08/09 Edition: East Europeans in London

Waves of immigration from the former Yugoslavia, the new EU accession countries, as well as Russia, have brought many East Europeans to London, changing the ‘urban feel’ of London.

We will focus on the impact this has had:

How has London changed its looks and appearances, how has East European migration altered everyday life in (some parts of) the city, how do East Europeans live, work, and move in and through the city, and what is their own experience and perception of living in a global city like London?

Through the documentary workshop we want to explore the idea that there are different (but also similar and overlapping) parallel ‘Londons’: groups of East European immigrants inhabit and imagine London in their own manner, creating specific networks and mental maps of the city, and interacting with other Londoners in culturally specific ways.