Lumiere, London

As part of Lumiere London 2018, Bottle Festoon (an original concept of artist Thadian Pillai) communities from 6 outer boroughs of London- Redbridge, Sutton, Greenwich, Croydon, Lambeth and Walthamstow were engaged in workshops to create glittering, icicle like chandeliers made from white or green plastic bottles. The workshops were suitable for all ages and children from 8+, which became a fantastic outing for the family, and a gave a chance to meet new people from the community. This initiative supported by the Mayor of London was a way to increase the footprint of the festival in far off zones from Central London, and for communities to feel ownership even if they physically couldn’t attend the festival.

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Geetanjali represented Artichoke to run this community engaged programme, where she successfully facilitated 200 Chandeliers made from 6000 plastic bottles collected from a recycling waste unit of a prison. She supported the artists in each borough to conduct workshops in 17 schools where 400 school children took part of year 4, 5 and 6. The workshops were successful in engaging 500 community participants across 24 community groups though a mixture of public drop in sessions, elderly groups, office staff, theatre groups, mental health charity service users, across all ages in 6 London Outer Boroughs.

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The final outcomes were then displayed back after the festival in the same boroughs at local libraries and community centres.