As international tensions affect relations between communities at home, an arts programme is bringing people from different backgrounds together.
Urban Dialogues: Navigations is a three-week exhibition and programme of talks, performances and workshops giving audiences the chance to explore what it means to live together in a culturally mixed society – at a time when public debate on these issues is highly polarised. The exhibition – which explores faith, belief, migration and personal identity – is put together by a variety of faith based and non-religious partners and convened by 3FF.
Stephen Shashoua, Director of 3FF: “Recent events in the Middle East have shown how closely linked the international and the local are today. While we cannot directly influence developments over there, we need to work to stop the hostilities spilling over into our own neighbourhoods. We are creating a safe space for people from different communities to come together for dialogue on complex issues.”
This year’s Urban Dialogues exhibition has been curated by artist and curator Barby Asante. Barby’s work explores place, identity and the stories and hidden histories that make up multicultural Britain.
Barby Asante: “Heated debates about immigration and national identity rage around the world, and religious belief is often cited as one of the key factors pushing peoples apart. Urban Dialogues wants to show another path forward – one in which our differences are appreciated and explored, rather than seen as a reason for potential conflict.”
Navigations: Tracing journeys of belief in a connected world
3-21 September 2014 | 12-7pm daily | FREE entry
The Red Gallery, 3 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3DT [map]
For more information, contact Philip at 3FF
Phone: 0207 482 9535
Events with discussion, spoken word, live music and food:
- Festival Night – Wednesday 3rd September 7-11pm
- Female Voices – Thursday 11th September 6:30-11pm
- Sunday Social – Sunday 21st September 1-6pm
3FF’s Urban Dialogues is run in partnership with Arts Council England, Culture at King’s, Radical Middle Way, Art and Christianity Enquiry, JW3, City Bridge Trust, Bible Society, Greenbelt, Near Neighbours and Red Gallery.