Xriss Xross: Free One Day Festival

Xriss Xross: Free One Day Festival

A new, free one-day festival of poetry, art, performance, and workshops

Join the Poetry School in collaboration with Raw Labs and the Royal Docks for a quickfire exchange of ideas, culture, language, and ‘cross-literature’ in this one-day inter-disciplinary festival of workshops and live writing.

Using the Royal Docks’ 150 year heritage as a global centre for trade and a meeting point of different cultures and languages, this unique festival of inter-disciplinary workshops will explore multiple creative exchanges, experimentations, and explorations of boundaries, trade, travel, immigration, forgotten stories, and unheard voices past and present.

With multiple overlapping sessions loosely linked together via interactive poetry creation, happenings, workshops, and events, fusing creative writing and poetry workshops with performance, music, and art, Xriss Xross will feature workshops led by Anthony Anaxagorou, Jade Cuttle, Leo Boix, Dean Atta, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Eleanor Penny, and Ella Frears. The programme will include cut-ups, songwriting, beginners poetry workshops, translation games, and much more.

The festival culminates at 7pm with two very special performances: Antosh Wojcik will be presenting a new live piece, ‘weird today’, combining poetry, drumming and sound art; and Anthony Anaxagorou will be reading from his latest collection, After the Formalities.

Note: This is a free event, but all workshops will be ticketed a week before the event to help manage demand. Please book now to express your general interest and to be the first to find out when the full programme is released. The full day includes fully licensed bar and café.


Xriss Xross

Saturday 14 September, 11am – 8pm

Raw Labs, Norton Quays, Royal Albert Wharf, London, E16 2QP


Xriss Xross will take place at RAW Labs, Norton Quays, Royal Albert Wharf, London, E16 2QP
RAW Labs is less than a 5-minute walk from Gallions Reach DLR station. Once you have come down from either platform, take a left down Atlantis Avenue, away from the big roundabout. Walk down Atlantis Avenue until you reach a crossroads with Gallions Road. Take a left down Gallions Road until you see a block of flats directly in front of you and a sign that says ‘Royal Albert Wharf’. Walk along the left of the block of flats (Shackleton Way, turning into Hudson Way) towards the waterfront. RAW Labs is the corner building at the end of this row on your left hand side. 


Xriss Xross is part of Join the Docks, the Royal Docks’ summer festival. From July til September, everyone is invited to explore the area’s beautiful water, parks, outdoor spaces, and venues through three months of special events. Spanning 4km of London’s historic docklands, this curated cultural programme will nurture connections between neighbours, Londoners, and the communities that make up this part of Newham, East London. 



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