriter John FarndonThis free-wheeling event, will feature many varied and talented individuals including:

Russian accordionist and singer Igor Outkine toured with top folk groups in Russia before joining in London with violinist Sarah Harrison to perform gypsy and Russian songs as Mazaika. Igor sings ‘Dark Eyes’ in the film ‘Eastern Promises’ and appeared with Marc Almond (Shepherd’s Bush Empire) and Antonio Forcione (Edinburgh festival).

Singer Anthony Cable has performed both in major opera houses in France with Montserrat Caballe, Jose Carreras and others, and in the West End in everything from ‘Phantom’ to ‘The Sound of Music‘. His one man show about Jacques Brel received great acclaim. He is a prize winning story writer and poet.

Doors 3.30. Tickets £5
Or call for tickets– 0207 916 0545

Future events:
15th October
19th November
17th December