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Unity Arts Festival 2020 - 19th & 20th September

  • London
  • crafts, combined arts, film, interdisciplinary arts, photography, music, theatre, visual arts
  • Kamila Szymkiewicz


Between Saturday 19 - Sunday 20 September, Unity Arts Festival will be back for the third year running. Unity Arts Festival is a celebration of creativity in Leamouth Peninsula, one of east London’s most exciting new cultural and artistic hubs, uniting London City Island and Goodluck Hope with exhibitions, installations, performances and workshops.  Welcoming guests of all ages, entry to the festival and its workshops are completely free, and all necessary Covid-19 safety measures will be in place. 

Home to resident creatives and local artists, London City Island’s gallery spaces, studios and workshops will host a number of activities throughout the festival. Programme includes:

  • The Unity Film Studio,Take part in a short film with international animator Tim Allen where you yourself will be the animation puppet!
  • The Unity Live Stage, Unity will be presenting a live stage where local talent from Arch1, Sirlute and Devotion will perform in an intimate setting. 
  • POWERPLAY Exhibition, arebyte Gallery and The National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo will be exhibiting POWERPLAY, a group exhibition featuring artists working within digital media, moving image and technology.
  • Architectural Photography Workshop, New on-site London Lighthouse Gallery & Studio will be hosting architectural photography workshops through theory and practice, led by resident photographer Sokari Higgwe. 
  • Black Lives Matter exhibition, London Lighthouse Gallery & Studio will also host a pop-up photography exhibition by Gay Photographers Network, inspired by George Floyd’s tragic death, showcasing photographic and written displays on the issues raised by the movement.
  • Trinity Art Gallery exhibitions, The on-site gallery is hosting two exhibitions; ‘Let The Grass Grow Beneath Your Feet’, which has invited artists to submit new works created during the lockdown period, and ‘Vestiges and Bloom by Michele Turriani’, a celebration of the Royal Docks heritage. 
  • Music Workshops: Sirlute Youngstar will be hosting a programme of dj-ing, music production and songwriting workshops, led by industry professionals and for kids under 18 years old.


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