By Cat Looby.
Theatre Delicatessen have curated a week-long festival from 17th to 24th June, at the Old Library in Camberwell, to celebrate Refugee Week 2017. The festival programme will include numerous theatre performances, dance, live music, discussion panels, participatory workshops, family activities and much more.
What does it mean to be at home? How do conceptions of home change for migrants and refugees? What issues are faced by refugees, abroad and in London? What does a community of diverse backgrounds, homes, and stories look, sound and feel like? All of these questions and more will be the focus of the @HOME Festival.
The festival will centre around the voices of refugees and migrants within the Southwark community, and is designed to bring together performers, families and community members, to raise awareness, build community, and spread stories in need of telling. Throughout the week, Theatre Delicatessen will showcase art works by refugees and asylum seekers in partnership with the Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers. All events are free and open to the public, with a suggested optional donation at the door.
The week will begin with The Refugee Crisis is a Human Crisis, an afternoon of discussion and films chaired by Giles Fraser, followed by the theatre show Scratch Night of Home, featuring five new short, non-traditional and audience-immersive performances inspired by true stories. On Tuesday, Worklight Theatre will bring their award-winning show Labels to the space, speaking on the experiences of mixed heritage and the boxes society puts upon people. On Wednesday, performed by musicians and actors, Crew for Calais will presented their show Still Waiting on the moving stories of refugees in French and Greek refugee camps. On Friday, there will be an evening of dance performance by the professional flamenco dancer Cristina Celli. On the final Saturday of the festival (24th June), there will be various family activities available, including portrait drawing and theatre workshops. Following these, there will be an open table for regional cuisines and stories, and a storytelling performance centered on the tragic but incredible life of the Olympic Somali runner Samia Omar. Closing the day, and the entire festival, the Old Library will host a party with live music from around the world and a DJ set of global artists that invites all to listen, dance and interact. And watch this space for more diverse, moving and unique performances and events!
@HOME Festival seeks to celebrate Refugee Week through an arts experience that includes and speaks to the local community in Southwark and the wider artistic London community, and to highlight stories and issues of Human Rights that are ever important in today’s climate, both locally and globally. The performances will immerse the audience in the stories and experiences brought forward, hoping to facilitate dialogue, interaction, and inclusion of all voices, stories and people.
Southwark Refugee Response & Theatre Delicatessen are proud to present the @HOME Festival in partnership with Southwark Refugee and Migrant Project, Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers, Southwark Refugee Communities Forum, Southward Law Centre, and Stand Up To Racism South London.
All events are free and open to the public, with a suggested £5 donation at the door. Attendees are encouraged to book ahead via the links below. Most performances begin at 7:30pm, though more detailed times can be found at Theatre Delicatessen’s website.
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Twitter handle: @HOMEfestLON