In celebration of the diverse migrant communities in East London, the fourth annual New Voices Festival will kick-off with two nights of entertainment before the Saturday events.
For decades, the migrant community has contributed heavily to the local life in East London, and this event intends to applaud their efforts through a range of stalls, activities and live performances that mirror the work that has been done in the community. There will also be stands exploring issues surrounding migration and providing support services.
“The arrival of so many refugees and other migrants has resulted in the establishment of new communities,” said Praxis, the sponsor and event coordinator for the New Voices Festival. “They are also creating exciting and new multicultural communities in workplaces, neighbourhoods, faith communities, and social settings.”
Opening Night will feature an inspiring film titled “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” about a courageous Liberian woman who demanded peace for her country. The film will be shown at 7 pm at St. John on Bethnal Green.
The opening entertainment continues on Friday 15th July, where the Burundi Drummers will perform along with the Grand Union Orchestra and the critically acclaimed theatre company Ice and Fire/Actors for Human Rights.
The main festival on Saturday 16th July will feature the amazing talents of Arun Ghosh, Kalakuta Millionaires, Papayera, Aar Maanta, Morenada Bioque Kantuta, and Movimiento Cultural Amigo Artista.
Praxis — a group dedicated to supporting individual new residents to find their place in the UK and to facilitate the creation of new communities, sponsors the event.
“We believe migration has the potential to enrich us all,” said Praxis. “We welcome and befriend people of all nations and backgrounds as they seek to find support, we empower them to sweet away the obstacles in their path and take their place in the rich cultural and economic life of the capital.”
The New Voices event will take place at the V&A Museum of Childhood Museum Gardens between 12:00-6:00pm on 16th Saturday.