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Celebrating Community – Reflecting on the 2022 Deptford X Parade
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WhenJan 21, 2023 - Feb 5, 2023
Migration Museum, Lewisham Shopping Centre,
London SE13 7HB
21 January–5 February 2023
Free – no booking
Public launch event: Friday 20 January, 4pm–7pm. Click here to register your free place
Celebrating Community is a free, family-friendly exhibition by Deptford X, on display outside the entrance to the Migration Museum, focusing on what it means to join together in collective events and celebrate diverse communities.
The exhibition displays costumes and photographs from the 2022 Deptford X Parade, ‘The Earth is a Beehive’ by Jelili Atiku.
Atiku is a Nigerian artist and activist, who was commissioned to produce a processional performance for the final day of Deptford X Festival 2022. Atiku collaborated with children from Lewisham schools Edmund Waller Primary School, Turnham Academy and Watergate School, as well as Woodpecker Youth Group, to produce a spectacular parade around Deptford that drew on the complex histories of the borough and its people while celebrating the rich heritages and collectivity that persist in the present day.
The exhibition is an opportunity to see a film and photographs of the parade; Atiku’s costume; and to discover more about the ideas behind Aitku’s work.
Join us and Deptford X for a public launch event for the exhibition from 4pm–7pm on Friday 20 January. Register your free place at the launch event here.
Deptford X will also be running a free family-friendly collage workshop accompanying the exhibition on Saturday 28 January celebrating what it means to live in Lewisham borough and be part of a diverse community. Find out more and book your free place here.
About Deptford X
Deptford X is a visual arts charity based in Deptford, south-east London that fosters artistic talent and nurtures community within the borough of Lewisham and beyond by producing a free annual festival in Deptford and ongoing activity supporting artists and our local communities throughout the year.
Image: Jelili Atiku, The Earth is a Beehive. Deptford X Festival 2022. Photo by Nelta Kasparian