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What’s the ONE event you need to go to in 2016?

Opening day of the ONE Festival.

What else, but the ONE Festival! Held at the Diorama Arts Studios located at 201 Drummond Street, NW1 (just a short stroll from either Euston or Warren Street tube), this two-month long festival is a celebration of the arts by Londoners who have experienced homelessness. The Festival includes films revealing personal accounts of homelessness, poetry and live painting, as well as an exhibition of beautiful artworks including a section celebrating the 10th anniversary of Homeless Diamonds (what an amazing achievement, and well done to Jen, Gasan and all the contributing artists/poets etc!) and some beautiful pieces from Chris Wilson. The ever-smiling David Tovey, Founder of ONE Festival

The Festival is founded by David Tovey (the Artist in Residence at Diorama) with the support of the big-hearted General Manager, Jacob Stevens. It's held in collaboration with Clothing the Homeless, Homeless Diamonds, Hopeful Traders, Streetwise Opera, St Mungo's and many other organisations. Cafe Art too, of course! There is a film screening of 'Something You can call Home' by Rebecca Kenyon & Mote of Dust Films on Thursday 15th Sept 2016 at 6pm. And you can't miss the closing party on Friday 30th Sept 2016 which kicks off with wonderful singing from The Choir with No Name at 5pm before they finish with a special reading of Chris Wilson's new book, The Glue Ponys, by the man himself. You can read more about the ONE Festival and David Tovey on this article here. So if there's a bucket list for 2016, make sure this ONE is included ....! PS. To go with this one event you need to attend, here's the only ONE item you need to buy before 2016 comes to an end!

Artists, friends, guests and supporters coming together as ONE to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Homeless Diamonds.

(L-R) David Tovey, Chris Wilson and Jacob Stevens standing in front of Chris's beautiful artworks currently on exhibition at the Festival.

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