Power and belonging
What connects us as human beings and what it means to belong?
The shadow of the EU referendum still loomed, whilst the General Election of the week before, as well as the Grenfell tower disaster provided an environment for discussion about change and power within the capital. There was a palpable sense of frustration and powerlessness within the city and we wanted to create space to talk about things that matters to ordinary people.
Through this edition, we wanted to show that there is more that connects us as human being, than there is that divides us. With 800 participants taking part in 19 events events over the course of 3 days, we promoted stories of resilience and hope amongst each other in the turbulent and dark times London has faced post-tragic events.
The festival provided an opportunity to share our lived experiences with each other, debate, question and challenge ourselves to think and act differently. We invited old and new friends to talk about what makes us feel at home, wherever and whatever home is, exploring identity, language and culture. Two of the key areas of discussion that came out in every session over the course of the three days were: power and belonging.