Let's recover from the pandemic by celebrating wellbeing at our Migrant Connections Festival on Saturday 18th September 2021. Help us make this a reality!
For the last four years, we have been bringing together a wonderful community of people of different backgrounds through practical support, workshops and creative performances. We need your help to carry on supporting this community after a dreadful year with another Migrant Connections Festival.
What are we about?
We believe in a world without borders. We want to create a microcosm of that world through our activities. Therefore, we work to encourage collaboration and understanding between migrants and non-migrants in our space.
We provide a platform for migrants, particularly those with precarious status, facilitating the exchange of experience and culture through creativity and wellbeing, whilst helping to increase people’s knowledge of issues around migration and what they can do to help.
We include everyone in our spaces – enabling people to attend our events and providing translators, childcare facilities, and accessible locations.
The last festival was bigger and better than ever, we catered for around 800 people, serving 400 free meals for lunch and 400 free meals for dinner. We were able to pay £800 in travel expenses for people on low incomes from migrant backgrounds, enabling us to host people from all over the country.
The day programme saw over 20 migrant groups participate, featuring a creative feminist world building session, interactive dance and empowerment session and theatre workshops. We had 3 migrant exhibitions with creations from host of artists and 10 different groups who shared their resources/current work. But that's not all. We had 5 lawyers from Duncan Lewis who offered free legal advice, two hair dressers and even two masseurs!
The night programme featured 16 acts who performed a variety of spoken word, music and dance from many cultures, including Jamaica, Palestine, Colombia and Iran. It also featured a film screening where we showed the work of established artists and up-and-coming young refugee directors.
Diego Ludicissa (Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop)
“Wonderful workshop, wonderful show, wonderful actors, wonderful people… Thank you so much for inviting me to the festival. It was a wonderful experience. I hope that the participants enjoyed it. I loved that we had a chance to show what we developed in the workshop."
The Outside Project
“Guests had a great time yesterday at Migrant Connections Festival. In one of the workshops, one of our guests spoke more words than we have heard in the entire time they have stayed with us. Very important space.”
“Migrant Connections Festival was a breath of fresh air for us. The house is from all over the world and I wish more spaces like Migrant Connections existed.”
This year's festival
This year we are very excited to be partnered with the South London Refugee Association (SLRA) to co-create workshops for the festival centred around health, wellbeing and resisting the New Plan for Migration (a set of government policies that will make life harder for sanctuary seekers).
- The festival will be another day of migrant-led workshops & performances - showcasing arts, music, dance and creativity from the migrant community.
- We will provide a free lunch + dinner, creche facilities & free travel to all migrants & refugees attending.
- We will provide holistic healing - massage therapy, meditation & gardening sessions to nurture and support wellbeing.
- We will host workshops & sessions on: practical support, wellbeing & mental health, effective solidarity, education and housing access, anti-deportation & detention support & action.
TOTAL ESTIMATED SPEND - £6000
Any help to share this Crowdfunder or provide a financial contribution to this goal would be so greatly appreciated. We can't do this without the help of you all.
The Migrant Connections Team