01:00pm, Sunday, 12 June 2016
10:00pm, Sunday, 12 June 2016
Young Barbican: £5
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Papers is part of the London Festival of Architecture 2016
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A one-day festival of the art, culture and architecture of the refugee crisis.
This critical celebration will examine the creative and urban culture which has emerged from refugee camps across Europe. Bringing together refugee artists, musicians, poets, chefs and builders with a programme of discussions taking place on multiple stages throughout the day.
The festival is split across multiple venues in the Barbican arts centre in and around the remarkable conservatory – a large brutalist glasshouse.
The Discussions Stage
A mix of short presentation and panel discussion with some of the world's leading thinkers on refugee camps and migration. Panels will examine the built and cultural responses which have emerged from camps in Calais, Dunkirk, Lesvos, Lampedusa, Jordan and Turkey culminating in an open plenary discussion with all participants.
After visiting the Jungle camp in Calais in August 2015, Jaz wrote an emotional post about her experience that went viral. The subsequent outpouring of support enabled her to found The Worldwide Tribe. From galvanising a growing audience of over 55,000 to installing WiFi in Calais and Lesvos they work to build a better future for refugees.
Joseph Rykwert and his family fled Warsaw in 1939 and settled in London. One of the world's preeminent architectural historians, he is the author of such classic books as The Idea of a Town (1963), On Adam's House in Paradise (1972) and The Seduction of Place (2000). He was the recipient of The Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in 2014.
The Art, Culture and Music of the Refugee Crisis
A panel discussion highlighting the role of cultural art forms within the crisis.
- Jaz O’Hara (chair), founder of the Worldwide Tribe: A creative communications platform with a two-pronged approach: raising awareness about the refugee crisis through social media and educational talks, whilst leading by example and running humanitarian projects on the ground in Calais in France, Lesvos in Greece and Izmir in Turkey.
- Phillipa Stanton, artist. Phillipa is a Brighton-Based contemporary abstract artist with a social media following of well over half a million. After spending time in the Jungle in Calais she produced a series of paintings, all exhibited as part of Papers today. She uses the huge community she has created, primarily through Instagram, to raise awareness about the Jungle and it’s residents.
- Hassan Akkad, Filmmaker. A Syrian refugee who filmed much of his treacherous journey, including his attempts to cross the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Lesvos, on a Go-Pro. The footage is currently being used as part of a 3-part series with BBC2 called The Exodus: One Million. He also received the only standing ovation for his reading at Letters Live this year and works closely with Grassroots organisation Help Refugees.
- Joe Robertson and Joe Murphy, Playwrights. Joe and Joe are two British Playwrights and founders of the Good Chance Theatre in the Calais Jungle. The theatre, a beautiful dome structure which was erected last October, successfully hosted a huge variety of creative activities, from writing workshops to music lessons, dance shows to acting classes and many many performances. Good Chance provides a safe and welcoming space for people to express themselves and unite through creativity.
- Juliet Stevenson, Actress. Juliet is an actress of both stage and screen, best known for her role in Truly, Madly, Deeply. Her and her son have spent a lot of time in the Calais Jungle and have made a film compiled of interviews with the residents of the camp they met there, which is also part of today’s programme.
- Suzy Partridge. Suzy is a visual artist who has spent as much time as possible in the Calais Jungle over the last year. She has produced beautiful work alongside refugees in the camp, including drawing round them to produce paper cutouts to first represent the 129 that went missing after the destruction of the Southern side of the camp. A follow up to this project sees Suzy coordinating the paper cut outs of men, women and children alike, both refugees and not, to demonstrate that we are all the same. This interactive project will be happening at Papers today so go and get involved!
- Mohammed Omar (TBC). Mohammed is a talented poet Jaz first met in the Calais Jungle. He has since made it to the UK and continues to write beautifully about his treacherous journey, his experiences and his life. His poem, ‘Refugee in the Jungle,’ features at the beginning of The Worldwide Tribe film, Jangala, shown today at 5.30pm in the Garden Room.
- Beatrice Lorigan (TBC). Bea has been working closely alongside the Refugee Info Bus and The Worldwide Tribe in the Calais Jungle, on a variety of creative projects. Her community led journalism project which involved handing out polaroid cameras to refugees, allowing them to document their own daily lives, is being exhibited as part of Papers today.
The Centennial Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics, Richard Sennett has written extensively on the subject of borders and the nature of cosmopolitan society. His books include The Fall of Public Man (1977) and The Crafrsman (2008)
Marwa Al-Sabouni in conversation with Rachel Cooke
The Syrian architect and author who remained in Homs during the civil war speaks with the award-winning Observer features writer about her story and work.
Lorenzo Pezzani presents the work he had led using architectural technology to map the sinking of boats carrying migrants across the Mediterranean Sea.
The Role of the Architect
Robert Mull chairs a panel discussion asking what should be the responsibility of architecture in the face of mass migration and the refugee crisis. Panelists include Grainne Hassett of the Calais Builds, Ben Harrison and Eyal Weizmann of Forensic Architecture.
10 Ideas to Address the Refugee Crisis
Ten speakers each present a 5-minute micro manifesto proposing an idea with the potential to make a positive impact on the people and places caught in the refugee crisis. The ten speakers include:
- Jayden Ali, Kent Refugee Action
- Saskia Sassen, author of Expulsions and Territory, Authority, Rights
- Jaz O'Hara, founder of The Worldwide Tibe
- Merel Graeve
- Grainne Hassett, founder of The Calais Builds
- Eyal Weizmann,
- Corinne Squire, UEL
- Marwa Al-Sabouni, author of The Battle for Home, The Vision of a Young Architect in Syria
- Alpha, artist and creator of The Blue House
Plenary: What next?
An open discussion addressing the question of what next.
A festival-wide party in honour of the incredible projects and people which Papers is celebrating. Live music and a bar in the Barbican Conservatory.