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The Unusual Suspects Festival: London 2017

Location: United Kingdom
Published Date: 11 August 2017

Within London, the city’s paradoxes have also become more exposed. The chasm between the have and have nots. Some 27% of Londoners live in poverty, whilst 700,000 are employed in jobs that pay below the capital's living wage. The blind eye turned to murky overseas investment and exploited migrant workers trafficked through porous borders. Everyone sleeps a little less comfortably now.

There is a palpable sense of frustration and powerlessness within the city, and it is something that arguably unites all Londoners. The festival provided an opportunity to debate, question and ultimately shift systems and dynamics of power within the capital. 

With 20+ sessions and 30+ partners (ranging from the GLA, to Alternative UK, to Poet in the City, to The Calthorpe Project, to Seoul Metropolitan Government, The Webb Memorial Trust), both local and international, the festival offered a wealth and variety of experiences, perspectives and new collaborations that will aim to tackle some of the city's most pressing challenges. The key themes were: community, power, belonging, empathy and collaboration.

To read a selection of tweets from the festival, click here

For selected stories, blogs, poems and videos from the festival, click here