The spoils of playing war
28 April 2020
Video games play a key role in sustaining the global military-industrial complex, writes Marzena Zukowska
Making gaming great again
27 April 2020
With pop culture increasingly a political battlefield, Marzena Zukowska asks Carolyn Petit of Feminist Frequency how the left can leverage the momentum of video gaming
Routes to working-class solidarity
19 April 2020
In this second of a two-part series, D Hunter and John-Baptiste Oduor discuss socialism, conservatism and pathways to solidarity within and between working-class communities
Who are ‘the working class’?
17 April 2020
In this first of a two-part series, D Hunter and John-Baptiste Oduor discuss the presence and representation of working-class voices in British culture and politics
Football’s Race Stain
9 December 2019
Racism marred the Manchester derby this weekend. This blemish on the game is an echo of our Prime Minister’s words, says Remi Joseph-Salisbury.
Streaming across borders
4 October 2019
Siobhán McGuirk considers the role of companies like Netflix in widening access to the TV we consume
How television informs our ideas about class
3 October 2019
From Jeremy Kyle to Fleabag, popular television profoundly shapes our ideas about class. It’s time for alternative visions, both behind and on our screens, argues Beth Johnson.
BBC: the case for reform
1 October 2019
Perceptions of bias at the BBC are on the rise. Natalie Fenton, chair of the Media Reform Coalition, puts forward the case for reform.
Film review: Bait and switch
12 September 2019
Alex McDonald reviews new British film Bait, a socially engaged drama that uses lyricism to devastating effect.
Lowkey: Soundtrack to the struggle
10 August 2019
Ashish Ghadiali interviews British-Iraqi rapper Kareem Dennis, aka Lowkey, about viral videos, power in the community, the Grenfell fire and writing lyrics at the cutting edge of political debate
We need to decolonise museums
23 May 2019
Decolonising the museum is a pathway to decolonising society. We must start by providing more honest accounts of our past, says Subhadra Das
Austerity starves our culture
16 May 2019
Museums – and museum workers – have been hit hard by austerity policies and cuts. Clara Paillard outlines some of the key battlegrounds and considers what an alternative cultural policy might look like
24 April 2019
Ewa Jasiewicz reviews the new book by D Hunter
Higher! Further! Faster! More!
19 March 2019
Captain Marvel is Marvel's first blockbuster with a female lead. Miriam Kent asks what we should make of it all these female superheroes taking over the big screen.
Rout and rebellion
15 January 2019
Until the bicentenary neared, generating a successful campaign for a memorial, Peterloo had little purchase on popular memory, writes Tom Hazeldine. Mike Leigh’s new film will help change that.
The Lost Cinemas of Palestine
14 November 2018
Ahmad Al-Bazz documents the steady demolition of Palestine's once-iconic cinemas and picturehouses.
“Utopia is all around us”
7 April 2018
Jonny Gordon-Farleigh of STIR magazine talks to Ruth Potts about the power of utopian thinking in an age of crisis.
Cultural Democracy Now
14 February 2018
A deeper engagement with culture can strengthen our democracy, taking political projects beyond electoral impact and festival memes into a whole new world of radical, lasting change.
It’s time for a cultural renewal of the left
27 January 2018
Andrew Dolan writes that we need to integrate art, music, films and poetry into our movement, creating spaces where political ideas are given further room to breathe.
Working class theatre: Save Our Steel takes the stage
18 September 2017
A new play inspired by Port Talbot’s ‘Save Our Steel’ campaign asks questions about the working class leaders of today. Adam Johannes talks to co-director Rhiannon White about the project, the people and the politics behind it
Real stories with real people: the films of Sanjay Kak
7 September 2017
Dipesh Pandya speaks to documentary film-maker Sanjay Kak, who for 30 years has been working outside the mainstream to tell a story rooted in the struggles of those excluded by India’s militarism and its narrative of neoliberal growth
What is Acid Corbynism?
2 September 2017
Jeremy Gilbert on how radical Labour politics can be inspired by the utopianism of the counterculture
Imagining a future free of oppression
25 August 2017
Writer, artist and organiser Ama Josephine Budge says holding on to our imagination of tomorrow helps create a different understanding today
Neoliberalism: the break-up tour
14 August 2017
Sarah Woods and Andrew Simms ask why, given the trail of destruction it has left, we are still dancing to the neoliberal tune
Interview: Queer British Art
27 July 2017
James O'Nions talks to author Alex Pilcher about the Tate’s Queer British Art exhibition and her book A Queer Little History of Art
Baldwin: Prophet of the Intersectional Oasis
7 April 2017
For the past 3 years, Barby Asante and members of London-based artists' collective, sorryyoufeeluncomfortable, have been responding directly to the vision of James Baldwin. Ahead of the nationwide release of a new film about the American activist and author, they reflect on the enduring relevance of Baldwin in Britain today.
In pictures: designing for change
2 February 2017
Sana Iqbal, the designer behind the identity of The World Transformed festival and the accompanying cover of Red Pepper, talks about the importance of good design