Thursday 28th June 2018, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM @ The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, King’s Cross, London N1 9GU
When Grenfell Tower, a 24-storey block of public housing flats in North Kensington, erupted into flames on 14 June last year, it immediately became a symbol – and indictment – of housing and economic inequality in Britain. The tower had in previous years been subject to scrutiny by the Grenfell Action Group for not having safeguarding in place for a potential fire – but any requests for changes were ignored.
A year on from the fire, in which 72 people died, the inquest is still ongoing and many feel justice for the victims and their families has yet to be achieved. In the aftermath, fire checks were carried out in similarly-clad buildings across the country, but while a shocking number of buildings have failed those tests, tenant management organisations – such as the Kensington and Chelsea TMO responsible for Grenfell – are still not being held accountable.
How can we ensure those affected by the Grenfell disaster are not forgotten, and such a tragedy never happens again?
Join our panel of key voices – including Emma Dent, Labour MP for Kensington, Natasha Elcock; member of survivors’ group Grenfell United; writer Anna Minton, author of ‘Capital: Who is London For?‘; and Guardian columnist Dawn Foster as chair – as we discuss the extraordinary efforts to rebuild the community, what the disaster reveals about our attitudes to housing support and those who need it most, and how we can act now to tackle Britain’s housing crisis for the future.
We will be screening Guardian short documentary The Tower Next Door, a film which weaves together intimately observed portraits of high-rise residents who live in the shadow of Grenfell Tower.
The evening will also feature Ben Okri performing a special reading of his poem ‘Grenfell Tower, June 2017‘.
All profits from this event will be donated to charities supporting those affected by the Grenfell tragedy.
Running time: 90 minutes, no interval.
Tickets cost £15 plus £1.32 booking fee, available from: eventbrite