Moving Lines at Stour Space: Challenging our understanding of “home”

Moving Lines at Stour Space

Moving Lines at Stour Space - Credit: Archant

Moving Lines runs at the Hackney Wick 3pm-1am on December 17

Home is a simple concept for a lot of people: maybe it’s where you grew up, or maybe it’s where you live now. Perhaps it’s time to think about it in a different way, especially as the world goes through dramatic and irreversible shifts, causing the uprooting of millions.

Volunteer-led project Moving Lines is challenging our understanding of “home” with a day of cultural exchange at Stour Space on December 17 around that theme.

Moving Lines has the aim to introduce Londoners, both new and old, to refugee issues and cultural diversity, raising funds for those who need it.

The day sees the coming together of art, film, music and food in the Hackney Wick space. Grassroots charity Help Refugees exhibit photography, local artists show their work on the theme of “home” and there’s a documentary and short film screening with international filmmakers.

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Participate in workshops such as dance and movement with Elina Akhmetova, or spoken word with BananaSharma and have a chance to perform your poetic creations at the evening’s recital (joined by Tyskiemc and Chris Poetcurious Beschi).

Perhaps the highlight of the day is the talks series, starting with Gulwali Passarlay, an Afghani political refugee talking about his work in refugee awareness and his own journey to the UK.

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A panel discussion with Dunkirk Legal Support Team, Odyssey Project, ECHO Refugee Library and Help Refugees covers humanitarian aid projects and the ever changing nature of the crisis.

Music comes in the form of Junk Orchestra’s “upcycled” sound, The Soft & Whippy Jam Band’s psychedelic grove, travelling collective Shishko’s theatrical performance and Fiscal Cliff and Kyle Monologue to take you into the wee hours.

There’s Middle Eastern cuisine on offer as well as some vegan delights.

Entry is £5 (extra £5 for each workshop) or free for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Runs from 3pm – 1am on Sunday December 17.

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