Helping to transform the intellectual landscape of the Bangladeshi community in the UK and celebrate the amazing British diversity

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'KNOWING ONE ANOTHER, THROUGH THE ART OF DRAMA' PROJECT


Theme Four: Multi-routes into Britain

'KNOWING ONE ANOTHER, THROUGH THE ART OF DRAMA' PROJECT


Theme Two: Multi-cultural living

'KNOWING ONE ANOTHER, THROUGH THE ART OF DRAMA' PROJECT


Theme Three: Multi-faith living

'KNOWING ONE ANOTHER' PROJECTS

Brick Lane Circle delivered two highly successful community cohesion projects called ‘Knowing One Another’, engaging more than forty-five community volunteers from London’s diverse communities. During 2014/15 it ran the first project where participants researched and wrote about each-others’ cultures, origins, migration and experiences in the UK. At the end of the project a book launch and celebration event was organised at the Rich Mix Centre in Shoreditch in London’s East End.

 Following the amazing success of the ‘Knowing One Another’ project, Brick Lane Circle developed and delivered a new project during 2016/17 called ‘Knowing One Another, Through the Art of Drama’. This time the idea was to look at different themes through drama, where individuals from diverse communities would explore their experiences, choose scenarios, produce scripts, rehearse and deliver public performances. The themes covered were Multi-generational, Multi-cultural, Multi-faith and Multi-routes into Britain. The 'Knowing One Another' book compiles two books into one publiction.

KNOWING ONE ANOTHER PROJECT

BOOK LAUNCH
20 April 2015 | Rich Mix | 6.30-9.00pm

Book Launch Flyer

'KNOWING ONE ANOTHER, THROUGH THE ART OF DRAMA' PROJECT

Performances


Theme One: Multi-generational living

Knowing One Another

'Knowing One Another' was a community volunteer led research project by the Brick Lane Circle, which aimed to build better relationships between the various communities living in London. The  project was funded by the Big Lottery Fund. The publication depicted and informed readers about the migration heritage of London's diverse communities. By bringing the voices of the diverse  communities of London together in one platform, 'Knowing one Another' project aimed to challenge the negative stereotypes and prejudices faced by different communities through offering a space to share the diverse experiences and stories.

The researchers who reflected the diversity of London focused on cultural themes which have originated in other parts of the world, such as traditional dress, food, value, expectations, etc. but has been transformed into something new, which not  only represents both London and the country of its origin, but also represents the unique relationship between the diverse communities who live in Britian.


For example, Chicken Tikka Massala was a British invention by South Asian chefs who responded to the change in the cultural environment. Although the origin of curry is located in South Asia, the cultural location of Chicken Tikka Massala on the other hand can only be associated with the British South Asian community. Equally many communities in London have reinvented or negotiated with their cultural practices due to the relationship with their environment or with other communities, which was only made possible due to their connection with London and/or Britain.  Each community volunteer researcher therefore explored the roots of the themes by connecting with people from other parts of the world via social media, and collecting the voices of the Londoners who are reimagining such themes due to their connection with Britain.


The project also aimed to provide members of the London community with the skills and knowledge to promote community cohesion and become a vehicle for social change. Therefore we recruited volunteer researchers from various cultural backgrounds who received training on social media, photography, research methodology and  interpretation. The launch of the book, consisitng of written pieces from the community volunteers, took place on 20 April 2015 at the Rich Mix Centre.