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The Immigrants of Spitalfields Festival

As part of Refugee Week The Immigrants of Spitalfields Festival will celebrate the lives, heritage and outstanding contribution made by people from different faiths and cultural backgrounds who have made Spitalfields their home.


Spitalfields, situated just outside the city walls, was the first port of call for many different migrant groups arriving to London for over 250 years. Come to the festival and learn more about this fascinating and diverse part of London. Experience a great range of events taking place in many unusual and hidden venues in the area: listen to Khlezmer music in the atmospheric setting of London’s oldest Ashkenazi Synagogue; hear Bengali poetry spoken in its original form; see an illustrated talk about the 17th century Huguenot silk weavers; take a multi-faith walk around Spitalfields; along with many more events talks, walks, performances, film screenings, readings and tasting experiences. Speakers include: Dan Cruickshank, Mary Schoeser, John Eversley, Dan DeHanas, Markman Ellis, Shagufta Sharmeen, Rachel Lichtenstein, the Gentle Author, Kathy Chater, Julie Begum and many others. The team of festival guides include: Julia Kuznecow, Charlie de Wet, Rachel Kolsky, John Halligan, Paul Baker, Tim Kidd, and Hugh Dennis.



John Biggs, Executive Mayor of Tower of Hamlets

The Rt. Revd. & Rt. Hon. Richard Chartres KCVO FSA

Rushanara Ali MP

Michael Rosen, Novelist and Poet

 The festival is a collaboration between local organisations including the Huguenots of Spitalfields, Sandys Row Synagogue and the Swadhinata Trust.

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