A Celebration of Capoeira (FREE EVENT)

An evening of film, discussion and capoeira performance


Location: The Lucas Lecture Theatre  (Room S-2.18) in the second basement of the Strand Building, Strand Campus, King’s College London
Date & Time: Friday 22 November 2013 (18:00-21:00)

To celebrate Brazil’s “O Dia da Consciencia Negra” (Black Awareness Day) on the 20th of November, Roberta Mallows (Brazilian Language and Culture teacher at King’s College London and soon-to-be graduate of the MA Brazil in Global Perspective) and the Brazil Institute invite you to spend an evening immersed in one of the most significant legacies of the African diaspora in Brazil: capoeira


18:00 Showing of the film “Besouro” (dir João Daniel Tikhomiroff) with English subtitles. The film “Besouro”, directed by João Daniel Tikhomiroff, is based on the life of a legendary capoeira fighter from Bahia, Besouro. The story is set in the 19th century just after Abolition and shows the oppression of the black population and their struggle for freedom using capoeira as a form of resistance. It was filmed in the beautiful historical re

gion of Reconcavo Baiano, in the state of Bahia, and the stunning scenery and the capoeira fighting scenes are second to none. Deborah Young, film critic of The Hollywood Reporter film review, has said about it: “The entertaining “Besouro” is a rare martial arts film that has an engrossing story to tell and a social point to make.” (Oct. 2010)

19:30 Comments about the film, capoeira and Q&A with Brazilian academics and capoeira specialists based in the UK Jorge Goia, Frances Lima Goodingham and Brisa Amazonas.

20:30 Capoeira players give a demonstration of their artistry to the sound of capoeira music.

Language Buddies

campus-inside-students22224x1352The Modern Language Centre (MLC) is organising a second ‘Language Buddies’ event at the Open Learning Centre on Wednesday 6 February 4-6pm.

This event is organised for those students/staff who are enrolled on Language and Communication Skills online courses in French/German/Italian/Spanish and on the Arabic Listening and Pronunciation Skills online course. The aim is to foster face-to-face communication for the self-study students and to encourage learning communities.

The event includes two short presentation about King’s social net work Kinship, at 4:30pm and 5:30pm.

OLC Term 2 Workshops

classroom2The Open Learning Centre is hosting a series of Term 2 workshops: “How to make the most of your language courses“.

The workshops last about 30 minutes and will address general questions relevant to most languages and learners. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions afterwards.


  • 30 January: ‘Vocabulary’
  • 27 February: ‘Listening and Speaking’

Time: 17:00 – 17:45

Location: The Open Learning Centre

No booking necessary – just turn up.

For more information, please visit OLC website.

Continue at King’s

artshumsThe Marketing Department at King’s is organising a ‘Continue at King’s’ event, aimed at final year Undergraduate and Postgraduate students across all Strand schools. The event will encourage  students to stay on at King’s and undertake Postgraduate or Research-based study, and also to consider programmes in Schools other than those they’ve been based in up until now.

The event it taking place on Wednesday, 12th December 2012 in the Great Hall in King’s Building.

12:30 Stalls open to students
13:00 Welcome from the Graduate School
13:30 How to write a research proposal – EJS (for those interested in PGR programmes)
14:00 Programme specific talks
17:00 Close

Current students, Student Ambassadors and alumni will be present in the Great Hall to chat to potential Postgraduate students and there will be some Christmas catering available.

To register for ‘Continue at King’s’ please complete the Online Booking Form. More information can be found on King’s website.

Language Buddies event



If you are enrolled on one of the online Language and Communication Skills courses in French/German/Italian/Spanish you are invited to our first ‘Language Buddies’ event this year. You will be able to meet other learners of ‘your’ language, share your language learning experiences, find a tandem partner and discover ways of communicating with other students – in real life or via social media.

Join us at the Open Language Centre in the first basement of Strand Campus (K -1.072) on Tuesday 4 December from 4-6pm.

Felicitas Hoppe, Buechner Prize Winner 2012 – Public Reading at KCL, Dec 3rd

hoppeThe German Department at King’s College London, the German Department at University College London, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) are delighted to invite you to a public reading by Felicitas Hoppe, winner of the Buechner Prize 2012, the most prestigious award in German literature.

