Immerse yourself in Spoken Word, Improv and drama at one of the performances happening throughout the festival. From Open Mics to Queer performance, there’s something for everyone. Booking in advance is recommended as places can be limited.

Monday 21 June, 7pm

Original songs written and recorded by young people aged 14-18, alongside Newham Music’s team of producers, rappers and songwriters. In a workshop organised by Newham Music and Stratford Youth Zone,... FULL DETAILS +

Open Captioning Event
Saturday 26 June, 2-3.45pm
Beckton Globe Library

Join the Newham Chinese Association for a fun afternoon of activities. 2-2.30pm: Storytelling – 12 animals of the Chinese New Year. 2.30-2.45pm: Red pocket gift time 3-3.45pm: Chinese calligraphy workshop FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 26 June, 2pm

Ages 8+ The Windrush Generation came when England made the call to the Caribbean islands. They were the generation of Caribbeans that helped rebuild the hospitals, worked on London Transport... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 26 June, 11am

Ages 5+ Get ready for a fantastical shadow puppet show to warm the heart and bring joy to viewers young and old alike. Join our hero Toral on the adventure... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 26 June, 3.30pm
Discover Children’s Story Centre

Ages 6+ In an interactive storytelling combining drama and music, Helen McDonald brings to life the story of a determined Jamaican woman who boards the Empire Windrush in a desperate... FULL DETAILS +

BSL Event
Saturday 26 June, 8pm
Royal Docks Learning and Activity Centre

Has Drag always been with us? Is it a new phenomenon? Where did yesterday’s others feel safe? And who doesn’t love a jolly good sing song?     Certain pubs in certain... FULL DETAILS +

Sunday 27 June, 11am
Stratford Library

Ages 4+ J and T are in deep trouble. Tomorrow is Dress as a Human Day at school and they haven’t made their costumes yet. So, they’ve decided to do something really brave.... FULL DETAILS +

BSL Event
Sunday 27 June, 6-7pm

Celebrating Caribbean poetry, song and orality with John Agard and guests. Join us for performances featuring one of Britain’s foremost cross-cultural voices, John Agard, poet Michael Brome and special guests.... FULL DETAILS +

Monday 28 June, 7.00pm

Take a doodle journey inside Lucy’s mind in a new film by Act Up! Newham. Inspired by their work on Mind the Gap’s Creative Doodle book, Act Up! use drama and artwork to explore mental... FULL DETAILS +

Open Captioning Event
Thursday 1 July, 7-8pm

Deaf and Disabled poets are invited to share their work online on Zoom at the Together! 2021 Pop-Up Poetry Café Open Mic Night. We welcome deaf and hard of hearing... FULL DETAILS +

BSL Event
Friday 2 July, 10.30am

Ages 7+ Dance to the beat of the drum; Eshu is ready for some fun.  But watch out! Eshu is not all he seems…  Meet Eshu, the trickster god of... FULL DETAILS +

Friday 2 July, 7-8.30pm
Discover Children’s Story Centre

A spine-chilling evening of oral storytelling for grown-ups, combining traditional folk tales with original writing. Half seen creatures of the night are brought in and out of the shadows to... FULL DETAILS +

Friday 2 July, 6pm

All either hailing from or living in Newham, E6, The E6 Poetry Collective is made up of four Newham Council workers.  Formed out of a writing workshop as part of last year’s Newham Black... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 3 July & Sunday 4 July
Old Pavillion, Stratford Park

A full weekend of poetry and creative writing workshops with the Newham Poetry Group, using music and visual resources to create together a new imaginative language in Newham. Open mics will welcome our borough’s language diversity. Bring... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 3 July, 11am

Ages 5+ Khayaal presents a riveting collection of wise and foolish tales from Muslim cultures featuring the incredibly quirky antics of Mulla Nasruddin (also known as Joha, Hodja and Affendi), an icon of Muslim humour whose... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 3 July, 2pm

The traditional beliefs, customs and stories of a community are passed through the generations by word of mouth. During this difficult time when people have been unable to come together, will this culture survive or will these stories and... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 3 July, 7 - 10.30pm
RAW Labs

cut up my soul and keep it brings together creative responses to media circulation, online fandom and affect. Join Sonic Gaze for a performance evening and zine launch, featuring live readings... FULL DETAILS +

Sunday 4 July, 11am

Be immersed in a sub-aquatic world, hear stories of the sea and explore how our own behaviour has influenced the oceans.  Designed for younger children, this online storytelling workshop will combine creative... FULL DETAILS +

Sunday 4 July, 12-3pm
Thames Barrier Park Cafe

Look out for roving storytellers and poets Cath Drake and Baden Prince Jnr outside the Thames Barrier Park Cafe, dishing up tantalising morsels of story and poetry to spice up your... FULL DETAILS +

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