Essential Information

Type Events and festivals
Queen's House
Date and Times Sunday 16 June 2024 | 1pm-4pm
Prices Free

From film screenings and musical performances to poetry workshops and art sessions, join us at the Queen's House for a day of community and creativity to mark Refugee Week. 

Centered around the theme, ‘Our Home,’ this event has been created in collaboration with arts organisation, Creating Ground CIC. Founded in 2016, Creating Ground CIC works with women from migrant backgrounds to promote cross-cultural awareness, learning and sharing across different communities in South-East London.

"As a women's organisation we are so grateful for the opportunity to move into the Queen’s House for a day on Sunday 16 June to celebrate Refugee Week, especially as the theme of this year is 'Our Home'.

"We will be offering a variety of creative activities, workshops, film screenings and talks/discussions to share our experiences, reflect together and learn from each other. Our Stronger Together Leaders who are campaigning for better temporary accommodation and better access to health services in South East London will be co-designing the programme for the day." 

Creating Ground CIC

Event programme

The activities are drop in and are free to attend. Please note that we can't guarantee that a ticket will enable entry to every activity.



12.30pm | Undercroft

Head to the Undercroft of the Queen's House to discover more about the activities taking place throughout the day, including event timings and locations.

The Undercroft is located through the door between the curved exterior staircases.

Our languages, our home workshop

1pm-2pm | Queen's Bedchamber

Languages and creativity combine in this English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) workshop. Run by English for Action, a charity that provides English language classes for migrants in London, the session will include a group activity showcasing the languages spoken by participants, and an individual activity exploring language practices in multilingual homes.

Creating Ground CIC art workshop and exhibition

1pm-4pm | Orangery

Come and see this pop-up exhibition, which showcases the work of Creating Ground CIC's Stronger Together Leaders. Find out about their campaign #NoticeUs, which is centred around temporary accommodation.

Performance from Rainbows Across Borders with Music Action International 

1.20pm-1.50pm | Great Hall 

Photo of a group of people, standing and singing to microphones

Listen to the vocal talents of members from Rainbows Across Borders, a voluntary self-help group for LGBTQ+ asylum seekers who are fleeing harm and persecution.  

For this special performance, they will be joined by Music Action International, a charity that delivers award-winning creative music programmes with asylum seekers and refugees across the UK and beyond.  

The Shoe Shop film screening

1.30pm-2.15pm | Van de Velde Studio

Join us to watch The Shoe Shop, a piece that explores the issues faced by migrants in temporary accommodation. The film was co-created by Creating Ground CIC’s Stronger Together Leaders, a group of about 20 women from different migrant backgrounds working together for change, and produced by theatre-maker, Rachel Griffiths.

The film forms part of Creating Ground CIC's campaign, #NoticeUs, which calls for fair and stable temporary accommodation in Greenwich. The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A session.

Dance and movement workshop

2pm-3pm | Great Hall

Led by dance theatre company Protein – founded by Luca Silvestrini – and featuring music from Creating Ground CIC, this creative session is centred around the theme 'Our Home'. This workshop is open to everyone and looks at creating a safe, inclusive and enjoyable space for all participating – no previous experience is required.

Age recommendation: 10+


Unfolding Stories workshop 

2pm-4pm | The Queen’s Privy Chamber 

Hear LGBTQ+ refugees share their stories and create a collaborative collage based on migration experiences in this creative session with Newham Poetry Group (pictured).  

Led by volunteers, Newham Poetry Group promotes social inclusion, community engagement and wellbeing through activities including poetry, creative writing and storytelling. 

Theatre workshop

3pm-4pm | The Governor's Parlour

In this theatre workshop, we will come together to explore what home means to refugees and migrants – and how we can create a home in our host society through Forum Theatre interactive games leading to embodied group images.

Centred around interactivity, 'Forum Theatre' is a type of theatre that encourages audience members to step into the performance and suggest alternative narratives and solutions to the issues portrayed.

Light The Way film screening

3pm-3.45pm | Van de Velde Studio

Don't miss this special screening of Light The Way – a participant-led documentary about a group of migrant women who overcome their feelings of isolation and powerlessness when they are trained as Community Organisers.

Using their new skills to campaign for justice, the women develop agency, strengthen community voices and create change through positive collective action.

The film forms part of Creating Ground CIC's #NoticeUs campaign, and was produced by Anima Goli Films. The screening will be followed by a discussion and a Q&A session.

Community art activity

Throughout the day | Undercroft

Join this drop-in art session and create a collage of what home means to us – and learn what we can do to make sanctuary seekers and migrants feel at home. Creative activities for children will also be available.

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