Running alongside the Home Truths season, we are proud to bring you this packed programme of events supported by Heritage Lottery Fund including talks, debates, exhibitions and film nights to explore the state of housing today and the history behind it. The festival will ask ‘how did we get here? And ‘What do we do next?’.
All events with the exception of the creative symposium are free but require advanced booking. More events to be announced in the coming weeks.
Programme of events:
Social Housing Walking Tour: Sat 22 April 2:30pm- 4:30pm starting at Cardboard Citizens HQ
Led by the social housing historian behind the acclaimed blog Municipal Dreams. Weave through the streets of Whitechapel and Tower Hamlets on this tour that will uncover the hidden stories of social housing, hostels and temporary abodes. Through visiting a variety of places that people have made their home, from council flats to squats, participants will discover the realities of past and present housing movements in one of London’s most unique and diverse areas.
Home Truths Film Nights: 4 May, 9 May & 11 May 7pm - 9pm at The London College of Communications
A series of three film nights exploring history and current stories around housing and homelessness. Cardboard Citizens have collated submissions from film-makers, suggestions from housing and arts sector professionals, and their own digging in the archives to bring together a mix of fiction and documentary films about social housing and homelessness in London over the last 60 years, all the way up to the present with recent new films and tasters made for the Reel Homes short film competition. With thanks to the BFI Britain on Film, Inside Housing, LCC and all those who submitted.
Booking opens soon for 11 May event soon
Cardboard Citizens Creative Symposium: Sat 6 May 10am-6pm at Graeae theatre
How did we get here? What do we do next?
Cardboard Citizens invites you to a day-long creative symposium to ask ‘What can theatre do about housing?’ Bringing together theatre makers, activists, historians and academics, this day of intervention combines practical workshops, creative presentations and interactive sessions led by those working on the frontline of the housing crisis. Please note, there is a small fee for this event.
Public Talk: Professor Will Alsop, Tue 23 May 7pm at The Doodle Bar, 60 Druid Street, London SE1 2EZ
Sterling Prize Winner (RIBA) and leading architect Professor Will Alsop will lead this public talk and debate focusing on the role of Architects and Architectural Departments in combating the housing crisis.
Booking opens soon
As part of the Home Truths festival, Cardboard Citizens and the Museum of Homelessness is teaming up and inviting visitors to the plays to explore some Raw Truths about housing and homelessness. Inspired by the themes in the play cycles, this series of intimate conversations will open up some of the big questions about how our society responds to homelessness.
Throughout May, everyday objects and unexpected stories will be a springboard for discussion and debate about what we haven’t learned from the past and what we could do differently in the future. We will share stories of resistance; cruelty and compassion drawn from the museum’s current State of the Nation research, and also invite visitors to contribute their own.
These sessions will provide food for thought and will last no longer than an hour. The full programme will be announced in the coming days.
Pre and post show Home Truths events at The Bunker
The Home Truths Festival of Heritage Events runs alongside Home Truths, Cardboard Citizens’ season of new work at The Bunker.
These events are free, but you must have a ticket to see the performance to attend the show. Book at www.bunkertheatre.com
5 May: Professor Nicholas Crowson Post Show Talk at 9.45pm-10.15pm
'"Wot no houses?" The summer of 1946 and the Peoples' Rising
In 1946 the Second World War concluded but politicians and their electorate were left facing the considerable challenges of reconstruction. Nowhere was this more apparent than with housing. By the summer of 1946 10s of thousands of ordinary people had had enough of waiting for a political response. This is a forgotten story of how the British people took matters into their own hands and sort to resolve the housing crisis for themselves.
Cardboard Citizens will produce an account of the heritage covered during the Festival, including photographs, oral histories, archive materials and historical summaries. This PDF will be uploaded to this website in the coming months and shared with arts and housing sector partners as a future educational tool.