HOME Slough launches Summer Programme 2020

Global Cooking Theatre
Online Cooking and Story Telling to Help You Brush Up on Your Kitchen Skills During Quarantine

Saturday’s at 11am or 3pm, Online Via Zoom
We’ve all been told that in order to maintain a little sanity when self-isolating, it’s good to get routine going. So, at 11am on Saturday 11 July, and for the next 6 weeks, we’ll be tuning into Global Cooking Theatre on Zoom, to learn how to prepare a mouth-watering array of recipes and share food and stories from four different continents: Europe, South Asia, Caribbean and Africa. The Global Cooking Theatre will take you on a journey to learn how to create a nutritional and colourful work of art on a plate! Each week our Artistic Nutritional Creatives (The Chefs!) will dress up in their national traditional dress and take the audience on a tour of their culture and share the secrets of their food with you. The intention is to have fun, learn how to cook a new meal, connect with new people and learn about other cultures.
Our first show will be hosted by Sneeta, who will be preparing stuffed spicy  potato paratha (stuffed flat bread), cabbage and carrot sambharo, raita (yogurt with grated onion, cucumber and toasted cumin) and mango pickle (optional). Sneeta, who was born in Wolverhampton to parents from the Punjab in India, works in a local primary school as a HR and Premises Manager. She said “I’m so excited to be a part of the Global Cooking Theatre Project. It will help increase my confidence; the thought of having to talk on a video terrifies me, but on the other hand I am really looking forward to this.  I’ve chosen to make a vegetarian brunch; which was a real Saturday morning treat when I was growing up, but  you can  adapt this recipe by adding either tuna fish or egg if you prefer”.

 How does it work?
Each week participants will be shown how to create delicious and affordable meals from around the world.
Reserve your place to receive a list of all the ingredients you’ll need and a link to the Zoom webinar.
At 11am or 3pm each Saturday (depending on the session join our Artistic Nutritional Creatives (The Chefs!) in a Zoom webinar to cook your meal together.
While your meal is in the oven, go offline to change for dinner and serve up, re-joining the group, to enjoy your meal, together with your chef and other participants. The chefs will be sharing stories about their meals, dresses and culture.
This project was co-created by Vision Impression Black Expression (VIBE) and Slough Dominican Association (SDA) and HOME Slough.
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 New spoken word workshops with Desree
Thursday’s at 6:30pm for 6 weeks
Want to learn new skills in Spoken Word? And have your work published in a zine? This online course, led by spoken word artist, Desree, offers a different, more creative approach to raising confidence and self-expression, while developing oral communication and written English skills.
From classic to contemporary poets, you can explore and experiment with a range of techniques, styles and patterns regardless of ability and be published in a digital magazine. 
So, whether you want to change the world with your words or get back at an ex;
there is space for it all! 
Desree is a spoken word artist, writer and facilitator. As an Artist in Residence for EMPOWORD, she explores intersectionality, justice and social commentary, occasionally throwing in a f*ckboy poem. As a producer for both Word Up and Word of Mouth, finalist in 2018’s Hammer & Tongue national final and TEDx speaker, she has performed at events around the UK and internationally, including Glastonbury Festival 2019, the Royal Albert Hall and Bowery Poetry New York. And following the sell-out of her debut collection I Find My Strength in Simple Things, Desree paired with visual artist Siannon Saunders, to create the zine Find Yourself A Place in 2019.
Book here
Virtual photography exhibition celebrating the lives of Slough’s
refugees and asylum seekers

From Monday 13 July
HOME Slough in collaboration with local photographer
Simon Barber is staging a one-man exhibition entirely through our weekly newsletters. Each week we’ll publish two of Simon’s  amazing photographs, for you to consider and comment on in whatever way you wish; for example you might like to share your own stories or experience with Simon, put forward ideas for further imagery, or share examples of your own work with Simon and us as we try to break down barriers and get a conversation going on this topic, in an open, creative and inclusive way.

