Migrant Connections Festival
Stockwell Centre, 1 Studley Road, SW4 6RA
Doors open at 10:30 am and close at 8:30 pm. Free admission. Travel expenses for people on low incomes from migrant backgrounds.
On April 7th 2018, Migrant Connections Collective will be hosting the second annual Migrant Connections Festival at the Stockwell Centre in south London. The festival will host a series of workshops on practical support and wellbeing, and music and theatre for people from all backgrounds to come along and chat, learn and see something fun.
With over 20 organisations participating, including Liberty, United Voices of the World and Docs Not Cops, there will be a diverse bill of workshops and talks on everything from detention, domestic violence to mental health. There will also be opportunities for people to find out more about services in London for migrants such as free English lessons and legal advice.
For those who need a bit of down-time, there will be two rooms dedicated to wellbeing, where people can take part in yoga and movement activities, and enjoy holistic massage and reiki. Parents can rest easy with active kids’ games and crafts throughout the day for all ages. Displayed on the walls of the venue will be a collection of art installations – including some of the work of Majid Adin, winner of the 2017 Elton John video competition.
From 6pm, the space will transform into a low-lit stage for people from migrant backgrounds to showcase their talents. The evening will include comedy, spoken word, theatre, music, dance from over 20 performers drawing from their own experiences of migration. The festival aims to build and nurture friendships and provide a friendly atmosphere for people to take a break from their daily lives. In turn, this can help fight the social isolation that many migrants face in the UK and foster community and solidarity with all who live here. Founder of Migrant Connections Collective, Sohail Jannesari said: “Britain has become an increasingly unfriendly place for migrants with many facing destitution, hardship and racism. We want to bring communities together in hope and celebration to create the sort of space we’d like to see across the country”.
Migrant Connections Collective was created in 2016 with the aim of empowering the voices of migrants and provide practical tools for those who want to take action to work with and support migrants. Through our educational and creative events, we raise awareness on issues facing migrants and encourage collaboration and understanding between migrants and non-migrants to create meaningful solidarity.