Between the Storeys

25th August 2018 11:00
Smithfield Market
Smithfield Market, London, EC1A 9PS
Between the Storeys is a collaboration between Poet in the City and Culture Mile, using poetry and film to animate the stories, histories and experiences of different communities living within the historical boundaries of Smithfield.

Over the course of six months, we commisioned a trio of celebrated poets Murray Lachlan Young, Imtiaz Dharker and Joshua Idehen to delve into life at Smithfield; engaging with its inhabitants, industries and architecture, and producing three poems reflecting what they found.

These poems have now been brought to life by film maker Charlotte Ginsborg in the form of three exciting poetic films, featuring local people and places as the backdrop to her narrative.

From encounters with skeletons deep beneath the Museum of London, to skyline views from brutalist tower blocks, our artists have ventured up, down and in-between the parallel layers of living that exist within Smithfield. The pieces they created echo the collective voices of a community: early morning meat market moments; snippets from the school yard; the rhythm fuelled roar of ravers at Fabric.

This August Bank Holiday we invite you to join us for the world premier of the Between the Storeys films at Smithfield 150 Festival. The screenings will take place throughout the weekend, with audiences being invited to enter our Silent Cinema shipping container, don headphones, and experience the films in an intimate environment. The films will be complemented by Q&A's with director Charlotte Ginsborg and three live poetry events with our poets.

All events at Smithfield 150 are FREE

For the full programme for the festival, please see below.


Festival premier of the Between the Storeys films.

Silent Cinema: 11am - 8pm

Screenings will start every hour, and half past the hour.

Special screenings followed by Q & A sessions with director Charlotte Ginsborg:

12.30pm, 2.30pm, 4.30pm

Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.



Festival premier of the Between the Storeys films

Silent Cinema: 11am - 12pm and 7pm - 8pm

Screenings will start every hour, and half past the hour.

Live Poetry Events

1pm: Community Life in Smithfield with poets Murray Lachlan Young and Simon Mole.

2.30pm: Heritage and Archives with poets Imtiaz Dharker, Momtaza Mehri and actor Mariah Gale.

4pm: Nightlife with poets Joshua Idehen, Shay D and Debris Stevenson.

5pm: DJ set from Felt Sound.
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