A programme of art, architecture and infrastructure to mark the centenary of the UK’s biggest council housing estate


Belinda Zhawi

Belinda Zhawi

New Town Voices

The White House

Writer and poet Belinda Zhawi collaborated with a group of young people across social care services in Barking and Dagenham to explore the power of spoken word. Belinda and the group used a range of creative and collaborative techniques including protest, cut-out, black-out and audio poetry, to reflect on personal experiences of the year and imagine alternative futures. New Town Voices culminated in a series of co-produced broadcasts accompanied by a printed zine and resource toolkit.

New Town Voices created a safe space for young people to collectively explore dynamics and structures of power, oppression, injustice and isolation; providing a platform to be subversive and reflective about society. The workshops supported the development of a set of tools for young people, helping to mobilise their voices, words and stories for personal and collective empowerment.

The White House
884 Green Lane

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Belinda Zhawi is a Zimbabwean born writer and educator currently based in London. Her work explores Afro-diasporic research and narratives, and how art and education can be used as intersectional tools. Belinda also experiments with sound as MA.MOYO, heavily collaborating within the ever growing South East London jazz and beat-making scene.

Commissioned by The White House as part of New Town Culture, a programme of artistic and cultural activity taking place in adult and children’s social care and curated by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Funded by the GLA’s Young Londoners Fund, the MOPAC Violence Reduction Unit, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

MA.MOYO stream on SoundCloud