Belonging is; exploring multi-cultural London becoming home to various communities arriving in London from different countries of origin. We traverse the idea of belonging, both in finding a part of London in which these people feel they belong and also in the way that London belongs to anyone who arrives here. The theme is underpinned by the idea of establishing a place to call home, putting down roots for families to stay and thrive. 

Collaborators: Community Researchers analysed the London Community Story research; listening, transcribing and establishing themes; Belonging/Digital Communities/Equality/Identity/Journeys & Travelling/Relationships. 
Researchers: Sagal Farah, Chifa Khelfaoui , Asha Mohammoud, Nkechi Noel. 
Facilitator: Joanna Sawkins is studying for a PhD the areas of community research and public policy. Her work is supported by the GLA and University College London. 


Statistics and quantitative data are an important tool in telling the story of London and its people. Here you will find a data that focusses on the key themes of Belonging. The main data source is the Survey of Londoners which was conducted in 2018/19 and aims to fill evidence gaps and help improve analysis and policy making in the areas of social integration, equality, diversity and inclusion, economic fairness and food security in London. You will also find data from ONS (2019) Annual Population Survey, GLA (2019) Population Projection and QMUL (2017) Polling London. All of this data can be found on the London Datastore which was created by the Greater London Authority (GLA) as a first step towards enabling everyone to have free access to the data that the GLA and other public sector organisations hold.

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Goldsmiths University were a partner with the London Community Story at the collecting phase, hosting the Conversation Booth. This partnership developed into the interpreting stage and following an open call, 6 filmmakers were selected to represent each theme, using solely the audio collected. 

Belonging by Konstantinos Glynos, Zuzanna Pedrasik and Christina Riant  

People settle in London for many different reasons, from love to work, education or family. But when do we become ‘Londoners’? And how do we leave traces of ourselves on the city as it in turn leaves its mark on us? Animation and an original score explore how we find a feeling of belonging as individuals in London’s diverse spaces and communities.

Konstantinos Glynos is a London-based musician from Athens, Greece. He is currently working towards a Masters at Goldsmiths, University of London:  

Zuzanna Pedrasik is a London based artist born in Toruń, Poland, currently living in New Cross and practising in Deptford: 

Christina Riant is a London based artist and researcher of mixed heritage originally from Athens, Greece: @chrisriant  

Pablo Armas is a London-based producer and sound-engineer from Tenerife, Spain. He's currently pursuing an undergraduate at Goldsmiths, University of London. @parmasmusic 


The sites, sounds and smells of belonging by Irene Elizabeth

For those coming to London from different countries, it is easy to feel lost in a city made up of almost nine million strangers. Finding ways of building a sense of belonging is crucial in planting roots and feeling welcomed in a new community. This article looks at how London became home to the writer through her finding familiarity and acceptance in the vibrant multiculturalism of a south London market.

Irene Elizabeth is a filmmaker and broadcast journalist with thirty years of experience, mainly working in Africa. She specializes in documentary film, focusing on marginalized communities, advocating for change and educational development. She is a participant on the Refugee Journalism Project, an initiative based at London College of Communication that supports exiled and displaced journalists.

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