9 Giffin St
London SE8 4RJ
NOW Live Events are back at Deptford Lounge with a programme of arts and wellbeing activities for all ages. Our events stimulate the senses and lighten the mind with some of the UK’s most inspiring artists and speakers.
This year we are focusing on ‘home’; what home really means to you, how you might feel more at home in yourself, and how we can take these feelings with us everywhere we go. On offer will be activities spanning live literature, craft, poetry, visual arts, spoken word, mindfulness meditation, wellbeing events, workshops for families and children and more.
‘(NOW Live Events) rid us of the myriad modern-day distractions that stop us from embracing the fullness of the present moment… using unconventional artistic methods.’The Independent
ALL WEEK (FREE)
Mon 4 – Sat 9 July, All Day – One Pot Per Day: Film & Exhibition – Kate Keara Pelen
Visual artist Kate Keara Pelen sustained a daily creative practice throughout 2015, producing a soft hand-made vessel using simple crochet techniques over 365 days. Come and find out more about the mindful, creative project which provided an artistic outlet and purpose for Kate throughout last year. All Ages
Mon 4 – Sat 9 July, All Day – Dream Home – Jo Hunter and 64 Million Artists
64 Million Artists will be setting a daily creative challenge in Deptford Lounge for festival participants to complete. Come and get creative, while exploring the edges of your imagination and your artistic skills. All Ages
Come and see what the young creatives at Tidemill Academy are doing in response to this year’s festival, working in small groups from each year to do live drawing performances on Giffin Square. All Ages
Mon 4 – Sat 9 July, 9.30am – A Poem a Day – Simon Mole
A free daily audio broadcast of a mindfulness poem, read by local poet and spoken word artist Simon Mole. Let your mind wander freely as you sit and hear beautiful words, taking a moment to enjoy the imagery and language. All Ages
Mon 4 – Sat 9 July, 8.30am – 5.30pm – BEBOX – BeBox & NOW Live
BeBox is a local multimedia space for meditation, offering a series of guided meditation sessions designed to bring stillness and balance into your life. Enter the space and shift your state. Ages 7+
MONDAY 4 JULY
8.30am – 9.30am – Homecoming Yoga – Amisha Ghadiali
Join us for an awakening yoga flow where we connect and align our heart, body and mind as we begin to explore the theme of feeling more rooted in our bodies. The session will start with gentle poses, moving into strong, empowering ones and ending with deep relaxing poses. £5, £3.50 concs. Ages 16+
11am – 12.30pm – Mindful Movement for Everyday – Dr Tamara Russell
In this event, leading mindfulness trainer, neuroscientist and martial arts expert, Dr. Tamara Russell, will guide you in the exploration of mindfulness and movement, giving you tips on how to integrate a strong, purposeful and non-judgemental awareness of the present moment into every move and moment of your day. £5, £3.50 concs. Ages 16+
2pm – 3.15pm – At Home in Ourselves: Using the Feldenkrais Method - Rachel Briscoe
Rachel Briscoe will use the Feldenkrais Method to help you become aware of yourself and any ways that you move, sit or lie that could be tweaked to make you more at ease in your body. Using gentle movements, you will be able to unravel body habits and explore ways of doing things differently to find more ease, comfort and body awareness. £5, £3.50 concs. Ages 16+
3.45pm – 5pm – Creativity Unleashed: Your Dream Home - Jo Hunter and 64 Million Artists
