The festival of gifts!
A space to play, learn, explore, share, care and celebrate!
A space for reciprocity and co-creation! Join Us!
We invite you to consider what is feeling alive for you at the moment – this could be offering a game, a workshop, a conversation, a song, a dance, a walk, a hop or a skip!
It can be something you’re great at already, or something you’re experimenting with and would like a space to share with others.
The deadline for submitting events is April the 23rd.
No. All events are offered in the spirit of gift. When booking a ticket, there is an option to donate. All funds raised through the Giftival will go towards Free We Grow’s Community Fund, to make the project more accessible and help us maintain our commitment never to turn anyone away for financial reasons.
Themes that are close to our heart are childhood and our relationship with the more than human world; our care for Dacres Wood Nature reserve and the local area, free learning, play, music, storytelling, dance, art, science and discovery, crafts and making, food: eating it, preparing it and growing it! Community, belonging and diversity! Traditional wisdom and ritual! We celebrate intergenerational spaces, decolonial spaces, queer spaces, learning and playing together! We love passion and care in all their diverse manifestations and want to make space to share that!
We welcome different ways of knowing, exploratory events, the amateurs (a word derived from the latin, to love) and the sages.
“Sarita kare na paan, vriksh na fal chaakhe kadi. Khet na khave dhaan, parhit neepjay sekhra”
The river never drinks its own water. The tree never tastes its own fruit. The field never consumes its own harvest.
They selflessly strive for the well-being of all those around them.
“Gratitude and reciprocity are the currency of a gift economy, and they have the remarkable property of multiplying with every exchange, their energy concentrating as they pass from hand to hand, a truly renewable resource”.
Robin Wall Kimmerer
Special thanks to Free We Grow families for helping to put together this Giftival, as well as friends at The Village at Corbett Community Library, the Freedom to Learn Network, Waste Not Want Not Battersea, the Visionaries and the support and collaboration of the Friends of Dacres Wood and Lewisham Council.