18 Mar - 12 Apr


Homegrown Festival is back for 2019 - and it's bigger than ever.


Underrepresented communities, collectives, entrepreneurs, young artists and activists occupy all corners of Battersea Arts Centre for a whole month. 
Theatre, music, live games, virtual experiences, rap, poetry and installations collide as old certainties are overturned and new possibilities imagined. As the UK faces an uncertain future, Homegrown Festival: Occupy gives a platform to rethink it from a fresh, internationalist perspective.
With over 20 shows across 4 weeks, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking to…
Connect with new people....Share another person's experience....Change the world
Discover radical ideas...Uncover hidden histories...Try something different
Celebrate new beginnings...Socialise with new and old friends...Party into the future

Homegrown Festival: Occupy is curated by Saad-Eddine Said as part of Up Next - a partnership between Artistic Directors of the Future, the Bush Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre, which hands the keys of two London theatres over to visionary artists of colour.


Shows to connect, share & change:

18 - 22 Mar | Post
Join us at the table, eat yummy Portuguese food, get merry, make new friends and challenge what makes a 'nation'. 

28 Mar - 6 Apr | The Mission: Occupy Mars
A live game for 50 people as they try, simply, to survive on Mars.

28 - 30 Mar | Beyond Borders
A festival of film, discussion, poetry, art and performance celebrating the power of collaboration.

30 Mar | #Haters
A modern tale of 'hipsters', 'roadman' and social-media chimeras, digging out the real people behind the stereotypes.

4 - 6 Apr | Ramping Up
A cross-city cohort explore issues around accessibility in a post-Brexit society.

10 Apr | In Conversation With...
A panel discussion with senior producers and executive producers at London Venues.

6 Apr | Algorythm
Live music presented by a hip hop collective, raised and inspired by the era of the 1990s.

Shows to discover, uncover & try:

19 - 22 Mar | She's A Good Boy
An honest, moving and hilarious show exploring non-binary gender inspired by real life experiences.

20 - 30 Mar | High Rise Estate Of Mind
Exposing young people's fears about where they will live through beatbox, hip hop, looping and MCing.

21 - 23 Mar | Oi Barman!
A spoken word theatre show exploring the questionable morals of a life behind a cocktail bar.

21 - 23 Mar | Four Women
Stories of migration, assimilation and diaspora culture through the story and character of four women.

26 - 27 Mar | Visions of Me / Everyday Daylee / #Binariesbegone
Experimental performance by leading disabled actors, tackling gender, race, love and body confidence.

26 - 29 Mar | Vaseline: Scratch
A multimedia show about the intricacies of Black Womanhood.

4 - 6 Apr | A Land Without Jasmine
The first ever Yemeni theatre production to be staged in the UK is a dark fairytale transporting audiences to an underworld where nothing is what it seems.

A sci-fi hallucinatory madness, set in the new church of the future. Is technology shaping us, or are we shaping technology?

8 - 12 Apr | La Silhouette
Brisbane's Queer history is brought to life by spirits who suffer all, celebrate all and edure all across decades of hiding, rioting and retribution.

8 - 9 Apr | Looking Forward
A company of young people who have experienced cancer use creativity to explore life post diagnosis and treatment.

11 Apr | Looking For Love
Over the course of a few weeks, using the form of a dating app, match, chat and meet with a love interest with a difference.

12 Apr | Heaux Noire
A platform for Black and Brown womxn to share their stories through poetry and music.


Shows to celebrate, socialise & party:

6 Apr | Occupy Party: Part of #LDNcitytakeover
A night of music, dance, spoken word, theatre and much more, presented by the BAC  and Young Vic Young Producers.

11 Apr | Tongue Fu
A fruity, fiery mix of some of London's finest spoken word artists and musicians.

12 Apr | The R.A.P Party
Is rap poetry, or is poetry rap? Join the party with Inua Ellams, Theresa Lola and DJ Sid Mercutio.



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This event takes place on the first floor of our building, which can be reached via a lift. There is step-free access to Scratch Bar, The Bee's Knees and ground floor public spaces. There are accessible toilet facilities across the building.