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Speaking to Power 2019

The Equality Trust is pleased to announce Speaking to Power, a community festival featuring musical and theatrical performances from local artists, film screenings, panel discussions and interactive workshops, to celebrate the Fight Inequality Alliance’s global week of action, created in partnership with The Playground Theatre.

On 19th January 2019, communities around the world (Mexico, South Africa, Kenya, Zambia and Brazil - to name just a few) are publicly mobilising to highlight the crisis of inequality and to put forward their solutions for a fairer society. By uniting for change and sharing our stories and visions for the future, we will show that the answers to solving inequality do not come from the political elite but from us. 

By coming together, we will challenge the current political and economic system that has failed to represent not only our local community, but has caused inequality across the UK and around the world. 

We invite you to stand in solidarity with thousands of people around the world demanding an end to inequality and be part of our fight for a fairer future.

*** PLEASE NOTE: The event will now start at 2pm ***


2PM: Kids craftivism

Get creative by making placards, designing bags and stitching slogans to call for a fairer future and extend your solidarity to allies around the world. Ideal for aspiring activists, artists and their families.

Please note that this will be an unstaffed, open arts and crafts space where there will be small and sharp objects such as threading needles. Children must be supervised at all times by an adult.


2:30PM: Poetry4Grenfell dance and poetry performance

Poetry4Grenfell is a group of professional, semi-professional and amateur artists and local residents aged 5-77 that have been creating, reciting and performing music, dance and poetry since June 2017. Kids and adults from the group will be performing dance routines and poetry that they have created.

Copies of “Poetry 4 Grenfell – Voices From Da Grove and Latimer” will also be available to buy at the theatre for £10.


3PM: Chickenshed 'Dreams of Freedom' kid's drama workshop

Chickenshed Inclusive Theatre Company will be running a workshop based on the Amnesty International book 'Dreams of Freedom'. Using the book and material from their show, performed at the Royal Albert Hall, they will be working with young people and their families to create a short piece looking at what freedom means, what are their hopes for the future and spreading a message of equality and togetherness.

Suitable for children aged 6+ and their parents/carers.

Please confirm your attendance to the workshop by emailing Rianna at



--- Please arrive from 4.30PM-5PM for the evening session ---

5PM: Live music from Portobello Live Choir


5.30PM: Mental health animation screening

An animation short from the Royal College of Art, bringing together the voices of service users from St Charles Mental Health Centre, speaking to power for a fairer society in their own words. Followed by poetry from Groovemaster Martin.


5.45PM: ‘My Grenfell Year’ screening and post-screening discussion, featuring local activists

One year on from the Grenfell Tower tragedy, members of the community whose lives have changed forever look back over the past 12 months.

Watch this powerful documentary film, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and local activists who will share their thoughts on the quest for justice and what lies ahead.

Speakers: Dominic Asbridge and Wyn Baptiste (Filmmakers, 'My Grenfell Year'), Faisal Metalsi (Grenfell Speaks) and Nick Burton (Grenfell survivor and contributor to 'My Grenfell Year').


6.45PM: Global solidarity action and poetry from Eric Holmes


7PM: INTERVAL, DJ set from Groovemaster Martin and solidarity videos from around the world


7.30PM: 'Dream of a King'

A solo-man play written and performed by Christopher Tajah, depicting Martin Luther King Jr on the night he was assassinated.


8PM: 'People Before Profit' panel discussion, featuring a special international guest

Join a lively discussion on equality, fairness and human rights, exploring questions such as how can we protect our right to public services from privatisation? Will we eradicate poverty globally by 2030? What does a fairer future look like here in the UK and around the world, and how can we get there?

Speakers: Koldo Casla (Just Fair) and Luke Espiritu (Solidarity of Filipino Workers). This session will be chaired by Dr Wanda Wyporska (The Equality Trust).


8.45PM: Live music from Paulette Tajah


9PM: Live music from Isatta Sheriff


PLUS Art and poetry from Kensington Aldridge Academy, Bollo Brook Youth Centre and St Charles Mental Health Centre on display all day


Date: Saturday 19th January 2019
Time: 2pm - 10pm
Venue: The Playground Theatre, Unit 8, 343-453 Latimer Road, London, W10 6RQ

Free admission. Food will be provided throughout the day. Suitable for all ages.

There's no need to register for tickets, just drop-in/drop-out as you please between performances.

This event is funded by the European Union and organised in partnership with the UK chapter of the Fight Inequality Alliance.

Find out more at The Playground Theatre and on Facebook.


Access information and directions for travelling to The Playground Theatre are available on the theatre's website.

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