11 by 11 Festival
Last week, as many as 5000 children took part in Islington’s 11 by 11 programme, the first ever 11 by 11 Festival: Celebrating our Creative Community.
This free festival gave students in all Islington education settings a wide variety of opportunities to experience arts, culture and creativity through digital and face-to-face activities. Beyond an event to kick off the summer, the festival was also an opportunity for young people, teachers and cultural organisations to celebrate as a community and recognise their creativity and resilience throughout the challenges of the pandemic.
Activities took place across the week in 47 Islington schools and education settings. Taking part was free and made possible thanks to the huge generosity of 38 of our fantastic 11 by 11 Cultural Organisations.
Highlights include the online event ‘Live Poetry with Rap Poet Adisa’ to launch the Summer Reading Challenge with Islington Libraries, joined by 22 primary school classes.
The Liliesleaf Trust UK partnered with Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Secondary School over 5 months, finishing with a week of activity during the festival exploring ideas around heritage, legacy and racism. They took inspiration from the Trust’s development of a Centre of Memory & Learning dedicated to anti-apartheid heritage within the former ANC London headquarters in Islington.
The festival could not have happened without the commitment and support of teachers and schools and cultural organisations. Thank you to everyone who took part!
Poet Adisa performing to Islington Primary Schools to launch the Summer Reading Challenge