‘Better Barkingside’ Tea Parties

Did you know that King Solomon High School in Barkingside was opened by King Hussein of Jordan? Or did you know that Kathy Kirby (singer from the 60’s) was born in Barkingside? Her big hit was “Secret Love” originally made popular by Doris Day.

This Thursday we’ll be hosting two customised tea parties at Fullwell Cross Library for local residents as part of the Better Barkingside project.

Join artist and tea hostess Sadia Ur-Rehman on Thursday 20th June at 11am and 3pm for tea, fancy snacks and Barkingside-themed parlour games including the ‘Barkingside Quiz’. Share your memories and experiences of your local area and contribute to the wider Better Barkingside project delivered by the London borough of Redbridge.

Suitable for adults aged 16+, only 25 places available for each tea party.

Tickets are free and available via Eventbrite:

http://sadiasteaparty.eventbrite.com/

Community Dialogues: Tea Party with the Brazilian Educational & Cultural Centre


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On Saturday 11th May, we hosted a bespoke tea party for the Brazilian Educational & Cultural Centre at Kew Gardens as part of the project ‘Community Dialogues’. The project aims to engage and bring together groups of different, diverse cultural backgrounds to creatively explore and exchange dialogues on edible plants. Our Brazilian tea party guests were a lively bunch with lots of stories to tell and yummy recipes to share! We looked in detail at four edible plants, these were; coffee, tea, chillies and cocoa, and of course these are grown directly at Kew Gardens. The group also talked of edible plants native to Brazil and other countries in South America, it was fascinating to hear about these plants and how they were eaten, and one only wished we could have had a taste!

We captured some lovely stories in our ‘Stories Studio, looking forward to editing the film that comes out of all of the tea parties. Here are some photos from the day.

(c) Photo credits: Mikey Knott

 

Community Dialogues at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Artist and Tea party hostess Sadia Ur-Rehman has been busy developing the project ‘Edible Plants: Community Dialogues’ for Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Sadia will be working with four local community organisations in a series of workshops in the format of a ‘pop up tea salon’ to explore edible plants in both the Temperate House and Palm House.

The project aims to engage and bring together groups of different, diverse cultural backgrounds to creatively explore and exchange dialogues on edible plants. The origins of a series of edible plants will be explored, how they are used in cooking and in particular specific stories shared and captured.

On Thursday 21st February, Sadia hosted her first tea party with Age UK Hounslow at Kew exploring the edible plants; tea, cocoa, chilli pepper and turmeric. The group had some lively discussions and shared some interesting stories!

Here are a selection of photos from the day:

(c) Photo credits: Mikey Knott