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The School of Modern Languages, in collaboration with The Byre Theatre, offers an exciting programme of events related to the literature, film and cultures of the world. Our Byre World programme showcases some of the research being carried out by the School of Modern Languages and brings together artists, filmmakers, writers and academics. All events are open to university staff and students and the general public.

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Coming up:

Byre theatre4 October 2017, 7pm

‘Casting Race on Stage and Screen’
An evening with Dr Julia Prest (University of St Andrews), actor Satya Bhabha and Mezzo Soprano Andrea Baker

18 October 2017, 7pm

’Shakespeare out of England’
An evening with Professor Jarios Kangira (University of Namibia)

25 October 2017, 7pm

‘Burns and Hafez’
A cultural dialogue between the Scottish Bard and 14th-century Iranian poet Hafez with live music, singing and poetry

1 November 2017, 7pm

‘Africa on Film’ event
(Details TBC)

15 November 2017, 7pm

‘Representations of the Holocaust in Eastern Bloc cinema’
Film screening of Jacob the Liar (dir. Frank Beyer, 1974)) with introduction by Prof Seán Allen (University of St Andrews) and post-screening discussion

Recent event:

28 January 2017 7pm: Soccer My Saviour - Film screening and Q+A

This is the story of Eric Eugene Murangwa, a Soccer player who, since surviving the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, has dedicated his life to promoting peace and reconciliation through the sport that saved his life. Eric recounts the special relationship he shared with his teammates, a bond that withstood the horrors of one of the worst atrocities in human history.

We will be joined by Eric Murangwa, and director Kyri Evangelou, who will discuss the film in a Q+A directly after the screening.

Byre World Programme (Word, 14 KB) - October-December 2016

Byre World Programme (Sept - Dec 2015)

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