Summer Food & Film Festival
Aug
19
12:00pm12:00pm

Summer Food & Film Festival

Welcome Cinema & Kitchen are inviting you all to what will be an amazing day filled with gorgeous cuisine, fabulous films & plenty of fun at our Summer Food & Film Festival, 19th August, Dalston Roof Park. To tickle your fancy and wet your taste buds take a look at what we have in store...

BOOT YARD - Welcome Kitchen will host a selection of stalls serving food from the countries which make up this incredible community project. Ten nations including Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Iran, Palestine, Ivory Coast and Ethiopia. This delicious food, produced to the standard of our main event at Amnesty, will be served up by the chefs themselves happy to talk about the background to their dishes.

THE BUNKER - Welcome Cinema presents a schedule of screenings curated by the refugee centres who attend our regular events. The films will be shown back to back with an introduction included for context.

THE BEE GARDEN - A schedule of family friendly events including live performances from The Akawaaba Choir, Praxis Poets and capoeira from Grupo Senzala London, as well as talks, kids activities, world music and local Hackney talent.

Doors open at 12pm with the day running until 6pm


Tickets are free to refugees and asylum seekers. Please email welcomepresents@gmail.com

Tickets for entry are £5.00 for everyone else. See you there!

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Bend It Like Beckham + Q&A
Jul
27
6:00pm 6:00pm

Bend It Like Beckham + Q&A

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Welcome Cinema + Kitchen are kicking off the summer with classic British hit, BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM.

"You seldom leave a theater walking on air, much less float all through a movie. But the joyous Bend It Like Beckham never lets you down." The Washington Post

Joining us to celebrate the film’s 15-year anniversary is the brilliant Juliet Stevenson (Truly Madly Deeply, Mona Lisa Smile) and star of the West End musical, Natalie Dew.

The Welcome Kitchen never set a foot wrong with their delicious supper club to end all supper clubs. Don’t miss your chance to try the finest food from around the world. Final menu released closer to the time.

This event is a football special so be prepared for a few surprises… Doors open at 6pm. Movie starts at 6.30. Dinner from 8.30. In conversation with Juliet Stevenson and special guests, 9pm.


Tickets are free to refugees and asylum seekers. Please email welcomepresents@gmail.com

Prices start at £19.50 for everyone else.
 

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World Refugee Week - Global Iftar Fundraiser
Jun
22
6:30pm 6:30pm

World Refugee Week - Global Iftar Fundraiser

Welcome Cinema + Kitchen are proud to celebrate World Refugee Week - Global Iftar Fundraiser.

On 22nd June we invite people from all backgrounds and faiths to break-fast together in the spirit of this year’s theme, Our Shared Future. In a time of much needed compassion toward strangers and friends an evening of unity is worth celebrating.

Our special event begins with a screening of the critically acclaimed BARAKA.
'In the ancient Sufi language, BARAKA translates as ‘the thread that weaves life together’. Shot in breath-taking 70mm in 24 countries on six continents, BARAKA is a transcendent global tour that explores the sights and sounds of the human condition like nothing you’ve ever seen or felt before.'

The Welcome Kitchen’s famous supper club will be served after sundown observing Ramadan. This month’s delicious menu lists food from Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Senegal, Somalia and Libya.


Family film : Baraka
7pm - £10 / £5 unwaged

Inclusive Iftar
TBC 9.25pm - £25 / £15 unwaged

Combo Ticket
£34 / £19 unwaged

Closest mosques: 
Shoreditch Mosque Redchurch street | 2minute walk
East London Mosque Whitechapel | 15 minute walk

Event features ethical dates from The Date Project supporting Palestine and Syria with food and water, and prayer room with prayer facilities.


100% Proceeds Support:
Reach4humanity
Frontline relief in Somalia, Syria, Burma, Yemen and Kashmir


Help Refugees | Meena Centre
Supporting newly arrived women and children in Birmingham
 

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Gone Too Far + Q&A
May
25
6:00pm 6:00pm

Gone Too Far + Q&A

Welcome Cinema + Kitchen will have you in giggles this month with a screening of GONE TOO FAR! Destiny Ekaragha’s ultra-low-budget first feature is an ambitious and engagingly authentic adaptation of Bola Agbaje’s Olivier award-winning play. 

“‘Gone Too Far!’ retains the wit, the wisdom and the Peckham setting, but it has a great deal more to say.” TIME OUT

British-Nigerian teenager Yemi is trying oh so hard: he’s got the right clothes, he listens to the right music, he stays out of trouble. Even local princess Armani has started paying attention. But when his socks-and-sandals-wearing Nigerian brother Ikudayisi arrives from home, Yemi’s credibility is suddenly at stake.