 About this exhibition
Simon said “In 2019 I was interested in investigating the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers, as a follow on to my work on immigrants who had been living here in the UK for several years.  At the time, while much had been documented about their journeys and experiences while travelling to the UK, very little was being recorded about their experiences after they had arrived here.  While I was helping out with English classes at Slough Refugee Support (a charity based in Slough),I got to know and work with some wonderful people, many of whom trusted me with their stories and helped me understand some of the issues they’ve faced since coming to the UK. This dialogue turned into an exciting body of work that shows, in the words of murdered MP Jo Cox that as a community “We have more in common than that which divides us”. 
Not all of Simon’s amazing photographs include images of people, some include abstract imagery,  this is because some of Simon’s subjects didn’t want their photos included in this exhibition for fear of consequences (to either themselves or their friends and families), but all of the imagery represented  will relate in some way back to their direct experiences.
Saturday 15 August, 7pm online

Hosted by Pete Cox, ‘Reflections’ is a time for local poets and musicians to come together to talk about their experiences of the pandemic and consider what the future looks like for them, while sharing the music, poetry and spoken words they’ve created during lockdown.
Pete is a spoken word artist ,compere, painter, writer, poet and comic with a unique style, who weaves words and tells stories based on observational introspection. His spoken word is a dive into a life of extreme experiences and survival, switching between comedy and philosophy to expose not only the shallower but also the deeper parts of existence. He runs an open mic (poetry/spoken word/comedy) night at The Herschal Arms in Slough called 'The Innerverse'.

Guests will include:

Dee Grant, a 26 year old rapper from Slough.
Mike Curtis, whose been writing music and playing in local bands and groups since he was 13. Mike’s currently in an alt rock band called Kodama who hope to play some shows in the area once current lockdown restrictions are lifted.
Jamika, a 22 year old singer songwriter based in Slough. Her repertoire includes pop, rock, reggae and indie covers, while her own music speaks of soft soulful heartbreak. When she’s not  performing  her own songs,  Jamika  is the vocalist for the band Kodama.
Conrad Murray, actor, writer,  director, rapper, beatboxer, singer, theatre maker and artistic director of BAC Beatbox Academy. Based in Mitcham in South-West London,  Conrad is passionate about making work through hip hop and beatbox theatre. He uses his mixed Indian heritage to address issues such as race and heritage to develop new forms of performance and musical theatre. 

How to take part
Reserve your place and we'll send you  details of how to access this opportunity by email, shortly before the event.
Book here

Something for our Care Homes ... 

As many of our residents in care homes have been shielding for so long and often with no contact with family and friends, we’ve created the following opportunities to help keep them safe, creative and entertained while still in lockdown.
The streets are alive with the sound of music!
Music concerts outside local care homes
Over the next six weeks, Home Slough in collaboration with local musician,
Leonie Adams, will be putting on concerts outside several care homes in Slough. 
Léonie, who studied with Igor Sitnikov in Moscow, was a prize winner at the Royal College of Music and is postgraduate scholar at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She was also awarded full scholarships to the prestigious Santander Academy to study with Natalia Gutman and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi in 2006, and the Toronto Summer Music Academy and Festival with Janos Starker in 2007. Léonie was also a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and has been a concerto soloist across Europe with performances including the Schumann Concerto with the Luxembourg Philharmonic, and Bruch’s Kol Nidrei, Elgar, Dvorak and Haydn C major Concertos in the UK.
Please contact us a
t if you run a care home and would like to take part in this opportunity.

Creative art workshops for local care homes
Each Thursday
These online workshops, which are aimed at residents in care homes who have to take extra measures to self-isolate. Over the course of six weeks, participants will be supported to create several unique and beautiful artworks, that we’ll showcase at the end of our summer programme. Participants will have the opportunity spend time online with local artist
Fahima Muhbub, who specialises in working with recycled materials, as she shows them how create beatifical objects from  new and unusual materials.
Fahima, who grew up in Bangladesh, has worked as an illustrator for the United Nation, designing awareness programs on a multitude of different topics, as has participated in several national and international exhibitions in recent years.
Please email us at if you run a care home and would be interested in taking part in this opportunity. 

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