25 Jun

Reclaim our Spaces

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 25/06/2016
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Location
Conway Hall

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This year The Spark is going to be a set of collaborative events across London starting on the 25th June with ‘Reclaim Our Spaces’ from Ubele Initiative, Just Space and The Spark at Conway Hall.

The day will include storytelling about different community spaces across London; exhibitions; documentaries, discussions and a screening of ‘You can’t move history’ by Long Live South Bank!

Our lives are shaped by the spaces in which we live.

When we give away important community space for another transient pop-up cafe or block of luxury flats, we give away part of our lives. We give away London’s cultural and community history.

The planning system is not currently equipped with the policies required to protect these spaces

London’s skyrocketing land values are used as a trump card against arguments for competing uses. As a result we have lost many spaces and others are coming under increasing threat.

It doesn’t have to be this way! In 2013, the Southbank skatespot was saved by a successful campaign.

We need a movement that mobilises people across London.

We cannot act only when a space is under threat. We cannot wait.

On Sat 25th June we aim to start building a coalition as well as celebrating the diversity of movements and campaigns across London, learning from successful campaigns and mistakes.

Together we can change the status quo. We can better influence a planning system to connect it to people’s lives and livelihoods, instead of it threatening the very spaces which give rise to London’s diverse communities.