She Grrrowls: The Festival brings you a programme of performances, workshops and talks as part of The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture award. Also a celebration International Women’s Day through the theme of ‘joy and healing’. You can expect to take part in relaxing sound baths, energetic dance and performance classes, dynamic writing workshops and discussions, creative visual activities, and performances of dance, music and spoken word poetry.
She Grrrowls has been featuring womxn and non-binary people in the arts since 2013 at various venues throughout London, with its latest home being The Poetry Café in Covent Garden. The show has toured England twice, featured at the PBH Free Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, as well as at Goldsmith University’s The Place for Poetry conference in 2015 and at Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival in 2018. Ten poets who have featured at the event in its formative years were featured in She Grrrowls: The Anthology, which was subsequently made into an audiobook.
The morning of the festival is focussed on creative expression using movement, beginning with a collaboration between Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson and Sarah Impey (C.O.T.U.) where you can expect sound, movement, and creativity to combine. This will be followed by dance workshops from Zoca Fitness and Twerk After Work. The morning intends to set the tone of the festival’s theme in expressing ‘joy and healing’ through movement and sound.
In the afternoon, the workshops continue with Belén L.Yáñez’s ‘Noras’ – a project that embraces diversity, challenges stereotypes and encourages social change to highlight women’s contribution to society, through creating collages. Laila Sumpton will then present an exhibition of work from Lewisham primary-aged children about inspiring local women, titled SHEroes of Lewisham.
A late-afternoon writing workshop will offer the chance for you to process your thoughts through an exploration of what joy means to you. Lumpen and The Class Work Project will present a reading of poetry and prose from working class writers, with a discussion element.
The evening performance segment begins with Grounded Movement, who will deliver a show that combines spoken word and breakdancing. The festival culminates on a Born::Free event from Zimbabwean-born poet and sound artist Belinda Zhawi, with a final event focussing on spoken word poetry as a celebration of She Grrrowls.
We Are Lewisham is presented by Lewisham Council and the Albany as part of the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2022.