There is a palpable sense of frustration and powerlessness within the city, and it is something that arguably unites all Londoners. The festival provided an opportunity to debate, question and ultimately shift systems and dynamics of power within the capital.
Following the recent tragic events that have taken place in London we need new types of community more than ever.We must find resilience and hope amongst each other in turbulent and dark times.
With 20+ sessions and 30+ partners (ranging from the GLA, to Alternative UK, to Poet in the City, to The Calthorpe Project, to Seoul Metropolitan Government, The Webb Memorial Trust), both local and international, the festival offered a wealth and variety of experiences, perspectives and new collaborations.
The key themes that emerged were: belonging/identity, empowerment and collaboration.