Gold & Ashes: Our Stories

On Saturday 7th March Gold & Ashes: Our Stories took place at Bay20 Community Centre within the programme of POP! Festival. The event was part of photographer Feruza Afewerki’s project, that includes a photo series on the Grenfell Community. The project has also featured a series of creative storytelling workshops with young people.

Feruza is an inspiration and a role model. She created the project to honour her family members and to help make sure others who felt forgotten were seen and cared for. She has worked tirelessly to support and share the voices of the Grenfell community – those affected and those who loved them.

The event of two halves featured a wellbeing afternoon that explored self-care and mental health. The informative panel of therapists and community coaches shared insights alongside the incredible Young Grenfell NHS ambassadors.

The evening event focused on sharing stories at the heart of Grenfell through poetry, song, music and personal experiences. This moving day was warm, welcoming, nurturing and inspiring.

What the audience had to say:

Amazing to hear from the young adults and their experiences. Was great to hear from them how to engage in conversations about their emotions.

I thought it was brilliant!

Really safe, welcoming space. Great to hear so many authentic voices.

Really interesting to hear from community members and professionals. Particularly impressed by the Young Grenfell kids.

Excellent. Talking through problems, any problems is so important.

Wonderfully organised, caring and supportive environment. Expert panellists who gave great advice. It made me feel a range of emotions and connections on a deeper level.

This event was amazing. My key takeaway was that we need to have positive conversations around mental health.

Loved the young people coming together to speak about the event. And share their personal stories.

I think talking about the importance of owning your narrative and the importance of self-defining your identity to move forward from the trauma felt very important. The welcoming feeling of the event was great and really special. Thank you Feruza and the Gold & Ashes team.

The words have been particularly powerful, and there seems a unified sense of peace and power.

Want more?

POP! Festival continues until the 27th March! Coming up next:

  • Marie Klimis, A Love Letter, step into a vintage caravan to discover the love stories of the over 50s from the Portobello area through dioramas and installations. Thursday 12-Sunday 14th March, 12-6pm
  • Produced Moon’s MANIFEST, a drag king flashmob in the heart of the Westway estate, exploring gender, power, and public space, Friday 20th March, 6.30-8pm
  • Tolu Coker and Ade Coker’s Masqueraded Memoirs, a documentary exploring past and present music, political and carnival culture in North Kensington. Saturday 21st March, 3-4.30pm

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