Public Reading by Felicitas Hoppe, Buechner Prize Winner 2012

Monday, December 3rd, 18.30

King’s College London

Strand Campus, Strand Building

Room S-2.08

Celebrated in the press as a “genius” (Frankfurter Allgemeine) and author of “the most beautiful and most intelligent prose in Germany” (Denis Scheck, ARD), Felicitas Hoppe will read from her latest novel, entitled HOPPE. In this piece of quasi-autobiographical fiction, Hoppe plays a textual game that weaves together layers of realism, biography and aesthetic invention: “An artistic self-image of radical romanticism, unchallenged in contemporary literature” (Spiegel).

The reading will be held in German. Everyone is welcome! Entry is free.

For more information and updates on this event, please visit German Department Events page and King’s website.

The London Korean Film Festival, 1 – 16 November 2012

Flag of South KoreaThe 7th London Korean Film Festival is taking place between 1st and 16th November 2012. The festival opens with a European premiere of one of the biggest Korean films in the last ten years, ‘The Thieves’, at Odeon West End. Both the director (Choi  Dong-hoon) and a lead actor (Kim Yoon-suk) will be coming over to attend the screening.  The festival will run in London until 10th November. Then a selection of films will be touring around the UK.

Everything from big, box office hits, to smallest of independents will be shown at venues across London during the festival.  Among the line-up, there are comedies, historical and contemporary dramas, short films and several films about K-pop. Other highlights of the festival include: ‘I Am The King’, ‘As One Korea’, ‘Masquerade’ and ‘I AM: SMTown’.

For more information about the festival, schedule and booking information, please visit The London Korean Film Festival website.

Metamorphoses and Languages

As part of the Arts and Humanities Festival 2012 the Modern Language Centre, in collaboration with colleagues from the Department of German, the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies and the India Institute, will explore the treatment of themes of transformation and metamorphosis in German, Hindi and Latin American Literature and performing arts.

All events take place in the Council Room K2.29 Strand Campus King’s College London.

To book, go to our booking page

The three events in the series are:

Spanish and Latin American – 16 October 2012
18.00 – 18.30: Metamorphoses of myth and language in contemporary Spanish theatre and Madrid in motion: la movida’s cultural renewal in post Franco Spain (presented by Charlotte Fereday and Maite Usoz de la Fuente)
18.30 – 19.00: Nierka (presented by Tupac Martir)

German – 17 October 2012
18.00 – 19.00: “The Electric Alphabet: Notes Towards a Dictionary Of The Universe” by Jeremy D. Adler (presented by Emeritus Professor Jeremy D. Adler)

Hindi – 18 October 2012
18.00 – 18.30: The practices of Courtship and the Arts of seduction (presented by Dr Seema Anand)
18.30 – 19.00: The metamorphosis of different languages into a shared expression of respect and care within the family and in society at large

Arts & Humanities Festival 2012: Metamorphoses

The School of Arts & Humanities at King’s launches its annual Arts & Humanities Festival in October, which this year explores the theme of Metamorphoses: Transformations and Conversions.

A wide array of talks, performances, exhibitions and much more will be open to the public from 13 – 27 October, showcasing the far-ranging expertise in the School through a diverse programme of over fifty events.

Please visit A&H Festival website for more details.

King’s Distinguished Lecture Series

The Rise of the BRICs: Restructuring the Global Order?         

For the third panel in our Distinguished Lecture Series 2011-2, the speakers are:

            Ambassador Shyam Saran (FICCI-India Institute Visiting Fellow)

            Professor Alfredo Valladão (Sciences Po)

            Professor Yongjin Zhang (University of Bristol)

            The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A and drinks reception.

When: Wednesday 9 May 2012 between 18:30-20:00

Where: Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor King’s Building, Strand Campus, London, WC2R 2LS

How: All welcome – no need to book, just turn up

The Distinguished Lecture Series is arranged by the King’s Brazil Institute, King’s India Institute and Lau China Institute, and is organised into three panel sessions across the 2011-12 academic year.