Inspired by Ben Lewis' excellent documentary 'Hammer and Tickle' the Dash Cafe will show choice scenes and jokes from the film and explore why humour and art more generally was so scary for the authorities in the Soviet Union, on Feb. 5, 2014.

Hosted by Dash Arts Artistic Director Josephine Burton, Ben will talk a little about his research and journeys across the FSU region and eastern bloc in pursuit of punch-lines and history, writer and comedian David Schneider will share suppressive soviet insights from his forthcoming play 'Making Stalin Laugh' and Natalia Koliada, artistic director of the Belarus Free Theatre, will reveal how soviet-style artistic censorship continues today in contemporary Belarus.

Entry to the Dash Cafe is free, but do email sophie@dasharts.org.uk to reserve the place.

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