This is a chance for adults and children alike to explore home as a starting point for their own expression, to get stuck in and have a go at taking their imagination to another level while expressing their own unique creative flair. This workshop will involve painting, drawing, making, writing or whatever works for you. £4, £2.50 concs. £8 family ticket. Ages 5+. Under 10s must be accompanied by an adult
6.30pm – 8pm – Trampoline: A Play Date for Adults - Sparky and George
When was the last time you got silly and had a whole bunch of fun? Fun doesn’t have to be just for kids. If you ever feel tired of being a grown up, with too many responsibilities and no play time, this is for you. £5, £3.50 concs. Ages 16+
TUESDAY 5 JULY
11am – 12.30pm – Mindfulness On the Go - Mel Sutton and Andrew Stuck
Come and explore your neighbourhood and the impact it has on you with group facilitator and natural health consultant, Mel Sutton, and her mindful walking partner, Andrew Stuck. Walking with purpose and awareness, we will consider how our surroundings affect our mental and emotional experience. £5, £3.50 concs. Ages 16+
2.30pm – 3.30pm – Still in the City - Jana Stefanovska
Wellness; a human right or a human luxury? Jana Stefanovska, director of Welcome Home festival, will guide us through a variety of techniques to tap into our innate creativity, awareness and presence, allowing us to be still while in the city anytime, anywhere. £5, £3.50 concs. Ages 16+
3.45pm – 5pm – Mindful Doodling for Families – Wendy Ann Greenhalgh
Join creative mindfulness teacher and educator, Wendy Ann Greenhalgh, for this fun and relaxing family workshop. All ages alike, we’ll be doodling together and discovering how drawing helps us be more in touch with our bodies and more peaceful in our heads. £4, £2.50 concs. £8 family ticket. Ages 5+. Under 10s must be accompanied by an adult.
6.30pm – 7.45pm – Mindfulness and the Art of Urban Living – Adam Ford
More than fifty percent of human beings now live in towns and cities; we have become an urban species. Through mindfulness and practicing how to stay in touch with our inner worlds within the built up environments around us, we can find both peace and purpose. £5, £3.50 concs. Ages 16+
WEDNESDAY 6 JULY
8.30am – 9.30am - Verse Things First – Simon Mole
‘Morning Pages’ is a widely used practise, in which long-hand journaling at the start of each day helps to clear your mind and centre yourself. Join Simon Mole to see how first-thing-freewriting in this way can lead directly to wisdom and creativity for the day ahead. £5, £3.50 concs. Ages 16+
11am – 12.30pm – Values: Why do we have them? - Nikki Levitan
Values are our foundations for our life, they are at the heart of who we are and create a sense of belonging with our communities and the world around us. Learn what values are, why they are important and take a deeper look at your own values and defining them. £5, £3.50 concs. Ages 16+
2pm – 3.15pm – Kindfulness – Shamash Alidina
Kindfulness is about cultivating a friendly, warm attitude to yourself and others. It’s both a way of meditating and a way of living. In this workshop you’ll discover why the kindness element is so important and will be guided in some meditations with renowned teacher and founder of the ‘Museum Of Happiness’, Shamash Alidina. £5, £3.50 concs. Ages 5+. Under 10s must be accompanied by an adult.
3.45pm – 4.45pm – Play Me a Story - Laura Francis
Come and explore a traditional story through games, imagination, movement, sound and ritual. Laura will bring the story to life and we’ll learn about the theme of ‘home’ along the way. £4, £2.50 concs. £8 family ticket. Ages 5+. Under 10s must be accompanied by an adult.
