Key Changes – Islington World Mental Health Day Celebration

Saturday 7 October 2017 2-5pm – Join our wonderful Word Festival partners Key Changes at St Luke’s Community Centre today for a feast of fun and friendly activities  to mark World Mental Health Day 2017 – including an afternoon Open Mic performance! St Luke’s Community Centre, 90 Central Street, London EC1V 8AJ 


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Word’s Up for another year… time for After-Word

So Word2017 has come to an end – having delivered a wonderful month of extraordinary events and performances across Islington – involving  local residents of all ages and backgrounds and celebrating a wonderful mix of voices. Thank you to all the amazing artists and arts organisations that contributed to Word2017 and to all those who took part in projects and events as participants and audiences. Keep an eye on this website and follow us on Twitter @wordislington opportunities to enjoy words throughout the year! … and check out out new Instagram account @wordislington to enjoy images from this year’s festival and upcoming activities.

And …AFTER WORD this summer why not get involved in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge – 1 July–17 September – Children can help solve the cases of the mysterious graffiti and the missing lunch by reading 6 books, collecting the stickers in their special folder and the mini prizes. And, if they finish all 6 books, they could also win one of our great prizes! For more information go to or ask in the library.

Watch out too for our programme of summer events including some great animal rap and rhyme shows from the brilliantly funny poet Neal Zetter plus the ever-popular Safari Pete’s live animal show. And, we’ve got lots of other events going on to keep your children entertained! For more details go to

Summer Reading Challenge Champions – Aged 13-19? Why not become a Summer Reading Challenge Champion, helping younger children complete their challenge? Complete 8 hours work and get a guaranteed £10 Love2Shop voucher! For more details go to

 WordieIslington – Think of a word… a word you like… a word that talks to you. Selfie it… or photograph something that says it to you… add some text to say why. Upload your photos to Instagram @wordieislington and you could win a Love2Shop voucher!




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Day 30: Word’s Up

Friday 30 June: 7pm –

Join Word2017 at 27 Dingley Place – home of All Change and Impact Hub for a fabulous evening of perfectly performed words and magical movement from some festival favourites.

The closing event for this year’s festival – hosted by Paul Lyalls, features a premiere dance performance from Candoco’s ‘Dancing Letters’ project, spoken word and music from Key Changes, the launch of the Sound Minds Vol. 1. concept album created by young people working with Cardboard Citizens and Lyrix Organix artists. Celebrating – and Book Ending this year’s festivities.


12 noon today ‘Sound: Mind – Vol.1’ goes live!

To listen CLICK HERE

‘Sound:Mind – Vol.1’ is a conceptual album/theatre production by Cardboard Citizens and Lyrix Organix, in partnership with Little Simz. Explore the sunshine and shade of young peoples’ mental health, through their own words and music.

Inspired by Islington-born, female rapper Little Simz’s acclaimed 2016 album ‘Stillness in Wonderland’, it was developed over a two-week workshop programme.

Commissioned as part of Islington’s Word 2017 Festival.

100% profits from sales of this album donated to Cardboard Citizens  #soundmindvol1 

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Day 28: These Pictures are Stories

Wednesday 28 June: 7pm at 27 Dingley Place 

These Pictures are Stories – Since April 2017 young women in London and young women in Harare, Zimbabwe have been involved in a creative conversation using photography and poetry to share experiences and ideas, resulting in an online exhibition. They have worked with artist mentors in each city –  Marysa Dowling (photography) and Miss Jacqui (poetry) for All Change in London; and Laurie MacPherson (photography) and Batsirai Chigama (poetry) for Zimbo Jam in Harare. Join the London group and artists as they share some of their work, and talk about their experience of this exciting international collaboration. Take part in some photography and poetry activities too.



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Week 5: Free Word of the Week

26 June 2017: Broaden your lexical horizons during the festival by spotting Free Words of the Week around the borough – or join in by putting them on display where you work! There will be a new word for every week of the festival tying into its wellbeing themes. Go to to find out more and to sign upfor weekly posters.





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Day 24: Generations together at Arsenal

Saturday 24 June:

All Change and Arsenal in the Community come together for a day of intergenerational celebrations and creativity with two special events. (Please note both events are fully booked this year. Apologies for any disappointment)

 Granddads, Dads and Lads will see male family members enjoy a poetry workshop and stadium tour from 10.30am with poet Paul Lyalls and Samir Singh from Arsenal in the Community.

From 2pm – over local people of all ages will come together at Emirates Stadium for Home Ground –  a not so hidden history of Arsenal and Islington behind the scenes, featuring a performance of spoken word and short films from All Change’s Saturday Socials writers group‘When Saturday Comes’ working with poet Francesca Beard and photography artist Leticia Valverdes – plus dancing, pop-up creative workshops, a chance to take a special tour of the stadium and an opportunity to record your own Islington story. The event will also see the premiere exhibition of ‘Arsenal Is’ a photo poem created by older men at The Mildmays extra care centre working with poet Simon Mole and photography artist Sarah Ainslie – plus performances from Thornhill Primary School pupils and Paul Lyalls.

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Day 23: Words and Pictures

Friday 23 June:

As Word2017 reaches the end of it’s 4th week there is still time to catch some beautiful and inspiring exhibitions at House of Illustration and Islington Museum.

At House of Illustration enjoy The Life of Birds – this exhibition brings together Quentin Blake’s expressive drawings for his book ‘The Life of Birds’ with several new illustrations produced specially for the occasion. Anime Architecture: Backgrounds of Japan  An exhibition of hand-painted backgrounds from sci-fi anime films including ‘Ghost in the Shell’. Inspired by Asia’s emerging megacities, Production I.G designed fictional worlds that reflected the real story of ruthless urban development. Never seen in the UK before, their exquisite film backgrounds are a combination of painterly skill and exacting mechanical logic. Jacqueline Ayer: Drawing on Thailand – Jacqueline Ayer’s picture books were a remarkable addition to children’s literature in 1960s America and the UK. Documenting the back lanes of Bangkok, they brought a bold vision of Asian life to the western market at a time when diverse cultures were not authentically portrayed. Two of her five ground-breaking picture books will be reissued for the first time since 1959 by US publisher Enchanted Lion Books, to coincide with the exhibition: ‘Nu Dang and His Kite’ and ‘The Paper Flower Tree’. Open 10am–6pm Tuesday to Sunday (Closed Monday)

… And there’s still time to catch Banners for Spain
– Fighting the Spanish Civil War in London
at Islington Museum The Spanish Civil War (1936-39) was sparked by a military coup led by General Franco against Spain’s elected government. In Britain, the ‘Aid Spain’ movement started to raise funds for food and medical supplies and to help refugees. This exhibition, in partnership with the Marx Memorial Library, showcases six visually stunning campaign banners for ‘Aid Spain’. Monday–Saturday 10am-5pm (Closed Wednesday)



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