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Refugee stories come to life in Lyric Square

Shoppers were surprised to stumble upon a maze in Lyric Square last weekend. It wasn’t long before many were exploring the winding corridors encouraged by a pair of attention-grabbing actors.

Called Routes, the installation was created by Kintsugi Theatre, a London-based drama group. The installation was designed to make people think about the plight of refugees and the experiences which force them to flee their home countries.

See all the pictures of the event on our Flickr photo gallery

It featured two actors, one English and one Iranian, who put on regular, short performances. After gathering an audience, they led people into the maze made of wood and mesh which contained works of art and refugee’s stories.

The project was funded by Hammersmith & Fulham Council and is part of our strategy to boost the arts and culture scene in the borough. It includes securing an £8.6 million funding boost for H&F arts groups over the next four years.

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Image caption: Image 2: Cllr Ben Coleman (far right) discusses the installation on Lyric Square

“We have some fantastic, innovative arts groups in Hammersmith & Fulham and that’s something to really be proud of,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration.

“This project is one of the many events and organisations we help fund to help arts groups thrive and bring new experiences to H&F residents.”

“There’s often a lack of understanding of refugees, about why they had to leave their country,” said the project’s producer Hannah Tookey. “Theatre is often a more empathetic way of dealing with these issues.”