This event includes poetry, prizes and the star of the show – Welcome Kitchen’s legendary supper club! Look out for menu announcements closer to the time.

Arrive hungry. Leave laughing.

Tickets are free to refugees and asylum seekers. Please email welcomepresents@gmail.com

Prices start at £17.50 for everyone else.

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Apr
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

La La Land + Special Guests

Welcome Cinema + Kitchen bursts into spring with an exclusive screening of LA LA LAND followed by a live dance performance. 

A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles in this modern musical classic.

‘Audacious, retro, funny and heartfelt, La La Land is the latest great musical for people who don’t like musicals – and will slap a mile-wide smile across the most miserable of faces.’ Empire

The Cherry Blossoms will be performing live after the screening. A group of internationally diverse dance students from Roehampton University will perform an excerpt from the thesis work of Kali Allen exploring the topic of fear.

Our infamous supper club menu will soon be released by the wonderful Welcome Kitchen Team. Check Facebook and twitter but don’t wait too late. Tickets for this feast sell on reputation alone. 

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Arrival + Q&A
Mar
30
6:30pm 6:30pm

Arrival + Q&A

In the week NASA discovered an entirely new solar system that could support alien life… Welcome Cinema + Kitchen announce ARRIVAL as our next screening.

When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors. Introspective, philosophical and existentially inclined the story unfolds in an unwavering tenor of chest-tightening excitement.

‘In any language, human or otherwise, it will leave you speechless.’ – Robbie Collin, The Telegraph.

Join us Thursday March 30th for the Welcome Kitchen’s legendary supper club. Share food from around the world with friends old and new. Then kick back and enjoy this stunning, Oscar favourite film followed by a panel discussion with very special guests.  Oh, and there will be prizes…

Tickets are free to refugees and asylum seekers. Please email welcomepresents@gmail.com
Prices start at £17.50 for everyone else.


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Queen of Katwe + Q&A
Feb
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

Queen of Katwe + Q&A

Pack your January blues away and join us for February’s Welcome Cinema. Food, film and friends return this month with a screening of QUEEN OF KATWE followed by a Q&A with Poet Jade Amoli Jackson and British female chess champion Jovanka Housa.

‘A mainstream movie set in Africa that’s not about conflict zones, has an entirely black speaking cast, and is centred on the intellectual achievements of a female protagonist – this makes Queen of Katwe an altogether radical anomaly, yet it couldn’t be more multiplex-friendly.’ – Jonathan Romney, The Guardian

Our supper clubs are the stuff of legends. The Welcome Kitchen will be cooking up their usual spread of African and Middle Eastern – menu to be announced shortly.

Tickets for this event are free to refugees. For the great British public seats start at £17.50 and cap at £25. The price covers a sit down dinner, movie and post film discussion. We ask that you pay what you can afford bearing in mind that your food is lovingly cooked and served by volunteers. 


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The BFG + Q&A
Jan
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

The BFG + Q&A

Join us in dreaming big with an exclusive screening of The BFG! Steven Spielberg's take on Roald Dahl's family favourite is a heartwarming story of humanity, magic and snozzcumbers. Q&A with writer Dennis Kelly (Utopia, Pulling, Matilda!), writer/creator Michael de Souza (Rastamouse) and Poet Amir Darwish.

"A scrumdiddlyumptious feast" five stars - Mark Kermode - The Guardian

The Welcome Kitchen will be winning over bellies and hearts with their delicious cuisine from Yemen, Syria, Ivory Coast, Iraq and Ethiopia. It’s a foodie’s paradise.

Tickets for this event start at £15 and cap at £25. The price covers a sit down dinner, movie and post film discussion. We ask that you pay what you can afford bearing in mind that your food is lovingly cooked and served by volunteers. Children are welcome at our January screening!

NB. Refugees and asylum seekers are entitled to travel expenses to this event. Please bring along your receipt and ask for Maggie at the door.


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The Artist + Q&A
Nov
7
6:00pm 6:00pm

The Artist + Q&A

We are excited to announce our November screening, THE ARTIST, a joyful salute to cinema history in which a silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. A lovable comedy full of personality and charm.

'Sometimes cinema should just be pure, unadulterated joy, and The Artist is precisely that, in every wordless frame. 5 stars' - Times

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Robert Rider, Head of Barbican Film. Director Rain Allen-Miller, Baraa Halabieh and Sophie NL Besse of PSYCHEdelight theatre company.

Welcome Kitchen will be bringing us delicious cuisine from Syria, Libya and Iran.


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Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom + Q&A
Oct
11
6:00pm 6:00pm

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom + Q&A

An inspirational story following Nelson Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

Q&A Producer David M Thompson and writer William Nicholson 

Welcome Kitchen brought us delicious cuisine from Syria, Iraq, Libya and the Ivory Coast.


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