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Cockney Conversations Month 2022: 3rd March – 4th April 2022

March 3 @ 12:00 pm April 4 @ 1:00 pm

London Cultural Conference

The first Cockney Conversations Month* runs from Thursday 3rd March- Monday 4th April 2022 and kicks off with six online discussions on the significance of Cockney cultural heritage and how it adapted to physical, social and cultural changes in the East End.

What are Cockney Cultures?
The Cockney identity is under threat from bias, prejudice and ignorance. However, history shows how Cockney is an identity based on positive, inclusive values. We celebrate what it means to be Cockney today, for all creeds and races, from its East End heartland and beyond, through to the global Cockney diaspora. Cockney Cultures encourages greater self-belief, confidence, and pride in who Cockneys are, what they stand for, and how they can best work together to face their shared future.

Cockney Cultures is asking interested individuals, cultural and community groups, public bodies and venues to work with us through support, resourcing and long-term collaboration. The idea grew out of a public debate held in March 2021 called ‘Can Cockney Be Saved?’ led by Andy Green from Grow Social Capital CIC. Since then, Andy and Saif Osmani from the Bengali East End Heritage Society joined heads to kickstart the initiative to celebrate the culture of London’s working-class communities.
Come along and join us in the debates and discussions!

So what’s in store for Cockney Conversations Month 2022?

Online discussions and debates (every 45 minutes):

1) ‘Is Cockney dying?’, Thursday 3rd March 2022 @ midnight (GMT): guest academic sociolinguists, cultural commentators and questions from the audience. BOOKING LINK: https://iscockneydying.eventbrite.com

2) ‘The Story of Cockney in 50 Objects’, Thursday 10th March 2022 @ midnight (GMT): a Cockney ‘Room 101’ where visitors can recommend their top 50 cultural objects. BOOKING LINK: https://50cockneyobjects.eventbrite.com

3) ‘Is Essex Cockney?’, Thursday 17th March 2022 @ midnight (GMT): sharing academic sociolinguistic studies on Cockney diaspora. BOOKING LINK: https://isessexcockney.eventbrite.com

4) ‘Cockney-Bengali rhyming slang: how can Cockney revivalists learn from the Sylheti-Bengali Language Movement?’, Thursday 24th March 2022 @ midnight (GMT): BOOKING LINK: https://cockneybengali.eventbrite.com

5) ‘You havin’ a larf? Is there such a thing as Cockney humour?’, Thursday 31st March 2022 @ midnight (GMT)? BOOKING LINK: https://cockneyhumour.eventbrite.com

6) ‘Cockneycide – Is there prejudice against regional accents?’, Monday 4th April 2022 @ midnight (GMT): a panel of cultural commentators and open discussions. Can ‘inclusive tribalism’ tackle ‘divisive’ tribalism? BOOKING LINK: https://cockneycide.eventbrite.com

The events listed above are FREE, although places are limited. Book your place through the Eventbrite links or email cockneycultures@gmail.com
*Events will be added to the programme throughout the month. In-person events will follow current UK Government guidelines on coronavirus.

Follow and share online… @cockneycultures


Further links:
Cockney Conversations web page: https://growsocialcapital.org.uk/campaigns/cockney-conversations/
Cockney Conversations Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/cockney-cultures-40926966283?s=166173699
Bengali East End Heritage Society – http://www.bengalieastend.org
Grow Social Capital – http://www.growsocialcapital.org.uk


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