Cultural Activities

MTR has been supported by Young Hackney to deliver a Cultural Arts Programme

The activities will enable young people to explore their own sense of identity and others and develop their cultural capital.

Some of the visits will be:

Our Journey through the Arts

Starting with – Future Film Festival

Twenty of us attended the Future Film Festival at the BFI over two days. We saw a vast array of inspirational speakers.

‘Hearing  Nikki Amuka-Bird was one of the highlights!!’The S.O.U.L. Session

Was great to see lots of different types of films such as  Listen to Britain  short documentaries exploring British identity today.

Migration Museum

A group of us from Hackney City Farm went to the museum. We did lots of games, had a tour of the exhibition finishing with making our own campaign badges.

Click here here to hear some of our FEEDBACK

The Crystal

The Crystal is a building on Royal Victoria Dock in east London that contains a permanent exhibition about sustainable development. We had a tour of the whole exhibition. We saw visual installations, participated in games and designed our own environmentally friendly building – Here’s a couple of clips from our design workshop – Building Design – More design ideas

We learnt lots about what we can do to help our environment…Video Clip about WATER

What we are committed to reducing our Carbon Footprint – OUR COMMITMENT

Over the Easter break we went on a lot of trips  –  Europe’s first traditional Hindu Temple

‘I learnt lots about spiritual traditions’ ‘Was really insightful…’ ‘Today was enlightening, where we all took in the tranquility and calm zen of the temple…’ 9/10

We have been the the Globe Theatre to see The little Matchgirl

The Photographers GalleryHope to Nope Exhibition at the Design Museum

Battersea Arts Centre theatre performance of BLACK

Space and Sound Exhibition

‘Some of the exhibitions were really different, I learnt lots of new things..’ ‘Today I learnt to think more critically about artwork used for politics’ ‘I really like where the play was located…It was a really realistic story about racism…’ ‘Great to see a play with only two actors’ ‘Stage set was really colourful..I would love to go again’ ‘Could really relate to the messages in the play – would definitely go again’


‘Cultural Capital’ has been defined as ‘the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours and skills that one collects in order to demonstrate one’s cultural competence, and thus one’s social status or standing in society’ [Pierre Bourdieu]. We all have cultural capital, and use it daily to navigate and interpret the world around us. Ways of acquiring and displaying knowledge, and what kinds of cultural capital is considered ‘important’, differs. All forms of are valid, but they are not valued equally by society’s institutions, and this results in real economic and political consequences. The Warwick Commission Report (2015) found that only a very small portion of the population (8%) directly benefitted from public investment into arts and culture; and that the majority of these beneficiaries are white, affluent and middle class. Despite being one of the top 6 richest cities in the world, many London’s residents experience profound economic and social inequalities. Young people’s ability to get meaningful exposure to arts and culture or have a platform through which to explore and express their own sense of self, is often very limited.
“[we] need to take a united and coherent approach that guarantees equal access for everyone to a rich cultural education and the opportunity to live a creative life. There are barriers and inequalities in Britain today that prevent this from being a universal human right. This is bad for business and bad for society.” Vikki Heywood, Warwick Commission


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