This blog on Crossing Borders 2016 was written by our volunteer, Lily Lloyd.
Our annual Crossing Borders event encourages the integration of communities through workshops and activities. The Horniman Museum and Gardens hopes to generate a welcoming space for all. Here are few highlights of the day.
Visitors were invited to draw their journeys to London onto a world map that was on display throughout the event, along with post-it notes expressing things they missed about their home countries. Throughout the day the web of lines grew thicker, showing a huge variety of journeys, all with London as their destination.
Another part of the day was Memodrome: Home, an installation involving people talking about their experiences of growing up in Romania and their subsequent journeys to London. The wider project 'Immersive Theatre' is the culmination of two years’ work for Anca Doczi and her team. Visitors were invited to listen, ask questions and share notions of home.
Language, it is so important for me to communicate. I can do this in English and French but its not the same, its not home.
Diana Buluga a researcher from Immersive Theatre
The narratives intermingled, overlapping to create a single picture of home. Each speaker was surrounded by objects, photographs and video projections of the various places in Romania that they grew up. The immersive result was made from real stories and real interaction.
The installation proved engaging for all ages, with small children as well as adults captivated by the stories told and eager to ask questions. More information about this project can be found at www.immersivetheatre.com
Other events taking place were a windowsill gardening workshop organised by SDCAS. The children who took part were keen to show off their handiwork; and a creative writing workshop organised by Rewrite where the bodies of participants were used to explore language.
Overall there was a great sense of community across the museum with a fantastic turn out of people from all walks of life coming together to consider this important question of migration. A visitor said, ‘to me community means having something in common, it means working together.’ This is something that can definitely be said of Crossing Borders.