6.30pm – 8pm – How to be Yourself – Andy Gibson and Mindapples
Join this interactive masterclass that will take you through the history of how people have made sense of their ‘selves’ over the centuries, and shares some of the psychological models that are proving effective today in understanding what makes each of us unique and individual. £5, £3.50 concs. Ages 16+
THURSDAY 7 JULY
10am – 1.15pm – Home: A Half Day Retreat – Amisha Ghadiali
When was the last time you took the time to go on a half day retreat? No need to go into the countryside, come and do it right here in Deptford. To begin the retreat, we will consider the question, what is home? Is it the place where we live or is it a feeling within ourselves? We will explore our idea of home and the very nature of our identity through simple meditation, gentle movement and journaling with yoga teacher and author of ‘The Future is Beautiful’, Amisha Ghadiali. £7, £5 concs. Ages 16+
1.30pm – 3pm – The Write Prescription – Jackee Holder
Therapeutic and expressive writing can help relieve many of our personal stresses and help to get new perspective on life challenges. In this event led by writer, life coach and inspirational speaker Jackee Holder, come armed with your writing prescription requests and have fun putting them to the test. £5, £3.50 concs. Ages 16+
3.45pm – 5.15pm – ToyBox – Kamari Romeo
Come and express yourself through performance, poetry, creative writing and drama with Kamari Romeo from the Barbican Junior Poets programme. We will explore the transition from primary to secondary school while connecting and having fun, thinking about belonging and new life changes. £3 or £5 for two children. Ages 9 – 11 only (children do not need to be accompanied by an adult)
6.30pm – 8pm – First Thursday: Haiku on Foot - Andrew Stuck
Walk, talk, recite and write Haiku through foot powered poems. Haiku on Foot is a free form walk in which you write and inspire others to write haikus; short structured poems that are just three lines long. FREE. All ages
FRIDAY 8 JULY
8.30am – 9.30am – Home is Where the Dance is – Anna Marie Gayle
This will be a soulful, inspiring and uplifting hour long morning session introducing the basic fundamentals of conscious movement practice. 5 Rhythms dance teacher and theatre practitioner, Anna Marie Gayle, invites you to get into your dance as the starting place and inspiration for all the action and interaction of your day. £5, £3.50 concs. Ages 16+
11am – 12.30pm – Our Unique Creative Process - Harriet Hoult
This workshop will explore what the creative process is and how it can help and inspire each of us in our daily lives. Delve into your own unique creative process individually with a variety of arts materials using therapeutic exercises with abstract artist Harriet Hoult. £5, £3.50 concs. Ages 16+
1pm – 3pm – What’s Your Story? - Yolande Anastasi
Gain insight into your own inner wisdom and internal resources with drama therapist Yolande Anastasi. Regardless of what cultural background we come from, stories are profoundly important in our lives; the characters that live within our stories are alive within us, we just need to access them. £5, £3.50 concs. Ages 16+
3.45pm – 5pm – A House Full of Stories - Mark Stevenson and Ampersand Media
Bring an object that makes you think of home and together we’ll use them to create stories, songs and scenes about what it means to live where you live or where you’d like to live. This will be a fun and playful session for adults, children and families. £4, £2.50 concs. £8 family ticket. Ages 7+. Under 10s must be accompanied by an adult.
6.30pm – 8pm – Theatre from Life: Playing On with the Dragon Café – The Dragon Café
Theatre from Life will allow you to experience how our own rich, authentic experience can create a shared imaginary world both exciting and empathetic. Through a combination of theatre games and improvisation techniques, we’ll gather populate our imaginery world together with multidimensional characters and situations, creating an original piece of theatre for wellbeing. £5, £3.50 concs. Ages 18+
SATURDAY 9 JULY
NOW are bringing a taster of the festival to Lewisham People’s Day with four workshops:
12 – 1pm – Home is Where the Heart is - Lia Younes and Karen Stenning. FREE. Ages 5+
1.15 – 2.45pm – Houses of Light – Janey Moffat and Craftimation Factory. FREE. Ages 5+. Under 10s must be accompanied by an adult.
3 – 4.15pm – Finding Your Groove – Temujin Gill and Grounded Movement. FREE. Ages 5+. Under 10s must be accompanied by an adult.
4.30 – 5.45pm – I Move, Therefore I Am – Kimberley Pena. FREE. Ages 11+
Join us at the Albany marquee to find out more!
This event takes place at Lewisham People’s Day, Mountsfield Park, The Lodge, Stainton Rd, Catford SE6 1AN.
No booking required, just turn up.
All outdoor activities/events are weather dependent and subject to change – please check up to date plans via our website and social media channels, or by contacting Box Office on the day.
For more information on NOW Live Events and the participating artists and organisations, including biographies and interviews, please visit their website here.