‘We Touched the Sky’: the new online educational resource, freely available HERE, NOW

copy-Chile-40-Years-On-LogoSmall1Learn about the Chilean experience, via video interviews with exiled Chileans living in Britain. They tell their life stories, from their initial inspiration as Allende and Popular Unity came to power in 1970, the extraordinary achievements they were part of, and their personal experiences in the run-up to, and on the day of the military coup (Sept 11th 1973) and its aftermath.

Four Chileans with widely different experiences tell of the euphoria of being part of huge social advances, the repression they suffered, the solidarity they received, and their arrival in Britain to make new lives as exiles and activists.

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Languages of Head, Heart and Home: The meaning of exile

546158_106592812812462_969625856_nMy name is Jasmine Gideon I am an academic researcher based in the Dept of Geography at Birkbeck, University of London and have previously worked with first generation Chilean exiles in the UK looking at questions of health and well-being. Based on some of the responses I received while doing this work I felt it would be useful to extend the project to subsequent generations of Chileans in the UK.

Through focusing on language ability in Spanish and English we are trying to understand the ways in which this impacts on the transmission of trauma from one generation to the next, how this impacts on well-being and what it means to be an exile – neither from ‘here’ nor ‘there’.

This is an online questionnaire that can be accessed via the following link.


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Completada en Sheffield en apoyo al proyecto Insomnia de Valparaíso

Completada en la casa del Berna & Ester, Domingo 2 de Julio desde las 13.00 hasta tarde! Dire: 17 Phillimore Rd, Darnall, S9 5EB SuprerTram Medowhall, Estación Arena. 19424291_10155177429147819_5013058009906024635_n

ESTE Domingo 2 de Julio se realizará la completada en beneficio del proyecto Insomnia Alternativa de Cine de Valparaíso, una sala de cine independiente, y sin fines de lucro, que exhibe películas en el Teatro Condell de Valparaíso. El proyecto sufrió un robo del equipo de sonido y proyección, de un valor de 10 millones de $ chilenos, en el mes de abril recién pasado. En este proyecto participa activamente nuestro amigo y ex estudiante de la Universidad de Sheffield, Alejandro Torres.  Alejandro, como casi la totalidad de los estudiantes becados chilenos, compartió con nosotros durante el año que duró su Magister en dicha universidad.

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‘Momentos’. A theatre play about the personal journey of 3 Chilean political refugees. Liverpool

HO DocAt the Unity theatre. Liverpool

Dates: Thu 6 – Fri 7 Jul
Times: 8:00pm
Prices: £10 | £8 Conc
Charges: 50p card transaction | £1 postage

Online booking: Here

Venue: Unity One

Ana’s husband was taken by security forces and became one of the disappeared; she lives a life between reality and fantasy which he inhabits with her. Pedro was arrested in 1973 and taken to a concentration camp in the north of Chile; his journey to retrace his past and face his demons takes him back to the place, where he was incarcerated. Miguel came as a young boy with his parents; he reconnects with his roots as an adult and questions his identity as he struggles between his adopted country and the place of his birth. This is a powerful representation of a deeply moving story that takes you on a journey of struggle, hope, fear and determination, highlighting critical moments that changed a nation.

Written by Francisco Carrasco; this new theatre piece incorporates theatre, storytelling, live music, movement and multi-media as well as songs from the Chilean popular song movement of the time.

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‘We touched the sky‘ . Learn about the Chilean experience, via video interviews with exiled Chileans living in Britain.

¡Por una Reparación Digna y Justa!



Estado de la gestión de rescate del mural en la Leeds Student Union (actualizado 08.06.2017)

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El día 6 abril Mario Álvarez Fuentes, estudiante PhD en la Uni de Leeds descubre el mural que había permanecido oculto tras paneles cerca de 30 años.

Los planos de remodelación de la Student Union indicaban que en dicho espacio se construirían oficinas por lo que es mural se volvería a cubrir después de asegurar en ella un tabique divisorio. Las perforaciones en la esquina superior derecha sobre la figura de la mujer trabajadora, se habían hecho para acomodar unos ductos de ventilación.

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¡Por una Reparación Digna!


‘A Hidden History of the Cuban Revolution’. Book presentation



The Cuban revolution is almost universally understood as the victory of a guerrilla army, in which workers and their organisations were passive onlookers.

In ‘A Hidden History of the Cuban Revolution: How the Working Class Shaped the Guerrillas Victory’ published in 2016, Stephen Cushion turns conventional wisdom on its head and argues that the Cuban working class played a much more decisive role in the Revolution’s outcome than previously understood.

Monday 5th June, 19.30 at The Red Deer, Pitt St, Sheffield


See here for a review



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