Different nationalities, cultures and faiths of East London will be celebrated during the Immigrants of Spitalfields Festival from 19 – 21 June.
The event is part of Refugee Week, and promises a series of cultural activities, including poetry performances, films, plays, talks and more. The overriding themes are genealogy, textiles, music, architecture and religion.
The festival has been put together by the secular Bengali community group Swadhinata Trust, Sandys Row Synagogue and Huguenots of Spitalfields, a charity which promotes knowledge about the French Protestants who arrived here having fled religious persecution in the 17th century.
Events include cultural walks, traditional Jewish Klezmer music in London’s oldest Ashkenazi synagogue, Bengali poetry spoken in its original form and an illustrated talk about Huguenot silkweaving.
Festival spokesperson Charlie De Wet said: “At a time of great multicultural debate, we aim to highlight the contribution brought by immigrant communities to Spitalfields.”