Creative engagement is at the heart of what we do at Quilombo UK.
We get people together in ways that are inspiring and fun. These opportunities enable us to challenge misconceptions and broaden minds.
Many people in our society are discriminated against because of particular characteristics such as religion, ethnicity, or gender.
In June 2016, we ran a social experiment to highlight the issue.
5 male volunteers were filmed spending the day dressed in women's clothes.
Our documentary shows the footage from the day, including reactions from the passers by, the impact on our volunteers and how they were thinking differently after the experiment.
Celebrating Freedom was an 18-month programme of workshops funded by the National Lottery.
Through the use of interactive & creative workshops, we challenged people to think about the concept of freedom and what it meant to them.
Raising over £20,000 we ran more than 20 workshops and activities across Kingston and London bringing communities together to think about freedom, unity and equality.
More than 1,500 people took part in our event across 20 different venues passing our message of unity and equality and increasing brand awareness of our sponsors.
Only when one is without fear of judgement are we free. Freedom is the essence of the soul.
For 2 days we flooded Kingston's historic Market Place with Brazilian music, flavours and culture.
In the context of the 2016 Olympic Games, Quilombo UK hosted a cultural festival to celebrate diversity and encourage community cooperation and acceptance.
With the support and sponsorship of partners and local businesses, we delivered a weekend packed full of activities and performances.
Promotions by local radio, social media and publications attracted hundreds of people to the event, passing our message of diversity and increasing brand awareness of our sponsors.
You have to taste a culture to understand it.
In 2010 we held a two-day workshop where participants made a musical instrument from scratch.
The group consisted of those in sheltered accommodation, local residents and the police. It was a bid to bring the local community and services together with those in sheltered accommodation.
They produced a beautiful instrument. More importantly, stereotypes were challenged on all sides.