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About this event

Join us to celebrate the diversity of our Forest Hill neighbourhood and the people that live here through storytelling, art and craft activities and immersive theatre performances.

This annual Crossing Borders event is produced in collaboration with organisations who work with local refugees and asylum seekers. Everyone is welcome.

Painting with Syrian artist Hasan Abdulla

Join Hasan in a painting workshop inspired by a collection of his paintings exploring subjects related to migration and refugees status.

Front Education Centre. 11am - 11.45am & 1.30pm - 2.15pm.

Suitable for age 5+. Limited capacity. First come first served. 

Discovering Home/ Descubriendo el Hogar

Join Indoamerican Refugee Migrant Organisation (IRMO) in an interactive session with objects.  Explore a Discovery Box developed by the group and find out how objects connect to the idea of 'Home'.

IRMO is a community-led organisation that provides Latin Americans with tools and information in an empowering process to build fulfilled, independent and integrated lives in the UK using a rights-based approach.

Hands on Base. 11am - 11.45am. 

Open to all but mostly suitable for 5+. 

We're Going On A Journey....

Come and take part in a fun music workshop led by the Starfruit group of Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL). Expect to be taken into a journey to the outer space!

Hands on Base. 12.15pm - 1pm. 

Suitable for families with children under 5.

Storytelling with Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers.

Join Maurice and Rebecca from SDCAS who will explore stories from around the world. Come and find out what meanings they might have for you.

Hands on Base. 1.15pm - 1.45pm. 

Suitable for families with children 5+. 

Under the Rainbow

Join Rainbow Pilgrims and Micro Rainbow International in a workshop with objects raising awareness on LGBTI+ migrants and refugees living in the UK. 

Raibow Pilgrims is a storytelling and archive project that discovers the hidden history of LGBTQI migrants in Britain. The project intends to cover the period from the first Jewish Kindertransports to Britain (1938-40) to today. 

Hands on Base. 2pm - 2.30pm.

Suitable for families with children 5+. 

Rhythmic Encounters

Join children from IRMO's Family Project in 2 special dances from Bolivia: Tinkus and Caporales, which will mark the closure of this year’s Crossing Borders event.

Hands on Base. 2.45pm - 3pm.

Suitable for all ages.

Make/shift: a collection of volunteers' reflections on refugee camps in Europe

This installation invites you to revisit the Jungle through the eyes of 18 volunteers who worked at refugee camps in Calais and Dunkirk. Last year, Pan Intercultural Arts was invited by Good Chance Theatre to deliver a week of drama workshops for the residents of the Calais Jungle. The theatre artists and volunteers struggled to find even basic language to describe the reality of the camp to family, friends and colleagues on their return. Make/shift is the result of this desire to communicate their experiences. This installation has been curated by Debora Minà and Mita Pujara, in collaboration with Pan Intercultural Arts. The work was first commissioned by Goldsmith's, University of London.

Music Gallery Performance Space, access via Music Gallery. 11am - 3pm.

Suitable for all ages.

Drawing with Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers (SDCAS).

Come and get inspired by the drawings produced by families during art therapy sessions at SDCAS and Barry House hostel. 

Gallery Square. 11am - 3pm.

Suitable for all ages.

Seeking Refuge Project

Come and find out about an object that will be part of our new World Gallery in 2018.

Rear Education Centre. 11am - 3pm.

Suitable for all ages.