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DASH CAFÉ: Odessa - a city of rogues and schnorrers

Wednesday 22 February
Main Space

In a nutshell

Isaac Babel's Odessa through Live Music, Film, Stories and Conversation

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Delve into the Odessa depicted by writer Isaac Babel.  Explore his tales of the dark underbelly of the city, filled with gangsters, prostitutes, beggars and smugglers and everyday Jewish life. Our Café will include the first part of Michale Boganim’s documentary Odessa Odessa (2005) which captures the former yiddish stars of Odessa living out their last days in deep poverty in the crumbling city, readings from the Boris Dralyuk’s new translation of Babel’s Odessa stories published this year by Pushkin Press and songs from Russian / Yiddish maestro Polina Shepherd and choir.

Since May 2010, we have hosted monthly free Dash Cafés featuring live music, film, performance, readings and discussion at venues across London. Dash Cafés are intimate and informal: a chance to encounter new ideas, surprising perspectives and unusual artists who shed new light on the regions in which we work.

Our cafés work will bring an explosion of music, theatre, performance, film and art throughout 2017, offering a unique artistic experience of the Soviet and post-Soviet story in the centenary year of the Russian Revolution. REVOLUTION17 is the culmination of a five year programme of free and ticketed events across the UK with artists from across the Soviet States. REVOLUTION17 will explode with new perspectives, extraordinary artists and challenging ideas, presenting a season of vibrant and urgent performance from the turbulent Soviet century.

What to Expect

Live music, film, readings and conversation.


'Work of profound worldwide significance awakening us to new styles, beliefs and voices' - Toronto Star


'Rich Mix is an important cultural centre for the development of arts and performance in London particularly those addressing the complexities of Eastern European culture and the post-Soviet space.'



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Things you should know

This event is suitable for ages 16+

This event is wheelchair accessible.