From 9-31 January 2016, Camden People’s Theatre presents Whose London Is It Anyway?, a festival of theatre, performance and discussion exploring the changing face of our capital city. In the run-up to the May 2016 mayoral election, this unique event explores London’s housing crisis, the impact of “regeneration”, the privatising of public space, and the experience of living in Europe’s only megacity.
As artists ‘pop up’ in defunct shops, social housing tenants are moved hundreds of miles across the country, and garages sell for hundreds of thousands of pounds, CPT asks: What is a city for? Who does London belong to? What do we want to protect about our city, and what are we prepared to lose?
As part of this festival, we’ve recruited a designer to re-imagine our street-facing windows as living spaces. This is part commentary on the ‘beds in sheds’ phenomenon and Londoners’ ever-shrinking accommodation, part public performance installation – and part eye-catching promo for our festival.
We’re now looking for volunteers to occupy these windows for 12 hours a day, throughout the festival (9-31 January). Whether you need to catch up on admin, take a nap, read a book, or watch the world go by – we’d love to have you!
We’re looking to have volunteers in the windows from 10am-10pm each day. We’d pay for your food, you’d get complimentary tickets to events in our festival – and we’d invite you to blog about or otherwise document your experience of living publicly in our windows. If you’d be up for taking part, please email Anna ([email protected]) with the subject title “Window occupation”.